Finance Topics

Reminder - Free in-person Finance Seminars

Ross Williams

February 17, 2015

Just a quick reminder that Ed Ruppmann is setting up dates now for spring sessions of this free program. All you need to do is to send Ed an e-mail saying "We're Interested" and he will reach out to you. His e-mail address is   Dear Finance and Stewardship Chairs (cc: to Pastors), Please see the information below on an important program being led by Ed Ruppmann. I am very supportive of this program, which has many benefits and no costs to our member churches or parishioners. ...

Reminder - Please Submit Payroll Data by this Friday

Ross Williams

February 02, 2015

Just a friendly reminder that we need final 2014 payroll data to be reported by this Friday.  As of today we have only about 30% of the submissions. See e-mail below for details. Thanks!  Ross Dear Church Treasurer and Finance Chair (copy to Pastors), Last year we implemented an on-line collection system for payroll data, which significantly streamlined the process of issuing accurate bills for Workers' Compensation insurance. The new process has eliminated almost all of the corrections we were ...

Training for Church Secretaries - Date Change

Ross Williams

January 26, 2015

Pasted below is an e-mail about a training course being offered for United Methodist church secretaries in Nashville, TN in July.    Please note that there are some scholarships available to cover registration fees. Sincerely, Ross   The mission of the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries (PAUMCS) is to provide church secretaries and other administrative professionals a supportive base for unity and fellowship so as to promote individual growth, professional ...

2015 Statistical Tables

Susan Tedesco

January 23, 2015

Dear Pastor, Finance Committee Chair and Treasurer, Welcome to the 2015 Statistical Table process, the tables in which you will be reporting your 2014 data. The tables will be available for 8 weeks beginning Monday, January 26th until the evening of Monday, March 23rd. The Statistical Tables consist of three tables: Membership Data, Financial Data and Stewardship Data. They are used by both the NYAC and General Church for information, decision making and to set apportionments. The Book of ...

GCFA Announces Avis Car Rental Plan

Ross Williams

January 16, 2015

Dear Pastors, Treasusrers and Finance Chairs, Please see the announcment below of special rates negotiated by GCFA with Avis and Budget Car rental. Sincerely, Ross To continue our commitment to provide excellent programs, we are happy to announce an arrangement with Avis Car Rental that can provide discounted rental rates. The program will benefit United Methodists throughout the connection. This global arrangement ...

Health Insurance Reporting on W-2

Sally Truglia

January 12, 2015

Happy New Year! Before you distribute W-2 tax forms for your employees and most specifically for your pastors, please be aware of some of the recent IRS rulings regarding the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act requires the employer (church) to report the value of the group medical insurance plan to the IRS in Box 12 using code DD.   The rates to be reported are the not the uniform rate that we charge each church, rather it is the actual premium rate that we are billed by HealthFlex. ...

Church Secretary Training - Limited Scholarships Available

Ross Williams

December 19, 2014

Dear Pastors and other Church Leaders, Please see the message below from GCFA about the availability of training for church secretaries.  Please note that a limited number of scholarships are available.   Dear PAUMCS Members and Friends: The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) endorses and supports the Certification Institute for the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries (PAUMCS).  The classes are held at the GCFA Ministry Center in Nashville, ...

FREE Con Edison Light Bulb Replacement Program

Ross Williams

December 11, 2014

Dear Church Pastors, Treasurers and Trustee Chairs, If your church is located in the 5 boroughs or Westchester County, Con Edison is currently running a program whereby one of their partner vendors (iLightGreen) will visit your premises and replace older light bulbs with new energy efficient ones FREE OF CHARGE.  Normally these programs are at least partially funded by the utility consumer but in this case, the Conference has received a waiver of all charges. The Conference Center just went ...

Year-end Key Dates

Ross Williams

December 09, 2014

Dear Pastor, Finance Chair and Treasurer: The staff at the Conference Center joins me in wishing you and your congregation a joyous Christmas holiday and peaceful New Year! This communication contains key information with respect to mailing year-end payments to the Conference.  Please share as appropriate. Treasurer’s Remittance Report: At the top of this e-mail is a link to a blank copy of the Treasurer’s Remittance Report.  This form should be sent with payments for Apportionments, ...

Financial Leadership Academy for Clergy

Ross Williams

October 15, 2014

Dear Clergy, The Mid-Atlantic United Methodist Foundation is offering a program for clergy that will meet over the course of two years called the Financial Leadership Academy.  The program will conisist of six seminars on a variety of financial topics including stewardship, church finances, planned giving and fundraising.  Sessions will be 1.5 days and be held at Simpson UMC in Wilmington, DE.  For more details on topics covered, click here.  The cost of the program, which is underwritten by ...

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