Church Finance Training

Ross Williams

January 19, 2018

Updated Dear Treasurers and Finance Chairs (cc: to Pastors), Each year your district holds District Resource Days, which consist of training in a variety of areas for both clergy and laity. I encourage you to attend Church Finance training which be offered as a break-out session on the following dates and locations. Sincerely,  Ross   1) Saturday 1/27/18, 9:30am to Noon, UMC of Liberty, 170 North Main Street, Liberty, NY 12754,  2) Saturday 2/3/18, 9:30am to Noon, Overlook UMC, 233 Tinker St. ...

Conference Seeks Administrative Assistants

Ross Williams

January 19, 2018

Dear Church Leaders, The Conference Center in White Plains is seeking two qualified individuals to serve as Administrative Assistants to support the needs of our District Superintendents. These positions will work cooperatively to record and disseminate information, schedule meetings and events, maintain files, lists and records, facilitate communication and perform other duties required to effectively manage the offices of our District Superintendents.. Applicants must be proficient in ...

Thank You!

Ross Williams

January 17, 2018

Dear Pastors, Administrative Board Chairs, Finance Chairs, and Treasurers, I would like to take this opportunity to say "thanks" for your tremendous commitment in honoring the work of our connectional church.  As a former church treasurer, finance chair and stewardship chair I am keenly aware of what it means for a church to pay their conference apportionments.  It is not a trivial accomplishment, especially in what have been challenging economic times.  We ended the 2017 year collecting 90%...

Response to President's Offensive Remarks

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

January 13, 2018

Dear Friends and Colleagues, Today on the front page of The New York Times there were two articles at the top of the page. These articles were about President Trump’s hate-filled words about people in Haiti and Africa and Senator Lindsay Graham’s response to those words.   These were the headlines.   On the back page of The New York Times there was a story about the detaining of the executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, Ravi Ragbir, the threat of his deportation, ...

Disaster Response Opportunities

Tom Vencuss

January 10, 2018

Response Teams Forming for Puerto Rico  The Methodist Church of Puerto Rico (MCPR), in partnership with UMCOR and UMVIM, has announced that it is now receiving applications for both Early Response and Rebuild/Construction (UMVIM) teams. All team requests are being handled through Conference Disaster Response Coordinators. Please click on the following link for more information. If you are interested in leading an ERT or UMVIM team please contact Tom Vencuss ( Early Response...

2017 Apportionments

Ross Williams

January 09, 2018

Dear Treasurers and Finance Chairs (cc: to Pastors), Happy New Year!  My very best wishes for a new year filled with peace, joy and good health.   With the close of the calendar year I want to encourage you to do all you can to pay 2017 conference apportionments in full.  The cut-off date for receiving funds is this Friday, January 12th   If your church cannot pay apportionments in full, please consider exceeding your previous year's payment percentage.  If you have any questions about the ...

Statistical Tables

Margaret Howe

January 09, 2018

Dear Pastor, Finance Committee Chair and Treasurer, The 2018 Statistical Tables are open!  Have you logged on?  Remember the last date for entries is January 31, 2018.  Statistical Tables have been revised!  I think you will find in some cases it is much clearer with user friendly explanations.  However you cannot simply take the previous year and match.  You need to log on and see the previous (2016) alongside the new year (2017) with the revised questions. Your District Statistician and I ...

IRS Mileage Rate for 2018

Ross Williams

December 15, 2017

Dear Pastors and Treasurers, The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2018 standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business or charitable purposes. Beginning on January 1, 2018, the standard mileage rates will be: 54.5 cents per mile for business miles driven up from 53.5 cents in 2017. This rate represents the maximum rate an organization can reimburse an employee without the reimbursement being treated as taxable income. 14.0 cents ...

Year End Key Dates

Diana Moore

December 14, 2017

Dear Pastor, Finance Chair and Treasurer: The staff at the Conference Center join me in wishing you and your congregation a joyous Christmas and peaceful New Year! This communication contains information with respect to mailing year-end payments to the Conference.  Please share as appropriate. Please contact me should you have any questions. Sincerely, Diana Moore 914-615-2235 Treasurer’s Remittance Report: The Treasurer’s Remittance Report should be sent with payments for ...

Investments & Financial Guidance

Ross Williams

December 08, 2017

Dear Church Leaders,   Does your church need help with its investments?   Has your church lost a personal relationship with its broker / investment manager?   Does your church need help in developing and fostering a culture of generosity?   Does your church need help with stewardship campaigns, planned giving, capital campaigns, financial education?   If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you would benefit from working with the United Methodist Frontier Foundation for your investment ...

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