Announcing New Conference Billing Associate

January 23, 2017

Dear Treasurers, Finance Chairs and Pastors, You may not be aware that Heman Persaud, our Billing Associate has left the Conference to expand a family Business.  Please join me in welcoming our new Billing Associate, Jasmine Albert.  Jasmine comes to us with a Bachelor of Science degree from Mercy College and four years of experience with the Jewish Board of Family and Children Services as a Billing and Collections Representative. Jasmine can be reached at 914 615-2232 or   ...

Thank you!

Ross Williams

January 23, 2017

Dear Pastors, 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 year collecting 87% of all apportionments, which is one ...

The View from My Window: Finding Ways To Connect People to Purpose

David A. Gilmore

January 20, 2017

These last few months have been a whirlwind of activity for me as I have been blessed to travel into every district visiting and (prayerfully) assisting churches. One of the most common themes I’m encountering is the concern over declining membership in our churches. What is surprising is the opinion held by some that the people “out there” (that is, those of us “out there”) have no need and/or time for those of us “in here.”  So, what are we doing to make our churches relevant to the people ...

Finance Staff Change

Ross Williams

December 28, 2016

Dear Treasurers and Finance Chairs (cc: to pastors) I wanted to let you know that our Benefits Billing Associate, Heman Persaud, will be leaving the Conference after over eleven years of dedicated service.  During his time with us, Heman worked tirelessly to ensure that benefits billings, records and systems were accurate and related inquiries were responded to in a timely manner.  We are very sorry to see him go as he leaves very big shoes to fill!      Heman will be pursuing the expansion of a...

Electronic Giving through Vanco

Ross Williams

December 21, 2016

Hi all: I am very sorry for the trouble many of you have had trying to view this video.  The password given to me by Vanco was incorrect. Pasted below is a link to the video that requires no password to view! Merry Christmas! Sincerely,  Ross Dear Treasurers, Finance Chairs & Stewardship Chairs (copy to pastors)  The General Council on Finance and Administration of the United Methodist Church has recently expanded their relationship with Vanco Payment ...

The Conference Center is on the Move! (again)

Ross Williams

December 16, 2016

Dear Clergy & Laity of the Annual Conference, Our Conference Center will be relocating back to our White Plains building early next week after a significant renovation that was years in the planning by our Board of Trustees.  Since last May, we have been operating out of temporary space in Greenwich, CT during construction.  The primary purpose of the renovation was to address functional issues with our building, including the installation of better insulated walls and windows, repaving and ...

Sharing the Light to Lift Blue Christmas

Jim Stinson, Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

December 13, 2016

Elvis got it right—at least for a lot of people. For many different reasons, his version of “Blue Christmas,” hit and still hits, a responsive chord in many. You, no doubt, recognize the lyrics. I’ll have a blue Christmas without you. I’ll be so blue just thinking about you. Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree Won’t be the same if you’re not here with me. At this time of year, with windows and stores glistening with lights and decorations, with carols playing constantly in stores, with ...

IRS Reporting Requirements

Sally Truglia

December 09, 2016

Dear Treasurers and Finance Chairs (cc to Pastors),    The end of the year brings the joyous celebrations of the Christmas season and the hope for a peaceful New Year. Unfortunately it also brings some financial housekeeping issues with which we must all comply.  Listed below are some new reporting requirements and some annual reminders.  1)   2016 W-2 Preparation:  All churches must prepare and distribute W-2 forms for their pastors and their lay staff by January 31.     Church plans are still ...

Message from Missionary Sun Lae Kim from Mongolia

December 09, 2016

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Update on Hurricane Matthew Relief in Haiti

Disaster Recovery Ministries Team

December 02, 2016

December Newsletter By Tom & Wendy Vencuss Last Monday (November 21) we returned from a week-long, whirlwind trip to Haiti. Much of our time was spent in meetings, formal and informal. We met with Eglise Méthodiste D'Haiti  (EMH) leadership, Lauren James from UMCOR, Dr John and Sharon Harbottle, the EMH head engineer, the UMCOR agriculture specialist, Pastor Ezaus, and so many of our friends. While the visit was great, it was also hard, as Haiti is once again going through a ...

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