CT District Clergy Gathering (Hartford: North)

CT District

April 15, 2019

Dear CT Pastors, Come and join us for a time of Spiritual Renewal , Fellowship, Music, Teaching and, of course - Food (We are Methodist)! In Connecticut, After God, We Put People First


Save the Date! 2019 MET District Conference

MET District

April 02, 2019

Please come out and join us on Sunday, May 5th, 2019 for our Metropolitan District Conference. Further details and registration coming soon.  Let us consider how we can stir up one another to love. Let us help one another to do good works. And let us not give up meeting together. Some are in the habit of doing this. Instead, let us encourage one another with words of hope. Let us do this even more as you see Christ’s return approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIRV) We hope to see you there...


Clergy Housing Allowance Ruled Constitutional

Ross Williams

March 21, 2019

Dear Clergy, There is some good news!  The text below is from the National Catholic Reporter, which summarizes the latest developments on the taxability of Housing Allowances better than I could.  Keep in mind that it was only the Housing Allowance that had been challenged.  The tax exempt treatment of a parsonage was not at stake.  This very positive development does not mean that the matter is settled once and for all.  The decision could be appealed or pursued again in new challenges.  But ...


SAVE THE DATE! CT District Conference 2019

CT District

March 18, 2019

Please save the date for our next CT District Conference 2019. There will be more details to follow.


Discounted Software for Not-for-profits

Ross Williams

March 04, 2019

Dear Treasurers and Finance Chairs (copy to Pastors), I want to let you know about the opportunity to purchase computer software for your church at steeply discounted prices through a Not-for-profit organization called "TechSoup" (yes, it's a very strange name). In my spare time I handle the accounting for a Not-for-profit charitable organization and a few years ago I purchased QuickBooks for only $19.00 through TechSoup.  The basic version of Microsoft Office is available for only $29.00. These...


IRS Issues Guidance on Parking Tax for Churches

Ross Williams

February 25, 2019

Dear Treasurers, Finance Chairs and Pastors, Please see guidance below from the General Council on Finance and Administration of the United Methodist Church on the potential taxability of church parking. Also, please see a link at the bottom of this e-mail to an "FAQ" on this topic recently issued by GCFA. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that became effective on January 1, 2018 added a new tax provision that applies to non-profit organizations (like churches) otherwise exempt from income tax.  ...


Annual Audits

Ross Williams

February 22, 2019

Dear Finance Chairs (copy to Pastors and Treasurers) The Finance Committee is responsible for ensuring that all financial books, records and bank accounts undergo an annual audit. This is required by The Book of Discipline, the governing document of our denomination (see excerpt at end of e-mail).  Included in the audit (or audited separately) must be the transactions of the church's operating account, Board of Trustees, Preschool (if controlled by the church), Memorial Funds, Endowment Funds, ...


Be wary about emails that "just don't sound right"

Barbara Eastman

February 15, 2019

A topic of conversation at the conference center recently has been about "impersonated" emails that frankly, just don't sound right. No one from the conference is going to ask you to go out and buy something for them and reimburse you the next day. If you get a message from any of us asking you to do something that we wouldn't normally ask you to do, please give us a call. Our direct phone numbers are here: https://www.nyac.com/conferencestaff  Other email issues that crop up on a regular basis:...


Surrendering to Power, Presence of God

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

February 12, 2019

One of my favorite “go to” illustrations is a piece from John R. Aurelio’s book, “Fables for God’s People.”  It is called, “The Thimble.” One day, after a hard day’s work, a thimble got to thinking about itself.  “I’m really rather remarkable,” he said. “As a matter of fact, I do believe that I’m the greatest thing there is!”  “Not so!” said the bucket. “You are no more than a thimble. I am many times your size. I am the greatest thing there is!”  “Not quite!” said the barrel. “You are no more ...


Trusting in Possibility of “Water Walking”

David A. Gilmore

February 12, 2019

span style="color: #001320">“Come,” [Jesus] said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”  Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” – Matthew 14:29-31   So, what will YOU be doing during the special session of the General Conference later this month? As I have traveled across the breadth and depth of...


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