New Resources for Advent 2017

Lynda Gomi

October 24, 2017

Five new studies in the Resource Library for you to consider as you plan for Advent 2017. Order online . All I Want for Christmas: Opening the Gifts of God's Grace By James W. Moore.  What’s on your Christmas list this year? How about the greatest gift of all…God’s gift to us of a Savior? This five-week all-church Advent study helps us think about what we really want for Christmas by reminding us of the amazing, life-changing gifts Christmas has in store for us. Down to Earth By Mike ...

NYC Center Opening for Those Displaced by Recent Hurricanes

Tom Vencuss

October 19, 2017

Friends,   Please find the attached announcement from the New York City Mayor’s Office and pass it on to your respective constituencies and communities.   The NYAC will be working with NYDIS (New York Disaster Interfaith Services) as part of this effort seeking to assist with short-term housing, emotional and spiritual care for the victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. This includes displaced individuals and families from Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other ...

The View from My Window: Focusing Our Performance on Fruitfulness

David A. Gilmore

October 18, 2017

“. . . Yes, give me wisdom and knowledge as I come and go among this people—for who on his own is capable of leading these, your glorious people?” —2 Chronicles 1:10 I, like many of you, enjoy reading. I enjoy reading all kinds of books; however, lately I have found myself being drawn more and more to books that challenge some of my conventional ideas concerning “leadership.” The book I am currently reading is “Owl Sight: Evidence-Based Discernment and the Promise of Organizational ...

UMCOR Grants Assist Hurricane Relief Efforts

October 18, 2017

The United Methodist response to the devastating 2017 hurricane season is getting a boost through new grants from the United Methodist Committee on Relief. During their Oct. 12-14 meeting, directors of the denomination’s Board of Global Ministries and UMCOR approved more than $7 million in grants for hurricane and other disaster-relief work and $1.86 million for global health projects. UMCOR already had received some $15 million from donors in recent months to respond to U.S. disasters. ...

Explaining Apportionments

Ross Williams

October 16, 2017

Dear Pastors, Treasurers and Finance Chairs, Attached to this email is a document that may be helpful in understanding and/or explaining how Shared Ministry Apportionments are calculated and used by both the Conference and the General Church. Topics included are: Apportionment Basics Calculation (the formula) Apportionment Adjustments Where Does the Money Go? Funds apportioned by the General Church Reporting  When churches pay apportionments they are automatically participating in the mission ...

Church Insurance

Ross Williams

October 10, 2017

Dear Trustees Chairs, Treasurers, Finance Chairs and Pastors: It is very important that churches carry adequate Property & Casualty insurance on their buildings, vehicles and operations.  This is because one uninsured incident can result in significant financial costs and potentially, the closure of a church's doors.  Being adequately insured is probably the single-most important action a church can take to protect it's assets, it's people and it's ministry from unforeseen events. When it comes...

CT District Raised Funds for Successful Water Filter Project

October 09, 2017

In 2016, the CT District raised $17,344.50 to support a partnership with  Accion Medica Cristiana in Nicaragua.     350 filters were distributed along with health and hygiene education to 5 communities in the North Autonomous Caribbean Region blessing close to 2,000 people. Read the report, "CT District Filtrones Project."

NY Paid Family Leave Act Update

Sally Truglia

October 05, 2017

Greetings! As promised, this is a follow-up to my email of September 6, 2017, regarding the implementation of the 2018 NY State Paid Family Leave Act.  I've attached materials which I hope will be helpful to you. The first is a comparison chart of the benefits and eligibility for the state Disability law and the Paid Family Leave Act, published by The Hartford Insurance Company. The second sheet outlines the State of New York's tax guidance.  Employees should be notified in advance that you, as ...

NYAC Recovery Update - ERT Teams forming for Texas and Florida

Tom Vencuss

October 05, 2017

  A volunteer guts drywall from a flooded home. ERT and VIM Teams Needed for Hurricane Response Florida  The Florida Annual Conference needs teams right away.  All volunteers will be accepted, regardless of ERT training.  Individuals and teams are encouraged to register and should expect to be deployed in the southern part of the state. Texas The Texas Annual Conference (Houston and north Gulf Coast) is very much in need of volunteer help.  In the last few weeks, teams have mucked...

Update on Disaster Areas

Tom Vencuss

October 05, 2017

Texas and Florida  Texas and Florida are requesting ERTeams. The New York Conference has deployed its first Early Response Team to Rockport, Texas. A second team is being developed for December 2 to 9. We are looking for team leaders for both Texas and Florida. For information or to apply please contact Tom Vencuss (    Puerto Rico and the Caribbean islands At this point much of this area is still in an emergency phase and inappropriate for volunteer teams and response. Bishop...

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