Church Internal Controls

Ross Williams

May 22, 2019

Dear Treasurers, Finance Chairs and Pastors, In this environment of scarce resources for vital ministry it is more important than ever that we protect our churches from financial fraud and administrative lapses.  The financial impact of such situations can often be easily prevented or at least minimized through implementing the controls listed below.  This list is not intended to be all-inclusive and if you have questions on these or other controls, please let me know!   Sincerely,  Ross  The ...


Your April 2019 NY-CT CONNECTOR Newsletter is here!

NYCT District

April 16, 2019

Greetings! Attached below is the April 2019 Edition of the NY-CT CONNECTOR Newsletter.   The deadline for the next edition of the CONNECTOR is Monday, April 15, 2019. The April CONNECTOR doesn't include any news of district happenings (other than a brief note about Mission InSite training). Please try to share any "out of the ordinary" events happening at your church or with your church out in the community.  These stories may help inspire other churches with ways to connect in their communities...


Your March 2019 NY-CT CONNECTOR Newsletter is here

NYCT District

April 16, 2019

Greetings! Attached below is the March 2019 Edition of the NY-CT CONNECTOR Newsletter.   The deadline for the next edition of the CONNECTOR is Friday, March 15, 2019. Please try to share any "out of the ordinary" events happening at your church or with your church out in the community.  These stories may help inspire other churches with ways to connect in their communities as well! Please send your articles and photos to umcconnector@gmail.com.  Thank you! Karen 3-MARCH2019-NY-CT_CONNECTOR-1_1...


April 15, 2019

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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.  ...


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