Servant Keeper

Ross Williams

May 01, 2018

Dear Treasurers and Finance Chairs (cc to pastors), The UMC's General Council on Finance & Administration has partnered with Servant Keeper a leading church management software provider. The brief video below provides information on how apps and tools can help everyone from the pastor, the administrator, the treasurer and the Sunday school teacher manage ministry. Servant Keeper will be hosting a Ministry Management Workshop on June 21st at the ...

Finding Peace Where You Least Expect

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

April 18, 2018

My mind has been dizzy lately. There is SO much going on! I have been swirling in a sea of activity, changing hats everyday with something else to do: disaster recovery in Puerto Rico, re-writing the Book of Discipline, Council & College of Bishops, the “Way Forward” and, oh yes, appointment season! It’s just been crazy. My mind has been dizzy lately. There is SO much going on! More shootings, children and youth protesting, the struggles with DACA and immigration, teachers’ strikes, and, oh yes,...

Helping Others Move Obstacles in Life’s Path

Jim Stinson, Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

April 18, 2018

She arrived convinced that life was over. The house that her husband had built, the house that she had turned into a home, the house in which her children were born and raised, had become a burden to maintain. Her husband had died, her children had married and moved on, and she was left alone. Life had no promise left, or so she assumed. And so, against her wishes, her children had convinced her to sell the place and move to an assisted living community. Now here she was, trying to place photos...

Pushing On, Taking Risks to Transform Lives

David A. Gilmore

April 18, 2018

“So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.” —Galatians 6:9–10 The Message I AM TIRED! Any “leader” in our church, who is engaged in the life of our church, might be tired, also. Coming out of Holy Week, this is time when many of us need to catch our ...

News from the Disaster Response Ministries Team

Tom Vencuss

April 17, 2018

Last minute openings for April Recovery Trip to Puerto Rico Friends, we have had several cancellations for next weeks’ trip to Puerto Rico so there is availability for new team members. We leave Monday, the 23 and return Monday, the 30. The cost is $650. If you are interested please let me know as soon as possible so that we can work out the required paperwork. We can worry about the funding at a later date. Please contact Tom Vencuss at June 16 to 23 Puerto Rico Recovery Team...

Equipping Communities for Mission

Tom Vencuss

April 03, 2018

Out of sight… In today’s 24-hour news cycle, some things seem to come and go quickly; others seem to linger forever. Unfortunately, disasters often fall into the first category – except for the survivors.  The storms of this past summer and fall resulted in more than 2 million applications to FEMA for disaster assistance; and that number is only those who applied. The volunteer faith-based community is essential to any recovery effort. Please see below the NYAC response effort and the many ...

Easter letter from Rev. John Calhoun, UM Missionary in Kyiv, Ukraine

April 01, 2018

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Greetings in the name of our risen Lord Jesus Christ, and Happy Easter! I pray that you and your loved ones have celebrated a joyous day of resurrection, and that you are well and blessed in the Lord. In the words of the traditional Russian-language Easter greeting, “Христос воскрес! Во истину воскрес!” ("Khristos voskres! Vo istinu voskres!") Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Click here to read the letter.

Discounted Software for Not-for-profits

Ross Williams

March 22, 2018

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 couple years ago I purchased QuickBooks for only $19.00 through TechSoup.  The basic version of Microsoft Office is available for only $29.00. ...

Keeping Our Eyes On The Future God Will Provide

Jim Stinson, Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

March 12, 2018

It is my 76th birthday as I write. Although I knew it was coming, like many of us, I am thinking about how quickly it arrived. The last birthday was my 75th, a milestone half of my siblings never reached. Five of them died earlier than that, as did their spouses, a niece and a nephew. My first wife died a week after she became 50, and my son died at 35. I am very aware of how limited birthdays can be and therefore very appreciative of how many I have already been granted. I wonder how many more ...

Tax Changes & Local Church Giving

Ross Williams

March 09, 2018

UPCOMING WEBINAR! Tax Changes & Local Church Giving Thursday, March 22, 2018 7:30pm EST   From Ken Sloane of Discipleship Ministries: Few of us have seen changes to the Tax system as sweeping as those approved at the end of 2017 (to go into effect this year and beyond). One area of great interest, impact and anxiety for leaders in the church is the increase of the standard deduction with fewer taxpayers being able to itemize deductions, including charitable giving. Some ...

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