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...


CT District February Newsletter

CT District

February 07, 2019

Volume 2 February 2019   January 2019 Connecticut District Newsletter The Connecticut District hopes not only to inform you but also to empower you to be thriving, kingdom-advancing, impact-making disciples of Jesus Christ. Although we are at different locations, this newsletter intends to help you stay connected to your neighboring pastors, laity, and churches. Let us know via email or phone how the newsletter can be more helpful and resourceful to you and your ministries.  Naming Contest...


Here is the February 2019 Edition of the NY/CT CONNECTOR Newsletter

NYCT District

January 31, 2019

Hello everyone! Here is the February 2019 Edition of the NY/CT CONNECTOR Newsletter.  2-february2019-ny-ct_connector.pdf     The deadline for the next edition of the CONNECTOR is Friday, February 15, 2019. Will you be participating in any type of mission events in the coming month?  Do you have any big anniversary celebrations happening?  Any other events or activities you'd like to share with your fellow NY/CT churches?  Please let us know! Please send your articles and photos to umcconnector...


Church Audit Webinar

Ross Williams

January 25, 2019

Dear Church Treasurers, Finance Chairs and Pastors, This is just a reminder that there is a free upcoming webinar on how to perform a church audit.   See below for details and the link to register. Sincerely,  Ross Thursday, February 7, 2019, 6:30PM Central Standard Time! The Church Audit: You Can Do This! Every congregation needs to do a church audit, but it doesn’t have to be a big expense or an insurmountable obstacle. There is a great Local Church Audit Guide and related FAQ available that ...


Thank You!

Ross Williams

January 17, 2019

Dear Pastors, Church Council Chairs, 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 2018 year collecting 87% of ...


2018 Apportionments

Ross Williams

January 09, 2019

Dear Treasurers and Finance Chairs (cc: to Pastors), Happy New Year!  My very best wishes for a new year filled with peace, joy and good health.   With the close of the calendar year I want to encourage you to do all you can to pay 2018 conference apportionments in full.  As a reminder, the cut-off date for receiving funds is this Friday, January 11th  .  If you are still planning on making a payment for 2018, please do so by sending it via overnight mail or hand-delivering to the Conference ...


January 2019 Mission Update

Tom Vencuss

January 08, 2019

In this issue – Opportunities for Mission and Disaster Response    Hurricane Michael Recovery Team    Done in a Day – Far Rockaway    Dental Team – Haiti    Puerto Rico Recovery Team    Youth Ambassadors to Ecuador    District Training Events NYAC Recovery Team Forming for Hurricane Michael Response Dates: February 16 to 23 Location: Florida Panhandle Team Leaders: Ross Porter and Tom Vencuss Cost: $500, includes airfare and all team-project expenses             (deadline for application: ...


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