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 ...


We Need Your Payroll Submission ASAP

Ross Williams

February 27, 2018

According to our records we have not yet received the submission of your final 2017 payroll for purposes of Workers' Compensation coverage that was due yesterday.  We need this data to ensure adequate coverage and to calculate correct premiums. Even if your payroll is zero, we need you to report it so that our records and policies are accurate. Please see the original e-mail with instructions below for details Thanks!  Ross Dear Church Treasurer and Finance Chair (copy to Pastors), (This ...


Annual Audits

Ross Williams

February 22, 2018

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, ...


Equipping Communities for Mission - the NYAC Responds

Tom Vencuss

February 15, 2018

Disaster Response Updates This past month the NYAC deployed its first Early Response Team to Florida and its second to Texas in support of hurricanes Irma and Harvey recovery efforts. A first team is scheduled for Puerto Rico at the end of February. Teams are also being formed for April 23 to 30, and June 18 to 25. Click here for volunteer guidelines and application.   We are still in need of teams to serve in Texas and Florida as part of their recovery effort. This month, the NYAC Disaster ...


CMP Visioning Trip to Jamaica, West Indies

February 13, 2018

A group of 11 persons representing the Caribbean Mission Partnership and the First Flushing UMC and the Korean Caucus visited Jamaica from February 5 – 9, 2018. The purpose of the trip was to meet with some of the leadership in the Jamaica District of the Methodist Church, of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas, and to visit one of the projects being supported in the District (Roof replacement at the Sterling Castle church and school) by CMP with generous assistance by First ...


Tax Exemption and Guidestar

Ross Williams

February 09, 2018

Dear Treasurers, Finance Chairs and Pastors, I receive many questions about how a church can demonstrate that it is tax-exempt under IRS regulations 501(c)(3).  This proof is needed for a variety of purposes such as when opening new bank accounts or soliciting donations from corporations. Churches can receive an individualized letter within minutes from the General Council on Finance & Administration (GCFA) by clicking on the link below.  You will need your taxpayer ID number handy before doing ...


Workers' Compensation Forms for Churches - Submission Due by February 26th

Ross Williams

February 07, 2018

Dear Church Treasurer and Finance Chair (copy to Pastors), (This communication is also being sent via U.S. mail to ensure receipt) As you may know, the Conference uses an on-line collection system for payroll data, which streamlines the process of issuing accurate bills for Workers' Compensation insurance.  It is now time for churches and church-controlled schools, nurseries and day camps to report their final 2017 wages by February 26th using this system.  Treasurers have found the system to be...


Church Finance Training

Ross Williams

January 19, 2018

Updated Dear Treasurers and Finance Chairs (cc: to Pastors), Each year your district holds District Resource Days, which consist of training in a variety of areas for both clergy and laity. I encourage you to attend Church Finance training which be offered as a break-out session on the following dates and locations. Sincerely,  Ross   1) Saturday 1/27/18, 9:30am to Noon, UMC of Liberty, 170 North Main Street, Liberty, NY 12754,  2) Saturday 2/3/18, 9:30am to Noon, Overlook UMC, 233 Tinker St. ...


Conference Seeks Administrative Assistants

Ross Williams

January 19, 2018

Dear Church Leaders, The Conference Center in White Plains is seeking two qualified individuals to serve as Administrative Assistants to support the needs of our District Superintendents. These positions will work cooperatively to record and disseminate information, schedule meetings and events, maintain files, lists and records, facilitate communication and perform other duties required to effectively manage the offices of our District Superintendents.. Applicants must be proficient in ...


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