Testimony from an Immigration Clinic

Immigration Task Force

August 27, 2018

Immigration clinics are usually held once a week at a public, community place like a church or a school. They are places where immigrants can go to receive assistance filling out their immigration paper work. Immigration clinics are staffed by volunteers who are able to bear witness to the histories, hopes, and vulnerabilities of our immigrant friends. Rev. Rafeal García provides his witness from a summer of volunteering at an immigration clinic in New York City.


Free Church Financial Seminars

Ross Williams

August 17, 2018

Dear Finance and Stewardship (cc: to Pastors), Please see the information below on an important program being led by Ed Ruppmann.  I am very supportive of this program, which has many benefits and no costs to our member churches or parishioners.  To be clear, there is no selling of anything here, either at the meeting or at any other time - just free advice from an experienced financial planner who is committed to his faith and assisting the people and churches of the Conference. If interested, ...


Free Church Financial Seminars

Ross Williams

August 16, 2018

Dear Finance and Stewardship (cc: to Pastors), Please see the information below on an important program being led by Ed Ruppmann.  I am very supportive of this program, which has many benefits and no costs to our member churches or parishioners.  To be clear, there is no selling of anything here, either at the meeting or at any other time - just free advice from an experienced financial planner who is committed to his faith and assisting the people and churches of the Conference. If interested, ...


Moving Expense Payments to Clergy

Sally Truglia

August 14, 2018

Greetings! This is a follow-up to Ross Williams’ May 3, 2018 email entitled “Move Costs are Now Taxable.”  https://www.nyac.com/blogdetail/11323364   I visited the Wespath offices recently and was advised to remind all churches and pastors about the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017” enacted in December 2017, which taxes the moving expense payments made to or on behalf of individuals, including clergy.   Moving expenses are now considered “compensation” under US Tax law.  Wespath has created a ...


New Team Forming for Puerto Rico Recovery

Tom Vencuss

August 10, 2018

New Team Forming for Puerto Rico Recovery – October 22 Craig Fitzsimmons, recently retired NYAC clergy, will be leading a team to Puerto Rico from October 22 to 29. For additional information or an application form contact the NYAC Missions office (tvencuss@nyac.com). This past year, NYAC teams have responded to Texas (3), Florida (1), and Puerto Rico (5).  Additional teams are scheduled for August (Bishop and Cabinet) and October (Christ and Park Avenue Churches).  Please see the following ...


Immigration Article

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

June 22, 2018

I will never forget that look.  It was our first Christmas Day with our new daughter.  Elizabeth was 11 months old and it was an exciting time to be a parent.  Her eyes lit up with packages all around her.  The breakfast casserole was in the oven and the coffee was tasting really good on that frigid winter morning.  That’s when the doorbell rang.  Who could it be interrupting our memorable day?   When I answered the door, standing in front of me was a young couple holding a baby wrapped up in a ...


Clergy Benefits & New Appointments

Sally Truglia

June 21, 2018

Greetings! As we celebrate a very successful Annual Conference and prepare for new appointments, it's time to remind everyone about clergy benefits. Comprehensive Protection Plan: Clergy who serve appointments at 100% are automatically enrolled in CPP, which provides long term disability insurance and death benefits.  Churches are billed 3% of the total compensation for CPP.  Total compensation is defined as salary plus either a) 25% of salary for clergy who are provided a parsonage or b) the ...


AC2018: Ordination Sermon - "The Four B's of Transformation"

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

June 13, 2018

Download a PDF copy of this sermon here. AC2018 Ordination Sermon | Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton Mark 3:20-35 (NRSV) 20 and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. 21 When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” 22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” 23 And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can ...


AC2018 Opening Worship Sermon: "Take Heart"

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

June 12, 2018

Download a PDF copy of this sermon here. 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 (NRSV) 13 But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—“I believed, and so I spoke”—we also believe, and so we speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. 15 Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. 16 So ...


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