Dealing With Loss While Continuing to Live

Jim Stinson, Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

February 01, 2014

In response to a professor who was fond of saying that “life is about learning to deal with loss,” Frank Bruni, a columnist for The New York Times, wrote recently that the professor was only half right. In a column reflecting on maturity, Bruni agrees that loss is an inherent part of life for which skills of coping must be learned. However, he observes, “Life is about learning to look past what’s lost to what’s found in the process.” At least, he notes, maturity is about that kind of learning. ...

CT Imposes New Electronic Tax Return Filing Requirements in 2014

Ross Williams

January 31, 2014

Dear Treasurers & Finance Chairs in CT (copy to Pastors), span style="font-size:9.0pt;line-height:150%; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black">Please see the communication below that I recently received from our auditors.  For now, this only applies to churches in CT and most likely only to "income tax withholdings" since, generally speaking, the other taxes listed below are not applicable to churches.  My wife, who is Treasurer of Darien UMC, tells me that the the TSC (Taxpayer Service ...

IRS Requires Designation of "Responsible Party" by March 31st

Ross Williams

January 27, 2014

span style="font-size:9.0pt;line-height:150%; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black">Dear Church Treasurers and Finance Chairs (copy to Pastors), span style="font-size:9.0pt;line-height:150%; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black">The IRS has recently updated their policy with regard to the designation of a "Responsible Party."  As many of you know, any organization with its own bank account and payroll has an "Employer Identification Number."  Sometimes these are referred to as "...

Allow God to Do What Needs to Be Done

Jim Stinson, Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

January 01, 2014

She is blind and quite hard of hearing. She has been a widow for many years and is nearly 100 years old. Her only living child, a very supportive son, died a few weeks ago, leaving her with no family member anywhere nearby. Her nearest relative, a grandson, lives in Georgia. If she did not live at Wesley Village, our United Methodist Home in Shelton, Conn., she likely would be completely on “her own.” It was my task to tell her that her son had died unexpectedly, seemingly in the best of ...

Martin D. McLee - Request for Prayer, Metro North Train Derailment

Previous Bishops

December 02, 2013

Dear New York Annual Conference Family: By now you have heard of Sunday’s devastating Metro North train derailment in New York City. Four persons lost their lives and many were injured. One of the deceased was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Newburgh, New York. I write to solicit your prayers for the family and for the congregation that now journeys to provide care. Moreover, I ask that you pray for all who have been impacted by this horrific tragedy. As United Methodists, we ...

Depression Often Overlooked in Aging

Jim Stinson, Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

November 01, 2013

In her mid-eighties, not given to morose thoughts and always life affirming, my mother startled me one day with a comment. She said, very matter of factly, “I know more people up there than I do down here.” She gestured toward the sky as she said “up there” and toward the ground as she said “down here” making sure I got the point she wanted to make. Now while I could argue with her cosmology about the location of heaven, I could not argue with her observation. The fact was, she had outlived ...

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