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: ...

Season's Greetings from Rev. John Calhoun, UM Missionary in Kyiv, Ukraine

January 07, 2019

January 7, 2019   Dear friends,   Happy holiday season to you! I pray that you and your loved ones have enjoyed a blessed celebration of Christmas, and a safe and joyful New Year!   It has been a blessing to celebrate the holiday season here in Kyiv, where both Western and Orthodox Christian communities have been gathering for traditional worship services to mark the holy season.     Yesterday I led an ecumenical worship service celebrating Epiphany, when the miracle of Christmas—God taking ...

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

NYCT District

January 04, 2019

Happy New Year! Attached below is the January 2019 Edition of the NY/CT CONNECTOR Newsletter.    The deadline for the next edition of the CONNECTOR is Monday, January 15, 2019. Did you have any Christmas celebrations that were out of the ordinary?  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 ...

Free Upcoming Webinars - Stewardship, Audits & Clergy Taxes

Ross Williams

December 20, 2018

Dear Church Treasurers, Finance Chairs, Stewardship Chairs and Pastors, I want to make you aware of some upcoming webinars that are being offered by Discipleship Ministries.  Please see the information below for topics and how to register. I hope you have a joy-filled Christmas and a healthy and peaceful New Year! Sincerely,   Ross Thursday, January 10, 2019, 6:30PM CST Stewardship & Finance: Getting it Right at the Starting Line We start each new year with this webinar focused on the new member...

Key Year-End Dates

Diana Moore

December 17, 2018

Dear Pastor, Finance Chair and Treasurer: The staff at the Conference Center join me in wishing you and your congregation a joyous Christmas and peaceful New Year! This communication contains information with respect to mailing year-end payments to the Conference.  Please share as appropriate. Please contact me should you have any questions. Sincerely,   Diana Moore Treasurer’s Remittance Report: The Treasurer’s Remittance form should be sent with payments for Apportionments, Benevolences and ...

IRS Mileage Rate for 2019

Ross Williams

December 17, 2018

Dear Pastors and Treasurers, The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2019 standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business or charitable purposes. Beginning on January 1, 2019, the standard mileage rates will be: 58.0 cents per mile for business miles driven up from 54.5 cents in 2018. This rate represents the maximum rate an organization can reimburse an employee without the reimbursement being treated as taxable income. 14.0 cents ...

Statistical Table Information

Margaret Howe

December 13, 2018

Dear Pastor, Finance Committee Chair, Treasurer and Trustee Chair: Our Annual Statistical Table process will be ready very soon!  It is time to get your information together! This is the system in which you will report your 2018 data – Table 1: Membership and Participation, Table II: Church Assets and Expenses, Table III: Church Income. The Book of Discipline requires pastors to give an account of their pastoral ministries to the Charge and Annual Conference. There may be individuals and/or ...

IRS Reporting and more

Sally Truglia

December 13, 2018

Dear Pastors, Finance Chairs and Treasurers, The end of the year brings the joyous celebrations of the Christmas season and the hope for a peaceful New Year. Unfortunately it also brings some financial housekeeping issues with which we must all comply.  Listed below are some new reporting requirements and some annual reminders.  1)   2018 W-2 Preparation:  All churches must prepare and distribute W-2 forms for their pastors and their lay staff by January 31.     Church plans are still exempt ...

Your December 2018 NY/CT CONNECTOR Newsletter is here!

NYCT District

November 28, 2018

Greetings! Click here to view the December 2018 Edition of the NY/CT CONNECTOR Newsletter.   The deadline for the next edition of the CONNECTOR is Monday, December 17, 2018. Did you have any special Thanksgiving events that you would like to share with us?  Did/will you have any special or out of the ordinary Advent or Christmas celebrations?  We'd love to hear about it! Please send your articles and photos to umcconnector@gmail.com.  Karen

"On Our Way Forward:" An Advent Devotional from NYAC Deacons

November 28, 2018

Friends,  At the Deacons Day Apart in mid-October, the Deacons discussed the Way Forward Commission reports and the Special Session. Out of that discussion came a strong desire to offer something meaningful for the clergy and laity of the Conference to use during the Advent season to prepare them for the Special Session. As a group, the Deacons decided to write a collection of Advent reflections on the theme "On Our Way Forward." I am pleased to share this collection with you now. Click to read....

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