Discounted Software for Not-for-profits

Ross Williams

February 26, 2020

Dear Treasurers and Finance Chairs (copy to Pastors), I want to let you know about the opportunity to purchase computer software for your church at steeply discounted prices through a Not-for-profit organization called "TechSoup" (yes, it's a very strange name). In my spare time I handle the accounting for a Not-for-profit charitable organization and a few years ago I purchased QuickBooks for only $19.00 through TechSoup.  The prices through TechSoup represent savings of hundreds of dollars over...


Annual Audits

Ross Williams

February 04, 2020

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, ...


Thank You!

Ross Williams

January 17, 2020

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 and finance 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 and uncertain times.  We ended 2019 collecting 86% of all apportionments.  ...


IRS Reporting, Payroll & More

Sally Truglia

December 09, 2019

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 reporting requirements and annual reminders.  1)   2019 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 from ...


Free Church Financial Seminars

Ross Williams

July 22, 2019

Dear Treasurers, Finance Chairs and Stewardship Chairs (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 ...


Missionary Helen Camarce's Newsletter from Cambodia

July 01, 2019

It took me a while to dare write again. So many things had already happened although I know God has been there all along, at all times, prepared me emotionally, and in every aspect in my life, even physically on things that will happen. Still…..facing your own reality is scary. Read more


Connecticut Connection - June 2019 - CT District Newsletter

CT District

June 26, 2019

Volume 4 June 2019 From the Heart of the DS This section is a window to the heart and mind of our district superintendent, Rev. Alpher Sylvester. May we find a sense of guidance and pastoral care from his missive Read the full article > Funny Things Are Everywhere   As the saying goes, "Laughter is the best medicine." We are dedicating this section in our hopes to put a smile on your face and brighten your day. Read the full article > Connecticut in Mission   You will hear stories of...


CT District Newsletter April 2019 - WE HAVE A WINNER!

CT District

June 13, 2019

Contents From the Heart of the DS    "Funny Things Are Everywhere" Connecticut in Mission  Best Practices in Ministry Gnosis 2019  A Pastor Speaks  Words of Wisdom  Connecticut Youth in Action  Prayers  Mark Your Calendar   Here is the PDF version of the newsletter.   We Have a Winner!!!  Last month, we held a  naming contest to name our CT district newsletter. We would like to thank you all for submitting your ideas. They were all good suggestions ...


Email password reset/recovery

Barbara Eastman

June 13, 2019

This message is to all "nyac-umc.com" email account holders. We have now turned on the functionality that allows you to reset your own email password instead of having to contact me/the administrator. In order to do this, you will need to add or change your recovery phone number or email address. The instructions can be found here: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/183723?visit_id=636960510924851799-2337604803&rd=1 Be sure to first click the link "Go to your Google Account" - that's ...


Church Internal Controls

Ross Williams

May 22, 2019

Dear Treasurers, Finance Chairs and Pastors, In this environment of scarce resources for vital ministry it is more important than ever that we protect our churches from financial fraud and administrative lapses.  The financial impact of such situations can often be easily prevented or at least minimized through implementing the controls listed below.  This list is not intended to be all-inclusive and if you have questions on these or other controls, please let me know!   Sincerely,  Ross  The ...


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