Thanksgiving and Advent Message from Missionaries Sara Flores Quinones and Douglas Dakin Cook from Ecuador

November 24, 2018

Dear friends,  In this Thanksgiving time, we give thanks to God because you truly are part of God’s Mission in Ecuador.   We give thanks for your love, prayers and offerings sent through the Advance Projects for Pastor’s Support, Children’s Ministries and Construction. We give thanks for the presence of Volunteer in Mission teams, thanks for your work and witness together with the Ecuadorian Churches.   “What you are doing is much more than a service that supplies God’s people with what they ...


Resources for Advent 2018

November 19, 2018

Five  studies in the Resource Library for you to consider as you plan for Advent 2018. Order online . All I Want for Christmas: Opening the Gifts of God's Grace By James W. Moore.  What’s on your Christmas list this year? How about the greatest gift of all…God’s gift to us of a Savior? This five-week all-church Advent study helps us think about what we really want for Christmas by reminding us of the amazing, life-changing gifts Christmas has in store for us. Down to Earth By Mike ...


Church Finance Training

Ross Williams

November 14, 2018

Update including locations, times and registration link: The Conference will be offering training on Church Finances at each of the six upcoming "District Days".  This is an opportunity for the laity of your church to better understand church finances including audits, taxation, roles / responsibilities and appropriate financial controls.  I especially encourage Church Treasurers, Financial Secretaries and Finance Chairs to attend.  This training for laity will be conducted at the same time our ...


Church Authority & Secrecy

Ross Williams

November 08, 2018

Dear Church Leaders, I often receive questions about the authority of church leaders over financial matters and access to financial statements, systems, meetings and records.  Listed below is guidance on these topics from The Book of Discipline and other UMC publications.  The Book of Discipline is available online at https://www.cokesbury.com/forms/DynamicContent.aspx?id=87&pageid=920#9568 One of the hallmarks of our denomination is a structure and practice of openness, transparency and ...


The November 2018 NY/CT CONNECTOR is here!

NYCT District

November 08, 2018

Hello all! Click here to see the November 2018 Edition of the NY/CT CONNECTOR Newsletter.  The deadline for the next edition of the CONNECTOR is Friday, November 16, 2018. We would love to know about any anniversary celebrations your church may be planning.  We would also ask you to share information about ways your church is getting involved in your community.  In addition, are there any ways that your church communities have or will be expressing gratitude for all of their blessings? Please ...


New York State Law: Training Videos Now Available

Sally Truglia

November 02, 2018

The State of New York has updated their website regarding mandated Sexual Harassment training for all employers in NY. As you learned in my previous emails, the law requires all employers to create and publish a Sexual Harassment Policy and Complaint Form, as well as introduce annual employee training. The NY Division of Human Rights has templates available for our use and has recently added two training videos, each approximately 20 minutes in duration.  Click here to view the employer's ...


Church Finance Training

Ross Williams

November 01, 2018

Save the date!  The Conference will be offering training on Church Finances at each of the six upcoming "District Days".  This is an opportunity for the laity of your church to better understand church finances including audits, taxation, roles / responsibilities and appropriate financial controls.  I especially encourage Church Treasurers, Financial Secretaries and Finance Chairs to attend. Locations have not yet been determined but the dates appear below.  These are evening meetings that will ...


Explaining Apportionments

Ross Williams

October 23, 2018

Dear Pastors, Treasurers and Finance Chairs, Attached to this email is a document that may be helpful in understanding or explaining to church members how Shared Ministry Apportionments are calculated and used by both the Conference and the General Church. Topics included are: Apportionment Basics Calculation (the formula) Apportionment Adjustments Where Does the Money Go? Funds apportioned by the General Church Reporting  Please note:  when churches pay their apportionments they are ...


Is your church ready for a new copier?

Barbara Eastman

October 19, 2018

To pastors and churches:   We’d like to introduce you to our new copier vendor, LDI Color Toolbox. The NY Conference recently signed a lease agreement for three new Canon copiers which will save us almost $10,000 a year over our last lease. These Canon copiers are easy to use and have been providing great copies with very little intervention since they were installed.   Our sales rep, Michael Farrell, is really great to work with, helping us to find the technology appropriate for our needs and ...


Church Insurance

Ross Williams

October 18, 2018

Dear Trustees, Treasurers, Finance Chairs and Pastors: It is very important that churches carry adequate Property & Casualty insurance on their buildings, vehicles and operations.  This is because one uninsured incident can result in significant financial costs and potentially, the closure of a church's doors.  Being adequately insured is probably the single-most important action a church can take to protect it's assets, it's people and it's ministry from unforeseen events. When it comes to ...


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