Response to President's Offensive Remarks

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

January 13, 2018

Dear Friends and Colleagues, Today on the front page of The New York Times there were two articles at the top of the page. These articles were about President Trump’s hate-filled words about people in Haiti and Africa and Senator Lindsay Graham’s response to those words.   These were the headlines.   On the back page of The New York Times there was a story about the detaining of the executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, Ravi Ragbir, the threat of his deportation, ...

Disaster Response Opportunities

Tom Vencuss

January 10, 2018

Response Teams Forming for Puerto Rico  The Methodist Church of Puerto Rico (MCPR), in partnership with UMCOR and UMVIM, has announced that it is now receiving applications for both Early Response and Rebuild/Construction (UMVIM) teams. All team requests are being handled through Conference Disaster Response Coordinators. Please click on the following link for more information. If you are interested in leading an ERT or UMVIM team please contact Tom Vencuss ( Early Response...

2017 Apportionments

Ross Williams

January 09, 2018

Dear Treasurers and Finance Chairs (cc: to Pastors), Happy New Year!  My very best wishes for a new year filled with peace, joy and good health.   With the close of the calendar year I want to encourage you to do all you can to pay 2017 conference apportionments in full.  The cut-off date for receiving funds is this Friday, January 12th   If your church cannot pay apportionments in full, please consider exceeding your previous year's payment percentage.  If you have any questions about the ...

Statistical Tables

Margaret Howe

January 09, 2018

Dear Pastor, Finance Committee Chair and Treasurer, The 2018 Statistical Tables are open!  Have you logged on?  Remember the last date for entries is January 31, 2018.  Statistical Tables have been revised!  I think you will find in some cases it is much clearer with user friendly explanations.  However you cannot simply take the previous year and match.  You need to log on and see the previous (2016) alongside the new year (2017) with the revised questions. Your District Statistician and I ...

IRS Mileage Rate for 2018

Ross Williams

December 15, 2017

Dear Pastors and Treasurers, The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2018 standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business or charitable purposes. Beginning on January 1, 2018, the standard mileage rates will be: 54.5 cents per mile for business miles driven up from 53.5 cents in 2017. This rate represents the maximum rate an organization can reimburse an employee without the reimbursement being treated as taxable income. 14.0 cents ...

Year End Key Dates

Diana Moore

December 14, 2017

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 914-615-2235 Treasurer’s Remittance Report: The Treasurer’s Remittance Report should be sent with payments for ...

Investments & Financial Guidance

Ross Williams

December 08, 2017

Dear Church Leaders,   Does your church need help with its investments?   Has your church lost a personal relationship with its broker / investment manager?   Does your church need help in developing and fostering a culture of generosity?   Does your church need help with stewardship campaigns, planned giving, capital campaigns, financial education?   If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you would benefit from working with the United Methodist Frontier Foundation for your investment ...

IRS reporting Requirements

Sally Truglia

December 08, 2017

Dear Treasurers and Finance Chairs (cc to Pastors),    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 the reporting requirements and some annual reminders.  1)   2017 W-2 Preparation:  All churches must prepare and distribute W-2 forms for their pastors and their lay staff by January 31.  Please see the attached ...

Annual Conference 2018

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

December 06, 2017

Dear Friends, I greet you today in the precious name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. I pray that each of you are in eager anticipation of the joy and expectancy that is associated with this Advent & Christmas season. I am writing today to let you know that our Annual Conference Sessions Team is currently working on some exciting plans for the next gathering of our Annual Conference in June, 2018. Our team has been working on plans for the potential of a simultaneous mission experience to take ...

‘Remembering’ Can Help Lessen Fear of Change

Jim Stinson, Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

November 20, 2017

One of the realities of aging is there tends to be more time to reflect and remember than there was when we were younger and busy “building our lives.” Many a conversation with older adults begins with, “I remember when . . .” The supposition often is that we do so, in part, to “wish things were as they used to be.” In such a supposition, we too often miss the importance of remembering or reminiscing. The importance is that it can be a way of assessing the meaning of our lives thus far, and can ...

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