CARES and FFCR Acts Summaries

Ross Williams

March 31, 2020

Dear Treasurers, Finance chairs and Pastors, Please see information below on two acts that were recently signed into law in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  At the bottom of this e-mail you will find links to additional summaries of these acts. To register for a free Webinar for churches on the CARES Act, being held Thursday, April 2nd at 12:00 noon click here The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) creates new small business lending programs, including for non-profits;...

More Information on Electronic Giving

Ross Williams

March 25, 2020

Dear Treasurers, Finance Chairs and Pastors, More and more resources are being made available to churches with regard to Electronic Giving. Here are some updates: On Thursday, March 26th (tomorrow), Servant Keeper, a ministry partner of the UMC, will provide a webinar at 2:00pm EDT.  The webinar, “eGiving During Virtual Ministry,” will focus on answering questions on e-giving and the local church.  To register for this webinar, click here. If you were unable to join the webinar hosted by ...

Financial Relief for Church Benefit Obligations

Ross Williams

March 25, 2020

Dear Treasurers, Finance Chairs and Pastors, We have received many questions lately about how the Conference can assist our churches in this time of crisis and great uncertainty.     Please read what follows on the topics of apportionments, pastoral salaries and a two-month waiver of church benefit billings.  Please know that the conference staff continues it's mission to support our member churches.  While we are working "virtually" you may reach out to us at our normal office phone numbers and...

Ideas for Church Financial Leaders Amid the COVID-19 Crisis

Ross Williams

March 21, 2020

Dear Treasurers, Finance Chairs and Pastors, Please see some tips below to help sustain the church and its ministries in the face of interruptions caused by the COVID-19 virus.  Some of this content is from Ken Sloane of Discipleship Ministries.  During this time of great uncertainty and hardship, we walk along side you, exploring ways that the Conference can assist in any and all ways possible.    Sincerly,  Ross 1. Electronic Giving If you have not already set the church up for people to give ...

NY Paid Leave Benefit

Sally Truglia

March 19, 2020

Greetings! I received the message below from the State of New York regarding the mandatory NY Paid Leave Act and how this benefit can assist employees and employers during the pandemic. As you may recall, in January 2018, all NY employers were required to offer paid family leave as a rider to their disability policy. The NY disability and the paid family leave insurance are not part of our Worker’s Compensation policy.  Every local church, with at least one employee (full or part-time) needed to...

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 ...

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