Pushing On, Taking Risks to Transform Lives

David A. Gilmore

April 18, 2018

“So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.” —Galatians 6:9–10 The Message I AM TIRED! Any “leader” in our church, who is engaged in the life of our church, might be tired, also. Coming out of Holy Week, this is time when many of us need to catch our ...

News from the Disaster Response Ministries Team

Tom Vencuss

April 17, 2018

Last minute openings for April Recovery Trip to Puerto Rico Friends, we have had several cancellations for next weeks’ trip to Puerto Rico so there is availability for new team members. We leave Monday, the 23 and return Monday, the 30. The cost is $650. If you are interested please let me know as soon as possible so that we can work out the required paperwork. We can worry about the funding at a later date. Please contact Tom Vencuss at tvencuss@nyac.com. June 16 to 23 Puerto Rico Recovery Team...

Equipping Communities for Mission

Tom Vencuss

April 03, 2018

Out of sight… In today’s 24-hour news cycle, some things seem to come and go quickly; others seem to linger forever. Unfortunately, disasters often fall into the first category – except for the survivors.  The storms of this past summer and fall resulted in more than 2 million applications to FEMA for disaster assistance; and that number is only those who applied. The volunteer faith-based community is essential to any recovery effort. Please see below the NYAC response effort and the many ...

Easter letter from Rev. John Calhoun, UM Missionary in Kyiv, Ukraine

April 01, 2018

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Greetings in the name of our risen Lord Jesus Christ, and Happy Easter! I pray that you and your loved ones have celebrated a joyous day of resurrection, and that you are well and blessed in the Lord. In the words of the traditional Russian-language Easter greeting, “Христос воскрес! Во истину воскрес!” ("Khristos voskres! Vo istinu voskres!") Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Click here to read the letter.

Discounted Software for Not-for-profits

Ross Williams

March 22, 2018

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 couple years ago I purchased QuickBooks for only $19.00 through TechSoup.  The basic version of Microsoft Office is available for only $29.00. ...

Keeping Our Eyes On The Future God Will Provide

Jim Stinson, Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

March 12, 2018

It is my 76th birthday as I write. Although I knew it was coming, like many of us, I am thinking about how quickly it arrived. The last birthday was my 75th, a milestone half of my siblings never reached. Five of them died earlier than that, as did their spouses, a niece and a nephew. My first wife died a week after she became 50, and my son died at 35. I am very aware of how limited birthdays can be and therefore very appreciative of how many I have already been granted. I wonder how many more ...

Tax Changes & Local Church Giving

Ross Williams

March 09, 2018

UPCOMING WEBINAR! Tax Changes & Local Church Giving Thursday, March 22, 2018 7:30pm EST   From Ken Sloane of Discipleship Ministries: Few of us have seen changes to the Tax system as sweeping as those approved at the end of 2017 (to go into effect this year and beyond). One area of great interest, impact and anxiety for leaders in the church is the increase of the standard deduction with fewer taxpayers being able to itemize deductions, including charitable giving. Some ...

We Need Your Payroll Submission ASAP

Ross Williams

February 27, 2018

According to our records we have not yet received the submission of your final 2017 payroll for purposes of Workers' Compensation coverage that was due yesterday.  We need this data to ensure adequate coverage and to calculate correct premiums. Even if your payroll is zero, we need you to report it so that our records and policies are accurate. Please see the original e-mail with instructions below for details Thanks!  Ross Dear Church Treasurer and Finance Chair (copy to Pastors), (This ...

Annual Audits

Ross Williams

February 22, 2018

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, ...

Equipping Communities for Mission - the NYAC Responds

Tom Vencuss

February 15, 2018

Disaster Response Updates This past month the NYAC deployed its first Early Response Team to Florida and its second to Texas in support of hurricanes Irma and Harvey recovery efforts. A first team is scheduled for Puerto Rico at the end of February. Teams are also being formed for April 23 to 30, and June 18 to 25. Click here for volunteer guidelines and application.   We are still in need of teams to serve in Texas and Florida as part of their recovery effort. This month, the NYAC Disaster ...

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