IRS Reporting and more

Sally Truglia

December 13, 2018

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 new reporting requirements and some annual reminders.  1)   2018 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 ...

Your December 2018 NY/CT CONNECTOR Newsletter is here!

NYCT District

November 28, 2018

Greetings! Click here to view the December 2018 Edition of the NY/CT CONNECTOR Newsletter.   The deadline for the next edition of the CONNECTOR is Monday, December 17, 2018. Did you have any special Thanksgiving events that you would like to share with us?  Did/will you have any special or out of the ordinary Advent or Christmas celebrations?  We'd love to hear about it! Please send your articles and photos to  Karen

"On Our Way Forward:" An Advent Devotional from NYAC Deacons

November 28, 2018

Friends,  At the Deacons Day Apart in mid-October, the Deacons discussed the Way Forward Commission reports and the Special Session. Out of that discussion came a strong desire to offer something meaningful for the clergy and laity of the Conference to use during the Advent season to prepare them for the Special Session. As a group, the Deacons decided to write a collection of Advent reflections on the theme "On Our Way Forward." I am pleased to share this collection with you now. Click to read....

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

UMCOR - Hurricane Disaster Response

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

October 16, 2018

TO: All Clergy, Lay Leaders, & Administrative Council Leaders FROM: Thomas J. Bickerton, Resident Bishop RE: Hurricane Disaster Response Dear Friends, On Friday, October 12, I was involved in a meeting of the UMCOR Board of Directors in Atlanta, GA.  During that meeting, an UMCOR Unit Director began speaking about the urgent needs that have emerged around the recent round of hurricanes and typhoons that have taken place across the world.  In her report, she used the phrase, the “new normal.” The...

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