The View from My Window: Finding Ways To Connect People to Purpose

David A. Gilmore

January 20, 2017

These last few months have been a whirlwind of activity for me as I have been blessed to travel into every district visiting and (prayerfully) assisting churches. One of the most common themes I’m encountering is the concern over declining membership in our churches. What is surprising is the opinion held by some that the people “out there” (that is, those of us “out there”) have no need and/or time for those of us “in here.”  So, what are we doing to make our churches relevant to the people ...

2017 Statistical Tables Process

Ross Williams

January 17, 2017

Dear Pastor, Finance Committee Chair and Treasurer,   Welcome to the 2017 Statistical Table process!  The system in which you will report your 2016 data will be available for approximately 6 weeks beginning today, January 17th until the evening of Wednesday, March 1st.   This process consists of submitting data in three tables:  1) Membership Data, 2) Financial Data and 3) Stewardship Data.  The submissions are used by both the Conference and the General Church for statistical information and ...

2016 Apportionments

Ross Williams

January 03, 2017

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 2016 conference apportionments in full.  The cut-off date for receiving funds is Wednesday, January 11th   If your church cannot pay apportionments in full, please consider exceeding your previous year's payment percentage.  If you have any questions about the status ...

Finance Staff Change

Ross Williams

December 28, 2016

Dear Treasurers and Finance Chairs (cc: to pastors) I wanted to let you know that our Benefits Billing Associate, Heman Persaud, will be leaving the Conference after over eleven years of dedicated service.  During his time with us, Heman worked tirelessly to ensure that benefits billings, records and systems were accurate and related inquiries were responded to in a timely manner.  We are very sorry to see him go as he leaves very big shoes to fill!      Heman will be pursuing the expansion of a...

Electronic Giving through Vanco

Ross Williams

December 21, 2016

Hi all: I am very sorry for the trouble many of you have had trying to view this video.  The password given to me by Vanco was incorrect. Pasted below is a link to the video that requires no password to view! Merry Christmas! Sincerely,  Ross Dear Treasurers, Finance Chairs & Stewardship Chairs (copy to pastors)  The General Council on Finance and Administration of the United Methodist Church has recently expanded their relationship with Vanco Payment ...

The Conference Center is on the Move! (again)

Ross Williams

December 16, 2016

Dear Clergy & Laity of the Annual Conference, Our Conference Center will be relocating back to our White Plains building early next week after a significant renovation that was years in the planning by our Board of Trustees.  Since last May, we have been operating out of temporary space in Greenwich, CT during construction.  The primary purpose of the renovation was to address functional issues with our building, including the installation of better insulated walls and windows, repaving and ...

IRS Mileage Rate for 2017

Ross Williams

December 15, 2016

Dear Pastors and Treasurers, The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2017 standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business or charitable purposes. Beginning on January 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates will be: 53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven down from 54.0 cents in 2016. This rate represents the maximum rate an organization can reimburse an employee without the reimbursement being treated as taxable income. 14.0 cents ...

Sharing the Light to Lift Blue Christmas

Jim Stinson, Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

December 13, 2016

Elvis got it right—at least for a lot of people. For many different reasons, his version of “Blue Christmas,” hit and still hits, a responsive chord in many. You, no doubt, recognize the lyrics. I’ll have a blue Christmas without you. I’ll be so blue just thinking about you. Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree Won’t be the same if you’re not here with me. At this time of year, with windows and stores glistening with lights and decorations, with carols playing constantly in stores, with ...

IRS Reporting Requirements

Sally Truglia

December 09, 2016

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 some new reporting requirements and some annual reminders.  1)   2016 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 ...

Message from Missionary Sun Lae Kim from Mongolia

December 09, 2016

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