Finance Topics

GCFA Announces Avis Car Rental Plan

Ross Williams

January 16, 2015

Dear Pastors, Treasusrers and Finance Chairs, Please see the announcment below of special rates negotiated by GCFA with Avis and Budget Car rental. Sincerely, Ross To continue our commitment to provide excellent programs, we are happy to announce an arrangement with Avis Car Rental that can provide discounted rental rates. The program will benefit United Methodists throughout the connection. This global arrangement ...

Health Insurance Reporting on W-2

Sally Truglia

January 12, 2015

Happy New Year! Before you distribute W-2 tax forms for your employees and most specifically for your pastors, please be aware of some of the recent IRS rulings regarding the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act requires the employer (church) to report the value of the group medical insurance plan to the IRS in Box 12 using code DD.   The rates to be reported are the not the uniform rate that we charge each church, rather it is the actual premium rate that we are billed by HealthFlex. ...

Church Secretary Training - Limited Scholarships Available

Ross Williams

December 19, 2014

Dear Pastors and other Church Leaders, Please see the message below from GCFA about the availability of training for church secretaries.  Please note that a limited number of scholarships are available.   Dear PAUMCS Members and Friends: The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) endorses and supports the Certification Institute for the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries (PAUMCS).  The classes are held at the GCFA Ministry Center in Nashville, ...

FREE Con Edison Light Bulb Replacement Program

Ross Williams

December 11, 2014

Dear Church Pastors, Treasurers and Trustee Chairs, If your church is located in the 5 boroughs or Westchester County, Con Edison is currently running a program whereby one of their partner vendors (iLightGreen) will visit your premises and replace older light bulbs with new energy efficient ones FREE OF CHARGE.  Normally these programs are at least partially funded by the utility consumer but in this case, the Conference has received a waiver of all charges. The Conference Center just went ...

Financial Leadership Academy for Clergy

Ross Williams

October 15, 2014

Dear Clergy, The Mid-Atlantic United Methodist Foundation is offering a program for clergy that will meet over the course of two years called the Financial Leadership Academy.  The program will conisist of six seminars on a variety of financial topics including stewardship, church finances, planned giving and fundraising.  Sessions will be 1.5 days and be held at Simpson UMC in Wilmington, DE.  For more details on topics covered, click here.  The cost of the program, which is underwritten by ...

Training for Church Secretaries

Ross Williams

April 07, 2014

Dear Pastors, Pasted below is an e-mail about a training course being offered for United Methodist church secretaries in Nashville, TN in July.  Please note that there are some scholarships available to cover registration fees (see e-mail).   Sincerely,  Ross   Register now for the PAUMCS 2014 CERTIFICATION INSTITUTE PAUMCS Certification Class Dates Are Set & Registration is Now Open July 13-18, 2014 ________________________________________ Dear PAUMCS Members and Friends, The General Council ...

Update on UMCmarket Program

Ross Williams

April 03, 2014

Dear Pastors, Treasurers and Finance Chairs, Please see the communication below containing an important update on the UMCmarket program.  This program is a way for churches to generate a non-traditional income stream.  It works by processing "micro-donations" to your church based upon on-line purchases that your congregation may already be making from large retailers such as, Barnes & Noble and Staples.  If you have questions about how this program works, please click on the link ...

Earned Sick Time Act - Alert (For churches in New York City)

Ross Williams

April 02, 2014

Dear Pastors, Finance Chairs and Treasurers, The message is applicable only to churches located within New York City. I recently received a notice about a new law, which requires action by May 1, 2014:  On March 20 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law an amendment to the EARNED SICK TIME ACT. The Act is scheduled to go into effect on April 1, 2014. The amendment expands the law and covers more employers as well as more industries than the original law. The Act requires most employers to ...

Get connected! Find resources! Courtesy of United Methodist Communications

Ross Williams

March 20, 2014

Dear Pastors, I received this e-mail from United Methodist Communications and thought it might be something you wish to subscribe to. Sincerely,  Ross   If the links in the content pasted below do not work, try the two following links: To view subscription options: To like UM COmmunications on ...

Philanthropy Study & Free Stewardship Webinar

Ross Williams

February 27, 2014

Dear Pastors and Stewardship Chairs, Pasted below is a link to the results of a study that was just released by the School of Philanthropy at Indiana University called the 2013 Congregational  Economic Impact Report. "This study includes responses from 3,103 mostly mainline U.S. congregations.   The study “asked a series of questions about their finances following the Great Recession, which officially ended in the summer of 2009, as well as questions about their most current finances, including ...

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