IRS Mileage Rate for 2018

Ross Williams

December 15, 2017

Dear Pastors and Treasurers, The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2018 standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business or charitable purposes. Beginning on January 1, 2018, the standard mileage rates will be: 54.5 cents per mile for business miles driven up from 53.5 cents in 2017. This rate represents the maximum rate an organization can reimburse an employee without the reimbursement being treated as taxable income. 14.0 cents ...


Year End Key Dates

Diana Moore

December 14, 2017

Dear Pastor, Finance Chair and Treasurer: The staff at the Conference Center join me in wishing you and your congregation a joyous Christmas and peaceful New Year! This communication contains information with respect to mailing year-end payments to the Conference.  Please share as appropriate. Please contact me should you have any questions. Sincerely, Diana Moore dmoore@nyac.com 914-615-2235 Treasurer’s Remittance Report: The Treasurer’s Remittance Report should be sent with payments for ...


Investments & Financial Guidance

Ross Williams

December 08, 2017

Dear Church Leaders,   Does your church need help with its investments?   Has your church lost a personal relationship with its broker / investment manager?   Does your church need help in developing and fostering a culture of generosity?   Does your church need help with stewardship campaigns, planned giving, capital campaigns, financial education?   If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you would benefit from working with the United Methodist Frontier Foundation for your investment ...


Annual Conference 2018

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

December 06, 2017

Dear Friends, I greet you today in the precious name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. I pray that each of you are in eager anticipation of the joy and expectancy that is associated with this Advent & Christmas season. I am writing today to let you know that our Annual Conference Sessions Team is currently working on some exciting plans for the next gathering of our Annual Conference in June, 2018. Our team has been working on plans for the potential of a simultaneous mission experience to take ...


‘Remembering’ Can Help Lessen Fear of Change

Jim Stinson, Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

November 20, 2017

One of the realities of aging is there tends to be more time to reflect and remember than there was when we were younger and busy “building our lives.” Many a conversation with older adults begins with, “I remember when . . .” The supposition often is that we do so, in part, to “wish things were as they used to be.” In such a supposition, we too often miss the importance of remembering or reminiscing. The importance is that it can be a way of assessing the meaning of our lives thus far, and can ...


Gratitude for Baptism

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

November 20, 2017

When I was a pastor there was a ritual that I used at least twice a year. When I first decided to try it, I thought that there would be a limited response. What I discovered was that the reaction was greater than I ever could have imagined. This simple act, to my surprise, met an unrealized need. What I encountered was a level of emotion that I had underestimated. The ritual was “The Re-Affirmation of Baptism.” I used very simple language: “Remember your baptism and be thankful.” I employed a ...


New Church Vendors for Administration

Ross Williams

November 07, 2017

Dear Finance Chairs, Treasurers and Pastors, I wanted to pass along information about two new vendor relationships that GCFA (the national United Methodist Church organization) has developed to work with our local churches.  Since these are new vendors, I am interested in hearing any feedback you may have if you decide to engage them.  I hope all is well with you!  Sincerely,  Ross First:  With the variety of administrative processes handled in local churches each week, Servant Keeper can assist...


Message from Rev. John Calhoun, Coordinator of International Ministries, Kyiv, Ukraine

November 01, 2017

Message from: Rev. John Calhoun Coordinator of International Ministries, Kyiv, Ukraine Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church jcalhoun@umcmission.org GBGM Advance #13970Z


NYC Hurricane Evacuee Center is Open and Receiving Applicants

Tom Vencuss

October 30, 2017

NYC Evacuee Service Center update The NYC Evacuee Service Center opened on October 19 and has seen between 50 and 75 families daily. At any one time there may be as many as several hundred people in the small meeting area. While there have been a few families from Texas, Florida, and other areas of the Caribbean, the high majority are from Puerto Rico. The Center is located at  the Julia De Burgos Latino Cultural Center, 1680 Lexington Avenue, between 105 and 106 streets in Manhattan. There are...


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