General Conference begins today
To view the live feeds from General Conference or to see all the business/resolution items, worship services, opinion pieces, blogs, and anything else related, go to https://nccumc.org/gc2012/ and follow the various links.
Churches Take Advantage of the Health Care Tax Credit
The deadline for filing Forms 8941 and 990-T to claim a refund of the small business health care tax credit for 2011 is May 15! If your church qualifies for this credit, you are encouraged to take advantage of these unexpected resources. If your church paid health insurance premiums, has less than 25 full-time equivalent employees, pays average non-clergy wages of less than $50,000, and paid any employment taxes (like for other lay staff or taxes withheld voluntarily for your pastor), your church may qualify. Visit this post on the Treasurer’s Office website for more details and help in filing for these monies.
2012 Rural Convocation program details now online
Registration for the 2012 Convocation on the Rural Church will open Tuesday, May 15, at 9 a.m. This year’s event – Tradition LIVES – will take place August 13-15 in Myrtle Beach, S.C., featuring plenary speakers Rev. Dr. Elaine Heath, the FolkPsalm Trio, and Rev. Robb Webb of The Duke Endowment, as well as worship, workshops, and conversation about how leaders of rural churches can engage in even more vibrant ministry and mission. Full event details are now posted online.
“Bridging the Generational Divide,”
May 8 Best-selling authors and consultants, Ron Carucci and Josh Epperson will lead a dynamic seminar presented by the Academy for Leadership Excellence on Thursday, May 8 from 9am-3pm at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh. This workshop will offer practical steps for overcoming the generational divide, an issue close to church leaders whether it is between senior and associate pastors or between pastors and lay leadership. The $75 cost will include the seminar, a complimentary book by the authors, breakfast and lunch. Group discounts are available and scholarships are available for churches with financial concerns. For more information, please go to www.theafle.org or call 919-208-2169.
Great times for the family at UM camps
There are several great events scheduled at the conference camps during the month of May. Go to the corresponding link to see all the details.
May 4: Cowboy Campout at Camp Chestnut Ridge (for boys):
May 4-6: Father/Child weekend at Camp Don Lee
May 11-13: Family Camp Weekend at Camp Rockfish:
May 11: Horse Slumber Party at Camp Chestnut Ridge (for girls):
May 12: Mother-Son Day of Fun at Camp Chestnut Ridge