Bishop Ward Discusses UMC #GivingTuesday
In this week’s Connections, Bishop Ward and the Rev. Edgar DeJesus discuss #GivingTuesday and how the United Methodist connection is assisting in the Philippines.
Conference Insurance Open Enrollment
The 2014 Open Enrollment for insurance elections will end on Dec. 18. Please log into your account at www.ebenefitsnow.com or contact Caroline Thornton at firstname.lastname@example.org, 800-849-4433. Retirees using Extend Health have until Dec. 31 to make their 2014 elections. Retirees may contact Extend Health at 855-801-9759.
Court Ruling puts Doubts on Clergy Housing Allowance
A federal judge in Wisconsin has ruled that an Internal Revenue Service exemption that allows clergy to shield their housing allowances from federal income taxes is unconstitutional. But the ruling is on hold until appeals are exhausted. To read the decision and comments from conference treasurer, Christine Dodson, click here.
Stewardship & Finance: Getting it Right at the Starting Line
Jan. 9 | Webinar
Directed to Stewardship teams, Finance Committee members, or Church Councils – if your work in the church deals with people’s giving, you want to start the new year off on the right foot. Presented by Ken Sloane, Director of Stewardship & Connectional Ministries, this webinar begins at 6:30 p.m. CST and is limited to the first 500 people who register. Register
SoSA offers Alternative Christmas Card
The Society of St. Andrew is offering an alternative Christmas card this year to help America’s hungry families. A $12 gift donation to the Society provides about 600 servings of fresh, nutritious food. The extraordinary popularity of this program continues to grow, providing more and more servings of fresh food to the hungry every year. See more at End Hunger