For Church Leaders

 

UNITED METHODIST ADVOCACY IN PA


Rev. Dai Morgan, Coordinator for United Methodist Advocacy in Pennsylvania, is providing regular updates regarding legislation he is tracking for us in Harrisburg. To read his most recent update, CLICK HERE.

Rev. Morgan is available to visit individual churches or groups to preach and deliver a message about the connection of faith and politics. He coordinates state legislative advocacy for the three United Methodist annual conferences in Pennsylvania.

Contact Rev. Morgan at daimorgan@comcast.net or call (412) 595-6011.  Visit the United Methodist Advocacy in Pennsylvania Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/umadvocacypa/.

 

Informational Meetings for Provisional or Associate Membership

posted Jul 3, 2017, 12:42 PM by York District UMC   [ updated Jul 3, 2017, 12:43 PM ]



SAVE THE DATE
 
Those are interested or who desire to apply for Commissioning or Associate Membership of Susquehanna UM Conference. We have scheduled two meetings for those who desire to apply for commissioning as an Elder, Deacon, or Associate Member.  Please choose the meeting that is most convenient for you.   We will begin at 9:30 am and conclude around 12 pm.  For those who desire, we will be going out to lunch afterwards. Thank you.  


July 20th:  Susquehanna United Methodist Conference Office, 

303 Mulberry Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA.

July 27th Covenant United Methodist Church, 

44 West Main Street, Lock Haven, PA.


*Please be in touch with your registrar about your intentions to attend one of these gatherings:


Blessings, 
Julia Piper

FREE CLERGY PERSONAL FINANCE RESOURCES !!!

posted Jun 14, 2017, 6:55 AM by York District UMC   [ updated Jun 19, 2017, 11:51 AM ]

FREE CLERGY PERSONAL FINANCE RESOURCES !!!


The Lewis Center for Church Leadership and Wesley Theological Seminary have gathered free resources to help pastors better understand and manage their personal finances. The resources are available at https://www.churchleadership.com/clergyfinances  

 

Managing personal finances is especially important for clergy who are expected to teach and model faithful stewardship within their congregations. Maintaining healthy personal finances is both a personal and a pastoral responsibility. The free resources offered can help clergy better meet these responsibilities. Topics include:

•         Why Clergy Personal Finances Matter

•         Personal Finances and Budgeting

•         Debt

•         Compensation and Taxes

•         Insurance

•         Investing

•         Estate Planning

Lovett H. Weems, Jr.

Professor of Church Leadership

Director, Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Wesley Theological Seminary

lovettw@wesleyseminary.edu

 

E-GIVING OUTREACH

posted May 17, 2017, 7:20 AM by York District UMC   [ updated May 17, 2017, 7:22 AM ]

EMPOWERING GENEROSITY

Dear Clergy & Pastor's,
Please share these exciting opportunity for your church to use a very powerful tool for ministry.

 "LIVING & GIVING GENEROUSLY"  

Thank you kindly. 

God Bless, 
Andra Haverstock, Conference Treasure/Controller
e-mail: ahaverstock@susumc.org

Clearances for Employees and Volunteers

posted Mar 16, 2016, 11:36 AM by evizthum@susumc.org   [ updated Jan 19, 2017, 7:35 AM by Vicky Salisbury ]


The official Susquehanna Conference policy for clearances for employees and volunteers is available HERE.

Necessary forms are listed below with their links:
Volunteer Affidavit - also availble below as a Word Document for your convenience

2017 IRS Mileage Rates

posted Jan 5, 2016, 7:12 AM by evizthum@susumc.org   [ updated Feb 1, 2017, 6:53 AM by Vicky Salisbury ]

2017 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving Announced

IR-2016-169,Dec.13, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2017 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

  • 53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 54 cents for 2016
  • 17 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down from 19 cents for 2016
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

The business mileage rate decreased half a cent per mile and the medical and moving expense rates each dropped 2 cents per mile from 2016. The charitable rate is set by statute and remains unchanged.

The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs.

Taxpayers always have the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates.

A taxpayer may not use the business standard mileage rate for a vehicle after using any depreciation method under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) or after claiming a Section 179 deduction for that vehicle. In addition, the business standard mileage rate cannot be used for more than four vehicles used simultaneously.

These and other requirements are described in Rev. Proc. 2010-51Notice 2016-79, posted today on IRS.gov, contains the standard mileage rates, the amount a taxpayer must use in calculating reductions to basis for depreciation taken under the business standard mileage rate, and the maximum standard automobile cost that a taxpayer may use in computing the allowance under a fixed and variable rate plan.

Orchard Hill Retreat Center

posted Mar 19, 2013, 9:35 AM by evizthum@susumc.org   [ updated Jun 19, 2017, 11:50 AM by York District UMC ]

Do you need a quiet place to have a significant conversation with key leaders in your congregation?   Maybe there is a committee that is struggling to formulate its mission or seems at odds with the broader vision.  Would you like to come apart from the usual environment for a training event? Or a staff retreat day?  Or for personal spiritual refreshment?

Orchard Hill is a retreat center operated by The Center For Spiritual Formation that makes this space for grace available to pastors and churches throughout the Susquehanna Valley.  It sits high atop a mountain and the setting alone offers a mountaintop experience!

Come Home to Orchard Hill:

  • A Ministry of Spiritual Direction Graduates Gathering, with Russel Hart, Saturday, July 29th at 10:00am til 3:30pm. 
  • Connectiong With God: A Retreat for Young Adutls, with Michelle Bodle, Friday, Oct. 20th at 6:30pm til Sat.,Oct. 21st at 3:30pm.

*Please remember Orchard Hill when you need a place to rest, refocus, and recommit, for yourself and those you lead.  It was created with exactly that in mind!

For additional information contact formation1@embarqmail.com, or 717-240-0678.  Website info HERE

 

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