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GBHEM Candidacy Office Offers Financial Planning Services to Certified Candidates

The Candidacy Office at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) has partnered with Wespath and EY (formerly Ernst & Young) to offer financial planning services to certified candidates for licensed and ordained ministry. The services will be offered at no cost to candidates upon certification by their district committees on ordained ministry. EY has provided financial planning services to retirement plan participants in Wespath-administered plans since 2005. The financial ...

Tax Reform Eliminates the Moving Expense Deduction

Please see the update below from our GCFA Legal Services Department The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) made numerous changes to the taxation of both individuals and organizations. Several of the changes relate to deductions available to individuals. One such change that has possibly received less attention involves moving expenses.   As outlined extensively in the IRS’s Publication 521, the “deduction of certain moving expenses to a new home because [the taxpayer] started or changed job ...

Donor Makes $1 Million Gift to LaGrange College

Photo:  Jerry Wilkinson of Atlanta and his family unveil a sign proclaiming the new name of LaGrange College’s Wilkinson Family Servant Scholars Program. From left are Hayley Brammer, Bev Wilkinson, Chad Brammer, Jerry Wilkinson, Heather Deguire and Hilary Bayer. Atlanta business leader Jerry Wilkinson and his family have donated $1 million to LaGrange College to support its “From Promise to Prominence Campaign,” specifically the institution’s Servant Scholars Program. Wilkinson, a member of ...

Thank You for Apportionment Giving

Bishop Sue received a letter of thanks from Moses Kumar, General Secretary of the General Council on Finance and Administration of The United Methodist Church, to the people of the North Georgia Conference for your apportionment giving that funds the ministries of our global denomination. Thanks to this giving, lives are changed through the ministries of our Church.  December 5, 2017 Greetings Bishop, We bring you greetings from the General Council on Finance and Administration during this ...

Giving Tuesday: United Methodists Support Ministries Around the World

Connect your passion with God's mission! That's the idea behind the UMC #GivingTuesday initiative organized by Global Ministries. On November 28, 2017, United Methodists will once again come together to support the work of Advance missionaries and projects on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Consider supporting a project in an area you care about, such as food and agriculture, church development, disaster response and relief, education, health, economic empowerment, social justice, WASH/Water ...

Trustees Answer Questions About Property Management Proposal

Annual Conference members who attended their District Pre-Conference Briefing learned about the property management proposal from the Conference Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees and Conference Treasurer have answered questions about how the proposed conference-wide property management structure will work in a Q&A on the conference website.  Questions answered include why the change is being proposed and how funds from property sales will be managed.  Read the Q&A and view at PDF of ...

Peace with Justice Sunday Scheduled for June

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19) The Peace with Justice special offering allows the United Methodist Church to have a voice in advocating for peace and justice through programs in the United States and around the world. Fifty percent of the funds collected ...

Wood Attends GCFA Winter Board Meeting in Cambodia

Photo: Rev. Steve Wood with university scholars and almuni, all first-generation Christians, at the Toul Kork Methodist Church in Phnom Penh. "What I am seeing today is the fruit of the faithful work of many other people," said Wood. "Each acted and felt God’s hand in their lives to step forward and invest in the future." The Board of Directors of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) held its winter board meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, March 4-8. Cambodia is a mission ...

North Georgia Celebrates 2016 Apportionment Giving

Photo: Sean Taylor, layperson and chair of Conference Council on Finance and Administration, presents the 2017 Budget to the Annual Conference. At the close of 2016, North Georgia United Methodist churches had paid 94.7 percent of the apportionment budget, the highest percentage of apportionments paid in 15 years. Apportioned giving totaled $20,896,626.    Six of the 12 districts increased versus the previous year, including the Atlanta-Marietta District which paid five percentage points more ...

From GCFA: Update on Overtime Rules and Your Church

The General Council on Finance and Administration of the UMC shared the following information on the FLSA overtime provisions that were to go into effect Dec. 1.  Yesterday, Judge Mazzant of the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order in the case challenging the Department of Labor (“DOL”) revisions to the “white collar” exemptions to the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).   Those revisions would have significantly ...

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