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UMCMarket Gets Upgrade and Re-launches

Shopping portal www.umcmarket.org gets new look The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) announced this summer that the online shopping portal, UMCMarket, has relaunched using more advanced technology and faster delivery of donations. Working with Tribute, Inc. the re-launched UMCMarket will provide an enhanced user experience, quicker access to status reports, regular distribution of micro-donations and the addition of hundreds of savings offers for participants. Doug Spear, ...

Does Your Church Accept Debit/Credit Cards? New Rules Apply in October

Excerpt from Martin Sinderman Worship Facilities Magazine October 1, 2015 is an important deadline for churches that do face-to-face (“card-present”) credit or debit card transactions. A new payment standard, EMV, will be implemented that is based on “smart” debit and credit cards with embedded microprocessor chips. The chips and the information they generate make these cards less vulnerable to fraudulent use. This massive transition is being accompanied by an important change in who pays the...

UMC Finance Agency Arranges for Rental Car Discounts with Avis

The General Council on Finance and Administration for The United Methodist Church recently announced an arrangement with Avis Car Rental that can provide discounted rental rates.    The program will benefit United Methodists throughout the connection. This global arrangement includes Avis, Budget, and Zipcar services. It provides a capped, maximum rate while still honoring any current, lower promotional rate available at the time of booking. Insurance is also included with every business rate ...

Boynton UMC: Sowing Seeds Together All for God’s Glory

Boynton UMC in Ringgold recently celebrated the results of its “Sowing Seeds Together All for God’s Glory” capital campaign directed by the Georgia United Methodist Foundation. Sixty individuals and families pledged $304,000 toward the renovation of its 25-year-old sanctuary and the construction of a new multi-purpose building. Additionally, another member paid off the $36,000 debt on the parsonage.   “As a result of our church’s generosity, more people will find Christ; more souls will be ...

College Students from United Methodist Churches Across North Georgia Receive UM Scholarships

More than 100 college and seminary students from the North Georgia Conference received scholarships from the United Methodist Church's General Board of Higher Education and Ministry in the 2014-2015 school year.  In addition to the dozens of scholarships available from GBHEM, several students from North Georgia United Methodist churches attending UM-related institutions applied for and received a Conference Merit Award scholarship thanks to the generosity of North Georgia Conference churches ...

Is Your Church Missing Out on Millions During the Largest Wealth Transfer in History?

The greatest wealth transfer in U.S. history is underway. A recent study from the Boston College Center on Wealth and Philanthropy projects $59 trillion will be passed down to heirs, charities and taxes between 2007 and 2061. Other studies indicate that this number may be larger. “When you localize the $59 trillion, a conservative estimate suggests that the net worth of United Methodist baby boomers in Georgia is $75 billion,” said Rev. Charles (Chuck) W. Savage II, president/CEO of the Georgia...

Thank you! Amazing Generosity from North Georgia UMCs for Children's Home Offering

Thank you to all the churches that have collected the 2014 Amazing Grace Offering for the UM Children's Home. Please read and share the following update from the Children's Home. God’s Amazing Grace has definitely been shining on The United Methodist Children’s Home in 2014, and we want to recognize just a few churches who have really stepped up the pace in donations! We are appreciative to each and every church who has taken or plans to take the Amazing Grace Offering (it’s not too late!) for ...

Third Annual Georgia Gives Day Scheduled for Nov. 13

Several United Methodist ministries in the North Georgia Conference are participating in Georgia Gives Day on Nov. 13. Georgia Gives Day, a state-wide day of giving, raised more than $2.5 million for Georgia nonprofits in its first two years. Tens of thousands of Georgians are expected to donate this year through www.GAgivesday.org.    Participating ministries include: Action Ministries Camp Glisson Epworth By The Sea Foundation of Wesley Woods Interfaith Airport Chaplaincy LaGrange College New...

GCFA and Vanco Develop Easy2Give – a giving app for The United Methodist Church

The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA), working in partnership with Vanco Services, LLC, has developed a convenient mobile-device app that will allow members and visitors to make donations to the church while they are at church or if they are away.   The app, called "Easy2Give", is now available as a free download for Android™ devices. An Apple® iOS version will be available by the end of the year.   To donate, the user searches and finds a local United Methodist church, or one...

7 Ways to Go Green That Will Add Green to Your Budget

By Rachel Reiff Ellis Stewardship campaign season is a time of nurturing generous giving within our congregations. But there’s an angle you may not have considered as you craft your stewardship messages: Mindful use of resources as a means for stretching donated dollars to their fullest.   The word “steward” means “caretaker,” or “custodian.” As caretakers of our church facilities we have the opportunity to model Creation care to the larger community. But can an intentional focus on ...

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