Greetings Pastors, Church Treasurers, Finance Teams, and Others -
Christmas and New Year's are quickly approaching! As a result, this will be our last Admin News & Notes for 2018. Included in today's long email (hang in there!) you will find lots of links for finishing 2018 well and preparing for an exciting and fruitful 2019.
Your Administrative Services Team - David, Heather, Lesley, MaGina, Mandy, Woody - wish you, your family and friends, and your church the merriest and happiest of holidays!
Grace & Peace,
firstname.lastname@example.org | (502) 425-3884
One of the joys of the Administrative Services Team is participating in the process of helping money be transformed into ministry. We also love - and think it's vitally important - to celebrate God's abundant gifts and grace that are at work in, among, and through us. Today we celebrate:
This is the total number of Conference campus ministries and camp & retreat centers that are engaging children, youth, college students, young adults, and more for the sake of God's Kingdom in Kentucky. This Christmas, would you consider participating in these important ministries by donating via the ministries' Unbox Christmas initiative? Click the link or click here (Unbox Christmas Catalog) for more information.
Local Church Finance News
2019 Clergy Withholdings Worksheet: It's important for pastors and church treasurers to be aware of each active plan participant's health plan enrollments and necessary payroll witholdings. To that end, feel free to use this worksheet to calculate monthly amounts to be withheld from their pay for Health, Dental, Vision insurances as well as Health Savings Account (HSA) contributions. The Conference Benefits Office does not need a copy of this form – it is solely for your planning purposes. Note: This form does not enroll participants in any plans. Also, today's worksheet contains a correction to family dental premiums listed on the previous worksheet.
2019 Our Mission Covenant Remittance Forms: Many thanks to all of our churches who are making a commitment to the Conference's mission and ministries in 2019. For a snapshot of the mission and ministries your covenant funds will make possible, take a moment to view and share the 2019 Our Mission Covenant brochure. Also, you should be receiving 2019 OMC Remittance Forms in the mail soon. You can access these forms electronically here: OMC Excel and OMC pdf.
2019 GCFA/Discipleship Ministries Webinars: A few our denominational agencies will be offering webinars in the coming year to assist with: new finance/trustee members, local church audits, clergy taxes, and more. For more information, see here: 2019 Webinars.
Health Benefits & Pension News
New HSA Bank Information: Anthem will be sending new HSA information from ActWise in the coming days. Please watch for this information; you will need this to transfer your HSA funds from your current account with My Benefit Wallet to your new ActWise account. Once you have received your information please return this form to the Conference office (and not the address on the form). The deadline to submit your HSA Transfer of Assets form to the Conference Benefits Office is January 15. If you choose not to participate in the Conference facilitated and funded bulk transfer, you will be responsible for transferring your funds and for the expense ($25). Additional information can be found here: Active Health Plan or by emailing Lesley Williams at email@example.com.
New DPP Group: A new Diabetes Prevention Program group is forming and will begin in January 2019. Join for 16 weekly/bi-weekly virtual meetings and then 6 virtual monthly follow-up meetings with a Trained Certified Diabetes Lifestyle Coach. During the program, ongoing coach support will help you to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. For more information, see this flier: Balanced Wellness DPP
UMPIP Contributions: Reminder to all UMPIP participant who also receive CRSP benefits, make sure you are contributing your 1% to get your CRSP match. Also, for clergy who changed appointments this year and/or incurred moving expense, those moving expenses are "pensionable" income. Thus, be sure to contribute an additional 1% of those moving expense in order to ensure full CRSP match benefits.
Local Church Trustees News
Frank King Fund: On Saturday, December 1, 2018, the Frank King Fund grant window opens. The application and guidelines are posted on our website at www.kyumc.org/kinggrant.
Frank C. King was a Pastor of the former Kentucky Conference. In his will he left a trust to provide assistance to churches of the Kentucky Conference for additions and improvements for church facilities. The Conference Trustees have established a grant process to help facilitate the wishes of Rev. King. The grant is a matching grant which will provide up to $3,000 to selected recipients.
Take A Moment to Read...
2018 End of Year Administrative Services Newsletter: In addition to today's email, you can find end-of-year information related to clergy taxes, church tax filings, W-2s, housing notes, and more in the 2018 EOY Newsletter.