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    news stories Tagged “Finance”

    With Bishop’s help, Liverpool First burns its mortgage

    May 22, 2024 / By Charles McChesney, Liverpool First United Methodist Church

    It was a double celebration at Liverpool First United Methodist Church on Pentecost Sunday. Along with celebrating the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles, the more than 200-year-old church celebrated paying off a mortgage it took out decades ago to enlarge and improve the church building and later refinanced to update the kitchen to commercial grade.  The celebration included a rededication of the building and the congregation …more

    Three UNY churches awarded grant money

    April 19, 2024 / By Dr. Blenda Smith, CONAM Treasurer / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM) wants to thank the Upper New York churches that support Native American Ministries Sunday (NAMS) each year. This year, the Special Sunday was held on April 14.   Upper New York has three Native American Methodist Churches within our Conference boundaries, including  Four Corners UMC (south of Buffalo)  Onondaga Nation UMC (south of Syracuse)    Hogansburg UMC (northeast of …more

    Upper New York Conference welcomes Jim Rowley

    March 25, 2024 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    United Methodists of Upper New York (UNY) are pleased to introduce Jim Rowley as the new Finance Manager. Jim steps into this role succeeding Beth Dupont, who will be retiring later this year after a dedicated 11-year tenure with the Conference. Jim will work with Conference Treasurer Bob Flask and the entire finance team.    Jim brings to UNY a rich history in accounting and finance, boasting nearly 40 years …more

    Lilly Endowment grant taking shape in Upper New York

    March 4, 2024 / By Rev. Abigail Browka, Associate Director of Missional Excellence / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York (UNY) Conference was granted $1,250,000 from the Lilly Endowment Inc. Compelling Preaching Initiative in October 2023.  The Compelling Preaching Initiative is part of UNY's clergy leadership development focus called "Thrive," designed to support and enhance the preaching practices of pastors in Upper New York. The initiative will provide pastors with immersive experiences, curated workshops, and intentional space for rest, work, and play. These activities, set in …more

    UNY Archives Hires Archives Assistant

    February 22, 2024 / By Tara Barnes, UNY Commission on Archives and History member / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York Commission on Archives and History (UNYCAH) is excited to welcome Reilly Callahan as Archives Assistant to help with the important work of keeping the historical records of our churches. Reilly graduated summa cum laude in May 2023 from Syracuse University with a master’s degree in information studies. She worked as an archives intern at the university’s Special Collections Research Center and is a …more

    Reflections on 2023 Cady Grants and new applications being accepted

    February 2, 2024 / By Dr. Blenda Smith, Chair of the Cady Grant Team / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Each year, Cady Grants are awarded to projects and programs that seek to be used for the “benefit or education of minority groups, preferably black or American Indians,” as directed by Ercil Cady, the originator of the Ercil Cady Grant.  The committee is pleased to share an update on how the grants were used by the 2023 recipients:  Church in the Wild: As this New Faith …more

    The importance of church statistics

    January 19, 2024 / By Autumn Wells, Administrative and Accounting Services Specialist / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    There are many reasons why church statistics are so important and why they need to be up-to-date. First and foremost, they are there to help your church mission. Statistics allow a church to see trends such as growth or decline in membership, revenue, expenses, attendance, membership makeup, amount of youth, and more. These trends can help a church plan for the future. There are many distinct groups who view and …more

    New York State Minimum Wage / Salary Increase, Effective January 1, 2024

    January 11, 2024 / By Tracy Rickett, UNY Human Resources Generalist / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Effective Jan. 1, 2024, New York State increased the minimum wage for hourly (non-exempt) employees as well as the minimum salary amount for salaried (exempt) employees. The new amounts for New York State (excluding New York City, Long Island, and Westchester) are: HOURLY (Non-exempt): $15.00/hour  SALARY (Exempt): $1,124.20 per week / $58,458.40 per year Employers within the Upper New York Conference, regardless of the number of employees, must pay non-exempt staff the minimum wage. …more

    Tax workshops geared for clergy

    January 5, 2024 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    A new year means it’s time to start preparing for the upcoming tax season. Did you know clergy are treated differently under the tax code than virtually anybody else in the country?   Filing your taxes can be overwhelming. Let the Rev. Susan Ranous help guide you through the process. Rev. Ranous is an ordained deacon and Certified Public Accountant. She is hosting a two-hour workshop in …more

    Conference property insurance update

    November 29, 2023 / By Pastor Jack Keating, UNY Board of Trustees

    As we prepare for the upcoming annual renewal of our Conference-wide insurance program with Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company, we face an entirely different insurance climate than probably at any time in anyone’s memory.   “Unfortunately, most, if not all, Upper New York (UNY) churches have already received information from Brotherhood Mutual about significant deductible increases for the coming year without a proper explanation. As Chair of …more

    With more than 100,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 675 local churches and New Faith Communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our vision is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."