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Council of Bishops Takes Action Following Same-Gender Ceremony

Council of Bishops

Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church
100 Maryland Ave. NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2013

Council of Bishops Takes Action Following Same-Gender Ceremony

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Typhoon Haiyan Response

Possibly the strongest storm ever to make landfall, battered the Philippines Friday, Nov. 8. With sustained winds of 195 mph, the category 5 storm cut a swath of devastation across the northern tip of Cebu and tore through the three large island provinces of Samar, Leyte and Bohol. The United Methodist Committee on Relief is working with partners in the Philippines to provide assistance immediately. Please be in prayer for our brothers and sisters in the Philippines and try to share this video in your Sunday worship services. Join the relief effort.

Rev. Frank Schaefer Church Trial - General Information

Rev. Frank Schaefer Church Trial - General Information

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  1. Trial Location: Innabah Program Center, 712 Pughtown Road, Spring City, PA – Kedron Gymnasium
  2. Dates: November 18-20
  3. What is a Church Trial? According to ¶2707 of the 2012 Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, “church trials are to be regarded as an expedient of last resort. Only after every reasonable effort has been made to correct any wrong and adjust any existing difficulty should steps be taken to institute a trial… All trials shall be conducted according to The Book of Discipline in a consistent Christian manner by a properly constitute court after due investigation.”

Financial Update - October 2013

monthly financial updateConference Budget – Schedules A & B:
Please reference Schedule A and Schedule B for a summary of the conference budget for October 2013.

As a result of the faithful giving of EPA local churches to the connectional ministries fund or CMF we ended 2012 surpassing the $3,400,000 budget. Total receipts were $3,401,619 and December 2012 was another outstanding month with receipts totaling $432,684. Thanks to all of the congregations who continue to support this ministry. For 2013, the annual budget is the same as 2012, $3.4 million. Through ten months a total of $2,598,486 has been received. This is $234,847 less than budget and $100,085 less than receipts from a year ago, at the same period. For the month of October, churches gave $256,778 toward CMF and this was $26,296 less than the amount churches gave to CMF in October 2012. To reach the 2013 goal of $3.4 million churches will need to contribute $801,514 to CMF over the remaining two months. As a comparison, churches contributed $703,048 over these same two months in 2012.

Changes to the Loan Fund

EPAUMC Loan FundThe EPA Conference Loan Fund is a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation. Its purpose is to make loans to churches and agencies for building projects. The Board closely monitors rates in the general marketplace. Given the changes in the mortgage lending area, the Board of Directors has decided to reduce the rate paid by its borrowers to 4.25%, effective January 1, 2014. 

In addition to granting loans, the Loan Fund also issues an investment vehicle in the form of a certificate.  The certificate can be redeemed on sixty days’ notice.  The Loan Board may increase or reduce rates with sixty days’ notice. Due to the change in the mortgage rate, the Board approved a reduction in the certificate rate from 3% to 2.25%, effective January 1, 2014.  

The Loan Fund has been closed to investors this year because of the low demand for mortgage loans. However, there is currently over $5 million available in the fund for church building and renovation projects.    Loans are secured by a mortgage and applications are available on the conference web site.

Bishop's Days on the Districts: October

Bishops Days on the Districts

Please join Bishop Peggy Johnson as she takes a special look at these topics:
Clergy: Maturity, Mission and Ministry  Click here: Download the Clergy Powerpoint Show
Laity:  Evangelism and Stewardship  Click here: Download the Laity Powerpoint Show
NOTE: Clergy: If you are unable to attend one of the clergy sessions on your district, please attend another district's clergy meeting.

Schedule

Financial Update – September 2013

monthly finance report

Conference Budget – Schedules A & B
Please reference Schedule A and Schedule B for a summary of the conference budget for September 2013.

As a result of the faithful giving of EPA local churches to the connectional ministries fund or CMF we ended 2012 surpassing the $3,400,000 budget. Total receipts were $3,401,619 and December 2012 was another outstanding month with receipts totaling $432,684. Thanks to all of the congregations who continue to support this ministry. For 2013, the annual budget is the same as 2012, $3.4 million. Through nine months a total of $2,341,708 has been received. This is $208,292 less than budget and $73,789 less than receipts from a year ago, at the same period.

Financial Update – August 2013

monthly finance report

Conference Budget – Schedules A & B
Please reference Schedule A and Schedule B for a summary of the conference budget for August 2013. As a result of the faithful giving of EPA local churches to the connectional ministries fund or CMF we ended 2012 surpassing the $3,400,000 budget. Total receipts were $3,401,619 and December 2012 was another outstanding month with receipts totaling $432,684. Thanks to all of the congregations who continue to support this ministry. For 2013, the annual budget is the same as 2012, $3.4 million. Through eight months a total of $2,059,522 has been received. This is $207,145 less than budget and $74,769 less than receipts from a year ago, at the same period.

Adaptive Leadership training with Rev. Susan Beaumont

Introduction to Adaptive Leadership with Susan Beaumont
Thursday, September 12, 2013, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm,
Cedarville UMC, 
1092 Laurelwood Road, Pottstown, PA 19465 (Central District).

Online registration is now closed, but you can register by phone through 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10. Call Chris McLaughlin at the Southwest District Office, (717) 569-9673.

Cost: $15 per person, or $10 per person for five registering from the same church, which includes lunch and snacks.  

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