Dear Friends, below for your information is an overview of the EPA financial data for the period through November 2016. Church Giving Report Schedule 1 is the Church Giving Report. This… Read more
Advent is a special time of waiting, anticipating and preparing for the sacred, birth of Jesus Christ. So in this appropriate time I want to call on all of you… Read more
The Rev. Sharon Kaye Paul passed away on Dec. 8, 2016. She was a Local Pastor who retired in 2015. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 14,… Read more
We hope this message finds you well. We wanted to provide the following information from the Legal Services Department here at GCFA.
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 changed the “minimum salary test” for determining whether an employee should automatically be categorized as a non-exempt employee, by raising the minimum salary threshold from $455 per week ($23,600 annually) to $921 per week ($47,892 annually). The revisions would have also established an automatic updating mechanism to adjust the threshold every three years. In the Opinion and Order, the Court granted the plaintiffs’ motion for a temporary, nationwide injunction. The injunction postpones implementation and enforcement of the revisions which were to go into effect on December 1, 2016.
I invite you to picture this scenario: An economy with a huge disparity between rich and poor. Groups of people who fear persecution because of their ethnic identity. A government that is protective about its borders. A leader that is seen… Read more
Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus the Christ! I am writing to you during this season of giving with an important reminder about the paying of… Read more
United Methodists can share a warm cup of hospitality—and warm cocoa—on the streets of Philadelphia Dec. 15-18, along with the message, “When we find the true meaning of Christmas church… Read more
After Hurricane Mathew caused devastation in Haiti Oct. 4, the UM Committee on Relief (UMCOR) quickly responded with emergency supplies and other assistance to the Methodist Church in Haiti (L’Eglise… Read more