Remittances

The button below will take you to the conference remittance payment system, Mission Connect: Ministry Financials. Your monthly remittance statement will be emailed by the 7th of each month, but you may access the remittance portal at any time.

Please contact 610-666-9090 ext. 1023 or remittances@epaumc.org if you need assistance or have any questions.

Connectional Ministries Fund 2021 Holiday

Dear Conference Churches,

To celebrate the good financial standing of the annual conference, the Council on Finance and Administration (CCFA) has approved a payment holiday for local churches of the 2021 Connectional Ministries Fund (CMF). This is a one-year-only payment holiday. The local church may choose one month to take advantage of the holiday. A church completing 11 monthly CMF payments for 2021 will be considered as having paid 100% of their Connectional Ministries Fund apportionments. The remittance statement will reflect the entire obligation. The adjustment will be processed during the year-end close in January 2022, but be assured that 11 monthly payments of the Connectional Ministries Fund will be considered paid in full. Read More

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Redux

The Small Business Administration issued their guidelines on January 6 documenting how lenders will proceed with the PPP2 applications for non-profits. Presently, only churches who have not yet received a PPP1 loans are eligible to apply; but this process will open up soon for churches that have already received PPP1 grants and can demonstrate a 25 percent decline in their “gross receipts” in at least one 2020 quarter, compared to the same quarter in 2019.

When eligible, churches will be able to apply to local lenders for an amount equal to 2.5 times the 2019 average monthly payroll costs, which include housing allowances and benefit payments made by the church. Many lenders offered online registration links for the PPP1 funds to reserve places in line for later receiving invitations to the grant application website. You need to be continuously monitoring their websites. Read More

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IRS Mileage Rate for 2021

The Internal Revenue Service issued the 2021 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2021, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

  • 56 cents per mile driven for business use, down 1.5 cents from the rate for 2020,
  • 16 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down 1 cent from the rate for 2020, and
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations.

The business mileage rate decreased 1.5 cents for business travel driven and 1 cent for medical and certain moving expense from the rates for 2020. The charitable rate is set by statute and remains unchanged.

2021 budget & apportionments mailed to pastors

The 2020 apportionment and billed funds information for individual congregations, plus the Conference Treasurer’s overall Narrative Budget, was mailed to each local church lead pastor as of 11/9/2020. See 2021 Budget Narrative.

GCFA automates Group Ruling request process

The UMC’s General Council on Finance & Administration (GCFA) has automated the process of obtaining the Group Ruling (501(c)3 documentation for churches and other UM organizations. Click here to be taken to the site to complete your Application for the United Methodist Church Group Ruling.

Contact the GCFA Legal Services Department at legal@gcfa.org with any questions. For technical support contact the Web Site Administrator at support@gcfa.orgLearn More