2020 Per Capita

The 2020 Per Capita is $30 per member. The 2020 Per Capita was approved at the August Presbytery meeting. It is a 50 cent increase from the 2019 rate. The increase in the total rate was in response to an increase in the General Assembly rate for 2019 and 2020 to $8.95 – up $1.22, and an increase in the Synod of the Trinity’s Per Capita, $2.40 for 2020 – up 10 cents. Therefore, with the total rate at $30, the Presbytery of West Virginia will keep $18.65, sending $8.95 and $2.40 to the General Assembly and Synod of the Trinity, respectively.

2020 Shared Mission Pledge Request

Hopefully, all our churches have received a 2020 Shared Mission pledge request and Per Capita notice. These letters were mailed to the treasurer, Clerk of Session, and pastoral leader of each church. Please return the pledge card to the Presbytery office at your earliest convenience. We encourage each Session to thoughtfully consider our request. The information provided when a church returns their pledge card, no matter the response, is essential to our effective management of the presbytery’s financial resources, so we urge treasurers, Clerks of Session, and pastoral leaders to make sure that your church has returned their pledge card to this office by January 31, 2020. If you have any questions about mission pledge, Per Capita, or other benevolences, please let us know (304-744-7634, treasurer@wvpresbytery.org).

2019 Year-end Benevolence Processing

As the year comes to an end, I want to encourage you to remit any amount remaining in your church’s Shared Mission pledge, Per Capita, or other benevolence payments for 2019. The General Assembly is allowing us a little extra time to submit payments for this fiscal year, so please, forward all remaining 2019 contributions to the Presbytery office by Friday, January 17, 2020 and those contributions will be included in 2019 records.

New Overtime Rules

In recent newsletter articles, we reported that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) was issuing new rules for overtime pay that will go into effect on Jan. 1. Acting General Counsel Mike Kirk, PC(U.S.A.) Legal Services Department, has provided some information and explanation on how this change may affect mid councils and congregations. Click here to read.

Also, we have available a flow chart prepared by a CPA firm specializing in serving non-profits that, hopefully, can provide some clarity and guidance for deciding if an employee is exempt from overtime pay. Please let us know if you would like a copy. Here is the DOL’s webpage with specifics about the changes to the FLSA. If more information and guidance becomes available, we will pass it along as it is received.

Changes to IRS Form W-4

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is proposing changes to the Form W-4. Changes to the long standard form were necessitated by the approval of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. A draft version of the new Form W-4 has been released by the IRS with plans to release a final version sometime next month. Employers will need to use the new Form W-4 for all new employees and for any current employees who wish to change their withholdings.  For more information and to preview the draft W-4, click here.

2019 PC(USA) Special Offering Calendar – Christmas Joy

A gift to the Christmas Joy Offering is distributed equally to the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions which provides assistance to current and retired church workers in their time of need, and to Presbyterian-related schools equipping communities of color by providing education and leadership development.

Dec. 1-22 is a time for special emphasis on this offering; however, donations to it and the other special offerings (One Great Hour of Sharing, Pentecost, Peace and Global Witness) are accepted at any time. For more information or to order resources, please visit specialofferings.pcusa.org or call the Presbyterian Church Store at 800-533-4371.