It’s time to select benefits for 2020

Now’s the time for churches to review, update, and submit their employer agreement with the Board of Pensions for 2020. Employers have until October 11 to log on to, click the Employer Agreement tab at the top of the home page to select the benefits the church’s employees may select during the annual enrollment period this fall (October 28-November 15). Please go to the Board of Pensions website  for available resources to help employers make their decisions.

The Board of Pensions is now requiring all employee information (hiring, change of salary, termination, etc.) be submitted through their Benefits Connect website. If your church as not already done so, they should designate a benefits administrator and register the church for employer access to Benefits Connect.

I also highly recommend that churches sign up to receive the Board of Pensions “Employer News” newsletter. The newsletter is published monthly and provides information regarding recent Board news, important updates, and information specifically for employers. To receive the newsletter, please contact the Board of Pensions (1-800-773-7752, or get in touch with me (304-744-7634, and I can help you get a copy.

If you have questions for the Board of Pensions, about the Benefits Plan, or the benefits selection process, call the Board at 800-773-7752 (800-PRESPLAN) and select “Employer Services.”

Church giving during summer months

As we church treasurers know, churches experience ebbs and flows in giving and donations during the year, and the greatest ebb we see is usually during the summer months. Here is a link to a recent article from Church Law & Tax’s Church Finance Update newsletter offering “Five Tips to Increase Giving This Summer.”

2019 Special Offering Calendar

PEACE & GLOBAL WITNESS: Sept. 1 to Oct. 1

A gift to the Peace & Global Witness Offering enables the church to promote the Peace of Christ by addressing systems of conflict and injustice across the world. Individual congregations are encouraged to utilize up to 25% of this offering to connect with the global witness of Christ’s peace. Mid councils retain an additional 25% for ministries of peace and reconciliation. The remaining 50% is used by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to advocate for peace and justice in cultures of violence, including our own, through collaborative projects of education and Christian witness.

CHRISTMAS JOY: Dec. 1 to Dec. 22
NOTE: donations to these offerings are accepted at any time. The dates above are for times of special emphasis on the offerings. Click here for more information or to order resources, or call the PC(USA) Store at 800-533-4371.