Checking your Benefits Accounts

For those who participate in benefits programs from the BOP through your employer, you should be regularly checking your accounts – Benefits Connect for medical/pension and Fidelity if you have a retirement savings account (RSA). You should log in to Benefits Connect, and make sure the salary information submitted by your employer is up to date. If you have an RSA with Fidelity, you should check to make sure your requested contributions – and, if applicable, employer contributions – are being regularly deposited into your account. For those members of the Board of Pensions benefits programs, the annual enrollment period for signing up/selecting your 2022 benefits will be Oct. 25 through Nov. 12.

PDA responds to the impacts of the Haitian earthquake and Hurricane Ida, plus ongoing support for refugee emergencies

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is in Haiti in response to the recent earthquake and also in the areas affected by Hurricane Ida. The Presbyterian Mission Agency encourages you to support the work of PDA. The Mission Agency is also accepting donations for ongoing support/relief efforts for refugee emergencies. You may send donations as part of your church’s benevolence payments sent to the presbytery office, or donations may be sent directly to PDA. With PDA, mail donations to Presbyterian Church USA, PO Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700, marked Haiti Earthquake, Hurricane Ida, or Disaster Relief-Refugee Emergences, or donation online for the Haiti Earthquake, Hurricane Ida, or Refugee Emergencies.  Your church can also support these efforts by marking your church’s One Great Hour of Sharing offering as Haiti Earthquake, Hurricane Ida, or Disaster Relief-Refugee Emergences.

That Time of Year 

It’s beginning to look a lot like…time to begin thinking about/working on next year’s budget. To help with this, we have a couple of resources available to help with your budget development process. First is an article for Church Law & Tax titled “Tips for a More Effective Church Budgeting Process.” It contains key points to remember to help your church have a more successful process and an effective budget that supports your church’s goals. Second is information on creating a narrative budget document. Instead of presenting a budget that has columns, numbers, and a list of line items, a narrative budget tells a story of how the various components of the budget contribute the congregation’s missions and ministries. Please let me know if you would like either or both of these resources.

More Free Information Available from Church Law & Tax

How prepared is your church to handle a variety of situations affecting finances? Church Law & Tax have several free checklists to help churches answer this question. They are here and include:

  • “Are We Practicing Safe Fundraising?”
  • “Are We Violating Copyright Law?”
  • “Do We Follow Sound Employment Practices?”
  • “How to Select Church Insurance?”

Post-Pandemic Technology Trends for Churches

We have available an e-book from Protect My Ministry, part of the Ministry Brands family of software companies. This e-book has information about trends across the spectrum of church technology including church management systems, websites, online giving, mobile apps, background screenings, and more. Please let us know if you are interested getting a copy.

Church Financial Leadership Grants Available

From the Presbyterian Foundation: Grants are available to assist pastors to attend continuing education opportunities, which will help them in leading their congregations toward financial and missional vitality. Click for more information. Church stewardship team members are encouraged to apply with their pastors. Download and complete the grant application. Grant applications may take up to four weeks to process.

The Presbyterian Foundation also has additional resources, tools, and other support to provide pastors and church leaders help “to address the financial and leadership challenges of congregational ministry and mission in the 21st century.”  We encourage you to visit their website to see what is available and how it may help your church.

From the Board of Pensions Connections Newsletter

The Board of Pensions is offering a new e-learning series, as well as a virtual financial well-being seminar.

The e-learning series is called THRIVE, short for Thinking Retirement: Identity, Vocation, and Economics. It covers subjects such as financial planning and retirement healthcare options as part of a larger exploration of identity, health, and vocation in retirement. It is aimed at benefits members who are 10 or fewer years away from retirement. You can access THRIVE in a number of formats, both online and in person. The e-learning will only be available through the end of the year, so start your course soon.

2021 Special Offerings Calendar

Here is the calendar for the four churchwide Special Offerings of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), of which only one remains:

CHRISTMAS JOY: Nov. 28 to Dec. 19

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.