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Ebenezer Hispanic Fellowship Update

Ebenezer Hispanic Fellowship is in a time of transition with the closing of the Sixty-First Avenue UMC building this month. During the next six months, they will be worshipping at the Tennessee Conference Center. The congregation is in covenanting conversation with Antioch UMC as both churches look towards the future. Read More »

IRS Standard Mileage Rates for 2019

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2019, the IRS standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: * 58 cents per mile driven for business use, up 3.5 cents from the rate for 2018, * 20 cents per mile driven for medical or Read More »

Churches insured by UMI learn of new carriers, higher rates

In mid-December, UMI-insured churches with policies near expiration learned that they had 2 weeks to renew. According to reports from churches, the renewal rates ranged from double the 2018 premium, up to 4 times the 2018 premium. UMI (United Methodist Insurance) is a voluntary program affiliated with United Methodist agency Read More »

New Tax on Parking Provided for Church Employees

On 12/14/2018, Wespath and GCFA legal staff provided their interpretations of the new (2018) IRS guidance concerning potentially taxable parking lot expenses (Wespath) see also White Paper(GCFA) and taxable fringe benefits for church staff. This will not affect most churches that do not reserve parking spaces for employees and do not reserve paid parking Read More »

2019 Poet’s Corner at Scarritt Bennett Center

In 2010 Poet’s Corner was started at Scarritt-Bennett Center. Since its beginning 60+ poets have participated in the monthly readings, some coming from as far away as California, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. Various themes have surfaced: religious and faith-based; emotions including love, hate, hurt, frustration, etc; personal reflections and observations of Read More »