November 9, 2017
IN THIS ISSUE:
OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR 2018 FOR ACTIVE PASTORS
The 2018 Annual Election for health insurance started Wednesday, November 1, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, November 16. Annual Election is your ONLY opportunity to select pre-tax savings for 2018 through flexible spending accounts as well as dependent care accounts. The IRS released that the health care FSA limits will be increased to $2,650 for 2018.
For those whose spouse and/or family already have other coverage available, consider removing them from your conference plan. This would mean a savings to you in payroll deduction for employee health insurance and premium savings across the conference.
To make your selection(s), please visit wespath.org and log in to HealthFlex/WebMD and select "HealthFlex Plan Benefits" or "Annual Election". Once you have made your selections you can print a Benefit Summary to give to your treasurer. The Benefit Summary shows the plan selected and the FSA amount (if any) selected. Your church treasurer will need this information for January payroll.
If you need help logging in to your WebMD account, please call WebMD Customer Support at 1-866-302-5742.
For more information, and to use Alex, an online support tool, please view the PDF file.
Conference Benefits Officer
THE PASTOR'S ROLE IN GROWING GENEROUS HEARTS WEBINAR
WEBINAR WEDNESDAY: Don't miss out on a chance to learn how to manage the three stages of care-giving with tools to help you understand the choices, rights, and support systems available for you.
Author Peter Wong will present "Pastor and Caregiver: Balancing Church Leadership with Family Commitments" in a one-hour webinar sponsored by The United Methodist Stewardship Foundation.
Wednesday, November 15
$10 Registration, no refunds
11 a.m. - noon
You will need a computer with a web camera and online access with a good wi-fi connection to participate
Register online by November 10
PARTNERING IN MISSION: ADVENT RESOURCES
Dr. Abayasekara shares some great resources to use this Advent season.
"JOURNEY TO BETHLEHEM" PRESENTATION
Tunkhannock United Methodist Church will be presenting "Journey to Bethlehem" on Friday, December 8, and Saturday, December 9, from 6 - 9 p.m. each night.
Visitors begin at the church where they will board a hay wagon equipped with bales of hay for seats, lots of warm blankets to wrap up in, and narrators who will make the story come alive.
There are eight live scenes located throughout Tunkhannock where the events surrounding the birth of Jesus are enacted. The big finale is on the courthouse lawn and includes not only Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus, but also the three wise men, shepherds with their sheep, angels, and the church choir presenting beautiful music. Once back at the church, homemade cookies and hot beverages will be served.
Over 80 church volunteers have been working for months to prepare for this big two-night event, which is offered to the community free of charge. The church is located at the corner of Church and Warren Streets in Tunkhannock.
FULL-TIME 2nd SHIFT YOUTH WORKER POSITION OPEN AT UNITED METHODIST HOME FOR CHILDREN INC.
Gain National Certification as a member of our team. The United Methodist Home for Children Inc. is pleased to offer an opportunity to be a part of our Outreach Ministry to Kids:
Mary Jane Vaitl
United Methodist Home for Children Inc.
NEW MISSIONLINK AVAILABLE
September was an extremely busy month at Mission Central. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma had just struck, and everyone joined together in an amazing way to help those affected.
We had 816 volunteers put in 2,516 hours in September.
To view our latest news article CLICK HERE
HARVEST HOME FOR WORLD HUNGER OFFERING
The annual Harvest Home for World Hunger Offering is November 19, 2017.
The goal is $1 for each member of each congregation.
The offering is divided with 50 percent designated to support hunger projects within the Susquehanna Conference and 50 percent designated for UMCOR hunger projects.
Grant Funds from the 2016 offering were distributed to 34 projects in the Susquehanna Conference.
Information and a bulletin insert can be found in the current Ministry Resource Packet.
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