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MINISTRY SHARES 


Through the Ministry Shares covenant, the people of The United Methodist Church connect together to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Ministry Shares provide an opportunity to do together what no one person or congregation could do alone. It is an opportunity to multiply and share God's gifts in the world.


Track Your Church's Ministry Shares Performance

The Council on Finance and Administration is providing a tool to help members of local congregations keep track of how their church is doing in meeting its obligation to support the shared ministry of The United Methodist Church. A file showing the amount of each church’s Ministry Share and the progress each has made in paying that amount is available to all for viewing and/or download. To access that file point to this link to the Treasurers’ website.

The churches in the file are organized by district; click on your district to find your church. In addition to the progress being made this year, the percentage each church paid of their Ministry Share for two prior years are also listed. Please check on your church’s progress. If there any questions or discrepancies between the church's records and this report, contact Pros Tumonong, Conference Treasurer, treas@wmcumc.org, or Ann Buck abuck@wmcumc.org at 616-459-4503 or 1- 888-217-1905.


Treasury Notes Dec 04, 2013 
Conference Treasurer’s Office e – Newsletter December 4, 2013

Year End Reminders
Other Updates
Scam Alert

Year End Reminders
Important Due dates for 2013 reports/transactions

• December 27, 2013 – Request for payments or reimbursements are due in the Conference Treasurer’s Office (CTO).

• January 15, 2014 – Monthly Remittance Report of 2013 Ministry Shares and Designated Gifts. Please mark clearly “FINAL for 2013 “.

• February 10, 2014 – Deadline for Tables 1, 2 and 3. Enter data on the Internet at
  • EZRA Login
  • . If you need login or password and other assistance contact John Kosten or Ann Buck for help. The Ezra web site has a new look that offers easier navigation and enhancements. Now, you can save even with errors but you cannot submit. The line numbers have been reduced. For example, the Church Income is now on Line 62 (not Line 67 previously.) The information buttons are still available to the right end of each line.

    • January 31, 2014 – By this date, the IRS Form W-2 must be provided to every employee. Be sure to check the accuracy of names and Social Security numbers. Guidelines for completing the clergy W-2 is found on the Treasurers web site.

    • February 28, 2014 – Deadline to submit IRS Form W-3 for 2013.

    • May 15, 2014 – Filing for 2013 Health Care Premium Tax Credit under the Affordable Care Act. Many churches have received cash reimbursements from the IRS. Illustrative information is available on the Treasurers’ web site in the Treasurers Tool Box section.

    Other Updates

    • Flexible Spending Arrangements (FSA) – Good news! Starting with your 2014 FSA, up to $500 unused account balance at the end of 2014 will be allowed to carry over to 2015 in the Conference program. Clergy, please submit your 2014 FSA to John Kosten before January 15, 2014.

    • Qualified Changes in Family Status – Birth or adoption of a child, marriage, divorce, are examples of changes that are bases for changes in FSA or family medical coverage. These events must be reported to John Kosten in the Conference Treasurer’s Office within 30 days. See page 53 of the Health Care Benefits Guide.

    • Pre Certification of Medical Necessity – is required for certain non-emergency services before Medical or surgical services are provided. Please review pages 34-36 of the Health Care Benefits Guide. Non-compliance can be costly for you.

    • UMPIP Savings – Now is a good time to increase savings in UMPIP. Churches will match clergy personal savings up to 1% of plan compensation (cash salary plus housing). You can offset the reduced pension benefits in CRSP by increasing your UMPIP savings.

    • Virgin Pulse HealthMiles Wellness Program – Start the New Year on the right foot. Sign up to win dollar incentives on the way to good health.
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    • Health Care Survey – Thank You, for your valuable participation. We heard You! In response to the survey results, the Board of Pension and Health Benefits decided to hire 4D Pharmacy to replace Express Script for the Active Plan effective February 1, 2014. Watch your mail next week for additional information about the change. Following is a quick summary of the survey results:

    o Service providers like PBS, HPA, United American (for retirees) received Excellent to to Good rating from 87% of participants.

    o Only 37% of participants gave Express Script Excellent to Good rating.

    o 78% of participants gave the WMC Health Care Plans Excellent to Good rating. (The survey consultant observed that the low rating for Express Script had a negative impact on the Conference Plans rating.)

    o 69% of participants in the Active Plan and 64% in the Retiree Plan felt knowledgeable about their plan. (The good news is 84% knew where to get information or who to ask if they need help. By the way, the Benefits Guides are on the conference web site.)

    NOTE: Your comments or suggestions are always welcome. Help us do better.
    While we do not have member access until February, for an introduction to 4D Pharmacy, go to
  • 4 D Pharmacy
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    • 2014 Ministry Shares Brochure – You can download the new brochure to help interpret the
  • 2014 Ministry Shares
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    • How to do a Christmas Offering Well – The Center for Church Leadership offers a helpful piece
  • Christmas Offering
  • . For a video material you can try
  • YouTube
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    • Imagine No Malaria – The Michigan Episcopal Area has committed to raise $1.5 million by December 2014 as we join the church in our common effort to eradicate this killer disease. Our Bishop Deb Kiesey has a special message on
  • MINoMalaria
  • . Save lives, Give to Advance #3021190.

    • 2013 Ministry Shares and Advance Special Giving – Thank You for your gifts and prayers. Please continue your fine effort in paying your ministry shares. If you are able, give more than 100% to help other churches that are experiencing financial distress at this time. Your gifts make a difference in people’s lives---in the Midwest, in the Philippines and everywhere. And your generosity will bring great praise to God.

    Scam Alert

    The IRS has issued a consumer alert. It is common for scam artists to impersonate charities following disasters. Take heed of the following tips:

    o Donate to recognized charities. (UMCOR, why not? 100% go to charity.)

    o Don’t give out personal information, such as Social Security Number or credit card or bank account information to avoid identity theft.

    o Be wary of charities with names that sound similar to nationally recognized charities.

    o Don’t give or send cash.

    Thank you for your prayers and financial support of our shared mission to make disciples of Jesus Chris1, so that the world will be transformed. Visit the Treasurers website wmc.umconline.org to track your financial giving to Ministry Shares and for other information.

    Questions? Contact Us
    Pros Tumonong, Conference Treasurer & Benefits Officer (treas@wmcumc.org )
    Russ Geske, Accounting Manager (rgeske@wmcumc.org )
    John Kosten, Benefits Coordinator & Payroll (johnk@wmcumc.org )
    Ann Buck, Receivables, Property & Workers Comp Insurance (abuck@wmcumc.org )

    Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    UM Conference Center
    11 Fuller Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
    Phone: (616) 459-4503 Fax: (616) 459-0191