West Michigan Conference  
Last Statement Update - Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Verse of the Day


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 - e-Newsletter September 2014 
Treasury Notes

Conference Treasurer’s Office (CTO) e – Newsletter Sept. 2014

Health Insurance Premium Refund from IRS for Churches
Church Auditors Workshop
Clergy Pre-retirement Seminar
Electronic Giving
Ministry Shares on the Web
Important Mailing - New Health Care ID Cards & Notices

Health Insurance Premium Refund from IRS
• Free money from the IRS as refunds for a portion of the Health Care Premium for their clergy and employees. As part of the Affordable Care Act, refunds are eligible for premiums paid in 2011, 2012 and 2013. We’ve seen refunds of hundreds to thousands dollars to our churches. One large church received more than $20,000 refund for the 3 year period. You can still file a claim for previous years but do it now before the window closes. Guidelines are found on the Treasurers web site wmc.umconline.org. Questions? Call Russ Geske in the Conference Treasurer’s Office

Church Auditors Workshop – November 1
• Church Auditors Workshop on November 1, 2014 starting at 9:30AM in the Conference Center at 11 Fuller Ave. SE, Grand Rapids. As a workshop, we will discuss Audit Procedure, share knowledge, experiences and insights. I will send some materials in advance for your review so we can be prepared for meaningful conversation and sharing. Click here to register
  • Auditors Workshop
  • or you may register on the Conference web site. Please contact Ann Buck abuck@wmcumc.org if you have further questions.

    Clergy Pre-retirement Seminar – November 10
    • Clergy Pre-retirement Seminar on November 10, 2014 in The Dominican Center at Marywood, 2025 East Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. General board of pension and other experts will help you navigate the financial challenges upon retirement. Click here to register
  • Pre-Retirement Seminar
  • or you may register on the Conference web site. Please contact John Kosten JohnK@wmcumc.org if you have further questions.

    Electronic Giving
    • Provide convenience for your church members and donation consistency for your church. Some churches arrange automatic contribution from members’ bank account. About 15,000 churches in the US now use Vanco and more than 10% of WMC churches use Vanco for electronic donations. Please visit their website for more information:
  • Vanco
  • A new app for smartphones now allows users to donate to your church using their debit or credit card. For additional information about easy2give visit
  • Easy2Give

  • Your Church Ministry Shares on the Web
    • Visit the Treasurers web site for resources on finance and administration
  • Treasurer's Website
  • . Check the tool box for Treasurers and Trustees, as well the many useful links to UMC resources. There is a page that shows the giving status of each church in the conference. Please encourage your church to support our shared mission and ministries. Thank You!

    Important Mailing - New Health Care ID Cards & Notices
    • Watch for a mail packet that will be on the way for participants in the conference Active Health Care Plan coming from PBS. Find the new Health Care ID Cards for you and your dependents. The packet also contains important notices required by law. Call PBS if you have any questions or are in need of more ID cards.

    “ Everytime I think of you, I give thanks to my God. I always pray for you, and I make my requests with a heart full of joy…” (Php1:3-4)

    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