Conference begins 2019-20 with a deficit

Ohio Conference is beginning its 2019-20 fiscal year with a defi­cit, according to figures provided by Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth. Receipts for the month of April totaled just $13,253, including $12,305 in giv­ing from con­gregations. Ex­penses for the month totaled $27,705, re­sulting in an operating balance of -$14,452 for the month. Even so, expenses were well below the amount budgeted…

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2019-2020 pastor salary guidelines now online

The 2019-2020 MC USA pastor salary guidelines are now posted on the Mennonite Church USA website at http://mennoniteusa.org/resources. This year there is a new link to the Everence website which will help pastors and/or congregational representatives complete the form, which can be printed out when completed.

Conference ends 2018-19 in the black

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Ohio Conference has ended its 2018-19 fiscal year in the black, according to figures provided by Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth. The fiscal year ended March 31, 2019. Giving to the Conference was down somewhat during March. Income for the month totaled $18,615, compared to $37,455 in February and $54,545 in January. Expenses for March totaled $35,824, resulting in an operating…

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Giving outpaces expenses during February

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For the third month in a row, giving to the Ohio Conference outpaced expenses. According to figures provided by Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth, total receipts for the month were $37,455, including $37,082 in congregational giving. Expenses totaled just $26,367, resulting in an operating surplus of $11,088 for the month. That surplus boosted the year-to-date operating balance to $32,783. Thank you…

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Delegate News — Winter 2019 #3

ACA registration price increases after Feb. 15 We are looking forward to seeing you at the 2019 Annual Conference Assembly (ACA) on March 8-9 at Salem Mennonite Church in Kidron. Thanks to all who have already registered! The registration deadline for ACA is Feb. 15. The cost to register is $45 by Feb. 15, and $60 thereafter. There is an…

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Deficit is erased during January

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Giving to the Ohio Conference was strong for the second month in a row during January, resulting in a positive operating balance for the first time during this fiscal year. According to figures supplied by Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth, receipts for the month totaled $54,545, including $42,925 from congregations and $11,573 from individuals. That total for the month was somewhat…

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Everence program benefits Ohio Conference

In January the Ohio Conference received a check for $747.24 from Everence Federal Credit Union as part of its MyNeighbor credit card program. With the MyNeighbor program, individuals and businesses generate reward dollars for their favorite nonprofits every time they use their MyNeighbor credit cards from Everence. Everence donates 1.5 percent of each purchase to the card user’s chosen nonprofit…

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Giving increases during December

Giving to Ohio Conference increased greatly during December, according to figures provided by Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth. In fact, the amount received in December was more than double the amount received in any other month of the current fiscal year. (See the chart below for details.) Receipts for December totaled $60,171. Of that amount, $41,174 came from congregational giving. During…

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Lilly Endowment grant to assist pastors

GOSHEN, Indiana – Everence, through its affiliate Mennonite Foundation, has received a second grant of $1 million as part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders. This additional grant is part of the second phase of the Endowment’s national initiative. Everence was one of the first 37 organizations receiving grants as part of the…

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Giving increases, but deficit remains

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Giving to the Ohio Conference was higher during November than during October, but expenses still outpaced receipts during November. According to figures provided by Ohio Conference Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth, receipts for November totaled $28,450, compared with just $13,169 during October. Of November’s total, congregations gave $26,386, individuals gave $2,050, and the remaining $14 came from interest income. Expenses for…

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Giving to Conference drops in October

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Giving to Ohio Conference dropped considerably in October, according to figures provided by Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth. Receipts for October totaled just $13,169, the lowest monthly amount since April, and substantially lower than the $24,753 received in September. Expenses for October totaled $27,012, resulting in a -$13,843 operating balance for the month. That shortfall, combined with the previous deficit, led…

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MyNeighbor program can benefit Ohio Conference

Do you have a credit card through Everence? If so, your purchases can benefit the Ohio Conference. Everence donates 1.5 percent of the transaction total of each purchase made with a MyNeighbor credit card to the charitable organization of your choice.  Donations are distributed each January and are based on the card holder’s choice of “neighbor” as of Dec. 31.  In January…

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Giving to Conference increases in September

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Congregational giving to the Ohio Conference was higher in September than in the previous month, according to figures provided by Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth. Congregational giving in September totaled $24,417, compared to just $18,515 in August. Total receipts for September were $24,753, while expenses totaled $20,974, resulting in a surplus of $3,779 for the month. However, the Conference still is…

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Conference deficit increases during August

Ohio Conference’s financial deficit increased during August, according to figures provided by Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth. Total receipts for the month were $19,524, including $18,515 in giving from congregations. Expenses for the month totaled $24,772, resulting in an operating balance of -$5,248 for the month. That shortfall added to the year-to-date deficit. At the end of August the operating balance…

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Giving increases during July

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Congregational giving to the Ohio Conference increased during the month of July, according to figures provided by Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth. Congregations gave $28,513 to Ohio Conference during July, the highest one-month amount for this fiscal year. Total receipts for the month were $29,018, and expenses were $25,640, resulting in a surplus of $3,378 for the month. That one-month surplus…

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Stronger giving is needed to meet budget

A reminder from the Stewardship Ministry Team: At our Annual Conference Assembly in March delegates strongly affirmed the 2018-2019 budget. This budget allows us to hire a full-time conference minister. Currently, our congregational support is not adequate to support our budget for 2018-2019. Please consider increased support of our Conference needs, both as a congregation and as individuals. Your prayer…

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Conference deficit continues during June

Ohio Conference’s expenses were greater than receipts during June, according to figures provided by Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth. Expenses for the month were $24,784, while receipts totaled just $19,460, resulting in an operating balance of -$5,324 for the month. For the first three months of the fiscal year, the Conference’s operating balance stands at -$23,435.

Stewardship Ministry seeks volunteers

The Ohio Conference Stewardship Ministry has been considering ways to save money for the Conference. One area of focus is expenses of the Conference office located in Kidron. The Stewardship Ministry is seeking volunteers to conduct a feasibility study. This group will review the current Conference office structure to see if/where costs can be trimmed. If you would be willing…

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Conference operating deficit continues

Ohio Conference’s expenses were greater than receipts during May, according to figures provided by Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth. Expenses for the month were $27,878, while receipts totaled just $21,455, resulting in an operating balance of -$6,423 for the month. For the first two months of the fiscal year, the Conference’s operating balance stands at -$18,111.  

Conference ends 2017-18 in the black

For the second year in a row, the Ohio Conference has ended its fiscal year in the black, according to figures provided by Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth. On March 31, 2018, the Conference finished the 2017-18 fiscal year with an operating surplus of $54,840. In comparison, the Conference finished the 2016-17 fiscal year with an operating surplus of $22,095. Before…

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Stewardship Ministry seeks volunteers for study

The Ohio Conference Stewardship Ministry Team has spent some time recently brainstorming ways to save money for the Conference. One possible area of focus is the expenses of the Conference office located in Kidron. Consequently, the Stewardship Ministry would like to form a group to do a feasibility study. This group would review the current Conference office structure to see…

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Giving is stronger during January

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Ohio Conference experienced stronger-than-normal giving during January, according to figures provided by Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth. Total receipts for the month were $58,189, including $48,544 in giving from congregations. (Congregational giving also was strong in December, totaling $43,591.) January’s receipts from congregations were the highest monthly total since December 2015, when congregations gave $60,121. Expenses for January totaled $28,146, resulting…

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Everence offers financial planning grants to more pastors

Everence is expanding its efforts to help pastors take advantage of the benefits of comprehensive financial planning. Beginning January 2018, credentialed and active pastors from any churches affiliated with Everence are eligible to receive a Pastoral Financial Plan Grant toward the cost of a first-year Everence comprehensive financial plan. For details, see http://bit.ly/EverenceFinancialPlanning.

Conference ends December in the black

Giving to Ohio Conference in December was strong, bringing the Conference’s operating balance into the black for the first time in this fiscal year. Receipts for December totaled $58,206, including $43,591 in congregational giving. Giving from individuals also was strong in December. In response to a year-end appeal from Moderator Bob Sauder, individuals gave $11,475 during December. Expenses for the…

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Using your Everence credit card can benefit Ohio Conference

Do you have a credit card through Everence? If so, your purchases can benefit the Ohio Conference. Everence donates 1.5 percent of the transaction total of each purchase made with a MyNeighbor credit card to the charitable organization of your choice.  Donations are distributed each January and are based on the card holder’s choice of “Neighbor” as of  Dec. 31.…

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Deficit increases slightly during November

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The Ohio Conference’s deficit increased slightly during November, according to figures provided by Ohio Conference Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth. Receipts for the month totaled $27,886, including $24,237 in congregational giving. Total expenses for the month were $28,559, resulting in a -$673 operating balance for the month. At the end of November, the Conference’s year-to-date operating balance for 2017-18 was -$13,892.…

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Conference deficit grows during October

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For the second month in a row, expenses outpaced receipts for the Ohio Conference during October, according to figures provided by Ohio Conference Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth. Receipts for the month totaled $24,691, including $21,360 in congregational giving. Total expenses for the month were $26,391, resulting in a -$1,700 operating balance for the month. At the end of October, the…

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Conference deficit grows during September

Expenses outpaced receipts for the Ohio Conference during the month of September, according to figures provided by Ohio Conference Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth. Receipts for the month totaled $25,067, including $21,417 in congregational giving. Total expenses for the month were $29,783, resulting in a -$4,716 operating balance for the month. At the end of September, the Conference’s year-to-date operating balance…

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Conference deficit shrinks in August

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Giving to Ohio Conference in August increased from the previous month, according to figures provided by Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth. Receipts for the month totaled $29,034, including $24,211 in congregational giving. In contrast, giving during July totaled just $19,041. Expenses for the month of August were $25,243, resulting in an operating surplus of $3,791 for the month. That surplus reduced…

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MyNeighbor helps charitable contributions add up

GOSHEN, Indiana – The new MyNeighbor credit card from Everence® Federal Credit Union helps people boost their generosity while making their usual purchases. For every purchase made with the MyNeighbor credit card, Everence will donate 1.5 percent of the transaction total to the charity of the cardholder’s choice. Since the MyNeighbor program began at the end of April 2017, more…

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