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Church Administrator Position

First Congregational Church, 30 Main St., Binghamton, NY 13905

Job Description

The Church Administrator for First Congregational Church (FCC) Binghamton represents the church to the public and community.  This position facilitates FCC missions, policies, and procedures. It provides for the efficient operations of the business, building and facilities, and human resource functions of the church.  The Church Administrator helps guide and manage critical functions related to the church's financial plan and goals.  This position works with Pastors, Boards, Committees, Staff, members and friends of FCC to disseminate accurate and updated information.

This is a part time, salary position, less than 30 hours per week.  Salary and vacation based on years of experience.

Qualifications

  • Exceptional social skills essential
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong computer, internet, and social media skills
  • Proficient in Word, Excel, Outlook (email, calendar, tasks)
  • Financial skills as outlined below
  • Clearly spoken English for phone and in-person interactions
  • Respect for Christian values and adhere to moral conduct
  • Higher education preferred
  • Experience at a not-for-profit organization preferred
  • Minimum two years’ experience in a related field

Climate controlled office setting; fast paced working environment; light office lifting.

To apply or for more details, send resume, cover letter, and 3 references to pastorfccbing(at)gmail.com.

EXPLORING LAY PREACHING

Is it for me?

Opening the Door with two initial sessions on – Saturday, May 18th,  8:30 am to 3:00 pm at Sky Lake Conference Center, Windsor, NY. 

YOU NEED TO SIGN UP IN ADVANCE.  

Here's how:

Fill out the registration form.

Or - email Barbara Renton at therentons1(at)gmail.com

Or -- call Barbara at 607-967-4819

BUT speak quickly when I pick up or I will hang up

thinking that it is a robocall.  (It's a wicked world.)

Cost:  $30.00

DEADLINE for sign-ups: May 9, 2019

Outline for the day: 

8:30 to 9:00 am -- Continental Breakfast

9:00 am -- Morning Praise

9:30 am -- “Exploring my sense of call”

12:00 Noon -- Lunch (full meal)

12:45 to 2:45 pm -- Introduction to Presbyterian Worship

2:50 pm -- Closing Prayer

This is a three-track study event sponsored by the Committee on Lay Preaching.

  • Track One: ALPs (Authorized Lay Preachers)
  • Track Two: CLPs (Commissioned Lay Pastors)
  • Track Three: Potential members of a new class of lay preachers and those interested in leading worship and/or preaching in their own congregations.

Dear Mid Council Leaders,

Like you, we at the Board of Pensions serve in supporting, strengthening, and sustaining the ministry and mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). We do so particularly by offering benefits, assistance, and educational programs that promote the wholeness of those called to serve the Church. The well-being of church servants contributes significantly to the vitality of the Church.

The Board continues to explore ways in which we can more effectively engage and serve the Church. As we’ve listened to congregations, mid councils, and denominational partners, we have heard concerns about minister leaders of innovative ministries who do not receive the benefits, programs, and assistance available through the Board of Pensions. Often it is the financial limitations of the communities they serve that make the provision of benefits such a challenge.

I want to share with you the positive action taken at the meeting of our Board of Directors last week and communicated via The Board Bulletin. To support the evangelism efforts of our presbyteries that are planting new churches and cultivating new ministries, the Board approved establishment of a grant program to fund enrollment of Organizing Pastors and Evangelists (code 301) in Pastor’s Participation.*

Applications for this program will be made available by May 1.

The Board of Pensions will initially approve, and manage internally, up to 30 one-year grants, eligible for renewal for up to five years:
* The presbytery will enroll the approved Organizing Pastor or Evangelist in Pastor’s Participation, effective January 1, 2020.
* Dues and the grant will be established at minimum participation levels for Pastor’s Participation.
* The grant amount will be issued as a credit to the presbytery’s monthly bill for benefits, which will include the cost of Pastor’s Participation for the approved individual.
* The grant will be for the full cost of Pastor’s Participation in the first three years the individual is in the program, two-thirds of that cost in the fourth year, and one-third in the fifth year.

The Board will annually consider expanding the program for new applicants.

For a presbytery to be eligible for the grant, the following criteria must be met:
* The minister is employed by the presbytery for no less than 20 hours per week.
* The minister has an effective salary that is less than the congregational minister’s median ($59,100 for 2019).
* The minister is not currently enrolled in Pastor’s Participation and has not been enrolled for Pastor’s Participation in this employment relationship, or with this employer, for at least two years prior to enrollment in this grant program.
* The minister has not initiated a retirement benefit with the Board of Pensions.

To apply for a grant, the presbytery must submit a completed application; the process requires a review and endorsement by the Committee on Ministry. Once applications are made available, by May 1, the Board will accept them through July 15, 2019, and notify presbyteries by August 30, 2019, whether they have been approved or not. This timing permits presbyteries and those working in eligible roles to be sure of their status before the deadline for submitting an Employer Agreement.

In closing, know that all of us at the Board of Pensions reaffirm our commitment to work with you as together we seek to promote and sustain the well-being of our ministers and church workers, thereby building up the body of Christ in the 21st century.

Faithfully yours,
The Reverend Dr. John G. McFayden
Executive Vice President, Chief of Church Engagement

*Pastor’s Participation includes family medical, pension, Retirement Savings Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and death and disability.

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Save the Date: On Saturday, June 8th

Save the Date: On Saturday, June 8th the PSV will host Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, Director of the PC(USA) Office of Public Witness in Washington D.C., for an open event at First United Presbyterian (the “Red Door” Church), Oneonta, NY. The host planning team will meet at “Red Door.” If you are interested in joining us the week after Easter, please contact Cynthia Walton-Leavitt at (607) 267-4333 or cynuff(at)aya.yale.edu

 

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2019 Standard Mileage Rates

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2019 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2019, the 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 moving purposes, up 2 cents from the rate for 2018, and
     
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations.

 

Mailing and phone number for the Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley

The presbytery office mailing address is:

PO Box 87
Nineveh, NY 13813.

 607-323-4477

pmc(at)susvalpresby.org 

 

For financial matters, contact our bookkeeper, Paula Lamberson at

Paula Lamberson --PSV
5811 Heritage Landing Drive, 2nd Floor
East Syracuse NY 13057

(315) 307-2024

finance(at)susvalpresby.org 

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