3 updates on campus ministry
Grants go to 15 churches
In the Oklahoma City area, 15 United Methodist churches recently received grants to provide meals to home-bound elderly residents.
These churches in Oklahoma County received grants: Chapel Hill, Choctaw, Christ, Leland Clegg, Crown Heights, Douglas Boulevard, Grace, Linwood, May Avenue, Putnam City, Ridgecrest, Southern Hills, St. Luke’s, Village, and Wesley.
The Mobile Meals grants in December ranged from $150 to $1,000, based on the number of meals provided by each site church. The Oklahoma City Community Foundation awarded funds to a total of 62 churches.
COSROW stoles available
For the past two years, the Oklahoma Conference Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) has presented stoles to newly ordained women at the Annual Conferences.
As a project, COSROW is now making the stoles available to others, after receiving additional requests for the clerical garment. The white satin stole, for Elder or Deacon, is embroidered with the UM Cross and Flame and the COSROW symbol. It is made at Cookson Hills Mission Center.
To order, contact Denise Rowell at Cookson Hills, email@example.com. Cost is $25. Specify whether the stole is for Deacon or Elder, and any preferred length.
Tax bill affects clergy calculations
Treasurer Brian Bakeman recently notified all Oklahoma clergy to adjust their financial records after a major tax bill was approved last month in Washington, D.C.
Among the law’s provisions, a Social Security tax cut now affects the payment of Self-Employment Contributions Act (SECA) taxes for clergy in 2011.
"When you complete your new W-4 for 2011, you will need to correct your estimated taxes to reflect the drop from 12.4 percent to 10.4 percent," Rev. Bakeman explained in an e-mail to clergy. It was titled "FW: New Tax Bill Will Impact Nearly Every Nonprofit in the U.S."
For more information, contact the Treasurer’s Office.