Our Healthy Church team decided with the rising number of COVID-19 cases locally and nationally that our Christmas Eve service will be a pre-recorded service. We hope you and your family can enjoy the service together in the comfort of your home. Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift. Jesus is here! Merry Christmas!
Article from Virginia United Methodist Foundation
The CARES Act passed in late March 2020. This was the federal government’s initial relief package which included $2.3 trillion worth of provisions to help mitigate the impact of the pandemic. It was intended to help 90% of the U.S. population.
Breakdown of the some of the CARES Act provisions:
- The CARES Act suspends the required minimum distributions (RMDs) for 2020. This includes anyone who turned 70 1/2 in 2019 who were supposed to take their first RMD by April 1, 2020. This change applies to both the owners of the retirement account and beneficiaries who inherited the account taking a Stretch distribution.
- If anyone has already taken their RMD, there’s a 60-day rollover rule allowing them to reinvest it in the account.
- The Act also suspended payments and interest on federal student loans until January 2021.
- The CARES Act allows individuals to pull up to $100,000 from their vested retirement accounts as either a penalty-free disbursement or a loan to pay for expenses and disrupted income related to the pandemic. The distribution can be taken over a three-year period. You have to pay taxes on it or you have to pay it back, but you’re given three years to pay it back.
Charitable Changes from the CARES Act:
- The new legislation allows up to $300 given to a qualified charity to be claimed as an above-the-line deduction. This is a permanent change that’s available to taxpayers who don’t itemize their deductions.
- The CARES Act also effectively suspends the limit on individual taxpayers’ deductions from cash contributions to public charities for 2020. Prior to the Act, individuals could only deduct up to 60% of their annual gross income (AGI). That limit has been raised to 100%. The deduction is only for donations to qualified charities.
To take advantage of the CARES Act changes, the charitable donations have to be in cash, not in a donor advised fund or in stock. Individuals whose cost basis on marketable securities is less than current market value may prefer to sell themselves and capture the loss, donating the net proceeds in cash.
The CARES Act may have subsequent changes, as legislative action on COVID-19 relief is reconsidered. The staff at the Virginia United Methodist Foundation are not tax advisors, but we hope this information will help you as you think about your 2020 tax situation. Our churches need your help this year, and we hope you will consider carefully what you can give and have given to your church.
Authors: Tommy Herndon, Bo Bowden
Bethany Family and Friends,
The Healthy Church Team met yesterday after worship to review our first six Sundays of returning to in-person worship in the sanctuary. We are glad to see a good spirit in our worship, see familiar faces and greet seven worship guests, and consecrate Liam and Scott McClellan as acolytes. We’ve been encouraged by the preaching, the music, the pre-recorded anthems via video, our times of prayer and being together. We’ve been inspired to see pictures about a recent mission trip to McClure VA. We’ve had 100% cooperation with mask wearing, social distancing, and health assessment and we’ve not had turn anyone away or deny anyone entrance. No Sunday School classes have met on-site during these first six weeks. We think all things have gone very well.
After discussion, we decided unanimously that we should continue with one 10:00a.m. worship service through October. We will continue to review each Sunday. We will evaluate again after the October 25th service and decide about services for November, Advent, Christmas Eve and Epiphany at the October 25th review.
We will abide with our Bishop’s mandatory guidelines and our Virginia Conference Technical Assistance Manual (TAM). Also, we will review all suggestions for creative ways to worship, programming our church’s ministries, and staying connected as a church family during this pandemic.
We are able to host committee meetings and community groups on site and have in-person Sunday School. Mask wearing, social distancing, and health assessment are health and safety measures and still in effect for all of us.
We appreciate the Callers on our Congregational Care Phone Tree sharing this news with folks who do not have Internet or email.
Thank you from all of us to all of you for your thoughts, prayers and support as we seek to guide our church through these unusual times. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Mike Derflinger at 540-631-4469 or MikeDerflinger@vaumc.org, or Lay Leader Judy Burner at 804-413-8888 and email@example.com. God bless you!
For a copy of our phased reopening plan, please click here.
Your Healthy Church Team
Jane Sterling, Laura Glaze, Milton Hudgins, Donna Andersen, Sandy Fox, Judy Burner, and Pastor Mike Derflinger
Giving is an act of worship and makes possible the many ministries and missions of Bethany United Methodist Church. As believers, we know that obedient giving glorifies God and meets the needs of many in our church, community, and the world. As we give to meet the needs of others God will also supply everything we need (Luke 6:38, Philippians 4:19).
There are many ways to give at Bethany! You can support the ministries and missions of our church by:
- Praying for our church
- Actively serving in our church
- Providing financial support in a number of different ways:
- Traditional giving by check
- Giving through the bill payment service of your bank
- e-Giving options:
- Online giving through our website (click button below)
- Giving via the mobile app (download from your device’s app store)
- Text-to-give — Simply text the amount of your donation to 877-566-3409, then follow the prompt to set up your payment. It’s quick and easy! You will receive a confirmation text and an emailed receipt acknowledging your gift.
Need technical help with online giving? Call the church office at 804-642-2110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grace and peace to our Bethany family and friends,
Currently we have one 10:00 a.m. Sunday in-person service with a maximum capacity of sixty-five persons. Social distancing and masks are required for the safety of all of our families and friends. The Healthy Church Team and Pastor will decide whether to return to two services or remain with one service for the remainder of 2020 after the September 27th service. Please check our website often for future updates. To read our monthly newsletter, Bethany Banner, click HERE.
We are scheduling committee meetings, ministries, and community groups in the sanctuary and Warren Belvin Fellowship Hall. Please call the church office to schedule your event. The church office is open 8:00am-4:00pm, Monday through Thursday. Phone messages and emails will be monitored during normal business hours. Please let us know if you have a need or a prayer request that needs to be shared with our congregation. (Phone 804-642-2110; email email@example.com)
We invite you to join us for online worship on the Bethany United Methodist Church-Gloucester Point YouTube channel. Click HERE or visit the Media/Resources page for the latest video messages and worship services.
For Pastoral emergencies, please contact Pastor Mike Derflinger (540-631-4469) or Lay Leader Judy Burner (804-642-6016) .
If you or a family member are affected by COVID-19, please contact Pastor Mike directly to let him know.
God bless and keep you.
— Pastor Mike