Tax Law Changes

Tax Law Changes

An Important Year-End Message

from the Finance Committee

Dear Fairlington Friends:

New Tax Law . As you probably know, The Tax Cut and Jobs Act was signed into law on December 22, and most provisions take effect January 1, 2018. Every taxpayer will see changes in the tax rate imposed on your income and each taxpayer must assess how the new law will impact you. Here is a link to a Washington Post article highlighting actions that taxpayers may wish to consider prior to the end of 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/12/22/5-things-to-do-before-jan-1-to-lower-your-tax-bill/?utm_term=.43474e4b548d

Under the new tax law, the standard deduction will increase substantially. This means that if you choose the standard deduction in 2018 (in lieu of an itemized return), you won’t get any tax savings from your charitable contributions. If you plan on taking the increased standard deduction for 2018, consider making your 2018 charitable donations before the end of 2017 in order to take advantage of the current tax benefit for itemized returns.

We encourage everyone to ensure that you have fulfilled your 2017 giving pledge and to consider an extra year-end gift this week. Your generosity will be most appreciated! You can make you gift in person on Sunday. You also may send your gift by mail, or by online giving. See new instructions for online giving below. If you wish to dedicate your extra year-end gift to our upcoming building fund campaign or you wish to "prepay" a portion of your 2018 pledge to FUMC, please indicate on your gift that it is intended for the building fund or as prepayment of your 2018 pledge. If you have questions about year-end giving please email Randy Nuckolls, Chair of Finance at randy.nuckolls@dentons.com or Roma Sexson, Church Treasurer at rjsexson@cox.net.

New E-giving Website. The Finance Committee is pleased to announce the launch of a new E-giving website at Fairlington. We have recently transitioned to a new service provider, and the new FUMC E-giving site can be reached by clicking this link: FUMC new E-giving website. The website is “live” and available to process your one-time or recurring pledges and contributions. We encourage you to visit the website and provide any feedback or questions to our FUMC E-giving Coordinator, Stephen Ng, during Sunday worship or at syn104@aol.com. As FUMC seeks to make better use of technology, more details will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead about expanded e-giving options, including giving via mobile app and via text message.

NOTE TO CURRENT E-GIVING PARTICIPANTS: In order to prevent your recurring contribution being withdrawn twice, before signing up on the new E-giving website it is highly encouraged that you log in at the old E-giving site and either delete/cancel your account or reduce your recurring contribution down to zero.

 

Randy Nuckolls, Finance Chair

Stephen Ng, Finance Vice Chair

Roma Sexson, FUMC Treasurer   

 

Blog Posts

Sacrifice & Service

Posted by FUMC on October 19, 2018 at 11:44am 0 Comments

       It’s a paradox. Jumbo shrimp. Bitter sweet. Boneless ribs. Loud silence. Paradox seems to defy logic, is absurd, unusual or seems self-contradictory. But in the end it may prove to be something of value, well-founded or true. Like the concept of sacrifice.

Sacrifice is something we often avoid. It’s hard. It takes away from our own pleasure and requires us to deny ourselves. Yet it leads to life. To sacrifice is to give up something that is valuable to you in order to help another person. In the economy of our life in community, helping others turns out to be worth more than simply helping yourself. In fact, it’s what makes life together possible. Sacrifice is always hard but it gives life. A paradox. Where have you found sacrifice hard but life-giving?…

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Reconciling Notes

Immigration 101: 

 Sunday, September 23, in the Fellowship Hall immediately after the 11:00AM service. Light lunch to be served.

An Overview of U.S. Immigration Law

Do you ever wonder about immigration laws?

What’s a visa, a green card, DACA?

Why immigrants don’t just apply for citizenship?

Would you like to have a better understanding of immigration rules in a non-political format?

 

Lunch will be followed by Just Neighbors presenting an easy to understand overview of the ins and outs of our country’s very complex immigration system.

 

Regardless of your political views, this presentation will focus on facts about who is eligible for the various types of legal status in the U.S. and what the various types mean. There will be time for Q&A. 

 

No RSVP necessary, just come! For more information contact Mark Elder markuselder@gmail.com.

 

 

Co-hosted by FUMC’s Reconciling Ministry Team

and the Church in Society Team.

 

Download Here: Our 5 Year History as a Reconciling Congregation

We celebrate Fairlington's 5-year anniversary of becoming a Reconciling Congregation, intentionally welcoming all people as beloved children of God.

Our celebratory theme, “Love in All Colors,” reflects the breadth and diversity of God’s human creation as proclaimed in our church’s welcoming statement.

Check out our audio for personal testimonies from FUMC members. They share how being part of a reconciling congregation has personally affected them and shaped their faith journey.

~Mark Elder, markuselder@gmail.com

 

Follow this link http://bit.ly/5yearReconciling to see the extensive work and accomplishments of this :church and its Reconciling Ministry Team over the last five years, since we became a reconciling congregation in February 2013.  Thank you church!

 

Fairlington UMC is a 

Reconciling Congregation with open hearts, open minds, and open doors. We proclaim and welcome every person as a beloved child of God regardless of age, race, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, family structure, faith history, or life experience.

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