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

9 Ways to Embrace Gratitude and Joy

Posted by FUMC on July 5, 2018 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

  1. Keep a gratitude journal or calendar where you write down one thing each day for which you are thankful.
  2. Make a gratitude jar or box for the same purpose.
  3. At mealtimes say grace and then share around the table one thing for which you are thankful.
  4. Thank the people who serve you each day: the barista, clerk, banker, trash collector, etc.
  5. Write a letter of gratitude to a teacher, coach, old friend or mentor, or former pastor.
  6. Find a gratitude partner and share together daily or weekly.
  7. Tell someone how much they mean to you.
  8. Put a positive spin on your negative thoughts (You’re home with a sprained ankle but you get to read the book you’ve had by your chair for months.)
  9. Go on a gratitude walk, carefully observing and saying thank…
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Reconciling Notes

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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