Monday, April 20, 2009

Pensions for the Central Conferences

The United Methodist pastors in the Central Conferences work very hard in our international settings.  Very few of them have pension plans that will afford them a living wage after they retire.  For many years the Cokesbury Bookstore has presented a check at Annual Conference for the ministerial pension fund.  We have been giving that check to the Central Conference Pension Fund.  This year, due to a decline in sales the bookstore regretfully is unable to make a donation this year.  We certainly understand, and offer this opportunity for us to be a blessing to our sisters and brothers in the Central Conferences.  I am inviting folks to make a donation of any amount so our friends will still receive money this year for their pensions.  If everyone gave even a little bit that would make a huge donation.  Checks can be written and sent to either EPA Annual Conference* (PO Box 820, Valley Forge, PA 19482) or PD Annual Conference (139 N. State Street, Dover, DE  19901) Put “Central Conference Pension Fund” in the memo line.   In these difficult economic times there is always something we can do to remind the world that God is a God of abundance and we have faith in God’s providing.

*Note that Online Donations for Eastern Pennsylvania Conference are coming soon!  Check back on Thursday, April 23, 2009.

Bishop Peggy A. Johnson

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