Administration Mattershttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/Index of the September 2014 IssueIssue 36 of Administration Mattershttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/41http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/41<div class="ExternalClass6968609B556A4ABFABCCA917CB80D6BC"><p>​<strong>Health and disability contribution rates increase to meet community needs</strong><br>Portico annually evaluates contribution rates for the ELCA’s self-insured health and disability plans. Due to higher than expected claims and projected increases in future costs, rates will increase for 2015. Sponsoring organizations can estimate their contributions online during open enrollment. &gt;<a target="_blank" href="https&#58;//employerlink.porticobenefits.org/NewsEvents/News/2014_8_3_PorticoAdjustsRatesToMeetCommunityNeeds.aspx">more &#160;</a><br><br><strong>Youth Gathering registration to open Oct. 15</strong><br>Is your youth group attending the July 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit? Registration for this event incorporating service, worship, study and fun begins Oct. 15! In preparation, Primary Adult Leaders may begin <a target="_blank" href="http&#58;//elca.org/YouthGathering/Registration/GatheringRegistration">entering group information</a> in the ELCA’s database on Sept. 15. Also this fall, congregations are invited to support the ministry of the 2015 Gathering by visiting the Giving Opportunities page at <a target="_blank" href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/gathering">elca.org/gathering</a>. <br><br><strong>New Stories of Faith in Action </strong><br>Stories of Faith in Action features images and stories of people whose lives have been touched by ministries of the ELCA. This resource shows how your regular congregational offering, shared with your synod and the churchwide organization, is changing lives. <a target="_blank" href="http&#58;//resources.elca.org/Congregational_Life-Stories_of_Faith_in_Action_2015_2.html">Order today</a> | <a target="_blank" href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/en/Resources/Stories-of-Faith-in-Action">Find resources </a><br><br><strong>How to communicate financial information to your church</strong><br>This article from <a target="_blank" href="http&#58;//cdpublishers.wix.com/ccmag">Christian Computing Magazine</a> offers some points to consider when deciding why, how and when to communicate financial information to members of your congregation. The author offers suggestions for providing information on congregational giving, the congregation budgeting process, designated giving, biblical teaching on generous giving and family finance resources. &gt; <a target="_blank" href="http&#58;//www.ccmag.com/2014_05/ccmag2014_05yvon.pdf">more</a><br><br><strong>Keep boiler, furnace rooms clean and well maintained </strong><br>Using the extra space in your boiler or furnace room for storage can quickly become a major fire hazard. Keep these rooms free of clutter and learn to identify signs of trouble. &gt; <a target="_blank" href="https&#58;//www.churchmutual.com/index.cfm?pid=2253&amp;pageTitle=Risk-Reporter&amp;riskReporterID=74&amp;page=Spotlight&amp;utm_campaign=riskreporter14&amp;utm_source=WinterRR&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=spotlight">more</a><br><br><strong>Mission Investment Fund is the ELCA provider for loans for building projects</strong><br>The Mission Investment Fund (MIF), the lending ministry of the ELCA, specializes in financing church building projects and land purchases for ELCA congregations and ELCA-related ministries. MIF understands ministry needs and works with congregations and ministries to help create mission-focused financing plans, and their lending staff is adept at guiding borrowers through the loan application process. Because MIF’s mission is to assist congregations and ministries in building and growing, it offers consistently competitive rates and a variety of loan terms. &gt; <a target="_blank" href="http&#58;//www.mif.elca.org/loanoptions">more</a><br></p></div>09/15/2014Health and disability contribution rates increase to meet community needsArticle 1, September 2014 - Issue 36http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/42http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/42<div class="ExternalClassE279E818A66945D1A23856D4B05003AA"><p>​<span><span>Portico annually evaluates contribution rates for the ELCA’s self-insured health and disability plans. Due to higher than expected claims and projected increases in future costs, rates will increase for 2015. Sponsoring organizations can estimate their contributions online during open enrollment. &gt;<a target="_blank" href="https&#58;//employerlink.porticobenefits.org/NewsEvents/News/2014_8_3_PorticoAdjustsRatesToMeetCommunityNeeds.aspx">more&#160; </a><br></span></span></p></div>09/15/2014Youth Gathering registration to open Oct. 15Article 2, September 2014 - Issue 36http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/43http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/43<div class="ExternalClass76D93734CBF840F686D1CFF4993C6207"><p>​<span><span>Is your youth group attending the July 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit? Registration for this event incorporating service, worship, study and fun begins Oct. 15! In preparation, Primary Adult Leaders may begin <a href="http&#58;//elca.org/YouthGathering/Registration/GatheringRegistration" target="_blank">entering group information</a> in the ELCA’s database on Sept. 15. Also this fall, congregations are invited to support the ministry of the 2015 Gathering by visiting the Giving Opportunities page at <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/gathering" target="_blank">elca.org/gathering</a>. </span></span></p></div>09/15/2014New Stories of Faith in Action Article 3, September 2014 - Issue 36http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/44http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/44<div class="ExternalClass4E6D4F4957734A328EA96E09D92D1C72"><p>​<span><span>Stories of Faith in Action features images and stories of people whose lives have been touched by ministries of the ELCA. This resource shows how your regular congregational offering, shared with your synod and the churchwide organization, is changing lives. <a href="http&#58;//resources.elca.org/Congregational_Life-Stories_of_Faith_in_Action_2015_2.html" target="_blank">Order today</a> | <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/en/Resources/Stories-of-Faith-in-Action" target="_blank">Find resources </a></span></span></p></div>09/15/2014How to communicate financial information to your churchArticle 4, September 2014 - Issue 36http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/47http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/47<div class="ExternalClassFD2F00CC9E6A4E749F3CC3ECEAE3A09B"><p>​<span><span>This article from <a href="http&#58;//cdpublishers.wix.com/ccmag" target="_blank">Christian Computing Magazine</a> offers some points to consider when deciding why, how and when to communicate financial information to members of your congregation. The author offers suggestions for providing information on congregational giving, the congregation budgeting process, designated giving, biblical teaching on generous giving and family finance resources. &gt; <a href="http&#58;//www.ccmag.com/2014_05/ccmag2014_05yvon.pdf" target="_blank">more</a></span></span></p></div>09/15/2014Keep boiler, furnace rooms clean and well maintained Article 5, September 2014 - Issue 36http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/45http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/45<div class="ExternalClass7F640CEC64DF434EA3B2AA8AD1E2B441"><p>​<span><span>Using the extra space in your boiler or furnace room for storage can quickly become a major fire hazard. Keep these rooms free of clutter and learn to identify signs of trouble. &gt; <a href="https&#58;//www.churchmutual.com/index.cfm?pid=2253&amp;pageTitle=Risk-Reporter&amp;riskReporterID=74&amp;page=Spotlight&amp;utm_campaign=riskreporter14&amp;utm_source=WinterRR&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=spotlight" target="_blank">more</a><br></span></span></p></div>09/15/2014