Empowering Disciples presents Focus on Finance
January 12, 2013     .     9:00 am - 11:45 am

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January 12 Focus on Finance Schedule

8:30-9:00 Registration

9:00-10:15 Session One

10:15-10:30 Break (Snacks)

10:30-11:45 Session Two

11:45 Closing

Cost $10.00 per individual for one workshop

 $15.00 for both (January and February) workshops

Fee covers the cost of sending out registration, paper goods, and materials for speakers

This event will be prevented this winter on two different dates in two different locations: January 12, 2013 at New Carlisle and February 9, 2013 at Eversole. The same workshops will be offered on both dates with one exception. In February, instead of the Clergy Tax Seminar, we will offer a workshop on Extreme Couponing. As you will notice, you will be able to sign up for two workshops at each event. If you would like to attend all four workshops, you may do so by attending both the January and February events. 

The following workshops will be presented:

How to Talk to Adult Kids about Your Finances-- Presenter Dave Shetler

This workshop identifies specific issues parents should discuss with their children as related to their finances, estate planning, health and health care provisions, and other end-of-life issues from a faith perspective. We'll talk about what to include in an estate directory, including a checklist of important contacts, and basic information on creating advance directives.

Extreme Couponing--Presenter EuDet Crawford

Come learn how to organize your coupons to get the best deals at the grocery and department stores. Eu-Det has spent extensive time on this subject and if you learn and follow her techniques you will definitely see them pay off in the check out line. 

Help! There's Too Much Month at the End of My Money--Presenter Nevin Dulabaum  Do you have trouble making ends meet at the end of a pay period? Look at cash management and budgeting from a Christian perspective, with an eye toward stewardship and simple living. Get to know the difference between financial planning and budgeting, and find out how to do both.

Nevin Dulabaum is a 13-year employee of Church of the Brethren Benefit Trust. Since September 2008, he has served as president. Prior to assuming that role, he served for eight years as Director of Communications and Information Technology. Before joining BBT, he served for nearly five years as director of News Services and managing editor of Messenger for the Church of the Brethren General Board. He is a graduate of Manchester University.

As part of the BBT Speakers’ Bureau team, Nevin has presented insight sessions and BBT informational presentations at Annual Conferences, district conferences, district events, special denominational gatherings, and at personnel meetings of denominationally related organizations. In addition to “Help! There’s too much month at the end of my money,” Nevin has presented “Best Church Practices,” which focuses on the business side of operating a church; “Film is Optional,” which discusses the art of great photography; “Let us Proclaim Loudly,” which focuses on how congregations can increase their media exposure; and “Without Fear or Hesitation,” a virtual tour of the sites that fostered the beginning of the Church of the Brethren.

Nevin is a member of Highland Ave. Church of the Brethren, Elgin, Ill., where he attends with his wife, Mary, and their three daughters. He is an avid bicyclist and coordinator of a riding group called “The Breakfast Club,” and he loves to play his trumpet, baritone, and bass guitar.


Presenting a Missional Budget: Not your parent's stewardship--Presenter Andrew Wright

"If you want people to give to your church, first offer them a compelling vision of the good that their giving will accomplish. This workshop encourages a change for many in the church in how they view stewardship." How do you create excitement about stewardship while maintaining the foundations of our faith tradition and mission?

De-mystifying Clergy Taxes--Presenter Deb Oskin

This workshop provides an overview of federal clergy tax rules. Special attention is placed on the effect of housing allowances on clergy taxes. Plenty of Q&A time is built in! Come get your questions answered regarding this complex subject.
Deb Oskin, our presenter, has been preparing clergy tax returns since 1989. While working for H&R Block from 2000-2011, she earned their highest tax knowledge certification (Master Tax Advisor), and recognition of her teaching expertise (Certified Advanced Instructor). Deb became an Enrolled Agent (EA) in 2007, which is the highest credential the IRS awards. EAs are the only federally licensed tax practitioners who specialize in taxation and have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers who are being audited by the IRS. In 2011 Deb went out on her own ("Oskin Tax Services LLC") and loves the commute to her home office. She specializes in preparing Clergy and Sole Proprietor tax returns, as well as providing audit representation for a wide variety of clients. Deb is an engaging and experienced presenter. She speaks annually at Bethany, at Annual Conference, and to Chaplains and Church Treasurers. You will not be bored!

When you register, you will be asked to choose two workshops. If you would like to attend more than two workshops, you will need to attend both the January and February events. 

Why young people leave the church and what to do about it

Most young adults are striving for financial and emotional independence, and the energy they pour into this activity often draws them away from practicing faith.  The percentage of young adults who leave the church has stayed pretty steady since the 1970s.  But one thing has definitely declined: The hope that if we do nothing they will soon come marching back (along with spouses and kids).  If we build a church, they may not come.  But if they leave, what should we do about it?   Young adults and church reformers may have definite answers to this question—though not all share the same answer.  This workshop reviews recent proposals for how the church should change, explaining the ideas behind terms such as missional and emergent.  Participants look at ways churches can connect with young adults and help young adults connect with the One who will “never leave them.”

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Event Contact Info:
Name: Andrew Wright
Title: Local Coordinator
Email: awright236@aol.com
Location: New Carlisle Church of the Brethren
Address:   219 N Main St, New Carlisle, OH 45344-1838
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