ABCNYS Ministers Council Annual Retreat – May 3 - 5, 2015

MARK your calendars for our annual RETREAT at Good News Center, Utica, with Dr. Jim Kelsey on the topic of "The Church of Tomorrow."  Registration time is between 3-5 p.m. and first meal is dinner at 5: 30 p.m.  Closing lunch at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Where else will you be able to spend 2 1/2 days with our regional executive!?  A brochure with more details will be available soon.
COSTS: for a double:  $200.00 for MC members and $225. for non-member
for a single:  $240.00 for MC members and $265. for non-members
Commuter rate for members is $100 and $125 for non-members.  Early bird deadline is April 1st and would be $25.00 less!!  PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO credits for people who arrive late or leave early; our budget cannot afford any more discounts!
Some details to know about retreat:

1) Bring books for a book exchange.
2) Monday night there will be wonderful entertainment in the form of the Roger Dicob singing group.   

3) Jim Kelsey will lead our opening worship on Sunday evening, and Walter Hargrove will lead us in closing Communion on Tuesday.

4) Several optional discussion groups will center on "Beside the GOOD Book, what other good books have you read recently that you would recommend?", "Clergy Soul Care," and “Tax Pointers/Tips."

If you want to register NOW, please send your preferences (member or non-member, single or double) and $50.00 deposit to Bud Adams (address below).

Your Ministers Council offers you a way to stay connected, to build collegiality, to enhance your ministry skills, and to laugh and enjoy a little of life in God's abounding grace!  JOIN us this year, and get your fees reduced at our upcoming events.  DUES are now a sliding scale, so affordable for everyone!

Please send your contact info (name, address, e-mail, phones, church and position), your local dues of $25.00 and dues for national according to the chart below to Treasurer Bud Adams, 202 Euclid Drive, Fayetteville, NY  13066   (We are doing joining and renewals via e-mail only, saving postage expenses.)

National dues are according to your annual income (you  decide how to figure that... meaning, it could be based on your salary alone, your joint salary if you are married, your salary for pastoral work only, or your combined salary if you are bi-vocational).
Here are the new rates:
Income below    $10,000:                           dues are $10.00 (plus $25. 00 for local)
Income between $10,000 - $24,999:          dues are $25.00 (plus $25.00 for local)
Income between $25,000 - $49,999:          dues are $50.00 (plus $25.00 for local)
Income over $50,000:                                 dues are $100.00 (plus $25.00 for local)
Effective this year for RETIRED pastors:  National: dues are half price and for state, you are offered life membership.  However, gifts are cheerfully accepted!


TWO MORE THINGS to mark your calendars for events sponsored by Ministers Council and make plans to attend:

1) September 21, 2015 - Ministry Enrichment Day at Bethany Baptist Church in Syracuse: "More Walk, Less Talk: Mission Opportunities Here and Abroad"

2) Annual Retreat for 2016: May 1-2-3, at Good News Center with actor and pastor, Al Staggs who will engage us in conversation with people from the past including Clarence Jordan, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Roger Williams. This is one retreat you will not want to miss!