from your Association Treasurer
2018 Fellowship Dues for the Maine Conference will be $15.43/member. Conference Dues fluctuate by the federally-established COLA rate, unless changed by special vote of the Conference at Annual Meeting. The delegates at the 10/21/2017 Annual Meeting voted no change other than the estimated 2% COLA increase.
2018 Fellowship Dues for the Cumberland Association are $1.65/member, same as the previous three years.
2018 Fellowship Dues for each church are calculated on the number of members reported as of December 31, 2017. If you do not file your statistics with the UCC data hub, your church’s dues will be calculated on the most recent statistics filed. Data hub reporting is done in January or February each year.
2018 dues statements will be mailed to Cumberland Association congregations in March, 2018. Both Conference and Association Dues are paid to the Cumberland Association via the Treasurer: Rev. Linda Gard, 30 Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260. (Do not send Conference Dues directly to the Conference! Why? Oh, the history lesson you’ll get if you ask that question! Note, however, that church treasurers should send Our Church’s Wider Mission–OCWM contributions directly to the Maine Conference.)
(this paragraph will be updated as soon as 2018 information is available) Beginning on Jan. 1, 2018, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: ____ cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 54 cents for 2016. The tax-deductible mileage rate for volunteers (not employees) driving in service of charitable organizations: $.14/mile (set by federal statute, not the IRS, and does not change annually). For an official IRS chart of mileage rates for the past several years, click HERE.