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Parking Lot Tax for Nonprofits

IRS Notice 2018-99 provides guidance for implementing the unrelated business income tax on qualified transportation fringe benefits, including employer provided parking provided by nonprofit organizations, including churches.

Read more: PDF iconParking Lot Tax.pdf

LCEF Natural Disaster Assistance

LCEF Natural Disaster Assistance website link is https://lcef.org/ministry-natural-disaster-assistance/. There is also a link on LCEF’s homepage. https://lcef.org

To be eligible for these programs the ministry or pastor's home will need to be the zip codes of Declared Disaster Areas. These links provide information for both ministries and Rostered Church Workers.

Charlottesville statement

The tragic events which transpired in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend reveal the fallen nature of man and demonstrate that “every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” Genesis 6:5. It also shows how we continue to fall short of our Lord’s command to “love your neighbor as yourself” Matthew 22:39.

English District Teachers Receive National Recognition

Kayla Marie Konow was recognized as the Lutheran Education Association (LEA) 2016 Outstanding New Lutheran Early Childhood Teacher. She was presented with the award at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Oakmont, PA, on Sunday, April 24 by Dr. Jonathan Laabs, director of LEA. Miss Konow is a second grade teacher and cross country coach at Redeemer Lutheran School in Verona, PA and graduated in 2015 from Concordia University in Chicago.

Healthy approach to outreach

“Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More" is a new program hosted by Bethany Ev. Lutheran Church in Ewing, NJ. The program promotes health in their congregation as well as outreach to their community. This government-sponsored program, sponsored by the Trenton Health Team, looks to work with faith-based organizations and helps to educate families on health through diet and exercise, centered around family activities.

Sharing First Fruits

Redeemer Lutheran Church of Elmhurst, IL, has already produced over 550 lbs. of vegetables this growing season. Congregation members helped plant, maintain and harvest the crops, which included zucchini, green beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, butternut squash and much more. The produce from the community garden was donated to the Yorkfield Food Pantry.

Blog post from 1st VP Rev. Ben Eder

We are pleased to feature Rev. Ben Eder, the First Vice President of the English District, as a blog writer on our updated website. Rev. Eder will write on a regular basis. If you are interested in contributing an article or essay that you have written, please contact Lynne Cobb, the English District's Communication Coordinator, at lcobb@englishdistrict.org.

Click on the "Read the blog" box on our home page to read his first blog post.

Dominican Republic Short Term Mission Opportunities

MOST Ministries (Mission Opportunities Short Term) and our Dominican Republic Lutheran Mission (DRLM) are partnering together to offer quality mission trip opportunities that benefit both those going on the trip and those in the Dominican Republic. For many folks who have never been on a successful, quality mission trip, this can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It can also open doors of opportunity for service and vocational consideration.

LCMS Church Information Center is here to help

Have a question about The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod or its theology? Do you need help navigating the LCMS website or finding resources for your church? The LCMS Church Information Center is here to help. The Church Information Center is open Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

NEW IRS Requirement for Organizations with an EIN

The Treasury Department issued a new regulation (T.D. 9617) requiring each organization with an EIN to update the name of its Responsible Party. Accordingly, IRS designed a form for each EIN holder to transmit this new information: IRS Form 8822-B (copy available at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8822b.pdf ). This form also serves to report an organization’s change of address. The new requirement to update the Responsible Party became effective January 1, 2014, and organizations have sixty (60) days to comply, i.e., March 1, 2014.

Clergy Housing Exclusion Ruled Unconstitutional

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