Applications for NGLI are Now Open

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The United Church Board for Ministerial Assistance, the charitable arm of the Pension Boards, is pleased to announce that the application season for the next cohort of pastors to participate in the Next Generation Leadership Initiative (NGLI) is open. NGLI is a leadership development initiative that equips, energizes, and empowers younger United Church of Christ local church pastors to build vibrant congregations that change lives and further God's mission in the world. If you don’t know much about the initiative, please watch this video to see and hear participants describe the transformative experience.

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New EY Article: Why You Need a Financial Plan

Building your financial future is like building a skyscraper: both require planning. This EY article offers tips for how you can build a well-thought-out financial strategy, regardless of your net worth or household income level.

End of Year Processing

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be advised that any paper financial requests (such as withdrawals or distributions) received after 12:00 noon EST on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, will be processed on Monday, January 4, 2021. If you want to perform any distribution for 2020, you must submit your request before the December 22, 2020 deadline.

Any fund reallocations or balance transfers made on the website must be submitted by 12:00 noon EST on December 31, 2020. The website will close at noon. No transactions will be able to be transacted after this time for 2020. The website will reopen on January 1, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact Member Services at 1.800.642.6543.

New Effective Date Policy

GettyImages 995353918Beginning January 1, 2021, the Pension Boards' policy will be to accept only current or future dates on all benefit forms submitted to effect any benefit enrollment or change for our members. Retroactive effective dates will no longer be accepted. Look for additional communications regarding this change in coming weeks.

There's Still Time to Take Advantage of 2020 Tax-saving Opportunities

As we head into the final stretch of 2020, you may still be able to lower your federal income tax for the year. You can do so by reducing your taxable income, which in turn lowers your taxes, or by making the most of deductions that may be available to you this year.

Also, this is a good time to review a few major provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted by the federal government in March 2020 as a response to COVID-19.

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November 20 Update from the Pension Boards

Dear Friends,

Over the last two weeks, meeting virtually, both the Pension Boards Trustees and UCBMA Directors had opportunities to review our progress toward achieving strategic objectives during this atypical year. Our elected leadership expressed appreciation to staff for their efforts in keeping our organizational momentum going. Trustees and Directors also engaged in strategic planning for the coming year, to build upon the strong foundations already in place and become even more responsive to your needs as members and employers.

We have shared plans for the upcoming closing of the Target Annuitization Date (TAD) Fund 2020 at the end of this year. (Please see the article directly below for information.) I am pleased to announce that the Board approved the launch of two new TAD Funds effective January 1, 2021 – TAD 2045 and TAD 2050. These two new additions to the TAD Funds lineup are designed for members with a longer retirement time horizon and, like all TADs, automatically reallocate investments over the course of members’ accumulation years. Please click here for more information.

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Rootedness in the Creative Reality of God

By Rev. Ryan Otto

In a letter to the United Church Board of Ministerial Assistance, the philanthropic arm of the Pension Boards, the Rev. Ryan Otto, Pastor First Congregational Church, Sioux Falls, SD, shares how the gift of the Next Generation Leadership Initiative has rooted and shaped his approach to life and ministry. Rev. Otto was a participant of NGLI*1, the inaugural cohort.

Ryan OttoTo the dreamers, visionaries, and leaders of the Next Generation Leadership Initiative of the Pension Boards: Thank you. Please receive my sincere gratitude for your diligent work in the inventive NGLI program, for the faith to take the risk on such a new endeavor, and for your investment in my ministry and in me as a person of faith.

I will attempt to name the gift of the ten-year NGLI program in one word: rootedness.

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Equipped to Lead through NGLI

By Rev. Beth Abbott

The Rev. Beth Abbott, Pastor of First Congregational UCC in South Milwaukee, WI, shares how her life has been transformed during her almost-completed 10-year journey with the Next Generation Leadership Initiative (NGLI). Rev. Abbott is a participant in the inaugural cohort, NGLI*1. Read Rev. Abbot’s letter of gratitude below.

Beth AbbottWhen I began Next Generation Leadership Initiative (NGLI), the idea of a ten-year commitment to anything seemed unusual and rather long. Starting in my 20s, I had only been doing three-to-four-year chunks of schooling (college, seminary) and just dating my now husband, Rich.

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Coming Early 2021: PBUCC Introduces TAD Funds 2045 and 2050

The Pension Boards is pleased to announce the addition of two new Target Annuitization Date (TAD) Funds effective January 2021: TAD Fund 2045 and TAD Fund 2050. These two new TAD Funds are designed for members who expect to annuitize their accounts (convert their monies into lifetime monthly income payments) close to the year indicated in the Fund’s name.

TAD Funds are a worry-free investment choice. The Pension Boards’ investment team automatically invests the funds more for growth when you are years away from retirement, and more conservatively as you approach your anticipated annuitization date. TAD Funds are also ideal for those who do not want to constantly reallocate their investments during market fluctuations.

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November 13 Update from the Pension Boards

Dear Friends,

Greetings to you from the Pension Boards. Each November, our Board of Trustees and its Committees—along with the United Church Board for Ministerial Assistance—hold governance meetings in an offsite location. With the ongoing pandemic, our usual schedule of meetings has changed, and last week and this week we have been conducting business virtually via Zoom. Please look for updates on Board actions in upcoming weekly messages.

November is open enrollment month for two Pension Boards benefit plans—Optional/ Additional Life Insurance and the Flexible Benefit Plan. Current participants in the UCC Life Insurance and Disability Income Benefit Plan have an opportunity to purchase additional coverage for themselves and their eligible dependents, at attractive group rates. The Flexible Benefit Plan for UCC Ministries—also known as a flexible spending account or FSA—allows employees to set aside a portion of their pre-tax salary to help pay for qualifying health and dependent care expenses. Please read the article directly below for more information.

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