1. IRS rule proposal creates confusion, concern. “You may have seen recent accounts in the national media regarding a new IRS regulation that will require churches to obtain the Social Security numbers of donors and provide them to the IRS. I want to explain what has happened and address whether church leaders need to be concerned.
"In October, the IRS issued a proposed regulation amending the substantiation rules for charitable contributions: Internal Revenue Bulletin 2015-41. Generally, proposed regulations are published for public comment, and then the IRS issues a final regulation based, in part, on the public input provided. The public comment period for this regulation ends on December 16, 2015, after which the IRS will consider all the public comments and issue a final regulation.
"The proposed regulation is only a page long, and it makes a proposed change in the way charitable contributions are substantiated. There are five things for church leaders to note” (“IRS Proposes Changes to Substantiation Rules for Charitable Contributions,” by Richard R. Hammar, ChurchLawAndTax.com).
2. A free gift reflects beauty to churches. “We believe now, more than ever, our world is in desperate need of truth, goodness, and beauty. That’s why our ministry is so committed to our cause of Beautiful Orthodoxy, strengthening the church by richly communicating the breadth of the true, good, and beautiful gospel. This cause is central to all we do. Across our ministry you’ll see the gospel of love and hope powerfully showcased, as we speak out on the most important issues of our day. Enjoy these six recent articles and a series of poems that stand out to me as shining examples of Beautiful Orthodoxy” (“Beautiful Orthodoxy,” by Harold Smith, ChristianityToday.com. As our gift to churches, download this free sampler today).
3. Breaking the monotony of daily work. “Even exciting jobs have boring days. It’s inevitable when you work in the same office, with the same people, day after day. So how can you tell whether you’re just in a rut—or whether it’s time to leave your job? First, don’t wait for the rut to pass. Making even small changes to your daily work can prove transformative. Start keeping a list of all the things you accomplish each day, noting which kinds of work energize you and which leave you feeling drained. Next, think about how you might redesign your role around the tasks that interest you most. Talk to your boss about taking on new challenges that fit your talents and goals, or volunteer on a project outside your department. But if you still think your job is a grind after you’ve tried to take action, it may be time to move on” (Adapted from “How to Fall Back in Love with Your Job,” by Carolyn O’Hara, Harvard Business Review).
4. Notable quote. “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all.” —Dale Carnegie (via Lolly Daskal, inc.com).
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