September 3 Update from the Pension Boards

Dear Friends,

As the Labor Day holiday approaches, we remember and honor those American workers who paved the way for workers’ rights in our country. The holiday also traditionally marks the end of summer, with vacations behind us, and a return to work, school, and for many, regular worship schedules and activities at church.

This year will be different. Workplaces, schools, and churches are making major adjustments and sometimes drastic changes to the way things have always been done. This has required significant energy, focus, and determination on everyone’s part over the past six months.

This upcoming Labor Day weekend is a good time to pause. To reflect on the changes brought by the labor movement at the turn of the 20th century, among them the 8-hour workday. “Eight hours for work, eight hours for rest and eight hours for what you will” was a slogan of the Eight-hour Day movement.

Now that September is here, we know that the coming months will require creativity, patience, and stamina as we navigate the “new normal” in our different settings. This holiday weekend offers a time to pause, breathe, rest, and gather energy for the weeks and months ahead.

The Pension Boards’ offices will be closed on Friday, September 4, as well as Labor Day, Monday, September 7. Our staff has been encouraged to take Friday as a vacation day in order to spend time with loved ones, rest, and re-charge.

Please note the link below to a quick, two-question survey seeking your input on topics you would like to learn more about in these weekly messages. Thank you to those of you who have responded! We will continue to address your suggested topics and provide the information you need to serve more effectively in your ministry setting. If you have not already done so, please click on the survey link below and let us know how we can better serve you.

As always, please contact us by phone at 1.800.642.6543 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

Stay well, and be safe.

Best regards,

Brian R. Bodager
President/CEO


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READER SURVEY: WHAT TOPICS DO YOU WANT TO SEE?




Salary Report Update

As the Pension Boards transitions to a paperless environment and adapts to working remotely, we are converting to an online process for UCC churches and employers to update their employees’ salaries and pension contribution amounts. We will no longer send out the annual Salary Report to employers by mail in October. Now, you may sign in to your account on the Employer Portal and once logged in, select Salary Report/Update from the left-hand side of the page to make changes as soon as they occur. This will ensure that changes are made timely, and that your monthly invoices will reflect the updated information as changes occur.

If an paper form is needed, you may download and print a Salary Report Form from the Pension Boards website.

Should you have any questions, please reach out to our Member Services team at 1.800.642.6543 for assistance.



Online Payment Portal for Members and Employers: Getting Started

Note: Your account, including any outstanding balances, and employee salary information must be up-to-date before you use online bill payment for the first time.

Online payment is the New Standard for the Pension Boards. Please transition your monthly payment to our online portals today! If you are not already using the portal, it’s quick easy to get started and transactions are secure. Click here for detailed instructions to set up your account.

PLEASE NOTE: The online bill payment site will be down for routine maintenance starting Friday, September 4 at 8:00 am through Tuesday, September 8 at noon. October monthly invoices will be available when the portal is back up on Tuesday, September 8.



Generations Financial Resources: A New Service for MFVI Participants

Generations Financial Resources, Inc., a controlled subsidiary of the Pension Boards, is a lending corporation to help alleviate the crushing burden of clergy indebtedness. Operating in coordination with the Minister’s Financial Vitality Initiative launched by the Pension Boards in 2017, it will combine personal finance education, needs-based grants to reduce debt levels, and most significantly, low-interest rate refinancing to substantially reduce the rates that our clergy are paying on their educational debt.

If you are not yet in the MFVI program, we encourage you to apply and become eligible for Generations Financial Resources. Applications are available on our website. There are two options:

  • MFVI Program One is a three-year, online program of financial education, with financial incentives. This year, participation in Program One is expanded to 60 authorized UCC ministers. The application deadline for Program One is October 15. Click here to apply.
  • MFVI Program Two offers grants of up to $1,000 to UCC pastors whose employing church or Conference/Association raises a matching amount. Applications for Program Two are accepted on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply, if eligible, and to encourage the clergy you know to apply.

For more information, watch this video, download this informational flyer, and contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Are You an Annuitant? Did you know you can engage a financial planner/advisor at no cost?

This is a benefit that the Pension Boards offers you RIGHT NOW! Financial wellness is important at all stages of your life and ministry. To help you achieve your financial goals and better manage your overall finances, the Pension Boards offers EY Financial Planning Services at no cost to actively-contributing, inactive, and annuitized Annuity Plan members.

Call the EY Navigate Financial Planner Line at 1.877.927.1047 or visit pbucc.eynavigate.com to learn more and get started.


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