Issue 79 of Administration Matters

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“Stories of Faith in Action”

We are pleased to share with you the latest issue of “Stories of Faith in Action,” filled with inspiring stories from this past year. “Stories of Faith in Action” connects us as church and illustrates how, through your generosity, God is at work across the ELCA. It highlights how a portion of your offering, called Mission Support, advances the ministry of our church, helping the ELCA nurture Christian community, raise up leaders, serve our neighbors and strive for justice. Most importantly, it’s one way to thank you for your faithful generosity to your congregation, your synod and the churchwide organization ― by showing your offering at work. The magazine’s PDFs, flipbook and resources can be found at

How to report the clergy housing allowance

The housing allowance is an important tax advantage for clergy. However, your congregation must officially designate the amount in writing each year, before compensation is earned, that might be used for housing expenses. As you look ahead to 2022, be sure to take action to document this amount. >More

Keeping up with a changing cybersecurity landscape

Your organization works tirelessly to achieve its mission, often with limited staff and resources. It’s important to consider how a strong technology strategy and security can help you achieve your goals. It is critical to stay current in order to keep your information secure. >More

IRS requirement for churches — Form 8822-B

In a July 30, 2021, news release, the IRS issued a call for entities with an Employer Identification Number (EIN) to ensure that the IRS has the entity’s current “responsible party” on file. The IRS believes maintaining current responsible party contact information is critical to its efforts to fight identity theft and other fraud related to EINs. >More

Dell Technology Discount Program

Buy directly from Dell and enjoy great discounts, monthly and limited time specials, discounted ground shipping, and 24-hour hardware tech support. Take advantage of everyday specials on systems, laptops, software, printers, scanners and other peripherals, and receive a discount of up to 12% on selected Dell desktop and notebook systems.

Upcoming membership sales events:
• MPP Early Access — Nov. 15, 2021
• Black Friday Week — Nov. 22-27, 2021
• Cyber Monday offers start Nov. 28, 2021.

To place an order or obtain product info, visit Dell’s Membership Purchase Program website at or email Please use the ELCA Member ID GS74878907 when emailing.

Annual report covers

Annual report covers are now available online for congregations that are preparing for their annual meetings. The document includes a letter from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, a hymn and litany and a story about how change and creativity have helped shape congregations this past year. The digital covers are available as pages or as spreads and can be found at