Helpful insights to help you better understand your benefits.

November 1, 2017

Joining Together For Lower Fees

By Joel Malick, Strategic Financial Partners and Beth Knight-Pinneo, Alliance Benefits  We are better together, and can realize far greater success when we work together to reach our common goals (or in some cases our uncommon goals) as we partner for His Kingdom. Planning for retirement is certainly a goal we all share. We want [...]

May 24, 2017

Top Tax Errors to Avoid

By Beth Knight-Pinneo, Alliance Benefits Alliance Benefits would like to make you aware of common tax errors to avoid. Each issue of “Knowing Your Benefits” newsletter will address one of these. We are deeply grateful for our skilled and conscientious church treasurers who work so hard. Forms and reporting may seem mundane, but this vital [...]

July 14, 2016

Forget Not All His Benefits

By Beth-Knight -Pinneo, Alliance Benefits Forget not all His benefits, the Psalmist reminds us. What are some ways in which we can remember? When you are a brand new enrollee receiving information about your benefits, you may feel overwhelmed by all the information. Then, later on, when you experience a particular need, you are reminded [...]

July 14, 2016

What Is Your Safety Net For Disability?

Alliance Benefits offers a safety net in the event you are unable to work due to a serious illness or injury. Employees in the Alliance Health Plan (Premium Plan version*) are covered by Long Term Disability. Disability insurance protects your income in the event that you become disabled and are not able to work. What [...]

June 9, 2016

Why We Decided One Plan Is Better Than Four

For this year, Alliance Benefits participants saw a new approach to healthcare plans: One choice instead of four. Why did we do that? Well, the research data from our partner HCMS Group was just overwhelming. HCMS is a unique company that combines advanced data analytics on healthcare and other benefits with a clinical prevention service [...]

June 9, 2016

Christ Still Is Our Healer

Alliance Benefits desires to see all our workers well-cared-for, growing healthy and stronger with each passing year. We long to see every person in good health, well able to fulfill his or her calling, so that together we can complete Christ’s Great Commission. We recognize that this will never happen through medical help alone. As [...]

May 11, 2016

403(b) Fund Changes 6-2-16

To: C&MA 403(b) Retirement Participants Re: Important Fund Changes From: Larry Keeports – Director for Alliance Benefits Date: May 2016 The Investment Committee of the C&MA 403(b) Retirement Plan meets on a quarterly basis to review all investments and to ensure they are the best possible options in each of these classes. The Committee is pleased [...]

April 19, 2016

Empower Retirement’s Virtual Classroom

Have you ever felt you should learn a little more about financial planning or retirement planning, but had no idea where to start? For our C&MA 403(b) participants, your Empower Retirement account online includes many educational resources at no additional charge, including Virtual Classroom, a comprehensive series of interactive courses on financial, investment and retirement [...]

March 9, 2016

Investing in Your 403(b) – One Step at a Time!

Investing in Your 403(b) – One Step at a Time! Are you feeling torn between paying today’s bills and investing for your retirement future? You are not alone. Recently, Empower Retirement hosted a helpful webinar for C&MA participants giving tips on how to find more money in your budget to increase your 403(b) contributions. This [...]