2019 Health Insurance Elections
By now, Active clergy should have received emailed information about your Board of Pensions sponsored health insurance elections for 2019. If for any reason you have not seen this material, and you wish to remain on or enroll in a conference health insurance plan for 2019, please call our office immediately at 916-913-1049.
Due to an unsustainable price increase, we have dropped Blue Shield as a carrier for our active clergy, and the enrollment process for our new health insurance carrier AETNA requires a few extra steps, including a brief telephone questionnaire. If you have any questions we are here to help guide you through the process. Kaiser will continue to be one of your health carrier options, and ALL participants will be asked to enroll online.
Retired clergy will be receiving their 2019 enrollment information through the US Postal mail, or email. For retired clergy who are Blue Shield subscribers, this year we are offering new Individual plans in addition to our Group plans as a more affordable option. Watch your mail for further details about how to enroll.
Pumpkins for Baking or Carving
It's pumpkin season! I usually opt for canned pumpkin to bake my pies, but if you want to use fresh raw pumpkin, be sure to choose the small "sugar" pumpkins at the store or farmer's market. The small pumpkins have sweeter flesh, and more of it, per pound. Large pumpkins are less sweet and have a grainy texture, with more seeds inside. Reserve the large pumpkins for carving into jack-o-lanterns or decorations.
To make your own pumpkin puree for baking, pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees F. Slice a small pumpkin in half, and scrape out the seeds and stringy bits from the middle. Place the pumpkin halves on a roasting sheet and roast for an hour at 325 degrees. It will be done when you can easily pierce it with a fork.
After it has cooled, scrape the cooked pulp into a food processor and puree it, or mash it with a potato masher. Then use it for baking as in your regular recipes.
Rev. Dick Huser
Rev. Sun-Yong Park
Joy Lee McGallian
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