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Holy Trinity friends,
Greetings in Christ Jesus our Lord as we look forward to celebrating the gift of God he sends all of us in the Holy Spirit at Pentecost!
As we continue to pray for the well-being of all those infected by and treating the COVID-19 virus, so too we ask for comfort for Carol Stewart in hospice care, healing for Carolyn Cramer after knee replacement surgery, and peace of the resurrection for the family and friends of Emily Reardon, a 2019 graduate of Upper Arlington high school who died after a brief and undetermined illness this week.
Congregational Meeting to Approve Use of Payroll Protection Plan Funds
With 98 households returning 184 ballots on the Council’s Proposal to Use Payroll Protection Plan funds for preschool and church payroll, mortgage interest and utilities for 8 weeks starting Monday, May 11, here is the tally of those ballots:
- Yes – 175
- No – 5
- Abstain – 4
With the clear approval to accept and apply PPP funds to forgivable expenses, we will want to be theologically thoughtful in the way we do so.
A fundamental tenet of our financial stewardship is that God always provides enough for us to accomplish the mission that God calls us to do. We trust in a theology of abundance rather than fearing a theology of scarcity.
The primary source of funding for our congregational ministry comes from the regular, proportionate contributions of our active households, offered in gratitude to God, in support of God’s mission and reminder that all we have is entrusted to us by God. We also occasionally receive special gifts designated to specific mission needs such as Endowment grants, worship flowers and congregational meals.
Within the unprecedented financial uncertainty presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the US Government offered an economic stimulus package, which includes an 8-week Payroll Protection Plan for small organizations like churches, especially with preschools, to remain active in the economy by maintaining current levels of staffing and providing relief for mortgage interest and utilities.
Since the US Government chose to include in this program for religious organizations of every faith and denomination, Holy Trinity has chosen to receive government funding for use according to the narrow scope noted above without limitation to our religious expression in any way. The funds provide some stability amidst uncertain financial times through the rest of the year and help us remain a viable contributor to our ministry outreach partners and the general economy as well.
Plans for Gathering Anew
Council is also ready to invite your review of a Draft Plan for Holy Trinity to Gather Anew. You may view the plan on your computer or print it by clicking here:
We will be ready to implement this plan as soon as the Ohio Department of Health advises gathering for groups up to 50 persons.
Drawing on the best scientific, medical, regulatory and health information available, the Parish Health Team is crafting this plan to help our congregation gather anew as soon and safely as possible. You can add your input to their on-going considerations by completing the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YBJSLJW, or contacting Curt Passafume at 219-851-5503 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your participation and prayers throughout this process.
Here is the weekend worship schedule which you can reach at engagedbygrace.org/livestream.
4:00pm Saturday, Live Backstage Webinar Worship
8:30 and 10:30am Sunday, Live Recorded Worship, available all day as well
Be safe. Stay well.
Yours in Christ,
Mike Christman, President (email@example.com; 419-356-9565)
Pastor Steve (firstname.lastname@example.org; 614-579-8128)
Vicar Sara (email@example.com; 513-581-6006)