I hope you had a restful and fun holiday. Last weekend, we wrapped up the Get Out of Your Mind series about the struggles we can face in our own minds. If you or someone you know needs support, you don’t have to walk through it alone! We’ve got some resources available here.
The last four months have altered almost every area of our lives. We’ve all experienced the sadness of not being able to gather and worship together, and we have grieved the losses of loved ones, jobs, celebrations, and plans.
When the stay-at-home mandate was first ordered, our church leadership chose to continue paying our staff, regardless of their ability to carry out their normal responsibilities. We wanted to help relieve some of the burden this season has caused. This pandemic has lasted longer than any of us anticipated, so we looked for ways we could continue caring for our staff in a time when giving is understandably down.
When the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed, we prayerfully and thoroughly sought wise counsel on whether or not to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan. Our executive team and elders were unified in our decision to do so.
We recognize that trustworthy and wise Christians and churches find rationales both for and against accepting these loans. Our intention, in line with the objective of the law, was to keep as many staff as possible employed so they would not need to rely on unemployment and unemployment benefits.
The PPP loan allowed us to continue to employ our full staff from the start of the stay-at-home orders through June. Unfortunately, we now have to furlough some staff. We intend to bring them back as soon as we can gather again, but please be praying for those staff members now and in the weeks that follow.
As always, our church is committed to loving God and our neighbors, and we’ve been able to serve and tangibly provide for tens of thousands of people throughout this pandemic. Our Care Center continues to offer groceries by drive-up each week, and the team has moved many of our employment and support services online. If you are in need of assistance, our team would love to help. Simply fill out this form or view all the ways to receive help here.
I am praying for you and your families and ask that you pray for our team as we navigate the decisions ahead. We are leaning on the truth that God is good, and we trust that He will use all things for His glory.
Even when we can’t see or make sense of it all, I still hold onto the hope and belief that the best is yet to come.