An Easter Message and Newsletter 4.6.2020

April 7, 2020
Dear Friends:
During our observance of Holy Week, we remember Jesus’ final days of life on Earth. Like today, those days were filled with moments of high emotion and special significance. Holy Week may have new meaning for you this year. We are reminded in a poignant way of life’s green pastures and valleys (in the words of the Psalmist) – the joys and celebrations of life and the anxiety and pain of life.  
We are committed to serving as a reliable partner for you and your church during these difficult times. We are doing everything possible to provide you with the latest, most current information to assist you with your leadership and ministry. Feel confident that the Foundation staff is available to help guide you through financial market disruptions and maintain a focus on your missional goals. In spite of the rapidly changing environment, we remain a stable, value-aligned partner for your immediate ministry plans and your long-term vision.  Visit our website for all of our COVID-19 resources, historical fund performance, grants and scholarships, loan funds, stewardship resources, and so much more.
We have been fielding dozens of calls and emails about the CARES Act SBA Paycheck Protection Program. This forgivable loan program was part of the massive CARES Act legislation that was passed by Congress, signed into law by the President, and enacted by the Federal Government with record speed. Information about various aspects of the CARES Act has been changing rapidly. As a result, information accurately written a week ago may no longer be correct. In particular, the protocol for this forgivable loan program changed under a very short timetable several times as regulations and application guidelines were developed. We urge you to consult the links below for the current resources and answers to frequently asked questions. If you have not done so already, please contact your commercial bank for further instructions and their specific requirements.



David S. Bell,
President and Executive Director

The CARES ACT Paycheck Protection Program
Official U.S. Small Business Loan Administration Paycheck Protection Program Loan Application

Official U.S. Small Business Loan Administration Paycheck Protection Program FAQs for Faith-Based Organizations

The Offering & Electronic Giving Resources
9 Ways to Give Beyond the Offering Plate & 5 Things You Should Do When You Use Them

Offering and Offering Talks When the Seats Are Empty

Electronic Recurring Giving: Needed Now More than Ever ‌

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