Session Meeting Update
The Session of First Presbyterian Church met Sunday afternoon, April 19, via Zoom, with all elders present, along with staff.
The Confirmation students were also present with us, along with their Covenant Partners and the teachers of the program, Susan Burns and Mike Moyers.
The students and Covenant Partners were divided into smaller groups for examination. After those examinations, the Session voted to confirm them, and joyfully anticipates their leading in worship on April 26.
The Session ratified the decision to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program. The program seeks to provide funds to small businesses and not-for-profits equivalent to eight weeks of payroll. After a period of time, if employees are kept on payroll, 100% of the loan is forgiven, effectively making it a grant. The church was approved for this program, and we believe these funds will help us maintain our commitment to keeping our staff intact and paying all, including hourly employees, as we move through this uncertain time.
The Session noted with gratitude that our giving remains steady, and that those who are able have paid their full estimate of giving for the year early. This has also helped us maintain our staff and ministries, as well as our commitments to our mission partners. The Session voted to pay our commitments to those partners in full immediately so that they too can make use of these resources in this time of crisis. Many of our mission partners, such as Graceworks, are seeing significant increases in those seeking help. We remain committed to doing all we can to support them.
Thank you to the entire congregation for your generosity and graciousness in these days. You are an expression of the risen Christ.