TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2020
CANCELLED MEXICO TRIP HAS SILVER LININGS

By Rev. Scott Kail

Although the pandemic has presented the Mexico Housebuilding Mission with many challenges, not the least of which was the cancellation of the 2020 trip, we have good news. 

HOUSES WILL BE BUILT
All money prepaid to Amor Ministries is being used by Amor to build 10 of the 18 houses we were scheduled to build. Amor will use local labor, helping their economy. This decision to build 10 houses now, rather than hold the money for future credit, was unanimously suggested by the Mexico Advisory Team and approved by the Board of Trustees. The church elected to uphold their commitment to the families who are anticipating new shelter in 2020. These houses will be completed in June.

Additionally, some of the housebuilding teams have challenged themselves, and each other, to raise the additional money needed to complete the remaining 8 houses. We are in touch with these youth and adult participants and will report their success soon.

AIRFARE HAS BEEN REFUNDED
All airfare paid to Southwest Airlines has been reimbursed. The church will deliver refund checks to all trip participants who paid for airfare in the amount of $242.72. This refund will be paid on or before June 1. The airfare will remain on the church's balance sheet as a prepaid Mexico expense. Should a participant willingly refuse their refunded airfare, the church will gratefully accept the return of the refund to help offset expenses.

MOST RETURN TRIP FEES TO THE CHURCH
Separate from the airfare was the cost for the trip, which includes preparation and supplies. Students who paid the church member rate were offered a partial refund of $364.50, while students who are nonmembers were offered $464.50. Nearly two-thirds of the families declined the refund, opting instead to donate the money to the church. Adults who paid $525 were not eligible for a refund as monies spent exceed the trip fees collected.

FUTURE TRIP GUARANTEE
Student participants who were part of the 2020 trip will receive a guaranteed spot on our next trip, hopefully in 2021, without going through the application process. If the student has graduated, the family of that student will be guaranteed a spot for siblings that qualify for the trip. This guarantee has no expiration.

TREASURES SALE NETS $25,800
The annual community sale was cut short by a full day due to shelter-in-place restrictions brought on by the pandemic. In spite of the reduced selling time, volunteers rallied to raise over $25,000. Proceeds raised annually benefit the ministry in its mission to build homes for people in need.
'MASK BRIGADE' IS HISTORY REPEATED
Piedmont has a long history of making masks to address a need in a pandemic. The above photo was included in a 5/10/20 New York Times article on how pandemics end. Fast forward to the present where 25 women and men in the Piedmont Community Church and Friends Mask Brigade have sewn and donated over 1,300 fabric masks to medical facilities and CityTeam who provides meals, shelter and services to struggling individuals and families.

Thank you to all who have sewn masks or donated fabric. Sewing will continue as long as there is a need and an interest to volunteer. If you would like to help, contact Ann Lin at  annlinca@gmail.com
HOW ARE YOU FEELING TODAY?

"And the social distancing continues. How are you feeling today? Maybe disoriented, worried, angry, lonely…or, like me, a combination of all of the above?" - Rev. Dottie Hutch shares a message of hope.
CHURCH RECEIVES $177,000
IN CORONAVIRUS RELIEF

Piedmont Community Church celebrates church member John Chiang for his efforts in securing $177,000 from the Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help cover payroll expenses during the pandemic. In April, the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees moved swiftly through the process of obtaining funds made possible by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 

The funds are being used for eligible expenditures, which includes payroll costs, rent and utilities. The funding helps defray some of the church's budgeted money lost to church rentals and special events, cancelled due to COVID-19. Money that is not used will be returned.  

John, a 29-year member of Piedmont Church, is currently serving on the Finance Committee. John is also a past Treasurer and has served on the Board of Trustees.  

Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than $650 billion in PPP funds have been authorized to relieve small businesses and non-profits from the financial challenges suffered as a result of the crises.
WEDNESDAY MORNING
BIBLE STUDY

Join Dr. Don Ashburn for a study of the New
Testament Gospel of Mark. We’ll meet weekly online from 10 - 11 am. We’ll be using the Zoom online platform. 

In the study, we’ll read the text out loud and then discuss its meaning, its original context as well as how it relates to our lives today. 

To participate, you’ll need access to a computer or mobile device with audio and visual capabilities. You can have your own copy of the Bible, or read the text as it’s shared onscreen. There’s no homework, and no expectation that you’ve studied the Bible before. 

Just join us, and invite your friends! Contact Dr. Ashburn at Don@PiedmontChurch.org . The link for joining the Bible Study online is:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82910582013 . It’ll be the same link each week.
The voices of the Piedmont Community Church Chancel Choir make a triumphant return today in a soul-lifting choral response. Add this to a video tribute to our church moms, a sermon by Dr. William McNabb, inspiring prayers and music and an organ improvisation that will knock your 'pedal cam' shoes right off. A recipe for pure joy.
We are happy to provide online gathering opportunities as we remain 'sheltered in place.'

VIRTUAL GATHERING
Join Dr. Don Ashburn for an informal online virtual gathering Wednesday evening, May 13, at 7 pm. We’ll discuss how our faith connects to what’s going on in our lives right now. We'll reflect on scripture and pray together too. This meeting is by ZOOM, and is open to anyone. Here’s a link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/92473375810
Meeting ID: 924-7337-5810
Phone: +1-669-900-6833

MORNING PRAYER
Dr. Don Ashburn will lead a brief service of prayer at 9 am on
Friday, May 15. There will be scripture readings, a time of meditation and prayer. This meeting is by ZOOM, and is open to anyone. Here’s the link:   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/91986506151
Meeting ID: 919-8650-6151
Phone: +1-669-900-6833

CHILDREN'S STORY TIME
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 4 pm we will be gathering via ZOOM to listen to a story and keep in touch with our friends. Here is the link:

Meeting ID: 426 177 425
Password: 312356

Email Leslie@PiedmontChurch.org with questions.
'BEAUTY AS AN ANTIDOTE'

The Sanctuary at Piedmont Church is not only a place to feed the soul, but a space to appreciate the creativity of James Hubbell, internationally-known artist and designer from Southern California.

Dr. William McNabb tells us how the stained glass windows came to be.
Dear Sunday School Families,

I plan to send out lessons each Sunday, and I will send out some supplemental coloring pages/activities during the week. - Leslie Quantz

CHILDREN RISING ADAPTS TO
COVID-19 CHALLENGES

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a far-reaching impact on all of us. For many of the children, youth and families in the Children Rising programs, it has led to a catastrophic disruption to normal routines of life. They are dealing with crippling financial struggles, a disconnect from educational resources, and a profound emotional toll.

Throughout the school closure, their program directors have remained in close contact with the principals and teachers of the schools they serve. Leveraging their community enablement model, they created the  COVID-19 Family Relief Program . Partnering with the schools and other programs such as the SafeWay Foundation’s Nourishing Neighbors program, this program reconnects the kids with their tutors while providing immediate assistance in the form of a $250.00 Safeway gift card to the many families in our programs who have experienced a catastrophic loss of income.

REV. SCOTT KAIL MESSAGE

Almost weekly, Rev. Scott Kail records a brief message for Piedmont's youth and their families. Inspiring, down to Earth and inspirational, his videos are highly anticipated.
VIRTUAL ROCK AND LIVEWIRE

Parents and Students, we are meeting tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday at 2 pm for our fourth Virtual Livewire meeting. Invitations have been sent via Zoom to all the parents and students have been texted. Please encourage your student and their friends to join us. We will meet each Wednesday going forward and will start doing the same with Rock on Sunday evenings at 5 pm. 
THE LORD'S WORK CONTINUES ONLINE

The church may be closed, but the good work of Piedmont Church continues in a variety of ways:

  • Sunday worship services are posted weekly on our website
  • Church staff now meets online each Tuesday at 11 am
  • Jean Leahy is available to answer your calls weekdays from 10 am - 12 Noon (otherwise, voicemail
  • Lay leaders continue to meet online and by phone
  • Livewire and Rock meet online
  • Many small groups have arranged for video meetings
  • Sunday school lessons are posted to our website and emails are sent inviting parents to participate with their children
Please consider making an online offering by clicking below, or give while watching Sunday services on our website.
Phone: (510) 547-5700