April 3, 2020
Pacifica Synod News & Notes
We share with you the following news, resources, information and event updates taking place within our synod and throughout the ELCA. If you have items or information to share, please email Terri Robertson at  terrirobertson@pacificasynod.org . If you know of others who aren't receiving our emails, please share this with them and encourage them to contact us using the above email or sign up here .
Current News & Resources
Payroll Protection Program Updates
Yesterday, we sent out an email containing information and resources about the recently passed Payroll Protection Program and its potential impact for congregations. If you missed that email, you can access it by clicking here .

As banks and SBA lenders work to provide access to this program, several items have changed or been added since our email yesterday. They are:


We are working hard to keep up with any changes or additional information on this program. In addition to our Pacifica Synod COVID-19 web page , the ELCA continues to update their Public Health web page with information on this program as well as many other COVID-19-related resources. Please check these often and contact the synod office with any questions you may have.

California Lutheran - Free Webinar
How Non-Profits Can Access Stimulus Funds
This session will be hosted as a Free Webinar

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
 
Clare Briglio, Communications and Business Disruption Resources Director for the Economic Development Collaborative, will be sharing on local, state and federal benefits now available under the CARES Act for Nonprofits and employees.

Join us to learn more about how your non-profit may benefit from programs designed to support you during this time.
 
 
 
About Our Speaker
Clare Briglio serves as Communications and Business Disruption Resources Director for the Economic Development Collaborative and the Small Business Development Center for Santa Barbara and Ventura County. She has served in this capacity and as business advisor for the last 8 years and through the Thomas Fire and Hill/Woolsey Disasters. Her passion lies in equipping individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations with tools to help them define their core purpose and develop resiliency models to ensure ongoing success. Through partnerships with local city governments and nonprofits, Clare is regularly called on to present workshops to teach others about entrepreneurship, branding and business resiliency.
Lutheran Office of Public Policy - California
Wednesdays at Noon


Dear Advocates, 

In response to COVID-19, we are hosting live advocacy updates on  Wednesdays at noon . During the calls, we will answer questions about our state and federal legislative processes and direct quick advocacy activity. Please see the links below. 

Our Wednesday Zoom call will consist of 25 minutes of updates and instructions. We will then ask you take 5 minutes to make a call or two to our policymakers on the issues we highlighted. You can then return to your life knowing a little more and having done something for the wider community. The login will remain the same throughout. We begin on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 and are scheduled through the end of April. 
Advocacy does not stop during crisis. It takes a different, more urgent form. We know that there are communities that struggle with food access, air/water quality, and poverty on a regular basis. These communities suffer the most in moments of crisis, and we must work to make sure their interests are held at the center of relief and aid packages. 

PAX, 

Regina Q. Banks
Director, Lutheran Office of Public Policy - California


Topic: Advocacy in Quarantine

Time: Beginning Mar 25, 2020 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
    Every 7 days, until May 6, 2020, 7 occurrence(s)
    Mar 25, 2020 12:00 PM
    Apr 1, 2020 12:00 PM
    Apr 8, 2020 12:00 PM
    Apr 15, 2020 12:00 PM
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Portico April Updates
People of God, these are interesting times to be in ministry. As you master many new skills and carry concerns about your people, your church’s finances, and your own family, please know that Portico is here to walk with you. Portico plan members, sign in to myPortico for these timely resources: 

A new  hub on myPortico  details financial and health resources specifically related to COVID-19, including:
  • updates on how the CARES Act can provide financial relief for congregations
  • telemedicine and emotional health support options for ELCA-Primary and ELCA Medicare-Primary plan members
  • answers about managing or adjusting flexible spending accounts
  • financial resources from the ELCA Retirement Plan Recordkeeping Services Provider, Fidelity
 
This  16-minute video  (filmed March 26) offers:
  • perspective on the investment markets and how we navigate volatility
  • ways to remain emotionally grounded as retirement account balances fluctuate
  • resources Portico offers to help you through these uncertain times

Unfortunately, due to the evolving impact of COVID-19, we have made the decision to suspend our in-person educational events, including the Planning for Retirement Seminars in Oregon on June 18 th  and in California on July 30th.  Videos of past webinars are available on myPortico , or ELCA Retirement Plan members are encouraged to call a Portico Financial Planner at  800.922.4896 .
 
Need to talk with your personal Regional Representative? Andrea Arey can be reached at 949/338-9573 or aarey@porticobenefits.org

Mission Investment Fund and ELCA Federal
Credit Union are Offering Special Assistance
As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mission Investment Fund and the ELCA Federal Credit Union remain trusted partners of the members, pastors, congregations and ministries of the ELCA. As the investment and lending ministry of the ELCA, MIF has resources that can provide much-needed help for customers that may be experiencing financial hardship at this time—the congregations and ministries that have MIF loans as well as individual and congregation investors. The ELCA Federal Credit Union, too, is able to provide similar assistance to its members—ELCA pastors, members, congregations and ministries.

The Mission Investment Fund is providing no-penalty access to term deposits for customers who need emergency access to their funds at this time. For congregations and other ministries that need assistance with loans, MIF can offer such relief as:
  • Deferral of loan payments
  • Interest-only loan payments
  • Loan modifications
  • Lines of credit
  • New emergency loans

To learn how MIF can help, contact MIF via phone, 877-886-3522, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Central time). Reach MIF via email at mif.customerservice@elca.org or mif.loans@elca.org .

The ELCA Federal Credit Union is providing similar assistance.  For members of the Credit Union who need emergency access to their funds at this time, the Credit Union is providing no-penalty access to certificates of deposit . For individuals, congregations and other ministries needing assistance with loans, the Credit Union is prepared to offer:
  • Deferral of loan payments
  • Interest-only loan payments
  • Loan modifications
  • Expedited credit card issuance and lines of credit
  • Expedited personal loans
  • New emergency loans

To discuss assistance from the ELCA Federal Credit Union, call 877-715-1111 or send an email to info@elcacu.org .
Event Updates
2020 Joint Synod Assembly
On March 18, 2020 - Bishops Andy Taylor and R. Guy Erwin issued the following statement regarding the 2020 Joint Synod Assembly scheduled for May 28-30 at California Lutheran University:

As we live into a new "abnormal" with COVID-19, social distancing, and cancelling of most events in our lives, we wish to inform you that the joint Pacifica and Southwest California Synod Assembly scheduled for the end of May has been postponed.

We are working with the Synod Assembly Planning team, the staffs of both synods, and California Lutheran University to see what options there may be to hold the assembly in August. While there will be questions on the postponement, we ask for your patience and prayers as the staffs and planning teams work out the details.
 
It seems everything is changing by the hour. But in the midst of this uncertainty, we hold on to the never changing love of God and the promise that we do not walk this untrodden path alone.

We will keep you informed as more details become available.
Bonhoeffer Festival - ONLINE - April 16
From Dr. Thom Johnson, Director
Center for Lutheran Studies, Claremont School of Theology

This year’s Bonhoeffer Festival has been moved to an online event. We will be using Zoom to host the event on April 16 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. and will still have Dr Barbara Lundblad as our keynote speaker and still have our respondent panel.

See below for the link for those wanting to join us live via Zoom on April 16. You may join as early as 1:00 p.m., with the program beginning at 1:30 p.m. We will also be recording it and make it available on the Center for Lutheran Studies Facebook page and mail out a link to it for everyone to enjoy at a later date.

Time: Apr 16, 2020 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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