Dear Friends in Christ,

We write to you with a message of solidarity in these difficult times. At this point, we have all been impacted by the spread of COVID-19. With the halting of worship services and messages telling us to physically distance ourselves from others, we understand that there are and will continue to be impacts on our physical, emotional, and financial health.

We, as representatives of your Trustees and ECMN Council, as your ECMN Treasurer, Bishop, and Bishop-elect, have been in regular communication as this situation has unfolded. We are looking to and caring for the overall financial health of ECMN, of the Pooled Investment Fund, and of the long-term sustainability of faith communities in light of the economic impact of this pandemic. We have already taken actions and will continue to take actions that ensure that ECMN is sustainable for the long term.

In light of all this, we write to you today, specifically, to ask you to reach out. If you are facing financial issues or if you have needs or have questions, please contact us. Your Missioner for Finance, Jennifer Gamberg, is a great place to start: or 612-870-3308.

We will walk with each faith community individually, as this situation will impact each one uniquely. Please know that we will do everything we can to support you and your faith communities.

While it is extremely difficult to be physically disconnected from our communities, we, as those following the Way of Jesus, who are guided by the Holy Spirit, cling to the promise that Jesus will lead us “into all truth” (John 16:13).

Bishop Brian N. Prior

Bishop-Elect Craig Loya

Rev. Morris Goodwing, Vice-chair Trustees

Brian Ostenso, Vice-chair Council

Tom Schaefer, Treasurer

Jennifer Gamberg, Missioner for Finance