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The killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, recent attacks and ridicule of people of Asian descent during the pandemic and many other horrifying examples all point out why the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) must be a Matthew 25 church, even as the coronavirus still keeps many Christians from worshiping and doing ministry in person.
The Office of Vital Congregations will resume weekly Wednesday Zoom conversations at 3 p.m. Eastern Time on May 27.
The Matthew 25 invitation was officially launched in April 2019. More than a year later, there are 520 churches, groups and mid councils that have made the commitment to become a Matthew 25 church. This represents over 5,800 congregations across the country that have received the invitation and have been engaged in this bold vision.
For the Presbyterian Mission Agency, 2019 will go down as the year the Matthew 25 invitation was extended and embraced by dozens of mid councils and thousands of congregations.
Using technology that performed flawlessly Monday, three entities approved eight recommendations to send to next month’s online General Assembly concerning the impacts of lower than anticipated giving brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
Just as congregational and mid council giving and budgets are being hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, so will the current and near-term income streams of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Office of the General Assembly and the Administrative Services Group.
With unanimous approval Wednesday by the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, the Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program can now issue lines of credit to, for example, presbyteries for such purposes as maintaining and preparing property for sale.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness is one of 69 civil society organizations that have signed a letter to U.S. President Donald J. Trump calling for broad sanctions relief in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah). First observed in 1951, this commemoration has become an international day of remembrance for those who perished in the Holocaust. It takes place on the 27th day of the month of Nisan in the Jewish calendar, which occurs on April 20/21, 2020 (in Jewish tradition, the new day begins at sunset).
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation President Kathy Lueckert announced Monday that the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Small Business Administration had approved an $8.8 million application for a forgivable loan that will cover the A Corp payroll for 2.5 months.