June 3-10, 2020 - Archbishop Foley Beach - Anglican Church in North America
Dearest People of God in the Anglican Church in North America:
I write you with a tremendous heaviness in my spirit and soul as I observe and participate in what is happening today in the United States of America. If ever there is a time for the people of God to fall on our faces before God and plead for his mercy and intervention, now is the time. As believers, we are given the privilege of coming to the Throne of Grace with our petitions and requests, and he promises to hear us. (1 John 5:14,15)
Consider what we have experienced in recent days and weeks:
Another senseless killing by a police officer of an unarmed black man, George Floyd.
Hundreds of thousands of people participating in peaceful protests.
The unleashing of a spirit of lawlessness where rioting, violence, destruction of businesses and properties (mostly minority owned), unbridled theft, personal assaults on bystanders, store owners, the elderly, and police officers.
Covid-19 closing whole countries down, reportedly killing over 100,000 people in the U.S., over 7,000 in Canada, and over 10,000 in Mexico, and creating an economic calamity with tens of millions of people unemployed across North America.
Numerous businesses and churches have had to close down and many will not reopen.
Incredible generosity of strangers helping strangers in the midst of calamity.
Sisters and brothers, I am asking you to join me in spending the next week in prayer and fasting for North America (Wednesday, June 3 – Wednesday, June 10). For those who can fast the whole week, a day, or a meal, I ask you set aside time to intercede on behalf of your community, state, and nation.
Pray in the Holy Spirit and as the Holy Spirit leads you, and as you do, consider these petitions:
Show me my own sin; reveal to me the darkness of my own heart (Ps.139:24)
Reveal to me the repentance I need in my own life.
The ending of the lawlessness and violence.
Justice for those who have had their lives taken from them, especially George Floyd, and comfort for their families.
Comfort for the family and friends of the thousands of people who have lost their lives because of Covid-19.
Help for the millions who find themselves suddenly without a job.
Provision for all those business owners who have lost their business because of rioting, for those who have insurance and those who do not.
Strength for the health care workers, nurses, doctors, technicians in hospitals and medical facilities who continue to work fearlessly to save lives.
Wisdom for our government and civil leaders as they seek to keep us safe both from the virus and from the violence in our cities.
Food and provision for those who are hungry and in need.
Fresh anointing for the Church of Jesus Christ to faithfully proclaim the Gospel and reach people who are hurting, suffering, alone, and in need.
Specific acts of grace and mercy that You want me to carry out in this time.
If you would like some specific prayers to help you pray, consider these from the Book of Common Prayer 2019 on pages 657-661:
#39 – For our Nation
#40 – For All Sorts and Conditions of Men
#41 – For Cities, Towns, and other Communities
#42 – For the Human Family
#43 – For Social Justice
#44 – In Times of Social Conflict or Distress
#45 – For Those Who Serve Others
#46 – For Commerce and Industry
#47 – For the Unemployed
#48 – For Agriculture and Farming
#49 – For Schools, Colleges, and Universities
#50 – For the Medical Professions
#51 – For Those Who Inform Public Opinion
Jesus said: Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. (Luke 11:9,10)
Your brother in Jesus Christ, The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach Archbishop and Primate, Anglican Church in North America
April 20, 2020 - Canon Ron Feister, Bob Raun, and Kate Krumreig
We all have concern regarding the effects of the pandemic on both our corporate and individual lives. The Standing Committee of the ADGL is reviewing information on the CARES Act and wishes to share the following information regarding qualifying for relief under the Paycheck Protection Program. Of significant interest is that the federal CARES Act can provide financial support to duly incorporated churches and faith-based organizations. Below you will find information and resources regarding the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). CARES Act The 900-page, $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act became law on March 27, 2020. It is the third package enacted by Congress in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. Key Provisions of the Act include: Individual help, Employee retention credit, Unemployment insurance provisions, Charitable contributions, Delay of certain deadlines (particularly income tax filing deadline), and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). To read more about these Key Provisions, visit Church Law & Tax website: https://www.churchlawandtax.com/web/2020/march/overview-of-cares-act-for-churches.html Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) The CARES Act establishes a new US Small Business Administration loan program called the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small employers (including nonprofits and churches) with 500 or fewer employees to help prevent workers from losing their jobs and small businesses from failing due to economic losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides federally guaranteed loans to cover payroll and other operating expenses. A few key points of the PPP:
To be eligible, the small employer (example: church) must have serious concern regarding maintaining payroll as a result of the pandemic. The Act requires eligible borrowers to make a good-faith certification that:
the loan is necessary due to the uncertainty of current economic conditions caused by COVID-19; and
they will use the funds to retain workers and maintain payroll, lease, and utility payments.
The program is retroactive to February 15, 2020, to help bring workers who may have already been laid off back onto payrolls.
The program provides loans of up to 250 percent (250%) of an employer’s average monthly payroll costs for the one-year period preceding the loan (excluding compensation over $100,000).
The loan is forgiven in full if, during the eight-week period beginning when the church receives the loan, the money is spent entirely on:
group health care expenses
interest on any mortgage obligations
rent, including rent under a lease agreement
interest on debt incurred before February 15, 2020
The amount of loan forgiveness is reduced based on an employer’s reduction in workers or wages according to a formula. Of note: declines in payroll between February 15, 2020 and April 26, 2020 do not reduce the amount of loan forgiveness if the employer returns to pre-decline levels by June 30, 2020.
Again we emphasize any consideration of moving forward with this program should be accomplished in consultation with your financial advisors and banking relationship with the approval of the vestry.
Any portion of a loan not forgiven is carried forward as an ongoing loan with a term of two years at 1 percent (1%) interest.
The recipient applies for forgiveness through the lender.
Additional Information It is strongly recommended that you be in contact with your parish’s financial institution/partner in order to investigate information specific to your church needs. Each vestry must make a determination based on need and advise from your legal and banking relationships.