Dear GNJ Leaders and our congregations,
The following are essential actions and information for this week.
1. 2021 Appointments – All Clergy and Laity
The 2021 Appointment season has begun! Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of congregations, communities and the world. Each Sunday by 1:00 p.m. the announcement of new appointments will be posted on the GNJ website. For the latest information on appointments, retirements and open churches, visit here.
2. Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – Pastors, Treasurers and Finance Chairperson
On January 19, the SBA released a simplified version of the PPP loan forgiveness application for loans of $150,000 or less. It requires less documentation and makes the process quite a bit easier. The loan may be fully forgiven if the funds are used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent and utilities during the covered period following the funding of the loan. We encourage churches to act quickly in applying for the additional PPP funding by contacting their local bank. More details, including FAQs, can be found here.
3. 2021 May Annual Conference – All Clergy and Lay Members to the Annual Conference
The 2021 Annual Conference (virtual) is slated for May 24-25. All committees, boards and agencies are expected to submit an annual report for inclusion in the pre-conference journal prior to this virtual conference. These reports as well as any legislative recommendations for the session are due Feb. 15. For details, please visit here. A full report from the assigned independent team looking into the budget shortfall will also be shared at this session.
4. 2021 Ash Wednesday – All Clergy and Laity
Ash Wednesday is Feb. 17. As we continue to accommodate our practices due to the pandemic to protect the health and safety of those we serve, it is recommended that churches do not impose ashes in any way that would require people who do not live in the same household to be within six feet of one another or touching one another. Several alternative ideas can be found here.