Mount Paul United Church
Covid 19 Pandemic
Dear Fellow Congregants:
This pandemic has caused us at Mt Paul to suspend church services, until the all clear is given by BC’s Health Officer to resume our normal activities and to allow us to gather in groups again. Until then please be assured the leadership at Mt Paul has been meeting by Zoom and telephone to make sure we come through this health crisis as strong as we were in February.
Rev. Liz has been working from her home in Naramata to keep in touch with her colleagues, and to receive guidance from the Pacific Mountain Region on how to best handle this situation. Margaret has been working from home, checking emails, producing the weekly announcements, and doing what she can to keep us all informed of latest developments. Nazli helped Rev. Liz put together a service for Sunday March 29, and we can expect more musical offerings in the future, hopefully posted to our website.
The Management Team is meeting by Zoom on Wednesday, April 1. Bev has been diligently making sure our bills are paid, mostly by online banking so we are staying current with our financial obligations. Don has been working to have us signed up with Canada Helps, a non-profit organization that receives donations earmarked for a specific charity, and then passes the donation on directly to that charity. Don also participated in a Webinar on March 25 with Eric Mathieson and David Armour of the United Church financial branch in Toronto to keep all congregations up to date on how the United Church is dealing with this pandemic.
Once the Government of Canada has clarified the process to apply for the Federal Temporary Wage Subsidy program, we will definitely be taking advantage of it. Originally announced to be a subsidy of 10% of wages for employees kept working, it was further announced on Friday March 27 to be a 75% subsidy starting March 15. Once the process is clear, ADP, The United Church, and I will ensure that Mt Paul will apply for the funds, as we do not have plans to lay off any staff during this pandemic.
To those of you who are on PAR (Pre Authorized Remittance) your donations will continue to come in to Mt Paul and Tim will make sure your donations are logged so you get the correct income tax receipt next February. To those of you who are not on PAR, we have several ways for you to continue to make your donations to keep the finances at Mount Paul solvent:
- You can mail a cheque made payable to Mount Paul United Church to:
3963 Yellowhead Hwy.
- You can make a donation by visiting our website (mtpauluc.ca) and clicking on the “Donate” button. You will then be able to put your donation on your credit card, and the donation will come to us at Mt Paul.
- If you are familiar with E transfers, you can send an E transfer to Mount Paul United Church, at my email address (Edlentz5255@gmail.com) and I will make sure it gets deposited to the church account.
I have deposit slips and night deposit bags at home for the church, and can make sure any of your donations I receive by regular mail are deposited to the church account, without actually having to go inside the Royal Bank. Your continued financial support will be appreciated. Your continued support will help us minimize the amount of funds we need to transfer from our Trust Funds in order to keep our church up to date with its obligations.
If you need to make changes to your PAR donations, Margaret is still able to process those. Just send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she will make sure to follow your instructions.
Trusting that you all will be safe and healthy, and by placing our trust in the Heavenly Spirit, I am sure we will all get through this pandemic, and emerge a more United Church!