Coronavirus Update – April 2

THURSDAY, APRIL 2

A few weeks ago, we let you know that we were canceling all services and programs through the end of March. Well, now we find ourselves in April. And we want to let you know a few important updates in the life of the church.

First, we want you to know that, in keeping with the federal government’s extension of recommended social distancing for thirty more days, we have decided to cancel all services and programs through at least the end of April. We will continue to provide Worship Guides each weekend for you to use to worship in your homes, which you can find at christscovenant.org/worship

We also wanted to share a few very important financial updates with you–to keep you informed and to invite you into participation with us to ensure that we are being good stewards of the resources God has given to us. After all, our gatherings may be canceled, but our mission doesn’t stop.

First, thank you so much to each of you who have been generously supporting the mission of our church, some of you even switching to electronic giving in recent days.

We know some of you have either lost your employment, or are on the cusp of it. We want you to remember that our church has a Benevolence Fund, which our deacons help oversee to help congregants who are facing financial hardship. Please do not hesitate or feel embarrassed about reaching out to us if you are in need. You can contact Pastor Rod (rvalentine@christscovenant.org) or call the church office. This is part of how we function together as a church family—helping each other in our time of need!

Our giving had been lagging a bit behind our budget prior to our cancellations of services in mid-March. The last three weeks, that gap has widened significantly, with total offerings being about 50% less than normal each week.

Thankfully, we are not in a crisis mode. Because of wise stewardship in years gone by, we have emergency funds we could draw on if absolutely needed. Yet, we also want to be proactive about reducing spending and inviting your increased financial participation. Our pastors and Finance Committee members are discussing and analyzing our position and options on a weekly basis.

We would encourage you, whether you have been a regular financial contributor or not, to consider how you may be able to help ensure that our missionaries and staff are cared for, that our bills are paid, and that our ministries are able to continue strongly through this crisis and beyond. We are about to see fertile ground for gospel ministry all over the world in the days ahead; and we want to be in a strong position to minister. Ideas for how you could do that would include the following:

If you have been waiting until we are able to worship in person to give, please consider giving now by mailing in your offering or by going online to make a contribution digitally. You can do that at christscovenant.org/give or by mailing a check to: 2090 E. Pierceton Rd., Winona Lake, IN 46590.

If you are already a regular contributor, would you consider increasing the amount you contribute during this season of us being scattered?

If you’ve been a sporadic contributor, would you consider making your giving consistent and repeated? This is actually really easy to do through our online giving portal!

If you have not normally made a contribution, would you consider starting? This crisis is making us all evaluate priorities, and we would love to have you join us in helping fund God’s mission here locally and internationally.

If you are going to receive a federal stimulus check but are not in need of those funds, would you consider giving a portion of that to help further the church’s mission?

I have been incredibly proud of our church as we’ve entered into this crisis, and I am confident that God is doing good work among us as we minister to each other and to our community. Even while we are scattered, we are united by our common faith and our common mission. Press on brothers and sisters.

We will continue to share important updates as time goes on, and we will continue to do our best to care for you during this season.

On behalf of the pastors and staff,

-Pastor Marc