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January 6 Pandemic Task Team Update

1/6/2021

Brothers and sisters in Christ, In this tenth month of our journey through this pandemic wilderness, we do not know what phase we are in on this pilgrimage, and when we will reach the promised land. What we do know is that COVID-19—our invisible enemy—is continuing to strengthen its attack on Mississippians, and now is not the time to lower our ...


Second Round of PPP Loans Approved

1/3/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 4, 2021 The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 has been approved by Congress and signed by the President. It includes $284 billion dollars for a second round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans that churches and nonprofits are eligible to apply for.  The Small Business Administration has 10 days to issue ...


2020 Statistical Reporting Process

12/14/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 14, 2020 The turning of the New Year means the statistical reporting process is at hand. We will be using the EZRA system provided by the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) that we used in 2019 possibly for the last time. I think you will find the EZRA system very user friendly and is relatively ...


Merry Christmas from the Swansons

12/14/2020

Season's greetings, As we celebrate the coming of Christ in this Advent season and live into loving our neighbors by social distancing, Mrs. Swanson and I saw an opportunity to give you greetings from more than just the two of us. We invited our family to help us wish you a joyous Christmas. Click here to watch our Christmas greeting.  If you would...


November 9 Pandemic Task Team Update

12/9/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 9, 2020 Brothers and sisters in Christ, Christmas shopping, cold weather and Thanksgiving gatherings have contributed to our highest COVID spikes yet. Christmas is a time for the anticipation of Christ, family and togetherness. We cannot stress enough how critical it is that we protect our loved ones and make sure ...


CARES Act Funds Available for Nonprofits and Food Pantries

12/3/2020

As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, the State of Mississippi established the Community Foundations (CF) COVID-19 Grant Program during the 2020 legislative session. The program is administered by the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA), which has issued rules governing the program’s ...


Free Small Group Resource for Local Churches

12/3/2020

As we enter into this season of hope and light, we are proud to offer the “Anxiety as an Opportunity for Spiritual Growth” small group video resource to clergy and laity who would like to lead these vital conversations in small groups in their local church. We are not alone. God is with us...Emmanuel!  Blessed Advent! Click here or on the image ...


Miss. Sets New Single-day High with COVID Cases

12/2/2020

Brothers and sisters in Christ, Today we’ve set a new single-day record of new COVID-19 cases—over 2,400—and 15 additional deaths here in Mississippi. State health officer, Dr. Thomas Dobbs shared that, “our hospitalizations are growing at a rate that is absolutely terrifying. Without a doubt, I think we’re headed into the darkest period of the ...


REMINDER: Register Today for Breakfast with the Bishop and Bolsinger

12/1/2020

Dear laity and clergy, We are excited to offer you the opportunity to spend a couple of hours of teaching with Bishop James Swanson and Tod Bolsinger Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. This event will be hosted via Zoom webinar. Come and have “Breakfast with the Bishop and Bolsinger” as they discuss the importance and necessity of ...


Re-engaging Young Families During the Pandemic

11/23/2020

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted various aspects of how parishioners participate in their congregations ranging from worship to small groups. Some young adults and their children have returned to other in-person activities but not yet to faith communities. Click here or on the image below to watch Rev. Trey Skaggs, pastor at Indianola First ...


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