Thank you for your generosity in this first week of the One Church Fund
! Significantly, over half of the gifts received in this first week have come from first-time donors to the Massachusetts Council of Churches
. The network is growing, support is building, and it is clear that we are not alone. Just as Jesus walks with us, this growing community is stepping up to confirm that all parts of the Body of Christ are needed, loved, and worthy as we prioritize care for the Black, immigrant and homeless communities most impacted by COVID19.
If you have not yet had a chance to contribute to the One Church Fund, please give now.
Our work is big, and it will be ongoing. We are committed to short term financial support and long term relationships.
We are also building up a network of mutual aid through the One Church Fund's Skill Share
listings. Are you able to build a website, lend accounting expertise, offer pastoral care? Please sign up to share your skills!
And in this time of increased anxiety and uncertainty, it is more important than ever for all of us to learn to ask for what we need. Do you need coaching on online children's programs, help recording your worship service, or a listening ear? Visit the Seek a Skill page
and find a connection to meet your need.
Asking for what we need was a central part of Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Dyer's Webinar
this Wednesday, as she led clergy through strategies for leading as we deal with grief, mental fatigue and competing priorities. Read more below
and get access the full recording on our website
. And as we are all learning to ask for what we need, the Paycheck Protection Plan continues to be an inequitable solution to a vast problem. Elected officials have asked us to collect data on churches and PPP, so please fill out our survey below,
whether your church applied or not, and we will continue to advocate for all churches in the Commonwealth.
As we walk this journey together, your partnership and commitment to one another reminds us that we do not journey alone. We walk with you. Please continue to share the ways in which we can help. You are in our prayers.
Revs. Laura, Meagan, Kenneth, and Carrington