I just took part in a Zoom meeting with our Regional Council. I believe Pat Abernethy was also on the call – there was 172 of us online. Here is some new information I need to share with you.
1. Using reserved funds. The letter we received from Regional Council said we could access certain reserved funds to cover payroll. That means the community outreach (formerly manse) fund and the Kleinberg Fund at Rich Hill. BUT at the Zoom meeting we were told that at the moment it can only be used for March and April payroll. There is an expectation that it will eventually be paid back. Of course, there is a form. I will get it. The Official Board must make a motion to use those funds.
2. Use of building. Regional Council sought a legal opinion on the use of the building following the province’s legislation earlier this week shutting down non-essential businesses. We are deemed non-essential. Therefore, no one is to be in the building. Not me, not cleaning staff, no one, unless they are just checking the building as required by our insurance policy. We are noteven allowed to live-stream a worship service from an empty church. We can be fined if we disobey.Natalie, I am assuming all rentals at TUC have cancelled. The exercise group is no longer operating and all other groups, I believe are shut down. However, we will have to contact Judy and Jennifer and ask them to suspend cleaning services for the time being. Please authorize me to take care of that.
3. There is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. We were advised that there is no pot of money at the national office. Churches will be expected to use their own reserves, borrow funds or use government money to get through these hard times.
It all seems rather grim, however, our Regional Council Director Cheryl Ann says: “Why are we together except to face the difficulties of life.”
We recognize that the worst is yet to come, and policies will change as the situation changes, so I will keep you up to date as things happen.
Thank you for your faithfulness and dedication to our community of faith.