Pastor’s Corner – Christ Over COVID
Last week, I sent an email communication to our congregation. (If you didn’t receive it, this is a great reminder to update your information with us.) This email highlighted the financial situation at Cross and celebrated being approved for a PPP Loan. This forgivable loan, from the federal government, is giving us space to breath during these uncertain financial times. We were able to pledge to our hourly workers that they would be getting the paychecks they have been missing out on by not being allowed to work. Also, employees at Cross do not qualify for unemployment so this is extra important. Needless to say, it was a good weekend.
This week has also been good, but for a different reason. The Federal government announced the funds had run dry and countless small businesses were left without this resource. Many of those small businesses are right here in Kendall County. The employees of these businesses were left unsupported. You know what this is like; feeling blessed while others struggle. Our leadership staff were talking and praying about what we could do as so many of you have reached out asking the same question–when it suddenly became very clear. We will do what Cross has always done; praise God for our blessings and use them to be a blessing for others.
This weekend, we are launching an extension of our Barnabas Benevolence Fund. We are calling it “Christ over COVID” (I didn’t go to school for marketing). This fund is set up so those of you, who God moves to bless others, will have a place to utilize those funds and bless the local community. This is also an announcement for anyone who is feeling the pinch of the current circumstances. Please know the family of faith at Cross is here to help! The seed money for this fund will be from some donations we have already received and from Cross savings account. We will put in an amount equal to a tithe (10%) of our PPP loan.
This fund will be dedicated to blessing families impacted during this pandemic and I am hoping to be creative with the blessing. For example, I know Cross and my own household have had to invest in technology upgrades to be able to work remotely and e-learn all day long. We have been blessed to be able to do this, but some cannot. We will offer to pay for families to get internet or improved internet capabilities. We will be able to bless the elderly or otherwise at risk with grocery deliveries. We will use the funds to purchase gift cards at local restaurants and distribute them to families who are out of work or whose own small business has been forced to close. Of course, we will offer these funds for tuition assistance and other household payments that families are struggling to make in these difficult times.
This isn’t just for Cross staff to distribute. If you have a neighbor or co-worker that has been laid off or who works in the healthcare profession and you want to say “thank you” let us know. Or, maybe you have someone who wants counseling and doesn’t have insurance, or the insurance ran out. Let me know and we can facilitate getting a blessing to them as well. I don’t know how God will use these funds; I have a feeling this isn’t fully known to me but many of you out there know exactly how we can use this blessing to be a blessing into our community.
I hope you will consider making a donation to this effort as the Lord leads. You can select Christ over COVID from the e-giving menu. Also, prayerfully consider recommending people to get help from these funds or consider this a sign from God that you should ask for help for yourself! You can contact me directly with any questions or if you need help with contacting and following up with people. Blessings on your week and I pray this lifts your spirits a little as we are poised to be a blessing into the community in these difficult times. We will bring good news of hope as a witness of The Good News of Hope!
“I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you. Genesis 12:2-3
Pastor Erik Gauss