Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
I want to provide you an update of recent developments regarding the impact of the pandemic on Grosse Pointe Memorial Church.
First, the facility will remain closed at least through the end of May, and worship will continue to be broadcast through June 7. This is consistent with state orders and the reality of our liturgical needs through that time period.
Second, an Ad Hoc Team appointed by the Session moderator and reporting by mid-June to the session will study and make recommendations for opening the facility and hosting in-person events (such as worship). The Ad Hoc Team will be guided by governmental mandates, public health and medical protocols, and religious institutional recommendations to secure the health of participants, staff and community, and to allow faithful practices of our faith.
Finally, a word about finances at GPMC. Significant economic uncertainty is one impact of the Coronavirus pandemic as many businesses closed and employees were furloughed or laid off. The course and length of the pandemic is unpredictable and continuing concerns remain for the financial viability of our staffing and ministry programs. While some members of GPMC are struggling, other members have been able to continue faithful giving to support our ministries in this unprecedented time of stay-at-home orders. With the cessation of in-person worship, plate collections of course dropped to zero and some other giving also has been adversely affected.
Because of these financial issues, GPMC was eligible to apply for a forgivable loan through the Paycheck Protection Program, and that loan was granted and received. The first dollars from the loan will go to pay the salaries of the staff at Mornings @ Memorial who were laid off because of the closure of all schools. Additional moneys from the PPP loan and efforts to reduce spending will insure the uninterrupted service of GPMC staff for the immediate future.
We are grateful for the faithful stewardship of our members in this challenging time. As you are able, please continue to give so that our ministries to those most affected and suffering may continue and expand as we embody the hands and feet and love of Jesus Christ for our hurting world.
Should you have any questions or concerns about these or other issues, please contact GPMC staff or Session members. We are glad to hear from you and provide any information that will answer your questions.
Grace and peace
Rev. Mark Diehl
“Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples”
sung by the GPMC Virtual Choir, James Biery, organist
Children’s message at early service. Childcare at morning services. 5:00pm is 45 minutes, informal with gluten-free & non-alcoholic Communion.