May 25, 2020
Greetings beloved members of Immanuel Lutheran Church,
Thank you for your continued prayer and financial support of our church, especially during this unprecedented time. While there has been talk of opening more of Texas, the virus continues to be a threat. The greatest single day of increased cases in Bell County happened last week. Some churches in Texas have opened only to close again due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, including the deaths of members and even a pastor.
Please continue giving your tithes and offerings as they are important for the church to meet its financial obligations and support local missions. We did see a slight increase in giving for April, thank you! However, we are still falling short in both the operating budget and the mortgage.
The Executive Committee made the decision to continue to pay all employees, and we were able to take advantage of the CARES Act Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan. The loan is forgivable (a grant) if it is used for payroll costs, mortgage interest, and utility costs. We will be using all of the funds to cover payroll costs.
In addition to the PPP loan/grant, Immanuel has received sizeable donations from the estates of Donna Gentil and John Chopelas. Immanuel has used all of these resources to continue operations, but they will not last. We rely on member giving to keep things going. If you can give a little more to either the general operating fund, the mortgage, or both it will be greatly appreciated.
There are many ways you may continue to give while the church building is closed:
· You can mail a check to the church. The church address is: 3801 Cunningham Road, Killeen, Texas 76542.
· You can drop your check off in the mailbox at the church - it is locked and secure.
· You can ask your bank to send an electronic check to the church or select automatic monthly transfers.
· You can also set up an account with Tithe.ly to give online. Click this link to find out how: http://www.killeenimmanuel.com/online-giving.shtml. Please note - there is a small fee to use Tithe.ly.
Thank you for your continued financial support!
Our online worship continues to bring us together without the risks associated with a face-to-face environment. The worship and event schedule can be found on the church homepage.
As always continue to pray. Pray for Pastor Veronica. Pray for all those affected by COVID-19. Pray that when this pandemic ends we never again take a handshake or a hug for granted. Pray that when all is said and done we will be able to look back at this time and know that our response to this crisis was to love one another and to love God.
Joy, Brenda, Larry, & Shawn