September 2021 – ELCA Grand Canyon Synod


Youth Gathering July 2022 – Registration opens September 22

Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders from across ELCA come together for a week of faith training known as ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days dedicated to interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their own. everyday life.
The 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering will take place July 24-28 in Minneapolis, featuring our pre-events, MYLE (Multicultural Youth Leadership Event) and the table July 21-24. Registration opens September 22 via the Gathering website. The funds available to offset the registration fee are limited. Visit the Financial aid section of our website to learn more or apply. When you are on the website, we encourage you to subscribe to the gNews, our monthly newsletter filled with tips, resources and reminders as we prepare for next summer. Also, don’t forget to visit the Key dates section of our website to see what deadlines are approaching!

SBA Launches New Portal to Streamline the Referral Process for PPP Loans of $ 150,000 or Less

The Small Business Administration’s new streamlined application portal will make forgiveness easier for many small congregations that have obtained Paycheck Protection Program loans to survive the pandemic. The majority of borrowers awaiting forgiveness have loans of less than $ 150,000 and have faced an overly complicated forgiveness process. The new portal will simplify the process and offer forgiveness more effectively. >Following

Portico Benefit Services – three important details of the 2022 annual registration

The annual sign-up will be there before you know it, and Portico wants to make sure you have the information you need to make the process run smoothly. 1) This year, your organization’s registration window is earlier and shorter, October 4-15. 2) Employers who do not make a health insurance selection by the deadline will be awarded the Silver + level associated with the employer’s contribution to the Level A Health Savings Account (HSA). 3) Several Resources were created to support a successful registration season.

ELCA Federal Credit Union has granted 360 PPP loans to congregations and ministries

Last year the Federal Credit Union ELCA quickly pivoted operations to becoming an SBA Certified Lender and offered special assistance to ELCA congregations and ministries that struggled to make payroll during the pandemic. Find out how this program has impacted our church, our members, and the ministry we share. >Following

Extended public service loan remission for clergy and religious workers

Enrolled ministers and other church employees with federal student loans may now be eligible for loan forgiveness. When religious workers ask for forgiveness, the form should be completed by their direct employer. Synods cannot complete forms for congregational staff, and the church-wide organization cannot complete forms for synod or congregation staff. >Following

Safety in bad weather

Do you know the difference between a watch and a warning? Do you have a designated place to gather during a severe storm? Severe weather can consist of hazardous conditions produced by thunderstorms, including damaging winds, tornadoes, large hail, flooding and flash floods. >Following

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