ERUUF COVID-19 Updates
- Published: Apr 23, 2020 Apr 23, 2020
ERUUF is Online. We are following all City of Durham and State of North Carolina pandemic guidelines.
Date Change for Annual Meeting
At the April Board meeting, ERUUF’s Board set the date for the Annual Meeting on June 28, 2020. This is much later than we usually hold the meeting. The Board believes this will give Stewardship and Annual Pledge Team leaders the time we need to complete the Annual Pledge Campaign, and for the Coordinating Team and Board to create a budget for the coming year based on realistic financial resources. If you haven’t yet made your pledge of support for 2020-21, it would help immensely if you would do that online now.
Income and Information Sessions
As mentioned previously, ERUUF’s income was down 40% in March, and it appears this will be the case in April. There are still many unknown factors around our income both for this year and the coming year—and they fit together like a complicated puzzle. Be assured that the board, lay leaders and staff have begun conversations about various pathways forward, especially around how to create a realistic budget for the coming year. As soon as more is known, the board plans to host online information sessions to share that information with members in advance of the Annual Meeting. The board and staff are committed to keeping our members informed.
One note about charitable giving from an IRA. If you are over 70 ½, recently passed legislation allows you not to take a regular annual distribution from an IRA this year if you prefer. However, you can still make charitable contributions. Our finance leaders would be very glad to talk with you if you’d like more information.
We haven’t yet had a response from our bank about our PPP loan, but if we’ve missed out on the first round, our application is already in place for a possible round two of loans to small businesses.
Our Wednesday evening vespers have been a lovely midweek touchpoint for 40-50 people every week. This has been one of the most delightful things your ministers have had the chance to do with you while we’ve all been at home. And so we’re really sad that it may not be possible for us to continue to offer vespers after the end of April. Stay tuned and we’ll keep you updated.
It’s been wonderful to receive your many messages of encouragement and gratitude for online worship and programs. Thank you! As always, please let us know how you’re doing and how we might support you in this unusual time.