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Church Board Report to the Congregation – April 2020

Our monthly meeting was held as planned this past Tuesday evening (April 14th), but instead of meeting at the church, our meeting was held via video conference.  
We dealt exclusively with the topic of COVID-19.   Just like the staff, the Board is very encouraged by how many in our congregation are meeting together on Sunday morning for the live stream service.
We reviewed the steps that have been taken to ensure that we are communicating well with our church family, noting the contacts that we have attempted to make with everyone who is a part of our church.   We talked briefly about our church finances, looking at both income and expenses. 
Most of our meeting time revolved around the funds that may become available to our church through the Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP).  We completed the necessary paperwork and submitted our application last Monday (6th).  Much of our time was spent looking to discern the possible advantages and disadvantages of receiving these funds.  Board members continue to do a lot of reading in order to be well informed regarding the PPP, and a lot of praying in order to discern God’s will for us as the Five Forks Church.
Update:  We have since been informed that our application for these funds has been approved, and the Board convened for a special meeting on Thursday evening.  After further discussion, the motion was made to receive these funds and the motion passed.  There will be more information to come as a number of decisions will need to be made in regard to these funds.
As always, if you have any questions or are interested in further details on any of the discussions listed above, please feel free to contact Pastor Bill or Pastor Shaun.
Your Church Board consists of…
Staff:  Bill Shank, Shaun Kipe
Congregational Representatives (elected at Annual Council):  Chris Bumbaugh, Peggy Dawson, Brian Egolf, Sandy Gray,  Harvey Payne, Angie Petersheim, Jean Showalter, Lin Yoder
Deacon Representative: Ed Herald
Church Treasurer:  Ron Strite
Recording Secretary:  Christina Martin (non-voting)
Please visit the Five Forks Church website ( and click on About Us and then Church Board to get additional information regarding the Board.