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In the first days of 2020, I spent time planning topics for each New Church New Way newsletter to be published throughout the coming year. I tried to anticipate the stories we would want to tell each month to offer readers a glimpse of the expansive and beautiful work of the Spirit in this movement. Of course, what seemed important in January is not at the top of the list right now. Crisis has a way of sorting our priorities differently, doesn’t it? As the 1001 team listens to stories and experiences of the communities and leaders we serve, we still see the expansive and beautiful work of the Spirit and are moved by acts of courage and faithfulness. We are prayerful in the midst of illnesses and uncertainty these friends are experiencing. We are grateful for the witness of these youngest expressions of church among us and all they have to teach us about creativity and flexibility in a rapidly changing world. It is a gift to serve the church in this time.

And so, I make a personal appeal to you readers who share my deep love and gratitude for the 600 or so new worshiping communities of the PC(USA). Please continue to pray for these communities and their leaders. As you know, more than half of the women and men who lead NWCs are bi-vocational. For many, their additional way of supporting their families has vanished. Many are led by immigrant pastors without access to some of the federal support we U.S. citizens enjoy. Giving is down in most every church in the country and these young ones already operate on the thinnest of margins. They need our support now more than ever.

Our team is working to provide free coaching and spiritual direction, new peer cohorts and as much free training as we can put together. Some will benefit from the grants offered by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and some will qualify for the Payroll Protection Program enacted by Congress. Thanks be to God for these gifts.

If you are able to do more for a new worshiping community in your presbytery, please consider an extra gift directly to an NWC at this time. For many of us, the federal stimulus check we received isn’t needed to offset decreased earnings. It could become a lifeline to a fragile new worshiping community near you. If you don’t have a local NWC to support, visit the map on our website, presbyterianmission.org/ministries/1001-2, or consider a gift to PDA or the Presbyterian Mission Agency earmarked for 1001.

Thank you.
Be well.

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Nikki

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