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Mission Support: A Message from Bishop Egensteiner

Dear Friends in Christ,
I continue to pray for your health and safety during these unprecedented times.
The current crisis has significantly impacted Mission Support to our synod. As we strive to be good stewards of our resources, we are currently in the process of reviewing our budget for our 2020-2021 program year. As soon as we have more detailed information, we look forward to sharing it with all of you—our faithful community.
Many of our congregations have been greatly affected by the COVID-19 crisis, and as a result, Mission Support has considerably decreased. Additionally, we are committed to helping all congregations in need navigate this crisis through digital resources and through COVID-relief funding, including coronavirus grants for congregational emergencies. Therefore, in order to meet the needs of our congregations and communities, the synod has reallocated funds for continued disaster-relief aid and will need to considerably reduce expenses in certain areas that have been funded in the past.
Renée Wicklund, Vice-president of our synod; The Rev. William Baum, Co-Chair of my 2025 Vision Plan; and our MNYS Financial Management Committee, are all helping me to lead this effort. Our priority continues to be the well-being and sustaining of our congregations and the communities they serve. 
Please continue to prayerfully consider helping your congregation’s Mission Support goals, for TOGETHER we are better able to serve.
Mission Support dollars come back to congregations in the form of COVID-19 relief grants, services, programs, and digital resources, and this support is important now, more than ever, as the synod is dependent upon these dollars to continue offering this necessary aid to its congregations and communities during this crisis.
We also encourage and welcome the support of individuals who value the Gospel work we are doing and want to assist those in need in these challenging times. Consider making a donation to Mission Support, HERE or by sending your gift to MNYS Mission Support, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1620 | New York, NY 10115.
If you wish to share this information with your community, please click HERE.  
In Christ,
Bishop Paul Egensteiner
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