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Heather Rodrigues
06:02:40
just testing--i'm new to this--did this work?
Greta Getlein
06:02:56
it did!
Nicholas Knisely
06:04:15
It did work Heather.
Sam Hester
06:05:46
I don't have audio, but that's probably an issue with my browser. Sam (HTC Tiverton)
Noel
06:07:46
Sam, you may have to go to settings for that, AND, we are all muted right now by Kristin.
Dena
06:13:45
FMLA = Family and Medical Leave Act
Dena
06:14:38
Check the reminder of tonight's meeting that Kristin sent this afternoon for a link to Neal McNamara's memo
Nicholas Knisely
06:15:06
Thanks Dena. The memo is a pdf linked in the first part of the emaill
Heather Rodrigues
06:17:11
I did not receive the email for this meeting, could it be sent --pumpkinpatch9@cox.net
Nicholas Knisely
06:17:25
http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001_0MGoNxBJdkR83oOPIsYSpQcLP92DaKeX9BT4Xi9pxFwKLnqSM4_Axnnz4sDorTRcXPuAtms_toSPxW8ktFTzZyGSTyFoAEn--AfghbaiGbHTqX2jGb-MCPm_zBLNtb8gcz0EOvgNej9NfENKoZn9ZIIxYqlXPil3bB4O4sH7h8lLUCUvPWisFWiqhpUNuIQVSTBRPaNBEq2rLych1xUIlm-nIUm9CAHWwJLI8xDsXUtR9TMJ33_Gbsaos-VR9Cm9SpRLRMeUYgXXGU07hb7j2wAViMMUWHvLuhR3xdDyrg=&c=GYvI8ccVdJexSOKdYXHZ-1sOG8nG5yKk3rQ7arqDWmk_c6l5dTd6Vw==&ch=n0z6X61_ZjwtLVmMsay9K5mUfeyl3hAJtegEz3bBZN9ZG-ZqVVlYsg==
Nicholas Knisely
06:17:41
(That ugly URL should get you to the memo.)
Heather Rodrigues
06:22:43
thank you Bishop
Della Wager Wells
06:24:09
Canon Dena, could you please post a link to the CARES Act application for the payroll loan?
Nicholas Knisely
06:25:12
Della, I don’t think we have it posted online yet. (Just received it this afternoon.) We’ll put it up along with other docs on a special page on the diocesan website.
Nicholas Knisely
06:25:30
Hope to have that available in the next day (or so…)
Dena
06:31:38
We will send out a follow up letter tomorrow with all appropriate links.
Susan Wrathall
06:31:43
Our hourly employees are simply staying home. Not working. Work from home is not an option for them. Not sure how that applies.
Veronica Tierney
06:31:44
If someone is furloughed, and they are eligible to apply for unemployment, doesn’t that create the same issue as laying off? I.e. that parishes would simply receive a bill for the furloughed person?
Lee Kissinger
06:35:58
Just so you are all aware, it is my understanding that many banks will be given authority to issue these loans on behalf of the SBA. You might want to check with your local institution, it might be faster and easier. The process is supposed to be very much streamlined beyond the SBA 7a application process. There is a 30 day grace period for all to figure this out. The CARES Act is available on the US Government's website.
Dena
06:41:35
The Paycheck Protection Program assistance for small businesses can be found on the website for the US Department of the Treasury home.treasury.gov
Brenda
06:46:06
Please be aware that the regulations for the CARES act are not released yet as well as the application for the SBA 7(a) loan (PPP loan) and there are some gray areas which will hopefully be cleared up in the regs which are expected on Friday.
Nicholas Knisely
06:46:35
Thanks Brenda - that’s very important point.
MCNmcnAMARAN
06:46:52
Correct. As son as they are released, I will inform the Bishop, Canon Dena and Dennis
Brenda
06:48:19
What is the diocese position on accepting Venmo or Paypal for pledges?
Joan Testin
06:48:48
We do both - with Diocesan blessing.
christopherrmoe
06:48:50
Per the SBA regarding application and required documentation: “Guidance due by 4/11/2020
Nicholas Knisely
06:49:02
The diocese accepts both, and other forms as well. We can help you get that set up if needed Brenda.
kuruvillachandy
06:49:37
Can the diocese get a loan from the CARE Act for diocesan assessments?
Peter Tierney
06:50:11
We are encouraging churches to use online giving as one way to alleviate the revenue erosion Dennis is talking about.
Nicholas Knisely
06:50:23
I don’t think so Sunil. But we’ll see what we can find out.
kuruvillachandy
06:50:26
There are loans for midsized companies no?
Brenda
06:50:38
Thank you! We looked into Vanco but we were not sure the monthly fee would be worth it for the small volume we expected. The other options only have transactions fees and not monthly fees.
MCNmcnAMARAN
06:51:01
loans are available for companies with fewer than 500 employees
Donna
06:51:06
St Elizabeth offers Vanco to it's congregation, it does have a small monthly fee, however, it is relatively easy and recurring payments are easy to set up.
Greta Getlein
06:51:06
We have set up a PayPal link being sent out regulatory to our folks.
kuruvillachandy
06:51:56
Could the diocese with all of the churches be considered as having 500 employees or less?
Peter Tierney
06:52:32
Sunil, we think that more relief may be available by having parishes apply individually.
Veronica Tierney
06:52:35
For those asking about Vanco, if you use it from within Realm (church management database system), there is no monthly fee, only transaction fees, and those are pretty compet
Rebecca Silliman
06:52:40
What is the Church Insurance Agency's stance on insurance premium payments?
Della Wager Wells
06:52:53
On the preserving revenues question, are others getting requests from tenants to reduce rentals because the church is closed?
Nicholas Knisely
06:52:54
Dennis will cover that Rebecca.
Peter Tierney
06:53:14
Church Insurance is deferring the Q2 premium payments. Dennis will be covering that.
Nicholas Knisely
06:53:16
Yes - we are for the Cathedral tenants Della.
Dena
06:53:22
The Diocese has offered to set up an online account through Vanco if you do not already have online giving. Please email joan.collins@episcopalri.org for information
Jennifer Pedrick
06:53:58
St. Mary's tenants have asked not to pay rent while building is not in use for them.
kuruvillachandy
06:54:19
No interest on these Health and Pension payment payback right?
Robert Travis
06:55:01
Thank you Canon Dena for sending that link out. The application for the PPP loan looks really simple. It looks like it will be open on 4/3 for applications. It could really help cover our payroll and utilities for a couple of months if churches can be considered like other nonprofit businesses.
Dena
06:55:04
I believe Church Insurance has extended deferment for 90 days
Peter Tierney
06:55:18
To the best of my knowledge, that's correct Sunil. I recommend confirming with Dennis--he's been gathering the details.
Brenda
06:55:56
Dena - for the Vanco setup, will that be without monthly fees?
kuruvillachandy
06:56:43
We are readjusting programing, doing streaming, would grants be available to churches who need equipment for streaming?
michaelhorvath
06:56:47
Are parish assessments to diocese in RI deferred as well?
Dena
06:57:14
The Vanco fees are only the transaction fee, which is just under $3 per $100 of donations. The diocese will forward the net to the church.
Peter Tierney
06:57:37
MIchael--not currently, but there is relief available for apportionment if needed. Dennis is talking about the process now.
michaelhorvath
06:58:39
Thanks Peter
Nicholas Knisely
06:58:39
That’s the Executive Committee of Diocesan Council btw.
kuruvillachandy
07:00:02
How do you deal with new costs associated to ministry in this COVID environment? I have staff using cell phone from homes, their now have home offices. Any best practices for handling new situation.
kuruvillachandy
07:00:25
We need to move quickly!
michaelhorvath
07:02:09
Please make the contingency plan summary available to everyone, if not the entire presentation.
Nicholas Knisely
07:02:27
We will Michael.
michaelhorvath
07:02:35
Thanks.
Wellness Center
07:02:58
Is the CARES EIDL program recommended for churches?
Ben Sprows
07:03:04
For funds provided from the Diocese to individual parishes, are these active grants being considered for suspension in favor of COVID-related redeployment, or are only future grants in question? Thank you.
Dena
07:03:19
Employees working from home can keep receipts for office supplies purchased and percentage of time used for work on cell phones and submit them for reimbursement. Home office space is not a separate item (except for IRS purposes, and then only if it is dedicated space used for absolutely nothing else).
Jack Lynch
07:04:03
I just want to confirm that Revolving loan payments are deferred 1 year. Is that correct?
Peter Tierney
07:04:15
Jack, yes that is the plan.
Jack Lynch
07:04:47
Peter, thank you.
Nathan Humphrey
07:04:50
Thank you for your presentation, Dennis. It made me nostalgic for Diocesan Council!
Robert Travis
07:05:04
Do I understand that the best way to apply for the Cares Act PPP loan is to go to the bank our church uses?
Peter Tierney
07:06:02
Ben, I believe that any grants that have already been approved will be disbursed as approved. We are earmarking the remaining income on those endowed grant funds for COVID relief, but that should not affect anything that has already been arranged.
Nathan Humphrey
07:08:36
Guidance should be out by 4/11 according to my treasurer Chris Moe, in case you missed that.
michaelhorvath
07:08:37
Thank you! Compline via FB Live calls. Join us on St. Michael’s FB page if you want to pray. Good bless you all and thank you!
christopherrmoe
07:08:41
Dennis, can we get a PDF of your most excellent presentation?
Muriel J.
07:09:35
Thank you for this informational session and guidance.
Donna
07:09:40
Thank you, god bless.
Richard Burlingame
07:10:05
Thanks for this informative session.
Heather Rodrigues
07:10:12
Thank You
Tatiana Schweibenz
07:10:21
Thank you!