The Consistory of Zion United Church of Christ, Arendtsville, Pennsylvania, met on Sunday afternoon, April 5, 2020, in the parking lot of the church to discuss some urgent business. Those attending the meeting were: President Wayne B., Minda H., Deb S., Tom D., Jay J., Craig L., and Bob V.. Pastor George Heberling was also present.
President Wayne B. called the meeting to order at 4:00 pm.
The meeting was opened with prayer by Pastor George.
On March 27, 2020, the US Congress passed the CARES Act, which in part designated funds to provide loans to small businesses and qualified nonprofits in light of the coronavirus pandemic through the Small Business Administration. Such loans would be forgivable if used solely to cover the salaries of employees and utilities for the period of February 15, 2020 through April 30, 2020. Zion United Church of Christ qualifies for such a loan as a nonprofit.
Zion’s combination of employee salaries and utilities is approximately $10,000 per month, or approximately $25,000 for the two and one half month period covered by the CARES Act.
The by-laws of Zion United Church of Christ allow the Consistory to borrow up to $8,000 without prior approval of a vote of the congregation. After some discussion Jay J. moved that Zion United Church of Christ apply for a loan of $8,000 from the Small Business Administration, working with ACNB Bank, to be used for employee salaries and utilities during the covered months. Bob V. seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.
Further, the Consistory authorized Jay J., Finance Chair, to act as its legal representative in negotiations with ACNB and to sign any necessary documents on behalf of Zion United Church of Christ to obtain such loan. Moved by Tom D. and seconded by Craig L. . Motion passed unanimously.
Consistory also considered how it would conduct its meetings in the future. After some discussion, Deb S. moved that, when necessary, Consistory could meet using electronic devices and, with a quorum and open discussion, any votes taken in such a meeting would be considered valid and the will of the Consistory. Motion was seconded by Minda H. and passed unanimously.
In a worst-case scenario, if the internet no longer functions and all means of communication among members is impossible, it was agreed that the members of Consistory would attempt to be at a meeting the first Sunday following such an event at 4 pm.
There being no further business, Bob V. moved that the meeting be adjourned. Seconded by Jay J.