Church Economy – TAC Lawna http://tac-lawna.org/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 06:24:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://tac-lawna.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-11-150x150.png Church Economy – TAC Lawna http://tac-lawna.org/ 32 32 Only Good Governance Guarantees Security – Catholic Bishops https://tac-lawna.org/only-good-governance-guarantees-security-catholic-bishops/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 06:24:42 +0000 https://tac-lawna.org/only-good-governance-guarantees-security-catholic-bishops/ The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has stated that the best way to ensure security in Nigeria is through good governance. The respected clergy therefore appealed to Nigerian leaders to ensure good governance is institutionalized and urged citizens to vote for credible politicians in the 2023 general election. Archbishop of Owerri and President of […]]]>

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has stated that the best way to ensure security in Nigeria is through good governance.

The respected clergy therefore appealed to Nigerian leaders to ensure good governance is institutionalized and urged citizens to vote for credible politicians in the 2023 general election.

Archbishop of Owerri and President of the CBCN, Most Rev. Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, stated this at the opening session of the 2022 CBCN Second Plenary Assembly at the Sacred Heart Pastoral Center in Orlu, Imo State.

Lamenting that Nigerians are going through what is perhaps the darkest chapter in the country’s history as a nation, the bishops added that extreme poverty, rising unemployment rates, rising inflation, a collapsing economy with an ever-mounting debt burden and deepening insecurity combined to address the plight of the average Nigerian who seems doomed to a life of unbearable hardship and undeserved misery.

“The country continues to bleed endlessly due to the godless activities of insurgents, bandits, militant herdsmen, unknown gunmen, kidnappers and trigger-happy security agents. It no longer seems safe anywhere. Homes, farmlands, markets, highways, places of worship and presbyteries have all been turned into kidnapping and killing fields,” they said.

The Catholic bishops, who lamented the slaughter of innocent citizens with cruelty and outrageous impunity by criminals who lack a sense of the sanctity of human life, said that, ultimately, it must be emphasized that the best way to ensure security is in it A nation is formed through good governance aimed at the common good.

“Good governance creates peace, which is the foundation of development and takes root when people’s dignity and rights are respected, when there is the rule of law; if citizens are not excluded from political participation; when there is an equitable distribution of national resources and people are free from hunger, poverty and unemployment.

“It is therefore an exaggeration of the obvious to observe that a lack of good governance leads to extreme poverty, unemployment, hardship, crime and violent conflict. In these difficult times, we must emphasize that the first responsibility any government owes its citizens is the safety of their lives and property.

“Nigerians have the right to live in a safe country. This is fundamental; everything else flows from it. After hefty annual security budgets and repeated government reassurances that it’s in control, our country is still plagued by insecurity.

“This is a shame. The government needs to wake up. Given that the government seems overwhelmed with our security, we encourage dioceses to take appropriate measures to increase security in our parishes, presbyteries and other church institutions We also urge dioceses and all people of good will to take seriously the upcoming 2023 general election,” the bishops said.

The Catholic Bishops therefore urged all Nigerians to prepare to share the values ​​of good governance based on the common good and to use their voices to elect people of unassailable integrity, who have the character, competence, capacity and have the track record of leading the nation out of the current economic downturn.

They expressed disappointment that increasing insecurity and the deteriorating economic situation in the country are leading to migration and brain drain of skilled and skilled workers who leave the country by the thousands each year in search of security, job opportunities and a better standard of living abroad. mainly in Europe, the United States and other African countries.

“Undoubtedly, the regular remittances of these migrants help alleviate poverty in the households they left behind and positively impact our national economy as a major source of inflow of foreign revenue. Be that as it may, the country is losing skilled and skilled workers who would have contributed to national development. This is only one side of the story.

“The other side of the story, which is more of a national disgrace, consists of thousands of young men and women embarking on perilous journeys across the Sahara into Europe in search of greener pastures. Some die along the way and are buried in unmarked graves.

“Others are trafficked for slave labor, sexual exploitation and organ harvesting. Many drown trying to cross the Mediterranean in rickety and risky boats. Those lucky enough to make it to their final destination end up in camps for asylum seekers, where they are subjected at times to inhumane conditions.

“Despite the combined efforts of the Police, Customs, Immigration Services, the Network Against Child Abuse and Labor (NACTAL) and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Human Trafficking (NAPTIM) to combat human trafficking in Nigeria, traffickers are having a big day. This despicable modern day slavery is booming because it has become a lucrative business and also because of the high level of corruption that underlies it.

“Out of desperation to escape extreme poverty and to support their poor families financially, some young girls, with the support of their parents, volunteer to be trafficked into prostitution, unaware of the extent of exploitation and dehumanization they are subjected to awaits them,” said the bishops.

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Madhya Pradesh Government investigates conversion angle – The New Indian Express https://tac-lawna.org/madhya-pradesh-government-investigates-conversion-angle-the-new-indian-express/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 05:47:00 +0000 https://tac-lawna.org/madhya-pradesh-government-investigates-conversion-angle-the-new-indian-express/ Express Message Service BHOPAL: A day after the Economic Offenses Wing (EOW) recovered Rs 1.65 crore and $18,000 in cash from the premises of PC Singh, bishop of the Church of North India diocese of Jabalpur, the Madhya Pradesh government ruled on Friday a three-pronged investigation into activities of the affected church and associated foundation, […]]]>

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BHOPAL: A day after the Economic Offenses Wing (EOW) recovered Rs 1.65 crore and $18,000 in cash from the premises of PC Singh, bishop of the Church of North India diocese of Jabalpur, the Madhya Pradesh government ruled on Friday a three-pronged investigation into activities of the affected church and associated foundation, led by Singh.

MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said: “Massive financial irregularities in multiple aspects have come to the fore following the EOW action. Major fraud and irregularities in the lease extensions by the trust companies, non-payment of relevant taxes valued at around Rs 7 crore have come to light.

The EOW search has also resulted in the seizure of a vast amount of cash, including foreign currency, documents from 17 properties, 48 ​​bank accounts and eight four-wheelers.

We have decided on a three-pronged investigation into the entire matter.” Chouhan added that the documents seized during the search point to the possibility that the funds are being used for illegal activities, including illegal religious conversion. “The EOW will conduct a detailed investigation into this serious issue, while the Jabalpur District Government will also conduct its own investigation,” he said.

“Complaints about land leased by the government to the Trust and related entities for religious, educational and medical purposes that is actually being used for commercial purposes are also being investigated,” Chauhan said.

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EOW raids church bishop’s home and office in Jabalpur for fraud complaints – The New Indian Express https://tac-lawna.org/eow-raids-church-bishops-home-and-office-in-jabalpur-for-fraud-complaints-the-new-indian-express/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 06:35:00 +0000 https://tac-lawna.org/eow-raids-church-bishops-home-and-office-in-jabalpur-for-fraud-complaints-the-new-indian-express/ Through PTI JABALPUR: Madhya Pradesh’s economic crimes wing on Thursday conducted searches at the office and residence of the bishop of the Jabalpur Diocese of the Church of North India, against whom a fraud case has been registered, an EOW official said. The EOW registered a fraud case against Bishop PC Singh last month after […]]]>

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JABALPUR: Madhya Pradesh’s economic crimes wing on Thursday conducted searches at the office and residence of the bishop of the Jabalpur Diocese of the Church of North India, against whom a fraud case has been registered, an EOW official said.

The EOW registered a fraud case against Bishop PC Singh last month after a complaint alleged he had indulged in financial misconduct in running an educational society of which he chairs, said Devendra Singh Rajput, the Superintendent of Police of the Rajput EOW, versus PTI.

The search for documents related to the alleged misappropriation of funds is ongoing, he said.

Singh is currently in Germany.

His wife and son are here at his home, the official said.

“Searches are being carried out at the residence and office of the Chairman of the Board of Education Church of North India (Jabalpur Diocese), Bishop PC Singh, over alleged falsification of documents to change the original name of the Education Society and those collected by various educational institutions unlawfully diverting tuition to meet his personal needs,” the official said.

Police Deputy Superintendent Manjeet Singh had reviewed the complaint and a preliminary investigation found that Rs 2.70 crore collected as student fees by the various institutions of the Society between 2004-05 and 2011-12 were allegedly paid to religious institutions transferred, misused and spent by the bishop for personal needs, Rajput said.

Following the preliminary investigation, Bishop Singh and former Deputy Registrar of Firms and Societies BS Solanki were prosecuted under Sections 420 (Fraud), 406 (Criminal Breach of Trust), 468 (Forgery for the Purpose of Fraud), 471 of the Indian Criminal Code registered (using a forged document or electronic record) and 120 B (punishment for criminal conspiracy), the EOW official said.

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AFL-CIO leader says black churches and labor movement have common goals https://tac-lawna.org/afl-cio-leader-says-black-churches-and-labor-movement-have-common-goals/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 20:06:06 +0000 https://tac-lawna.org/afl-cio-leader-says-black-churches-and-labor-movement-have-common-goals/ Injustices faced by poor people and people of color are crushing US democracy, Fred Redmond, who heads the country’s largest labor organization, said in an address at St. Paul Baptist Church on Sunday. “You know as well as I do that our nation and our world face serious and existential threats,” said Redmond, secretary and […]]]>

Injustices faced by poor people and people of color are crushing US democracy, Fred Redmond, who heads the country’s largest labor organization, said in an address at St. Paul Baptist Church on Sunday.

“You know as well as I do that our nation and our world face serious and existential threats,” said Redmond, secretary and treasurer of the AFL-CIO, which represents 57 unions representing more than 15 million active and retired workers combined.

Among the threats Redmond named: voter suppression, particularly in the South. Poor people and people of color “are hit the hardest,” he said.

He also cited viruses and diseases, extreme heat and cold, floods and wildfires, and contaminated water and air.

“I hope we can say that despite our fear, we stopped and helped and together we spoke the truth to those in power,” he said.

Redmond, the highest-ranking black official in the US labor movement, was in Charlotte as part of the AFL-CIO’s “Labour in the Pulpit” campaign, which invites union leaders to guest speak in communities of faith to “teach about the values ​​of justice, racial and… economic justice and the solidarity that workers share with the faith community.”

Redmond made history in June when he was unanimously elected head of the AFL-CIO.

In his message ahead of Labor Day at St. Paul Baptist, he spoke of the need to reconnect the labor movement with the black church.

Redmond’s visit comes at a time when the nature of work and the role of unions have taken on a new meaning.

In 2021, union membership fell by 241,000 people to 14 million workers, or 10.3 percent of the US workforce, according to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The highest unionization rates were among black workers.

Redmond reported on a sermon given by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. the night before King’s assassination, in which the civil rights activist referred to the biblical parable of the Good Samaritan.

Like the Good Samaritan who stopped to help a wounded traveler, according to Redmond, King traveled to Memphis against the advice of his advisers to rally sanitation workers who were striking for better working conditions.

“He wondered if he didn’t go to Memphis, what would happen to the 1,300 suffering sanitation workers?” Redmond said.

Redmond also quoted Walter Reuther, a former president of the United Automobile Workers (UAW), who once said, “Those who serve God must prove themselves worthy by serving the people.”

“We have many opportunities ahead of us to prove ourselves worthy,” Redmond said, citing the Black Church’s history of organizing for civil rights and social justice.

He said the current generation of young people campaigning for labor rights has “put him in a positive mood” for the future of the labor movement.

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Number of Catholic institutions with union representation is growing https://tac-lawna.org/number-of-catholic-institutions-with-union-representation-is-growing/ Sun, 04 Sep 2022 14:15:09 +0000 https://tac-lawna.org/number-of-catholic-institutions-with-union-representation-is-growing/ WASHINGTON, DC — The number of Catholic institutions where at least some of their employees are unionized has grown to more than 600, according to the annual Gaudium et Spes Labor Report released Aug. 24 by the Catholic Labor Network. The number could be even larger as most unionized Catholic factories have self-registered with the […]]]>

WASHINGTON, DC — The number of Catholic institutions where at least some of their employees are unionized has grown to more than 600, according to the annual Gaudium et Spes Labor Report released Aug. 24 by the Catholic Labor Network.

The number could be even larger as most unionized Catholic factories have self-registered with the Catholic Labor Network, according to executive director Clayton Sinyai.


According to the report, most of these jobs are concentrated in healthcare and education.

“There are more than 600 Catholic institutions in the United States that model Catholic social teaching through cooperative, mutually beneficial collective bargaining relationships with their direct and indirect (contract) associates,” Sinyai said in the report’s foreword.

The report takes its name from Gaudium et spes, Vatican II’s pastoral constitution on the Church and the modern world. “Gaudium et spes” was approved in 1965 and is Latin for “joy and hope”.

A passage in “Gaudium et Spes” proclaims: “Among the fundamental rights of the human person is the right to freely organize trade unions for working people. They should really represent them and be able to contribute in the right way to shaping economic life. Included is the right to freely participate in the activities of these unions without risk of reprisal.”

“More than half of unionized workers are employed in Catholic hospitals and nursing homes. The Catholic Health Association reports that there are more than 600 Catholic hospitals and nearly 1,600 nursing homes,” the report said.

“The hospitals alone employ more than 500,000 full-time staff and a further 200,000 part-time staff. Tens of thousands of nurses, certified nursing assistants, technical staff and other employees.”

It added, “There are nearly 300 Catholic hospitals and health care facilities in the United States whose employees enjoy the benefits of union representation.”

While consolidation within the hospital industry has in some cases resulted in Catholic hospital groups buying non-Catholic hospitals, it doesn’t necessarily make them Catholic hospitals, Sinyai told CNS.

Sinyai said in a phone interview with the Catholic News Service on Aug. 30 that the hospital must be listed as a Catholic hospital in the Catholic Health Association’s directory to be included in the report. A hospital is considered “Catholic” when it commits to following the 72 points of the US Bishops’ Ethical and Religious Guidelines for Catholic Health Services.

In education, there are more unionized teachers at the primary and secondary levels than in higher education. However, Sinyai pointed to a greater interest in organizing by associate professors at Catholic colleges and universities. One of the most recent of these organizing campaigns resulted in faculty representation at Santa Clara University in California.

The report found that four Catholic colleges are fighting their associate professors’ efforts to organize: St. Xavier University in Chicago, Manhattan College in New York City, Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and Seattle University in Seattle.

On the other hand, at the college level, “staff faculty members are considered management staff; although they can and sometimes do form unions, the (National) Labor (Relations) Board will not protect them from retaliation if they do so,” the report said.

Educators in Catholic elementary and high schools face similar challenges. “Because they are operated directly by the Church and charged with teaching religious doctrine to Catholic youth, the courts have exempted these schools from the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Act, citing the First Amendment’s absolute protection of religious liberty.” , says the report.

“This exemption does NOT mean that teachers lack the right to form unions and bargain collectively, but that the National Labor Relations Board does not protect them from those who may violate their rights,” she added.

“The absence of the NLRB does not relieve the pastor, school board, or principal of the bishop’s injunction that “all moral principles governing the just operation of economic enterprise apply to the church and its agencies and institutions; indeed the church should be exemplary,’” says the report, which cites the US bishops’ 1986 pastoral letter entitled “Economic Justice for All”.

The report estimates that 300 K-12 Catholic schools in the United States are unionized and “have developed mutually rewarding collective bargaining relationships with individual Catholic schools or entire diocesan school systems.”

Among the remaining unionized workers found in the report, a large proportion belong to Catholic charities or affiliated Catholic social services and Catholic cemetery workers, while catering workers or security guards from other institutions are unionized.

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For the full report see https://secureservercdn.net/166.62.108.229/sh9.671.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/GES-Labor-Report-2022.pdf

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September 2-4, 2022 – Delco Times https://tac-lawna.org/september-2-4-2022-delco-times/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 17:26:14 +0000 https://tac-lawna.org/september-2-4-2022-delco-times/ Note: Due to the ever-changing coronavirus pandemic, check with your church to see if schedules have changed since our deadline. Thanks. All notices for church events and services must be emailed to vcarey@delcotimes.com by noon on Wednesday. We do not accept faxes or hard copies. Bethlehem Church: 4 Westtown Road, Thornton, www.BeBethlehem.com All are welcome […]]]>

Note: Due to the ever-changing coronavirus pandemic, check with your church to see if schedules have changed since our deadline. Thanks. All notices for church events and services must be emailed to vcarey@delcotimes.com by noon on Wednesday. We do not accept faxes or hard copies.

Bethlehem Church: 4 Westtown Road, Thornton, www.BeBethlehem.com All are welcome to Sunday services in person and online. 8:45 a.m. traditional and 10:45 a.m. contemporary with children’s program. Join our summer sermon series: “The Story of Joseph and the Colorful Coat”. Check Instagram for youth activities at https://www.instagram.com/bebethlehemyouth/. Join us at Facebook.com/BeBethlehemPA for services and the Journey through the Psalms on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m.

Beverly Hills United Presbyterian Church: 500 Midvale Avenue, Upper Darby meets at 11:00 am both in person and via Zoom at 500 Midvale Avenue (off Fairfield Avenue). Visit www.bhpcud.com for more information and connection information on Zoom.

Chambers Memorial Presbyterian Church: 2 Sylvan Avenue, Rutledge. Worship service on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. with Pastor Na.

United Chi Church: 5151 Chichester Avenue, Aston Join us for indoor worship on Sundays at 10am – mask and social distancing required – or watch live on Facebook, from home – or, if you prefer, listen in the 94 car park .9 FM in the safety of your car.

The Christian Church of Chester: 308 W 3rd St., Chester invites you to join us for our Sunday morning service at 9:15 am, which will be streamed live on our Facebook page and YouTube channel. Due to the current pandemic, there are no in-person activities at our facility. Mask yourself, stay safe and follow me to the CCC (virtual).

Church of the Overcomer: 1016 Sunset Street, Coach. You can reach us by phone at 610.485.6090 or by email at churchoftheovercomer@gmail.com. Our website is www.churchoftheovercomer.net and we have a presence on Facebook: Church of the Overcomer (coto1016). Join us every Sunday at 10:00 am for a life-changing worship experience. Come as you are, Blue Jeans Friendly, be yourself, renew your faith. Spiritual Opportunities in the Church of the Overcomer. Celebrate Recovery / Free Indeed – A Christ-centered 12-step recovery program for anyone struggling with injury, pain or addiction of any kind. Prison To Praise Ministry, Youth Development, Boys To Men, Daughters Of Destiny, Academy Of Champion. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions or concerns.

Concord Liberty Presbyterian Church: 256 Bethel Road, Glen Mills. Worship takes place every Sunday at 10 a.m. The service is streamed live on Facebook each week. Wearing a mask is optional. However, the extra seat pitch will continue. Kids on the Move (Sunday School) begins their fall season September 11 at 10 am with the Come to Superpower City program for grades K-6. Kindergarten and Preschool are offered upon your request at the greeters when you enter for service. On Sunday, September 4th, the monthly First Fruit food collection will be received to benefit the local Loaves of Love Pantry. The annual church picnic is held on September 11th after the 10am service. The prayer times take place on Sundays and weekdays as follows: Sunday 9:15 a.m. in the library for prayer for the morning service, Wednesday from 1 p.m. in the altar room and Wednesday evening from 7 p.m. in the Getzraum. If you have any questions, contact the church office at office@concordliberty.org or call 610-358-2105.

Eddystone United Methodist Church: 733 Saville Avenue, Eddystone offers Sunday worship at 10 a.m. Pastor John Lafferty will bring you his message in everyday language and offer support for all in these trying times of our economy or pandemic. The worship message and prayer requests are always available on the Eddystone Family & Friends Facebook page. For more information, call 610-872-6094 or email EddystoneUMC@gmail.com

First African Baptist Church: 901 Clifton Ave., Sharon Hill will be celebrated starting at 9:45 am. To watch the service live stream, go to the First African Baptist Church of Darby Township via YouTube Live or listen to the service, conference call number at 617-691-8245. In light of the latest news reports and guidance from the Center for Disease Control, masks and social distancing are required at in-person worship. Adult Sunday School will be held every Saturday at 9-9:45am via Zoom or conference call until further notice. The dial-in numbers for conference calls: 929-205-6099 or 301-715-8592. Discipleship training for new members is scheduled to resume in August. We will provide updates as they become available.

First United Methodist Church: 350 W. State Street, Media. Adult Sunday School at 9:00 am Sunday Service at 10:15 am with Sunday School during service followed by refreshments/fellowship. Childcare is available.

The Foundry Church: 25 Cedar Road, Wallingford – We are now offering several ways to connect to our worship, prayer and arts program. The Sunday service is at 10:30 am, live on site (CDC guidelines are practiced) and streamed live on Facebook and YouTube. Thursday evening prayers at 7 p.m. at church and on Google Meets. You can follow our art program on Facebook at Studio 410. For details and inquiries. Info@thefoundrychurch.org or on our website www.thefoundrychurch.org

God’s House of Glory, Haven of Peace: 900 East 9th Street, Chester, (610) 876-7764. invites you to our Sunday services. Sunday School 9 a.m. Morning Service 10:30 am Wednesday Night Prayer 6:00 pm and Bible Study 6:30 pm All are welcome. Apostle Charmaine Hollis Pastor

Holmes Presbyterian Church: 375 Holmes Rd. and Academy Ave., September 4, Service: Last Sunday of Summer at 10 a.m. Sermon: Rev. Dr. JW Carpenter: “Fair or Gracious ?” Child rearing takes place during the service hour. Marry. September 7, 7:30 p.m., Heroin Anonymous Support Group. Thurs. September 8, 7:30 p.m. Bible Study for Young Adults. Fri. Sept. 9, 8 p.m., AA Support Group. For more information please call the church office: 610.532.0346, or Facebook or www.holmespreschurch.org.

Immanuel Lutheran Church: 501 Chester Pike, Norwood. As a church of reconciliation in Christ, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Norwood is committed to celebrating the love of God with all people, since we are all created in God’s image. Regardless of your ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, relationship status, race, culture, belief tradition, or economic circumstances; Whatever your past or present, you are invited to share in God’s love and our fellowship. All are invited to pray with the congregation on Sunday morning at 11am

Linwood Heights United Methodist Church: 1627 Chichester Ave., will be celebrating services this week at 10:45 a.m. with both in-person and live streaming services. Pastor Ethel Guy will deliver the message “The Potter Who Loves Clay”. For more information, call the church office at 610-485. 2300 or visit our website at www.linwoodumchurch.com for more information on our ministries including Sonrise Christian Day School, Sunday School and Bible Studies for all ages, Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, Bereavement Counseling and more. Follow us on Facebook

New Bethel Holiness Church: 717 Kerlin Street, Chester invites you to Sunday Morning Worship every Sunday at 11:00 am. Sunday school starts at 9:30 am. Prayer and Bible study every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m

The services of the New Harvest Fellowship: 3001 West 10th Street, Chester. In-person worship will resume Sunday morning at 10:00 am. Lunch will be served after the service and all CDC policies will be enforced, Elder Mark C. Birdsong Pastor

Norwood United Methodist Church: 315 Chester Pike, Norwood 610-532-0982. Please join our personal service when Pastor Brendan shares the floor with us. We also have a children’s service at 10:00 am. We live stream our service on Facebook bit.ly/FacebookNUMC and then post on YouTube bit.ly/YouTubeNUMC. Visit us at bit.ly/InstagramNUMC. Please use the Ridley Ave entrance with the double glass doors, which is also wheelchair accessible. Visit www.NorwoodUMC.org for more information.

Prospectus United Methodist Church: 8th and Lincoln Aves. (420), Prospect Park invites you to come to the Shrine for worship on Sunday mornings at 11 am.

Bishop’s Church of St. James: 732 Eleventh Avenue, Prospect Park. St James offers two options for worship: in person Eucharist Sunday morning at 9am or worship virtually via our live stream on St James’ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/stjamesprospectpark

John the Evangelist: 16 W. Third Street, Essington will hold services every Sunday at 7:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Sunday school is also at 11:00 am. Website: www.stjohnsessington.com

Paulus Evangelical Lutheran Church: 50 East Plumstead Avenue, Lansdowne, meets in person Sundays at 10:00 am at 50 East Plumstead Avenue (on Congress Avenue) for worship in addition to other opportunities for learning and proselytizing. Visit stpaulslansdowne.org for more information and connection information on Zoom.

Bishop’s Church of St. Stephen: 199 W Baltimore Ave. Clifton Heights, 610-622-3636 Sunday Service at 9:00 am or Livestream on Facebook – www.facebook.com/ststephenscliftonheights Bible Study Sunday at 10:30 am Website – www.stsec.org.

Swarthmore Presbyterian Church: 727 Harvard Avenue, Swarthmore. Morning service in the Loeffler chapel from 8:00 a.m. The traditional service begins at 10:15 a.m. in the pilgrimage church.

Coach Trinity United Methodist Church: 3705 W. Ninth St., offers service on September 4, 10:15 am, with Holy Communion. The morning message is “The Humility of Love”. Email: trainerumc@comcast.net. Facebook: Coach Trinity United Methodist Church.

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Employee Retention Recognition: Your Church Worth a Second Look : 2022 : Articles : Resources : CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen) https://tac-lawna.org/employee-retention-recognition-your-church-worth-a-second-look-2022-articles-resources-cla-cliftonlarsonallen/ Wed, 31 Aug 2022 21:29:15 +0000 https://tac-lawna.org/employee-retention-recognition-your-church-worth-a-second-look-2022-articles-resources-cla-cliftonlarsonallen/ Important Findings The employee retention credit (ERC) remains available for eligible churches to claim on amended payroll tax returns for qualifying periods Unlike PPP, which is subject to certain usage restrictions, eligible churches that have received the ERC are free to spend the funding at their discretion. Tax credits are new to many churches, which […]]]>

Important Findings

  • The employee retention credit (ERC) remains available for eligible churches to claim on amended payroll tax returns for qualifying periods
  • Unlike PPP, which is subject to certain usage restrictions, eligible churches that have received the ERC are free to spend the funding at their discretion.
  • Tax credits are new to many churches, which has led to questions and misunderstandings about the ERC.
  • A second look could add up to a financial benefit for your church.

Economic volatility, challenges in the job market, government restrictions imposed by COVID-19 on staff and parishioners, uncertainty as to whether parishioners will return to personal ministry (and the resulting impact on dues revenues)—the events of the past two years have left many churches Executives are wondering what to do next and how to recover.

Fortunately, there is one more COVID-19 relief program that you may have overlooked. If your church has experienced a significant decline in quarterly gross receipts or has ceased operations in whole or in part by a government order, you may be eligible for a credit of $5,000 per employee for 2020 and $7,000 per employee per qualifying quarter for the first three quarters of 2021 .

This credit, the Employee Retention Credit (ERC), remains available for churches to claim on amended payroll tax returns for waiting periods, provided they met eligibility requirements and paid eligible wages and/or benefits during those periods.

Benefits of ERC

Eligible organizations have no eligibility requirements as they relate to eligibility for the tax credit. Unlike the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which required an organization to provide funding for certain payroll and other expenses in order to qualify for forgiveness of their PPP loan, eligible churches that have received the ERC can choose to fund themselves spend discretion .

  • Does your church have deferred maintenance that cannot be covered in your annual budget?
  • Are there specific programs that could be improved or expanded to serve more of your community with more resources?
  • Have you frozen employee salaries or struggled to offer your employees raises to keep up with rising costs and inflation?

If so, take another look at the ERC and the potential $26,000 per employee that might be available to you right now.

Common misunderstandings

Tax credits are new to many churches, which has led to questions and misunderstandings about the ERC. Let’s address some of these misconceptions:

As a church, we do not file tax returns and are therefore not eligible for the ERC.

While churches do not typically file a 990 like most other nonprofit organizations, churches file a quarterly Form 941, which is the base tax form for applying for the credit.

We received a PPP loan, which prevents us from claiming the ERC.

While the CARES Act prevented an organization from obtaining a PPP loan and claiming the ERC, the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 (enacted December 27, 2020) retroactively repealed that provision as of March 12, 2020. This means you can now apply for the ERC and receive full forgiveness on your PPP loan(s). In fact, many churches have done just that.

You must proceed with caution as you are not allowed to switch between these programs. Any wages or benefits used to obtain forgiveness of your PPP loans are not eligible for the ERC.

We are reluctant to pursue the loan as we do not want future tax filing and we do not want government mandates over our operations.

By using the ERC, you are no longer subject to government mandates. There are no additional restrictions, modifications or government oversight of your business operations as a result of taking out the loan.

You must continue to file your quarterly Form 941 as usual, but there is no obligation to file annual returns going forward. All the IRS needs is a mechanism to collect the information from you to issue your tax credit, which is a one-time amended employment tax return (Form 941X). After filing Form 941X, the IRS has five years to review and possibly deny the refund because it either doesn’t qualify for the tax credit or miscalculated the credit itself.

Our church did not experience a significant decrease in gross receipts. Our parishioners have been loyal supporters during these uncertain times.

There are two ways to qualify for the loan. If you did not experience a significant drop in gross revenue in 2020 or 2021, you could still qualify for the ERC under the partial suspension of operations provisions. In our experience, most churches that applied for the loan did so because they qualified due to government-mandated restrictions that impacted some or all of their operations. Also, gross revenue decline is measured quarterly compared to the same quarter in 2019, so your organization may have had consistent revenue for the year but had timing differences between 2019 and 2020 or 2021, which triggers eligibility.

We are a small community with only 5-10 employees. The ERC would not benefit us financially.

Keep in mind that each employee can generate a maximum credit of $5,000 for 2020 and $7,000 per qualifying quarter in 2021, based on the level of wages and benefits paid during the period. In many cases, we have observed churches claiming over $12,000 per employee. Even with just 5-10 employees, the financial benefits for your community quickly add up.

Next Steps

The ERC remains available to churches to make claims by amending their payroll tax returns for three years after the original filing deadline. There is still time to change your returns to capture the credit.

Form 941 Quarter Original Form 947 Due Date Form 941X Due Date to Apply for ERC
Q2 2020 July 31, 2020 July 31, 2023
Q3 2020 October 31, 2020 October 31, 2023
Q4 2020 January 31, 2021 January 31, 2024
Q1 2021 April 30, 2021 April 30, 2024
Q2 2021 July 31, 2021 July 31, 2024
Q3 2021 October 31, 2021 October 31, 2024

How we can help

CLA understands the factors affecting ERC eligibility, knows the wages and benefits that can be used in calculating the credit, and has the experience to accurately prepare the associated tax return. We understand that balance is needed. Let’s work together to turn your challenges into opportunities. Our nonprofit team can help your religious organization.

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Online church supports Afghan discipleship https://tac-lawna.org/online-church-supports-afghan-discipleship/ Tue, 30 Aug 2022 04:01:04 +0000 https://tac-lawna.org/online-church-supports-afghan-discipleship/ Afghanistan (MNN) – More than a year after the Taliban conquered Afghanistan, the local church continues to grow. we previously reported the Heart4Iran has launched a virtual church platform for Christians in the country. The platform reaches people speaking Dari, various dialects of a Persian language spoken in Afghanistan. Cammy Perez, Digital Media Manager at […]]]>

Afghanistan (MNN) – More than a year after the Taliban conquered Afghanistan, the local church continues to grow.

we previously reported the Heart4Iran has launched a virtual church platform for Christians in the country. The platform reaches people speaking Dari, various dialects of a Persian language spoken in Afghanistan.

Cammy Perez, Digital Media Manager at Mohabat TV, says, “What excites me about the Afghan Virtual Church is the opportunity for discipleship, people actually becoming disciples and then disciples themselves and being sent out. We’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg and just really scratching the surface of what’s going on.”

Afghan openness

Christians in Afghanistan face persecution in addition to a difficult economic situation. But God is capable of remarkable things.

Edwin Keshish-Abnous, Managing Producer of Mohabat TV, says: “When we talk about Afghanistan, we understand that Afghans are truly devoted to their faith, Islam, because of the context of the country.”

Keshish-Abnous says he always expects little communication with Afghan Christians in this environment. But they surprised him by engaging with the Iranian online church. “When we started rolling out the virtual Farsi Church, it was amazing to see Afghans engaging with it.”

“I think Afghan engagement with the virtual church was even a little bit bigger than Iranian.”

The new Dari Church is online, but Keshish-Abnous says it looks very much like a normal church. “We need oversight and solid leadership that cultivates and nurtures the community. And we need a biblical strategy to build that fellowship.”

Perez says many Afghans have come forward after participating in the online church and want to take on leadership responsibilities.

Pray that the love of Afghan Christians will bring healing and restoration to the whole country.

(Photo courtesy of David Mark from Pixabay)

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School funding violates the separation of church and state https://tac-lawna.org/school-funding-violates-the-separation-of-church-and-state/ Sun, 28 Aug 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://tac-lawna.org/school-funding-violates-the-separation-of-church-and-state/ OPINION AND COMMENT Editorials and other opinion pieces provide perspectives on issues important to our community and are independent of the work of our news editors. No to the state religion I recently read about the $1.5 million federal donation to Greenville Christian Learning Centers. I’m fairly new to South Carolina (2018) and I’m wondering […]]]>

OPINION AND COMMENT

Editorials and other opinion pieces provide perspectives on issues important to our community and are independent of the work of our news editors.

No to the state religion

I recently read about the $1.5 million federal donation to Greenville Christian Learning Centers. I’m fairly new to South Carolina (2018) and I’m wondering the best way to express my displeasure.

There are so many dangerous precedents in legislation and jurisprudence that affect our lives today. We don’t need more.

Hopefully a court case will nip this in the bud, but I think voters should also be loud and clear to thwart anyone else trying to do the same.

Especially in South Carolina and upstate, there are so many Christians that many forget that they have non-Christian neighbors and that this is an important point of separation of church and state – we have no “official religion” of the state of South Carolina.

Catherine Moore, Greer

Exhale briefly?

South Carolina residents can breathe a sigh of relief after the Supreme Court ruled 5-0 to block Senate legislation banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, passed after the Roe v. Wade came into effect.

This injunction is of particular importance given the many extreme proposals the House is currently considering.

A recent poll of South Carolinans in SC Senate Districts 31, 33 and 41 found that nearly two-thirds support abortion rights and oppose a statewide ban on abortion. See: https://www.prochoiceamerica.org/report/south-carolina-support-abortion

There is no decision more personal than whether or when to have a child. This decision should be left to the family and their doctors.

This legal interference violates the constitutional rights of South Carolina residents to privacy, due process and equal protection under the law.

This legislature is on a slippery slope that violates our individual rights and freedoms. I am grateful today that the SC Supreme Court has shown a way to protect our rights.

Toby M. Levin, Sun City

High cost of higher ed

President Biden’s new plan to forgive students some college-attendance debt is sparking debate over its cost and fairness.

As tuition exceeds inflation, students must borrow more to fund their education. But why are tuition fees increasing? Should the blame fall on a greedy college institution?

An important factor that is often ignored in the debate is the decline in government support for public colleges and universities over the past 30 years (over 30% in South Carolina alone since 2008).

As government support dwindles, colleges and universities are forced to increase tuition to cover the actual cost of tuition. At the national level, students who once paid a third of their education costs now pay half of those costs.

Higher education, once a public good for all, is increasingly viewed by our legislators as just a private good. Is this a wise divestment in our state’s future and a burgeoning knowledge economy? Ask your representatives and governor.

David Ericson, Hilton Head Island

Theocracy or Democracy?

Almost 250 years ago, our country was founded in part to escape religious persecution. Now we have a Supreme Court composed of six Christian zealots, an SC legislature full of religious sycophants rabidly keen to force anyone who becomes pregnant — rape, incest or otherwise — to give birth to the baby to wear.

What about the unconstitutional use of public funds for a religious school? That’s fine according to the governor and legislature.

The difference between this and Iran – theirs is a Muslim theocracy, ours is a wannabe Christian theocracy. Both with madmen at the top.

Gary Cadle, St Helena Island

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Wimauma ‘Sabor and Soul’ food tours highlight history and culture https://tac-lawna.org/wimauma-sabor-and-soul-food-tours-highlight-history-and-culture/ Fri, 26 Aug 2022 09:15:00 +0000 https://tac-lawna.org/wimauma-sabor-and-soul-food-tours-highlight-history-and-culture/ In recent weeks, people have flocked to Wimauma for food and cultural tours that showcase the city‘s rich Hispanic and black history in South Hillsborough County. The nonprofit Entrepreneurial Latinas organized these Sabor and Soul tours with the help of community partners and a special events grant from the county, and the effort is concluding […]]]>

In recent weeks, people have flocked to Wimauma for food and cultural tours that showcase the city‘s rich Hispanic and black history in South Hillsborough County.

The nonprofit Entrepreneurial Latinas organized these Sabor and Soul tours with the help of community partners and a special events grant from the county, and the effort is concluding this weekend.

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Clearwater Jolley Trolleys carried tour groups through Wimauma.

During a tour last Saturday afternoon, participants young and old jumped on a trolley and were given maracas to shake for applause.

The trip began along a section of State Road 674 that tour guide Ileana Cintron dubbed “the Hillsborough County Taco Road.”

“Because there are 12 taquerias on this stretch of road,” said Cintron, associate director of Enterprising Latinas, a group that helps small business owners and promotes community development in Wimauma.

Over the course of 90 minutes, tours stop at some of these taquerias and visit other bakeries and food trucks in the community. Shopkeepers, many of whom are women, greet diners and share great samples of Mexican, Caribbean, and soul food dishes.

Here are some of the Wimauma staples:

“OMG,” Lynne Hartley said midway through her tour, shortly after trying on a huarache at Taqueria Los Angeles. Huaraches are corn tortillas stuffed with beans and topped with protein and queso fresco.

Hartley was joined by Pam Freas. Coming from nearby Sun City Center, the two said they had never explored Wimauma before. After reading about the tour, which cost $30 per person, they decided to give it a try.

“It’s such a nice little gem that we just have to drive through so now we know to stop. We have to tell people about it; it’s very beautiful,” Freas said.

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Lynne Hartley (left) and Pam Freas (right) arrived from Sun City Center and said they plan to revisit some of the restaurants they tried on the tour.

Brandon resident Joy Shyngle echoed her feelings while enjoying a concha, a sweet bread decorated like a seashell, at Garcia’s Bakery.

“It was really, really fun. I didn’t know all that about Wimauma and how good and amazing the food, the culture and the people are,” said Shyngle.

That kind of feedback is music to Ileana Cintron’s ears. The tours are designed to promote local businesses so they can expand their client base and capitalize on the expansion of the city and surrounding areas.

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Ileana Cintron with Enterprising Latinas helped organize the tours and served as one of the tour guides.

“The connection to food is everywhere and these are amazing food traditions that both the Hispanic and African American communities have built in Wimauma for generations,” said Cintron, “that’s worth highlighting and inviting everyone to enjoy.” “

In addition to culinary destinations, the tours take participants to a few cultural sites, including the Wimauma Heritage Cemetery — operated by the First Prospect Missionary Baptist Church, which Cintron says has been in the community for more than 100 years.

Throughout the tour, Cintron shared bits of Wimauma’s history with the crowd, where the town got its name from – a combination of the names of the founder’s three daughters – and how its population and demographics have changed over the years.

The city of around 10,000 is mostly rural but is growing with new developments, much like other parts of Florida.

Graves in a cemetery, some with American flags on the headstones

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Not every stop on the tour is a restaurant. Some cultural sites, such as the Wimauma Heritage Cemetery, are also included.

For Julia Sarmiento-Cohen, the tour was a homecoming. The Enterprise Latinas board member grew up in Wimauma but now resides in Ruskin. She pointed to her childhood home as the tram drove past.

Growing up, Sarmiento-Cohen said she felt Wimauma didn’t get much attention other than for negative reasons like crime.

“Seeing all the positive things that are being shown gives hope to other communities that may have gotten off to a rocky start,” Sarmiento-Cohen said. “It’s nice to see the good things that are coming, with the people and small businesses and all the growth that we have here.”

Signs of change were evident as the trolley trundled between historic neighborhoods, a housing complex for migrant farm workers, and new development around a man-made lagoon.

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Joy Shyngle (left) and Julia Sarmiento-Cohen (right) came to the tour with friends. Shyngle was new to the Wimauma experience while Sarmiento-Cohen grew up there.

Despite the progress and growing population, Cintron said Wimauma still faces challenges such as poverty and access to economic opportunities. She said that’s why community development events like this are so important.

“To change narratives and perceptions of what the community is and to help people reinterpret Wimauma as a different type of place,” Cintron said.

The effort appears to be paying off, said Cintron, who has heard from business owners that they are already getting more clients who either took a tour or found out about their company through coverage of the event.

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12-year-old Mia Gonzalez’s mother runs a food truck and helps out on the weekends. She said it was fun connecting with potential new clients on these tours.

It’s been an exciting experience for 12-year-old Mia Gonzalez, who helps her mother run the Antojitos y Raspados food truck on the weekends.

“I just love to see how everyone gets away so happy. It’s just so nice that people actually want to come and try the food in Wimauma,” Gonzalez said.

The remaining tours for this weekend are sold out, but you can explore some of the locations along Taco Road with this map:

Dubbed list and map of 12 taquerias along State Route 674 in Wimauma "Hillsborough's Taco Road."

In addition to these taquerias, Wimauma offers fruit and vegetable stalls, bakeries and other dining options.
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