Synod Council Endorses Anti-Racism Statements 

At its March 20,2021 meeting, NEO Synod Council unanimously endorsed the anti-racism statements of the ELCA Presiding Bishop and Conference of Bishops. Both of these statements condemn the surge of anti-Asian sentiment and the acts of violence again Asian descent peoples in the past year. Along with these statements, your...

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Changes to the PPP Business Loan Program

We received information from Pr. Amy Reumann of ELCA Advocacy regarding applications for the Paycheck Protection Program. The next two weeks are set aside only for applications from businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 staff (i.e., most churches!), because these entities have been disadvantaged in the application process in...

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2020 Portico Tax Guide for Clergy and Congregations

Portico Benefit Services offers a set of annually updated Richard R. Hammar tax guides at no cost to pastors and congregations participating in the ELCA benefit program. Both 2020 editions address the tax-related impacts of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed in March 2020. Clergy and...

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