Over the last five months, the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the resulting pandemic has launched our world Church into unanticipated challenging financial times In response to the financial needs across the Lake Union, COVID-19 stimulus checks totaling $600,000 were mailed on July 20 to the five local conferences These funds were given in partnership with the North American Division (NAD). Read more on the stimulus funds dispersed to our local conferences.
From July 31–August 2, 2020, the Andrews University community will recognize the achievements of graduating students through virtual Commencement and Celebration of Graduates services. These virtual services will be held instead of the postponed traditional summer graduation services as a response to CO ID-19 related restrictions on large group gatherings.
The weekend’s central events begin Friday, July 31, at 7 p.m. EDT, with the Cultural Graduation Stoles Celebration. This event will be livestreamed at andrews.edu/livestream and on the Andrews University Facebook page, facebook.com/andrewsuniversity.
Shortly before graduation, Andrews Academy contacted Emma Hamel with the news that the talent for their senior class night had canceled and asked to use one of her songs. Emma informed them that she was in the process of writing a song about the abrupt end of their school year. She was initially nervous to share the original piece with her classmates since she is more on the reserved side, but quickly finished up the song and sent it in.
The looting that followed the George Floyd protests devastated some Chicago neighborhoods, leaving residents there even more desperate for basic services during the pandemic.
In early June, on Chicago’s Southside where Goshen Church is located, supermarkets, pharmacies, banks and several retail stores were wiped clean of merchandise, and in some instances the buildings sustained major
damage. The church is in one of the poorest areas in the city, which had already seen a surge in COVID-19 infections and an elevated rate of gun violence.