Dear Brothers and Sisters,
It is with delight and some soberness that I write on behalf of Brethren Woods. Many of you know the extraordinary creativity and perseverance exhibited by the staff during the challenges of COVID-19. In the articles that follow, Brethren Woods staff describe the myriad ways in which the staff coped with the challenges of the past months. Ministry continued, although in different forms and methods.
I also wish to inform you of the changes in staff configurations effective until December 31, 2020. Because of the decrease in workload and loss of revenue from event and rental cancellations, it was deemed necessary to decrease monies for the staff budget. This means not filling positions open by normal attrition and, in other cases asking some staff to work half-time for the months of October-December. This revised budget was affirmed by the District Leadership Team on September 10, 2020.
By taking this action now, it is planned that reserves and monies raised will be freed to fund full staffing in 2021. We also understand the continued uncertainty associated with the camping/rental season in 2021. However, with the actions taken and projected revenue, the camp will be in a position to sustain operations until more clarity is achieved regarding programming in 2021.
This has been a challenging time for all of us. I ask that you keep the Brethren Woods staff in your prayers, thoughts and responses over the next months.
Serving Christ Together,