Donate to the Pastor’s Relief Fund

Leif Johnsen, father to Elliot and husband to Elissa, has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. He is currently undergoing aggressive chemo treatments and is out of work. As the primary earner in the family, this situation has put the Johnsen’s in difficult financial straits. The Essex Center United Methodist Church has decided to support this family by paying the Johnsen’s mortgage by utilizing the Pastor’s Relief Fund. Any donations sent to the church with the subject line, “Pastor’s Relief Fund/Johnsen Family,” will go directly to paying their mortgage. Please consider helping support this young family.

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No matter how well-thought out, no church budget can anticipate unexpected emergencies. The Pastor’s Relief Fund gives the pastor the resources to quickly provide help to folk in need or in emergency situations. Over the past year, the Pastor’s Relief Fund has helped out parishioners and community members with grocery and gasoline gift cards, and aided people who needed help with medical emergencies, utilities, rent and mortgage. In a typical year, about $3000 is disbursed. The funds are provided by the annual Craft Fair and special offerings.

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