Update Letter to National Gathering Registrants

Dear National Presbyterian Women’s Gathering registrants,

I hope you are keeping well.  What a difficult time this is for everyone!  Hopefully there will be a light at the end of the tunnel soon.

I have both good news and bad news.  As always, it is better to leave the good news to the latter.  So, I will begin with the bad news.

Your refund of the registration fee for the National Presbyterian Women’s Gathering will not be coming as early as originally planned.   It was my plan to process the refunds soon after sending out the cancellation notice, or at least within about 2 weeks.  However, the Ontario government declared a state of emergency and all non-essential businesses had to close or work from home.  This decision affected all of our churches as well as the national office.  Since mid-March we have been working from home.  With the office closure all mail has been stopped.  As well, our finance department is not able to produce cheques nor use the credit card machines which are in the office.  So, for the time being these methods of processing refunds are not available.

However, there is one method that can be used, if you require your refund at this time.  The Presbyterian Church in Canada’s finance department is able to do Electronic Funds Transfer. This means you would have to provide us with your bank account information.  Let me know if you would like your refund using this method and I can process this for you.

Now, the good news.  We are currently planning a “Celebrate” event to be held October 29th and 30th, 2020, at the Sheraton Hotel.  We are also planning another regional gathering, “Together In Joy”, to be held at The Westin Hotel in downtown Montreal, March 19th to 21st, 2021.  The information/registration booklets will be sent out by email to the whole church in May.  Please keep watch for this email which will have information for both events.  As registrants of the National Gathering you have the choice of having your registration fee credited towards either of these future events.

It is a stressful time for everyone, both socially and economically.  I hope that you are coping well despite the circumstances.  Thinking about the future and having options to consider hopefully will alleviate some of the gloom.  If this is not a good time for you to be considering this, please accept my apologies and let me know how I can help.

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter filled with the hope that comes from the resurrected Christ! 

In Christ,
Sarah Kim,
Executive Director,
Women’s Missionary Society,
The Presbyterian Church in Canada

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