Romans 13:8-Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another….
We invite churches and individuals to give to the Presbytery's Medical Debt Relief Fund for “Year Two” of the Medical Debt Relief partnership with Presbyterian Healthcare. Last year, the member churches of the Presbytery of Santa Fe collected $38,792 which translated to over $554,000 of medical debt burden lifted from the shoulders of New Mexicans across the state.
A collaboration between Presbytery of Santa Fe, Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation, and the New Mexico Conference of Churches will allow donations collected by the faith communities to purchase uncollectible medical debt owed to Presbyterian Healthcare Services (PHS) at the rate of $.07 on the dollar. PHS will write off the remaining $.93. Patients who receive debt forgiveness will be randomly selected using an algorithm based on Federal Poverty Guidelines, with a focus on those who work, sometimes at multiple jobs, but do not earn enough to live on. PHS provides 100% financial assistance to all patients with incomes at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guideline, so this program helps those who do not qualify for total assistance. Every patient whose debt is forgiven will be notified by PHS by letter that a financial contribution from the Presbytery of Santa Fe and the affiliated denominations of NMCC has covered their debt. PHS operates nine hospitals and serves one-in-three New Mexicans with healthcare coverage – so the benefits and blessings are widespread.
Donations will be received through the Presbytery of Santa Fe. To count toward this year's contribution, please send donations by December 18th.
This 19-month calendar contains many planning aids for pastors and other church leaders. You can order them from the Presbytery for $10.50 per calendar (if picking up from the Presbytery office).
We are also taking orders for the new print-version of the Book of Order and the Book of Confessions (2016 still current) at $8.50 per book.
The Committee on Representation & Participation (CORP) is seeking recommendations for Presbytery leadership. Fill out the Nomination Form for Presbytery Committees to let us know you are interested, or nominate someone else that we should reach out to.
Click here for more information about PoSF Committees.
Oh, Great Spirit
Whose voice I hear in the winds,
And whose breath gives life to all the world,
hear me, I am small and weak,