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While talk of the pandemic has dominated the news cycle - not to mention most of our own thoughts and actions - there have also been countless stories of generosity, goodness, and hope. Efforts to come to the aid of our brothers and sisters and Concordia University-Portland have truly been a bright light in the darkness of these times!
The closure of the Portland campus introduced much pain and anxiety. With the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 virus and the subsequent medical and financial ramifications, the faculty and staff of CU-Portland now face an even more difficult situation.
In February 2020, Concordia University Irvine and the Northwest District of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod formed a partnership to establish the CU-Portland Employee Assistance Fund. This effort has demonstrated palpably how the people of God care for one another in a time of real need! Over 100 donors, individuals and churches, have come together to raise over $50,000 to support employees of CU-Portland. The monies raised will go toward covering the medical premium expenses CU-Portland employees.
It is our prayer that the Resurrected Lord provides certain hope during this most difficult and unprecedented time!
Dr. Michael A. Thomas
Concordia University Irvine
Rev. Dr. Paul Linnemann
Northwest District of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod