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Corona-Virus Contingency/Response Plan

March 26, 2020

- Emergency Cash Assistance through the Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) -

"Tennessee families who have lost their jobs because of the coronavirus can now apply for emergency cash assistance, according to The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS).

To qualify, you must have been employed up until March 11, 2020, and as a family, lost at least 50 percent of earned income as a result of the pandemic, and include a child under the age of 18 or a pregnant woman.

To apply, you must also have a valid Social Security Number, not have resources exceeding $2000, and the gross and/or unearned monthly income may not exceed 85% of the State’s Median Income that’s currently:

• Gross Monthly Income of $2,696 for a household of one.

• Gross Monthly Income of $3,526 for a household of two.

TDHS will start taking applications Thursday morning at 11 a.m.

Applicants are required to upload their verification to the application prior to submitting to TDHS. Once the application and verification has been submitted, no further action will be needed. 

You do not need to call the office for an interview.

You will receive notification of denial or approval within five days.

If you are approved, you will receive an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card within 5-7 days of approval via mail.

The Emergency Cash Assistance program will provide two monthly cash payments to those that are approved:

• $500 for a household of 1 to 2 persons.

• $750 for a household of 3 to 4 persons.

• $1000 for a household with 5 or more persons.

This money is funded by the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and provides:

This assistance is available in addition to any unemployment benefits individuals in the family may be receiving."






March 17, 2020


I wanted to update you on our services for tomorrow evening (Wednesday, March 18). After seeking wise counsel and speaking with church members and leaders, we will be not be having services on campus tomorrow evening. Scripture tells us it is our duty as Christians to protect the most vulnerable in our churches and communities and we are committed to being obedient to that task.  It is also biblical to honor the leadership of our government leaders, many of which have prayed and researched on how to best protect one another during this season. We are not canceling our Wednesday night service out of fear, but out of love, support and solidarity. Does that mean the work of the church stops?  Absolutely not.  We will send a prayer guide out over One Call, post it online, and post it on our website. We encourage everyone to gather their families at 7:00 Wednesday night and we will meet in unity at our homes to pray over these needs. Another way the church can be deployed at this time is through supporting the Grainger Baptist Association Food pantry.  They have already been inundated with families seeking stability in these uncertain times. If you venture out to the grocery store, please pick up some items and drop them off anytime Monday-Thursday, 9:00-4:00.  As people in our community find certainty in food, we can also offer them certainty in the gospel.  All that to say, our God is bigger than a virus, so let us join our prayers together against it and use this opportunity to be the church outside the walls of our building. Let us not forget, He has placed us in the mountains so we can minister in the valleys.  May God cover you with His blessings as you do so.

Jared Norris

Senior Pastor

Blue Springs Baptist Church