The Presbyterian News Service will be closed during the week of May 18-22 as all offices of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s General Assembly Counciltake a mandatory unpaid furlough.

The furlough, authorized by the General Assembly Council, at its March meeting, will provide substantial relief to the 2009 General Assembly Mission Budget, which was trimmed to meet a $10 million shortfall.

The Presbyterian News Service will re-open Tuesday, March 26, after the Memorial Day holiday.