God’s work never stops. Churchwide office staff are still hard at work – from our homes. Hours and lines of communication remain the same.

Public Health

COVID-19 Response Fund

COVID-19 Response Fund

You can help the ministries of the ELCA by supporting your local congregation and making a gift to the ELCA’s COVID-19 Response Fund. Your donation will provide funds to the ministries of the ELCA most in need and best positioned to help. This includes our congregations as well as local and churchwide ministries capable of reaching and assisting those in need.

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WORSHIP RESOURCES

 

 

Resources for Worship in the Home

A weekly blog series with readings, prayers and reflections for worship at home.

 

Resources for Returning to In-Person Worship

Considerations for being church together during the COVID-19 pandemic. | Spanish

 

Resuming Care-filled Worship and Sacramental Life During a Pandemic

Protocols for worship during the COVID-19 pandemic as commended by an ecumenical consultation.

 

Worship in Times of Public Health Concerns: COVID-19/Coronavirus

Considerations for building church community and participating in worship when we cannot gather in person. | Spanish

 

Prayers for Times of Public Health Concern: COVID-19/Coronavirus

Prayer suggestions that can be adapted for use in your local worship context. | Spanish

 

How to Stream Your Worship Service

A starter guide for online streaming of your congregation’s worship service or other events. | Spanish

 

Intercessory Prayers in the Midst of the Spread of COVID-19

A prayer resource offered by the Lutheran World Federation. | Spanish

 

Guidance for Funeral Practices

A resource for ministering to the bereaved during a public health crisis. | Spanish

 

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CONGREGATIONAL ADMINISTRATION AND SUPPORT

 

 

Considerations for safely reopening by Church Mutual

Church Mutual offers a webinar, slides and guidelines to prepare and implement a plan to safely reopen churches.

 

FAQ on Paycheck Protection Program loans

Frequently asked questions regarding congregations and PPP loans. | Watch Video | Spanish

 

Update and Resources on COVID-19-related Benefits for ELCA Congregations, Synods, Other Ministries and Their Employees

A summary focusing on the provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) that most directly affect churches and their employees. | Spanish

 

Guides for Community Assistance Resources by State

ELCA World Hunger offers a set of state-specific one-pagers designed for people to learn how to access things like SNAP, unemployment and other emergency assistance during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

ELCA Federal Credit Union is now SBA-certified to offer Paycheck Protection Program loans

All ELCA congregations and ministries can apply for these PPP loans through the ELCA Federal Credit Union.

 

Summary of CARES Act Provisions

Provisions in the CARES Act that could be of interest to church ministries and church plan members. | Spanish

 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act — UCC update

A memorandum from the United Church of Christ that summarizes the new provisions in the FFCRA most applicable to churches.

 

Mission Investment Fund and ELCA Federal Credit Union offer special assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic

Special financial assistance from the Mission Investment Fund and the ELCA Federal Credit Union.

 

Congregational Planning Checklist for Public Health Concerns

Lutheran Disaster Response details how you and your congregation can plan for the impact of a public health crisis in your church. | Spanish

 

Considerations for Remote Council and Congregation Meetings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Frequently asked questions regarding appropriate use of technology to conduct the business of your congregation.

 

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FROM THE PRESIDING BISHOP

 

 

“Navigating a return to in-person worship | ELCA Bishop Elizabeth Eaton on CNN


Previous videos from ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton:

 

Pastoral messages and statements from ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton:

 

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TAKE ACTION: PRAY, GIVE, CONNECT

 

 

COVID-19 Response Fund

You can help the ministries of the ELCA by supporting your local congregation and making a gift to the ELCA’s COVID-19 Response Fund. Your donation will provide funds to the ministries of the ELCA most in need and best positioned to help. This includes our congregations as well as local and churchwide ministries capable of reaching and assisting those in need.

 

ELCA Advocacy and COVID-19

This series of blogs by ELCA Advocacy supports policy discernment and information sharing.

 

Lutheran Disaster Response | “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)”

LDR is responding to the pandemic here in the United States and around the world.

 

Living Lutheran | Special coverage of COVID-19

Living Lutheran reports on how ELCA communities are responding to the pandemic.

 

ELCA COVID-19 Response logo files

Use these graphics in newsletters, email or social media to support your community’s COVID-19 response efforts. The files are available in .jpg, .png and .eps formats.

 

2020 Senior Recognition Ideas

Our high school seniors are missing out on once-in-a-lifetime experiences due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognize and celebrate your congregation’s graduating seniors with these ideas from ELCA Youth. | Spanish

 

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SPANISH-LANGUAGE RESOURCES

YOUR FAITH AT HOME

 

 

Faith at Home | Resources from ELCA Faith Formation

This collection of resources supports unique and innovate ways leaders and congregations can adapt to this new reality of ministry.

 

Faith formation guide

Recommended practices for lifelong faith formation.

 

Bible study

Resources for you to continue daily discipleship and faith practices from home.

 

Prayer Ventures

Daily prayers for the life and mission of the church.

 

Faith Practices — Living Our Baptism

The promises made in holy baptism serve as a guide for practicing Christian faith.

 

Lectionary

The Revised Common Lectionary provides Scripture readings for Sundays, festivals and daily use.

 

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STEWARDSHIP OF GIFTS

 

 

Now that many congregations are observing social distancing, with some offering online services, members may be concerned about how to support the work of their congregations, synods and churchwide ministries. A majority of ELCA congregations currently offer online giving as an option and all still accept checks. For congregations hoping to establish online giving, the ELCA has negotiated with preferred vendors who can quickly respond with options.

 

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KEEP UP-TO-DATE

 

 

Due to the nature of the virus, information is being updated on a daily basis. We encourage you to contact and listen to your local health experts and authorities concerning best practices and the status of outbreaks in your local context. The following links may also serve as helpful resources.

 

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