The threat of a COVID-19 Virus pandemic has created many challenges for worship and ministry in the congregations of our synod. We have created this page to provide a host of resources for your use. Some may be more helpful to you than others; however, we are including a variety of materials that have been submitted both by rostered ministers and by various church agencies and congregations.
Considerations for Reopening Congregations
Latest ELCA Guidelines: Resuming Care-Filled Worship and Sacramental Life During a Pandemic
A new in-depth resource of safe practices for worship during the pandemic has been created by an ecumenical consultation. In addition to representatives from several denominations in the United States, the consultation team included scientists and medical professionals.
ELCA COVID-19 Survey Form Available
The ELCA Churchwide Office is making available to congregations a resource for surveying members regarding concerns both during the pandemic and about returning to in-person worship. You are free to customize the form for your local situation and to use it in any way you choose, i.e., mail, social media, website, etc. Download the resource.
Synod Loans for Payroll Assistance.
Shortly after Easter a letter was sent to all synod congregations, encouraging them to apply for a forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loan. Those congregations that do not receive such a loan and do not have other financial reserves were invited to apply for a zero percent interest loan from the Synod Loan Fund. View the letter.
Horizon Stewardship Resources (PPP and others)
Mission Investment Fund and ELCA Federal Credit Union are offering special assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic
Virtual Worship Resources
Virginia Theological Seminary hosted 2 webinars on “Triduum under Quarantine.” VTS also has resources for Palm Sunday through Easter, primarily to encourage and support people worshiping at home. They are referenced in the webinars.
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Virtual Meeting Resources
ELCA Coaching offers a weekly support gathering for ELCA leaders – every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. (EST). For the Zoom information to join, visit their website at https://www.elcacoaching.org.
ELCA Live it Out! A Household Supplement Connecting Church and Home: Introduction, Program Materials
VANCO: Webinar, Vanco eGiving Editable Bulletin Inserts, Vanco eGiving Bulletin Inserts 2, Vanco GivePlus Mobile How It Works
The ELCA website has a number of helpful resources including suggestions about worship, prayer, and funeral practices.
The Southeastern PA Synod also has an excellent resource page.
Home Devotions: A four week series that can be adapted for your own use created by Pr. Rachel Dietz
COVID-19 for Churches (Sammy Kelly & Michele Barra)
Families First Act (Information about the impact of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act on congregations and other ministries)
US Department of Labor Flyer
Memorandum from the United Church of Christ
Live Streamed / Recorded Worship Opportunities
Advent, West Lawn; Sunday at 8:15 am
Allegheny, Knauers; Sunday at 9:30 am
Christ, Hazleton; Sunday at 10:30 am
Emmanuel’s, Bath; Sunday at 9:30 am
Faith Lutheran, Blakeslee; Pre-recorded
Faith United, Nescopeck; Pre-recorded
Good Shepherd, Northampton; Sunday at 9:00 am
Grace, Macungie; Sunday at 8:00 am
Saturday at 8:00 pm: video worship at Becky’s Drive-in (Video available to view at http://hopecherryville.org on Monday.)
Sunday at 8:00 am: audio worship at Becky’s Drive-in
Jerusalem, Schuylkill Haven
Website (pre-recorded worship): http://jersualemlutheran.com/
Live devotions Sunday 10:00 am and Wednesday 7:00 pm: https://www.facebook.com/252DockStreetSchuylkillHavenPA17972/
Maidencreek Church, Blandon; Sunday at 9:00 am
Salem-St. Paul, Kresgeville; Pre-recorded
Schwarzwald, Jacksonwald; Pre-recorded
St. John, Allentown; Sunday at 10:30 am
St. John, Boyertown; Sunday at 8:00 am
St. John, Easton; Pre-recorded
St. John, Kutztown: Sunday at 9:00 am
St. John, Williams Township (Easton); Pre-recorded
St. Michael’s, Hamburg; Sunday at 10:15 am
St. Paul, Tannersville; Pre-recorded
Trinity, Robesonia; Sunday at 9:00 am
United Proclamation of the Gospel Bethlehem and St. John’s Windish; Sunday at 10:00 am
Weisenberg Lutheran Church, New Tripoli; Sunday at 9:00 am
Zion, Lehigh: Sunday worship
Zion’s, Old Zionsville: Sunday at 10:30 am
Zion (Spies), Reading; Sunday at 9:00 am