Church Resources for a Time of COVID-19

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.

Other Resources
Bishop Zeiser
Upper Susquehanna
Minneapolis Area Synod Webinar
Church Mutual
Brotherhood Mutual

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility (CDC)
COVID-19-related Benefits for ELCA Congregations and their Employees
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
CDC Interim Guidance Document
Virtual Worship Resources

How to stream your worship service: A starter guide

One License Offers Gratis Licenses to Help Cope with Covid-19 Challenges

Tim Wengert & Gordon Lathrop on virtual communion practice

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.
Part 1     Part 2

Virtual Meeting Resources

ELCA IT Department
What it takes to run a great virtual meeting” (Harvard Business Review)
Connecting Virtually Toolkit” (Global Learning Partners)

Zoom Video Tutorials     Zoom Meeting Precautions

Additional Resources

ELCA Guideline for Tracking Online Worship Attendance

Liturgy for the Corona Virus

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.

Youth Ministry

Stewardship:
ELCA Live it Out! A Household Supplement Connecting Church and Home: Introduction, Program Materials
VANCO: Webinar, Vanco eGiving Editable Bulletin InsertsVanco eGiving Bulletin Inserts 2Vanco 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.

PA Council of Churches: Pastoral Statement     Resources

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

(If you are streaming and/or recording worship, please fill out this Google form with your info, or email your info to nepsinfo1988@gmail.com.)

Advent, West Lawn; Sunday at 8:15 am
Website: https://www.adventonline.org/
YouTUbe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Cv1lUlgxcguFTqmj1EoNQ

Allegheny, Knauers; Sunday at 9:30 am
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pastorzach.labagh

Christ, Hazleton; Sunday at 10:30 am
Website: http://www.clchazleton.org
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTHktMDTX5nZToBMSN8tPmA/videos

Emmanuel’s, Bath; Sunday at 9:30 am
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Emmanuels-Lutheran-Church-118239071525366/

Faith Lutheran, Blakeslee; Pre-recorded
Website: https://www.faithlutheranblakeslee.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Faith-Lutheran-Church-Blakeslee-PA-1721550018126312/

Faith United, Nescopeck; Pre-recorded
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=faith+united+nescopeck

Good Shepherd, Northampton; Sunday at 9:00 am
Fcaebook: https://www.facebook.com/Good-Shepherd-Lutheran-Church-Kreidersville-459514777494839/

Grace, Macungie; Sunday at 8:00 am
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_qRjOqmIMTsH4DCkG-V8Yw?

Holy Spirit, Emmaus: Sunday Child Friendly Worship at 9:30 am and Worship at 10:30 am
Website: https://lchsemmaus.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LCHSEmmaus/

Hope, Cherryville
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/

Jordan, Orefield; Sunday at 10:30 am
Website: https://www.jordanlutheran.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jordanlutheran/

Maidencreek Church, Blandon; Sunday at 9:00 am
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maidencreekchurch/

Prince of Peace, Johnsonville (Bangor); Sunday at 9:45 am
Website: http://www.popbangor.org/video-worship
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/popbangor

Salem-St. Paul, Kresgeville; Pre-recorded
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_-Pk9qFTdTaLA__RnKQvlQ

Schwarzwald, Jacksonwald; Pre-recorded
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SchwarzwaldChurch
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNugg3SOBRB4BfGSpKw5m2g

St. John, Allentown; Sunday at 10:30 am
Website: http://www.sjat.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stjohnslutheranallentownpa

St. John, Boyertown; Sunday at 8:00 am
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stjohnsboyertown/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4fCxXyDjWWw1vcK1lHaTiw

St. John, Easton; Pre-recorded
Website: http://stjohnseaston.org

St. John, Kutztown: Sunday at 9:00 am
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/st.kutztown/

St. John, Williams Township (Easton); Pre-recorded
Website: https://www.stjohnswilliams.com/
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQMbxYy2sVG6boNsoOcjeyA

St. Michael’s, Hamburg; Sunday at 10:15 am
Facebook: https://facebook.com/stmichaels529/videos/?ref=bookmarks&mt_nav=0

St. Paul, Tannersville; Pre-recorded
Website: www.stpaultannersvillepa.org
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsvvR6Fl09zcaiDPY174k5A

Trinity, Reading; Pre-recorded
Website: https://trinityreading.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trinityreading
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/trinitylutheranchurch

Trinity, Robesonia; Sunday at 9:00 am
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Trinity-Lutheran-Church-Robesonia-Pennsylvania-143665935665429/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TrinityRobesonia

United in Christ, Lewisburg (Pr. Justin Lingenfelter, son of NePA Synod); Sunday at 10:00 am
Facebook: facebook.com/unitedinchristlutheran
Website: http://unitedinchristlutheran.net

United Proclamation of the Gospel Bethlehem and St. John’s Windish; Sunday at 10:00 am
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/United-Proclamation-of-the-Gospel-107304834227875/

Weisenberg Lutheran Church, New Tripoli; Sunday at 9:00 am
Website: https://www.weisenbergchurch.org
Facebook: https://facebook.com/Weisenberg-Lutheran-Church-100880993289683/

Zion, Lehigh: Sunday worship
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN6Q3WQPHt2vHFjAN79Nb6Q
Website: http://www.zionlehigh.org

Zion’s, Old Zionsville: Sunday at 10:30 am
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUQdHpNfQ6xUjyFM4xWx_dg

Zion (Spies), Reading; Sunday at 9:00 am
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Zion-Spies-Evangelical-Lutheran-Church

Zion, Tamaqua; Sunday at 9:00 am
Website: https://www.ziontamaqua.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ziontamaqua/