COVID-19

 

 

 

 

Correspondence and Synod and National Connections:

AHS Signage and Posters – Information

 

Returning to In-Person Worship:

Correspondence from Bishop Larry for Rostered and Lay Leaders – September 23, 2020

UPDATED Stage 2 Relaunch – Correspondence from Government of Alberta – Guidance for Places of Worship – June 22, 2020

UPDATED Synod Guidelines and Sample Checklist for Returning to In-Person Worship – June 12, 2020

UPDATED Stage 2 Relaunch – Correspondence from Government of Alberta – Guidance for Places of Worship – June 9, 2020

Correspondence from Bishop Larry – Guidelines for Gathering In-Person – May 11, 2020

 

Guidance and Support for Wearing Masks for Places of Worship: 

Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines – June 15, 2020

Non-medical Masks Questions and Answers – June 15, 2020 

 

Singing:

Government of Alberta – Guidance for Singing and Vocal Performance – September 23, 2020

Alberta Health – Guidelines for Choral Singing

Choral Canada Webinar – May 20, 2020

Article – Erin Bromage – The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them – May 20, 2020

Article – Peter van der Lint – Amsterdam Mixed Chorus – May 9, 2020

Article – Richard Read – Skagit Valley Chorale singers in Washington, USA – March 29, 2020

 

Correspondence – Sustaining the Charitable Sector:

Correspondence from Synod and National Treasurer’s and Bishops – Minister of Families, Children and Social Development – May 5, 2020

Correspondence from Canadian Council of Christian Charities (CCCC) – Minister of Families, Children and Social Development – April 11, 2020

Correspondence from Bishop Larry – Lay and Rostered Leaders – May 7, 2020

Sample Letter to Member of Parliament 

 

Rostered Ministers Zoom Meetings:

Summary Notes – Rostered Ministers ZOOM meetings April 1, 2020

Summary Notes – Rostered Ministers ZOOM meetings March 18, 2020

 

Light One Candle:

Bishop Larry is inviting us all to join him in a Synod initiative, Light One Candle. He is encouraging all members of our Synod to light a candle and to pray together daily at 10:00 am.

In addition, please consider crafting a one sentence prayer with your name (optional) and your congregation’s/ministry’s name and location and forwarding this to him via email with Light One Candle in the Subject Line of the email (lkochendorfer@elcic.ca).

An example from Bishop Larry: Light One Candle

God of steadfast love, 
As our Lenten journey deepens embrace your children with faith, hope and love.

– Bishop Larry Kochendorfer, Synod Office, Edmonton

A selection of Light One Candle prayers: Light One Candle May 21

 

Financial Resource Information for Congregations:

ELCIC Treasurer’s Letter – September 8

ELCIC Treasurer’s Letter – August 6, 2020

Update to Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Plan – July 2020

Update to Canada Emergency Business Account – July 2020

Information on how to log into MyCRA – May 28, 2020

ELCIC Treasurers Letter – Business Account and Directors Listing Update Instructions

ELCIC Treasurers Letter – UPDATE June 11, 2020

ELCIC Treasurers Letter – April 2

ELCIC Treasurers Letter – March 31

ELCIC Treasurers Letter – March 24

Implementing Giving Alternatives

Sample template (right click and save as a download to your computer)

 

Provincial and Federal Information for Funding:

Government of Alberta – Support for employers

Government of Alberta – Support for Albertans

Government of Alberta – Temporary Layoffs

Government of Canada – Economic Response Plan

Government of Canada – 10% Wage Subsidy

Government of Canada – 75% Wage Subsidy

Government of Canada – Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Government of Canada – Charities Business Account

 

Provincial Telephone Town hall:

Notes from Tele-Townhall Meeting – September 22, 2020

Compiled notes from Tele-Townhall Meeting – May 21, 2020

Compiled notes from Tele-Townhall Meeting – March 24 2020

 

Worship Resources:

Tech Support Meetings with  Stephen Borst and The Rev. Dr. James Hendricksen – Sept 15  recordings   4:00 PM    or    7:00 PM

Tech Support Meetings with Stephen Borst and The Rev. Dr. James Hendricksen – Sept 14     notes for streaming

Eastern Synod Resource – Resumption of In-Person Worship

Temporary Expanded Licensing for Streaming Worship Services

Live Streaming and Pre-Recorded Worship Services – ELCIC

ELCIC – Special Children’s Message from Bishop Susan Johnson for Sunday, April 19

ELCA Worship – Resources, stories and news

ELCA Resource – Helping People Make Ritual at Home after a Death

ELCA Resource – Worship in the Home – May 3, 2020

ELCA Resource – Faith Formation

The Lutheran World Federation – COVID-19: United in Prayer for Humanity

The Lutheran World Federation – Information and Resources

The Lutheran World Federation – Communion Prayer for the Easter Season

OAKTrust – The Distanced Church – Reflections on Doing Church Online

OneLicense – licensing options for gratis accounts after April 15

Augsburg Fortress – Temporary Expanded Licensing for Streaming Worship Services

 

Other Resources:

Article – Rev. Alan Roxburgh – The Mood of our Moment:  Grief and Trauma

Article – Stephen Ministries – Caring for Grieving People during the COVID-19 Crisis

Article – Laura Stephens-Reed – The Coming Tidal Wave of Pastoral Departures

Article – Susan Beaumont – 10 Questions to Ask Now

Article – Susan Beaumont – Five Assumptions Failing Us Now

Article – Journal of Missional Practice – Renewing the Covenant:  Churches and the Building of Local Relationships

Article – Archbishop Mark MacDonald – As a Way Decays, a New Way Appears

Article – Rev. Dr. Rachael A. Keefe – Ten Ways to be a Lifesaving Church During This Pandemic

Article – Tim Thompson – Ministry Without Maps:  How do you navigate in a time of change and chaos?

Article – Carey Nieuwhof – Should You Close Your Church After Reopening? Rethinking Your Church Growth Strategy

Article – Carey Nieuwhof – 5 Specific Ways the Current Approach to Church Seems Badly Outdated

Article – Sean Baker – Eight Things for Church Leaders to Consider as Things Re-open

Article – John Dobbs – The Coming Pastoral Crash

Article – Chuck Lawless – 8 Words of Encouragement for Weary Pastors

Article – Carey Nieuwhof – When Your Church Reopens, What Will be Left and Who Will Still Come? Some Thoughts.  

Article – Andrew Stephens-Rennie – 5 Questions Your Congregation Should be Asking in this Pandemic

Collection of Articles – Heidi A. Campbell, Editor – The Distanced Church: Reflections on Doing Church Online

The Blank Slate – 8 Steps to prepare for Post COVID-19 – video, slides

Tony Morgan – Reality Check: “I’m Not Seeing an End Anytime Soon.”

Tony Morgan – 7 Shifts Churches Need to Make because of Coronavirus

Leadership Article – Susan Beaumont – April 20, 2020 – Finding Our New Normal

The Blank Slate, Tony Morgan, Susan Beaumont – Powerpoint slides for the Post-COVID-19 World

Leadership Arcticle – Gianpiero Petriglieri – The Psychology Behind Effective Crisis Leadership

Book – Susan Beaumont – How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going: Leading in a Liminal Season

ACHIEVE Centre for Leadership & Workplace Performance – Managing Anxiety During COVID-19

ACHIEVE Centre for Leadership & Workplace Performance – Strategies for Supporting Children During COVID-19

ACHIEVE Centre for Leadership & Workplace Performance – Healthy Habit Log

ACHIEVE Centre for Leadership & Workplace Performance – Mindful Breathing Tips

ABT SYNOD CARE Ministry Team – Dr. Dianne Kieren – Grieving in Place

ABT SYNOD CARE Ministry Team – Dr. Dianne Kieren – Maintaining your Mental Health Support Team in Isolation

Gender-based Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Initiative – Edmonton

Congregational Consulting Group – Agenda Items for Your Board This Summer

Psychologists’ Association of Alberta – free counselling services and resources

Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries – free downloadable resources

Santuary Mental Health Ministries – Mental Health Week – Faith, Grief and COVID-19: A Conversation

Santuary Mental Health Ministries – Mental Health Week – Sanctuary Stories: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Canadian Mental Health Services – mental health week

Alberta Health Services – daily updates

Alberta Health Services – fact sheet – faith-based organizations

GSI – Employee and Family Assistance Plan (EFAP) provider – Tips for Coping with the Coronavirus

GSI – Employee and Family Assistance Plan (EFAP) provider – Emotional Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic