This devotion, distributed by Richard Rohr, recalls the words of Dr. Barbara Holmes in her reflection called "Crisis Contemplation."
Here’s the link to the official resource guide for faith leaders
sent by the Governor’s office and the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Health Equity.
This is a SYNOPSIS of a statewide webinar for faith leaders on Monday, March 23, 6:30 pm, hosted by the Office of Governor Ralph Northam and the Office of Health Equity of the Virginia Department of Health. (I cannot vouch for the 100% accuracy of my notes. Please contact the persons who presented this information to fact-check or confirm.)
On March 23, Northam issued Executive Order Fifty-Three that orders the closure of certain non-essential businesses, bans all gatherings of more than 10 people, and closes all K-12 schools for the remainder of the academic year. Governor Northam is also urging all Virginians to avoid non-essential travel outside the home, if and when possible. This order goes into effect at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and will remain in place until 11:59 PM on Thursday, April 23, 2020. This order applies to houses of worship.
Dr. Vanessa Walker-Harris - Deputy Secretary of Health
Explained the salient points of that Executive Order.
This executive order:
Dr. Megan Healy talked about Unemployment Benefits
If you are laid off and/or NOT getting a paycheck, you are encouraged to apply for unemployment benefits here. (This advice applies to faith-based workers whose organizations have not paid payroll taxes in the past. Currently, these workers are NOT eligible to receive benefits, but that rule may change in the coming days.)
Karen Kimsey - Virginia Medicaid is Taking Action to Fight COVID-19
Heidi Hertz - Feeding Virginia during COVID19
Students and children:
Tracey Wiley - Financial Resources Update -
Visit https://www.sbsd.virginia.gov/ for information about low-interest loans for small businesses and non-profits.
Curtis Brown, VA Dept of Emergency Management (VDEM)
Disaster Funding Available through FEMA
CULTURAL IMPACT - Suja Amir, who is on the Governor’s Asian American Advisory Board - member of Asian Latino Solidarity Alliance of Central VA
CALL TO ACTION -
IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEEDS SUPPORT:
Cville Community Cares: Is offering mini-grants for people impacted by COVID-19. There are no restrictions regarding how funds will be used: Request up to $200 per household. Apply here. (This form will temporarily close at 8pm on Friday March 20th, in order to prioritize the 1000+ requests they have received.)
WAYS TO GIVE AND RECEIVE SUPPORT:
Support Cville - this is the most comprehensive website listing ways for people to give and receive support.
DONATE to COVID-19 SUPPORT FUNDS
BLUE RIDGE AREA FOOD BANK
FREE INTERNET ACCESS
In addition to hopping on free wifi hotspots at local restaurants and public schools, COMCAST Xfinity is now offering free hotspots to anyone who needs them for free, including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.
(credit: United Methodist Church)
Resources for Digital Ministry
At the bottom of this page is a 60plus minute zoom class that Kim Johnson taught specifically to help people do digital ministry in the midst of the c-19 situation
Online Worship Tutorial
Pastor Sam Plymale on the Greene Charge has put together this youtube video to assist you with offering worship on FB, livestream, etc.
Live Stream your Ministry PDF
Recording Worship PDF
ONLINE FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND GIVING
Here are some suggestions about trying to continue receiving financial support while we are not physically meeting.
10 ideas for church financial leaders amid the covid-19 crisis
Understanding E-Giving Slideshow
CHURCH GIVING PLATFORMS (not an endorsement of the services below)
$0 setup cost
ACH/Bank: 1% + 30¢ | AMEX: 3.5% + 30¢
Paypal for Non-Profits -
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