Coronavirus Resources

Updated Recommendations August 10, 2020 - COVID-19 Taskteam Updated Recommendations

The COVID-19 Taskteam posts its latest recommendations on safe church reopening, procedures for building visitors, best practices for group activities and other resources.

Update August 4, 2020

PPP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on PPP Loan Forgiveness

The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, is providing this guidance to address borrower and lender questions concerning forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, as provided for under section 1106 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), as amended by the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (Flexibility Act).

Updated Recommendations June 23, 2020 - Returning to Church:  Three Important Steps to Keep Us Safe

 Many churches are reopening for in-person services, though health experts still expect COVID-19 to be with us for months to come. Studies show that taking three basic steps to protect yourself and others can eliminate much of the risk in returning to church.

Re-opening Resources - Video from Bishop JungVideo from Lay Leader ShimkoWisconsin COVID-19 Task Team Re-opening Resources

 

Discipleship Ministries - Resources for Responding to COVID-19 Outbreak

The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of daily life for people across the globe. Local churches are attempting to respond in appropriate ways, but many congregations have questions. Discipleship Ministries is regularly adding new resources to assist your church as it seeks answers about this new reality.

ResourceUMC - COVID-19: Ways to Respond

The Rev. Jeremy Smith shares suggestions and insights for how churches can continue to offer worship, fellowship and hope in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.

See All the People - Things WE Can Do

Chuck Knows Church is teaming up with #SeeAllThePeople to share a few simple ideas that your church can do to help your community during this time of crisis.

The Upper Room - Resources for Spiritual Wellness in Anxious Times

How do we open our hearts while our borders, schools, and stores close in efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus? How do we stay centered in the midst of fears, grief, and stress? Here are some free resources from The Upper Room to help you keep—or create—spiritual wellness and wholeness in the midst of anxiety and stress.

Wespath - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This page provides links to all of Wespath's COVID-19/Coronavirus materials including a letter from the Chairperson of Wespath's Board of Directors and the General Secretary to participants, updates and a video from Wespath's Chief Investment Officer, retirement FAQs, health resources, congregational health information and links to important websites.

How to Navigate as Leaders Through the Unknown

Blog post by Beth Estock

 


Offering and Finance Resources

For churches that currently don’t have electronic donation capability and would like to offer this as an option to their members during this period of unrest and potential church closings, the Conference will offer the use of our VANCO online giving site and absorb the processing fees for the next 2 months.  On our main home page, where there was a DONATE NOW button, there is now a DONATE TO YOUR LOCAL CHURCH.  If you would like to have your church listed as an option, please contact TreasurerOffice@wisconsinumc.org or call 608-873-7320.  Provide your church name as your members would know it and your GCNO (General Church Number).  Your donors/members may pay from their bank account or a credit card.  The Finance office will send the donations to your church within 2-3 weeks, with the donor identified.


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Coronavirus Resources Archive