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November 11, 2020 – An Important Message (Nov. update re: indoor worship)

October 8, 2020 – An Important Message (Oct. update re: indoor worship)

September 24, 2020 – Worship Practices

April 9, 2020 – JOINT LETTER: Wisconsin Faith Leaders Respond to COVID-19 Closures

March 30, 2020 – Holy Communion during this time of Pandemic (available upon request)

ELCA COVID-19 Response Fund

May 21, 2020 – “Take time to enjoy God’s creation” (video)

May 14, 2020 – “God wants us to be whole people” (video)

May 12, 2020 – Considerations for Returning to In-person Worship (English and Spanish)

May 7, 2020 – “God is working” (video)

See the Archive section for messages released before May.

ELCA Churchwide: At Home Worship Resources

March 2, 2020 – A Coronavirus Prayer

Music Resources:

List of ELW Hymns in the Public Domain (scroll down and click the “Show” link after bolded “Hymns Included” heading)

Music that Make Community blog

November 12, 2020 – ELCA Worship: All Creation Sings: Teaching New Assembly Song in Challenging Times

July 1, 2020 – Luther Seminary: Singing Together, While Apart

Worship Guidance & Resources:

COVID-19 Survey Resource

Church Mutual: Safely Returning to Worship (webinarslidesarticle)

An Ecumenical Guide to Resuming Care-Filled Worship and Sacramental Life During a Pandemic

Federal Communications Commission: Guidelines for Low-Power radio

Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association: COVID-19 Officiant Preference Form

October 6, 2020 – Wisconsin Council of Churches: Churches Urged to Return to Physically Distanced Ministry (press release)

September 21, 2020 – Wisconsin Council of Churches: Returning to Church Early Fall Update

July 27, 2020 – Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Metropolitan Chicago Synod: Communion & COVID: Eucharistic Practices and Perspectives webinar recording

May 5, 2020 – Minneapolis Area Synod: Dr. Michael Osterholm on the pandemic and reopening in-person worship (video)

March 30, 2020 – Greater Milwaukee Synod: Holy Communion during this time of Pandemic (available upon request)

March 20, 2020 – ELCA Churchwide: Worship in Times of Public Health Concerns

March 18, 2020 – ELCA Churchwide: Guidance on Funerals

March 13, 2020 – ELCA Churchwide: How to Stream Your Worship Service


Greater Milwaukee Synod: “Together in Mission: Year-round Resourcing” Facebook group

Wisconsin Council of Churches: Coronavirus resources

Remote Congregational Meetings:

ELCA Churchwide Annual Report Covers: pages, spread

December 16, 2020 – ELCA Churchwide: Considerations for Electronic Meetings

November 19, 2020 – Greater Milwaukee Synod: Practical Tips for Electronic Congregational Meetings

November 17, 2020 – Greater Milwaukee Synod: Recording of Webinar on Virtual Congregational Meetings

July 16, 2020 – Greater Milwaukee Synod: Remote Meeting FAQs for Congregations (updated)

Tech Resources:

FaithLead: How to do Church Online webinar series

Greater Milwaukee Synod: Thinking About Using Zoom?

Zoom: Securing Your Zoom Meetings

March 17, 2020 – Tech Crunch: Beware of ZoomBombing

April 20, 2020 – ELCA Churchwide: Tracking Online Worship Attendance

April 20, 2020 – Carey Nieuwhof: Some Awkward Questions About How to Measure Online Church Attendance (+ 5 Growth Strategies)

April 2, 2020 – Greater Milwaukee Synod: Digital Communication Tips for Congregations During the Coronavirus

Ministry Resources:

COVID-19 Survey Resource

Brotherhood Mutual: Sample activity participation agreement

Church Mutual: Sample COVID-19 waivers

July 28, 2020 – East Central Synod of Wisconsin: Christian Education during COVID-19 webinar recording

March 26, 2020 – Youth Specialties: 15 Ways to Build Faith and Community During the Coronavirus

March 12, 2020 – Greate Milwaukee Synod: Ideas for Creative Worship and Support

April 21, 2020 – Jake Morrill: Church in these VUCA Times (video)

Pastoral Resources:

Wisconsin Council of Churches: July 2020 Wisconsin Clergy Survey on COVID-19 & Ministry Stressors (Full Report and Powerpoint)

ELCA Coaching: Recordings of Weekly Gatherings for ELCA Leaders

Way to Lead: Come to Me: Video Devotions for Weary Church Leaders

General Public Health Data & Resources:

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Wisconsin Department of Health Services: County Data – updated daily

Harvard Global Health Institute & Brown School of Public Health: COVID Risk Levels interactive dashboard

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

CDC: Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces

May 22, 2020 – Advocate Aurora Health: Capacity Management/Safe Distancing inside Facilities (PDF FAQ’swebinar recording)

May 20, 2020 – Advocate Aurora Health: Legal Liability in Re-Opening (PDF FAQ’swebinar recording)

May 18, 2020 – Advocate Aurora Health: Facility Sanitizing/Proper Cleaning Procedures (PDF FAQ’swebinar recording)

Faith-Based Public Health Guidance:

CDC: Resources for Community and Faith-Based Leaders

ELCA Churchwide: Public Health Resources

US Department of Health and Human Services: Faith and Community Based COVID-19 FAQs

March 16, 2020 – ELCA World Hunger: Tips for Responding to Hunger in a Pandemic

National Council of Churches: Joint Holy Week resources

LEAD: Holy Week Digital Worship Resources

The Masked Sewists for SE Wisconsin: Resources and tips for sewn PPE donations (website and Facebook group)

One License

Sparkhouse: Family Sunday School virtual curriculum

Wisconsin Council of Churches: Advent and Christmas Resources

July 30, 2020 – Wisconsin Council of Churches: Returning to Church July 2020 Update

June 22, 2020 – ELCA World Hunger: At-Home VBS Curriculum

May 28, 2020 – Greater Milwaukee Synod: Conversations Around Reopening webinar recording

May 27, 2020 – Wisconsin Council of Churches: Returning to Our Houses of Worship

May 21, 2020 – Church Mutual: Recommendations for a Safe Return to Worship Checklist

May 14, 2020 – JOINT LETTER: Wisconsin Supreme Court Safer at Home Ruling

May 12, 2020 – Returning to Worship

May 12, 2020 – ELCA Churchwide: Considerations for Returning to In-person Worship (English and Spanish)

May 7, 2020 – Virginia Theological Seminary: Vacation Bible School 2020: A Panel to Discuss Possibilities (Including Cancellation) for VBS During a Pandemic webinar recording

April 30, 2020 – Presiding Bishop Eaton: “We still have God and each other” (video)

April 24, 2020 – What Will the Next 12-18 Months Look Like? (video)

April 23, 2020 – Extension of the Safer at Home Executive Order

April 23, 2020 – Presiding Bishop Eaton: “Hope doesn’t disappoint” (video)

April 23, 2020 – Wisconsin Council of Churches: Guide to Returning to Church (websitePDF)

April 19, 2020 – A Sermon from Bishop Paul Erickson for the Second Sunday of Easter (YouTube, Dropbox and PDF)

April 17, 2020 – Presiding Bishop Eaton: “It’s okay to grieve and hope” (video)

April 15, 2020 – Special Joint Appeal from Outreach for Hope and the Greater Milwaukee Synod

April 13, 2020 – Virginia Theological Seminary: Canceling Summer Programs: When Camps, Trips, And VBS Cannot Go On

April 9, 2020 –  Presiding Bishop Eaton: “There Will Be Joy” | Bishop Eaton’s Easter Message (video)

April 9, 2020 – Bishop Erickson: Easter Sunday Message (video – YouTube and Dropbox)

April 3, 2020 – Presiding Bishop Eaton: “We Remain United” | Bishop Eaton issues Holy Week invitation (video)

April 2, 2020 – Bishop Erickson’s Palm Sunday Message

April 1, 2020 – Presiding Bishop Eaton: “Be of good courage!” (video)

March 29, 2020 – CARES Act

March 28, 2020 – Presiding Bishop Eaton: “A God who is faithful” (video)

March 27, 2020 – Presiding Bishop Eaton: Response to COVID-19

March 26, 2020 – “Safer at Home” Executive Order

March 25, 2020 – Bishop Erickson: A Message for Rostered Ministers

March 24, 2020 – Greater Milwaukee Synod: Helpful webinars for rostered ministers and congregational leaders

March 23, 2020 – Opportunities to Connect with Greater Milwaukee Synod Colleagues

March 20, 2020 – Bishop Erickson: COVID-19 Resources for Rostered Ministers

March 19, 2020 – COVID-19 Letter to ELCA Leaders (data and video)

March 18, 2020 – Resources for Worship

March 16, 2020 – Bishop Erickson: Updated COVID-19 Information

March 13, 2020 – Augsburg Fortress: Temporary Expanded Licensing

March 12, 2020 – Bishop Erickson: A Proactive Response to the Coronavirus (video)

March 12, 2020 – Bishop Eaton on COVID-19 (video)

March 11, 2020 – Bishop Erickson: The Growing Threat of the Coronavirus

March 6, 2020 – Presiding Bishop Eaton: ELCA presiding bishop addresses concerns about COVID-19

March 5, 2020 – Bishop Erickson: A Pastoral Message