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January 5, 2022 – Wisconsin Council of Churches Urges Churches to Return to Physically Distant Ministry

See the Archive section for past messages.

ELCA COVID-19 Response Fund

May 11, 2021 – Faiths4Vaccines: Love thy neighbor. Get vaccinated. (video)

May 7, 2021 – Presiding Bishop Eaton: Statement on Mental Health Awareness (video)

April 30, 2021 – Presiding Bishop Eaton: The Source of Science and Faith (video)

March 19, 2021 – Presiding Bishop Eaton: Happy Vaccination Day (video)

March 12, 2021 – Presiding Bishop Eaton: Lessons from a Pandemic (video)

ELCA Churchwide: Church Together, Apart – COVID-19 Impact Videos

Living Lutheran: Special COVID-19 Coverage

See the Archive section for past messages.

Vaccine-Related Resources:

ELCA Churchwide: Talking points on ELCA social teaching regarding vaccination during a pandemic

WI Council of Churches: COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach program

ELCA Churchwide / US DHHS: Vaccine Confidence Guidance

WI Council of Churches: Vaccine Education Resources

General Public Health Data & Resources:

WI Department of Health Services (DHHS)

WI DHHS: County Data – updated daily

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

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

CDC: Considerations for Communities of Faith

WI Council of Churches: Programa de Salud Comunitaria (Spanish language resources Facebook page)

March 11, 2020 – ELCA World Hunger: Congregational Planning Checklist for Public Health Concerns (English and Spanish)

ELCA Churchwide: Public Health & Worship Resources

ELCA Churchwide: Worship Resource for Re-Gathering

ELCA Churchwide: Prayers for Times of Public Health Concern (English and Spanish)

Lutheran World Federation: Intercessory Prayers in the Midst of the Spread of COVID-19 (English and Spanish)

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

FCC: Guidelines for Low-Power radio

COVID-19 Survey Resource

WI Funeral Directors Association: COVID-19 Officiant Preference Form

March 4, 2022 – WI Council of Churches: Returning to Church 4.0: The Needs of the Saints

August 30, 2021 – WI Council of Churches: Can We Sing Yet?

June 8, 2021 – ELCA Churchwide: Care-Filled Worship and Sacramental Life in a Lingering Pandemic

August 11, 2020 – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Which mask is best for hearing?

March 31, 2021 – ELCA Churchwide: Paycheck Protection Program FAQ II

June 8, 2021 – SBA: Updated PPP Loan Guidance

April 16, 2020 – GMS: Locating Articles of Incorporation for Payroll Protection Program

April 8, 2020 – ELCA Churchwide: Paycheck Protection Program FAQ (English and Spanish; video)

April 3, 2020 – SBA: FAQs for Faith-Based Organizations

March 30, 2020 – ELCA Churchwide: Update and Resources on COVID-19-related Benefits for ELCA Congregations, Synods, Other Ministries and their Employees

March 30, 2020 – Summary of CARES Act Provisions

March 30, 2020 – Christianity Today: The CARES Act & Your Church Staff: What You Need to Know & 4 Steps to Take Now

March 23, 2020 – UCC: Families First Coronavirus Response Act – UCC Update

Messages from Bishop Erickson:

August 19, 2021 – Updated COVID Guidance

May 20, 2021 – A Statement from Bishop Erickson on CDC Guidance on Mask Wearing by Vaccinated Individuals

January 25, 2021 – An Important Message on Returning to Church Considerations from Bishop Erickson

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

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

May 12, 2020 – Returning to Worship

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

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

April 15, 2020 – Special Joint Appeal from Outreach for Hope and GMS

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

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

April 2, 2020 – Palm Sunday Message

March 29, 2020 – CARES Act

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

March 25, 2020 – A Message for Rostered Ministers

March 23, 2020 – Opportunities to Connect with GMS Colleagues

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

March 16, 2020 – Updated COVID-19 Information

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

March 11, 2020 – The Growing Threat of the Coronavirus

March 5, 2020 – A Pastoral Message

Presiding Bishop Eaton & the ELCA:

ELCA Open Doors grants (applications closed)

February 28, 2021 – Be vigilant, help is on the way (video)

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

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

May 7, 2020 – God is working (video)

April 30, 2020 – We still have God and each other (video)

April 23, 2020 – Hope doesn’t disappoint (video)

April 17, 2020 – It’s okay to grieve and hope (video)

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

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

April 1, 2020 – Be of good courage! (video)

March 28, 2020 – A God who is faithful (video)

March 27, 2020 – Response to COVID-19

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

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

Public Health:

CDC: Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces

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

US DHHS: Faith and Community Based COVID-19 FAQs

WI Vaccine Hunters and Angels (Facebook Group)

March 9, 2021 – Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service: How parents can get up to $1,248 per child to offset costs of meals during virtual learning

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)

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


Church Mutual: Safely Returning to Worship (webinarslidesarticle)

ELCA Churchwide: Resources for Worship in the Home

ELCA Churchwide: Resuming Care-Filled Worship and Sacramental Life During a Pandemic

LEAD: Holy Week Digital Worship Resources

Music that Make Community blog

National Council of Churches: Joint Holy Week resources

WI Council of Churches: Advent and Christmas Resources

WI Council of Churches: Online and at Home Holy Week Resources and Ideas

January 5, 2022 – WI Council of Churches: Churches Urged to Return to Physically Distanced Ministry

September 21, 2021 – WI Council of Churches: With One Body And One Spirit: Returning to Church 3.0

July 28, 2021 – WI Council of Churches: By Faith We Stand Firm: A ‘Returning to Church 2.0’ Supplement

May 13, 2021 – WI Council of Churches: Love Builds Up: A ‘Returning to Church 2.0’ Supplement

April 16, 2021 – WI Council of Churches: Bearing with One Another in Love: A ‘Returning to Church 2.0’ Supplement

January 27, 2021 – GMS: A Conversation with the Rev. Kerri Parker from the WI Council of Churches (webinar recording)

January 14, 2021 – WI Council of Churches: Holding Our Plans Loosely: Returning to Church 2.0

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 28, 2020 – GMS: Conversations Around Reopening webinar recording

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 18, 2020 – GMS: Resources for Worship

Ministry Tools:

One License

Sparkhouse: Family Sunday School virtual curriculum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 24, 2020 – GMS: Helpful webinars for rostered ministers and congregational leaders

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

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

March 13, 2020 – Augsburg Fortress: Temporary Expanded Licensing

March 12, 2020 – GMS: Ideas for Creative Worship and Support

Stewardship & Mission Resources:

May 11, 2020 – NovusWay Ministries: What to do first for a stable 2020 (podcast)


April 2, 2020 – A Letter from ELCA Mission Investment Fund CEO Eva Roby

April 2, 2020 – Types of Assistance Available from Mission Investment Fund and ELCA Federal Credit Union