COVID-19

Dear Siblings in Christ,

As the COVID-19 Pandemic expands and impacts our nation, our states, our cities and towns, and our communities, we want to provide you with many resources of information and support in navigating these unknown waters.

In this time of the COVID-19 virus, Heartland Presbytery staff are following the Mayor’s Stay-at-Home order. The office is closed. For our meetings we will have set up zoom links for your meetings. If you need to get a hold of any of the staff, please call their extension. All voicemails left here will be forwarded to an email alert system and then forward to the appropriate staff person for reply. We will be checking our emails regularly. 

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this difficult time.

Please know we are here for you, to support you.

Blessings and take care,

Dee Cooper, Brian Ellison, Sheri Fry, Michelle Jones, Melissa Scheffler

 

Stay-at-Home Order from Mayor Lucas

Click here to read the order.

 

Financial Support for Churches

  • Details of CARES Act: Financial bridge that churches & non-profits need.
  • The CARES Act 2020—Read more about this stimulus act here. You can also visit clergysupport.com for a detailed breakdown of the CARES Act 2020, with helpful tips.
  • Richard Hammar’s Church Law & Tax website is hosting a webinar on Thursday, April 2 at Noon ET/ 11 a.m. CT on the CARES Act for churches. Register at the website: churchlawandtax.com.
  • Presbyterian Mission Agency offering $7500 grants through Matthew 25 for vulnerable congregations.

 

Polity

If you have other polity or procedure questions relating to what is required by the church constitution or presbytery policy as your congregation responds to the COVID-19 situation, please contact Brian Ellison, Stated Clerk, at clerk@heartlandpby.org.

 

Presbytery Meetings

All meetings of Committees and Commissions of the presbytery will be held via zoom.  If you haven’t received the sign in codes, please contact your moderator or Michelle Jones, adminassist@heartlandpby.org.

We will also meet as a presbytery in April via Zoom; please read updates and plans as they become available.

 

Presbytery Office

Due to the most recent ban on gathering of no more than 10 in one place, the presbytery office is closed to visitors. We have staff who fall into the higher risk categories and want to support you responsibly to help flatten the potential curve of infection.

All staff are available by phone and email. If you call the office please leave a message, this message will be forwarded to the appropriate staff person and returned as soon as they are able. The staff are fully available to you and your church during this season.

 

Worship and Livestreaming Support

Currently the national limit on gathering is 10 persons. We strongly advise you not to meet to gather for worship if there is a chance you have any more than this number. And if you do meet, please ensure you are thoroughly sanitizing all surfaces that people might have come into contact with while they were in the church. We know this is a hard decision to not have church meeting in person. Yet, it is a faithful and responsible decision to care for the most vulnerable in your midst and to not spread the virus, even unknowingly. This invites a new way of being the church together. The church will meet, and celebrate, and worship God, just not live in person.

Several churches are finding creative options through online worship, Facebook Live, Zoom, recordings on YouTube, even conference calls that members can call in to listen.

Here is a list of Heartland Presbytery Churches offering online worship:

Churches Offering Online Worship in Heartland Presbytery

Below are helpful links and resources:

How to Stream Worship

Zoom Worship Preparation

Church Attendance Is an Individual Choice

Guidelines on Livestreaming Services

1001 to Host Zoom Conversation Thursday on How to Stream Worship Services

How to Stream Your Worship on Facebook, for Any Size Church

Zoom Worship by Former GA Moderator Rev. Bruce Reyes Chow
Bruce will be offering this from 10:00-11:00 a.m. CDT every Monday. Follow his page on Facebook.

Hymnal and Book of Common Worship Rights for Online Streaming

 

Online Giving

Many congregations depend upon weekly offerings for current cashflow. Look for other ways to collect the offering:

  • The Presbyterian Foundation’s online giving service provides a quick and easy way for people to set up regular, automated gifts to the church, including contributions to One Great Hour of Sharing and other special offerings.

 

Other Stewardship Resources

 

Mental Health Resources

Click here for an extensive list of resources for supporting your and your children’s emotional well-being.

 

Creative Ideas from Our Churches

Many of you have shared creative ideas of how you are being the church during this time, we share them here for others.—Creative Ways of Doing Church

 

Pastoral Care

Please utilize your phone and emails to check in on your homebound friends and family. You may not be symptomatic and yet still carrying the disease. Write letters, text them, use the phone to call and check in. Most hospitals, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, and other medical communities have prohibited outside visitors.

 

Care of Pastors and Chaplains

We are living in a new world. We are deeply appreciative of your leadership for so many through the fears to wise decisions and faithful creative ministries. We know this is only the emergence of what will become a new reality during this uncertain time.

It definitely is all of us journeying into the unknown.

In the midst of caring for so many, please know we are praying for you and inviting you to take care of yourself.

Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00 p.m., join in a live Zoom call with other pastors, CP’s, and Chaplains. This is a time for us to drop in and check in with one another. A great time to share ways you are navigating through this as well as just support one another and connect as leaders.

Topic: Pastoral Leadership Connecting
Time: Mar 25, 2020 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Wed, until May 6, 2020, 7 occurrence(s)
Mar 25, 2020 12:00 PM
Apr 1, 2020 12:00 PM
Apr 8, 2020 12:00 PM
Apr 15, 2020 12:00 PM
Apr 22, 2020 12:00 PM
Apr 29, 2020 12:00 PM
May 6, 2020 12:00 PM

 

Self-Care and Wellbeing

 

Labor Laws

Labor Laws and descriptions (these go into effect on Wednesday, April 1) from the AMLC of the PCUSA.
Information has been provided in small amounts from the Department of Labor and guidance about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, but no regulations yet with full clarity. This is the most current information. When more clarification is provided, this will be updated.
U.S. Department Of Labor Publishes More Guidance for Workers and Employers Explaining Paid Sick Leave, Expanded Family and Medical Leave Benefits
U.S. Department Of Labor Announces Additional Guidance Explaining Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act
U.S. Department Of Labor Publishes Guidance Explaining Paid Sick Leave And Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

 

Mission Opportunities

Heart to Heart International—is distributing urgently needed equipment and medication to partners here and around the world during this global crisis. Rick Randolph is a member of Heartland Presbytery and the Chief Medical Officer.
 
Cherith Brook—provides shelter, food, showers, and support and care for our KC friends who are living without homes. Please check their Facebook page for needs to be posted. Eric Garbison a minister member of Heartland Presbytery is the Director.
 
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance—Our national churches response to disaster. They are on the ground working toward helping all in need.

 

Links to CDC and Health Departments

Center for Disease Control

Missouri Health Department

Kansas Health Department

 

Board of Pensions

Board of Pensions Response to COVID-19

Board of Pensions Offers Relief during COVID-19