Resources for congregations to assist during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

by Southeastern District on August 23, 2021

Pandemic update - with Colonel (Retired) nancy boriack (updated august 16, 2021):

Pandemic Update with Col. Nancy Boriack

Col. Boriack's Powerpoint Presentation

The LCMS and covid-19 vaccines (updated January 22, 2021):

A letter from LCMS President Matthew Harrison on the subject of COVID-19 vaccines.

A position statement from the LCMS National Office on COVID-19.

Congregational Conflict Resource Paper:

Will Division in the Nation Spill Over to Divide the Church? - Written by Rev. Timothy Fangmeier

Important information from Concordia Plan Services regarding COVID-19 relief - Updated January 4, 2021

  • A Q&A document on changes to the Paycheck Protection Program loans, including a second round of loans. Organizations that received a PPP loan earlier this year are, in some cases, eligible to apply for and receive a second loan. See the document for more information, including the additional types of expenses that loan proceeds can be used to cover.
  • A resource document detailing additional provisions of the act, including those related to pandemic unemployment assistance, recovery rebates for individuals and tax credits for paid sick and family leave. The document includes links to the original information on these topics from the CARES Act and Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
    • The new act also includes additional funding for education and specifically mentions the eligibility of non-public schools.

    Additional information regarding legislation:  Legislative Updates

    Informational links and resources regarding the COVID-19 vaccine - Updated December 22, 2020

    Can I Be Required to Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19? - Answers to 7 Questions About Vaccination - Published December 18, 2020

    COVID-19 Vaccines:  Get the Facts - Published December 22, 2020

    Pandemic Update and Convention Changes - Col. Nancy Boriack shares updated information regarding COVID-19 and Pres. Denninger discusses proposed changes to both the SED and National LCMS conventions.   Updated December 15, 2020

    Pandemic Update - Col. Nancy Boriack returns to update us about where we are now with COVID 19 precautions, and what to expect in the next few months.  Updated October 5, 2020

    COVID-19 Screening Questionaire - Updated October 5, 2020

    Dr. Boriack's Powerpoint Presentation - Updated October 5, 2020

    SED APP - Sign up for the SED APP to receive notifications, information, and resources. This is a place also to share your resources or questions with others.

    The Celebration of Holy Communion During Pademic - A resource written by Rev. Dr. Mike Ramey, Intentional Interim Pastor at Our Savior's Way Lutheran Church, Ashburn VA.

    President Denninger's Letter (May 18, 2020)  The big question When are you going back for your first worship service? I’m hearing two opposite emotions as churches make decisions about re-opening their doors for worship. Some are excited while others are anxious.

    President Denninger's Letter (May 13, 2020) - State by state guidance for gatherings and meetings

    Church Music in the Age of COVID-19 - Wisconsin Council of Churches the describes making plans for music that continues the “long history of music that soothes and inspires the soul while keeping parishioners reasonably safe” during this  time.

    The Ready to Reopen Church Checklist - (a PDF resource) Simple tasks that equip you to thrive.

    Re-opening the SED Office  (May 10, 2020)

    Cleaning and Disinfecting your Facility - (CDC)

    Blog Post from Michigan District on lessons learned from Nehemiah as we plan to once again gather in our churches.

    PCW Encouragement Group: Encourage your church workers - pastor, DCE, or Deaconess, Lay Minister, etc. and to attend this group to receive encouragement and support during COVID on Mondays at 12pm. Sign up at https://form.jotform.com/200995438419162

    Creative Ways for Christians to help during the quarantine -  A resource form LINC

    Organizing Neighborhood Ministry - a blog on the creative ways God’s people are caring for their neighbors during this time of self-quarantine and social distancing.

    Face Mask Instructions - to make fabric face masks

    Partners in Ministry - links to resources from other Lutheran organizations

    4 Key Issues to Consider During a Pandemic - Richard Hammar, senior editor of Church Law and Tax, and an annual presenter at the LCMS Business Managers meeting who brings updates on legislation and law that most impacts our work. He is joined content editor Matthew Branaugh to discuss four issues churches need to be aware of during the COVID-19 pandemic. He has prepared a 10-minute video identifying 

    Pandemic Influenza - Personnel and Office Procedures

    The CDC - the COVID-19 Coronavirus is a rapidly evolving situation and the CDC will keep updating information as it becomes available on their website.

    It is important to follow the council of the local and state government. For the welfare and safety of residents, the decision to close programs that bring together groups of people, then that must be respected.

    State Department of Health links for the states in the Southeastern District