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Resources and Communications Regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

REOPENING GUIDELINES

PEVA leadership urges all congregations to take precautions to support the health of the whole community by following COVID-19 protocols. We recommend that all congregations continue to exercise caution and remain "safer at home" for the time being. This will allow us to see if there is any resurgence in the number of COVID-19 cases in our area when more businesses open up. 

We encourage congregations to continue with virtual worship as they are able, perhaps partnering with a neighbor, experiment with drive-in worship, or worship outdoors with physical distancing, especially as the weather improves. Read more ...

NEW 8/11 An update about the most recent findings on COVID-19 and its impact on the human body with Commissioned Ruling Elder Lisa Allgood, a trained immunocytochemist and transitional executive presbyter for the Presbytery of Cincinnati. "Don't mess with this one." - Allgood


8/7 Governor Northam Announces New Measures to Contain COVID-19 in Hampton Roads Region. Changes include restrictions on social gathering.

7/17 Two Online Worship Technology Zoom Conversations with Jeff Brangan (Senior A/V Systems Engineer, Regent University) were held the past week. The topics were "Getting Started on a Small Budget" and "Looking to Improve Online Worship." Both conversations were recorded and are available to members of the Presbytery. Please contact Raymond Rodrigues (rrodrigues@pcusa-peva.org) for access.

6/26  Virginia Forward Phase 3 - Religious Services 

 

6/12 Covid-19 Online Worship Technology Fund - The Presbytery of Eastern Virginia has established this fund  to assist churches looking to begin or to further equip their online worship ministry. This fund, administered by the PEVA Congregational Vitality Team, is offered solely for the purchase of equipment and resources (cameras, microphones, laptop computers, etc.) necessary for online worship. The maximum amount of disbursement shall be $2000. Click here for the grant application.

6/5 Scientists to choirs: Group singing can spread the coronavirus, despite what CDC may say 

5/26 ZOOM Conversation About Signing (Recorded 5/26) with Bob Shoup, Chorus Master for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chours, Founder of the Norfolk Street Choir, and Director of Music at Second Presbyterian Church

 

5/15 A Conversation: What Do Science and Data Say About the Near Term Future of Singing National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) webinar (2 hours).

5/27 Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM) - Singing and Making Music as churches return to public worship PDF

5/21 Pastoring in a Time of Pandemic (recorded 5/21) with Graham Standish, author of several books, including Becoming a Blessed Congregation, and Kelli Walker-Jones, a pastoral counselor. The webinar is sponsored by the Peninsula Pastoral Counseling Center.

 

5/15 Virginia Forward Phase One: Religious Services Guidelines (PDF)

5/15 Check with your insurance company before reopening: As pandemic persists, churches and insurance companies grapple with risk - Presbyterian Outlook

5/12 How COVID-19 Can Spread in a Community - YouTube

5/12 Forward Virginia Guidelines - Safer at Home (Phase 1) - Religious Services (Phase 1) Mandatory Requirements, Best Practices, and Communication Resources

5/13 Forward Virginia Phase One Religious Guidelines PDF

Ken Braddy

 

5/12 Questions Your Church Should Answer Before People Return

5/12 Wisconsin Council of Churches: Returning to Church - Church Music in the Age of COVID-19

5/12 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 

5/12 Brotherhood Mutual - Before we Gather: Building Preparation - Deep Clean and Disinfect

5/12 Insurance Board

5/8 PCUSA - Reopening after COVID-19

4/29 Forward Virginia: a Blueprint for Easing Public Health Restrictions

 

 

MONEY MATTERS

 

6/12 Covid-19 Online Worship Technology Fund - The Presbytery of Eastern Virginia has established this fund  to assist churches looking to begin or to further equip their online worship ministry. This fund, administered by the PEVA Congregational Vitality Team, is offered solely for the purchase of equipment and resources (cameras, microphones, laptop computers, etc.) necessary for online worship. The maximum amount of disbursement shall be $2000. Click here for the grant application.

5/12 US. Small Business Administration (SBA) - Paycheck Protection Program Loan Information

PEVA: Emergency Advance Funds - The Trustees have set up this fund to provide an advance  with no-interest for those PEVA congregations in immediate need of funds to pay necessities such as staff and utilities, with re-payment not due until June 2021. In some cases, all or part of the advance may be forgiven. PEVA emergency advance funds application

Timely Board of Pensions Resources/Responses to Coronovirus 

  • The Board announces dues relief for small churches, deferments for other churches and employers. More details on dues relief and deferment
  • The Board is providing 100% coverage of Coronovirus testing costs for members of all Board medical plans.
  • The Board is waiving Teledoc copays for PPO and EPO medical plan members through June 30, 2020.  Access Teladoc 24/7 online, or by calling 800-835-2362.
  • For more details and process information for these services, and for additional resources, please go to www.pensions.org.

 

Government Assistance from the CARES Act—the new stimulus package includes provisions that can potentially benefit churches. PEVA trustees and others are reviewing information so they can be helpful to you. SPEED is of the essence, especially to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Churches with Pre-schools may be particularly interested in the Paycheck Protection Program.
 
      Resources on the CARES Act:  Church Law and Tax - Richard Hammar

 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act - The first legislation Congress enacted was the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Signed into law on March 18 and effective April 1 through December 31, 2020, the act requires paid sick leave and expands eligibility for family and medical leave. Michael Kirk, general counsel for the PC(USA) A Corporation, wrote a summary of the act and described its application to churches. Another resource about this act is a webinar aired by the Insurance Board on March 31 featuring Heather Kimmel, general counsel for the United Church of Christ.  
 

ClergyAdvantave:New Care Act - “How the New Stimulus Package Affects Churches, Ministers & Small Business


Protecting your finances during the Coronavirus Pandemic - Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Scams, Student Loans, Mortgages, and more.

letter from the president of the Presbyterian Foundation

The Presbyterian Foundation provides online giving to congregations and has other information about finances.
 

If your congregation has urgent financial assistance, please contact Liza

WORSHIP & CHRISTIAN FORMATION RESOURCES

NEW 8/13 The PC(USA) Store has put together a presentation on how to best use their curriculum with adults during a pandemic.

 

The Presbyterian Outlook:

 

8/7 PC(USA) offers guidance on baptism, ordination during the pandemic

7/31 Adapting Fall Curriculum for Pandemic Times - The Thoughtful Christian.com

Learn what's available this fall to help you use our curriculum: Growing in God's Love, Growing in Grace & Gratitude, Faith Questions, and Feasting on the Word.
 

Copyright Licensing: does your congregation have a copyright license for using music and streaming? Some free rights for COVID 19 expired on April 15th. While some hymns are in the public domain many are not and simply owning the hymnal is not sufficient for legal streaming. Also, a standard One License or CCLI license may not be sufficient for streaming copyrighted music and texts. See guidance from the Presbyterian Publishing House or contact the licensing agency. 

Click here for a list of PEVA Churches that are having alternate worship services, bible studies, etc. via Facebook Live, YouTube, and other internet technologies.

STAY INFORMED

6/26 The Presbyterian Foundation is please to announce the launch of the Church Financial Leadership Academy. This e-learning platform provides financial literacy education in a convenient online format that's available any time you are ready.

MORE INFORMATION          |          GET STARTED NOW


6/26 The Presbyterian Mission Agency - Office of Public Witness encourages PCUSA members nation wide to learn about and support the Justice in Policing Act of 2020. 

5/12 How COVID-19 Can Spread in a Community - YouTube

Resource Toolkit from Church Mutual Insurance

 

5/8 Presbyterian Outlook

 

It’s official. The 2020 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will be held virtually, with plenary sessions June 19 (to elect a moderator or co-moderators) and June 26 and 27 (to consider critical business only). Read more ..,

Board of Pensions - Protect yourself from coronavirus scams and identity theft

Hospice Foundation of America - Making Funerals Meaningful in the Ages of COVID-19

Advisory Opinion on Communion - PC(USA): Communion in an Emergency/Pandemic

Advisory Opinion - PC(USA): Church in an Emergency or Pandemic

Updated Daily: Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources for Congregations and Members from the PC(USA) website.

Sentara is closely monitoring COVID-19  Updates from Sentara

A letter from the president of the Presbyterian Foundation

A pastoral message regarding the coronavirus from Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, J. Herbert Nelson, II, and President/Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Diane Moffett.

Faith Communities Guidance Document - Commonwealth of Virginia


Virginia Department of Health - What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?

STAY WELL

 6/19 Holding Space at William Black Lodge (Montreat, NC) - June, July and August 2020

William Black Lodge in Montreat, NC is opening its doors—with 50% occupancy—and inviting those who work in ministry to take a break from the pressures of church and life and find space to breathe this summer. Their program, Holding Space, runs throughout the summer while Montreat conferences are canceled. Learn more about the program and safety procedures on the website at williamblacklodge.org/holding-space. Use the discount code PCUSAPRO for 50% off your stay.

6/19 Presbyterian Mission Agency - Mental Health Ministry: Steps Pastors and Congregations can Take to Prepare for the Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19.

5/8 The Presbyterian Mission Agency has a list of mental health resources gathered from trusted sources and grouped by intended audience. Additions will be made as new resources are identified and vetted.

Board of Pensions

Pastoring in a Time of Pandemic (recorded webinar) with Graham Standish, author of several books, including Becoming a Blessed Congregation, and Kelli Walker-Jones, a pastoral counselor. The webinar is sponsored by the Peninsula Pastoral Counseling Center.

 

Breath Prayer Eases Anxiousness – Presbyterian Mission Agency

Emotional & Spiritual Care Webinars from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ | 1.800.273.8255

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Stress and Coping

Tidewater Pastoral Counseling Serviceshttps://tidewaterpastoral.org/ - 757.623.2700

Peninusla Pastoral Counceling Centerhttp://peninsulapastoral.org/covid-19 - 757.873.2273

Ten Guidelines for Pastoral Care During Coronavirus” by Eileen R. Campbell-Reed, Christian Century

Resisting Busyness in the Time of COVID-19” by Melessa Florer-Bixler, FaithAndLeadership.Com

Trauma Brain” – A blog by Jan Edmiston of Charlotte Presbytery about recognizing how trauma affects us.

Practicing Grace” – a video reflection by Jaime Ambrose (Green Acres PC)

Pandemic Stress: Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health breaks down what it is, what it looks like, and ways to ease it

SERVING THE COMMUNITY/COMMUNITY RESOURCES

NEW 9/21 The Virginia Pandemic - EBT Card will have food assistance benefits on it that can be used for food items anywhere SNAP benefits are accepted. You did not apply for these benefits,All eligible students will be submitted for benefits by the school division. Benefits will be issued between September 30 and October 15, 2020. If you have questions about P-EBT after this date or want more information, please visit the DSS P-EBT webpage to submit your question and receive a response. Because they are not in school right now, Virginia can give you these P-EBT food benefits to use. https://www.npsk12.com/cms/lib/VA02208074/Centricity/Domain/57/Pandemic-EBT%20Sept2020.pdf

9/1 IMPACT OF COVID-19 FOOD INSECURITY Click here to see the impact of coronvirus on food insecurity in our area.

9/3 Rising Need for Volunteers at Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore  If you have questions about volunteering or advocating, please call the Volunteer Department staff: Walter Gray, Volunteer Coordinator 757-314-4559 or wgray@foodbankonline.org; Stephanie Gordon, Volunteer Manager
757-314-4576 or 
sgordon@foodbankonline.org

9/1 The Community Feed at Tidewater Community College is a mixed-use space providing healthy food options and a partner workspace for learning sessions related to root causes of food insecurity. A partnership between the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore and Tidewater Community College, The Community Feed at TCC is a vibrant, inviting and engaging space located at MacArthur Center for TCC students to access healthy food and eventually build collaboration among students and connectivity to resources aimed at holistically addressing root causes of food insecurity: lack of access to higher education, employment, housing, healthcare and financial literacy.

7/22   PCUSA recognizes God’s call to actively engage in the world around us and care for the most marginalized people in our society. This call is especially important now. Tell Your Senator to Support the HEROES Act   Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, director of the Office of Public Witness, says:  “Families need to know that they have leaders who not only care, but who will act to provide needed relief. Children need extra protection to ensure that they are well-fed and given shelter. The elderly, who already carry a disproportionately emotional burden of the virus, need reassurance that their isolation is physical and does not mean that they are alone or forgotten. Our faith informs us to care for the widows and orphans of the world; has there been a time when this commandment is more needed? Support for this bill is necessary as we are reminded that everyone needs help at some time in life, and this is that time

The Foodbank of South Eastern Virginia Many of their Partner Agencies have re-opened. Visit thier Partner Agency Directory to search for food resources by zip code.

Distributions for the Foodbank’s Eastern Shore Branch

  • Tues. & Thurs.  9 a.m. - noon & 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia’s Eastern Shore Branch 24530 Coastal Blvd., Tasley, VA 23441

Foodbank’s Eastern Shore Branch Mobile Pantry

  • Tues. 10 a.m. - noon Northampton High School 16041 Courthouse Road, Eastville, VA 23347

UPDATED 9/3  Virginia Peninsula Foodbank Many of their Partner Agencies have re-opened. Visit https://hrfoodbank.org/get-help/ to search for food resources by zip code.

Tips for Responding to Hunger in a Pandemic 10 Ways to Faithfully Respond

UPDATED 9/1 High Demand Volunteer Opportunities (Please check these guidelines - healthy volunteer guidelines

  • Mercy Chefs Meal Portioning | Mercy Chefs  Volunteers are needed to portion, plate, and pack meals for Farmers to Families boxes delivered to families in Norfolk.   Kitchen volunteers to plate and portion meals Sign Up Here
  • Mercy Drops Student Meal Drop-Off | Mercy Drops Volunteers are needed to deliver meals for students in Chesapeake.Door-to-door delivery of meals for students Sign Up Here
  • Grocery Distribution | Mercy Drops Volunteers are needed to distribute groceries in Mercy Drop's adopted neighborhood.
  • Meal Delivery Drivers | Meals on Wheels 757  Volunteers are needed to deliver meals for over 600 seniors a week in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Chesapeake.
  • Peninsula Agency on Aging Drivers to deliver meals to seniors Sign Up Here
  • Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia Drivers to deliver meals to seniors Sign Up Here
  • Shore Delivery Corps Drivers to deliver meals to at-risk people on the Eastern Shore Sign Up Here
  • Compassion Cards Write cards for senior citizens Sign Up Here
  • Compassion Cards Celebrate the class of 2020 across the country Sign Up Here
  • Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia Comfort callers to call seniors while they practice social distancing Sign Up Here
  • Tidewater Friends of Foster Care Voluntweeter- Social Media Advocate Sign Up Here

Tell Congress: Increase funding for nutrition programs in this unprecedented crisis!

Text the word “FOOD” to 877-877, you will find a nearby location where free meals are available for children K-12.

Sew face masks.  Several  PEVA churches and PW groups are busy making  face masks  for local hospitals, nursing homes, long care facilitates, EMT's  and for those most at risk in their communities. Homemade masks aren't suitable for protecting healthcare workers, but EMT’s can give them to patients they assist. Also bus drivers, farm workers, and countless others that need masks.  CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings (non medical grade) in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.You can make these as  the congregation as a whole,  or contribute supplies, prayers,etc to a group that is busy sewing. It is definitely a community effort! Sew and No Sew PatternsCotton Face Mask Pattern Hepa Filter Vacuum Bag Mask Pattern.  

Here are notes from PEVA's Hunger Action Advocate

Your PEVA Hunger Ministry Team is ready to assist you with funds.  If your church is assisting those in your communities that are affected by this pandemic in ways of hunger relief and are seeking funds please submit a Community Hunger Grant Request ASAP to jessica@pcusa-peva.org and note on the application goals and purpose of your project “COVID 19 HUNGER RESPONSE.”

STAY CONNECTED

Here are ways that congregations, sessions, committees, prayer groups, Bible study, and Sunday schools can stay connected while adhering to social distancing mandates. We are in the process of assembling a group of volunteers to assist you with these technologies. For now, please feel free to contact the Presbytery office (757-397-7063) or Raymond Rodrigues (rrodrigues@pcusa-peva.org) if you need any assistance with these technologies and we will attempt to connect you with someone who can help. If you would like to be a volunteer, please contact Raymond Rodrigues (rrodrigues@pcusa-peva.org).

Facebook Live - free real-time video broadcasts; video stays on your page, but also can be uploaded to YouTube; if your page is public, users do not need a Facebook account to view

 

YouTube - free video hosting  

 

Skype - free group video calling for up to 50 people

Free Conference Call - free group calling and video conferencing; users may experience long-distance telephone charges

 

GoToMeeting - videoconferencing; $12 per month for meetings for up to 150 participants 

 

Zoom - videoconferencing; free for meetings up to 40 mins with Internet audio or $14.99 per month for unlimited time and telephone option

Ten tips for folks new to online meetings from Next Church - NEXT Church has been operating virtually for the past 7+ years, so they are super familiar with meeting online! Mostly, they have used Zoom, so they refer to that platform here, but they hope these tips will translate across different platforms.