Online Worship and Connectional Resources
A Beginner’s Guide to Online Worship from UM Communications Read more here.
Facebook Stream with Brad Aycock on “How to Stay Connected” Watch it here.
Facebook Live tutorials here and here
Guide to Livestreaming here
‘One License’ Offers Free Online Worship Streaming Learn more here
The United Methodist Publishing House Grants Temporary Permission for UM Book of Worship Content read more here
How to Live Stream Legally here
Conference Call Resources
Many church employees and lay leaders may be working from home or outside of the church. During this time, utilize the resources below to continue effective communication and hold meetings as normally as possible:
Links to UM Discipleship Ministry Resources during the Corona Virus Outbreak here
Suggestions for Weddings and Funerals shared by the Maumee Watershed District here.
Guidelines for Pastoral Care for Funerals here
Corona Virus information available in various languages here.
• Find out if your bank participates in the Small Business Administration (SBA) loan program. If not, get a referral to one that does.
• Gather your payroll records for the period of February 2019 to March 2020. Payroll and number of employees will be the primary basis of the amount you're eligible for.
• If you plan to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, most of which should be forgiven, you'll need to complete this application and submit it your bank or a Small Business Administration (SBA) lender. SBA lenders will begin processing applications soon, perhaps as early as Friday, April 3.
• CARES Act Q&A
Ideas for Church Financial Leaders read them here
Online Giving Options How to get started with online giving and suggested vendors here.
Missional Church Development Team 2020 Boost Grants
Has the Holy Spirit been whispering in your heart, stirring a fresh dream about how to cultivate new relationships with people outside your church that will open the possibility of connecting them to Jesus Christ? Are you longing to experiment with a new risk-taking faith venture that might require a small financial boost? West Ohio’s Missional Church Development Team (MCD) seeks to make new, one-time immediate “Boost Grants” of up to $5,000 available for churches longing to see new “Spirit-whispers” become realities — by investing remaining dollars reallocated from the 2020 MCD revitalization grant budget to help fuel your dream. Explore and complete/submit the short “Boost Grant” application form online before or by April 27, 2020. The MCD Team will complete Boost Grant award decisions no later than May 11, with release of Boost Grant funds immediately to the recipient churches. Is now your time to step forward? Complete Boost Grants application here.
UMCM 2020 Local Church Grants Available
Due to the recent Coronavirus Pandemic, Community Ministries is offering up to $300 in emergency grant funding, available for Capitol Area District Churches’ mission outreach, to help with added demands on programs focused on meeting the needs of families in the immediate community. An example of a Missional Emergency Grant would be offering additional brown bag lunches each week, doing an emergency health care pantry for senior citizens, purchasing to-go containers for your weekly community meals, offering daytime snack packs for kids at home, buying books to distribute to school age kids, etc. These grants are specifically targeted toward missions directly working to assist families under hardship during this crisis. To apply, complete a grant application (below) for the missional need for which you are requesting funds. Grant applications will be reviewed and voted on by the UMCM Local Outreach Support Committee, based on the merit of the request as it relates to the current Coronavirus Pandemic. Funds will be disbursed on a timely basis. Contact Karen Cook kcook [at] wocumc.org or Ginny Shimrock, gshimrock [at] wocumc.org with any questions.
Caring for Our Pastors
COVID-19 Testing and Care Benefits Through Anthem
The Conference will waive members' cost share, including copays, coinsurance and deductibles, for diagnostic testing related to COVID-19. This includes fees for the in-network visit associated with COVID-19 testing whether it takes place at a doctor's office, urgent care center or emergency department. If an in-network provider isn't available, Anthem will work with you to make sure you are covered. *You must be on the Conference health plan through Anthem.
Telehealth Available We recommend you use telehealth when possible to help prevent the spread of infection and improve access to care. Anthem's telehealth provider, LiveHealth Online, is a safe and effective way for you to receive medical guidance related to COVID-19 from your home using a smartphone, tablet or computer with a web cam. To promote the use of telehealth services, the Conference is waiving your cost shares for LiveHealth Online visits and provider telehealth visits for next 90 days. With LiveHealth Online you can have a private video visit on your smart phone, tablet or computer. This is a service of Anthem, the conference health care program. Anthem LiveHealth Online *You must be on the Conference health plan through Anthem.
Sydney Mobile App Evaluates Symptoms, Refills Medications
Check symptoms and get doctor visits from home: You can download the free for a quick and easy way to evaluate symptoms. You can also connect with a doctor through a Virtual Care text session right from your smartphone. The doctor you connect with can evaluate your symptoms, help understand whether you're at risk for COVID-19, and let you know whether you need to visit a local health care provider in person for COVID-19 testing. Sydney Care is available to download now on Android or iOS. This app should accompany the Sydney Health or Engage benefits app. Coronavirus Assessment functionality is in development and expected to be available within the next week. Early prescription refill limits will be relaxed for those who would like to receive a 30-day supply of maintenance medications. Sydney App *You must be on the Conference health plan through Anthem.
Resources for your Congregations
Resources for Franklin County Families here
Franklin County Food and Utility Company Resources here
Ohio unemployment information here