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Coronavirus Resources Page

Lutheran Schools Reopening 

It’s “back to school” time in Kansas, but everyone’s on a different schedule. Our 14 LCMS Kansas District K-8 schools are reopening over the next few weeks on 10 different dates, from August 13 to September 3. (For a full list, see our August issue of Workers Together.) Please keep our schools in your prayers as they work to carry out their mission in challenging circumstances. (They’re ready!)

Ad Astra: A Plan for Reopening Kansas

Coming out of the COVID 19 Shutdown 

Guidance for the Conduct of Church Services During the Pandemic (KDHE)

Returning to Worship: Video Example from St. Paul’s, Minot, ND

Effective Thursday, July 9, we’re asking visitors to our office to wear a face mask when they enter and travel through the building, in keeping with the most recent Shawnee County order. If we’re not working alone in our individual stations, we’ll be wearing masks, too. We continue to observe additional recommended precautions (e.g., social distancing; frequent hand washing; extra cleaning) for the safety of employees and visitors.

LETTERS 

April 6 Holy Week Letter
March 18 Pastoral Letter to the Saints of Kansas
March 16 COVID-19 Update for Pastors
March 16 COVID-19 Update for Educators

Need to find alternatives for worship? We’ve started a list of worship options including live-streamed and recorded services and will continue to expand the list. (Churches: We encourage you to post your COVID-19 worship plans in a prominent place on the homepage of your website and social media sites.)

RECOMMENDED RESOURCES: Worship/Bible Study/Devotions

LCMS Church Locator

LCMS Worship Resources

Worship Anew

Lutheran Hour Ministries

The Word of the Lord Endures Forever (podcast)

Weekly Devotions: What Does This Mean?

Home Devotions: Living Planted

Issues, Etc.

Additional Ideas: Kansas District Adult Education Page

COVID-19 Soliders of the Cross Response Initiative

The Kansas District is pleased to be partnering with The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) in the COVID-19 Soldiers of the Cross (SOC) Response Initiative, which will provide a limited number of grants to rostered workers and other eligible individuals who have suffered a financial setback due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re eligible and need assistance, we encourage you to apply for a grant.

The application process begins at the district level. If you’re interested in applying, contact our district grant administrator, Rev. Dan Galchutt, at dangalchutt@kslcms.org or 785-357-4441, ext. 222.

SOC Flyer

SOC Grant Application

SYNOD PARTNERS
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For information on the CARES Act, HR questions, and more

Lutheran Service Builder
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Offering a variety of financial resources, including the Joyful Response online stewardship program.

TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS

STREAMING/RECORDING

3 Basic Tips for Better Church Service Videos
In this short video, LCMS pastor Tyrel Bramwell provides very practical tips to keep your church videos looking—and sounding—sharp.

LCMS
Livestream Your Church Service with Just a Smartphone

Concordia Technology Solutions
“How to Livestream Worship” (camcorder-oriented)

Michigan District
Video and Livestream Options (12-minute video)

Facebook
Going Live on Facebook: Best Practices

Premiere a Recorded Video as “Live”

ONLINE GIVING

Getting the Online Giving Moment Right
If you’re new to recorded church services, and your members are new to online giving, take eight minutes to check out this video.

LCMS Stewardcast: Electronic Giving

Blog Post: Digital Solutions During SocialDistancing (Worship/Online Giving)

LCEF Joyful Response
LCEF offers e-tithing and e-tuition payments through the Joyful Response program, a stewardship resource for LCMS congregations, schools and registered service organizations (RSOs). If you are currently enrolled in Joyful Response, you will be automatically upgraded to the Giving + program. To move ahead, read this overview letter; click the links for the LCEF application and Vanco enrollment form.

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