Coronavirus Resource Page
Reopening Kansas: Phase 2.0
Effective May 22, the state of Kansas is following the guidelines in Phase 2.0 of the latest version of “Ad Astra: A Plan for Reopening Kansas.” (See also Executive Order 20-34). We recommend familiarizing yourself with the guidelines of the modifed Phase 2 and also checking county guidelines and orders, which may include more restrictions. As we work toward “Phase Out,” please continue doing what you can to keep yourself and others safe, to care for your neighbors, and to “seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually!” (I Chron. 16:11)
Below, you’ll find a few links to assist you with your reopening plans.
Paycheck Protection Program Information
On Friday, April 24, President Trump signed another coronavirus relief bill that adds over $300 billion to the Paycheck Protection Program, part of the CARES Act approved March 27. If you’d like to apply for a PPP loan, you’ll need to act fast, as the funds are expected to go quickly. Visit the Concordia Plan Services (CPS) COVID-19 page for more information. If you’re having trouble finding a lender, Lutheran Federal Credit Union (LFCU) might be able to help.
Our staff has started the transition back to onsite operations, with the expectation of returning to the office as a full staff by June 1. Telework will remain an option as needed. While Phase 2 of the Ad Astra Plan is in effect, visits to the office will be by appointment only to keep traffic to a minimum. If you need to get in touch, please call our main office number at 785-357-4441 or contact us via email if you need assistance.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-357-4441, ext. 222.
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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.
Concordia Technology Solutions
“How to Livestream Worship” (camcorder-oriented)
Video and Livestream Options (12-minute video)
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.
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.