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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.

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

KANSAS DISTRICT 

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.

Recommendations for Obtaining PPP Loan Forgiveness

Example PPP Expense Tracker

April 1 CARES Letter

Calculation Template (Spreadsheet)

OFFICE UPDATE

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.

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
Click the logo for COVID-19 resources.
For information on the CARES Act, HR questions, and more

Lutheran Service Builder: Limited Promotional License
UPDATE (5/18): Offer extended through June 30, 2020.

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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