Greetings Brothers & Sisters,

The ANE District suggests that we all continue to adhere to the current (as it has been changing on a daily basis) CDC and Statewide guidelines for our gatherings.


Here are some helpful FREE webinars from the Discipleship Ministries of the CoB Denomination as well as some ways to offer church services at a distance. Please also note the “Ethical use of Musical Resources” section. Direct link: http://www.brethren.org/discipleshipmin/resources.html

Free webinars to help churches through this crisis

Tuesday, March 17, 2 p.m. (Eastern time)
From “Protect My Church” the webinar is titled  “Is Your Church Prepared for Coronavirus?” Go to  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/6015838468184/WN_zoPqCHIETzazztiZe-4sQw

Wednesday, March 18, 11 a.m. (Eastern time)
"A Faith Response to COVID-19"

Wednesday, March 18, 12-1 p.m. (Central time)
Zoom meeting for ministers , Bethany Theological Seminary

Wednesday, March 18, 1:30 p.m. (Eastern time)
From “Fresh Expressions” and “Missio Alliance” the webinar is titled  “How Your Church Can Be Faithful During Coronavirus”
The webinar brings together a scientist, health expert, and church leader to help congregations navigate the COVID-19 issue.

—  Stan Dueck & Becky Ullom Naugle, Discipleship Ministries

Ethical use of music resources
While many congregations have purchased hymnals and the music for worship, owning these materials does not include the permissions to stream the performance of that music to a wider audience. Even printing the words in a handout or posting them on a screen requires permission.
This is important as our  congregation ethics polity  asks that congregations seek permissions when using resources and music.
Thankfully, this is an easy issue to resolve. There are two main providers for permissions to use music in worship:  OneLicense  and  CCLI  provide permissions to reprint and other streaming licensing. Both service providers have two different licensing products—one just for reprinting permissions and another that includes streaming rights.
Both these services, and any effort to reach composers, authors, or publishers for resources not covered by OneLicense or CCLI, assure that the work is compensated.
From now through April 15, OneLicense is  offering a gratis license to churches  to help cope with COVID-19 challenges.
Josh Brockway of Discipleship Ministries

Ways to offer church services at a distance
Church of the Brethren congregations have turned to the following to share worship times together:
 
 
 
 
 
 
The denomination's one fully online congregation is the Living Stream church, which uses (paid)  Livestream  services. The Living Stream pastoral team and “tech deacons” are offering to help other congregations that may have questions or need assistance to put their own online worship in place. Contact  assistance@LivingStreamCOB.org . The Living Stream church worships online at 5 p.m. (Pacific time) every Sunday evening; go to  www.LivingStreamCOB.org .


In Christ.
Pete Kontra, District Executive
Jeff Glisson, District Board Chair