Updates for April 23
Using Pre-recorded Videos in Digital Worship 

This week we released the first in a series of video reflections designed to give preachers a week off during this season of staying at home. View or download this Sunday’s video. To use this video: 

In Zoom:

  • Download the video on the meeting host’s computer, and open it in your media player of choice. 
  • Have the host select “Share screen” from the toolbar. 
  • In the dialogue that appears select the media player window, check the options to share computer sound and optimize for video, and click share. Then, play the video. 
For Facebook Live: 

  • You can play the audio from the file from a device close to your microphone or via your sound system. You could also put the video on a screen or device in close range to your streaming camera/microphone. 
  • Or, you could broadcast to Facebook Live via Zoom and use the procedure above. 
  • Or, you could place the link [ https://vimeo.com/410392666 ] to watch the video in the comments at the appropriate time. 

If you are recording, you have permission to insert the video into your video. 

If you are using software such as  Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) , set up the video as a source you can switch to. 

Questions? Contact Bob Fisher via email .

Bishop's Call With Rostered Ministers Next Wednesday

Rostered ministers are invited to participate in a Zoom call with Bishop Davenport on Wednesday, April 29, at 1 pm. Here's how to connect:

Topic: Bishop's Call with Rostered Ministers
Time: Apr 29, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Planning for Reopening Church 

We have posted several resources at MinistryLink.org to help us start thinking about how and when to reopen churches safely. On April 22 Gov. Wolf  announced a color-coded system for reopening  businesses on a county or region basis. In the yellow phase, which could go into effect in northwest and north-central PA on May 8, gatherings of more than 25 people (including churches) would still be prohibited. 

The Coronavirus Pandemic Might Make Buildings Sick, Too 

Not that we needed another thing to worry about, but... Researchers at Purdue University and Virginia Tech are offering guidance to facility managers to mitigate the dangers of water sitting unused in water pipes for weeks or months.  

“To avoid water issues, ‘fresh’ water must regularly flow to a building’s faucets. Most U.S. water providers add a chemical disinfectant to the water they deliver to kill organisms, but this chemical disappears over time,” according to the researchers. Mitigation measures include “intentionally flushing the building to replace all the old water with new water ... at least weekly.  


Congress Set to Add Funds to Paycheck Protection Loan Program 

The House is set to vote today on a $484 billion aid plan that will add funds to the Paycheck Protection Loan Program, which ran out of money last week. If you have not yet applied for a loan, see FAQs and other resources at  https://www.elca.org/publichealth#congregation   

Update For Congregations in Transition  
From the Office of the Bishop and the Committee of Deans:  
The Pandemic of Covid-19 has brought sudden and drastic changes to our way of life and to the way our congregations of Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod are carrying out their ministries. It is stressful for all of us and certainly for those congregations that are in the midst of pastoral transition. We want to assure you that we are holding all congregations in prayer, and that we are keenly aware of the difficulty that our current restrictions pose for the mobility process. We are also seeking new and creative ways to facilitate the interim and call processes in these trying times. 
If Congregation Councils or Call Committees have specific questions about their transition process, please contact your conference dean. We ask for your patience and prayers, as we trust the Holy Spirit for guidance and encouragement.

7 Ways to Keep Donations Flowing During the   
COVID-19 Crisis  
Stewardship expert Rob Blezard, one of our workshop leaders at our Stewardship Extravaganza in January, outlines steps your church can take to address the financial challenges created by the COVID-19 crisis. Key strategies include staying in communication with donors, including an offering time in online worship, and considering the CARES relief program. 

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