Greetings Ministry Leaders,
As you continue to lead during this unique Christmas season, I want to encourage you with a quote from Eugene Peterson as he reflects on John chapter 1; "the word became flesh and moved into the neighborhood." This is what Christmas is all about. God through the person of Jesus, comes near. That is an unhindered message during this pandemic season.
Below are some Network Updates as we wrap up the year that we want to draw to your attention:
ALL NETWORK ZOOM MEETING:
This Thursday at 11AM, I will be hosting our final All Network Zoom of 2020. We will be sharing some year-end highlights, here from a few pastors of their Christmas service planning, update you on our ongoing Racial justice and equity initiatives, and more on our transition efforts to the new bylaws. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us.
Zoom Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/9207071111
2021 Schedule for Network Zoom Meetings: We will be holding Network Zoom Meetings on the third Thursday of every month at 11AM throughout the new year. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us.
As you continue to lead your churches through the continual effects of this pandemic, we have created a few documents to help guide you. Please read and download our "Ministering through COVID" doc that has been updated with current guidance on continuing to leading well throughout the pandemic. Additionally, you can access the following documents below to help you navigate COVID positive folks within your church staff and congregation.
- Ministering Through COVID guide
- What to do if a staff member tests positive
- What to do if a congregant tests positive
RIGHT NOW MEDIA: SERMONS & WORSHIP BUCKET
Our team is developing a resource bucket of local sermons and worship from our SNE credential holders for you to access should you ever be in need. If there are further rollbacks, should you or a member of your staff test positive for COVID and be unable to preach/lead worship, or if you need to take some time off to rest, we hope this "bucket" will be a blessing to you. We will continue to add to this bucket throughout the year.
To access downloadable resources in Right Now Media:
- Start by logging in to your Right Now Media account provided by the network office. (If prompted to choose an organization, select SNE Ministry Network)
- Next, select SNE Ministry Network under LIBRARIES on the left side of the page.
- This will bring you to the Resource Page where you will be able to find downloadable sermons and worship. (Note: the download option is listed in the description of each video. To download select "Click here to download this video")
Feel free to email Chris Hurtado at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
CREDENTIAL RENEWALS ARE DUE
Credential Renewals are due by December 31st.
If you can’t find your renewal email from the General Council sent on 11/3/20, you can renew your credential online through AG Passport by clicking here.
If you can’t find your Tithe Verification email from me sent on 11/3/20, you can complete the Tithe Verification Form by clicking here.
If you have given online through Realm you can get your year to date giving by clicking here, then click the giving tab. If you have not logged into your SNEMN Realm account, click here to email Sharon Amissah and let her know you would like an invitation to join Realm.
NEW PODCAST SERIES
Check out our new SNE Ministry Network podcast series titled "Parenting". This segment highlights practical guidance, reflection, and tips for planting daughter churches from parent churches here in Southern New England. Our first interview is with Pastor Tony Palow of Restoration Church in Providence, RI. I encourage you to tune into these monthly podcasts. We believe they will help enrich you personally and professionally. (Search: SNE Ministry Network on Spotify, Apple podcast, Amplify)
HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS
The Network office will be closed from December 19 - January 3. We will return in the new year on Monday, January 4. If there is an emergency and you need to reach me, you can do so by 1. calling the office line (508) 248-3711 and leaving a message in our "urgent mailbox" or 2. emailing me directly at email@example.com.
We understand this holiday season is different and presents new challenges but we hope you are able to take time for rest, rejuvenation, and memories with your families and loved ones.
As always, if you are in need of any further resources, counsel, or support, please contact us at the Network office. We are here to help.
Grace and Peace,