We need your contact info!
Congregations are reminded that the deadline for submitting Annual Reporting forms is April 1. This is particularly important because now, more than ever, we need the correct contact information for your church leadership.

You can access the form here, or from the diocesan website under Resources for Congregations. Look for the button that says Annual Reporting.
Free graphic resource
God does His greatest work in our darkest moments
The Great News Campaign is a FREE resource for churches to share peace, joy, love and hope in the midst of the current global panic. From now through Easter, Great News will daily provide free social media graphics and videos to share the Great News found in Christ.

Check it out at greatnews.world
Bishop's Lenten Series
Second presentation on-demand tonight beginning at 7 p.m.

The bishop's second Lenten presentation has been pre-recorded and will be available on-demand beginning at 7 p.m. tonight, using this link or from the link on the diocesan website homepage. You may also access the video from last week's presentation at the link above.

As a follow up to the bishop’s presentations, a live panel discussion moderated by Missioner for Fresh Expressions the Rev. Canon Jane Gerdsen, will take place on Sunday afternoon (March 29) at 2 p.m. via Zoom. Panelists will include Bishop Tom Breidenthal, and from Christ Church Cathedral, the Very Rev. Gail Greenwell, Dean, and Dan Carlson, Director of Youth and Young Adults.

Participants can submit questions in advance of the live discussion by emailing them to lentenseries@cccath.org . The panelists will begin their discussion with questions that have been pre-submitted. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions during the live discussion.

To join the discussion on your computer, follow this link or the link from the diocesan homepage .

If you have never used Zoom before, you may first need to download the software to your computer. This will take a few minutes so you will want to do this well ahead of the starting time of 2 p.m.

  • When prompted, enter your name and email address, then click Join Webinar.
  • Make sure that your computer's speakers are turned on and the volume is turned up.
  • Questions can be asked of the panelists using the Question & Answer (Q&A) feature in Zoom.

The panel discussion will also be recorded and available later on the Lenten Series showcase page, https://vimeo.com/showcase/cccdsolentenseries.
Census 2020 - Beware of scams

As we encourage our neighbors and others to participate in the 2020 Census, it is important to also caution people about scams that are related to the Census.

  • Notifications about the census will come only through US mail, not via email, text or telephone.
  • The Census questionnaire will not ask for Social Security numbers, credit card information or any other personal account information.

H/t to Deacon Gary Lubin for these suggestions.
Resources for online AA meetings
For those churches who have closed their buildings to 12 step programs during the governor's shelter in place order, there is a list of online AA meetings, websites and apps that you can share with group leaders to help them during this crisis.

You can access this list here.
Free webinar from Episcopal Relief & Development
This week's webinar from the US Disaster Program will feature church leaders with extensive experience working in communities after a disaster and experience utilizing governmental and non-governmental resources to support congregations and other non-profit institutions. While the specifics are still in flux, we want to prepare you for navigating the complicated system of disaster response benefit programs and other resources for your congregations and other non-profit institutions.
March 27, 2020 
Free webinar: Using digital technology in churches
Join ChurchNext on Thursday at 8 p.m. EST for a free, live webinar on ways that churches can use digital technology to help parishioners pray, worship and study remotely during the Covid-19 crisis.

The webinar will cover digital resources in the following areas:
  • Prayer
  • Family Resources
  • Worship Resources
  • Online Christian Formation (Will include discussion of CN and the ability to BUILD as well as use CN classes)
  • Group meeting/streaming resources

The class will meet for one hour at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 26. You can sign up for the class  here  or just follow this link:  https://zoom.us/j/892316816 .
Postponements, changes, etc.
  • We are sorry to announce that the annual luncheon and induction ceremony for the Society of St. Simeon and St. Anna scheduled for April 29 will be postponed to a later date.
  • Clergy Renewal of Vows scheduled for April 7 at 11 a.m. will now be a Zoom gathering. More information about the gathering will be sent to the clergy later this week.
Connecting with staff
The easiest way to reach all staff members is via email or by calling their direct dial numbers  listed on our  website or at this link .