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Coronavirus Resources

PrintLike much of the global population, the ELCA is concerned about the Coronavirus, also known as COVID19. With the outbreaks in the United States and around the world being classified as a pandemic, congregations and houses of worship need to be well-informed and well-prepared. Some sources of information that can and should be trusted are […]

Payroll Protection Program Loans

Print With partnership and support from the Mission Investment Fund of the ELCA, the ELCA Federal Credit Union (FCU) is now offering the second round of Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loans to congregations and ministries.  As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, these PPP loans offer much-needed relief by covering a congregation or ministry’s payroll and operating expenses.  Congregations […]

2021 Global Mission Resources

PrintThe new 2021 Global Mission Annual Directory and Map are here! Through these resources, you can learn more about our global companions, see where our church is partnering around the world and engage your congregation in God’s global mission. Check out the directory and the map, and use the how-to guide to dig deeper, whether as an individual or as […]

Houses of Worship Security Resources

PrintIn an effort to provide resources that are focused on safety, security, and preparedness, the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released the CISA Houses of Worship Security Self-Assessment Tool.  This new resource provides the faith-based community with an easy to use assessment tool that produces a formatted report with resources […]

Seminary Debt Reduction Assistance

PrintApplications are available for this year’s Seminary Debt Reduction Assistance grants! These $2000 grants are open to rostered ministers within 15 years of their ordination. Grants are to be applied to the principal of a rostered minister’s seminary student loans. We are grateful for the contributions we have received so far and are confident that […]

Form A Congregational Report Guidance

PrintThe Churchwide Office of the Treasurer offers guidance specifically related to the completion of Form A Congregational Report:  For congregations that received a PPP Loan that has not yet been forgiven: 1. Record the amount of the loan that was received on Line 17e as a cash receipt 2. Record the loan as debt on Line 19 For congregations that received a a PPP […]

Message on Church Threats

PrintDear Friends in Christ,  Peace be with you!  Earlier today, notices were posted on social media alerting congregations of a potential threat of violence possibly taking place this weekend or next week. I notified our rostered ministers of these concerns this afternoon. After conversations with regional colleagues and the Conference of Bishops, it appears this […]

Prayer for our Country

PrintAs more violence is threatened this weekend and we look towards next week, we pray for our country, for our state, and for our elected officials, including President Trump, Vice President Pence, President-Elect Biden, and Vice President-Elect Harris. We pray that they will be surrounded by wisdom and peace. We also pray for the City […]