Daily Digest - March 26, 2020

“We are in an unprecedented health crisis that requires us to adapt our ministries.”Arkansas Conference COVID-19 response statement.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Weddings, funerals altered by virus restrictions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — The coronavirus spread has prompted many United Methodist churches to shift to online worship. But other big events — weddings, baptisms, funerals, memorial services — are on hold or getting downsized. Sam Hodges reports.
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The Indiana Gazette, East Ohio Conference
Drive-in worship, food pantries

INDIANA, Pa. — Drive-in food pantries and inventive worship techniques are some of the ways churches such as Grace United Methodist Church in Pennsylvania and Westbrook Park United Methodist Church in Ohio are responding to government limits on gatherings because of the coronavirus. 
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Missouri Conference
Ministry to residents of extended-stay motels 

BRANSON, Mo. — When Peggy Egbert became director of Caring Ministries at Branson United Methodist Church, the ministry consisted of hospital calls and visits with shut-in church members. But her suggestion to be in ministry with people living in extended-stay motels changed everything. 
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PRESS RELEASES

National Council of Churches
World Council of Churches

Protect life during coronavirus crisis

WASHINGTON — Ecumenical leaders are urging people everywhere to give the highest priority to protecting life during the coronavirus crisis. “Ours is a global church, and this is an international crisis impacting oikumene, the whole inhabited world,” said Jim Winkler, a United Methodist and top executive of the U.S. National Council of Churches. “The God of love is calling us together, and it is God’s love that will see us through.”
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Church and Society
Living undocumented during COVID-19

WASHINGTON — Karely Amaya, a second-year student at UCLA, reflects on her experience as an undocumented student during COVID-19 and how people of faith can take action to protect others during this public health crisis. Amaya — a member of the Wesley Foundation's 580 Cafe who was originally scheduled to start a Church and Society internship on March 24 — talks with Rebecca Cole. 
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RESOURCES

United Methodist Communications 
Course helps churches stay connected through Zoom

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Pastors and lay leaders can use digital tools to connect with their congregations remotely, and one of the most popular is Zoom, a video-conferencing program. “Zoom for Churches” is a new training resource from United Methodist Communications on how churches can use Zoom to engage members and strengthen community.
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