Responding to COVID-19
We are met with a unique challenge to care for our communities while maintaining distance to protect those who are vulnerable to the spread of the novel coronavirus. We advise you to visit the Los Angeles Public Health Department website or the CDC website for updates about the virus and current recommendations. We also advise you to read Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Safer at Home Order.
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Resources from PC(USA) National Church
Presbytery of San Gabriel Resources
At-Home Worship Kit (Created by Rev. Erik Dailey, Occidental PC and Eagle Rock PC) *updated
Weekly Zoom Chat for Church Leaders and Clergy of the Presbytery of San Gabriel
- Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
- Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/906806900
- Meeting ID: 906 806 900
- One tap mobile: +16699009128,,906806900#
- Landline: +1 669 900 9128
COVID-19 and Worship: Resources for Churches Adapting to Social Isolation Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Comfort Food: A Feast of Love – for use in this time of sheltering in place as people are not able to gather in community for Holy Communion – Marcia McFee, Worship Design Studio
Illustrated Ministry is offering free weekly resources during the pandemic.
24-Hour Prayer Vigil
Participants sign up for 30-minute prayer watches. The person completing their shift tags the next person with a text or e-mail: “God bless you as you keep watch in prayer now!” Distribute a booklet with the schedule, suggested prayers, liturgy, activities like coloring mandalas or writing notes of blessing, music links.
Online Worship Services for Holy Week and Easter 2020 (PC(USA) Office of Theology and Worship)
Stewardship and Online Giving
If you would like for your community to use the Presbytery’s online giving platform direct them to https://sangabpres.org/donate/. And tell them this: If you want to give to one of the churches in our Presbytery, fill out the form below selecting the fund “an Individual Church” and in the comments section indicate the name of the church. We will transfer the funds to that church from you.
Ten Tech Tips for Meeting Online from Next Church
Other Meeting Services (just a few):
Leading Beyond the Blizzard: Why Every Organization Is Now a Startup by Andy Crouch, Kurt Keilhacker, and Dave Blanchard
Canoeing the Mountains by Tod Bolsinger
Board of Pensions: EAP
Healthcare does not stop with physical health. These are trying times emotionally and psychologically. Isolation in some cases and overwhelming closeness in others can strain us to a breaking point. The Board offers support through our Employee Assistance Program, which can be reached by calling 866-640-2772 or logging in to the Cigna website. (One-time registration is required; use pcusa for Employee’s Employer ID.) This service is available to anyone in a member’s household.
How You Can Help
Ministry opportunities for Christians of various ages:
- Food and errands for seniors and others at elevated risk
- Drop-off or drive-through pickup food distribution (PUSD is in need of volunteers contact Ally Lee for information.)
- Ask their schools how to assist stranded college students
- Comfort and understanding for persons experiencing grief over the loss of their dreams (e.g. senior sports season)
- Thank-you cards and drawings to hospital chaplains to share with hospital and nursing home staff.
- Cards to asylees in detention (Contact Kristi Van Nostran)
- Cards to retirees in nursing homes (Contact Diane Frasher or Lauren Evans)
Small Business Administration
Ballard Spahr (outside law firm for the BOP and the A Corporation on benefits issues)
The US Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It has spread from the first cases identified in China to many other countries including the United States. The number of COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County continues to rise, including many cases due to community transmission of COVID-19. With the rise in cases has come a rise in serious illness among county residents and of deaths due to COVID-19.
The following guidance for faith-based organizations may help to prevent exposure to COVID-19 and thus help reduce its spread. It is of utmost importance that we avert a peak in serious illness that would strain hospital capacity. Your assistance in that effort is critical.
Guidance for Congregations from Presbyterian Disaster Relief
In response to severe infectious disease outbreak
As the media generates interest in the current outbreak of Coronavirus, presbyteries and congregations have an opportunity for a ‘teachable moment’ about how to prepare for and respond to widespread contagious diseases. As you begin to plan, two items to address are what can/should be done NOW, and what may be necessary LATER.
WHAT TO DO NOW……………….
Create a task force to coordinate the church’s response within the congregation and in the community. Name one person the primary contact for all messages related to the response.
Take common sense precautions to slow or prevent the spread of the flu among members:
- Ask ill members to stay home. Provide alternative spiritual care for those who cannot attend worship or other functions due to these precautions.
- Ask members to sit in alternate rows, to provide the recommended 3’ social distance during an outbreak.
- Train ushers to assist those who may be affected. Tissues, small bottles of sanitizer, and masks can help.
- Have alcohol-based hand sanitizer (minimum 60% alcohol) in the restrooms for use after hand washing.
- Increase diligence when cleaning kitchens, restrooms, and classrooms. Use disinfectant spray on all hard surfaces, including door handles.
- Clean children’s toys in Sunday school classes and day care facilities after each class. Mix one part household bleach to ten parts water (make fresh solution for the day of use), or use Clorox® surface spray with bleach.
- Turn off and mark all water fountains “do not use”.
- Increase the supervision of small children in hygiene habits (day care and Sunday school.)
- Consider changing communion practices away from common cup and shared loaf. Consider using prefilled communion sets or have on the celebrant, gloved, handle bread disbursement. Prepare elements wearing gloves and masks. Keep elements covered until used. Communicants can be brought forward by rows.
- During passing of the peace, simply smile and say the words, without hugs or handshakes.
- Ensure that those handling food (for any church functions including Meals on Wheels, food pantry or in-house food service) follow enhanced precautions for safe food handling, including the use of gloves, masks, and hair coverings.