Encouragement from ABCRM.
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CDC releases new guidelines for reopening churches & more
The CDC has released a new set of checklists for churches, camps, and other organizations to follow in order to safely reopen and to prevent more outbreaks.
A conversation about "reopening churches"
ABC-USA offers these tips on how to start preparing your church today. View the guidelines.
Wyoming offers online emergency-ready tools
The Wyoming Office of Homeland Security has shared these ongoing resources to be prepared for any emergency.
View the list now.
A Pastoral Letter about PPP (Payroll funds)
Click to read our Executive Minister's letter about his perspective on the newest round of Payroll Protection Program funds.
Will coronavirus forever change society?
Politico has asked 34 "big thinkers" about how this virus will permanently affect us--including church worship.
Wyoming sees a chance to reopen, but worries about a COVID comeback
Gov. Gordon allows restaurants, hair salons, and some churches to open--with a aim for 25 people or less.
Real-time updates of statistics
View the latest tracking map of cases and other information from Johns Hopkins. Click here.
When you reopen, here's some sage advice about staying safe
A global health expert shares a phased-plan approach to reopen.
Click to read more.
Some tips for better online services
And can we really connect with God virtually?
Hidden outbreaks of COVID-19 might have appeared earlier in the US
We might have experienced the virus sooner, but didn't know about it.
Overloaded with Coronavirus news and links?
Here's a list of some links that really pertain to our ABCRM family:
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?
As the coronavirus spreads, the CDC has a self-checking tool and a list of resources of how to find help if you're feeling sick. Please call ahead before going to see your doctor or medical professional.
For more information, click here to view the latest advice and self-checker.
How do I find local information?
On both the state and the local county level, a number of hotlines and/or Web site information is being provided to the public.
Colorado: For the most recent statistics and guidelines on how to access healthcare resources.
CO-Help also has a toll free hotline at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911.
New Mexico: For a list of frequently asked questions and for updated Coronavirus cases in the state.
A hotline also is available at 1-855-600-3453.
Utah: The state Department of Health has updated information and resources.
A hotline is available at 1-800-456-7707.
Wyoming: Latest state cases and locations are offered online.
Inquiries can be made at 1-888-996-9104.
What are some resources for pastors and churches?
* Encourage at risk members to limit their public exposure
* Provide other forms of worship remotely
* Offer to open the church for limited periods for less than 10 people
* Cleanliness is next to godliness ... proper church maintenance
* Social distance is the new "normal" -- maintain a space of 6-feet
The CDC has issued an updated Web site with guidelines for the faith community and helpful advice.
To help prepare yourself, your house, and your church, these are some actions you can take now.
Other faith communities in Europe have some useful tips for communal precautions.
Why visits to nursing homes and hospitals might not be possible as a precaution.
The Gospel Coalition speaks with an infectious disease expert--and a pastor--about the virus.
As pastors and ministerial caregivers, the concerns about the Coronavirus pandemic might mean some changes in how we physically show our Christian love (i.e., handshakes), but theologically, the Bible speaks about our sense of fearlessness in troublesome times.
Here are some resources to speak compassionately and theologically about such a pandemic--and the legitimate feeling of "worry" of "fear."
What Christians in Asia and Europe have to share about the Coronavirus and their churches.
The Surgeon General has some advice for churches and some comforting words.
Christianity Today has compiled a list of useful theological responses to the virus.
Greg Laurie shares how to let faith triumph over fear as the virus cases continue to grow.
The Washington Post shares how pastors are rethinking communion to keep people safe.
Don't be afraid to ask for help ... and other guidelines to thinking pastorally about coronavirus.