COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources

Below you will find resources to help you navigate through this difficult time. The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the Foundation are with you and your church.  To read a letter from the Executive Director, click here.   

Please check back often as we will continue to update these resources.  Click on each red title for more information. 

December 2020 Covid-19 Emergency Grant :  The Nebraska United Methodist Foundation is announcing a 2nd round of COVID-19 Emergency Grants to Nebraska United Methodist churches, camps and ministries. Due to the generosity shown through our Gifts From the Heart Endowments, the Foundation has $55,000 available to commemorate the Foundation’s 55th Anniversary. Any Nebraska United Methodist church, camp or ministry in need is welcome to apply. You do not need to have an account with us to be considered.  Deadline to apply is January 29, 2021. #NeMethodistStrong

The following links provide information on best practices when returning to in-person worship services: 
Dr. Gordon of THINK Whole Health Care in Omaha, featured speaker of a Lunch and Learn, shared this document as one that they use as any individual enters their clinic.  These are non-HIPPA questions and collect simple and basic health information.

CARES Act: Paycheck Protection Program Best Practices for Accountability and Maximizing Your Loan Forgiveness: A quick and simple reference as to how to move forward with best practices if you have recieved a PPP loan. 

How to write an Emergency E-Appeal:  With the Coronavirus (COVID-19), what story should we be telling to donors? In the video, Steven Screen gives you an easy 8 point outline.  Use this outline to write your own emergency e-appeal.  Steven also walks you through a real example.  You'll see how this example email follows the 8 point outline.  Plus, the real life email will give you ideas on what you could write.

3 Phases of the Coronavirus Crisis and How to Fundraise:  In the video, Steven Screen walks you through what happens to fundraising during a crisis.  The world of fundraising has gone through many different crises.  So what Steven shares with you is what has happened in the past and what we can expect to happen in this current coronavirus crisis.

March 2020 Covid-19 Emergency Grant:  The Nebraska United Methodist Foundation has a new grant to support Nebraska United Methodist Churches and related ministries during this time of crisis.  Through generous donations, we have close to $40,000 available for Nebraska churches.  Grants in the amount of $300 are available to support missions, ministry and greatest needs in churches.  You don't not have to be an account holder to apply.  Deadline to apply April 17. 

Frequently Asked Questions on the Paycheck Protection Program Loans:  The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, intends to provide timely additional guidance to address borrower and lender questions concerning the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), established by section 1102 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act or the Act). This document will be updated on a regular basis.

CARES Act Video Explanation:  If you prefer a video, here is one that involves a practical conversation about churches, the CARES Act and the Payroll Protection Loan Program. Thank you to David Atkins, President of the Missouri UM Foundation and former attorney,  and Joseph Park, CEO of Horizons Stewardship, for this resource. 

CARES Act: On March 25, 2020, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed (96-0) the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), commonly known as “Phase Three” of Coronavirus economic relief. The CARES Act provides much needed stimulus to individuals, businesses, and hospitals in response to the economic distress caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This is an excellent resource page from Discipleship Ministries. 

Electronic Recurring Giving: Needed Now More Than Ever:  A webinar hosted by Ken Sloane, Director of Stewardship & Generosity with Discipleship Ministries. Ken hosts a number of webinars relevant for congregational steward leaders. This one is particularly timely. Note: You will need to complete a brief registration form in order to view the webinar. 

Virtual Communication: Presenting with Empathy: Communicating virtually offers its own challenges.  We can lose our sense of empathy and connection when we cannot be together in the same physical space. In this webinar, Duarte Executive Speaker Coaches share their tips to help you focus on empathy when communicating virtually. 

Navigating Technology in the Midst of the Coronavirus: A seven-part video series with IT experts Nick Nicholaou and Jonathan Smith on how all churches can use technology effectively for worship and church office operations in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. 

2020 eGiving Growth Spurt:  After surveying 1,000 churchgoers across the country about their giving preferences, Vanco has the data to help you accomplish supporting people in on-line giving.  Discover the research-proven strategies that churches need to employ to increase online contributions during this  time when it's needed most.  Note: You will need to register to watch this video. 

Steps Toward a Fully Funded Ministry During Social Distancing: Joe Park of Horizons Stewardship shares insights during this recorded webinar into funding ministry during these unprecedented times. Social distancing has certainly disrupted local church ministry schedules. It also has provided the church the opportunity to emerge from this crisis stronger. Now is the time for each church to take aggressive steps to ensure your best days are still ahead of you. Joe and his team focus on providing practical steps in critical areas of stewardship that church leaders should address right now. 

Preaching to an Empty Room: A helpful blog post written by Alyce McKenzie, Le Van Professor of Preaching and Worship at Perkins School of Theology.  Alyce offers helpful insight for those pastors continuing to prepare and preach sermons with no one physically present to hear them.

10 Ideas for Church Financial Leaders Amid the COVID-19 Crisis Written by Ken Sloane, Director of Stewardship & Generosity with Discipleship Ministries. Ken wrote an article early in the U.S. outbreak of COVID-19. He shares several resources, including ideas to help with financial giving in the local church. 

Resilient Leadership Update A special series from Horizons Stewardship. Each Tuesday and Thursday, Joe Park, Managing Partner, will be providing a thoughtful piece on leading amid the current environment. 

Vanco provides online giving services endorsed by UMC Support (GCFA.) They are among the largest third party providers of electronic giving services in the United States. Their products integrate with more than 60 of the most popular congregational management software systems. 

How New FMLA Changes Will Affect Churches During the Coronavirus Outbreak: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“Act”), the second significant federal law addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. It is designed to provide paid leave to cushion employees who cannot work due to certain virus-related circumstances. This Q&A summarizes the Act, which takes effect on April 1, 2020. 

Online Worship and Meetings: How do you continue to carry out the business and the work of the church during a pandemic? Here are several articles plus new video content that answers many of the questions you might have as well as considerations you’ll need to think about in the days ahead.

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