COVID-19 Resources, Closures, Cancellations & Updates
What you can find on this page:
Financial Distress Response
- PDA Grants
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is offering three grant programs in response to the COVID-19 outbreak impact. Each of these programs offers a maximum grant of $7500. Programs 1 and 3 listed below are open for applications through April 30 (an extension from the initial deadline of April 3). Program 2 will continue to be offered on an on-going basis. For Programs 1 and 3, applications are reviewed as they are submitted. Review of applications for Program 2 begin May 1. All applications must be filed through the presbytery office and should be sent to Sheldon Sorge.
- Short/Long Term COVID-19 Grant Request Form: This grant supports programs that address shorter and longer term recovery from the COVID outbreak.
Click here for more information about these two programs.
- Matthew 25 Congregational Continuity Grants: These grants are requested using the same form as the COVID-19 Emergency Initial Assistance grant.
Click here for more information about this program.
- Church Revenue Shortfall Response
- FAQs for Faith-Based Organizations Seeking SBA Loans
- Paycheck Protection Plan Loans: The Paycheck Protection Program authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis.
- "Stewardship in Uncertain Times,” a webinar with national Presbyterian Foundation representatives Ellie Johns-Kelley, Part 1, and Karl Mattison, Part 2, April 20, 2020.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDS) is distributing to mid councils this gleaned list of resources. PDA has done the hunting and gathering so you do not have to spend time finding and vetting the information including governmental resources. Of particular interest is the INFORMATION CONCERNING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS.
Q & A: Guidelines for churches in Pennsylvania from Kurt Weaver, Director of the Church Ambassador Network, in coordination with the Pennsylvania Department of Health
COVID-19 Legislation Guide: This chart covers all parts of the two new acts, the CARES ACT and the FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT, in an easy-to-read format.
Pastoral message regarding the coronavirus from Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, J. Herbert Nelson, II, and President/Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Diane Moffett
Pastoral resource for sessions by the Rev. Susan Krummel, Executive of the Presbytery of Chicago
Alternatives to gathered worship for congregations
- "The Movable Feast: Expanding Worship from the Church Building Into our Homes and Across Town"
- "Sample Home Bulletin for ‘Movable Feast’ Worship"
Polity, Legality, Practicality & the COVID-19 Crisis
- Pittsburgh Presbytery Congregations Offering Online Worship
- Live-streaming how-to videos Part One and Part Two by Brian Wallace
The Presbyterian Historical Society is gathering and curating Easter worship services and materials to create an online archive to chronicle how our congregations celebrated Easter during the COVID-19 self-isolation mandate. According to their website, "archivists are looking to bring in audio or video of Easter worship services or sermons, in any format. If you do not have audio or video, prepared texts of a sermon in PDF format are welcome." Click here for more information and details.
The presbytery staff have been answering questions from ministers and clerks of session about how to adapt to being church during the stay-at-home order necessitated by the COVID-19 crisis. Each situation is different,and the presbytery staff is available to consult on the nuances of the issues with which our ministers and congregations are grappling. Click here to access the gathered information that might serve as a quick reference.
Zoom Security Tip Sheet: In the past week, the Zoom video conferencing program has updated its system to help prevent “Zoombombing” where an unwanted guest hacks into your meeting or worship service and displays unwanted content. Zoom has added a new “Security” icon in the bottom toolbar of your Zoom meeting that is a quick, one-stop location for many important features. The two big keys are allowing only the host to share their screen and keeping everyone muted. The limit share to host only function is in the new “Security” icon, but the keeping everyone muted at all times option is not.
Presbytery Office: The presbytery office is closed through June 5. We are currently working remotely and will respond quickly to all messages left by telephone or email. Do not hesitate to contact any of us!
Presbytery Meeting on May 14: Our Moderator, Senior Vice-Moderator, General Minister, and Stated Clerk have decided it is prudent for us to cancel the scheduled May 14 meeting of Pittsburgh Presbytery. Please be assured that no necessary business will be left unattended and suspension of this meeting does not violate either the Book of Order or the “Manual of Pittsburgh Presbytery.” If it seems advisable, a called meeting of the presbytery during the summer could be convened.
Committees, Commissions & Ministry Teams: All in-person committee, commission, and ministry team meetings are either suspended or moved to online teleconference through May 31.
Session Minutes Readings: All session minutes readings are canceled through the end of May.
Synod of the Trinity: The synod office is closed and the staff will be working virtually. All three April events including the COM/CPM gathering on April 23 and 24, the Stated Clerk, Executive and Staff gathering on April 29 and 30, and GA Commissioner training on April 25, will not be held face to face, but held on ZOOM. Please hold the dates and allow them time to re-frame the gatherings. Decisions about the spring Regional Gatherings will be made by mid-April.
PCUSA Office: The national offices will be closed. General Assembly registration has been pushed back for a second time, with registration now opening “April 20 at the latest.”
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