COVID-19 RESPONSE PAGE
The Georgia Regional staff are concerned for all clergy, congregations and communities at home and abroad. We are trying to keep up-to-date information and resources available here on the website to help to prepare and recover from the effects of this event being described as a global pandemic. As we receive information and additional resources, we will post them as soon as possible. Please send any updates for your congregation to email@example.com.
State of Georgia Information
National / Global Information
Click the image above to read the letter, click the links below to get more info.
Additional Resources to get information:
Visit The Centers for Disease Control website for more information on the Coronavirus, including what you should know about symptoms, treatments, testing, and other frequently asked questions.
Click the image below to access the PowerPoint
Georgia County/Metros Information
click here to go to our page dedicated to resources and information on virtual church services.
Surgeon General Interview 3-19-20
Georgia Governor's Press Conference
HHS Region 4 Health News – March 16, 2020
For the most current information about COVID-19, please follow CDC on social media and sign up for the newsletter to receive weekly emails about the COVID-19 outbreak.
COVID-19 Primary Resources Community Organizations
For updates on the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) dedicated website. Also available in Spanish. www.CDC.gov/Coronavirus/2019-ncov
· Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission.
· Interim Guidance: Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
· Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities including guidance for homes, schools, and workplaces
· Track efforts by the federal government, the following websites have been launched:
Guidance to Prepare Homeless Shelters
People experiencing homelessness are an especially vulnerable population. CDC released guidance on March 9, to help homeless shelters plan, prepare, and respond to COVID-19. The guidance can be found here.
Guidance for School Settings UPDATED
CDC’s Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) interim guidance for school settings.
To offer a rapid and impactful response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the NBA Board of Trustees has authorized grant funding to support Disciples-related ministries that are working locally in response to this crisis. With this funding we seek to offer relief to ministries that have been detrimentally impacted and to support new projects created in service to those suffering because of the pandemic.
Over three grant cycles, the NBA will provide grants of $1,000–$15,000 to eligible Disciples-related health and social services ministries and projects that are experiencing adverse effects related to COVID-19. Ministries may apply to each of the three grant cycles, with a capped maximum award of $30,000 per ministry.
Applications Open Now
NBA will distribute funding over three cycles, as described below. Every two weeks, applications will be reviewed by the NBA Grants Team. All applicants will be notified of their status within 48 hours of the team’s decision. Grant funds will be distributed as soon as possible—we anticipate releasing funds to the first awardees before the end of April!
Cycle 1: April 6, 2020 • Cycle 2: July 1, 2020 • Cycle 3: October 1, 2020
How to Apply
Only applications through our online application portal will be accepted; no paper applications will be permitted. We highly recommend visiting our grants webpage and downloading and reading the COVID-19 NBA Response Grants FAQ before you begin your application.
We thank you for the continuous care and compassion you provide to your congregations and communities. Our ability to provide grants exists courtesy of our many donors. We are humbled by your generous donations and give thanks for the ability to share your generosity with those in need.
Disciples Church Extension Fund Update
Greetings from Indianapolis! I am writing to provide you with an update on Disciples Church Extension Fund (DCEF) and its response to the COVID-19 emergency.
Two weeks ago all of our staff began working remotely from their homes. At that time, with the growing COVID-19 crisis and the safety and health of our staff in mind, our Executive Staff Team decided to continue working remotely through at least March 27, 2020. Since that time, we have taken a couple of actions to provide financial relief for congregations with loans and to extend our time working remotely.
To respond with immediate financial relief to congregations, DCEF is providing to Disciples congregations a two-month deferral of loan payments beginning with payments due April 1, 2020 through May 31, 2020. This plan is automatic and congregations that choose to continue making payments are asked to notify DCEF at 1-800-274-1883 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the crisis continues to unfold and with the State of Indiana under a “Stay at Home” Executive Order, our staff will continue to work from their homes until May 4, 2020. This decision may be reevaluated and the date may change based on the status of the emergency and conditions in Indiana. I am extremely confident that DCEF, through our very competent and dedicated staff, will serve you and work with you to meet your needs.
The market volatility can be stressful for many, particularly for investors. DCEF continues to manage our investments with the full integrity of the policies that have carried us through the ebbs and flows of our country’s financial markets for many years.
What we want our DCEF community to know is that we are still here and fully operational, except for onsite consultations, as our staff is not traveling until further notice. If you have a question about your Loan (current, pending, or anticipated), Investments (current and new), Building related services (ongoing or anticipated), New Church Ministry programs, or financial contributions, please reach out to us without hesitation. Our staff is fully equipped and available to answer your questions or address your concerns.
This crisis has highlighted the valuable partnerships we have built over the years with our fellow Disciples, congregations, and ministries. We pray for and look forward to brighter days ahead springing up new ways we can support you in doing God’s work.
Erick D. Reisinger
One of our own clergy in Georgia sent the following request:
As you know I have accepted a position with the Dublin VA last fall as Whole Health Chaplain. Currently everything is focused on the COVID-19, and even Whole Health is doing everything to support the efforts. I have a huge favor to ask. We have a huge shortage of masks, just like everyone/every hospital in this country. Could we PLEASE ask the ladies in the Central Georgia denominations to sew masks for the Dublin VA nurses and doctors? If that is OK, I would need to rely on you to get the word out since I do not have many connections here in Georgia. I can provide a pattern once I know for sure who would want to do that.
This would be a tremendous ministry in these times.
Hoping to hear from you,
Angelika Mitchell, M.Div. BCC
Empower Veteran Program
& Whole Health Chaplain
Carl Vinson VAMC
Please email for more details and to get a pattern sent if you need one.