Presbytery Check-In - Shared screen with speaker view
Can we use the chat feature during this conversation as needed?
It's quite loud at my house
OK good, I don't want to blast everyone's speakers
CDC recommends men shave their beards. What should we do, Ian?
You can only elieve about 1/2 of what he says
OK just checking…
Note to Cluster 3 in Prospect Hill: we are not meeting Friday. Repeat: NOT meeting Friday.
I’m glad Austin just shaved.
Did everyone hear the press release from the Governor this noon declaring a public health disaster emergency in Iowa?
that camera does not want to stay put, does it
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day?
OneLicense and Presby Publishing are still free broadcasting licenses at the moment if I understand correctly. However, I agree we may like to do shorter bits like Ian said
your background is amazing, Al.
I wanna be where you are
What about offerings? What do we do about that if anything?
I'm thinking to do some Zooms through Iowa Faith Leadership Network for mutual support
Yes, Al, teach us your background ways.
Is anyone keeping the church office open during the week or having the building open for people to drop by and pray?
we are still holding office hours if folks want to stop by.
we have the option to give on-line and hope people will utilize that. i am sure our offering will take a huge hit, though. We are trying to keep at least one person here for normal office hours, but that is just this week. our building is open for our daycare, so people continue to come in and out frequently.
Offering--I've seen some wonderful examples of appeals letters asking people to maintain their offerings and add a bit extra for relief efforts
Here in town they're recommending closing church offices to the public, but having someone in the building to answer the phone for shortened office hours; emphasize ways to connect by phone, mail, or online
I'm hearing from a lot of places to postpone the big Easter celebration for when we can safely gather again; but to do something nice for 'broadcast' on the actual date.
Just a word of caution, though: it's not about the numbers, but controlling the size of your local outbreak. You'll still be breathing the same air
And if your deacons/ leadership team all get sick at the same time, you're in quite a pickle.
No meetings. Working from home. Secretary comes in the mornings. May not by end of week.
That makes sense. At Prairie Ridge we're continuing the group therapy sessions, although trying to space them out more--at least until we can find another option for telehealth
When building is closed do you put a notice on the door with information about how to contact the pastor, etc.?
I'd like to see us try to keep up pay if at all possible
Especially if staff are in the high-risk categories for cleaning and office staff
Right--people may not have been able to stock up on stamps/ envelopes, good idea to send some along
can someone give an example of what their door closure sign might read?
No time like the present to start a Facebook page--FB also has a paypal option you can set up through your page.
It worked very well for us with the Discovery Center last year.
One of the best suggestions I saw this week was the pastor inviting everyone to think of the people they most love to see when they're at church--and then make a plan to call them and spend that time visiting with them
3% is common for many card-related gifts.
@James: "Friends in Christ, out of an abundance of concern for health and safety, our church building is closed at this time. However, we are available in the following ways and we would love to hear from you...." (list phone numbers, email, online options
I think it's quite risky to gather even outdoors--can you really maintain social distance and still hear each other? Amen to the exclusion issue as well
There's also the point that there are those who cannot easily walk and who have underlying health issues.
That Carey Nieuhowf (sp?) article sent around with the Zoom link was awesome--a very good read on leading proactively
I heard at noon that the State of Iowa is allowing school lunches to continue. Some schools are putting together breakfast and lunches to hand out to kids who come once per day.
@excellent point on having community meals as the drive-up/ drop-off
Fareway will start opening from 8-9am for those age 65 and older, with health conditions, and expectant mothers starting tomorrow until further notice.
we are doing the same thing with our Shared blessings paper product distribution.
Yes, if your school district is doing the emergency program it, it covers all kids ages 1-18. Must have child present to receive lunch; mason city will deliver if needed
Iowa Faith Leadership Network will continue to post resources and host discussions on this
www.facebook.com/iowafaithleaders, and the leadership group is www.facebook.com/groups/iowafaithleaders
We have been using Presbyterian Outlook magazine’s online devotions for Lent. Outlook has many other resources available.
I really appreciate the zoom meetings!
These zoom meetings are very helpful! Thank you all.
I will make my notes of this meeting available.
Thank you Richard! And Ian!
Thanks for a good meeting...looking forward to meeting again next week.
Recordings of these meetings?
Excellent information! Thanks!
Are the other presbyteries having these meetings, and might we share this gathered wisdom with them via Iowa Presbyterians or other venue?
Julie Erkel Hagee
Can a link just be sent out to everyone?
how about creating a prayer wall that all can access?
Julie Erkel Hagee