IU Health Resources Zoom Call Recording

If you missed the Zoom call this morning with bishop and IU Health professionals, then you can access it by clicking the link below. This 90-minute recording is chalked full of valuable information specifically for clergy who are leading from the pastoral perspective in the midst of this global health crisis.
Don’t miss out on learning how to care for ourselves as pastors and hearing from an infectious disease clinician.

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Bishop Trimble Offers Prayer and Encouragement [3.31.20]

Bishop Trimble offers a word of encouragement in light of an announcement by President Trump on Sunday to extend federal social distancing guidelines to April 30, 2020. Until then, social gatherings, including worship services, are not permitted.

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A Word of Encouragement from First Lady Grandberry-Trimble [3.31.20]

Good morning, beautiful beloveds. We did a prayer walk this morning. As we walked, we sang aloud familiar songs and said both the Lord’s Prayer and the 23rd Psalm. We praised and prayed aloud. Our prayer walk was the Lord’s way of using us to encourage each household, each home, and our entire neighborhood to be blessed and to be a blessing to this very hurting world. You, too, can do a prayer walk on your street, your neighborhood, or as you drive by homes. What we do makes a difference. I love you.”

Bishop’s Guidance on Holy Communion [3.27.20]

A number of pastors have raised concerns about the sharing of the Sacrament of Holy Communion, due to the incapability of churches gathering during this unique time. Bishop Trimble recently shared that pastors are allowed to host communion virtually, while keeping in mind that others may prefer to wait until the churches are granted permission to gather in person once again.

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Bishop Trimble on the ‘Stay at Home’ Order from Gov. Holcomb [3.24.20]

Did you know that you can sing the Doxology to help you thoroughly wash your hands for the required 20-second count? Bishop Trimble gives United Methodists a demonstration and offers prayer and encouragement.

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Conference Staff Working Remotely [3.17.20]

Due to the Coronavirus, the Indiana Conference staff will be working remotely starting Thursday, March 19, while remaining fully operational. This is in an attempt to prevent further spread of the virus and protect our personnel, especially those that are immunocompromised.

“This is the responsible thing to do,” said Bishop Trimble. “We are practicing good leadership in modeling what we are asking our congregations to do.”

Technology has been put in place so that staff can perform their duties at home. “We will continue to serve the local church in this time of crisis,” Trimble said. “We’re grateful for the technology that allows this.”

Leadership will re-evaluate as more information becomes available from the Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization.

A Coronavirus Update from Bishop Trimble [3.16.20]

“I am requesting that all churches suspend their regular worship services where we gather in close quarters at least for the next four weeks paying attention to updates. Let’s join together in our districts with other churches and do live streaming of worship and provide ways for our members to continue to share in prayers and liturgy. How can this best happen in your community?…”

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COVID-19 & The Church: One Thing I know [3.16.20]

“In this time of uncertainty and confusion, I am certain about at least one thing; I am absolutely sure that the world around us is in desperate need of the hope found in the promise of Jesus Christ.” Rev. Larry Whitehead, Executive Assistant to Bishop Trimble and Director of Connectional Ministries, shares a thoughtful and encouraging message with churches in the Indiana Conference.

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[Update] Coronavirus: Leaders & Churches [3.12.20]

Bishop Trimble invites the Church and our neighbors to “pray, prevent, plan, and give” as cases of the Coronavirus have been confirmed in Indiana. He urges, “it’s important for all of us to take precautions against the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. I invite you to join me in responding to this situation in the following ways.”
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Coronavirus: Leaders & Churches [3.10.20]

“You have been called to ministry, and that mission still exists. There are children to bless, meals to serve, and homeless people to house. People still need Jesus. None of that has changed because of this virus.”
Bishop Trimble provides guidance as local churches begin to consider cancelling future gatherings due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
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Cancellations Due to Coronavirus Outbreak [3.12.20]

With new cases of the Corona virus popping up in communities all over the nation and state, the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church has made the difficult decision to suspend the following events:

  • Life Together Conference on March 23-24
  • Mission and Justice Summit on March 28
  • District Conferences on March 14 and 15 (Central, East, North Central, North, Southeast
  • State of the Church on March 21, 22, April 4, 19, 26

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Other Creative Opportunities to Worship

  • Royal Center UMC will providing a drive-in worship service via FM radio, starting on Sunday, March 22.
  • McGrawsville UMC, in collaboration with Bunker Hill and Kokomo Zion UMCs will offer online worship, starting Sunday, March 22.

Resources for Local Churches

How you can stay connected to your congregation and community during COVID-19

COVID-19, a novel coronavirus, has prevented most churches from meeting in their physical buildings, but it has also created an opportunity for the church to be an active light in the darkness within their community. Here are just a few ways your church can get a bit more creative, serve your community well, and stay connected to those in your mission field.

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Local Church Resources

The Rev. Cindy Garver, Indiana Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, has provided a list of guidelines to help churches and church leaders care for their community during the Coronavirus outbreak. Her guidelines include tips for cleaning areas like pews and nursery and how to be safe during communion or choir practices, as well as additional resources.

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Ways to Worship at Home

Even though your church service may be cancelled due to the Coronavirus, that doesn’t mean you can’t worship. You don’t have to have a praise band—or organ/piano—to worship. In fact, worship can take on many forms, though it can include music.
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Church staff working remotely? These apps can help
As the Coronavirus continues to spread, many churches have suspended services and have chosen to allow their staff to work from home. If this isn’t something you’ve done before, you may not know that there are several apps (many free!) that can help you stay organized and connected.

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The Upper Room: How to Stay Connected When You Have to Stay Away
If you’re looking for ways your small group or congregation can stay connected during these uncertain times, The Upper Room eLearning offers online classrooms where groups can meet to discuss a topic whenever and wherever they are.

The Fellowship: Pandemic Response Worship Resourcing
The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts is providing great information and resources for worship leaders who are rapidly adapting to offering worship experiences online. It’s a dynamic resource, with new ideas being posted every day by the creative worship leaders throughout the Church.

Financial Resources

Paycheck Protection Program – Frequently Asked Questions 

As Small Business Administration (SBA) lenders have started to process Paycheck Protection Program applications, INUMC has received a number of common questions. Below is a list of questions and answers as of Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Please note that this appears to be a fluid process and the procedures continue to evolve.

This information below is not offered as professional financial or legal advice. You must obtain a lawyer or qualified financial adviser for professional advice.

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A CARES Act Update [4.3.20]

On April 2, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued an interim final rule (Rule) implementing the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), effective immediately. The CARES Act temporarily permits SBA to guarantee 100 percent of loans under PPP. The CARES Act provides for forgiveness of up to the full principal amount of qualifying loans guaranteed under the PPP, under certain conditions.

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Paycheck Protection Program: Apply today! [4.1.20]

In a recent announcement on Wednesday, the Conference shared its understanding of the Paycheck Protection Program section of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Ian Hall, Director of Administration and Financial Services, shared about the Small Business Administration loan program to assist small businesses and nonprofits, and urged applicants to submit their applications sooner than later.

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Giving During Virtual Ministry [3.25.20]

Looking for an easy way for your congregation to give during this time of virtual ministry? Vanco, a partner of the UMC’s General Council on Finance and Administration, currently serves approximately 25,000 churches and faith-based organizations as clients.
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10 Ideas for Church Financial Leaders Amid COVID-19 Pandemic [3.18.20]

Ken Sloane of Discipleship Ministries shares ten ideas for church financial leaders to help sustain the church and its ministries in the face of interruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
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UMFCU Offers Relief to Communities Impacted by COVID-19 [3.17.20]

In an effort to help substitute income that has been lost due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the United Methodist Financial Credit Union is offering “Ministry Relief Loans” to local churches, active clergy, clergy spouse, and employees of Indiana Conference-related organizations. To learn more, contact Jason Fishburn, Relationship Manager, at jfishburn@umethodist.com.

Resources for Young People


Ministering to Kids and Youth in this Season of Uncertainty

“Each of us know children and youth who are out of school and trying to adjust to this new normal. We want to help. We want to provide support to their families in meaningful ways. Fantastic educational and ministry resources are being shared all over social media and websites. Ministry leaders are using virtual means that are providing vital opportunities to worship, connect, and focus on God’s Word.”

Emily Krach, Associate Director of Leadership Development – Emerging Leaders shares insight on how we can care for young people in our communities at this time.

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Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home Shares Tips for Parents During COVID-19

As experts in the Teaching Family model, we know all parents need strategies to help ensure the coming weeks are positive for your children’s emotional well-being and for their success with their educational goals. View these tips to help your family find success and enjoy the time together in the coming weeks.

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The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – At Home

Though you can’t step inside the building, the museum is coming to you via Facebook Live. Programs include DIY Science experiments, preschool teachers reading favorite books, virtual tours with Museum in a Minute, active play with Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience® coaches, behind-the-scenes tours with curators, and morning greetings from Rex.

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Remote Solutions for Your Children’s Ministry Environment

In order to support you as much as possible during this tricky time, Orange Kids, an early childhood development resource, have created some free resources to help you out by providing a “Digital Experience Guide for Children’s Ministry.”

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MDLive Telemedicine

HealthFlex partners with MDLIVE to provide 24/7 access to state-licensed, board-certified doctors via phone, secure video or an easy-to-use MDLIVE app. MDLIVE doctors can diagnose symptoms, prescribe medication, and send prescriptions directly to your pharmacy of choice when appropriate. MDLIVE can make sense for common non-emergency conditions any time you cannot get in to see your regular provider. It may be a cost-effective alternative to urgent care or the emergency room for non-emergency conditions.

Wespath will waive the cost of MDLIVE telemedicine service for the next 90 days (mid-June). Please call your provider or use MDLIVE during this time to confirm if COVID-19 testing is necessary. The CDC recommends that you call your provider before seeking in-person services and facilities.

Call MDLive at (888) 750-4991 or visit MDLive.com. 

Updates from the General Church

Bishop’s Ask for Postponement of General Conference Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

The Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has asked for the postponement of the 2020 General Conference, set to begin in six weeks, because of the new Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Coronavirus: What to Know, How to Help

United Methodists concerned about the coronavirus can take some precautions during church gatherings and mission work. Frequent hand-washing, keeping distance from people who are sneezing or coughing and avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth are some of the suggestions.

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Everything You Need to Know about E-Giving

In response to Covid-19 and social distancing, many churches many close as they put the health of their congregation first. This may lead to stress around the collection plate. Check out this handy guide to understanding electronic, text, and other forms of online giving.

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