Las Conferencias del Area del Gran Noroeste ofrecen descuentos para cuentas de ZOOM y actualización de licencias de transmission (CCLI) para las Iglesias locales de nuestra Conferencias

Por Patrick Scriven

Con el fin de ayudar a las iglesias locales durante este período difícil, las Conferencias del Área del Gran Noroeste de la Iglesia Metodista Unida están patrocinando dos iniciativas especiales.

La primera oferta es el acceso a una cuenta Zoom de negocios a un precio altamente subsidiado de $ 50. Las iglesias locales en las Conferencias de Alaska, Oregón-Idaho y Pacífico Noroeste pueden enviar su solicitud utilizando este sencillo formulario.

“Durante las próximas semanas, donde todos tendremos que conectarnos de diferentes maneras”, expreso el Reverendo David Valera, Director Ejecutivo de Ministerios Conexionales para la Conferencia PNW. “Esperamos que Zoom sirva como una herramienta útil para que las iglesias locales continúen reuniéndose en grupos grandes y pequeños, en adoración y otras formas de comunidad”

La licencia que las iglesias pueden comprar apoyará reuniones de hasta 300 personas.

Además, las Conferencias de Alaska y el Noroeste del Pacífico han asegurado el permiso de transmisión para todo el catálogo de canciones de iglesias CCLI en esas conferencias para el próximo año.Tenga en cuenta que esas iglesias aún necesitarán obtener licencias para canciones fuera del catálogo de CCLI si eligen usarlas en línea. Algunas iglesias han tenido éxito al combinar la licencia CCLI con OneLicense o Christian Copyright Solutions, las cuales cubren más himnos en el Himnario Metodista Unido ”.

UPDATE: Nos complace compartir que OneLicense ofrece una licencia gratuita válida hasta el 15 de abril de 2020.

Tanto en las conferencias de Alaska como en el noroeste del Pacífico, la cobertura de seguro de la conferencia ha incluido licencias básicas de CCLI para iglesias locales durante varios años. La transmisión es una función adicional que cuesta entre $ 63 y $ 93 por licencia por año, dependiendo del tamaño de la iglesia.

Las iglesias en la Conferencia de Oregon-Idaho actualmente son responsables de sus propias licencias CCLI. Se les recomienda a ponerse en contacto con la empresa para analizar la flexibilidad en los permisos de transmisión y / o usar canciones en el dominio público.

Póngase en contacto con el Director del Centro Regional de Medios, Ian McKnight (imcknight@pnwumc.org) si tiene preguntas sobre cómo acceder y usar su licencia CCLI. Cada iglesia en la Conferencia de Alaska y PNW tiene un número de licencia CCLI individual que deberían usar cada vez que reproducen música para uso congregacional y ahora para transmitir en línea.

Como Gerente del Centro Regional de Medios, Ian también es un gran recurso para responder preguntas sobre derechos de autor y licencias para iglesias en toda el Área del Noroeste.

Zoom Details

Facturaremos a los que se registren para una cuenta de Zoom $ 50 con la opción de renovar a nuestra tarifa completa (aproximadamente $ 120) en enero de 2021. La misma cuenta está disponible en el sitio de Zoom.us por $ 19.99 por mes (más de $ 250 por año después de impuestos). Solo se permitira una cuenta por iglesia local. Podemos proveer ayuda adicional para las iglesias que la necesiten.


Patrick Scriven sirve como Director de Comunicaciones y Ministerios de Jóvenes para la Conferencia del Noroeste del Pacífico de la Iglesia Metodista Unida.

Carta Pastoral: Nuevas pautas para combatir el Coronavirus exigen suspender los servicios de adoración

Estimado Pastor/a metodista unido, miembros y amigos:

NO HAGA DAÑO. HAZ EL BIEN. MANTÉNGASE EN EL AMOR DE DIOS.; STAY IN LOVE WITH GOD.
Las tres simples reglas de John Wesley (Adaptadas)

NO HAGA DAÑO

Día a día estamos aprendiendo más sobre COVID-19, o el Coronavirus. Sabemos que pueden pasar hasta 14 días entre el momento en que una persona está expuesta al virus y cuando comienzan los síntomas. Esto significa que, como ha pasado en los condados King y Snohomish en el estado de Washington, el virus puede pasar desapercibido durante algún tiempo antes de ser identificado. Durante ese tiempo, la persona infectada con el virus está exponiendo a otros a la infección sin siquiera saberlo. También sabemos que el virus es altamente contagioso, pero que las medidas de precaución pueden reducir la velocidad de propagación. Disminuir la propagación baja el porciento de casos de una epidemia como esta. Si hay demasiados casos que necesitan atención médica al mismo tiempo, esto puede inundar nuestros hospitales y clínicas, lo que hace imposible que todos los casos críticos de COVID-19, así como otras emergencias médicas no relacionadas, reciban un tratamiento oportuno y adecuado.

En acuerdo con las directrices y recomendaciones emitidas por el Gobernador de Oregon Brown y el Gobernador de Washington Inslee y reconociendo que las personas mayores de 60 años o que tienen condiciones de salud pre-existentes se les aconseja no asistir a reuniones de más de 10 personas, Estoy ordenando a las iglesias locales de cualquier tamaño y otros ministerios en los estados de Alaska, Idaho, Oregon y Washington que suspendan el culto y otras reuniones de más de 10 personas durante las próximas dos semanas, a partir de hoy. Sus líderes de la conferencia y yo evaluaremos como se estan desarrolando los eventos y actualizaremos esta directrices según corresponda, pero no más tarde del 24 de marzo, antes del Domingo de Ramos y la Semana Santa.

Algunas personas se preguntan si estas fuertes directrices están justificadas en Alaska, donde se confirmó el primer caso o en Idaho, donde COVID-19 aún no se ha detectado. Le pido que adopten esta disciplina como un acto valiente de prevención. Es probable que este virus esté presente, aun sin ser detectado, como lo ha estado en muchos lugares.

¡No queremos arriesgarnos a que nadie contraiga o propague este virus en la iglesia! También solicito al personal de la conferencia a que suspendan los viajes aéreos innecesarios y aconsejo al clero que haga lo mismo hasta nuevo aviso.

HAZ EL BIEN

El Departamento de Salud de Oregón nos recuerda que “Juntos, podemos minimizar el impacto de COVID-19 en los miembros mas vulnerables de nuestra comunidad”. Los metodistas unidos nos esforzamos por vivir una vida que promuevan el bienestar de los demás. En esta temporada de propagación de la enfermedad, hago un llamado a “extender la hospitalidad a los extraños”

  • mantengan una distancia social de 6 pies, sin abrazos, apretones de manos o golpes de codo
  • quédese en casa si no se siente bien
  • practique una higiene saludable

“Contribuya a la necesidad de los mas vulnerables”, al continuar apoyando a su iglesia local y otros ministerios vitales con sus oraciones, presencia (en espíritu y en línea), dones (incluyendo el apoyo financiero), servicio y testimonio para que los ministerios de compasión y la justicia no sean interrumpidos. Información de preparación para emergencias de la Conferencia de Oregon-Idaho, información de preparación de la Conferencia PNW, información de preparación de la Conferencia de Alaska.

Para que los ministerios que sirven a poblaciones vulnerables permanezcan abiertos, tal como: cuidado de niños, programas de alimentación, servicios para personas sin hogar, AA, es estrictamente recomendado el cumplimiento de las medidas de seguridad del Departamento para el Control de Enfermedades u otras agencias de salud pública para la limpieza, el distanciamiento social y estas pautas de detección de salud son obligatorias.

MANTÉNGASE EN EL AMOR DE DIOS

En tiempos de incertidumbre y vulnerabilidad, el contacto humano y la conexión espiritual son importantes. Le animo a que encuentren formas creativas de mantenerse en contacto con sus colegas y sus feligreses durante este tiempo. Las redes sociales son geniales, pero no sustituyen una llamada telefónica o tiempo de atención.

A pesar de que se nos alienta a quedarnos en casa, evitar el contacto social y adorar en línea, las iglesias y las agencias de servicios sociales necesitan un apoyo constante de la comunidad para continuar su crucial trabajo de justicia y compasión. Espero que experimenten ofreciendo cultos en línea, donaciones y reuniones durante esta emergencia.

Hay buenas noticias para las iglesias sobre las licencias Zoom y CCLI. Finalmente, en tiempos de crisis, el miedo da paso al odio. Las personas de ascendencia asiática, o aquellos que han viajado al extranjero, informan que han sido hostigados y estigmatizados bajo el supuesto de que trajeron el virus aquí.

Las personas no son responsables del virus, y cualquiera de nosotros podría ser portador. Solo el perfecto amor echa fuera el miedo (1 Juan 4:18).

Tomen precauciones para que usted, sus seres queridos, extranjeros, congregaciones y comunidades esten seguras.

Con gratitud por ti y tu liderazgo, y con confianza en el firme amor y la gracia de Jesucristo,

Obispa Elaine JW Stanovsky

Bishop’s COVID-19 Notice #1, March 13, 2020

Dear United Methodist Clergy, Members and Friends:

DO NO HARM.  DO GOOD.  STAY IN LOVE WITH GOD.
John Wesley’s Three Simple Rules, adapted          

DO NO HARM

Day by day we are learning more about COVID-19, or the Coronavirus. We know that as many as 14 days may pass between when a person is exposed to the virus, and when symptoms begin. This means that, as in King and Snohomish Counties in Washington State, the virus can go undetected for some time before it is identified. During that time, the person infected with the virus is exposing others to infection without even knowing it. We also know the virus is highly contagious but that cautious measures can slow down the rate of its spread. Slowing the spread flattens the curve of the peak of an epidemic like this.  If there are too many cases needing medical attention at the same time, they can swamp our hospitals and clinics, making it impossible for all the critical COVID-19 cases, as well as other unrelated medical emergencies to receive timely and proper treatment. 

Consistent with the directives and recommendations issued by Oregon Governor Brown and Washington Governor Inslee and recognizing that persons over 60 or who have compromising health conditions are advised not to attend gatherings of more than 10 people, I am directing the local churches of any size and other ministries in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington to suspend in-person worship and other gatherings of more than 10 people for the next two weeks, starting today. Your conference leaders and I will assess unfolding events and update this directive as appropriate, but no later than March 24, before Palm Sunday and Holy Week.

Some people wonder if this strong action is warranted in Alaska, where the first case was just confirmed and Idaho, where COVID-19 has not been detected yet. I am asking you to adopt this discipline as a courageous act of prevention. It is likely that the virus is present, though undetected, as it has been in so many places. We don’t want to risk anyone contracting or spreading this virus in church!

I am also asking conference staff to suspend unnecessary air travel and advising clergy to do the same until further notice.

DO GOOD

The Oregon Health Authority reminds us that “Together, we can minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our most vulnerable community members”. United Methodists strive to live in ways that promote the well-being of others. In this season of spreading disease, I appeal to “extend hospitality to strangers:”

  • keep a social distance of 6 feet, no hugs, hand-shakes or elbow bumps
  • stay home if you don’t feel well
  • practice healthy hygiene

“Contribute to the needs of the saints,” by continuing to support your local church and other vital ministries by your prayers, presence (in spirit and online), gifts (including financial support), service, and witness so that ministries of compassion and justice are uninterrupted. Oregon-Idaho Conference emergency preparedness info, PNW Conference preparedness info, Alaska Conference preparedness info.

In order for ministries serving vulnerable populations to remain open – like childcare, feeding programs, homeless services, AA – strict adherence to safety measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control or other public health agencies for cleaning, social distancing and health screening guidelines is mandatory.

STAY IN LOVE WITH GOD

In times of uncertainty and vulnerability, human contact and spiritual connection are important. I encourage you to find creative ways to keep in contact with your colleagues and your parishioners during this time. Social media is great, but it’s no substitute for a phone call or face time.

Even as we are encouraged to stay at home, avoid social contact, and worship online, churches and social service agencies need unfailing community support to continue their crucial work of justice and compassion. I hope you will experiment with offering online worship, donations and meetings during this pause. There is great news for churches about Zoom and CCLI licenses.

Finally, in times of crisis fear gives way to hate. People of Asian descent, or those who have traveled abroad report that they have been harassed and stigmatized on the assumption that they brought the virus here. Individuals are not responsible for the virus, and any of us could be carriers. Only perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4: 18). As people of faith, let your words and actions cultivate love all God’s people.

Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. Romans 12: 12-13

Please take precautions to keep yourself, loved ones, strangers, congregations, and communities safe.

With gratitude for you and your leadership, and with confidence in the steadfast love and grace of Jesus Christ,

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky

FAQ regarding church suspension

Why is the Bishop asking my church to suspend worship?

Part of our Wesleyan heritage as United Methodists is caring for one another, which means caring enough to prevent the spread of a terrible illness.

A large portion of our church population falls within one or more of the categories defined by the CDC as most at-risk for contracting COVID-19 (adults over 60, or those of any age who have compromising health conditions).

Transmission of the Coronavirus can occur through the air through coughing and sneezing, close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands; touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

It can range from mild illness to pneumonia and even death in certain at-risk populations. Medical professionals currently understand it to be anywhere between 10 to 20 times more lethal than the average flu bug.

By using social distancing, we can SLOW the SPREAD of this disease and prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed.

My community isn’t experiencing any issues with the Coronavirus. Why can’t we continue to meet?

While public health professionals including the CDC still acknowledge that the risk of being exposed to the virus is low for many Americans, they predict that “as the outbreak expands, that risk will increase.” While rural communities and some cities have yet to have a single case, it is widely understood to be a matter of time and testing.

Sometimes individuals may be carriers of the Coronavirus without knowing they have been infected. The CDC reports that it can take up to 14 days for symptoms to even appear.

As more time passes, public health officials are seeing more cases through what they call “community spread.” And as testing starts to become more commonplace, it is likely that they will find that it is already in places that are presumed to be free of the virus.

What will happen to vulnerable members of my congregation who I don’t see on Sunday?

We recommend using your church’s prayer tree or communications plan to check on those in your church who may be self-isolating to make sure they’re maintaining good health and staying connected to people within their church community.

Read this story from Fairwood United Methodist Church outside of Seattle on how they’re using disaster response protocols to love each other better.

How will my church recover financially if we’re not able to give to a Sunday offering?

Concerns about the financial impact of suspending worship are understandable. Actions taken now by community groups like local churches actually have the potential to help to lessen the probability of more extended, less voluntary, cancelations in the future.

Greater Northwest Area leaders are already started to discuss how suspending worship may negatively impact some financially vulnerable churches. We will be watching this closely.

In the meantime, there are many ways for churches to set up online giving, or electronic giving, which allows for churches to continue ministry in trying times and ordinary times.

If you or other members of your congregation are not comfortable with setting up electronic giving, feel free to mail your church a check.

How will I maintain spiritual practices during this time?

Worship is a holy experience for many and also a great opportunity to check in with our beloved siblings in Christ.

A number of churches are offering online worship services for you to stream on Sunday mornings. This also could be a great time to explore one of the many other spiritual disciplines that have developed within the Christian tradition, in solitude or with a small group.

The Upper Room has great daily devotionals.

In addition to those options, we’re developing an online devotional platform for people to connect. More details will be made available soon.

What about committee meetings? How will we accomplish the business of the church during the next four weeks?

Again, thank you for remaining faithful and committed to the work of the church. We’re encouraging everyone to utilize online meeting platforms like Zoom, Skype or phone calls to accomplish as much work as possible in the next few weeks – or postpone meetings if you can.

The three conferences of the Greater Northwest Area are offering heavily discounted Zoom accounts to local churches. Click here to learn more.

My church provides a food pantry, childcare, etc., for our neighborhood. Are we expected to close those operations as well?

United Methodists are involved in so many important ministries which help the vulnerable in our communities. We understand the need to continue providing support, but strict adherence to safety measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control or other public health agencies for cleaning, social distancing and health screening guidelines is mandatory.

What about camps, campus ministries and other specialized ministry settings?

Our campus ministry leaders, camp directors and Innovation Vitality team are all watching this situation closely as well. Many campuses in the area are moving as many of their classes as they can to online-only platforms or are extending spring break while they make adjustments to schedules. We’d encourage our campus ministers to utilize their communication systems to connect with college students and plan any possible gatherings according to state and federal health guidelines.

Our camp and retreat ministry directors are monitoring the situation closely as well and may make decisions on suspending camp and retreat gatherings at various sites in the coming days and weeks. One upcoming youth retreat in the Seattle area, SUMYT, cancelled their event at Camp Indianola earlier this week.

What about communion?

Communion is always an important aspect of worship, particularly so during Lent. We’re asking churches right now to suspend offering communion. In small group settings of less than 10 people, it may feel unnecessary to do so but please consider it anyway. We’d remind clergy to consider the health risks this may pose and use individualized elements – such as a single serving of grape juice and already-torn bread or wafers –  to mitigate the risk and follow stringent guidelines on sanitizing before and after serving such elements.

Opportunities to worship online in the Greater NW

A wide variety of churches in the Greater NW Area offer opportunities to worship online. Some have been offering online worship for years, others are just getting starting because of the spread of COVID-19.

If your church is not on this list and you’re in the Oregon-Idaho Conference, please email communications@umoi.org with a link and time for your worship service. If you’re a church in the Alaska or Pacific Northwest Conferences, please email communications@pnwumc.org with the same information.

Alaska Conference

Aldersgate UMC (Juneau)
w/ Douglas UMC
10 amFacebook
Anchor Park UMCPrerecordedYouTube
Christ First UMC (Wasilla)
Joint Service w/Willow UMC
Prerecorded
11 am
Facebook
Facebook
Douglas Community UMC10 amFacebook
Every Nation UMC9:30 amFacebook
First UMC (Anchorage)10 amZoom
First UMC (Fairbanks)PrerecordedFacebook
First UMC (Ketchikan)1 pmZoom
Girdwood Chapel UMC10:30 amFacebook
Homer UMC11 amFacebook
Jewel Lake Parish9:30 am Facebook
Kenai UMC (with North Star UMC)10 amOn Zoom & Facebook
Northern Light United Church – Juneau11 amFacebook
North Star UMC (w/ Kenai UMC)10 am On Zoom &
Facebook
Palmer UMC9:30 amZoom
St. John UMC 9:15 Trad.
11:30 Contem.
YouTube
Seward and Moose Pass UMCs10:30 amFacebook
Sitka UMC10 amFacebook
Soldotna UMC10 amFacebook
Turnagain UMC10:30 am Zoom
UMC of Chugiak10:15 amFacebook
Willow UMC
Prayer Service w/ Christ First
Prerecorded
& 11 am
Facebook

Pacific Northwest Conference

Aberdeen UMC9 am Facebook
Aldersgate UMC10 amFacebook
Arlington United10:30 amChurch Website
YouTube
Auburn First & Colby UMCPrerecorded Sundays
& Daily Devos
AFUMC Facebook
CUMC Facebook
Beacon UMC 11 am Facebook
Bear Creek UMC 10 am Facebook
Bellevue First UMC Prerecorded Church Website
Bellevue: St. Peter’s UMC10:30 amZoom via link on Website
Blaine Memorial UMC Prerecorded Church Website
Bothell UMC 9 am Church Website
Bremerton UMCPrerecordedChurch Website
Bryn Mawr UMC Prerecorded Facebook
Cedar Cross UMC10 amZoom, Email for info
Central United ProtestantPrerecordedChurch Website
Centralia UMC11 amFacebook
Chehalis UMCPrerecordedChurch Website
Cheney UMCPrerecordedYouTube
Clarkston & Lewiston First UMC11 amCUMC Facebook
LFUMC Facebook
Colby & Auburn First UMCPrerecorded Sundays
& Daily Devos
AFUMC Facebook
CUMC Facebook
Colville UMCPrerecordedFacebook
Buzzsprout
Connell UMCPrerecordedFacebook
Community UMC – Coeur d’Alene, IDPrerecordedYouTube
Cornerstone UMCPrerecordedYouTube
Custer UMCPrerecordedWebsite
YouTube
Des Moines UMC Prerecorded Facebook
Connell UMCPrerecordedFacebook
East Wenatchee UMCPrerecordedYouTube
Edmonds UMC 10:30 am Church Website
Ellensburg UMC10 amChurch Website
Elma UMCPrerecordedFacebook
Everett: Centro Palabra Viviente UMC11 am Worship in SpanishFacebook
Fairwood UMC 10 am Facebook
Faith UMC 10 am Facebook
Federal Way UMC 10 am YouTube
Federal Way: Sunrise UMCPrerecordedFacebook
Ferndale: United Church10:30 amFacebook
Foothills UMC Buckley/Bonney Lake9:30 amFacebook
Garden Street UMC10 amYouTube
Gig Harbor UMC10 amFacebook
Green Lake UMC & Woodland Park UMC 11 am YouTube
Kennewick First UMC10:30 amYouTube via Church Website
Kent UMCPrerecordedChurch Website
Kingston: Redeemer UMC10 amFacebook
Lacey St. Andrews UMC10 amFacebook
Youtube
Langley UMCVariousFacebook
Lapwai UMC10 am
Bible Study MTWTF @ 9 am
Facebook
Leavenworth Community UMCPrerecorded Facebook
YouTube
Lewiston First & Clarkston UMC11 amCUMC Facebook
LFUMC Facebook
Marysville UMC 10:00 am Church Website
Milton UMC 10:30 am Facebook
Moses Lake UMCPrerecordedYouTube
Moscow UMC10:30
Prayer time, Thurs @ 9am
Facebook
Mount Vernon First UMC10:30 amWebsite
Facebook
Oak Harbor First UMC10:00 am
Youth-led service on
Wednesdays at 8 pm
Facebook
Church Website
Oakville UMC10 am Youtube
Ocean Park UMCPrerecordedFacebook
Olympia First UMC10 am YouTube
Orting UMC11 amFacebook
Port Orchard UMC Prerecorded Church Website
Port Townsend: Trinity UMC10 am
7pm Daily Prayer/Reflection
YouTube
Website
Prosser UMCPrerecordedWebsite
Facebook
Pullman: Simpson UMCPrerecorded Sundays
Daily live devotional
YouTube
Facebook
Puyallup UMC Prerecorded Facebook
Redmond UMC 10 am Zoom
Renton UMC 10:30 am Facebook
Ritzville: Trinity UMC9:30, 10:30 amFacebook
Riverton Park UMC10 am on Rev. Bolerjack FB
Later on RPUMC FB
Facebook
Facebook
Rochester UMC10 am Youtube
Ronald UMC 10:45 am Facebook
Zoom
Sandpoint UMC, Idaho9:30 amFacebook
Seabold UMC10 am
(M-F prayer also)
Facebook
Seattle First Tongan UMC10 amFacebook
Seattle First UMC 10:30 am Website
Seattle: Grace UMC11:00 am Email Church for Zoom Link
Seattle: Magnolia UMCPrerecorded by 9 amYouTube
Facebook
Website
Seattle: Queen Anne UMCZoom Eucharist. Pre-recorded fuller liturgy.Email Church for Zoom Link
Seattle: Tibbetts UMC10 am on Facebook, SundaysFacebook
YouTube
Website
Seattle: Trinity UMCPrerecordedFacebook
Seattle: University Temple UMC10:30 amFacebook
Seattle: Valley & Mountain11 amFacebook
Shelton UMC10 amYoutube
Shoreline UMCPrerecordedWebsite
Youtube
Facebook
Shoreline: First Fijian UMC FellowshipPrerecordedFacebook
South Sound Co-op10 amFacebook
Church Website
Snohomish UMCPrerecordedChurch Website
Facebook
Spanaway UMC10:10 amFacebook
Spokane: Audubon Park UMC10:30 am + weekly
Zoom activities
Church Website
Spokane: Liberty Park UMC11 amFacebook
Spokane: Manito UMC10:30 amFacebook
YouTube
Spokane: Moran UMC10:30 amFacebook
Spokane: St. Paul’s UMC11 am Facebook
Spokane Valley UMC11 amChurch Website
Stanwood UMC10:45 amYoutube
Steamboat Island10 amYoutube
Stevenson UMC10:30 amFacebook
Sequim: Trinity UMCPrerecordedChurch Website
Tacoma: Browns Point UMCPrerecorded, posted at 8:30 & 10 am on FacebookChurch Website
Facebook
YouTube
Tacoma: Fircrest UMC8:30 amWebsite
Facebook
YouTube
Tacoma: Mason UMC10 amFacebook
UMC at Lakewood10 am
Wed, 6 pm on FB
Thursday Prayer, 4 pm Zoom (email invite)
Facebook
Vancouver First UMC 10 am YouTube
Facebook
Vancouver Heights10 amFacebook
Vancouver: Mill Plain UMC10 am Facebook
Vancouver: Orchards UMCSundays, Study, Noon on Tues., Disc., Noon on Thurs.Facebook
Walla Walla Pioneer10:30 amYouTube
Wallingford UMC 10 am YouTube
Waterville Federated11:30 amZoom
Wenatchee First UMC10 amFacebook
Willapa UMCPrerecordedFacebook
Woodinville Community10:30 amFacebook
Woodland Park UMC & Green Lake UMC11 amYouTube
Yakima: Wesley UMCPrerecordedYouTube

Oregon-Idaho Conference

Albany UMC10:30 amChurch website
Ashland UMCpre-recordedChurch website
Ashton Community UMC11 am
Recorded
Email for Zoom
YouTube
Astoria First UMC11:15 am – Gathering
11:30 am – Worship service begins
Email for Zoom invite
Banks Community UMC10 amFacebook
Bay City UMC (OR)10 amFacebook
Bend Church9 am, 11 amChurch Website
Boise-Amity9:15, 10:30 am MDTFacebook
Boise downtown9, 10, 11, 11:30 am MDTFacebook
Carus & Marquam UMCs9:30 amEmail for Zoom link.
Coburg UMC9 amYouTube
College UMC Philomath10:30 am
Facebook
Cottage Grove UMCpre-recordedChurch website
Christ Church – Portland, Beaverton10:30 am Facebook
The Dalles UMC11 amZoom
Ebbert Memorial – Eugene9:30 amEmail pastor for Zoom link
Eugene First UMC9 am, recordedFacebook live
Church website
Gold Hill UMCprerecordedYouTube
Grants Pass: Newman UMC9:45 am, Sun. of FB
On website by Mon.
Facebook
Website
Gresham UMCprerecordedChurch website
Florence UMCPrerecorded,
Zoom Coffee Hour @ 10:45 am (email)
Website
Facebook
Halsey – Spirit of the Valley10:30 amFacebook info
Harmony UMC, Coos Bay11 amFacebook
Hillsboro UMC10 a.m.YouTube
Hood River UMC10 amFacebook
Idaho Falls: St. Paul’s UMC10:30 am MSTFacebook
Jason Lee Memorial (Blackfoot, ID)10:30 a.m.Facebook
Joseph UMCprerecordedChurch website.
John Day UMC9 amFacebook
YouTube
Junction City UMCpre-recorded Church website.
Lake Oswego UMC9:30 amFacebook
Magic Valley Ministries11:50 amFacebook
Medford First UMC10:30 am;
Tues. & Thurs. Meditations @ 1 pm
Facebook
YouTube
Meridian (ID) UMC9:30amWebsite
Nampa UMC10 amWebsite
Nehalem Bay, Tillamook UMC, Camp Magruder11 am Facebook invite to Zoom
Newburg First UMC9:30 am Website
Open Door Churches Salem-Keizer10 amFacebook
Oregon City UMC10 amChurch Website
Portland – Oak Grove UMC10:30 amFacebook
Portland First UMC8:30 am, 10:30 amYouTube
Rainier UMC1:15 p.m.Zoom
Roseburg First UMC9 amFacebook
Rose City Park UMC9 amZoom invitation
Rupert (ID) UMC11 am (MDT)YouTube
Seaside UMC9:15 am – Gathering
9:30 am – Worship service begins
Email for Zoom invite
Silverton UMC9:30 amZoom via links
on Facebook
Tigard UMC10 a.m.YouTube
Toledo Trinity UMC11 amZoom
Troutdale (OR) – Faith UMC10:45 amFacebook
Trinity UMC (Eugene)9 amYouTube
Trinity UMC (Idaho Falls)prerecordedYouTube
Twin Falls (ID) UMC10:50 amFacebook
Upper Rogue UMCprerecordedYouTube
Valley UMCrecordedFacebook
Vermont Hills UMC10:30 amZoom
Facebook
Westside UMC – Beaverton9 amChurch Website
Whitney UMC BoiseprerecordedYouTube

Greater Northwest Conferences offers steep Zoom discount, Alaska & PNW add CCLI streaming license upgrade for local churches

By Patrick Scriven

UPDATE: This Zoom offer for local churches is concluding on Monday, April 27. Please act now if your church needs access to Zoom.


In order to assist local churches during this difficult period, the Conferences of the Greater Northwest Area of The United Methodist Church are sponsoring two special initiatives.

The first offering is access to a Zoom Business hosting license at a heavily subsidized rate of $50. Local churches in Alaska, Oregon-Idaho and Pacific Northwest Conferences can submit their request using this simple form.

“During the weeks ahead where we all may need to connect in different ways,” offered Rev. David Valera, Executive Director of Connectional Ministries for the PNW Conference. “We hope that Zoom will serve as a helpful tool for local churches to continue to meet in groups large and small, in worship and other forms of community”

The license churches can purchase will support gatherings of up to 300 persons.

The offer for a subsidized zoom account is now closed. If you would like to be added to the Greater NW Area zoom account at the full rate of $125 for a year, please contact Teri Tobey (ttobey@pnwumc.org) for further assistance.

In addition, the Alaska and Pacific Northwest Conferences have secured streaming permission for the entire CCLI catalog of songs churches in those conferences for the next year. Please note that those churches will still need to secure licensing for songs outside of the CCLI catalogue if they choose to use them online. Some churches have found success with pairing the CCLI license with OneLicense or Christian Copyright Solutions, both of which cover more hymns in the United Methodist Hymnal.”

UPDATE: We are happy to share that OneLicense is offering a free license good through April 15, 2020.

In both the Alaska and Pacific Northwest Conferences, the conference’s insurance coverage has included basic CCLI licensing for local churches for several years. Streaming is an add-on feature that costs between $63 and $93 per license per year depending on the size of the church.

Churches in the Oregon-Idaho Conference are currently responsible for their own CCLI licensing. They are encouraged to contact the company to discuss flexibility in streaming permissions and/or use songs in public domain.

Please be in touch with Regional Media Center Director Ian McKnight (imcknight@pnwumc.org) if you have questions about how to access and use your CCLI license. Each church in the Alaska and PNW Conference has an individual CCLI license number which they should be using whenever they reproduce music for congregational use, and now for streaming online.

As Regional Media Center Manager, Ian is also a great resource for answered copyright and licensing questions for churches in across the Greater Northwest Area.

Zoom Details

We will bill those who sign up for a Zoom account $50 with the option to renew at our full rate (approximately $120) in January of 2021. The same license is available on the Zoom.us site for $19.99 per month (over $250 per year after taxes). One subsidized license is available per local church. An additional scholarship is ready for churches in need.

Please note that we are offering one hosting license on our shared Greater NW account. If you need more than one hosting license, additional licenses would be $125 + Tax.


Patrick Scriven serves as Director of Communications and Young People’s Ministries for the Pacific Northwest Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Livestream Basics for Churches

With news that the Coronavirus outbreak is now classified as a pandemic, and public health officials in Washington State elevating their guidance and requirements for social distancing, we are anticipating that more local churches will need to explore new online options for worship. Rev. David Valera and Patrick Scriven offer advice in this video for churches as they contemplate this move, identifying some of the challenges along the way.

Some of the links mentioned in the video.

For testing your internet connection: speedtest.net

Live Streaming Platforms mentioned
Facebook Live Information page: LINK
YouTube Live Streaming Information Page: LINK

If you have time and haven’t done so already, setting up a non-profit account will give you additional features to control your “brand” and minimize the invasiveness of YouTube advertising. You can find directions for doing this here: http://www.umcom.org/learn/free-access-to-google-products-for-nonprofits

Additional Options

There are a number of streaming services available under monthly or yearly contracts, some designed specifically for churches. Reach out to colleagues who are using a service you like and see what they have to say about it before you invest.

If you are wanting an option that might be more conversational, consider a platform like Zoom (https://zoom.us). At the free level, you can host a conversation with up to 100 participants for 40 minutes. For $15 a month, you have no time limits, and for $20 you can host up to $300 of your closest friends. 🙂

Licensing

We are working on some ways to try to make the addition of the CCLI streaming license easier for local churches. Give us a day or two to see what might be possible.

Questions?

David can be reached at dvalera@pnwumc.org; Patrick at pscriven@pnwumc.org.

We’ll do the best we can to answer questions from United Methodist churches but please be sure to reach out to your Annual Conference Communicator, especially if you aren’t based in the Northwest. They are likely waiting by the phone right now to answer your questions!

Event cancellations due to COVID-19

The following events across the Greater NW Area have been canceled or postponed due to concern for our siblings in Christ as we try to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you know of an area-wide, conference or district event that is being canceled and is not listed here, please send an email to communications@pnwumc.org or communications@umoi.org.

  • Rural Church Engagement Initiative meeting in Boise, March 17-20
  • OR-ID Gathering of the Orders/Deacons/LLP, Boise, March 17-18
  • Northwest Leadership Institute, Boise, March 18-20
    Rescheduled to March 10-12, 2021
  • SUMYT (Youth Retreat), Indianola, WA, March 20-22
    Rescheduled to November 20-22, 2020
  • Implicit Bias Training, Chehalis UMC, March 24
  • Messy Middle Retreat, March 24-26
  • Inhabit Conference, Seattle, April 20
  • Columbia District Laity event, Gresham, OR., March 14
  • PNW ERT “Spring Training, May 8-9
  • Seven Rivers District Spiritual Day Apart
    Rescheduled to May 23, 2020
  • PNW Convo (Youth Retreat), May 23-25, 2020
    Dates for Convo 2021 are May 29-31, 2021
  • GNW Shared Annual Conference Session, June 11-14
    Canceled, click here for details
  • PNW Mission u, Ellensburg, July 23-26

Other Significant cancellations or postponements across the United Methodist connection

  • General Conference 2020, May 5-15
    New dates not available yet
  • Western Jurisdictional 2020, July 15-18
    New dates not available yet

Case Study: How one church is applying disaster response protocols to love each other better

Story by Patrick Scriven

RENTON, Wash. — Like many churches in the Seattle area, Fairwood Community United Methodist Church had to adjust worship plans last weekend. With King County discouraging large group gatherings and encouraging persons vulnerable to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to stay home through the end of March, it would have been easy to focus on what they couldn’t do.

Instead, in addition to moving some worship elements online, Fairwood Community UMC continued the work of applying disaster response practices to their planning for whatever might come next. Training developed by UMCOR called Connecting Neighbors helped to inform these efforts.

According to lay member Jim Truitt, the need to accelerate the church’s response got real when an active family shared that they were under self-quarantine, concerned that they might have COVID-19. 

Truitt, who also serves as Disaster Response Coordinator for the Greater Northwest Area, shared some of what they are doing to implement Connecting Neighbors curriculum in the church’s response. Both Truitt and Associate Pastor Carrie Bland have received training in the program, which is offered in both the Oregon-Idaho and Pacific Northwest Conferences.

Responding to the immediate concern, the church has been in contact with the family under quarantine, offering support and meals as requested. Truitt shared that they “performed a contact search of everyone the family has been in contact with since exhibiting symptoms,” notifying those they identified and sharing the news with the congregation with a letter. They also cleaned every room of the church that the family visited. 

As encouraged by public health officials and United Methodist Bishop Elaine Stanovsky, the church has adopted new hygiene protocols for those entering and using their facility. Truitt shares that they are utilizing “the expertise of the infection control and medical personnel” in the congregation to define these protocols and to respond safely to requests for help.

Fairwood Community UMC is also compiling a list of its at-risk parishioners. That list includes members who are immunocompromised, are 60+ years old, have chosen not to venture out, live alone, and those we know who have traveled out of the country recently. They are using a phone tree to do wellness checks with those identified and have tasked their Congregational Care Committee to coordinate meals and needed transportation.

“For our congregation, it is becoming a pretty long list,” offered Rev. Bland. Because so many members meet one or more of the at-risk criteria, they are working to divide the list into groupings representing different levels of potential risk and need. 

Bland shared that the Congregational Care Committee has been at work for two years now, activating previously to support members during moments like last year’s “Snowpocalypse.” To adapt to the challenges posed by sheer numbers and the reality that some members don’t use or have access to email, they are looking at creating a “buddy system” to engage more members in care for one another.

Fairwood Community UMC is relying on Truitt to monitor emerging information about COVID-19 from trusted sources like the CDC, WHO, and their state and county health departments. He reviews any COVID-19-related communication the church issues, supporting church leadership, and ensuring that the church is following agreed-upon protocols. 

“A lot that comes out about the Coronavirus is physical,” shared Bland. “How are we as a society addressing the spiritual and emotional components of this situation?” 

For Bland, making sure that a holistic approach to health is addressed is one role she sees for the church in this situation, one it is well-positioned to take on. 

“We hope the congregation will realize there are great ways to care for each other in times like these that might carry forward.”


Patrick Scriven serves as Director of Communications and Young People’s Ministry for the Pacific Northwest Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Electronic giving allows ministry to continue in ‘isolating’ times

Giving to your local church means giving to your local communities. Passing the offering plate in church on Sunday mornings is a physical and symbolic reminder of Jesus’ commitment to ministering to all those around us.

When church attendance is slowed or completely stopped, though, to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, offering online giving is a way to continue to feel connected to your local church and its many ministries.

There are several easy steps churches can implement right now to create an online giving platform.

United Methodist Communications offers these suggested resources for online/electronic giving options.

Here are some examples of church “Donate” or “Give” web pages across the Greater Northwest Area of The UMC:

Stewardship and finance experts from across the Greater Northwest Area recommend churches use direct bank transfers – electronic funds transferring – so that churches experience fewer fees than using a platform based solely on credit card donations. However, they acknowledge that credit card apps are sometimes easier for those who give.

Management of online donations may seem like a daunting new process for churches, but many who have already implemented such changes said churchgoers appreciate the convenience of online giving. Connect with Dan Wilson-Fey in the Oregon-Idaho Conference at dan@umoi.org or Rik Jamieson for the Alaska or Pacific Northwest Conferences at rjamieson@pnwumc.org if you have questions.

This is an opportune moment for the Church, called to serve in God’s world in new ways. After the Coronavirus is long gone, churches will have established a sustainable, flexible way to continue supporting God’s kin-dom.

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