Dear Church,

The hour is late, and the need is critical. Late this evening, I received this request from Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey to share with you this message. On Saturday, Gov. Baker, AG Healey, statewide hospital executives and health care providers met about their concern that people are not going to hospitals or clinics for non-COVID issues out of fear of getting the coronavirus. They are especially concerned about communities of color and immigrant communities who need medical care. At MCC, we know that there are historic and persistent reasons why communities of color do not trust fully trust medical systems. And yet, we grieve the prospect of further loss of life and health during this pandemic from preventable medical concerns. 

Governor Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey asked that pastors, especially pastors leading immigrant and Black churches, read, email, and share the following message with your congregations on Sunday and in the days ahead.

I commend the following message to you on their behalf. 

In hope,
Rev. Laura
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

As we pray for relief from this pandemic and for the lives lost and those sick, Governor Baker and Attorney General Healey want the public to know that they should please go to the hospital or call their health care provider if they are feeling unwell, become injured or need medical attention for non-COVID illness such as chest pain, dialysis, emergency care, and routine vaccinations and treatments. They have heard stories of people avoiding care out of a fear of contracting the coronavirus. 

Hospitals and health care clinics are safe and here to protect you and you should not avoid seeking needed care for non-COVID related illness. Take care of yourselves and one another.   Our health care community stands at the ready to help, and your government is here to serve everyone.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Anchor Resources from the Massachusetts Council of Churches 

CARES Act Payroll Protection Program
News broke today that CARES Act funding has run out. We are hopeful that there will be more funding added in the weeks ahead, in which case it may be important for churches to continue to apply so they can be in line to receive funds. PLEASE let Mass. Council of Churches know if you have problems in applying or accessing funds by emailing us at council@masscouncilofchurches.org Resources for applying are at https://www.masscouncilofchurches.org/covid-19-response/

Daily Prayer for our Commonwealth
Beginning on 4/15/20 (the anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing and “One Boston Day”), the Massachusetts Council of Churches along with many interfaith and civic partners invites all people to a daily, intentional, universal common prayer over your town and the Commonwealth at 4:15pm each afternoon. Set an alarm each day to pray. You can use this prayer written for Christians with broad interfaith participation. It may be adapted for other settings and states, with attribution: “May This Plague Pass Over:” A Prayer for Our Commonwealth

Inequality and pandemic
In Massachusetts, we are missing much COVID19 data along racial lines. As Christians who hold to the conviction that every person is made in the image and likeness of God, we ask for your prayers and efforts that prioritize care for the communities hardest hit with the least resources. This is also why Mass. Council of Churches is creating an emergency fund to support churches serving vulnerable communities. We commend to you this op-ed by State Representative and ER doctor Jon Santiago, Suffolk DA Rachael Rollins, and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley. They proclaim that “bold action is needed to battle coronavirus in communities of color: We cannot allow the status quo to prevail while COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths rise in Black and Latinx communities.”

Supporting children, youth & families during Covid 19
On Tuesday April 21 at 6pm join Rev. Dr. Anton Vrame, Christian Educators and Parents across Massachusetts as we share best practices on how to support children and Youth during Covid-19. Rev. Carrington will host this meeting with Rev. Vrame, Director of the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. If you can’t make it, the meeting will be recorded and posted to our Covid-19 page.

Phone Number: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 438 234 6652
Password: 463299

Rev. Laura’s Weekly Briefing
Rev. Laura will be on facebook live each Wednesday at 3 with a briefing on what we’re learning and a time to ask questions and share resources. You can watch this week's briefing here.


 
 
 
 
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Pastoral Check-in Office Hours on Zoom:

 

Thursday April 16 at 6PM 

Monday April 20 at 3PM

 

Zoom Link:

https://zoom.us/j/4382346652?pwd=M3pzMkMxcTF3N0FOeFdHYmhEYit3dz09

Phone Number: 312-626-6799

Meeting ID: 438 234 6652

Password: 463299

 
 
 
 
 

Please fill out this form only once:

https://massgov.formstack.com/forms/houses_of_worship_questions



In collaboration with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), we are creating an interactive web map to identify organizations  providing vital services to those most affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, especially those serving vulnerable populations. As this crisis goes on, we know more vulnerable populations will be in greater need of support.

To capture this information, we ask that ONE clergy person/designated leader only from each congregation/church complete this form. We only need one submission from each congregation. We are looking to identify feeding programs, 12-step meetings, parking lots, nursery facilities, and potential volunteers for spiritual caregiving, both in person and remotely. If your church has multiple locations, we ask that you fill out a survey for each location. This will ensure that locations will appear within the community that they serve.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Pastors' Emergency Fund

We’re making a commitment to churches that are most vulnerable, those that are 1-2 offerings away from closure, those where pastors are paid by what comes in the plate that morning.  We are working to create a Pastors’ Emergency Fund that would prioritize those pastors with working-class congregations and financially precarious lives.  If you would like to help with establishing this fund and developing guidelines for donors and recipients, please be in touch at council@masscouncilofchurches.org.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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