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Financial Recommendations and Resources from the Joint Finance Panel and the Office of the Bishop

Financial Recommendations and Resources from the Joint Finance Panel and the Office of the Bishop

The Diocesan Joint Finance Panel and members of your diocesan staff have put together the following set of financial recommendations and resources for all of our congregations during this extremely difficult and anxiety-inducing time. Please read the following carefully as there are important webinars, application deadlines, and other actions that the JFP are recommending that churches take to help ensure that you can continue your ministry in your communities. Financial Actions Recommended for immediate Consideration Cancel all non-essential spending. Cancel

Important Information for Congregations Seeking Clergy Leaders

Important Information for Congregations Seeking Clergy Leaders

God is speaking. Our job is to listen. As we all pitch in to combat the spread of COVID-19, we in the Diocese of Olympia are still listening for what God would have us do. For congregations seeking clergy leaders, this listening process has been deeply impacted by: changes to the role of supply and interims while worship is conducted remotely; the organizational challenge of doing work on behalf of the whole congregation when we can’t gather; the shifting financial

Important Information on Expanded Diocesan House Closure

Important Information on Expanded Diocesan House Closure

From the Rev. Canon Arienne Davison, Canon to the Ordinary: As the Office of the Bishop, we are committed to resourcing and networking our congregations and forming leaders through sacrament and service. The work we continue to do in this time of crisis is very important, and with the recent stay at home orders from Govern Inslee, I wanted to make you aware of the ways that your diocesan staff will still be available and working on your behalf through

Hope: A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Rickel

Hope: A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Rickel

“To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:6 Today is my son’s 24th birthday. He lives in New Orleans, which has become one of the COVID-19 hotspots right now. Several weeks ago, and for months before that, we had planned to leave today to be in New Orleans for his birthday and to spend the weekend with him. Of course, all of that has changed.

Community Resources for People in Need

Community Resources for People in Need

The following list of resources are for anyone in need who has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis in our region. Name: Online COVID-19 Assessment offered by Providence Medical Hours: 24 hours daily. Description: Maintains an online assessment tool where users can answer questions that will help determine whether they may have COVID-19. Eligibility: No restrictions. Intake Process: Visit website. Website: https://www.providence.org/patients-and-visitors/coronavirus-advisory Name: Deferred Utility Payment Plans for People affected by COVID-19 offered by City of Seattle’s Human Services Department Address:

Youth Ministry Connections

Youth Ministry Connections

From Denise Brumbaugh, Youth Ministry Coordinator: As we work in these times of separation and long for connection and community, I want to remind you that the Youth Ministry arm of the Office of the Bishop is here for you. There are several ways youth and youth leaders can be in community with each other even though we are physically not together. This is particularly important when schools and extra-curricular activities are cancelled. Follow us on Instagram @ecwwyouth. Youth are

Staying Church, On-Screen

Staying Church, On-Screen

From the Rev. Canon Alissa Newton: My congregation ran our first live-stream service on the Second Sunday of Lent. Most of us will remember that as the last Sunday we were allowed as a congregation in our worship spaces. We used my cell phone, a tripod, and a wireless mic that hooked to my alb and plugged directly into the phone. St. Columba had 65 human beings in the sanctuary that day for our main service, the emerging crisis delivering

Options for Online Giving

Options for Online Giving

As we continue to live, work, and have our being during the spread of COVID-19, a number of questions have been asked concerning online giving. We have put together a list of online giving options for churches. While this is not exhaustive, it is a good start to finding an online giving platform for your church. Most of the systems listed below are designed for churches or work with church organizations. When you consider implementing a new online giving platform,

Best Practices for Direct Video Messages

Best Practices for Direct Video Messages

As we continue to navigate the challenges of self-isolation and the need to stay connected with our churches and our communities, the Office of the Bishop has received quite a few questions regarding best practices for offering direct video messages from clergy to their congregations. So the Communications Office is producing this Best Practices guide for clergy who would like some simple solutions for recording video messages to remain connected with their communities. Note: Before we begin, please note that