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NOTES OF WEBINAR FOR VIRGINIA FAITH LEADERS - 3/23/2020

Last Monday night, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s office hosted a webinar specifically for faith leaders. Here are notes of that meeting for those who couldn’t attend. 

CALL TO ACTION from the Governor’s Office:

  1. If you have a service (clothes closet, food pantry, etc), please register it with 211.org, so that you’re part of the collective impact in supporting your community. 
  2. Subscribe for email updates from Governor Northam. (Look for “Subscribe for Email Updates” light blue box on the bottom right of the webpage.
  3. Fill out the Faith Leader Survey and answer these questions:
    1. What are your biggest concerns/needs that you are hearing from your congregation/community as it relates to the COVID-19 crisis?
    2. What resources does your congregation/community provide that could support the COVID-19 crisis response?
    3. How can the government/governor assist you in your congregation/community response to the COVID-19 crisis?
  4. Contact United Way (Virginia) and Urban League if you need help. They are your allies!
WAYS TO SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY

UVA Medical Center Needs Blood Donations

Virginia hospitals are experiencing a severe blood shortage across the state. UVA Health encourages members of the community who are healthy & eligible to contact the American Red Cross <https://www.redcross.org/> to make an appointment to donate at one of their fixed locations.  
 

Medical Supplies Needed

Our medical community is in dire need of supplies like face masks, gloves, household cleaners, etc. Please visit https://www.supportcville.com/equipcville to see what other supplies are needed and to donate!
 

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

Needs healthy volunteers to work at the food bank. See their statement on COVID-19 and their Volunteer page. To find volunteer opportunities, click on this link.
 

Grocery Delivery Drivers Needed 

Charlottesville Community Cares is receiving about 45 new requests for grocery deliveries every day and they NEED HELP! If you feel comfortable and safe going into grocery stores and shopping on behalf of community members who cannot do so for themselves, please reach out to cvillecares.grocery@gmail.com. Grocery shoppers must be asymptomatic and in households where everyone is healthy. You can either donate the cost of the groceries or be reimbursed by PayPal or check within 24 hours of your delivery. You can set your availability, but grocery trips tend to happen once in the morning and once in the late afternoon/evening. Once you get in touch with the Cville Cares Grocery Team, they can get you started. 
 

Cville Community Cares COVID-19 Resources

Cville Community Cares just published a resource guide with information on how to receive financial assistance, request for grocery/prescription delivery, COVID-19 hotline, emergency shelter, and Region Ten Emergency Services Hotline. Join Cville Community Cares network: bit.ly/cvillecare2020. Donate: congregatecville.com. Email: cvillecares@gmail.com.
 

Support Maria Chavalan Sut's GoFundMe

Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church has been providing sanctuary for Maria, an undocumented Guatamalan refugee, since 2018. Please continue to support Maria by contributing to her GoFundMe Fundraiser. Wesley Memorial is trying to raise $10,000 to support Maria's family as conditions worsen in Guatemala.
 
SUPPORT FOR YOU

Counseling Support for You and Your Congregants

Other Means of Support

For other means of support (financial, supplies, housing, food, etc.), please visit SupportCville.com.
COVID-19 AND YOUR CONGREGATION

Churches in Olean, NY, are ringing church bells to call community to prayer.

 
Parishes are ringing their church bells 5 times a day to ask all to unite in prayer during this COVID-19 pandemic. Prayer times begin at 9 AM and continue every 3 hours with the last bells ringing at 9 PM. Each of the five prayer times will be dedicated to a specific group particularly affected by the pandemic.
  • 9 am - Prayer for those infected with the virus and all who are sick
  • Noon - Prayer for health care workers and those attending to the sick
  • 3 pm - Prayer for first responders and essential workers
  • 6 pm - Prayer for people of every nation and their leaders
  • 9 pm - Prayer for those who have died today
 

A Prayer for Health Care Workers in a Time of Epidemic

by Rev. Roy Hange, Co-Pastor, Charlottesville Mennonite Church
 
Oh mysterious One who created within our bodies the power to heal
We honor today the ones on in our community who are trained to focus this healing
Those nurses, doctors and researchers who carry the words and wisdom to keep us alive
 
Oh Holy One who called some to be healers as medical professionals
We pray over them Your gifts of protection, wisdom and resilience of spirit
Above all give them each now a deep sense of hope to hold
Their service, risk and work at this challenging time in human history
You have called them and empowered their training
For such a time as this
 
May they feel each hour the deep gratitude of our community
And, as they look to return to work the next day
May they hear in their hearts a great chorus of “Thank You”
Ringing out from the community to balance the natural fear within.
We pray for ourselves and our communities that our will to listen to them
Be as great as our honor for them.
Oh Holy One, save us all from weak resignation to the challenges before us.
 
Amen
 
CONGREGATIONS ONLINE

Visit/Subscribe to these congregation’s online pages for worship, studies, and/or devotions.

 
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