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Prayer Concerns:
  • Churches in Transition: Gibbon Baptist Church
  • Prayer for all those dealing with illness, natural disasters, violence, and terror around the world.
  • For Covid19 response, safety, and recovery

Questions to consider before re-opening your local church

Here are guidelines from the State of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Guidelines for the Conduct of Faith-Based Services Including Weddings and Funerals Held in Houses of Worship. It is a helpful document to discern how to host people in your church buildings.
 
Secondly visit https://www.abcusa-insurance.com/ for the ABC USA insurance information to help with your local church and Covid19 response. 

Third, visit https://coronavirus.churchmutual.com/resources/ for a large amount of helpful resources directly from Church Mutual and Covid19 response.

Finally, Acting General Secretary Rev. Dr. Jeff Woods has created a "reopening your church building conversation guide" that you might find helpful as you and your church leadership teams discern next steps. The guide can be downloaded here.

You can also access dozens of Corona resources on the ABC-USA website http://www.abc-usa.org/coronavirus/

Last weeks Reopening Safety Webinar documents and video replay

Last week we partnered with ABC USA by attending their Reopening Safely webinar.  We wanted to make sure that you had access to all the files that were presented and talked about.  To download the watch the presentation again, download the PowerPoint Presentation or Supporting Documents Click Here.  

We hope that as you plan for reopening that you and your congregations remain safe and healthy.  

Again, if you have any questions please feel free to Ask an Expert, visit www.abcusa-insurance.com or email us at abcusa@sovinsurance.com

Developing a Phased In Approach to Your Ministry

Date Time: May 19, 2020 12:00pm Central Time // 11:00 AM Mountain

Brotherhood Mutual has a resource page for risk management during this time. You can visit that resource page here: https://www.brotherhoodmutual.com/resources/safety-library/risk-management-articles/risk-management-basics/step-by-step-guide-to-a-risk-management-strategy/

To participate in an online webinar with them on the topic of Phasing back into in-person local church ministry you can participate by using the link below. To ask questions in advance send an email to Craig Cable.
Please submit any questions to: Craig.Cable@brotherhoodmutual.com

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:
Click Here to Join

ABHMS Offering Grants through One Great Hour of Sharing for help during COVID pandemic

 
Effective May 4, 2020 the American Baptist Home Mission Societies is launching the process to apply for COVID 19 related One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) grants.  Our goal for the next 12 months, is to raise and disburse OGHS funds totaling one million dollars to American Baptists in the United States and Puerto Rico to provide emergency assistance relating to the Coronavirus pandemic.   We anticipate that these grants will be awarded on a quarterly basis in amounts of one to five thousand dollars per recipient.
 
All American Baptist national and regional partners including regions, churches, American Baptist Related Organizations such as ABMen and AB Women, ABC related colleges, universities, seminaries, Community Outreach Ministries partners and the American Baptist national network of chaplains, pastoral counselors, spiritual counselors and specialized ministers’ are eligible to apply for these grants. Organizations may apply for a OGHS COVID 19 related grant in one or more of the quarterly cycles.  However, priority for awarding grants will be given to organizations who are first time applicants.
 
In compliance with our accountability to coordinate US and Puerto Rico OGHS efforts on behalf of American Baptists, all OGHS COVID 19 grants will be processed by ABHMS.  In keeping with all OGHS efforts, one hundred percent of the funds collected through the appeal will be disbursed to applicants who are awarded grants.
 
Please use this OGHS COVID Grant Application form.  You may also submit the application online on our website at this link: https://abhms.org/abhms-covid-recovery-grant-application-form.
The passcode is: COVID1920

The grant cycles are as follows:
  1. First Quarter: April-June, 2020
  2. Second Quarter: July – September, 2020
  3. Third Quarter: October – December, 2020
  4. Fourth Quarter: January – March, 2021
 
If you have any questions regarding the application form or process please do not hesitate to contact me at GrantsAdmin@abhms.org.   

Here are a Variety of Helpful Resource Links Updated Weekly


ABC USA has curated helpful links from across ABC Churches. Visit http://www.abc-usa.org/coronavirus/ for more.


Graphic and Social Media Aids:

  • If you have ever seen a cool graphic, a neat quote, or sermon series logo and thought, "I wish I could make one of those." Here is how to do it. Use the downloadable app called Word Swag on your mobile device and start creating. For a more advanced graphic maker try Canva.

  • Do you have lots of social media accounts to keep balanced? Want to coordinate your posts and campaigns. Try Hootesuite or Buffer as ways to navigate your multiple social media accounts in one place. They both have mobile, PC, and Mac versions for your convenience.


Video and Streaming:

  • Zoom is the easiest video meeting software. You can sign up for a membership through MinistrELife for only $100 right now. You can get a membership directly through the website for about $150 a year. 
    • Helpful hint. Zoom offers breakout rooms. You can bring your whole church together for a large group meeting. Then you can send them into breakout rooms for small group interaction, prayer, conversation, etc. Learn more about break out rooms. 
    • You can also insert polls into your zoom meetings.
  • Youtube is the most famous video site. You can stream live via YouTube with an account or you can record your ministries and post directly to website.


Webinars and Newsletters

 

Stream Content

  • Bible Project for videos on Bible. This is a free service.
  • Mr. Phil TV for the complete library of Phil Vischer's videos for kids. Membership required.
  • RightNow Media. The Region has a membership and each church can have access by emailing Greg Mamula at gmamula@abcnebraka.com if you don't already have access.
  • Coming Soon! Seminary Now...high quality seminary level content. Visit the website and submit your email info to be first in line for the newest content.

Church Management:

  • Call Em All: Web based phone and text system. You can send a phone call or text message to your entire congregation. A credit bases system; only pay for the calls and texts you send.
  • Create a digital info card for people who visit or attend your online services. Can be made in google drive. How to video. Place a link on your social media, website, or live stream service page. Here is an example. This way you can track online visitation and get new contact info.
  • Planning Center helps organize your church life and keep members connected. It has calendars, online giving platforms. worship planning, meeting spaces, etc. It allows customization and even has a free option for small congregations. There is also a mobile app. 
  • Loop Community is a resource for worship planning and leading. It has many tracks to sing along with or supplement live performers. You can even record your own songs to share and use.

Online ABC NE Church Links

Here is a list of known online church services. Most are on Facebook or church websites. If you are sharing worship, devotions, small groups, or other things online please email gmamula@abcnebraska.com with your link.  For a list of links for just church websites visit http://abcnebraska.com/wp/10-2/

Nebraska:
Albion First Baptist Church: Pastor Keith Brich Facebook Page
Alliance First Baptist Church: Continues to Meet at Church 10am Sunday’s
Ansley First Baptist Church: Facebook
Arnold First Baptist Church: Facebook 
Arthur First Baptist Church: Facebook and YouTube
Beatrice First Baptist Church: Facebook and YouTube
Bellevue New Life Baptist Church: Facebook
Bellevue Strangers Rest Missionary Church:
Blair First Baptist Church: Facebook
Bridgeport First Baptist Church: 
Broken Bow First Baptist Church:Facebook
Chadron First Baptist Church: Facebook
Chapman First Baptist Church: Facebook
Chin Christian Baptist Church:
Chin Evangelical Baptist Church: Facebook
Cozad Karen Baptist Spimu Church: Facebook
Fairbury First Baptist Church: Facebook and YouTube
Fremont First Baptist Church: Church Website and Facebook
Gibbon Baptist Church: Church Website and Facebook
Guide Rock First Baptist Church:
Hastings First Baptist Church:  Facebook 5min message
Holdrege First Baptist Church: Church Website
Holbrook First Baptist Church:
Htee Ger Nee Karen Baptist Church of Omaha:
Juniata Community Church: 
Kearney First Baptist Church: Church website with Q and A session at end
Koinonia House of Worship Omaha: Church Website
LaVista Judson Baptist Church: 
Lincoln Belmont Baptist Church: Facebook
Lincoln First Baptist Church: Facebook and YouTube
Lincoln 2nd Baptist Church: Facebook and “Youth Group Live” events. 
Lincoln Karen Baptist Church: Facebook
Mason City First Baptist Church: Facebook
McCook Grace Baptist Church:
Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church: Church Website
Norfolk First Baptist: Facebook and Church Website
North Platte First Baptist Church: Facebook and YouTube
Omaha American Baptist Karen Congregation: Facebook
Omaha Benson Baptist Church: Church Website and Facebook
Omaha Chin Christian Church:
Omaha Chin Revival Baptist Church: Facebook
Omaha First Baptist Church: Facebook
Omaha First Kachin Baptist Church of America: Facebook
Omaha Htee Ger Nee Karen Baptist Church:
Omaha Kanyaw Baptist Church:
Omaha Kachin Baptist Church: Facebook
Omaha King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church
Omaha Miracle Hills Baptist Church Facebook
Omaha Mt Nebo Missionary Baptist Church
Omaha Nazarene Karen Baptist Church
Omaha Parkside Baptist Church
Omaha Shiloh Baptist Church
Omaha Sunset Hills Baptist Church: Church Website         
Omaha Verdad y Vida (Truth and Life) Christian Community: Facebook
Oxford First Baptist Church: Facebook
Scottsbluff First Baptist Church: Facebook and Live-stream Website
Stella Prairie Union
Tekamah First Baptist Church: Facebook
Tekamah Riverside Baptist Church
Union First Baptist Church
Valley United Faith Community Church: Facebook
Wayne First Baptist Church
Wilsonville United Baptist Christian Church
 
Florida:
Florida Kachin Baptist Church

Jacksonville Kachin Baptist Church

North Carolina:
North Carolina Kachin Baptist Church

South Dakota:
Yankton – Jesucristo es Rey

Texas:
Dallas/Ft Worth Kachin Baptist Church
Houston – Hanson Kachin Baptist Church
Where are Robin and Greg this week?
Working from home mostly but in the office Monday & Thursday for a couple hours in the morning until Covid19 restrictions are lifted.
Working mostly from home with Region office hours Monday and Thursday until Covid19 restrictions are lifted.
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