CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

Online Church

Everyone Has a Calling - Ours Is Helping You!

 

Do You Need Help?

 

We realize moving to a virtual church is a cultural shift for many churches, and we are here to help. The staff here at PRC has been working diligently to answer all the email questions we have gotten and to monitor the FB page to make sure questions are getting answered. We are doing this work for all churches, members and non-members.

 

Join the FaceBook page for Church Online people are asking all kinds of questions and resourcing each other.

 

Visit the Online Church page of PRC’s Online Resource Center

You can find all recorded webinars we have that pertain to online church.

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Holy Week and Easter



I’m sure many of you have already thought and worried about Holy Week and Easter Online. Some of you have already jumped in to Church Online and some are still just beginning to livestream and would never have started without the imperative of the pandemic. Here are some of the links I have been collecting over the last week

 

I think the Holy Week service of Tenebrae is perfect for Online Church at every tech level. I have collected a number of articles and resources to help you with Online Church for Holy Week and Easter

 

How to Conduct a Tenebrae service

 

A tenebrae service from the 2003 Calvin Symposium on Worship

 

A Service of Art, Music and Readings for Holy Week

 

From Godspace: Stations of the Cross Re-imagined!

Special thanks to Ed Goode for making Lilly Lewin's Stations of the Cross into digital format for at home and online use! It includes beautiful photos, actions, responses and ways to pray through the stations in community online.

 

 

Malcolm Guite - Please feel free to make use of these sonnets in anyway you like, and to reproduce them, but I would be grateful if you could include in any hand-outs a link back to this blog and also a note to say they are taken from ‘Sounding the Seasons; seventy Sonnets for the Christian Year, Canterbury Press 2012

 

Lent, Holy Week & Easter Resource from the ELCA Canada

 

Listening at the Cross: The Seven Last Words of Christ, Jan Richardson, 2011.

 

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

Visit this page COVID-19 and Worship: Resources for Churches Adapting to Social Isolation

 

Resources for Holy Week and Easter Season from Marcia McFree Worship Design Studio

 

From Hope4CE: David Gambrell shared COVID 19 resources from the PCUSA. Online Services for Holy Week and Easter 2020

 

Easter Liturgy You are welcome to use it in your online worship services and distribute it to your congregation. It is free for worship use. Please credit Jill Duffield of the Presbyterian Outlook.

 

Innovative Worship Ideas for Holy Week and Easter South Carolina Synod

 

This is a list from Small Church Music of all their Public Domain music for Holy Week and Easter. Click the links and you can listen and download different MP3's

 

One thing I see more of in the last week are churches uploading recorded worship to YouTube and Facebook Premier. This requires some kind of video editor. Most people using iPhone or iPad are editing with iMovie. But here are two secular videos about choosing an editor from Justin at Primal Video.

 

Best Video Editing App for iPhone & iPad

 

Best Video Editing Software for Windows PC

 

Need something I have not thought about or need more help please send me an email.

 

Blessings on your work this week.

 

charlaine@prcli.org

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Everyone Has a Calling - Ours Is Helping You!

 

Do You Need Help?

 

We realize moving to a virtual church is a cultural shift for many churches, and we are here to help. The staff here at PRC has been working diligently to answer all the email questions we have gotten and to monitor the FB page to make sure questions are getting answered. We are doing this work for all churches; members and non-members.

  

Join the  Face Book page for Church Online people are asking all kinds of questions and resourcing each other.

 

Visit the Online Church page of PRC’s Online Resource Center

You can find all recorded webinars we have that pertain to online church.

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Recorded Webinars Click the title to register

 

Caring for you neighbors - from a distance

Leaders: Heidi Unruh and Joy Skjegstad

 

Called to Teach: Basics for Sunday School Teachers of Children

Leader: Debbie Kolacki, Elizabeth Christie and Karen Ware Jackson

 

Easter and Holy Week in a Time of Social Distancing

Leader Marcia McFee

 

Church Websites 101

Leader: Eric Seiberling

 

Tips for Bringing Worship Alive and Keeping It Real in Live Stream

Leader: Marcia McFee

 

Getting Started with Church Online: Sharing what we know to help with online worship, Bible studies, and meetings.

PRC Staff

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If you need help call

631 921 0473

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Believe in the Power of God

Today’s Meditation – April 3, 2020 - Share with Family & Friends

Believe in the Power of God

In the Book of Psalms, we can see that David knew the importance of his prayers when he talked to God about a situation or challenge he was facing. David did not hesitate to go to God when he was overwhelmed and feeling hopeless. He believed in the power of God, and he trusted Him to be his protection when he faced serious trouble. He went to God in prayer when he needed miracles. He sought God when he needed protection and reassurance. David also understood the importance of praising and thanking God for the blessings even before they came.

We come before God with prayers that will activate His power to save us.

Lord,
You are my Shepherd, and I praise you for your goodness and mercy. You lead me to streams of living water, and you refresh my life. You walk with me in the valleys, and you lead me in the right paths. When I am lonely and troubled, you comfort me. When I come to you for shelter, you protect me and keep me safe. You are my shield, and you shelter me from all harm. I trust you to watch over me day and night. You touch my spirit and tell me not to fear because you are always by my side. You are my God, and I worship you in my heart. I come to you because I can depend on you to hear and answer my prayers. You have saved me in the past, and I know that you will save me again. There is nothing on this earth that is more powerful than the love you have for your children.

We have read about the miracles you performed throughout the Bible. You saved and blessed your children. Hear our collective prayers, today, for the miracles we seek that will bring healing and restoration to our lives. Strengthen our faith and give us a sign of the blessings to come. We focus on you, Lord, because you have the absolute power over this world. We thank you; we praise you and magnify your name as our blessings begin to manifest. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!

Official Call to the Annual Meeting of the Metropolitan Association

MEETING BEING RESCHEDULED FOR LATE MAY. MORE INFORMATION TO COME

Registration and Continental Breakfast Begin at 8:30 AM At the

Garden City Community Church

245 Stewart Avenue – Garden City, New York 11530

Rev. Lynn A. Sullivan, Host Pastor 

You may register online using the following link: tiny.cc/metrospringmeeting

Registration Form also Attached to this Email.

CLERGY, MIDS , DELEGATES AND LAY LEADERS PLAN TO REGISTER EARLY!

Theme: “Campus of Caring for Churches and Clergy”

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New York State is leading the nation with new laws to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. Governor Cuomo signed legislation that strengthened protections against discrimination and harassment under the New York State Human Rights Law

 

IS YOUR CHURCH IN COMPLIANCE? 

In March of 2019 PRC began offering web-based training for church leaders and employees that uses church language. We offered this training for both employees and church leadership eight times during the year to 877 people from 292 churches and affiliated religious organizations. People could watch with a group or by themselves. 

In 2020 we will be offering two different training.

 

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Mediation Skills Training Institute

 

Hosted by The Scarsdale Congregational Church, United Church of Christ

May 4-8, 2020, 8:30am-5:00pm daily

You are invited to attend Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders (MSTI), sponsored by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center. This is a practical workshop for clergy and other church leaders that teaches participants how to deal more effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict. This outstanding inter-denominational training event will be hosted by Scarsdale Congregational Church, UCC in Scarsdale, NY from 8:30am-5:00pm daily on May 4-8, 2020.

Early-birds who register no later than April 3, 2020 can save $200! Tuition is $695 when paid in full by April 3; or $895 after that date. Participants receive a training manual and other materials upon arrival. Cancellations are subject to a $100 non-refundable fee if LMPC is notified at least two weeks prior to the institute, or half of the registration fee otherwise. Enrollment is limited, so we recommend that you register early!

Register either by submitting the form found on the brochure – available at https://lmpeacecenter.org/brochures/ – or online, by going to

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4493661

 

*SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE! In order to apply for a scholarship please send 200-400 words about why this training would be beneficial for you and your congregation to Rev. Shernell Edney Stilley sestilley@uccny.org Associate Conference Minister for Congregational Vitality New York Conference, United Church of Christ.

For more information, send us an email at Admin@LMPeaceCenter.org, call our office at 630-627-0507, or visit the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center website. Thank you!

2020 Events Timeline

January, 2020

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration
Hosted by the Social Justice Committee
Watch for specifics on venue and theme for the gathering

20 Jan 2020

6-8 March, 2020

March,2020

New York Conference State Youth Event
Watson Homestead, Painted Post
Registration will open on the web site

Boundary Awareness Training and Renewal
Monday, March 9, 2020 9 AM – 4:00 PM
at the Garden City Community Church

9 March, 2020

25 April, 2020

April, 2020

Spring Meeting of the Metro Association
Saturday, April 25, 2020 – 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Hosted by the Garden City Community Church
A Day of Workshops for our "Campus of Caring for our Churches, Clergy and MIDs

May, 2020

New York Women’s Annual Conference
The UCC NY Women’s Conference Retreat is on Thursday, April 30, Friday and Saturday, May 1 & 2, to be held at Watson Homestead Retreat Center, Painted Post, New York. Registration starts on Thursday, April 30 at 4:00 pm.

30 April/ May 1 & 2 2020

June 4-5, 2020

June, 2020

New York Conference Annual Meeting
June 5-6, 2020 in Buffalo at the Hyatt Regency Downtown
Continuing Education Institute – June 4-5, 2020

July, 2020

UCC National Youth Event for youth
in grades 6-12 At Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana
Cost $375
Contact: the Metro Association for more information

July 22-25, 2020

August 1, 2020

August, 2020

August 1, 2020 -Deadline for Submission of
Applications for the Scholarship Fund

December, 2020

Holiday Luncheon for College Youth
With Metro Staff and Youth Committee Members

December, 2020

UPCOMING AND PROPOSED YOUTH ACTIVITIES FOR 2020

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New York State Youth Event
United Church of Christ



Are you ready for this year’s State Youth Event? We are! The dates are March 6, 7, & 8. As in the past, the event will take place at Watson Homestead in Painted Post, New York. This year's theme is "Good Vibes." This will be a wonderful opportunity for youth and adults from all over the state of New York to get a chance to meet, learn, have fun, and worship together. The weekend is packed with many exciting as well as challenging workshops, and plenty of fun and free time!

We will also have many workshops for you to choose from as well as the ever-popular dance on Saturday night, Bible studies, and creative worship. Bring your musical instruments if you wish. BRING YOUR PILLOW AND SLEEPING BAG or SHEETS FOR YOUR BED- WE DONT WANT ANYONE TO BE COLD... If we have snow there will be plenty of outdoor activities, as well.

Please note these very important points

  • The State Youth Event is for high school students in grades 9 through 12 who are interested in taking part in this exciting weekend. An adult advisor (21 or older) must accompany all youth. Groups attending should plan on one adult for every 7 youth.
  • Do not expect to register at Watson Homestead!All participants (youth and adult) must register online:     (or send in the fully completed & signed registration, covenant, and health history forms with the prepaid fee $160 by March 2, 2020.  When you pay, the conference office will send confirmation of that payment & registration.  Mail forms to SYE, 5575 Thompson Road, Dewitt, NY  13214.
  • Rooms will be pre-assigned by the registrar (each group will be together in the same building). You may request one roommate, if that person also requests you.
  • We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen articles while at Watson! Only personal music devices with ear plugs will be allowed. Bring your phone -- if you think you need it -- but cell connection is not very good at Watson.
  • All advisors are asked to help lead the small groups, and to help chaperone the dance, and late night rooms.
  • No dinner will be served on Friday night! You might want to eat before you arrive.
  • Do not be late!Registration is from 5PM to 6:30PM in the Main Lodge lobby. The kick off starts promptly at 6:30pm, followed by family group activities and workshop sign up at 7:30pm.  Mandatory advisors meeting will be at 7pm in the Elm room. The event ends Sunday at noon.

We know you will enjoy your weekend with us at Watson Homestead. We look forward to seeing you there. Do not forget to send your forms and payment in the mail TODAY! We will respond to you by e-mail once we receive your registration. There is room at the table for you..

Questions: Call the Conference Office 315-446-3073 or email sgaewsky@uccny.org

​See you at Watson Homestead,

The New York State Youth Committee

Important Materials: 

Online registration link: 

State Youth Event Registration Form - download here

State Youth Event Health Form - download here

State Youth Event Youth Covenant - download here

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What Are the Foundations of NYE 2020?

Leading up to NYE 2020, the planning team has built upon the original pillars of faith, leadership, service and social justice. Adding community building so that youth might be sustained in their faith beyond NYE and expanding justice to include encounter and reflection, ensures our work comes from a place of solidarity and does not reinforce systems of power and privilege.

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Who's Going to Be There?

Find out who's presenting and performing. Check out the list of NYE Speakers & Artists.

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What Are You Doing July 22-25?

Having a blast at NYE 2020! Registration opens February 1. Mark your calendar, set a reminder, and sign up to receive more information here.

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NYE is made possible by the generous gifts of donors from across the UCC. Click here to give and support our youth.

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Text UCCNYE to 41444.

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Attention All Association Churches and Members

We are living at a time of escalating fear that is leading to hate.  The most important thing we can do to stop this trend is to not be part of it.  We must do as we are called to do as Christians. It is important to show this video and have discussions at your churches. Please refer to the information in the poster that is also displayed.

 

Rev. Dr. Anesta Vannoy

Metropolitan Association Disaster Response Chaplain

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