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Status updates as of June 3, 2020 from Pastor Nicholas Zook

As Chicago moves into Phase 3 Covid-19 Response…
Great news, Chicago is moving into Phase 3 of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic this month. This means the partial reopening of restaurants and businesses, limited child care operations, and gatherings of up to 10 people. Concordia Place programs have already been operating two of our sites as Emergency Child Care Centers; our Ravenswood and Whipple locations in the Ravenswood and Avondale communities.  Now, we will be expanding our child care operations to include not only the families of essential workers, but open to all of our families…and, at all 4 sites. Read more info about Concordia Place and Concordia Day programs below.

When will we be re-opening the church for worship and activities?
Good question.  With that question come many other questions we will want to be able to answer first: what restrictions on gatherings and activities will be required? What protocols do we need in place to keep members and visitors safe? What will worship look like? What should members and visitors know to feel comfortable in participating in worship and church activities? What will we need to prepare and adjust in the sanctuary and fellowship spaces to meet safety protocols?

Here at Concordia Church, we are getting ready and are eager to bring our community back together again.  We miss you and wish you were here.  We have assembled a task force of church leaders and staff to develop our reopening plans.  Expect to hear more in the weeks to come, meanwhile… keep us all in your thoughts and prayers.

In the meantime…

Concordia Place
Mayor Lightfoot announced that Chicago will enter Phase 3 and is allowing child care centers to open and serve all families as long as they operate with reduced class sizes and with added health and safety protocols.

Our tentative grand re-opening is Monday, June 8th for all our centers. Each center’s reopening is dependent on official licensing clearance through the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. More information can be found at www.concordiaplace.org/enroll.

In addition, we know many summer camps are closed. If you or someone you know has children ages 6-12 years old that are ready for a summer experience, School-Age 365 will have limited openings.  Please contact Rachel Ozog at rozog@concordiaplace.org for opportunities at Concordia on Whipple and Adrianne Cabral at acabral@concordiaplace.org for Concordia on Seeley for more information.

Concordia Place is hosting a fundraiser with Boon Supply through June 12. Click here for more information about how you can participate.

During this unique time of new challenges and new ways of doing ministry, we want to encourage every one of us to live generously, where and when you can.

Continuing to financially support Concordia Church is one way you can live out our shared core value of generosity. Your community at Concordia Church continues to give to our ministry partners (such as Concordia Place and the ELCA), provide for our neighbors in need through the Helping Hand Fund, and supports our staff, facilities and important ministries, including the continuation of virtual worship using new, creative ways to keep everyone worshipfully connected! We understand that this current situation has caused financial strain for some; however, many of us are still fortunate to be able to be generous with our financial resources and help those people and organizations who need them. If you are able to give, your faithful, regular gifts will help sustain our ministry and address additional needs that may arise during this time of crisis. Our congregation has many ministries and people who rely on this support, both within and outside of, our congregation. Thank you for being generous in heart and spirit.

You can still mail in your offerings to the church office; however, deposits of those checks may take longer than what is usually expected. Online giving can ensure your gift can make it to Concordia Church in the quickest way possible.  Follow the instructions below to give once or set up recurring offering.

Everyone (whether you have a Realm account or not):
– Go directly to the online giving form at https://onrealm.org/concordiafaith/give

Alternatively, for Concordia Church members with a Realm account:
– Using your Realm app, go to the Giving section and choose “Make a gift”
– Log in to Realm from a computer, go to Community-Giving, and select the “+Gift” button.

Checks payable to “Concordia Lutheran Church” can be mailed to 3855 N. Seeley, Chicago, IL 60618.

For assistance or questions, contact Desirae Diehl, Parish Administrator, at ddiehl@concordiafaith.org.

Offertory prayer: Merciful Father, we offer with joy and thanksgiving what you have first given us — ourselves, our time, and our possessions, signs of your gracious love. Receive them for the sake of him who offered himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Concordia Church Virtual Worship Services

June 4, 2020, Message from Pastor Zook

May 31, 2020, Day of Pentecost

May 28, 2020, Message from Pastor Zook

May 24, 2020, Seventh Sunday of Easter

May 21, 2020, Message from Marisa Buchheit

May 17, 2020, Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 14, 2020, Message from Pastor Zook

May 10, 2020, Fifth Sunday of Easter

May 7, 2020, Message from Pastor Zook

May 3, 2020, Fourth Sunday of Easter

April 30, 2020, Message from Pastor Zook

April 26, 2020, Third Sunday of Easter

April 23, 2020, Message from Pastor Zook

April 19, 2020, Second Sunday of Easter

April 16, 2020, Message from Pastor Zook

April 12, 2020, Easter Sunday

April 10, 2020, Good Friday

April 9, 2020, Message from Pastor Zook

April 5, 2020, Palm Sunday

April 2, 2020, Message from Pastor Zook

March 29, 2020, Fifth Sunday in Lent

March 22, 2020, Fourth Sunday in Lent

Concordia Church Resources

Updated May 28, 2020
For questions on any of the resources listed here, or for additional spiritual care and/or emotional support, connect with Jen Phillips, jphillips@concordiafaith.org or call 773-463-1600 x402.

Featured Reflection of the Week: When God Interrupts Your Plans

Featured Resource for families:     Concordia at home

Shelter:A reflection from “Our Hope For Years To Come” by Martin & Micah Marty

The Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation (link to COVID-19 resources – top right)

Faith-based Wellness (a wide range of centering activities, reflections and videos) – FREE
The 2 minute centering video (from the Portico website above, video tab) is a great visual option for centering.

Bible App:
This is a free Bible app – you can read or listen to the Bible (in any version you prefer), look up verses based on  your current situation or what you are feeling, read different devotionals on a host of topics, share visual encouragement among your friends or larger social media networks, and more.  All for free.

Click here for this Sunday’s printable coloring page and activity. 

Free Coloring Pages and Prayers (to calm anxiousness)
Thanks to Illustrated Ministry for supplying this download.

A free weekly family focused resource delivered to your inbox. Sign up for free here.

Emotional Support For Individuals

Why You Aren’t Thinking Clearly: The Brain Science of Fear in Uncertain Times by Hildy Gottlieb

Body Scan Practice By Elizabeth Scott, MS
“Research shows that stress reduction is one of the primary benefits of body scan…”. Try completing a body scan and notice the reduction of stress pre- and post- exercise. Here is an example of a Body Scan guided exercise on YouTube. Many other examples are available using a google search.

8 Breathing Exercises to Try When you are Feeling Anxious, Multiple Sources, Healthline.com

A Spanish-language meditation/mindfulness app that you can download on your phone. Have to register with an email, but can access many meditations without paying

Liberate Meditation
A mindfulness/ meditation app with free guides for and by people of color. Need to register with an email, but once you have an account, sessions are free. Download on your phone, but you can find more information about it here

Smiling Mind
A free mindfulness app you can download on your phone with hundreds of meditations that are organized into different programs like mindful foundations, sleep, workplace, etc. Most are between 5-15 minutes. For individuals or families

Stop, Breathe & Think
Free mindfulness/meditation app to download on your phone. There is a section that explains mindfulness, why it’s beneficial, including some of the science behind it. Also has a progress page to keep track of how your mind and body has been feeling over time and daily check-ins and option to earn stickers. For adults and children

Emotional Support For Families

Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago
Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago provides counseling and personal development services to individuals of all ages, couples, and families from a faith-based perspective.

Call 4 Calm – free emotional support text line where you can speak with a mental health professional
Text “TALK” to 552020 or “HABLAR” for service in Spanish to the same number 552020

8 Ways to Support the Mental Health of Children and Teens During the COVID-19 Pandemic By Azizi Marshall, Founder & CEO at Artful Wellness & Center for Creative Arts Therapy
Discover eight ways to best support the mental health of your children and teens during the coronavirus pandemic, according to mental health professionals across the country.

8 Yoga Poses to try as a family, Megan Murray Elsener, Chicago Parent

A social story for kids to help explain the COVID-19 situation:
Just for kids: A comic exploring the new Corona Virus, Malaka Gharib, NPR

Extensive article on how the brain works and how parents can calm a child’s anxiety:
Dealing with Anxiety in Children: How to Calm & Strengthen an Anxious Brain, Karen Young, heysigmund.com

Donate PPE (Protective Personal Equipment)

Donate Blood

Donate Monetarily


Navigating the Corona virus quarantine:
The family lockdown Guide, Celina Ribeiro, Guardian.com

Helping kids keep a routine while they are out of school:
Free & downloadable daily list, BigLifeJournal.com

Ideas for ‘Screen-Free’ time (mostly) while kids are home:

Here is a very comprehensive list of options of educational resources for young children through teens:

The Advocate Aurora Health Coronavirus COVID-19 Information Center provides a COVID-19 Symptom Checker. (English and Spanish, PDF version)
The Advocate Aurora Health COVID-19 Hotline – 1-866-443-2584 – is for anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or has been exposed to someone who has the virus. An Advocate Aurora Health team member will advise them on the best way to proceed with care.

CPS Grab & GO Meals information
Chicago Public Schools is committed to providing meals throughout the closure, and you can pick up meals at more than 270 schools, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Check their website for more information and the specific schools where meals are available on a particular day.

Chicago Stay at Home Order Frequently Asked Questions

Center for Disease Control

Chicago Department of Public Health

Illinois Department of Public Health

World Health Organization

Collection of Special Assistance measures for Chicago
Click here to open a PDF that has additional links
Thanks to the Logan Square Ecumenical Alliance (LSEA) for sharing

33rd Ward Resources available during COVID-19
(including legal aid, unemployment assistance, where to pick up school lunches and more)

47th Ward Resources available during COVID-19
(including legal aid, unemployment assistance, where to pick up school lunches and more)

Chicago Rx Card
The Chicago Rx Card is a free and easy way to save up to 80% on prescription drugs.

Smart 911
In the event of an emergency, your Safety Profile is made available to call takers the moment your phone or one associated with your account dials 9-1-1.

Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline & Victims Services
Call 1-877-863-6338 for help and support. Hotline is free, confidential and open 24/7. Or visit their website

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Call 1-800-799-7233 or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can visit their website, or text “LOVEIS” to 22522

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) if you or someone you know is in crisis. Open 24/7, free and confidential.

National Sexual Assault Hotline
Call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) to connect with a trained staff member who will offer support and resources. Free, confidential, open 24/7. Online chat option too.