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Concordia Church Announcements

Status updates as of March 27, 2020

Following the health recommendations for best practices during the Coronavirus pandemic, all worship services for Concordia Church will continue to be held virtually through Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020.

  • Concordia Place and Concordia Day have also closed all of their programs through April 7th.
  • All in-person church meetings are cancelled for the same time period.
  • The first Concordia Concert, scheduled for March 29th, has been postponed.
  • While we cannot come together in person on Sunday, we do want to lift up our faith community, and to be connected in prayer. See below for links to our virtual worship services.
  • Additional resources for use at home are listed below.

We encourage you to take every precaution to safeguard your health and the health of your neighbors. During this time of uncertainty and change in routines, we are living in a state of heightened anxiety. If you or someone you know would like additional spiritual care or emotional support, Pastor Zook nzook@concordiafaith.org and Jen Phillips jphillips@concordiafaith.org are both available.

Offerings
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.

Even though we cannot physically gather on Sunday, Concordia Church continues to give to our ministry partners (such as Concordia Place and the ELCA), to provide for our neighbors in need through the Helping Hand Fund, and to support our staff and facilities. Please continue to give so that we may continue to be generous in our ministry!

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.

Concordia Church Virtual Worship Services

March 29, 2020, Fifth Sunday in Lent

Click here to view the lessons and prayers, including Apostle’s Creed.

March 22, 2020, Fourth Sunday in Lent

Concordia Church Resources

Updated March 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 Resource for families:     Concordia at home

A Reflection from “Our Hope for Years to Come”  by Martin & Micah Marty
Shelter (Click here)

The Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation (link to COVID-19 resources – top right)
https://www.faithhealthtransformation.org/

Faith-based Wellness (a wide range of centering activities, reflections and videos) – FREE
https://employerlink.porticobenefits.org/Home/CallToLiveWell/HowPorticoCanHelp/WellnessActivities.aspx
The 2 minute centering video (from the Portico website above, video tab) is a great visual option for centering.

Bible App:
https://www.youversion.com/the-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.

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

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

Emotional Support For Families

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

You can make a difference:

PPE (Protective Personal Equipment) Collection for Chicago Hospitals:  Call to Action from Yana Reznik, Minister of Music

Synod Initiative for PPE collection & Donating Blood

Where you can go to Donate Blood

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:
https://thestemlaboratory.com/stem-activities-for-kids/

Here is a very comprehensive list of options of educational resources for young children through teens:
https://www.facebook.com/jerilynn.higgins/posts/10206793374149359

Center for Disease Control

Chicago 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