Clean out your closets! Use your at-home time to dig into storage rooms, closets, cupboards, etc. Look for clothing, kitchen items, small furniture, jewelry, etc., you no longer use or need. Store them in your garage until thrift stores reopen and you can drop them off. If you live in the Twin Cities, consider taking them to Old School, by Steeple People.

EarthKeepers Online Training: June 11 and 25, July 9 and 23, August 6 and 20, 7-8:30 p.m., online. Join EarthKeepers and Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light for a dynamic and experiential leadership development training. Learn how to take action for a more just and sustainable world and be commissioned as a Minnesota EarthKeeper!

How can your church care for the lawn and local waters at the same time?  Learn tips and tricks for your church at “Lawn Care with Water Quality in Mind” on Wednesday,  May 13th at 11:30am via Zoom.  
This event series is for clergy, community leaders, youth directors, green teams, property committees, and congregation members.
Water Where We Live Lunch’N’Learn: Lawn Care with Clean Water in MindMay 13th, 2020  11:30 am

Isaiah MN invites us to encourage MN legislators to pass the Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program. The House is moving $100 million for rental and mortgage assistance. Senate leadership is only pushing for $30 million – which is grossly insufficient to the needs – with strings attached around limiting the Governor’s executive powers. To show support for immigrant justice please consider:

  • calling your state representative to thank them for their work on this
  • calling your state senator to urge them to increase the amount of aid their leadership is pushing for.
  • Find your legislators here:

“Rise of the Microchurch” webinar: This free webinar from Exponential can be viewed anytime, is full of ideas for how the church can tap into micro expressions to fuel growth and depth of community both now and as we begin the process of reopening churches.  Access webinar

Native American Communities and COVID-19: Challenges faced by healthcare agenciesApril 30, 1 p.m., online. Join the UMC General Commission on Religion and Race for a discussion with Dr. Billy Beets and Mr. Shawn Terry of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health on how COVID-19 has impacted Native American communities and healthcare agencies.

Stop Utility ShutoffsJoin United Methodist Women in contacting your elected officials to urge them to include a moratorium on water and utility shutoffs and prioritize people and a regenerative economy in the next relief and stimulus package.

Getting Your Congregation Back Into the Game of Effective Ministry: May 6, 2-3 p.m., online. Based on years of research, coaching, and consulting with local congregations, Phil Maynard provides helpful, practical methods for developing effective ministry.

Developing Effective Communication to Grow Your CongregationMay 5, 2-3 p.m., online. Kevin Slimp will share tools often overlooked by local churches in reaching out to both the members and the unchurched of their communities.

A discussion starter for youth and adults about why we need to “love one another as though our lives depend on it” (see 1 Peter 1:17-23 and Emily Meyer’s 3rd Sunday of Easter Sermon based on it) can be found in  THE ATLANTIC, April 21 article,
Why Some People Get Sicker Than Others

COVID-19 is proving to be a disease of the immune system. Does that make it easier or harder to control?

Volunteering During COVID-19

If you’re looking for ways to give time during this critical period, visit one of the websites below.

Ramsey County:

Hennepin County:

In response to re-open protests that put all of God’s children at risk, share a letter of support for – and solidarity with – your local health care providers and other frontline workers. Extend the covenant by inviting neighboring faith communities to join you. Expand the Christian references accordingly, to include others. Share a “signed” version on your website and/or send to a local media outlet.

Rev. Ben Ingebretson, area director of new church development for the MN Annual Conference UMC, outlines some of the most common felt needs conducive for launching a micro-community online.  Read blog post

The MN Annual Conference UMC expanded their Masks for Minnesota movement with a whole Covid-19 Compassion Campaign.

You can celebrate Earth Day every day with ELCA’s Rev. Leah Schade’s 10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day at Home.

For individuals or families looking for ways to do good from home for homeless teens, Avenues for Youth share suggestions.

Dr. Jeffrey Van Wingen, MD created a youtube video on how to bring groceries into the home safely. It’s lengthy, but he covers a lot of really helpful ground.

The Lewis Center for Church Leadership blog LeadingIdeas’ Becoming a Church without Walls, by Andrew Ponder Williams offers “ideas on how digital connections can help us reach people not previously connected to our congregations”.

Joy Skjegstad and Heidi Unruh facilitate Judson Press’ free webinar: CARING FOR NEIGHBORS–FROM A DISTANCE
which offers practical suggestions for how churches can care for people in the community when we can’t be close to them. Many of these ideas for reaching out beyond the congregation may serve you in caring for your own members as well. 

The Connectional podcast series called, “Church during COVID” is hosted by Revs. Katy Lee and Laquaan Malachi and supported by the Minnesota Conference. It features a different guest with each installment and aims to help leaders share stories and support one another.  Listen to the latest episode.