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COVID-19 Updates, Resources, and Action Plan

The South Wisconsin District has adopted many of the guidelines from the CDC and State of Wisconsin. We have postponed our Spring Pastors’ Conference, we have put off travel plans, and asked all staff to work from home. This being said, we are working to avoid interruptions to our daily operations; but please know that our response time to phone calls and emails may be limited. Below is a collection of resources, guidelines, and recommendations for our churches and schools to consider.

Please check back regularly for the most up-to-date guidance.

Moving Milwaukee Forward

Order #3 COVID-19 Public Health Plan for the City of Milwaukee | City of Milwaukee Health Department (June 4, 2020)
Milwaukee Health Department Launches “ASKMHD” | City of Milwaukee Health Department (June 3, 2020)

Open Letter to The Honorable Mayor Tom Barrett

An Open Letter to Mayor Barrett | Rev. Dr. John C. Wille (May 24, 2020)

For Churches

DP Vantage Point | Rev. Dr. John C. Wille (Mar. 29, 2020)
“The Epidemic” | The Lutheran Witness (1918)
DP Vantage Point Regarding the Coronavirus Epidemic | Rev. Dr. John C. Wille (Mar. 16, 2020)

The Impossibility of Online Administration of the Lord’s Supper | Rev. Dr. John T. Pless (Apr. 4, 2020)
Communion in a Time of Social Distancing | Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (Apr. 2, 2020)
Letter Regarding the Divine Service | Rev. Dr. John C. Wille (Mar. 24, 2020)
Letter Regarding SWD Communion Practices | Rev. Dr. John C. Wille (Mar. 23, 2020)
Communion and COVID-19 | LCMS CTCR (Mar. 20, 2020)

Free Resources for Worship, Bible Study, and Education | Concordia Publishing House
Online Worship: A Simple Guide

List of SWD Congregation Streaming Services | Please add your church to this Google Sheet.

Looking toward Reopening

Questions to Consider Before Reopening Your Church | South Wisconsin District
Collection of Resources and Guides | South Wisconsin District

Collection of Current Practices | South Wisconsin District [Please add your congregation to the list.]

SWD Reopening Policy | South Wisconsin District
CDC Signage  | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Sample Signage | South Wisconsin District

Stewardship & Human Resources

Soldiers of the Cross provides assistance for church workers (both rostered and non-rostered) who face specific financial challenges.
Instructions | Application

Avoiding Coronavirus Scams | Federal Trade Commission

Disaster Response Loan Program | Lutheran Church Extension Fund
Joyful Response | Lutheran Church Extension Fund

Health Coverage FAQs | Concordia Plan Services

Families First Coronavirus Act | Concordia Plan Services

CARES Act Q&A | Concordia Plan Services
Paycheck Protection Program | Concordia Plan Services
*Faith-Based Organizations FAQs | US Small Business Administration
*IRS 501c3 Determination Letter | LCMS
*Joint Letter from Congress Re: 501c3 Status of Churches | Richmond, Johnson, Clyburn, and Scalise

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance | Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Church Mutual
Brotherhood Mutual

Mental Health and Welfare

Mental Health and Wellness During Challenging Times | Lutheran Counseling and Family Services
Mental Health and Wellness During Social Isolation | Rev. Jonah P. Burakowski


SWD Food Bank Appeal
Locations, Hours, and Contacts for SWD Food Banks

Links and Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Coronavirus Talking Points | Medical College of Wisconsin
COVID-19 and Your Community | Medical College of Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Emergency Order #12 — Safer at Home | Gov. Tony Evers (Mar. 24, 2020)
Emergency Order #28 — Safer at Home | Andrea Palm (Apr. 16, 2020)
Emergency Order #31 — Badger Bounce Back | Andrea Palm (Apr. 20 2020)

LCMS President’s Message and Resources

SWD Facebook Page