3/27/2020 6:15:00 PM
The last couple of weeks have been trying ones for everyone across this church. Our synods, congregations and ministries are facing challenges that they’ve never faced before. Being church together means more now than ever before.
The churchwide office is launching a comprehensive Covid-19 response
across the ELCA beginning today. We have three new approaches designed to provide
several levels of support for our most vulnerable congregations and ministries.
These three approaches are Daily Bread Grants, Here to Serve, and the Covid-19
DAILY BREAD GRANTS
ELCA World Hunger is announcing the immediate launch of
Daily Bread Matching Grants. Through these grants, ELCA congregations can raise
funds for their feeding ministries using an online fundraising platform and
will receive a grant of $500 from ELCA World Hunger. Up to 100 Daily Bread
Matching Grants are available for ELCA congregations on a first-come, first-served
basis, with the possibility of more grants becoming available in the future. Apply or donate here.
HERE TO SERVE
The churchwide organization is inherently a resource in
support of the members, congregations, synods and partners of the ELCA. During
this time, Domestic Mission will pivot to a project-based, service-oriented
structure so this church knows we are here to serve. By the first week of
April, we will launch a chat function on ELCA.org along with an 800 hotline for
prayer, support and questions that will be answered by our staff. As soon as
these channels are live, we will let you know.
COVID-19 RESPONSE APPEAL
It’s more important now than ever to support our church
across the country through these difficult times. We will begin to raise funds
to support our congregations, ministries and synods. This effort will launch
the week of March 30 via email and social media with a special form online to
In addition to our new three-pronged response, our work
continues in providing and updating resources on ELCA.org/publichealth. We are also
still at work in the world. Our global mission work continues and grows in this
time of the Covid-19 pandemic. We are working with our global companions to
provide support where we can. Learn more about that here.
I am proud to say that even during challenging times, we
continue our service in living out the mission of this church: Together in
Jesus Christ we are freed by grace to live faithfully, witness boldly and serve
Peace and be well,
Elizabeth A. Eaton
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America