COVID-19 Resources

As COVID cases increase again due to the Delta Variant of COVID, we may need to review and possibly change our protocols in order to keep our congregations safe – specifically, those who are immunocompromised and children under the age of 12.

New Mexico Churches: According to the NM Governor’s Executive Order issued on August 17th: Face masks are required in all public indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status, effective Friday, August 20th.  This applies to people ages 2+.  The requirement aligns with the latest CDC guidelines.  The exceptions are eating and drinking.  Vaccines are encouraged for those 12 years old +, but not mandated.

Texas Churches: According to the TX Governor’s Executive Order issued on July 29, 2021: “In areas where the COVID-19 transmission rate is high, individuals are encouraged to follow the safe practices they have already mastered, such as wearing face coverings over the nose and mouth wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household, but no person may be required by any jurisdiction to wear or to mandate the wearing of a face covering.”

“Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine under an emergency use authorization is always voluntary in Texas and will never be mandated by the government, but it is strongly encouraged for those eligible to receive one.”

The Conference Office: Starting on August 16th, both vaccinated and unvaccinated people will need to wear a mask in common areas.  All visitors must wear a mask.

Emotional Assistance: The HealthFlex plan offered by Wespath includes an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for clergy and their families.  Call 1-800-788-5614 anytime for confidential help.

What if I have additional questions or need more information? Contact Roselie Johnston at rjohnston@nmconfum.com and follow the New Mexico Annual Conference Facebook page  at: https://www.facebook.com/NMConference/

RESOURCES

Statements from the NM Conference Leadership
July COVID-19 Pastoral Letter
Bishop’s April 30th Announcement on COVID-19
Bishop & Cabinet Statement - COVID-19
Video from Bishop Bledsoe & Cabinet – COVID-19
Provost Letter regarding COVID-19
Congregational Vitality Message - Friends in Ministry
Conference Disaster Response Organizers: COVID-19 Initial Guidance & Getting Faith-Based Orgs Ready for Flu Pandemic
Conference Insurance Company: Think HR When Business Threats Are Contagious –  Coronavirus Safety - Houses of Worship
Sacramento Camp & Conf Center Press Release

Annual Conference Workshops
5 Adaptive Muscles for the Post-Pandemic Church – TMF: Click Here Passcode: C1cAR1?M
Ultimate Re-Launch Playbook with Kay Kotan: Click Here Passcode: a1%Agc3c

Safety & Preparedness 
Center for Disease Control Website
NM Public Health Site
NM Guidelines for Houses of Worship
TX Public Health Site
TX Guidelines for Houses of Worship
State of NM Site
(The State of TX COVID-19 info links to the TX Public Health Site.)
CDC Guidelines for Faith Communities (Resources also in Spanish)
Hand Washing Guide

CARES Act & Financial Assistance 
Updated CARES Act Loan Forgiveness FAQ’s
Financial Relief Update - May 14, 2020
Local Church Resources for the Paycheck Protection Program
NMAC Financial Assistance Announcement
Paycheck Protection Overview
Paycheck Protection FAQs
Paycheck Protection Application
The CARES Act
Paycheck Protection App Example - Baltimore
PPP Loan Application Guidance for Local Churches
Form 990 Instructions
GCFA Q&A
Wespath Info on Staff Support
Five Tips for Managing your Church Budget During COVID-19

Worshiping & Working Online 
Tips for Recording & Streaming Online
Telling the Old Story in a New Time Webinar(Please do not share.)
CCLI Licensing Website
ZOOM Meeting
Remote Access – LogMeIn

Communion
Council of Bishops moratorium on “virtual” Communion
This Holy Mystery-A United Methodist Understanding of Holy Communion
Love Feast – Book of Worship
Virtual “Love Feast” by Marcia McFee
On Second (or Third) Thought…Mea Culpa!-Rethinking Holy Communion

Baptism
By Water and the Spirit” precludes “private” baptisms.

Returning to “Normal”
Safely Returning to Worship - Sovereign FAQ's
Guidance from Provost on Returning to "Normal"
Re-Launch: A Conversation on Embracing the Ministry Possibilities of 2020
Returning to Church – Wisconsin Conference
48 Questions to Ask Prior to Re-Opening your Church
Re-Opening the Church: 4 Phases for an Orderly Return
Conference Insurance Company Suggestions for Returning
Helpful Links for Reopening from Sovereign Insurance
Sample COVID-19 Waiver