ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has announced the launch of a comprehensive Covid-19 response across the ELCA beginning today. The three approaches named are:

Daily Bread Grants

ELCA World Hunger is announcing the immediate launch of Daily Bread Matching Grants,” the announcement read. “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 ELCA 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 donate.”

The ELCA will continue to provide and update resources at elca.org/publichealth. “We are also still at work in the world,” the announcement read. “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.”

Read the full announcement.

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