COVID 19 OPERATIONS PLAN

Updated: December 2020

The Council of the Church of the Good Shepherd, UCC meets monthly, the staff and the COGS COVID-19 Tasks Force meet as necessary to discuss our response to COVID-19.

 

Hours: We are working normal hours. You can still email/call the staff.

Erica (in the office): Monday - Friday, 10 AM-2 PM |  cogs@ucccogs.org | 505-856-1004.

Sarah (telecommuting): Tuesday-Friday & Sundays 8 AM-4 PM (flexible, based on member needs). Pastor email, pastor@ucccogs.org.  Phone 505-850-4052. 30-minute private Zoom calls with Pastor Sarah are available on Thursdays from 10 am - 1 pm. Please schedule time with Erica to be placed on the Zoom call schedule. If you have any needs (food, someone to talk to, medical supplies - anything!) or have resources to offer, please call Erica at 505-856-1004.

 

Our Care Team is active.

Please contact Carol Jordan at 505-856-6910 with prayer requests and needs. She is communicating regularly with Erica and Sarah, coordinating caregiving.

You can still mail checks and donate online. 

 

Erica is picking up the mail, Val is depositing checks, and George is paying bills. Our address is 7834 Tennyson St. NE. Albuquerque, NM 87113. To give online, text the word "give" to 505-278-5757 or click here to give online.

We're still paying our part-time staff. 

 

The Council came to a consensus: we will keep paying our musicians at their current rate, as they are doing amazing work, learning new technology, and greatly enhance our weekly Zoom worship experience.  Please be generous and support our budget so we can sustain our life-giving programs and staff through these times.

 

The building is closed.

Church of the Good Shepherd's building will be closed until the NM Dept of Health confirms it is safe to gather in groups again. Occasional outside church activities may be held at COGS.  The lower level of the church continues to house those enrolled in the Family Promise Program.  

 

We are temporarily suspending alarm codes, so please stay home! Your code will not work! Exceptions will be made for Erica, Linda, Sarah, George, Nena-Joy, and Val, who will occasionally need access to keep the church operating. We will only have contractors on-site during this time as maintenance and cleaning services require, who we're assured have the appropriate gear to protect themselves while maintaining and sanitizing our building.

 

We’re Zooming!

 

Church services and groups are meeting online with connections by computer and phone. We are taking social distancing recommendations seriously. All gatherings will be held virtually until the NM Department of Health confirms it is safe to gather again.

 

Recurring events:

Bible Study: 11 AM Tuesdays

Crafter’s Group: 10 AM Wednesdays

Check-in Gathering: 10:30 AM Thursdays

Contemporary Theology: 10 AM Sundays

Worship: 9 AM and 11 AM Sundays

You only need 1 link or phone # to participate in any church gathering.

Worship and meetings happening over Zoom all have the same link: https://zoom.us/j/337700714.

You can also Dial in by phone at 346-248-7799. The meeting ID is 337 700 714

 

If you're having trouble setting up Zoom, please call Erica at 505-856-1004. We have volunteers ready to help.

Connect with us on the web

 

Our Website: 

As we grow into new ways of "being the Church" during this pandemic, check this website for updates and resources.

 

Facebook: 

Watch Facebook for extra resources as well as breaking news, prayers, and occasional humor to uplift our spirits. “Like” or “follow” our page. https://www.facebook.com/UCCCOGS/

 

COVID updates from the State of NM'

The State of NM health department has a wonderful, up to date website.  Anytime you have questions regarding how to be safe and to keep up with the frequent updates, please go to

 https://cv.nmhealth.org/  The COGS COVID-19 Task Force will continue to keep up to date with the constantly evolving directives.  Decisions about when to re-open our worship space for in-person services will be made specifically for our worshipping community.

 

Family Promise guests are staying with us.

Imagine being homeless at a time like this and hearing from everyone "I'm sorry, there is no room at the inn..." Thank you to our Council for their extravagant generosity and to Erica and Family Promise for their hard work to develop a plan to keep folks as safe (and distant) as possible.

Families will be using the downstairs portion of the church only. We will not be responsible for staffing volunteers; we are simply sharing our space. If you're interested in volunteering anyway, they can always use our help. Contact Gail Chynoweth to learn more.

 

God is still speaking.

With the outbreak of COVID-19, many of our habits are changing. In the midst of uncertain times, it's hard to know what lessons we'll take away. What we CAN know for sure is that God is still speaking! God's Spirit is showing up in the generosity of strangers, the hard work of healthcare workers and volunteers, the unexpected connections over phone and internet, and the resilience of our Christian community. Keep listening. God is with us!