Staying Informed and Connected During a Pandemic

Even though in-person gatherings are suspended, we can still band together in a variety of ways. We hope you find the information on this page helpful in maintaining those connections with fellow believers that are more important now than ever.

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CDC Guidance for Holiday Celebrations

On December 9, the Centers for Disease Control updated their guidance for celebrating the winter holidays. It is republished below in its entirety but can…

Finding Unity in a Time of Division

Conference president Dean Coridan and ministerial director Lee Rochholz discuss how to maintain a biblical focus on unity while navigating through a time of unprecedented…

Camp Heritage Update – April 15

Here’s an update on this year’s summer camp season, from Camp Heritage director Denison Sager. In the video, he mentions a survey that will help…

General Conference Session Postponed Until May 2021

During a March 19 teleconference, the General Conference Executive Committee voted to postpone the 2020 General Conference Session until May 2021. The announcement, originally published…

Frequency Asked Questions

Where can I find information about the coronavirus?

See the “Coronavirus Resources” section at left (desktop) or above (mobile).

How are churches impacted by the pandemic?

We urge all of our churches to follow local, state and federal guidelines and restrictions regarding public gatherings. There are various resources above for maintaining connections while in-person services are suspended, including a list of churches providing Sabbath services online, ideas for connecting with fellow members in other ways, alternative methods for returning tithes and offerings, and more.

How are schools impacted by the pandemic?

School schedules for all 13 of our elementary schools, Sunnydale Academy, and Union College have been impacted by the pandemic but in differing ways. If you have questions about how a specific school is impacted, please contact the school directly. Contact information for our elementary schools can be found at

How are conference events impacted by the pandemic?

The following events (as of April 2) have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Town Hall Meetings (Mar 17-29)
  • TLT Spring Retreat (Mar 20-22)
  • Sunnydale Youth Rally (Mar 27-29)
  • Missouri Honors Weekend (Apr 3-5)
  • Iowa Honors Weekend (Apr 4-5)
  • Iowa-Missouri Music Festival (Apr 16-18)
  • Iowa-Missouri Spring Camporee (Apr 30-May 3)
  • Iowa-Missouri Camp Meeting (June 2-6)

Decisions have not yet been made about several events currently scheduled for this summer. Visit our online calendar at for the latest information.

Does closing churches during a global pandemic display a lack of faith

Conference executive secretary Robert Wagley tackles this question here.

What if I have other questions?

Have a question not covered in the FAQ section above? Let us know.