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Calvary Coronavirus Update #2
As I am sure you know, the governor has banned any gathering of 50 or more. He is also discouraging groups of 20 or more from meeting in-person for the next few weeks. This will mean that our building will be closed for all activities and in-person services until at least March 31, 2020 (the office remains open 9am-2pm, Monday through Friday). This is disappointing for sure. But I passionately believe that God has positioned all of us to experience and give the love of His Son. This is not the time to hide and be fearful, it is time to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
This is a time for revival and profound growth as disciples. Let me be clear, we will not stop being the church in the days ahead. The words of Jesus are for us, “the gates of hell will not prevail”. Since last week, staff and leaders have been creatively imagining how to be the church without a building. What follows is how we are positioning our church for the next season to serve you and our community.
- The hub for all information is on our website: thisiscalvary.org .
- Until further notice, all campuses will worship together online at 10am on Sundays. The live services can be found either on our Facebook page or directly from our Vimeo page at 10am on Sundays (you will also be able to watch a recording if you miss it). This enables us to be together and be a family even as we are separated geographically. If this continues pass Easter, we are looking at options so that each campus can create and stream their own service.
- Starting Thursday morning, there will be a live morning devotional and evening devotional from one of the pastoral staff that will be streamed on our Facebook page. This will be at 9am and 6pm. These devotionals will continue every day but Sundays until the crisis ends.
- In the days ahead, we will be producing content that will be helpful during this crisis. We will be looking at addiction, anxiety, pain, parenting and growing in Christ as this pandemic changes daily life. Stay connected to our website and Facebook to get this content.
- We are repurposing the Church food pantry into an emergency supplies center during the outbreak. This is first for our members and then for our local communities. We are looking to have this open by the end of the week. Right now, we need donations and volunteers. We are looking for donations of paper towels, toilet paper and non-perishables. These donations can be dropped off at the church office from 9am-2pm, Monday thru Friday. If you have questions about drop-off, call the church office (708-429-2200). If you want to volunteer, sign-up here.
- Later this week, a group of volunteers and leaders will contact every 65+ person (over the phone) who is a member or attender at Calvary. This contact will continue weekly until this crisis has passed or declined. The weekly call will include a check-in, offering of assistance, delivering needed supplies and food, and praying for each person. Every person who is 65+ at Calvary will know they are loved by Christ and his church. No one will be alone at Calvary. We will do whatever we can to lovingly serve our seniors. Click here to serve.
- We want to know of any person or family in our church and community that has been impacted by the Coronavirus. We will use this information to serve the person and family in this stressful time. This will include reaching out, providing for basic needs and making sure no one suffers alone. Click here to let us know.
- We are also aware and prepared to serve our members and attenders who have an immediate financial need because of the COVID-19 crisis. If you are in need, or know someone who is in need, please click here for an online confidential form that will begin the process with our deacons.
- The state and federal governments have put into place extreme measures of mitigation and containment in an effort to save lives; these include closing schools, restaurants and any place where large gatherings occur. There is a great social cost to these measures. Social isolation is what we do to prisoners to break them. For the human person nothing is more costly than being alone. The church is here as an agent of His Presence. Through this crisis, Connect Groups and many bible studies will continue to meet either virtually or in-person (if under 20). If you are looking for a small community to get connected to, please e-mail, Oliver Hersey.
- We are also making pastoral counseling available to anyone who is in need of spiritual care. Depending on the need and comfort of those involved, this can happen in person or over the phone. Our pastoral staff desires to help you find Christ in this moment of crisis. We also have a group of trained lay leaders who specialize in walking with people through life-changing moments. If this is something you need, please click here to get connected .
God is among us. We are his church. We will love one another in the days to come and love our community. Our church is not in trouble. Our church exists for this moment. Let’s make Jesus proud.
In hope and with deep affection,
p.s. Please consider giving a financial gift. 75% of our giving happens when we gather on Sunday mornings. Please continue giving in the days ahead so that we can partner with Jesus to bring transformation. Click here to give.