• Coronavirus (COVID-19) Policy Update

    • Willy Rice
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    • March 17, 2020
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    Calvary Coronavirus (COVID-19) Policy Update

     Dear Calvary Family,

     Thank you for tuning in last Sunday in record numbers. Over 5,500 separate devices were logged-in between our two online services.  While we experienced some technical difficulties, we are thankful for the reach of the Gospel with a little help from technology.  

    As promised, we want to continue to provide up-to-date information to our church family as it pertains to all the ministries at Calvary. Based on the current recommendations from government and health officials, we have extended the dates of our “no gathering policy” through the end of March. There will be no on-campus gatherings, including Sunday worship services, through the end of March. This includes Sunday, March 22nd and Sunday, March 29th. Both Sunday services will be available online.

    This also includes all events related to our X150 Children’s Week, including Focus on the Family’s “Wait No More” event, originally scheduled for Saturday, March 28th. This emphasis and all associated events will be rescheduled at a later time.  

    In addition to these adjustments, we are also cancelling the church-wide Night of Worship scheduled for Palm Sunday, April 5th. Preparations for our worship nights necessitate numerous rehearsals, large gatherings of people, including children, and as such we decided it is best to cancel this event. 

    As I mentioned, we have made these decisions out of a desire to fully cooperate with our governing officials who are working hard to contain the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout our country. We believe full cooperation is the best demonstration of our faith, our love for neighbors, and the biblical admonition to submit to governing authorities. 

    We will evaluate the extension of this policy further in the coming days as circumstances warrant. We are looking carefully at our April schedule including all the events scheduled for “Holy Week” and Easter Sunday (April 12th). You will be informed as soon as a decision is made regarding any other events in April, including Easter Sunday. Our team is continuing to work hard to stay fully informed so we can best protect our community and our church family. Please continue to stay informed through the update page, Calvary.us/VirusUpdate and help us share accurate information with our community and church family. 

    To summarize: 

    Cancelled Events:

    All on-campus gatherings through the end of March 
    On-campus Sunday worship – Sunday services for March 22nd and 29th remain exclusively online
    Palm Sunday, Night of Worship, April 5th

     We are also taking steps to check on our senior adults and make sure we are ministering to our church family and our community during these days. During the school year, Calvary helps provide food to children at our partner public schools. We are continuing to work with school officials to ensure that children do not go hungry during this time. 

    If you have a specific need that your church family can help with, especially if you are considered part of a higher risk segment of society, please let us know by visiting Calvary.us/VirusUpdate. We want to serve our community and serve our church family during this crisis.  

    As we learned last Sunday, even though we cannot “go” to church, we “are” the church. What a divine opportunity to be the church, love our neighbors, and share the reason for the hope that is within us. 

    If you joined us online last Sunday, you will remember from 2 Samuel 16, that David left Jerusalem and faced an uncertain future in the wilderness. But David put his trust in God, God was faithful, and provided for him until he returned him to the throne. We can also trust God when facing uncertain days and know that while the future may seem confusing and even scary, God can be trusted to provide for us and to guide us each step.

    I look forward to joining you again this Sunday online at 9:30am or 11:00am: 

    To watch the livestream or an ASL translation, go to our Calvary.us/watch
    To watch the livestream on Facebook, click Calvary’s Facebook Page
    To listen live from your phone, call 1(312) 757-3129 pin 180-150-445

    I would also like to thank you for your continued financial support of your church family during this time. As you can imagine this situation will put financial stress on many families, many businesses and on many ministries. We want to continue to take care of our families and serve our community and prepare for a return to normal ministry programming as soon as we are able. Your continued support during this time is so very important. You can give through one of the following ways:

    Give Online at Calvary.us/Give
    Text Calvary to 1-888-364-GIVE (4483)
    Mail your offering to 110 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater 33759
    Drop off your offering at the church office located at 110 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater 33759

    Let’s pray and put our trust and hope in the Lord. Let’s also look for ways to love our neighbors and share with others why our hope is in Christ. God may give us great opportunities to serve Him by serving others.

    Please follow all the guidelines being given by our government and health officials. Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay hopeful. We look forward to the day when we can gather together again soon. In the meanwhile, we will endeavor to keep you informed and provide ways we can connect with each other through technology and social media.