• Sunday, March 15 – Online Services and Coronavirus Update

    • Willy Rice
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    • March 13, 2020
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    Calvary Family,

    As you have already (we hope) heard, all Calvary Church Campuses will be worshipping together exclusively online this weekend, Sunday, March 15th. Service times to watch online are at 9:30 am and 11:00 am. There will be no on-campus group gatherings, including Sunday worship services, through and including Wednesday, March 18th.

    It is highly likely that this temporary ban for on-campus group gatherings will continue for an indefinite period of time beyond the 18th. We will bring you updated information about extensions of this policy sometime next week. Our expectation is that this will continue for several weeks. We are currently evaluating all on-campus scheduled events for the next several weeks and we will update you regarding any changes in schedules as soon as possible.

    We also want to clarify the exposure risk that we mentioned in our Thursday, March 12th email.

    On Wednesday evening at our Clearwater Campus, one of our members, who had direct contact two days prior with an individual who subsequently tested positive with Coronavirus (COVID-19) was on our campus and his children were in attendance at our Awana ministry. Please be informed that this family did not know at that time that they had been in contact with a person who contracted the virus. That information was revealed after Wednesday night and they informed us right away.

    To clarify, to date, so far as we know, there have been no known cases of someone with the coronavirus at Calvary’s campuses, and no person with prior knowledge of contact with a known coronavirus case has attended our campus. Also, to date, none of those persons with direct contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus or their children have displayed any symptoms of illness. This family is still in the process of seeking to be tested, which as you may have heard is still very difficult at the current time. Thank you for helping us clarify any misconceptions.

    If you develop symptoms, seek healthcare immediately and please keep us informed of any exposure risk that may have occurred at Calvary so we can keep every member of our community properly informed.

    While we are not able to physically gather together in worship this weekend, we hope you will plan to join us for worship at either 9:30 or 11:00. We will sing together, pray together, and be encouraged from God’s word together. You can watch or listen in by any one of the following ways:

    •  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

    If you’ll be watching the livestream on Facebook, we encourage you to share it on your feed or if you’ll be watching on our website, consider inviting someone to join you by sending them the link. We also know of some of our community groups that are planning to gather privately in someone’s home to watch together and fellowship as a small group.

    We hope very soon to provide further suggestions for small groups to gather for encouragement and fellowship if this current situation continues for any length of time.

    Thank you also for continuing your financial support of Calvary through this period as we continue our ministry, including our missions and support of those in need. The easiest way to give during this time is to give online at Calvary.us/Give You can also give by mailing in your offering or dropping off your offering at the church office.
    At the present time, our church office will remain open during normal business hours.

    Be encouraged and do not be afraid. Remember these words from Philippians 4:4-7,

    “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

    I hope to see you online this Sunday.

    Pastor Willy

    For all Calvary Response Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19), visit Calvary.us.