Friends and members of Calvary,
In accordance with guidelines from state and federal authorities, all on-site activities at Calvary have been cancelled or postponed. While I am saddened by the fact that we cannot gather in person, I believe it is in the best interest of the health of all in our community that we stay home and follow social distancing guidelines during this time. Our hearts are broken by the suffering of those infected by the COVID-19 illness, and those who have lost loved ones. We include them, as well as first responders, medical professionals, and all who are working to keep us safe, in our prayers. We are also actively seeking ways we can support our community in its response, and to share the meet the needs of those currently facing hardship.
Here are several ways we are working as a community of faith to care for our members and those in need:
1) Even though we cannot meet together in person, I am working with our staff and leadership to find ways we can stay connected as a community, and share devotions and messages electronically during this season. To received the latest information please subscribe to our email newsletter HERE if you have not done so already. Additionally, we plan to provide a recorded or live-streamed service each Sunday while we cannot gather. Our recent services can be found HERE.
2) Please let us know if you are in need. As a church community it is our goal to care not just for the spiritual well-being of those in our midst, but to work to meet physical needs as well. Please contact Pastor Mike or Cyndi Carr, Calvary’s Office Administrator, if you are in need, or know someone who may be. Already we have had numerous offers from Calvary members to help meet the needs of those facing hardship. Needs may also include assistance with getting groceries or other necessary items. Please let us know if you need help.
3) As a congregation we will continue to look out for one another and find ways to “love our neighbor” through acts of service and prayer. There will be those who need to stay home and this will be an opportunity to support them through regular communication and the meeting of practical needs. Should you, or someone you know, be in need of groceries or other items, please let me know and I will work with other members to provide these needs if possible.
These changes to our normal routines may come as a shock, and you may be saddened, as these changes have developed so quickly. I share your shock and sadness in the fact that we need to take these measures and will miss our regular times of worshiping together. But I also have many reasons for optimism and thanksgiving. Calvary has always been gifted to be a healing community, especially for those dealing with sadness or difficulty in their lives. I have every reason to believe that, together, we will rise to this occasion also, finding numerous ways to provide comfort and hope in this unusual season. As a community of faith we will care for one another, find joy in the grace given by our Lord, and follow Christ where he leads us to serve in these days.
In the Grace of Christ,
Pastor Mike Middaugh
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~Pastor Mike Middaugh