Covid-19 Update - Opening up the Church - 5/19/20

We have prayerfully made the decision to resume church services while practicing physical distancing.  The staff  and leadership of Calvary Roswell have been closely monitoring public and private sources of information associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.  We believe we have been and are walking in a way of respecting the authorities in our land, but also walking in constitutionally protected activities: the freedom to assemble and worship.

 

On Wednesday May 20th, Calvary Roswell will resume live services at our normally scheduled times - Sunday mornings at 8:30am and 10:30am and Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm.  And just to be clear, we will also still be streaming all these services online as well!  

 

As we make this move, we want to first of all speak to those who are and will be uncomfortable with this.  With love, grace, honor and respect, we want to say that we understand.  We want to bless you and encourage you to continue to be a part of our services online until you find yourself comfortable with returning to attending in person. We believe that day needs to come, as in Christ we are created for relationship - first with God and then with others.  Gathering as a church is no small part of that and eventually we believe it is God’s will for believers to be actively and presently a part of church gatherings.  That said, again, we realize for some of you that this feels too soon. We do not want you to feel pressured or guilted into joining us just yet.  Please know that we love you, respect you and care about you.  

 

Secondly, if you are unwell physically or find yourself specifically at risk in this season, we ask that you would stay home and join us online for the present time.  If you have any sickness or fever, we ask that you do not come to any live service and instead attend our online service. Please do so until at least 7 days pass after your symptoms go away.  We want to protect you and those who do gather under our care.

 

Thirdly, although we will be doing as much as we can to provide a safe environment, at the same time we want to speak to you about your responsibility in all this.  If you choose to attend the live service, you are responsible for your own health and accept the risk of being exposed to any number of illnesses.  Please make good decisions about whether you should attend or not. We all are responsible for our own health and need to be considerate of the health and welfare of others. We really believe that as we each try to walk wisely and in the love of Christ, that we will make better decisions about how we navigate this season than enforced rules placed over us.

 

Fourthly, for this season, we are making a few temporary changes in how we gather.  We expect some of these changes to be fluid we will adapt and learn as we move through this time. Nevertheless, there are a few initial things we want you to know of and expect.

 

- We will not have nursery or children’s ministry at this time in our Sunday or Wednesday services. We will start this up as soon as we feel that we can, but right now that date is undetermined. 

 

 - We will not be serving food or drinks in this season.  There will be no breakfast between services or dinner on Wednesday nights.  We will not be having coffee or tea available.  Again, we will resume these ministries soon, but just not yet. 

 

- We will be removing every other row of chairs in the sanctuary to help facilitate strict social distancing outlined in Phase 1 of the White House guidelines.  We encourage households to sit together and separate each household group or individual by appropriate physical distancing.  Please be courteous to create the appropriate spacing between groups of other people. We are asking that you place 2-3 chairs between you and other groups of people.

 

- We also will have appropriate spaces set up in our Overflow Room and our Fellowship Room for people to sit and be a part of the services there. God willing and helping, we are hoping even to have our new outdoor patio set up with a TV and sound. This might be a great space, both with the room and outdoor air for those who are uncomfortable and also for families who opt to bring their children and be a part of the service together as a family.  

 

- We ask that no one shake hands or hug other people other than your own family.  Or if you still choose to do so, do so only with those who agree beforehand to such a greeting.  Elbow bumps and waves are great ways to greet in this time.   Our aim is to walk in love toward one another as each of us may have different thresholds of what contact we believe is acceptable. 

 

- All common areas will be sanitized before, in-between, and after each service.

 

- Hand sanitizer will be available and we encourage using it upon entering the building. 

 

- We are encouraging facemarks to be worn, per our governors request.   Yet we are not requiring them.

 

- We are going to be singing congregationally.  There are some of have strong concerns over this, and we understand those.  Yet, we also believe we are Biblically called to worship God with singing.  This said, we again, ask you to walk in love.  This may mean singing with a mask, or covering you moth or singing softly.  The choice is yours.  

  

Please pray for us as we resume in-person services and gradually phase back in all the wonderful ministries that are a part of our gatherings. Each week we will evaluate what other ministries to open and will post on our web page, social media and announcements from Pastor Jim. We are looking forward to seeing many of you again as we corporately worship our Lord and Savior.

  

“…not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, 

  but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”  

                                                                                                               Hebrews 10:25

 

 

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes...Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

                                                                                                               Jeremiah 17:7-8

   

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Coronavirus Update 3/20/20

We invite you to join us Sunday online!

In these crazy and odd times, we want to invite you to join us for our Sunday service, online.  

Honestly, we are very sad not to be able to gather together to worship our Lord as a church family.   Yet, we are grateful that through technology we can still seek the Lord together in worship and HIs Word.  So please plan on joining us.

We are going to stream online Sunday at 10:30 am.

  • normally we have two services on a Sunday morning.  But as we do a streaming only option this Sunday - we are opting to do just a single streamed service. 
  • Lots of reasons for this - for the servants, the technology and more…but also just for some sense of community.  By doing the service at 10:30, we have the best chance of most of our fellowship watching at the same time…and we want that!

I share more on all this in a video we are making amiable the you can watch at this link:

https://vimeo.com/399237880

There are so many things out of our control right now, but we are confident that in these times, God is working good.  As a part of that - we urge you as family, friends and/or neighbors - to gather together and watch the service together.

Truly, one of the good things that could come out of this is renewed and strengthened connections in family, friends, and neighbors that would create community.  That may be different all over our city, but we invite you to consider what that would look like for you.

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:24–25

So here are a few notes for you who plan to join us.

You have three options to join us.

We stream on our website/app, on Youtube, and on Facebook.

YouTube is probably our strongest stream and we invite you to check that out.  There are a few benefits for YouTube.

  • It is a strong signal that adapts to your device and internet speed.
  • You can actually pause and rewind…live, as it were.
  • You can comment, creating a small sense of fellowship.
  • For you who use a Smart TV, most have a YouTube app on it…so you could navigate on your TV to our steam.
  • Here is a direct link to our YouTube page:

https://www.youtube.com/calvaryroswell

Facebook will also have a stream - which also has a space for you to comment and create fellowship as you watch.  Here is a link to our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/calvaryroswell

Then our Church App and Website have streaming options on those as well. Here is a direct link to the stream.

http://www.calvaryroswell.com/index.php/watch-live

We will try to start the stream 5 minutes early, with a simple countdown at 10:25 am.  Please plan on joining us.

Lastly…these are difficult times.  Yet our prayer is that God would meet you and speak His life and truth to you in so many ways.  We encourage you today, to seek the Lord and walk with Him today.  So many things are projected into the future by those watching the events we are walking through - but only God knows the future.  And He calls us to leave that in His hands and focus on walking with Him today.    We are seeking to do that and encourage you to do the same!  

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Matthew 6:34

 

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Coronavirus update 3/17/20

Stay home, stay healthy, and watch Calvary Roswell services live online.

Greetings!

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) continuing to dominate the news, we wanted to update you on steps we are taking to walk through this as a church.

First, we wanted to reiterate that we are in uncharted territory; and with uncertainty comes fear. We are taking this matter seriously, but panic is not the way God would have us to respond. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7).  As believers, we have confidence that our God will never leave us. The psalmist reminds us that God is our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear… (Psalm 46:1,2)

Please know that we love you and care about your health—both spiritually and physically!

Starting this Wednesday we are moving to Online Services only.  With the increased calls from the CDC, and yesterday, with our President asking people to avoid gathering in groups larger than 10 people, we believe that moving to online services is the right response.

We realize that even in our fellowship, people see this very differently.  We are certainly not wanting to respond out of fear in any way.  Yet, we believe that the Bible clearly calls us to be model citizens and to honor and respect the governmental authority. For us to disregard their safety guidelines would not only be dishonoring, but practically, could put many in danger. So again, we are temporarily going to have our services online only.

Stay Connected as much as possible! Gathering to study the scriptures, to worship and pray, is absolutely essential for every believer.  An online experience can never replace the need of assembling together. Yet in these unprecedented times, for a limited period of time, it will need to suffice.  We want to encourage you to join us online at our regular service times.  We plead with you not to let that place of seeking God together slide or drift in these unsettling times. When this is past, we pray that you will quickly rejoin the gathering together of believers with us!

We will send out a follow up email tomorrow with helpful details on the best ways to join us for our online services.  But today, we wanted to just let you know of these changes.  Also take note that the church office will not be open during regular business hours.  Where possible, we are encouraging our staff to work from home.  That said, we want to be here for you.  So please reach out to us via email, phone calls, or facebook, and we will seek to be there for you.

We wanted to reach out especially to those who are particularly vulnerable in these times and tell you that we have people who would love to come alongside you.  If you need someone to do a store run or pick up things for you, please reach out to us.

Stay tuned!  This situation is fluid with changes happening rapidly.  We are aiming to keep you updated as we walk through this together. Let’s be sure to encourage and pray for one another!

In Christ,

Calvary Roswell Staff