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COVID-19 Related News

Fall - 2020

Fall in-house worship information:

Dear Members of Calvary-Spring Lake Lutheran Parish

The year of 2020 is not what we expected! We have missed being together as a “church family” and sharing the Lord’s Supper together. We are glad to announce that both congregations,

Calvary Lutheran and Spring Lake Lutheran will be holding “in-person” worship in our respective sanctuaries in person for the first time since we have vacated our buildings. It will look 

different and be different. We will be holding worship at 8:30 am at Spring Lake and 10:15am at Calvary. ZOOM worship will be offered simultaneously

with each in-person service, the online invitations for the ZOOM service will continue to be sent out by noon on the Friday before our Sunday services.

1.      FACE MASKS to cover mouth and nose are a must as we gather.

2.       If you have tested positive for or have been exposed to COVID 19 recently, STAY HOME.

3.      If you have an underlying health condition that would put you in danger if you caught       COVID 19, we recommend that you not attend worship at this time, since there

       is not yet a vaccine or a cure and church gatherings are among the activities with the highest incidence of sharing this disease.

4.      If you have a fever, STAY HOME.

5.      HAND SANITIZER will be available for use when you enter the building.

6.      SOCIAL DISTANCING will be maintained, with non-available pews marked off and an offering plate placed at the entrance/exit of each sanctuary.

7.      Worship will be conducted with NO SINGING and NO CHANTING.

8.      Sharing the peace of the Lord will be done at a social distance.... WITHOUT TOUCHING.

 When we return to celebrating the Lord’s Supper this will be done with pre-packaged communion wafers/wine that you will pick up at the entrance to the sanctuary.

 As we reach the portion of the service for Holy Communion, you will be instructed to open your communion package and to serve yourself. Extra trash containers will be

available for you to dispose of the packaging as you leave worship.

Staying home does not mean that we’ve forgotten you. We will continue to ZOOM worship online on Sundays, include you in our prayers, and send the Sunday bulletins

by mail & email so that whether you are physically with us or not, you are still part of our worshipping community.

Thank you for your patience over the past months. We have been acting out of an abundance of caution, for the sake of the health of all our members. As God’s people

we are called to care especially for those who are most vulnerable. That is the reason for the great caution we are exercising, even as we slowly and carefully gear up to be together again.

Please understand that if the rate of infection increases significantly, or if we cannot abide by the necessary precautions, we would then reconsider the wisdom of gathering for worship.

Though we have not been together in person, God has been with us through it all. God has not forgotten us, and Jesus is watching over all of us. God is not ruled by

the government nor is God limited by physical distancing. From our baptism, the Holy Spirit has lived within us at all times. So, if times seem out of control, sing praises to the Lord by yourself,

with your family, or out of doors, and thank God for what we do have.                 


Living into God’s Grace, Pastor Vicki


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July 15th, 2020

Dear Christian Friends,

 

     I hope and pray that this congregational update finds you & yours well! I am overwhelmed this morning by a great thankfulness for each of you, similar to the thankfulness Paul references

 in 1 Thessalonians 1: 2-8. During this time of pandemic restrictions, the Parish of Calvary-Spring Lake Lutheran  has continued its stewardship and mission in many varied ways - sewing quilt

tops & rolling bandages at home, giving an offering weekly or monthly, "checking in" with each other and worshipping either via Zoom or now through our "parking lot" worship.

     The leadership of the Parish carries each of you in their hearts and freely acknowledges that none of the restrictions nor the uncertainty has been easy. The leadership also desires you to know

that they realize individuals and families may disagree with the course of action chosen - a very slow re-opening. However the decisions made on church use, the type of worship, place, and time

have all been made thoughtfully and prayerfully for the health and wellbeing of all. We thank you for your patience!

     The following will help us chart our course forward into late summer and fall Everything is subject to change as we consider updated guidelines and the current state of the pandemic:


September Worship:

September is our month for moving back inside our sanctuaries. We will be following social distancing guidelines as well as offering Zoom worship simultaneously

for those unable to attend. Please watch for more information via newsletters, emails, and snail mail.

 

Please contact me with any questions or concerns & prayer requests!

 

Blessings,

Pastor Vicki





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