Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
 
Philippians 3:12-14


5-19-20


Hello Everyone,

 

It appears that things have stabilized in the political world regarding the Safer at Home orders and other County wide orders. The result is that, according to the Waupaca County Department of Health and Human Services Order, we can re-open the church with a limit of 50 people at our services. This order is in effect until June 15th.

 

Since everything must have a cute name, I have decided to call this the “Calvary Come Back.” The church board met this weekend (they did not approve the name) and the following is the result of much deliberation and prayer. We feel it is the best way to serve the people of this fellowship and allow an opportunity for everyone who would like to, to return to church this coming Sunday. The Calvary Come Back is as follows:

 

Prayer meetings are back on Saturday mornings from 8 to 10 AM. We will be maintaining physical distancing and will not have fellowship before and after these meetings until sometime in June. Please do not arrive too early and plan on leaving immediately after.  

 

Starting this Wednesday, May 20, we will have Wednesday Evening Service at 6:30 PM. We will maintain physical distancing at this service, so we are asking that you do not come too early and plan on leaving promptly after service. Again, fellowship time will resume later in June. During the service, we ask that you spread out in the sanctuary, leaving 3 empty seats between families. Audio and video for Wednesday Evening Services will be posted on our website sometime on Thursday for those who do not wish to return at this time or who cannot make it to the Wednesday evening service.

 

We typically do not have more than 50 people at these two events, so we should have no problems meeting the County’s restrictions on mass gatherings. Sunday services are a bit different story, so here is our plan for Sunday.

 

Starting this Sunday, May 24, we will be having two services. The first service will be at 8 AM and the second at 10 AM. Those most vulnerable to the coronavirus are our senior saints. Therefore, we will be reserving the 8 AM service for families and individuals who do not have children at home under the age of 16. So, if everyone in your home is 16 or older, please plan to attend the 8 AM service this Sunday.

 

The 10 AM service will be for those families with children under age 16 living with them. Children are not big fans of physical separation, so keeping them separated from our senior saints is the best way to protect those most vulnerable. If anyone in your home is under 16, please plan on attending the 10 AM service on Sunday.

 

Even if you are not bringing your children with you, please come to the service that represents your family. Dividing the church in this fashion leads to a close to equal number of individuals at each service, thus allowing us to be obedient to the County’s order without having to turn people away because the sanctuary is too full. It also provides an opportunity for everyone who desires to return to church to do so this Sunday.

 

That said, if you do not feel comfortable returning this week, please stay at home until you feel it is time for you to come back. If you are more comfortable wearing a mask, please feel free to do so. We will not be providing masks, but we do have hand sanitizer in each restroom and will have two hand sanitizer stations in the lobby. The Elders and cleaning crews will do all they can to sanitize the church each week and between each service.

 

As with the other gatherings, we will not be having fellowship time before or after Sunday services and the fellowship hall will be closed. There will be no ushers or bulletins, so when you arrive, please come into the sanctuary and get settled in leaving 3 empty seats between you and the family next to you in the sanctuary. There will be no nursery care during the Sunday services, so parents, please plan accordingly. We have a diaper changing area available in the mother’s room off the lobby, but we will only have one mother with her child/children in the room at a time. The library will be closed on Sundays, but it is open weekdays during our regular office hours, 8-4 Tuesday through Friday.

 

We do not have livestreaming capabilities, however the audio and video for the Sunday Morning Service will be posted on our website on Sunday morning by around 11 am. If you do not wish to return to church yet, you can watch the service after it is posted on Sunday morning.

 

We understand that our plan may separate grandparents from their children and grandchildren, but it is the best plan to allow everyone to return to church. Please be respectful of which service you are to attend. Many churches are not allowing seniors and children to return yet. Others are having the congregation make reservations and when the allowable number is reached, the rest are turned away. Even with its faults, our plan is allowing everyone who wants to return this Sunday to come. Still, please do not invite family or friends that typically do not attend Calvary Chapel to come to service this Sunday. We still must maintain that 50-person limit and having visitors could make us have to turn some people away. Some churches are still closed, but we are not able to have individuals from other churches attend our services yet.

 

This was a long letter. As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions. The bottom line is that Saturday prayer meetings and Wednesday evening service are open as usual while maintaining physical distancing and not having fellowship.

 

For Sunday morning, we are having two services. The 8 AM service is for families and individuals who do not have children at home under the age of 16. The 10 AM service will be for those families with children under age 16 living with them. We are not ready to have fellowship or nursery care at these services.

 

Praise the Lord, this is a start. Our closing was like turning off a light switch, it happened very abruptly. However, the Calvary Come Back is like turning on a dimmer switch. It will take a little time for us to be back to full power. But, praise the Lord that we are coming back!

 

Pressing on…

Pastor Dave