March 26, 2020
Welcome to Calvary Baptist Church:
Like many of you and your family, COVID-19 has drastically impacted our church family. Because of that, we are doing church differently. While we are not meeting in our church building for worship, we are still worshipping together as a church family. Every week, a weekly worship service takes place at 10:30 am on Facebook - CalvaryElko. In addition, the worship service can be experienced every even-numbered hour on Calvary Elko Church Online during the week. We will continue to worship this way for the next few weeks until this crisis is over. Check in here for an announcement concerning our return to live worship services in our building.
In addition to the online weekly worship, we are offering Kids Connection Bible Lessons for children online as well and you can find those on our Facebook - CalvaryElko page, as well. Also, every evening I will continue to post a short word of encouragement called Fireside Chat. This devotional thought is posted on the church Facebook page by 7:00 pm each evening. I hope you will check this out.
In the meantime, we are still here to minister to the needs of our community. You may reach us by emailing the Church Office and someone will get back with you as soon as possible. Be assured that we are praying for you and our community during these days.
May God’s blessing be very evident in your life,
Sam Crouch, D.Min.
Calvary Baptist Church
March 13, 2020
Dear Calvary Family:
Who would have thought that I would be writing you a note like this one! The Coronavirus has escalated to what is being called a worldwide pandemic. Every day we hear more and more news about this rapidly spreading disease. As a church family, we are impacted by this as we go forward in the days ahead. But, as someone said, “Do not live or minister in fear, but don’t be dumb!” That is the approach we want to take - we will not fear the virus, but we will not be dumb.
Here are the precautions we are taking so far:
1. We will have hand sanitizer available throughout the building. We have restocked all of the soap in our bathrooms. Please wash your hands frequently (at least for 20 seconds).
2. We are wiping down door knobs.
3. Our cleaning crew will give extra attention to wiping down our building with sanitary wipes.
4. We are suspending coffee and hot drinks on Sunday mornings for the time being.
5. We are asking our children’s area workers to do a thorough wipe down before and after Sunday.
6. All children will be asked to wash their hands as they arrive and before they leave classes.
7. We are asking that we do not shake hands or hug until this crisis is over. An elbow bump is perfectly fine!
8. If you feel ill, we ask that you do not attend worship. As you are aware, you can watch the service during the following week on CalvaryElkoChurchOnline
9. If you are not able to attend, we encourage you to continue your giving to the church through our church giving link - CalvaryElkoOnlineGiving
The history of the Christian church points to the fact that this is not the first time that the Christian church has faced these types of pandemics. Read these words from the early church father Eusebius concerning a pandemic that hit the Roman Empire. The response of the Christians was, ‘they alone in such a catastrophic state of affairs gave practical evidence of their sympathy and philanthropy by works. All day long some of them would diligently persevere in performing the last offices for the dying and burying them (for there were countless numbers, and no one to look after them). While others [ie. Christians] gathered together in a single assemblage all who were afflicted by famine throughout the whole city, and would distribute bread to them all. When this became known, people glorified the God of the Christians, and, convinced by the deeds themselves, confessed the Christians alone were truly pious and God-fearing.’
It is quite significant that one of the most-often-repeated phrases in the Bible is “fear not.” As Christians, we have not been given the spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind. That is the approach we are taking. We will not fear, but we will not be dumb either. We will continue to love each other. We will continue to serve each other. We will continue to love our community, and the ends of the earth. As more measures are needed, we will be in contact with our church family.