MOUNT CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH WORSHIP AND BIBLE CLASS PROTOCOLS

  • From the Church Council:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 The general consensus of the board members is that all attendees at worship and other events including Bible classes will be expected to  wear masks while inside and observe social distancing of at least 6 feet. This is in keeping with the Mayor’s and the County Judge’s directives.

Seating in the sanctuary will be staggered to help family units maintain six feet of distancing.  Of course you may continue to sit with your family.  If you are already interacting with others outside your family on a weekly basis you are welcome to sit together.  However if you do not normally see one another during the week we ask that you maintain social distancing.  There will be markings to indicate where seating is available and the ushers will help with maintaining social distancing.  If you have a special need to sit in a specific location such as hearing, sight, or mobility difficulties please email the church office who will pass the information on to the ushers.  Please be patient with one another and think of one another as you may not be able to sit in your usual place in the sanctuary.

All worship materials will be printed into the bulletin so we will not have to utilize hymnals and further reduce chances for transmission.  Bulletins will be placed in the pews in the areas designated for seating by the ushers.

You are also asked to please observe the same social distancing protocols inside the gym and other class room spaces for Bible classes.  In general if you are rubbing shoulders with folks outside church then its not going to increase your risk but if not we ask you to keep six feet of distance.

Communion practice:  wine will be distributed by way of single servings only.   The common cup will be discontinued.  Wafers will be dropped into outstretched hands.  Pastors and elders will remain masked for communion. (Pastors may remove or lower mask when speaking into their microphones.)  When ushers line you up for going up to the rail please maintain social distance of six feet.  There will be markings on the floor to assist with this.  Elders will continue to wipe down the altar rail between tables and pastors and elders distributing will hand sanitize between tables.  You may of course lower your mask to take the elements.

At the end of the service please wait to be dismissed by the ushers.  They will dismiss from the rear rather than from the front. 

Hand sanitizer will be provided in the narthex and we hope to have a supply of masks on hand for members and visitors who may come without one. If at all possible we do ask you to please bring your own mask from home.

The before advertised Sunday service at 7am will be held Sunday July 5th but given safety protocols are being put into place for all services it was felt there will be no need to continue the 7am service after this Sunday.  If services begin to fill we shall move to offering a third service early Sunday afternoon.  We do encourage you that if you are immune compromised or have significant health issues or risk factors that you consider attending the 830 service since this is the first service of the day with the fewest number of people having passed through the sanctuary that day.

If you feel sick please remain home out of concern for your neighbors and let the pastors know through the front office. 

If you plan to remain away from Mount Calvary for some time please let us know through the front office so we can make a list of people for the pastors to work with to provide for long term pastoral care.  Your spiritual well being as well as your physical health is important to us.  Please do not hesitate to contact the office or the pastors if you have needs.

We ask you to join us in prayer for our congregation and our community in the midst of this challenge.  We praise and thank God that so far our members have been spared from this illness and we pray this will continue. 

Additionally

  • As always, hand washing and hand sanitizing is encouraged. Areas to do so will be well marked and well supplied.
  • The tops of the pews will be sanitized between services and the communion rail after each table.
  • Offerings may be placed in the offering plates at the rear of the sanctuary as they will not be collected during the service.
  • ALL SERVICES WILL CONTINUE TO BE LIVE-STREAMED AND ARCHIVED FOR FUTURE VIEWING.

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Rom 8:31-39 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (32) He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (33) Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. (34) Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. (35) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? (36) As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” (37) No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (38) For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, (39) nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.