Dear Calvary Presbyterian Church family and friends,
The Session talked by phone, and they have made the difficult but important decision to cancel Sunday worship and activities until the end of March. This includes the cancellation of the Lenten service on Wednesday evenings. The Session is diligently listening to the best advice of health specialists. Your safety is the most important consideration right now.
I know this may feel like we are giving in to fear, but I think this is less about fear and more about protecting the most vulnerable in our community, and this decision was made with that in mind. As we love God, we are called to love our neighbor and ourselves, which means we do the hard things necessary to keep them and us safe.
We are exploring options about how to stay connected during this time of homebound worship. Online viewing of worship and discussion groups, electronic devotionals, and other ideas are being considered. Our church is far bigger than the footprint at 695 School Street with a long history of ministering to our community; we will persevere and find safe ways to worship and minister in these challenging times.
As the Coronavirus progresses, we are all wondering what we can do to help. In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus says, “I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you came to visit me… whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for me.” Between the illness and the quarantines, people in our community may need our help. Here are some simple not-in-person-but-caring things we can do: For those who are homebound due to quarantine or concern of going out or to stay connected as a faith community, send a supportive, encouraging email, card, text. Make phone calls. Pray.
Please check your email messages and Calvary’s website (www.calvarychurchpa.com) often as there will be updates about online worship and other plans. Please do not hesitate to call on me or email me, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you feel anxious or are struggling with the chaos of the world today. Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” All is not lost, my friends. Our faith is an anchor, our love for each other is real, and this too shall pass.
Faithfully and caringly,
Rev. David J. Hanna