Edna Clemons continues our series on Prophets in our theme of "Through The Highs & Lows" in this week's lesson on Elijah and the Prophets of Baal.
Passages: 1 Kings 18
Due to rising concern, increased quarantines, and positive cases affecting both our office staff and our children's ministry volunteers, I have decided to go online-only for both services tomorrow, November 22. Obviously, no childcare or children's church.
We will be live-streaming on the website and Facebook Live at 11AM and 6PM.
Information on how we are handling the Angel Tree outreach will be shared tomorrow as well as a forthcoming Realm post from Chris.
The evening service was supposed to be a wonderful time of praise and thanksgiving where folks shared testimonies of their gratitude and God's goodness. Here is what we are going to try instead. Email me a short paragraph or 2 about what you are thankful for, how God has sustained you this year, ways that God has shown Himself strong and gracious in your life, or whatever is on your heart, etc., and we will share them during the livestream tomorrow night. If for some reason, you don't want your name shared, please make that clear. You may also comment on this Realm post but email is preferred. We need many to do this! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, we are going to still attempt to incorporate Zoom into the service but it may not work. I would love for many to share themselves through Zoom live during the service time your testimony of praise. Zoom details were sent in a previous Realm post.
I know it won't be the same as previous years, but what's normal anymore!? If it all works out, it could still be a very special service. So email me or get on Zoom tomorrow night ready to testify and don't be shy!
Thank you for your gracious flexibility and good attitude.
This week, we have become aware of several more active, positive cases of Covid within our church. Everyone who was a close contact of those who are infected has been notified. While I don't believe it is starting at church, people are catching the virus other places and then bringing it unknowingly to a service or a Life Group. At the same time, cases are rising quickly across the county, schools are very near deciding to go to online learning, and several families in our church are quarantining because they are infected or because they were near someone at school or work that was infected. Many are choosing to isolate to prepare for travel and time with family for Thanksgiving. With this in mind, we are making the following changes this week:
1. All midweek programs and Life Groups will go virtual-only for this Wednesday, November 18. We are in the process of coordinating with the adult Life Group leaders so they will be in communication with you about your class. Kairos Teens will be live video or pre-recorded, and our elementary director, Sam Melton, will teach ALL the Calvary Kids Life Groups via video. Details will be given to you before 7:00PM tomorrow!
2. There will be only one morning service this Sunday, November 22 and it will be at 11AM. Calvary Kids Church will still meet at that time and nursery/preschool care will be available then as well. If the sanctuary gets full, we will use Room 101 for an overflow. Obviously, the livestream will be at 11 only.
3. The Thanks and Giving Service will be in the sanctuary at 6PM Sunday night. We will have opportunities for people to give a testimony or word of praise and thanks to God. As you leave, we will have pie in to-go containers for each person that wants one.
4. The Angel Tree Christmas outreach kicks off this Sunday. (Christmas gifts for needy children are written on paper angels and hung on a tree for people to choose and purchase.) Chris may pass along more details later but the tree will be available ALL DAY for you to stop buy and choose an angel.
Masks-in-motion are strongly recommended for the two services on Sunday.
By not meeting physically this Wednesday, we are trying to be helpful for those who are going out of town for Thanksgiving and are extra cautious about being around others and create a buffer of exposure.
To those who view this as an under-reaction, I love you! To those who view this as an over-reaction, I love you too! Aren't we blessed that we get to love each other and have a church family to walk through this together?
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." (Isaiah 26:3)
Sam Melton continues our series on prophets in Through The Highs And Lows in this week's lesson on Samuel & Saul.
Passages: 1 Samuel 15
Christy Maldoff begins the last chapter of our "Through The Highs & Lows" series this week as she teaches her lesson on Elijah.
Passage: 1st Kings 17
Sam Melton takes a brief break from our "Through The Highs & Lows" series to talk about the event that happened on a Halloween night 503 years ago that changed the world.
Passages: Ephesians 2:8
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