COVID-19 MARCH 11 UPDATE

This page will be our central location of all updates related to the COVID-19 outbreak. We believe in a God who calls us to be without fear or trembling. We also are regarding this situation with the utmost wisdom and proactivity.

STATEMENT REGARDING CORONAVIRUS

March 11, 2020

 

We’ve been closely tracking the news of the coronavirus (COVID-19) both locally and globally. For many, the spread of this virus has caused fear and anxiety. Scripture, however, reminds us that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind. This means we should avoid being overcome by panic while at the same time implementing wise, precautionary measures to keep us safe.

At this time, no restrictions have been recommended by local officials regarding public gatherings, as we don’t have any outbreaks reported here in Monroe County. Therefore, Calvary Assembly will be providing our usual 8am, 9:30am, & 11am services, as well as our regular weekly activities. If this changes, we will inform our community accordingly,

In the meantime, we are taking the following precautions and recommend you to consider the same:

DOORS
To minimize your need to touch door handles, our greeting team will hold exterior doors open to greet you. We will also be increasing how frequently we wipe down handles throughout the facility.

GREETING
When greeting people, we invite you to fist bump, elbow bump, or wave. During services, we will skip our greet-your-neighbor time in service.

CHILD CHECK IN STATIONS
Volunteers will help check your children in so that we only have volunteers touching the screens. They will be wiping down the check in surfaces with disinfectant wipes. We will also have hand sanitizer more available when possible, throughout the building.

KIDS CLASSROOMS

We will be cleaning our kids toys, especially the nursery, more frequently. If you are interested and available to help, we would deeply appreciate it. Please contact Melissa@rcalvary.org.

DONUTS AND BAGELS

We are asking everyone to take their donuts/bagels using a napkin or wax paper that we provide. We would ask that young children not take their own donuts at this time, and that adults help them.

CALVARY ASSEMBLY ONLINE 

If you find yourself feeling sick, we encourage you to stay home and join our Livestream at live.rcalvary.org or facebook.com/rCalvary. We will stream both 9:30am & 11am services. You can also listen to our podcast here.

WHAT PRECAUTIONS SHOULD WE TAKE?

We encourage you to take some time to understand proper prevention measures to avoid spreading the virus by reading through the CDC recommendations here

Here are some of the basic measures listed on the CDC website:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

This is a time that can remind us of important spiritual truths. Life is short and can be uncertain (James 4:14). Jesus has defeated death itself and that our ultimate goal is not a life of comfort, but an eternity in His presence (1 Corinthians 15:55-57). When you feel anxious, let it be a reminder to pray (1 Peter 5:7). Pray for healing for those who are sick, for guidance for those leading the safety of our country and around the world, and pray for those who may be isolated at this time (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

We are inviting our church to be a light in the darkness and do whatever we can to be a blessing in our community.

Prayerfully,

Pastor Bob & Pastor Jonathan

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ – Isaiah 41:10

SUNDAYS @Second!

 

Sundays are about growing in faith in Jesus. Students begin in the auditorium for worship and are released after about 20 minutes to head to our lower level. Here we connect with new friends and have a non-pressured faith conversation. The experience all together lasts about 65 minutes and we hope you leave encouraged and challenged in your spiritual journey.

 

The first Sunday of each month, students will stay in the auditorium for the message.

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WEDNESDAYS @Second!

 

Wednesdays are the most exciting night of the week! Every week a powerful and relevant message from scripture is preached, and students are given a chance to respond to the nights message.  Wednesdays alternate between small group nights (where students and volunteers connect by playing, learning and praying together) and worship nights (where our student led band, EMBERS, lead songs of worship and praise to Jesus).

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Our messages are based out of the Bible, which we believe to be God-breathed and useful for our lives today. On Wednesday nights, we learn from engaging teaching, worship with our student team, take time to pray together or individually, and reflect on how we can become closer with our God. If you have never come, we encourage you to check it out!

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OUR NAME REPRESENTS OUR IDENTITY

Second is our POSITION...
         After God, I am second
         After others, I am second

Second is what we OFFER through Jesus Christ...
         by Grace we all have a second chance in life
         you have a second chance to be who God created you to be

Every Second Counts...
         we use our time to serve and honor GOD
         we use our time to show people that they are valuable

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My name is Steven Nichols and I am the Youth Director at Calvary Assembly! I am absolutely thrilled to be in this position and to be given the chance to work with your children and help lead them to all that God has planned for them.

I live in a neighborhood in Gates where my wife, Moriah, and I purchased our first home. When I am not actively involved in our youth  ministry, I throughly enjoy reading and training in martial arts. Moriah is an extremely gifted vocalist and piano player and can make any song sound like a billboard hit. I cannot. When we go out on dates together we both enjoy exploring the surrounding area looking for a restaurant we have not tried yet, searching for the best food our city has to offer. But for us, the best day is a simple and quiet one.

Although I am still working full time as an electrician for my father’s company, I want you to know I am available for you, for your son or daughter, and to help encourage our students towards the unique calling God has for their life! Don’t hesitate to email, call, or text me. I am looking forward to getting to know you! 

 

Email me - steven@rcalvary.org

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Come as you are. You don’t have to dress up or pretend like you have it all together. We will meet for 65 minutes and in that time we will sing some songs about God’s love, have an engaging teaching that will encourage and challenge you, and participate in prayer that inspires you.

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A lot of our lives is spent doing the SAME things. After all, we have reoccurring responsibilities. Faithfulness is the term the Bible uses for this.

There comes a time when we are called to do the NEXT thing. This
is not a call to stop doing the regular things. Rather, it is a reminder that we don’t have to be limited by them. In fact, the 
NEXT thing is possible because of faithfulness. You have faithfully prayed, served, and given generously. As a result our current facility is used three times on Sunday (and throughout the week) to connect people to - and help people grow in - God’s grace.

Every week we hear stories of people daring to hope again, finding freedom, and feeling loved and accepted. And if this was all God accomplished through us, we would be glad and grateful.

But with God there is always a NEXT. There are still individuals and families who have not been exposed to the grace of God. There are still people who have disconnected from faith and have not yet found their way back home. Since God is not done with them, He is not done with us.

Our mission is to provide a safe place for people to find authentic faith, risk real relationships and discover the future God has planned for them.

Our problem - we can’t provide a safe place if we are out of space.

Beginning on the first Sunday in October our church family will begin to take the NEXT step. We cannot do this alone. The faith and finances necessary for a project of this size will require each and every person to dare to pray bold prayers and boldly respond to God’s direction.

NEXT reminds us of God’s unfailing love and unwavering effort to reach each and every one.

NEXT reminds us that our dreams can be brighter than our memories.NEXT reminds us that the best is yet to come.

Pastor Bob

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