Dear Calvary Family,

I trust that this post finds you doing well and staying safe. Currently, on our new church sign, we have provided the text of Philippians 4:7 which says “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” What a great reminder that God’s supernatural peace and protection are ours in Christ. Also, the preceding verse (4:6) tells us not to be anxious, but instead pray. So, my pastoral advice to the Calvary family is to pray ourselves through these anxious times trusting in the protection and care of our Lord. And remember, with each difficult circumstance we face, there is an opportunity for the world to see Christ living in and through us. I believe that this coronavirus outbreak will open many hearts to the Gospel. Let’s be ready to greet these open hearts with love and truth.

Now for some practical matters. Although we cannot currently meet together for public worship, today’s technology allows us to connect in other ways. We are encouraging each Sunday School class to meet via teleconferencing or video conferencing. We are contacting Sunday School Directors and/or teachers to suggest some options and resources that we have found. We hope that your class will take us up on this offer and find a way to meet at your normal Sunday School time. However, it is important that everyone be finished by 11 a.m. in order to participate in Calvary’s first livestream online worship service. This will be a full service complete with music, prayer, sermon, pastoral encouragement, and a few announcements. You can view the service through your home computer or smartphone. Just go to our website by typing in cbclr.org into your browser search and follow the instructions on our home page. You can access this link starting on Sunday morning at 10:45. The service will start promptly at 11:00 a.m.

I am looking forward to our virtual connection on Sunday. May God work good in the midst of the bad. That is what he does! Stay safe and blessed.

Scott

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