COVID-19

Updated 3/17/20 at 4:41pm

I want to start by saying: Your church loves you. I love you. If you own a business, its a scary time. If you are a parent, you are beginning a new adventure as unintentional homeschool parents. If you are elderly, you’re tired of being cooped up. If you are a retiree, you’re watching the stock market. This is a hard, hard time and we want you to know: Your church loves you. I love you.
 
I’ve been reciting my favorite Bible verse a lot lately:
For I am convinced that neither death nor life...neither the present nor the future neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 
- Romans 8:38-39
 
Friends, nothing will separate you from God’s love - no virus, no stock market, no anxiety, fear or worry. Nothing. 
 
We want you to know your church is here for you, but our presence is going to look different for a while. Calvary Council and Staff met over the past 24 hours and have decided that the best way for us to love our neighbor is to protect our neighbor.
 
Beginning tomorrow morning, we will move all church activities to an online or virtual format (where possible), and will close our church building to staff members only
 
Our staff is working overtime to retool ministry and we have some unique ministry we will be bringing to you. We are available via phone, email, social media or text message. Until the CDC recommends otherwise, we will be postponing all weddings, funerals or baptisms, and our preschool will follow the Governor’s declarations regarding school closures.
 
We will share updates with you in four ways: via email, our websiteFacebook and phone (320.763.5178). We now have a secure deposit slot in the office vestibule where you can drop off your offerings, correspondence or any such items at the church. In order to keep everyone safe, though, you will not be allowed in the church office.
 
You are likely wondering: 

If we can’t gather at Calvary, what will church look like moving forward?
We are so glad you asked! The church has never been and never will be the building. The church is people like you and me who love God, love each other and love our neighbors. The building is simply a tool for ministry. So, we’re going to be getting creative. Here’s a peek:
 
Worship - Sundays at 9am
Worship will come to you, broadcast each week in the following ways:
www.calvaryalex.orgFacebook, Charter Cable - channel 181,
and KXRA 99.3 FM radio (10:30am)
 
The “Daily Dose” - Weeknights at 6:15pm
We hope you find these short daily devotional videos encouraging.
www.calvaryalex.org and Facebook
 
Virtual & Family Connect Group Opportunities
We’ll provide you with the tools to reflect & connect with your Connect Group virtually, or with your family in person. Contact Katie Dahl at   for more information.
 
Student Ministry Online - Wednesdays at 6:15pm
We know this is an anxious time for our students. Students and parents are invited to together tune in for a special message designed for our 4-12th graders and their families.
www.calvaryalex.org and Facebook
 
Calvary Kids Live! - Monday-Friday at 10am
Moms & Dads - home with your kiddos you are going to do a lot of entertaining. Let us help you. Tune in for a special message designed for our PreK-3rd graders.
www.calvaryalex.org and Facebook
 
Caring Ministry - 24/7
We know there will be some tough moments for all of us. Know you can reach out anytime. We will be connecting especially with our homebound members in the coming weeks. 
 
Backpack Attack
We wanted you to know that our local school districts reached out to Calvary and a very small team will be doing a big packing event in the coming weeks. Let us know if you hear of ways we can serve our community.
 
Finally, for those of you who normally give your offerings when you come to worship, thank you ahead of time for continuing your faithful giving. Our church leadership has been fiscally conservative, but everything we do relies on your incredible generosity. If you haven’t already, now is the time to sign up for automated giving, or make a gift online today! It’s easy. Or - if you need to get out - drop a check off at the church. 
 
Calvary, we love you. God loves you. We are going to get through this. With God. With each other. 
 
Peace,



Hans