LETTER TO THE SAINTS

Saints:

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 1:7b)

Calvary Church of Needles will resume meeting again indoors for Sunday Morning Worship on:

Sunday, February 28th

9:00 a.m. (Ca. time) for Sunday School

10:00 a.m. (Ca. time) for Worship

On Friday, February 5th the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling allowing indoor worship services to resume in California. The Supreme Court ruling set aside our Governor’s ban on indoor worship services, which had been upheld by federal judges in San Diego and San Bernardino and the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. In response to and in agreement with the Supreme Court’s ruling, on Saturday, February 6th California’s Governor, Gavin Newsom, issued a statement permitting churches in California to reopen and meet indoors for services.

We can now meet in our sanctuary for worship services on the Lord’s Day, while obeying God’s clear commands to obey Him by obeying the secular authorities God has sovereignly placed over us

(Romans 13:1-7; First Peter 2:13-14).  

The Supreme Court ruling permits us to meet together indoors again, but the judges in their ruling upheld many of the health restrictions set down by the California Department of Health; so, in our gatherings we will seek to abide by these restrictions—in order to continue to obey the governing authorities God has set over us, but also for the protection of all of us, especially for those among us who have underlying health issues.

Please read the following restrictions, because we will be enforcing them in our gatherings!

Face coverings will be required.  We will have masks at the door, if you need one; but, no one will be permitted to enter the Fellowship Hall or the sanctuary without a face covering.

We will take your temperature at the door (with an infrared thermometer “gun”) to help screen out those who may be infectious, who have a temperature of 100.4-degrees or higher.

Physical distancing will be required. The chairs in the Fellowship Hall (if you come to Sunday School) will be separated by a distance of six feet. And, the pews in the sanctuary will be marked so that there is a distance of six feet between worshippers. (The only exception to this social distancing rule is family units, who are permitted to sit next to each other.)

The Nursery will be closed. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but the health restrictions do not allow us to have child-care during our gatherings at this time.

No singing is permitted. To me, this is the most difficult restriction of all! But we want to continue to obey God by obeying the authorities God has placed over us, so we will abide by this mandated restriction.

No service of food or beverages. Our coffee and doughnut ministries will have to be suspended for the time being.  

No Hug Time during the Worship Service. We will miss this time of fellowship; but the social distancing rules don’t allow us to do this.

There is also a limit to the indoor attendance, but this shouldn’t restrict us, because of our capacious sanctuary and our relatively small congregation. (Another blessing of a small church!)

I realize that some of us may not feel safe meeting indoors, even with these restrictions. Please don’t worry if you decide for the time being to worship at home on Sunday mornings. We will continue to have the Lord’s Day messages and the mid-week Bible Studies available on our website.

There also may be some of us who have philosophical disagreements with wearing a mask and/or social distancing. If you feel this way, I’m going to ask you to make every effort to abide by these rules; and, if you can’t abide by them, I’m going to ask you to please worship God at home. Saints: we’re not following these sensible health rules for ourselves; we’re doing this first to obey God and second for those among us who are weak and vulnerable in their physical constitutions! (First Thessalonians 4:9-10)

I’m proud of you, saints, for the faith and steadfastness and patience and love I’ve seen in so many of you during this extended trial!The Lord willing, I will see you on Sunday, February 28th!

In Christ’s love,

Pastor Craig


Published: February 2021