Good Afternoon Calvary Church Family and Friends,
As of Monday, Allegheny County (and many surrounding counties) has moved into a substantial transmission level according to the CDC and local health officials. The CDC has recommended that all people, even those fully vaccinated, wear masks indoors in areas with substantial and high transmission rates. By now you've seen some local businesses change their mask mandates and as local cases of Covid continue to rise, I suspect we'll see more. The Delta variant has shown to be twice as transmissible as the original virus and fully vaccinated people can catch and spread it, which poses a greater risk to all.
As a church our priority must be the safety and health of all, especially those most vulnerable among us. Due to the ongoing rise of Covid cases in our area, the mask recommendations of the CDC, and the advice of medical experts, we have decided that all must resume wearing masks during worship on Sunday mornings. Because we are singing each week, it increases the chance we could spread the virus even if we are spaced out, so the best way to keep everyone safe is by wearing masks.
The single most effective way of containing this virus is vaccination. There is a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about the virus and the vaccine. Below is a list of medical information shared earlier in the summer by our United Methodist Conference. In addition to the written information, there is a link to an informative video with Dr. Jessica Price. Dr. Price is the Medical Director of the Northside Christian Clinic as well as the head of our Conference Health Team. In this video she shares accurate information about the vaccine- why it's important and necessary. For those who are hesitant to get a vaccine or don't think it's necessary, I URGE you to take the time and watch.
I know the need for masks may come as an annoyance to some (myself included), it is important to follow the guidelines and take every precaution necessary to stop the spread of this disease.
Dear Calvary Family,
We’ve got some great news for you- we will be re-opening our church for live, in person worship on Sunday April 25th.
We know it’s been a difficult year for so many and we are proud that we were able to keep us connected virtually by broadcasting our worship service every Sunday morning. To that end, we are eternally grateful to Juan Martinez for helping us offer that valuable tool.
But we know there’s nothing like being together in this beautiful sanctuary.
We will comply will all CDC and county recommendations:
Of course we will continue to stream our services on the church’s YouTube and FaceBook pages for those who prefer to join us remotely.
To be ready, our church building needs some cleaning done. Steel City Cleaning has generously offered to clean our entire sanctuary, narthex and bathrooms as a donation to the church but they need some help. So if you are willing and able, we need some volunteers next Thursday, April 22nd, from 9am-12pm. Please let us know if you can help.
In the meantime we hope you join us online for this Sunday’s worship service and remember, we are always here if you need anything.
Thanks and be blessed,Rev. Larry Homitsky & Rev. Kelly Smith
Dear Calvary Family,
Your pastoral staff and church leadership have been prayerfully considering what our next steps as a church should be in light of Covid and its impact on our lives. We wanted to give you IMPORTANT UPDATES about what we've decided so far.
We thank you for your continued prayers and support! We truly believe we can continue to be the church even while we are apart. Please know that your pastors are here if there is anything you need- don't hesitate to reach out.
God's Blessings,Rev. Larry Homitsky & Rev. Kelly Smith
Dear Calvary Family,
In the midst of one of the greatest challenges our entire world is now facing; the present COVID-19 Pandemic has already presented devastating effects on so many - not only those who have been diagnosed with the disease but everyone else! Medical personal who are desperately trying to care for those infected as well as officials working to stop the spread of this new virus. We are in "Uncharted Waters" and everything seems to be constantly changing. Therefore, I wanted to share Calvary's present responses to the situations we are now facing;
One of my favorite scriptures was written by Apostle Paul to those called Colossians and it contains the best advice for us even today!
Put on then, as God's Family holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these things put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and sing psalms and hymns and spiritual Songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do. In word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God through him.-Colossians 3: 12-17
God's Blessings,Rev. Larry Homitsky