January 29, 2023
The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
Worship at 8:30 & 11:00 am
Services will be live-streamed on Calvary's YouTube Channel
View the latest gathering guidelines.
View the worship materials
Micah 6:1-8 The offering of justice, kindness, humility
Psalm 15 Lord, who may abide upon your holy hill?
1 Corinthians 1:18-31 Christ crucified, the wisdom and power of God
Matthew 5:1-12 The teaching of Christ: Beatitudes
Reminder: Office Admin Hours changed to 1pm-5pm (Monday-Thursday) and 9am-1pm (Friday) until June
6pm Scouts (FH)
630pm Special Needs Color Guard (FH)
7pm-8:30 Piedmont Choral Society practice (S)
7pm - Congregational Life Meeting (Z)
1130am Sports Center Bible Study
730pm Falling Upward Book Study (Z)
930pm College Online (Z)
7pm Dove Worship Team (S)
No scheduled events
10am-1230pm Bridge Lessons
Calvary's technology Committee uses a service named Zoom to provide online access for meetings.
The web browser client will download automatically for you when you join your first Zoom meeting. Mobile devices will ask you to install the Zoom application for your device.
The upcoming meetings are shown on this page. Click the button at the bottom of the block for a meeting to start Zoom.
If you start Zoom yourself without using a meeting button, you will need to enter the meeting ID for your meeting.
You can also dial in to Zoom meetings via phone by dialing either of the numbers below, and using the meeting ID# for your meeting.
1-312-626-6799 or 646-558-8656
A button is provided below to access Calvary's YouTube channel. Tap this button to view recordings of services that were already held.
For group meetings that are interactive, the Zoom application is used. Zoom buttons are provided in each meeting announcement with meeting ids and passwords so you can connect.
Gathering considerations and guidelines were noted in letters to the congregation from Walt Friday on July 22 and March 23:
July 22 update to March 23 Gathering Guidelines (see March 23 guidelines below)
The newest variant BA.5 Omicron has been reported to be more contagious than previous variants and better at avoiding immunity gained from vaccines or previous infection. This was discussed at the July meeting of the church council this past Monday evening. We have no plans to change our protocols at this time but encourage all members to be vigilant regarding any symptoms and to stay home if any symptoms are present. All our worship services and Sunday School are available on our You Tube channel. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, we continue to have masks available in the Narthex and anyone who would like is welcome to wear a mask while in the church. Hand sanitizer is also available in the Narthex and in each pew.
March 23 Gathering Guidelines
As winter has loosened its grip and Spring is upon us, we have seen a rapid decline in COVID-19 cases both locally and nationally. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has advised communities and organizations to end their mask mandates. The NC Synod Re-Gathering Task Force has also suggested that congregations in North Carolina end their mask mandates and loosen other restrictions.
Here at Calvary, while we have strongly encouraged the wearing of masks, we have not mandated masks in our congregation. Our Congregational Council met Monday evening and, with the COVID positivity rate in Cabarrus County below 4%, decided to loosen our guidelines. While we respect the right of anyone to wear a mask and to socially distance at the church, we are no longer strongly encouraging this behavior. We will still require those serving Communion to wear a mask to ensure that all wishing to commune will feel safe and comfortable doing so.
The council has also voted to re-open the kitchen. We recognize that there may still be those among us who are not comfortable being in public without a mask at this time and that is okay. Whether you wear a mask or not is a personal choice and we request that all of us walk in love and grace with each other and respect everyone’s decision concerning this choice.
We are aware that there are rising COVID cases in England and other places around the world. We will continue to monitor the situation here in Cabarrus County. If the positivity rate and case numbers grow again here, we will consider returning to our previous guidelines.
This pandemic has lasted longer than any of us expected. I want to thank each of you for your willingness to adhere to our guidelines. Let us pray that we are finally putting this pandemic behind us and can focus on our vision to Share the Light of Christ with Everyone.
Walt Friday, Council President
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