Calvary Lutheran COVID-19 response
Calvary Lutheran Church is committed to sharing the Gospel of life and salvation won for us by Jesus Christ with our community and neighbors. We remember and celebrate this new life and God's graciousness with regular weekly worship. We are motivated by God's love for us shown in the cross of Christ to reflect that love and care amongst ourselves and our neighbors. In this time of global pandemic we recognize that how we react to the COVID-19 crisis is one way in which we reflect Christ's love for others.
As the pandemic continues we have been and will adapt to the changing realities. As of May 23, 2021 we do not have any requirements to reserve a seat for worship or any attendance caps. Online services will continue to be posted to Facebook and YouTube for the time being; if you would like to receive a printed sermon in the mail to use as part of your devotional practice please contact the Church with your mailing information.
We will continue to follow all guidance from the State of New Jersey regarding masks and physical distancing while worshipping.
Praise be to God from whom all blessings flow for the progress we have made in this pandemic and in returning to worship safely.
When you attend please wear your mask to show respect for others, and others will do the same to show you respect
Please use the hand sanitizer that is provided in the lobby/narthex
The sanctuary and highly-touched surfaces will be sanitized after each worship service
UPDATE June 20, 2020: The last three months have been a trying time for all people as our regular routines and gatherings were changed or put on hold. We give thanks to God that recent developments in the COVID-19 pandemic in New Jersey are allowing for larger indoor meetings. As we thank God for his care and providence, we continue to seek his mercy and shelter from illness and pestilence. Calvary Lutheran is taking steps to ensure that all parishioners and visitors are kept safe during this time of transition back to in-person worship. Please see the recent letters below that detail our plans for returning to in-person worship. Currently, worship times are at 8:30 A.M. and 10:00 A.M. to easier facilitate physical distancing within our sanctuary.
Please contact the church office if you would like to reserve a spot for worship at either worship service.
May the Lord continue to guide and bless you, our congregation, and our elected leaders with faith and with wisdom.
As of March 21, 2020: Calvary Lutheran has suspended all public worship, Bible studies, fellowship gatherings, and other meetings at the church. Our preschool has temporarily suspended operations as well. The weekly Alcoholics Anonymous groups is also currently suspended.
Unfortunately, we do not know how long this pandemic will last, so it is not possible to say when our church, our preschool, or the AA meeting, will resume normal operations.
Please see the documents below for resources that may help you and your family with your spiritual care needs. If you desire a visit from the pastor for counseling, for confession and absolution, or for Holy Communion, please contact the church.
May God bless you and keep you, may his face shine upon you and be gracious to you, and may he turn his face towards you and grant you his peace. Amen.