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COVID-19 Update :


Pastor Ben Kimmell
March 21, 2020

On Sunday March 15, we began our prayer time with a reading from Psalm 46, a psalm of confidence in the living God whose sovereign authority extends throughout the whole earth. In times of turmoil and uncertainty, we trust in the God of providence and presence. We confidently trust in the God who declares, “Be still and know that I Am God.  I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

We continue to monitor the current COVID-19 event and consult with local, state, and federal health and emergency management authorities. Earlier this week we explained that we would hold Sunday morning worship service, cancel all small group meetings for Sunday mornings, and that AWANA would track whatever the Taylor County School District does in terms of cancellations.

Our rationale for our decisions pointed to guidance that emphasized levels of local transmission. We do not currently have any confirmed cases in Taylor County. However, one of the challenges in mitigating such a viral outbreak is that the reality reported by current testing almost invariably lags substantially behind the current reality. Though we do not yet have any confirmed cases reported in our own community, we have had a number of people in our community tested. We simply do not have results yet. 

There have been cases of Coronavirus exposure in church meetings in other states that put people at risk and added further strain to the healthcare system as workers were required to track down attendees to determine potential exposure. The overall message from federal, state, and local authorities is that we all need to pull together to flatten the infection curve. This works best when everyone does their part. As Christians we have a duty to be good citizens and good neighbors, to be wise as serpents and gentle as doves. 

Sunday Services

In order to love people well and do our part for the common good, we have decided to cancel our public Sunday worship gatherings until conditions improve to the point that we are confident that such gatherings will not put people at risk or impair efforts to contain the outbreak. 

Given that such social distancing is impractical in our small group settings, we will not meet for breakfast, Sunday School, Children’s Church, or offer childcare for nursery and pre-school age children until conditions improve.

Our Pathfinders, Trailblazers, & ROGUE groups will meet at 10:00 AM via Zoom. Mullet School of Ministry and Prayer Meeting will also meet on Sundays, at 1:30 PM and 5:00 PM, respectively. Click the button below to view the meeting info for each group.

Zoom Meeting Info

We will continue to offer our Sunday messages through our Calvary Facebook page via Facebook Live or here on our website.

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Our New Testament course, STEPS Discipleship, and Prayer Meetings will continue as normal.

AWANA

We have conferred with our AWANA Directors and other key leaders concerning Wednesday Night AWANA. Our policy is to follow the Taylor County School District in terms of cancellations. If school is cancelled, then we will not meet for AWANA.

Giving

Of course, we will not be able to receive offering and tithes during this time. Click the button below to go to our giving page. From there, you can click Give Online to pay your tithes through our secure servers. You can also mail a check to our address, or stop by during our office hours:

Office Hours -

Monday - CLOSED
Tuesday - 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday - 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday - 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday - CLOSED

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Members In Need

We want to be responsive to the members of our own faith family. If you are, or know of someone who is in need of any form of assistance, please call or email the church office. If we are made aware of specific needs, then we will mobilize our membership to respond. If there are sick or shut-in members, we will be happy to run local errands or make grocery runs. This is an opportunity for our brothers and sisters in Christ to demonstrate their love for one another.

Final Thoughts

We will continue our Kingdom & Cross series via live stream, so we ask that you spend time in prayerful reflection and meditation on the mission of Christ, the passion of Christ, and the cross of Christ in preparation for our celebration of the resurrection of Christ on April 12th. 

We are encouraged by the responses of our church members who are eager to provide assistance to shut-in members. If you are aware of any needs, please let us know. We have people that want to help. 

Remember, we are encountering an unprecedented and evolving situation with rapidly changing official guidance. We will continue to monitor health and safety information from the CDC, Florida Department of Health, and our own local health and emergency management officials. We will update you if anything changes with our current plans. And it is entirely possible that things will change.

But let us also remember that in times of uncertainty, it is common for people to react in fear rather than in faith. Our goal is to magnify King Jesus and be good neighbors to the people of Perry. May God’s people remember who they serve, love their neighbors as themselves, and be wise as serpents and gentle as doves. Whatever the coming days may bring, Jesus still reigns and our hope is both sure and steadfast.

COVID-19 Mitigation Strategy


If you have any questions regarding the matter, please do not hesitate to contact us