Dear Calvin Family,
First and foremost, let me take this opportunity to thank Calvin’s: Session, Committees, Reopening and Reimagining Task Force, Members, Friends and Family, Presbytery, and Staff. Your perseverance in faith, steadfast support, and persistent love is as inspiring as your discernment of God’s will through arguably the most difficult year in Calvin’s 176. It calls into question how those without such blessings get through life let alone a yearlong pandemic.
We’ve got some extremely exciting news to share with you. Session has voted to REOPEN WORSHIP in the sanctuary next Sunday, March 21, 2021 for 35 fully vaccinated (a minimum of 10 days before the service of worship for which you are registering you got your second shot of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or your one shot of Johnson and Johnson vaccine) and immune (you have had COVID, as verified by a positive test and have been symptom free for 10 days before the service of worship for which you are registering) members. We will be following best practices of safety protocols (masking, physical distancing, washing hands, humming songs, ushers sitting and dismissing…) Session also feels that we can safely REOPEN YOUTH GROUPS and SMALL GROUPS of less than 10-12 in fellowship hall as well as for Calvin’s
PRAYER VIGIL and EASTER PRAYER VIGIL (as the vigils have much fewer than 10-12 in sanctuary at a time).
As Reopening Worship in the sanctuary was announced in worship this last Sunday, REGISTRATION will open a few days after this letter is mailed to help registration be more equitable. Registration will be much like when we had Calvin Chapel, you will be able to register online and by calling Dahn in the office Thursday between 10AM and 3PM.
This is the first step. There is hope for those not vaccinated or immune. It is our prayer that the COVID numbers return to a downward trajectory over the coming weeks so that we can safely reopen more and more of Calvin by Easter and/or shortly thereafter. The unfortunate truth is that the current uptick in numbers simply delays safely taking additional steps. Please see our COVID update page for most up to date information:
We have come so far and fought such a good fight. Right here, right now, this is a race worth running and we need to run hard, all the way to the finish line, keeping the faith all the way (2 Timothy 4:7-8). If we don’t, it would be like doing an endzone dance and spiking the ball when we’ve just crossed the 10-yard line. This exile, our diaspora is almost over; indeed, we can see the promised land! We must have strength and courage! We cannot be timid or get discouraged. We must band together and support each other knowing that God is with us, each and every step of the way (Joshua 1:9)!
Rev. A. David Paul, M.S., M.Div.