Coronavirus

Calvary updates on the Coronavirus situation


** Calvary has resumed limited onsite worship services — signup required. ** 
** No onsite Sunday School or adult Bible studies until further notice. **
** Please see below for details and live stream options. **


I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust”   (Psalm 91:2).
As our nation adapts to the many changes brought on by recent events, we continue as a congregation to support and encourage one another through this time, even as we make needed adjustments within our lives. Please continue to worship and study God's word with us online.  See posts on our Facebook page for details.  Also check out our Video Ministry page (click here).


Calvary’s Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

image of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Calvary Lutheran Church & School continues to monitor the developing Coronavirus situation.  Here are the latest updates from the church; see www.choosecalvary.com for the latest school updates.

Calvary Lutheran Church

Congregational Update (Wednesday, June 3, 2020)

Onsite Worship

For those wishing to join us for onsite worship, please sign up online or by phone. Service times are Saturdays (6:30 p.m.), and Sundays (8:00 & 10:45 a.m.).
To signup online, visit clcs.org/worship-signup. No account or password is needed. Just an email address.
To sign up by phone, call the church office at 317-783-2000. If necessary, please leave us a voicemail with your name, date/time of the service you would like to attend, and how many people in your family.

FAQ for onsite worship –

  1. What about those who are in a high-risk population? - Individuals who are part of vulnerable populations either because of age (65+) or medical condition are encouraged to participate online. We, however, will not turn someone away from signing up to attend, if you desire to worship onsite.
  2. What about face coverings? - Those who join us for onsite worship or for one of our private communion services will be asked to wear a mask while in the building. Extra masks will be available at the entry doors.
  3. NEW - What safety precautions are being taken? Check out this brief video: clcs.org/safe-worship
 Online Opportunities

We invite you to continue to utilize our online resources for worship services, Bible study, children’s ministry, etc. Check out our website clcs.org/videos, Facebook page clcs.org/fb-videos or YouTube channel clcs.org/yt.
To record your online attendance, submit a prayer request, or share an update, please use the online submission form at clcs.org/attendance.

Private Communion Opportunities

If you are continuing to join us online for worship, but would like to receive communion, please contact the church office to schedule a time with one of the pastors to receive private communion at the church during the day Mon-Fri (317-783-2000 or  ).

Register for Vacation Bible School (June 21-28)

We will be offering VBS in a family-focused format this year, consisting of three components:

  1. A take home packet filled with crafts, activities, and other goodies picked up at the beginning of the week.
  2. A series of three onsite, family experiences with songs, skits, and other fun. (Exact format will be adapted to fit governmental guidelines.) The dates of the onsite experiences are:
    Sun., Jun 21   6:00-7:30 p.m.
    Wed., Jun 24 6:00-7:30 p.m.
    Sun., Jun 28   6:00-7:30 p.m.
  3. Finally, pre-recorded online content and resources offered during the week to fit your home or neighborhood situation (e.g. done as an individual family, a small group of families, or with some friends from the neighborhood).

To register your child, complete the online form at https://www.clcs.org/event/2020-06-21-vacation-bible-school/. Interested in volunteering or providing donations? Contact Kara Hiatt at  .

God’s blessings,
The Staff and Leaders of Calvary Lutheran Church 

Previous Updates

Church Update — May 26, 2020

We share with you a few reminders and updates, as we strive to care for our church and community in these transitional times.

Online Opportunities

We invite you to continue to utilize our online resources for worship services, Bible study, children’s ministry, etc. Check out our website clcs.org/videos, Facebook page clcs.org/fb-videos or YouTube channel clcs.org/yt

To record your online attendance, submit a prayer request, or share an update, please use the online submission form at clcs.org/attendance.

Onsite Worship

For those wishing to join us for onsite worship, please sign up online or by phone. Service times are Saturdays (6:30 p.m.) and Sundays (8:00 & 10:45 a.m.).

To signup online, visit clcs.org/worship-signup. No account or password is needed. Just an email address.

To sign up by phone, call the church office at 317-783-2000. If necessary, please leave us a voicemail with your name, date/time of the service you would like to attend, and how many people in your family.

Holy Communion

Beginning this week, we will begin offering Communion opportunities to our Calvary community.

  • The Lord’s Supper will be available at the conclusion of all onsite worship services over the coming weeks.
  • Those who continue to engage in online worship may set up a time to receive private communion here at the church from one of the pastors (Mon-Fri). Please contact the church office (317-783-2000 or  ) to schedule a time.

(Updated) Procedures for Communion Distribution

  • Pastors and communion assistants will wear masks and gloves during communion distribution.
  • Plastic disposable cups will be used for the wine.
  • Following the benediction/closing hymn, the pastor will invite anyone who does not wish to receive communion to be excused. A condensed communion liturgy will follow.
  • After the Words of Institution, the pastors will carry the communion elements to a “distribution station” in the front of the sanctuary.
  • An usher will dismiss family groups one-by-one to make their way to communion.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for use prior to receiving communion.
  • Tape will be placed on the floor to mark social-distancing locations for the communion line. Individuals, couples, and families will stand in these designated locations as they wait for those in front of them to commune.
  • The pastor will place on a small plate the number of wafers and wine cups needed for the individual, couple, or family as they approach the table. After receiving the elements, the communicant(s) will be dismissed with a blessing by the communion assistant, who will then dispose of the serving plate.
  • A receptacle will be available to dispose of the communion cups before exiting the church.
  • After receiving the communion blessing, the communicants will exit the south sanctuary doors and proceed to exit the building using Entry Door #1.
General Reminders

Individuals who are part of vulnerable populations either because of age (65+) or medical condition are encouraged to participate online.

Those who join us for onsite worship or for one of our private communion services will be asked to wear a mask while in the building. Extra masks will be available at the entry doors.

Church Update — May 19, 2020

Dear Members of Calvary Lutheran Church & School,

Here is an additional update and reminder regarding plans to reopen onsite worship services this week on Wednesday, May 20th (6:30 p.m.) and the weekend of May 23rd / 24th (Saturday 6:30 p.m.; Sunday 8:00 & 10:45 a.m.).

  • We will continue to offer online worship services and Bible study content in the coming weeks and months. We are committed to connecting with the whole Calvary family, whether you join us in-person or online (Facebook – clcs.org/fb-videos or YouTube – clcs.org/yt).
  • Individuals who are part of high-risk populations either because of age (65+) or medical condition are encouraged to stay home and participate online or by DVD. Contact the church office to be added to the DVD mailing list.
  • Worship services will be limited to 25 people or less until at least May 31st in line with the current Marion County guidelines.
  • All who wish to attend onsite worship must sign up prior to the service. You may signup either online (clcs.org/worship-signup) or by phone (church office 317-783-2000). If we are unable to take your call, please leave a voicemail with your name, the date/time of the service you would like to attend, and how many people are within your family group.
  • Finally, if you plan to attend onsite worship, please familiarize yourself with the safety plan below, so that you come prepared for some of the necessary changes at this time.  

Thank you for your understanding and patience in this process.

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Kurt Ebert             Pastor Josh Reifsteck          Eric Eisberg, Spiritual Care Director
                              

Calvary Lutheran Church & School Worship Plans

 General Words of Caution

  • Individuals who are part of vulnerable populations either because of age (65+) or medical condition are encouraged to stay home and participate in Calvary’s online worship and Bible study opportunities.
  • No one who is feeling ill or has had contact with someone who is feeling ill should attend onsite worship services.
  • Those who join us for onsite worship services during these initial weeks back will be asked to wear a mask or some form of face-covering while in the building. Extra masks will be available at the entry doors for those who do not have one.

Worship Attendance & Service Signup

  • Due to the need for social distancing, we will be limiting attendance at each worship service based both upon number of attendees and the number of seating locations within the sanctuary.
  • Those desiring to attend worship services are asked to sign up in advance, either online or by phone.
    • We will be using signup.com to facilitate the online signups. You do not need to set up an account or password to sign up but will be asked to share an email address. Simply select the link clcs.org/worship-signup, select your preferred service, and complete the necessary individual or family info.
    • To sign up by phone, please call Calvary’s church office at 317-783-2000. If we are unable to take your call, please leave us a voicemail with the information in the next bullet point.
    • When signing up either online or by phone, please inform us of your name, the date/time of the service you would like to attend, and how many people are within your family group.

Parking and Entering the Building

  • Parking will be offered in the north parking lot only. The entrance to the south parking lot will be coned off.
  • A no-contact greeting will be provided by the pastors, who will provide additional guidance as you arrive.
  • Exterior doors will be propped open to reduce contact points, and hand sanitizing stations will be available at all interior and exterior entry/exit doors.
  • Ushers will be available in the sanctuary to help direct you to appropriate seating, depending up the size of your family.
  • The only parts of the building accessible during worship services will be the sanctuary, narthex, and narthex bathrooms.
  • Items for the church or school office or for other ministry opportunities may be dropped off or picked up during the week.
  • Please avoid depositing or retrieving items from the member mailboxes, as it will necessitate additional cleaning/sanitizing. To facilitate this, all mailboxes have been emptied, and contents have been mailed to their recipients.

Worship Service Details

  • The video screen will be utilized for all liturgy, hymns, and prayers. We will not have any handouts, such as bulletins, announcements, etc. These resources will, however, be available on the website.
  • We have removed all items from the pews (e.g. hymnals, bibles, attendance pads) in order to reduce high-touch items and to streamline the cleaning/sanitizing process between services.
  • Children’s activity bags will not be available.
  • Children will not come forward for the children’s message but will remain at their seats. They are invited to stand to see better, as the pastor shares his message from the front of the sanctuary.
  • The nursery will not be available before, during, or after service.
  • Offering will be gathered in the appointed collection bins located at each door as you enter the sanctuary for worship. Please drop off your offering prior to the start of worship.

Fellowship

  • The café and coffee bar will not be available.
  • All fellowship/socializing among attendees should occur outside the building and maintain social distancing. Attendees will not be discouraged from coming early or staying late to visit with others, as long as it is outside the building and provides proper social distancing.

Sunday School and Bible Studies

  • There will be no Sunday School classes provided at this time. Please see the online resources provided for families with children. A special parent ‘training’ is posted on Fridays at 1:00 p.m. www.clcs.org/fbvideos.  Check out the “Children’s Ministry” playlist in the Videos section of our Facebook page.
  • Adult Bible Studies will continue to be conducted online-only, but we will keep you informed of upcoming opportunities.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

  • The worship areas, narthex, and bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized prior to and between each service.

Procedures for Communion Distribution (Starting Wednesday, May 27th)

  • We will not be offering communion during our first week back (May 20th, 23rd, & 24th), as we focus on ensuring a positive experience for restarting onsite worship services.
  • Starting Wednesday, May 27th, we will conclude each service with an opportunity to receive communion.
  • Pastors and communion assistants will wear masks and gloves during communion distribution.
  • Plastic cups will be used for the wine, preventing the need to clean/sanitize the glass cups.
  • Communion Process
    • Following the benediction, the pastor will invite anyone who does not wish to receive communion to be excused.
    • A condensed communion liturgy will follow, with the communion elements present at the altar.
    • After the Words of Institution, the pastors will carry the communion elements to a “distribution station” in the narthex outside of the church office, where individuals will receive communion before leaving the building through entry #1.
    • An usher will excuse individual rows, starting at the back of the sanctuary, inviting communicants to make their way to the distribution location.
    • Hand sanitizer will be available at each sanctuary door, to be utilized prior to receiving communion.
    • Tape will be placed on the narthex floor to mark social-distancing locations for the communion line. Individuals, couples, and families will stand in these designated locations as they wait for those in front of them to commune and begin to exit the building.
    • The pastor serving the host will drop the wafer into the member’s cupped hands from a few inches above, being careful to not touch the member’s hands or body.
    • The pastor serving the individual cups will set an individual cup on the table as the communicant comes to the table and will offer the normal communion greeting, “Take and drink the blood of Christ.” A collection bowl will be available for disposing of the cups before exiting the church.
  • Special Note: Beginning the week of May 26th, those who are in high-risk categories either because of age or medical condition, as well as any other Calvary member who does not feel comfortable returning to onsite worship at this time, can contact the church office to schedule private communion during the week with one of Calvary’s pastors. This private communion service will follow the same general guidelines as outlined above, but will take place at a distribution station inside the sanctuary.

Pastor Care Needs

Church Update — May 12, 2020

Dear Members of Calvary Lutheran Church & School,

We pray that you are doing well in this time and we thank you for your continued commitment, connection, and care both for individual members and for the broader ministry of Calvary. Each of you are in our thoughts and prayers, as you navigate the different challenges of this time in your own unique situation.

We are writing today to inform you that we will resume onsite worship services here at Calvary starting on Wednesday, May 20th (6:30 p.m.) and the weekend of May 23rd / 24th at regular service times (Sat. 6:30 p.m.; Sun 8:00 & 10:45 a.m.). While we are glad to make these onsite opportunities available, we will continue to offer online worship services and Bible study content in the coming weeks and months. We are committed to connecting with the whole Calvary family, whether you join us in-person or online. Our online resources will continue to be available on:

Facebook – clcs.org/fb-videos

YouTube – clcs.org/yt

CLCS website (updates, event info, video links, etc.) – clcs.org 

Below, you will find a summary of the plans for our return to onsite worship. These plans were crafted by the pastors, staff, and Spiritual Care Ministry Team in order to provide a safe space for all who gather for worship. We continue to evaluate each aspect of these plans as we proceed forward. Adjustments will be made as necessary, based upon governmental guidelines and the current situation in our unique community. While some aspects of how we conduct our services may be different than normal, we thank you for your understanding, patience, and participation, as we all care for one another through our actions and choices.


A special video greeting and announcement from Pastor Ebert is available at: https://youtu.be/Qn7LHwbsNVw

 

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Kurt Ebert

Pastor Josh Reifsteck

Eric Eisberg, Spiritual Care Director

Calvary Lutheran Church & School Worship Plans

 General Words of Caution

  • Individuals who are part of vulnerable populations either because of age (65+) or medical condition are encouraged to stay home and participate in Calvary’s online worship and Bible study opportunities.
  • No one who is feeling ill or has had contact with someone who is feeling ill should attend onsite worship services.
  • Those who join us for onsite worship services during these initial weeks back will be asked to wear a mask or some form of face-covering while in the building. Extra masks will be available at the entry doors for those who do not have one.

Worship Attendance & Service Signup

  • Due to the need for social distancing, we will be limiting attendance at each worship service based both upon number of attendees and the number of seating locations within the sanctuary.
  • Those desiring to attend worship services are asked to sign up in advance, either online or by phone.
    • We will be using signup.com to facilitate the online signups. You do not need to set up an account or password to sign up but will be asked to share an email address. Simply select the link clcs.org/worship-signup, select your preferred service, and complete the necessary individual or family info.
    • To sign up by phone, please call Calvary’s church office at 317-783-2000. If we are unable to take your call, please leave us a voicemail with the information in the next bullet point.
    • When signing up either online or by phone, please inform us of your name, the date/time of the service you would like to attend, and how many people are within your family group.

Parking and Entering the Building

  • Parking will be offered in the north parking lot only. The entrance to the south parking lot will be coned off.
  • A no-contact greeting will be provided by the pastors, who will provide additional guidance as you arrive.
  • Exterior doors will be propped open to reduce contact points, and hand sanitizing stations will be available at all interior and exterior entry/exit doors.
  • Ushers will be available in the sanctuary to help direct you to appropriate seating, depending up the size of your family.
  • The only parts of the building accessible during worship services will be the sanctuary, narthex, and narthex bathrooms.
  • Items for the church or school office or for other ministry opportunities may be dropped off or picked up during the week.
  • Please avoid depositing or retrieving items from the member mailboxes, as it will necessitate additional cleaning/sanitizing. To facilitate this, all mailboxes have been emptied, and contents have been mailed to their recipients.

Worship Service Details

  • The video screen will be utilized for all liturgy, hymns, and prayers. We will not have any handouts, such as bulletins, announcements, etc. These resources will, however, be available on the website.
  • We have removed all items from the pews (e.g. hymnals, bibles, attendance pads) in order to reduce high-touch items and to streamline the cleaning/sanitizing process between services.
  • Children’s activity bags will not be available.
  • Children will not come forward for the children’s message but will remain at their seats. They are invited to stand to see better, as the pastor shares his message from the front of the sanctuary.
  • The nursery will not be available before, during, or after service.
  • Offering will be gathered in the appointed collection bins located at each door as you enter the sanctuary for worship. Please drop off your offering prior to the start of worship.

Fellowship

  • The café and coffee bar will not be available.
  • All fellowship/socializing among attendees should occur outside the building and maintain social distancing. Attendees will not be discouraged from coming early or staying late to visit with others, as long as it is outside the building and provides proper social distancing.

Sunday School and Bible Studies

  • There will be no Sunday School classes provided at this time. Please see the online resources provided for families with children. A special parent ‘training’ is posted on Fridays at 1:00 p.m. clcs.org/fb-videos. Check out the “Children’s Ministry” playlist in the Videos section of our Facebook page.
  • Adult Bible Studies will continue to be conducted online-only, but we will keep you informed of upcoming opportunities.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

  • The worship areas, narthex, and bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized prior to and between each service.

Procedures for Communion Distribution (Starting Wed., May 27th)

  • We will not be offering communion during our first week back (May 20th, 23rd, & 24th), as we focus on ensuring a positive experience for restarting onsite worship services.
  • Starting Wed., May 27th, we will conclude each service with an opportunity to receive communion.
  • Pastors and communion assistants will wear masks and gloves during communion distribution.
  • Plastic cups will be used for the wine, preventing the need to clean/sanitize the glass cups.
  • Communion Process
    • Following the benediction, the pastor will invite anyone who does not wish to receive communion to be excused.
    • A condensed communion liturgy will follow, with the communion elements present at the altar.
    • After the Words of Institution, the pastors will carry the communion elements to a “distribution station” in the narthex outside of the church office, where individuals will receive communion before leaving the building through entry #1.
    • An usher will excuse individual rows, starting at the back of the sanctuary, inviting communicants to make their way to the distribution location.
    • Hand sanitizer will be available at each sanctuary door, to be utilized prior to receiving communion.
    • Tape will be placed on the narthex floor to mark social-distancing locations for the communion line. Individuals, couples, and families will stand in these designated locations as they wait for those in front of them to commune and begin to exit the building.
    • The pastor serving the host will drop the wafer into the member’s cupped hands from a few inches above, being careful to not touch the member’s hands or body.
    • The pastor serving the individual cups will set an individual cup on the table as the communicant comes to the table and will offer the normal communion greeting, “Take and drink the blood of Christ.” A collection bowl will be available for disposing of the cups before exiting the church.
  • Special Note: Beginning the week of May 26th, those who are in high-risk categories either because of age or medical condition, as well as any other Calvary member who does not feel comfortable returning to onsite worship at this time, can contact the church office to schedule private communion during the week with one of Calvary’s pastors. This private communion service will follow the same general guidelines as outlined above, but will take place at a distribution station inside the sanctuary.

Pastor Care Needs

  • If there are any pastoral care needs at this time, please contact the pastors at or 317-783-2000.
Church Update — April 4, 2020

  1. For Prayer Requests & Pastoral Care: 

Please contact  .

  1. Worship Services – Online Only until Further Notice

Calvary’s website — clcs.org/videos (Will display the latest video and includes links to our full library of worship and Bible study videos on Facebook.)

Calvary’s Facebook Page — you can directly access all Calvary’s Facebook videos directly at clcs.org/fbvideos Note: You do not need a Facebook account to access material.

Calvary’s YouTube Page – Search “Calvary Lutheran Church & School” or access directly at www.youtube.com/channel/UCVuN7eLTHFAj_qx9qcCWpHg 

Upcoming Schedule

Sat, Apr 4 / Sun, Apr 5 – Palm Sunday (Released Sat at 6:30 p.m.)
    Service Bulletin – clcs.org/bulletin20200405
    Prayers / Announcements – clcs.org/this-week

Thurs, Apr 9 – Maundy Thursday (Released at 6:00 a.m.)
    Service Bulletin – clcs.org/bulletin20200409

Fri, Apr 10 – Good Friday (Released at 6:00 a.m.)
    Service Bulletin – clcs.org/bulletin20200410

Sat, Apr 11 – Easter Vigil (6:30 p.m. Live Stream – A service of readings, reflection, and prayers)

Sun, Apr 12 – Easter Sunday (Released at 6:00 a.m.)
    Service Bulletin – clcs.org/bulletin20200412

Record Attendance Online

You can now record attendance for online worship service videos by using our brief online attendance form.  Find this form via the clcs.org website choosing Worship > Attendance from the menu, or go directly to the form via clcs.org/attendance.

  1. DVD Copies of Worship Services by Mail

If you know a Calvary member that does not have internet access, but would benefit from a DVD copy of the worship service, please contact   with their address.

  1. Bible Study Opportunities
    • Lent & Holy Week 2020 Bible Reading Challenge (Mar 25-Apr 12)
      A daily reading with reflection questions from The Gospel of Mark clcs.org/lent2020
      A brief daily video devotion available at clcs.org/fblent2020
    • Thursday Bible Study (Apr 2 at 7:00 p.m.)
      An interactive adult Bible study using Google Meet/Hangouts.
      If you have a google account, sign-in to your account on Google Chrome.
      To join the video meeting, click this link: https://meet.google.com/zmp-rfir-cyd.
  1. Sunday School at Home (April 5 Lesson – Jesus Is Crucified, Matthew 27:11–66)

We are praying for each of you as we continue to journey through these uncertain times. May our God supply you with His strength, for we know that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

God’s Blessings,
    Pastor Kurt Ebert           Pastor Josh Reifsteck

Church Update — April 1, 2020

Galatians 6:9-10 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

As each new day brings changes within the contours of the current pandemic, here are a few updates:

  1. For Prayer Requests & Pastoral Care: 

Please contact  .

  1. Worship Services – Online Only until Further Notice

Due to the changing dynamics of the present situation, we have not set a timeline for when we hope to return to our regular onsite worship. We will keep the congregation informed through the website, email, and online worship announcements. Watch the online worship services via…

Calvary’s website — clcs.org/videos (Will display the latest video and includes links to our full library of worship and Bible study videos on Facebook.)

Calvary’s Facebook Page — you can directly access all Calvary’s Facebook videos directly at clcs.org/fbvideos Note: You do not need a Facebook account to access material.

Calvary’s YouTube Page – Search “Calvary Lutheran Church & School” or access directly at www.youtube.com/channel/UCVuN7eLTHFAj_qx9qcCWpHg 

Upcoming Schedule

Wed, Apr 1 – Midweek Lent (Released at 7:00 p.m.)
          Service Bulletin – clcs.org/bulletin20200401

Sat, Apr 4 / Sun, Apr 5 – Palm Sunday (Released Sat at 6:30 p.m.)
           Service Bulletin – clcs.org/bulletin20200405
           Prayers / Announcements – clcs.org/this-week

Record Attendance Online

You can now record attendance for online worship service videos by using our brief online attendance form.  Find this form via the clcs.org website choosing Worship > Attendance from the menu, or go directly to the form via clcs.org/attendance.

  1. DVD Copies of Worship Services by Mail

If you know a Calvary member that does not have internet access, but would benefit from a DVD copy of the worship service, please contact   with their address.

  1. Communion

While we are all grateful that we can gather online for worship, many have asked about our plans for communion. We recognize that the Lord’s Supper is a great comfort to us, as in it we receive the nourishing grace of our Lord. It is typically at times like these that we turn not only to the presence of fellow Christians, but also to the real presence of our Lord in Communion for strength and hope. Yet, the unique situation that we face at this time does not present easy answers of how we can faithfully distribute communion in a way that is both biblically and medically responsible. Many potential approaches have been discussed by the pastors and spiritual care team and broader Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, but all have been found wanting either theologically or for the sake of the common good. Therefore, we have resolved to rely fully upon the strength and forgiveness that our God offers us in His Word—both written and proclaimed. While we may need to go without a precious gift for a time, our Lord has given us everything needed to stand firm as the baptized people of God, as we eagerly look forward to the time that we can again gather together in person.

  1. Bible Study Opportunities
    • Tuesday Bible Study
      1. Live stream at 1:00 p.m. and available throughout the week clcs.org/fbbiblestudies
    • Lent & Holy Week 2020 Bible Reading Challenge (Mar 25-Apr 12)
      1. A daily reading with reflection questions from The Gospel of Mark clcs.org/lent2020
      2. A brief daily video devotion available at clcs.org/fblent2020
    • Thursday Bible Study (Apr 2 at 7:00 p.m.)
      1. An interactive adult Bible study using Google Meet/Hangouts.
      2. If you have a google account, sign-in to your account on Google Chrome.
      3. To join the video meeting, click this link: https://meet.google.com/zmp-rfir-cyd.
  2. Sunday School at Home (April 5 Lesson – Jesus Is Crucified, Matthew 27:11–66)

We are praying for each of you as we continue to journey through these uncertain times. May our God supply you with His strength, for we know that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Kurt Ebert           Pastor Josh Reifsteck

Church Update — March 26, 2020
  1. Pastoral Care: If you or a loved one is in need of pastoral care during this time, please reach out to the church office (317-783-200) or to the pastors ( ).
  2. Church Office Hours: We are not holding public office hours through April 5th, but ministry staff will be in and out of the building, as they carry out their work. If you need access to the building, please call ahead.
  3. Worship Services (Online):
    • Worship services will be available online only through at least April 4 & 5.
    • We continue to monitor the recommendations of our government and public health officials. 
    • Our service schedule will be as follows:
      1. Lenten Midweeks (Videos will be up Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.)
      2. Weekend Worship (Videos will be up Saturdays prior to regular service times.)
    • The services will be posted to…
      1. Calvary’s website clcs.org/videos (Will display the latest video.)
      2. Calvary’s Facebook page clcs.org/fbworship (Will display all past videos) Note: You do not need a Facebook account to access material.
    • Tithes & Offerings: To support the congregation while unable to attend, please consider our online giving website (clcs.org/give) or mailing your donation to the church office.
  4. Adult Bible Study (Online Options)
    • Tuesday Bible Study
      1. Live stream at 1:00 p.m. on Facebook
      2. Available throughout the week clcs.org/fbbiblestudies
    • Lent & Holy Week 2020 Bible Reading Challenge (March 25th – April 12th)
      1. A daily reading with reflection questions from The Gospel of Mark clcs.org/lent2020
      2. A brief daily video devotion available at clcs.org/fblent2020
    • Thursday Bible Study (March 26th 7:00 p.m.)
      1. An interactive adult Bible study using Google Meet/Hangouts.
      2. If you have a google account, sign-in to your account on Google Chrome.
      3. To join the video meeting, click this link: https://meet.google.com/zmp-rfir-cyd.
  5. Sunday School at Home!!! (March 29th & April 5th)
  6. Physical Care & Emotional Support (Compassion Ministry):
  7. Thrivent Members - Matching gift opportunity
    • Thrivent's $1 million online donation challenge for COVID-19 relief will match $1 for every $2 that you donate to Calvary through the following website:
      1. https://www.livegenerously.com/inspiring-stories/offers/national-volunteer-week.html 
      2. Just click on "donate now," search for "Calvary Indianapolis," and click on "make a personal donation" for either the church or the school (your choice).  You will be taken to an InFaith Community Foundation website, which is the vehicle you will use to make your donation.
    • Please act quickly!  Though the challenge lasts through June 30, over 87% of the donation challenge goal has already been reached. Thank you very much for your support during these trying times!

May God supply you with His strength and care throughout this time of need. He is the one who binds us together, even while we are separated by distance.

God’s Blessings,  
Pastor Kurt Ebert

Church Update — March 20, 2020

In order to ensure that this email reaches as many individuals of our congregation’s community, we have utilized our church database to send a mass email to many individuals. If you received this email in error or you no longer wish to receive these emails, please respond STOP to 

  1. Worship Services:
    • Worship services will be available online only for the next two weeks (March 21/22 & 28/29).
    • After that time, we will evaluate whether we will be able to again offer services here at the church. 
    • The services will be posted to…
      1. Calvary’s website www.clcs.org/videos (Displays the latest videos and has links to a library of past videos.)
      2. Calvary’s Facebook page 
        www.facebook.com/CalvaryLutheranChurchandSchoolIndianapolis/ 
        (Displays current and past videos. You do not need a Facebook account to access material.)
    • Our service schedule will be as follows:
      1. Lenten Midweeks (Videos will be up Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.)
        The pastors will lead a brief prayer service and continue our “Restore the Roar” sermon-series based on the book of Amos. Sam and Molly Troemel will provide accompanying music.
      2. Weekend Worship (Videos will be up Saturdays prior to regular service times.)
        This online service will reflect our typical worship with prayers, hymns, readings, and a sermon. Tony Spelde and a small group of singers will provide accompanying music.
    • Tithes & Offerings: To support the congregation while unable to attend, please consider our online giving website (https://www.clcs.org/give) or mail your donation to the church office.
  2. Bible Studies/Sunday School Classes:
    • Adult Bible study and children’s Sunday school will be canceled for the next two weeks as well. 
    • Online options will be available during the week. Please pay attention to the church Facebook page
    • Sunday School at Home!!! (March 22nd & 29th)
      1. Concordia Publishing House (CPH) has made available for our use a modified version of our Sunday School curriculum. We encourage families to use these materials to fit their context. Whether a parent teaches children at home or grandparents share the lessons over video-chat with their grandchildren, we hope these help you connect with God and one another.
      2. https://www.cph.org/images/topics/images/topicpages/bestill-2020/Enduring%20Faith%20Unit%203%20Lessons.pdf
        1. March 22 – Lesson 1 Good Samaritan
        2. March 29 – Lesson 2 The Lord's Prayer
      3. A special ‘training’ will be posted on Friday afternoons on the church Facebook page
    • Free Devotional Resources to support yourself and your family on your faith journey.
      1. Concordia Publishing House - www.cph.org/t-bestill-home.aspx
      2. Lutheran Hour Ministries - https://www.lhm.org/covid-19/
  3. Pastoral Care: If you or a loved one is in need of pastoral care during this time, please reach out to the church office (317-783-200) or to the pastors ( ).
  4. Physical Care & Emotional Support (Compassion Ministry):

We pray that these efforts will provide opportunity for our congregation to continue to care for one another even while we are unable to gather as a community of faith. May the love of Jesus bind us together in this time.

God’s Blessings,  
Pastor Kurt Ebert

Church Update - March 17, 2020

I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust” (Psalm 91:2).

As our nation adapts to the many changes brought on by recent events, we continue as a congregation to support and encourage one another through this time, even as we make needed adjustments within our lives. We desire above all to provide for the spiritual, relational, and physical needs of our congregation and its people in this time of crisis. Therefore, we are making the following adjustments:

  1. Worship Services:
    • Worship services will be available online only for the next two weeks.
    • After that time, we will evaluate whether we will be able to again offer services here at the church.
    • The services will be posted to Calvary’s Facebook page and available throughout the week. Please note that you do not need a Facebook account to access this material.
      (Click here for Calvary's Facebook page.)
    • Our service schedule will be as follows:
      • Lenten Midweeks (Posted Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.)
        The pastors will lead a brief prayer service and continue our “Restore the Roar” sermon-series based on the book of Amos. Sam and Molly Troemel will provide accompanying music.
      • Weekend Worship (Posted Saturdays. Join us online for worship at your regular service time.)
        This online service will reflect our typical worship with prayers, hymns, confession and absolution, readings, and a sermon. Tony Spelde and a small group of singers will provide accompanying music.
    • Tithes & Offerings: If you would like to continue to support the ministries of the congregation while unable to attend, please consider either using our online giving website (https://www.clcs.org/giving/) or mailing in your donation to the church office.
  2. Bible Studies/Sunday School Classes:
    • Adult Bible study and children’s Sunday school will be canceled for the next two weeks as well.
    • Tuesday Bible study (2:00 p.m.)
      • Pastor Reifsteck will live stream a Bible study on Calvary’s Facebook page.
      • The recording will remain available on the Facebook page all week.
    • Thursday Bible Study (7:00 p.m.)
      • Pastor Ebert will hold an interactive adult Bible study using Google Meet/Hangouts.
      • If you have a google account, sign-in to your account on Google Chrome. To join the video meeting, click this link: https://meet.google.com/zmp-rfir-cyd.
      • If you are planning to ‘attend’ this Bible study, email , for planning purposes.
  3. Pastoral Care:
    If you or a loved one is in need of pastoral care during this time, please reach out to the church office (317-783-200) or to the pastors directly at or
  4. Physical Care & Emotional Support:
    • Need Help? If our at-risk members need help getting groceries/medications or have other needs during this time, please contact the church office (317-783-200 or ) to let us know your need. A member of our Compassion team will see if we can coordinate assistance.
    • Care Cards - Our Compassion team has made available care cards that can be picked up from the church office between 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. M-F. This can be a way to provide encouragement and support to others during this time.

We pray that our efforts will provide opportunity for our congregation to continue to care for one another even while we are unable to gather as a community of faith. May the love of Jesus bind us together in this time.

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Kurt Ebert

Church Update - March 14, 2020

As promised, the leadership of Calvary has continued to monitor the developing situation within our community and world, while weighing our current response. We have made additional adjustments to our plans, in order to care for both the physical and spiritual well-being of our congregation.
At this time, our response is three-fold for this weekend.

  1. Regular Worship Services: Worship services will be held at their regularly scheduled times for those who choose to attend. We do, however, encourage each person to weigh wisely their decision based upon personal situation. We encourage those who are more susceptible to the effects of this virus because of age or health conditions to take necessary precautions by staying home.
  2. Online Live Stream of Sunday’s Services: You may also join us online for weekend worship. We will be live streaming our Sunday 8:00 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. worship services using Calvary’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CalvaryLutheranChurchandSchoolIndianapolis/). We ask for your patience, as we will be working toward improvements to this offering as we move forward with a more permanent live streaming option in the coming weeks. If you would like to continue to support the ministries of the congregation while unable to attend, please consider either using our online giving website (https://www.clcs.org/giving/) or mailing in your donation to the church office.
  3. NO Sunday Education Hour: Adult Bible study and children’s Sunday school classes will be canceled for this weekend to limit prolonged interpersonal interaction. An online adult Bible study option will be posted to Calvary’s website during the week ahead.

 
We know that there are many questions and uncertainties in the decisions that are sweeping our nation. However, the Scriptures call for us as Christians to love our neighbor as ourselves. Often that kind of love requires us to make personal sacrifices for the sake of the other. We pray that our members will continue to use this opportunity as a chance to show the love of Christ in their words and actions, as we trust firmly in the God who cares for us each day.

We pray that our efforts will provide opportunity for our congregation to continue to care for the spiritual needs of one another in a time of anxiety and fear, while also promoting public health and safety.

Church Update - March 13, 2020

Statement from Calvary Lutheran Church

I am writing again to update you regarding Calvary’s plans for upcoming worship and ministry events, especially in light of additional guidelines from our governor and mayor. We are still planning to follow our regular schedule for worship services and Bible study this weekend for those who wish to participate. We are planning several adjustments within the worship service, in order to address the common concerns of health and safety. Some of those adjustments include:

  • We plan to gather the offering at the doors as you exit the church service, instead of passing the offering plate.
  • We plan to utilize disposable individual communion cups for the upcoming weeks.
  • We plan to adjust our greeting and sharing of the peace to limit personal contact.

We will continue to monitor both the developing situation within our area, as well as ways to promote the health and well-being of our community. For those who are interested about our school’s response to the situation, please see the enclosed email below that was shared with school families.

As we continue to make adjustments in our lives to care for and protect others, may we continue to shine with the light of Christ, as we reflect his love to all.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear… The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” (Psalm 46:1-2a, 11).

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Kurt Ebert

School Update - March 13, 2020

Statement from Calvary Lutheran School to All School Families

In response to the mandates issued this afternoon and evening by Governor Holcomb, Mayor Hogsett, and the Marion County Health Department, and in conversation and consultation with our Christian School Ministry Team members, Senior Pastor Ebert, and faculty Calvary Lutheran School will be closed tomorrow, Friday, March 13. Friday, March 13 will not be an E-Learning Day. The teachers and staff will meet tomorrow to plan and prepare for March 16-20 as Calvary Lutheran School will provide remote instruction. While E-Learning is productive for a brief closure, more proactive instruction is necessary to advance the curriculum.

The Indiana Department of Education has issued waivers for 20 school days. The school schedule for the next three weeks is outlined below:

  • Friday, March 13 No School (waiver day)
  • Monday- Friday, March 16-20 Kindergarten through 8th grade remote instruction
  • Monday - Friday, March 23-27 Scheduled Spring Break
  • Monday-Friday, March 30-April 3 Extended Spring Break (5 waiver days) (matches area school district breaks)

The initial directive by the state and county has determined that Marion County schools are to remain closed until April 6.

This news and subsequent decisions will cause certain inconveniences and disruptions to many. We stand together during this crisis as we lift our hearts in prayer asking the Lord to grant His hand of healing and peace as we place our trust in Him.

In His Service,
Mr. Rensner

 

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