Coronavirus

Calvary updates on the Coronavirus situation


** No on-site worship, 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

Calvary's Response

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Calvary Lutheran Church & School continues to monitor the developing Coronavirus situation.  Here are the latest updates from both the church and school.

Calvary Lutheran Church
COVID-19 Update (Wednesday, 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

Previous Updates

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

 

Questions?

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General Information

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Schedule Changes

The following are the latest impacts to worship and event schedules as Calvary's response to the Coronavirus situation.

  • Worship

    There will be NO ON-SITE WORSHIP through at least April 4/5. Worship services will be online only with live stream options available on Calvary's Facebook page at the normal service times. 

  • Sunday School & Bible Studies

    There will be NO ON-SITE SUNDAY SCHOOL or BIBLE STUDIES through at least April 4/5.  Look on Calvary's Facebook page for live stream Bible Study options.

  • Easter Egg Hunt

    This year's Easter Egg Hunt has been postponed.  Please check here for updates as they become available.

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