Holy Communion Procedure:
In light of the restrictions placed on meeting together due to Covid 19, the following Holy Communion procedure has been adopted by Calvary’s Church Council:
It is as important as ever for us to receive Holy Communion for the strengthening of our faith and for the comfort and assurance of our forgiveness. If you would like Holy Communion, please call Pastor Spaude (602-903-0035 or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org, to arrange a time to come to church to receive the Sacrament.
We hope that all our communicant members will be able to receive Holy Communion for the comfort, peace and forgiveness it offers, however if you are staying at home or do not wish to go out in public, you are under no obligation to participate.
If you would like to receive Holy Communion privately in your home, please contact Pastor Spaude at 602-903-0035 (cell) he will schedule a home visit for private Communion.
Our online services have been well received. We had over 120 hits on YouTube watching last Sunday. You can continue to watch our service live on our website (www.calvarychandler.net) or on our Facebook page or YouTube. We will be broadcasting our Maundy Thursday Service online at 7:00 pm. on April 9th, our Good Friday Service at 7:00 pm. on April 10th and our Easter Service on Sunday, April 12th at 9:00 am.
Your offerings are vital for supporting the work of the Lord for the support of our called workers and support staff who will continue to serve during this pandemic. Giving to Jesus is still important and we encourage you, if you are able, to continue to give your gifts to the church. We do have online giving which is available through our website. All you have to do is create a profile, and once that is done you will be asked to sign-in and then you can fill out the form available through the “donate” button on the top right corner on our website or you can just scan the QR code with your phone located at the bottom of this letter. If you prefer not to use online giving, you can still mail us your offerings at 1270 N Dobson Rd. Chandler, AZ, 85224.
During this time, Pastor Spaude and Deacon Josh will be having recorded devotions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You can view these on our website via the YouTube link on the homepage or by clicking Media on the top of the page.
Calvary Member Assistance
We are concerned about the physical health and welfare of our congregation, for we are a church family. We have formed a volunteer calling team that is reaching out to make a wellness check on our members by phone or text. Through this effort we are assessing what needs our fellow members may have.
A response team is also in place to assist with meeting those needs. For example, if someone cannot leave home and needs grocery items, we have volunteers who will deliver those items from our food pantry. If someone would like regular phone calls to have some company during a time of isolation, we have volunteers who are willing to do that as well. We want to do what we can to help each other.
We encourage all of our members to give a helping hand to anyone in their life who can use their help at this time.
If you have a need that is not being met by immediate family, please contact the church at 480-963-9397 and speak with Pastor Spaude, Staff Minister Josh or Office Manager Randi.
If you want to be a volunteer to provide assistance or donate items as needed, contact the church by phone or by email, email@example.com.
[If you want to donate funds for special assistance, you can designate the gift for the "Parish Assistance Fund." This is a fund that our congregation regularly uses to distribute aid to our members in need.]
Even more than physical welfare, we are concerned about spiritual health. We will continue to serve God's people with his Word and Sacraments. Although we are not gathering for regular worship on campus at this time, we are making use of every opportunity to use technology and all the means at our disposal to bring people comfort, peace, forgiveness, and encouragement from God's Word.
From Pastor Spaude:
I will continue to make calls and meet with people within the guidelines laid out by public officials, medical institutions and good common sense. At the present time, I am not allowed to make visits in the hospitals or nursing homes. I will make these visits through telephone calls. If you do need to go to the hospital, please let me know. I want to continue to minister to you on the middle road between the two ditches of paranoia and carelessness. The goal of the leaders at Calvary is to serve you with God’s word and sacraments while keeping you healthy in body as well as the soul. If you need me or Staff Minister Josh, please call, email or text us. We will be there for you.
Calvary Internet Update:
Calvary Lutheran Church has its internet provider as Century Link. This service has proved to be very slow and unworkable if we want to livestream our services and our Bible Classes. The decision was made at a previous Voters’ Meeting to switch to Cox as the provider, whose services are much faster. Cox has run the cable to our building and we do have the Cox enabled router ready to go. We need to reconfigure our present equipment to be in sync with Cox (our present equipment is soon to be out of date) or get new equipment ($1000-$2000) to get up and running. Please be patient with us as we do so. Our communication committee is working hard at this.
Calvary Courier: At the present time, the Calvary Courier will be posted on the Calvary website and sent out to our members through email. If you would like a paper copy, please call Randi at 480-963-9397 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Wash your hands like you just cut jalapenos and you’re about to put your contacts in.” “Wash your hands for as long as it takes you to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice.” “Wash your hands for about as long as it takes to recite the Lord’s Prayer.”
The news is filled with tips about how to wash your hands and for good reason. Soap breaks up the cell membrane of germs. The friction of scrubbing loosens germs from your skin. Running water washes germs down the drain. Lots of research has gone into the common-sense advice, “Wash your hands.”
But what if you have perfectly clean hands, scrubbed and sanitized, but you still feel sick on the inside? God has a solution. “Cleanse with hyssop.” Hyssop is a flower, with fragile petals which easily cause stains. If you tried to cleanse yourself with hyssop by scrubbing for 20 seconds under warm water, you’d have a real mess on your hands. Do you get the point? You can’t clean your soul with hard work and elbow grease. Hyssop isn’t for scrubbing. Hyssop is for painting with blood.
When God told Israelites to paint blood on their doors, he told them to paint with hyssop. That painting cost a lamb his life, it covered their doorway with blood, and it delivered them from death. Our sins cost Jesus his life. He has covered us with his blood, and it delivers us from death. All the handwashing in the world will not make you immune to death. But cleansing with hyssop will.
We can face pandemics, plagues, and paranoia with unshaken confidence, not because we know how to wash our hands, but because God knows how to wash away our sins. Psalm 51:7: Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Clean hands, clean hearts, and eternal life in heaven. That’s God’s promise to you in Jesus. Stay safe and don’t forget how God has made you perfectly clean.