Updates as of March 23 -- The Great Ice Cream Giveaway scheduled for March 24 has been postponed at Calvary in Rhinelander due to Governor Ever's stay at home order.
Update as of March 19 -- What a difference a day makes! The governor of Wisconsin has effectively made it illegal for churches to gather together for worship because of COVID-19. Let that last sentence sink in for a moment…. It is illegal, with a criminal penalty of up to 30 days in jail and/or a $250 fine to assemble together in groups of over 10 people – and there is no religious exemption. We now have a very small taste of what it is like for our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world who cannot meet together for worship. We grieve this loss of worshiping together. In light of this new development, Calvary will cancel Sunday morning worship for the next three Sundays (March 22, 29 and April 5). WIRED will be canceled for tonight and for April 1. The Vacation Bible School meeting on March 29 will be postponed. The church business meeting on March 29 is canceled. The Growing Together meal, scheduled for March 25 and April 8 and 22, are canceled. Men’s fellowship on April 9 is canceled. Effective immediately, all Life Groups are also canceled until further notice. The situation with COVID-19 is changing almost daily, so we will reassess the situation in light of any new developments. We plan on still having the Great Ice Cream Giveaway 2.0 on Tuesday March 24 from 4-6:30 pm, which is legal under the governor’s edict as it is a food pantry event and is outside with the guests we are serving staying in their cars. There may be a few small leadership meetings taking place over the next three weeks, but this is a fluid situation that is subject to change. We are actively pursuing the possibility of live streaming a modified church service on Sunday morning at 10:30 am (details hopefully coming on Friday). COVID-19 is changing the shape of church ministry and we are trying to make rapid adjustments. During this time, we encourage you to phone a friend and encourage them, read your Bible and pray. Don’t hoard your resources, but share them with love. Share with others (on-line or on the phone or at least six feet away) the good news of Jesus Christ. These are uncertain times, and even though we are told to isolate, we do not need to go through them alone. God has promised “never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5). We are also here for you – please give me a call, either at church (715-362-4792) or on my cell (641-220-0949). If you have a need for prayer, email or call us. If you have any other need, please let us know – we want to help. In Christ, Pastor Rod