Home Coming Sunday

The last two months have been a challenge for all in our church and country.  As a church, we like most Americans have been willing and were ready to help and protect our fellow a Americans during this pandemic by sheltering in place and practice social distancing.  As a church and a nation we had never been through anything like this before in our life time.  We have learned, prayed, and endured many, many times. Having bent the curve by following many unusual and sometimes difficult requests we are now ready as a church family to come home.   Practicing Safe Services

May 31, 2020  Opening Both Services

Sunday Morning Service        11:00 am

Sunday Evening Service            6:00pm

Homecoming-Sunday (1)

Prayer Meeting

Prayer Meeting May 20, 2020

7:00 PM

Calvary Bible Church

We are resuming our Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting in person at the church.  We will continue to live stream the service, but we are encouraging you to be a part of our service.  Let’s join together in praying and ask God to work in our lives, church, and community.

  1. Prayer is not an exercise, it is the life.
  2. Our prayers are heard, not because we are in earnest, not because we suffer, but because Jesus suffered.
  3. Prayer is not logical, it is a mysterious moral working of the Holy Spirit.
  4. Get a place for prayer where no one imagines that that is what you are doing. Shut the door and talk to God.
  5. It is impossible to conduct your life as a disciple without definite times of secret prayer.
  6. It takes a tremendous amount of reiteration on God’s part before we understand what prayer is. We do not pray at all until we are at our wits’ end.

Quotes by Oswald Chambers

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Church Response to Covid19

Calvary Bible Church Response and Policies as we safely reinstate in person services.

INFORMATION  LOCAL TESTING FO COVID -19

INFORMATION FROM CASS COUNTY HEALTH DEPT COVID-19

Starting May 3, 2020 we will resume our morning service which will begin at 11:00 am.  During the continued stay at home and shelter in place that that Governor Whitmer  has currently placed the citizens of Michigan until May 15, 2020.   The leadership of Calvary Bible Church believes that we can safely meet while practicing social distancing.  We under stand that EACH family dynamic will be different and we will support you in your choices.  We will continue to live stream and phone conference each service.   We will add more services throughout the month of May.  We are asking High Risk members to remain home during the first opening stages.

Sunday Morning service  May 3  at 11:00 am  you are welcome to come and worship with us at the church building.  We look forward to the reunion Sunday.

Complete information for the starting of Church services May 3, 2020

“Consistent with prior guidance, a place of religious worship, when used for religious worship, is not subject to penalty under section 14,”reads the new order. Section 14 refers to the part of the order that makes violations a misdemeanor.

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Fellowship Opportunities at Calvary

Mondays Ladies fellowship and Bible Sharing @ 1:15   Call 701-802-5430    Call for code.   Same code from week to week.  Free conference call program just use your phone.

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Tuesday  Praise and Prayer Starts at 6:30 pm .  Families well and encourage.  We miss seeing our families and this program helps,  We had folks form Florida, North Carolina and plan to have more states join us tomorrow.  Come join us and hear from church familyzoom

Wednesday we have our live streaming prayer service.  We will be having our summer internJoel Springs Live Stream preaching for us this Wednesday night. Starts at 7:00 pm.

Thursday at 9:15 we will be using the free conference call program to have a Men’s Prayer meeting.   Call 701-802-5430   call or test for code

Thursday at 6:15 anyone can call free conference call program to have a church prayer meeting all are invited to call and share burdens and prayer request.  701-802-5430  call of text for security code.

 

Church Service ~ Live Stream

Calvary Bible Church

Live Streaming Times

Wednesday Night live at 7:00 pm

Sunday Morning Live at 11:00 am

Sunday Afternoon Live at 1:00 pm

All service are available at anytime 1 hour after live streaming.

www.calvarybibleministries.org

The Covid-19 virus has brought significant challenges to us, our community, and our nation. We have been reminded of human limitations and sinfulness as well as the sovereignty and goodness of God. After much prayer, counsel, and discussion over whether we should assemble this Lord’s Day or not, we have concluded that it is best for us not to meet for worship. While we will certainly miss the joy of gathering for worship, we make this decision in faith trusting it is pleasing to the Lord. We want you to understand how we have come to this decision and the basis on which we will be evaluating what we do going forward.

No federal, state, or local governments should mandated that churches shut down our public gatherings. We have listened carefully to the statements coming from President Trump and Governor Whitmire as they have declared states of emergency in our nation and in Michigan. We have also studied the Center for Disease Control guidelines for gathering in groups. As you know, when a church meets for worship it is not merely a social gathering. It is an assembly of people called by God, saved by Jesus, and empowered by His Spirit for the purpose of testifying to the greatness and glory of our Triune God as we hear from His Word.

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Though the civil government has not issued a mandate that churches not meet during this time, both governmental authorities have encouraged limiting group gatherings. We understand them to be exercising their best judgment in offering short-term guidelines for the welfare of everyone in our nation. They have access to medical experts who, though not infallible, have information and understanding that most citizens (including us) do not have. These guidelines have been encouraged as a means of slowing down the spread of the deadly Covid-19 virus. The governmental authorities have not singled out churches in making these recommendations. These guidelines are not sinful. On the contrary, they seem to be prudent.

Service Schedule Change ~ Giving

To Calvary Bible Church family and community, So much has changed in the last 48 hours and even in the last 24 hours. After much prayer and counsel, we have made a decision on how we will conduct our worship for the next two weeks. It has been a challenge to determine what is the correct course of action, but we believe God has given the leadership of Calvary Bible Church a proper response to our present situation. We will be having online services rather than congregating in our facilities. Collectively, if everyone takes the responsibility together, it only makes sense that we will be closer to eliminating the risk that heightens in crowds. At first the President and his team were asking us not to congregate in crowds of more than 50, then quickly it was moved to crowds no more than ten.
For decades, whenever Calvary Bible Church people have come together, our affection for one another has always been very expressive, from a firm handshake to loving hugs. Last Sunday, it felt like we were a bunch of kids who were sent into timeout, as we longingly looked at each other in frustration, rather than warmly greet one another.
Churches are currently faced with the challenge of being able to gather as a church body. But, churches don’t just assemble, we’re also commissioned to give, pray, witness, care, and more!

Live Stream Services

Live Stream Service dates and times.
March 18 7:00pm
March 22 11:00am & 6:00pm
March 25 7:00pm
March 29 11:00am &  1:30 live, 6:00pm recorded

Three ways to give”

1,  Giving  Online

2.  Giving on your smart phone:   Text: Give          To: 269-222-7474 and follow instructions

3.  Mail:   Calvary Bible Church

27032 Marcellus Hwy.

Dowagiac, Michigan 49047

 

 

Sunday Services Announcement

Calvary Bible Church Family and Community

WE ARE HAVING SERVICES MARCH 15
As we are all fully aware, there is a growing concern regarding the recent exposure within our state to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We wanted to take a moment to share with you our thoughts regarding how and when we will meet for the time being.
At this time, we are NOT planning to cancel any scheduled services. The state of Michigan has restricted gatherings of 250 people or more. Our average attendance is under that threshold, therefore allowing us to continue to meet.

2 Timothy 1:7 states, “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind.” When we do meet, each service with be filled with power, love and hope.
However, as a consideration for those which might be attending and are considered to be vulnerable to the virus, we have put in place measures to ensure our facilities follow recommended CDC practices.
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OUR Plan To Help You:
Clean and Disinfect  (Standard practice ~ but enhanced during this time)
* Before and After every meeting, we will be cleaning and disinfecting every touchable surface. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
Disinfecting Stations
* We will strategically place hand sanitizer for guest use throughout the buildings.
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We need YOUR help in this as well.
Here is how YOU can help us:
When Greeting Someone
* Ordinarily, we would greet each other by shaking hands or by a hug. For the time being, please find a way to affectionately greet each other without physical contact. As an example: a smile or kind word.
Clean Your Hands
* Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing (These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.)
* If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Stay Home If You Are Sick
* With the exception of seeking medical care, stay home if you are sick, especially if you symptomatic (coughing with a fever and shortness of breath, etc).
* If your child is NOT fever free for 24 hours without medication, please do NOT send them to Sunday School. Keep them home.
Streaming Services

We  Live Streaming our services. If you or someone you are caring for is sick, stay home and join us on the Live Stream.    You may go to church website to live stream
Lastly, we would ask that you join us in prayer for our families, community, and world. Many will find these times challenging and some may even feel hopeless as a result of these unprecedented days. Please check on those you have contact or influence with. From time to time, we all need to be encouraged. Let’s be that salt and light we commissioned to be.

Pastor Stacey Wilder

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