COVID-19 Updates

Coronavirus Update

We are canceling all activities at CMC through April 11.  Sunday service will take place via Livestream.

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As of 3/26/20

With our Governor ordering a ban on all gatherings of more than 10 people through April 23, but our President hoping the coronavirus pandemic will be under control so that churches can meet on Easter Sunday (April 12), we are suspending all church activities through Saturday, April 11—except for our live stream service on Sundays and the elders’ meeting on Wednesdays.

We will not be printing a church calendar for April, so please go to the homepage of CMC website to access the calendar.

***This is a good time to remind you that if you want to sync to CMC’s Google calendar, you can subscribe using this email address:  cmcroanoke@gmail.com.  For instructions on how to add a calendar using an email address, click here.***

Starting this Monday, we will send out a weekly email listing birthdays and anniversaries for the week.

We are encouraged to hear of the many efforts being made to stay connected with one another.  Keep it up!

“…may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you.” 1 Thes. 3:12

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As of 3/20/20

In keeping with the directives of our civil authorities, and wanting to demonstrate care and concern for one another in protecting against the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we have suspended all church activities, events and gatherings through March 31st.

Although the cancelling of our regular ministries and services is temporary, we are concerned about the effects of isolation on everyone’s spiritual well-being.  We were created for community, and the church is uniquely God’s community as the body of Christ. We need one another for our spiritual health and growth.

For this reason, we have put together the following plan for members of CMC to stay connected:

  • If everyone in your household is healthy, please consider inviting a few others to come worship with you.  Please limit groups to 10 or less in honor of our civil authorities.  We recognize that for some in our congregation who are at a higher level of risk with this virus, gathering with others may not be wise.  So, while we do not want anyone to feel pressured to meet, we do want everyone to have the opportunity to do that.

  • Pastor Mark’s sermon will be live-streamed this Sunday morning at 10:25 a.m.  An email will be forthcoming with a suggested Scripture reading, list of songs with lyrics so you can sing together, and an update on one of our missionaries for whom you can pray.

  • Over the next two weeks, our elders and deacons will be attempting to call every CMC household to check in with how you are doing.

  • If you have any special needs, please do not wait for a call from church leadership.  Click here to communicate any practical needs or prayer requests you have.  An elder or deacon will follow up with you.

  • We are encouraging every CMC member and regular attendee to take an active role in “one anothering” in responsible and appropriate ways during this crisis.
    • Use your church directory to pray for others in the body (an electronic copy of the directory is available upon request).
    • Call at least 2 people each week to check on them and pray with them.
    • Interact virtually to pray and discuss passages that are ministering to you in these days.
      • For group interaction, use Google Hangouts, Zoom, or GroupMe
      • For individual interaction, use FaceTime, texting, email, or other tools (consider helping others learn to use such tools)

In summary, initiate and receive ministry because we need relationships and encouragement in God’s Word.

But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called "Today," so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin (Hebrews 3:13).

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As of 3/18/20

In an effort to comply with the recommendations of our civil authorities, all church activities/events/gatherings have been cancelled through March 31, at which point we will revisit things.  
 
We will be livestreaming a service the next two Sunday mornings which can be replayed at any time thereafter.  These services will be available to view on the church website or mobile app.  Be on the lookout for an email at the end of the week with resources to supplement Sunday worship around Pastor Mark’s sermon.
 
In the meantime, although we can’t gather corporately, there are ways we can practice the “one anothers.”  The elders are working on a plan which will provide opportunities for us to stay connected as we seek to care for everyone from singles to big families and from babies to senior saints.  
 
We are basing our decisions on a few biblical principles that will help us through this time.
  • All Christians are commanded not to neglect meeting together (Hebrews 10:25).  Therefore, we want to facilitate every means of fellowship possible and will be sharing plans and ideas for that.
  • Our role as elders is to watch over and care for the flock and the ministries of the Word and prayer (Acts 20:28; John 21:15-17).  So pray for us as we seek to lead in this.
  • We are striving to honor our responsibility to submit to human authority that God has placed over us (Romans 13:1-7) and to uphold human life and prevent the loss of life (Exodus 20:13).  In keeping with these, we’re following the statewide and national statements about limiting gatherings.
 
We pray that this difficult time will grow us all in faith, deepen our appreciation for our regular gatherings, and enflame our desires for prayer and sharing the Gospel.  We are praying for God to keep us from anxiety (Matthew 6; Philippians 4) and to use all of this for our good as His beloved people.  Please pray with us and keep in touch as we labor to stay connected in the life of the body of Calvary Memorial Church