To the congregation of Calvin Presbyterian Church:
By now, you will have heard the news about the global pandemic COVID-19. The Session of Calvin Presbyterian Church unanimously has made the difficult decision to cancel Sunday services and all of Calvin’s programs until further notice. We are using an abundance of caution and do not want to put anyone at risk. Our hope is that we can resume services by Palm Sunday April 5, but we will have to wait and see.
All Calvin events and meetings are cancelled, including: Seniors Sing-a-Long – March 17; Lenten Hymn Sing – March 19 and 26; Calvin Stampers – March 18; Session Meeting – March 18; Family Movie/Pizza Night – March 21; Badminton - Friday nights; Choir Practice - Thursday nights.
Michael Turman’s good-bye celebration will be postponed until a later time.
Rev. Frank is available to talk with people on his cell phone at (226) 647-4705 and weekly sermons will be posted on our website at www.calvinchurch.ca/service. Rev. Frank is available to visit people on an individual basis – either at your home or in his church office, by appointment.
The funeral service for Bill Martin on Saturday March 14 at 2 p.m. is still going ahead as planned. Live streaming will be available on the Henry Walser Funeral Home website.
The church office will remain open. Rental groups will be given the option to continue using the building during this time but the kitchen will be closed.
A message from the Presbyterian Church in Canada:
In response to the recent news about the coronavirus (COVID-19), our prayers to God are for those who are ill with this virus and for those who care for them, especially in countries that have been most affected. We also pray for health and frontline workers as they face their daily tasks. And we remember those communities and businesses that have been affected and any people facing discrimination as a result of the virus.
Public Health officials tell us that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to any virus. General prevention measures include:
We are very sorry that we have had to make this difficult decision. But we did so for your protection. Thank you for your support and understanding. May the Lord continue to protect us and keep us safe. Our hope is that we will be able to worship together again soon.
Bonnie Street Rev. Frank Szatmari
Clerk of Session Minister