COVID-19 Updates

August 19, 2020

Phase 2 Regathering

We understand that some may decide not to regather with us in person just yet for multiple reasons.  Services will still be online for you to join us live.  Also, if you are running a fever or not feeling well, kindly stay home and tune in online. 

Phase 2 Safety Procedure and Precautions

Children’s ministry (birth-5th grade) will now be operating at both the 9 am hour & 10:30 am corporate worship.  Elementary kids will have Calvary Kids Praise at 9 am and “Kids Church” after the praise and worship set in the corporate gathering @ 10:30.

Coffee and refreshments will be available.  Coffee and refreshment station volunteers will assist those that want coffee or food items.

Greeters will…

· Wear masks

· Keep their distance from those they welcome

· Use sanitizing wipes on door handles often

· Open the doors for anyone entering the building

· Refrain from shaking hands, hugging, or touching anyone entering the building

Worship Center

  • We have spaced out the rows 6 feet apart for distancing.
  • We encourage people to sit with family members in the same household.
  • We discourage any handshaking, hugging, or touching others not in your household.
  • We encourage you to wear a mask if you feel more comfortable doing so.  However, this is optional
  • We will have masks available for you if needed.  Hand sanitizer will be available in the foyer, worship center, and preschool childcare area.

We are now printing Worship Folders for those attending Sunday Worship each week.  In an

abundance of precaution against the spread of Covid-19 and to limit the amount of people

touching the worship folders, the greeters will not be passing them out.  We will have them placed

in several areas of the worship center and foyer.

Please pick up a Worship Folder as you enter the worship center.

3 Useful Tools in a Worship Folder

  • Connection Cards – Fill this out to let us know you were here and include prayer request or any needs you may have.
  • Current Events – Stay informed on upcoming events.
  • Sermon Notes – Use the space provided on the back to take notes from the sermon.

For those who will be joining us online, worship folders will be emailed and posted on Facebook.

We will take up the offering during the normal offering time.  The ushers will hold out the offering plates to anyone wanting to give.  The ushers will be the only ones touching the plates.

Everyone will stay where they are sitting during the invitation.  If you’d like to talk to Pastor Walt about a decision you can do so after the service.

Sunday Morning Life Groups

Sunday morning Life Groups are now meeting on campus.   We ask that LG leaders and members to practice safe distancing, keep hands clean, and be mindful of others’ health.  In order for LGs to practice safe distancing, some classes have been moved to larger spaces.

 · Howard Chunn’s Coed Class – meeting in the fellowship hall

 · Kooky McLaughlin’s Ladies Class – meeting in room #14

 · Students – meeting in the modular

 All other classes will meet in their regular locations.

Carol Davis Ladies’ Class will not be meeting on campus at this time.

Sanitation Procedures for Preschool Childcare Area

· Volunteers’ temperatures checked before going to their station

· Check in station located in foyer

· Volunteers check child’s temperature

· Spray Lysol on bags (take drinks out)

· Put hand sanitizer on child

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Friday, July 3, 2020

Church Family, 

We became aware this week that a member of our church family, Korey Allen, had tested positive for Covid-19 this past weekend (June 27-28). She posted about her condition and gave an update earlier this week on her facebook account. 

I called her Monday, spoke with her, and prayed. She was not feeling very good all weekend but was a little better Monday. 

To be clear, she believes she contracted the virus from a person at her job the week leading up to last weekend (June 27-28). 

She was at church for worship on June 21; however, she was not at worship or on campus at all last Sunday, June 28. She had not been to campus at all the week leading up to the 28th and has not been to campus since.
Again, to emphasize, she was not at church during the time believed to have been infected. 

Please, be in prayer for her and her family, especially as she recovers. 

Also, there is a meal train set up for her for the next two weeks.  We have set it up so that you can purchase gift cards for delivery to her home instead of the standard meal train where you sign up to bring food to the recipient yourself.  

You can gain access to the meal train here: 

https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/7y1z28?fbclid=IwAR2AGbCzj4xenWlfQ98MVjvcbx6f2HaEtt98xi3AMRfvERB3Q75OzTdthqA

We continue to sanitize our church campus weekly and welcome all who would like to join us in person on Sunday mornings to do so!  Of course, we would love to have you join us online as well.  Some of the Life Groups are still maintaining Zoom meetings for their gatherings at 9 am Sundays.  Also, we livestream the 10:30 am corporate worship gathering every week – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrHebpK8pmPlFZKwm2qXYdA 

Childcare care and children’s ministry are up and running too on Sunday mornings at both 9 am (Calvary Kids Praise for elementary age and child care for younger) and 10:30 am (Children’s church during sermon and childcare during entire worship gathering).

You are more than welcome to wear masks while on campus, as we have encouraged everyone to feel comfortable in doing since we began phase one of our in person regathering.  We have masks available in the foyer and worship center if you’d like one.

Stay in prayer, live by faith and wisdom, show compassion, and keep trusting The Lord!  He is in control and He is faithful.

In King Jesus,

Pastor Walt 


-Saturday, June 20-

Church Family,

This week, we have been keeping updated with those of our fellowship who were exposed either directly or indirectly to the Covid-19 positive member.

It’s my joy to announce that none of these individuals have tested positive; all have gotten negative results!  Praise God!  In addition to this good news, the member that was infected had no symptoms past Friday, June 12.  This member is doing quite well and following doctor’s orders.

With this good news in mind, we plan to proceed with our plan to open up in-person gathering for this Sunday, June 21, in line with our phase one approach.

We’re excited especially because it is Father’s Day this Sunday!  We have gifts for dads that we will be giving out.  For those dads that don’t attend in person, they or someone else can come up to the church this upcoming week during office hours (M-TH – 8:30 am to 12:30 pm) and grab their gifts!

As a reminder, we took extra measures this week to disinfect and sanitize our campus (in an abundance of precaution) such as spraying extra sanitizing elements on all our worship center chairs.  And, as always, we have taken reasonable steps and enacted sound measures to have a clean, sanitary, and safe environment for us to gather and worship together.

In more good news, we plan to proceed with our plan to begin phase two of our in-person regathering on June 28.  Details for phase two are listed in a previous update from June 10.

Whether you worship with us in person or online this Sunday, we are thrilled to call upon the Name of The Lord, sing His praises, proclaim His Word, and fellowship with His people together.  As we have maintained from the beginning, if you choose to join us in person or not, we understand and support your conviction in these matters.  We are grateful God has provided a means for us to all worship together both in person and online.  Please, continue to listen to The Lord and follow His wisdom for you.  

As always, if you ever have any questions or concerns, please, reach out to us at the front office, to me directly, or to our deacons and ministry staff.

See you Sunday!

With a joyful, grateful heart,

Pastor Walt Magaha


-Friday, June 12-

Church Family,

Today, it’s come to our attention that a member of our fellowship has tested positive for Covid-19.

This member called out of work Wednesday (June 10) with a fever, was tested that same day, and got their result late yesterday (June 11). The member is feeling ok, quarantined at home, and resting and recovering.

The last time this member was on campus at Calvary was two Sundays ago, May 31st. They simply took part in corporate worship and were not working with children, as a greeter, or any other ministry service position. They have not been back to campus since this date (May 31).

As the leadership of Calvary, we have decided to not disclose this member’s name out of concern for their privacy.

However, we know of some of our church family that have been directly or indirectly exposed to this person. Those individuals have been notified and are being tested in the next few days to verify whether or not they have been infected.

In light of this, in an abundance of precaution, we will not be having any in person gatherings this Sunday.
We will simply be offering an online worship service just like we had been during the bulk of the pandemic prior to May 24, the start of phase one in our in-person regathering.

Next week, we will be taking extra sanitizing measures to ensure health and safety on campus.

Lord willing, we intend to open phase one regathering measures once again the following Sunday, June 21 (Father’s Day).

This means of course that our intended phase two start will be postponed at least one extra week. At the earliest, phase two could begin on June 28.

Please, be in prayer for the infected member, their family, our church family, and for The Lord to continue giving us strength, provision, wisdom, and courage as we still navigate through these uncertain times.

We may not know exactly what will unfold in the days ahead (we never have unless God promised it in His Word), but we do know He Who upholds us and all our days in His hands as well as the entire cosmos.

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged (Deuteronomy 31:8).”

“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word (Hebrews 1:3).”

Also, be on the lookout this week for any more updates! We will keep you informed moving forward.

As always, if you ever have any questions or concerns, please, reach out to us at the front office, to me directly, or to our deacons and ministry staff.

With God’s Love and Confident Hope,

Pastor Walt Magaha


-Wednesday, June 10, 2020-

Church Family,

May went well with our phase one of regathering that started on May 24!  

We praise God for His favor and for the support and continued prayers of our church family.

After having spoken and prayed about the right timing, we have arrived at the decision to set June 21st, Father’s Day, as our start for phase two of our regathering!

So, what does phase two mean?

  1. All the same openings as phase one.
  2. Children’s ministry will now be operating at both the 9 am hour and the 10:30 am corporate worship hour.
    – Babies to elementary school age will have care. 
    – Elementary will have Calvary Kidz Praise at 9 am and “Kidz Church” after the praise and worship set in the corporate gathering at 10:30 am.
  3. Life Groups will have the option to begin meeting on campus.  So, Life Groups that normally would have met at 9 am on campus Sundays will have that option once again.
    – We ask that LG leaders and members would practice safe distancing, keep hands clean, and be mindful of others’ health
  4. The Youth Life Group will begin meeting on campus at 9 am.
  5. Campus special events will begin again such as the Men’s Breakfast on July 11.
  6. Masks and hand sanitizer stations will continue to be set up and available.
  7. Greeters will continue to wear masks.
  8. Staggered chairs/rows in the worship center will continue.
  9. Offering will be taken up by ushers holding the plates and passing through the empty rows for those who would like to give physically (as opposed to online giving) while in the worship gathering.
  10. Coffee and some refreshments will be available.  Coffee and refreshment station volunteers will assist those that want some coffee or a food item.  Volunteer will pour coffee or water and give drink and/or food item to those desiring.
  11. Wednesday night teachings will continue online, live on Facebook at 5:30 weekly.


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Also, keep these reminders and encouragements in mind:

1. Giving

– Be faithful to The Lord in your giving even during a time like this.

Ways to give:

a. Online – https://calvaryofpensacola.churchcenter.com/giving

b. By text – see video for instruction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMwFYuqxlRg

c. By mail – Calvary Baptist Church

6824 Pine Forest Rd

Pensacola, FL 32526

d. Drop off in person at the front office during these days/times

Mon-Thurs anytime between 8:30 and 12 pm.

e. In person during the corporate worship gathering on Sundays

2. Life Groups and Ministry Teams

– If you’d like info on a LG or MT or want to join in on one or more, let us know!  We’d love to connect you!

– Here’s a list of our life groups: https://calvaryofpensacola.org/life_groups/

– Student ministry private FB group (ask to join): https://www.facebook.com/groups/3027587420639870/

– Children’s ministry – contact Patrick and Liz Nims – children@calvaryofpensacola.org

  – Weekly videos are posted on the Calvary Kids Facebook group for encouragement and teaching: https://www.facebook.com/CBCChildrensArea/

  – Calvary Baptist Awana Facebook page also gives out periodic updates and videos: https://www.facebook.com/Calvary-Baptist-Awana-316185985833672/

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There are many ways to continue serving during this pandemic.

One way we have been serving the community in Jesus’ Name is through partnering with Blood Mobile.

At this time, there is a shortage of blood donations being collected.  

In an effort to come alongside organizations that serve by collecting these life giving donations, we are having the Blood Mobile on campus again, Wednesday, June 24.

We have had the Blood Mobile on campus several separate occasions so far since the pandemic began.

Consider coming on campus to give or encouraging others to do so.

Time: 9 am to 2 pm

Location: Calvary Baptist Church campus

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Continue praying, loving, serving, encouraging, and believing all in and through the Lord Jesus.

With Joy and Thanksgiving in King Jesus,

Pastor Walt Magaha


-Wednesday, May 6, 2020-

Church Family,

May has arrived and with it our state of Florida has begun a phased approach to reopening!

While some meet this news with excitement and expectation of better things to come, others view this announcement with apprehension and fear.  Of course, there are those within the spectrum of these two responses with some excitement and some apprehensions as well.

We understand.  We are in this together no matter our perspective.  

However, whatever side of responses to our current state of affairs you fall into, we want to encourage you:

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Romans 8:28

“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;

    love and faithfulness go before you.

Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,

    who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.”

Psalm 89:14-15

“We exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.”

1 Thessalonians 2:12

God’s purpose hasn’t been frustrated by this pandemic.

On the contrary, His purpose is being worked out among us even now.  

He is good and He is in control.  We can trust Him entirely as we live for Him fully.

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After prayer and counsel and much deliberation, we have decided to aim for a phased reopening of our in person gatherings that would begin Sunday, May 24th.

This move was not decided on lightly.  Quite the opposite; we prayed and kept our eyes and hearts open to God’s leading in these matters.

However, we will keep a close eye on the developments in Florida, our country, and world the next few weeks leading up to the 24th.  

If infection rates spike or begin to get out of control or we otherwise sense we should postpone the phased reopening, we will communicate quickly and decisively.  

With those things in mind and our hearts and eyes set on Jesus, here are some details about the phased reopening and the month of May:

1. The in person regathering phase one will include only the 10:30 am Sunday worship service in the Worship Center AND preschool and below child care.

Children in elementary age and above will stay with their families.

Life Groups will continue meeting online.

Ministry teams will continue meeting online when scheduled.

Wednesday Night teachings will continue to be online.

This will be the case at least until June.  We will update when the time comes.

2. We will have a staggered approach with seating in the Worship Center.  One row will be open for people to sit in while the next row will be closed off.  We strongly encourage people to sit close (within 6 feet) ONLY to family members in the same household.

3. We encourage you to wear a mask if you feel more comfortable doing so.  It is optional however.

4. Greeters will be wearing masks, keeping their distance from those they welcome, not shaking hands or touching, and will use sanitizing wipes on door handles frequently.

5. Hand sanitizer will be available in the foyer, preschool childcare area, and worship center.

6. We strongly discourage any handshaking, hugging, or touching others that are not already a part of your household.

We know some may decide not to regather just yet with us in person for multiple reasons.

We understand.

We have no anger, bitterness, or judgment for those that decide to wait.

You are not walking in fear or sin just because you decide not to start regathering with us in person yet.

Our desire is for you to live in faith and peace before The Lord.  There are certainly good reasons for not regathering for you personally such as your health condition or otherwise being a part of the “at risk” category.

In the same way, those that do join us in person, you’re not being unkind or unloving to your neighbor because you feel peace in regathering in person with us at this point.  If you decide to take extra precautions such as wearing a mask, you’re accepted by us with no judgment.

Will we accomplish our phased regathering flawlessly?  Of course not.  We are imperfect human beings struggling with sin that trust in a perfect Savior Who has dealt ultimately and continues to deal practically with our sin.

We ask for you patience, prayers, and support.

If you have questions or concerns, please, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. 

We believe this is the right move however at this time.  We pray we will continue to walk in wisdom and love.

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Also, keep this reminders and encouragements in mind:

1. While we plan to start our phased reopening Sunday, May 24 in which we will invite those desiring (and not in the “at risk” category) to attend our worship service at 10:30 am, Wednesday PM teaching(s), life group and ministry team meetings, and other gatherings remain *online* for the rest of the month of May.  Decisions will be made closer to June about Life Groups and Ministry Team meetings as well as Student Ministry gatherings.

2. Sunday worship services

– Live-streamed every week

– Announcements begin around 10:15 am; service starts at 10:30 am

— Remember, starting Sunday, Sunday 24th, you have the option to join us in person for our worship gathering!  If you are in the “at risk” category for COVID-19, we would encourage you to stay home and join us online for now.  

Or, if you don’t have peace to join us in person yet, join us online!

3. Giving

– Be faithful to The Lord in your giving even during a time like this.

Ways to give:

a. Online – https://calvaryofpensacola.churchcenter.com/giving

b. By text – see video for instruction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMwFYuqxlRg

c. By mail – Calvary Baptist Church

6824 Pine Forest Rd

Pensacola, FL 32526

d. Drop off in person at the front office during these days/times

Mon-Thurs anytime between 8:30 and 12 pm.

4. Life Groups and Ministry Teams

– LGs and MTs are still in fellowship online using tools like Zoom and Facebook Live

– If you’d like info on a LG or MT or want to join in on one or more, let us know!  We’d love to connect you!

– Here’s a list of our life groups: https://calvaryofpensacola.org/life_groups/

– Student ministry private FB group (ask to join): https://www.facebook.com/groups/3027587420639870/

– Children’s ministry is staying connected – contact Patrick and Liz Nims – children@calvaryofpensacola.org

  – Weekly videos are posted on the Calvary Kids Facebook group for encouragement and teaching: https://www.facebook.com/CBCChildrensArea/

  – Calvary Baptist Awana Facebook page also gives out periodic updates and videos: https://www.facebook.com/Calvary-Baptist-Awana-316185985833672/

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There are many ways to continue serving during this pandemic.

One way we have been serving the community in Jesus’ Name is through partnering with Blood Mobile.

At this time, there is a shortage of blood donations being collected.  

In an effort to come alongside organizations that serve by collecting these life giving donations, we are having the Blood Mobile on campus again, Wednesday, May 13.

We have had the Blood Mobile on campus three separate occasions so far since the pandemic began.

Consider coming on campus to give or encouraging others to do so.

Time: 9 am to 2 pm

Location: Calvary Baptist Church campus

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Continue praying, loving, serving, encouraging, and believing all in and through King Jesus.

With Peace in Almighty King Jesus,

Pastor Walt Magaha


-Tuesday, March 31, 2020-

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:14-16 (NKJV)

Church family,

I want to encourage you:

Shine your light.

We are living in a day when people more urgently than ever perhaps need to see the *hope of Jesus Christ*, that He alone saves and that He alone is working all things out for His glory and the good for any and all who trust in Him (Rom. 8:28). 

As followers of Christ, the light we shine through our lives acts as a beacon of hope that points people to behold the great, all-surpassing glory of God.  

It’s in Him that we find peace in the storm and rest for our souls.

The LORD is God (Psalm 100:3); we can trust Him (Psalm 20:7).

As the world continues to navigate through the COVID

-19 pandemic, we know and serve a God that stands above it all and that has a purpose in it all.

I wanted to take this opportunity also to update and encourage you about several matters:

1. Worship services, Wednesday PM teaching(s), life group and ministry team meetings, and other gatherings remain *online* for the month of April.

We do not plan to have any in-person gatherings until the earliest, May.  

Why?

a. To comply with governmental recommendations and the best medical info/advice out there currently.  We submit to governing authorities we live under unless they tell us to violate the Word of God (Romans 13:1-7).

b. To love our neighbors by helping stop the spread of COVID-19.  This is particularly important for those most at risk (those about 65 yo and those with pre-existing conditions).

2. Even though we are not meeting in-person AS the church, we are still called to BE the church!  Shine your light (Matt. 5:14-16).

3. *Easter Weekend*

a. Good Friday worship service – “The Final Word” will be live-streamed online through our youtube channel and website as well as posted on our facebook page for access.

Be sure to join us for this online!!  

Our worship team is working hard to create an incredible, memorable worship experience even as we are online.

b. Eggs at Calvary canceled and will be replaced by a “Block Party” for our community this summer.

*Details to come in the days ahead*

c. Resurrection/Easter Sunday – live-streamed 

Be sure to take part of this incredible Sunday service as we celebrate and rejoice in the victory we have through the resurrection of Jesus Christ! 

4. Discipleship University and Wednesday Night Dinner

– Planned to kick off with Awana this upcoming August for the new school year

5. Wednesday night Live Teaching

– Plans to continue every week!

– Be sure to join us live and online to interact, comment, and ask questions via Facebook Live here on our page!

– 5:30 PM

– Tomorrow’s teaching (April 1) – How to obey Phil. 4:6-7 in a pandemic

6. Sunday worship services

– Livestreamed every week

– Announcements begin around 10:15 am; service starts at 10:30 am

– Be sure to join us online!

7. Giving

– Be faithful to The Lord in your giving even during a time like this.

Ways to give:

a. Online – https://calvaryofpensacola.churchcenter.com/giving 

b. By text – see video for instruction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMwFYuqxlRg 

c. By mail – Calvary Baptist Church

6824 Pine Forest Rd

Pensacola, FL 32526

d. Drop off in person at the front office during these days/times

Mon-Thurs anytime between 8:30 and 12 pm.

7. Life Groups and Ministry Teams

– LGs and Mts are still in fellowship online using tools like Zoom and Facebook Live

– If you’d like info on a LG or MT or want to join in on one or more, let us know!  We’d love to connect you!

– Here’s a list of our life groups: https://calvaryofpensacola.org/life_groups/

– Student ministry private FB group (ask to join): https://www.facebook.com/groups/3027587420639870/

– Children’s ministry is staying connected – contact Patrick and Liz Nims – children@calvaryofpensacola.org

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I’m very excited to communicate these ways of serving in the days ahead!

1. Brownsville Community Center 

– Food distribution

– Mon-Sat. either bagging groceries or distributing to those in need

– 9 am to 11 am

– Contact Pastor Evon Horton 850.723.1810

2. Blood Mobile

– Plans to be on campus at Calvary to collect donations on April 16 and April 30th, both Thursdays.

– 9 am to 2 pm

– Give blood if you’re able and let people know about this chance to do so

– Prayer booth will be set up near Fellowship Hall to offer prayer and encouragement to people that come

– You can sign up for an appointment to come give blood in advance!  Go here: https://www.oneblood.org/donate-now/donation-centers-list-select-time.stml?driveID=939064 

3. Food distribution to students at community libraries

– giving food to students in our community that are in need

– through the city government

– fill out volunteer form from here:https://myescambia.com/open-government/volunteer

– background check is included in form and is required

4. Potentially, we could have a food distribution site on campus at Calvary 

*More details to come!

*If you’re interested in serving in any of theses opportunities and want more info, let us know!

Continue praying, loving, serving, encouraging, and believing.  

Trust God and shine your light!

With Peace and Hope in King Jesus,

Pastor Walt Magaha

-Saturday, March 21, 2020-

Church Family,

A few quick reminders:

1. Jesus remains on His throne as Sovereign Lord (Psalm 47:8; Hebrews 1:8). Everything in our lives as believers ultimately are used for our good (Rom. 8:28) and for the glory of God (Psalm 106:8; Isaiah 43:7).

2. We know the end of the book. Jesus returns when we don’t expect Him (Matt. 25:13). He wins and we who put our trust in Him will win (Daniel 7:27).

3. Be sure to join us online tomorrow morning at 10:30 AM for our live worship service! I’m excited to worship with you and my prayer is that you are filled with hope and faith as we do and well beyond that as you walk with Christ daily.
You can access the live stream both from our Facebook page: @Calvaryofpensacola  
And from our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrHebpK8pmPlFZKwm2qXYdA

4. Stay connected with your Life Group(s) and ministry team(s)! Staying in fellowship while not meeting in person is critical. Reach out to your groups and ministries with a text, phone call, email, direct message on social media, etc. Be in prayer for them and ask them how you can be praying! If you’re not already connected to a LG or ministry team, let us know! We’d be delighted to connect you with one or more even at a time like this.

5. Be faithful in your giving. You can give online at: https://calvaryofpensacola.churchcenter.com/giving 
This is a great option in general and especially now!
If you’d prefer to give by check or cash, you have a couple of options:
a. Mail your check or cash to us at 6824 Pine Forest Rd, Pensacola, FL 32526
b. You may come by the church front office anytime Monday to Thursday from 8:30 AM to 12 PM and drop off your offering (while someone is physically present).

6. Love your neighbor. Continue staying alert to how God may use you to bless, encourage, and witness to others.

7. Remember, this world has many troubles. But, take courage because Jesus has *already* overcome it (John 16:33). Jesus is always with us and is for us who trust in Him (Matt. 28:20; Romans 8:31-32).

8. Here are some incredible worship videos to praise God with as you pray and spend time with Him:
a. Graves to Gardens – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwX1f2gYKZ4
b. Always – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yb4VvNq8WEM

Looking to and trusting in Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-3),

Pastor Walt Magaha

-Tuesday, March 17, 2020-

 Update on our response to the current 

coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 

“‘For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”

Isaiah 54:10

Church Family,

Although recommendations and governmental measures have ramped up in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the past two days and “normal” life as we know it is essentially being “put on hold”, we must remember in times like these that our God reigns (Psalm 97:1).

Without question, there is a lot of fear and anxiety in our world surrounding health, safety, society, and the economy.  These concerns are understandable.  However, we The Church, God’s People, a holy nation (1 Peter 2:9), are called to “not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:6-7).”  This instruction has a corresponding promise.  We pray, give thanks, and trust God and His peace will guard our hearts and mind in His Son.

May it be characteristic of us as followers of Christ in a time like this that we are known for our confident peace in Christ and overflowing, genuine compassion for our neighbor.

God is with us even in the most uncertain and difficult of times (Isa 43:1-3).

With that said, I wanted to also notify you of some updates concerning our church’s response to this current pandemic from the coronavirus (COVID-19) and then some steps for you to take:

  1. Through prayer and careful seeking after wisdom and guidance, we have decided to cancel all in-person gatherings up to the end of March.  This decision was made in prayerful response to the latest recommendations from the CDC and President Trump.  The president recommended 15 days of eliminating gatherings of 10 or more people.
    In-person gatherings for April are still possible but at this time are uncertain given the CDC’s recommendation of an 8 week avoidance of crowds 50 or more.  Stay updated however through our Enotes email system, our Facebook page, and our website.
  2. Even though we don’t plan to meet for in-person gatherings, we do plan to stay connected together in worship and fellowship.  Our livestream will be set up and running Sunday morning.  You can access the livestream through our facebook page: @Calvaryofpensacola. You can also access the livestream through our Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrHebpK8pmPlFZKwm2qXYdA/featured
    We add the service video to our Youtube channel immediately following.
    Be sure to join us for worship Sunday morning at 10:30 AM (just like we would in person!).
  3. Additionally, I will be giving an online Wednesday night teaching both this week and next week at 6 pm.  You can connect with us at that time through our FB page as well.
  4. Like usual, gatherings/services that are live-streamed will be recorded for future viewing on our Youtube channel.
  5. We encourage you to stay connected with us online, especially during the worship and teaching livestreams.
  6. During this time we are not meeting in-person, we strongly encourage you to stay connected to your Life Group and ministry team(s).  Be sure to check on one another, pray for, and encourage each other.  If you’re not a part of a LG or ministry team already, we’d love to connect with some!  Let us know at calvary@calvaryofpensacola.org
  7. There may be many people that need assistance during this season.  If you’re willing to be of help by delivering groceries, helping in someone’s home/yard, or other ways of service, let us know also at calvary@calvaryofpensacola.org
  8. We are continuing to keep up to date with the best information available concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19) through reliable, reputable sources like the CDC: cdc.gov
  9. We will keep you informed with any updates on our end.

Other than staying connected with us online, especially during our livestream worship services and teachings, we encourage you to do the following:

  1. Be in prayer for your family.  Pray also for our church family.
  2. Be in prayer for our community, our state, our nation, and our world.
  3. Be in prayer for our leaders.  Pray for President Trump and the many others who are attempting to take necessary action at this time.
  4. Be in prayer for those most vulnerable to the virus such as elderly persons and those with compromised immune systems.  Also, stay in prayer for those that have been infected.
  5. Be in prayer for the church around the world to be strong and courageous during these times for the sake of the Gospel.  Pray the Gospel isn’t hindered but rather that it goes forward, perhaps even to places previously inaccessible until a time like this.
  6. Be faithful in your giving.  Online giving is a fantastic option.
    You can do so anytime at https://calvaryofpensacola.churchcenter.com/giving
    If you’d like to give by check or cash, you can either
    a. Mail your check or cash to us at 6824 Pine Forest Rd, Pensacola, FL 32526
    b. You may come by the church front office anytime Monday to Thursday from 8:30 AM to 12 PM and drop off your offering.
  7. Be connected to the life of the church by staying in contact with your LG and ministry team(s) (reference item 6 in previous list for details).
  8. Love your neighbor.  In times like these, practice good hygiene with proper hand-washing, “social distancing” so as to prevent spreading illness, abide by CDC and other qualified recommendations for health, help those you can (especially those in your neighborhood), and be a witness for Christ.
  9. Live in faith and trust God.  If you have questions concerning why God allows suffering, disease, etc., you may want to check out this article written by a reliable, Christian resource: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/why-does-god-allow-the-coronavirus-4-christian-insights

With Unrelenting Hope in King Jesus,

Pastor Walt Magaha