Due to the situation with the coronavirus we have temporarily moved to a single online service each Sunday that is being livestreamed at 10:00am. Click here to participate.
We also have a daily weekday noon time of prayer that is available on Facebook here.
Social distancing does not mean social disconnecting. We are actively working on ways to remain connected and grow deeper with Jesus during this unusual time. Join in for the journey!
Below are some pastoral emails from Dean Michael.
17 March 2020
Holy Cross Family,
As you know, the situation with the coronavirus continues to change daily. But no matter what changes, we will trust in our Lord to see us through. We do not turn to fear; we put our faith and hope in Jesus.
In light of the CDC and governmental recommendations and requests, we are making some temporary changes to the regular schedule around Holy Cross. As citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven as well as of this earthly country, we will continue to worship our Lord without fail as we also work to obey our governmental leaders. I'm reminded of Jeremiah 29:7 when God instructed his people, "Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you." One of our callings as Christians is to seek the good of our earthly community. Of course, that should never get in the way of our duty to worship and glorify God, but we are also to promote the welfare of our local city. This is part of our witness for Jesus.
In this time when we are requested to avoid large gatherings, we believe that to continue to gather in person for worship could actually damage our witness to the community. We believe that we will have a better witness by making some necessary changes at this time.
So, the Chapter and I have discussed and are implementing these changes:
- For at least the next two Sundays (March 22 and 29) we will livestream a full Morning Prayer service at 8:45am only. We will not gather together in person that day, but we encourage everyone to participate online. The necessary bulletin and/or app will be made available so you can fully participate from home. If a few people truly desire to come in person, we will permit it, but we do not intend for this to be a large congregation gathered. We have a new livestream program up and running, which is now available on our website: HERE.
- Effective today, we are canceling all on-campus meetings and programs. This includes men's groups, women's groups, bible studies, business meetings, Wednesday Eucharist, etc.
- All spiritual growth classes are temporarily suspended.
Our staff and clergy continue to be available to you. We have a few ways for you to stay connected:
- Those who need help (groceries, etc.) and those who would like to offer to help others can email Virginia Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org). We are working to connect volunteers with those who need support.
- We will be offering a brief daily prayer service on Facebook Live at noon Monday-Friday. Please mark your calendars and join in. Go to our Facebook page to participate: https://www.facebook.com/HolyCrossAnglicanChurch/
- Our HCC Kids will be providing a daily devotional that will be sent out. This devotional will be appropriate for families with PreK/elementary children.
Especially in this time of change, please remember to make it a non-negotiable commitment to worship every Sunday. This is an especially important time to lean in more. Read your Bible more. Pray more. Call your church family more to offer support and love. My hope is that each member of Holy Cross will grow closer to Jesus as a result of this situation.
We will get through this-both as a church and as a country. Lean into Jesus. Call your church family. Offer help to neighbors who need it. Pray without ceasing.
May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
14 March 2020
Holy Cross Family,
The Dutch Christian writer and Holocaust survivor, Corrie Ten Boom, said, "Worrying is carrying tomorrow's load with today's strength - carrying two days at once...Worrying doesn't empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength."
I've written to you twice this week about some of how Holy Cross is responding and protecting ourselves in regards to COVID-19. I have no new information or changes to report, but I want to write a bit more pastorally and personally at this time. I know that there is anxiety, uncertainty, and fear among many in our church family-from the virus itself as well as the implications of the steps being taken to avoid its spread. At Holy Cross we are doing everything we can to protect the congregation, while also continuing what we safely and reasonably can. In light of the choices many are making in regard to how they will personally respond, I have six pastoral encouragements for you:
- Be Wise: To be clear, the Archbishop has not ordered everyone over 60 years old to skip church. However he, as well as Holy Cross leadership, encourages you to be wise and make smart choices in your specific situation. If you are in a certain age bracket, or otherwise especially susceptible to the virus, please use caution and care for yourself and your family, including staying home if you need to.
- Worship EVERY Sunday: Set your alarm, get dressed, grab your Bible, and go to church-even if church for you at this time means tuning in to the livestream at 8:45am (Click here). Do not let the enemy trick you into believing that you can take some time off from church! It only takes a couple of weeks for a new habit to start-and don't let a bad habit of skipping worshiping with the Church creep in. Make it absolutely non-negotiable that you worship with the church on Sundays, even if you can't make it to Holy Cross in person.
- Don't Judge: Different churches, and different individuals within those churches, are making various decisions regarding what is best in their situation. Don't judge others for what they choose to do. Please remember that Holy Cross is following the best advice we have from the CDC and medical professionals.
- Look Out For Others: This is a fantastic time to intentionally check-in on neighbors and friends. Reach out to make sure your neighbors have what they need. Check on those who are especially impacted by the changes taking place. Call those who may be especially isolated. Connect with others in your small group and ministry areas. Make phone calls. Show them you care in Jesus' name.
- Let Us Know: If you are unable to attend church in person at this time, please let us know. Please email our new Associate Pastor, Drew Haltom (email@example.com). We will make sure that we call you and pray with you each week.
- Trust and Pray: We trust in God Almighty, who made heaven and earth. We trust his providence and care. We trust him to see us through anxious times. And we turn to him in prayer-for ourselves, for our community, for our medical and research personnel. Pray for God to strengthen and heal those who are affected. Pray in faith to our gracious Lord Jesus.
Almighty God, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ went about doing good, and healing all manner of sickness and disease among the people: Continue in our hospitals and research centers his gracious work among us especially those ministering to people affected by the novel coronavirus; console and heal the sick; grant to the researchers, physicians, nurses, and assisting staff wisdom and skill, diligence and patience; prosper their work, O Lord, and send down your blessing upon all who serve the suffering; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Oh, and wash your hands!)