Phone Tree: Communications about Holy Cross COVID-19 decisions will be made directly with all members with the Phone Tree. Announcements, updates, and other valuable information will be shared by our designated callers. If you are unsure of a planned service or activity, please call the church at 765-362-5599 for additional information.
The Holy Cross Website and FACEBOOK Webpage : Look for Holy Cross announcements and bulletins about the COVID-19 virus on the Holy Cross Webpage and the Facebook page. Videos of Sunday Sermons will be posted weekly.
Wednesday Night Lenten Services and Soup Suppers:Wednesday Night Lenten Services are cancelleduntil further notice. Soup Suppers are cancelled until further notice.
Sunday School and Bible Studies:Sunday School, Sunday Bible Study, and Wednesday Bible Study classes are cancelleduntil further notice. Please view our on-line services.
Worship Services: Decisions about cancelling Sunday worship services will be made weekly. You will be called if a service is cancelled. Otherwise, assume that services will be held as scheduled.
Communion Common Cup and Individual Cups:Both the Common Cup and Individual Cups will continue to be used for now. This decision will be reviewed weekly. However, it is highly recommended that the Individual Cups be used.
Communion Rail Ushering: In order to provide more space between communicants at the communion rail, groups of fivewill be ushered to each side of the rails.
Offerings for the Church: Offering plates will no longer be passed during church services. Your offerings may be deposited in the offering plates in the Narthexbefore or after services.
Pastor’s Office Hours: Pastor Stone will continue to maintain established office hours. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. Please call the church to confirm Pastor will be in the office.
Sunday Fellowship after Worship Services:Fellowship and refreshments served after Sunday Services are cancelled until further notice.
Sanitizing the Church:Steps are being taken to increase the frequency of sanitizing all touchable surfaces in the church (door knobs, restrooms, light switches, etc.).
Hand Sanitizer:Hand sanitizer containers will be positioned at various places in the church.
General Information that may be helpful during this time
Pray:Spare Your people, O Lord! Preserve us from this and every illness. Give healing and strength to those who are sick, protect those who care for them, and grant us steady minds and calm hearts in the face of fear. You have borne our infirmities in this human flesh and purchased us with Your own blood. Keep us in this faith and embolden us in love; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Keep Gathering: It should be our aim to continue to hold regular, physical services while possible. Come if you are well; stay home if you are sick or at increased risk.
Keep in Touch: Organize and know how you will communicate as a congregation, especially if an outbreak occurs in your area and event plans must be changed.
Take Care:Wise personal hygiene practices and simple precautions can help limit the spread of infection.
Take Courage: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1). In life we are comforted by the Lord’s precious and very great promises; in death, we await the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.
Stay Informed: Look here for up-to-date Pandemic Preparedness and Worship Resources:
Social Distancing: Avoid close contact with others. Maintaining a distance of 6 feet or more is recommended.
Hand Washing: Wash your hands regularly for a minimum of 20 seconds with ample soap and warm water.
Sneezes and Coughs: Always cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing. Dispose of the tissue immediately. Coughing or sneezing into your arm and elbow is acceptable.
Hand Shaking: Avoid all hand shaking. Head nods, elbow or ankle bumps may be used as a substitute.
Contact your Physician Immediately: At the first sign of flu-like symptoms, contact your physician immediately for guidance, advice, and care.
Voluntary Quarantining: If you suspect that you are becoming ill or if advised by a physician, stay at home and enact voluntary self-quarantining.
Voluntary Travel:Evaluate the need for all travel. Only engage in necessary travel.
Maintain Healthy Habits and Routines: Eat well-balanced meals. Get an adequate number of hours of sleep each night. Maintain healthy exercise routines.
Some final thoughts:
Keep Informed:Listen to officials, watch news bulletins, read newspapers, monitor other electronic communications tools for updates and information about the ongoing changes in the COVID-19 situation. Things change daily and hourly. Keep yourself informed.
Keep Calm: Try to remain calm. Fearing the unknown is normal, but maintaining a positive hopeful attitude and perspective will provide help and support for yourself and others around you.
Be Flexible, Patient, Understanding, and Tolerant: We are in a time of testing, uncertainty, and confusion. Nothing like this has been experienced in our country previously. We need to practice our Christian beliefs about how to interact with others. Things will work out. Show kindness and provide forgiveness to everyone.
Make Good Judgments: Be more thoughtful about the necessity of meeting with others and attending non-essential social gatherings. Carefully evaluate what the possible consequences of such meetings or gatherings might be for your welfare and the welfare of others. Do you really have to attend this or that?
Let’s Stick Together: We will come through this situation if we all work together. The end of this is nearer today than it was yesterday. Hang in there! We will be alright.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us... Hebrews 12:1