Holy Cross COVID-19 Response
Updated on July 19, 2021
Holy Cross Lutheran Church and Academy is committed to a careful, reasoned, and faithful response to COVID-19, and everything which surrounds it. We have a readiness team that meets regularly to discuss and implement protocols as they are needed. We deeply appreciate your patience and understanding as we move forward together in love, offering care and mercy.
“How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!” (Psalm 84:1 ESV)
For the latest changes regarding Precautions Surrounding COVID-19 at Holy Cross, please view an email from our pastor on 6/16/2021
Holy Cross is holding in-person services in our sanctuary at this time. We will also record services and share them via our YouTube.
- Divine Service on Sunday at 8:00 a.m.
- Adult Bible Class in the Sanctuary at 9:30 a.m.
- Divine Service on Sunday at 10:45 a.m.
Our plan is to record the Sunday morning service and Bible Class and make these recordings available on YouTube later in the day or on Monday.
Pastoral letters and prayer updates are emailed to our church mailing list. If you would like to subscribe to this list, please visit https://holycrossrocklin.org/emailsignup/
Our site specific plan for COVID-19 is available upon request. The plan is a listing of the church’s efforts to meet the health challenges posed by the COVID-19 virus, and to serve as a training document for all church staff.
You can find Continuing Safety Measures at https://covid19.ca.gov/safely-reopening/#continuing-safety-measures
- Masks are now optional from the perspective of the church. You are free to self-regulate as you see fit.
- We have removed the social distance markers (the X on the pews, etc). The pew pads have also been returned.
- Communion distribution will return to normal, with us using the communion rail.
- We have also closed up the divider into the fellowship hall.
- The ushers will no longer seat people.
Bible classes and other events are also free to meet and use the facilities as needed. The one thing we are retaining right now is that the ushers will NOT usher people out at the end of the service. Visit as long as you like!
Holy Cross encourages
- Frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or using hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol
- Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or fabric, or into the sleeve or elbow
- Avoiding all physical interaction outside the household when sick with a fever or cough
News from our Deaconess
Dear Friends in Christ,
In times such as these, we know that Christ is with us. His presence is sure. His mercy endures forever. And we, his servants are called to bring His mercy to the world. That is the easy part. Sometimes we are also called to be the receivers of mercy. That can be the difficult part.
In March 2020, life, as we know it, came to a screeching halt. This thing we now call COVID-19 pandemic, seemingly upended everything in an instant, including Holy Week and Easter services. Our church doors were closed, but the Word of our Lord continued to be proclaimed, albeit online. We all had to adjust to a new way of life—a life that included isolation, fear of the unknown and everchanging reports. One thing we did learn—or perhaps, relearned—is that God is faithful. His steadfast love sustains us, and His mercies are new every morning. God can never be upended.
This year the church doors are open. Thanks be to God! We had the joy of being able to be gather together for Holy Week, Easter, Ascension Services services.
We will continue to provide mercy care by:
- Identifying the most vulnerable/ high risk groups. (and even though at 65 years of age or older, you don’t feel at risk, you may be)
- Creating small clusters of people who stay in touch with each other and report back to Deaconess Pamela if there are any needs which arise
- Identifying needs of people. This is easily done by contacting Deaconess Pamela and checking with your Mercy Group leader
- Creating a group of people who are not in the high-risk groups to run errands, make a meal, and help in other ways
You all remain in Pastor’s and my prayers.
Deaconess Pamela Boehle-Silva
Contact Information for Pastors & Deaconess
In addition, you can always Vicki Merkh, our Church Secretary at the Church office number (916) 624-8185.
Holy Cross Academy Campus
On June 15, 2020, Holy Cross Lutheran Academy opened since the closure on March 19, 2020.
Holy Cross Lutheran Academy is open during the COVID-19 response from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Please call (916) 624-2123 or email for enrollment information.
We love our children, and know how much they appreciate the comfort of the routine of school, as well as the consolation of the Gospel they hear every day. Please keep Kim, Octavia, and all of our staff in your prayers and thank God for their amazing work in the Academy.
Feel free to contact Kim Lunsford, our Director, or Gloria Radmore, our Academy Board Coordinator, if you have specific questions.
You also can see what the Academy and our teachers are sharing with the community, parents and kids on their social media and website.
Website at https://www.hclarocklin.org/
Facebook site at Holy Cross Lutheran Academy
Instagram at Holy Cross Academy Instagram
The following links may serve as a good summary of where the health situation with the pandemic is at this time:
Thanks to your trust in the vaccine and falling transmission rates, California has fully reopened its economy. This means no more physical distancing, no capacity limits, no county tiers, and relaxed mask guidance.
- COVID-19 State of California
- California Department of Public Health COVID-19
- CDPH Guidance for Use of Face Coverings
- Placer County Corona Virus Guidance including latest Health Orders and Recommendations
- Community Care Licensing Division
- CDC Page for COVID-19
When it comes to our response to all these things, each person is obligated to ask what is best not only for themselves, but especially for their neighbor. As a Christian congregation, our responsibility is to give the Word of Gospel and mercy to all of those who are hurting and in need. This doesn’t change during a pandemic. In many ways, it increases. We must balance our need to be good citizens with our primary obligation as a place for the proclamation of the Gospel.
God bless you all as you continue to care for your family and children. We will keep you informed of what is happening here, but feel free to reach out to any of us if you have any questions.
Kim Lunsford, Academy Director
Octavia Williams, Academy Assistant Director