Holy Cross COVID-19 Response
Updated on June 3, 2020
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.
We will begin to hold services at Holy Cross in person on June 6 and 7, adding a service on Saturdays to accommodate the capacity guidelines as required by the State of California. Each member and attendee must register to attend our services. Please register at Reopen Church Registration.
This is all developing, and can change at any time. We are asking everyone to please check the following regularly: email, our website and Facebook. We have started a FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions page and will add answers as we enter this next phase. We want to discuss with you, please view a Q&A session we hosted on 5/31/2020.
All individuals shall maintain good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, along with physical distancing. We ask everyone to continue to adhere to the following and follow your Counties’ Health Orders/Statewide Shelter-in-Place order:
- Maintaining at least 6 feet of physical distance from others not in their household, except to the limited extent necessary to provide care; to carry out the work of Essential Businesses, Essential Government Functions, or provide for Minimum Basic Operations; or as otherwise expressly provided in the Orders
- 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
- Consider wearing a face covering when outside their residence and it is not possible to maintain 6 feet of physical distance from others (we will require a mask to be worn during services at Holy Cross)
- Avoiding all physical interaction outside the household when sick with a fever or cough
Pastoral letters and prayer updates are being emailed to our church mailing list. If you would like to subscribe to this list, please sign up using this link.
(From Dcs. Pamela)
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.
Pastor Peperkorn and I also recognize that “self-isolating” is no easy task. It comes with a myriad of potential questions and difficulties: How will I get food and medicine? Who will know if I am sick? Does anyone still care? How will I deal with the loneliness?
We are working hard 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 will 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 completing the online survey Pastor posted on the church website, or by contacting Deaconess Pamela
- 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 Peperkorn’s and my prayers.
Deaconess Pamela Boehle-Silva
Contact Information for Pastor & Deaconess
Holy Cross Lutheran Church and Academy campuses are closed yet will reopen soon!
Here are the specific things happening for both church and school:
Holy Cross will open and hold in-person services on June 6 and 7 at our church in Rocklin. We will broadcast our 8am service on Facebook and post on our YouTube. We will hold a second service at 10:45am. We have added a Saturday night service at 5pm. Any or all services require pre-registration at https://reopen.church/r/vzdnSlMM. We will continue virtual Bible Class on Sundays on Zoom changing back to our regular 9:30am time.
Pastoral and diaconal care remain available. Please contact Pastor Peperkorn or Deaconess Boehle-Silva as you are able.
On March 19, 2020, Holy Cross Lutheran Academy closed.
As a direct result of the Governor’s directive on March 19, 2020, Holy Cross Lutheran Academy is closed. This was an incredibly painful decision for our dear Academy to make. 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 continuing to do so many things, keeping our children safe and cared for!
Teachers are working from home preparing distance learning for our families. We would like to graciously thank the PPP team for their diligent work to put a paycheck in the hands of all our teachers and staff, thank you to Richard, Gary and Katie! There will be implications for reopening in terms of staffing and finances, both short-term and long-term.
Our Academy board and staff have been working tirelessly to navigate through the legal, liability, licensing, and safety issues involved with reopening for students. The Academy has been given permission to reopen by the Placer County Office of Education. If everything continues to work as planned, their goal is to reopen on Monday, June 15. This has the full support of the Planning Council and the Elders, and we will continue to support them in whatever way is helpful to make this happen.
Feel free to contact Kim Lunsford, our Director, or Jerry Matranga, our Academy Board Coordinator, if you have specific questions.
Online Distance Learning is available on the website for our families at https://www.hclarocklin.org/online-learning. You also can see what the Academy and our teachers are sharing with the community, parents and kids on their Facebook site at Holy Cross Lutheran Academy and on 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:
- alifornia Department of Public Health COVID-19
- Guidelines for places of worship as of May 25
- Placer County Corona Virus Guidance including latest Health Orders and Recommendations
- Community Care Licensing Division
- CDC Page for COVID-19
- Pastoral Letter Regarding Church Reopening Plans (Email from Pastor Peperkorn, dated May 23)
- Pastoral Letter Regarding Coronavirus (Email from Pastor Peperkorn, dated March 6)
- HCLC Letter COVID-19 2020-03-17 (Email from Pastor Peperkorn, dated March 17)
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.
Rev. Todd A. Peperkorn, Senior Pastor
Kim Lunsford, Academy Director
Octavia Williams, Academy Assistant Director