Holy Cross COVID-19 Response

Updated on June 5, 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.

Holy Cross is holding in-person services in our sanctuary at this time. We will also record services and share them via our YouTube.

Our church is located in Placer County, CA and currently is in the the orange tier, which is Moderate for COVID-19. Places of Worship can open indoors with modification and no more than 50% of our total capacity. Capacity limits on places of worship are not mandatory but are strongly recommended and restrictions on indoor singing and chanting are recommended only, by the State of California Blue Print for Safer Economy

There are two things that the elders and our pastor decided in Summer 2020:

  • We are still singing. We decided that singing is an integral part of what it means to worship as a Lutheran Christian and because we are being extra cautious with both masks and social distancing, we will continue singing.
  • We are offering both the chalice and the individual cups for the Lord’s Supper. If someone is uncomfortable with one, they may receive the other way.

As of April 10, 2021, services are held indoors.

  • 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.

Registration

At this time, we are requiring registration. The registration forms for services are at the following link: https://rsvp.church/r/vzdnSlMM

Please make sure you are registering for the correct service! It’s easy to accidentally sign up for the wrong one.

Gratitude

As always, we want to thank our musicians, elders, cleaners, registrars, altar guild, and everyone else who makes these services come together. It would be impossible to do this without you. You are all the best!

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.

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/

COVID-19 Specifics

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.

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 the current health orders.

  • All individuals living in the State of California are currently ordered to stay home or at their place of residence, except for permitted work, local shopping or other permitted errands, or as otherwise authorized
  • Maintaining at least 6 feet of physical distance from others not in their household
  • Wearing a face covering when outside their residence and when it is not possible to maintain 6 feet of physical distance from others (We will require a face covering to be worn during services at Holy Cross)
  • 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.

Over a year ago 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 and Ascension services.

I know the isolation and fear has been very, very difficult for some of you. I pray that God will grant you His peace and that you will be able to return to be amongst His people.

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 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 Peperkorn’s and my prayers.

Always Mercy,

Deaconess Pamela Boehle-Silva

Contact Information for Pastors & Deaconess

Pastor Peperkorn: (262) 705–3232  [email protected]
Deaconess Boehle-Silva: (916) 259-1792 [email protected] Pastor Froh : (650) 759-1997 Pastor John-Paul Meyer: (916) 960-3543

In addition, you can always Vicki Merkh, our Church Secretary at the Church office number (916) 624-8185.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church and Academy Campus

Here are the specific things happening for both church and school:

Church

Holy Cross is holding indoor in-person services at this time. You can access our services via our YouTube channel and bulletin will made available to members via email and on our website.

Pastoral and diaconal care remain available. You may contact our pastors, deaconess and any of the elders for assistance.

Academy

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

Links

The following links may serve as a good summary of where the health situation with the pandemic is at this time:

Conclusion

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.

In Christ,

Rev. Todd A. Peperkorn, Senior Pastor

Dcs. Pamela Boehle-Silva, RN

Kim Lunsford, Academy Director

Octavia Williams, Academy Assistant Director