Holy Cross COVID-19 Response
Updated on July 26, 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.
All indoor, in-person services are suspended until further notice at our church in Rocklin, CA.
We will hold outdoor in-person services starting August 2. We will require a mask to be worn during services at Holy Cross and follow all social distancing protocols. Please register at https://holycrossrocklin.org/register/ to help with planning the service and bible class.
On Monday, July 13, Governor Newsom issued a new mandate for certain counties,including Placer County. These counties were directed to close many businesses, including indoor worship services. Once the restrictions are lifted, our plan will be to indoor resume in-person services.
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.
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 your Counties’ Health Orders/Statewide Shelter-in-Place order:
- 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 mask 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
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/
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.
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 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.
Deaconess Pamela Boehle-Silva
Contact Information for Pastor & Deaconess
Holy Cross Lutheran Church is closed and Academy campus is open
Here are the specific things happening for both church and school:
We will hold outdoor in-person services starting August 2. The one service will start at 9am.
We will require a mask to be worn during services at Holy Cross All social distancing protocols will be observed. Please register at https://holycrossrocklin.org/register/ to help with planning the service and bible class.
All indoor, in-person services are suspended until further notice.
On Monday, July 13, Governor Newsom issued a new mandate for certain counties, including Placer County. These counties were directed to close many things, including indoor worship services. Once the restrictions are lifted, our plan will be to resume in-person services.
Pastoral and diaconal care remain available. You may contact Pastor Peperkorn and any of the elders for assistance. The deaconess will return from her scheduled vacation in mid August.
On June 15, 2020, Holy Cross Lutheran Academy opened since the closure on March 19, 2020.
Holy Cross Lutheran Academy is open during COVID-19 event 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 opening of the Academy.
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 opening has the full support of the Planning Council and the Elders, and we will continue to support them.
Feel free to contact Kim Lunsford, our Director, or Gloria Radmore, our Academy Board Coordinator, if you have specific questions. For members, there is a report available in the Member Resources section of the Holy Cross website.
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:
- COVID-19 State of California
- California Department of Public Health COVID-19
- CDPH Guidance for Use of Face Coverings
- Guidelines for places of worship as of July 6
- Placer County Corona Virus Guidance including latest Health Orders and Recommendations
- Community Care Licensing Division
- CDC Page for COVID-19
- Letter from Elders regarding Suspending In-person services , (Email from Elders and Deaconess, dated July 15)
- Pastoral Letter Regarding Opening June 6 and 7, (Email from Pastor Peperkorn, dated May 30)
- 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