Holy Cross Lutheran Church and Academy campuses are closed
Updated on April 4, 2020
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(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 COVID-19 Response
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.
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 ask everyone to continue to adhere to the following:
- Hands – Wash them often
- Elbow – Cough into it or Cover your cough or sneeze
- Face – don’t touch it
- Space – keep safe distance
- Home – Stay if you can
Here are the specific things happening for both church and school:
On March 17, 2020, Holy Cross Lutheran Church canceled all services, bible classes, and meetings until further notice at our church in Rocklin. We will hold services virtually. You can view our online services via our YouTube Channel. Each post is also also in our Recent Posts on the Main Holy Cross page. We will be considering when to resume operations on site in the weeks to come. 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 until the shelter-in-place is lifted. 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 as they wait and watch and see how long this will last.
The Academy is working on implementing online courses. You can see what the Academy and our teachers are sharing with the community, parents and kids on their Facebook site at
The following links may serve as a good summary of where the health situation with the pandemic is at this time:
- California Department of Public Health COVID-19
- Community Care Licensing Division
- CDC Page for COVID-19
- Holy Cross Email Campaign Link including Pastoral Letters
- 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