May 1, 2020

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! What a tremendous time we find ourselves in, with unique opportunities to build His kingdom. I hope you are all doing well and finding strength and peace during this unusual time. We have been waiting on the governor to release his plan to open everything up to make sure that the re-engage plan we have outlined will be in line with what he set out. Our ultimate goal is to begin the process of meeting together again in person, while keeping everyone as safe as possible. 

Here’s the plan given our current information:
1. No Wednesday night prayer service or Sunday School classes through May. These will remain online only.

2. Limited participation for Sunday Services. While we will continue our online worship service option, beginning Sunday May 17th, we will begin in-person worship services as well. However, there will be a 50 person limit to live participation. We will initiate online reservations through the church’s website, www.lantana.church. If interest is high enough, we will consider having a second service. The sanctuary will be set up with family-style tables and encourage non-family members to practice social distancing.
This course of action goes along with the governor’s 25% rule,
but lags behind by two and a half weeks. 

3. If all goes well, after a period of time, we will increase the Sunday morning attendance allowance to 100 following the same guidelines as with 50 (family tables, etc.). Again, this follows along with the governor’s plan of 50%
as the next tier.

4. Again, if all goes well and we get clearance from the CDC, State, and local authorities, some time after we will fully return to all worship together, including Sunday School, Wednesday prayer meeting, Kids, etc.

Please keep in mind we will be taking every precaution to keep people safe and follow the states recommended health protocols for houses of worship.

These include:
    • Regularly and frequently cleaning and disinfecting any regularly touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, tables, chairs, and restrooms.

    • Disinfecting seats between services.

    • Disinfecting any items that come into contact with attendees.

    • Having hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap and water,
or similar disinfectant readily available.

    • Placing readily visible signage to remind
everyone of best hygiene practices.

If you are unable to come, do not feel safe in any way, or are among those who are susceptible to getting sick, please know that it is OK to stay home. We will continue to provide the same high-quality live streaming video worship experience that we have all grown to love. What is of utmost importance during this time is everyone’s health and safety.
We do not wish to endanger that in any way.

Thank you all for your continued love, encouragement, and support during these trying times. My prayer is that during this time, we will have many opportunities to love like Jesus so that lives change!
I hope you are encouraged and know that myself, the staff,
and the leaders of the church are all praying for you!

Believing in Him,

in you,


Calvary Callender

MARCH 26, 2020

Hello church! 


There is no doubt we live in uncertain times. All of our surrounding counties have issued a “shelter in place” order and news of the spread of COVID-19 dominates the airwaves. We have experienced loss and sickness together and with our neighbors. 

I want to remind you that God is on our side! He still reigns and He is still sovereign! Psalm 46:1-2 says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea” (NIV). 

No matter what happens, no matter what is going on in our world, God remains our refuge in the midst of everything crazy that’s going on in the world, He is our strength when we feel we have no strength left! The people of Israel sang this Psalm confidently because their boast was in Jehovah, the only living and true God. Let’s remember today that our boast is in Jehovah as well. While uncertainty surrounds us, He is our refuge. During this difficult time, let’s remember to call on Him first, and often!

I wanted to let you know that we are launching a new online platform for the upcoming worship service. The web address is lantana.online.church. This platform streamlines the online experience by allowing for group discussion, reading scripture, and watching the live stream all on the same screen. There are also helpful links to our giving platform, the church website, and Facebook page. We will continue to stream to Facebook as this allows us to reach many outside the church community. Check it out this Sunday and let us know what you think! 

Thank you all and I can’t wait to worship with you this Sunday!

Calvary Callender

March 23, 2020

COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT

Church Family, 


These are uncertain times for our congregation and surrounding community. As a church, we are here to serve you, and our neighboring community, as best as we can. If you need help in any way (groceries, medication, pet supplies etc) please email hope@lantana.church or text 817.807.7322 and let us know what help you need, and when you need it. Someone will be in touch to assist you as soon as possible. Please note that meals cannot be prepared and brought to you in order to reduce the risk of spreading germs. Feel free to pass this information on to vulnerable neighbors and friends. Even in this uncertain time, let’s Love Like Jesus So That Lives Change!

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march 13, 2020

Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

 

Dear Church Family,

Please rest assured that the pastors and staff at Lantana Community Church are closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  The health and safety of our church family are of the utmost importance. We are making the necessary arrangements to help mitigate the spread of this virus as well as others. We are proposing the following policies be adopted by every person attending a worship service or other gathering at LCC. 

  1. Refrain from personal contact. COVID-19 is known to be transmitted through touch. When we gather, people love to show their affection for one another through hand shakes and hugs (I.e. Ceresa). The CDC recommends non-contact when in large groups.
  2. Hand washing and hand sanitizing. Please wash your hands often and use the provided hand sanitizing stations to keep your hands. Experts recommend washing your hands for 20 seconds. A good rule of thumb is to wash your hands for the amount of time it takes to say the Lord’s Prayer.
  3. If you are sick or have been in contact with someone who is sick, please refrain from contact with others. If you must stay home, please know that we have online options for participating in the worship service as well as online giving.  To watch a worship service online, simply go to www.lantanalive.com and to give a tithe or offering online you may go to www.lantanagive.com

The spiritual and physical health of our church is very important to me as your pastor. These policies are something put in place out of an abundance of caution. As of the writing of this letter, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Denton County. We will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation. As of now, all regular services, Sunday School classes and small groups will continue as scheduled. 

I’m reminded what Paul told Timothy, “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1.7). It’s in times like these that the church has an opportunity to “Love Like Jesus so Lives are Changed.” Check on your neighbors, contact out of town friends to see if they need anything, express gratitude to our public officials who are walking into the face of the virus, and please pray daily that God might allow you to be his hands, feet, words and life in serving others. We are on this journey together and will not be held captive by fear!

Believing in Him, 
        In You,

Pastor Calvary Callender