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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Pastor Yankee Arnold Update on Church Closure

Pastor Yankee Arnold Update on Church Closure
Due to this new order provided by the County to comply with the Executive Orders issued by the Governor of the State of Florida, the Board of Elders will implement the following decisions as of this date: March 18, 2020.

The Board of Elders did not make this decision because our faith is weak, but because we have loved ones whose bodies are weak, frail, have pre-existing conditions, and (to their own detriment) may follow our example instead of their own conscience.  We do not desire to force godly people to be placed into proving their faith by attending services or provoking guilt on those who chose to stay home.

Plus, if we are to pray that the Lord would guide our governmental leaders; then we should obey them when and where we can to live a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and honesty.

1 Timothy 2:1-8 (KJV)
1  I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2  For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
3  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4  Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
5  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
6  Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
7  Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.
8  I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. 

Pastor Yankee,

Given the recent guidance on limiting social gatherings, as stated by the CDC and President Trump,

Jay & Mary Ann will not be attending
in-person church services. We are hopeful that the services will still be able to be streamed on the Internet, but understand if that is not done.
We look forward to seeing you all when the guidance indicates that the restrictions are no longer being recommended.

We must limit our social exposure so that we can attempt to ensure that we are not potentially carrying illness to vulnerable members of our family who have significant health concerns.

We will be mailing in our offerings.
Jay and Mary Ann

ENCOURAGEMENT: (Remember the four TALKS to stay spiritually strong.)
PRAYER talk to God, READ the Word and let God talk to you, Talk to believers by phone with some truth to believe or need to share, and SUPPORT your Church with finances as possible to continue reaching the lost.


1.      Prayer for Leader in Government and church
2.      Prayer for believers to be strong in faith
3.      Prayer for lost to realize the importance of knowing the Lord.
4.      More people are watching our streaming – Sunday was up 15%
5.      Bars are closing
6.      People are re-evaluating their values of what’s important
7.      People are realizing the importance of secure borders
8.      Causing our nation to get on the same page due to a common enemy


2 Timothy 2:9 (KJV)
9  Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.

Philippians 1:12-13 (KJV)
12  But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;
13  So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places;
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Thank you and God Bless,

Dr. Ralph 'Yankee' Arnold, Pastor
Calvary Community Church of Tampa
4811 George Rd.
Tampa, FL 33634

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