Pastor Kevin talks about the latest developments at CCV regarding the Corona virus. Please give it a listen.
Update: New Information Regarding CCV Livestream Worship Gatherings
In light of the changing restrictions on group gatherings, CCV will not be meeting in person this week, or for the foreseeable future. Instead, we will be having an online worship gathering on Sunday mornings where you can participate by watching our livestream broadcast. There are three options to choose from for those who would like follow the livestream:
1. CCV Website Live Page: go to live.ccvine.org
2. Facebook: go to facebook.ccvine.org
3. Youtube: go to youtube.ccvine.org
In addition, we are actively transitioning all of our Small Group, Prayer Group, and other smaller meetings to Zoom. The link for any of these meetings including our Pre-Service Prayer Mtg. on Sunday mornings is zoom.ccvine.org (Meeting ID 5173379121). This online meeting will take place as usual, from 9:00-9:55am.
Congregational Letter 3-14-2020
Note: Much of this information is now outdated... please see the update above.
Hello CCV Friends & Family,
It's been a tumultuous week for all of us, with the many cancellations and restrictions that have impacted our daily lives in a number of new and unexpected ways since mid-week. As many have realized, what we are experiencing is unprecedented. It's a season of mandated "social isolation", when many of the things we typically enjoy doing are suddenly unavailable to us. For many, this has brought profound disappointment at what's been lost, and anxiety over what lies ahead. My heart goes out to all of you as you struggle with these disorienting emotions and try to keep a godly perspective on these events and experiences.
Through it all, over the last few days I've found myself reflecting often on the need for us - as followers of Jesus - to walk in peace, not in fear or anxiety. Remember this: despite every adversity he faced, Jesus was never anxious or afraid. In fact, even in the Garden of Gethsemane, realizing that the cross lay before him the very next day, he prayed courageously, "Not my will be done, but Thy will be done." So let's take this season, and all of the extra time it will afford us, to draw near to the LORD and invite His will to be done, and His shalom to fill our hearts and minds. Let's draw near to Him in humility, and expect Him to draw near to us in response, just as He promised (James 4:8) As an example, our family has already made plans for some extended devotions and other family activities to fill the extra time that would have otherwise been given to our previous commitments. I encourage you to see this next month and make use of it as a little mini-sabbatical from the busyness of life as usual.
You're probably wondering how CCV should and will respond to the crisis at hand. For now, we plan to carry on with our weekly Sunday worship gathering tomorrow morning (March 15th). However, our Leadership Team will be meeting tomorrow evening to discuss and pray about the pathway forward over the next few weeks. As I've consulted with some of our leaders over the last few days, it has seemed prudent that we take some time to seek the Lord for wisdom, and not react too quickly. Our desire is to be faithful to him first, but also to the community that we serve.
This is a profound time for us to seek the LORD on behalf of our nation. In fact, President Trump has declared this Sunday a National Day of Prayer, so we will meet tomorrow with the intention to lift our hearts and voices to heaven. We intend to pray with unity, boldness and faith that God would stop the spread of this virus in it's tracks! In fact, I will also be sharing tomorrow about a National 3-Day Esther fast that is being called and organized for next weekend by Minister Lou Engle and others.
Since we are a smaller church, in meeting tomorrow we are not out of compliance with the Governor's mandate that no large groups of over 250 are allowed to gather until after April 6th. Yet, if any of you are uncomfortable about meeting under the present circumstances, I encourage you to follow your conscience and consider joining us via the Facebook livestream instead. This is a convenient way to follow our entire CCV Worship Gathering online in the comfort of your own home. It's not the same as being present in person to connect with others, but it's certainly the next best thing, especially at a time like this.
If you've never made use of it before, simply follow this link: CCV's Facebook Livestream
In addition, should you decide to join us in person tomorrow, we want you to know that there are several steps we are actively taking to mitigate the potential spread of the virus:
- We are disinfecting our facility both before and after every meeting.
- We are making extra hand sanitizers available throughout the ministry center.
- We are asking that you find creative alternatives to handshakes, like an elbow bump.
- Our Hospitality staff will be serving coffee upon request, as opposed to the usual self-service.
- We are encouraging those over 70 or in poor health (who are at greater risk with this virus) to join us via the livestream.
We also welcome your thoughts and suggestions, as well as your prayers for the LORD's guidance and provision over the weeks ahead. Feel free to contact the office if there's something you'd like to share with me, and our CCV Leadership Team.
Finally, during this difficult time I also want to invite you to remember the financial needs of the church, as well as our Biblical commitment to serve the poor and needy around us. I expect many people in our community may be struggling over the next few weeks if their jobs are impacted by an economic downturn. To meet needs like this, CCV operates a Benevolence Fund which makes resources available to those in need on a one-time basis. As the Spirit leads, I encourage you to give to this Fund in addition to your regular Tithes & Offerings. It's to the glory of God and for the blessing of others that we give joyfully and sacrificially from what the LORD Has provided for us. If you would prefer to do that online, instead of in person, you can do that through our online giving portal.
Friends, as I close this letter, I pray for each of you the hope and the peace that Paul describes in Philippians 4:4-9... that as we rejoice in Christ, and bring our anxieties to Him in prayer, his peace would be with us to guard our hearts and minds. Let your thoughts dwell on God's goodness and presence with you, even as the "storm" rages all around you.
That He Might Increase (John 3:30),