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Coronavirus Update

April 3, 2020

 

Dear Clayton Valley Church Family,

As we travel through these difficult days, let’s keep in mind what the Psalmist writes in Psalm 91:1-4

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress,

My God, in whom I trust!”

For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper

And from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover you with His pinions,

And under His wings you may seek refuge;

His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.

We must remember He is our only safety and refuge, our ever faithful, wise, sovereign God.

 

New Shelter in Place / Easter Sunday

By now you have heard of the new shelter in place order from the Contra Costa Health Dept. which extends through May 3rd.

This is challenging on many levels, from being physically apart to financial difficulties to just feeling cooped up in the same place. Yet in the midst of crumbling economies and extended isolation we can rest secure because Jesus is our hope!

We want to be sure to proclaim this message clearly, especially this Easter Sunday. No, we will not be able to gather face to face as a church, yet what an opportunity we have during this unique moment in history! Think about it, people are sheltering at home, many of them on phones and computers, scrolling through social media throughout the day. We would like to harness this opportunity to tell people how Jesus is our hope.

Here is what we would like to do:

  • We will provide tools helping you record your testimony as a short 1 to 2 minute video for social media.
  • The week leading up to Easter (April 6 -11) we will all post our videos on our social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, etc…) with the hashtag #Jesusismyhope
  • Now instead of each of us reaching out to one or two with an Easter service invite, we can share the good news of Jesus with hundreds!

What an exciting way to proclaim the gospel and use this pandemic for good.

The question is what is your story? No one can tell your story as well as you can. We will have materials up on our website soon to help you think about the shape of your story and how Jesus changed it.

As you post your story any time from April 6 – 11 with #Jesusismyhope you will also include our church’s handle (@claytonvalleychurch) to connect folks to our online Easter worship service where they will hear the Gospel, learn how to respond by faith and how to connect with a local church.

Let’s be in prayer that the Lord will use our efforts to bring many to Himself this Easter!

 

Online Worship Service

We will worship together online again this Sunday morning at 10:30 AM with one change. We will go to a ‘pre-recorded’ format this week in order to strengthen the quality of our online service experience. We have an amazing tech team. The task before them is multilayered and complex. Our goal over the next several weeks to work out some lingering tech glitches. Eventually we hope to return to our livestream format.

 

Good Friday

In light of this season, we will approach Good Friday in a different way as well. Instead of hosting an online service, we will post several different resources on our web page to help you focus through the passion week. Maybe you want to pray through the passion week alone or with someone else connecting online or by phone. You might desire some kind of daily devotional on Christ’s life. Others might want to celebrate the Lord’s Table as a gathered household. Some may even want to commemorate this time by partaking of a Seder meal in their home. We will post a variety of resources so you can choose how you will focus on Jesus, Worship Him, and rest in Him throughout the passion week and through Good Friday.

 

Hearts Courageous

This past week during our family worship time we sang an old song from several decades ago entitled “Hearts Courageous” (see lyrics below). I thought it might be an encouragement to our church family as well so I made a rough video of it. As you listen, pay special attention to these words as they describe facing fearful times with courage in Jesus.

 

 

Hearts Courageous

Give us ears to hear that still, small voice,
And give us lips, forever willing to rejoice.
And may our eyes be lit with wisdom,
May we know the path that's true,
And we'll march with hearts courageous after You.

We're marching on... with hearts courageous,
We'll follow where you want us to.
And should you lead us where the battle rages,
Let us march with hearts courageous, after You.

And when sorrow dims the light along our way,
Help us to see each time of darkness through eyes of faith,
A time for hope, a time for courage,
Knowing you will lead us through.
And let us march with hearts courageous, after You.

We're marching on... with hearts courageous,
We'll follow where you want us to.
And should you lead us where the battle rages,
Let us march with hearts courageous, after You

 

By Jamie Owens-Collins, Published by Maranatha! Music

 

 

March 25, 2020

 

 Links related to this update:

Family Worship by Donald S. Whitney

 

The Little Pilgrim's Progress

Dangerous Journey: The Story of Pilgrim's Progress

 

Sinclair Ferguson on “The Whole Christ”

Robert Godfrey’s Survey of Church History  

 

Clayton Valley Church Prayer Request Page

 

Contra Costa Health Dept. Contrasting Symptoms of Cold, Flu and COVID-19

Red Cross Local Blood Donation Drives

 

 

March 17, 2020

 

Dear Clayton Valley Church Family,

What a wonderful Sunday we shared together at the start of this week! It was our first gathering online. It went incredibly smoothly for which we praise God. The Lord has given us a remarkable team of staff, ministry leaders and deacons. There were more adjustments, pivots and quick audibles than I can list here. Suffice it to say the Lord used our capable team to weave together a time of gathering to look up, focus on, cry out and wait through this season together (Psalm 27:1-14). The feedback from you has deeply encouraged all involved. I am immensely grateful for what God accomplished.

Note: You can listen to, or watch, the message again by visiting here.

Yesterday, we all received news from the Contra Costa Health Department that a “shelter-in-place” order will stand through Tuesday, April 7th. As we continue abiding by the recommendations of the authorities placed over us by God (Rom. 13; Titus 3:1), we will voluntarily forgo meeting physically as a church through April 7th. We do this fully aware that the county may suspend this order early or on the other hand they might need to extend it. As developments arise, rest assured our leadership team will prayerfully consider what the Lord would have us do in light of His Word.

If you are facing financial hardships, please be sure to let us know. Feel free to reach out to your deacon or contact the church office. This is your church family and it is our joy and privilege to help care for one another.

oneanothers graphic 

I close with a graphic I’ve shared many times before. This is a picture (see above) of what the Bible calls us to as we ‘one another’ one another. The larger the depiction, the more frequently the command occurs in the New Testament. Prayerfully look at this and consider how you can carry out these commands during this season of ‘shelter-in-place’. What ways can you ‘one another’ the people in your life without being in their physical presence? Is it an encouraging phone call, email or video chat? Is it placing some supplies or needed groceries on their doorstep? Let’s be sure to take advantage of this time to demonstrate the transformative, astounding love of Christ to those who God has placed in our lives (Col. 4:5-6). May it be said years from now, that during the time when a virus named ‘king’ (Corona) sought to take over the world, God used His people to help many know Jesus Christ the Ruler of the Kings of the Earth (Rev. 1:5).

 

With affection,

Pastor Chris

Psalm 27:4

 

 

 

March 14, 2020

 

Dear Clayton Valley Church Family,

As I mentioned in our last post, we are in a fluid situation with new information coming at a fast rate. We have learned that Contra Costa County is requesting that groups of 50 or more cancel events in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Our desire is to honor the Lord by submitting to the governing authorities He has placed over us. In Titus chapter 3 the Apostle Paul writes,

Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men.  (Titus 3:1-2)

 In light of this we will be meeting by Livestream only for the next two Sundays (3/15 and 3/22). We will not meet on campus. This is a tangible way we can honor the Lord, love one another and care for our community.

This Sunday we will have our worship team lead us in musical worship and we will be in God’s Word together. It will be a time to lift our eyes and hearts up to our sovereign God. We will not be in the same building, but we will still join together in praise and love to bring our weary souls to Him to drink deeply, and to be refreshed. Be sure to join us by visiting:https://www.claytonvalleychurch.com/livestream

With affection,

 

Pastor Chris

Psalm 27:4

 

 

March 13, 2020

 

Dear Clayton Valley Church Family,

In a season of spreading pandemics and crashing markets how do we respond? The Apostle Paul calls us to remember,

For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison (2 Cor. 4:17).

Fixing our minds on the end, Christ’s return, a new heavens and earth and an eternity with Him is of paramount importance to us. As those ‘in Christ’ (Colossians 1-3) we are enabled in the security of His grip to care for others with a prevailing sense of peace.

At the same time, we are called to take action as we respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Our focus is the health and safety of our church family, and loving the community around us, without being driven by fear. What does that mean for this Sunday? One of the principles clearly laid out in Scripture is God’s desire that we submit to governing authorities as long as they do not call us to violate His Word (Rom. 13:1-7, Acts 5:29). Our Governor and County Health Officials have asked us to temporarily change our approach to gathering in order to help curb the spread of this virus. We will still gather this Sunday. However, in light of our government’s requests, and because of our desire to love our neighbors and one another:

We will provide a livestream of our Sunday morning worship service.

  • We also request you join us online if you have experienced any symptoms (runny nose, fever, aches, cough) in the past 48 hours.

 

We will temporarily cancel all CVC Kids ministries.

Our children’s ministry is unable to carry out the government’s requested recommendation of maintaining a 6 foot space between all group participants in our CVC Kids classrooms.

  • However, In lieu of our children's ministry, we will be designating the fellowship hall as a "Family Zone."  The service will be projected on the screen, and families with children are welcome to use this space to: participate in the service, care for their kids, keep appropriate distances, and allow their children more freedom for quieter activities (coloring/reading/puzzles). 
  • We hope this will allow us to both honor the desire to keep things from spreading, as well as alleviate the worries our parents might have of keeping little ones quiet during the service.

 

We will ask those who still attend to engage in appropriate precautions.

As we join together Sunday, let’s attempt to maintain an approximate 6 foot distance between us (unless they are a part of your family). Let’s make some simple changes to avoid direct hand to hand contact. We can all adopt, as one writer suggests, the more ancient practice of a small bow, rather than a contemporary greeting of a handshake. If that is not your preference, maybe we can greet one another with an “air high five”, a wave, or a smile.

I’m grateful to our staff and ministry leaders who have stepped up in many ways from continuing our rigorous cleaning and disinfecting measures, to getting a livestream up and running in a short period of time.

Let’s press forward in the assurance that we serve the Living God of all might and wisdom. His is the past, present and future. Walking now in light of eternity makes all the difference (2 Cor. 4:17).

 

With affection,

 

Pastor Chris

Psalm 27:4

 

 

FAQ

 

How long will it be before we return to our normal mode of meeting?

This is a fluid situation. The data we receive and the directives from government and public health officials change swiftly. We will carry out our current course for Sunday, March 15th and March 22nd .  After this we will re-evaluate. We hope to return soon to our regular practice of worshipping together.

 

Will our Sunday Morning Core Training, and other community groups continue to meet?

We are asking our group leaders to apply their own judgment in accordance with the needs of their group and public health guidance. We are encouraging everyone to recognize the unique health factors and considerations others are balancing. Let’s be respectful and sensitive to the decisions some make to not be physically present at some gatherings at this time (Rom. 14:4).

 

Will Elevate continue to meet on Wednesday nights?

Elevate plans to continue meetings while carrying out appropriate precautions.

 

Will Awana continue to meet on Thursday evenings?

Awana will not meet during this time because we cannot carry out the social distancing guidelines. Leaders are working on ways to utilize technology in order to carry on with lessons and memory verse work. More information will come to Awana families soon.

 

 

 

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