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Coronavirus Update

July 26, 2020

 

 

 

July 23, 2020

 

Dear Clayton Valley Church Family,

It was wonderful to gather last week in person for our evening service outside. Even though we couldn’t see one another face to face for our morning service, sharing together in the Lord’s table that night was encouraging and refreshing (1 Cor. 11:24-25). We will conduct our services in the same way over the next several weeks. Each Sunday morning, we will meet online via livestream at 10:30 AM. Then on Sunday nights at 7:00 PM we will gather outside, in person for a time of singing, prayer and the Lord’s Table. For more information on how this will work, be sure to watch the previous update (see below). Whether it is online or in person, I look forward to gathering with you this Sunday.

With joy,

 

Pastor Chris

Psalm 27:4

 

 

 

 

July 16, 2020

 

 

Some highlights from this update:

  • We will meet online via livestream only for our Sunday morning worship service @ 10:30 AM. To view our livestream click here.
  • We will meet at 7:00 PM for an evening service in person and outside. This will be a time focused on prayer, singing and celebrating the Lord's table. All CCC Health guidlines will be observed. 

 

June 19, 2020

 

Dear Clayton Valley Church family,

We are excited as we anticipate meeting together this Sunday, June 21st at 10:30 AM and very excited that we can now meet inside! Our livestream will remain available for those joining us from home.

As we re-open, we desire to honor the Lord by following the guidelines given by state and local authorities as we try to consider the health and safety of all our attendees. Anyone with a temperature or exhibiting any of the other signs of Covid-19, please stay home.  Additionally, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Out of consideration for all attending, face coverings will be required for everyone, and must be worn while you are inside. 

  • Chairs have been spaced 6 feet apart and set-up based on household size.  Ushers will help guide you to your seat.

  • Attendance in the Sanctuary will be limited to the first 100 people – please arrive early to ensure that you have a seat.  There will be overflow seating available in the Fellowship Hall.

  • Please limit traffic via the stairs between the lobby and the Fellowship Hall.

  • The upstairs Nursery bathrooms and the Fellowship Hall bathrooms will be open.  All other bathrooms will be closed.  Please note that only one adult or one family at a time will be allowed in a bathroom.  

  • There will be no Bibles, pencils, or offering envelopes available for use so please plan ahead.  Ushers will hand out offering envelopes upon request.

  • Hand sanitizers will be available in the lobby and in the Fellowship Hall. 

  • Children will remain with parents as CVC Kids remains closed for the time being.

As a final encouragement, may Philippians 2:3-4 continue to be on our hearts and minds as we gather as disciples of Jesus.

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others."

 

With anticipation and joy,

Pastor Andrew and the Staff of Clayton Valley Church

 

 

June 17, 2020

 

Dear Clayton Valley Church Family,

As I mentioned on Sunday, we are living through tumultuous and historic days. Paul calls us to redeem the time because the days are evil. In light of this I am setting aside some time for myself to fast and pray. I invite you to join me. Though this has been a regular practice for Christians over the centuries, for many of us it is new. You might be asking, “What is fasting?” John Piper defines fasting as,

“… a temporary renunciation of something that is in itself good, like food, in order to intensify our expression of need for something greater — namely, God and his work in our lives.”

 In describing different occasions for fasting author David Mathis writes,

“Do you share together in some special need for God’s wisdom and guidance? Is there an unusual difficulty in the church, or society, for which you need God’s intervention? Do you want to keep the second coming of Christ in view? Plead with special earnestness for God’s help by linking arms with other believers to fast together.”

 This is what we are seeking to accomplish together. If fasting is new to you, I would recommend you skip one meal and use that time to pray. If you are facing health conditions that will not allow you to fast, please consider taking extra time to pray by forgoing something else. Maybe you can abstain from the computer, or social media, or television or some other thing you regularly enjoy in order to enjoy Jesus more in prayer.

 I’m including a brief prayer guide (see below) so that we can focus on the critical needs that have brought us to this urgent time of seeking Him. As we fast and pray together, may He be glorified and may we know Him more and become greater salt and light in this dark world (Matt. 5:3-16).

With gratitude and affection,

Pastor Chris

Psalm 27:4

 

Links Related to This Update 

 

Prayer Guide for Thursday June 18, 2020 

 

John Piper on "Why Do Christians Fast?" 

David Mathis on "Fasting for Beginners"

 

 

 

 

 

June 12, 2020

 

Dear Clayton Valley Church Family,

We are excited as we anticipate meeting together face to face this Sunday, June 14th at 10:30AM!  Though things will look different than the last time that we gathered together, it will be wonderful to see one another face to face.

As we re-open, the health and safety of all our attendees is paramount. Our worship service will be held outside in the upper parking lot in accordance with the county’s allowance. CVC Kids will remain closed due to current county restrictions. Anyone with a temperature or exhibiting any of the other signs of Covid-19, please stay home. Additionally, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Out of consideration for all attending, please wear a face covering until you are in your seat. When you are moving about please maintain physical distancing of 6 feet. Once you are in your seat you may remove your face covering if you so choose.  Outdoor set up 1

  • Chairs will be spaced 6 feet apart and pre-arranged based on your survey responses. Ushers will help guide you to your seat.

  • The upstairs Nursery bathrooms and the Ed Wing bathrooms will be open. All other bathrooms will be closed.  Please note that only one adult at a time will be allowed in a bathroom. 

  • There will be no Bibles, pencils, or offering envelopes available for use so please plan ahead. Ushers will hand out offering envelopes upon request.

  • Hand sanitizers will be placed on tables near the oak tree and lawn area.

  • Attendance will be limited to the first 100 people – please arrive early to ensure that you have a seat. 

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    Parking in the upper lot will be limited. Please use extra caution and follow the instructions of the parking attendants. The lower lot and street parking are also available.

  • Parents with young children, since we are meeting in the parking lot, please watch them closely and do not let them run where cars will be driving.

 

As a final encouragement, may Philippians 2:3-4 be on our hearts and minds as we gather as disciples of Jesus.

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

 

With anticipation and joy,

Pastor Andrew and the Staff of Clayton Valley Church

 

 

June 6, 2020

 

May 23, 2020

  

 

May 8, 2020

  

Consider the Lilies of the Field

FLOWERS preach to us if we will hear:--
The rose saith in the dewy morn:
I am most fair;
Yet all my loveliness is born
Upon a thorn.
The poppy saith amid the corn:
Let but my scarlet head appear
And I am held in scorn;
Yet juice of subtle virtue lies
Within my cup of curious dyes.
The lilies say: Behold how we
Preach without words of purity.
The violets whisper from the shade
Which their own leaves have made:
Men scent our fragrance on the air,
Yet take no heed
Of humble lessons we would read.
But not alone the fairest flowers:
The merest grass
Along the roadside where we pass,
Lichen and moss and sturdy weed,
Tell of His love who sends the dew,
The rain and sunshine too,
To nourish one small seed.

by: Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

 

 

April 30, 2020

 

 

Day by Day

Day by day and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father's wise bestowment,
I've no cause for worry or for fear.
He whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best--
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

Ev'ry day the Lord Himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me,
He whose name is Counselor and Pow'r.
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
"As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,"
This the pledge to me He made.

Help me then in eve'ry tribulation
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith's sweet consolation
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E'er to take, as from a father's hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till with Christ the Lord I stand. 

- Lina Sandell Berg (1832 - 1903)

 

A correction: I mistakenly said the hymn writer's first name was 'Liza' in the video; her name was Lina.

 

 

April 23, 2020

  

 

 

April 17, 2020

 

 

Links Related to this Update:

Faith's Checkbook - Charles Spurgeon 

Participate in Caring Ministry, contact Michelle Meyer

 

 

April 9, 2020

 

Links Related to this Update

Dangerous Journey: The Story of Pilgrims Progress

Good Friday / Passion Week Resource Page

Vital Prayer | Colossians 4:2-4

 

 

April 6, 2020

Dear Clayton Valley Church Family,

Yesterday we explored a fascinating prayer request from the Apostle Paul:

...praying at the same time for us as well,

that God will open up to us a door for the word,

so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ,

for which I have also been imprisoned;

that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak. 

- Colossians 4:3-4

 

Amazingly, God has opened such a door. Throughout this week we will reach out via social media in order to invite people to join us online for our Easter service. As I mentioned on Sunday, this concept initially came across our path from RealityLA church. Their training materials on how we can share our story have been made available by The Gospel Coalition. You can find them here. In order to connect more people with more stories we are going to join them in using the hashtag #Jesuschangedmylife. What an exciting season of gospel opportunity!

In a church as diverse as ours, we understand some are not on social media. Thankfully, there are many other ways you can invite people to join us online this Easter. You can text or email or maybe give someone a phone call. Whatever means you use, we encourage you to take advantage of this open door to share Christ, especially in times like this.

In our last update I mentioned that we would post helps to focus our hearts and minds through Passion Week and Good Friday. You can find these resources here.

Let’s take this week to think about Jesus, remember His path the cross, the life He gave and the salvation He has secured. Let’s be sure to pray to Him (Col. 4:2), praise Him (Psalm 103:1), hope in Him (1 Pet. 1:3) and share that hope with others (Col. 1:27).

With affection,

 

Pastor Chris

Psalm 27:4

 

 

 

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.

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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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