On this page we will post the latest updates about the Coronavirus situation in regards to Community Bible Church.
Wednesday, March 25
The Weekly Word
As Pastor Phil exhorted us this past Sunday, we want to pray together with our families tonight at 8:00PM:
For our witness. Pray for two people that you want to reach with the Gospel even while we are sheltered-at-home.
For our national government. Pray for President Trump, Vice President Pence, our Congress and Judiciary – first that those who are not saved would come to know the Lord and second for wisdom as they lead the country through this difficult time.
For our church family. That each of us would remain connected to the body of Christ so that we can still put on love as we practice the one another of Scripture.
For our elderly and vulnerable. Pray for God’s hand of protection especially for those that are more susceptible to sickness.
Saturday, March 21
Summary: How to help and give
For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord, begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints, and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God. 2 Corinthians 8: 3-5
How you can help
As we have talked to so many of you, what continues to stand out is how many express a desire to help. While the world hoards, you are ready to give. While many look only inwardly, you consider the needs of others. And we know it’s because you have experienced receiving the greatest gift of all – the gift of salvation found only in Jesus Christ. Praise God for such indescribable gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15)
As elders, we want to provide the following direction so we can be as fruitful in our service as we can. Pray for us as we administer things – all for the glory of God and the good of His people (2 Corinthians 8:18-21).
Let us know if you have needs
We are blessed with wonderful small group leaders (Home Fellowship Groups, COV, CORE, Women’s Mentoring Groups, Youth Ministries, Ministry teams, etc.). They do a lot, and on top of that list, is to help shepherd the flock of God here. We thank God for each of them.
Our leaders are ready to hear from you. Please give the church family the opportunity see Christ exalted as He ministers among His people, through His people.
We believe that many needs can be taken care of at the small group level. But your leaders also have instructions as we want them to let the elders know where the larger church family can help.
If after speaking to your direct shepherd, you still want to talk with an elder, please feel free to contact any one of us. Our names and numbers are all listed in your CBC directory.
Let us know if you can help
Let your small group leader know if you can help and what you might be able to do. Examples might include driving, doing errands, preparing meals, providing childcare, etc. That way, we’ll be ready to get the word as we hear of opportunities for you to serve.
Thank you for the many that want to keep giving. Jesus says more about money than just about any other topic as He knows the grip it can have on our hearts. May we continue to put God first as we give to His kingdom, and may you know the peace and the joy that comes as you exercise faith in Him through your giving (Matthew 6:19-34).
The most common ways to give right now
Setting it up through your online bank service
- Most of the time, we find this is a complimentary service.
- Although online platforms vary some, typically you would add CBC as the Payee (short for Community Bible Church).
- Our address is 710 Broadway Street Vallejo, CA 94590.
- In the memo, you can tell us how you want the funds allocated.
- GF – for the General Fund.
- MF – for the Missions Fund.
- BF – for the Building Fund.
- AF – for the Agape (Benevolence) Fund. If you are comfortable with giving to the General Fund, it does give us the most flexibility to utilize the funds as needed.
- You can make it a recurring payment if you so choose.
- Sometimes it asks you for an account number – we have found that you can leave this blank but if required, please let us know.
- It also can depend on whether it asks you to differentiate between Person / Business.
- Usually you can put Person and it goes through without issue.
- If it is indeed a complimentary service, please feel free to send a small amount first and we can let you know what happens on our receiving end.
- As you many of know, we provide an annual giving statement.
Writing a check or giving cash
(although it’s hardest to help you track cash in case things get lost or misplaced)
- Similar to above but you would put your check or cash in the mail to the address noted above.
- You can also drop off your check or cash in the mail slot located to the left of the front entry door for the new building.
Using our credit card
- You would then complete the form.
- I apologize as we do not currently have a way to save your information online.
- You should receive an email receipt soon after you make the donation. Please save these for your end-of-year tax records.
- You will get the full credit for the amount of your donation.
- The ministry will receive the net amount as we are charged for this service.
- It is usually around 2.5-3%
We hope that this all helps you to be involved in how God is using His people to minister and be a witness during these trying times.
We are here to serve you and ultimately, to serve the Lord Jesus so we welcome your questions and thoughts. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Thomas at 707-344-0667.
May it be said of us too: that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality…all for His glory! (2 Corinthians 8:2)
Friday, March 20
Summary: A note from Pastor Phil about our direction moving forward in March – April
Dear beloved saints,
As you know, we are living in unprecedented times. I am thankful that in these troubling times, we have Christ, who never changes, who is with us, who is for us, and who has promised never to desert us. The psalmist reminds us:
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; . . . ‘Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’ The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold” (Psalm 46:1-2, 10-11).
Our confidence and hope are in our God.
As you are probably aware, our governor has told the whole state to stay at home.
- This means we will not be meeting corporately for at least the next three Sundays and possibly longer.
- We will continue our Sunday morning service on live-stream which you can view from our website.This is a great opportunity to encourage friends and family to watch.
- The stay at home order also means all mid-week ministries will not be meeting in person. And we have also had to cancel some upcoming events in April.
With all the changes going on, I was greatly encouraged as the elders met last night, for their great desire is to shepherd you well through these troubled times so that Christ is formed in you. We have thought of some creative ways to help shepherd you, including:
- One of our goals is to provide a pastor’s video like this every week, where you will hear some updates and words of encouragement from one of our pastors.
- On Sunday’s, during our live-stream, besides the singing and preaching, we will also have a segment where one of our pastors gives updates and a brief exhortation.
- Many of our Home Fellowship Groups are getting creative and using platforms like Zoom to have live meetings together. If you are not connected to one of our small groups, this would be the time to do that. See our website for more information.
- Our children and youth ministries are planning different ways to minister to you, so stay tuned as you will get updates from them.
- Our staff pastors are thinking of other creative ways to minister to you.
We know many of you may have needs and others desire to help minister to those in need. We are trying to coordinate most of this through our small groups. So please connect with your Home Fellowship group leader. Also, the elders are always available; our numbers are in the church directory.
As you know, our church is supported by the giving of all you faithful members. For us to go forward and to continue to provide for our ministries and our missionaries, we need you to continue to support the church that you love so much. You should have received an email that describes how you can continue to give during this time.
I want to remind you of the words of the apostle Paul, who wrote,
“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving things for all things in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father” (Eph 5:15-20).
Paul commands you to be wise and to make the most of your time. When this time is over, don’t look back with regrets. Be wise; plan how to be used by God. Set goals for yourself and for your children, like:
- Spending time daily in prayer and daily reading the Bible.
- Set a goal to read a good book that will encourage your soul or listen to some good sermons. (You can find sermons and free book downloads on our website).
- Plan to call or text a number of people each day, to encourage others in the body.
- Pray that God would use you to share the hope and love of Christ to others as you are out shopping. People are living in fear; we have the hope of the gospel.
Our confidence is in Christ. Jesus is still reigning; he is still building his church and no virus or shelter in place can stop him. We are confident our Lord is advancing his kingdom during these times. Pray that the Lord would use you and our church to do this.
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
Pastor Phil Foley
Friday, March 20
Summary: New Mass Text Line
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Tuesday, March 17
Summary: All in-person meetings cancelled this week. More information to come after this Thursday’s elder’s meeting.
By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have for one another. (John 13:35)
To our dear CBC church family,
As we talk with many of you, what stands out is how much you want to love God and love others, including loving and praying for us as elders. We want you to know how grateful we are – you have upheld us as we seek the Lord’s will and make difficult decisions.
As you know, we already have a meeting scheduled for Thursday evening. We thought it would give us an opportunity to have the most updated information as we make long-term decisions for our church family.
But as things continue to change very quickly, we met this morning so we could give more guidance even now.
As Andrew shared on Sunday morning, there are many things that go into any decision, chief among them: love. With that heart, we are cancelling all in-person church meetings for this week. This includes our Home Fellowship Groups.
We will live stream our Sunday morning service at 10:30 am.
Please continue to pray for us as we make longer term decisions on Thursday evening as planned.
And may this be our opportunity as a church family to shine brighter than ever, so that many might come to know Christ. Pray for how God can use you to minister to the body of Christ and to reach out to those that need to hear the reason for the hope we have in Him. As Phil challenged us on Sunday – may people see our love.
Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5: 16
Friday, March 13
Dear CBC Church family,
Thank you for your prayers. The elders met for over 3 hours this Friday evening.
How do we summarize a discussion where so much was prayed about and considered?
As we prepared this update, we wanted to give you a glimpse into our hearts and minds. We searched the Scriptures, read and reviewed passages like Hebrews 10:23-25 and Romans 13 but also Romans 14. We looked at 1 Peter 2 and the Sermon the Mount found in Mathew chapters 5-7. We asked, “Lord Jesus, this is Your church, this is Your bride – what do you want done?”
Among the questions we discussed were:
- How can we show our devotion to the Word, fellowship, and prayer?
- How can we honor the recommendation of the authorities the Lord has placed over us?
- How can we best shepherd the body of Christ?
- How can we best love our neighbor?
We will share a lot more of what was discussed and how our decisions were made. So, we ask you to join us as we do something that is unprecedented for CBC:
FOR THIS SUNDAY, we will not have any of our regular meetings here at the building. However, there are a number of brothers and sisters who will make it possible for our church family to gather together through live stream: JOIN US at 10:30 am VIA OUR LIVE STREAM located at cbcvallejo.org/live.
Hear more of how we made our decision.
Be encouraged by the Word of God. Even before any of this started happening, Pastor Phil was praying and preparing to preach on love. How appropriate it is now.
In these turbulent and potentially fearful times, we know that all of us have a great desire to be together and find encouragement from the Lord. If you have any needs, spiritual or otherwise, the elders want to shepherd and care for you. Please contact us if you need anything.
“For He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,’ so that we confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid’” (Heb 13:5-6).
For Christ’s glory,
Alvin, Andrew, Daniel, Greg, Kevin, Jeff, Jeremy, Michael, Nick, Phil, Robert, and Thomas