On this page we will post the latest updates about the Coronavirus situation in regards to Community Bible Church.Latest Bulletin
September 30, 2020
Summary: You’re Invited! CBC 40th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, September 24, 2020
- 9:00AM – Indoor Sunday Schools for all ages
- New Live Stream added for ATS
- 10:30 AM – One indoor worship service with multiple locations
- Outdoor worship still available with live feed
- 5:00 PM – Special Evening Service – TCBS Graduation
- Live stream continues for all services
- A word on face coverings
- Pastor Phil will be explaining how we came to all of these decisions in his sermon this Sunday
Thank you for your prayers, love, support and patience as we have sought to lead the church through the changing restrictions.
Regarding Sunday Services
As we have articulated a growing conviction regarding the essential nature of corporately gathering in-person, we will be having one service indoors with no sign-ups. We have opened up several venues on the church campus so that each individual can make a choice that will allow for the most undistracted worship of Christ. The details for each are below. Also, you can view a detailed map here.
- Indoor Sunday School at 9:00 AM.
- Adult Training Seminar in the Worship Center, Building A.
- Audio & video live feed to Basketball Court & Special Overflow Room.
- Live stream available here .
- Student Ministries in the Student Center, Building B.
- Children Ministries – Building B
- Multi-purpose Room for 2nd – 6th Grade (Check in at the north desk in Building B).
- Larger classroom near the restrooms (room 114) for 3yrs old – 1st Grade (Check in right in front of room 114 door).
- NOTE: at this time there are no children’s ministries during the worship service.
- Adult Training Seminar in the Worship Center, Building A.
- Sunday Morning worship will begin at the new time, 10:30 am
- Worship Center in Building A.
- Every other row will be blocked off.
- Please try to leave space between families within a row.
- Multi-purpose Room in Building B.
- Audio & video live feed will be available
- Chairs will be spaced out.
- Outdoor seating on the Basketball Court.
- Audio & video live feed will be available.
- Please bring a chair if you are able. If not, we will have also have chairs available for you.
- There will be canopies.
- Special Overflow Room
- Audio & Video live-feed will be available.
- Live-stream continues to be available here.
- Worship Center in Building A.
- Evening worship will begin at 5:00 PM for the TCBS graduation.
- You are welcome to come in-person.
- Worship Center and Multi-purpose room will be open.
- Live-stream continues to be available here.
- Future evening services will happen indoors at our regular time – 6:00 PM.
Regarding Face Coverings
When it comes to face coverings, we understand that COVID-19 is a real virus. In order to inhibit the spread of COVID, health authorities have endorsed the use of face coverings. The City of Vallejo has even made it a requirement for people to wear face coverings while inside enclosed public spaces. In light of this city resolution, and in order to show preference and care for one another’s physical health, we acknowledge that many of us who are able will be wearing face coverings while inside the church building as an expression of love and our desire to honor our governing authorities.
But we have also become aware of a number of dear brothers and sisters in our church family who have a strong spiritual conviction regarding face coverings. They believe that they cannot honor God and offer Him acceptable worship while wearing a mask. We don’t want to bind their conscience and exclude these saints from joining our worship service due to this matter of personal faith. The elders have sought to address this issue of worship and preference in the past but want to remind our church family that while many will be wearing face coverings, some saints may not wear a mask due to a health condition, and others may not wear a mask because of their strong biblical conviction. In all these things, we want to “pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another” (Romans 14:19).
The Priority of Love
As the body of Christ, let’s strive to promote unity and show love by preferring one another in our decision about whether to wear a face covering, and by refusing to judge others who hold a different position than our own. Praise God for His grace that teaches us to put off our own preferences and love one another, knowing that “not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself…Therefore, whether we live or die we are the Lord’s.” (Romans 14:7-8).
This coming Sunday Pastor Phil will be preaching a sermon explaining the biblical convictions behind these decisions. We hope that you will join us.
We are thankful for God’s grace in allowing us to meet in-person! May we continue to pray that our love and unity would be upheld, that lives would be changed, and that Christ would be exalted.
Wednesday, September 19, 2020
Summary: Outdoor service, Sunday schools begin
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name!” (Psa 103:1)
You are invited to come and bless the Lord in worship tomorrow morning! Here is the schedule for tomorrow
- 9:00 AM – Sunday Schools for Children, Youth, and Adults (Click here to see locations of these ministries).
- 10:00 AM – Outdoor worship service at 10:00 AM.
- 6:00 PM – Livestream service.
Currently we expect good weather conditions for our outdoor service, but we will move indoors if air quality is poor. If possible, please bring a chair, a face-covering, and prepare for warm weather.
Looking forward to seeing you all!
Wednesday, September 16
Summary: Weekly Ministries begin, Sunday worship default mode
Andrew Arcilla’s address to CBC
Good morning, brothers and sisters. This past week, we had a blessed time at the Exalting Christ Conference. And as a church family, you know our custom. We typically ramp up the ministry year the week after the conference. Well, it will be no different this year. Even with the complications and inconveniences of COVID, our heartbeat is to make disciples. We are constrained by the love and glory of Christ. We can do no other. So this week, we’re going to start up our ministry season.
Of course, we want to do this in a way that best addresses and balances all the concerns of our present situation, including our mission, your spiritual and physical well-being, our public testimony, and submission to our governing authorities. Our pastoral staff and ministry leaders have put in many hours praying, studying the current regulations, and thinking of creative ways to honor all those concerns in the coming ministry year. I praise God for their labors, and I think we’ve come up with a great plan to start this new ministry season.
Thankfully, the current California stay at home order actually has provisions for child care programs and youth groups to operate at this time. We regard this as an open door to resume children’s ministry and student ministries at the building this coming week.
- For Children’s Ministry, we will be resuming Wednesday night GTC this week!
- Please note that we will be starting GTC at 6:30 instead of 7:00, so we can try to get your kids home earlier, and to try and take advantage of whatever sunlight remains in the evenings. Of course, that means GTC will also end earlier at 8:30pm.
- Next Sunday the 20th, we will also be starting up Children’s Sunday School, 9:00am on the Basketball Court.
- But we will not be resuming nursery or children’s church at this time.
- Please feel free to stop by the building while some staff are here to pick up your verse books and lesson handouts for your kids.
- And if you have any questions about the ministry, there will be a parent orientation on Zoom tomorrow night, 6:30pm. Contact Jeremy Jackson or any of the other Children’s Ministry leaders for more information.
- For Student Ministries, our Junior High ministry, TFC also starts this Wednesday the 16th. Along with GTC, TFC will also be starting earlier, at 6:45. If you have kids in both ministries, drop off your GTC kids first, and then drop off your TFC kids second.
- Crossroads, our high school ministry, beings this Friday the 18th at 7:00.
- And then youth Sunday School begins next Sunday, September 20 at 9:00 AM. The current plan is to meet by the coveted dumpster space behind building B.
- We will also be starting a new ATS, or adult training seminar, next Sunday as well.
- We’ll be studying the book of Ephesians, which contains many needful subjects for our church family right now.
- “Learning to Walk in a Manner Worthy of Christ by Grasping the Riches of God’s Grace”
- That will be at 9:00, in the alley behind Building A.
- Please bring a chair.
Home Fellowship Groups
- We’re hoping to ramp up all our Fellowship Groups soon as well. That’s one ministry that especially requires some creative thinking in our current situation. Please await further information from your leader to hear more about your group’s specific plan to start the year.
- Finally, our Encouraging Biblical Womanhood ministry will be having a meeting the last Saturday of this month, September 26, 8:30am to 10:30am.
- I would also encourage you to await further details as that day gets closer.
Church family, please pray for these ministries. Would it surprise you if God made this the most fruitful ministry year ever in the history of this church, confounding all the doubts and concerns of this present age? The harvest is plentiful! We have His authority to go forth and make disciples. And the word of God is not imprisoned. May God demonstrate the greatness of His power to call out a people for Himself and build His church.
Phil Foley’s address to CBC
Dear Beloved Church Family,
Over the past number of months the elders have continually sought to honor the Lord Jesus in all the decisions we have made.
One of the ways we have sought to obey the Lord is by submitting to the authorities he has put over us. “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. For such is the will of God” (1 Pet 2:13-15). Because of Covid-19 and health reasons related to it, the government has put restrictions on our society and on the church, which we have abided by (social distancing, wearing masks, etc.). Because we believe our Lord desires us to submit to the authorities over us, we have made every effort to comply with what they have asked of us.
However, the elders believe there are limitations to the government’s authority. When the state told us how we are to worship–that we could not sing, we believed they overstepped their authority, so we sang. God is worthy of our praises. We are to “come before him with joyful singing” (Ps 100:2).
The elders also know that the Lord Jesus desires his church to assemble together (Heb 10:24-25; Acts 2:46), and be together face to face (1 The 3:10; 2 John 12). Two weeks ago, I preached a sermon on this. Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, saying, “We . . . were all the more eager with great desire to see your face” (1 The 2:17). Paul desired to be physically present with them to see their face, because he believed this was essential for their maturing in the faith, to complete what was lacking in their faith. But this was also for their joy, as John writes, “Though I have many things to write to you, I do not want to do so with paper and ink; but I hope to come to you and speak face to face, so that your joy may be made full” (2 John 12). Normal Christianity is Christians being together face to face: to encourage each other in Christ, to fellowship around Christ, to worship God together through Christ.
Last week, the Lord directed me to preach on waiting on the Lord. Both meeting together and waiting are biblical convictions. If you did not get to hear those, please take the time to do so, because it will help you understand that everything we do is based on what we believe the Lord is saying through his word. Because there are different commands in Scripture, it has not always been easy determining what we should be doing. This is also why you see differences in how churches are responding, as elders are wrestling through what God would have them do.
Thankfully, the government has stated that churches can meet outdoors, so we have been able to obey both of these commands. We have been able to submit to the government and assemble together.
However, because of recent weather issues, including the bad smoke from the fires, we have increasingly not been able to assemble, like this morning. The elders do not believe this is good for your spiritual well-being, especially considering that this situation has gone on for six months. We have been increasingly under the conviction that it is essential we assemble together, face to face, so we can worship our King together and fellowship with one another.
This conviction was only solidified these past few days at the pastors’ conference. When we assembled at the first session, men were weeping as we sang together. The joy of our fellowship together around Christ encouraged us all.
During these past six months, we have patiently waited upon the Lord, we have sought the Lord’s direction through much prayer and searching the scriptures, and we have appealed to our governing authorities on two separate occasions, with no response. So though we desire to continue to obey our governing authorities, when there are situations where we cannot meet outdoors, we will meet indoors. Again, our desire is to obey both of these commands: submit to the government and assemble together. But when we are providentially hindered from doing both, we will assemble together indoors.
If moving indoors, we want to do so in a way that honors all the concerns: striving to guard your health, and still trying to do this in a respectful way to our governing authorities. In all that we do, we desire to fulfill our Lord’s chief command, which is love. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35). We desire that our love for one another to a watching world will testify of Christ in us and among us.
So we would encourage you to gather with us. For those who are providentially hindered from gathering with us, we will still be offering live stream. We know our decision may generate some questions or concerns; if you have any, please talk to one of the elders. We desire to hear from you.
We would ask you to continue to pray for the elders, for our church, and for our witness.
Saturday, September 12
Summary: Live Streams tomorrow, with important update
Because of poor air quality, our Sunday services for September 13 will be live-stream only at 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM. Please join us in the morning to hear the Word from guest preacher Dr. Bruce A. Ware, Professor of Christian Theology, Southern Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky.
Also, after much prayer and waiting on the Lord, the CBC Elders have decided that tomorrow may be the last live stream for morning service. There is much more to this decision, so please join us online tomorrow morning as Pastor Phil gives a more detailed explanation.
Visit cbcvallejo.org for the Song Lyrics and Bulletin. Lastly, here are sermon notes for tomorrow morning:
Friday, August 28, 2020
Summary: Clarification on Masks
During the preaching and singing times, masks need not be worn outside if you are able to remain socially distanced. If you are unable to remain socially distanced, please wear a mask. Thank you for your consideration of others.
Friday, August 28, 2020
Summary: Sunday, August 30, BOTH AM & PM Services are in-person and outdoors; prayer in PM
Our Lord is allowing us to experience ongoing trials in the form of a pandemic, wildfires, and continued social unrest. With that in mind, it is all the more important that we “not forsake our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encourage one another; and all the more as we see the day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25). We must continue to declare His worth, ask for His help, and spur one another on to love and good deeds! Here is the plan for our times of worship this Sunday, August 23:
- Morning service will be at 10:00 AM and will take place OUTDOORS in the south parking lot
- As usual, please remember to come dressed in layers and bring a hat. The weather continues to be unpredictable!
- For those that can, please bring a chair. We will also have some available for those who are unable to bring their own.
- Evening service will be at 5:00 PM OUTDOORS (NOTE EARLIER START TIME) and will be meeting IN-PERSON OUTDOORS on the south parking lot
- We will be devoting this service to praying together as a church body
- Again, come prepared with layers, hat and a chair.
- Some Resources & Reminders
- SONG LYRICS for both AM and PM services
- BULLETIN, August 23, 2020
- If you are feeling any symptoms of sickness, we’d encourage you to stay home and join us via the livestream
- For those joining us in person, when you are unable to be socially-distanced from others, we ask you to bring a mask for those times.
- SONG LYRICS for both AM and PM services
Last week we moved our services to the livestream and canceled our in-person services because we anticipated very poor air quality due to the ongoing fires. Please pray that this weekend the Lord will see fit to give us good weather and clear skies so we can worship Him together! We look forward to seeing you Sunday.
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Summary: Our appeal to government, a call to prayer
Dear Church Family,
The elders wanted to give you an update about our response to the governing authorities under the current COVID-19 public health restrictions. In PM service this past Sunday, Pastor Phil addressed the congregation with our current stance on these issues. This video also includes a related sermon on Daniel 6 by Pastor Greg Reed.
Below is the content of Pastor Phil’s address:
Our greatest priority is to honor Christ above all.
Jesus alone is Lord, so we render unqualified obedience to him alone . He is the head of the church (Eph 5:23), and the ruler of the kings of the earth (Rev 1:45). We honor Christ by obeying his commands, which includes being subject to the governing authorities he has placed over us (1 Pet 2:13-15a). God instituted civil government for His glory and our good. We must remember that our submission to the state is not contingent on their righteousness, consistency, reasonableness, or competence. Therefore, we must be extremely careful when practicing civil disobedience, because we do not want to find ourselves dishonoring our Lord who put that authority over us. We must entrust ourselves to our Lord who can easily move the hearts of kings and governors and who can easily protect and care for his sheep.
We obey civic authorities conditionally.
Having said that, we believe that we obey civic authorities conditionally. Christ is Lord, not Caesar, therefore when the government prohibits what God commands, or commands what God forbids, we will obey God.
Jesus has given the church and state different areas of authority. Jesus said, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s” (Matt 22:21). The church should not govern the things that are Caesar’s (such as public health and fire or building codes). The state should not govern the things that are God’s (things related to the church’s worship, such as singing, prayer, preaching, teaching, discipleship, baptism and communion).
Where this gets confusing is when the two authorities overlap, like when the state begins to tell the church what it can or cannot do when we meet (such as how many people, in what space, indoors or outdoors, how close together, etc). While these things may affect how we gather and our experience during the gathering, they are distinct from how we worship. We would rather have no regulations on how we gather, but we have sought to honor and respect our authorities because we know this is pleasing to our Lord.
When do we obey Christ, and not Caesar?
When obedience to government unequivocally results in disobedience to God, we obey Christ, not Caesar. This principle demands that we wrestle with the nature of the laws that are in conflict. We must carefully discern if this really is an either/or situation, or if there are alternatives that might satisfy. For example, we believe it is imperative that the church assemble. However, under current conditions, the state is allowing us to assemble outdoors. While we do not believe this is ideal, we have complied because we are able to assemble, except when unforeseen things occur. We know the weather is changing, and smoke/fire conditions, etc. may prevent us from regularly meeting. For the spiritual well-being of the flock, we believe it is essential we assemble.
When public health measures discriminate against the church, we obey Christ, not Caesar. As long as public health orders are neutral and generally apply to like organizations, we submit. However, when the church is targeted and treated prejudicially, differently from other entities and persons having similar purposes and responsibilities, then under our government structure, we have the right to appeal. If an appeal does not work, then civil disobedience could be an option.
The elders believe the church is responsible for the spiritual well-being of those under her care just as hospitals, clinics, medical offices, and health care professionals are responsible for the health and well-being of those under their care. Since they are considered “essential” by our government, so ought the church. Therefore, the elders plan to appeal to our government officials.
What are we doing next?
- Appeal. The elders are sending out an appeal letter to our governing authorities to relax current restrictions so we can meet indoors. You can read our appeal letter here.
- Call on members of the church to act as responsible Christian citizens of the United States of America. We live under a government that allows us to influence it for good through various means. Therefore we encourage your appropriate participation to influence the government for good.
- Call for a time of prayer for our land and the church. We need to cry out to the Lord who is over both the church and the government. We do not believe our appeal letter to the governing authorities will have any effect if we do not pray. Our God is the highest authority; we must appeal to him. We are called to call upon him in the day of trouble and he shall rescue (Psa 50:15). He is sovereign over kings and governors and he turns their hearts any way he wishes (Prov 21:1). So, as a church, we need to spend time corporately calling out to him. We have scheduled an initial time of prayer on Sunday, August 30th in the PM service, (more details to come in future email).
The elders have spent hours pouring over scriptures to discern what is best to do. We have looked at documents produced by godly men in the same circles that differ in their opinions. Here are two that have been particularly helpful:
- Trinity Bible Church (Morgan Hill, CA) “Statement on Regathering”
- Grace Community Church (Sun Valley, CA): “Christ, not Caesar, Is Head of the Church”
One of the things we have realized during this process is that various churches may differ based on their particular circumstances and there may not be a “one size fits all” solution. Ultimately, the elders of CBC are accountable to the Lord for our actions (Heb 13:17), and not to other men. We have labored hard to work together to understand the Lord’s heart for this congregation in these matters. We appreciate your continued prayers and encouragement, questions and comments.
Lastly, please be on the lookout for a follow-up email this Friday, describing details on morning service, and our evening prayer meeting this Sunday.
May the Lord bless you and keep you,
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Summary: Appealing to government, update on masks, upcoming sermon, call to prayer
Dear Church Family,
We are praying for all of you who may have been affected by the California fires. We trust that you and your family are safe during this time.
We want to thank you for your prayers. As you know, the elders met last night (for five hours), to discuss how the Lord would want us to respond to our governing authorities. We finished the evening tired, but in unity about what the Lord Jesus would have us do. Though we respect the decisions that elders of other churches have made, and have gleaned from their thoughts, ultimately our conscience is bound by what we believe Jesus wants us to do with the flock he has given us to shepherd. To him we will give an account (Heb 13:17).
We wanted to highlight a few things in this correspondence, and then on Sunday evening, August 23, Pastor Phil will be explaining in more detail as to why we are doing what we are doing.
Since Jesus is Lord both of the government and the church (Acts 10:36; Rom 10:12), and Jesus commands us to submit to the rulers he puts over us (1 Pet 2:13-14), the elders believe that civil disobedience to those authorities should only be exercised after all other means have been exhausted. With this in mind, the elders have decided to do the following:
- The elders will appeal to the governor and state health officials arguing that the church is an essential service and that we should be allowed to meet indoors. (Pastor Phil will explain what we mean by this in more detail Sunday evening.)
- For now, we will continue to meet outdoors during the morning service at 10:00 am and have live-stream in the evening service. However, if a last-minute unforeseen circumstance arises that makes meeting outdoors unreasonable (like it did last week with a thunderstorm), we will move inside for that meeting.
- For our outdoor services, we will be asking the congregation to wear masks only when they are unable to be socially-distanced from others per California state ordinances. If you can be socially-distanced while you worship, then a face mask is not required. Some of our brothers and sisters have a conviction about wearing a mask while worshiping God and have not attended church in months. Out of love and preference for them, we wanted to allow this option. However, let us all be mindful of the health and concern of others and wear masks when we cannot be socially-distanced (especially when arriving or having fellowship after the service.) We appreciate your love and preference for others, as even Christ did not please himself (Rom 15:3).
- In all of the above, we must pray. We do not believe our appeal letter to the governing authorities will have any effect if we do not pray. Our God is the highest authority; we must appeal to him. The Mighty One, God, the Lord tells his people, “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me” (Ps 50:15). This is a day of trouble and God commands us to call upon him. He is sovereign over kings and governors and he turns their hearts any way he wishes. So as a church, we need to spend time corporately calling out to him. We have scheduled an initial time of prayer on Sunday, August 30th in the PM service.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support. It is our joy to serve you.
The Elders of CBC
Sunday, August 16, 2020
Summary: We are INDOORS today, 9:00 AM
Because of potential bad weather, we are meeting indoors today at 9:00 AM, Building A. Masks and social distancing in place. Live stream still available at 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM.
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Summary: This Sunday, our morning service will begin at 9:00am
As many of you have heard we are anticipating warmer than usual temperatures this coming weekend. In order to continue our outdoor worship service in a way that is safe and as undistracting as possible we want to alert you to the following changes:
- WE WILL BEGIN MORNING SERVICE AT 9:00AM. The livestream will also begin at this time.
- We want to encourage you to bring water to stay hydrated. We will also have some water bottles available.
- Even with the earlier start time, we still want to encourage you to dress appropriately for the weather ESPECIALLY bringing a hat or small umbrella if you can.
We are doing our best to contact as much of the church family as possible. If you know someone who does not normally hear from us or is newer to our church we would appreciate your help to communicate these changes to them.
Our evening service will continue to be livestreamed at 6:00PM as usual.
We know these have been very unusual times for our church family to which we are having to adapt constantly. Thank you for how flexible and understanding you have been as we make decisions week to week to best facilitate our time of worship. We look forward to the opportunity to exalt His name together with you this Sunday!
Friday, August 7, 2020
Summary: Quick update about this Sunday’s service
Dear Church family,
We are looking forward to the opportunity to gather once again with you this Sunday as we fellowship, hear from God’s word and sing His praises.
- Please click here to access this Sunday’s song lyrics
- Please click here to access this week’s bulletin
- A reminder that our 10:00AM service will be outdoors.
- For those that are able, please bring a chair with you. We will also have some chairs available.
- We recommend dressing in layers and wearing a hat. The weather report indicates we will get some sun again!
- Pastor Andrew will be continuing his series entitled “Preparing the Way For the King”. Pray for a fruitful time in God’s word as we walk through the book of Proverbs.
- We will be continuing our series in Daniel entitled “Kings and Kingdoms Bow” during the evening service via our livestream at 6:00PM. We hope you can join us!
Wednesday, July 16, 2020
Summary: We’re meeting outdoors for 10:00 AM service, live stream for 6:00 PM
Dear Church family,
Thank you again for praying for us as we met as elders last night. It was another unplanned meeting that was hours long. We have been and continue to be so encouraged and blessed by your support and love as we seek to faithfully fulfill our call to minister to Christ’s people.
Last week, we gave you a lengthy update about not only what we decided, but also some of the why. You know that we chose to sing despite the order to discontinue, and you read a little of how we came to that decision.
As we wrestled through the latest mandate to not gather inside, we continued to ask God to direct us. Our desire has been to honor Christ and shepherd you well. But our challenge has been, how do we best accomplish this as we reflect on Romans 13 and Acts 5:29? How do we apply today what we see in 1 Peter 2:13-17 and in Daniel 6?
As elders we know we have more work ahead of us. We ask you to please continue to pray with us and for us. And as we continue to work through these issues, we encourage you to persevere in doing your part in worshipping God, loving people and fulfilling our mission to make disciples of all nations.
Until we are able to make further decisions together, the elders have decided to do the following:
- Have an in-person morning service this Sunday. It will be at 10 am. It will be outside. There will also be a live-stream (but we recognize the quality will not be the same).
- Have evening service at 6 pm. It will ONLY be via live-stream.
Some practical things for the morning service. May we do all things for edification and in preference for one another as we ask you to do the following:
- Be patient with us and with one another as we work this out. We have not done this before.
- We will meet in the south parking lot (on the Nebraska Street side).
- Please park in the west lot (along Broadway Street), in the north lot (in front of Building A) and the Plunge area (near the swimming pool). The Nebraska Street parking gate will be open for foot traffic
- If you have any, please bring your own chairs. If at all possible, no umbrellas or canopies so they do not obstruct people’s view. We plan to start at 10 am before it gets too hot. Dress in layers.
- We are asking that you wear a face mask the entire time you are at church in order to be a witness to a watching world and keep safe precautions with an increased number of people.
- Please try to maintain social distancing as best you can. Plan on sitting only with those who are part of your household. Again, even if we are outside, limit physical contact like shaking hands or hugging.
- There will be no need to register since the service is open to all who wish to attend. We are thankful for the wonderful opportunity to finally meet together as one body!
- Please pray for our time of worship, and specifically for gospel opportunities. We hope to be an example to our surrounding community, not only as a courtesy to tell them what we are doing, but also to invite them to come and join us.
May our joyful singing be a means that God uses to draw many to Himself. And pray that the Word of God would go forth and accomplish His purposes.
All glory be to Christ!
The Elders of Community Bible Church
Wednesday, July 9, 2020
Summary: Do We Still Sing?
To our beloved church family,
Thank you so much for praying for us. We are also grateful for all of the cards and notes, your emails and phone calls. You have indeed made it a joy to serve you as elders here at CBC.
You know that we had decisions to make. We have sought prayerfully to make them in a way that honors Christ and is for your spiritual good, as well as your physical good.
We thought you might appreciate, as concisely as possible, at least some information about how we came to our decisions; to understand what truths and presuppositions went into the decision-making process.
So with a prayer that this will be of encouragement to you and also help equip you for the many decisions you are responsible to make, here are some of our notes.
- Scriptural principles we believe:
- We believe God is supremely worthy of worship and nothing should stop us from worshipping Him (Luke 19:39-40).
- We believe God is sovereign (Isaiah 46:1-9-10).
- He does all for His glory (Isaiah 48:9-11).
- He is absolutely good in His purposes and His ways, and in addition to His glory, He also chooses to do things for our good (Romans 8:28).
- He brings all things to pass including what we may not understand or think is good. So He in fact allowed COVID and He gave us the authorities we currently have (Isaiah 45:7-9).
- We believe God has chosen to reveal Himself (Hebrews 1:1-2).
- He does this primarily through His Word. So we need to be careful about who we are listening to. His Word is sufficient for life and godliness. (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
- We need to ask the Spirit of God to show us His will through the Word (1 Corinthians 2:12-14).
- We believe God calls us to submit and honor the authorities God has sovereignly placed over us. We have sought to live this out with humility and joy as unto the Lord (1 Peter 2:13-17).
- We can appeal to those authorities (Acts 27:10-11).
- No matter what the authority says, we do not sin – we will obey God over man if we are required to make that choice (Acts 5:29-32).
- We believe that we are commanded to worship God (as referenced in the first point), which includes singing together corporately. There are hundreds of verses in the Bible that mention singing to God and about God, which is an appropriate response to our amazing God (Col 3:16-17).
- We know there are things that are eternal and things that are temporary (2 Corinthians 4:18).
- We know that your eternal well-being is the priority. Nothing of this world is more important than your spiritual state before Christ (Mark 8-36-37).
- We also think it is important to care for the physical bodies entrusted to us (1 Corinthians 6:19).
- We believe God has appointed elders to lead, shepherd and rule over His church (1 Peter 5:1-4).
- We are fallible men. We need your prayers and humbly ask for your support (2 Corinthians 2:16).
- Some things are clearer in Scripture and others harder to understand. We know there can be differing opinions on certain things (2 Peter 3:16).
- In many cases, we humbly make the best decision we can together as a plurality of elders and then ask you, our church family to help guard the unity of the Spirit through joyful submission (Hebrews 13:17).
- We believe we are a body, and not solely individuals: we are the family of God (Ephesians 2:18-19).
- We are to make decisions that prefer one another (Romans 14), that show our desire to treat others as we would want to be treated (Matthew 7:12).
- Governing Authorities and Healthcare Authorities (to point 1-d from above)
- They have given guidelines.
- Some of the language is stronger than others, i.e. ‘must’ versus ‘consider’ or ‘recommend.’
- These guidelines change often.
- In some cases, different organizations and entities have differing positions, i.e. the federal government versus an individual state.
- In many cases, there is confusion about what is being asked, and legal challenges abound right now.
- As noted above, we have sought to submit as best we can to everything asked of us – going to virtual meetings, adhering to the 100 maximum per building, social distancing, masks, etc.
- Although we want to think the best, we believe the governing authorities are not being consistent themselves (e.g. how they view protests).
- Guidelines restricting singing and chanting are categorically distinct from previous safety guidelines in that such regulations govern not just safety, but core elements that can and cannot be included when we gather to worship.
- As mentioned above, while we acknowledge all governing authorities ultimately are under God’s authority (Romans 13:1-2) and we are held accountable by God to submit to all authorities, we also recognize that when a state edict commands people to act in a way contrary to God’s revealed will, we must respond as Peter and John in Acts 4:13: “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge.”
- Health Issues (to point 1-f from above)
- We believe there really is a virus that is making people sick, and some are dying. We are not immune to the reality of this disease as we know people personally who are battling the illness even now.
- As noted above, we understand there are many things being said about this virus by the healthcare community.
- Things are changing a lot as new discoveries are made and further studies done.
- There are disagreements even amongst healthcare professionals.
- To help prevent the spread, it has been stated people should shelter-in-place, wear masks, social distance, not sing indoors (because it is allowed outdoors), etc.
- One specific example as it relates to singing: although singing outside is permitted, some consider singing outside a greater risk (especially when you consider the size of our church building, we would likely be closer together if we were all outside).
- Here is one source that addresses the question of inside versus outside: https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2020-06-14/how-can-we-resume-choir-practice-without-spreading-coronavirus/12344812.
- We also note that even this secular article recognizes the potential side effects of not allowing people to sing, i.e. depression.
- Even if the government issued no guidance or restrictions, we as elders still need to decide what the Lord might want for CBC.
- This begins with the priority of your spiritual good.
- This also includes your physical well-being.
- They have given guidelines.
With all of this taken into consideration, what will we do specific to singing?
We have decided to keep singing
Psalm 95: 1-2
We need to worship Christ as He is supremely worthy of this worship. We believe that singing corporately is an integral part of this worship.
We still believe that we need to submit to the authorities that God has placed over us. But with the ambiguity in the guidance and the current legal challenges to some of these measures, we do believe we must honor the Lord by continuing to sing, until He leads us otherwise.
Reasonable Precautions and Measures
We also believe that we need to be faithful stewards of our health and to care for the family of God. We want to take every reasonable precaution and measure to do this.
Therefore, we ask that everyone wear a face covering especially during singing, if you are physically able. We ask that you adhere to social distancing guidelines. In short, we ask that you keep being vigilant in our efforts to not allow this virus to spread here at CBC.
We will continue to limit each building to 100 attendees. We will section off even more rows in our large worship center (we can hold well over 1,000 people in Building A and over 600 in Building B) so there is even greater social distancing. We will not allow anyone to sit in the first several rows near the stage since those leading us in worship will not be wearing face coverings.
We have already changed the filters in the air conditioning units and will have the air circulating throughout our services. We will continue to disinfect in-between services and in many cases, even during the service.
We will continue to have three services each Sunday and live-stream so people that are more vulnerable can in good conscience, worship safely from home.
These are just some of the examples of the things we are doing and will continue to do because we recognize there is a danger, and we want to be prudent and wise.
We ask for your help
We ask for your help as the family of God. Please adhere to these guidelines that the elders are setting for our particular local church. Please help preserve the unity of the Spirit by talking directly with us if you have any concerns or questions. We know that we will not please everyone. Some will think we are doing too much, others too little.
Please be mindful at all times concerning your witness and influence, in-person and increasingly, on social media. May we indeed only say what is good for edification according to the need of the moment so that it will give grace to those that hear or read it (Ephesians 4:29). And above all, let us together, keep putting Christ first and continue to pray that He would be exalted here at CBC.
O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His Name together… Psalm 34:3
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Summary: Lord’s Supper This Sunday
Friday, May 29, 2020
Summary: Preparing to Gather
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Summary: The Weekly Word: “Your Mindset: Focused on Christ” by Pastor Phil Foley.
Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification. For even Christ did not please Himself…
Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God….
Romans 15. Starting in verse 2.
Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose…
Philippians 2. Starting in verse 1.
Dear beloved CBC church family,
As we have been praying, we now have the opportunity to once again gather together in-person to worship our Great God. As we anticipate our first couple of Sundays back together, we wanted to take a moment to provide you with this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. We pray that even this communication tool serves to encourage you and to spur you on in your love for Christ and love for others.
May we prefer one another in Christ. May it be evident that we are His disciples by how we love each other. And may we with one accord and one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
What’s happening on Sunday?
What is CBC doing?
Because we believe in the priority of assembling together for worship and ministry, with appropriate precautions CBC will have in-person services starting this Sunday, May 31st. We will have three services. Two morning services which will be the same service (same songs and sermon): one at 8:45 am and another at 11:00 am. We will have an evening service at 6:00 pm.
We will use one room in each of the buildings. Building A will be live and Building B will have a video stream.
What will be different?
Because the State of California has limited our assembling to no more than 100 attendees per building, we will do all we can to adhere to that requirement. As you will read below, we will also implement an even more rigorous cleaning protocol and ask our church family to lovingly and respectfully observe social distancing practices.
How will we limit the number of people?
What we are going to try and do is have online sign-ups for our church services. We will notify the church family via text, email and social media of how to sign-up and when that process begins. We will also try and make as many phone calls to people that might have not have easy access to technology.
We will have to limit the number of sign-ups for each service and each building. We will then give first preference the next week to those that were unable to attend the week before.
As Phil shared in this Weekly Word video, this is something totally new for us so we appreciate your prayers and your patient understanding.
What happens if someone shows up to church that did not sign up?
So there are no surprises, we will ask you if you come and are not signed up: did you know that you needed to sign up? If you did know, we will graciously ask you to please watch the service on-line and we can help you sign-up for a future in-person service.
If the person did not know, our goal is to save a few spaces so we don’t have to turn anyone away that honestly did not know, especially if they are non-believers God is drawing to CBC to hear the gospel.
Who can attend?
Anyone that wants to come, we welcome. We do ask that those who are in a greater health risk category seriously consider waiting to return to the in-person service.
If you are not able to come but would appreciate an elder reaching out to you so we can more personally minister to you, we hope you will give us this opportunity to do this by calling one of us or calling the church office as noted at the end of this document.
How about children?
Just as Jesus did, we welcome children. But parents, please, please keep your children with you. They may be more challenged to maintain social distancing practices and potentially less likely to remember good hygiene practices. We want to lovingly come back together knowing that some may be more sensitive to these issues.
How about Children’s Ministries?
As we adjust to being back together again, we will wait to start any of the Children’s ministries, including the nursery. More information to come in regards to when we might resume.
Diaper changing areas. In Building A: the family bathroom and the nursing mom’s room. In Building B: the woman’s restroom.
If you need more assistance, please feel free to ask one of the elders or ushers who will be serving that Sunday.
How will we be seated?
The ushers will assist you in finding a place to sit in either Building A or Building B (depending on which one you signed-up for). Please remember they are serving as best they can, under the elders direction.
- We will have families sit together.
- We will leave space between family units.
What will it look like to fellowship together?
We will inevitably need to pass by one another, but we will try to create a flow of traffic that facilitates people moving in, around and out of the church.
Please remember that we want to maintain 6 feet of distancing as you catch up and fellowship with one another.
Please do not hug or even shake hands at this time. We hope that we can soon return to those appropriate ways of expressing our love in Christ for another but now is now is not the time.
Also remember that we depend on you to leave in a timely manner so we can get the building and parking lot ready for those that come after you.
Will we still be doing live-steam?
Yes, absolutely. We will live-stream the 11:00 service and the 6:00 pm service.
Why aren’t we doing what (this church) is doing?
We understand that different churches will make different decisions. Just like any family might. We are praying that the Lord has led us to these specific decisions but we continue to ask for your prayers as we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God and seek to do what He wants with CBC. The elders know that we will give an account to Christ, and we desire greatly to be found faithful.
We will also evaluate things each week to see what we can do differently the next week. Just as you experienced with the live-stream, we’ll continue to do what we can for your edification, maturity and growth in Him.
How can I help?
What can I do to prepare for a Sunday?
Pray and be in the Word.
- Ask the Lord to give you wisdom about the individual decisions you have to make for yourself or your family. Be at peace with what you decide.
- Ask God to give you an undivided heart that wants to see Christ exalted. May we all be willing to decrease, so Christ might increase.
- Pray for your church family, especially those who are different than you and for your leaders.
- Prepare to show grace as we are learning ourselves. None of us has gone through this before. Remember many will be serving for the first time in this new environment. They do it unto the Lord and need your prayers
What can I do when I’m here?
Thank you for your heart to think of others above yourself and prefer them in love (Philippians 2 and the Romans 15 passage above). Do all to exalt Christ.
- Come and worship Jesus. Enjoy the blessing of being back together, even in this more limited way.
- Pray for those serving including the preacher.
- Try to cover things in love if possible, knowing that there are a lot of different views and perspectives.
- Remember that an outward act does not necessarily mean an inward position of the heart.
- For example, if someone is wearing a face covering, it does not necessarily mean they are fearful and not trusting God.
- If someone is not wearing a face covering, it does not necessarily mean they are unloving and don’t care about you.
- Be attentive to the new signage and new directions for social distancing.
- Please honor the people serving you by following their direction.
- Unless they are asking you to do something that violates Scripture or your personal conscience before God, please try to prefer others in how you respond.
What can I do after I attend?
As before, apply what you have learned. Be an encouragement to others. All the things you would seek to do before this COVID 19 situation.
Perhaps all the more, seek to cover all things in love and think the best of one another (1 Peter 4:8 and 1 Corinthians 13)
But don’t let that stop you from talking to the right people.
If you have a concern, please talk to one of your elders. We are here to serve you and faithfully shepherd this dear church family knowing that we will give an account one day to the Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5).
Help guard the unity of the church family that Jesus has purchased with His own blood. May we guard against anything that might cause division and do all we can to preserve the unity of Christ’s beloved bride.
Health related Questions
Whose direction are we considering when it comes to making health related decisions?
We read through various material and in particular, the position of the State and the County Health Department. We believe that they have been delegated authority over how we meet. The County has typically followed the guidelines recommended by the State. Until we are told otherwise, we plan on honoring these authorities so long as they do not ask us to violate the Word of God.
Additionally, we recognize that we are in the city of Vallejo. The City Council voted on Tuesday, May 26th to require face coverings inside buildings and included churches in this requirement. They acknowledged there could be mitigating health factors related to this requirement. Our goal is to submit Biblically to this, even as we work through this issue more thoroughly.
We also have the blessing of having a number of healthcare professionals in our church family, and although even here there are varying opinions, we have sought to wisely make decisions for our church family as best we can.
What precautions will CBC be taking?
We have been and will continue to clean and disinfect our property. This is nothing new and we hope you have already been blessed by the many who regularly serve in this area of ministry.
We will be cleaning before every service, with particular emphasis on high traffic and high touch areas like the door handles, restrooms and counters.
CBC will be doing all we can to adhere to the social distancing guidelines. We are considering how you come onto the property, how you fellowship before and after the service, where you sit during service, etc. Things are being rearranged if needed. We will wait to continue certain ministries so we can be as prepared as possible.
What about face coverings?
As stated above, we understand the City of Vallejo has voted to require face coverings within public buildings in the city. Although there are some issues the elders need to more thoroughly pray about and work through, we are willing to submit to this requirement as unto the Lord and as a hopeful witness to our community.
We ask that you seriously consider adhering to this newly ratified requirement. We understand that there are certain situations that prevent a person from wearing a face covering, and our goal is to be as lovingly flexible as possible.
We will not be policing this issue, and look to this church body to exercise the various Biblical principles that we have been teaching, including not violating your own conscience before God and considering the needs of others.
Questions and Comments
As we hope you have experienced, we want to hear from our church family.
If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact any of our elders or if needed, you can call the church office at 707-553-8780 and someone will call you back as soon as possible.
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Summary: The Weekly Word: “Responding to the Grace of God” by Pastor Thomas Kawazoe.
Pastor Thomas encourages us with a survey of God’s grace shown to many through the giving of the saints at CBC and stirs us to keep putting Christ first in all that He been entrusting to us. More updates from our missionaries can be found here.
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Summary: The Weekly Word (for the ladies): “Trusting in God’s Sovereign and Perfect Care in a Fallen World” by Margaret Tran
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Summary: The Weekly Word: “Honoring Authority While Making an Appeal” by Phil Foley
Pastor Phil explains the heart of our elders behind a letter of appeal that they have sent to our governing officials. The text of that letter is included here:
As United States citizens, residents of California, and pastors of Community Bible Church in Vallejo, CA, we thank each of you for your labors these past several months to care for the people of California during the COVID-19 crisis. We write now to urge you to allow churches to reopen their ministries. We understand making decisions that affect the population of our entire nation and state requires counsel from many sources of expertise and different constituencies, and so we are praying for you, specifically that the Lord Jesus Christ would give you wisdom, discernment, integrity, and the heart of a public servant, knowing you are ultimately accountable to Him.
We also thought you would welcome input from churches like ours in your decision making. While physical and economic matters are certainly important to weigh in your decisions, we implore you to not underestimate the institutions that provide for the spiritual well-being of your constituents. The spiritual services of churches are essential to their health and welfare. While some of our fellow Californians have suffered the physical effects of the coronavirus, many others have experienced fear, hopelessness, loneliness, and despair during this time of mandatory shelter in place. These are very real and harmful emotional, mental, and spiritual effects. The wisest king who ever lived (King Solomon) said “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22).
The church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a hospital for the spiritually sick, yet as a result of the Stay-at-Home order, we have not been able to hold corporate worship services since March 19, 2020. God requires His people to assemble together to worship Him, sing, pray, preach His word, baptize believers, take the Lord’s Supper, comfort one another, bear one another’s burdens, serve one another, and address one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. These commands from God, which are for the spiritual well-being of His people, require us to assemble together and are one of the life-sustaining means God uses to heal and restore our souls.
We fully recognize that your purpose for limiting gatherings for a time was to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Sharing that desire, we have peaceably submitted to your directives and are committed to protecting the physical well-being of all who attend our church services. We are thankful to God that this pandemic has not spread at the rate once feared and we continue to pray for His gracious protection. Many in our congregation of nearly 1000 serve in medical and first-responder professions and by God’s grace we have not experienced any tragedies.
For the above reasons, we respectfully request that all in authority named above allow churches to assemble once again.
Rest assured that all services will be held in compliance with established federal and state guidelines with even greater care to maintain sanitary facilities. Allowing us to assemble will permit us to satisfy our religious responsibilities and serve the spiritual needs of our community. We stand ready to serve the people of our Country and State as ministers of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ as we continue to pray for each of you whom God has granted the authority to govern in these difficult days. We would also welcome you to visit us one Sunday, when the time is right. It would be a joy to have you worship with us.
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Summary: The Weekly Word: Joy in the Midst of the Trial” by Jeremy Jackson
Wednesday, April 29
Summary: The Weekly Word: “Fighting Against Discouragement When the Lord Presses ‘Pause'” by Pastor Greg Reed
Monday, April 27
Summary: A call to prayer, Weekly Word, missionary updates
1. A CALL TO CONTINUAL PRAYER
As we’ve been doing for the past several weeks, let’s all join together in prayer tonight between 8-9 PM, and pray for the following:
- Pray that the Lord would continue to strengthen the marriages in our church. That wives would lovingly submit and respect their husbands and husbands would lovingly lead their wives.
- Pray that husbands and wives would desire to honor Christ above all else in their marriage.
- Pray that the gospel would continue to go out through each of us.
- Pray that we would all be sober-minded and live in light of Christ imminent return
2. THE WEEKLY WORD
We hope you’ve been edified by the Weekly Word. This week we have the pleasure of hearing from fellow elder Greg Reed as he speaks on “Fighting Against Discouragement When the Lord Presses ‘Pause’.”
3. LATEST MISSIONARY UPDATES
And just as brother Greg gives us the Weekly Word, he would also like to call your attention to a new place to get the latest updates for our missionaries. Go to the CBC website and under the Missions menu, you’ll find a new link for the latest missionary updates. Please note that some updates are excluded for security reasons.
May the Lord bless and keep you,
Pastor Phil Foley
Tuesday, April 21
Summary: A call to fasting and prayer; A word for women
Wednesday, April 15
Summary: The Weekly Word: “The Lord is On My Side; I Will Not Fear” by Pastor Andrew Arcilla
Wednesday, April 15
Summary: A Call To Prayer
Dear CBC Family,
James reminds us, “The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much” (Jas 5:16).
We have witnessed the Lord answer many of our prayers:
- Providing for the church’s needs through your generous giving
- Meeting the needs of the saints
- Moving many people to watch the live stream services this past weekend
So I would encourage you again to set aside some time this Wednesday evening during the 8 o’clock hour to pray.
- Pray that the many unbelievers who are watching the live stream would be saved.
- Pray that the preacher would “make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel” (Eph 6:19).
- Pray for our government leaders that they would have wisdom in responding to this crises.
Pray that God would continue to provide for the needs of those in our church who are currently out of work.
Lastly, I invite you to watch this week’s “Weekly Word” by Pastor Andrew “The Lord is On My Side, I Will Not Fear:”
For Christ’s glory,
Wednesday, April 8
Summary: Weekly Word: Alvin Jackson
Monday, April 6
Summary: Latest Misssionary Updates
To access the latest missionary updates, click below. (offsite link)Missionary Updates
Friday, April 3
Summary: Sample Family Worship by Jeremy Jackson
Wednesday, April 1
Summary: “Keep Running the Race” by Michael Lucas
Tuesday, March 31
Summary: A Call to Prayer by Pastor Phil Foley
Dear Beloved Saints,
I have greatly missed gathering together with you and long to see you in person. Until that happens, I trust that as you are letting the word of Christ richly dwell within you, the peace of Christ is ruling in your hearts.
A few weeks ago, I mentioned that we would like to set aside the eight o’clock hour on Wednesday evenings for a time of corporate prayer. It is the Lord Jesus who has prevented his church from meeting corporately. I believe he desires to get our attention and remind us that we need him.
Will you commit to set aside some time to pray during that hour?
- Pray for the leaders of our government: local, state, federal, for wisdom as they make decisions that affect all of us.
- Pray that the Lord would get a hold of our hearts, that we would mourn and repent of our sin, of our worldliness, and our love of pleasure, and that instead, we would seek first the kingdom of God.
- Pray that the Lord would use you to share the gospel with specific people this week.
- Pray that the Lord would use you to encourage and build up other believers and be a help to those who are in need.
Beloved, this is a time for us to draw near to God. May the Lord revive our hearts as we seek him.
For His Glory,
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
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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