On this page we will post the latest updates about the Coronavirus situation in regards to Community Bible Church.Sunday Song Lyrics Latest Bulletin
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 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 email@example.com 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