Dear CVC Family,
March 18, 2020
Friends, we are navigating uncharted territory as a church. During this season where CVC is scattered across Northeast Ohio and unable to gather together, we want to continue our mission of Inviting People to New Life in Christ in every way possible. The Holy Spirit is not quarantined! The presence of God is not limited to the four walls of Cuyahoga Valley Church. And we’re thankful for that! Looking at the early church in the New Testament reminds us that the church was never meant to be about a building. Our mission is the same, we’ll just be using different methods right now.
We find ourselves having to rethink how we as a church do Worship, Groups, and Serve right now. Below you’ll find some ways that our Leadership Team has come up with in order for us to stay connected during this season.
I also want to encourage you right now that as fear, worry, and anxiety try to ambush your heart, stay close to Christ in prayer and His word, and stay as connected as possible to the body of Christ through phone calls, FaceTime, texting, and even virtual gatherings. We are a family of faith that trust the Lord no matter what difficult circumstances come in. Right now there is a verse that has become a favorite theme for me, and I share it with you in the hopes that it will strengthen you as we all navigate these unchartered waters—“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” (Isaiah 26:3).
SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES
Until further notice, we’ll be having Sunday worship services online only. At this time, services will be live streamed on Sunday mornings at 9:30am and 11am. We’ll also be offering a live, interactive option at 6:30pm on Sunday evenings on our CVC Facebook page.
Options for watching online:
• You can choose to watch via the CVC Facebook page.
• You can also watch as we live stream on our website.
• If you’d like to watch later in the week, you can go to our messages page.
Here’s a tutorial to help you learn how to watch online. Online tutorial for Live Streaming.
We’ll be offering brief opportunities for devotions, worship, and prayer throughout the week on our CVC Facebook page. Some of these opportunities will be live and some will be previously recorded, but we encourage you to engage with these as often as you can and share them with your friends who need encouragement!
You can also check out our CVC Blog for additional resources.
CVC Youth ministry is alive and well! Pastor Joe and Lauren will be delivering content regularly on the CVC Youth Blog and on their social media accounts.
• Facebook page
CVCKids encourages you to take this opportunity to worship on Sundays together as a family by watching our CVC Sunday worship service online. We will continue to provide resources through email and our CVCkids Facebook page.
You can find additional resources by:
• Downloading the Parent Cue app for great resources for families, plus each weekend’s planned Bible Story.
• Checking out these YouTube channels:
– For preteen kids – So & So show
– For preschool & elementary kids – Orange Kids
In the interest of safety and out of respect for the recommendations of our governing authorities, our CVC offices are closed until further notice. Our team is still working though! We want to help. Please contact us if you have a need. If you’d like to speak to a pastor, pray with someone, or get help connecting to our resources, please let us know at email@example.com or 440.746.0404. Our staff will be checking messages regularly. If you have an urgent need, please dial “3” when you call us.
We’ve asked our staff not to conduct in-person hospital visits at this time. However, please reach out if you’re in the hospital so that one of our team members can call and pray with you. Wedding and funerals will not be held onsite at CVC until further notice.
LIFEGROUPS AND CLASSES
As you know, one of our passions at CVC is Caring Community. During this season when there are growing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic and based on the recommendations of our governing officials, we have a responsibility to respond accordingly in the interest of public safety. As a result, we are calling for a break from LifeGroups and we are cancelling our previously scheduled classes until further notice.
This does not mean that ministry or Caring Community need to take a hiatus. We are going to lean heavily into ministry through LifeGroups. Here’s what we’re encouraging you to do:
• Stay in touch frequently and often with LifeGroup members.
• Connect with LifeGroup members through calls, text, FaceTime, or even have a virtual LifeGroup using Zoom.
• Pray together.
• Pray for your neighbors.
• Do a prayer walk in your neighborhood.
• Write them a letter saying you are praying for them.
• Encourage them to watch the CVC service online.
• Look out for the elderly and the health challenged in your community. Call or text elderly neighbors to check-in on them. Let them know we are able to help in any way possible such as picking up medication, food, or groceries.
• If financially able to do so, look for those who are financially impacted by shutdowns and offer to help with groceries, utilities, etc.
• Be encouraging and uplifting on social media. Be a witness for Christ.
• Leave a flyer at your nearest neighbors’ houses (not in their mailbox, though, that’s illegal!) and let them know if there is any way you can help (or list ways you can) and include your contact information. Here’s a sample.
• If you are at home watching kids, offer to watch 1 or 2 others if it helps someone out.
• Make care packages and deliver to your neighbors with an encouraging note.
• Call someone at a nursing home who may be isolated. Send thoughtful gifts and cards.
• Print something that says, “I care about you. If you need anything, please call me…even if it’s just to talk.” And put them around the neighborhood. Again…not in anyone’s mailbox. That’s a USPS rule, not just our recommendation.
• Volunteer to help “deep clean” and sanitize homes of at risk neighbors.
• Order take out from a local restaurant and leave a generous tip.
Who’s Your One (trypraying)
The desire to reach out to God is basic to many, many people. Trypraying is a resource for people like that: no church connection or interest, but open to find out about God. The trypraying booklet is a 7-day prayer guide and is now being used by many to pass on to friends and family with a few words of encouragement, ‘Why don’t you try praying for a week and see what happens in your life?’ https://www.trypraying.co.uk/. Also, you can download the App: http://thereishope.co.uk/resources/
We are pausing all classes until further notice. Once we are given the all clear to begin meeting again, classes will be rescheduled.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
Pastor Chad recently cited the words of Martin Luther during the time of Europe’s Black Death in the 1300s. Luther wrote,
“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.”
We agree that followers of Jesus are not called to run from tragedy, but to run toward it. While we will continue to take wise precautions* (as mentioned above, canceling our gatherings), we also recognize that we have a responsibility to be the hands and feet of Christ, caring for the sick and the vulnerable in times of great need.
Pastor Rick Eimers recently wrote a blog on how we can serve right now.
Want to help?
If you are willing to pick up groceries, medications, do laundry, or even pray for someone in need, please text @cvcdr to the number 81010.
Be on the lookout for opportunities to serve the “Big Ten.” Those will be updated shortly.
Contact Rick Eimers at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions.
*We encourage you to stay up to date with the recommendations of the CDC as you interact with people.
If you’d like to speak to a pastor, pray with someone, or get help connecting to our resources, please let us know at email@example.com or 440.746.0404. Our staff will be checking messages regularly. If you have an urgent need, please dial “3” when you call us.
WAYS TO GIVE
There are a variety of giving options that don’t require you to be in the CVC building. Here’s a quick video from Pastor Chad about the various ways you can give.
• Visit cvconline.org/give
• Open the CVC app and tap on “Give”
• Text “give” to 440.827.2454
• Mail it to us at CVC: 5055 E Wallings Rd, Broadview Hts, OH 44147
Here’s a tutorial on how to give online.
DOWNLOAD THE CVC APP
You can use our CVC App to watch the latest message, sign up to receive CVC updates, and give. Visit cvconline.org/app to download the app or go to the App store on your mobile device and search “Cuyahoga Valley Church.”
We can’t wait to see you again!
The CVC Team