Hey Church Family,
Your Pastors feel that we can still meet in-person safely and be respectful to our State health official requests. I encourage you to wear a mask if you are able to, distance as much as possible, and to avoid coming if you are having any COVID symptoms. Looking forward to seeing many of you Sunday.
It is with high confidence and approval from our state and health officials that we are going to move back to in-person gatherings at CVBC starting 5/31/2020.
As a part of the Phase 2 Nevada re-opening plan, it is believed that gatherings of 50 persons or less with social distancing is a minimal risk statewide.
We praise God for answered prayers in the overall health of our State and the common grace he has given us amidst this pandemic. To remind you, our goals during this season have not changed: We as a church want to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and mind and love our neighbor as ourselves (Matt 22:37-39).
To be clear, I know that some are not ready to come back to the church building. We understand that there are varying degrees of risk and comfortability in our church body. Being in church on Sunday or watching it from afar is not a matter of faithfulness or of first importance at this time.
Remember the words of Paul in Ephesians 4:1-3:
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
Largely, we want to have three big goals in taking the first steps in coming back together:
1. We want to be compliant with the government and take proper safety measures.
2. We want to be considerate of one another’s convictions and precautions.
3. We want to be confident in Christ.
How will Sunday Look?:
To abide by state recommendations and our desire of safety, we are asking that everyone let Pastor Luke or Ken know if you will be in attendance on Sunday for us to properly prepare to worship alongside you.
**Please refrain from coming to church if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or not feeling well**
Here is what you can expect when you walk in the doors of the church:
1. There will be stations set up in the church with hand sanitizer and optional facemasks if desired.
2. We will abstain from physical contact with one another. This doesn’t mean we don’t greet and welcome one another verbally, as Christ has welcomed us. But we do want to take precautions.
3. Kids classroom will be available for our little ones at the parent’s discretion. As always, kids are welcome in the sanctuary.
4. Chair rows will have 6ft of distance between them and there should be plenty of space for all us to spread out in family clusters.
5. We will not be passing an offering plate and we encourage online giving or using the giving box.
6. We will not have coffee/tea available to start.
7. No Sunday School after church to start, but we encourage you to partake in our other groups during the week.
8. We encourage those who want to have extended conversations with individuals to do so outside the church building to not block any entrances/exits.
9. We will be providing a new way of observing the Lord’s Supper on communion Sundays.
10. We will still be providing audio recordings of the Sunday sermon.
1. A deep clean of all worship and kids’ areas will be required before Sunday and immediately following gatherings or group studies.
2. We will be using proper cleaning products that ensure the highest level of sanitation for our facility.
Overall, we are looking forward to seeing and worshipping with many of you and know that in God’s timing and will, we can safely be all together again soon. Please pray for our church family and all of the churches who are beginning to meet again.
In His name,
Luke and Ken
Dear Church Family,
In light of the growing concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus, we wanted to inform you on the steps we are taking at Carson Valley Bible Church. Since our last Sunday gathering, the White House administration, the State of Nevada, and Douglas County have asked and suggested that we take the necessary precautions to help slow down the spread of this virus.
Therefore, your Pastors feel that it is in the best interest for the care and safety of our church members and the community at large for us to suspend our in-person gatherings. This includes the corporate worship gathering on Sunday morning as well as all of our smaller bible studies throughout the week.
Given that information and precautions are changing daily, we are going to suspend these gatherings until we are instructed otherwise by our local, state, and federal health officials.
To be clear, and as we discussed this past Sunday, as Christians we are not controlled by the fear of this virus. We do not need to fear death (1 Cor 15:55), and we are not held captive by the fears of this world. However, we do need to love our neighbors (Matt 22:39) and we will join many churches around the world who worship God in their homes at this time.
How can we stay connected?
We plan on making our Sunday liturgy available in a video format that we will use to stay connected to one another and stay connected to the word of God. I am also looking into the ability of having a live-stream worship service for all of us to join in on. I highly encourage all of us to use Sunday morning as a time of worship.
Please check your email on Saturday for more instructions on the video liturgy.
I also plan on sending out regular devotions for us as a church to go through together during the week.
How should we, the Church, respond to the Coronavirus?
This is the time for us as the church to demonstrate our love for our members and our community, especially those who are most at risk. Please reach out to our elderly brothers, sisters, and community members and offer to serve in tangible ways. If you are in need of help, please contact us and let us know. There is no request too small or big.
In addition, I encourage all of us to call, text, write those inside the church to share prayer requests, devotions, and encouragement during this unprecedented time. We have a unique platform as a church to share the hope of the Gospel in such a time. Let’s take advantage of it. I will attach a PDF of the most recent church directory for us to use.
What I’m learning
During this time in ministry I (Luke) am learning to trust God in new and fresh ways. I never thought I would be writing a letter like this during my first year of pastoring all of you, but I am so thankful to be apart of your lives during a time like this. I also have realized how much my own heart loves to be with you on Sunday and I’m going to miss it. But I also know that when we are able to come together again we are going to rejoice like the family that we are.
Please reach out with any questions, concerns or ways that we can be praying for you.
Here is a curated list of resources that can help you view the coronavirus pandemic in light of the gospel:
CDC Coronavirus Guidelines - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Should Christians Be Anxious About the Coronavirus? - Todd Wagner
How To Talk To Children About The Coronavirus - Cameron Cole
Luke and Ken