Let’s Worship Together on Sunday!
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God, and the great King above all gods. (Psalm 95:1-3)
Join us as we gather outside in the church parking lot to worship our Lord Jesus outside in song, prayer and His Word.
We will be having one service at 10AM for the entire church body. No registration will be required, but we will continue to follow the CDC and state protocols recommending masks and social distancing for the health and well-being of our church family. Seating will continue to be 6-feet apart by household as we were doing in the main sanctuary.
There will also be a small number of parking spaces available (5 or 6) if you would like to attend drive-in movie style.
Due to technical constraints, we will not be broadcasting live on Sunday morning at this time. However, we will still be recording the service and uploading it to our webpage, YouTube, and social media by Sunday evening for those who are unable to join us in person.
What should you bring?
Bring your Bibles, chairs, masks, coffee, and water bottles. Bring your heart of worship and joy of His salvation! Bring your cares and your burdens to leave at His feet! Since we will be outside, check the weather report before coming in case you need a jacket, sun protection, or anything else you need to sit comfortably and receive what the Lord has for you.
Where do we park? There are three places to park:
- The majority of us will be parking in the Lassens parking lot (not the Deckers lot).
- For those with wheelchairs or walking difficulties, parking spaces will be reserved for you at the front of the church parking lot.
- There will be 5-6 spots available in the Deckers parking lot for those who are more comfortable staying in the car and attending service “drive-in movie” style.
How can you help/serve? Opportunities to serve include:
- Team 1: Worship/pulpit/technical setup. We’ll need servants available to arrive at 7:30AM to help. No experience necessary.
- Team 2: Setting up EZ-ups, welcome/info table, tithing boxes. We will need this team to arrive at 8:45AM.
- Team 3: Ushers/greeters/parking attendants. Beginning at 9:00AM, this team will welcome people and help to ensure families are setting up their chairs with proper social distancing.
- Team 4: We also need prayer warriors to be available for those desiring prayer after service.
- Team 5: Breakdown/cleanup. This team will need to be available to stay about 1 hour after the end of service to bring our equipment, EZ-ups, etc. from the parking lot into the church.
Contact Pastor DanO (firstname.lastname@example.org) if it’s on your heart to say, “Here I am Lord”
This is just the beginning!
“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:18-19)
We fully believe that the Lord has something fresh, new, and radically different that He wants to do. He wants to work in us, through us, and with us not only as individuals, but also as a church family to let His light shine in the city of Ventura. We pray you will join us on Sunday morning and continue with us in prayer for His direction, wisdom, and guidance as we open up our hearts and minds to what He has planned. Nevertheless, not our will but Yours Lord!
Easter Sunday Service – 9:00 AM: Church Live on YouTube, or www.CalvaryVentura.org
This will be a celebration of Hope and Life. He Lives! Join us as we worship our living Savior in song and word, to celebrate His victorious resurrection! Easter Sunday should not to be minimized, canceled or even postponed. Because Easter is the day we remember and commemorate that Jesus Christ is not in a tomb somewhere in Israel. He is risen from the dead. He is alive forevermore! And because He lives, we too shall live!
As you may have heard, our President, Governor and the CDC have now strongly recommended that group gatherings be limited to no more than 10 people at a time. After prayerful discussion and contemplation, the pastoral staff of Calvary Ventura believes the Lord has put it on our hearts to abide by these recommendations while still answering His call to teach, preach and share the love of Jesus.
What does that mean to us at Calvary Ventura?
Sunday Mornings: Beginning this Sunday and for the immediate future, we will not be holding open services at the church. We will be broadcasting live on-line at 9am and posting the recordings on our webpage and social media. We plan on having worship and a teaching in the Word with a small number of staff present to assist in the technical aspects of our broadcast. We are aware of some technical shortcomings that our current system has, and are in the process of making the necessary upgrades to improve the video and audio output. Thank you for your patience and understanding in the interim.
For our Children: We will also assist parents with ministering to their children, with the Focus on the Family’s “801 Questions Kids Ask About God”. Each week we will post questions (with discussion points) for family devotions. We will also send out this information via email to those parents who may be interested.
Small Groups: In addition to Sunday Video Church, we are developing a plan for small group home fellowships for any who may be interested in gathering together for additional teaching and interaction. While taking prayer-led steps to care for the health and well-being of our church family, we also desire to honor God’s heart that we not forsake the gathering of the fellowship together.
In-Church Ministries: Effective immediately, all other in-church ministries are on hold until further notice (Men’s, Women’s, Roots, Mom’s in Prayer, Faith Foundations, etc.). Please pray about how these changes might play out in an Acts 2-type fellowship. There is a need for these ministries and we trust God has a fresh plan for how they look in the near future.
Mission Trips: We’ve prayed over the mission trips and believe God has closed those specific doors at this time, and therefore we will postpone all mission trips until further notice. We believe this is similar to the way God closed the doors to Paul to travel into Asia (Acts 16). However it did not stop God from using Paul to minister elsewhere. We are looking forward with anticipation to the missionary doors that will be opened to us in our Jerusalem through these current circumstances.
These truly are unprecedented times, and our biggest concern is how to continue to minister to God’s people under the current conditions. We are committed to doing all we can and trusting the Lord for the rest. We all know God is faithful and we look with hope for His deliverance. God is still on the throne and we are trusting His faithful promise that He causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
May the Lord use this time to draw our people closer to Him and each to other. Please be safe and vigilant. We are paying for you!
Calvary Ventura…. Upward, Inward, Onward!!
In His love,
Join us on-line for Sunday morning worship as we worship together through contemporary music and hear a practical message preached out of God’s Word. We will be broadcasting live at 9AM and posting the recording on our webpage, YouTube, and Facebook later that day.
Christmas Audience of One
Sunday, December 8, 5:30pm
Join us for a special night of food, fun and fellowship as we bring glory to Him through the use of our artistic gifts to glorify the Lord. If you’d like to share your gifting, please see Pastor Wilfredo. We’ll start with a potluck so please bring your favorite dish.
- VBS Servant Training Meeting – Thursday at 6:30pm. This will be a mandatory meeting for all VBS servants in preparation for Saturday’s event. Please see or contact Cyndee Thomas if you have any questions.