Announcements

Moms in Prayer, Tuesdays via Zoom at 6am and 10am. In prayer, we know that we are not alone and this gives us reassurance and hope. Let us stand with you in prayer for your children and their schools. Contact Enid through our website to join or for more information.

Men’s Group “Conquer Series: Battle Plan for Purity”.  Tuesday, 6:30pm, at the Church. Meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday. Sign-up through our website or see Pastor DanO for more information.

Biblical Peer Counseling, Wednesday afternoons.  If you are struggling with an issue, or just need someone to talk to, and desire Christ-centered counsel, contact Kathy Gulley through our website or email (gulley.kathleen@gmail.com) to schedule an appointment

Roots Young Adult Ministry, Wednesday, 7pm.  This ministry is for 18-30 year old’s and meets on Wednesdays in the church patio for a time of fellowship, worship, and study in God’s word.  We will be adhering to CDC and state health protocols to include social distancing and masks.

Women’s Group “Limitless Love” a study in the book of Jonah.  Tuesday, October 20, 6:30pm. Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Sign-up through our website or see Arly for more information.

Saturday Night Live! Worship, Fellowship, Baptism and BBQ.  Saturday, October 31, 6pm-8pm (weather permitting).  If you’re interested in being baptized contact Pastor DanP. Plenty of opportunities to serve (food prep, set-up, cleanup, etc.).  Contact Pastor DanO if you would like to help.

Serving Opportunities – We have a need for servants on Sundays: setting-up, greeting, closing… contact Pastor DanO if you’d like to serve.

Register to vote at https://registertovote.ca.gov/ and pray for wisdom as the Lord leads you to vote your Biblical world view

Church Update

I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord.” Psalm 122:1

Greetings Calvary Ventura Family!  We have two additions to our Sunday morning service that we are very blessed to be able to share with you:

Outdoor Children’s Church

We are excited to announce that Outdoor Children’s Church will begin on Sunday, October 4th!

We are prayerfully proceeding with the utmost caution, adherence to CDC protocols, and in the safest way possible led by the wisdom given through the Holy Spirit.

How will this look?  

  • Your children will worship with you at the beginning of service.
  • After worship, you will bring them to the Outdoor Children’s Church area in front of the Children’s Ministry entrance (near the café door) to sign them in for class. We will have a canopy covering for them.
  • Children’s Church will be open to pre-kindergarten (age 2 and up, potty-trained) through fifth grade.  At this time we will not be able to accommodate babies.
  • For the protection of all, we will require children wear a face mask or face shield, use hand sanitizer upon entering, and practice social distancing. To assist with social distancing we will be setting out colored mats for them to sit on.
  • The Children’s Ministry restrooms will be available for the children.

We are filled with great joy and eager to work with you to teach the good news of Jesus to your children.  If you have any questions or would like to be added to the Children’s Ministry distribution list, email us at childrensministry@calvaryventura.org

Hybrid Church

As we continue to seek the Lord for His direction and guidance regarding our Sunday worship time together, we are being led to a next step for us as a body.  What is that?

Church is going hybrid!

What does that mean? 

We know that some of you have not been able to attend Outdoor Church for a variety of reasons. We miss you dearly! The heart of Hybrid Church is to remove the outdoor setting as a possible hindrance to worshiping and fellowshiping with us in person. 

Beginning this Sunday, October 4, we will be opening up part of the church building for you to attend our 9:30am service indoors.  We will begin by making 12-15 seats available in the Café portion of the church and live-streaming the outdoor service on the Café TV.  Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  While attending indoors we will be practicing social distancing, keeping three open seats between each family/couple unit. Masks will also be required indoors.

In addition to the hybrid church option, we will continue to live stream church at 9:30 via YouTube and the church website for those of you who are unable to attend church in person. We will continue to lift you up in prayer and hope we will be able to see you again in person soon.

If have any questions contact Pastor DanO and he’ll be happy to answer them for you. 

Church Update – Labor Day Weekend

The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. (Psalm 121:5,6)

Dear Calvary Ventura family,

We pray this message finds you and your loved ones well and keeping your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith who will never leave you nor forsake you! Below are two items of importance we’d like to share with you going into this weekend:

It’s going to be hot Sunday!

The weather report is forecasting a very hot Saturday morning through Sunday evening.  As you prepare to join us for worship at our 9:30am service this Sunday, please plan for the heat.  Along with your Bibles and masks we recommend bringing a hat, umbrella or anything else that will help you be comfortable and shaded.  Also, bring water for yourself.  Your health is very important to us and we want you to stay as cool and hydrated as possible so you can focus on what the Lord has planned to share with you.

Parking

Where do we park?  There are two areas available for us to park in.  You’ll see in the map below, two green areas and one red area.  The green areas are for Calvary Ventura parking, the red area is for our neighbors’ businesses.

  • The majority of us will be parking in the Lassens parking lot (not the Deckers lot).
  • We will have parking available in the front of the church. We ask that the six spaces closest to where we are having service be left for those with wheelchairs or walking difficulties.  At the Main Street entrance of our parking lot you will see signs for Bella Mucci Bridal Shop.  Please do not park there at this time.
  • We will not be able to have “drive-in” style parking for our service at this time.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.  We are looking forward to fellowshipping and worshipping our Lord with you this Sunday!

If you have any questions, contact Pastor DanO below and he will be happy to assist you.

Church Update – Outdoor Church

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)

First of all, thank you all for your prayers and patience during this time of adjustment and change.  After a few days of seeking the Lord’s direction and many conversations, we are convinced God is calling us to gather for worship in a fresh way!

How will we do this?
Beginning this Sunday, July 26, we will be gathering as a church family 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 heart of worship and joy of His salvation!  Bring your cares and your burdens to leave at His feet!  Bring your Bibles, chairs, masks, coffee, and water bottles.  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?
We have a relationship with Lassens which allows us to use their parking lot on Sundays.  Please park there.  We will also have a few parking spaces available at the front of our parking lot. Please leave these spaces for our family members who have wheelchairs or difficulty walking.

How can you help/serve?
We will need a few teams of servants to make this happen, and pray that our family will come together to use their gifts and serve the Lord and the body as one.  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 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!

Spiritual Gifts

Spiritual Gifts SHAPE Class Thursday, 7/23, 7/30, and 8/6

(Download this document in pdf form)
(“All for One, One for All” 4-part series on Spiritual Gifts on the Calvary Ventura YouTube page)

Spiritual gifts are supernatural manifestations of the Holy Spirit in believers, and every believer has at least one spiritual gift. The gifts are used to bring God glory, and to build up others in the church, for the benefit of all corporately. The apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 1:4; 7 (NLT), “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all… A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.”

Do you know what your spiritual gift(s) are? Are you using them?

Primarily the spiritual gifts are listed in three passages of scripture, although others are mentioned elsewhere.
Romans 12:6‐8, 1 Corinthians 12:8‐10; 28‐30, and Ephesians 4:11

The following are the Spiritual Gifts in scripture, with descriptions:

The Gift of Administration
The spiritual gift of administration is the divine strength or ability to organize multiple tasks and groups of people to accomplish these tasks. With this gift, the Holy Spirit enables certain Christians to organize, direct, and implement plans to lead others in various ministries. This gift is more goal or task oriented and is more concerned with details and organization.

Acts 6:1‐7; I Corinthians 12:28; Titus 1:4‐5

The Gift of Apostleship
The spiritual gift of apostleship is sometimes confused with the office of apostle. The office of apostle was held by a limited number of men chosen by Jesus, including the twelve disciples (Mark 3:13‐19) and Paul (Romans 1:1). The requirements for the office of apostle included being a faithful eyewitness of Jesus’ ministry and His resurrection (Acts 1:21‐22; 1 Corinthians 9:1), and being called by Jesus himself (Galatians 1:1). No one holds the office of apostle today, but the gift of apostleship continues in a different sense. Jesus gave apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds and teachers at His ascension (Ephesians 4:7‐12), and these represent a distinct category of apostles. They do not have the authority to write scripture as the original Apostles did. They also have a different purpose in the sense of establishing the church – the foundation has already been set. The gift of apostleship is the divine strength or ability to pioneer new churches and ministries through planting, overseeing, and training. This gift is given often in places where the Gospel is not preached.

Acts 15:22‐35; 1 Corinthians 9:1; 12:28; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Galatians 2:7‐10; Ephesians 4:11‐14

The Gift of Craftsmanship
The gift of craftsmanship and artistry is the divine strength or ability to plan, build, work with your hands, and use creative skills in environments to accomplish multiple ministry applications. This gift provides the believer with the skill of creating artistic expressions that produce a spiritual response of strength and inspiration. Although not specifically listed as a gift in the New Testament, clearly God has gifted individuals with remarkable craftsmanship and artistic skills since the Old testament times.

Exodus 30:22, 31:3‐11; 2 Chronicles 34:9‐13

The Gift of Discernment
The spiritual gift of discernment is the divine ability to spiritually identify falsehood. The word “discernment” actually describes being able to distinguish, discern, judge or appraise a person, statement, situation, or environment. The church needs those with this gift to warn believers in times of danger or keep them from being led astray by false teachings and philosophies.

Acts 5:1‐11, 16:16‐18; I Corinthians 12:10, Acts 5:3‐6; 16:16‐18; 1 John 4:1

The Gift of Evangelism
All Christians are called to evangelize and reach out to the lost with the gospel (Matthew 28:18‐20), but some are given an extra measure of faith, ability and effectiveness in this area. The spiritual gift of evangelism is the divine strength and ability to help non‐Christians take the necessary steps to becoming a born‐again Christian. Those with this gift are burdened in their hearts for the lost and will go out of their way to share the truth with them.

Acts 8:5‐6, 8:26‐40, 14:21, 21:8; Ephesians 4:11‐14

The Gift of Exhortation
The spiritual gift of exhortation is often called the “gift of encouragement.” The gift of exhortation is the divine ability to strengthen, comfort or urge others to action through the written or spoken word and Biblical truth. Those with the gift of exhortation can uplift and motivate others as well as challenge and rebuke them in order to foster spiritual growth and action.

Acts 14:22; Romans 12:8; 1 Timothy 4:13; Hebrews 10:24‐25

The Gift of Faith
The spiritual gift of faith is not to be confused with saving faith. All Christians have been given saving faith (Ephesians 2:8‐9), but not all receive this special gift of faith. The gift of faith is the divine ability to believe in God for unseen supernatural results in every arena of life – especially in difficult situations. Those with this gift have a trust and confidence in God that allows them to live boldly for Him and manifest that faith in mighty ways.

Acts 11:22‐24; Romans 4:18‐21; 1 Corinthians 12:9; Hebrews 11

The Gift of Giving
The spiritual gift of giving is the divine strength or ability to give to others – including tithes and offerings for the purpose of advancing the kingdom of God on earth. The Greek word for “giving” is often accompanied by another descriptive word: “haplotes”. This word means “sincerely, generously and without pretense or hypocrisy.” The Holy Spirit imparts this gift to some in the church to meet the various needs of the church and its ministries, missionaries, or of people who do not have the means to provide fully for themselves. People who have received this gift are typically very hospitable and seek out ways and opportunities to help others.

Romans 12:8; 2 Corinthians 8:1‐7; 9:2‐7

The Gift of Healing
The spiritual gift of healing is the divine ability to act as intermediary ‐ in faith, prayer, and by laying‐on of hands for the healing of physical, mental, and spiritual sickness. This gift is interesting in that there is no guarantee that a person will always be able to heal anyone he or she desires. It is subject to the sovereign will of God, as all spiritual gifts are. The apostle Paul was not able to heal himself and was told that God’s grace was sufficient to carry him through his infirmity without removing it from him (2 Corinthians 12:7‐10). This gift is given at various times and places to reveal the God of heaven to the sick and tormented. If healing is not granted, then we can conclude that God has greater plans for letting the person go through the illness or infirmity. Those who have this gift are compassionate toward the sick and pray over them regularly.

Acts 3:1‐10; 9:32‐35; 28:7‐10; 1 Corinthians 12:9, 28; James 5:13‐16.

The Gift of Helps
The spiritual gift of helps, service or ministering is the divine strength or ability to work in a supportive role for the accomplishment of tasks in Christian ministry often with the ability to often see the need before others do. The basic meaning of this word “helps” or “service” is to “wait tables,” but it is most often translated in the Bible as “ministry.” It refers to any act of service done in genuine love for the edification of the community. The Holy Spirit endows some believers with this gift to fill the many gaps of ministry and meet the needs of the church. Those with this gift do not seek recognition or a position in the “spotlight,” they just love to help out. They are content with serving in the background knowing that their contribution will bless the church, display the love of Christ to the world, and bring glory to God.

Acts 9:36; Romans 12:7; 16:1‐2; 1 Corinthians 12:28; 2 Timothy 4:11

The Gift of Hospitality
The gift of hospitality is the divine strength or ability to create warm, welcoming environments for others in places such as your home, office, or church. Those who have received this gift often host people for a meal, or invite a group of people over for fellowship. They are quick to introduce themselves to you, and take time to get to know you a little better. They are willing to extend open arms and open doors, just about any time. This gift is listed in 1 Peter 4:9–10 (NIV): “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

Acts 16:14‐15; Romans 12:13, 16:23; Hebrews 13:1‐2; 1 Peter 4:9

The Gift of Intercessory Prayer
We are all commanded by God to pray but some Christians actually have a gift of Intercessory prayer. The gift of intercessory prayer is the divine strength or ability to stand in the gap in prayer for someone, something, or someplace, believing God for profound results. This person is quick to turn to prayer, and can pray for an extended periods. This person is seldom at a loss for words when they pray. Often they pray with scripture and use words that fluidly flow through their mind. They are happy to pray for others and consider it an honor when they do.

Hebrews 7:25; Colossians 1:9‐12, 4:12‐13; James 5:14‐16

The Gift of Interpretation of Tongues
The spiritual gift of interpretation of tongues is found alongside the gift of speaking in tongues in 1 Corinthians 12:10. The gift of tongues in church must be accompanied by interpretation and should be used appropriately. The spiritual gift of interpretation is given by the Holy Spirit to certain individuals to reveal the words spoken by those with gift of tongues (words directed to God for the continuity of worship, within the church). Therefore, this spiritual gift is the supernatural ability to understand and explain messages uttered in an unknown language. Like the gift of prophecy, tongues that are interpreted have the effect of encouraging and blessing the church to love and serve God more deeply and effectively.

1 Corinthians 12:10, 30; 14:1‐28.

The Gift of Knowledge
The spiritual gift of knowledge is the divine ability to bring truth to a situation by supernatural revelation ‐ often accompanied by God’s word (the Bible). The scriptural emphasis on the ability to speak this knowledge to others in a given situation (1 Corinthians 12:8). This gift is closely related to the gift of wisdom which is alluded to by Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:18‐31. The gift of knowledge allows a believer to relate the Scriptures, and particularly the gospel of Jesus Christ, to all aspects of life in this world.

Acts 5:1‐11; 1 Corinthians 12:8; Romans 15:14; 2 Corinthians 2:14; Colossians 2:2‐3.

The Gift of Leadership
The gift of leadership is the divine strength or ability to influence people at their level while directing and focusing them on the big picture, vision, or idea. The spiritual gift of leadership is closely related to the gift of administration and, interestingly, the spiritual gift of pastor/shepherd. The spiritual gift of leadership is found in Romans 12:8 sandwiched between the gifts of giving and of mercy. It is placed there intentionally to show that it is a gift associated with caring for others. This is what connects it to the gift of pastor/shepherd, and what differentiates it from the gift of administration. It is more people oriented than task oriented in its application. The Holy Spirit gives the spiritual gift of leadership to some in the church to care for God’s people and lead them into deeper relationship with Christ and each other.

Romans 12:8; 1 Timothy 3:1‐13, 5:17; Hebrews 13:17

The Gift of Mercy
All Christians are called to be merciful because God has been merciful to us (Matthew 18:33; Ephesians 2:4‐6). The gift of mercy is the divine strength or ability to feel empathy and to care for those who are hurting in any way. They are sensitive to the feelings and circumstances of others and can quickly discern when someone is not doing well. They are typically good listeners and feel the need to simply “be there” for others.

Romans 12:8; 1 Thess. 5:14; James 3:17; Jude 22‐23.

The Gift of Miracles
Miracles were given by God to the church to reveal the presence and glory of God among His people and to create a sense of awe and wonder and Godly fear. The gift of miracles is the divine strength or ability to alter the natural outcomes of life in a supernatural way through prayer, faith, and divine direction. The spiritual gift of miracles is literally translated “workings of powers.” The double plural likely means that these gifts were diverse and not permanently available at the will of the gifted believer, but instead were bestowed at various times and circumstances. Thus, the gifts are subject to the divine will of God and His purposes and are not decided by the one who performs the miraculous works. Those with the spiritual gift of miracles often have a heightened sensitivity to the presence and power of God through His Holy Spirit. They have a special measure of faith and desire for God to reveal Himself and draw many to faith. Further, they take care not to draw attention to themselves or have a following of people, but are constantly pointing others to Jesus.

Acts 9:36‐42, 19:11‐12, 20:7‐12; Romans 15:18‐19; 1 Corinthians 12:10, 28‐29; Galatians 3:5.

The Gift of Pastor/Shepherd
The gift of pastor/shepherd is the divine strength or ability to care for the personal needs of others by nurturing and mending life issues, feeding them with Word of God, and protecting them via God’s truth. The Greek word for pastor is “poimen” and simply means shepherd or overseer. In the biblical context, shepherds had several different responsibilities to their sheep and ultimately, to the owner of the sheep. Pastors are called shepherds because their calling and gifting are much like those who care for sheep. They are called and gifted to humbly minister to a local body of God’s people; teaching, guiding, protecting, and leading them in the mission that God has for His church.

John 10:11‐18; Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:11‐14; 1 Timothy 3:1‐7; 1 Peter 5:1‐3

The Gift of Prophecy
The gift of prophecy is an extraordinary and unique gift. The Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 14:1 to “Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.” Further he indicated that this gift is a blessing to the church and should not be quenched or despised (1 Thessalonians 5:20). Those who have this gift differ from Old Testament Prophets who spoke the authoritative Word of God directly. Primarily in the New Testament, this gift is the divine ability to communicate God’s truth and heart in a way that calls people to a right relationship with God. It is the ability to receive a divinely inspired message and deliver it to others within the church.

Acts 2:37‐40, Romans 12:6, 1 Corinthians 12:10, 14:1‐5, Ephesians 4:11‐12, 1 Peter 4:10‐11.

The Gift of Teaching
The gift of teaching is the divine strength or ability to study and learn from the Scriptures primarily to bring understanding and depth to other Christians. This gift carries a heavy responsibility in the church, whereas James 3:1 warns, “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.” Teachers have been entrusted with the task of effectively communicating what the Bible says, what it means, and how we as followers of Jesus Christ are to apply it to our lives here and now. Those with the spiritual gift of teaching love to study the Word of God for extended periods of time. They also take great joy and satisfaction in seeing others learn and apply the truth of God’s Word to their lives.

Acts 18:24‐28, 20:20‐21; Romans 12:7; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11‐14; James 3:1

The Gift of Tongues
The gift of tongues is the divine ability to pray in a foreign human language, or a heavenly language to encourage your own spirit and commune with God. According to Acts 2, Tongues can be human languages such as those heard on the day of Pentecost, and are sign for unbelievers (1 Corinthians 14:22). However, tongues may often be a heavenly language no one understands (1 Corinthians 14:2), and as the apostle says, “tongues of angels and men” (1 Corinthians 13:2). Tongues are not prophetic words, but words spoken to God directly (1 Corinthians 14:2). This gift is the only spiritual gift for the edification of the believer himself or herself, or if in public setting for the edification of others, with an interpretation (1 Corinthians 14:4). Tongues are not ‘out of control speech’, but is a language spoken controllably by the one speaking and in order (1 Corinthians 14:33; 39‐40). No tongues should be spoken in a public gathering without interpretation (1 Corinthians 14:28). Not every believer receives this gift, and it is not a sign of salvation. (1 Corinthians 12:30).

Acts 2:1‐13; 19:6; 1 Corinthians 12:10, 30; 14:1‐14, 22‐28

The Gift of Wisdom
The gift of wisdom is the divine ability to understand and bring clarity to situations and circumstances, often through applying the truths of Scripture in a practical way. It is the ability to hear a situation and be able to speak to that situation with great understanding. According to James 1:5, any believer may ask for wisdom, and God promises to give wisdom. The Holy Spirit gives some the spiritual gift of wisdom to invoke a response of holiness and worship lived out in the world and amongst God’s people.

Acts 6:3, 10; 1 Corinthians 2:6‐13; 12:8; Colossians 1:9‐10, 2:1‐3; James 3:13‐18

Be Equipped

PRACTICAL QUESTION:

How am I going to know I am truly exercising my Spiritual Gifts (operating in my spiritual zone)?

There are three forms of validation that help us know that we are serving in conformity with our spiritual gifting:

  1. UNEXPLAINABLE OUTCOMES
    Acts 4:13, “…unschooled ordinary men…”
    The more I serve in conformity with my Spiritual gifting, the more unexplainable the outcome of my contribution (exceeding the expected, Ephesians 3:20).
  2. UNSPEAKABLE JOY
    John 15:11, “My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete”
    The more I serve in conformity with my Spiritual gifting, the greater the joy I experience in it and from it (literally the Lord’s joy flooding my heart and mind).
  3. UNDENIABLE AFFIRMATIONS
    Galatians 2:9, “… when they recognized the grace given to me…”
    The more I serve in conformity with my Spiritual gifting, the more God’s people recognize it, affirm it and encourage me in it (it is actually the Spirit’s affirmation given through the Body of Christ).

We must be expectant with our spiritual gifts! The Apostle Paul said to Timothy: “Don’t neglect the gift in you…” (1 Timothy 4:4). The apostle Peter said: ”As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” (1 Peter 4:10).

We should desire to grow in our spiritual gifts, and in confidence of God’s grace, expecting Him to do great things in and through us!

Church Update – California Ban on Singing in Church

Subject: California Ban on Singing in Church

Dear Calvary Ventura Family,

I wish the subject line heading were a joke. It certainly sounds like one. However, last week the State of California announced a ban on singing in houses of worship. Some experts theorize that both droplet and aerosol laden transmissions of COVID-19 can be projected in the air more than six feet and remain airborne for a short while when singing, therefore increasing the potential for airborne transmission. However, other renowned experts disagree and say such claims are inconclusive.* 

We at Calvary Ventura agree with taking the appropriate safety measures to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19. We are concerned for everyone’s safety and welfare, and have implemented plans to continue to operate in accordance with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At the same time, we also hold firm to the position that singing is an essential aspect of Christian worship (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16). In fact, the Book of Psalms tells us to “sing” to the Lord, some seventy-three times. 

So, how do we balance our need to obey the governing authorities (Romans 13:1), and also obey God’s commands (Acts 4:18-20; Acts 5:29)? We will leave that question to be answered individually, by each of you! However, Calvary Ventura will continue to include singing as part of our church worship services, as is permitted for a YouTube broadcast. Additionally, we will minimize any singing exposure by scheduling no more than four songs per service with only two singers on stage. The choice to join us for live in-service church, or to watch our services via our YouTube web broadcast will continue to be yours. If you choose to join us for live in-service church, then the choice to sing will also be yours. Calvary Ventura cannot and will not monitor who sings and who does not sing, behind the required wearing of masks, or cloth face coverings. 

May we remain united in heart and spirit in the Lord regardless of the choices we make here. And wherever and however you choose to sing to Him, may we follow the psalmist in Psalms 98:4, who tells us to: “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.” 

In His Love,
Pastor Don Modglin

* Article by New York Times, Apoorva Mandavilli, July 4, 2020: “Dr. Benedetta Allegranzi, the W.H.O.’s technical lead on infection control, said the evidence for the virus spreading by air was unconvincing. ‘Especially in the last couple of months, we have been stating several times that we consider airborne transmission as possible but certainly not supported by solid or even clear evidence.’” 

* National Center for Biotechnology Information, Published study, “Transmission of COVID-19 virus by droplets and aerosols: A critical review on the unresolved dichotomy,” by Jayaweera, Gunawardana, and Manatungea, June 13, 2020: “Taking all case studies mentioned…into consideration, one cannot simply ignore that both droplet and aerosol laden transmissions of COVID-19 are uncertain…”

Church Re-Open Update

Greetings Church Family! 

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor My covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. (Isaiah 54:10)

We hope and pray that you are aware of the Lord’s presence and finding peace in His unfailing love for you!

If you read nothing else, know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God loves you and is with you, promising to cause ALL things to work together for good to you who love Him and are called according to His way.

But, I do hope you’ll continue reading…

Church Update:

It’s been a wonderful blessing as we’ve opened our doors and begun gathering together for worship and fellowship in person again.  A big thank you to our ministry servants who have been doing a Spirit-led job of preparing, greeting, cleaning, disinfecting and ensuring the church is ready for us on Sundays! And a heartfelt thank you to our church family who have been so understanding regarding the protocols necessary to have our doors open and keep each other safe and healthy.

Invitation to Worship Together!

We look forward to you joining us.

Some of us have health conditions (either our own or family members) that make it necessary to continue to worship on-line from home.  God bless you, stay prayerful and let the Holy Spirit give you wisdom as to when to join us in person.  Stay mindful and joyful that where you are gathered in His name, Jesus is there with you!  We will be praying for you and looking forward to the day we can worship together in person.

For the rest of us who have not been back yet, if the Lord is calling you to worship together may we encourage you to take that step of faith and come?  Maybe you’re nervous or scared… take it to the Lord in prayer.  Maybe you’re getting a little too comfortable with “church at home”… take it to the Lord in prayer. God’s heart for us is to worship together to stir up love and good works in each other, exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching (Hebrews 10:24-25).  As we look across our nation and throughout the world, it is evident His day is approaching and we need each other. 

The first step is prayer. The next step is trusting God’s leading.  The third step is walking out the door!

What are the safety measures being taken?   We will continue with our practice of social distancing between seats, masks are required, hand sanitizers will be available and we disinfect the church before and between services.  A full explanation of our health and safety protocols can be found in this link to our Church Emergency Operation Plan (CEOP).

Is there enough room?  Yes! The last two Sundays we have had seats available at each service and we also have an overflow room if necessary. At this time we are not asking anyone to attend on an every-other Sunday basis. If God is stirring you to come, and you choose to say yes to Him, COME!  Follow this link to pre-register.  Pre-registration will be available from noon Tuesday through 3pm Saturday.

Opportunities to Serve

We have plenty of opportunities to join in serving the Lord and our church family.  Soundbooth (camera operator, PowerPoint, sound, director), Main Sanctuary (greeters, ushers, cleaners), Worship team, etc.  Send us an email at info@calvaryventura.org or call the church office as God stirs your heart.

Church Family Fellowship

We will be having a church family fellowship/worship night and hope you can join us.  It will be on Saturday, June 27, from 5pm-8pm at the Graham Ranch in Ventura.  We will be practicing social distancing and, due to the June 18 mask mandate released by Governor Newsom, ask that you bring a mask with you. Just as important, bring your spirit of fellowship, your heart of worship, a picnic dinner for you and your family, something to sit on, and a jacket (it can get cool at the Ranch… literally and figuratively). Contact us at info@calvaryventura.org for directions to the Graham Ranch.

Upcoming

We are prayerfully discussing/planning Phase II of our Re-Opening and ask that you would keep the church leadership in prayer for God’s wisdom and unity of the Spirit.  We are looking to kick-off Phase II in July which will include bringing back to the church our small groups (Women, Men, Roots, etc.) and Sunday morning Youth Service.  We will share more information with you as God leads us.

From the heartfelt words the Holy Spirit gave John, “I had many things to write, but I do not wish to write to you with pen and ink; but I hope to see you shortly, and we shall speak face to face.  Peace to you. Our friends greet you. Greet the friends by name.” (3 John 1:13-14)

In His love,
Pastor DanO