CORONAVIRUS CHURCH UPDATES
Saturday, April 4
KEY UPDATE(s): things to know
A NOTE FROM PASTOR CRAIG | I pray you are doing well! Praise God, for many of you, you were able to make it through your first week of online learning for school, great job! I wanted to get in touch with you all briefly to let you know of some of the growing opportunities you and your families have to stay connected and stay encouraged here at Calvary East Valley in this time of social distancing. I want to thank the many faithful servants among us who are working hard to provide these opportunities for us, and I want to invite you to take advantage of them as God leads and directs your families!
WEEKEND SERVICES | Everything is ONLINE. Sundays at 10:00am. Click HERE to view our live stream. Be sure to share and tag us in your Social Media posts. ##320strengthfromwithin
CALVARY KID’S CORNER | Visit the homepage of our website to click on links to weekly teaching for our Cal Kids, as well as additional resources to minister to your families. Look for these videos to be posted each week by 9:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.
PRAYER | Monday evenings prayer meeting via zoom: 7:00-8:00 p.m. Contact us through our website if you would like to join the call!
CALVARY YOUTH | Starting this Wednesday evening youth Bible study via zoom: Junior High will meet from 6:00-6:45, and high schoolers will meet from 7:00-7:45 p.m. Check our website, and watch for a video update coming soon through our youth e-newsletter! If you don’t receive out youth e-newsletter, send us your info! If you need Zoom link, please contact us.
CORE GROUPS | These virtual groups are now up and running, and are intended to provide a means of prayer and care for the body during this time. If you have not been contacted by a leader and would like to be a part of one of these groups, please reach out to us and we would be happy to get you connected! #320strengthfromwithin
LOVE IN ACTION | If there are any practical needs you may have at this time, from prayer to grocery shopping to basic car repairs, please don’t hesitate to let us know, we would be blessed to serve in any ways we can!
GIVING | How do you continue to give?
By Mail: Calvary East Valley, 582 W Reeves Ave Queen Creek AZ 85140 Thank you for your ongoing faithful support.
Tuesday, March 31
A Video Message from Pastor Craig
Friday, March 27
Dear Calvary East Valley Family,
How are you? I pray this email finds you well! I wanted to reach out to you all with a few quick updates and reminders.
Sunday Livestream of our service at 10:00 a.m. (YouTube Link)
Lord willing we plan to livestream our service once again this weekend on YouTube, so I want to invite you and your families to join us online and worship together with us. We praise God for some of the encouraging reports we have received of how special this time was for your families, and even some pictures of your families watching the service that brought a smile to our faces and joy to our hearts! Feel free to send us more of those pictures if you feel led, they are a blessing! And below please find the link for our upcoming service on Sunday.
I sent out a short video this week highlighting what we are calling “Core Groups”. I believe these are times more than ever where through the grace and enabling of God, we need to stay focused on Jesus and stay connected with one another. “Strength from within” in the sense of God’s Spirit filling us and empowering us personally, and as well, flowing through us to care for and share the love of Christ with one another. And that is the heart behind the vision for these groups here at Calvary East Valley. There is not an expectation that these groups will meet in person, but I want to let you know God has raised up an amazing team of leaders to oversee these groups, and they are excited to begin reaching out to you all within the week to let you know we are here for you and praying for one another. Galatians 6:2 says, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ”, and the heart of these groups is to do that very thing. So Lord willing look forward to some fun, creative, and meaningful interaction to come. And if you have not heard anything from a group leader in the next week or so and would like to be a part of one of these groups, please contact us through our website and we would be happy to help get you connected!
Have a blessed day everyone, and Lord willing I hope to see you online for our service on Sunday. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus, and a living expression of the body of Christ at this important time. God has presented us with an amazing opportunity, and may that same God continue to do “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20), to further build and strengthen this precious church that bears His Name!
Yours in Christ,
Tuesday, March 24 12:00pm
A Video Message from Pastor Craig
Saturday, March 21 12:45pm
Good morning Calvary East Valley,
I wanted to remind us that Lord willing our first livestream service is under 24 hours away. I truly look forward to spending this time with you and your families as together, we lift up the Name of Jesus through worship and the study of His Word! Details are included below. We are presently unable to livestream through Facebook Live and YouTube at the same time, so we will be utilizing YouTube. The link below will take you there!
Service time : 10:00 a.m.
Website: Stay tuned here for the latest church updates
I look forward to worshiping together with you tomorrow morning, please join me in praying that all of the technology will work, and that the Lord would truly be glorified through our time!
Yours in Christ,
Friday, March 20 1:00pm
Calvary East Valley will not be meeting for Worship this Sunday but will be steaming the service live on Sunday at 10:00 am. Please join us from the comfort of your own living room!
Links to stream the service live via both Facebook Live & Youtube will be provided here within 24 hours.
We are working diligently and available for you during this crisis so please feel free call the church office at 480-442-9724 or email through our Contact Us page.
We will continue to post updates here as we have them.
Wednesday, March 18 4:45pm
Dear Church Family,
How are you? I pray this note finds you well! I wanted to get back in touch with you all with a few updates. As I mentioned previously, our heart was to continue to gather together as a church as long as it was wise to do so, or unless we were told we were unable to do so. With the recent updates passed down to us from our federal and state governments this week, along with the decision from the school to hold off with our on-campus gatherings, I believe both of these factors are beginning to bear impact. Our heart as a church is to play our part in helping to aid in the efforts to safeguard our community and slow down the spread of this virus. And so with that goal in view, and through much prayer and wise counsel, the elder board has decided to make the following adjustments to our upcoming schedule.
- Starting Sunday, March 22 at 10:00 am we will be going to an all-church online service:
What this means is that we are planning on streaming our service live, giving you and your loved ones the opportunity to worship along with us from home. Lord willing you will be able to catch this live broadcast on both Facebook and YouTube, and we invite you to stay connected with us in this way. Our service time will remain the same at 10:00 a.m., and a special thank you to Gilbert Christian School for making an exception for us to live stream from the campus, as well as some special CEV servants who have been working hard behind the scenes to get this technology up and running for us. This is a new venture of faith, so please pray for God’s wisdom and provision!
- We will be canceling the upcoming women’s retreat.
- We will be postponing all youth and adult Bible studies until further notice.
So, in the light of all of these adjustments, what are some of the opportunities we do have to stay connected? I want to invite you to take advantage of some of the opportunities listed below.
- View our weekly service online
- Know that our pastoral and ministry teams are available to serve you throughout the week. You can call us at 480-442-9724, or get in touch with us through the “contact us” icon on our website. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for prayer or any other practical needs you may have at this time. We would be honored to serve you in any way we can!
- Prayer Ministry: We will continue to meet on Monday evenings for prayer via zoom. We will be praying from 7:00-8:00 p.m., and if you would like to join the call to call on the Lord, please reach out to Jim Heeney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Check our website, Facebook page, and weekly e newsletter for the latest updates.
- Giving: You can continue to give to CEV during this time by mailing checks to 582 W. Reeves Ave, San Tan Valley, 85140, or simply go to our website (CalvaryEV.org) or church app to give online. Thank you for your faithful support!
We are praying through additional vehicles for connection as well, but at this point are taking things one step at a time as we seek the Lord and monitor how this situation unfolds. One thing is certain; I believe God is moving through it all to accomplish something much greater than we can see at the moment. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 3:20-21,
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
That is a way of saying, TOGETHER, with the power of God working in us, we can get through this! And not only get through this as endure or get by, but come out the other side stronger, more united, and more spiritually fit for the Kingdom than ever before. Wouldn’t it be just like God to do something like that for the glory of His Name? TOGETHER, we can care for one another. TOGETHER, we can overcome. TOGETHER, we can make a difference. “…according to His power that is at work within us.”
I love you all and will keep you posted with updates as they become available. Please keep your eyes open for additional information regarding how you can join us online for our service this weekend, and if you should need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
TOGETHER with you, looking to “Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine”, for His honor, and His glory!
Yours in Christ,