Additional Resources from Pastor Josh’s message

This past Sunday, Pastor Josh spoke on the topic of Biblical Sexuality. In case you missed it, here is a link to that message. We wanted to offer some additional resources for further study.

Here is a companion study guide to go along with that message if you’d like to dig into the topic some more in your personal devotion time or with a small group of friends.

Pastor Josh shared about God’s expectations of how we are to use our sexuality. He acknowledged that many people might feel broken beyond repair in this area. He shared the story of Jazz Pianist Keith Jarrett who arrived for a concert in Germany only to find that the piano he was to use for a concert was in terrible shape. Rather than giving up, he forged ahead and the outcome was the best-selling solo piano album of all time.

Listen to Keith Jarrett’s Köln Concert on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0I8vpSE1bSmysN2PhmHoQg?si=Xd74UgXfTruuY1IKrhZ3fA

Pastor Josh also referenced several individuals who have experienced same-sex attraction and yet have remained devoted to Christ.

Christopher Yuan

Jackie Hill Perry

Sam Allberry

Rosaria Butterfield

Fall Updates!

Hello CVC Family,

I hope you’re enjoying the sunny fall weather!  Northeast Ohio is so beautiful this time of year.  As we prepare for the seasons to change, here are some updates for you!     

CHURCH ON THE LAWN WRAPS UP THIS SUNDAY
The sun is setting sooner and it’s getting cooler, so we’re going to have our last Church on the Lawn this Sunday, Sunday 27 at 6:30 PM (weather permitting of course).  We’ve enjoyed it so much that we’ll probably bring it back next summer! 

Starting October 4, our 6:30 PM service will be back inside.  We will be offering Sunday School for children ages newborn-5th grade.  As with our morning services, we need you to register ahead of time.  You can find the registration form here or using our CVC mobile app under “Sign Up.”  If you need help registering, feel free to call our front desk at 440.746.0404.   

CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE!

We’ve been working hard at getting ready to launch our new website and we’re so excited to let you know that it’s up and running!  We wanted to make it easy to navigate and give you all the information you need to attend and invite others to attend with you.  It’s the same address: http://www.cvconline.org but with a new look and new features.  

PRAYER GUIDE FOR OCTOBER
We are rapidly approaching the 2020 Presidential Election.  We are encouraging our church body to pray!  We found a great prayer guide from One Cry that we’ll be following along with throughout the month of October.  Download the prayer guide here.

We have several opportunities for corporate prayer throughout the week.  You’re welcome to join us anytime!   

  • Sundays during our 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 AM services
  • Tuesdays at Noon
  • Wednesdays at 6:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 7:00 PM   

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE OPTIONS
We are continuing to hold indoor worship services on Sunday mornings at 8, 9:30, and 11 AM.  As of October 4, our 6:30 PM service will be indoors as well.  We need you to register because space is limited.  Your registration helps us prepare and allows us to leave some room for new guests, so thank you!  You can register on our Regathering page and on our CVC app.  There is a new form for each week that opens on Sunday morning (for the following Sunday) and closes on Saturday at midnight. 

CVC Kids is offering Sunday School classes at 9:30 and 11 AM, and will resume offering Sunday School at 6:30 PM on October 4.  CVC Youth is offering Collide, our ministry to 6-8th graders, on Sunday mornings.  Girls meet at 9:30 AM and boys meet at 11 AM.  Impact (our ministry to high school students) will meet on the second Sunday of each month at 6:30 PM.  For more information, head to http://www.cvcyouth.org.

You can also join us online at 9:30 and 11 AM on our website, on our CVC Facebook page, or using the Boxcast app on your smart TV.    

SAFETY PROCEDURES FOR INDOOR SERVICES
We are continuing to work hard to make sure CVC is a safe and clean environment.  

  • Sanitizing-We are sanitizing the facility between each service, so there might be a little wait before you can enter the worship center. Thanks for your patience while this is occurring.
  • Spacing-Please make sure to maintain the 6’ distancing at all times, and please keep 4 empty seats between your household and the people sitting next to you.
  • Masks-We are still requiring masks for anyone age 3 and up at all times while inside the building.  The mask should not be removed and should cover both your nose and mouth at all times.  We’re counting on you to do your part because we care for one another.

STAY CONNECTED WITH US!
Please let us know if you need help staying connected with us.  We’re here for you!  You can email us at connect@cvconline.org or call our office at 440.746.0404.  

Live New,
The CVC Team  

It’s September!

Hello CVC Family,
Ready or not, September is here!  Here are a few opportunities and updates for you as we settle into this new month.   

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT
CVC Kids is hosting a family movie night on Friday, September 4.  All are welcome, this is not limited to those of you with kids!  Food Trucks will be onsite from 6-9 PM.  The original “Mary Poppins” movie will begin showing at 8 PM.  You can watch outside on the lawn or stay in your car and tune in.  We hope to see you there! 

CVC KIDS SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES RESUME THIS SUNDAY
We’re welcoming back our CVC Kids ages birth to fifth grade at our 9:30 and 11 AM services starting this Sunday, September 6.  We need you to register so that we can prepare!  You can sign up online at http://www.cvconline.org/regathering or using our CVC mobile app under “Sign Up.”  Registration closes each week on Saturdays at midnight.  For more information, please contact Denise Petek at dpetek@cvconline.org.   

CVC YOUTH WORSHIP GATHERINGS RESUME ON SEPTEMBER 13
All CVCYouth activities including Collide, Impact, and LifeGroups will begin on Sunday, September 13.  Collide (our ministry to middle school students currently starting grades 6-8) will begin meeting once again on Sunday mornings. We will, however, need to spread out between two services. 

  • Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth grade girls will meet during the 9:30 AM service. 
  • Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth grade boys will meet during the 11:00 AM service. 
  • We will meet in the lower level worship venue instead of 104/106. This space will give us some additional room to spread out and also allows us put up the walls to create spaces for LifeGroups.

Impact (our large-group gathering for high school students) will happen on the 2nd Sunday of every month. We are asking high school students to attend one of the morning worship services as their primary worship environment. Please watch the CVCYouth Fall 2020 Launch video to learn more.  Impact LifeGroups will begin the week of September 13th. There are four LifeGroup options. Visit cvcyouth.org/impact to see where LifeGroups meet and to find contact information for the leaders in charge of these groups. 

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE OPTIONS
We are continuing to hold indoor worship services on Sunday mornings at 8, 9:30, and 11 AM.  We need you to register because space is limited.  Your registration helps us prepare and allows us to leave some room for new guests, so thank you!  You can register on our Regathering page and on our CVC app.  There is a new form for each week that opens on Sunday morning (for the following Sunday) and closes on Saturday at midnight. 

Church on the Lawn will continue (weather permitting) at 6:30 PM throughout the month of September.  Safe distancing (6′) is required between households outside.  If you cannot maintain this distance, please wear a mask.  If we have to cancel due to inclement weather, we’ll meet indoors instead.  In that case, we’ll open up a registration form on Sunday afternoon for the evening service so that you can let us know you’ll be attending indoors.  

You can also join us online at 9:30 and 11 AM on our website, on our CVC Facebook page, or using the Boxcast app on your smart TV.    

CAMPUS UPDATE
We held a meeting last month for our members to discuss the acquisition of a building in Brunswick and the budget to make necessary improvements and upgrades.  The following week, our members put this opportunity to a vote and the proposal passed at 93%.  We are moving forward with this awesome opportunity.  The campus building team will now continue to develop detailed drawings, meet with the Brunswick Hills Zoning/Building Dept to discuss plans, and obtain bids from contractors.  The Campus Missionary Core Team is working in teams to develop a plan for Sunday Ministry, Community Outreach, Neighborhood Outreach, and LifeGroups.

SAFETY PROCEDURES FOR INDOOR SERVICES
We are continuing to work hard to make sure CVC is a safe and clean environment.  

  • Sanitizing-We are sanitizing the facility between each service, so there might be a little wait before you can enter the worship center. Thanks for your patience while this is occurring.
  • Spacing-Please make sure to maintain the 6’ distancing at all times, and please keep 4 empty seats between your household and the people sitting next to you.
  • Masks-We are still requiring masks for anyone age 3 and up at all times while inside the building.  The mask should not be removed and should cover both your nose and mouth at all times.  We’re counting on you to do your part because we care for one another.

STAY CONNECTED WITH US!
Please let us know if you need help staying connected with us.  We’re here for you!  You can email us at connect@cvconline.org or call our office at 440.746.0404.  

Live New,
The CVC Team

Brokenhearted but Bold

by Chad Allen, Lead Pastor

People are cracking under the pressure of isolation.  Marriages are strained under the pressure of COVID-life.  Disunity and division have increased over COVID mandates, racial unrest, and political opinions.   We have all witnessed increased and unfruitful toxic words, posts, and silent treatment.  And people–both those who are part of our flock and those we are trying to reach–are found not only on one extreme side or the other on issues, but in the middle.  In the middle a person is usually experiencing fear, agitation, lethargy, confusion and some degree of spiritual, emotional, mental and relational paralysis.  This breaks our hearts.

And yet…God still reigns from His throne!  The living truth of His Word is just as powerful and potent today as it has been for thousands of years! And His Spirit is just as involved and able to empower us as He has been since He hovered over the waters of creation, moved in His people in the Old Testament, and fell upon our brothers and sisters of the faith on Pentecost igniting and filling the church to do His Work!  This emboldens us.

Brokenhearted and bold.  Brokenhearted boldness. What a great pairing of God to empower us and motivate us to be the beloved children, self feeders, servants, investors, disciplers and missionaries God has called us to be.  

With that as a backdrop, I recommend to you this great post from John Piper on this topic.  May it refresh your desire and ability to be bold and loving, brokenhearted and hopeful during this strange time in the world.

https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/brokenhearted-boldness

Lord’s Supper this Sunday

We’ll be taking the Lord’s Supper together during all worship services this Sunday.  Preparing our hearts is an important part of taking communion together. Our Founding Pastor, Rick Duncan, shared some thoughts on how we can prepare for this special time of worship. For those who aren’t able to join us on campus, we’re also offering some tips on how you can participate with us from your home.

Communion (the Lord’s Supper) is an ordinance given to all believers by Jesus to remember His sacrifice for us.  If you are a true believer in Jesus Christ and are in good standing with us at Cuyahoga Valley Church, you are invited to join us online to remember His selfless sacrifice. Consider this as an invitation, not a requirement.

The elements of bread and juice are symbols of Jesus’ broken body and shed blood. Communion is not a means of salvation. It is an act of obedience and worship that demonstrates a believer’s faith in the atoning work of the cross. It’s a way for us to worship, to think soberly about our forgiveness, to commune with Christ, and to reaffirm our surrender to follow Jesus as Lord.

If you don’t feel led to participate or if you feel uncomfortable for any reason about participating, then don’t participate. At that point in the service, simply lift up your heart in gratitude to God for the sacrifice of His Son.  If you are not in the place where you consider Christ Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior or if you are unrepentant about sin in your life, then we would encourage you to pray quietly while others celebrate the Lord’s Supper together.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES FOR PERSONAL PREPARATION:

  • Matthew 26:26-30
  • Mark 14:22-26
  • Luke 22:19-20
  • 1 Corinthians 11:23-29

HOW TO PREPARE FOR COMMUNION AT HOME

Prepare your heart: Confess all known sin.  Seek restoration with anyone you may have hurt or offended.  God’s Word says that we should not eat of the Lord’s Supper in an unworthy way.  

Gather the elements: Grape juice and bread or crackers – find elements that best approximate those that we would use for Lord’s Supper at CVC.  

Prepare the juice: Serve the juice in individual small glasses for each participant.  We encourage you to use glasses that you would not normally use.  This will help you and your family remember the significance of Communion.  

Prepare the bread or crackers: Use a special dish or tray.  When you share the elements, allow people in your family to access the elements one at a time in order to maintain a safe distance from one another.  

Follow the directions: The Teaching Pastor will guide you to eat and drink together with others in the CVC family of faith.  

Encouragement from Jeremiah 17

by Chad Allen, Lead Pastor

You don’t need the news or a post to tell you that these are challenging times. And in challenging times who we trust in and what we trust in becomes very evident. These words from today’s Bible reading plan are very timely.

Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD.  He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.  “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”  

Jeremiah 17:5-8

In this season, as grateful as we are for the tireless efforts of essential workers and those in positions trying to make positive changes, we need to always watch ourselves that we don’t place our dependency on humanity, becoming a person who “trusts in man and makes flesh his strength.”  We make a terrible god – we are extremely flawed saviors.  But God is faithful!  God is present and He provides what our bodies and minds and hearts need during times of joy and abundance and during times of hardship and anemic resources.   

May you renew your trust in the Lord today.  May your soul flourish even while experiencing personal or national drought.  Would you pause even now and pray these verses to the Lord? Thank him for His faithfulness in the good times and bad. Confess where you have been trusting in the power of people and human solutions rather than the Lord and His character and the promises of His Word. Ask the Lord to help you fiercely trust Him no matter what challenges you face.

Campus Update!

Dear CVC Family,

Pastor Josh and I had the opportunity to share an exciting update about our campus launch during worship services this past Sunday morning.  There is a church in Brunswick that has offered to give us their facility for our campus! Here’s a video of that announcement in case you missed it.

We see God’s hand at work with the campus launch and we are so thankful.  So, what’s next?  Our goal is to mail the plan and budget to CVC members the first week of August and then discuss the plan and answer questions at a CVC Members Meeting.  The next step would be to vote on whether or not to accept the gift of the church facility (and land) as well as the capital improvement budget at a separate meeting for our CVC members.  If you’re a member of CVC, be on the lookout for those meeting dates in August!

We believe that God is working even in the midst of safe distancing and isolating to invite people to new life in Christ and to advance His kingdom. This is all the doing of the Lord and not us. Still, I want to personally thank each one of you for your investment – time, treasure, talent – in the ministry of CVC. We believe that God has great things ahead for our church, and that God will use us to see hundreds of people put their faith in Jesus for the first time.

Please be in prayer with us over this exciting opportunity.  If you have any questions or would like more information about staying connected with us, please email us at connect@cvconline.org.

Live New,
Pastor Chad

Regathering – Phase 2 is here!

Phase 2 of our Regathering Plan begins this Sunday, July 12!  In addition to online worship services and Church on the Lawn, we are grateful to resume indoor worship services beginning this week at 9:30 AM and 11 AM.  We know that some of you are still unable to gather with us in person, which is why we want to offer several options.  We want you to be able to choose whichever worship option best suits your needs. We’re all in this together, even if we are still separated by distance for a while longer.  If you need any help staying connected, please let us know by emailing us at connect@cvconline.org.    

Watch this quick video for an update from Pastor Chad!

Here’s a snapshot of our current options!

Watch Online with us

We are live streaming our morning worship services at 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM.  You can join in on our website and our CVC Facebook page.  You can also stream them using the Boxcast app on your smart TV (Roku, Firestick, AppleTV, etc.).  If you aren’t able to watch live on Sunday morning, you can watch them later at cvconline.org/series

Need helping watching online?  Check out our video tutorial here

Church on the Lawn continues

We will continue having Church on the Lawn throughout the month of July.  Bring your own chairs or blankets to sit on.  Families will worship together, there will not be a separate worship venue for children or students.   

In order to honor the most recent mandate from Governor DeWine, we need you to maintain safe distancing (6 feet) from individuals who are not members of your household if you’re not wearing a mask.       

Prefer to stay in your car?  You’ll be able to tune into our service on 97.7 FM while on our property.    

Be sure to check our website or Facebook page before heading to CVC if the weather looks bad.  

Indoor services at 9:30 AM and 11 AM

We are resuming indoor worship services this Sunday at 9:30 AM and 11 AM.  Registration is required!  We have a limited number of seats due to safe distancing practices that are now in place.  The Worship Center main floor and balconies will be open, and we will have video venues available in Rooms 104/106 and in Lower Level Room 100.  Families will worship together.  There will be no unique venues for children or students at this time.  

A new registration form will need to be completed every week in order to reserve your seat for the upcoming Sunday.  Each week, the new form will open on Sunday morning and be available until Saturday evening.  You’ll be able to register on our website or under the Sign Up section of our App.  You can find more information on our Regathering web page.  

What can you expect if you return to our indoor worship services? Check out this video for more information!

Please let us know if you need prayer, need help, or would like to connect with our CVC Team.  You can text the word Connect to 440.276.5575 or email us at connect@cvconline.org.  We’re here for you! 

The CVC Team

A “Who’s Your One” Prayer

by Rick Duncan, CVC Founding Pastor

Sometimes it is helpful to use the written prayers of others – particularly when those prayers are Scripture-fed and Spirit-led – as fuel for our own.

Some believers object to this practice. They feel that if we pray prayers that have been written by someone else, it will mean that we are not offering up prayers from our own hearts. That certainly might be true. But it is not necessarily true.

Many of the Psalms are prayers that have been recorded for us so that we may learn how to pray like the Psalmist prayed. Jesus Himself gave us a model prayer. The apostle Paul wrote prayers in his epistles that have served as models for many people down thorough the centuries. 

The great pastor and commentator of yesteryear, Matthew Henry, wrote a book filled with written prayers called A Method of Prayer. The Valley of Vision is a collection of Puritan prayers. A Guide to Daily Prayer is a book written by a Scottish pastor and is filled with morning and evening prayers for each day of the month.

 So, it is entirely appropriate for us to use prayers that have been written by others. 

As we do we can make sure that they are sound theologically, are filled with Scriptural truth, are expressing the sentiments of our own hearts, and are capable of being rephrased in our own words. This is what will keep our prayers from becoming “vain repetition.”

With that in mind, below is a prayer that might help you use some truths from Luke 11:14-26 in order to pray for someone you know who has been held captive by the enemy and is not living a Christ-honoring, flourishing life.

Lord Jesus, I praise You for being Strong and Mighty. You alone are the way, the truth, and the life. Help me be someone who gathers with You and for You. Lord, I am grieved because __________ has not encountered You and is not yet living an abundant, flourishing life. I honor You as the Stronger One who can drive out the enemy, the strong man, in his/her life. I ask You to take away __________’s blindness so that he/she can clearly see the beauty of Jesus. Open his/her lips to give You praise. May __________ open the door of his/her life and allow You to come in and to furnish his/her life with all the good things of the Spirit of God. Lead us to an abundant, flourishing life both now and forevermore. Amen.

“Who’s Your One?” Prayer

Lord Jesus, I praise You for being Strong and Mighty. You alone are the way, the truth, and the life. Help me be someone who gathers with You and for You. Lord, I am grieved because __________ has not encountered You and is not yet living an abundant, flourishing life. I honor You as the Stronger One who can drive out the enemy, the strong man, in his/her life. I ask You to take away __________’s blindness so that he/she can clearly see the beauty of Jesus. Open his/her lips to give You praise. May __________ open the door of his/her life and allow You to come in and to furnish his/her life with all the good things of the Spirit of God. Lead us to an abundant, flourishing life both now and forevermore. Amen.