COVID-19 update

March 31, 2020
8:30 p.m.

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” 

John 14:27  

To Our Calvary Chapel Bakersfield Family and Friends

ALL of our services at Calvary Chapel Bakersfield remain on line ONLY except for our *Easter Sunrise Service. Our Sunday and Wednesday services are live-streamed via the internet Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m.

*Our Easter services will be live-streamed starting with our Sunrise Service at 6:25 a.m. out in the quad so you can celebrate Easter with us from the comfort of your own back yard as you watch the sun come up. Since social distancing can be safely practiced at our Sunrise Service you are invited to join us. We will have chairs safely spaced or you can stand if you like. You can even remain in your car in the parking lot worshipping Jesus with your windows down. Not even death could stop Easter from being celebrated when Jesus rose again. The coronavirus can’t stop us from celebrating Jesus resurrection for the simple fact, He is Risen!

Our 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday services will be live-stream only.

All our small group ministries of the church (Mens and Women’s Ministry, Recovery 180, Connect Groups and Youth Services) are postponed until we are notified by health officials that it is safe to host community gatherings. Until then, please visit our website and click on the corresponding ministry links to find how you can get connected to one of the many on an online studies taking place.  

Our services are live streamed to the internet and are available on line through multiple platforms (Apple, Android, ROKU, Amazon AppStore). You can download our church app on your smart phone or electronic device by going to the App Store and searching for Calvary Chapel Bakersfield. You can also find us on the web at ccbakersfield.com. Please help us reach your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers by letting them know our church is available to help as we face these unforeseen challenges ahead of us. No one needs to feel alone at times like these and we want you and those you might be reaching out to know that they are not alone.

Need Prayer? We have two designated prayer lines where you can leave us a Voice Mail message where you can be reached and a member of our prayer team will contact you personally within minutes to pray and offer hope. You can reach us at 661-491-8268 or 661-379-7299. You can also email us your prayer requests at prayer@ccbakersfield.com. I hope you are able to take advantage of them and share them with others.

For those of you who are wanting to know how you can continue to support the work and ongoing ministry of the church financially during this time, you can do so by going on line at ccbakersfield.com or on our church app and click on “get connected” at the bottom of the page. Next you will see a list of ways you can get connected. Click on the “giving” icon and simply follow the instructions provided. Your support is always appreciated but never more than now when the needs are greater than ever before.

Ways We Can All Serve Together While We Are Apart

1. Pray. Pray alone or find one or two or more people you can call or FaceTime and pray with every day. It can be for a few minutes or longer. The bottom line is PRAY.

“pray without ceasing”
1 Thessalonians 5:17

2. Call. Do you know people who are over the age of 65 or who have a compromised immune system or shut-in for whatever reason? Offer to help them avoid contact that could put them in harms way by running errands for them. Picking up groceries or mediations are just a couple of ways you can serve.

“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”  
James 1:27  

3. Check in on those you know that live alone or who don’t have family and friends nearby. Pick up the phone, call or send a text message, send an encouraging email. Don’t just sit there and do nothing, stay connected.

“Do not forsake your own friend or your father's friend, Nor go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity; Better is a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.”  
Proverbs 27:10

4. Video chat: Use some form of video chat to reach out to families with small children. Play games together, read bible stories and find fun and creative ways to pass the time. Parents and guardians are going to need breaks in caring for little ones 24 hours a day during these next weeks and planned breaks throughout the day with others on line will prove to be helpful and memorable.

“Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor.”
Ecclesiastes 4:9  

Remember, God is bigger than the Coronavirus. We will get through this time together by God’s grace, so know we are here for you. Feel free to email us at info@ccbakersfield.com with questions or needs or send us a prayer request at prayer@ccbakersfield.com. You can reach me personally at mike@ccbakersfield.com. If you leave me your name and phone number where you can be reached, I will personally follow up with you and check on you. You are not alone!

You are family, you are loved!

Pastor Mike Osthimer