SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2020


Here we go. Starting tomorrow—Sunday, May 31st—we will resume our in-person worship at CCO. Can’t wait!


Here’s what you need to know:


  • new service times: 9:00 & 11:00am
  • social distancing: we’ve removed +/-30% of our seats in the sanctuary so that we can spread out a bit and allow some measure of social distancing; I’d like us to attempt to practice this
  • tithes, gifts, offering: we will not be passing the offering bags for the time being (there are plenty of other giving options in place [and, thanks, once again for being so generous!])
  • masks:
    • you will not be turned away if you do not wear one,
    • you will not be turned away if you do wear one;
    • we have masks available in a station in our entryway—you’re welcome to grab one if you’d like to do so
  • kitchen:
    • our kitchen is CLOSED for the time being
    • we will not have coffee or tea available and we will not be providing snacks before or after service(s)
    • we’re going to restrict access to the kitchen to authorized personnel only
  • greetings: outside before and/or after service(s)
    • handshakes / hugs / fist bumps / etc: as I mentioned before—and this should definitely go without saying during a pandemic or otherwise—be courteous, read body language; not everyone wants you to hug them
  • hand sanitizer:
    • we have this available and we strongly encourage you to use it—wash your hands, keep your hands away from your face, etc.
    • Let’s allow as much common sense to rule as possible.
  • dismissal: especially for the 9:00am service—we will need to re-clean / prep for 11:00am service so when the service is dismissed, we will need everyone to be on their way
  • live-streaming: 9:00am (available to view on Facebook anytime after that)
  • older? stay home and don’t feel bad about it. 
  • health not great? stay home and don’t feel bad about it.
  • not yet quite ready to come? stay home and don’t feel bad about it.
  • someone in your household likely more susceptible to disease / illness? stay home and don’t feel bad about it.


Let’s see how this goes. I’ll be teaching from Mark 4:35-41 once again tomorrow. Read the passage again. Allow the reality that GOD IS IN CONTROL to settle your heart. 


I do want to mention one thing about all of this and it’s based on an assumption. My assumption is this: you’re probably not an expert on COVID-19. Which is to say, what, exactly? Since we’re collectively not experts—and since THE EXPERTS (the W.H.O., C.D.C.) can’t seem to agree, let’s allow HUMILITY to be our rule of conduct. As the pastor of this beautiful little fellowship, I will be sorely disappointed to see people in our fellowship upset with one another about the “masks / no masks” argument. Maybe I can say it this way: in no uncertain terms, since the experts can’t seem to agree, the terms are uncertain. Since you’re not an expert (again, please humor me with my assumption) and since the experts aren’t clear, leave the discussion at the door…as in, the door of your home. I’ve had those conversations with people, too, but I do not want to see something like this be a dividing issue in our church family. Christi and I have a daughter with a compromised immune system so this issue really does hit home for us.


If you have noticed, our world—our NATION—is not in tip-top shape right now. We have the answer, and His Name is Jesus. The world needs HIM—it does NOT need a community of churches at odds with one another over a certain set of uncertain opinions. Let’s be about the business in which we’re certainly meant to be occupied: worshiping Him and declaring Him. That should keep us busy for the foreseeable future.


9:00 & 11:00am - see you then!




Tons of blessing,


Pastor Jeremy

TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2020


RETURN-TO-FELLOWSHIP TARGET DATES: WEDNESDAY, MAY 27th, and SUNDAY, MAY 31st. We’re seemingly on track for Sunday the 31st, but we will not be able to accommodate anyone for this week’s Midweek Bible Study for tomorrow evening (May 27). With the work on the building, we’re still just not quite ready to go.


Sunday the 31st is still in our sites—so please stay posted—we’ll get information out to you one way or the other by Saturday the 30th. 


I need to add this as a bit of a disclaimer: the work on the building has been great, but one particular Proverb comes to mind. Proverbs 14:4—“Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; but much increase comes by the strength of an ox.” In other words, if you want to get work done, you must be willing to accept the reality of a MESS. And, well…we’ve got a bit of a mess that will need some attention.


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TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2020


Our last update highlighted our TARGET DATE of May 24th for returning to Sunday Morning Fellowship along with service time changes of 9:00 & 11:00am. We were also shooting for Wednesday, May 20th as the TARGET DATE for our midweek Bible study. We also mentioned that we’re working towards completing the flooring in our building.


Fast forward to today and here’s the answer concerning our TARGET DATES: we won’t be ready to meet on the 24th nor will we be able to connect in person tomorrow evening for our study of Genesis. As with virtually ANY project, this one has taken longer than we had hoped.


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FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2020


It was at some point in mid-to-late-March that I came to the realization that there was no Ministering During a Pandemic course when I was a student in Bible College. In many ways, this has been one of the toughest times of ministry for me personally. Hard to see people suffering; tough to hear about so much heartache. But it’s also been difficult because everyone is learning what COVID-19 is and how this coronavirus functions. Because of that, it’s been exactly the type of situation that everyone is saying it is: fluid.


Since we’ve been moving from a day-to-day / service-to-service decision making basis into a month-to-month mode, trying to gauge what to do next has been—again—tough. This will be a longer update than usual and I hope you see why as you continue to read through it. Part of this update will ALSO INCLUDE A SHIFT IN OUR SERVICE TIMES ON SUNDAY MORNINGS.


On Monday afternoon, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson provided guidelines / guidances for places of worship. CLICK HERE if you’d like to listen to his update. (By the way, if you just read that very short article, you’ll only see part of the list he outlines in the three minute video.) On Tuesday evening this week, I was able to meet with our board of directors, our elders, and our head deacon to talk through each of these guidances to see how feasible each of these—and all of this as a whole—would be for our fellowship. By the conclusion of our meeting, we realized that though we might be able to return to being in the same building, we wouldn’t really be doing much for “meeting” let alone meeting TOGETHER based on those guidelines.


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THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2020


It’s been two full weeks since we’ve provided an update. The reason? Not much for further updates. For today? Still not much for news. We’re cautiously optimistic like most everyone else about getting the proverbial band back together and resuming our in-person times of fellowship (what a weird sentence). FOR NOW, we’ll continue our current course of action.


I made a comment about this last night before we started our midweek Bible study. Essentially, when we come to the conclusion that we can and should start meeting again, we want to be clear that those with compromised immune systems / preexisting health issues should feel more than free to wait to return until they feel really comfortable doing so. The same thing would apply for EVERYONE—if you don’t feel comfortable getting back into the mix of public life, stay home for a while longer. As always, if you’re not feeling well, stay home! We love you and you’ll be missed, but we do want to make sure everyone is well. This is still AT LEAST another week away, but I want to make sure we’re clear on that: there’s no pressure.


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THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2020

Read through our running log of updates (found below) if you’ve missed any of them. In terms of updates, this one honestly doesn’t provide much for that, but it does lay out some information on our current course of action.

GOOD FRIDAY is tomorrow, and what a great day it is. It marks the day that Jesus Christ died upon the cruel cross of Calvary to take our place. His death was VICARIOUS (substitutionary). The substitution was “simple” - He took our sins (and the penalty due to us because of our sins) upon Himself. He bled there, and He died there. The substitutionary part (the TRADE part) has to be twofold: our sin was placed upon Him so that His righteousness could be placed upon us.

Consider Paul the apostle’s words to his friends in Corinth:
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2Cor. 5:21).

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THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2020

1,000,000

There are now officially more than one MILLION confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of today. Buckle-up, everyone. And, please, hunker-down. We’ll get through this; the time table might be longer than we had initially hoped. This is still NOT a time to panic; not a time for fear. Definitely a time to look up, though!

As you’re aware, we’ve suspended our in-person fellowship times and have gone solely to live-streaming for our weekly services. This isn’t optimal, but having anything available at this point seems to be the new optimal. I don’t remember if I mentioned this verse or not in the past couple weeks, but it keeps coming to mind: 2John 12—“Having many things to write to you, I did not wish to do so with paper and ink; but I hope to come to you and speak face to face, that our joy may be full” (see also: 3John 13, 14). That’s how I feel, too. I can’t wait for all of us to be able to see each other again, but that will have to wait.

I wanted to take a minute and do a few things: make sure you’re able to connect with our live-streaming services, make sure you know how you can give if you’d like to do so, provide some online resources, and make sure you know how to download CCO’s app.

So here goes:
LIVE-STREAMING: click THIS LINK.

  • You’ll also find a section on the CCO app called, “watch online.”
  • we started live-streaming our midweek services last night and we were also able to link that to CCO'S FACEBOOK PAGE
  • we’ll continue to live-stream on Wednesday evenings @ 7:00
  • for Sundays, we’re going to shoot for 10:30am, but we’ll keep you posted about that as well


TITHES/GIFTS/OFFERINGS: click THIS LINK to get started.

  • you can also try CCO’s “TEXT-TO-GIVE” option which is very easy to start and use
  • simply text an amount to 84321
  • this will ask you to select the church to which you’d like to give
  • find CCO and follow the instructions from there
  • if you haven’t used the ONLINE OPTION, again, click the link above
  • it will take likely less than 4 minutes for you to get started
  • some folks have decided to MAIL CHECKS directly to Calvary Chapel
  • this is a great option, but you should know that we won’t be able to make deposits on a very consistent basis
  • CCO’s APP also has a link to calvaryozarks.org's giving page


FOR CCO’S APP, simply click THIS LINK on our page to get started.

  • it’s possible that you have our old app which is now defunct
  • if you have a question about it after you’ve visited our link, feel free to SHOOT AN EMAIL TO THE CHURCH OFFICE
  • you’ll find many different studies on the app - dig in


AS FOR OTHER ONLINE RESOURCES, here are a few great ones:

  • CALVARY CHAPEL VINELAND (CCV) - Pastor Jeremy's sending church:
  • CLICK HERE to find CCV on Facebook
  • CLICK HERE for the media portion of CCV's website
  • HARVEST is also loaded with great Bible studies from Pastor Greg Laurie and others:
  • CLICK HERE and start investigating their site
  • HERE'S A LINK for a free digital download of Chuck Smith's book, WHY GRACE CHANGES EVERYTHING
  • this really should be on every Christian's "must read" list
  • and, since it's a free download for KINDLE right now, so you can't go wrong!
  • If you'd like to dig into a fairly massive library of Bible study tools, studies, and sermons, CLICK HERE to get introduced to the fantastic site, BLUE LETTER BIBLE


In other news, CCO’s leadership team is discussing different ways that we can stay connected. READ MORE

FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2020

IT’S BEEN SEVERAL DAYS since we’ve posted an update, though I trust you were able to catch THE SHORT VIDEO UPDATE from the other day. Not much new to report at this point—which is a good thing. We’re hunkered down over here but still able to find ways to get work done, plan ahead, share the Word, etc.

The most important update at this point will be concerning what we’re doing with our live-streaming service for this weekend. READ MORE

SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2020

ON WEDNESDAY OF THIS WEEK, THE DISCUSSION of the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States was around 7,500 people. Today is Saturday. The state of New York alone has nearly 12,000 cases with nearly 26,000 confirmed cases across the country and a total of more than 300,000 around the world*.

That said, we’re going to maintain our course of suspending services through April 5th. READ MORE

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2020


LAST WEDNESDAY MORNING, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States hit 1,000. As of today, we’re approaching 7,500. The first case here in Northwest Arkansas was confirmed this morning. We’re still not in fear & panic mode; we are simply seeking to do what is best to keep everyone in our fellowship (and beyond) as safe as possible.


With that said, after much for discussion, research, prayer, and thought, our leadership team has concluded that Calvary Chapel in the Ozarks will be suspending all services for the next three weeks. We will look at returning to actual, face to face, direct fellowship on April 12th (Easter Sunday). All scheduled events in and out of the building are suspended. Please check your email, CCO’s app, etc, for further updates that will be posted here.


We’re expecting that our live-streaming services will...READ MORE

TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020

CCO'S LEADERSHIP HAS BEEN doing our homework, monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and discussing what steps to take next.

We’ve concluded that CANCELLING THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT’S SERVICE (03.18.2020) would be the most prudent option at this point in time. The upside is that we were planning to show the video, A VENTURE IN FAITH, in two parts for the next two weeks. Where’s the “upside” to that? The video is already on our website - we’ve had it on the “OUR HISTORY” tab of the site for many years.


CCO's YOUTHgroup is also cancelled for this Wednesday (03.18.2020).


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FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2020


WE'RE IN A WORLD OF EXTREMES AND of extreme responses. “It’s not the end of the world—everyone will be fine!”, or: “You must buy at least three months worth of toilet paper!” Here we are, and this is yet another opportunity for our fellowship to show BALANCE. This really is not the end of the world: we just studied Revelation. This isn’t it. COVID-19 might very well be a precursor to many of the events / pestilences mentioned in Matthew 24 and Rev. 6-18, but we’re not in the Great Tribulation.

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HELPFUL INFORMATION

CLICK HERE FOR A HELPFUL LINK to the folks at Johns Hopkins Medical Center to get accurate information about the coronavirus.


You might want to take a few extra minutes and watch the videos posted below.

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