CORONAVIRUS  UPDATES

UPDATE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Amidst concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to let you know how CBC is responding.

Our leadership team is carefully and continually monitoring this situation. As information evolves, this page is the primary, most up-to-date place for you to receive answers to commonly asked questions. We are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our church family and surrounding community.

IS CBC GATHERING THIS SUNDAY?

NOT UNTIL SUNDAY MAY 24th. With the announcement from Louisiana's Governor John Bel Edwards closing public schools and banning gatherings of 250 or more, we have determined, after much prayer and medical advice, to move from physical meetings to online meetings beginning Sunday, March 15 UNTIL SUNDAY MAY 24th. When we launch again we will begin with ONE WORSHIP SERVICE at 25% of our building capacity (170 people). Those planning to attend will need to register for services in advance to secure your spot as one of the 170 admitted on our campus for this day.

CBC Pre-School, CBC Kids, CBC Pre-Teen, CBC Students & ALL Life Groups will continue to meet online UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

These guidelines are under the guidance and direction of our Governor and the CDC.

WHAT DO WE NEED TO KNOW WHEN COMING TO A SERVICE?

Process to enter the sanctuary and find seats:
We are asking you to follow CDC guidelines regarding social distancing and personal hygiene while you are on campus. In Phase 1 we are only opening the sanctuary, the foyer and the foyer restrooms. All other areas will be closed.

CDC protocols followed on campus:
  1. We encourage you to wear a cloth mask. We have masks available in the foyer if needed.
  2. Sanitize hands upon entry into the foyer at a sanitizer station.
  3. Social distancing is encouraged (6’ separation) from non-family members.
  4. No handshakes, hugs or informal gatherings.
  5. Doors will be propped open, and we ask you not to hold a door open for others if the situation arises.
  6. Greeters will be positioned 6’ back from entrances.
  7. No handouts will be given out.
  8. Seating in the sanctuary is setup for social distancing, please do not rearrange the chairs.
  9. The Café will not be open.
  10. Restroom occupancy restrictions are necessary to maintain sanitation and social distancing.

During the worship service:
During the service we ask that you continue to follow the social distancing guidelines by remaining in the seats you selected when you came in. A couple of other adjustments we are making are as follows:

  1. We will not have a “meet & greet” during the service.
  2. We will not pass an offering plate. We have setup new offering boxes located at both
    entrances to collect tithes and offerings.
  3. We will not give an invitation at the end of the service.

Exiting the sanctuary:
At the conclusion of the service, we ask that you exit according to social distancing guidelines and refrain from social gatherings.

ARE CBC & CBA BUILDINGS OPEN ON WEEKDAYS?

NO. At this time, CBC & CBA  buildings are CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  For more information on individual ministries and/or meetings, please contact your ministry leader.

SHOULD PEOPLE COME TO CBC OR CBA IF THEY ARE FEELING SICK WHEN CBC RESUMES SERVICES?

While we place a high priority on gathering together as the church for worship and other activities, and we always want you to feel welcome at CBC & CBA, if you are feeling sick or running a fever, the best way that you can love your neighbor is by staying home! If you need to stay home instead of coming to a worship gathering, we encourage you to worship online with us through streaming any of our services  (10:30AM) at calvaryshreveport.org.

WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN PEOPLE TAKE WHEN THEY COME TO CBC/CBA BUILDINGS IN THE FUTURE?

We encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses, including:
  • Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • Using one of our hand sanitizer kiosk, stationed all over our campus;
  • Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
  • Staying home if you are sick;
  • Covering your cough or sneeze;
  • Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly.

WHAT PRECAUTIONS IS CBC TAKING TO MAKE CBC GATHERINGS AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE?

After the Louisiana Governor deadline CBC will continue taking extra cleaning precautions until the Coronavirus has run it's course. 
This includes:
  • Wiping down all common area touchpoints (e.g., doors, light switches, countertops, etc.) throughout the day with an EPA certified disinfectant.
  • Placing hand sanitizers in common areas throughout the buildings.
  • Performing added in-depth cleaning of our facilities on a regular basis. 
In all of our CBC Sprouts, CBC Kids & CBC Student areas, after each gathering, our housekeeping team sterilizes various surfaces used by our children. We will continue to follow our standard health protocols, not admitting any child with an elevated temperature (above 100 F). A child must also be fever free for 24 hours before coming to CBC Sprouts, CBC Kids or CBC Students. You can help us by closely monitoring your children for any symptoms and being understanding if we feel we cannot accept your kids into our programs due to health concerns.
During our worship gatherings, we will continue using a safer way to serve communion with pre-packaged elements. We will also continue to baptize people in pools filled with sanitized water. In addition, we encourage everyone to take commonsense precautions and consider creative interactions (like elbow bumping instead of hand shaking!).

WHAT ABOUT CBC SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS?

Our missions Pastor, Mar Roath,  is continually consulting various sources of information including our ministry partners in other countries, the State Department, and organizations like the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. Based upon this information, we are making determinations concerning any needs to adjust, postpone, or cancel trips. At the same time, we are encouraging individuals involved in trips to prayerfully consider any decision to travel through consultation with medical professionals, as appropriate. For more detailed, up-to-date information on CBC short-term mission trips in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19), please click HERE.

HOW CAN I BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.

The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.

Like many other viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk in the U.S. is still low. They will update this status regularly on their website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. You can also find more information from the World Health Organization.

HOW SHOULD I RESPOND SPIRITUALLY TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that’s why the gospel is such good news. God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Jesus. The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Now anyone anywhere who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin and restored to relationship with God forever. That means that through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have eternal life with God.

If you do not know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to put your faith in Jesus. And if you do know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to share your faith in Jesus with others. Times like these remind us all of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death. So let’s spread the greatest news that death has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who trust in Jesus.

In addition to trusting in Jesus and sharing about Jesus with others, here’s some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):
  • Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.
  • Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.
  • Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed.
  • Avoid every semblance of prejudice or racism. In light of the origination of this virus in Asia, it has been grievous to see a rise in racist incidents against the Asian community. Much of our church family (and much of our city) is Asian-American, and we want every Asian-American (as well as Asians around the world) to feel and know the love of Christ. So just as we do in any circumstance, guard against all prejudice or racism in your thoughts, your words, and your actions.
  • Even if we are unable to gather at certain times, stay closely connected to the church family. Gather with smaller groups as appropriate, and participate in worship gatherings online if that’s the only option.
  • Continue to faithfully give financial offerings online HERE or by mail so that the ministry of the church thrives all the more in the midst of difficult days.

Reflect often on the brevity of life, the urgency of eternity, and the beauty of the gospel.

HOW CAN I PRAY?

With so many family & friends working in the medical field now would be a great time to pray for them.
 
  • Melanie Alexander
  • Ryan Covington
  • Paige Cox
  • Emily Dennis
  • Clint Fontana
  • Hillary Fontana
  • Kim Frazier
  • Amy Gaskin
  • Nicole Gross
  • Robbie Gross
  • Tammy Harris
  • Jimmy Hill
  • Rhonda Hill
  • Jeff Holt
  • Bethany Jones
  • Frances Lee
  • Ashley Lovitt
  • Holly Lyddy
  • Bob Martin
  • Wendy Mathews
  • Patrick Rimmer
  • Michelle Self
  • Meagan Simmons
  • Karla Spero
  • Tim Thompson
  • Megan Thompson
  • Jay Toups
  • Jennifer Webb
  • Tammy Wildes
  • Holly Bedsole
  • Winter Bennett
  • Jana Berry
  • Anna Burson
  • Mickey Chance
  • Brad Chauvin
  • Molly Donelson
  • Ashley Fielder
  • Kim Gilbert
  • Jody Guidry
  • Mike Jones
  • Tammy Jones
  • Wendy Lee
  • Jonathan Mayo
  • Cindy Meyer
  • Dale McPhearson
  • Regina McPhearson
  • Lauren O’Brien
  • Lori Phillips
  • Amanda Shaw
  • Jennifer Shot well
  • Shawn Thompson
  • Candice Thompson
  • Johnathan Toombs
  • Sarah Toombs
  • Tim Stuart
  • Carolyn Tyson
  • Damon White