During our annual 40-Day Spiritual Adventure, also known as the season of Lent, we encourage all members to challenge themselves to stretch and grow spiritually. This is a time of heightened intentionality within the church as we prepare ourselves for the great celebration of Easter. We provide suggestions and ideas that you can choose from to help focus you on your spiritual journey.

  • Join us for Bible Classes each Sunday at 9am
  • Memorize a portion of scripture
  • Participate in a variety of fasts
  • Volunteer for opportunities to serve in our community
  • Work on interpersonal reconciliation
  • Reach out to encourage those who are lonely

There is a 40-Day Spiritual Adventure Commitment Sheet that you may print off and keep on your desk to encourage your participation throughout this season. Please click here for the printable commitment sheet.

There will be a variety of ways to remember and experience the life-changing story of Jesus as he faced his crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection.

Lent For Everyone. Participate with a group from CVCC in “Lent for Everyone” with daily scripture readings and devotionals by NT Wright, available via the YouVersion Bible app. Contact Jack Williamson for an invitation.

Bowls of Hope Painting Party. Many Mansions, a major provider of low-income housing within our immediate community, has an annual fundraiser by selling Bowls of Hope. Around 20 in our congregation gathered to prepare bowls on February 26 for the annual Bowls of Hope Fundraiser.

Baptism Class. We’re offering a 3-weekbaptism class in the children’s worship area for all who are preparing to be baptized as well as those who are interested in learning more about baptism.

2023 Lip Sync Mission Trip Fundraiser. This year’s Lip Sync took place on March 12 and was an evening of fun all. Donations made at this event will go toward funding the trip to Mexico to build a house for a family this summer. Please pray for God’s work with the team as they prepare to go as well as for the family in Mexico who will be receiving the house.

Springfest. Springfest is an annual youth rally put on by the Westside Church of Christ in Bakersfield, CA. The theme this year is SEEK. One of the key themes that we see throughout the entire Bible is the way God is seeking a relationship with us. He pursues us even when we fall short because of his great love. When we understand how much God loves us, it moves us to seek a heartfelt relationship with him. If you are a 6th-12th grade student, we’d love to invite you to a powerful weekend of worship, service, and teaching from God’s Word. The cost is $25 per person which offsets hotel costs and food. Please register here for the youth rally.

Many Mansions Spring Fair. Many Mansions, the premier provider of low-income housing in our community, is sponsoring their annual Spring Fair for their resident children on Friday, March 31 from 3-6pm. The church is collaborating with Many Mansions on this year’s fair, providing four activity stations, similar to our Harvest Festival activities.  We have committed to staffing four activity stations, and are looking for adult or teen volunteers.  Please let Stu Warford  know if you are available and would be willing to serve our community in this way.

Palm Sunday. On Sunday, April 2, all children (ages infant through fifth grade) are invited to participate in the Palm Sunday processional at the 10:15 service. We ask that the children gather in the Children’s Worship area at 10:05 to receive their palm fronds and get organized by Haylie.

Family Good Friday Event. On Friday, April 7, beginning at 5pm, we will have our annual Good Friday Event. We will have staggered starting times so that the evening will be one in which families can proceed through the stations with time and space to remember Jesus and talk about the events that led to his death. A sign up list will be available soon.

Good Friday Evening Service. On Friday, April 7, beginning at 9pm, there will be a contemplative worship time with scripture and song helping us focus on the crucifixion of Jesus.

Easter Sunday. Join us to worship the risen Messiah on April 9 at 10:15am. Invite friends. In this service, we will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday some 2000 years ago.

Children are invited to participate in creating a living cross during our worship service.

Rene Heard
Author: Rene Heard