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FAQ

OVERVIEW  OF  2020VISION


Question: What is 2020Vision? 

Answer: The leadership of CBC believe God has called us to be more strategic and intentional about Reaching Out to the local community and the younger generations. This specific calling of vision and direction began in 2017 and is a three year focus, hence “2020Vision.” 

 

Question: Is 2020Vision replacing CBC’s existing vision?

Answer: No. The overall vision of CBC has been and will continue to be what we call our Core Values which are Loving God, Loving Others, and Reaching Out. 2020Vision is a focused and intentional mission for the next three to five years to touch the lives of those in the community and the younger generations. 2020Vision is meant to help CBC individuals and families conform to the attitude and mindset of God who loves everyone and wants to see everyone come to faith in Jesus.  By doing this, we better carry out our overall vision of Loving God, Loving Others, and Reaching Out. 

 

Question: How will CBC reach the community and the younger generations?

AnswerEach member of the CBC family will be involved by being in tune to the opportunities God will bring their way along with a willingness to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading. There are a few specific ways God is leading CBC as a church to reach out to the local community and the younger generations. We are pursuing an opportunity to serve under-resourced children and families throughout the northwestern part of Lancaster County through a collaborative effort with multiple local school districts and a local Early Learning Center. Other points of focus will include Reach Day, a day where CBC went into the community to serve, and the new Community Care Center, which was the downtown Marietta TNT/Youth Center/Clothing Because We Care Building. (Learn more about these two focuses later in the FAQ.) The Early Learning Center, Reach Day, and the Community Care Center are venues for Reaching Out, but ultimately God is calling us to make Reaching Out a lifestyle and mindset. In addition to being open to how God may want to use you in your community, the most tangible and strategic thing we can do is pray.  


Question: How do I get involved in 2020Vision?

Answer: Pray!  There is nothing more important that we can do than be praying for 2020Vision and more specifically, the lives God will allow us to reach for His glory.  As time goes on CBC will need financial support to help reach these families and other projects that are in the works so we can better reach the community and the younger generations. Be creative! Seek ways on your own that you and your family can love and reach out to the community and younger generations.

 

Question: How will this change CBC as a church?

Answer: As we reach out to those who look, act, believe, dress, and think differently than we do, we will become more like Jesus.  He had eyes to see people and had compassion on them no matter what their struggles are in life.  We believe that as we offer ourselves to touch others, God will build His character into us and conform us into His image (Romans 8:28-29). 


Question: Will there be any other changes at CBC in order to reach the community and the younger generations?

Answer: As usual, the elders have empowered the staff at CBC to carry out the mission of the church. You can expect that each ministry area will adapt a variety of changes in order to better reach the community and the younger generations. 


Question: Are there financial needs related to the 2020Vision?

Answer: The Elder Board has made a tentative commitment to three projects pending sufficient finances.

  1. A canopy over the front entrance to give everyone a place to drop off passengers out of the weather making for a more welcoming and accommodating facility.
  2. Additional parking spaces to help relieve parking issues especially between services on Sunday mornings. This was part of the original plan for this building but cut due to the costs at that time.
  3. A playground once plans are confirmed of moving forward with the Early Learning Center.

 

We are unsure of what the total cost will be for these three needs, but we want to encourage the CBC family to give now. To give to these projects, please make checks payable to CBC and place them in a blue “Building and Capital Improvement Fund” offering envelope or give via The City by selecting the “Capital Items Fund.”


Question: Are there specific needs within the Donegal School District that fit into CBC’s 2020Vision?

Answer: In the 2016-2017 school year, 65 students within the Donegal School District were identified as homeless which is more than twice the number of students identified in 2015-2016. The Donegal School District anticipates that the number of homeless students will increase in the 2017-2018 school year.

 

The Donegal School District, under federal law, defines homelessness as a child/youth who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This includes children and youth who share housing due to economic hardship, loss of housing, or domestic issues. Being doubled up in housing doesn’t mean it’s adequate as often times there are not enough rooms or beds to accommodate everyone. Children and youth living in hotels/motels, cars, campers, or “couch surfing” are also considered homeless.

 

Many children and teens are not in the physical custody of parent(s)/guardian(s) for a variety of reasons, and are classified as Unaccompanied Youth (this is a category under the homelessness status).

  • students do not want to follow rules or they felt unsafe continuing to live with parent(s)/guardian(s) and left the home
  • parent(s)/guardian(s) are incarcerated, deceased, etc.  
  • domestic issues
  • the parent(s)/guardian(s) asked the youth to leave the home for a variety of reasons

God is calling CBC to carry out the 2020Vision so that we can be involved in meeting these types of needs in our local community. 


Question: With the 2020Vision adding additional needs for volunteers and the already existing strain on church goers to volunteer, how or what is the church’s strategy to meet all these needs? 

Answer: We will pray for and continue seeking people to serve!  We do have a lot of volunteers, but we also have a lot of people who are not serving… people who may be waiting for just an opportunity like this.  Starting in January with the kick off of the Early Learning Center at CBC, we will be posting a variety of volunteer needs in a similar way that we did with Reach Day.  In 2018 we will be adding no additional ministries in order to assess what the actual needs are. The staff are also prepared to end certain ministries if needed to start ministries that we feel are more needed to meet the goals God has set before us. 


EARLY  LEARNING  CENTER

 

Question: Is the Early Learning Center and 2020Vision the same thing?

Answer: No. The Early Learning Center is a tool to see 2020Vision accomplished.  2020Vision is reaching the community and the younger generations, and having the Early Learning Center at the church building will help us accomplish that.  The same can be said for Reach Day and the remodel and expansion of Clothing Because We Care into the Community Care Center.  There will be other changes within ministry departments in order to better carry out 2020Vision.  All of these things are tools to see 2020Vision accomplished.

 

Question: What is an Early Learning Center?

Answer: An Early Learning Center is a licensed program that provides early care and education for children from birth to early elementary age.  

 

Question: Is CBC starting an Early Learning Center from scratch?

Answer: No.  CBC is partnering with a faith-based organization who already manages early learning centers.  This separate organization would make all hires and run the actual program.   It would be located within the walls of CBC’s main campus building.

 

Question: Is CBC hiring the Early Learning Center staff?

Answer: No.  Hires will be made by the Early Learning Center organization.  However CBC members, like anyone else in the community, could apply for a position within the Early Learning Center staff. 

 

Question: When will the Early Learning Center begin at CBC?

Answer: The Early Learning Center will tentatively open in early 2018. 

 

Question: What will be the hours for an Early Learning Center in CBC’s building?

Answer: Final times are to be determined. Tentatively they would be 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 

Question: What ages does this Early Learning Center care for?

Answer: Ages of students would range from birth through elementary school.  First the program would care for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in preparation for kindergarten.  Then after students are in elementary school, the program would provide before and after school care and tutelage to kindergartners to fifth graders. 

 

Question: How does an Early Learning Center help under-resourced children?

Answer: Many under-resourced families cannot afford preschool and very often must choose between a job and watching their children before and after school.  As a result, there are many children in our immediate area who enter school far behind the school standards.  As years progress, these children continue to feel behind, increasing the dropout numbers and creating a negative impact on their futures.  The Early Learning Center that CBC would partner with allows these families to have a safe place where their children can be loved and learn what they need to in preparation for elementary school and life.   


Check out this link to the October 6, 2017 article from Lancaster Online to see statistics and the need for Early Learning Centers to help under-resourced families prepare their children for success in school.

http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/report-percent-of-at-risk-lancaster-county-children-miss-out/article_8e8d04d8-aa14-11e7-957f-bf51f89da3fe.html

 

Question: What role does CBC have in a partnership with an Early Learning Center?

Answer:  The role would be great and includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Providing physical space for an Early Learning Center program for families in the Columbia, Marietta, Mount Joy, Bainbridge, Elizabethtown, and Rheems areas.
  2. Providing spiritual and logistical leadership and possibly employees to the program.
  3. Providing community outreach to parents and families.
  4. Providing spiritual guidance to the students themselves.

 

Question: How does an Early Learning Center help CBC reach out to people?

Answer: We are called to love those around us.  We are also called to use the resources that God has blessed us with for Him, such as our building.  Having an Early Learning Center in the church building allows us as a church to love our community and the younger generations who will grow through it.  Our plan is to use the Early Learning Center as a catalyst for the many ministries of CBC to touch the lives of these families in need.  CBC will also be encouraged to volunteer within the Early Learning Center to spread the love of Jesus to the children and to their families. 

 

Question: Does the leadership of CBC have any safeguard for our spiritual beliefs and freedoms?

Answer: The elders have spent a significant amount of time in prayer and discussion working through this concern.  They have established three guiding principles to safeguard the church, its ministries, and the scriptural doctrine.

  1. Any elder-sanctioned ministry or program residing within or outside the CBC premises will be continually evaluated by the elders to assure it does not violate, contravene, or undermine our core values, biblical understanding, or statement of faith.
  2. Any elder-sanctioned ministry or program residing within or outside the CBC premises will not continue if it is determined that any private or government funding and/or proceeds received by any organization in the operation of an early learning center would, in the Elder Board’s judgement, unreasonably obligate, restrict, and/or limit CBC’s ability to maintain its independence from government that if violated would permit governmental interference with CBC’s exercise of free will.
  3. Any elder-sanctioned ministry or program residing within or outside the CBC premises will not continue if, in the Elders Board’s judgement, such opportunity will create an unreasonable risk of harm to people and/or assets entrusted to CBC by our Heavenly Father, and/or jeopardize existing insurance and risk programs designed to protect people and things.

Question: What is the need in the community regarding an Early Learning Center?

Answer: Columbia, Marietta, and Mount Joy have very few options for a full day program.  The existing programs are either full or very expensive.  In the northwest area of the Lancaster County, which is our target, there are approximately 200 children that are not enrolled somewhere who desperately need a program such as this to prepare them for school and life.

 

Question: How do I sign up my child for the Early Learning Center?

Answer: The Early Learning Center will start at the earliest in early 2018.  We are in the early phase of the partnership and there is no timeline established yet for signing children up for the program.  Stay tuned to the FAQ for updates.


Question: Who will CBC partner with to offer an Early Learning Center to the children and families of our community?

Answer: CBC is establishing a partnership with Luthercare to run an Early Learning Center in our facility. The Elders have committed to monitor the program and curriculum for any conflicts with our Statement of Faith or any of our position papers. There are no conflicts at this time, and Luthercare is aligned with our Statement of Faith and values.

 

A draft of a partnership agreement is being drawn up by Luthercare and will be edited by the elders. This partnership agreement will detail who is responsible for what activities and functions of the Early Learning Center. All operations of the Early Learning Center such as Human Resources, finance, and training will be the responsibility of Luthercare.  Since CBC is a new location for the Early Learning Center, Luthercare will be responsible to acquire a license from the state to operate. Luthercare is fully committed to partner with CBC with the goal to open the Early Learning Center in early 2018.

 

For more information on Luthercare, go to their website: www.luthercareforkids.org. Please do not contact Luthercare for any more information about the partnership with CBC as they have not been authorized to speak to anyone outside of the Early Learning Center Transition Team.

  

Question: Will CBC have the opportunity to teach the children in the Early Learning Center about the Bible and Jesus?

Answer: Absolutely. This is one of the primary reasons CBC is entering into this partnership! The congregation will have the opportunity to teach faith-based curriculum, read Bible stories, teach them Christian songs, and share about the true meaning of Christmas and Easter.  In addition to this, the CBC family will have opportunities to help with the day-to-day operations of the Early Learning Center. Please note, each family involved in the Early Learning Center will have the opportunity for their children to opt out of receiving any faith-based teaching or activities. For the children to learn about Jesus, the CBC family will need to step up and get involved. All workers will need to have clearance paperwork to be involved with the children in any way.

 

Question: How will the Early Learning Center impact the CBC staff, and are they up for the challenge?

Answer: The CBC staff are excited about the 2020Vision and how the Early Learning Center can be a tool to help us serve the local community and focus on the younger generations. As the Children’s Ministry Director, Cindy Gardner is involved with the Early Learning Center Transition Team and is fully behind this initiative. Gene Manuel as the Facilities Maintenance Manager is passionate about CBC ministering to under-resourced families and is committed to seeing the CBC building be cleaned and cared for in a manner that is pleasing to the Lord. Each of the staff is committed to leading his or her department to help fulfill the 2020Vision. 


Question: Are we concerned that the Early Learning Center could create an unhealthy dependency?

Answer: This is an area we are aware of and sensitive to. We cannot allow parents to think that abdicating their responsibilities of caring for their children to the state (or us) is their answer. That is why we are committed to building relationships and assist families toward self-sufficiency and not just provide an Early Learning Center.


Question: Will the Early Learning Center use the entire building?

Answer: With the initial agreement, the Early Learning Center will be using the rooms in the Nursery Suite area. Once the program gets settled in the building, we expect additional classes will be added and more of the rooms in the Children’s Ministry area will be needed. Decisions will be made regarding room usage when the Early Learning Center is ready to expand.

 

Question: Will CBC still be able to have Life Groups, Toddler Gym, and other activities in the building during the day when the Early Learning Center is using the building?

Answer: Yes, the Early Learning Center will have little impact on the existing daytime ministries. The only impact is not being able to use the part of the building that the Early Learning Center is using.

 

Question: What renovations is CBC required to make in the building to accommodate the Early Learning Center?

Answer: With the signing of the agreement with Luthercare, we anticipate needing to make a few updates to prepare for the Early Learning Center to use the building including adding doors to the cubbies in the Nursery Suite, security upgrades on the doors to limit their access to other parts of the building, and internet and phone lines. CBC will work with Luthercare to coordinate and oversee the work, but Luthercare will pay for these updates.


Updated November 30, 2017


Question: What are CBC’s goals related to the Early Learning Center for 2018?

Answer:

1.  Share Jesus with the children through reading Bible stories to children, creating Good News Clubs (one for preschool and one for elementary), and teaching children songs. We will also be intentional to use VBS and Junior Camp to involve the families.

2.  Navigate through the transition and adjustment well—facilities, families in Early Learning Center, staff, etc. Allow space to do it in a relational and gracious manner.

3.  Provide opportunities for the CBC family to be engaged.

4.  Assess the needs of the families of the Early Learning Center by having meals with the families to assess their level of engagement in order to be more intentional and strategic in 2019.

 

Question: How can I get involved with the Early Learning Center?

Answer: On Sunday, January 28, 2018, we are going to kick off signing up for various opportunities where the congregation can get involved in volunteering with the Early Learning Center. Be watching for more information that day. Areas of involvement include:

  • Reading Bible Stories
  • Singing Songs
  • Good New Clubs (preschool and elementary)
  • Kitchen Help
  • Greeting/welcoming
  • Cleaning Facilities

Question: How do the differences in beliefs of the Lutheran denomination from CBC impact our partnership with Luthercare for the Early Learning Center?

Answer:

  • The Elders understand the theological differences that exist between the Lutheran synod and our evangelical positions.
  • Our understanding is that Luthercare is not providing any spiritual input into the existing program that they are presently overseeing. This is not designed as a spiritual outreach of the Lutheran synod.
  •  As such, we view them as an extension of the local school districts performing a civic task of preparing students that otherwise would not be prepared for Kindergarten or First Grade.
  • CBC is the one to introduce the spiritual element into the discussion. Both CBC and Luthercare have clearly and repeatedly written into the agreement that CBC’s doctrinal position cannot be compromised or the agreement will be nullified. Luthercare’s expressed desire is for CBC to share God’s Word and the gospel of Jesus to the children of the Early Learning Center and their families.
  • We wanted to be sure that we had freedom to teach spiritual truths and lessons before the school hours and after the school hours without conflicting with public and legal ramifications. We have been assured of this.
  • Secular non-government organizations have been used world-wide as a tool for evangelical outreach into areas that would otherwise not be open to Christian endeavors. Jesus entered into environments and associations to reach those that needed the truth. The Apostle Paul was willing to be all things to all people to reach some for Christ.
  • In John 17, Jesus prayed for us to be in the world but to be protected from the evil one in the world. We believe that we have a unique opportunity to have an impact for Christ among these children, their families, and the community as a whole that carries a certain amount of spiritual risk. As spiritual leaders and Elders, we have the responsibility to be sure that truth is taught and Christ is proclaimed by our word and actions.
  • Getting involved in the lives of these children will be messy, but the opportunity to win some for Christ cannot be overlooked.
  • We see our contract with Luthercare as a secular lease agreement for space, not an agreement to or an acceptance of their theological stand and perspectives. We see them bringing to CBC a segment of society that needs to see, as well as hear, that Jesus loves them.

 

COMMUNITY  CARE  CENTER

 

Question: What is the Community Care Center?

Answer: For many years CBC has run a program called Clothing Because We Care (CBwC) in a CBC-owned building in Marietta.  The program has grown and regularly provides clothing and spiritual guidance and friendship to many people in the community.  The Care Ministry Department is expanding the ministry into more of the building effectively taking over the building.  In the future, the hope is to offer more services than a clothing bank in an effort to love the entire community.  Our desire is for the building to truly be a community building for all to use and grow in their love of God. 

 

Question: Is the Clothing Because We Care program ending?

Answer: No.  It is actually expanding into more of the existing building.  Its name will change to Clothing Bank to simplify what its purpose is to the community.  Dropping the Clothing Because We Care (CBwC) reinforces that we want the building to be a community building and not a just a CBC-owned building in the community.  The building’s new name will not have the CBC letters in it, instead being labeled Community Care Center.


Question: How can I get involved with the Community Care Center?

Answer: While we are looking to expand the ministries in the Community Care Center in the future, the current needs are related to the Clothing Bank which is housed at the Community Care Center. This is a great opportunity to serve as a couple, family, or Life Group. Help with sorting and stacking inventory is an ongoing need. Feel free to contact Joyce Zimmerman to help.

 

The more critical need is for men to be involved to greet, connect with, and minister to the men who are coming to the Clothing Bank when it is open on the second and fourth Saturday mornings each month. If you are a man interested in getting involved, please contact Pastor Dave Forwood in the Church Office at 717.426.1345. 

 

REACH  DAY


Question: What was Reach Day?

Answer:  Reach Day 2017 was a huge success!  We set out to challenge the CBC family to translate the concern and love in their hearts for our community into tangible action.  So we asked everyone to get involved by serving local communities on Saturday, September 30, 2017.

 

We made internal contacts with many local organizations and ended up partnering with or sending nearly 300 people to 16 different locations in Lancaster and York Counties. We had great participation and volunteer leadership. It was fun to see such a wide variety of ages and skill sets come together to make incredible teams. CBC can be thankful for what God accomplished through them on this day. However, what we can be most thankful for is God’s continuing work in our own lives to heal, humble, and grow our own hearts to be more like His.

 

As we desire to Love God, Love Others, and Reach Out, our continuing hope is that “Reach Day” is not just a one day event, but an everyday lifestyle here at CBC. Thank you for serving, and thank you for continuing to look for opportunities to join God in serving our local community and younger generations!