Red Cross Blood Drive

Red Cross Blood Drive

Calvary will host its next Red Cross Blood Drive on Sunday, September 8 from 11 AM to 3:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Please contact Jessica Simandle (336/401-2667 or simandle.jessica@ yahoo.com) to schedule a blood donation or to volunteer for the event. Donors can also schedule their appointment by visiting the Red Cross website (www.redcrossblood.org).

Hark! The Calvary Angels Sing

Hark! The Calvary Angels Sing

Believe it or not, our sanctuary choir will soon begin rehearsing music for Christmas. And we want you to join us! We’ll begin “Christmas Choir” rehearsals on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7:15 in the sanctuary. If you’d like to participate in this year’s Christmas cantata, you need only attend the first 20 minutes of each week’s choir rehearsal. In addition, you’re welcome to attend the choir’s “Christmas Listening Party” on Sunday, September 8, at 4 o’clock in the afternoon at the home of Brinkley and Beth Church. You’ll get to hear the music on which we’ll be working – and share some delicious snacks and warm fellowship with the members of our choir. If you have any questions, please contact Minister of Music Teresa Martin.

“Shining a Light” for Hospice Care

“Shining a Light” for Hospice Care

Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care will sponsor its first annual “Night of 1000 Lights” event on Saturday, September 21, from 4 to 9 PM at Fisher River Park. Featuring music, entertainment, food, and activities; the event will raise money for Hospice by allowing families and individuals to place luminaria in honor or in memory of someone special. If you’d be interested in placing a luminary bag, order forms can be obtained from the church office. The deadline to order is Thursday, September 19.

Church Responds to Opioid Abuse

Church Responds to Opioid Abuse

In recent months, our pastor has been attending a series of dialogue sessions sponsored by Surry County to discern ways that area churches can be involved in combatting the tragedy of opioid abuse. Some of you know that in just the last two years, several families in our church have lost friends and loved ones to this terrible epidemic. While these dialogues are ongoing, one of the first clear “action steps” that churches can take involves providing transportation for those who are trying to break free from substance use and who need a lift to their treatment appointments. If you’d be interested in learning more about this opportunity – or if you’d like to become a part of our “transportation network” – please contact the pastor. 

Servant Sunday is Coming

Servant Sunday is Coming!

On Sunday, October 27, we’re asking you not just to “Come to Church.” We want you to “Be the Church” as Calvary shares in its first-ever “Servant Sunday.” We will worship God that day, but we’ll do so by going out into our community to share His love and to bless others with acts of kindness and ministry. Here’s the way it will work:

In early October, we’ll be making available a list of “Servant Sunday” projects. These projects cover a wide range of interests and skill levels—everything from “baking cookies” to “building a ramp” and from “sewing blankets” to “praying for our community” (with lots of other options in between). Once you have that list, we’ll ask you to sign up for the project of your choice so that we can make appropriate preparations. And then, on October 27, we’ll come to church for a brief time of prayer and commitment; after which we’ll head out into our community to serve the Lord. That evening, there will be a special time of worship in the sanctuary as we thank God for allowing us to serve and hear testimonies from those who participated.

We’ll be preparing for “Servant Sunday” with some special sermons on October 13 and 20. In addition, on “Servant Sunday” itself, we’re encouraging everyone to wear our new Calvary Baptist T-shirt, which will cost $6 ($8 for 2X and larger) and will be available in standard adult and children’s sizes. 

Of course, some might say, “Why would we ‘cancel church’ to do service projects?” Given how busy our schedules can be, one answer would be that Sunday morning is one of the very times that it’s possible for us to serve together! But the more important answer is, “We’re not cancelling church!” We’re doing church by being church—by being the Body of Christ that loves enough to serve. 

You’ll hear more about “Servant Sunday” in the weeks ahead. For now, would you pray that God will show us the needs He wants us to meet and that He’ll call out the gifts of His people that make it possible for us to glorify Him through serving?

Get Your Calvary Baptist T-Shirt

T-shirts are Gildan 100% Pre-Shrunk Cotton

All T-shirts are $6 ($8 for Adult 2X and larger)

Adult Unisex Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL, XXXXL

Children’s Sizes: XS (4), S (6), M (8), L(10), XL (12-14)

Deadline: Sunday, September 29

Mid-Week Ministry Starts September 11

Mid-Week Ministry Starts September 11

Calvary’s Wednesday night ministry program for the fall of 2019 will begin on September 11. Opportunities for growth and service include a free snack supper that begins at 5:45, Bible study and mission education options for children, youth and adults that begin at 6:15, and the sanctuary choir rehearsal that begins at 7:15. This fall’s adult study, which will be facilitated by David McPeak, is “Momentum: Pursuing God’s Blessing through the Beatitudes.” Because each Beatitude builds on the one that came before, Jesus’ teaching offers a roadmap for making progress in our spiritual lives. As always, guests are welcome – and we hope you can join us!

New Devotional

A New Devotional Composed by … You!

As you will read elsewhere in this month’s newsletter, Calvary was recently awarded a grant that will allow our pastor and congregation to share a sabbatical experience in the summer of 2020. Built around the theme of “Rest, Reflect, and Renew,” the church’s spiritual growth emphasis will include a daily devotional guide written by members of our church family. So, we need your help to put that guide together! These devotionals will use a format like the one found in Open Windows and Reflections: a focal passage of scripture, followed by a brief reflection. You can even include a “suggested prayer” and/or “questions for reflection,” although these are not required. Most important, these devotional thoughts are intended to share your perspectives, hopes and struggles. So, don’t feel like your thoughts aren’t “deep” enough or “well-developed” enough to matter. The best growth happens when all of us offer the gifts and lessons God has given to us so that we can share them with each other.

We are requesting that your devotional thoughts be mailed/delivered to the church office or emailed to the pastor (pastoralex4@gmail.com) by Sunday, November 17. If you need a little something to “jump start your thinking,” a set of starter questions and other instructions can be found in the church information centers. Please join us in praying that God will use this effort to renew our connection to Him.

Appalachian Christmas Outreach

Appalachian Christmas Outreach

Once again this year, Calvary will be participating in the Appalachian Christmas Backpack Ministry of the Surry Baptist Association. This means that individuals, families, and/or Sunday School classes will have the opportunity to fill one or more backpacks with child-appropriate gifts, which will then be delivered to children in economically challenged communities by representatives of our Association. To participate in this act of blessing, please sign up to “sponsor” a backpack by completing one of the registration forms available in Sunday School boxes and church information centers. The deadline to register is September 22. You will receive a backpack and additional instructions in early October, and you will then have until October 27 to purchase items and return your backpack to the church. If you have any questions, please contact Jan Varney or Pastor Alex.

Sunday Morning Nursery Workers Sought

Calvary Baptist Church of Mount Airy is seeking to hire two individuals to staff our Sunday morning nursery for infants, from newborn to 2 years of age. Because we wish to provide optimal care for children, our ideal candidates will be at least 21 years of age, will have completed a basic CPR course, will be up-to-date on all major vaccinations, and will be willing to undergo a pre-employment background check and drug screening.

Hours will be from approximately 8:15 to 12:15 each Sunday morning.
Pay is approximately $20 per hour.

For More Information, Please Contact:

For a complete job description, please download: CBC Sunday Morning Nursery Worker Job Profile

MAUI Ukulele Concert

 

MAUI Ukulele Concert at Calvary!

The Mount Airy Ukulele Invasion, directed by George Smith, will perform at Calvary Baptist on Sunday, May 12 at 5:00 p.m. The concert is free, and there are several members of Calvary who are part of this group. Please come out for a fun evening of music!