Give to Hurricane Relief Efforts
In the wake of historic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey along the Gulf Coast of Texas and by Hurricane Irma in Florida and the southeastern US, many members of our church family have asked if we will be collecting a special offering to provide relief for people impacted by the storms. While we are certainly willing to be a conduit for contributions, we feel that it would be most helpful for potential donors to give directly to the agencies that are best positioned to understand and to respond to the rapidly changing needs that arise in tragedies like these. Therefore, we are providing the following links to facilitate this giving:
- NC Baptist Men: Baptists here in North Carolina have a long history of ministering to persons whose lives have been impacted by natural disasters. Teams that provide food, showers, laundry facilities and reconstruction aid are already in place.
- Texas Baptist Men and/or Florida Baptist Disaster Relief: Both Texas and Florida Baptists maintain well-organized disaster response ministries, and their familiarity with the areas impacted by these storms make them an excellent choice for relief donations.
- Samaritan’s Purse: Samaritan’s Purse brings together churches and individuals from a variety of backgrounds to respond to the pressing needs of our world. This link to their man donation page allows you to designate funds for Hurricane Harvey and/or Hurricane Irma relief.
- Red Cross: The Red Cross continues to be a key player in organizing aid to persons in need.
If you have any questions about Calvary’s response to these recent disasters — or if you wish to make a contribution through our church — please contact the church office.
Easter Backpack Project
Our church family has been given an opportunity to help with a special “Easter Backpack” distribution at Franklin Elementary School. Spring Break will have kids out of school for a whole week rather than just a weekend; so the Backpack coordinator would like to send them home with extra food. We have been asked to provide 60 bags that contain these much-needed provisions. Each bag needs to contain the same items, so we are asking you to complete a bag (or bags) using the list below – and then deliver it to the church on or before Sunday, April 9. If you’d like to participate but don’t have time to shop, you can also “sponsor” a bag by donating $13 and marking your gift “Easter Backpack.”
Easter Backpack Items
[Please note: You can purchase the “name brand” or the “store brand” version of each item, but please include all
of these items and only
these items in your bag.]
- 1 – 15-oz can of Chef Boyardee spaghetti or ravioli
- 3 – 3-oz packages of Ramen Noodles
- 2 – 4-oz packages of Instant Potatoes (“Just Add Water” variety)
- 1 – 6-pack of Applesauce Cups
- 1 – 8-count box of Pop-Tarts
- 1 – 8-count box of Nutri-Grain Bars
- 1 – 8-count box of Peanut Butter Crackers
A “Bandana Blessing”
The Ladies 3 Sunday School class at Calvary recently found a creative way to “be a blessing” to members of our nation’s military. Through an organization called “Operation Bandanas” (which was established by a woman whose husband was a soldier, killed in the line of duty), they packaged 200 bandanas, each of which was imprinted with Psalm 91 and packaged with a personal note of encouragement. The ladies recruited some help for their note-writing from the girls in our Mid-Week children’s ministry, and they did all the packaging in a one-day “bandana blitz” that included pizza, fellowship and lots of fun. The finished packages were then sent to Operation Bandanas, which will distribute them to servicemen and servicewomen overseas.
There are so many ways that our God can use us to enrich the lives of others and put His goodness on display. Thanks to the members of Ladies 3 for taking advantage of one such opportunity and sharing a report with us!
Cries from the Cross
When someone important to us is approaching death, we often pay special attention to their last words. Last words can provide unique insight into a person’s life; and they can offer valuable reminders of the priorities for which that person stood. Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that Christians have long paid special attention to the last words of Jesus. Drawn from all four gospels, the “Seven Last Words of Christ” have offered a window into Jesus’ relationship with the Father – and have reminded us of everything that Jesus endured for our salvation.
During the season of Lent this year, we’ll be considering the “Seven Last Words of Christ” in morning worship. Each Sunday, we’ll dive deeply into one of these “Cries from the Cross,” seeking the truth that our Lord wants to teach us. If you’d like prepare for these messages by reading Jesus’ last words for yourself, the schedule will look like this:
- March 05: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:32-38)
- March 12: “Today, you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:39-43)
- March 19: “Woman, behold your son.” (John 19:26-27)
- March 26: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:45-59)
- April 02: “I thirst.” (John 19:28-29)
- April 09: “It is finished.” (John 19:30)
- April 16: Sunrise Service – “Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit.” (Luke 23:46-49); Easter Worship – “The Words After That.”
The Backpack Challenge Is Met!
We’re happy to report that our church family collected 6340 food items this month to support the Backpack program at Franklin Elementary. This exceeds our goal of 6000 items, and it will give this year’s program a great foundation as backpacks start going home at the end of this week. However, the news gets even better than that! In addition to the 6340 food items, we also collected $2465 in financial contributions that will be used to purchase additional food as the need arises. Thank you, Calvary, for “being a blessing” and for enriching the lives of kids in our community.
Kent Moser from Calvary delivers a load of food from the Backpack Challenge to Jennifer Stone of Franklin Elementary School
Calvary’s Uplift Praise Band will be sharing the good news of Jesus in song through a free concert that will take place at the Chick-fil-A in Mount Airy at 7 PM on Saturday, July 23rd. This will be the second event of this kind that the band has held at Chick-fil-A, and the first was a great success. We invite you to break out a lawn chair, invite a friend, and be our guest for this evening of worship and fellowship.
Come out at 6 PM on Saturday, July 9 and Rejuvenate!
Calvary’s “Rejuvenate” gatherings offer occasional opportunities for worship and fellowship. The next gathering takes place at 6 PM on Saturday, July 9th, as we’re led in worship by “The Country Boys,” a local bluegrass group. The music will be followed by an ice cream social.
“Maundy” Thursday gets its name from the Latin “mandatum,” which means “commandment.” On the night before he was betrayed, Jesus gave his disciples a “new commandment to love one another” (John 13:34), and then he shared with them the bread and wine that would remind them of his coming sacrifice. We, too, can remember our Lord’s sacrifice by participating in this year’s Maundy Thursday worship service, which will take place in the sanctuary on Thursday, March 24, at 7 PM. We hope you’ll join us for this reflective time of praying for one another, reading scripture, and sharing the Lord’s Supper.
Join us on Sunday nights for our Spring Women’s Bible Study: “Me, Myself and Lies: A Thought Closet Makeover” by Jennifer Rothschild. This study, which included lessons on DVD followed by great conversation and application, can help participants replace negativity in their lives with a positive trust in Christ. The study will meet from 5 to 7 PM each Sunday night, beginning on March 6 and ending on April 17.
Please join us for a new worship experience at Calvary – Rejuvenate! Each of these occasional worship gatherings will have a different “feel,” ranging from contemporary to gospel to reflective. What’s more, each Rejuvenate service will allow us to worship together as a church family, to expand our worship horizons, and to invite others to experience the good things that God is doing here at Calvary.
This month, Rejuvenate will be held on Saturday, March 19 at 6 o’clock in the evening. We’ll be led in worship by David Scott and the praise band from Boone United Methodist Church – along with our own Uplift praise band. There will be a dessert fellowship immediately after worship in the fellowship hall, and we are asking everyone to bring a non-perishable food item to support our local food bank. We look forward to seeing you and giving you a chance to Rejuvenate!