Calvary Meets the “Backpack Challenge”
Melissa Hart of Franklin Elementary and Pastor Alex Martin of Calvary help unload items collected in this year’s Backpack Challenge.
This September, members of Calvary Baptist were challenged to collect 5500 food items to support the Backpack program at Franklin Elementary School, an outreach that provides children from “food insecure” families with something healthy to eat during the weekend when school lunches are not available to them. As the month draws to a close, we’re happy to report that a total of 8500 items has been collected – along with some additional financial donations that will be used to purchase more food as it is needed! Thank you so much to our church family for helping make this effort a success. Because of your generosity, Calvary is able to “be a blessing” to our community.
Blood Drive at Calvary on Sunday, September 20
This Sunday (9/20), Calvary will be hosting a Red Cross blood drive from 11 AM to 3 PM. This event will take place on the lower level of our educational building in Room 119. “Speedy Chef” hot-dogs and other snacks will be available for all donors. In addition, for every unit of blood collected, two items will be donated to the Franklin Elementary School Backpack Program as part of this month’s “Backpack Challenge.” Please consider giving the gift of life by donating blood.
Backpack Challenge 2015
During the month of September, Calvary will be working to collect 5500 individually-wrapped, kid-friendly food items to support the Backpack Program of Franklin Elementary School. This program makes sure that children from “food insecure” families have access to nutritious meals during the weekend (when free and reduced-price school lunches are not available), and it is one of the key ways that our church family seeks to “be a blessing” to people who are in need right here in our neighborhood. Collection boxes are available at the entrances to our facility. Let’s show God’s love in a practical way as we make a difference in the lives of children!
Mid-Week Ministries Offer Opportunities for Growth
Calvary’s Mid-Week Ministries are up and running! That means that new growth opportunities available for the entire family! We invite children and youth to join us for Mission Friends (for Pre-K and Kindergarten kids), RA’s and GA’s (for Grade School boys and girls) and Youth Bible Study (for Middle School and High School youth). In our first Fall session, adults can choose from these three studies:
- Fearless: Max Lucado addresses some of our greatest fears and explains how faith – not fear – can become our default response to threats (facilitated by Jan Varney).
- Fight Back with Joy: Through vulnerable storytelling, a difficult diagnosis, and a good dose of humor, Margaret Feinberg reveals how joy is more than whimsy. It’s the weapon you can use to fight life’s battles (facilitated by Carol Lowe).
- Jonah: While many of us know the story of Jonah, this traditional Bible study will offer a fresh look at his life, showing us how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things (facilitated by Lanny Wood).
All studies begin at 6:30 PM. Although renovations to our kitchen and fellowship hall mean that we are not currently offering a community meal, there will be a light snack supper available at 6 PM for those who are participating in one of our studies.
Other Mid-Week ministry opportunities include our Handbell Choir (6:15 PM) and our Adult Sanctuary Choir (7:15). We hope to see you!
Calvary’s Experience Student Ministry kicks-off its regular Sunday night meeting this weekend on Sunday, August 30th. Middle School youth will meet from 5 to 6 PM. A snack supper for all youth is shared from 6 to 6:30 PM. And high school youth meet from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. If you’ve got any questions, please touch base with our Minister to Youth and Children, Alex Bracey. Come and join us as we start a great new year!
Don’t forget: we’re running an informal “Farmers’ Market” on Sunday mornings at Calvary during this season that local gardens are producing. If your garden has produced more than you can use and you’re willing to share, please bring your fruits and veggies to the fellowship hall on Sunday morning. [We do ask that you clean the produce before bringing it to church, and that you leave it in a container of some kind.]
If you want to pick up some food, you can visit the fellowship hall before Sunday School or after the traditional worship service. If you’d like to leave a donation for anything that you take home, you can put a contribution in an offering envelope and mark it “Yokefellow.” Any unclaimed produce will be delivered to Yokefellow on Monday morning to help meet the needs of hungry people in our community.
The needs of our community don’t disappear just because it’s summer, and Calvary responds to these needs by partnering with community organizations like Yokefellow Cooperative Ministries. Through Yokefellow, working families in crisis receive food and other assistance that can help sustain them until they’re able to get back on their feet. During the month of June, we’ll be sponsoring a Food Drive (non-perishable items only, please) to support this important work. Our goal is to collect at least 1000 items. Please bring your donations to the Chapel by June 28, 2015.
On Saturday, June 6, Calvary’s Experience Student Ministry will be sponsoring a “Port-a-Pit Chicken” Barbecue to raise money for their summer mission trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The event will run from 11 AM to 3 PM, and participants can dine-in or carry-out. The cost is $10 per plate, which includes chicken, beans, slaw, roll and dessert.
Don’t Miss Calvary’s Easter Egg-stravaganza!
On Saturday, April 4th, Calvary will sponsor a special Easter event for children. Join us at the church from 1 PM to 3 PM for games, crafts, and the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Kids will also hear the Easter story and receive a reminder of God’s amazing love. There’s no charge for the event – and everyone’s invited!
Be Our Guest for Holy Week Worship
Calvary Baptist is offering several opportunities for worship during Holy Week that are designed to help you reflect in a meaningful way on Jesus’ sacrifice for us and His victory over death. We hope you can join us!
- Maundy Thursday: “The Living Last Supper” is a drama about the disciples of Jesus: their reasons for following Him, their struggles to understand Him, and their fears of failing Him. (April 2nd at 7 PM)
- Good Friday: “He Is” is a drama that presents the stories of people whyo were touched by the final hours of Christ. (April 3rd at 7 PM
- Holy Saturday: “Sabacthani” is a drama that focuses on Jesus’ dramatic cry of despair. By Saturday, even the followers of Jesus were starting to lose hope. What happens when hope dies?
- Easter Sunday: On Sunday, April 5th, Calvary will provide a range of Easter activities that focus on worshiping joyfully and deepening the bonds that unite us as the children of God. Please be our guest for a Sunrise Service at 7:30 AM; an Easter Breakfast at 8:45 AM; Bible Study at 9:45 AM; and Resurrection Worship at 10:55 AM.