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!
On Sunday, February 21, Calvary’s Youth Ministry will be hosting a Chicken Stew Fundraiser to generate support for their upcoming mission trip to Belize. The chicken stew will be prepared by our own Roger Keck and will be available for purchase after Sunday morning Bible study and after the 11 o’clock worship service. After Bible study, “to go” containers will be available for $5; and after the 11 o’clock worship service, stew will be available “to go” ($5) or to “eat in” (donation). We encourage the members of our church family to come out and support our young people – and we invite anyone else in the community to stop by and enjoy a meal with us.
Calvary’s Mid-Week Ministry begins a new session on Wednesday, February 17. Each Wednesday night begins with a snack supper at 6 PM that’s provided for everyone who’s participating in Bible study. Small groups begin at 6:30 and include Mission Friends, RA’s (Royal Ambassadors), and AIM (Abide In Me) for kids; Wednesday Night Encounter for youth; and the following studies for adults:
- Time: Where did all the time go? What are you doing with your time? Most important of all, how can you make the most of your time? (written by Andy Stanley; facilitated by Ralph Hiatt)
- #Struggles: Subtitled “Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World,” this study offers real-life examples that reveal the depth to which each of us battles with social media. How does it mask our real struggles? And how can we reclaim a Christ-centered life? (written by Craig Groeschel; facilitated by Jeremy Hefner)
Thanks to everyone who came out today (Saturday, January 9th) to help us package gleaned potatoes for distribution to area food banks. Because of our partnership with The Society of Saint Andrew and the serving hearts of many willing volunteers, we were able to bag more than 16,000 pounds of food so that it could be used to feed local families.