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.
This Saturday, January 9, we invite you to join us at Calvary anytime between 9 AM and Noon for a “Potatoes for Jesus” Potato-Bagging Party!
Calvary has been given an opportunity to partner with the Society of Saint Andrew, a Christian ministry that coordinates gleaning projects in order to save food that would go to waste and make it available to feed hungry families. (For more on gleaning, see Leviticus 19:9-10 and Ruth 2:2-23). Later this week, they’ll be delivering 20,000 pounds of gleaned potatoes to our church, and it will be our job to bag those potatoes and deliver them to area food banks and feeding ministries.
With 20,000 pounds of potatoes to bag, we’ll need the help of anyone who can participate; so we encourage you to come out and join us (even if you can only stay for a little while) – and we encourage you to invite others. We’ll also need plenty of bags in which to put the potatoes; so if you have any clean plastic grocery bags that you can donate, we invite you to bring them by the church anytime between now and Saturday.
This is a great opportunity for us to bless our community by living out the instructions that God has given us in His Word. We hope you can participate – and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday!
Special Offering this Sunday
On Sunday, November 1st, Calvary Baptist will receive a special offering for “The Wounded Warrior Project.” If you’re unfamiliar with this organization, “The Wounded Warrior Project” provides assistance for veterans (and their families) who suffered injury through their service in our nation’s armed forces. All the funds that we collect will be given to “The Wounded Warrior Project” in honor and in memory of the veterans in our church family during a time of recognition that will take place in worship on Sunday, November 8th. If you wish to give to the offering, please mark your gift “veterans.”
Fall Festival for Children
Calvary Baptist will sponsor its Fall Festival for Children on Saturday, October 31st at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. The event will include games, crafts, a Bible story and trunk-or-treating for the kids. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. Everyone is welcome!
Calvary Meets the “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!