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”
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.