Christmas at Colonial
On Monday, December 23, members of Calvary sponsored a Christmas Party for residents of the Colonial Care Nursing Home. After singing a round of Christmas carols, each resident was given a bag, filled with gifts that had been donated by church members during the Advent season. Volunteers from the church – many of them students – rounded out the evening by helping residents create Christmas cards and decorative paper chains to hang on their doors. It was a great night, and a big “Thank You” goes out to everyone who participated – as well as everyone who provided gifts for the residents. Calvary generally hosts an event of some kind at Colonial each month. For more information about how you can be involved, contact our Minister of Music, Teresa Martin.
Calvary’s Praise Band will be sharing their musical talents at 1 o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday, November 8th at Riverside Park in Mount Airy. Come join us to hear some great praise and worship music, along with some blues and country variations that are sure to please. We’d love to see you there…and bring a friend!
Children and their families are invited to join us for our annual Fall Festival this coming Wednesday (October 29). The event kicks off at 6 PM, and we’ll have lots of games, candy, face-painting, and (of course) a costume contest! Please be our guest…and bring a friend!
The Backpack Challenge
In the month of September, the church family at Calvary Baptist was challenge to contribute 5000 food items for the Franklin Elementary Backpack program, an outreach the provides nutritious food to children from food-insecure families during the weekend when they don’t have access to school lunches. We’re happy to report that as of Sunday, September 28, the congregation had donated 6825 food items, which far surpasses our goal. This total doesn’t include the items that will be purchased with additional designated gifts and with almost $1400 that our youth raised through their Car Wash and Yard Sale on Saturday, September 27. Thanks to everyone who helped us share this “act of blessing” with children and families right here in our neighborhood!
Ministry Fair this Sunday (9/28)
We believe that some of the best Christian growth happens when people get connected to opportunities for serving others! So this Sunday (September 28), we’ll be holding a Ministry Fair from 9:30 to 10 o’clock in the morning (between our Uplift Contemporary Worship Gathering and Sunday School). Join us in the Fellowship Hall to discover new ways that you can put your God-given abilities to good use. Coffee and donuts will be served.
New Church Directory
We want everyone who participates in the life of Calvary to be part of our new church directory! Directory photos will be taken by LifeTouch representatives on September 25, 26 and 27; and October 2, 3 and 4. You can reserve a photo session by stopping by the sign-up table in the sanctuary lobby on Sunday mornings, or by using the LifeTouch online scheduling tool.
Mid-Week Ministries for Fall 2014
Calvary’s full schedule of Wednesday night activities is now up and running! The night kicks off with a fellowship meal at 5:45 PM followed by Christian growth opportunities for all ages at 6:30 PM. Children’s activities include Mission Friends (for preschoolers), AIM – Abide in Me (for grade-school girls), and RA’s – Royal Ambassadors (for grade-school boys). Adult study options include:
- The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life (Facilitated by Jan Varney). This study will show how to get healthier by using the five essentials of faith, food, fitness, focus and friends.
- Nurturing Faith (Facilitated by Gray Shelton). This study provides a traditional weekly Bible study option rooted in one of our Sunday morning curricula.
- 1000 Gifts (Facilitated by Jill Cawley). This study is based on Ann Voskamp’s recent book and will focus on the powerful impact of gratitude in our lives.
Remember, too, that our Mid-Week Ministry line-up includes Handbell Choir rehearsal at 6:30 PM and Adult Choir rehearsal at 7:15 PM.
Blood Drive at Calvary
Calvary’s Young Adult Sunday School class will sponsor a Blood Drive on Sunday, September 21st from 11 AM to 3:30 PM. Hot dogs and Speedy Chef treats will be available for donors in the canteen. Please contact Ashley Mills if you’d like to make an appointment.
Youth Fundraising Lunch
On Sunday, September 14th, Calvary’s youth ministry will sponsor a spaghetti lunch in the Fellowship Hall right after our Traditional worship gathering to get a head start on raising money for next summer’s mission trip. Everyone is encouraged to join us for a good meal, good fellowship, and a good show of support for our student ministry.
Acts of Blessing
As the summer ends and we begin a fresh season of ministry here at Calvary, our classes and other groups are encouraged to be on the lookout for potential “Acts of Blessing” – those acts of service that allow us to make a difference in the lives of our members and our community. If your class or group performs an Act of Blessing, please share it with the rest of us using one of the “A-B Honor Roll” sheets, which are located in Sunday School boxes and in literature racks around the church. This will encourage others to seek opportunities for ministry and will let us all celebrate what God is doing through Calvary Baptist.