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Combined Worship+Ministry Expo+Food Truck 9/23/18

One worship service / 5 food trucks / 15 Calvary ministry exhibits--all on Sunday, September 23rd.  Join us for Combined Worship at 11:00am in the Sanctuary then stay for Food Truck Fellowship.  Enjoy lunch, fellowship and exhibits in the gym at the Calvary Ministry Expo. More Ministry Expo information coming soon...
Food Trucks: Suga Mommas, Porterhouse Barbecue, Sav's Chill, Los Hermanos Locos, and Mad Mike's.

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Build-A-Bed 9/29/18 -- Help Needed in Advance!

Announcing pre-cut and stain days: Monday 9/17, Friday 9/21 and Monday 9/24 from 5:30-8:00pm at the Building Institute of Central Kentucky located at 109 W. Loudon Ave, Lexington, KY

Calvary's Build-A-Bed day is Saturday, September 29th at 9:00am. For the first time we are building beds for middle school and high school students--complete with nighttime kits and bedding. Opportunities for all ages and skill levels.

Nighttime kit and bedding items: more information soon...we're working to get specific information from school resource counselors.

Contact Brian Varble via email or phone for more information.

Check out WKYT's story on Calvary's March 2018 Build-A-Bed project.

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Wednesday Evening 9/19/18

Join us Wednesday for Fellowship Dinner (Chicken Quarters, Rice Pilaf, Mixed Vegetables, Dessert, Soup & Salad Bar and Kids Meal) in Fellowship Hall from 5:00-6:15. Two Bible Studies this week: “THE B-I-B-L-E: That’s the Book for Me” at 6:15 in the Fireside Room and Calvary Women’s Ministry starts a Bible book club with “Church of the Small Things” at 6:15 in Room 300 - EB2.

4:00pm--Youth Homework Huddle
5:00pm--Fellowship Dinner
5:00pm--Youth Open Gym
5:45pm--Preschool/Children's Music
6:15pm--Bible Study: “THE B-I-B-L-E: That’s the Book for Me”
6:15pm—Women’s Bible Study/Book Club: “Church of the Small Things”
6:15pm--College Bible Study at High Point
6:15pm--Youth Rec Night, Gym
6:30pm—Sanctuary Choir Practice
6:35pm--Preschool/Children's Missions
7:30pm--College Recess

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Sunday at Calvary 9/16/18

Worship with us Sunday morning! Early worship at 8:30, The Summit (college service) at 10:45 and traditional worship at 11:00.  Dr. Baker preaches “Life in the Meantime” at 8:30 and 11:00am. At 11:00am worship, we’ll have a Sanctuary Choir special performance, the second graders Bible presentation, and the Scripture reading Jeremiah 29:4-11. In The Summit, Hank Ellington will preach “Hosea Can You See?” based on Hosea 1:1-9, 3:1-3 . Sunday's 11:00 worship bulletin can be found here. There is a Quarterly Business Meeting following 11:00 worship. A light lunch ($3) will be served and childcare provided.

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Dr. Baker's Retirement Announcement 9/13/18

Pastor’s Paragraph—September 13, 2018

Dear Calvary Baptist Church Family,

Just over 27 years ago on July 21, 1991, I was called to be your pastor. Little did I know at that time as a then 38 year old minister that God would call me to remain as your pastor until my retirement.

I am writing to share with you that I will retire from the pastorate at the end of February, 2019. My final Sunday as your pastor will be February 24, 2019.

It is with mixed emotions that I make this announcement: sad to say good-bye to a church that I dearly love; grateful for the gracious God-given opportunity that I have had to be the pastor of such an amazingly gifted and Christ-centered congregation; anxious about the prospect of being retired (will I really be 66 years old this coming February?); and yet excited about what God has in store for me during my retirement years.

While I do not know my exact retirement plans, I do hope to do some preaching, some teaching, some writing, a bit more golfing, and to spend quite a bit more time with my family – my wife, my children, my children’s spouses, and my grandchildren (I have told you that I am a grandfather, haven’t I?).

I am announcing the date of my retirement now in the hope of giving our church family ample time to begin making preparations for the upcoming interim period and for the search process through which God will provide a new pastor for our church. At this coming Sunday’s (September 16th) quarterly business meeting, the church Personnel Committee will be making some recommendations/suggestions regarding possible steps that our congregation can begin to take now in order to best utilize the transitional period that is before us.

I pray that we will dedicate the closing six months of our time together to be the best congregation on mission for the Lord Jesus Christ that we have the potential to be. So what can each of us do between now and the end of next February? Let me make these suggestions: 1) Be faithful in worship and Sunday School attendance; 2) Give generously of your time, talents, and resources; 3) Pray for our church daily; and 4) ask God to use your life in His service during this transitional time.

Thank you for the privilege of being your pastor. Ministering to and with you these past 27 years has been the highlight of my ministerial career. Thank you for praying for me (especially during those “rough patches” in 2008 when I had open heart surgery and in 2009 when I was hospitalized for clinical depression). Thank you for loving my wife and my family. And thank you for being the church that you are – a “Christ-centered caring church family in the center of our community” committed to loving the Lord our God with all of your heart, soul, strength, and mind.

As I announce my retirement, I want to acknowledge how much I value the ministers on our church staff. More than fellow ministers, they are my friends who in so many ways are like family. How fortunate I have been not only to minister with them but to be ministered to by them! How blessed Calvary Baptist Church is to have such talented and dedicated church staff ministers!

Before closing this letter, I want to express my special appreciation for my wife. Deborah has been and continues to be an incredibly gifted reading specialist and literacy coach, a fabulous mother and grandmother, an always well prepared Sunday School teacher, a faithful sanctuary choir member, and an “always there” ministry partner. God blesses me, encourages me, and inspires me through her. A better wife and ministry partner I could not have! Thanks, Deb!

And now – in the words of Romans 15:13 – “May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing so that by the power of the Holy Spirit we the congregation of Calvary Baptist Church will abound in hope.”

Your blessed and grateful pastor,

Robert G. Baker

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Wednesday Evening 9/12/18

Join us Wednesday for Fellowship Dinner (Braised Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Soup & Salad Bar and Kids Meal) in Fellowship Hall from 5:00-6:15. There is an information forum at 6:00pm in Fellowship Hall for discussion of the recommendation to be presented at the 9/16 Quarterly Business Meeting.  This week’s Bible Study is the conclusion of Luke: The Great Gospel Storyteller led by Hank Ellington in the Fireside Room. Sanctuary Choir practice is at 7:00pm.

4:00pm--Youth Homework Huddle
5:00pm--Fellowship Dinner
5:00pm--Youth Open Gym
5:45pm--Calvary Women's Ministry Bible Study Committee Meeting, CR
5:45pm--Preschool/Children's Music
6:00pm—Information Forum
6:15pm--Bible Study
6:15pm--College Bible Study at High Point
6:15pm--Youth Bible Study
6:35pm--Preschool/Children's Missions
7:00pm—Sanctuary Choir Practice
7:30pm--College Recess

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Sunday at Calvary 9/9/18

Worship with us Sunday morning-- early worship at 8:30, The Summit (college service) at 10:45 and traditional worship at 11:00.  Dr. Baker continues and concludes his sermon series with "Philippians 4 Leftovers."   Scripture readings this week will be Psalm 29 and Philippians 4:6-9.  Sunday's 11:00 worship bulletin can be found here.

It's Grandparents Day in Sunday School for kindergarten through grade 5.  From 9:45-10:00am we invite you to share muffins and juice with your grandchild in their new Sunday School class.  At 10:10 in the Chapel, Hank Ellington will lead a special Bible study, "Grandparents 'R' Us."  Don't forget there is a Youth Ministry Parent/Student Meeting & Lunch following 11:00 worship in the Youth Lounge.

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Wednesday Evening 9/5/18

Join us Wednesday for Fellowship Dinner (Spaghetti & Meatballs, Tossed Salad, Breadsticks, Soup & Salad Bar and Kids Meal) in Fellowship Hall from 5:00-6:15.   Bible Study this week will be a study of Luke  (series through 9/12  Luke: The Great Gospel Storyteller) led by Hank Ellington in the Fireside Room.

4:00pm--Youth Homework Huddle
5:00pm--Fellowship Dinner
5:00pm--Youth Open Gym
5:45pm--Calvary Women's Ministry Bible Study Meeting, CR
5:45pm--Preschool/Children's Music
6:15pm--Bible Study
6:15pm--College Bible Study at High Point
6:15pm--Youth Bible Study
6:30pm--Sanctuary Choir Practice
6:35pm--Preschool/Children's Missions
6:35pm--GA Welcoming Ceremony
7:30pm--College Recess

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Sunday at Calvary 9/2/18

Join us at 8:30 or 11:00 for Dr. Baker's message "Meditating: What Are You Thinking About?" --the final sermon in the "Remaining C.A.L.M. in a Chaotic World" series.  Our scripture readings on Sunday will be Psalm 37:3-7a and Philippians 4:8-9. Dr. Baker talks about last week's business meeting and the church picnic in the 8/30/18 Pastor's Paragraph that can be read here. Sunday's 11:00 worship bulletin can be found here.

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Ministry Expo+Food Truck 9/23/18

One worship service / 5 food trucks / 15 Calvary ministry exhibits--all on Sunday, September 23rd.  Join us for Combined Worship at 11:00am in the Sanctuary then stay for Food Truck Fellowship.  Enjoy lunch, fellowship and exhibits in the gym at the Calvary Ministry Expo. More Ministry Expo information coming soon...
Food Trucks: Suga Mommas, Porterhouse Barbecue, Sav's Chill, Los Hermanos Locos, and Mad Mike's.

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Build-A-Bed 9/29/18 Help Needed

Announcing pre-cut and stain days: Monday 9/17, Friday 9/21 and Monday 9/24 from 5:30-8:00pm at the Building Institute of Central Kentucky located at 109 W. Loudon Ave, Lexington, KY

Calvary's Build-A-Bed day is Saturday, September 29th at 9:00am. For the first time we are building beds for middle school and high school students--complete with nighttime kits and bedding. Opportunities for all ages and skill levels.

Nighttime kit and bedding items: more information soon...we're working to get specific information from school resource counselors.

Contact Brian Varble via email or phone for more information.

Check out WKYT's story on Calvary's March 2018 Build-A-Bed project.

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Pickleball For All 9/10/18

Calling all pickleballers!  We're taking over the gym on Monday, September 10th from 6:30--8:00pm for church-wide pickleball.  All ages and skill levels are welcome! Contact Brian Varble via email or at (859) 232-8955 if you have questions or need more info.

What is pickleball?  The fast growing sport of pickleball combines tennis, table tennis and badminton and is played on a smaller version of a tennis court.  The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.   --lexingtonky.gov

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Wednesday Evening 8/29/18

Join us for Fellowship Dinner (Pork Loin, Baked Potato, Peas & Carrots, Soup & Salad Bar and Kids Meal) in Fellowship Hall from 5:00-6:15.   Bible Study this week will be a study of Luke  (series through 9/12  Luke: The Great Gospel Storyteller) led by Hank Ellington in the Fireside Room.

4:00pm--Youth Homework Huddle
5:00pm--Fellowship Dinner
5:00pm--Youth Open Gym
5:45pm--Preschool/Children's Music
6:15pm--Bible Study
6:15pm--College Bible Study at High Point
6:15pm--Youth Bible Study
6:30pm--Sanctuary Choir Practice
6:35pm--Preschool/Children's Missions
6:35pm--RA Welcoming Ceremony
7:30pm--College Recess

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Ministry Expo+Food Truck 9/23/18

One worship service / 5 food trucks / 15 Calvary ministry exhibits--all on Sunday, September 23rd.  Join us for Combined Worship at 11:00am in the Sanctuary then stay for Food Truck Fellowship.  Enjoy lunch, fellowship and exhibits in the gym at the Calvary Ministry Expo. More Ministry Expo information coming soon...
Food Trucks: Suga Mommas, Porterhouse Barbecue, Sav's Chill, Los Hermanos Locos, and Mad Mike's.

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Room in the Inn 11/4/18-3/31/19

Calvary's Room in the Inn Ministry begins November 4th.  We are looking for Sunday School classes to help on 22 Sunday evenings November 4th through March 31st, as well as individuals who can serve as overnight hosts.  You can sign up in Sunday School (by September 23rd) or by contacting Brian Varble via email or at (859) 327-9984 .   Printable sign up form with dates and additional information available here.

When someone experiences hospitality and safety and a feeling of belonging, they experience sanctuary.  --Fr. Charles Strobel, founding director, RITI Nashville

ROOM IN THE INN Lexington’s ministry was born over 10 years ago in response to a cease-and-desist order issued by the LFUCG against a local church who began offering food and shelter in their basement during the coldest nights of the winter. In response to the City’s action, we formed a small delegation that traveled to Nashville to evaluate the ROOM IN THE INN NASHVILLE ministry. The Nashville ministrybegan in 1986 under the leadership of Father Charles Stroble, with 4 churches. It is now Nashville’s second largest shelter with over 200 host congregations participating. 

Each fall, homeless men from the Lexington area are invited to apply to participate in our ministry. Applicants are screened and 24 men are invited to attend. The men are divided into two groups, which are dispatched each night from a central downtown location to participating congregations by an Innkeeper. Participating congregations pick up the guests and transport them to their facilities, where they are greeted with a warm meal and a safe place to sleep for the evening. The following morning, guests receive breakfast and are transported back downtown. Through this process, relationships are formed and lives are changed – not just the guests, everyone involved! http://www.ritilex.org/

 

Sunday at Calvary 8/26/18

Worship with us! At Sunday's 11:00 Combined Worship, Dr. Baker continues his "Remaining C.A.L.M. in a Chaotic World" series with the sermon, "Leaving Our Concerns With God," inspired in part by Max Lucado's Anxious for Nothing. Our scripture reading is  Philippians 4:4-9.  This week we welcome a special guest, Niki Hays,  candidate for Minister to College Students and Young Adults, who will share personal testimony during worship. A special Called Business Meeting will be held in the Sanctuary immediately following worship. Be sure to read Dr. Baker's 8/23/18 Pastor's Paragraph to learn about Niki Hays and all the special events planned this weekend, including Sunday's Church Picnic at Donamire Farm. The 11:00 worship bulletin can be found here.

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Combined Worship, Testimony & Called Business Mtg 8/26/18

On Sunday, August 26th,  we will have combined worship at 11:00am in the Sanctuary.  The candidate for Minister to College Students & Young Adults will share personal testimony.  Following worship, the Personnel Committee will present its recommendation for the candidate for Minister to College Students and Young Adults at a Special Called Business Meeting to be held in the Sanctuary at 12:00pm. 


Pastor's Paragraph—August 23, 2018

I am delighted to share with you that our Minister of College Students and Young Adults Search Committee feels led to recommend that Niki Hays be called by our church to become our Minister of College Students and Young Adults. This recommendation will be made to our congregation at the special called church business meeting which will take place in our church sanctuary immediately following this coming Sunday’s (August 26) 11:00 a.m. worship service.
 
A native of Texas, Niki presently serves as the Minister of Education and Students at the Monument Baptist Church in Deer Park, Texas. She and her husband Ryan (a Kentucky native who grew up in Versailles, Kentucky) have two children: Ryder age 7, who is beginning the second grade this fall; and Karis or KK as her parents call her, who is two years old.  The entire Hays family will worship with us this coming Sunday, and Niki will share her personal testimony during the combined morning service. Niki and her family have also been invited to attend our annual church picnic Sunday afternoon from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Donamire Farm.
 
Niki will meet with our college students and young adults this Saturday from 4 – 6 p.m. She will also be available in the Fireside Room this coming Sunday morning from 9:15 – 9:45 to meet any church members who would like to drop by before Sunday School. Please take note of some additional information about Niki which is included below. Be in prayer for Niki, her family, and our church as we gather this Sunday to act on our search committee’s recommendation that she be called as our Minister of College Students and Young Adults.
 
Blessings,
Bob

Read more of Niki Hays's bio here --->Pastor's Paragraph—August 23, 2018

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Pastor's Paragraph—August 23, 2018

I am delighted to share with you that our Minister of College Students and Young Adults Search Committee feels led to recommend that Niki Hays be called by our church to become our Minister of College Students and Young Adults. This recommendation will be made to our congregation at the special called church business meeting which will take place in our church sanctuary immediately following this coming Sunday’s (August 26) 11:00 a.m. worship service.
 
A native of Texas, Niki presently serves as the Minister of Education and Students at the Monument Baptist Church in Deer Park, Texas. She and her husband Ryan (a Kentucky native who grew up in Versailles, Kentucky) have two children: Ryder age 7, who is beginning the second grade this fall; and Karis or KK as her parents call her, who is two years old.  The entire Hays family will worship with us this coming Sunday, and Niki will share her personal testimony during the combined morning service. Niki and her family have also been invited to attend our annual church picnic Sunday afternoon from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Donamire Farm.
 
Niki will meet with our college students and young adults this Saturday from 4 – 6 p.m. She will also be available in the Fireside Room this coming Sunday morning from 9:15 – 9:45 to meet any church members who would like to drop by before Sunday School. Please take note of some additional information about Niki which is included below. Be in prayer for Niki, her family, and our church as we gather this Sunday to act on our search committee’s recommendation that she be called as our Minister of College Students and Young Adults.
 
Blessings,
Bob

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Niki Hays

Education:
1999
Deer Park High School, Deer Park, TX, Cum Laude

1999-2003           
Houston Baptist University, Bachelor of Arts
Majors: Christianity & Speech Communications, Magna Cum Laude

2003-2006
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX
Master of Arts in Christian Education

Job Experience:
1999 - Present
Minister of Education and Students
Monument Baptist Church, Deer Park, TX

Summary:  I have the responsibility of overseeing all education in the church, birth to senior citizens.  Additionally I lead a student ministry team focused on ministering to, teaching, and discipling students in 7th to 12th grade.  I lead our student choir, develop our student ministry curriculum, lead our church-wide Sunday School Leadership Team, and maintain our church’s social media.  I organize, plan and lead our annual Vacation Bible School, with more than 350 children and 100 volunteers in attendance.  I have the privilege of leading our recruitment and hiring efforts for both staff and volunteer positions.  I spearhead our training efforts for nursery, preschool, children’s ministry, student ministry, and adult ministry.  I prepare for and teach, multiple Bible study groups weekly, adults as well as students.  As a licensed minister, I also officiate wedding ceremonies and participate in pastoral care responsibilities.

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