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Dr. Baker's Retirement Celebration Dinner 2/17/19

You’re invited to a celebration to honor Dr. Robert Baker on the happy occasion of his retirement after 27 years of ministry as our pastor. The Sunday, February 17th celebration dinner will be held at 5:00pm in Fellowship Hall at Calvary Baptist Church.

A ticket is required for the dinner celebration. The cost is $5 per person. Tickets will be sold on Wednesday evenings (starting January 23rd), Sunday mornings, and in the church office Monday through Friday 8:30—4:30. Ticket sales conclude on February 10th.

Updated Childcare Note: Childcare will be provided (for ages birth through 5th grade). Please use this sign up form if you’re planning to use childcare for the dinner.

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Transition Team Announcement 1/31/19

The Transition Team has posted a 1/31/19 update that can be found on the Transition Information page. You can read the update below as well.


Transition Team Update 1-31-19

Here is a list of the Transition Team’s immediate and long-term goals. We are well on the way of getting a short-term Interim Pastor in place and moving on to the next step. Check in for additional updates on our link on the church website. Thank you for your prayers and support!

I. Short-term Interim Pastor and Pulpit Supply - March 3- May 26 (Memorial Day weekend):

Pulpit Speaker – 8:30 and 11:00 service each Sunday

The Transition Team believes that a consistent presence in the pulpit to lead the church after Bob’s final Sunday and through the Lenten season and Easter is needed.

A short term Interim Pastor will preach at two services each Sunday morning with no other pastoral duties except preaching on Sunday. (The college services will continue with Niki Hays leading until classes conclude in the summer as usual.) The Transition Team has a “deep bench” of substitute speakers in addition to staff to fill in on any Sunday the short-term interim might have a conflict.

II. Options for Creation of Congregational Profile and New Pastor Profile Documents:

The Transition Team has begun assembling data about our church and community that need to be in a congregational profile. We still need input from the church, and think that large-scale congregational conversations and surveys need to be done in order to complete the creation of a profile that reflects who we are, and who we are looking for.

Once we secure our short-term interim pastor, the Transition Team sees completion of these documents as its next task.

Options we are considering:

                1. No outside facilitator/drafter - Calvary does it on its own. There are a lot of resources available for churches wishing to undertake this project internally.

                2. Hire outside facilitator/drafter with experience with churches which have undergone a transition or leadership search.

III. Long-term Interim Pastor

After Memorial Day weekend, the Transition Team will again need to have preaching lined up for the open-ended time between then and the ultimate call of a pastor. If the short-term interim pastor has been successful, and is interested in continuing, the Team may request an extension of the original commitment, but the Transition Team is also scouting out other possible interim candidates to serve the church going forward during this time.

 Other questions? You can contact us at  CBCtransition@calvarybaptistchurch.com



Wednesday Evening 1/30/19 Activities Canceled

All evening activities scheduled for Wednesday, January 30th have been canceled due to the weather. Sanctuary Choir practice and College Bible Study are included in the cancellation. The ROC will be open from 6:00am until 5:00pm on Wednesday.

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Afternoon Tea Reception for Marilyn 1/27/19

Join us on Sunday, January 27th at 2:00pm for an Afternoon Tea Reception and Program in Fellowship Hall celebrating and honoring Marilyn Fightmaster as she retires after 47 years of ministry as our church pianist.

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Dr. Baker's Retirement Celebration Dinner 2/17/19

You’re invited to a celebration to honor Dr. Robert Baker on the happy occasion of his retirement after 27 years of ministry as our pastor. The Sunday, February 17th celebration dinner will be held at 5:00pm in Fellowship Hall at Calvary Baptist Church.

A ticket is required for the dinner celebration. The cost is $5 per person. Tickets will be sold on Wednesday evenings (starting January 23rd), Sunday mornings, and in the church office Monday through Friday 8:30—4:30. Ticket sales conclude on February 10th.

Childcare Note: Childcare will be provided (for ages birth through kindergarten). Please use this sign up form if you will require childcare.

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Afternoon Tea Reception for Marilyn 1/27/19

Join us on Sunday, January 27th at 2:00pm for an Afternoon Tea Reception and Program in Fellowship Hall celebrating and honoring Marilyn Fightmaster as she retires after 47 years of ministry as our church pianist.

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Pastor's Paragraph 1/10/19

Pastor’s Paragraph—January 10, 2019

Happy New Year! It was good to be back in the pulpit last Sunday (the first Sunday of 2019) after enjoying an after-Christmas break with family and friends. (And yes, my break certainly did include spending time with Baxter, Oliver, Annie, and Will – our four grandchildren!)
 
I trust that you had good Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. Some of my favorite holiday experiences included: 

1.       The “Many Moods of Christmas” musical presentation by our outstanding Sanctuary Choir;

2.       The Calvary Christmas Project through which our church was able to share the good news of Christ and Christmas with 130 families including approximately 400 children;

3.       Welcoming to Calvary and to Lexington Niki Hays (our new Minister of College Students and Young Adults) and her family- Ryan, Ryder, and Karis;

4.       Baptizing nine new Christians on the Sunday morning (Dec. 23) prior to Christmas;

5.       Serving Communion and Lighting the Christ Candle during my last Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion service as your pastor.

Even as we reflect upon the experiences and blessings of 2018, we look forward to the New Year that is before us. Indeed, 2019 will be a year of change and transition for our church. Consider: 

1.       I will be retiring from the pastorate at the end of February after being blessed to have been the pastor of Calvary for the past 27 1/2 years;

2.       Marilyn Fightmaster, who recently announced her retirement as our church pianist, will conclude her extraordinary piano ministry with us having served our church in this capacity for the past 47 years; (We will honor Marilyn with a reception tea and program on Sunday, January 27, beginning at 2:00 p.m.)

3.       Our church will begin the search for our new pastor – a search process that will be facilitated through the prayerful recommendations of our Transition Team, through the ministry of a transition/interim pastor (who will be approved by the church), through the work of a nine person pastor search committee (to be recommended by our Nominating Committee and approved by the church) and ultimately through the recommendation of a candidate to be called to be our new pastor – a recommendation from the Pastor Search Committee that  will be “voted on” by the membership of our church. 

Let me suggest three ways that each CBC member can support our church during this upcoming time of transition:

1.       Resolve to pray for our church every day and then do it! Pray that we will be open to the guidance of God as we search for a new pastor. Pray that the Lord will work through our Transition Team, our Nominating Committee, and our future Pastor Search Committee in leading us to the person He desires to be our next pastor.

2.       Be faithful in your church attendance, and in the generous giving of your time, talents, and financial resources.

3.       Take special notice of the Transition Information that is included elsewhere in this newsletter. Be especially mindful of three very important upcoming dates (January 15, 16, and 20) when our church will have the opportunity to learn more about  Dr. Bill Owen whom our Transition Team is recommending that our church call to be our Interim/Transitional Pastor.

In the midst of the changes and transitions which CBC will experience in this new year, let me encourage you to rely on our always faithful Lord Whose unconditional and steadfast love for us NEVER CHANGES – Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8) !
 
Blessed to be your pastor,
Bob

( Pastor’s Paragraphs can be found here.)

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Transition Information Update 1/6/19

The Transition Team has updated the Transition Information page with an announcement distributed on Sunday, January 6, 2019 in Sunday School folders, the 11:00 worship bulletin, and in early worship. The Transition Information page can be viewed here. The printable announcement document can be found here.

Christmas Worship Schedule 2018

Christmas 2018 Worship Services

Sunday 12/23
Fourth Sunday of Advent—LOVE
Combined Worship 11:00am in Sanctuary
(Note: there is Sunday School on 12/23, Bethlehem Morning is at 9:45am)

Monday 12/24  
Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service 6:00pm in Sanctuary

Tuesday 12/25
Christmas Day

Sunday 12/30
Combined Worship 11:00am in Sanctuary
(Note: there is Sunday School on 12/30)

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Christmas Project 2018 Final Countdown!

Saturday the 15th is the big day!

Friday 12/14: Food Box Assembly 6:00pm. (See RA/GA note below.)

Saturday 12/15: Distribution & Delivery Day 9:00am-Noon (doors open to volunteers at 8:00am)

Refreshments (cookies, brownies, candy) needed for guests on Saturday 12/15.

Need more information? Visit the Christmas Project page

RA’s/GA’s: Meet in RA Room - 2nd Floor EB2 - for pizza at 6:00 and then box assembly at 6:30 in the gym. This is a family activity. See “Words for Wednesday” newsletter for details.

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The Many Moods of Christmas Service 12/16/18

Join us on the Third Sunday of Advent, December 16th at 11:00, for “The Many Moods of Christmas,” a service for choir and orchestra. The worship service will feature traditional Christmas music and hymns for orchestra with our Music Minister Warren Howell, Organist/Harpsichordist Dr. Kevin Raybuck, Pianist Marilyn Fightmaster, the Sanctuary Choir and the Handbell Choirs.

Good Christian Men, Rejoice
Silent Night
Patapan
Adeste Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful)
Joy to the World
What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella
Angles We Have Heard On High
Gesu Bambino
O Little Town of Bethlehem

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Holiday Schedule Changes & Closings 2018/2019

Holiday Schedule Changes and Closings
Through January 9, 2019

(Refer to Upcoming Events for Christmas worship & events, also CBC calendar and Weather Policy for more information.)

 Sunday 12/16
Youth Progressive Dinner – No Youth Evening Activities

Monday 12/17
Gym Opens Mid Afternoon

 Wednesday 12/19
No Evening Activities, except Sanctuary Choir Practice at 6:30pm

 Saturday 12/22
ROC Closed

 Sunday 12/23
No Youth Evening Activities

 Monday 12/24 – Christmas Eve
Office & ROC Close at Noon

 Tuesday 12/25 – Christmas Day
Office & ROC Closed

 Wednesday 12/26
Office & ROC Closed
No Evening Activities

 Saturday 12/29
ROC Closed

Sunday 12/30
No Youth Evening Activities

 Monday 12/31 – New Year’s Eve
Office & ROC Close at Noon

 Tuesday 1/1 – New Year’s Day
Office & ROC Closed

 Wednesday 1/2
No Evening Activities

 Sunday 1/6
Youth Evening Activities Resume

 Wednesday 1/9
Wednesday Activities Resume

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Upcoming Events Through December 2018

Upcoming Events and Highlighted Dates
Through December 2018
Refer to Holiday Schedule for closings and schedule changes, church calendar, and weather policy for more information.

Sunday 12/23
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Combined Worship 11:00am in Sanctuary
(Note: There is Sunday School on 12/23, Bethlehem Morning is at 9:45)

Monday 12/24  
Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service 6:00pm in Sanctuary

Tuesday 12/25
Christmas Day

Sunday 12/30
Combined Worship 11:00am in Sanctuary
(Note: There is Sunday School on 12/30)

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Christmas Worship Services 2018

Christmas 2018 Worship Services

Sunday 12/23
Fourth Sunday of Advent—LOVE
Combined Worship 11:00am in Sanctuary
(Note: there is Sunday School on 12/23, Bethlehem Morning is at 9:45am)

Monday 12/24  
Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service 6:00pm in Sanctuary

Tuesday 12/25
Christmas Day

Sunday 12/30
Combined Worship 11:00am in Sanctuary
(Note: there is Sunday School on 12/30)

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Wednesday Evening 12/12/18

Special Wednesday schedule this week! Join us from 5:00—6:15pm for the last Fellowship Dinner (lasagna and bread sticks) before Christmas break. Everyone’s help is needed for the Christmas Project Work Night starting at about 6:00pm following the prayer meeting. Here’s the plan: we’ll break down tables, set up tables, move items up from the basement, assemble boxes, set up chairs in the gym…and of course, wrap gifts! No activities on Wednesday, with the exception of the Sanctuary Choir dress rehearsal at 6:30pm. Our regular Wednesday activities and dinner will resume on January 9th. (The holiday schedule can be found here.)

5:00pm--Fellowship Dinner
6:00pm—Prayer Meeting
6:00pmChristmas Project Work Night—help needed with gift wrapping, table breakdown and set up, chair set up, box assembly, moving items, and more. Something for everyone!
6:30pm—Sanctuary Choir Dress Rehearsal

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Christmas Project 2018 Countdown!

Saturday the 15th is the big day! We’re ready for 130 families and 400 children, but we need help on these dates to make it happen. (Note: Gift wrapping hours have been extended. We could use some help.)

Sunday 12/9: Special Offering taken during worship services
Tuesday 12/11: Wrapping in EB2 Basement 4:00-8:00pm
Wednesday 12/12: Wrapping in EB2 Basement 5:00-8:00pm
Wednesday 12/12: Work Night in the ROC 6:00pm
Thursday 12/13: Wrapping in EB2 Basement 6:00-8:00pm
Thursday 12/13: Salvation Bracelet Making 9am-4pm ROC Multipurpose Rm—all welcome!
Friday 12/14: Food Box Assembly 6:00pm
Saturday 12/15: Distribution & Delivery Day 9:00-Noon (doors open to volunteers at 8:00)

Refreshments (cookies, brownies, candy) needed for guests on Saturday 12/15.

Need more information? Visit the Christmas Project page

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Pastor's Paragraph 12/6/18

Pastor's Paragraph—December 6, 2018

W.E. Sangster, noted British Methodist Minister, once described the Advent season as follows:
 
What is Advent? . . . It is the first gleam of Christmas; it is the promise of his [Christ’s] coming; it heralds the entrance of the Divine into human history; it is heaven descending to earth . . . It is as though a trumpeter had taken his stand upon the turrets of time and announced the coming of the King. “Get ready,” he seems to say. “Get ready. He is coming.”
 
Let me encourage you to be present for worship throughout the Advent season as we “get ready” to celebrate the birth of our Savior.  Last Sunday (December 2) was the first Sunday of Advent. We: gathered for worship in our beautiful “decorated-for-Christmas” sanctuary (thank you Joye Smith and our Decorating Committee); lit the first Candle (the Candle of Hope) in our Advent wreath; sang hymns of Advent and Christmas; reflected on the message of “Christmas 2018: Some Assembly Required”; and welcomed three new members into our church family.
 
This Sunday we will light the second candle in our Advent Wreath (the Candle of Peace). We will focus on the role that Mary played during that first Christmas. The message based on Luke 1:26-28 is entitled “Mary: Seconding the Motion.” At the conclusion of the service, we will receive a special offering for the Calvary Christmas Project  which this year will make “Christmas” possible for 130 families in need, including about 400 children. Our Sanctuary Choir will lead us during the worship service on December 16th, the third Sunday of Advent when we will light the Candle of Joy. This service provides a good opportunity for you to invite someone (or several someones) to come to church with you. The Christmas music shared by our gifted choir will be joyous, inspirational, and Christ-honoring.
 
Sunday December 23rd is the fourth Sunday of Advent this year. We will light the Candle of Love (completing the lighting of the outer circle in our Advent Wreath) which will signify that our preparation and “getting ready” to celebrate the gift of Christ Jesus coming to earth and entering our world should be nearly complete. During this service, we will also celebrate the baptisms of eight new Christians!
 
The highlight of Calvary’s Advent Season will be our Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion service beginning at 6:00 p.m. This for many of us is our favorite worship service of the year. Through the reading of the Christmas story from the Bible, the singing of Christmas hymns, the lighting of the Christ Candle – the center candle in our Advent Wreath, the celebration of communion, and the always meaningful Candle lighting tradition, we will put the finishing touches on our “getting ready” for Christmas 2018. 
 
So come and celebrate the season of Advent with your church family. Come and give thanks for the birth of God’s Son.
 
Advent Blessings,
Bob
(Pastor’s Paragraphs can be found here.

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Christmas Worship Services 2018

Christmas 2018 Worship Services

Sunday 12/23
Fourth Sunday of Advent—LOVE
Combined Worship 11:00am in Sanctuary
(Note: there is Sunday School on 12/23, Bethlehem Morning is at 9:45am)

Monday 12/24  
Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service 6:00pm in Sanctuary

Tuesday 12/25
Christmas Day

Sunday 12/30
Combined Worship 11:00am in Sanctuary
(Note: there is Sunday School on 12/30)

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Holiday Schedule Changes & Closings 2018/2019

Holiday Schedule Changes and Closings
Through January 9, 2019

(Refer to Upcoming Events for Christmas worship & events, also CBC calendar and Weather Policy for more information.)

 Sunday 12/16
Youth Progressive Dinner – No Youth Evening Activities

Monday 12/17
Gym Opens Mid Afternoon

 Wednesday 12/19
No Evening Activities, except Sanctuary Choir Practice at 6:30pm

 Saturday 12/22
ROC Closed

 Sunday 12/23
No Youth Evening Activities

 Monday 12/24 – Christmas Eve
Office & ROC Close at Noon

 Tuesday 12/25 – Christmas Day
Office & ROC Closed

 Wednesday 12/26
Office & ROC Closed
No Evening Activities

 Saturday 12/29
ROC Closed

Sunday 12/30
No Youth Evening Activities

 Monday 12/31 – New Year’s Eve
Office & ROC Close at Noon

 Tuesday 1/1 – New Year’s Day
Office & ROC Closed

 Wednesday 1/2
No Evening Activities

 Sunday 1/6
Youth Evening Activities Resume

 Wednesday 1/9
Wednesday Activities Resume

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Transition Information Update 11/30/18

The Transition Team has updated the Transition Information page with answers to additional frequently asked questions as well as a Sunday School announcement flyer that will be distributed to classes on Sunday, December 2nd. The Transition Information page can be viewed here.