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National Day of Prayer at Calvary 5/1/19

At Calvary Baptist Church we are planning an intergenerational prayer program on Wednesday, May 1st at 6:30pm in Fellowship Hall for the National Day of Prayer. We have scheduled our Day of Prayer a day in advance of the National Day of Prayer (on Thursday, May 2nd), so that more of our church family may participate in this event.


Our theme for the 2019 National Day of Prayer on May 2, 2019 is Love One Another. The theme comes from the words of Jesus in John 13:34, “Love one another. Just as I have loved you.”

The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was unanimously amended by both the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on Thursday, May 5, 1988, designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer. Every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.

Our hope is that individuals, churches, and spiritual leaders in America, will humble ourselves and unify in prevailing prayer for the next great move of God in America. We can come together in clear agreement that this is our greatest need. We can become a visible union, standing together in prayer. We can pray more than ever before, and practice extraordinary prayer for the next great move of God in America that will catapult the message of the gospel nationally and internationally.

"There is no great movement of God that has ever occurred that does not begin with the extraordinary prayer of God's people." Dr. Ronnie Floyd

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Welcome, Dr. Robert Browning 3/10/19

We are very pleased that Dr. Robert Browning has accepted our invitation to serve as our interim pastor from March 10 - May 26. Dr. Browning, “Bob,” recently retired as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Frankfort. Bob will be preaching at the 8:30 and 11:00 services starting on March 10. He will lead the church through the Lenten season, Easter and beyond. Bob is a dynamic speaker, and we are looking forward to the energy that he will bring to the pulpit. (Dr. Robert Browning’s resume/bio)

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Hymns for the Journey--Lenten Devotions Blog 3/13/19

Click here to read this week’s devotion: “Holy, Holy, Holy” by Hank Ellington

Click here to visit the blog page where future devotions will be posted. The blog can be accessed on the home page by clicking on “News and Events.”

HYMNS FOR THE JOURNEY
AN INVITATION
 : Like a journey, the season of Lent begins and ends in vastly different places. From Ash Wednesday to Easter’s doorstep, it tracks along the rugged and narrow path of discipleship through the garden of abandonment to what would seem to be the dead end of the tomb were it not for God’s knack for surprise endings. And we are called to follow.

Pack lightly. Your possessions will only burden you and your every need will be provided. You already possess your most precious resources: Faith, Trust, God’s Word, and the Hymns You Know By Heart. This blog features a few of those hymns. Stories of meaning and reflection written by you and for you. 

Each week, we will bring you a new hymn to discover again in a unique way as it relates to a fellow pilgrim. What hymns speak to you?

Photographs of Dr. Baker's 2/17/19 Celebration

Click here to view a gallery of photographs from Dr. Baker’s February 17th, 2019 retirement celebration at Calvary Baptist Church taken by photographer Joanna Lile. We appreciate Joanna capturing this special evening and graciously sharing her photographs with us. (Please note: Photographs may be reproduced for personal use only. Joanna Lile Photography retains the copyright to all images.)

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Dr. Baker's Final Pastor's Paragraph 2/28/19

Pastor’s Paragraph—February 28, 2019

There are times in this life when words – even the most thoughtful and carefully crafted ones – are just not adequate to convey one’s feelings and emotions. This, for me, is one of those times.

So a common word which is commonly used to express appreciation for generous gifts that have been given and for heart-felt love that has been demonstrated in innumerable ways will have to suffice. The word which I want to share with you (my Calvary Church family) – the word that I would ask you to “hear” not only with your ears but especially with your hearts – is THANKS.

Numerous verses of Holy Scripture (Psalm 92:1 being among them) declare that “it is good to give thanks to the Lord.”  So upon my retirement as your pastor, I first of all want to “give thanks” to God for the opportunity and the privilege (and I mean privilege) of serving as the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church for the past 27 ½ years. So thank you, gracious and loving God, for making it possible for my family and me to be part of the Calvary Baptist family.

As I say “THANKS” to God for calling me to Calvary Baptist, I want to thank you, the members of our church family, for being such an amazing church. Thank you for being a congregation that is Christ-centered. Thank you for being the “body of Christ” (His arms and legs, His hands and feet, His voice and His heart) as you have ministered to “the Least, the Lost, the Left Out, and the Looked Over.”

Thank-you for being a loving church. Thank you for being a hands-on mission minded church. Thank you for being a “thinking-loving-God-with-your-minds-as-well-as- your-hearts” church. Thank you for being a church that “unites around the main thing” (the saving good news of Jesus Christ) while “respecting the views of others on other (important but not essential) things.” And thank you for loving one another through all things. Thank you for being a praying church.

There are so many “other things” for which I “Thank God in all my remembrances of you.” If I attempted to list all the things that I love about our church and for which I am thankful in regard to our church, then this already too long column would go on and on and on. (I told you that this was one of those times in my life when words were just not sufficient to fully express my emotions and feelings.)

So let me attempt to say the following on behalf of both Deborah and myself: 1) Thank you for being our “partners in ministry” (Philippians 1:3) from the first days of our time with you (September 1991) until now (Philippians 1:5); 2)Thank you for “being there” for us to help us celebrate our joys (marriages of our children, baptism of our son,  high school and college graduations of Katy, Nan, and John Robert and the arrival of our grandchildren (I have told you that we are grandparents, haven’t I?) ; 3) Thank you for being there for us and for ministering to us during the challenging and “rough patches”, too (the death of Deb’s father, the death of my Dad, the death of Deb’s mother, my open heart surgery followed by my bout with clinical depression).

Thank you for providing us with a generous salary and with excellent benefits. Thank you for the Retirement Banquet and the “light roasting” program that followed. Thank you for the cards, the emails, the calls, and the gifts. Thank you for the extremely generous love offerings. Thank you for your hugs, and handshakes (and “fist bumps!). Thank you church family for being you and for allowing us to be part of such an incredible church fellowship.

Finally, Calvary family, Deborah and I (knowing that this is one of those times when words are simply inadequate) want to attempt to say “good-bye” (short for “God be with you”) as follows:

  • The good-byes we say to you today are only temporary. You see, Christians have the assurance of knowing that Good-byes are not final. We will say hello again. We will be together again. In this life, most likely. In heaven, for sure.

  • Christian good-byes are always punctuated with commas. Never finalized with periods.  And it is with a comma, that we – to you our precious Calvary Church family – say good- bye.

  • The French have a word for what we are trying to say to you. The word is “au revoir.” We usually translate “au revoir” as “good-bye.” But the literal translation means “with the hope of seeing you again.”

  • And it is “with the hope of seeing you again” that Deborah and I say good-bye to you.

  • We do not say “adieu” – for that is the French word for a final farewell. A good-bye punctuated with a period.

  • We really want to say good-bye punctuated with a comma. We really want to say “au revoir.” We really want to say good-bye “with the hope of meeting you again.”

           So, Thank-you
     
           “God be with you.”
 
           Today and always.
 
           “Au revoir” not “adieu.”
 
           With a comma, not with a period, Calvary family.
 
           With the assured hope of seeing you again.
 
           Good-bye.
 
In Christ’s love from a blessed and grateful pastor,
Bob

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40 Days of Prayer - Daily Devotions Begin on 3/4/19

Preparing Ourselves for God’s Calling begins on March 4th. As we enter this period of transition at Calvary, please join us in Forty Days of Prayer. You are invited to pray every day for 40 days.  We are seeking God to prepare ourselves for His calling, for His vision for our church and our new pastor. Because we fully trust in God's faithfulness, we are confident that He will lead us into discovering His perfect will. May we encounter God through our praying these 40 days. It’s not too late. You can sign up here to receive daily email devotions and prayers. A limited number of books are available for purchase ($4) or you can order the book through Amazon if you wish.

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." —Jeremiah 29:11

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40 Days of Prayer - Daily Devotions Begin on 3/4/19

Preparing Ourselves for God’s Calling begins on March 4th. As we enter this period of transition at Calvary, please join us in Forty Days of Prayer. You are invited to pray every day for 40 days.  We are seeking God to prepare ourselves for His calling, for His vision for our church and our new pastor. Because we fully trust in God's faithfulness, we are confident that He will lead us into discovering His perfect will. May we encounter God through our praying these 40 days. It’s not too late. You can sign up here to receive daily email devotions and prayers . A limited number of books are available for purchase ($4) or you can order the book through Amazon if you wish.

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." —Jeremiah 29:11

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Transition Team Announcement 2/11/19

The Transition Team has provided a February 11th update on recent decisions and upcoming actions, including information regarding Dr. Robert Browning. All of the information is posted in the “Transition Updates” section on the Calvary Transition Information page . The update is also being shared in a printed announcement in adult and children’s February 17th Sunday School folders.

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Pastor's Paragraph 2/14/19

Pastor’s Paragraph — February 14, 2019

My days of being your pastor are rapidly drawing to a close.  We have two more Sundays to worship our Lord together.  This coming Sunday’s (February 17) worship service will include the baptisms of seven new Christians!  My sermon (which is based on Numbers 13:1-3, 17-33; 14:1-4) is entitled “Where Do We Go From Here?”  On February 24, I will be preaching my final sermon as your pastor.  Taken from Philippians 1:3-6, the working title of this message is “Thank You, I’ll Remember You, God be with You.” 
 
In coming days, I will continue to express my thanks to God and to you (my CBC family) for the opportunity and privilege of being the pastor of such an extraordinary church for these past 27 1/2 years.  For now, I want to thank you for all the many birthday greetings and messages that I received this past Sunday which was my 66th birthday.  Being able to worship God with you on my birthday #66 was a gift that I will always treasure. 
 
I look forward to worshipping with you the next two Sundays.  May God bless each of you during this time of transition!
 
Blessings from your grateful pastor,
Bob

 
 
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40 Days of Prayer - Daily Devotions Begin on 3/4/19

Preparing Ourselves for God’s Calling begins on March 4th. As we enter this period of transition at Calvary, please join us in Forty Days of Prayer. You are invited to pray every day for 40 days.  We are seeking God to prepare ourselves for His calling, for His vision for our church and our new pastor. Because we fully trust in God's faithfulness, we are confident that He will lead us into discovering His perfect will. May we encounter God through our praying these 40 days. It’s not too late. You can sign up here to receive daily email devotions and prayers.

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." —Jeremiah 29:11

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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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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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Special Dates for January/February 2019

Sunday 1/27/19
Marilyn Fightmaster’s
Afternoon Tea Reception - 2:00pm in Fellowship Hall
Celebrating and honoring 47 years
of ministry as our church pianist.
(more information to be announced)

Sunday 2/17/19
Dr. Baker’s Retirement Celebration Dinner - 5:00pm in Fellowship Hall
(more information here)

Sunday 2/24/19
Morning Reception for Dr. Baker in Fireside Room
(more information to be announced)
Dr. Baker’s Last Worship Service
Combined Worship - 11:00 in Sanctuary

The Calvary church calendar
Weather Policy

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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 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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