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Sunday at Calvary 3/24/19

Worship with us at 8:30, 10:45 or 11:00 on the third Sunday of Lent. Bob Browning will share the sermon, “What’s Missing in Your Life?” at the 8:30 & 11:00 services. Scripture readings this week are from Amos 8:1-7 and Luke 13:1-9. The 11:00 worship bulletin can be found here. Niki Hays starts a new sermon series, “Journey to the Empty Tomb” in The Summit at 10:45 in the Fireside Room. College students, stay for lunch!

There is a New Christian Class at 9:45am (contact Carrie Beth for info), Rachel’s Room Dedication at noon and Bowling Night at 5:00. Reminder: Easter Lilies for the Sanctuary order envelopes are available.

Sunday, March 24 Schedule

8:30am         Early Worship, Fellowship Hall

9:45am         Sunday School

9:45am         New Christian Class  EB2 - Room 206

10:45am The Summit (Journey to the Empty Tomb Series), Fireside Room

11:00am        Worship, Sanctuary

11:45am College Lunch, Fireside Room

12:00pm Rachel’s Room Dedication, EB1 - 3rd Floor

12:10pm       Bible Drill, EB2 - 2nd Floor

3:00pm Praise Ringers, Bell Room

4:00pm         Hope Bells, Bell Room

5:00pm Bowling Night for Richie, Collins-Southland

6:00pm Room in the Inn, Fellowship Hall

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Transition Team Update (C.A.T.) 3/20/19

Transition Team Announcement - 3/20/19
(Note: this announcement will be distributed to Sunday School folders on 3/24/19)

The Congregational Assessment Tool - The CAT

What is it?
The Congregational Assessment Tool is an online survey used to anonymously collect information from a congregation. The CAT has been used in over 3,000 churches and will provide key indicators of our congregational health along with areas of challenge and potential growth.  It will allow us to collect and understand the range of views that exist at Calvary Baptist Church and the possibilities, willingness, capacity, and energy for moving our ministry into the future.

Why is Calvary doing the CAT?
The information gathered will provide a clear picture of who we are as a church and what directions are most important for our future. It provides a way for the Transition Team and the Pulpit Committee to receive information directly and efficiently from the Calvary congregation. This honest assessment of Calvary will be vitally important in the selection of our next Senior Pastor. 

Who is involved?
All Calvary members and attendees who are able to take the CAT in a single 30-minute sitting at a computer.

When is it happening?
The CAT assessment window will open beginning April 1, 2019 and will remain open until April 30, 2019.

How do we participate?
If your email address is on file with Calvary and your receive Calvary Connections, you are all set. If not, provide an email address to us by sending an email to: miller.rebecca613@gmail.com.  Paper copies will be available to those who do not have email access, just call the Church office. If needed, a computer station will be made available to those members who want to come to the church to fill out their CAT survey. Hours and Room will be announced later.

VISIT THE CALVARY TRANSITION INFORMATION PAGE (CLICK HERE).

 

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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"You'll Get Through This" Study 3/13/19

On March 13th, we’re starting a 6 week Wednesday evening Bible study: “You’ll Get Through This” by Max Lucado. Led by Carrie Beth Tonks and Carol Davis in the Fireside Room, this study explores Joseph and the truth of Genesis 50:20 and offers “hope and help for your turbulent times.” No homework is required for this study.

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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?

"You'll Get Through This" Study 3/13/19

Coming up on March 13th, we’re starting a 6 week Wednesday evening study: “You’ll Get Through This” by Max Lucado. Led by Carrie Beth Tonks and Carol Davis, this study explores Joseph and the truth of Genesis 50:20 and offers “hope and help for your turbulent times.” No homework is required for this study.

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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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"You'll Get Through This" Study 3/13/19

Coming up on March 13th, we’re starting a 6 week Wednesday evening study: “You’ll Get Through This” by Max Lucado. Led by Carrie Beth Tonks and Carol Davis, this study explores Joseph and the truth of Genesis 50:20 and offers “hope and help for your turbulent times.” No homework is required for this study.

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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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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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