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Children's Pumpkin Patch 10/24/18

Calvary invites children (preschool through 5th grade) and their parents to join us for the Pumpkin Patch Carnival on Wednesday, October 24th from 6-7:30pm in the ROC Gym.  We'll have inflatables, candy, art, games and prizes. Wear a fun costume.  No scary costumes, please.

Have questions or need information? Contact Carrie Beth via phone or email.

Women's Bible Study-Seamless 10/1/18

Calvary Women’s Ministry Bible Study
Seamless
Mondays 11:15am—12:30pm
(7 Week Study Oct. 1 - Nov. 12)
At Becky W.’s House
Led by Barb Bowman and Dianne Crouch

JOIN US for Seamless, a 7 session Bible study by Angie Smith! There’s a seamless thread woven through every story in the Bible—a thread that connects its people, places, and promises in a whole new way. Ready to replace insecurity that holds you back and move forward with clarity and confidence in your understanding of Scripture?

Sign up ASAP with Julie by email. You can get a copy of the book by ordering it on Amazon or purchasing it at Lifeway.

Check out video link below to learn more about this Bible study.

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Rev. Ellington and Rev. Tonks Anniversaries 10/28/18

Sunday, October 28th--You’re invited!  Let's celebrate by remembering—and laughing—together at a reception honoring Rev. Hank Ellington and Rev. Carrie Beth Tonks for their 25 years of faithful service to Calvary Baptist Church. Join us for an evening reception on Sunday, October 28th from 5:00-7:00pm in Fellowship Hall. 

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Children's Pumpkin Patch 10/24/18

Calvary invites children (preschool through 5th grade) and their parents to join us for the Pumpkin Patch Carnival on Wednesday, October 24th from 6-7:30pm in the ROC Gym.  We'll have inflatables, candy, art, games and prizes. Wear a fun costume.  No scary costumes, please.

Have questions or need information? Contact Carrie Beth via phone or email.

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Ministry Expo+Food Truck 9/23/18

One worship service / 5 food trucks / 19 Calvary ministry exhibits--all on Sunday, September 23rd.  After Combined Worship at 11:00am stay for a delicious lunch at Food Truck Fellowship (rain or shine). We’ll have tables set up inside the gym for lunch and the Calvary Ministry Expo with 19 amazing exhibits.
Food Trucks: Suga Mommas, Porterhouse Barbecue, Sav's Chill, Los Hermanos Locos, and Mad Mike's.

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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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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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Women's Bible Study-Seamless 10/1/18

Calvary Women’s Ministry Bible Study
Seamless
Mondays 11:15am—12:30pm
(7 Week Study Oct. 1 - Nov. 12)
At Becky W.’s House
Led by Barb Bowman and Dianne Crouch

JOIN US for Seamless, a 7 session Bible study by Angie Smith! There’s a seamless thread woven through every story in the Bible—a thread that connects its people, places, and promises in a whole new way. Ready to replace insecurity that holds you back and move forward with clarity and confidence in your understanding of Scripture?

Sign up ASAP with Julie by email. You can get a copy of the book by ordering it on Amazon or purchasing it at Lifeway.

Check out video link below to learn more about this Bible study.

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Women's Bible Study-Church of the Small Things 9/19/18

Calvary Women’s Ministry Bible Study
Church of the Small Things
The Million Little Pieces That Make Up a Life
Wednesdays 6:15 - 7:15pm
(6 Week Study Starts 9/19/18)
Room 300 — Education Bldg 2
Bible Book Club with Jenny Carman and Mckayla Cairns

It’s been said, “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away.” The pressure of that can be staggering as we spend our days looking for that big thing that promises to take our breath away. Meanwhile, we lose sight of the small significance of fully living with every breath we take.

Melanie Shankle, New York Times bestselling author and writer at The Big Mama Blog , tackles these questions head on in her fourth book, Church of the Small Things. Easygoing and relatable, she speaks directly to the heart of women of all ages who are longing to find significance and meaning in the normal, sometimes mundane world of driving carpool to soccer practice, attending class on their college campus, cooking meals for their family, or taking care of a sick loved one.

Sign up now by emailing Mckayla@mckaylacairns.com. We hope you will order the book now on Amazon (not the study guide) and plan to attend. You will not need the book until September 26th. 

Check out video link below to learn more about this Bible study.

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Melanie Shankle via https://thebigmamablog.com/

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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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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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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Back to School Prayer 8/14/18

It seems as if we've been here before, and we have.  A new school year is beginning. It is an exciting time. Teachers and administrators and support staff are welcoming boys and girls, middle schoolers and high school students, college and graduate students.  The educational process continues, even as it begins again.  We pray this day for every educator, every student, every administrator, every member of support teams, every bus driver, every crossing guard.  We pray especially today for those in the Calvary family who are such a key part of this amazing educational effort.  Give them a sense of your presence as they teach, as they learn, as they meet new students, as they meet new friends.  Strengthen  them for the journey, and empower them to grow in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with You, Lord God, and with all those they encounter.  This we pray in Jesus name, Amen.

Hank Ellington
Sunday Worship--August 12, 2018

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Music & Missions Kick-Off 8/22/18

Come for games, music, crafts, and refreshments as we get our hearts in shape for a new year of Music and Missions on Wednesday, August 22nd from 5:45 - 7:20pm.  The kick-off is for all children ages 3 through 5th grade. Please register for Music & Missions 2018-2019 here.

Contact Carrie Beth Tonks via email or at (859) 254-3491 if you have questions or would like more information.

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Christmas Project 2018

The 2018 Calvary Christmas Project is set for Saturday, December 15th.
Here's how to get involved in the Christmas Project:
♦ Contribute financially via a special offering
♦ Purchase a gift for a child from their personal ‘Wish List”
♦ Sort and box donated toys, clothing & household items
♦ Wrap gifts from the children’s “Wish Lists”
♦ Move donated Items to Fellowship Hall
♦ Assemble and stage food boxes
♦ Fill food boxes and set up gift boxes
♦ Gather in ROC to greet and pray with families
♦ Volunteer to help "shoppers” in Fellowship Hall
♦ Load cars for those that pick up their food, gifts and household goods
♦ Deliver food and gifts to those unable to pick up their items

Since 1975 Calvary Baptist Church has reached out to families in need throughout our community.  What began as a single class project serving 8 families has now grown to an average of 175 families served each year.  With over 250 multi-generational volunteers giving hundreds of volunteer hours throughout the year, this church-wide project is at the heart of Calvary’s mission as a “Christ filled church in the center of our community.”   Visit our Christmas Project page for photos and more info.

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Church-Wide Bible Golf 8/5/18

Who doesn't love a game of Bible Golf?!  Mark your calendar for a church-wide get-together on Sunday, August 5th from 6:00 - 8:00pm at the Lexington Ice and Recreation Center. In the spirit of friendly, putt-putt competition, we'll have prizes for all age levels:  seniors, adults, youth, and children.  Cost: $10. Sign up in Sunday school or hereEmail Brian Varble for more information. 

Lexington's 3 unique miniature golf courses, Old Testament, New Testament, and Miracles,  have been recognized by the Billy Graham Foundation, Travel Channel's Top 10 Most Unique Miniature Golf Courses, and CBS Sunday Morning.  54 holes total! Landscaped with trees and flowers. Waterfalls and streams run through all three courses.

Lexington Ice and Recreation Center
560 Eureka Springs Dr
Lexington, Kentucky 40517
(859) 269-5681
Get Directions

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Church-Wide Bible Golf 8/5/18

Who doesn't love a game of Bible Golf?!  Mark your calendars for a church-wide get-together on Sunday, August 5th from 6:00 - 8:00pm at the Lexington Ice and Recreation Center. In the spirit of friendly, putt-putt competition, we'll have prizes for all age levels:  seniors, adults, youth, and children.  Cost: $10. Sign up in Sunday school or here. Email Brian Varble for more information. 

Lexington's 3 unique miniature golf courses, Old Testament, New Testament, and Miracles,  have been recognized by the Billy Graham Foundation, Travel Channel's Top 10 Most Unique Miniature Golf Courses, and CBS Sunday Morning.  54 holes total! Landscaped with trees and flowers. Waterfalls and streams run through all three courses.

Lexington Ice and Recreation Center
560 Eureka Springs Dr
Lexington, Kentucky 40517
(859) 269-5681
Get Directions

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All-Sports Camp 7/23/18

Calvary's All-Sports Camp is back for 2018!  Join us Monday, July 23rd through Thursday, July 26th from 9:00am to 12:00pm.  Camp is for young people who have completed grades 1 through 5. The cost is $30.   

Monday through Wednesday we'll feature a single sport (basketball, soccer, and flag football) with instruction, skill development and play time each day. Thursday is game day when boys and girls play a full game of each sport.

Contact John Robert or Brian at Calvary's Recreational Outreach Center,  the ROC, at (859) 232-8955 or brian@calvarybaptistchurch.com if you would like more information.  Deadline to register is Wednesday, July 18th. Online registration can be found here. Call or stop by the ROC for a printed form.

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