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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).

 

Wednesday Evening 3/20/19

Wednesday, March 20th at Calvary: join us for Fellowship Dinner in Fellowship Hall from 5:00-6:15. We have two Bible studies: “You’ll Get Through This” led by Carol Davis & Carrie Beth Tonks and the women’s Bible study “Just Open the Door” in Rachel’s Room.

4:00pm--Youth Homework Huddle
5:00pm--Fellowship Dinner
5:00pm—Youth Open Gym
5:45pm--Preschool/Children’s Music
6:15pm--”You’ll Get Through This” Bible Study in the Fireside Room
6:15pm—”Just Open the Door” Women’s Study in Rachel’s Room, EB1 3rd Floor
6:15pm—College Bible Study
6:15pm—Youth Bible Study
6:30pm—Sanctuary Choir Practice
6:35pm--Preschool/Children’s Missions

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Women's Study "He Chose the Nails" 3/18/19

Hope you’ll join us starting March 18th for a Monday morning Women’s Bible Study He Chose the Nails: What God Did to Win Your Heart by Max Lucado. The five week (short video and discussion) study will be held in Rachel’s Room (EB1 3rd Floor) on Mondays from 11:00am - 12:30pm.. Sign up by emailing Julie at wjdill35@gmail.com.

Linger on the hill of Calvary.
Rub a finger on the timber and press the nail into your hand.
Taste the tinge of cheap wine and feel the scrape of a thorn on your brow.
Touch the velvet dirt, moist with the blood of God.
Allow the tools of torture to tell their story.
Listen as they tell you what God did to win your heart.
MaxLucado.com

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Easter Lily Orders 2019

If you would like to purchase an Easter lily in memory or honor of someone for our Sanctuary on Easter morning, please use the envelopes provided in the front window wells of the Sanctuary or at the welcome desk. Orders can be placed in the offering plate on Sunday morning or delivered to the church office. The cost is $8. Orders must be placed by Sunday, April 7th.

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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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Wednesday Evening 3/13/19

Wednesday, March 13th at Calvary: join us for Fellowship Dinner in Fellowship Hall from 5:00-6:15. After dinner it’s RA Racer Night in Fellowship Hall. (*See race details below.) We have two Bible studies on March 13th. “You’ll Get Through This” led by Carol Davis and Carrie Beth Tonks starts this evening in the Fireside Room. The women’s Bible study “Just Open the Door” continues in Rachel’s Room.

4:00pm--Youth Homework Huddle
5:00pm--Fellowship Dinner
5:00pm—Youth Open Gym
5:45pm--Preschool/Children’s Music
6:15pm--”You’ll Get Through This” Bible Study in the Fireside Room
6:15pm—”Just Open the Door” Women’s Study in Rachel’s Room, EB1 3rd Floor
6:15pm—Prayer Team in the Gathering Room
6:15pm—Youth Bible Study
6:30pm—RA Racer Night, Fellowship Hall
6:30pm—Sanctuary Choir Practice
6:35pm--Preschool/Children’s Missions

*RA RACER INFO: Weigh-in is 5:15-6:00. The races begin at 6:35.

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Children's Ministry Summer 2019 Events

The Children’s Ministry is gearing up for a great summer! Contact Children’s Minister, Carrie Beth Tonks, if you need more information.

Calvary Vacation Bible School June 10 - 14
Monday - Friday from 9:00am - 12:00pm for children four years old through grade 5 as of September 2018. Sign up coming soon.

Calvary Creative Arts Camp June 24 - 27
Monday - Thursday from 9:00am - 2:00pm for young people who have completed grades 1 through 5. Creative activities of all kinds! Sign up coming soon.

CentriKid Camp July 8-12
For 3rd - 6th graders on the campus of Campbellsville University . This year’s theme is “All Access” John 17:3. * Sign up now by emailing Carrie Beth.

Calvary All-Sports Camp July 15 - 18
Monday - Thursday from 9:00am - 12:00pm for young people who have completed grades 1 through 5. Sign up coming soon.

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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?

Ash Wednesday Evening 3/6/19

Calvary will begin the Lenten journey Wednesday evening with the observance of Ash Wednesday. The Campbell University Choir from Buies Creek, NC will perform during Fellowship Dinner and then lead us in worship at the 6:30pm Ash Wednesday Service in the Sanctuary. Please note the Ash Wednesday schedule below.

4:00pm--Youth Homework Huddle
5:00pm--Fellowship Dinner
5:00pm—Youth Open Gym
5:15pm—Deacon Assembly of Care Packages, Craft Room
5:45pm--Preschool/Children’s Music
6:30pm—Ash Wednesday Service, Sanctuary
6:35pm--Preschool/Children’s Missions
7:00pm—Sanctuary Choir Practice

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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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Women's Study "He Chose the Nails" 3/18/19

Hope you’ll join us starting March 18th for a Monday morning Women’s Bible Study He Chose the Nails: What God Did to Win Your Heart by Max Lucado. The five week (short video and discussion) study will be held in Rachel’s Room (EB1 3rd Floor) on Mondays from 11:00am - 12:30pm.. Sign up by emailing Julie at wjdill35@gmail.com.

Linger on the hill of Calvary.
Rub a finger on the timber and press the nail into your hand.
Taste the tinge of cheap wine and feel the scrape of a thorn on your brow.
Touch the velvet dirt, moist with the blood of God.
Allow the tools of torture to tell their story.
Listen as they tell you what God did to win your heart.
MaxLucado.com

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Children's Ministry Summer 2019 Events

The Children’s Ministry is gearing up for a great summer! Contact Children’s Minister, Carrie Beth Tonks, if you need more information.

Calvary Vacation Bible School June 10 - 14
Monday - Friday from 9:00am - 12:00pm for children four years old through grade 5 as of September 2018. Sign up coming soon.

Calvary Creative Arts Camp June 24 - 27
Monday - Thursday from 9:00am - 2:00pm for young people who have completed grades 1 through 5. Creative activities of all kinds! Sign up coming soon.

CentriKid Camp July 8-12
For 3rd - 6th graders on the campus of Campbellsville University . This year’s theme is “All Access” John 17:3. * Sign up now by emailing Carrie Beth.

Calvary All-Sports Camp July 15 - 18
Monday - Thursday from 9:00am - 12:00pm for young people who have completed grades 1 through 5. Sign up coming soon.

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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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Wednesday Evening 2/27/19

Wednesday, February 27th at Calvary: join us for Fellowship Dinner in Fellowship Hall from 5:00-6:15. It’s children’s “Heart for Seniors” for grades 1 - 5. We have two Bible studies: The Passion of Christ—Studies in Matthew’s Gospel” and the Women’s study “Just Open the Door.” I

4:00pm--Youth Homework Huddle
5:00pm--Fellowship Dinner
5:00pm—Youth Open Gym
5:45pm--Preschool/Children’s Music
6:15pm—Children’s “Heart for Seniors”
6:15pm--”The Passion of Christ” Bible Study with Hank Ellington
6:15pm—”Just Open the Door” Women’s Study in Rachel’s Room
6:15pm—College Bible Study
6:15pm—Youth Rec Night
6:30pm—Sanctuary Choir Practice
6:35pm--Preschool/Children’s Missions

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