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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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Morning Reception for the Bakers 2/24/19

The Friends in Christ Sunday School class is hosting a morning reception to celebrate Bob and Debbie on Bob’s last Sunday in our pulpit before he retires. You’re invited to join the Bakers in the Fireside Room from 9:45 -10:45. This event is for folks who do not attend Sunday School and anyone else who may wish to drop by and share a word of appreciation with the Bakers.  Dr. Baker’s last worship service (combined worship) will follow at 11:00 in the Sanctuary.

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Wednesday Evening 2/13/19

Wednesday, February 13th at Calvary: join us for Fellowship Dinner in Fellowship Hall from 5:00-6:15. We have two Bible studies: The Passion of Christ—Studies in Matthew’s Gospel” and the Women’s study “Just Open the Door” . There is a Missions Committee Meeting at 6:15pm in the Craft Room. The RA Racer Workshop is at 6:35pm.

4:00pm--Youth Homework Huddle
5:00pm--Fellowship Dinner
5:45pm--Preschool/Children’s Music
6:15pm—Mission Committee Meeting, Craft Room
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 Bible Study
6:30pm—Sanctuary Choir Practice
6:35pm--Preschool/Children’s Missions
6:35pm—RA Racer Workshop

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Office Closed for Presidents' Day 2/18/19

The church office will be closed on Monday, February 18th in observance of Presidents’ Day.

The Gym (basketball courts) will be closed Wednesday, Feb. 13 at noon through Monday, Feb. 18 (mid afternoon). The ROC and Gym will be closed all day on Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17. This schedule will accommodate set up for Dr. Baker’s retirement celebration. Please call the ROC at 232-8955 if you need more information.

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ROC & Gym Schedule 2/13 - 2/18/19

The Gym (basketball courts) will be closed Wednesday, Feb. 13 at noon through Monday, Feb. 18 (mid afternoon). The ROC and Gym will be closed all day on Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17. This schedule will accommodate set up for Dr. Baker’s retirement celebration. Please call the ROC at 232-8955 if you need more information.

The church office will be closed on Monday, February 18th in observance of Presidents’ Day.

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Wednesday Evening 2/6/19

Wednesday evening schedule for February 6th—join us for Fellowship Dinner in Fellowship Hall from 5:00-6:15. A new women’s study “Just Open the Door” kicks off Wednesday in Rachel’s Room. Hank Ellington continues “ The Passion of Christ—Studies in Matthew’s Gospel” in the Fireside Room.

4:00pm--Youth Homework Huddle
5:00pm--Fellowship Dinner
5:00pm--Youth Open Gym
5:45pm—Children’s International Mission Study
5:45pm--Preschool Music
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 Bible Study
6:30pm—Sanctuary Choir Practice
6:35pm--Preschool Missions

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Build-A-Bed Program Workshop 4/13/19

Join Calvary Baptist Church for the Build-A-Bed Workshop on Saturday, April 13th at 8:30am in Fellowship Hall. Build-A-Bed is a great mission opportunity for churches and organizations wanting to make a difference right in their own neighborhood. The workshop is free and open to all. The registration form can be found here. Contact Missions Minister, Brian Varble, at brian@calvarybaptistchurch.com or (859) 232-8955 if you need more information. Printable brochure here.

AGENDA
8:30  REGISTRATION,  COFFEE & DONUTS
9:00  INTRODUCTION  & HISTORY
9:15   SLEEP EXPERT
9:50  BREAK
10:00  FAYETTE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS CENTRAL OFFICE
10:25  COUNCIL ON AGING
10:50 BREAK
11:00  CALVARY BAPTIST TESTIMONY
11:15  THE BUILD-A-BED PROCESS
11:30  QUESTIONS
11:45  LET’S PARTNER
12:00  ENJOY YOUR AFTERNOON

FAQ’S

How can the Build-A-Bed program help with our mission initiative? Build-A-Bed is an opportunity for everyone in the church to participate.  On assembly and delivery days we have people ages 6 -86 involved.  The whole church can have ownership in this project.

How much does it cost to build a bed? Lumber, materials, mattress and nighttime kits cost about $150.

How do we get names of children who need beds? We work with school resource counselors.

What are nighttime kits? A kit includes fitted and flat sheets, a comforter, pillows, an alarm clock, books,

Bible, hygiene items, and a teddy bear.

What skill level is needed? The beds (twin size or bunk beds) are simple to build and we will provide easy to follow blueprints.

 Do we need storage space? It takes 2-3 weeks to complete the process of cutting, drilling, staining and assembly.

 What tools and materials are required for the project? Lumber, chop saws, cordless drills, palm sanders, sand paper, and stain.  

HISTORY In the fall of 2016, I had a heartbreaking conversation with a second grade teacher.  She shared with me, through her tears, the story of two students who did not have beds.  I reflected on the conversation and thought this is a basic need we can meet.  I spoke with a few church members, made some phone calls, and in March of 2017 our church was able to construct and deliver 12 beds.  What a fantastic day! What an important need to meet!  What an opportunity to share God’s love.  Our congregation, especially young families, bought into this ministry.  As of 2019,  we’ve completed 5 Build-A-Bed events and constructed and delivered 161 beds--complete with bedding and nighttime kits. The need is great in Lexington KY and all around our state.  I hope your church will consider working in the spirit of partnership to help kids in need in Lexington and the Commonwealth.
Brian Varble, Missions Minister, Calvary Baptist Church

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Mission Lexington Spring Gala 3/1/19

Mission Lexington is hosting a Spring Gala on Friday, March 1st at 6:00pm at the Lexington Country Club. Tickets are $100 and include hors d'oeuvres, a three-course seated dinner, auction, and entertainment. Visit missionlexington.org/gala for ticket and event information.  Mission Lexington is a safety-net free clinic located in the heart of Lexington providing medical, dental, pharmacy and vision care. Learn all about Mission Lexington here.

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Credit Card Payment Option Available 1/28/19

Calvary is now able to accept credit card payments for one time charges associated with events, camps, and programs. Use the credit card payment form here. If you have any questions about this payment option, contact Beverly Chavez or Ed Lynch.

Our E-giving service can be used for donations and offerings as well as selected payments to Calvary.

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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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Wednesday Evening 1/23/19

Wednesday evening schedule for January 23rd—join us for Fellowship Dinner (Baked Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, Dessert, Soup & Salad Bar and Kids Meal) in Fellowship Hall from 5:00-6:15. Hank Ellington leads a new Bible Study this week at 6:15pm in the Fireside Room: The Passion of Christ—Studies in Matthew’s Gospel.

4:00pm--Youth Homework Huddle
5:00pm--Fellowship Dinner
5:00pm--Youth Open Gym
5:45pm--Preschool/Children's Music
6:15pm--”The Passion of Christ” Bible Study with Hank Ellington
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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Wednesday Evening 1/16/19

Join us for Fellowship Dinner in Fellowship Hall from 5:00-6:15. At 6:15pm there will be a Congregational Meeting and question and answer session with Dr. Bill Owen, candidate for Transition Pastor/Congregational Coach. Note: Sanctuary Choir practice will be at 7:00pm.

4:00pm--Youth Homework Huddle
5:00pm--Fellowship Dinner
5:00pm--Youth Open Gym
5:15pm—Prayer Team Meeting in Gathering Room
5:15pm—College Dinner at High Point
5:45pm--Preschool/Children's Music
6:15pm--Congregational Meeting in Fellowship Hall
6:15pm—College “Beautiful Boy” Movie/Event at KY Theatre
6:15pm—Youth Bible Study
6:35pm--Preschool/Children's Missions
7:00pm—Sanctuary Choir Practice

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Congregational Meeting Wednesday 1/16/19

On Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 6:15pm we will hold a Congregational Meeting and Question & Answer Session with Dr. Owen. We encourage you to attend to have your transition questions answered.

On Sunday, January 20th, a Special Called Business Meeting will be held at 12:15pm (immediately following 11:00 worship) in the Sanctuary to vote to call Dr. Bill Owen as Transition Pastor/Congregational Coach. On January 20th, we will have The Summit at 10:45 and Combined Worship at 11:00.

The Transition Information page can be found here.

Transition Team Information from 1/6/19 Worship Bulletin Insert: As the last days of Dr. Baker’s ministry at Calvary approach, the Transition Team is ready to ask for the church’s approval for hiring someone to fill the pulpit in the interim as a Transition Pastor and Congregational Coach.  The Team has been in conversation with Dr. Bill Owen since last November.  We invited him to speak on November 25 in our two worship services and many of you were present to hear him speak.  If you were unable to hear him on November 25, you will find a video of his sermon, “A Snapshot of Courage,” by visiting Calvary’s website, www.calvarybaptistchurch.com/sermons or go to the direct link to the video, https://youtu.be/_A9Vp-VlfKl .

 As Transition Pastor, Dr. Owen, a retired pastor with 40 years’ experience in ministry, would preach three Sundays a month at both the 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship hours.  In addition he would be on site two other days a month to meet with the staff, assist with worship planning, and help with other ministerial duties as needed. As Congregational Coach, Dr. Owen would guide the congregation in a process of Spiritual Discernment called “40 Days of Prayer.”  In addition he would work with the Transition Team to plan and facilitate several congregational discussions and small group meetings, evaluate written questionnaires, as well as visit Sunday School Classes.   The information collected from the members of the congregation would lead to the development of the  Congregational Profile and Next Pastor Profile. The profile information collected would be given to the future Pulpit Committee to use in selecting the new Senior Pastor. Dr. Owen explains, "I enjoy transition/interim pastoral leadership and preaching, coming alongside churches in the development of direction and identity through a healthy, strength-based congregational process.”

 Three Important Dates:

Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – Presentation of Dr. Owen to the Deacon Board with a time of Question and Answer, and a vote on whether to recommend Dr. Owen as Transition Pastor/Congregational Coach to the Congregation.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 6:15 p.m. – Congregational Meeting and Question and Answer Session with Dr. Owen. We encourage you to attend to have your transition questions answered.

Sunday, January 20, 2019, 12:15 p.m. (immediately after 11:00 a.m. worship) Special Called Business Meeting for a vote to call Dr. Owen as Transition Pastor/Congregational Coach.

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Upcoming Mission Trip Mtgs 2/3 & 2/10/19

Meeting on Sunday, February 3rd at 9:30am in the Chapel for the Arizona/ Navajo, Grand Canyon trip on July 31 - August 5. Read about the work our mission partner in Arizona, Greg Long of CBF West.

Meeting on Sunday, February 10th at 9:30am in the Chapel for the Asheville, NC Mini Mission-cation on July 24-28.

Contact Brian Varble via email or phone for more information.

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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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Church & ROC Weather Policies 2018/2019

Church Weather Policy:  Calvary activities will generally be cancelled when Fayette County Schools are closed due to bad weather. Please listen to local radio and TV channels to get the latest on church activities for Sundays and throughout the week.   Please check the church website for specific activities that may still take place (such as college events, Sanctuary Choir practice, etc. )
ROC Weather Policy:  When Fayette County Schools are closed, the ROC will open at 8:00 a.m.

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