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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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Sunday at Calvary 2/10/19

Worship with us this Sunday at 8:30, 10:45 or 11:00. Bulletin can be found here.

8:30am…. Early Worship, FH
9:30am…. Asheville Mission Mtg,   Chapel
9:45am…..Sunday School
10:45am...The Summit, FH
11:00am...Worship, Sanctuary
11:45am...College Lunch, FH
12:10pm...Bible Drill/Buddies    EB2--2nd Floor
12:15pm..  Deacon Ordination,  Karen Foxworth, Sanctuary
5:00pm….Youth Choir, Music Suite
5:00pm….Transition Team Mtg, CR
5:00pm….Hope Bells, Bell Rm
6:00pm….PraiseRingers, Bell Rm
6:00pm….Room in the Inn, FH
6:00pm….CWM Study “Small Things”   Rachel’s Room  EB1-3rd Floor  

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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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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



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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Sunday at Calvary 1/27/19

Worship with us as we share the Lord’s Supper at 8:30, 10:45 and 11:00. Join Dr. Baker for his sermon, “The Lord’s Supper—the New Covenant “ at 8:30 and 11:00. At The Summit, Brian Varble is speaking and we’ll have college lunch following worship. There is a CentriKid interest meeting at 9:40am, New Kids on the Pew during 11:00 worship, Bible Drill/Bible Buddies following worship, and Marilyn Fightmaster’s Tea Reception at 2:00pm. The 11:00 worship bulletin can be found here.

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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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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.

Childcare Note: Childcare will be provided (for ages birth through kindergarten). Please use this sign up form if you will require childcare.

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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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Sunday at Calvary 1/20/19

1/20/19 Update: Due to weather conditions, there will be no Sunday School. We will have one service at 11:00 am (8:30 Worship and Summit, please join us.) No Bible Drill or Bible Buddies today.

Worship with us at The Summit at 10:45 or Combined Worship at 11:00. Dr. Baker shares the sermon “On Doing the Impossible.” The bulletin can be found here. All are welcome at The Summit as Niki Hays continues the “I Quit.” sermon series and college students are invited to stay for college lunch. We have New Kids on the Pew during worship and Bible Drill/Bible Buddies following worship. There will not be any Youth Ministry activities on Sunday evening.

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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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