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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,

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Children's Heart for Seniors 2/27/19

Don’t miss a fun way to share Jesus’s love! All children in grades 1-5 (even those not in choir) are invited to sing for the residents of Lexington Country Place on Wednesday, February 27th. See the schedule below. We will be taking church vans and cars to Lexington Country Place. Permission forms need to be signed and returned by February 24 (if possible). The permission form is available here or in the church office. Contact Carrie Beth if you have any questions.

5:45 Regular choir
6:05 Practice songs for seniors
6:20 Line up to load buses and cars for Lexington Country Place (700 Mason Headley Road)
6:45 Music program for residents, distribute valentines, and visit with residents.
7:10 Load buses and cars for Calvary
7:25 Parents pick-up and check-out children from chapel

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

Save the date! On March 13th, we’re starting a 6 week Wednesday evening study: “You’ll Get Through This” by Max Lucado. The study explores Joseph and the truth of Genesis 50:20 and offers “hope and help for your turbulent times.” No homework for this study. More information is coming soon.


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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Build-A-Bed 5/4/19

New Date!  Saturday, May 4th is the next Build-A-Bed delivery day. Work days start in mid-April and will be announced soon. We'll team up to build beds as well as provide nighttime kit supplies and bedding. Opportunities for all ages and skill levels. Check out WKYT's story on Calvary's March 2018 Build-A-Bed project.

Contact Brian Varble via email or phone about participation or if you need information.

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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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Music & Worship Winter/Spring 2019

Like to sing? Like to have fun with a group? Check out our upcoming music and worship opportunities. Contact Warren Howell via email or at 254-3491 for more information.

Fill the Loft!
You're invited to be part of the Choir for the February 24th celebration of Dr. Baker's Ministry. One practice only on February 20 at 6:30pm. No audition necessary. Featuring our Sanctuary Choir and musical guests with special music: “The Majesty and Glory of Your Name” and “A Calvary Blessing”—a commissioned anthem by Dr. Kevin Raybuck dedicated to Dr. Baker

ŸBrotherhood Breakfast and Sing Sunday
50 voices strong. MEN. No audition needed. Involves bacon. All men are invited to participate on March 10th. Great voice and ability to read music is not necessary. Coffee/practice is at 9:00am. Breakfast/study is at 10:00am. Worship at 11:00am.

ŸEaster Celebration Choir
"Raise your joys and triumphs high!"
(Easter Sunday - April 21)
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17, and 20 (Saturday)
More information coming soon.


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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Women's Study "Just Open the Door" 2/6/19

You’re invited to “Just Open the Door,” a Wednesday evening women’s Bible study led by Jenny Carman in Rachel’s Room (EB1—3rd Floor). The 7 week study starts February 6th. “Just Open the Door” author, Jen Schmidt, is also a worship leader and blogger. Sign up for this women’s study by emailing Jenny. (More info & video below.)

Change a generation with something as simple as an invitation.
For many of us, inviting people into our lives and homes feels more like inviting judgment on our entertaining skills and stress on our already maxed-out schedules. But what if you knew that opening your front door had the power to radically change the world? To make an impact and leave a legacy with everyday invitations?

Jen Schmidt has set out to reframe how we think about hospitality and to equip us to walk a road of welcome in our daily lives. Jen knows that every time we choose open-door living—whether in our homes or by taking hospitality on the road just like Jesus—those we invite in get to experience the lived-out Gospel, our kids grow up in a life-lab of generosity, and we trade insecurity for connection.

Just Open the Door is a personal yes-you-can guide to offering the life-changing gift of invitation. Whether you’re a seasoned host looking for renewed inspiration or a nervous newbie not sure where to begin, these personal stories, practical ideas, and poignant insights will give you the confidence you need to see your home as the most likely location for changing the world around you, one open door at a time.


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.


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

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 or (859) 232-8955 if you need more information. Printable brochure here.

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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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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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