Calvary Link: Every Good Gift

Lionel-YoungThese are the words from our text this coming Lord's Day. "Every good and perfect gift is from above" (James 1:17). As we will learn from the Word, one of the ways to battle temptation is to immerse ourselves in the good things God has given to us in this world. (More on this topic Sunday morning...)

For now I want to encourage you to take time through your day and your work to give praise to God for "every good" you enjoy from Him--an afternoon at the beach, a walk in the woods, a meal with friends, a fresh cup of coffee in the morning, a refreshing nap (sounds good right now), a song you just heard, or meaningful work to do. I could list ten thousand good things. And they are all "from above." He is good. He is perfect.

That's one reason why worship must be such a high priority in our lives. We enjoy the gifts, but we worship the giver. Delight in HIM everyday this week and join me Sunday morning as we continue the journey through the book of James.

What's new at Calvary...

Discover Israel
Join our Senior Pastor Lionel Young and his wife Stacy for the trip of a lifetime to the land of the Bible. Calvary's first ever 'Discover Israel' study tour will be February 1-12, 2015. Click here for further details on this amazing adventure.

Children's Ministries
Vacation Bible School volunteer sign-ups will take place THIS SUNDAY following each service. Teens and adults are invited to become a part of this exciting week, August 4-7 from 5:45p-8:15p. You may also contact for more info or to sign-up.

Have you considered serving at Calvary with our Rock Solid Kids?! We are looking for volunteers who can invest one hour on Sundays into the lives of our kids and families. Open positions include our Infant Nursery, Toddler Nursery, 2 year olds, Preschool, Elementary and Children's Welcome Center. Consider joining us for one Sunday to observe and see if it's a fit for you! Contact for more information.

Student Ministries
Our very first Ultimate Game Night is THIS Sunday, 6.29, with Connect Middle School Students meeting from 4:30-6:30p and Reliant High School Students from 6:30-8:30p. We will have dinner, Hang Time, and a fast-paced rotation that includes messy, hilarious activities that we cannot wait to share with you! Students are encouraged to invite friends and come play with us!

Women's Ministries
We will be hiring a Moppets (Childcare) Director and Childcare Workers to care for Infants-5 year olds while our moms enjoy the MOPS program (Mothers of Preschoolers, starting in September. If you are interested in applying, please click here for an application and more information.

Ladies of all ages and stages are welcome to join us for a Girlfriends Night Out. Our 50s and Beyond ladies meet the first Monday each month, 20 thru 30 Somethings meet the 2nd Tuesday each month, and 30 thru 50 Somethings meet the 2nd Thursday each month. Click on each group for dates and locations!

Men's Ministries
The Band of Brothers Summer Bonding Tour is back! Thursday, 7.10, Calvary men and their guests are invited to John Bryant's home at 7p for an evening of fellowship together.

Coffee with the Pastors
Calvary guests are invited to Coffee with the Pastors on Sunday, 7.13 from 6:30-8p at Uptown Cafe. Learn about Calvary’s values and vision, and take the opportunity to ask questions of the pastoral staff in a casual environment. We would love to meet you! RSVP here.

Membership Class
Is the Lord leading you to make Calvary your church home? Then, we would encourage you to consider church membership. Our Catalyst Membership Class is designed to help you learn our history, values, and ways to get "plugged in". It's also a great chance to make new friends! The next class will be held on Saturday, 7.12 from 8a-noon.

Global Missions
Calvary is excited to be sending out two mission teams in July in partnership with Kids Alive International! Our student ministries will be sending a group to Guatemala to help with construction of a new girls home. This will make room for more girls who have suffered abuse and need to experience the love of Jesus. We are also sending eight married couples to Mitaboni, Kenya, to construct a playground and shower the children with love! Please be praying for both of these teams as they represent Calvary and spread the gospel around the world. If you would like to donate to these ministries, click here and write a memo of "2014 Summer Mission Trip" in the note.

Miscellanies Blog: James Edition
Miscellanies, the sermon blog, is going daily for the James: A How-To Guide sermon series. Every weekday, you can review a practical principle from James’ challenging letter to the church. The posts are short readings great for a quick lunchtime read or to supplement your daily devotions.