We are beggars. I've been repeating this quote from Martin Luther a lot lately both to myself and to all of you. It is a reminder that we need God desperately. I felt that on Sunday as we gathered around a young couple, Jon and Lexie, to pray for them as they battle Jon's cancer together. Tears filled my eyes as I watched them worship that morning—hearts filled with hope—praying for God to make his face shine upon them.
Sunday is still with me because I can't get out of my mind the beautiful picture of God's people physically coming together around two people—hands lifted and hearts begging. This is the church! This is community. We are not just beggars, we are a community of beggars praying for each other (James 5:14-16), encouraging each other (1 Thes. 5:11), comforting each other (2 Cor. 1:3-4), and counseling each other (Gal. 6:2).
I am so thankful for this community. We need God and we need each other. Let's get together again on Sunday! And between Sundays, encourage each other—do something with a friend or send an uplifting text or note. One of the ways that God blesses beggars is through the community of beggars.
Enjoy God's beauty this week.
What's New at Calvary...
Pastor of Compassion & Care
Sometimes you need a pastor to meet you in the middle of a crisis, heartbreak, or moment of need. Pastor Jerry Grafton, Calvary's Pastor of Compassion and Care, helps provide pastoral care for our church family. Call the church office or email the staff if you need help or support.
Demolition at the Life Change Center
Send an email to the Even More building team if you want to help with demolition work at the Life Change Center. We'll let you know as soon as we have dates and times for work to begin. This is a chance to "labor for the Lord"!
An Evening With...
Friday 10.21 at 7p
Heather Holleman, author of Seated with Christ! RSVP before 9a on Thursday for this intimate Q&A-style event. Email questions you have for Heather from your reading of Seated with Christ to Robyn Walsworth.
Sunday 10.23 at 9:30a
Meet other Kids Hope mentors and get practical tools for connecting with and nurturing a child at the mentor training. Contact Sarah Jarvis for more information about Kids Hope and their vision: "one mentor, one child, one hour a week."
Monday 10.24 at 6:30p
Kathy Cross leads this 7-week study, Chase by Jennie Allen. Sign-up and purchase materials online or on Sunday 10.23.
Men's Basketball League
Sign-up until 10.24
Men's church league basketball sign-ups are going on now! Calvary has 3 teams so there's a spot for you on the roster. Games are Monday and Tuesday nights.