C. S. Lewis said, "I pray because I can't help myself." Honestly, when we try to do it all (or control it all), we discover that we can't and prayer is our best, and sometimes only, recourse. We're concerned over the safety and wellbeing of our children as they are off to school. We labor under stress at work. We're facing inner doubts and temptations. We have plenty of reason to pray. Indeed we have to pray. We can't help ourselves.
I hope you will find some time in your busy life to stop and pray. And I hope to see you on this Christian Sabbath as we worship, hear the Word, pray, and greet one another. This week's exposition from 1 John 5 is on the power of prayer, and I promise it will bless you. It's my hope that all of us will leave the service with the opening words of Psalm 102 on our lips: "Hear my prayer, Lord; let my cry for help come to you."
Plus this Sunday, the baptismal waters will be stirring in all three morning services. We are making disciples together! And speaking of three morning services, we are trying to gently encourage a few more worshippers into the 8:15a and 11:15a services to help with overcrowding at 9:45a. If you can help, we would greatly appreciate it.
What's New at Calvary...MOPS Sign-ups
MOPS, Mothers of Preschoolers, is starting September 11! Visit our Drive-thru registration on Friday, 8.28, from 9:30a to 11:30a. Click here for more information!
Kids ages 3 through 5th grade are invited to attend our AWANA program, which begins Wednesday, September 2, from 5:45p-7:45p! AWANA teaches kids to love God through Scripture memorization, teaching, worship, and more. To avoid long lines the first night of club, you may pre-register your kids at the AWANA tables in the gym between and after services starting next Sunday, 8.23 and 8.30!
Coffee with the Pastors
Calvary guests are invited to Coffee with the Pastors on Sunday, 9.13, from 6:30-8p at The South Bend Chocolate Company. 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.
At Calvary, we want to be a community that communicates the love of Christ in our words and actions. If you know of a loved one or Calvary member who is need of compassion and care (be that prayer, a hospital visit, etc.), please contact Pastor Jerry Grafton at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the Calvary office (219.462.4026).
NOW HIRING Childcare Workers to care for infants through 5-year-olds while their moms attend Bible study on Tuesday mornings and/or our Mothers of Preschoolers program (MOPS) on Friday mornings. Programs start in September. If you are interested in applying, please click here for an application and more information.