Sometimes you have to fight for joy! Along with Christian thinkers like Augustine, Edwards, Lewis (and many others), I believe that followers of Jesus should be in pursuit of joy, and I also believe that joy is only found in the Person of God. How can we keep from becoming like Jonah - bitter, angry and cynical? Find out this Sunday.
Our friends Josh and Christy Reasoner are fighting for joy right now, as their 12-year old daughter Kaitlyn remains in ICU at the University of Chicago. My wife and I will be with them again today and our pastoral staff is surrounding them with love. Will you take a moment and pray for them today? You can also follow their journey HERE (Site Name: kaitlynreasoner).
Remember that in the fight for joy, being TOGETHER is one of the means of grace. Make worship a priority and be sure you have a friend in the community who will fight with you.
PS. Will you consider helping our church family meet our budget for 2014? Your giving will be used to change lives forever!
What's New at Calvary...
Starting Point Membership Class
Become part of our Family! Starting Point is our membership class and it gives you information like, what does Calvary believe, where is it headed, and why is this important? For those who are considering Calvary as their home church, Starting Point is designed to not only provide important information but also to begin connecting you with others around tables in a highly interactive format. The next Starting Point begins this Sunday, 10.12 at 11:15a and lasts three weeks. Sign-up at the Guest Services Desk on Sunday or online here.
Women's Christmas Lunch: Does setting a beautiful table sound like your idea of fun? Or, do you have the gift of social interaction but the idea of arranging a centerpiece is not your cup of tea? We are currently in need of women to volunteer as Table Designers and/or Table Hostesses for our Christmas Lunch on 12.6. Click here for more information and to sign-up!
Download the App
Calvary Church has its very own app! Have you downloaded it to your smart phone or tablet yet? Almost 1,000 people use it to watch Sunday sermons, read daily devotions and Pastor Lionel's blog, grab details for church events, and even use it for giving! Search 'Calvary Church Valparaiso' in your app store and download for FREE.
Join some of Calvary's Young Adults for a fun afternoon picking apples, navigating the corn maze, drinking apple cider and eating donuts at the County Line Orchard in Hobart this Sunday, 10.12. Meet in the church parking lot at 1p if you would like to carpool. Otherwise, see you at the Orchard at 1:30p.
Rooted with Pastor Jon Nitta
Come check out our discipleship course, Rooted, on Sundays at 9:30a. For the month of October, we will focus on How to Develop a Consistent Devotional Life. Want to get rooted in your faith? Join Pastor Jon Nitta in room 403 each week for Rooted!