I walked out the door at Calvary last Friday morning, took one look at the packed-out parking lot, and thought there was a soccer-mom convention in town. It was the first day of MOPS (A Bible Study for Mothers of Pre-schoolers)! I met one mom Sunday morning who said, “I’m here for worship because of MOPS!" Last Sunday evening there was a line from inside the Well to the parking lot for Student Ministry Launch Night, and we are super fired up about seeing the lives of students transformed this year. And while things were getting loud in the Well, I was hanging out with 25 brand new people at a coffee shop to share our vision to see lives changed through the gospel! What a day!
But there’s more we didn't see last week--that is just as real. Orphans are being fed, churches are being planted, and missionaries are laboring away in “all the world” (Matt. 28) because of our church. Please remember—that NONE OF THIS happens—without your faithful, generous giving. We need you—and we appreciate you. We DON’T take it for granted that the generosity of God’s people helps us change lives forever.
Sunday is the grand finale to the book of James—and I’m going to talk about praying BIG. And the best worship team in the region is back on stage to help us enjoy God TOGETHER. Don't miss it.
What's new at Calvary...
GroupLink is THIS Sunday. 9.14! New Life Groups (Small Groups) are starting this month through GroupLink where at a table over lunch you will meet your new Life Group leader and people in your group as well. Once you decide as a group about where and when you will meet you are off and running! Be sure to sign-up online.
Christianity is a progression, a journey, a walk toward an end. What is that end and how do we grow and change in our character to become more like Christ? Want to get rooted in your faith and life? Join Pastor Jon Nitta at 9:30a in room 403 each Sunday for "Rooted"!
Calvary will be offering a Financial Peace University Workshop on Wednesday evenings this fall! John Matthiesen, CPA will be leading this Dave Ramsey Course each week to teach your family how to get out of debt, stay out of debt, and build wealth. Join us on Wednesday evenings from 6-8p in Room 300 starting 9.24-11.19.
Our Calvary Kids Christmas Musical team would like to invite all K-5th graders (and parents) to come sign-up and learn more about this year’s program this Sunday, 9.14 from 3-4:30p in Room 300. Contact our Calvary Kids Director, Natalie Lee for more information or if you are unable to sign-up on Sunday afternoon. Please note, practices are held each Sunday from 3-4:30p beginning 9.21. Dress rehearsals will be Friday, 12.12 and Saturday, 12.13 at 4p and the performance is Saturday, 12.14 at 6p!
Calvary Student Ministries regular semester programming begins THIS Sunday, 9.14, in the Well. Middle school will meet 4:30-6p, and high school will meet 6:30-8p. We can't wait to see you!
A celebration of all things fall will take place on Saturday, 9.27 at Calvary. Middle school and high school students are invited to bring a friend and hang out, play games, have fall snacks, and attend an awesome bonfire! All students are welcome between 6-8p.
One of the ways the gospel is demonstrated visibly is by the church getting out to serve those who are in great need. Join us on Saturday, 10.4 starting at 9a to take on "redemptive" projects around our community. We will partner with ministries in town as well as schools to bless those in need because we have a Savior who has blessed us! Take a look at the projects available here and sign-up online or this Sunday morning in the church foyer.
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 Sunday, 10.12 at 11:15a and lasts three weeks. Sign-up at the Guest Services desk on Sunday or online here.
Starting Point for Kids
Starting Point for Kids (for kids 8-12) focuses on God’s character, salvation, baptism, and following God’s plan. This is a terrific course for those children interested in being baptized, as well as for those desiring a solid foundation on each week’s topics. This 4-week course meets at 9:45a each Sunday starting 9.5 thru 10.26. Please click here to register your child by email (please include name, grade, and age of child) or stop by the Children's Welcome Center this Sunday to register. Space is limited. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend the class with their children.
Men's Ministries will be offering a study of the book, The Sacred Romance: Drawing Closer to the Heart of God by Brent Curtis and John Eldredge. This study will be held in the Well at Calvary on Mondays, 9.22-11.17. Click here for all the details!
In November, we will be sending a group of 21 women from Calvary to serve at the Kids Alive Oasis Home in Guatemala. We are working with our partners at the Oasis to host a retreat for the staff as well as activities for the girls. Please pray for the team as we prepare for this mission. If you would like to learn more or donate to the team's expenses, you may do so here.