Calvary Link: Thank You for 15 Years!

By: Calvary Church Last Updated: October 24, 2012

calvary-link-headerThank you for recognizing me last Sunday on my 15th Anniversary at Calvary Valpo! You caught me by surprise (at least in the first service!) What a journey it has been. I have grown. You have grown. Calvary Church has grown. I wonder what awesome things He has for us next? Let's pray together the words of the Psalmist: "Oh Lord, grant us success" (Ps. 118:25). We want to "succeed" in our ultimate purpose in life--glorifying and enjoy God in all things as we follow Christ with all our might. That was my prayer for me this morning--and my prayer for our church family. May God grant us success in this!

Make sure worshipping is in your fall break plans! After all--God should be worshipped for giving us everything--including fall breaks! I can't wait to get back into the gospel of Mark with you this Sunday. Kurt is getting ready with the best worship team in the region--and I'm getting ready with the best-selling book of all time--the Bible! Sunday we will learn from Mark's gospel why some people grow by leaps and bounds--while others just remain stagnant. If you need some encouragement--you will get it this weekend here at Calvary.

I hope you enjoy God's beauty this fall and give glory and praise to him throughout the day with your lips--and by your life. Persevere on the journey (James 1:2-5). Encourage each other daily (Hebrews 3:13; 10:25). Enjoy HIM in all things (Psalm 37:4).

For Your Joy,


What's new at Calvary...

Books Still Available
We are rejoicing in the publication of our Senior Pastor's first book, A New Kind of Missionary: What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Global Church. The book is available at and other online booksellers. A small number of copies are still available for $10 at the Calvary Church office or Info Desk. Any proceeds for the books sold at Calvary will go to Pastor Lionel's favorite charity, Mission Mitaboni in Kenya.

Coffee With The Pastors
Calvary guests are invited to join us Sunday, 11.4 from 6:30-8p at Cornucopia Coffee 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 at the Info Desk or

New Blog Posts
Pastor Lionel finishes up the Saved For Worship series with a look at Worship That God Likes. Plus, Kurt adds a unique perspective to the worship conversation by explaining why Calvary's worship music looks and sounds like it does in Up, the Only Direction Worth Pursuing.

Reliant & Connect Student Ministries
All High School students are invited to join Reliant Student Ministries for a bonfire this Saturday, 10.27 from 6:30-9p. Hot dogs and S'mores will be provided. Girls bring a snack, guys bring a 2 liter of pop. Come out and join the fun at the Wodetzki's home in Valpo and hang out with your friends. CLICK HERE for sign-ups.

Tonight 10.24, Middle School Students (Grades 6-8), join us from 6-7:45p. We meet every other Wednesday for activities, Bible lesson, and connect time with youth leaders!

This Friday, 10.26 Reliant Student Ministries will be visiting Indiana Wesleyan University and one other campus. If you are a Junior or Senior in High School, have not signed up yet, and are interested in attending, please sign-up HERE before 5p Thursday, 10.25. The van will be leaving the church at 5:30a and returning at midnight.

Saturday, 11.10 from 7a-2:30p, Calvary's Student Ministries are partnering with other area churches for a fall paintball outing @ Fort Knox in Winamac! Cost is $40 and includes all gear and 500 rounds. Additional rounds are available for purchase. CLICK HERE for all the details!

Every Sunday Night Connect (Grades 6-8) & Reliant (Grades 9-12) Student Ministries (5:30-8p).

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