Scripture Readings for Week of August 20

scripture readingThe suggested Scripture readings for the Week of August 20, 2017, are II Peter 3:1-18 and the book of Jude.

Following the Quiet Time Diaries, the schedule is as follows:

  • Sunday – II Peter 3:1-6
  • Monday – II Peter 3:7-12
  • Tuesday – II Peter 3:13-18
  • Wednesday – Jude 1-7
  • Thursday – Jude 8-11
  • Friday – Jude 12-19
  • Saturday – Jude 20-25

Missionary Spotlight – Ishak and Suja Ahmed

Ahmed, I 2016The missionaries highlighted this week are Ishak and Suja Ahmed, missionaries in Silchar, Assam, India. Dr. Ishak serves as the President of Northeast India Baptist Bible College and Seminary (NEIBBC & S).

According to the latest email, the College and Seminary “began this trimester on June 12, 2017. God brought 31 new students to equip themselves for ministry this year. We graduated 25 in April and got 31 new students so it is a small growth. Praise God. We have 62 students now studying at NEIBBC & S … We provided scholarship to 27 poor and needy students. To support a student at NEIBBC & S per year per student is $500. This covers their room, Board and tuition. It is my great pleasure to share with you that Indian friends have taken care of 2 students’ scholarships this year. This is the first time it has happened. It is my prayer this trend continues in future.”

Please pray for Ishak and Suja Ahmed and for the students of Northeast India Baptist Bible College and Seminary.

Bible Study Classes Begin

The 2017-2018 Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) begins during the week of September 11, 2017. This year’s study is the book of Romans.

Battle Creek Women’s BSF Group is held on Wednesdays at 9:30 am at Faith Baptist Church, 13840 South Helmer Road, Battle Creek, Michigan. Sign up online using this link.

The Battle Creek Men’s BSF Group’s meets on Tuesdays at 6:55 pm, also at Faith Baptist Church. Use this link to sign up online.

According to BSF’s website, “Authored by the apostle Paul under the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit, this piece of ancient writing has become the most influential letter in the world. The book of Romans is the fullest and most comprehensive statement of true Christianity.”

For more information, contact Larry or Claudia Linsley (269-979-3885 or

CBC 101 Classes Scheduled

A series of classes, entitled “CBC 101,” is scheduled at Calvary Baptist Church. These classes are designed for any one who is interested in learning more about Calvary or is interested in membership at Calvary Baptist Church.

Classes are scheduled for three Sundays: September 10, 17, and 24, 2017, at 9:30 am during Adult Bible Fellowship, and are held in Pastor Tom Townsend’s study (next to the Church Office).

Complete the online form to sign up for this class or just show up! (Use this link to access the online form.)

The class material covers these topics:

  • What We Are All About – The Church’s Mission
  • Who We Are – The Baptists Distinctives
  • Articles of Faith – What We Believe
  • Covenant – How We Relate to Each Other
  • By-Laws – How We Operate

Pastor Tom Townsend Shares

We just finished spending a week with our eight-years-old (almost nine) grandson, Jonas. We have promised our grand boys – and will promise our grand girl – that when they turn nine, they get to take a trip of their choosing with G-Daddy and Mimi.

We had a great time visiting the Ark Experience in Williamstown, Kentucky, the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio, going to Moo-Ville, golfing, and other great activities – each activity chosen by Jonas.

As I think back over the week, I have some observations:

Read more …

Sign Up for Picnic Lunch at Zoo by Sunday

Sign up by this coming Sunday, August 20, 2017, for the church-wide Picnic Lunch at the Zoo on Sunday, August 27, 2017, at 1:00 pm (after the Morning Worship Service) at Binder Park Zoo’s Maple pavilion.

All food and table service is provided. The menu includes grilled hot dogs, grilled hamburgers, potato salad, baked beans, and dessert. Cost is $3 per person or $10 per family (immediate family only). Bring your own beverage.

Zoo Admission is optional and is a separate charge.

Sign up using this link, at the Welcome Center (in the church lobby) or at the Media Center (near the Blessings Cafe’).

Deadline to Sign Up for Men’s Golf is Sunday

This Sunday, August 20, 2017, is the deadline to sign up for the Men’s Golf Outing.

Tee time is at 8:00 am on Saturday, August 26, 2017, at Squirrel Hollow Golf Course (formerly Cedar Farms Golf Club).

Cost is $25 for 18 holes and a cart and includes a cook-out lunch at Pastor Tom and Connie Townsend’s home (11266 3-1/2 Mile Road, Battle Creek, Michigan) after the golf is completed. In addition, each golfer’s family is invited to join the group at the Townsend’s home for lunch at 12:30 pm.

Sign up using this link or at the Media Table (near the Blessings Cafe’) to reserve your tee time. Please indicate on the sign-up form the number of your family members who will be eating lunch. (Make sure to count the golfer in the number.)

The Daniel Plan Small Group Study Offered

Are you ready to revolutionize your health once and for all? Join us for a six-week series called The Daniel Plan – 40 Days to a Healthier Life.

This video-based, small-group study will be led by Gregg Huffman and held on six consecutive Thursdays, beginning September 14, 2017, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at Calvary Baptist Church. Cost is $10 per person, and registration is required. Sign up online or at the Media Center.

“It’s called The Daniel Plan and it works for one simple reason: God designed your body to be healthy and He provided everything you need to thrive and live an abundant life.”

The Art of Marriage ABF Elective

For Fall 2017, Adult Bible Fellowship (ABF) is offering the Elective class, “The Art of Marriage®.”

This class, led by Dennis and Tina Bourdo, will be video / discussion-style learning, using Family Life’s curriculum, and will last seven weeks. There will be two sessions offered during the fall:

Session 1: September 3 – October 22
Session 2: October 29 – December 10

Class size is limited to ten couples for each session. Cost of the required manual is $15 per couple. Use this link to sign up for your preferred session. Sign up is also available at the Media Center.

Battleground Action Sports Park News

One of the local community ministries that Calvary Baptist Church supports is Battleground Action Sports Park.

Battleground has been closed for several months while searching for a new location. The ministry has recently announced that it will host several Informational Open Houses about its plans to reopen and the current fund-raising project:

  • Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Monday, September 25, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Each of these Open Houses will be held (next to the Dunham’s store) inside the Lakeview Square Mall in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Missionary of the Month for August 2017

Each month, the Global Missions Team (GMT) designates different missionary families as “Missionaries of the Month.”

UPDATE: Read the August newsletter that was recently received.

In August 2017, the Missionary of the Month is Barb Perrine.

Barb is currently serving with Bibles International (BI), a division of Baptist Mid-Missions, as the Finance and Office Manager. “In this capacity, Perrine oversees the budget, the financial procedures for BI. She also maintains the building, property, and equipment of the organization.”


Blessings Offerings for August 2017

The Blessings Offerings for August 2017 are designated for the Battle Creek Christian Early Learning Center (BCCELC).

According to its website, BCCELC “is designed to meet the developmental needs of infants, toddlers, young children, and school-age children. The Center provides a safe, healthy, Christian environment. It also provides experiences that enrich and enhance each child’s cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical, creative, and spiritual development.”

BCCELC is an independent, non-profit organization affiliated with Calvary Baptist Church. Several members of Calvary Baptist Church serve on the Leadership Board for BCCELC. In addition, Calvary’s member, Erin Lane, serves at the Center’s Director.

Blessings Offerings are collected each Sunday during Adult Bible Fellowship and are designated for a ministry outside of Calvary Baptist Church.

Thanks for giving generously!

Pick Up Your Quiet Time Diary

The Quiet Time Diary Order has arrived! You can pick up your Diary at the Media Table (near the Blessings Cafe’). Look for your name on your Diary.

The cost is $25 per book or $50 for a family. Please pay when you pick up your diary by either leaving the money in Connie Cary’s mailbox (located outside the Church Office) or marking your offering envelope, “Quiet Time”.on the line next to “Special.”

Notice the schedule at the back of the Quiet Time Diary. Using the 2017-18 Academic Schedule, you will see that you will begin using the Diary on Sunday, August 27, 2017.

Orders for printed copies of the Quiet Time Diary will continue to be taken. Use this link or sign up at the Welcome Center. You can also order the online version for use on computers and mobile devices.

Nomination Ballots Available

The 2018 Nomination Ballots for Church Officers (Deacons, Trustees, and Church Treasurer) are available for use by voting members of Calvary Baptist Church.

Please submit your completed ballot to the Church Office or place it in the Secretary’s mailbox (located outside the office) by Sunday, September 3, 2017.

“Please consider carefully the Biblical qualifications for each of your selections; may God bless us with officers who are characterized as filled with the Holy Spirit and wisdom. Thank you for your participation in this critical church business.”

For those members who do not have email or access to a printer, a supply of printed ballots is available at the Welcome Center in the church lobby.