Scripture Reading for Week of December 17

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The suggested Scripture reading for the Week of December 17, 2017, is Ruth 1:1-4:22.

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

  • Sunday – Ruth 1:1-14
  • Monday – Ruth 1:15-22
  • Tuesday – Ruth 2:1-12
  • Wednesday – Ruth 2:13-23
  • Thursday – Ruth 3:1-18
  • Friday – Ruth 4:1-12
  • Saturday – Ruth 4:13-22

A-Z Letter of the Week is Y

The A-Z Letter of the Week for the week of December 17, 2017, is “Y.” Because there are not any families in the church whose last name begins with the letter, “Y,” the Prayer Committee suggests that we pray this week for the ministries of Calvary Baptist Church that are specific to Adults, to Students, and to Kids.

Blessings Café
LIFE groups
Adult Bible Fellowship
CBC 101
Corporate Prayer Meeting
Stephen Ministry
Men’s Ministries
Heart to Heart Women’ Ministries

THRIVE Youth Group
Sunday School
Camp Barakel Scholarship
Christian College Scholarship Program

Calvary’s Kids:
Sunday School
Children’s Church
Joyful Noise, Inc.
Camp Barakel Scholarship
Children’s Library

Missionary Spotlight – Bryan & Heather MacPhail-Fausey

macphail-oct-2016The missionaries who are highlighted this week are Bryan and Heather MacPhail-Fausey, serving with Baptist Mid-Missions in Cameroon.

From their December 2017 newsletter: “While it is not something we talk about often with each other, we all recognize that this will be our third Christmas away from family and our first without Ian. Our first grandchild will turn 1 on New Year’s Eve. Among the joy that Christmas brings, there is a certain heaviness in these absences. We are thankful for the ‘family’ that God has given us here but would ask that you pray for our family both here and back in the US as we navigate the season.”

Please pray for the MacPhail-Fauseys and their family.

DVDs of Portraits of Christmas

A supply of DVDs of Portraits of Christmas is now available at the Media Table. Each DVD costs $4.00.

When the supply is gone, you can order a DVD by writing your name and “Portraits of Christmas” on the back of a prayer request card (or by contacting the church office). Indicate how many copies you would like. Then, simply place the card in the offering plate or in the Prayer Request box at the Welcome Center in the lobby. Your order will be available for you to pick up at the Media Center (near the Blessings Cafe’) on the following Sunday.

Payment can be submitted to the Church Office or placed in the offering plate.

Sign Up for The Art of Marriage

Sign up is underway for the Adult Bible Fellowship (ABF) Elective class, “The Art of Marriage®.”

This class, led by Dennis and Tina Bourdo, is a video / discussion-style learning, using Family Life’s curriculum. The class will be from January 7 through February 18, 2018.

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. Sign up is also available at the Media Center. (Previous attenders of this class are welcome to repeat the elective.)

Men’s Bowling in January

The next monthly Men’s Bowling is on Monday, January 8, 2018, at 6:00 pm at M-66 Bowl. (Note: Due to the New Years Day holiday, bowling is schedule on the second Monday of the month.)

All men are invited to participate. The cost to bowl is $7.50 (plus $1.00 for shoe rental). A short devotional is shared during the evening.

Contact Lindsey Brauer for more information.

Pastor Tom Townsend Shares

If you are like me, each Christmas brings the challenge of finding and giving the “perfect gift” to those who are part of my life. You see, I want my friends and family members to know how much I care about them and how committed I am to them. I want them to know that my love is not only demonstrated at this time of the year, but is a love that is 24/7/365. I want to express my affection for them and invest in a way that demonstrates my love. But no matter how hard I try, I have yet to give the perfect gift. Each year I seem to be limited in time and resources, so I always come up “short.”

As I think about Christmas and the real “reason for the season,” I have discovered that God has given us the Perfect Gift. It is the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Read more …

Celebrating Christmas at Calvary

The birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ, is a big deal. It is God’s gift of love to us! “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 ESV)

Christmas at Calvary continues on this coming Sunday, December 17, 2017, with our Calvary’s Kids Sunday School presenting its annual Christmas program.

  • Sunday, December 17, 2017, 10:50 am: Calvary’s Kids presents Star Trip, Our Faith Awakens
  • Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24, 2017: Breakfast at 9:30 am and a Special Morning Worship Service at 10:50 am.

CBC 101 Classes Concludes

A series of classes, entitled “CBC 101,” concludes this Sunday, December 17, 2017, 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 consecutive Sundays: December 3, 10, and 17, 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

ABF Class Locations Temporarily Changed

adult-bible-fellowship-editedRehearsals for the “Star Trip, Our Faith Awakens will be held in the Worship Center at 9:30 am on two consecutive Sundays: December 10 and 17, 2017.

To accommodate the Rehearsals, the Koinonia class will meet in the Activity Center (next to the Blessings Café) during Adult Bible Fellowship. Joining them in the Activity Center will be the ekklesia class whose teacher, Ken Babbitt, is visiting his first granddaughter in California.

Thank you to both classes for your flexibility!

2018 Offering Envelopes Available

Your box of 2018 Offering Envelopes are available. Pick yours up in the Lobby near the Welcome Center. Look for your name on the box.

Besides using the offering envelopes, you can also give online on the website. Click here to access the on-line giving webpage.

The use of offering envelopes and on-line giving is for your convenience and provides a way of tabulating a total of your annual giving which is made available for income tax purposes at each year’s end. Giving totals from 2017 (whether through the offering envelopes or online) will be emailed in early 2018 (or mailed to those who don’t have an email address).

Didn’t use offering envelopes in 2017 and want to begin using them in 2018? Or want to give online and haven’t been assigned a number yet? Contact Connie Cary, and she will assign you a number (269-963-4433 or

Missionary of the Month for December 2017

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

In December 2017, the Missionaries of the Month are Samuel and Belinda Flores.

Sam was at Calvary Baptist Church on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, to give a report on his family and the ministry. He said that his family was doing well. Their two sons, Darrel and Nathan, are active in the church ministry, and having just completed a test to qualify for high school graduation, are planning on attending Marietta Bible College.


December 2017 Blessings Offerings

The Blessings Offerings given during the month of December 2017 are designated for Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) ministry.

Celebrating 50 years of ministry, VOM is a nonprofit, interdenominational Christian missions organization dedicated to serving our persecuted family worldwide through practical and spiritual assistance and leading other members of the body of Christ into fellowship with them,” according to its website.

In a recent email, Jim Dau, President of VOM, shared this story, “Earlier this month we received word that a pastor and his wife were being interrogated — literally right at that moment — by police in their homeland. I was in a meeting here in the VOM office at the time, and we stopped the meeting to pray specifically for this faithful gospel worker and his precious wife. We heard later that day that the police decided not to detain them, praise the Lord! But we know the next time it may be different, as it has been in the past and will be again for so many of our brothers and sisters in the 68 nations where VOM is actively working to support Christ’s followers.”

Besides the Blessings Offerings, there are other tangible ways that you can be involved in the ministry of VOM:

  • Sign up for the Newsletter
  • Adopt a “front-line” worker and commit to pray for him/her
  • Write letters to imprisoned Christians or to officials asking for their release
  • Listen to the weekly VOM radio broadcast
  • Attend a one-day VOM Advance conference (scheduled in West Michigan on Saturday, November 17, 2018)
  • Pray

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!

Women’s Bible Study Sign Up

Sign up is underway for the Winter 2018 Women’s Bible Study. The ladies are studying the life of David, using Beth Moore’s book, David: Seeking a Heart Like His, as a study guide.

This 12-session Bible study will be held on Mondays at 6:30 pm and Tuesdays at 10:00 am, beginning the week of January 15, 2018. Choose the time slot that best fits your schedule.

Sign up online (use this link), on the church APP or at the Media Center, indicating which session you plan to attend and whether you need a book ordered for you. For more information, contact Joan Damerow (269-965-6645 or

Click this link to learn more.

December 31 is Building Fund Sunday

During the Quarterly Business Meeting on Sunday, October 29, 2017, the church membership voted to designate Sunday, December 31, 2017, as Building Fund Sunday.

The church is hoping to pay off its Building Fund loan early. All offerings received on December 31, 2017, are designated for the Building Fund. In addition, any on-line gifts received during the week of December 25 through December 31, 2017, will be designated for the Building Fund.

December 31, 2017, is the 53rd Sunday of 2017. The 2017 church budget was based on 52 Sundays which means that December 31, 2017, is an extra Sunday.

Thanks for giving generously!