Pastor Tom Townsend Shares

A visiting Pastor was attending a men’s breakfast in Farm County. He asked one of the impressive older farmers in attendance to say grace that morning. After all were seated, the older farmer began.

“Lord, I hate buttermilk.

The Pastor opened one eye and wondered to himself where this was going. Then the farmer loudly proclaimed, “Lord, I hate lard.”

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Scripture Readings for Week of October 15

scripture readingThe suggested Scripture readings for the Week of October 15, 2017, are Leviticus 1:1-9, 5:1-13, 17:1-14, 19:9-18, 20:6-10, 22-27, 22:17-25, and 23:4-14.

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

  • Sunday – Leviticus 1:1-9
  • Monday – Leviticus 5:1-13
  • Tuesday – Leviticus 17:1-14
  • Wednesday – Leviticus 19:9-18
  • Thursday – Leviticus 20:6-10, 22-27
  • Friday – Leviticus 22:17-25
  • Saturday – Leviticus 23:4-14

Missionary Spotlight – Amy Wichterman

amy-wichterman-2016This week’s highlighted missionary is Amy Wichterman, who serves with RBM Ministries in Kalamazoo County.

According to her latest newsletter, Released Time Bible classes for the 2017-2018 school year are underway. “The theme for this year is ‘God is …,” I will be sharing a different attribute of God with the children each month as well as a Bible story or concept to illustrate that attribute.”

Please pray for Amy and for the children who attend the Released Time Bible classes.

Community Packing Party on November 11

The Giant Community Packing Party for Operation Christmas Child is scheduled for Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. This year’s goal is to pack 10,000 shoebox gifts.

The Packing Party is truly a community event as Calvary has been blessed to work alongside many churches, community groups, and families. In 2016, people from 16 churches and 13 community groups helped pack shoeboxes

In addition, people of all ages from Calvary serve by helping to set up, providing food for guests and workers, and packing boxes like crazy.

Quarterly Business Meeting Scheduled

The next Quarterly Business Meeting of Calvary Baptist Church is scheduled for Sunday, October 29, 2017, at 6:00 pm.

Included on the agenda will be the review of the 2018 Budget and the election of church officers: Deacons, Trustees, and Treasurer. In preparation for the election, the Nomination Slate of Officers and the Proposed Budget has been posted on the wall in the church lobby.

Please join the church family for this important meeting.

Looking for Willing Workers for Hospitality

The Hospitality Committee is in need of willing workers — both men and women — to work in the Blessings Café.

Please contact Angie or Lauren Fairchild ( or 269-830-7634) for more information or to indicate your interest in serving in this ministry.

It’s a Boy!

babyCongratulations to John and Katie Pfund on the birth of their son, Jack William, born on Thursday, October 12, 2017.

Congratulations, also, to the extended family.

American Sign Language Class Offered

An American Sign Language Class is being offered at Calvary Baptist Church on Thursdays from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, beginning October 26, 2017.

The classes will be taught by Don Budd, missionary to the deaf and deaf/blind for 20 years.

The classes are free, but the purchase of the textbook, “A Basic Course in American Sign Language,” by Tom Humphries, Carol Padden, and Terrence J. O’Rourke, is required.

Sign up at the Media Center (near the Blessings Cafe’).

Men’s Bowling Begins

The first Men’s Bowling event of the season is on Monday, November 6, 2017, at 6:00 pm at M-66 Bowl.

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.

Missionary of the Month for October 2017

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

In October 2017, the Missionaries of the Month are Mike and Heather Goy.

Mike and Heather are serving at Camp Barakel, located in Fairview, Michigan. The Goys are Resident staff at the Camp and serve primarily as Kitchen managers on the Camp’s East Side. During the 10-weeks of summer camp, the camp averages serving 1050 meals each day. This totals to around 73,500 meals during the summer!


Blessings Offerings for October 2017

The Blessings Offerings for October 2017 are designated to help with financial support for the members of Calvary Baptist Church’s congregation who are planning to participate in upcoming Short-Term Missions Trips. Three trips are planned over the next few months:

1. The Wayumi Retreat is on October 13-15, 2017. Participating in this trip are Pastor John and Nora Lippard, Judy Hoolsema, Justian and Erin Crane and their children, Rayna, Daniel, and Autumn.

2. The trip to the Dominican Republic is on November 6-17, 2017. The group from Calvary — Steve Cary, Nellie Briggs, Rickie VanDyke, and Samuel Paternoster — will join Word of Life’s Missions Work Trip to continue preparing WOL’s Camp buildings for campers.

3. Pastor Tom and Connie Townsend are going to Cameroon in Africa in January 2018 to visit our Missionaries, Bryan and Heather MacPhail-Fausey.

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!

Trunk or Treat Needs You!

Calvary’s annual Trunk or Treat is scheduled for Tuesday, October 31, 2017, from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Each year, more than 400 kids, with their families, attend this free, family event.

Your help is needed to make this ministry a success. There are lots of ways for you to serve:

  • Provide Candy (drop off the candy in the Work Room near the Church Office)
  • Parking Lot Attendant
  • Greeter
  • Decorate a Table and/or Pass out Candy
  • Be a “Floater” – not assigned a specific task but helps out wherever needed
  • Supervise the Bounce House
  • Prepare and/or Serve Refreshments
  • Pray — most important of all the jobs!

How do you want to be involved? Click on this link to sign up for a specific job or contact Dave Eubank (269-420-5233 or or Aaron Hisel (517-677-1046 or

If you are helping at the event, please park in the back parking lot (west side of church) to allow maximum parking for our guests.

Sign Up for Ladies’ Time Out in Frankenmuth

Sign up is underway for the Ladies’ Time Out in Frankenmuth, sponsored by the Heart 2 Heart Women’s Ministry.

The trip is scheduled for Saturday, October 21, 2017, and is for all ladies from ninth grade to age 99!. The ladies will be leaving the church 8:00 am and returning around 5:00 pm.

Sign up online using this link or at the Media Table (near the Blessings Café) to indicate that you are planning to attend.

Contact Linda Babbitt (269-967-7848 or or Connie Townsend (248-318-5665 or for more information.

Dominican Republic Missions Trip

In November 2017, a team from Calvary Baptist Church is headed to the Dominican Republic to join with Word of Life’s Missions Work Trip. The dates of the trip are November 6 through 17, 2017.

Word of Life purchased a 15-acre beach front property in the Dominican Republic to use as a Christian camp. The property has 42 buildings located on it, but they are not yet all ready for campers. The participants of this missions trip will help prepare the buildings for campers.

According to the website, Word of Life’s work project missions trips are “designed for everyone to attend. A love for the Lord to serve and a willingness to be blessed are what we are looking for. If you can do these things, you qualify!”

If you are interested in knowing more about the trip or want to join the team, contact Steve Cary ( or 269-209-7945).