Hello Calvary Family! What an amazing summer! From Vacation Bible School to great attendance, from special programs and great ministry to our Guests Preachers and musicians, God has really been
blessing us at our church. At the same time, we have lost partnerships like South Providence Neighborhood Matters (Formerly Ministries).
Yet, we have been developing strong relationships with our community partners using our space (i.e. Community Music Works) and other churches spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Why is all of this important? In a world where hate runs rampant to beat of strife, the Church has to show a different example. It may look like things can’t improve but that does not mean we stop what the Lord has called us to do. Through providing relevant ministry and resources to help transform lives we can show the world that Jesus is alive and well waiting to save a world yielded to Him (St. John 3:16-7 & Romans 5:6-9). Jesus has already sacrificed so much we have no choice but to remain faithful to the end (Galatians 6:9-10).
So as you return from some much needed rest and relaxation on your summer getaways and vacations, know that you are a part of Christ’s body of believers and we need you. Our community needs you. Our world needs you. We need you to serve, give and participate so that we continue to shower the world with the love of Jesus. It will not always be easy because it’s Spiritual Warfare. But guess what? We have already won (Colossians 2:14-16)!
Hopefully, through the many examples shared in this issue, on our web-site, Facebook pages, twitter and others you will see what the Lord is up to and join us this Fall.
God bless you!
Pastor Jabulani McCalister
Hello Calvary Family! Happy Spring. With the unpredictable changes in the climate one never knows how to respond. Should I wear a coat? Should I wear layers or shorts? No matter what the climate, be it the weather, culture or politics, it is helpful to know what’s going on and perhaps have some semblance of control. Control is overrated because some things will happen regardless of how much control we believe we have. They say, “April showers bring May Flowers” as a way to console the one who does like the rain. Rain has multiple purposes but two main roles it has it to clean and nourish. We need both in order to spring forth anew.
Beginning in Chapter 5 of St. Matthew, Jesus is recorded as beginning the Beatitudes sayings. Beatitudes means: blessedness, grace, more or benediction. What strikes me about Jesus’ sayings in the Sermon on the Mount is that it’s launched with blessings. Blessed are . . . he continues for several verses. Normally, when we think of blessings we think of things we cherish or like coming into our possession. But if we examine the Beatitudes not all blessings are associated with gaining anything material, physical or emotional. In fact, there is a form of loss associated with each one. However, even though verse 1-11 tell us of the rain, verse 12 tells us of the flowers to come because we are approved by God.
This spring time I encourage you to think about the wonderful ways you are blessed beyond measure with family (especially as we celebrate Mother’s Day), friends and such. For some flowers are right before you ready to be loved and enjoyed.
God bless you,
Pastor Jabulani McCalister
Hello. It’s that time again! Time to celebrate the Lord by how thankful we are to be alive and celebrate the eternal life He provided through the birth of Jesus Christ! If you look around in the world, there seems to be more commercialization of Christmas and material gift giving. But what are really being offered are songs that have nothing to do with Christ, unwanted trinkets that will be returned the very next day, dry turkey and false “Good Will” toward people. What many people have forgotten or simply just don’t know is that Jesus has always been the reason we celebrate and have joy! We have this joy because God has given us peace that the world can only understand through a relationship with Him (St. John 14:1-6; 1 Cor.2:14). This joy begins at Christmas but culminates at the cross and carries over through the Resurrection!
So while we gather with loved ones and friends over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, remember that the reason you are blessed today is because of what God has done for you. Let’s get back to the basics of sharing the love of God through our faith in Jesus Christ. When was the last time you shared your faith journey with someone? During this festive time would be the perfect moment to open up to someone about what Jesus has meant to you in your life. Think back on when the Lord saved your life. Share the intricate details of how Jesus continues to sustain your faith. “Jesus paid it all.” Now we owe Him our all in all. Please share your testimonies with me of how God used you to bring someone to Christ. If possible I would love to meet them and rejoice with you both. God bless you and have a happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!
Pastor Jabulani McCalister, MSW, MDIV
Hello Calvary Family! This summer I was listening to the Gaither’s Gospel Band’s CD, “Count Your Blessings.” There were many songs that spoke to the core of our walk with Christ but one song in particular stood out to me. The song is entitled, “Breathe Deep.” The title alone is a command to breathe to the fullest capacity you have. Many of us breathe very shallow in an effort to speed past life. Breathing shallow is normally associated with negative feelings or ailments that cause a heightened sense of anxiety. This exacerbates even more challenges, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. However, when we breathe deep these aspects of our being get the proper elements from the oxygen our bodies need and we are put at ease. Just like the song by the Gaither Band encourages us to breathe deep the moments of love and loved ones in our life, the Scripture reminds us that each breath we take is a blessing. Take a moment to breathe in and out—deeply. Breathing is an involuntary function that must take place for us to stay alive. But God is the one who provides the breath of life (Genesis 2:7) and empowers us to live anxiety free as His Holy Spirit provides a refreshing wind that repeatedly revives us (Acts 2; St. John 20:21-22).
Whether long or short trips, many of us went on vacation this summer and left our cares and concerns back home. The deep breathes we took were from running around with the children on a crowded beach our playing sports at the park, or riding our bikes and hiking in the mountains. Now that you are back I pray that you continue to “breathe deep” looking for a way to spice up the routine and creatively serve the Lord with joy at home, work, community and church. I look forward to serving with you this Fall season God bless you!
Pastor Jabulani McCalister
God lead our sister church, Iglesia Bautista Hispana El Calvario (IBHEC), to initiate the renovation of our Youth Ministry Classroom. They have carried the load in raising funds and providing the supplies for this blessing. The renovation is happening in three phases. Cleaning the room and painting the walls, installing new technology, and laying out the rug. The youth could always use more Bibles and other lesson supplies. Please contact us on ways you can contribute towards the Youth Ministry.
Sunday, October 2nd we celebrated our member, Sarah Brown Kamara, as she recently retired as Superintendent. Auntie Sarah, as family and close friends lovingly call her, thank you again for all the years of hard work, dedication, and love for God you put into everything you did for our children and church. We were blessed to have you leading our children’s Christian education and are still blessed to have you as a member. We love you.
We are grateful that guest vocalist Kira Shcherbakova blessed us during worship with her music ministry. Thank you to all who came and supported our guest Sunday, August 28th. We hope you were blessed to. If you were unable to attend, click here or visit our Facebook page to see one of her performances. Remember to like our page to stay current with our upcoming activities.
We thank God that we have received the following members through Baptism and/or Christian Experience: Denise A., Joshua R., Machozi S., and Omona A. They each received the Right Hand of Fellowship on this Sunday.
We also celebrated with Denise A. as she brought her son, Vashawn R. to be Dedicated to our Lord.