Over the Summer, private donors donated toward development of the Youth Ministry.Specifically, they wish to help us fund a Youth Pastor position so we may hire someone to give intentional long-term leadership for Calvary Youth. Also, these donors expressed their desire to give an additional time gift challenge/matching grant, if the Youth and the church raise additional funds. This will give us seed money to do some masterful work with our Youth. God is good. There was a formal appeal for assistance with this matching grant mini-campaign at church on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. However, if you would like to sow into this ministry to help us towards our goal, please make checks/money orders out to Calvary Baptist church with a not in the subject line: Youth Matching Grant. Thank you in advance for your support of the Youth Ministry.
“My soul finds rest in God alone: my salvation comes from him.” Psalm 62:1
As God, Jesus emptied Himself. As man, Jesus humbled Himself. He understood that God’s plan for the redemption of the world could only be carried out by His total surrender. Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is simply thinking of yourself in God’s way – valuable and loved, but His servant.
Humility makes you accessible and approachable. Humility enables others to identify with you, because you are not hiding your struggles and pretending to be something that you really are not. Saint Augustine once said, “It was pride that changed angels into devils, it is humility that makes men as angels.”
Jesus became obedient to death – even death on a cross! One has to ponder (examine attentively and deliberately) the obedience of Jesus. He was obedient not just to death, but the dreaded, terrifying death on a cross. One question we immediately have is “Why?” Why the cross? This is how God showed His love among us; He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: “Not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:9-10).
Calvary Baptist Church provides many opportunities to serve Christ and build His kingdom. As seen in Jesus’ life, obedience can be demanding and even require great sacrifice. Is God calling you to obey Him in some special way? What is it that God is calling you to do? Are you obeying or resisting? Are you disinterested in obeying Him? If you will rekindle your relationship with Him, you will find that the desire to obey will return.
One of the areas where you can get involved is through the Stewardship Ministry. If you have a calling that can help build His kingdom, talk to the Pastor, Servant Leader Team or any of the Ministry Leaders. Enjoy the abundant life as you give yourself to Christ and to others by serving the Lord.
In Christian Love,
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Jesus asked, “What will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?” (Matthew 16:26). He was saying that nothing else can compare with the value of life itself. Christians, especially know this is true, since we believe our spiritual journey will last far beyond our physical journey. We have been entrusted with the assurance that death does not end the gift of life but is the door, to life everlasting. John recorded the assurance that Jesus gave his disciples – and us – as the trial of the crucifixion neared: “In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also? (John 14:2-3)
The essence of God is love, and God’s gift of Christ came from the center of that love. Jesus gave his life because he loved us. If we, as Christians, are to reflect our loving and wonderful God and also our loving, crucified, and resurrected Savior, then should not love be the basis for what we give? This type of giving goes beyond percentages, pledges, tax deductions, and all the other motivations for that are found in our culture and economic systems. It is love that produces sacrificial giving.
First, the tithe is the minimum standard in standard for giving, especially in an affluent society. However, focusing on the tithing only as a strict rule ignores the more stringent demands of giving. Tithing is a starting point of faith that honors God’s faithfulness to us. Second, God’s demands are far greater than the tithe, a 10% “token” of one’s possessions. Third, the tithe, for an affluent Christian, holds no opportunity for sacrifice. The tithe in an affluent society is often reduced to no more than a charitable deduction. Fourth, yes, the tithe talks only about money. However, giving should not be tied only to money.
- The essential points to keep in mind with regard to tithing are the following:
- Everything we have is from God.
- We are called to be good stewards of all that God has entrusted to us,
- In responding to the challenge of Christian stewardship in every area of life, we are called to shape decisions about our personal finances in light of God’s claim on our lives.
- Tithing can provide a biblical, practical, timely giving guideline for Christian disciples.
Tithing is a discipleship issue not a fund-raising device. It has to do with our relationship to Jesus Christ. The question tithing raises is not “how much of the church’s budget is my share,” but rather, “how much of my income is God’s share.” We have a need to give, and the tithe is a guide in addressing that need.
Giving makes me more like God. “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son …” John 3:16
In Christian Love,
Chair of Stewardship
Calvary Baptist Church and Iglesia Bautista Hispana el Calvario (IBHEC)
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Come join the fun at Vacation Bible School!
Children from 4—11 will learn, discover and play in
“Workshop of Wonders – Imagine and Build with God”
July 14 –17, 2014
6:00 ~ 8:30 p.m.
Every year approximately 100 children attend each day. So, we need YOUR help to make this a successful Vacation Bible School. Encourage your children and the children of our church to attend and participate, donate 8-10 oz. bottles of water, crayons, markers, popsicles and your time. But most important of all, keep our Vacation Bible School children and leaders in your prayers.
Please speak to Sandra Irizarry from IBHEC to find out how you may serve our children for Christ! Thanks!
On Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Calvary will be holding their Annual Churchwide Spring Cleaning Day. All areas need representing including: Painting, cleaning, general maintenance, etc. Lunch will be provided.
A sign-up sheet will be posted on the bulletin board outside the church office soon. We look forward to
seeing you there!
The Annual Budget Meeting Pot/luck has been rescheduled to Sunday, February 2, 2014 after worship. Good news! Overall, we have been faithful to God in our Tithes and Offering (and new people have joined in) and the Lord has been blessing us. We have typically expected a deficit or to “break even” with our finances. Well, this year we are expected a surplus of cash and to become totally debt free. We thank God for helping us know that He is our source! Now we are poised to provide wonderful opportunities to experience God through service.
Sunday, January 26, 2014, approximately 30 Students from Providence College and university staff from the Multi-Cultural Center will be worshipping with us. After the worship experience, they will join us for a banquet in their honor.
Please be present to receive and serve our guests so that they see the love of God at work at Calvary and in their lives.
The 37th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast sponsored by the Minister’s Alliance of RI was held on Monday, January 20, 2014 @ Rhodes on the Pawtucket. Two of our own two Calvary students (Harriette Beah and Emem Akpan) received scholarships. Let’s continue to encourage our students to apply for this scholarship opportunity.
Fifteen or so Calvary members participated throughout Saturday, June 1, 2013 in work projects and cleaning for Calvary Baptist Church. Most stayed for the ribs and chicken barbequed on Calvin’s grill in the parking lot.
We completed preparations for the painting of the foyer entry way and new lift hoist way; partial cleaning and organizing of the boiler and utility room; removing and storing of sanctuary storm windows; mitigation of some safety issues for the sanctuary; replacing thirty florescent light bulbs throughout the building; cleaning of the parlor kitchen; and most noticeably, the bright red painting of the parking lot entry way doors.
Projects still to be done are completing painting of the parking lot lines, exterior doors and windows; repairs to accommodations of sanctuary pews; and cleaning and organizing of storage and other rooms.
We will plan to have quarterly work/cleaning days. The next one is planned for sometime in September. Additional project days can be scheduled as needed. Contact the Building Use Committee Chairman if you would like to help or be in charge of any of the cleaning or work projects that still need to be completed.
Submitted by Richard Robison
Building Use Committee Chairman
Calvary’s first Women’s Ministry Weekend was held April 13-14, 2013. The theme was “Women of Virtue”, based on Proverbs 31:10-30. We began Saturday evening with a Women’s Tea and fellowship, and culminated in a crescendo of praise on Sunday morning. It was indeed an experience fit for our Calvary Queens, held in the presence of the Triune God who dwells among us.
On Saturday, the women shared life stories and a bible-based game of God’s Woman TM, along with the traditional tea with crumpets and other delicacies using the beautiful china dishware of Calvary Church. There was a multigenerational community of over 30 people in attendance, including several visitors from as far away as Boston, MA. On Sunday morning, on the hills of such a wonderful evening, the sanctuary was saturated with great anticipation and expectation for God to reveal Himself. The women were ready to once again assemble together and worship.
The liturgy was woven together with special emphasis on how important it is to tell our personal stories. We heard, felt and were transformed by three powerful anointed testimonies given by Carol Hall Walker, Sarah Karmara, and Louise Kpawoe. Each spoke of God’s protection, direction, provision and power. Finally, we were blessed to receive the Word of God presented through the person of Rev. Dr. Sheryl Barnes. WOW!
Dr. Barnes helped us to celebrate and commend the virtuous women among us and within us. Her sermon title “Praise for Virtuous Women!” both challenged and encouraged us: 1) Recall the acts of the heart and hand – we are to use our time, talents, and treasure to glorify God; 2) Praise your pursuit of virtue – faithfully daily seek to touch Jesus; and 3) Pronounce of God’s blessings over our lives.
I would like to thank all the phenomenal women of Calvary Baptist Church, specifically those who gave their time, provided food, and donated more than $300 towards expenses. I would like to celebrate and acknowledge with gratitude the following women in particular for their leadership in launching our first Women’s Ministry Weekend together: Genevieve Hansford, Rose Delgado, Rosa Delgado, Evelyn Beah, Sarah Kamara, Elizabeth Boylowlu, Daphine Monroe, and Rachel Bloe.
May God continue to grow and strengthen our relationship with Him and one another. I look forward to more women attending our activities and events in the future.
In Christ’s Service,
Rev. Nikita McCalister