Saturday, September 24th God blessed us with another enjoyable Family and Friends Movie Night. Our Calvary family was joined by familiar and new faces. This included brothers and sisters in Christ, visiting members of the local community, and even individuals from out of state.
We thank God for Mr. William Watkins Jr., his testimony on the production of the film Veterans of Color, and his offering of spiritual guidance. One of many encouraging words he shared was to pay attention to the people God sends our way as they are the vehicles to the blessing God is providing us.
Keep checking our the website, FB page, and/or newsletters (The Calvary Call) for our next family and friends event.
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FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2015 AT 7 PM
LOCATION: CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH, PROVIDENCE, RI
Special Music Provided by
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The Stewardship Ministry is prayerful and hopeful that God will touch your heart and mind to be “Spirit Led Giving” in your tithing and offering commitment. There are four areas where we want to grow to be Christ faithful stewards, 1) Growing as a Disciple, 2) Christ Centered Community, 3) Christ Like Compassion, and 4) Celebration of Christ.
The first way we are led by the Holy Spirit in our giving is to obey the Word. The Word tells us to give. Therefore, we obey the Word and we give. A thundering voice from Heaven to tell us to give is not necessary, although the way some Christians live it will probably take a thundering voice from Heaven to get them to do something. It is important for us as Christians to understand that the Pastor and our Church cannot do the work of the ministry without finances. When someone says they live by faith believing God to supply their needs, somehow in the minds of Christians they think are exempt from supporting the work of God with their substance. Pastor Jabulani announced this past Sunday, March 1st that we have $3600 toward youth ministry! We only have $1400 more to go to meet the match of a generous donor who has been led by God to match our $5000. We will soon have $15,000 to do youth ministry.
I believe that if our hearts are truly filled with the Love of God, our hearts will compel us to sow financially into the Kingdom of God.
God and His Word are One. The Word tells us that when we obey His Word, we love Him and He calls us His friends. Jesus goes so far as to say that when we obey Him He will manifest Himself to us. This means that by simply obeying Him in our giving, we are His friends and he will manifest Himself to us. This is even true when we yield our finances to Him because the Word tells us in Luke 16:11 that He will entrust us with the true riches of the Kingdom. May our tithes and offerings be pleasing to our Lord and expand His Word to the next generation and the one after that! While the Gospel itself is free, supporting the work of God is not.
Please be in prayer and consider growing as a disciple of Jesus Christ by giving your time, talent and treasure towards the work of God. Being stewards of what God has provided to us is indeed important!!!! God spoke about a willingness and joy to give. Share the joy and God’s love. Please give generously and if you are led to give to the youth ministry just mark your check youth ministry and Calvary will be blessed again.
Stewardship Ministry Chair
In 2015, we will continue our work aggressively towards debt-freedom both individually and as a church. This will not happen overnight so the Finance and Stewardship Ministries will be providing us with tools to get and stay financially free. Therefore, they will be hosting financial seminars throughout the year to help us towards that goal. The first of these workshops will be Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in the Tomlin Room for Seniors called, “Fraud Alert.” This workshop will teach us how to protect our identity and create wealth for generations to come. Our special guest presenters are The Links, Inc. (http://www.linksinc.org/) and AARP (www.aarp.org). Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public but please RSVP so they will know how to plan.
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.