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
Sunday, June 16th is Father’s Day!
Let’s celebrate our fathers!
Often, the world explains away fatherhood as the just a man who helped bring a child into the world. However, fathers are not just “baby daddies”. They are designed to fulfill their destinies in God.
The Word of God continues to highlight the importance of a father in the lives of his children. Beginning with Adam, fathers have been responsible for the nurture and protection of the family he has been given. (See Genesis 1). Fathers are to follow hard after God in order to know how to handle this awesome privilege and responsibility. In Ephesians 5 and 6, we can infer that as a father follows Christ he will love himself and treat his family with the loving kindness that yields a great legacy of love for generations to come.
Fathers, we love you! We appreciate you! We are blessed by your presence in our lives. Keep up the good work. Your Heavenly Father sees you and is proud to call you son (Matthew 3:17)!
The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him. ~ Proverbs 223:24 (ESV)
In Christ’s service,
Pastor Jabulani McCalister
On Monday, March 4th, Calvary Baptist Church hosted the 187th annual meeting of the American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island (ABCORI), attended by over 250 people representing 45 Rhode Island churches. Pastor Emeritus Dr. Paul Schoonmaker said it was the best-attended ABCORI business meeting he’d ever seen.
Our own Pastor McCalister (pictured) led the opening devotion, challenging the gathered representatives to “emanate the love of God as we greet the new leaders, [to] take in earnest the role of leadership … constant in prayer and intercession.” He further spoke on unity as “the children of God and the body of Christ.”
Newly called Executive Minister Rev. Tom Wiles soon added some humor: “I didn’t think Baptists came to business meetings!” Rev. Nikita McCalister played a prominent role in the proceedings as ABCORI’s Operations Manager; starting with leading the opening hymn and standing in for several officers in absentia, before delivering the Report of the Operations Manager. Among the other highlights, Canonicus Director Melanie Towle presented ‘Celebration of the 65th Anniversary of Camp Canonicus’. The video, similar to Calvary’s 115th Anniversary Celebration, is available for viewing on the Canonicus website (www.canonicus.org). The meeting concluded with Introductions/Installation of newly elected members, followed by new Executive Minister, Rev. Tom Wiles leading the closing prayer.
The meeting agenda and copies of all reports are available at www.abcori.org.
Members are the life-blood of any organization, and Calvary’s Technical Arts Ministry is no exception. The gifts our members bring become the strength of the Ministry. Within the Calvary family, the TAM is all about communication infrastructure. Whether it’s this newsletter, audio and video at services and events; our website and online presence, or our relations with local media outlets, that infrastructure provides Calvary the tools to spread God’s Word beyond the walls of our Church home.
It is my privilege to join the TAM as Chairman and Area Leader for the Calvary Call, joined by fellow Area Leaders Richard Akinnusotu, John Egan, Kona Stewart, and Rev. Michelle Sullivan. My ‘gifts’ have been honed by nearly twenty years of engineering and project management experience, including a decade of service to the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).
It’s important to remember that the technology on which we rely is merely a tool. The TAM provides a platform: infrastructure. The content, the message, depends on contributions from the entire Calvary family. Within these pages, you’ll find contributions from the Servant Leaders, from youth members, even from a Homebound member. Content is the wildcard. For all of our media ‘channels’, we need your stories, your photos, poetry, and prayers. If you provide it, we’ll find a way to publish it. To make that happen, of course, we’ll also need volunteers and members. So, if you can handle a computer, a camera, or even a pen, there’s a place for you in the TAM. DD
February 13th is Ash Wednesday, the official start of the Lenten Season. During this sacred time Christians world-wide reflect on Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection in a special way, for they are central to our Christian faith. Calvary is offering a special Lenten Bible Study, “Living the Resurrection Reality,” on Wednesdays, Feb.13-Mar. 20, 7:15-8:30 pm at our church.
The Resurrection is too good of news to be limited to only one Sunday a year. This Bible study will look at this phenomenal event in detail. Did Christ’s Resurrection as described in the Scriptures really happen? Why was His Resurrection “Good News”? What does the Resurrection mean for us today? In this dynamic Bible Study developed by Christianity Today, we will explore how the Resurrection transforms our lives as it grounds our faith and gives us a glimpse of our life to come. Each class will be led by a differentCalvary minister and there will be one guest instructor. All classes will be preceded by Prayer Meeting from 6:30-7:15 pm.
Calvary family, we hope you will participate in this special opportunity to grow in Christ and grow with one another. Please spread the word! God bless you!
For over a year, Calvary’s wheelchair lift has been broken, causing accessibility challenges for members and visitors with wheelchairs, walkers and canes. Thanks to a successful winter Capital Campaign, a new lift will be installed by March. The new Genesis Vertical Lift made by Garaventa Lift will provide easy access to Calvary’s main floor and lower level, where South Providence Neighborhood Ministries has offices. The approximately $25,000 project is being supported by an $8,300 grant from the RI Baptist Home Board, $12,060 in pledges from Calvary members,and the balance from our church’s invested funds.
“This lift will benefit anyone who is handicapped” whether they enter our building for church, a funeral, wedding or SPNM, said Rick Robison,Calvary member and Building & Property Ministry Chair. Thank you donors!
If you are looking for ways to get involved this quarter, consider some of the following ministry opportunities:
1) True Worshippers study, Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m.
2) Prayer meetings: Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. and Thursdays at noon
3) Our Technical Arts Ministry needs more committed members
4) New Visitors to Calvary homebound members are needed
5) Support for South Providence Neighborhood Ministries’ Annual Spelling Bee on Saturday, February 2, 2013
from 1:00-6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. This event helps raise money to support families that SPNM serves.
6) Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: Married Couple’s Ministry’s Pre-Valentine’s
Day Brunch and Movie Matinee. There will be food, fun, fellowship, compelling and impactful workshops,
and the viewing of a powerful movie. Brunch is $20 per couple.
7) American Baptist Churches of RI Annual Meeting Monday, March 4, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in our Sanctuary. Please come and help us host churches from around the state as we gather to discuss and vote on important ABCORI matters and welcome our New Executive Minister, Rev. Tom Wiles, and new Officers!
8) Maundy Thursday Worship and Communion, March 28th at 7 p.m. We will commemorate Christ’s last supper with a worship experience and Communion.
Calvary Baptist Church celebrated its 115th Anniver- sary on November 18th with a special worship experience and reception attended by over 200 people. The theme of the celebration was “A Legacy of Faith in God.” Calvary and its sister church, Iglesia Bautista Hispana el Calvario, held a joint service that included praise and worship in English and Spanish, sermons by former pastors Rev. Dr. Paul Schoonmaker and Rev. J. Francisco Litardo, and reflections by long-time Calvary members June Allen, Linda Gaulin and Virginia Bradley.
Other highlights included a historical slide show, mini organ concert by Calvary Organist and Adult Choir Director, Dorothy Yoreo, and a citation from the City of Providence which recognized our historic church. Praise God for His faithfulness to Calvary for 115 years!