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
Join us for our annual Sunday School Rally Day celebration on Sunday, September 10th immediately following the 10am service. Come and learn about what is new in our Christian Education Program:
- Visit our infant and toddler nursery
- Tour our Sunday School classrooms
- Hear about the new classroom curriculum
- Gather information about upcoming specialty classes
- Learn about Wednesday evening Bible Study
- Meet the Christian Education team and sign up to:
- Lead one or more children’s classes this fall (curriculum provided)
- Read books to the children
- Help underwrite scholarship funds for children’s programing
We will also enjoy a potluck style luncheon. Everyone is asked to bring their favorite dish, salad, and/or dessert to share with the church family and friends. No peanut or tree nut ingredients are permitted. Beverages will be provided. A sign-up sheet will be located on the narthex information table and serving counter in the Tomlin room.
If you have any questions, please contact Darthula Mathews (Christian Education Leader) by phone at 401-461-7507, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or any of Calvary’s social media platforms.
Thank you IBHEC and Calvary volunteers, parents, and children for another great Vacation Bible School (VBS) session. It was a blessing to see familiar and new faces. Though VBS 2017 – Hero Central has concluded, remember the Hero Code from Psalm 34:14b to “Do good, seek peace, and go after it!” and Hero Pledge to have “heart, courage, wisdom, hope, and power.”
For photos and videos from this year’s session, check out our Facebook page.
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. Calvary Family! I greet you in the mighty matchless Name of Jesus. The Hymn “In the Garden” by C. Austin Miles, shares a wonderful experience of God’s comforting presence throughout our lives. God is there through good and bad times. The chorus says, “He walks with me and He talks with me and He tells me I am His own. And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other have ever known.” But that level of intimacy requires something from us. Like the opening line in the Hymn declares, we must come to God, often alone, humble and vulnerable with an expectant hope that He will be with us and provide just what we need. That’s not often acceptable to us because we feel so destitute and far from God’s presence most times because of our sin (anything we do outside of God’s Will).
In Genesis Chapter 2, God tells Adam and Eve to be faithful to Him so He can keep them safe. Unfortunately, like most children they did not follow instructions. Sure, they were tempted by the enemy but they still chose to disobey a direct command from God in Chapter 3. Had they come to God with the transgression, I believe He would have restored them. But they pulled away and hid from God in shame (1 John 1:9-10; Genesis 3:9). Yes, they used to run to His presence but this time when they heard Him coming they ran. In a moment of beautiful loving outreach, God said, “Adam, where are you (Genesis 3:9)? Alone and separated from God is where the enemy wants us so he can destroy us (St. John 10:10). But God is constantly pursuing us with love that will not stop until we come to the garden of His presence.
During the season of Lent, run toward God in prayer, fasting and repentance. He’s waiting to restore you. This is not a time of mourning alone but a time of rejoicing because Jesus now holds the key to our salvation. Remember after that faithful Good Friday sacrifice, Resurrection Sunday is coming. God is missing you. When God calls your name, don’t be afraid to come to Him and accept His love. For He loves and cares for you (1 Peter 5:6-7)! My God richly bless you with His Love, Mercy and Grace.
Pastor Jabulani McCalister
Hello Calvary Family,
Happy New Year! Yes, 2017 is here. We made it through another year and we embark upon exciting opportunities ahead. This year New Year’s Day was Sunday, January 1, 2017 we celebrated with the normal thank you Lord’s and good cheer. However, after worship, I was talking to one of the leaders of Calvary who pointed out that it was the first month, day, and Sunday of the year. As we talked about the rarity of that happening, the Lord shared with me this thought, “This is the year of firsts.” Isn’t that amazing? First means a variety of things to people but for the church it always means we have a fresh opportunity to have a fruitful faith journey in Jesus Christ.
In the Bible, the number 17 symbolizes “overcoming the enemy” or “complete victory.” But once we overcome the enemy, we sometimes wonder, “Now what?” We have grown so accustomed to being hindered that when we experience a taste of freedom we don’t know what to do. In Joshua 3:3-6, God begins to fulfill His promise to the people and Joshua. God tells them to get ready for the journey because, they had never gone this way before. God knew it’s sometimes frightening to start over or begin something knew. So, He told everyone to get prepared by “consecrating” themselves which simply means to formally declare before God that you are dedicating yourself to Him completely for His purposes. Every time God’s people make themselves available to God for God’s purposes great things happen. So, in this New Year—the year of firsts, I challenge you to dedicate your life to Jesus Christ. You will overcome and be completely victorious no matter what happens because the Lord will be with you (Deuteronomy 31:8)! I look forward to continuing to serve the Lord with you this year. Great things are in store!
In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Jabulani McCalister
Allia B. Lima, is a 21 year old native of Rhode Island with family of Cape Verdean and African American decent. She is a student of RI College majoring in the medical field of Nursing and a presently employed at Miriam hospital where she enjoys the role of assisting and nurturing patients to health. Allia is a resident of North Providence where she lives with her family of 6 and is the oldest of 4 siblings. She is a member of the Lincoln Seventh Day Adventist church where she and her entire family lead out in various ministries with music being the greatest of them all and is a mutual passion and gift among the entire family. With the blessing of music running through her veins, Allia’s musical gifts and vocal talents were first evident at a very young age. She possesses a smooth melodic voice with great harmonic ranges and a sultry sound that she chooses to use for the honor and glory of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Growing up she was always exposed to gospel music and ministry and as a young adult she enjoys sharing her God-given gifts with others as she believes that she is blessed to be a blessing. She has been a member of over 10 gospel choirs and groups in the U.S. and overseas in the past 15 years and is often featured as a soloist. After 12 years of experience in music ministry, Allia was encouraged to take on greater challenges and became co-founder of a youth gospel ensemble called Praise Outlet. Allia enthusiastically serves as leader and director of the group and continues to take the group to higher levels of harmonic structure, musicality, testimonials of praise and spiritual growth. Recently she agreed to expand beyond her own church her walls and assist in the development of a church choir at the Calvary Baptist Church in Providence where she believes God will use her in a mighty way to enlarge her ministerial and musical territory while doing the same for the choir members and congregation as well.