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.
Friday, September 16th: PrayerFest – Downtown Providence
Saturday, September 17th: PrayerFest – Downtown Providence
Sunday, September 18th – Worship Service – Calvary Baptist Church
Let’s take a trip down memory lane. Remember…?
- Getting pick-up or dropped off in the Church Van
- Playing a part in the annual Christmas Play
- Learning a new Bible verse in Sunday School
- Making special crafts at Pioneers after school program
- Playing tag in the parking lot at Happy Days summer camp
- Singing in the sanctuary during Vacation Bible School
- Camp fires at Camp Canonicus
- Playing in the Bell Choir
- Vocal warm-ups at Youth Choir practice
- Volunteering to help South Providence Ministries
- Staying up all night at a church Lock-In
- Your first step into the Baptism Pool
- Driving/flying to a Youth Conference
No matter where life has brought you today, you have these great childhood memories because God blessed you through your fellowship with Calvary. Join us in celebrating those blessed times.
Plans are still underway so stay up to date on your reunion details by frequently visiting our website – http://calbaptist.org/, Facebook page – Calvary Baptist Church, or contact Annmarrie Kamara and Darthula Mathews at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about PrayerFest visit PrayerFest.org
Family and Friends Weekend is fast approaching. Start inviting your loved ones now! On Saturday, September 24th 6:30 p.m. is Family Movie Night featuring the movie: Veterans of Color at our church. Followed by a panel discussion with Q & A period with actual veterans from the movie including Pastor Linda Watkins’ father, Mr. William Watkins, Jr., Sunday, September 25th, we encourage you to invite your friends and family to worship with us. Please click here to watch the movie trailer or visit our Facebook page.
Dust off your detective hat and polish your magnifying glass as you join us, Calvary Baptist Church of Providence, in our latest project. We are in the process of gathering photos of our church, members, activities, and friends throughout the years. These photos can be in any form. Ex. Print, film, slides, digital. Please help us retrieve these rare but precious moments in our church’s history by joining the photo treasure hunt.
If you or someone you know have photos to share, email our Technical Arts Ministry Team, at email@example.com. Please type CBC Through the Years and your name/church affiliation in the subject line. You can also call the church at 401.461.7507. Thanks and Gob Bless.