On the Table at Calvary 3/15

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On Wednesday evening, March 15, our church will be participating in a city-wide event called “On The Table.” Sponsored by the Bluegrass Family Foundation, this event is designed to bring Lexingtonians together in small groups (gathered around a table for a meal) to discuss the issues – big and small – that impact the quality of life for those who live in our community. Through these small group discussions which will take place on March 15th throughout our city, people will have the opportunity to discuss not only what’s great about our community, but ways to make our community even better.
 
Questions which will be discussed during these “On The Table” gatherings include:

1) What would you say if you were bragging on Lexington?
2)What are the biggest issues our community faces?
3) What are the best ways for us to work on these issues?
4) How can we work together to improve our neighborhoods?
 
Our church has agreed to be a “Super Host” for this event which means that we will have from 20 -25 tables in our church fellowship hall devoted to the “On The Table” discussions.  Let me encourage you to come and enjoy a wonderful fellowship dinner (dinner served from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.) and then participate in the small group discussions which will follow from 6:15 p.m.  – 7:15p.m.  Feel free to invite a friend or neighbor to come and participate in this event with you.
 
Scott Fitzpatrick, the Vice President of Advancement for Bluegrass CommunityFoundation and an active member of our church, will be on hand to help lead us in this important “On The Table” event.  Reports and feedback from all of these March 15 “On The Table” discussions will be collected and used to inform our city’s Comprehensive Plan (called Imagine Lexington).
 
I hope to see many of you in our Fellowship Hall on Wednesday night March 15 as we discuss ways to make our wonderful community an even better community. So please join many of your fellow church members on March 15 for “On The Table.”
 
Blessings,
Bob

For more information visit the On the Table web page https://bgcf.org/onthetable

Louisiana Flood Relief Mtg 3/19

A meeting is planned for Sunday, March 19th at 9:30am in the gym for participants and those considering the mission trip to Baton Rouge, Louisiana on April 23 - 29, 2017.  There is still much work to be done in the flood relief efforts.We will be helping people who face housing challenges as a result of the flooding.   Contact Brian Varble via email or at (859) 232-8955 if you would like more information about the trip.

Haiti Mission Trip Help Needed

Haiti Teacher/Construction Mission Trip
July 8-15

In partnership with CBF missionary Jenny Jenkins, Calvary will be leading teacher training, teaching Vacation Bible School and putting siding on some homes in Grand Goave.  We have a team of 12 going right now.  We are looking for a few more teachers and construction workers.  Please contact Brian Varble via email or at (859) 232-8955 for more details.

Nominating Committee Seeks Input

The Church Nominating Committee
will begin meeting soon.  The members of the Nominating Committee are
Dalen Jackson, Jim Holbrook, Trent Thompson, Jenni Jinright, Mandy Roberts, Ed Brand, Matt Skaggs, Jenny Carman, and Courtney Hightower.   This committee will bring  a recommendation of nominees for elected church leadership positions to the church business meeting in May.  These positions include: Deacon, Finance Committee, Personnel Committee, Trustee, By-Laws Committee, Treasurer, Church Clerk and Asst. Church Clerk. If you would like to recommend a church member for one of these positions, please contact one of the committee members listed above or Hank Ellington via email or telephone: 254-3491 .

Lent & Sermon Series: Servant Songs

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March 5th is the first Sunday in Lent. The Lenten Season is a time when Christ’s followers prepare our hearts, minds, and souls for the observance of the highest festival of the church year, Easter (April 16th in 2017). The season of Lent extends over a forty-six day period beginning on Ash Wednesday (which was March 1, 2017) and ending on the eve of Easter (April 15, 2017). This represents the forty days Christ fasted in the wilderness (fast days) plus the six Sundays in Lent (feast days). Holy Week is the last week in Lent beginning with Palm Sunday (April 9, 2017). Special attention is given to Holy Week because of its significance as a review of the events of the passion of Christ.
 
In the early church, Lent was a time of intense preparation of baptismal candidates who would then be baptized on Easter. Each church member was expected to approach Lent each year as he or she had done when solemnly preparing for his or her baptism. Lent became, then, a time for each Christian to reflect upon his/her relationship with Christ. This time of inward reflection might include the abstention of certain activities (“giving up” something for Lent) or it might entail devoting more time than usual to religious exercises such as prayer, scripturereading or some type of mission project (“doing something” for Lent).
 
To encourage our church family to prepare for Easter this year, we are planning to focus on the “Servant Songs” in the Book of Isaiah. The four passages which are typically regarded as the “Servant Songs” are as follows: 1) Isaiah 42:1-4; 2) Isaiah 49: 1-6; 3) Isaiah 50:4-9; and 4) Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12). On one level, the “Servant” in each of these passages referred to an individual servant (s) of the Lord who ministered during the 6th century B.C. when the children of Israel were in Babylonian Exile. Yet, on another level, the servant described in these four servant songs described the ministry of the Messiah (God’s Servant) who was to come in the future. Jesus Himself, who often read from and was knowledgeable of the Isaiah scroll, found in these servant songs a “blueprint of his ministry.” As my Old Testament Professor Dr. Page Kelley once wrote: “Jesus seems to have modeled His ministry after that of the servant in Isaiah 40-55. He saw Himself as a servant sent to minister to others and to lay down His life for them (cf. Mark 10:45)”.
 
The sermons during Lent will be drawn from the “Servant Songs” in Isaiah as a way for us to get ready for Easter by focusing on the Servant ministry of Jesus. The sermons will include the following:
 
March 5--Isaiah 42:1-4 (5-9) The “Bring Forth Justice” Servant
March 12--Isaiah 49:1-6 (7-13)  The “Light to the Nations” Servant
March 19--Isaiah 50:4-9 (10, 11)  The Obedient Servant
March 26--Isaiah 52:13 -53:12    The Suffering Servant

 Between now and Easter, I encourage you to read and study the “Servant Songs” of Isaiah. May they prove to be helpful to you and to all of our church family in our preparation for Easter.
 
Blessings,
 
Bob
 

Quarterly Business Meeting 2/26

A Quarterly Business Meeting will be held in Fellowship Hall at 12:10pm on Sunday, February 26th.  Scott Maas will update us on the Above & Beyond renovations. The Deacon Nominating Committee will present their recommendations for the Church Nominating Committee. A soup & sandwich lunch will be served ($3) and childcare will be provided.

Ash Wednesday Service 3/1

Ash Wednesday signifies the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter.  The season of Lent is intended to be our time of preparation for Easter.  Come worship with us in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30pm on March 1 as we symbolically begin our Lenten journey together and learn to use the season of Lent to prepare our lives for the celebration of Easter.  You won't want to miss this special time of worship.

Sanctuary Flowers

If you would like to place flowers in the Sanctuary for the 11:00 Worship Services in memory or in honor of someone, please call Tyanna in the church office (859) 254-3491 or email   tyanna@calvarybaptistchurch.com to reserve a date.  Please choose from the open dates listed below.

March 5, 12, 26
April 30
May 14, 28
June 18, 25
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
August 13, 20, 27
September 17
October 1, 9, 15, 29
November 5, 19, 26

Calvary Benevolence Fund/Kroger Rewards

Kroger Community Rewards

Did you know that you can support the Calvary Benevolence Fund just by linking your Kroger Plus Card to Calvary Baptist Church. To enroll, please go to www.Kroger.com/community rewards and sign in on   your account.  If you need help with enrolling, please call 1-800-Krogers, Option #3.  Kroger donates a portion of your purchases back to Calvary Baptist Church.  If you have any questions, please contact Janet Saunders in the church office at 254-3491 or janet@calvarybaptistchurch.com.

Room In the Inn Overnight Hosts Needed

Overnight hosts are needed for our ministry to homeless Lexington men. Calvary Sunday school classes do an amazing job serving dinner every Sunday evening. We are currently in need of hosts on several nights:  February 12, February 26, and March 5.  Please contact Brian Varble via email or cell phone  if you are willing to help.

Build-A-Bed Mission Blitz 3/4

We need You . . . to help make this day a success!
Build-A-Bed Day on Saturday, March 4th from 8:30am--Noon
There are many children in Lexington who DO NOT have warm beds to sleep in.  We will be building 12 beds and delivering them to six children at Booker T. Washington Elementary and six children at Harrison Elementary. 
Ways you can be involved:

  1. Precut the lumber (on March 2nd, 5:00 - 7:00pm)
  2. Assemble the beds
  3. Carry the beds to truck for delivery
  4. Deliver the beds and assemble them at the home (12 Pickup Trucks Needed)
  5. Assemble Night Time Kits
  6. Sunday School Classes can sponsor beds and/or night time kits
  7. Donate items for kits:             *Twin size sheet sets          *Pillow                                    *Twin size comforters or quilts       *Books                          *Nightlights                             *Alarm Clocks *Hygiene kit supplies (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc)           *Stuffed animals

Please contact Brian Varble via email or cell phone to be involved or to get more information. Make plans now to join us as we meet an important need in Lexington.