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Romans 8 Sermon Series this August

About one year ago, our church family identified twelve favorite passages of scripture – which we have called our “treasured texts” – that we felt led to focus upon in Bible study and in the worship service. These “treasured texts” included such passages as Psalm 23, John 3:16, Romans 12, I Cor.13, and Micah 6:6-8. Since last October, one of our “treasured texts” has been the focus of our Sunday School lessons and morning worship services during the first Sunday of each month.  

Our “treasured text” for this coming Sunday (the first Sunday in August) will be the 8th chapter of Romans. This pivotal chapter in Romans will be studied in each of our Sunday School classes this Sunday. Then to give our “treasured text” emphasis a slight twist, I will begin a sermon series on Romans 8 entitled “Life in the Spirit.” The sermons in this upcoming series are projected to be as follows: 

August 3         Life in the Spirit: No More Condemnation                    Romans 8:1-11

August 17        Life in the Spirit: No More Exclusion                             Romans 8:12-17

August 24       Life in the Spirit: No More Wasted Circumstances      Romans 8:18-30

August 31        Life in the Spirit: No More Separation                          Romans 8:31-39

 

Dr. Terry Freeman, a devoted member of our church family and former pastor of Lexington’s Grace Baptist Church, will bring additional focus on our emphasis on the Book of Romans when he preaches at Calvary on August 10. Terry will preach on the subject “God’s Wonderful Gift” and base his message on Romans 10:5-13. 

Let me encourage you to read each of the above passages from Romans in preparation for worship during the month of August. I look forward to seeing you this Sunday as we examine our “treasured text” of Romans 8. 

Blessings, 

Bob

 

New Wednesday Night Activity for Youth--Vox! Starts July 23

New Youth Wednesday Night Activity--Vox! Starting July 23
What is Vox? Vox means voice! Together we will listen for God's voice in our world and learn to use our voices in our communities in this new Wednesday evening activity. We will start Vox on July 23 to allow everyone to adjust to the new schedule before school resumes. Vox will begin with games at 5pm in the gym. The program will begin at 6pm in the Youth Lounge. Don't miss this new activity!

Summer at Calvary

Summer is a busy time, and we want you to know about all of the great mission and ministry opportunities at Calvary this summer.

Vacation Bible School, June 9-13, 9am-noon (3 year olds by September 2013 through 5th grade) Please contact Carrie Beth Tonks for more information. 

Passport Camp, June 21-28 in Jacksonville, FL (Youth who have completed grades 7-12)

Creative Arts Camp, June 23-25, 9am-2pm. Please contact Carrie Beth Tonks for more information. 

Church-Wide Mission Arlington Trip, June 28-July 6. Please contact Brian Varble for more information.

CentriKid Camp, July 7-11 at Campbellsville University (Children who have completed grades 1-5)

All Sports Camp (NEW) July 21-23, 9am-2pm (Children who have completed grades 1-5)

Fresh Stop CSA

Fresh Stop CSA Will Begin Soon!

No matter what Jack Frost throws at us, we have faith that warm weather will again bring forth fresh fruits and vegetables, which we can enjoy with Fresh Stop! This year the 20-week Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program will provide plenty of fresh greens, berries, pears, peaches, squash, melons, and more. Sign up by April 1 for only $485 ($500 after) for all 20 weeks or $300 ($315 after) for 10 weeks. A weekly flower share is also available for only $120 for the entire season. Contact Doris Settles for a sign up form or stop by the table in the breezeway next Sunday. 

 

Volunteers Needed for God's Pantry

Volunteers Needed for God's Pantry

This is such a wonderful ministry in our community. Calvary serves at St. Luke United Methodist Church every Tuesday and Thursday. This gives us the opportunity to share God's love in a practical and hands-ons way. Sunday School Classes or individuals are needed to help with the first Thursday and third Tuesday of the month. Please contact Brian at 232-8955 or by email if you are interested in serving at God's Pantry.

Love First, A Special Season at Calvary

The Lenten season is upon us! According to the Christian year, the season of Lent is the forty-six  day period beginning on Ash Wednesday (which this year is March 5th) and ending on the eve of Easter (April 19th). This represents the forty days Christ fasted in the wilderness (fast days) plus the six Sundays of Lent (feast days). For Christians, the purpose of the Lenten season is o make spiritual preparation for Easter (April 20). Some Christians strive to fulfill this purpose by "giving up" something for Lent (a certain food, a particular activity, a negative habit or attitude) as a discipline in developing a more mature faith. Other Christians resolve to "do something" during the Lenten season as part of their commitment to grow in their relationship with Christ.

As part of our Lenten preparation this year, all Calvary members are being challenged to focus on "doing something(s)" during this forty-six day Lenten season. Specifically, each of us is being challenged to "do" the following:

First Day--Worship: There are six Sundays during Lent. Make an effort to be present for Sunday morning worship each of these Sundays. (Or at least 5 out of 6 if at all possible.)

First Fruits--Offering: Each Calvary member is challenged to give a tithe (10%) of hi or her income to the Lord's work through Calvary Church throughout the Lenten season. If for some reason, you simply cannot tithe by giving 10%, prayerful consider giving a generous offering during this six Sunday period. Rather than giving God your "leftovers," make a commitment to give the Lord your "first fruits" (the first 10% of your income).

First Thoughts--Devotion: Begin each new day by focusing your first thoughts on God. You might want to say a verse of Scripture such as Psalm 118:24 (his is the day that the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.) or Lamentations 3:22-23 (The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to and end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.) If you do not currently have a daily devotional time, the season of Lent would be a good time to give your "first thoughts" to God through a devotional reading and prayer.

First Service--Ministry: Volunteer to do something to serve/help others in the name of Christ beyond the traditional "walls" of the church. Volunteer your time and service at one of many ministries: God's Pantry, the ROC, Mission Lexington, Room In the Inn, the Calvary Christmas Project, coaching an Upward Sports Team, our "comfort" team, our homebound ministry, Kids Hope tutoring ministry at Mill Creek Elementary, etc. (just to name a few). Plan to go on our church-wide mission trip to work in Mission Arlington (Arlington, Texas) this coming summer (June 27-July 5). Become involved in some type of "hands on" ministry. 

Give prayerful consideration to using the upcoming the upcoming Lenten season to become a more disciplined and committed follower of Christ. Resolve this Lenten season to become a "first day, first fruits, first thoughts, first service" disciple.

Blessings, 

Bob