Pastor's Paragraph July 11, 2013

Each week I receive an email update from the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship under the heading “Three Things To Know From KBF.”

Then, as you might expect, there is a concise summary of three events or happenings which have had or shortly will have an impact upon the work of the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship. This format provides a succinct way for KBF members and KBF church to stay informed about important news items and mission opportunities.

So it is with apologies to KBF that I borrow the organization’s weekly format to share with you “Three Things To Know From Calvary Baptist Church.”

 1.“Four Sundays of Prayerful Giving” was generously strong! During these four Sundays (May 19 & 26, and June 2 & 9), the total undesignated offering given toward the budget was $219,792.  The budget goal for these four Sundays was $172,256. This means that on these four “prayerful giving” Sundays, our congregation’s undesignated tithes and offerings exceeded our budget goal by more than $47,000. Thank you CBC family for prayerfully considering and giving what you felt the Lord was leading you to give. This generous response to this “prayerful giving” emphasis provides the financial resources which are needed for CBC to continue to be the church that God calls us to be during the summer of 2013.

 2. On Sunday afternoon, June 23, our church gathered in our chapel to ordain Catherine “Cat” Hall to the gospel ministry. Cat, a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, is in the process of being endorsed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) in preparation to fulfill her calling to serve as a chaplain in the United States Navy. Cat, the daughter of Ernie and Ruth Ann Hall of Versailles, is also the granddaughter of the late Rev. Donald White who pastored the Hillcrest Baptist Church in Lexington for many years and of (the very much still alive) Anna White who is well-known throughout the Elkhorn Baptist Association (and beyond) for her commitment to and passion for missions. The ordination service was deeply moving and inspirational – not only for Cat and her family but for the members of our CBC congregation as well. How proud I am to be the pastor of a Baptist church that believes that women as well as men are called by God into ministry and that recognizes God’s call on servant leaders like Cat Hall through the process of ordination. Thank you CBC for recognizing that God calls both females and males to be ordained for ministry!

 3.This coming Sunday (July 14), our church will celebrate the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper at both the 8:30 am and the 11:00 am worship services. Plan to be present as our church family gathers around the communion table for a meaningful service of worship and remembrance.

Well, there you have it: “Three Things to Know from CBC.” May the Lord bless us as we strive to be an informed and faithful  mission-oriented congregation.

Looking forward to seeing you Sunday!

Bob