As I reflect back on what was an incredibly active week in the life of our church family, I want to express thanks to you–my Calvary Church family–for your participation in the work of our congregation. Specifically, I want to express my appreciation to:

1. Rev. Carrie Beth Tonks for her leadership leading up to and during Children’s Sabbath. Thanks to all of the children, all of the children’s choir workers and leaders, and all of the parents who helped to make the Children’s Sabbath worship experience so meaningful for our entire congregation. Carrie Beth, your sermon was thoughtfully prepared and inspirationally delivered. Preach on!  

2. Everyone in the CBC family who came and worked on one or more of several mission projects on Mission Blitz Day. Special thanks to Rev. Brian Varble for his leadership in this very worthwhile endeavor.  

3. The many Calvary members who went to First Baptist Bracktown as we helped our sister congregation celebrate her 133rd anniversary as a church. Many thanks to my friend Rev. C.B. Akins, and to the entire FBC Bracktown congregation for providing such wonderful Christian fellowship and hospitality. Thanks to our choir for leading out combined congregations in the worship of God through inspirational music. Thanks to Rev. Seth Hix, Dr. Kevin Raybuck, and Dr. Rebecca Miller for your musical leadership. And thank you, CBC family, for your presence and participation. 

In the spirit of Philippians 1:3-5, thank you, my Calvary family, for being the church! 

A grateful pastor,  


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