Psalm 100:4 declares: “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name”. This coming Sunday, November 22nd, is Thanksgiving Sunday at Calvary. In the spirit of Psalm 100:4, every Calvary member is asked to demonstrate his/her thanksgiving to God in the following ways:
1) By being present. Our presence at Bible study and worship (“our entering into His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise”) is a tangible way to demonstrate that the Lord God is certainly worthy of our worship. So plan to be present for Sunday School and worship this coming Sunday (and invite a friend to come with you). Those members who cannot attend are encouraged to listen to our morning worship service as it is broadcast over the radio (WVLK/590) or to watch/live stream our service by going to our website (www.calvarybaptistchurch.com) and accessing the link on the opening page.
2) By bringing a generous offering to support the Lord’s work through our church in 2015. Giving to the current 2015 church budget/ministry action plan provides the financial support that is needed if CBC is to carry out the day-to-day ministries that the Lord has led us to undertake. I am grateful to our church family as a whole for our congregation’s strong financial giving thus far in 2015. As you bring an offering this Sunday as an expression of your thanksgiving to God (and as you give throughout the remaining days of 2015), dare to ask yourself: Am I really pleased with my giving record? Is God?
3) By making a confidential commitment to the 2016 church budget. A commitment card for 2016 has been mailed to our church family. Commitment cards will also be available in the sanctuary and the fellowship hall as well as in the church office. There will be a designated time during the morning worship services this Sunday November 22nd when the commitment cards will be received. If you cannot be present this Sunday, please mail or bring your commitment card to the church office prior to that day. I want to encourage every CBC member to make a commitment to and to be supportive of our 2016 church budget/ministry plan – a $2,149,500 ministry plan/budget that was unanimously adopted at our church business meeting last Sunday. The 2016 budget /ministry plan is only a 1.98 % increase (only a $809 per week) increase over the 2015 church budget which we are in “good shape” to meet.
4) By coming to our Family Thanksgiving Feast on Sunday evening November 22nd. Our annual FTF is one of the highlights of our church year. Tickets may be purchased by calling or coming by the church office or after the worship services next Sunday morning.
During this Thanksgiving season, may our church truly give to God the type of worship and honor that our Lord deserves. May we – in the best biblical sense of the word – “enter into His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.” I look forward to seeing you for worship and thanksgiving this Sunday, November 22nd.
Blessings from your pastor,