Pastor’s Paragraph—August 9, 2018

As summer vacation draws to a close and a new school/church year begins, here are some things about our church that we all need to know:

1. First, we are encouraging each other to memorize Philippians 4:4-8

Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I say rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near (at hand). Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

And the peace of God which passes all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 Finally, brethren (everyone), whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are noble, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think (meditate) on these things.

This passage is the basis of our current sermon series “Staying C.A.L.M. in a Chaotic World.” We are using the C.A.L.M. acronym which is the idea of Max Lucado:

C – Celebrating God’s Goodness (Philippians  4:4)

A – Asking God for Help (Philippians 4:6)

L – Leaving our concerns with God (Philippians 4:6)

M – Meditating on good things (Philippians 4:8)

In the midst of what will undoubtedly be crowded, busy fall schedules, may we with God’s help and the encouragement of each other do our best to stay “C.A.L.M.”

2.   We often refer to Sunday School as the “glue” or the “backbone” which helps to hold our church (with various worship services) together and which helps CBC to be effective and strong. Periodically, we need to review and to be reminded of Sunday School’s purpose and importance.  Such a review/reminder will take place on SATURDAY, August 18 from 8:30 (breakfast included) to noon in the church fellowship hall. Carrie Beth Tonks and Hank Ellington have prepared a training event that is designed to assist and encourage our Sunday School teachers and class officers in the areas of outreach, in-reach, and teaching. Let me encourage ALL of our Sunday School teachers and class officers/leaders to make this event a priority. Other members of Sunday School classes are invited to come as well. The teaching, caring, and outreaching which occur in effective Sunday School classes are essential ingredients to the effectiveness of our congregation. I look forward to seeing many of you on August 18.

3. There will be a called church business meeting immediately following the 11:00 worship service on August 26. The purpose of this business session will be to consider a recommendation from our Minister of College Students and Young Adults Search Committee. This recommendation will be to call a candidate to become Calvary’s next Minister of College Students and Young Adults. The candidate will share a personal testimony during the morning worship service (which will be a combined worship service that day). At the called Business Meeting, the search committee will share additional information. We will not release the candidate’s name at this time because of his/her current ministry position in another church. However, the candidate’s name and resume will be shared with our church family during the week prior to August 26. Please be in prayer for the candidate, the candidate’s family, our search committee, and our church as we take this step in calling a new College and Young Adult minister to our church.

During this busy and exciting “back-to-school” and “new church year” season, may the wisdom imparted in Philippians 4:4-8 enable us to remain C.A.L.M.



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