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Church & ROC Weather Policies 2018/2019

Church Weather Policy:  Calvary activities will generally be cancelled when Fayette County Schools are closed due to bad weather. Please listen to local radio and TV channels to get the latest on church activities for Sundays and throughout the week.   Please check the church website for specific activities that may still take place (such as college events, Sanctuary Choir practice, etc. )
ROC Weather Policy:  When Fayette County Schools are closed, the ROC will open at 8:00 a.m.

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Appalachia Christmas Box Collection 11/28/18

11/16/18 Update : RA’s and GA’s can begin purchasing and preparing their shoe boxes at home now in preparation for the Wednesday, November 28th collection night. Youth should collect supplies and will assemble boxes during youth Bible study time on November 28th. Below is a simplified list of items needed. Feel free to contact Carrie Beth Tonks or Justin Sizemore for information.

soap or body wash
shampoo/ conditioner
toothbrush, toothpaste
washcloth
pens, pencils and age appropriate school supplies
hat, gloves
jewelry
books
nail polish
books
card games
$5-10 gift cards from Walmart, Family Dollar, Dollar General


Olive Branch Ministries Christmas Boxes for Appalachia Program in collaboration with CBF Missionary, Scarlette Jasper, kicks off at Calvary on Wednesday, November 7th. Boxes are needed for teens and children. Feel free to contact Carrie Beth Tonks for information. Scarlette Jasper’s letter and contact information is below.

Letter from Scarlette Jasper – CBF Missionary, Southern Kentucky
(Click here for printable letter and list)
Olive Branch Ministries Christmas Boxes for Appalachia Program
*This Christmas box may be the only Christmas gift that many of these children receive.*

SUGGESTED ITEMS FOR EACH BOX:

ALL BOXES -small sizes are okay
Soap or body wash in a zip lock bag, shampoo, conditioner in a zip lock bag, toothbrush, toothpaste, brush/comb, washcloth,age appropriate school supplies (pens, pencils, etc.), hat, gloves

BOXES FOR MCCREARY COUNTY – ABOVE ITEMS PLUS:
High School (100+ boxes needed) : $10 gift card to Walmart, Family Dollar or Dollar General, deodorant, and other items you would like to include: perfume, Axe body spray, wallet, jewelry, nail polish, socks, etc.

Kindergarten – 6th Grade (1,000 boxes needed): $5 - $10 gift card to Walmart, Family Dollar or Dollar General, other items you would like to include: markers, age appropriate toys, nail polish, lip gloss, jewelry, hair bows, books, card games, Legos, etc.

BOXES FOR OTHER COUNTIES (500 boxes needed) – Above items plus gift cards, age appropriate toys or other items.  There are a variety of ages and genders in these counties that we minister to.  Please identify what age/gender that the box is for.  Specifics can be given if you would like to prepare boxes for these specific needs.

I request gift cards in place of a clothing item.  Our children vary in sizes and do not always wear the size that is the standard age size and this way they can get something that they can pick out for themselves.  Some have inquired about other gift cards. McCreary County has an Arby’s, McDonalds, Subway and KFC.  If you would prefer me to shop for you, please make contributions payable to: Olive Branch Ministries and denote Christmas Boxes in the memo line or online through CBF here.

  • Please no violent or war related items

  • If you would like to send candy, please do not put in the boxes.  Candy absorbs the soap taste and smell making it inedible.  Please send in a separate bag and I will make sure it gets distributed to the children.

Thank you and blessings!
Scarlette Jasper
(606) 305-3134 sjasper@cbf.net 
104 Oakdale Drive
Somerset, KY 42503

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Haiti Medical Mission Trip Photos 11/14/18

Calvary’s Medical Mission Team had the opportunity to serve in Haiti November 3 - 10, 2018. Thanks to Clarissa, Dan, Lannie, Kristy, Justin, Becky, JD, Christine, Mary, Kelly and Missions Minister, Brian Varble, the team was able to treat 450 patients in the Grand Goave area. Photos from Justin Johnson and Brian Varble can be found here.

Appalachia Christmas Boxes 11/2/18

11/16/18 Update from Carrie Beth: RA’s and GA’s can begin purchasing and preparing their shoe boxes at home now in preparation for the Wednesday, November 28th collection night. Here is a simplified list of items needed:

soap or body wash
shampoo/ conditioner
toothbrush, toothpaste
washcloth
pens, pencils and age appropriate school supplies
hat, gloves
jewelry
books
nail polish
books
card games
$5-10 gift cards from Walmart, Family Dollar, Dollar General



Olive Branch Ministries Christmas Boxes for Appalachia Program in collaboration with CBF Missionary, Scarlette Jasper, kicks off at Calvary on Wednesday, November 7th. Boxes are needed for teens and children. Feel free to contact Carrie Beth Tonks for information. Scarlette Jasper’s letter and contact information is below.

Letter from Scarlette Jasper – CBF Missionary, Southern Kentucky
(Click here for printable letter and list)
Olive Branch Ministries Christmas Boxes for Appalachia Program
*This Christmas box may be the only Christmas gift that many of these children receive.*

SUGGESTED ITEMS FOR EACH BOX:

ALL BOXES -small sizes are okay
Soap or body wash in a zip lock bag, shampoo, conditioner in a zip lock bag, toothbrush, toothpaste, brush/comb, washcloth,age appropriate school supplies (pens, pencils, etc.), hat, gloves

BOXES FOR MCCREARY COUNTY – ABOVE ITEMS PLUS:
High School (100+ boxes needed) : $10 gift card to Walmart, Family Dollar or Dollar General, deodorant, and other items you would like to include: perfume, Axe body spray, wallet, jewelry, nail polish, socks, etc.

Kindergarten – 6th Grade (1,000 boxes needed): $5 - $10 gift card to Walmart, Family Dollar or Dollar General, other items you would like to include: markers, age appropriate toys, nail polish, lip gloss, jewelry, hair bows, books, card games, Legos, etc.

BOXES FOR OTHER COUNTIES (500 boxes needed) – Above items plus gift cards, age appropriate toys or other items.  There are a variety of ages and genders in these counties that we minister to.  Please identify what age/gender that the box is for.  Specifics can be given if you would like to prepare boxes for these specific needs.

I request gift cards in place of a clothing item.  Our children vary in sizes and do not always wear the size that is the standard age size and this way they can get something that they can pick out for themselves.  Some have inquired about other gift cards. McCreary County has an Arby’s, McDonalds, Subway and KFC.  If you would prefer me to shop for you, please make contributions payable to: Olive Branch Ministries and denote Christmas Boxes in the memo line or online through CBF here.

  • Please no violent or war related items

  • If you would like to send candy, please do not put in the boxes.  Candy absorbs the soap taste and smell making it inedible.  Please send in a separate bag and I will make sure it gets distributed to the children.

Thank you and blessings!
Scarlette Jasper
(606) 305-3134 sjasper@cbf.net 
104 Oakdale Drive
Somerset, KY 42503

Christmas Project 2018 Help Needed

Help is needed now for the Calvary Christmas Project on Saturday, December 15th. Visit our updated Christmas Project page. Dates, frequently asked questions, contact information and all you need to know about the 2018 Christmas Project.

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Hank & Carrie Beth Anniversaries 10/28/18

You’re invited!  Let's celebrate by remembering—and laughing—together at a reception honoring Rev. Hank Ellington and Rev. Carrie Beth Tonks for their 25 years of faithful service to Calvary Baptist Church. Join us for an evening reception on Sunday, October 28th from 5:00-7:00pm in Fellowship Hall. 

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Children's Pumpkin Patch 10/24/18

Calvary invites children (preschool through 5th grade) and their parents to join us for the Pumpkin Patch Carnival on Wednesday, October 24th from 6-7:30pm in the ROC Gym. (Preschool and Children’s choir begins at 5:45pm. They will join the Pumpkin Patch following choir. ) We'll have inflatables, candy, art, games and prizes. Wear a fun costume.  No scary costumes, please.

Have questions or need information? Contact Carrie Beth via phone or email.

Visit Our Transition Information Web Page

We have a new web page, Calvary Transition Information, for information and answers to frequently asked questions regarding the process of Calvary’s transition to a new senior pastor. The Transition Team will post information and updates on the page as well as in the Calvary Connections newsletter and Sunday School announcements.

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Hank and Carrie Beth Anniversaries 10/28/18

You’re invited!  Let's celebrate by remembering—and laughing—together at a reception honoring Rev. Hank Ellington and Rev. Carrie Beth Tonks for their 25 years of faithful service to Calvary Baptist Church. Join us for an evening reception on Sunday, October 28th from 5:00-7:00pm in Fellowship Hall. 

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Children's Pumpkin Patch 10/24/18

Calvary invites children (preschool through 5th grade) and their parents to join us for the Pumpkin Patch Carnival on Wednesday, October 24th from 6-7:30pm in the ROC Gym.  We'll have inflatables, candy, art, games and prizes. Wear a fun costume.  No scary costumes, please.

Have questions or need information? Contact Carrie Beth via phone or email.

Women's Bible Study-Seamless 10/1/18

Calvary Women’s Ministry Bible Study
Seamless
Mondays 11:15am—12:30pm
(7 Week Study Oct. 1 - Nov. 12)
At Becky W.’s House
Led by Barb Bowman and Dianne Crouch

JOIN US for Seamless, a 7 session Bible study by Angie Smith! There’s a seamless thread woven through every story in the Bible—a thread that connects its people, places, and promises in a whole new way. Ready to replace insecurity that holds you back and move forward with clarity and confidence in your understanding of Scripture?

Sign up ASAP with Julie by email. You can get a copy of the book by ordering it on Amazon or purchasing it at Lifeway.

Check out video link below to learn more about this Bible study.

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Rev. Ellington and Rev. Tonks Anniversaries 10/28/18

Sunday, October 28th--You’re invited!  Let's celebrate by remembering—and laughing—together at a reception honoring Rev. Hank Ellington and Rev. Carrie Beth Tonks for their 25 years of faithful service to Calvary Baptist Church. Join us for an evening reception on Sunday, October 28th from 5:00-7:00pm in Fellowship Hall. 

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Children's Pumpkin Patch 10/24/18

Calvary invites children (preschool through 5th grade) and their parents to join us for the Pumpkin Patch Carnival on Wednesday, October 24th from 6-7:30pm in the ROC Gym.  We'll have inflatables, candy, art, games and prizes. Wear a fun costume.  No scary costumes, please.

Have questions or need information? Contact Carrie Beth via phone or email.

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Ministry Expo+Food Truck 9/23/18

One worship service / 5 food trucks / 19 Calvary ministry exhibits--all on Sunday, September 23rd.  After Combined Worship at 11:00am stay for a delicious lunch at Food Truck Fellowship (rain or shine). We’ll have tables set up inside the gym for lunch and the Calvary Ministry Expo with 19 amazing exhibits.
Food Trucks: Suga Mommas, Porterhouse Barbecue, Sav's Chill, Los Hermanos Locos, and Mad Mike's.

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Combined Worship+Ministry Expo+Food Truck 9/23/18

One worship service / 5 food trucks / 15 Calvary ministry exhibits--all on Sunday, September 23rd.  Join us for Combined Worship at 11:00am in the Sanctuary then stay for Food Truck Fellowship.  Enjoy lunch, fellowship and exhibits in the gym at the Calvary Ministry Expo. More Ministry Expo information coming soon...
Food Trucks: Suga Mommas, Porterhouse Barbecue, Sav's Chill, Los Hermanos Locos, and Mad Mike's.

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Dr. Baker's Retirement Announcement 9/13/18

Pastor’s Paragraph—September 13, 2018

Dear Calvary Baptist Church Family,

Just over 27 years ago on July 21, 1991, I was called to be your pastor. Little did I know at that time as a then 38 year old minister that God would call me to remain as your pastor until my retirement.

I am writing to share with you that I will retire from the pastorate at the end of February, 2019. My final Sunday as your pastor will be February 24, 2019.

It is with mixed emotions that I make this announcement: sad to say good-bye to a church that I dearly love; grateful for the gracious God-given opportunity that I have had to be the pastor of such an amazingly gifted and Christ-centered congregation; anxious about the prospect of being retired (will I really be 66 years old this coming February?); and yet excited about what God has in store for me during my retirement years.

While I do not know my exact retirement plans, I do hope to do some preaching, some teaching, some writing, a bit more golfing, and to spend quite a bit more time with my family – my wife, my children, my children’s spouses, and my grandchildren (I have told you that I am a grandfather, haven’t I?).

I am announcing the date of my retirement now in the hope of giving our church family ample time to begin making preparations for the upcoming interim period and for the search process through which God will provide a new pastor for our church. At this coming Sunday’s (September 16th) quarterly business meeting, the church Personnel Committee will be making some recommendations/suggestions regarding possible steps that our congregation can begin to take now in order to best utilize the transitional period that is before us.

I pray that we will dedicate the closing six months of our time together to be the best congregation on mission for the Lord Jesus Christ that we have the potential to be. So what can each of us do between now and the end of next February? Let me make these suggestions: 1) Be faithful in worship and Sunday School attendance; 2) Give generously of your time, talents, and resources; 3) Pray for our church daily; and 4) ask God to use your life in His service during this transitional time.

Thank you for the privilege of being your pastor. Ministering to and with you these past 27 years has been the highlight of my ministerial career. Thank you for praying for me (especially during those “rough patches” in 2008 when I had open heart surgery and in 2009 when I was hospitalized for clinical depression). Thank you for loving my wife and my family. And thank you for being the church that you are – a “Christ-centered caring church family in the center of our community” committed to loving the Lord our God with all of your heart, soul, strength, and mind.

As I announce my retirement, I want to acknowledge how much I value the ministers on our church staff. More than fellow ministers, they are my friends who in so many ways are like family. How fortunate I have been not only to minister with them but to be ministered to by them! How blessed Calvary Baptist Church is to have such talented and dedicated church staff ministers!

Before closing this letter, I want to express my special appreciation for my wife. Deborah has been and continues to be an incredibly gifted reading specialist and literacy coach, a fabulous mother and grandmother, an always well prepared Sunday School teacher, a faithful sanctuary choir member, and an “always there” ministry partner. God blesses me, encourages me, and inspires me through her. A better wife and ministry partner I could not have! Thanks, Deb!

And now – in the words of Romans 15:13 – “May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing so that by the power of the Holy Spirit we the congregation of Calvary Baptist Church will abound in hope.”

Your blessed and grateful pastor,

Robert G. Baker

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Women's Bible Study-Seamless 10/1/18

Calvary Women’s Ministry Bible Study
Seamless
Mondays 11:15am—12:30pm
(7 Week Study Oct. 1 - Nov. 12)
At Becky W.’s House
Led by Barb Bowman and Dianne Crouch

JOIN US for Seamless, a 7 session Bible study by Angie Smith! There’s a seamless thread woven through every story in the Bible—a thread that connects its people, places, and promises in a whole new way. Ready to replace insecurity that holds you back and move forward with clarity and confidence in your understanding of Scripture?

Sign up ASAP with Julie by email. You can get a copy of the book by ordering it on Amazon or purchasing it at Lifeway.

Check out video link below to learn more about this Bible study.

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 Angie Smith  angiesmithonline.com

Women's Bible Study-Church of the Small Things 9/19/18

Calvary Women’s Ministry Bible Study
Church of the Small Things
The Million Little Pieces That Make Up a Life
Wednesdays 6:15 - 7:15pm
(6 Week Study Starts 9/19/18)
Room 300 — Education Bldg 2
Bible Book Club with Jenny Carman and Mckayla Cairns

It’s been said, “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away.” The pressure of that can be staggering as we spend our days looking for that big thing that promises to take our breath away. Meanwhile, we lose sight of the small significance of fully living with every breath we take.

Melanie Shankle, New York Times bestselling author and writer at The Big Mama Blog , tackles these questions head on in her fourth book, Church of the Small Things. Easygoing and relatable, she speaks directly to the heart of women of all ages who are longing to find significance and meaning in the normal, sometimes mundane world of driving carpool to soccer practice, attending class on their college campus, cooking meals for their family, or taking care of a sick loved one.

Sign up now by emailing Mckayla@mckaylacairns.com. We hope you will order the book now on Amazon (not the study guide) and plan to attend. You will not need the book until September 26th. 

Check out video link below to learn more about this Bible study.

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 Melanie Shankle via https://thebigmamablog.com/

Melanie Shankle via https://thebigmamablog.com/