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Dr. Baker's Final Pastor's Paragraph 2/28/19

Pastor’s Paragraph—February 28, 2019

There are times in this life when words – even the most thoughtful and carefully crafted ones – are just not adequate to convey one’s feelings and emotions. This, for me, is one of those times.

So a common word which is commonly used to express appreciation for generous gifts that have been given and for heart-felt love that has been demonstrated in innumerable ways will have to suffice. The word which I want to share with you (my Calvary Church family) – the word that I would ask you to “hear” not only with your ears but especially with your hearts – is THANKS.

Numerous verses of Holy Scripture (Psalm 92:1 being among them) declare that “it is good to give thanks to the Lord.”  So upon my retirement as your pastor, I first of all want to “give thanks” to God for the opportunity and the privilege (and I mean privilege) of serving as the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church for the past 27 ½ years. So thank you, gracious and loving God, for making it possible for my family and me to be part of the Calvary Baptist family.

As I say “THANKS” to God for calling me to Calvary Baptist, I want to thank you, the members of our church family, for being such an amazing church. Thank you for being a congregation that is Christ-centered. Thank you for being the “body of Christ” (His arms and legs, His hands and feet, His voice and His heart) as you have ministered to “the Least, the Lost, the Left Out, and the Looked Over.”

Thank-you for being a loving church. Thank you for being a hands-on mission minded church. Thank you for being a “thinking-loving-God-with-your-minds-as-well-as- your-hearts” church. Thank you for being a church that “unites around the main thing” (the saving good news of Jesus Christ) while “respecting the views of others on other (important but not essential) things.” And thank you for loving one another through all things. Thank you for being a praying church.

There are so many “other things” for which I “Thank God in all my remembrances of you.” If I attempted to list all the things that I love about our church and for which I am thankful in regard to our church, then this already too long column would go on and on and on. (I told you that this was one of those times in my life when words were just not sufficient to fully express my emotions and feelings.)

So let me attempt to say the following on behalf of both Deborah and myself: 1) Thank you for being our “partners in ministry” (Philippians 1:3) from the first days of our time with you (September 1991) until now (Philippians 1:5); 2)Thank you for “being there” for us to help us celebrate our joys (marriages of our children, baptism of our son,  high school and college graduations of Katy, Nan, and John Robert and the arrival of our grandchildren (I have told you that we are grandparents, haven’t I?) ; 3) Thank you for being there for us and for ministering to us during the challenging and “rough patches”, too (the death of Deb’s father, the death of my Dad, the death of Deb’s mother, my open heart surgery followed by my bout with clinical depression).

Thank you for providing us with a generous salary and with excellent benefits. Thank you for the Retirement Banquet and the “light roasting” program that followed. Thank you for the cards, the emails, the calls, and the gifts. Thank you for the extremely generous love offerings. Thank you for your hugs, and handshakes (and “fist bumps!). Thank you church family for being you and for allowing us to be part of such an incredible church fellowship.

Finally, Calvary family, Deborah and I (knowing that this is one of those times when words are simply inadequate) want to attempt to say “good-bye” (short for “God be with you”) as follows:

  • The good-byes we say to you today are only temporary. You see, Christians have the assurance of knowing that Good-byes are not final. We will say hello again. We will be together again. In this life, most likely. In heaven, for sure.

  • Christian good-byes are always punctuated with commas. Never finalized with periods.  And it is with a comma, that we – to you our precious Calvary Church family – say good- bye.

  • The French have a word for what we are trying to say to you. The word is “au revoir.” We usually translate “au revoir” as “good-bye.” But the literal translation means “with the hope of seeing you again.”

  • And it is “with the hope of seeing you again” that Deborah and I say good-bye to you.

  • We do not say “adieu” – for that is the French word for a final farewell. A good-bye punctuated with a period.

  • We really want to say good-bye punctuated with a comma. We really want to say “au revoir.” We really want to say good-bye “with the hope of meeting you again.”

           So, Thank-you
     
           “God be with you.”
 
           Today and always.
 
           “Au revoir” not “adieu.”
 
           With a comma, not with a period, Calvary family.
 
           With the assured hope of seeing you again.
 
           Good-bye.
 
In Christ’s love from a blessed and grateful pastor,
Bob

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40 Days of Prayer - Daily Devotions Begin on 3/4/19

Preparing Ourselves for God’s Calling begins on March 4th. As we enter this period of transition at Calvary, please join us in Forty Days of Prayer. You are invited to pray every day for 40 days.  We are seeking God to prepare ourselves for His calling, for His vision for our church and our new pastor. Because we fully trust in God's faithfulness, we are confident that He will lead us into discovering His perfect will. May we encounter God through our praying these 40 days. It’s not too late. You can sign up here to receive daily email devotions and prayers. A limited number of books are available for purchase ($4) or you can order the book through Amazon if you wish.

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." —Jeremiah 29:11

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Yoga at the ROC- Spring 2019

Interested in learning gentle movement, breathing and deep relaxation techniques to reduce stress, pain or fatigue? Did you know we have yoga at the ROC? Classes are held on Mondays and Thursdays from 7:00 - 8:00pm in the Aerobics Room with instructor Rachel Floyd. No need to sign up. Just drop in and give it a try. $5 per session. For more information: call the ROC at 232-8955 or email brian@calvarybaptistchurch.com

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Church Wide Bowling Night 3/24/19

All of Calvary is invited to bowl—and celebrate Richie Ward’s birthday— on Sunday, March 24th at Collins Bowling Center on Southland Drive. Bowling is from 5:00-7:00pm and is $15 per person. Friends are welcome! Sign up here if you want to have fun and raise funds for Richie. Email Justin Sizemore if you need more information.

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Wednesday Evening 2/27/19

Wednesday, February 27th at Calvary: join us for Fellowship Dinner in Fellowship Hall from 5:00-6:15. It’s children’s “Heart for Seniors” for grades 1 - 5. We have two Bible studies: The Passion of Christ—Studies in Matthew’s Gospel” and the Women’s study “Just Open the Door.” I

4:00pm--Youth Homework Huddle
5:00pm--Fellowship Dinner
5:00pm—Youth Open Gym
5:45pm--Preschool/Children’s Music
6:15pm—Children’s “Heart for Seniors”
6:15pm--”The Passion of Christ” Bible Study with Hank Ellington
6:15pm—”Just Open the Door” Women’s Study in Rachel’s Room
6:15pm—College Bible Study
6:15pm—Youth Rec Night
6:30pm—Sanctuary Choir Practice
6:35pm--Preschool/Children’s Missions

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Morning Reception for the Bakers 2/24/19

The Friends in Christ Sunday School class is hosting a morning reception to celebrate Bob and Debbie on Bob’s last Sunday in our pulpit before he retires. You’re invited to join the Bakers in the Fireside Room from 9:45 -10:45. This event is for folks who do not attend Sunday School and anyone else who may wish to drop by and share a word of appreciation with the Bakers.  Dr. Baker’s last worship service (combined worship) will follow at 11:00 in the Sanctuary.

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Arizona Mission Trip Meeting 3/3/19

Meeting on Sunday, March 3rd at 9:30am in the Chapel for the Arizona/ Navajo, Grand Canyon trip on July 31 - August 5. We’ll be providing back to school help during our mission trip. Read about the work of our mission partner in Arizona, Greg Long of CBF West.

Contact Brian Varble via email or phone for more information.

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Wednesday Evening 2/20/19

Wednesday, February 20th at Calvary: join us for Fellowship Dinner in Fellowship Hall from 5:00-6:15. We have two Bible studies: The Passion of Christ—Studies in Matthew’s Gospel” and the Women’s study “Just Open the Door.”

4:00pm--Youth Homework Huddle
5:00pm--Fellowship Dinner
5:00pm—Youth Open Gym
5:45pm--Preschool/Children’s Music
6:15pm—Children’s “Heart for Seniors”
6:15pm--”The Passion of Christ” Bible Study with Hank Ellington
6:15pm—”Just Open the Door” Women’s Study in Rachel’s Room
6:15pm—College Bible Study
6:15pm—Youth Rec Night
6:30pm—Sanctuary Choir Practice
6:35pm--Preschool/Children’s Missions

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40 Days of Prayer - Daily Devotions Begin on 3/4/19

Preparing Ourselves for God’s Calling begins on March 4th. As we enter this period of transition at Calvary, please join us in Forty Days of Prayer. You are invited to pray every day for 40 days.  We are seeking God to prepare ourselves for His calling, for His vision for our church and our new pastor. Because we fully trust in God's faithfulness, we are confident that He will lead us into discovering His perfect will. May we encounter God through our praying these 40 days. It’s not too late. You can sign up here to receive daily email devotions and prayers . A limited number of books are available for purchase ($4) or you can order the book through Amazon if you wish.

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." —Jeremiah 29:11

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Pastor's Paragraph 2/14/19

Pastor’s Paragraph — February 14, 2019

My days of being your pastor are rapidly drawing to a close.  We have two more Sundays to worship our Lord together.  This coming Sunday’s (February 17) worship service will include the baptisms of seven new Christians!  My sermon (which is based on Numbers 13:1-3, 17-33; 14:1-4) is entitled “Where Do We Go From Here?”  On February 24, I will be preaching my final sermon as your pastor.  Taken from Philippians 1:3-6, the working title of this message is “Thank You, I’ll Remember You, God be with You.” 
 
In coming days, I will continue to express my thanks to God and to you (my CBC family) for the opportunity and privilege of being the pastor of such an extraordinary church for these past 27 1/2 years.  For now, I want to thank you for all the many birthday greetings and messages that I received this past Sunday which was my 66th birthday.  Being able to worship God with you on my birthday #66 was a gift that I will always treasure. 
 
I look forward to worshipping with you the next two Sundays.  May God bless each of you during this time of transition!
 
Blessings from your grateful pastor,
Bob

 
 
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40 Days of Prayer - Daily Devotions Begin on 3/4/19

Preparing Ourselves for God’s Calling begins on March 4th. As we enter this period of transition at Calvary, please join us in Forty Days of Prayer. You are invited to pray every day for 40 days.  We are seeking God to prepare ourselves for His calling, for His vision for our church and our new pastor. Because we fully trust in God's faithfulness, we are confident that He will lead us into discovering His perfect will. May we encounter God through our praying these 40 days. It’s not too late. You can sign up here to receive daily email devotions and prayers.

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." —Jeremiah 29:11

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Morning Reception for the Bakers 2/24/19

The Friends in Christ Sunday School class is hosting a morning reception to celebrate Bob and Debbie on Bob’s last Sunday in our pulpit before he retires. You’re invited to join the Bakers in the Fireside Room from 9:45 -10:45. This event is for folks who do not attend Sunday School and anyone else who may wish to drop by and share a word of appreciation with the Bakers.  Dr. Baker’s last worship service (combined worship) will follow at 11:00 in the Sanctuary.

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Wednesday Evening 2/13/19

Wednesday, February 13th at Calvary: join us for Fellowship Dinner in Fellowship Hall from 5:00-6:15. We have two Bible studies: The Passion of Christ—Studies in Matthew’s Gospel” and the Women’s study “Just Open the Door” . There is a Missions Committee Meeting at 6:15pm in the Craft Room. The RA Racer Workshop is at 6:35pm.

4:00pm--Youth Homework Huddle
5:00pm--Fellowship Dinner
5:45pm--Preschool/Children’s Music
6:15pm—Mission Committee Meeting, Craft Room
6:15pm--”The Passion of Christ” Bible Study with Hank Ellington
6:15pm—”Just Open the Door” Women’s Study in Rachel’s Room
6:15pm—College Bible Study
6:15pm—Youth Bible Study
6:30pm—Sanctuary Choir Practice
6:35pm--Preschool/Children’s Missions
6:35pm—RA Racer Workshop

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Office Closed for Presidents' Day 2/18/19

The church office will be closed on Monday, February 18th in observance of Presidents’ Day.

The Gym (basketball courts) will be closed Wednesday, Feb. 13 at noon through Monday, Feb. 18 (mid afternoon). The ROC and Gym will be closed all day on Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17. This schedule will accommodate set up for Dr. Baker’s retirement celebration. Please call the ROC at 232-8955 if you need more information.

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ROC & Gym Schedule 2/13 - 2/18/19

The Gym (basketball courts) will be closed Wednesday, Feb. 13 at noon through Monday, Feb. 18 (mid afternoon). The ROC and Gym will be closed all day on Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17. This schedule will accommodate set up for Dr. Baker’s retirement celebration. Please call the ROC at 232-8955 if you need more information.

The church office will be closed on Monday, February 18th in observance of Presidents’ Day.

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Sunday at Calvary 2/10/19

Worship with us this Sunday at 8:30, 10:45 or 11:00. Bulletin can be found here.

8:30am…. Early Worship, FH
9:30am…. Asheville Mission Mtg,   Chapel
9:45am…..Sunday School
10:45am...The Summit, FH
11:00am...Worship, Sanctuary
11:45am...College Lunch, FH
12:10pm...Bible Drill/Buddies    EB2--2nd Floor
12:15pm..  Deacon Ordination,  Karen Foxworth, Sanctuary
5:00pm….Youth Choir, Music Suite
5:00pm….Transition Team Mtg, CR
5:00pm….Hope Bells, Bell Rm
6:00pm….PraiseRingers, Bell Rm
6:00pm….Room in the Inn, FH
6:00pm….CWM Study “Small Things”   Rachel’s Room  EB1-3rd Floor  

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Wednesday Evening 2/6/19

Wednesday evening schedule for February 6th—join us for Fellowship Dinner in Fellowship Hall from 5:00-6:15. A new women’s study “Just Open the Door” kicks off Wednesday in Rachel’s Room. Hank Ellington continues “ The Passion of Christ—Studies in Matthew’s Gospel” in the Fireside Room.

4:00pm--Youth Homework Huddle
5:00pm--Fellowship Dinner
5:00pm--Youth Open Gym
5:45pm—Children’s International Mission Study
5:45pm--Preschool Music
6:15pm--”The Passion of Christ” Bible Study with Hank Ellington
6:15pm—”Just Open the Door” Women’s Study in Rachel’s Room
6:15pm—College Bible Study
6:15pm—Youth Bible Study
6:30pm—Sanctuary Choir Practice
6:35pm--Preschool Missions

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Dr. Baker's Retirement Celebration Dinner 2/17/19

You’re invited to a celebration to honor Dr. Robert Baker on the happy occasion of his retirement after 27 years of ministry as our pastor. The Sunday, February 17th celebration dinner will be held at 5:00pm in Fellowship Hall at Calvary Baptist Church.

A ticket is required for the dinner celebration. The cost is $5 per person. Tickets will be sold on Wednesday evenings (starting January 23rd), Sunday mornings, and in the church office Monday through Friday 8:30—4:30. Ticket sales conclude on February 10th.

Updated Childcare Note: Childcare will be provided (for ages birth through 5th grade). Please use this sign up form if you’re planning to use childcare for the dinner.

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Transition Team Announcement 1/31/19

The Transition Team has posted a 1/31/19 update that can be found on the Transition Information page. You can read the update below as well.


Transition Team Update 1-31-19

Here is a list of the Transition Team’s immediate and long-term goals. We are well on the way of getting a short-term Interim Pastor in place and moving on to the next step. Check in for additional updates on our link on the church website. Thank you for your prayers and support!

I. Short-term Interim Pastor and Pulpit Supply - March 3- May 26 (Memorial Day weekend):

Pulpit Speaker – 8:30 and 11:00 service each Sunday

The Transition Team believes that a consistent presence in the pulpit to lead the church after Bob’s final Sunday and through the Lenten season and Easter is needed.

A short term Interim Pastor will preach at two services each Sunday morning with no other pastoral duties except preaching on Sunday. (The college services will continue with Niki Hays leading until classes conclude in the summer as usual.) The Transition Team has a “deep bench” of substitute speakers in addition to staff to fill in on any Sunday the short-term interim might have a conflict.

II. Options for Creation of Congregational Profile and New Pastor Profile Documents:

The Transition Team has begun assembling data about our church and community that need to be in a congregational profile. We still need input from the church, and think that large-scale congregational conversations and surveys need to be done in order to complete the creation of a profile that reflects who we are, and who we are looking for.

Once we secure our short-term interim pastor, the Transition Team sees completion of these documents as its next task.

Options we are considering:

                1. No outside facilitator/drafter - Calvary does it on its own. There are a lot of resources available for churches wishing to undertake this project internally.

                2. Hire outside facilitator/drafter with experience with churches which have undergone a transition or leadership search.

III. Long-term Interim Pastor

After Memorial Day weekend, the Transition Team will again need to have preaching lined up for the open-ended time between then and the ultimate call of a pastor. If the short-term interim pastor has been successful, and is interested in continuing, the Team may request an extension of the original commitment, but the Transition Team is also scouting out other possible interim candidates to serve the church going forward during this time.

 Other questions? You can contact us at  CBCtransition@calvarybaptistchurch.com



Credit Card Payment Option Available 1/28/19

Calvary is now able to accept credit card payments for one time charges associated with events, camps, and programs. Use the credit card payment form here. If you have any questions about this payment option, contact Beverly Chavez or Ed Lynch.

Our E-giving service can be used for donations and offerings as well as selected payments to Calvary.

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