Calvary Baptist Church

September 2017
Vol. 22 No. 9

Sunday, September 17
9:00AM & 10:30AM

Zak Mirzadeh : Nothing Up My Sleeve
Christian illusionist Zak Mirzadeh has spent the last four years honing his skills for one specific purpose-to capture the attention of his generation in order to share the Good News of Jesus with them. He grew up as a Muslim, faithful to his religion, and praying five times every day. Due to an incredible set of circumstances, Zak grew up in a fatherless household. At the age of seventeen, Zak was confronted with a reality that was very different from his upbringing. He was brought face to face with the TRUTH of who JESUS is. As a part of the show "Nothing Up My Sleeve," Zak weaves in his story of what it was like to grow up in a religious household and how the Gospel of Jesus transformed his life.

This special event will be presented in two parts-the Sunday school hour and the morning worship service. You will want to be here for both sessions. Invite your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to come and hear how Jesus Christ can make them a new creation.

Fellowship activities grouped by "stage of life" are scheduled for Saturday, September 9 at 5:00pm. Cost: $3 per adult. Sign-up sheets are available at the Welcome Center.


We encourage everyone to participate in Ministry Training Electives Sunday evenings at 6:00pm. These Sunday evening sessions will take place on September 17, 24 and October 1, 8, 22, 29 and November 5, 12. This program is intended to equip believers with practical knowledge and skills to help them become all that God wants them to be. You can sign up at the Welcome Center or contact the church office by telephone (396-3233) or e-mail ( (Child care is available for younger children and children in grades K-6 will have Sonshine Singers during this hour. Jr/Sr High youth will have musical practice during this hour in the youth building.)

The 7 Laws of the Teacher
Whether you're a pastor, Sunday school teacher, school teacher, parent, small group leader, or mentor, The 7 Laws of the Teacher will renew your thinking about teaching and help you unleash your effectiveness as a communicator of biblical truth. Using seven dynamic steps, Dr. Howard G. Hendricks will tell you how to teach with a life-changing impact.

Victory in Spiritual Warfare: Field Guide for Battle
"Spiritual warfare" is defined as "the cosmic conflict waged in the invisible, spiritual realm which is simultaneously fleshed out in the context of the visible, physical realm." Pastor Tony Evans pragmatically teaches Ephesians 6:10-18, providing application so that believers can implement the truths of God's Word in the very real battle at hand.
  • The War Revealed and Strongholds Defined
  • The Belt of Truth
  • The Breastplate of Righteousness
  • The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace
  • The Shield of Faith
  • The Helmet of Salvation
  • The Sword of the Spirit, The Word of God
  • The Full Armor in Real Life

The Legacy Journey
The Legacy Journey is a seven-week, biblically based class that teaches you how to truly live and leave a legacy for generations to come. In this class Dave Ramsey will lead you deeper into investing, basic estate planning, purposeful living, safeguarding your legacy, and discovering the keys to generational wealth and true generosity. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small-group activities, you'll learn a biblical framework for living intentionally now so that later you’ll be able to leave a legacy that will secure your family's future and make a lasting impact on the world around you. Cost for the materials is $109.

(Beginning Sunday, August 27 at 9:00am)
Sign up at Welcome Center for class you plan to attend.

  1. Making a Promise
  2. A Sign of Agreement
  3. Taking Time to Rest and Renew
  4. A Change of Heart
  5. God's Covenant with Abram
  6. God's Covenant with Israel
  7. Obeying God's Law
  8. God's Covenant with David
  9. God's Covenant with Returned Exiles
  10. Faithful God, Unfaithful People
  11. Promise of a New Covenant
  12. The Mediator of a New Covenant
  13. Promises to Remember

  1. Major Schools of Prophetic Interpretation
  2. Covenants and Dispensations
  3. Groups in Prophecy - Israel
  4. Groups in Prophecy - Gentiles
  5. Groups in Prophecy - The Church
  6. Individuals in Prophecy - Antichrist
  7. Individuals in Prophecy - Satan
  8. Events in Prophecy - Rapture
  9. Events in Prophecy - The Great Tribulation
  10. Events in Prophecy - The Return of Christ
  11. Events in Prophecy - The Millennial Reign of Christ
  12. Events in Prophecy - The Eternal State

  1. Introduction to the Bible
  2. How to Know the Bible
  3. God: His Character and Attributes
  4. The Person of Jesus Christ
  5. The Work of Christ
  6. Salvation
  7. The Person and Ministry of the Holy Spirit
  8. Prayer and the Believer
  9. The Church: Fellowship and Worship
  10. Spiritual Gifts
  11. Evangelism and the Believer
  12. Obedience
  13. God's Will and Guidance

  1. The Savior Comes into the World
  2. Jesus Is Prepared for Ministry
  3. Jesus Begins Ministering in Galilee
  4. Jesus Tells How to Live
  5. Jesus Continues His Ministry in and around Galilee
  6. Jesus Begins Moving Toward Jerusalem
  7. Jesus Continues His Ministry in and around Judea
  8. Jesus Teaches through Stories
  9. Jesus Ministers on His Way to Jerusalem
  10. Jesus Begins His Last Week
  11. Jesus Faces the End
  12. Jesus Is Crucified
  13. Jesus Is Resurrected

Single & Married Young Adults 26 and Up
  1. My search for a Single Passion to Live by
  2. Breakthrough - the Beauty of Christ, My Joy
  3. Boasting Only in the Cross, The Blazing Center of the Glory of God
  4. Magnifying Christ through Pain and Death
  5. Risk Is Right - Better to Lose Your Life Than to Waste It
  6. The Goal of Life-Gladly Making Others Glad in God
  7. Living to Prove He Is More Precious Than Life
  8. Making Much of Christ from 8 to 5
  9. The Majesty of Christ in Missions and Mercy - A Plea to This Generation
  10. My Prayer-Let None Say in the End, "I've Wasted It"

Upcoming Activities

The Awana clubs begin again on Wednesday, September 6, with a hot dog supper for the children at 6:00pm, followed by the regular program from 6:30 to 8:00.

With many of our church programs beginning a new season of ministry, it is important for us to remember that our programs and our efforts will accomplish nothing of significance without the intervention of the Lord. "This is what the Lord says: 'Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,' declares the Lord" (Jeremiah 9:23-24 NIV). The fruitfulness of our ministries is not based on our abilities and resources but on the relationship we have with the great and gracious God of the universe, who will always do what is good and right, in keeping with his perfect will. With that in mind, we are setting aside Sunday evening, September 10, 6:00pm-7:15pm, to seek the face of our God in prayer and to seek his favor upon our ministries.

Positive Impressions is scheduled for Saturday, September 9, 10:00am-3:00pm in room #23/24. Invite your friends to join you in creating with rubber stamps or working on some other favorite craft project. This is an enjoyable and non-threatening way to spend time developing relationships and building bridges in order to make a positive impression for Christ on your unsaved friends and family members. Even the greeting cards or other crafts that you create for other people can be beneficial in making a positive impression on their lives. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Kim Nelson (319-640-9856) and bring a snack or drink to share with the group.

The Sonshine Singers children's choir will begin a new season Sunday evening, September 10, 6:00pm-7:15pm in Room 26. Children in kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to join in the fun of learning through music, choreography, drama, and more. If you would like more information, please contact Jeannette Frey.

The Calvary Choir will begin another season of ministry on Sunday, September 10. Rehearsals are Sunday afternoons from 4:30 to 5:45. New members are welcome! Contact Pastor Mike for more information.

Youth Christmas musical rehearsals begin Sunday, September 17. We meet Sundays at 6:00pm during the Fall semester. If you are in junior high or senior high, come check it out!

Monday Night Moms (MNMs) is committed to sharing Christ's love by equipping young moms for parenting in today's world. Please join us for our first meeting on Monday, September 18, 6:00pm-8:00pm. Our Bible study this year will be "Think Differently" by Pastor James MacDonald. We meet on the first and third Mondays through May at Calvary Baptist Church in room #27. Dinner is provided for both mothers and their children.

The first meeting of MOPS will be Tuesday, September 19, from 9:15am to 11:15am. If you are pregnant or a mother of an infant to pre-kindergarten age child, we would love to have you there! Nora Whitney (651-999-9326) and Abbie DeWitt are MOPS co-coordinators. If you do not have any preschool-age children and have any Tuesday mornings free to volunteer to serve in this ministry, please call Cindy Frey (846-4436). We appreciate the support that so many of you give to the MOPS program!

The Measure of a Man: Twenty Attributes of a Godly Man by Gene A. Getz
The Monday Evening Men's study will be starting Monday, September 11, at 7:00pm. We will be meeting in the church Library (room #12). We are looking for any men who want to join us.

For forty years, The Measure of a Man has taught hundreds of thousands of men around the world how to live according to God's direction-faithfully, lovingly, and spiritually. Now revised, this classic guide to biblical masculinity is poised to impact a new generation of men.

True masculinity is not measured by the strength of a man, but by these twenty biblical guidelines drawn from the Apostle Paul's letters to his young protégés Timothy and Titus. Inspiring, encouraging, and practical, this book shows men how they can reach God's standards as fathers, husbands, and mentors to other men. For more information, contact Jim Hale (396-8718).

Tuesday, September 26 we will meet in the church sanctuary at 10:30 for the first half of our movie, JOSEPH, have a catered lunch in the gym at intermission, then return to the sanctuary for the final half of the movie. Hy-Vee will cater our lunch at 11:30. The menu: roast beef, potatoes, gravy, green beans almondine, salad, dessert, rolls and butter. The cost is $10.50 per person. For information, contact Nadene Roberts, Marilyn Seamans, or Donna Voss.

Please note that the church office will be closed on Monday, September 4, in celebration of the Labor Day holiday.

News & Notes

SAVE THE DATE!! This year's Harvest Festival will be held on October 27th from 6:00 to 8:00pm. We'll have inflatables, games, popcorn, snow cones and CANDY!! Children can come in costumes (or not). We need lots of volunteers to help with this event and are, of course, hoping for candy donations! A container will be in the church lobby starting October 1st. We would appreciate donations of popcorn and ice as we get closer to the event. This event is for children ranging in age from babies through 6th grade. Thanking you in advance for your help and support!!

Anyone wanting to help plan this event, please contact Roxann Von Lienen (text or email).

Bible Study Fellowship International, an inter-denominational organization, begins the fall study on Romans in six area classes.
A preschool program (birth-K) is available at the day women's class and a school-age program (1st through 12th grades) at the evening women's and men's classes. Satellite groups do not have children's programs available. All classes begin the week of September 12 to get a better understanding of the study and register for class. No signup is necessary to attend the Welcome. There is no cost for this study. We request that you not bring your children to the Welcome. More information is available on the BSF website:

The Family Life Marriage Conference will be held at the Cedar Rapids Marriott Friday, November 10 at 5:00pm through Sunday, November 12 at 12:30pm. Weekend to Remember Conferences are great for couples at all stages in life. They have special sessions for engaged couples. Newly married? They have tips to keep your marriage strong from the start. Find that your marriage is healthy but kids, jobs, etc., keep you from spending much quality time alone as a couple? Make this your weekend retreat. And for struggling couples, this conference provides key ways to improve your marriage and rekindle your love for one another. All participants will receive marriage-changing principles that they can take home and apply to their daily lives to strengthen their marriage. For more conference or registration information, please contact

You are all invited to a Bridal Shower for Trinity Patton and her fiancé Dom Malito, being held here at Calvary in the Latte Room (rooms 13/14) on Saturday, September 30 at 2:00pm. Trinity and Dom are registered at Bed, Bath and Beyond, Target, and

Ladies, you are invited to attend a baby shower for Danielle Bredenberg on Saturday, September 9 at 2:00pm at Calvary Baptist Church. Anders & Danielle are registered at ToysRUs.

Thirty backpacks were delivered to five area schools! What a wonderful response from Calvary people to the needs of the children in the community. It was also great that we had five volunteers to deliver backpacks to the schools.

Activity bags are available for the children during the worship service. Please make sure that all of the items in the bag are returned after use. The loose papers and coloring sheets can be taken home.

The new shelving in the library has been installed. Special thanks go to Kirk Bredenberg, Gary Hensch, Steve LeMont, and Eric Wienola for doing the work. Take a few minutes to walk down the hallway and check it out. Also, now that the shelves are done, be looking for a bunch of new books that will be added to our collection. There is an abundance of good books to read. Take advantage of these good resources!

Family Forum

We praise the Lord for His gracious work in the lives of Danielle Clayberg, Lily Parks, and Alli Parks, who were baptized Sunday morning, May 30.

The teaching and example of Scripture calls followers of Jesus Christ to be baptized as a public profession of their repentance and saving faith. If you have not been baptized as a believer and would like to take this step of obedience to your Savior and Lord, please express that desire to a pastor or deacon.

Congratulations to Paulin Bale and Christine Tchassia on the birth of their son, Gedeon, born on August 15. He weighed 8lbs, 2ozs.

Congratulations to grandparents Tim & Colleen Abodeely and great-grandparents Nick & Catherine Abodeely on the birth of Raelyn Lucille, born on August 11 to Michelle Abodeely and Jesse Peters. She weighed 7lbs, 1oz.

Brandon & Nora Whitney
Doris Trask
Anders & Danielle Bredenberg
Peg Moore (Moving September 1)
Jared & Hilary Bourne
Sisto & Sara Peter
Taylor Bredenberg

We extend our sympathy to Tim & Shannon Ryon and family on the death of Tim's mother, Tracy Theisen, on July 16.

We extend our sympathy to Kirk & Linda Setzer and family on the death of Linda's mother, Rita Rhoades, on July 30.

We extend our sympathy to James & Heather Pettit and family on the death of Heather's grandmother, Rose Zabel, on August 1.

We extend our sympathy to Gary & Karen Lorenzen and family on the death of Gary's father, Donald Lorenzen, on August 5.

Words cannot express the gratitude and appreciation for all the hard work that was done cleaning up our farm after the storm that went through. It would have taken us months to do what the many helping hands did in one day! Thank you so much for serving. The Rogans

I want to thank you for giving me the Bible as a graduation gift. I really appreciate it and it means so much to me. I also thank you for your generous giving so the Lead the Cause team could go to Chicago. With your help, we were able to reach the people of Chicago. With Love, Emily Winchester

Thanks to all my family and friends and family at Calvary for their flowers, visits and cards. They were so appreciated and I am doing better. Marlene Aswegan

Your loving support with prayers, cards, and gifts of love has been greatly appreciated. The generous gift has been offered to the Hospice House to use for their needs. The spiritual side was truly evident in the care of Don. Thank you all very much for honoring him in this way. Your prayers have given us immeasurable comfort. We love you all. Gary & Karen Lorenzen

Thank you all so much for the kind and generous work you have been doing for the community. Please know that your efforts have made a difference and have touched so many lives. I wish you could be here to see the happy faces of the kids as well as their parents when they pick up their back packs and supplies. Our Harrison Team sends their heartfelt thanks along with the thanks of the families we serve, who are the true beneficiaries of your generous work! Davon Cambell, Harrison Elementary School Counselor

September Birthdays
1 Roxann Hendryx
    Jerimiah Johnson
    Peg Moore
3 Josie Chung
    Carol Hagen
4 Amanda Waters
5 Timothy Ryon
6 Jamaica Abben
7 Marilyn Ask
    Steve Patton
8 Michael Frey
9 Katie Hensch
    Jolene Nelson
10 Joshua French
12 Danica Gossett
    Kassandra Rogan
    Karla Tjelmeland
13 Jamie Jentink Arellanes
14 Jeremiah Peter
15 Amy Caldwell
    Jennifer Sandersfeld
16 Lydia French Davis
17 Andrea Smale
18 Marsha Maatta
    Mike Vogeler
19 Jaden Eiselstein
    Marla Hoy
    Madison Kaufman
20 David Eastburn
    Clinton Jeffers
24 Amy Waters
26 Richard Boyles
28 Tara Slippy Volz
    Phil Waters
29 Joyce Bulen

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