Calvary Baptist Church

January 2018
Vol. 23 No. 1

It always seems appropriate at the beginning of a new year to set aside a special time for seeking the Lord's direction and empowerment, so that we might faithfully serve His purpose both individually and corporately. A concert of prayer at 6:00pm on Sunday, January 7 will provide an opportunity for us to join our hearts together in pursuit of the Lord's mighty and gracious intervention in our service for Him.

January is a good time to join the choir. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Pastor Mike. We will be back to our regular rehearsal schedule, 4:30 to 5:45 on Sunday afternoons, beginning January 7.

Sonshine Singers will begin again on Sunday, January 7, at 6:00pm. If you are in kindergarten-6th grade and have been thinking about joining Sonshine Singers, now is the perfect time to get involved. Join us in room #26 for a great time! If you have any questions, contact Jeannette Frey (396-6882 or

Christian Roth, the son of Carina & Jeff Kraayenbrink, grew up attending Calvary Baptist Church. Since graduating from Moody Bible Institute, he and his wife, Stephanie, have been active members at Redeemer Church (formerly Imago Christi) here in Cedar Rapids. We supported Christian for a few years while he was on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, serving at Coe College and Kirkwood Community College. For over a decade, Christian & Stephanie have felt the Lord's call to mission work in Scandinavia. After years of preparation and pruning, their family will be moving to Copenhagen, Denmark in May of 2018, to serve with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. During the morning worship service on Sunday, January 21 (Date Change), Christian will be at Calvary to share about the gospel work they will be doing in Denmark and preach a message from God's Word. Come hear how you can support their ministry through partnership and prayer.

The quarterly ministry update and annual election of officers is scheduled for Sunday, January 28, at 6:00pm.

Everyone is invited to gather in the church fellowship hall at 6:00pm on Sunday, January 14, to enjoy food and fellowship together. Bring a pot of soup and/or some crackers, bread, or dessert to share. Drinks and table service will be provided. There will be opportunities to build relationships around the tables during the meal and then, after the meal, to encourage one another with testimonies about some specific ways that we have seen God at work in our lives. Think back over 2017 and be prepared to share what God has been teaching you, how you have seen Him answer prayer, or some other way that His gracious presence and activity has been evident in your life.

The third Sunday of January each year is designated Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, in remembrance of the U.S. Supreme Court decision on January 22, 1973 that legalized abortion. We are planning to observe this event with a special program at 6:00pm on Sunday evening, January 21. The sanctity of life certainly applies to unborn children, but its significance also reaches far beyond that specific issue. Come with humble and submissive hearts and minds, seeking to understand and apply what God's word says about the value of all people.

Please note that the church office will be closed on Monday, January 1, 2018 in celebration of the New Year holiday.

Once again Calvary will be hosting a blood drive. The date will be Monday, January 15, 2018 from 3pm to 6:30pm. We will be working alongside Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, which provides blood to a large area including Mercy Medical Center and St. Luke's Hospital. The demand for blood products at the hospitals they serve is constant. Remember, each volunteer donor saves three lives. Information regarding sign-up sheets will be available in January. For more information, you may contact Nadene Roberts.

A new year - the perfect time to begin a challenge: one book per month. Can you do it? We continue to add books to the church library in various categories. You will find the most recent additions on the media chest. Come discover the possibilities!

Family Forum

We extend our sympathy to Chad & Amanda Nelson and family on the death of Amanda's grandmother, Ila Rae Wieck, who passed away on November 28.

We extend our sympathy to Brent & Melissa Eiselstein and family on the death of Brent's father, Ed Eiselstein, who passed away on November 16.

We extend our sympathy to Don & Pam Winchester and family on the death of Pam's uncle, Edwin, who passed away on December 8.

We extend our sympathy to family of Elinor Witwer who went home to be with her Lord and Savior on December 2.

Sondra Lewis

The season is upon us when many illnesses are going around. Although we generally advocate close fellowship and sharing generously, we would encourage those who are sick to refrain from fellowship and not share their germs with others. Some of our children have weakened immune systems, so they are especially susceptible to illness. As a courtesy to other families, please respect the children's ministry policy to not bring sick children to church activities. Thank you!

Thank you to our church family for all the congratulations on our 50th Wedding Anniversary (November 25th). We appreciated hearing from so many of you. Our church family is one of our many blessings.
Jack and Sue Lindstrom

Your kind expression of sympathy and friendship will always remain in our memories. Thank you for your thoughtfulness.
Ruth Dunnick Family

Thank You to the Deaconesses as well as the church body for the Thanksgiving meal they provided us, as well as for all the prayers for us during this time. Rick will be off until spring-rehab is a total of 9 months, so still a long road dealing with workman's comp. We deeply appreciate all the love and support we have received and will continue to receive.
Rick & Brenda Enfield

We would like to thank those in our Calvary family who showed us God's love and care after the birth of our daughter Maebel Ann. Thank you to all who participated in the meal train. Your visits, cards, phone calls, and prayers greatly encouraged us in our transition to having a newborn. We feel loved and are very grateful.
Anders & Danielle Bredenberg

Dear Calvary Family,
We want to give our grateful thanks for continuing to remember us in prayer and for your annual Christmas gift. May your holiday season be filled with the remembrance of our Savior and King!
Mark & Mollie

Another winner of a Christmas gift CD for year long inspiration...for which we are very grateful. Thank you all, once again, for your continued friendship, prayers and support. May you continue on the path to every-increasing awareness of the Father's Presence and Provision. In His Love,
Vince & Gail Trujillo

Thank you so very much for your prayers and special gift for gas for the Awana Van. Ron drove to Chicago Headquarters for Missionary meetings, so thank-you for making his trip possible and travel the highways of Iowa to reach more boys and girls for Christ.
Ron & Claudine Glynn

Thank you for supporting the offering of hope and the building of lives. Thank you for your generous gift. Together we are making a positive difference in the lives of the men in our program. You are a significant partner. Thank You! In Christ,
Ron Ziegler, Hope Community Development Association

Thank you to Diana Bredenberg for delivering cookies to me and to Calvary family and deaconesses for such a delicious assortment of cookies plus shiny red apple. And thank you to Pastor Matt, Daniel, Jared, and to the youth for singing so many wonderful carols-so many blessings.
Wilma Mefferd

Thank you for the cookies. They were really, really good.
Linda Holmes

Baby Bottle Boomerang is an annual opportunity for the body of Christ to pray for and financially support the ministry of Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center. Bridgehaven's mission is to empower choices for life through Christ-centered education and support. Individuals and families are invited to take home a baby bottle (provided by Bridgehaven) and set it in a prominent location. The bottle can then serve as a reminder to pray for Bridgehaven, and can be filled with coins, cash, or checks to support the ministry. To show your support for this vital ministry in our community, we are asking you to pick up a baby bottle at the Welcome Center on January 21 and fill the bottle with coins, cash, or checks made payable to "Bridgehaven". Filled baby bottles may be returned to the Welcome Center during the month of February.

Upcoming Activities

Positive Impressions is scheduled for Saturday, January 13, 10:00am-3:00pm. We will be meeting in rooms #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.

A Cozy Evening for Women

Friday, January 19, 6:30pm. Cost: $5
Come have your heart kindled with the warmth of friendship.
Learn how to stoke the fires of hospitality in your home.
Warm your belly with a bowl of soup and your hands with a mug of cocoa or cider. Invite a friend and make the evening twice as nice!

It's that time of the year!! Snowmen, Snowflakes, and Steaming hot homemade Soup! It is our "Annual Soup and The Calvary Boys", January 23, at 11:30 am, in the church gym. This is always a favorite, so mark your calendar and watch for further details! Contact Nadene Roberts for more information.

MISSION CONFERENCE - February 28-March 4, 2018
Verse - Psalm 96:2-3 Sing to the Lord, praise his name, proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

Camp Dates for 2018
April 21: Camp Work Day
April 29: Camp Work Day
May 5: Camp Work Day
June 8-10: Ladies Camp
June 27,28,29: Kids Camp
June 29-30: Family Camp
July 8-13: 5/6th Grade Camp
July 15-20: 7/8th Grade Camp
July 22-27: High School Camp
July 29-Aug 3: 3/4th Grade Camp
October 20: Camp work Day
Nov 2-4: Men's Retreat

January Birthdays
1 David French
    Torsten Horning
    Sondra Smale
2 Ricardo Etienne
3 Ryan Hale
4 Daniel Hunter
5 Marc Nelson
    Joe Novak
6 Kaylee Jensen
    Myah Pettit
    Mark Seamans
7 Bob Morrow
11 Olivia Allen
12 Steve Anderson
    Toby Slippy
14 Colleen Abodeely
    Audrey Hill
    Jack Lindstrom
16 Jeannette Frey
    Matt Miller
17 Marlene Aswegan
    Aiden Chad Hale
    Alex Lykkegaard
18 Chad Nelson
    Marilyn Seamans
    Don Winchester, Jr
20 James Pettit
23 Diane Bullington
    Sarah Gorman
    Rob Kaufman
25 Hannah Sandersfeld
26 Arnie Jensen
    John Lewis
28 Ellen Rogan
29 Judy Potter
30 Jared Bourne
31 Brandon Whitney

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