Calvary Baptist Church

November 2017
Vol. 22 No. 11

You are invited to join us for a Thanksgiving Banquet Sunday, November 19, at 6:00pm in the fellowship hall. Meat, mashed potato, and stuffing will be provided. The rest of the meal will be potluck style. Bring your family's favorite traditional Thanksgiving side dish or dessert to share with the church family. Offering baskets will be at the main serving tables that night for donations to cover the cost of the meal. You can make reservations at the Welcome Center on Sunday October 29, November 5, and November 12. After dinner we will have a time of testimonies and music in celebration of God's goodness. Come prepared to lift up your voice to express your thankfulness to the Lord. If you have questions, please contact Heather Pettit for more information (440-0094).

Are you thankful for God's gracious and faithful provision in your life? Do you appreciate the opportunity to gather with brothers and sisters in Christ for worship, fellowship, and the study of God's Word? Do you recognize the ministries and facilities of Calvary Baptist Church as a blessing from God in your life? If so, please prayerfully consider expressing your gratitude by going beyond your normal giving to the church to add a special "Thanksgiving Offering." A boost is needed to meet general ministry needs and also be able to address some larger maintenance issues, in particular the replacement of the roof over our gymnasium/fellowship hall. We want to be faithful and wise stewards of the facilities the Lord has entrusted to us.

Please note that the church office will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Sonshine Singers will present "A Tree Lot Christmas" at 6:00pm on Sunday, December 10. This musical drama tells the story of a group of kids selling Christmas trees outside of Mr. Carmichael's toy store to raise money for children in need. Join the adventure as these compassionate and fun-loving kids demonstrate the powerful love of Christ to the greedy Mr. Carmichael and invite him into the family of God. Consider whom you might invite to learn about becoming a part of God's family tree.

Sonshine Singers and parents, please take note of our special musical rehearsals. Sunday, November 19, will be our pizza lunch and rehearsal from noon until 2:30. There will be no rehearsal on Sunday, November 26 or Sunday, December 3. We will have rehearsal Tuesday evening, December 5, from 6:00 to 7:30. Dress rehearsal is from 9:00am to noon on Saturday, December 9. Please check your calendars to make sure those dates are marked and highlighted!

Come celebrate with us, "What a Beautiful Name," on Sunday, December 3 at 6:00pm.

The Missions Ministry Team sent a music CD titled "Freedom" by Michael W. Smith to our missionaries as a Christmas gift.

PACT-Plant A Church Together

We praise the Lord for your generous contributions toward the "Hope Community Development Association." The Missions Team chose this as the PACT project for 2017. As of October 16 the gifts totaled $3,895. Thank you to everyone who was a part of this effort.

Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 5. Remember to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night.

Thursday, November 16 2:00pm-4:00pm, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Saturday, November 18 10:00am-12:00Noon
Meetings will be at Calvary Baptist Church. Specific room location will be determined by number of people attending. Carol Hagen and Rachel Stephenson are facilitators for these support sessions. These sessions are to help people cope with changes in families who have lost a loved one and support them through these changes. Format will be watching video along with group participation. Sharing what they are feeling at this time, holiday traditions, along with how to deal with questions that people ask them. Participants please sign up at Welcome Center.

Family Forum

We extend our sympathy to Kirk & Diana Bredenberg and family on the death of their brother-in-law, Mark Frich, who passed away on September 19.

We extend our sympathy to Jeremy & Jen Crittenden and family on the death of Jen's aunt, Donna Saddoris, who went home to be with her Lord and Savior on October 2.

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 one of the pastors.

We want to thank everyone for their prayers, condolences and flowers when Bob’s brother, Derald, passed away. We are blessed with a great church family. Bob & Kathy Kaufman

Thank you for the lovely mum plant you gave us on dads passing. Also thanks for the many cards and prayers that were sent our way. Its wonderful to have such a loving and caring church family.
Steve & Judy Anderson & rest of Ditto family

Praise God for His amazing provision of caring friends in our Calvary family! We are so grateful for your many thoughtful cards and expressions of support following the death of Linda's mother, Rita Rhoades. Even with progressive limitations due to multiple sclerosis over the past fifteen years, Rita remained positive and faced her illness with grace and dignity and was known for her wonderful sense of humor. We were blessed to have a mother who loved deeply and was a lot of fun! Thank you for sending the generous memorial gift to our family which has been donated to the MS Society. It's times like this that the support of friends becomes even more meaningful. We are thankful for the Lord's loving kindness and grace to our whole extended family. By His grace,
Kirk & Linda Setzer

We wanted to thank you for being a part of our awesome support team! We are so thankful for you. We just started Good News Club on Wednesday nights and the neighborhood kids are so excited. Please pray with us that these kids will put their trust in Jesus. Thank you for partnering with us!
Isaac & Beth Gilana, Calvary Missionaries in Volga, IA

It was so great to be back with your wonderful Calvary family. We so enjoyed worshipping with you all, talking with people individually. It made us thankful all over again for our Cedar Rapids roots.
John & Becky

Upcoming Activities

There is no event scheduled specifically for the Salt and Pepper Club in November. However, we encourage you to participate in the Thanksgiving dinner and praise service at the church on Sunday, November 19 at 6:00pm.

Positive Impressions is scheduled for Saturday, November 11, 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.

November 18 6:00pm-9:00pm Soup & Game Night
December 22 6:00pm-9:00pm Christmas Party

You are cordially invited to a "Weekend to Remember" marriage conference presented by Family Life Ministries the weekend of November 10-12 at the Cedar Rapids Marriott. For the past 20 years, the annual Family Life "Weekend to Remember" marriage conference in Cedar Rapids has offered couples an opportunity to get away, reconnect, and experience a life changing weekend together. Couples discover purpose, experience encouragement, and find hope for their relationship. Spending a weekend in a relaxed hotel setting, free from the distractions of everyday life, couples learn how to: Come discover and understand God's blueprints for marriage and the biblical principles that enable couples to build a strong, healthy relationship for a lifetime. Whether your marriage needs practical skills and a solid foundation for everyday living, simply a time of refreshment, or hope for the future, come experience a "Weekend to Remember." You will be glad you did! If you want more information regarding the conference, Calvary Baptist Church contacts are Steve & Keri Howard (363-1793) or go to

November Birthdays
1 Christine Lewis
    Hannah Pearson
3 Judy Anderson
8 Joan Hale
9 Bethany Winchester
12 Joshua Chung
    Rachel Stephenson
    Bill Wendel
13 Fred Fligg
    Marlene LeMont
14 George Bulen
    Cindy Frey
15 Reuben French
    Jim Hale
    William Rogan
    Gunther Sandersfeld
16 Shawn Hoy
    Joann Young
17 Robby Enfield
    Gloria Thune
18 Cassandra Shelley
19 Alysha Lykkegaard
    Jeff Volz
20 Kristin Jensen
    Carl Vogeler
21 Noah Jensen
22 Jacque Walker
23 Wayne Aldrich
    Tessa Slippy
24 Kennedy McIntosh
25 Caylee Parks
27 Adrienne Kasner
    Doris Trask

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