First Things – February
Dear Calvary Family,
January was an exciting time of transition at our new Seminole campus. On January 28th, we were pleased to welcome Tom and Karen Hudgins back to our Calvary team as Tom began his role as Campus Pastor at our Seminole campus. Tom has a great history at Calvary dating back more than 20 years. For many years, he served on Calvary’s pastoral staff as Pastor of Student Ministries. When he transitioned off of the Calvary pastoral staff to serve as a national leader of Judgment House, he continued to serve at Calvary in many roles. For the last several years, he and Karen have worked in church planting and over the last two years helped plant the Transformation Church 517.
Tom and his congregation from Transformation Church 517 have joined with us at our Seminole campus to lead that part of our ministry. I know you will join me in welcoming back Tom and Karen to the Calvary family and in extending a warm welcome to the congregation of Transformation Church 517 as well. God is at work at our East Lake and Seminole campuses and it is exciting to enter this new era as a single church meeting, working, and serving at three campuses in our county.
I also want to extend my profound gratitude to Chris and Rae Bridges who worked tirelessly over the last year and a half to help launch our Seminole campus. Without their work and leadership, we would not be at this point. We’re excited that Chris is returning to our Clearwater campus to resume his work as our Pastor of Children’s Ministries.
We are teaching our Discover Calvary seminar at our Seminole and East Lake campuses on Sunday night, February 11th. This represents an important time to connect at Calvary and continue your spiritual journey with us, particularly for our new members at Seminole. Register now to attend the seminar.
This weekend, we begin a new message series entitled A Bridge to Nowhere. This is an important series of teaching that will draw from passages throughout the Bible to show that Proverbs 16:25 is true when it says, there is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way to death.
Why is it that the path we think will lead to happiness often doesn’t? Many people spend their lives traveling a bridge that they think will lead to freedom, happiness and fulfillment only to end up with disappointments, dead ends, and despair.
In many ways, the entire Bible paints a story of mankind’s pursuit of happiness that ends up in frustration. God has a better way; the truth sets us free. The truth leads us to trust in God. Plan to join with me this weekend at Calvary as we begin this important series of teaching and think of someone you know who could use the invitation to come and join with us.
This has been Connection Week at Calvary and we’ve emphasized the need to connect in Community Groups and Classes. Hundreds of people have signed up to get connected. If you aren’t in a group, this is the perfect time to join. Go to calvary.us/groups to get connected in a group today.
February is here! Let’s make the most of this month and devote ourselves to the things that will help us grow spiritually and go deeper in our relationship with God and with His church.