• First Things – December 1

    • Willy Rice
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    • December 1, 2018
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    Merry Christmas! December has arrived and with it one of the most important months of the year at Calvary. I’m thinking of two words this December, transitions and traditions.

    This is a month of traditions. There is nothing quite like the Christmas holidays and you will want to mark these highlights on your calendar. Our Christmas Worship Concert is December 8th and 9th on our Clearwater campus. All three campuses are gathering for two beautiful nights of music and celebration. For times, visit Calvary.us/Christmas.

    We have multiple Christmas Eve services on all three campuses starting on Sunday, December 23rd and continuing throughout the evening on December 24th. Click here for the full schedule and plan to join us for Christmas Eve at Calvary.

    Christmas at Calvary offers many opportunities to extend an invite to your friends and family.  Our Christmas Invite Card can be emailed to your friends and family, shared on social media, or sent by text.  Download the Christmas Invite Card and send an invite today.

    This is also a month of transitions. Greg Toney has served as our Lead Pastor of Worship for almost 21 years and he is retiring this month. Frankie Rogers is also retiring after almost 40 years working as an administrative assistant in our worship ministry. These two faithful servants have served well and after the December 9th concert we will host a special reception in their honor. This will be a beautiful opportunity to stop in and thank Greg and Sharron Toney, and Frankie Rogers, along with her husband, Don, for their years of service at Calvary.

    I will have the privilege of introducing Stephen Christian, our new Director of Worship Ministries, on the weekend of December 16th at our Clearwater campus. Stephen will be relocating to our area in December and he will begin leading worship at Calvary’s Clearwater campus in January.  If you missed the news about Stephen Christian and want to know more about him, you can check out our previous article here.

    I will begin a new message series for this Advent season entitled, “O Come Let Us Adore Him”. The focus will be learning about the true meaning of worship from Matthew 2 and the account of the wise men visiting the infant Jesus. I’m both excited and challenged by the truths God has laid on my heart and I’ll be sharing the first message from the series tomorrow entitled Stop Photobombing Jesus.

    Our annual Members Meeting will be held Sunday night, December 16th at 6:00. All covenant members are encouraged and invited to attend to receive important information about our church and our plans for next year.

    Christmas is a season of giving and there are plenty of opportunities to bless others. Our Christmas Blessings Trees are filled with opportunities for you to give to specific needs both in our community and around the world and it is a great way to give to those in need this holiday season. The trees are located in the lobby at every campus.

    Finally, please consider a special investment in the Lord’s work through Calvary this holiday season. This is the final month of our fiscal year and we have some ground to make up to fully fund our ministries this year. Calvary’s ministries reach around the world and it is the faithful and sacrificial giving of people just like you that allow us to do what God has called us to. I thank you in advance for your generosity in helping us finish this year strong.

    Cheryl and I are grateful for you and pray that this holiday season will be filled with warmth and love. Jesus really is the reason for the season and I pray that you will know the wonder of truly worshiping Him this season as the wise men did so long ago.