• First Things – September 2019

    • Willy Rice
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    • September 4, 2019
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    The month of September has begun in a memorable fashion. I’m sure, like all of us, that you have spent the last few days on “Hurricane Alert” monitoring the slow progress of Hurricane Dorian. We’re all grateful that the storm has turned north away from our state, but, of course, many others have suffered grave harm, especially in the Bahamas. Many of you are already asking how we can help.

    Through our network of churches, we support Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and its affiliated ministries, which together make up one of the largest relief organizations in the country.  Our partners are currently in communication with local pastors in the Bahamas to gain an initial assessment of needs and have relief supplies ready to deploy.  

    As you can imagine, with a Category 5 hurricane, there are many needs, and response work will be a marathon, not a sprint.  Today, the main airport remains flooded by tidal surges of 12-18 feet and the majority of Grand Bahama Island is still submerged.  

    We are asking Calvary members to be involved in relief efforts in any way they can and have opportunities to give, partner in prayer, and serve on mission teams as requested.  To find out more, please visit Calvary.us/Dorian.

    We will continue to monitor the path of Hurricane Dorian as it approaches the Carolinas and we ask that you join our prayer that it would weaken and avoid further landfall.

    This coming weekend, I am so pleased to introduce my dear friend, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, who has recently been elected President of the Southern Baptist Executive Committee. Dr. Floyd is one of the great leaders among evangelicals in America, having served as National Leader for the Day of Prayer for the last several years. For over 30 years, he served as pastor of the Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas. God has given him national influence and I can tell you that he is a man of prayer, a man of God’s word, and a man who loves and walks with God. He is the real deal and one of my all-time favorite preachers. You do not want to miss this opportunity to hear Ronnie Floyd at all of our services this Sunday, September 8th, at Calvary.

    Finally, let me acknowledge with deep gratitude our joy at having served as your pastor for 15 years. This weekend marks our 15th anniversary as your pastor and it seems like just a short time ago that Cheryl and I sensed God’s call and moved our family from Pensacola to begin our ministry here. You have made our work a joy and we will be forever grateful for those who have supported us, prayed for us, stood by us, and encouraged us during these 15 years. So much has happened and there is so much yet to do. To God be the glory for the things He has done!