Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
By: Amanda Trammell

Every penny of the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering goes to help support missionaries as they share the Gospel overseas.
This is an important effort in the mission of Calvary as weprioritize disciple making both in Dothan and throughout the world.
Would you consider helping Calvary reach our Lottie Moon Christmas offering goal?
Calvary’s Goal: $100,000.00

Calvary's Candlelight Christmas Eve Service
By: Amanda Trammell

We are excited about our Candlelight ChristmasEve Service!Please use this as an opportunity to invite family and friends to church.The Gospel messagewill be shared.The service will be at5:00 pm in theFellowship Center.

For the Record For the Month of November
By: Amanda Trammell

For the RecordFor the Month of November
Average Attendance:
8:00 Worship 399
10:45 Worship 283
6:00 Worship 160
Life Groups 610
Mission Churches 316
Nursing Homes 96
Outreach Bible Study 12
1st Time Guests atMidweek Meal: 0
Total Giving:
General Fund $169,306.59
Given Y-T-D $2,066,614.93
Y-T-D Required $2,325,211.68
Partners In Ministry $1,390.00
Tier III Goal$235,000.00
Given to Tier III$224,123.46

Sermon Schedule
By: Amanda Trammell

Sermon Schedule
Wednesday, December 3
6:00 pm
Midweek Bible Study
Sanctuary
Led by Paul Thompson
Sunday, December 7
8:00 and 10:45 am
For Freedom:
Studies in Galatians
SHARED
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, December 10
6:00 pm
Midweek Bible Study
Sanctuary
Led by Paul Thompson
Sunday, December 14
8:00 and 10:45 am
For Freedom:
Studies in Galatians
MARKED
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, December 17
6:00 pm
Midweek Bible Study
Sanctuary
Led by Paul Thompson
Sunday, December 21
8:00 and 10:45 am
The Gift of Grace
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, December 24
5:00 pm
Candlelight Christmas
Eve Service
Fellowship Center
Sunday, December 28
10:00 am
Message by Michael Brooks
Wednesday, December 31
No Services

From the Senior Pastor
By: Paul Thompson

As Christmas rapidly approaches and we turn our attention to the celebration of the birth of our Savior, to precious time spent with our families, and to the giving and receiving of gifts, my thoughts are drawn to those who know nothing of this Jesus we worship and the salvation we celebrate.
Let me point out a few realities:
There are presently almost 3 billion unreached people in the world today. Billion. Let that settle in for a moment. What that term (“unreached”) means is that they do not currently have access to the Gospel. Unless something changes, billions will be born, live, and die without ever hearing the Gospel.
Those who have never heard the Good News of the saving grace of Jesus only know enough about God to condemn them, but not enough to save them. (Romans 1:18-3:20). They have knowledge, but it is insufficient. They may have religion, but they do not have Christ. They may do “good works”, but they stand condemned and their final destination is hell. (Romans 6:23).
No matter who they are and no matter where they are, the Gospel of God is powerful enough to save them for heaven. (Revelation 5:9-10). John’s phenomenal vision of heaven includes people of every tribe, tongue, and nation. God’s intent – His mission, and therefore ours – is the redemption of mankind.
Getting this message to all people everywhere is worth any sacrifice we can make. The Gospel still works. But people must hear it in order to believe it. And in order to hear it, someone must tell them. And for someone to tell them, they must be sent. (Romans 10:14-15). Whatever we can do to send more people (or go ourselves) is infinitely worth it.
“If God would grant us the vision, the word sacrifice would disappear from our lips and thoughts; we would hate the things that seem now so dear to us; our lives would suddenly be too short, we would despise time-robbing distractions and charge the enemy with all our energies in the name of Christ. May God help us ourselves by the eternities that separate the Aucas from a Comprehension of Christmas and Him, who, though he was rich, yet for our sakes became poor so that we might, through his poverty, be made rich.”
– Nate Saint, two weeks before he was martyred by the Aucas
My challenge to myself and to us all this Christmas season is that we carefully and prayerfully determine what we will sacrifice for a cause that has none greater. Calvary has a goal of giving $100,000.00 to the support of international missionaries via the Lottie Moon Christmas offering this year. That’s a significant figure. In fact, it’s nearly 27,000.00 more than we collected last year. It will take us all sacrificing something to reach it. Of course at issue is not the goal itself, but our passion for God and for the Gospel. As James S. Stewart said, “The concern for world evangelization is not something tacked on to a man’s personal Christianity, which he may take or leave as he chooses. It is rooted in the character of the God who has come to us in Christ Jesus. Thus, it can never be the province of a few enthusiasts, a sideline or a specialty of those who happen to have a bent that way. It is the distinctive mark of being a Christian.”
– James S. Stewart
This year, let’s make sacrifice for the sake of the Gospel part of our Christmas tradition. As we honor the birth of Jesus the Savior, let’s do all we can to make sure that the rest of the world has access to the same Good News we celebrate!
In Christ,
Pastor Paul

Calvary's Christmas Schedule
By: Amanda Trammell

December 14: Calvary Family Christmas | 6:00 PM | Fellowship Center
December 17: Angle Tree Party | 5:00 PM | Fellowship Center
(Midweek Bible Study will still meet in the Sanctuary at 6:00 PM)
December 24: Candlelight Christmas Eve Service | 5:00 PM | Fellowship Center
December 24-26: Office Closed
December 28: One 10:00 AM Worship Serive Only | Sanctuary | No Life Groups
December 31: No Midweek Serivces
December 31-January 1: Office Closed

Contributions for 2014
By: Charles Uptain

Contributions for 2014
Notice: Contributions for 2014 must be received by December 30 or postmarked by December 31. Any contributions postmarked after December 31 will be counted as 2015 contributions. The church office will be closed on December 24, 25, 26 and 31.

Breakfast in Bethlehem
By: Joyce Alexander

Breakfast in Bethlehem
A Christmas celebration for children 3-years-old (by 9/1/14) through Kindergarten. (Children must be accompanied by an adult) Breakfast in Bethlehem will be in the G-Force room on December 6, from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Children will enjoy breakfast, crafts, drama, and a photo opportunity. Please bring at least one canned food item to the event. Contact the church office at 792-5159 or stop by the Preschool Desk for tickets. No cost for the tickets, but they are necessary to get in. Childcare available by reservation for children 2-years-old and younger, call 792-5159.

Calvary Family Christmas
By: Steve Chambers

Calvary Family Christmas
Join the Calvary family as we celebrate Christmas together at the Calvary Family Christmas Around the Piano presented by Calvary’s Worship Ministry. The service will begin at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Center. Immediately following the service there will be an appetizer/dessert fellowship. Please sign up to bring an appetizer or dessert in your Life Group class.

Parent Child Dedication Service
By: Joyce Alexander

Parent Child Dedication Service has been planned for Sunday, December 14, 2014. Please contact Joyce Alexander in the church office for more details. There will be an information meeting for parents who want to participate on Wed., December 3, 2014 in O102 at 5:30.

Angel Tree Project
By: Amanda Trammell

Angel Tree Project
Angel Tree is a program of Prison Fellowship, that reaches out to the children of inmates and their families with the love of Christ. Our church family has adopted 60 children, each child has two angels on the tree, one angel has their clothing and shoe size listed and the other has a toy listed. You do not have to purchase both gifts but if want to both of the child’s angels will be hung together on the tree to make it easier. Remember these are gifts from their incarcerated parent, please only purchase one gift not to exceed $25.00 per angel.
Gifts are due in the Recreation Outreach Center by Friday, December 12.
Angel Tree Party is Wednesday, December 17 at 5:00 pm in the Fellowship Center.

Senior Adult Upcoming Events
By: Patty Farrington

Senior Adult Upcoming Events
We will Ring the Bell for the Salvation Army on Thursday, December 11 at Wiregrass Commons Mall Belk location. We still have need for 5 additional ringers. Please call Emily to sign up.Let’s Go Christmas Caroling on Wednesday, December 17 at 4:00 pm at Westside Terrace Nursing Home. Please bring cookies to share on our return. We will meet in front of the Sanctuary.The Sonshine Fellowship Christmas Party is Thursday, December 18 at 11:30 am in the Fellowship Center. We will enjoy the work of a chalk board artist.

Staff on Call
By: Amanda Trammell

Staff On Call Schedule
December 6-7:
Saturday- Joyce Alexander,
334-798-4791
Sunday- Patty Farrington,
334-618-5845
December 13-14:
Saturday- Charles Uptain,
334-797-7191
Sunday- Charles Uptain,
334-797-7191
December 20-21:
Saturday- Steve Chambers,
772-215-3606
Sunday- Ron Bruce,
334-701-1817
December 27-28:
Saturday- Jeremy Allen,
334-648-6695
Sunday- Michael Brooks,
731-803-9111

Articles
By: Amanda Trammell

Calvary Extends our deepest sympathy to
Debbie Thornton- Death of Grandmother
Melanie Donop- Death of Grandmother
Bill Smith- Death of Mother
Shane Sinquefield- Death of Grandmother
Tim Anderson- Death of Brother
Carol Morris- Death of Brother-In-Law
Deacons of the Week
December 7 Preston Brooks, Ian Worrell, Ben Tankersley, Rod Cude
December 14 Jed Downs, Roger Burchett, Eddie Barrentine, Tim Gannon
December 21 Duane Haley, Chris Jones, Mike Azar, Dave Lindey
December 28 Kevin Horne, Don Mills, Kelly Colbert, Ron Cooper
Welcome Team
Serving December 7
Welcome Center- Barrentine/Kite
Preschool- Harrison
Serving December 14
Welcome Center- Beasley/Castle
Preschool-Robinson
Serving December 21
Welcome Center- Good/Turner
Preschool-Donop
Serving December 28
Due to no Life Groups meeting no Welcome Team will be needed.
Volunteers in Preschool
VIPS Sunday, December 7
8:00 Lisa Fuller, Judi Lindey
10:45 Stephanie Tankersley, Lee and Kaysie Bradburn
VIPS Sunday, December 14
8:00 Mark and Mandi Dean
10:45 Christina Herrington, Sherry Faulk, Josh and Lauren Seales
VIPS Sunday, December 21
8:00 Frankie Miller and Brandon McLure
10:45 Scott and Kelly Griffin, Brett and Danielle Lehman
VIPS Sunday, December 28
10:00 Paid Workers
New Church Members
Drew Lee:By Letter