Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions
By: Caren Coleson

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering
For North American Missions
Calvary’s Goal: $30,000
Ingathering Day: Sunday, April 5
Giving to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering provides for the needs of more than 2,500 missionary families who are serving in the United States, Canada and their territories.

Secret Church Simulcast with David Platt
By: Caren Coleson

Secret Church Simulcast with David Platt
Friday, April 24
Christ, Culture, and a Call to Action
6 pm-12 midnight
Fellowship Center
Cost for book: $5.00
Call the church office to sign up.
The culture around us is constantly changing, and successive changes are often accompanied by significant challenges. So how does the call of Christ compel us to respond to these challenges? How does a Christian respond to the rapid rise of so-called same-sex marriage and the increasing acceptance of homosexuality? How does a Christian live in a world of sex slavery and rampant pornography, a world where babies are aborted and widows are abandoned? How does a Christian think in a culture of pervasive racial prejudice and limited religious liberty? What does a Christian do in a church that exalts prosperity amidst a world of extreme poverty? During this Secret Church, we will explore biblical foundations for answers to these questions and come to significant conclusions regarding how Christ calls every Christian to engage culture with a firm grip on the gospel in the church and a fervent passion for God’s glory in the world.

For the Record For March
By: Amanda Trammell

For the Record
For the Month of March
Average Attendance:
8:00 Worship 323
10:45 Worship 317
6:00 Worship 424
Life Groups 599
1st Time Guests MidWeek Meal 0
Mission Churches 293
Nursing Homes 84
Outreach Bible Study 9
Total Giving:
General Fund $213,346.60
Given Y-T-D $534,535.57
Y-T-D Required $647,250.11
Annie Armstrong Easter Offering
Total Given $4,152.00

Sermon Schedule
By: Amanda Trammell

Sermon Schedule
Sunday, April 5
8:00 and 10:45 am
He Must Rise
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, April 8
6:00 pm
Midweek Bible Study
Sanctuary
Led by Paul Thompson
Sunday, April 12
8:00 and 10:45 am
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, April 15
6:00 pm
Midweek Bible Study
Sanctuary
Led by Paul Thompson
Sunday, April 19
8:00 and 10:45 am
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, April 22
6:00 pm
Midweek Bible Study
Sanctuary
Led by Paul Thompson
Sunday, April 26
8:00 and 10:45 am
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, April 29
6:00 pm
Midweek Bible Study
Sanctuary
Led by Paul Thompson

From Our Senior Pastor
By: Paul Thompson

The following is from Mel Lawrenz, minister-at-large of Elmbrook Church and creative director of The Brook Network. It’s well worth your time as it addresses one of the most common questions of skeptics (and some believers) today regarding the roots of Easter.
Is Easter Based on a Pagan Holiday?
Is the word “Easter” derived from the name of a pagan goddess? Is it appropriate to use that term to refer to the Resurrection day of Jesus Christ—and is the entire Lent season and Easter holiday tainted by association with ancient pagan religion?
Question: Why do most Christians use the word “Easter” in reference to the Resurrection day of Jesus, when that word comes from a pagan goddess?
First, there never has been a direct association of the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus with the pagan deity. The celebration of the day of resurrection fell on the month of Eastre (West Saxon) or Eostre (Northumbrian). So it was a time of year that was the association, the name of a month. Now that month’s name was probably (not certainly) derived from a goddess of spring. But this association is remote and that is why if you use the word “Easter” in normal speech today, people make no association with ancient pagan religion. Hundreds of millions of Christians use “Easter,” and have done so for centuries, with the meaning of “the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.”
Second, there are many words we use that have long-passed connections in pagan culture or religion, but their meaning has been changed. When we talk about going to church on “Sunday” we don’t have much heartburn about the fact that this day in the Roman calendar was for the worship of the sun. The examples are everywhere. And when we pass into January we mark a new beginning with little concern that the word “January” comes from the Roman god Janus, the god of doorways. Many of the words we use have some peculiar etymology. What matters is what the words mean to us today in normal spoken language.
One last point. Christians have often intentionally placed their symbols and labels on top of pagan symbols and labels because they believe this represents the conquest of the Lordship of Christ. When Christians began celebrating the birth of Jesus at the time of the pagan festival of Saturnalia near the winter solstice they were intentionally saying: the Son of God trumps the sun god.
What a great truth! We are reminded at Easter that Jesus trumps EVERYTHING! He successfully carries out the will of the Father and suffers for our sins at the cross. His payment for our sins and to satisfy God’s wrath is fully accepted by the Father who raises him up 3 days later. In so doing, Jesus conquers sin’s penalty – death – for us and also provides for our own resurrection when we believe in him!
Easter also reminds us of the overwhelming power of God to make EVERYTHING new! Satan’s finest hour – the horrific assassination of Jesus – was turned to God’s most glorious hour and our most blessed one when Jesus rose!
These words are forever true:
1st Peter 1:18-21 (ESV)
… you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
I look forward to seeing you for worship on this Easter (Resurrection) Sunday!
For His glory,
Pastor Paul

Camp Calvary
By: Greg Pendergrass

Camp Calvary
Join us this summer in the Recreation Outreach Center for Camp Calvary. Camp Calvary consists of 3 different weeks of camp for children ages 7-11 (before September 1, 2015). There will be a flag football camp June 22-26, basketball camp July 13-17, and girls only camp July 20-24. Each camp can hold 40 children. Priority registration for Calvary Members and Calvary Summer Camp Children will be April 1-April 30. After that registration will be open to the public, and it will be first come first serve. You may sign up for as many of the camps as you wish. Each camp costs $30.00, and full payment is required at sign up. Sign up at Calvary Baptist Church in the Recreation Outreach Center today! Deadline to sign up for all camps is June 19.

Pancake Breakfast for Missions
By: Charles Uptain

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for Missions
The Deacons and Missions Committee are hosting a Pancake Breakfast to raise money for missions on Saturday, April 4, from 8:00 am to 10:00 am in the Fellowship Center. The cost is $6 per plate, and tickets are being sold by the deacons or in the church office.

Wiregrass and Alabama Children's Homes
By: Greg Pendergrass

Wiregrass and Alabama Children’s Homes
Mentors are needed to help with the children’s homework in hopes of opening up opportunities for one on one mentoring. Both homes are also in need of volunteers to provide meals and work on projects associated with the buildings and grounds. Contact Anne or Greg at 334-836-2949.

Spaghetti Take Out Night for Student's Mission Miami Trip
By: Amanda Trammell

Spaghetti Take Out Night for Student Mission Miami Trip
The student ministry is hosting a spaghetti take out night to raise money for students going on the Miami Mission trip. Plates will be ready for pick up on April 16 at the Fellowship Center from 4:00-7:00 pm. Cost per plate is $7.

Wiregrass Hope Group
By: Greg Pendergrass

Wiregrass Hope Group
Would you like to be a volunteer counselor? Wiregrass Hope Group will train you to help in their Fatherhood and Motherhood parenting programs. These are 9-step programs that are designed to equip and educate the parent using a practical evangelistic approach. In addition, they need volunteers with different types of administrative skills, people willing to perform buildings/grounds work and other hands on activities. Call Anne or Greg for more information at 334-836-2949.

Child Abuse Prevention Month
By: Michael Brooks

Child Abuse Prevention Month
Calvary has committed to helping the Exchange Center in getting the word out about Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention has been in the Wiregrass area for over 35 years. We offer free counseling and support to survivors of abuse and family violence, in-home parent aid to at-risk families, as well as, prevention education to our community and schools. Our masters level staff provide our clients with hope and support to live happy, fulfilled lives and shed the guilt and shame that so many survivors of abuse and family violence have.

VBS Volunteers Needed
By: Michael Brooks

VBS Volunteer Sign-up
VBS is right around the corner and as always we will need enthusiastic, wise, and encouraging teachers and aids to see that Calvary’s VBS is all that God desires for it to be. If this person sounds like you, or was you last year please contact Michael, Brooke, or Joyce in the church office and let them know where you would like to serve. VBS this year is going to be a great experience for everyone involved! We hope and pray you join us in this effort.

Preschool Needs
By: Joyce Alexander

Preschool Needs
There are many open opportunites to serve in Calvary’s Preschool Ministry.
Here is a list of our current volunteer needs:
Volunteers in Preschool to serve one Sunday a month in the one, two, and three-year-old classes. Contact Leslie Payne at leslie@calvarydothan.com if interested.One teacher in the baby room beginning in April while the teacher is out for surgery. This is short term.One teacher in the one year old room every week.Two substitute teachers in the one year old room every fourth week of the month only.Here is a list of our paid worker needs:
Substitue teachers for the Weekday. You must be 19 to apply. Inquire at the Preschool desk or call (334) 793-9898.Summer Camp teachers for children Kindergarten through sixth grade.Paid childcare teachers. Schedule would include: Tuesday morning, Wednesday morning, Sunday morning, Sunday evening.

Church Softball League
By: Greg Pendergrass

Church Softball League
All men interested in playing church league softball, please contact Greg Pendergrass at 334.836.2949 as soon as possible. We are trying to determine the number of participants before the team registration deadline. In addition, we are looking for someone to coach this men’s team. For your reference, the tentative league schedule will have games starting during the first of June and ending during the mid-to-latter part of July.

Senior Adult Upcoming Events
By: Patty Farrington

Senior Adult Upcoming Events
Contact: Patty Farrington, patty@calvarydothan.com
Sonshine Singers Sunday, April 12 at Ebenezer Baptist Church. We will leave church at 4:00 pm.Biscuits Game in Montgomery Friday, May 8. Cost is $12.00. We will leave church at 3:45 pm.Sr. Adult VBS is June 1-5 from 8:30 until 11:30 am. Mark your calendars for this great week of Bible study, Music, Food, and Missions!

Staff on Call
By: Amanda Trammell

Staff On Call Schedule
April 4-5:
Saturday- Joyce Alexander,
334-798-4791
Sunday- Patty Farrington,
334-618-5845
April 11-12:
Saturday- Charles Uptain,
334-797-7191
Sunday- Charles Uptain,
334-797-7191
April 18-19:
Saturday- Steve Chambers,
772-215-3606
Sunday- Ron Bruce,
334-701-1817
April 25-26:
Saturday- Jeremy Allen,
334-648-6695
Sunday- Michael Brooks,
731-803-9111

Articles
By: Amanda Trammell

Calvary Extends their deepest sympathy to...
Mary Gamble- Death of Sister
Joey Lamb- Death of Father
Cleveland Bryan- Death of Brother
Harvey Hagler- Death of Brother
Larry Chafin- Death of Mother
Jimmy Morris- Death of Mother
Preston and Pam Brooks- Death of Son-In-Law
Deacons of the Week
April 5 Brian Reed, Joey Deavers, Bill Smith, Rodney Myers
April 12 Sam Robinson, Larry Latta, Hudson Lazenby, Roger Simpler
April 19 Morgan Harrell, Mark Smith, Lance Beasley, Mike Tew
April 26 Rod Cude, Chris Suddarth, Ben Tankersley, Preston Brooks
New CHURCH Members
Jerry and Barbara Worrell-By Letter
Abbie Dixon- By Letter
Zachary Daniels- By Statement
Rodney Lawrence- By Statement
Patricia Lawrence- By Statement
Macy Lawrence- By Statement
Lauren Lawrence- By Statement