Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ingathering And Prayer Dedication Day
By: Joyce Alexander

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox IngatheringAnd Prayer Dedication Day
Join us as we collect Christmas shoeboxes for children in need all around the world. You can get boxes and packing lists in the church office, at the upcoming events table in the Fellowship Center, and in the foyers of the Fellowship Center and Sanctuary. Plan to bring your packed shoebox on Sunday, November 15 for the Prayer Dedication Service during the 10:00 worship service. As a church we will bring our boxes down to the alter and pray over them before sending them off.

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
By: Amanda Trammell

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
Every penny of the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering goes to support missionaries as they share the Gospel over seas. This is an important effort in the mission of Calvary as we prioritize disciple making both in Dothan and throughout the world. Would you consider helping us reach our Lottie Moon Christmas Offering goal of $120,000.00 this year?

For the Record For October 2015
By: Amanda Trammell

For the RecordFor October 2015
Average Attendance:
10:00 Worship 627
Life Groups 576
6:00 Worship (10/11) 334
Mission Churches 313
Nursing Homes 78
Laurel Oaks 5
Total Giving:
General Fund $194,833.36
Given Y-T-D $1,970,054.18
Y-T-D Required $2,140,904.21

Sermon Schedule For November
By: Amanda Trammell

Sermon Schedule
Sunday, November 1
10:00 am
Every Blessing
Fellowship Center
Message By Paul Thompson
Wednesday, November 4
6:00 pm
Midweek Bible Study
Ecclesiology
Sanctuary
Led by Paul Thompson
Sunday, November 8
10:00 am
Every Blessing
Fellowship Center
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, November 11
6:00 pm
Midweek Bible Study
Ecclesiology
Sanctuary
Led by Paul Thompson
Sunday, November 15
10:00 am
Every Blessing
Fellowship Center
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, November 18
6:00 pm
Midweek Bible Study
Ecclesiology
Sanctuary
Led by Paul Thompson
Sunday, November 22
10:00 am
Every Blessing
Fellowship Center
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, November 25
No Services
Enjoy your Thanksgiving!
Sunday, November 29
10:00 am
Every Blessing
Fellowship Center
Message by Paul Thompson

From Our Senior Pastor
By: Paul Thompson

This week I read this staggering result from one recent survey of churches: “97% of all money that people give to the church is spent on the people who give it.” That’s simply unconscionable. Obviously, Calvary has a far better track record of selfless giving than most.We currently give 18% of our non-designated, budget offerings away (to mission causes locally, nationally, and internationally). In addition to that regular giving, this past year Calvary gave more total dollars to Lottie Moon International Missions Offering than all but 57 churches in the entire Southern Baptist Convention. Our missions giving (both to Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong offerings) places us in the top 2% of SBC churches.
So then, with this level of giving and consistent generosity, why am I challenging us and believing in us to give even more this year? I have two simple reasons: 1) We can. 2) We should.
We can. It struck me recently just how much money I spend on unnecessary things: Lunch out when I could bring it from home; coffee with a green mermaid on the cup when I could brew it at home; or even Christmas gifts that are often little appreciated and even less-remembered. I could continue a list like this for a while. Now I realize that not everyone has discretionary income to use like this. Many of you are no doubt already giving sacrificially to make Christ known among the nations. Please continue. But if you are like me, and you know you can give more, please make this the year.
We should. Here’s an excerpt from a recent update from our International Mission Board:
Despite increased giving to the IMB over the last four years, the organization has consistently spent more money than it has received. For example, looking at the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, a goal of $175 million was set for several years, but each year the amount received fell short. In 2014, IMB budgeted $21 million more than it received, so it drew from contingency reserves and global property sales to cover the shortfall. Not only did IMB fall $21 million short of budgeted revenue in 2014, but it also utilized global property sales to cover $18 million of budgeted expenses. In total in 2014, the organization spent $39 million more than it received. Since 2010, the organization has spent $210 million more than it has received.
What is the result of this shortfall?
The IMB plans to reduce the total number of missionaries and staff by 600-800 people — or approximately 15 percent of its total personnel. Currently, approximately 4,800 personnel serve as missionaries and 450 as staff.
Obviously, the long-term solutions to IMB’s challenges are not simple ones, but one thing is clear: Lostness in the world is not receding and billions have yet to hear the Name above all names. Meanwhile, the U.S. is gospel-saturated compared to the rest of the world. In order to be faithful to our Christ-given commission, we must increasingly give ourselves away for the sake of the lost and for the spread of the Gospel. I want to us to do our part. I want to do my part.
That’s why we have set a 2015 Lottie Moon Offering goal of $120,000.00. This will take some sacrifice, some re-prioritizing, and some careful planning. But we can do it. And we should do it.
I’m honored and humbled to be on mission with you!
Pastor Paul

Church Business Meeting
By: Charles Uptain

Church Business Meeting
Wednesday, November 18, at 6:00 pm we will have an important church business meeting during Midweek Bible Study. We will discuss the 2016 Budget proposal, vote on an amendment to the church bylaws, and entertain a motion from our pastor to form an ad hoc committee for long range planning.

Divorce Care Surviving the Holidays
By: Amanda Trammell

Divorce Care Surviving the Holidays
DivorceCare Surviving the Holidays is a free two-hour event where you can learn practical, effective strategies to help you make it through the holidays if you have faced a divorce or separation. The seminar is Sunday, November 22 in the Office Building Room O209 from 2:00-4:00 pm. At Surviving the Holidays, you’ll receive a Holiday Survival Guide that includes practical strategies, encouraging words, helpful exercises, Q/As, and more to help you construct a healthy approach to the days ahead. This holiday season can be a wonderful time of personal growth and peace as you learn to discover joy amidst the heartache. To register or find out more about DivorceCare Surviving the Holidays, call the church office at 334-792-5159 or email charles@calvarydothan.com.

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. Angels will be on the tree for adoption in the Fellowship Center and Sanctuary Foyers beginning Sunday, November 22.
Gifts are due in the Recreation Outreach Center by Friday, December 11.
The Angel Tree Party is Wednesday, December 16 at 5:00 pm in the Fellowship Center.

Marriage Conference
By: Amanda Trammell

Marriage Conference
Mark your calendars for a marriage conference with Dr. Danny Akin, President of Southeast Theological Seminary in Wake Forrest, NC, at Calvary on January 23. The conference will begin at 5:00 pm and includes dinner. Cost is $10 per person. Childcare is provided.

EnAble Life Group
By: Amanda Trammell

EnAble Life Group
November 1 we will launch our new EnAble Life Group for children with disabilities. The Life Group will meet at 8:45 on Sundays in the Craft Room in the Recreation Outreach Center. We are in need of volunteers willing to help out with this class. You do not need any training or education to help out; just a willingness to love these children. Please call Emily in the church office if you are interested in volunteering.

Wiregrass Hope Group Banquet
By: Amanda Trammell

Wiregrass Hope Group Banquet
This year, Wiregrass Hope Group is emphasizing their abstinence program, known as CARE (Character and Relationship Education Program). Currently, this is the only true abstinence program being taught in the middle and high schools in Houston, Henry, and Geneva Counties. Wiregrass Hope Group invites you to join them at their annual fund raising banquet on Tuesday, November 10. Roland Warren, the director of CareNet, will be speaking about how the church can be a part of making a difference in our community. To make a reservation, please contact Kristen Kite at 334-793-5433 or kkite@wiregrasshopegroup.com.

November Preschool News
By: Joyce Alexander

Preschool Ministry
A Note From Joyce
Thank you Calvary for 10 great years! It’s been a joy to serve this church in the area of Preschool for the past 10 years. Your support and love for our family has been more than we could have ever imagined when we came here in 2005. I’m looking forward to the days, weeks, months ahead as we journey together. I love each one of you dearly!

November Children's Ministry News
By: Paul Thompson

Children's Ministry November News
Children’s Ministry Intern
We are pleased to announce the addition of Zach Daniels to the Calvary Staff. Zach will be serving Calvary as Children’s Ministry Intern. Zach is a 22 year-old student at Troy University. He has served previously as Children’s Director at Chalkhead Baptist Church and is pursuing a call to full-time vocational ministry. Zach is also engaged to Hannah Carroll. Zach will be serving families with children under the leadership of Charles and Joyce as we continue our search for a Children’s Pastor. Zach will have primary responsibility for Sunday teaching in G-Force and for Wednesday night children’s ministry. Zach will also be providing leadership and support for all our current children’s ministry volunteers. Lord willing, Zach will continue to serve as intern under the leadership of a new Children’s Pastor once that hire is made. Zach will be joining the team officially on November 10. Please stop by the church office and welcome Zach or send him a note of welcome at Zach@CalvaryDothan.com!

November Student Ministry News
By: Amanda Trammell

Student Ministry
War Games: Students, War Games registration is now open! The dates this year are November 13-14. War Games is a weekend retreat for all 6th-12th grade students that includes tactical games like capture the flag and times of Bible study and worship. We will be staying at The Vineyard Christian Retreat in Ariton, AL. Cost is $25 per student. If a student brings a friend(s) then cost is $15 for the student and $15 for their friend(s). A friend can be claimed by only one student.
Crash The R.O.C.: The first Wednesday of every month is Crash the R.O.C. for Calvary Students. Students meet in the Recreation Outreach Center for fun and games instead of meeting in the Student Room. This month Students will be playing Capture the Flag. November’s Crash the R.O.C. is at 6:00 pm on November 4.
Peanut Festival Faith Night: Students will be participating in the Faith Night at the Peanut Festival again this year. The date is Wednesday, November 11. The band at Faith Night is Rush of Fools. There will be no other Student Activities that night. Bus will leave Calvary at 6:00 pm and return at 9:30 pm. Students need to bring $7.00 to get into the gate at the Peanut Festival and are welcome to bring $20.00 for armbands. Plus students may bring any money they may need for food and games.

November Senior Adult News
By: Patty Farrington

Senior Adult News
Mid Week Service to celebrate Veterans: Wednesday November 4 at 10:30 am in the Sanctuary. No Meal.
Lunches for Fairground Workers: Thursday, November 5 we will go to the Columbia Baptist Association office to pack lunches for Fairground Workers. We will leave the church at 8:45 am.
Senior Adult Day at the Peanut Festival: We will enjoy Senior Adult Day at the Peanut Festival on Thursday, November 12. We will leave church at 12:30 pm.
A Festive Christmas Musical and Holiday Heritage Festival: The Baptist College of Florida on Friday, November 20. We will leave the church at 8:30 am. Lunch on your own at Circle Grill. Call Emily to sign up.
It’s A Wonderful Life by SEACT: Tuesday December 8. Only 3 tickets left! Call Emily to sign up.

November Staff On Call
By: Amanda Trammell

Staff On Call Schedule
October 31-November 1
Saturday- Joyce Alexander,
334-798-4791
Sunday- Patty Farrington,
334-618-5845
November 7-8
Saturday- Charles Uptain,
334-797-7191
Sunday- Charles Uptain,
334-797-7191
November 14-15
Saturday- Steve Chambers,
772-215-3606
Sunday- Steve Chambers,
772-215-3606
November 21-22
Saturday- Jeremy Allen,
334-648-6695
Sunday- Jeremy Allen,
334-648-6695
November 28-29
Saturday- Charles Uptain,
334-797-7191
Sunday- Charles Uptain,
334-797-7191

Calvary Extends Our Deepest Sympathy
By: Amanda Trammell

Calvary Extends Our deepest sympathy to...
Trent Thisler- Death of Mother
The Family of Joanne Cornish

The Calvary Family Welcomes...
By: Amanda Trammell

The Calvary Family Welcomes...
Todd Clements- By Statement
Nicole Clements- By Baptism
Children- Parker and Evie.
Ben and Anna Snell- By Letter
Lindsey Welsh- By Letter
James Welsh-By Statement
Brett and Danielle Lehman- By Statement
Children- Luke and Drew
Robert, Kelly, and Lydia Rich- By Letter
Other Children- Madelyn, Jocelyn, Amelia, Elijah
Tim and Billie Jean Ferguson- By Letter
Child- Anna
Mike Sall- By Statement