Secret Church Rewind: How to Study Your Bible
By: Amanda Trammell

Secret Church Rewind: How to Study Your Bible
Sunday nights January 10-31 at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary will feature excellent teaching from Dr. David Platt on the methods of Bible study. Join us for this series if you are interested in digging deeper into God’s Word on your own and would like to know how to start. Childcare for babies-kindergarten.

For the Record for December
By: Amanda Trammell

For the Record
For December 2015
Average Attendance:
10:00 Worship 665
Life Groups 586
6:00 Worship (12/13) 523
Mission Churches 325
Nursing Homes 84
Laurel Oaks 9
Total Giving:
General Fund $189,209.43
Given Y-T-D $ 2,372,514.76
Y-T-D Required $ 2,589,000.44
Lottie Moon Christmas Offering:
Given Y-T-D $ 107,659.65
Calvary’s Goal $120,000.00

January Sermon Schedule
By: Amanda Trammell

Sermon Schedule
Sunday, January 3
10:00 am
COMISSIONAL
Fellowship Center
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, January 6
6:00 pm
Building a Biblical Worldview
Sanctuary
Led by Paul Thompson
Sunday, January 10
10:00 am
COMISSIONAL
Fellowship Center
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, January 13
6:00 pm
Midweek Bible Study
Sanctuary
Sunday, January 17
10:00 am
COMISSIONAL
Fellowship Center
Message by Jeremy Allen
Wednesday, January 20
6:00 pm
Midweek Bible Study
Sanctuary
Sunday, January 24
10:00 am
Fellowship Center
Message by Danny Akin
Wednesday, January 27
6:00 pm
Building a Biblical Worldview
Sanctuary
Led by Paul Thompson
Sunday, January 31
10:00 am
COMISSIONAL
Fellowship Center
Message by Paul Thompson

From Our Senior Pastor
By: Paul Thompson

In Chapter 21 of Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City, Timothy Keller writes,
There has always been a strong tendency, as John Stott says, for Christians to “withdraw into a kind of closed, evangelical, monastic community.” This is not, or course, how things were in the early church. The Greek word evangelize means “to gospelize,” to tell people the good news about what Jesus did for us, and in the book of Acts literally everyone in the early church does it. Not only the apostles (5:42) but every Christian (8:4) did evangelism – and they did so endlessly. Passages such as Romans 15:14; Colossians 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 1:6-10; Hebrews 3:13 and 1 John 2:20,27 indicate that every Christian was expected to evangelize, follow up, nurture, and teach people the Word. This happened relationally – one person bringing the gospel to another within the context of relationship.
In Michael Green’s seminal Evangelism in the Early Church, he conveys the conclusion of historians that early Christianity’s explosive growth “was in reality accomplished by means of informal missionaries.” That is, Christian laypeople — not trained preachers and evangelists — carried on the mission of the church not through formal preaching but informal conversation — “in homes and wine shops, on walks, and around market stalls … they did it naturally, enthusiastically.”
Over the last couple years, through systematic study about discipleship, the gospel, and the mission of the church, we have somewhat “deconstructed” some unbiblical and misguided notions about what the church (you and me) are called to be and do, and how we are called to do it. We have talked about the critical need for unity. We have discussed at length the biblical pathway for making disciples. We are raising our expectations for leaders, teachers, and members alike. And we have been reminded often of our need to be outwardly focused and aware of those “outsiders” all around us (Colossians 4:5-6).
Surely, God has called us to make disciples of the lost in our city, our region, and the world. Making disciples is not a mission of ours. It is the mission. To do so, we know that the answer is not in simply devising ‘better’ worship services, presenting more appealing music, giving more user-friendly messages, or offering more attractive programming with the expectations that the lost all around will flock to us. We have learned that a “come and see” approach was never God’s plan for building His Kingdom. If we want to succeed at our calling and at our mission, we have to get out there where the people are and we have to live as everyday missionaries as we go (Matthew 28:18-20). We have to learn and apply certain daily practices – where we live, work, go to school, play, and with the people God has placed (and will place) in our lives.
We will kick-off 2016 with a message series aimed at guiding us towards those practical, daily actions that will develop us into a missional people and a missional church. The new message series is called COMISSIONAL LIVING: Making Much of Jesus As You Go. I hope you will commit to being here with us!
Finally, as we begin this New Year together – with all its potential and opportunities before us – I leave you with this challenge from Charles Spurgeon:
“Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor.”
Let’s be everyday missionaries!
Paul Thompson

Ladies Bible Study
By: Amanda Trammell

Ladies Bible Study
We will be studying Covenant, God’s Enduring Promises - an eight week study by Kay Arthur on Tuesday mornings from 9:00-11:30 beginning January 12, 2016. The study will be led by Pam Kosan and Joy Whaley. If childcare is needed, please make reservations by calling the church office.

January Student Ministry News
By: Amanda Trammell

Student Ministry
Disciple Now 2016: It’s time to start registering for Disciple Now 2016. Disciple Now is an in-town weekend retreat for all 6th-12th graders. The dates are February 12-14. We will participate with the Lift Tour again this year. All our worship services will be with other churches in our community at the Civic Center. The theme this year is Sacred Intent. Our speakers will be Ben Trueblood and Chad Poe. Our band will be The Museum. Cost is $49 per student. Registration deadline is January 31. You can sign up by filling out a 2016 Health Form and putting it in a Student Event Envelope along with your money for the event. Turn in your stuffed envelope to the church office or drop it in the dropbox outside the student room.
Crash The ROC: The first Wednesday of every month is Crash the ROC for Calvary Students. Students meet in the Recreation Outreach Center for fun and games instead of meeting in the Student Room. January’s Crash the ROC will be Wednesday, January 6.

January Community Ministry News
By: Greg Pendergrass

Community Ministry
Girard Middle School Needs: Please call (334) 836-2949 or email greg@calvarydothan.com if you are interested in any of the following opportunities:
People to tutor from 8:00 am-11:00 am on Monday OR Wednesday starting now through May 2016.Small Group Leaders, Guest Speakers, or Devotion Leaders for Fellowship of Christian Athletes every other Wednesday from 8:00 am-9:15 am starting January through May 2016.Mission Dothan: We are excited to welcome you to the first ever “Mission Dothan” coming to Dothan, July 25-29, 2016. During the week we will execute a flag football camp for the 7-12 year old children of Dothan’s Westside neighborhood. The camp will be held at Montana Street Magnet School from 8:00-12:00 each day. The purpose of this camp is to introduce you to your own city’s children and to introduce them to Christ Jesus. Our goal is that a relationship will begin between you and one child and that you will foster this relationship long after camp is over. By doing that, you will have an awesome opportunity to impact their life forever. If you take the time to train your one child to disciple others, they could ultimately have a mighty impact on many other people therefore impacting Dothan, Alabama in a mighty way!
Sign up on or before May 27, 2016 by calling Greg at the ROC 334-836-2949 or filling out a Mission Dothan registration form (located on ROC counter)Complete Mission Training 101 (watch for dates in church, on website and in the newsletter) and fill out the mission application before July 7, 2016.Attend the “Mission Dothan” meeting on July 7, 2016 from 5:30-6:30 in room 302 in the ROC.Purchase a mission shirt from Angie in the church office before the mission trip.You must be at LEAST 16 years of age to participate.

Mission Dothan
By: Anne Register

Mission Dothan
We are excited to welcome you to the first ever “Mission Dothan” coming to Dothan, July 25-29, 2016. During the week we will execute a flag football camp for the 7-12 year old children of Dothan’s Westside neighborhood. The camp will be held at Montana Street Magnet School from 8:00-12:00 each day. The purpose of this camp is to introduce you to your own city’s children and to introduce them to Christ Jesus. Our goal is that a relationship will begin between you and one child and that you will foster this relationship long after camp is over. By doing that, you will have an awesome opportunity to impact their life forever. If you take the time to train your one child to disciple others, they could ultimately have a mighty impact on many other people therefore impacting Dothan, Alabama in a mighty way!
Sign up on or before May 27, 2016 by calling Greg at the ROC 334-836-2949 or filling out a Mission Dothan registration form (located on ROC counter)Complete Mission Training 101 (watch for dates in church, on website and in the newsletter) and fill out the mission application before July 7, 2016.Attend the “Mission Dothan” meeting on July 7, 2016 from 5:30-6:30 in room 302 in the ROC.Purchase a mission shirt from Angie in the church office before the mission trip.You must be at LEAST 16 years of age to participate.

Senior Adult January News
By: Patty Farrington

Senior Adult News
Sonshine Singers starts back on Wednesday, January 13 at 10:00 am in the Choir Room. Please come join us as we prepare for Easter.
Mid Week Monthly Service is Wednesday, January 20 at 10:30 am in the Sanctuary. We will not have a meal.
Senior Adult Ladies Bible Study Monday, January 25 at 10:15 am in the ROC. We will be doing a study called “Seamless.”
Wiregrass Gospel Singers is Saturday, January 30 at 6:30 pm. There is no cost to attend.
Sonshine Fellowship Valentine Party is Friday, February 12 at 5:00 pm in the Fellowship Center.

January Staff on Call
By: Amanda Trammell

Staff On Call Schedule
January 2-3
Saturday- Joyce Alexander,
334-798-4791
Sunday- Patty Farrington,
334-618-5845
January 9-10
Saturday- Charles Uptain,
334-797-7191
Sunday- Charles Uptain,
334-797-7191
January 16-17
Saturday- Steve Chambers,
772-215-3606
Sunday- Steve Chambers,
772-215-3606
January 23-24
Saturday- Jeremy Allen,
334-648-6695
Sunday- Jeremy Allen,
334-648-6695
January 30-31
Saturday- Joyce Alexander,
334-798-4791
Sunday- Patty Farrington,
334-618-5845

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By: Amanda Trammell

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