Vacation Bible School Outreach Night
By: Caren Coleson

Vacation Bible School Outreach Night
Vacation Bible School is upon us and now we need to spread the word! This starts with our churchwide VBS Outreach Event on Wednesday, May 25, at 5:00 pm in the Fellowship Center. Everyone is invited to participate in this night as we canvas our neighborhoods with flyers and conversation regarding VBS and the Gospel that lies at the heart of it! Dinner will be provided at no cost.

Vacation Bible School
By: Caren Coleson

Vacation Bible School
This year’s theme is Submerged! We will go on an adventure like no other, deep within the mysterious sea. As kids submerge themselves in God’s Word, they will discover that Jesus didn’t just see what’s on the outside of people. He looked deep down on the inside. So grab your goggles, step into your flippers, and dive in to find truth below the surface!
• Calvary’s Senior Adult VBS
May 30-June 3 from 9:00-11:30 am.
• Age 3-5th Grade (Must be 3 by 09/01/15)
June 6-10 from 8:30 am-12:00 noon.
Online registration begins May 1!

From Our Senior Pastor
By: Paul Thompson

Calvary Family,
In a recent article by Caesar Kalinowski, author of The Gospel Primer, Transformed, and Small is Big, Slow is Fast: Living and Leading Your Family and Community on God’s Mission, he writes about the challenge that intentionally missional churches face when trying to establish a new metric to use when measuring their health and overall effectiveness. Noting that the three typically used measures are: attendance, facilities, and budget, it becomes increasingly clear that the best measures for a biblical church on God’s mission must be very different. After all, Jesus himself would not even score highly on those misplaced standards. Jesus could draw a crowd, usually around healings and meal times, yet he spent the bulk of his leadership energy and time with only a dozen people, sometimes fewer. As he taught and preached, he actually sent away more people than he ‘won’. Jesus also never owned a home or built a church building, and most often he discipled his followers in the rhythms of normal everyday life over meals, on the road, etc. And when Jesus sent his disciples out with no money, food or extra clothing (Luke 9:3), he was teaching them that his Father can and always provides for whatever He has called us to.
Instead of using those measures to evaluate our church, what if we used the following ten suggestions instead? If we are genuinely going to be a family of missionaries who make disciples as I have been praying for and preaching about, surely how we evaluate ourselves will look more like this:
Growth in…
The number of mature disciples being made.
Disciples make disciples; they don’t just hang out or sit in rows together once a week.
The number of relationships with not-yet-believers.
Is the relational base among those who are not a part of our church growing? Are we moving beyond a tight “holy huddle” and building true, meaningful relationships?
Gospel display in and through culture.
Is our physical proclamation of the gospel expanding through serving others, especially the “least of these”? Is the Good News demonstrated as good news for today?
Gospel conversations taking place naturally.
Is our verbal proclamation of Good News increasing? Are folks growing in their gospel fluency? Does the gospel come up naturally and often?
The number of indigenous leaders being developed.
Are new leaders, teachers and preachers coming to faith through your ministry or are you often hiring from outside the “family”?
Multiplication of missional/discipleship communities.
Healthy things grow and if we are making disciples who make disciples the number of our missional communities will be quickly expanding.
Ministry “ownership” levels going up among the saints.
Are our people increasingly, willingly taking on the responsibility for every area of life and ministry as a congregation?
5-Fold Maturity.
Are there maturing leaders being allowed to lead in all five of the key giftings that are outlined in Ephesians 4: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers?
Priest-hood of all believers engaged in every area of ministry and mission.
Another thing we learn from Ephesians 4 is that leaders are to equip the saints for the ministry and acts of service. Leaders are not to be doing all of the ministry.
People “sent” to start new works / new church plants.
It should be the most normal thing for a church or missional community to be sending their folks out to start new communities. Are we “raising the kids to move out”?
So … how are we doing? How are you doing?
Until Colossians 1:28 happens,
Pastor Paul

National Day of Prayer
By: Caren Coleson

National Day of Prayer Breakfast
Join us on Thursday, May 5, 7:00-7:45 am, in the Fellowship Center as we pray for our church, for our community and for our nation.

Deacon Nomination Cards
By: Paul Thompson

Deacon Nomination Cards
Church members are asked to nominate men they have observed fulfilling the duties and exhibiting the spiritual fruit set forth by the bylaws, 1 Timothy 3:8-13, and Acts 6:1-7. Nominations cards are located in the Fellowship Center foyer. Our active deacons currently serving are: Don Askew, Mike Azar, Philip Baker, Lance Beasley, Preston Brooks, Thomas Campbell, Kelly Colbert, Joe Copeland, Rod Cude, Bill Davis, Jed Downs, John Downs, Tim Gannon, Duane Haley, Stacey Harrison, Kevin Horne, Lewis Hunt, Chris Jones, Doug Kosan, Hudson Lazenby, Doug Lee, Dave Lindey, Phillip McCoy, Don Mills, Rodney Myers, Reagan Popplewell, Sam W. Robinson, John Searcy, Bill Sherrer, Mark Shiver, Roger Simpler, Bill Smith, Kevin Smith, Chris Suddarth, Ben Tankersley, Trent Thisler, Donavon Wewers, Tom Woods.

Weekday Ministry
By: Joyce Alexander

Summer Camp registration has started for children who have completed K5-6th Grade. The theme for Summer Camp is Mission Impossible-Helping Hands. Applications can be picked up at the Weekday Ministry.

Community Ministry News for May
By: Caren Coleson

Mission Dothan: Join us for a life-changing event! Volunteer as a coach for flag football camp for ages 7-12. The camp will be held at Montana Street Magnet School July 25-29 from 8:00 am-1:00 pm. The purpose of this camp is to introduce you to your city’s children and introduce them to Christ Jesus. The goal will be that a relationship will begin between you and one child and that you will foster this relationship long after camp is over. Sign up by Friday, May 27 by filling out a short term mission application and completing Mission Training 101. There is a mandatory meeting on Thursday, July 7, 5:30-6:30 pm. You must be at least 16 years old to particiate.
Camp Calvary: Come sail with us on a week-long pirate adventure. There will be music, skits, games, treasure hunts, crafts, cooking, mission projects, Bible study and more. The dates are June 13-17 (for 7 and 8 year olds), June 20-24 (for 9 and 10 year olds) and June 27-July 1 (for 11 and 12 year olds). Camp times are 8:00 am-12:00 noon. Cost is $45 per child and space is limited to 60 children in each camp. Calvary members will have priority until May 9. Sign up NOW in the Recreation Outreach Center.
Celebration of New Ministry: You are invited to a Celebration of New Ministry for the new Executive Director of The Harbor Church, Kody Kirchhoff. It will be held on Thursday, May 5, 5:00-7:00 pm in Calvary’s Fellowship Center. A presentation will begin at 6:00 pm. The mission of The Harbor Church is to change the heart of Dothan through the heart of Jesus by serving and loving the poor and homeless both physically and spiritually. Join us as we welcome Kody Kirchhoff to Dothan.

Senior Recognition Sunday
By: Jeremy Allen

Senior Recognition Sunday
High school seniors will be recognized on Sunday, May 15 during the 10:00 am worship service. If you want your senior to participate we will need:
-a baby and a graduation picture for the bulletin
-five pictures of them through their lives for a slide show
-a thank you note to those in the church who have impacted their life for the bulletin (150 words max)
-a count for how many people will be joining you for the Senior Recognition Luncheon
These items are due to Jeremy by Sunday, May 1.

Senior Adult News for May
By: Patty Farrington

Senior Adult May Outing: Biscuits Ballgame in Montgomery, Friday, May 27. Leave church at 3:30 pm. Tickets are $13.00 each.
Mid Week Worship Service Wednesday, May 18 at 10:30 am in the Sanctuary.
Senior Adult VBS: May 30-June 3 at 9:00 am in the Fellowship Center. We will have worship, Bible study, mission projects,
XYZ Banquet: Thursday, May 12, 11:30 am in the Fellowship Center. Tickets are $7.00 each.
Senior Adult Sunday: May 29 at 10:00 am in the Sanctuary.

For the Record
By: Caren Coleson

For the Record
For April 3-24, 2016
Average Attendance:
10:00 Worship 670
Life Groups 516
Mission Churches 159
Nursing Homes 78
Laurel Oaks 23
Total Giving:
General Fund $187,582.02
Given Y-T-D $752,091.37
Y-T-D Required $849,019.27
Annie Armstrong Easter Offering:
Given Y-T-D $42,883.38
Calvary’s Goal $40,000.00

May Sermon Schedule
By: Caren Coleson

Sermon Schedule
Sunday, May 1
10:00 am
Where’s the Fire
Sanctuary
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, May 4
6:00 pm
Building a Biblical Worldview
Sanctuary
Led by Paul Thompson
Sunday, May 8
10:00 am
The Sine Qua Non
Fellowship Center
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, May 11
6:00 pm
Building a Biblical Worldview
Sanctuary
Led by Paul Thompson
Sunday, May 15
10:00 am
How Much God Loves
Fellowship Center
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, May 18
6:00 pm
Building a Biblical Worldview
Sanctuary
Led by Paul Thompson
Sunday, May 22
10:00 am
Making Much of Jesus
Fellowship Center
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, May 25
5:00 pm
VBS Outreach
Fellowship Center
Sunday, May 29
10:00 am
The All-Satisfying Christ
Sanctuary
Message by Paul Thompson

Staff on Call Schedule
By: Caren Coleson

Staff On Call Schedule
April 30-May 1
Saturday-Woody Farrington
334-618-5846
Sunday-Patty Farrington,
334-618-5845
May 7-8
Saturday-Charles Uptain,
334-797-7191
Sunday-Charles Uptain,
334-797-7191
May 14-15
Saturday-Joyce Alexander,
334-798-4791
Sunday- Steve Chambers,
772-215-3606
May 21-22
Saturday-Dan Tankersley,
334-655-8765
Sunday- Jeremy Allen,
334-648-6695
May 28-29
Saturday-Charles Uptain,
334-797-7191
Sunday-Charles Uptain,
334-797-7191

Calvary Extends Our Deepest Sympathy to...
By: Caren Coleson

Calvary Extends Our Deepest Sympathy to...
Gail Tew - death of Mother
Lindsay Welsh - death of Mother
Kathy Gannon - death of Aunt

The Calvary Family Welcomes...
By: Caren Coleson

The Calvary Family Welcomes...
Casey Anderson - by Letter
Krisan Anderson - by Letter
Alexis Arrington - by Baptism
Sayonne Collins - by Letter

Heather Daniels - by Baptism
Jamie Perry - by Letter
Nolan Perry - by Letter
Tommy Perry - by Letter
Anna Tankersley - by Letter
Dan Tankersley - by Letter
Amy Thompson - by Letter
Jake Thompson - by Baptism
Stephen Thompson - by Letter
Kathryn Wilks - by Statement