For the Record for March 2017
By: Amanda Trammell



For the Record
For March 2017
Average Attendance:
8:00 Worship 227
10:30 Worship 392
Life Groups 551
Mission Churches 136
Nursing Homes 78
Outreach Bible Study 13
Total Giving:
General Fund $189,484.36
Given Y-T-D $555,302.33
Y-T-D Required $653,250.00
Annie Armstrong Easter Offering:
Given Y-T-D $15,703.58
Calvary’s Goal $40,000.00

April Sermon Schedule
By: Amanda Trammell



Sermon Schedule
Sunday, April 2
8:00 & 10:30 am
God is Faithful (And Just)
Message by Paul Thompson
Sanctuary
Wednesday, April 5
6:00 pm
God’s Providence
Led by Paul Thompson
Fellowship Center
Sunday, April 9
8:00 & 10:30 am
Default Mode of Man
Message by Paul Thompson
Sanctuary
Wednesday, April 12
6:00 pm
Prayer: Why and How
Led by Paul Thompson
Fellowship Center
Sunday, April 16
8:00 & 10:30 am
The Two Best Words
You Will Ever Hear
Message by Paul Thompson
Sanctuary
Wednesday, April 19
Man: Why Created?
Led by Paul Thompson
Fellowship Center
Sunday, April 23
8:00 & 10:30 am
It’s Still the Same Gospel
Message by Paul Thompson
Sanctuary
Wednesday, April 26
6:00 pm
Man as Male and Female
Led by Paul Thompson
Fellowship Center
Sunday, April 30
8:00 & 10:30 am
Justification’s Good Gifts
Message by Paul Thompson
Sanctuary

From Our Senior Pastor
By: Paul Thompson


Easter Sunday … Some pastors refer to it as the “Super Bowl” of the Christian year. Lots of churches pull out all the stops on this day. (I had to look up the origin of that phrase. It is an allusion to organ stops, which are pulled out to turn on each set of sounds in a pipe organ. When all stops are pulled out, the organ will play all variations of its sounds at once, therefore being as loud as possible. Interesting, but I digress). On Easter, the choir will do a bigger number, the greeters will be friendlier, the grounds will look better, and the message will (hopefully) be on point (and a bit shorter). And on top of those efforts, some churches will feel the need to attract with more than the Good News (Can you have “more”?) and do things like dropping plastic eggs from a helicopter, inviting a pseudo-celebrity to give a ‘testimony’, dressing a staff member up in a bunny costume, or offering any of hundreds of other gimmicks aimed at luring people in.
And while their motives may be good – we all want people to meet Jesus, right? – their methods are tragically flawed. From the very first “Easter” morning (Resurrection Day is better), the method of communicating this Good News has always been the same: Go and Tell. You know who Jesus is. You know what he said. And you know what he did. Now go tell somebody about it!
Mark 16:1-7 (ESV)
1 When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” 4 And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. 5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. 6 And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.”
Now some might argue that I am omitting the first imperative of this Resurrection account: “come and see”. Yes, that was the invitation of the angel dressed in white, but it has never been the command of every follower/disciple of Jesus then or since. The Great Commission is not create a better church service experience, offer some cool attraction, or discover a way to entice people to “come and see” your church. The Great Commission is all about taking the Good News of the Gospel with you when you go to work, to school, to the grocery store, to the park, around the neighborhood, and everywhere else. We should stop that thinking that suggests if we just offer a better ‘product’, people will show up. We must go out.
I want to see our worship services filled on Resurrection (and every Sunday), but it won’t be because we created a spectacle for people to “come and see”. If it happens, it will be because we are a family of everyday missionaries who go and tell.
See you Sunday!
Pastor Paul

Secret Church
By: Amanda Trammell


Secret Church
Calvary will be streaming Secret Church Friday, April 21 beginning at 5:30 pm in the Fellowship Center. This year’s topic is “Scripture and Authority in an Age of Skepticism.” Cost is $5 for material. Books can be purchased in the church office.

Blended and Blessed
By: Amanda Trammell


“Blended & Blessed™ is a FREE one-day live event and livestream for stepfamily couples, single parents, dating couples with kids, and those who care about blended families. Join hundreds of sites around the globe as we unpack five keys that are crucial to healthy stepfamily marriages. With some of today’s most trusted and respected experts, Blended & Blessed will challenge, inspire, and encourage you.”
April 29 | 8:00 am - 4:00 pm | Free lunch provided
Childcare by reservation only
Click here for more info on "Blended and Blessed"

Kids Ministry News for April
By: Zach Daniels


Kids’ Ministry
Opportunities to Serve: With Summer so close and the next school year on the way, Calvary Kids is looking for Godly men and women to serve in any of these areas; VBS, Summer Team, Small Group Leaders, G-Force Leaders. If you are an opportunist and are interested in any of these areas, lets get the conversation started, you’ll be glad you did! Contact Zach Daniels at the church office or email zach@calvarydothan.com.
LEGO Sunday: We are building Easter this year with LEGOs. Join us for this special themed Sunday as we present the Gospel in a kid friendly way during the 10:30 am service on Easter Sunday.

Student Ministry Lake Retreat
By: Jeremy Allen


Student Ministry
Student Lake Retreat: Students, don’t miss the fun this summer at Lake Eufaula at the Student Lake Retreat. The dates are July 28-30. Cost is $125. Sign up by filling out a student event form and dropping it in the dropbox outside the student room or in the church office. Deadline to sign up is May 31. Final payment is due July 23. For students who have completed 6th-12th grade.

Senior Adult News for April
By: Patty Farrington


Senior Adult News
Mid Week Service: Wednesday, April 12 at 10:30 in Sanctuary. Easter lunch to follow in the Fellowship Center.
Senior Adult Picnic at the Braswell Christian Ministries Camp on Thursday, April 20. We will leave the church at 3:30 pm. Meal is provided by the Men’s Class. Come enjoy an Old Fashioned Gospel Sing and the Ladies Trio.

Spotlight On Our Staff - Greg Pendergrass, Director of Community Ministry and R.O.C.
By: Amanda Trammell


Greg Pendergrass,Director of Community Ministry & ROC
Greg made the most important decision of his life at age 11, when he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. He made the second most important decision of his life in 1987, when he married his best friend and the love of his life, Becky. Greg and Becky have 3 wonderful sons and the most beautiful granddaughter. Their passion is working with kids and being involved in community activities.

Staff on Call Schedule
By: Amanda Trammell


Staff On Call Schedule
April 1-2
Saturday-Woody Farrington
334-618-5846
Sunday-Patty Farrington,
334-618-5845
April 8-9
Saturday-Charles Uptain,
334-797-7191
Sunday-Charles Uptain,
334-797-7191
April 15-16
Saturday-Joyce Alexander,
334-798-4791
Sunday- Steve Chambers,
772-215-3606
April 22-23
Saturday-Dan Tankersley,
334-655-8765
Sunday- Jeremy Allen,
334-648-6695
April 29-30
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....
Helena Anderson- Death of Father
Beth Mahone- Death of Mother
Rodger Simpler- Death of Brother
Teresa Adams- Death of Son
John Searcy- Death of Stepfather

Calvary Welcomes to Our Family...
By: Amanda Trammell

Calvary Welcomes to Our Family...
Ethan Lamberth - By Baptism
John and Mary Ann Metzler - By Letter