Will Graham Celebration
By: Amanda Trammell

Will Graham Celebration
Since 1950, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has held Crusades all across the globe for one purpose: to proclaim God’s love to people who need Jesus Christ. Today, Will Graham Celebrations continue this life-changing mission. A Celebration is not just an evangelistic event; it is a process of prayer, training, outreach, and follow-up that takes place over a 12-month period—and it begins and ends with you, the local church.
It consists of four services located at the Dothan Civic Center May 5-7.
Friday Night for Adults/Families beginning at 7:00 pm
Saturday Morning KidzFest for Elementary Aged Children from 10:30 am - noon
Saturday Night for Youth beginning at 7:00 pm
Sunday Afternoon for Adults/Families beginning at 4:00 pm

For the Record for April 2017
By: Amanda Trammell

For the RecordFor April 2017
Average Attendance:
8:00 Worship 306
10:30 Worship 431
Life Groups 593
Mission Churches 136
Nursing Homes 77
Outreach Bible Study 10
Total Giving:
General Fund $189,484.36
Given Y-T-D $732,495.35
Y-T-D Required $854,250.00
Annie Armstrong Easter Offering:
Given Y-T-D $49,077.76
Calvary’s Goal $40,000.00

Sermon Schedule for May
By: Amanda Trammell

Sermon Schedule
Wednesday, May 3
6:00 pm
Led by Paul Thompson
Fellowship Center
Sunday, May 7
8:00 & 10:30 am
From Wrath to Joy
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, May 10
6:00 pm
The Person of Christ
Led by Dan Tankersley
Fellowship Center
Sunday, May 14
8:00 & 10:30 am
One Trespass One Gift
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, May 17
The Atonement
Led by Paul Thompson
Fellowship Center
Sunday, May 21
8:00 & 10:30 am
Grace, Greater Than Our Sin
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, May 24
6:00 pm
VBS Outreach
No Study Scheduled
Sunday, May 28
10:00 am
A Church for A Lifetime
Message by Woody Farrington
Wednesday, May 31
6:00 pm
Resurrection and Ascension
Led by Chuck Arney
Fellowship Center

From Our Music Pastor
By: Steve Chambers

The mission of God for the local church is to take the message of reconciliation to God through the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every person.We at Calvary have made that our priority. Disciple making, world missions and church planting has been at the core of our strategy in accomplishing that mission.
Two years ago, Pastor Paul committed to the North American Mission board that Calvary would move from being a “supporting” church that partners with other churches and church planters to being a “sending” church that takes responsibility for the entire process of birthing and sustaining a new work.
We contacted every city missionary in each of the 32 “SEND” cities to explore the needs, challenges and opportunities to be a part of reaching those cities for Christ in an effort to discern where God is leading us. One of the steps in this process was looking at where we already had connections and a relationship. We have sent mission teams to Mott Haven, New York for the past 15 or so years. So, since there was already a relationship with the city we sent a team to New York in 2016 to interview existing planters, missionaries and NAMB representatives. We could see in the faces and hear in the stories and needs of those on the ground in one of the most strategic cities in the world the Macedonian call…”Come over here and help us.”
In October of last year Pastor Paul and I attended a NAMB sending lab for churches preparing to become a “sending” church. In those two days we were challenged and excited to hear what God is doing through churches planting churches and the opportunity for Calvary to be a part. During one “aha” moment as we listened to the president of NAMB, Dr. Kevin Ezell say: “Now when you commit to sending out planters don’t be surprised if God begins to call out some of your leadership to be on the front lines”. Hmm….there’s the rub….
Over the past couple of years Toni and I have been wrestling with God over church planting. When we first went on the Calvary mission trip in 2013 to NYC we both felt a huge burden for the City. We went back the next year and took our children, and the love and burden for the people of New York only grew. We did not think it would be us to go, but that we would possibly be a liaison for others to plant. Last year when we returned from our “scouting” trip to New York with the team from Calvary we both knew that we needed to commit to prayer the possibility of God using our family to be that church planting family that Calvary sends to New York City. We were invited by NAMB to be assessed in New York City in March of this year. We went for a week to be evaluated by the NAMB New York Missionaries and assessment teams. Pastor Paul was also invited as a sending church representative and walked through the process with us.
NAMB endorsed us as church planters to New York City. So, our family is saying “Here are we, send us” and I am surrendering to the call to step out in faith and be the Pastor of Calvary’s Church plant in New York City – a new community of everyday missionaries who make disciples for the glory of God and the good of the city.
The plan is to relocate our family to New York City in the fall of this year. We will have several gatherings to communicate vision, plans and answer questions in the coming days and weeks. Please keep us in your prayers and our leadership here at Calvary as we prepare to plant a church in one of the most influential, strategic, and lost cities in the world.
Steve Chambers
“But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”
Acts 20:24

Sunday Morning Summer Schedule
By: Amanda Trammell

We will adjust to our Sunday morning summer schedule on May 28.

VBS Volunteer Meeting
By: Amanda Trammell

VBS Volunteer Meeting
If you are helping with VBS June 5-9, please plan to attend the volunteer meeting Sunday, May 21 at 6:00 pm in the fellowship center.

India Mission Trip
By: Charles Uptain

Calvary is excited to announce our next mission trip. We are going back to India. The dates are July 28 - August 6, 2017. The team will partner with local Indian believers to share the Gospel in the community and our unreached, adopted people group, the Shaikh Muslims. Team members will also model sharing the Gospel and engage in discipleship oflocal believers. There is a need for 3 more people on this trip, and cost is $2000. Contact Tyler Campbell at rtcampbell8675@gmail.com or 205-617-4750 if interested.

Parent-Child Dedication Service
By: Joyce Alexander

Parent Child Dedication
We will have a Parent-Child Dedication Service Sunday, May 14 during the 10:30 service. Please contact Joyce Alexander for more info and to sign your family up.

Kids Ministry May News
By: Zach Daniels

Kids’ Ministry News
VBS 2017: Can you feel the excitement for VBS in SPACE? This year, kids will be Galactic Starveyors during VBS. The dates for VBS are June 5-9. Sign-Up today on our website!
School’s Out Bash: On May 31 we will celebrate the greatest time of year for a kid, the end of school and the beginning of Summer! Join us for a fun-filled Wednesday night to bring in the Summer! Fun starts at 6:00!

High School Senior Recognition
By: Jeremy Allen

Senior Recognition
We will celebrate our graduates and their accomplishment on Sunday, May 21 in the 10:30 worship service. If your senior would like to participate we ask that you submit a 200-word thank you note, one baby picture and one senior picture. You can email or drop off thank you notes and pictures to the church office. Lunch will be provided for all seniors and their immediate family members following the 10:30 worship service. Deadline to register is May 14.

Extreme Kids Camp
By: Anne Register

Extreme Kids Camp for children ages 7-12 will be Monday, June 26 through Friday, June 30th from 9:30a.m.-2:00p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church. The first 100 children to register at the R.O.C. will be accepted. Community advertising will begin on May 1st. There is no cost to attend, and breakfast, snack and lunch will be provided. Your child will get to pick 4 activities to participate in each day. This camp will be in conjunction with WIRED ministries.

Senior Adult May News
By: Amanda Trammell

Senior Adult News
Cookout for the residents at Westside Terrace Nursing Home: Sunday, May 7 at 3:00 pm. Senior Adult Life Groups meet us at the nursing home. Please bring cookies, brownies, or cupcakes.Senior Adult Mid Week Service: Wednesday, May 17 at 10:30 am in the Sanctuary. No meal.Senior Adult Sunday at Calvary: Sunday, May 28. Lunch to follow in the Fellowship Center.Senior Adult VBS: Monday, May 29-Thursday June 1 at 9:00 am in the Fellowship Center.

VBS 2017 Outreach Schedule
By: Amanda Trammell

May Staff on Call Schedule
By: Amanda Trammell

Staff On Call Schedule
May 6-7
Saturday-Woody Farrington
Sunday-Patty Farrington,
May 13-14
Saturday-Charles Uptain,
Sunday-Charles Uptain,
May 20-21
Saturday-Joyce Alexander,
Sunday- Steve Chambers,
May 27-28
Saturday-Dan Tankersley,
Sunday- Jeremy Allen,

The Calvary Family Extends Our Deepest Sympathy...
By: Amanda Trammell

The Calvary Family Extends Our Deepest Sympathy...
Steve Haddox- Death of Brother
Duane Haley- Death of Uncle
The Family of Dee Walker

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

Calvary Welcomes to Our Family...
By Letter
John Hughes