Columbia Baptist Association Mission Awareness Day
By: Amanda Trammell

Columbia Baptist Association Mission Awareness Day
On Sunday, October 8, the Columbia Baptist Association is sponsoring a Mission Awareness Day at Ridgecrest Baptist Church. The purpose is to connect our community with opportunities to be on mission both here and abroad, commune with other like-minded believers, and celebrate God’s faithfulness together. Please bring a canned food item for the CBA Ministry Center. Childcare is available for birth-Kindergarten. Please call the CBS office at 334-794-6281 to reserve your spot.
4:00 pm Missions Fair: Located in the Fitness Center highlighting a variety of different opportunities to partner with locally and globally. Calvary will have a booth at the fair focused on our NYC church plant and manned by Steve Chambers.
4:30 pm Business Meeting: Meeting takes place in the RFC Meeting Room to elect officers and leadership, adopt the 2018 CBA Ministry Center budget, and vote on a proposed name change. Only elected messengers from each church will be able to vote. If you are interested in being a messenger for Calvary please contact the church office.
5:30 pm Worship Service: The evening concludes with a dynamic worship service including diverse music from musicians across the association. Dr. Chuck Lawless, Dean and Vice-President of Graduate Studies and Ministry Centers at Southeastern Seminary, is the guest speaker.

For the Record for September
By: Amanda Trammell

For the RecordFor September 2017
Average Attendance:
8:00 Worship 260
10:30 Worship 315
Life Groups 490
Mission Churches 139
Nursing Homes 83
Outreach Bible Study 13
Total Giving:
General Fund $222,159.58
Given Y-T-D $1,762,118.00
Y-T-D Required $1,909,500.00

October Sermon Schedule
By: Amanda Trammell

Sermon Schedule
Sunday, October 1
8:00 am & 10:30 am
Using What God Gives
Message by Charles Uptain
Wednesday, October 4
6:00 pm Fellowship Center
Led by Lance Beasley
Sunday, October 8
8:00 am & 10:30 am
Love from the Center
Message by Dan Tankersley
Wednesday, October 11
6:00 pm Fellowship Center
The Lord’s Supper
Led by Paul Thompson
Sunday, October 15
8:00 am & 10:30 am
The Cure for Burnout
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, October 18
6:00 pm Fellowship Center
Gifts of the Holy Spirit, pt. 1
Led by Paul Thompson
Sunday, October 22
8:00 am & 10:30 am
Give Yourself Away
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, October 25
6:00 pm Fellowship Center
Gifts of the Holy Spirit, pt. 2
Led by Paul Thompson
Sunday, October 29
8:00 am & 10:30 am
How to Get Along
Message by Paul Thompson

From Our NYC Plant Pastor
By: Steve Chambers

Calvary Family,
What a whirlwind it has been over the past few months, and especially these last few weeks, as we have seen God take a whisper in our hearts and turn it into reality here in NYC.As I watch Max head out to catch the subway across town to Queens or Ruby walk down the street and into her new elementary school a couple blocks from our apartment here in Manhattan, I’m amazed at God’s faithfulness and His provision.
Some updates...Ruby is in 5th grade at the neighborhood elementary public school PS 166. It’s a great school and has given us an opportunity to meet families on the Upper West Side. We went to the PTA meeting the other night and Toni is on the fall festival planning committee!!! Max is in 11th grade at Evangel Christian School in Queens. He takes the Subway each day about 1-1/2 hours one way. He likes it (only gotten lost a couple times). He has been talking to a new friend who claims to be an atheist but has been willing to talk about God and science with Max. It’s awesome to see him engaging with the Gospel. He continues to live out his faith in front of his classmates and friends. Both Toni and I have gotten the opportunity to have some interesting conversations with people about spiritual things and the Gospel. We are seeking to build trust in this community and share the hope of Christ.
I’ve been working with New City Church in Long Island City as a part of my internship. I’ve already learned a lot from the staff and I am sure at times they wish I didn’t ask so many questions. I am excited to learn the ins-and-outs of ministering in the city.
It has been an exhausting and challenging transition full of uncertainty, impossibility and difficulty….God has us right where He wants us…on our knees. We are just beginning, but in the midst of all of this is a calm assurance of the promise of God’s presence. He has gone before us and is leading us. And praise God YOU have been an instrument of provision, encouragement, prayer and confidence that God has used for our family. Having such a supportive and invested church family is such an encouragement to us.
So much to share. Follow us on our blog I have already posted several articles that you can read with photos. I am trying to be faithful to update it every couple weeks. Can’t wait to see you all on October 8th.
Steve & the Fam

How To Be Missional This Halloween
By: Amanda Trammell

Be Missional This Halloween!
Halloween seems to be the one holiday in American Christianity that we just don’t know what to do with. As you disciple your children about Halloween a great article to refer to is located at:
Regardless of what you think of the holiday, the culture Jesus sent us to reach is going to celebrate. This gives us all a wide open door for missionary engagement in our neighborhoods. We want to encourage you not to miss out on this opportunity!
Here’s a suggestion: Skip the alternatives and embrace Halloween for what it is- A night when hundreds of families wander around your neighborhood, enjoying one another, and giving candy to children.
Think strategically: For those who are anti-Halloween we have a challenge: Embrace Halloween as an opportunity to bring the good news to your neighborhood. One night a year one hundred families want to come to your door and say hello. Are you going to greet them, or are you going to turn off your light and pretend they don’t exist? Don’t be “that guy” on your block.

EnAble Ministry: How You Can Help
By: Amanda Trammell

EnAble Ministry
How You Can Help:
God has blessed us with some precious middle school students with special needs to care for on Sunday mornings so their parents can participate in the worship service! We are in need of volunteers to help on from 10:15-12:00. If you are interested in ministering in this valuable ministry, please contact Emily Shiver at Ministry is in need of an Ipad. If you have one that you would like to donate, please contact Emily Shiver at

Calvary Kids October News
By: Zach Daniels

Calvary Kids
Family Worship – October 29: On October 29 we will not have G-Force. Following the life-group hour parents will need to pick their children up from the children’s’ building. Utilize this precious time to come together and worship as a family.
Serve with Us: Are you are you an opportunist who wants to enhance your Calvary experience? Then reach out to us and serve with us as we make disciples among our 1-5 grade boys and girls. If you are interested in getting the conversation started about joining, contact Zach Daniels at You’ll be glad you did!
SPARK! Team Spirit Night – October 4: October 4 is our Team Spirit Night- Kids will come dressed in their assigned team colors for the SPARK game-time. (Red, Blue, Green, or Yellow) We will also celebrate our Bible Memory Program on this night with ice cream!

Senior Adult October News
By: Patty Farrington

Senior Adults
Midweek Service: October 11 | 10:30 am | Sanctuary | Tail gate lunch to follow. Wear your team colors!

Community Ministry October News
By: Greg Pendergrass

Community Ministry
Calvary’s Community Ministries has expanded the “in-school” tutoring program at Girard Middle School. There are currently 9 individuals that are going to GMS on a periodic basis to help students in various academic subjects and with interpersonal skills. These individuals are committed to making a difference in these children’s life’s. Thanks so much for all you do!
Please pray for the following tutors throughout the school year:

Angela Schlotthauer
Julie Powell
Felecia Brackin
Mike Sall
Anne Register
Sabrina Cotant
Sharon Parrish
Connie Haley
Greg Pendergrass
Won’t you join us?

October Staff On Call Schedule
By: Amanda Trammell

Staff On Call Schedule
September 30-October 1
Saturday-Woody Farrington
Sunday-Patty Farrington,
October 7-8
Saturday-Charles Uptain,
Sunday-Charles Uptain,
October 14-15
Saturday-Joyce Alexander,
Sunday- Joyce Alexander,
October 21-22
Saturday-Dan Tankersley,
Sunday- Dan Tankersley,
October 28-29
Saturday-Dan Tankersley,
Sunday- Dan Tankersley,

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

Calvary Extends Our Deepest Sympathy...

The Family of Virgil Fenn
Leslie Payne - Death of Father
James and Betty Odom - Death of Grandson

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

Calvary Welcomes to Our Family...

The Ellison Family
By Statement: Deanne
By Letter: Emma Rae & Scottie