Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
By: Amanda Trammell

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering | 2017 Goal: $140,000.00
Our most important missions’ opportunity of the year is upon us! The Lottie Moon Christmas offering affords us the opportunity to advance the Gospel to the most spiritually dark places on earth better than any mechanism I know of. Every single gift goes directly to the work of missions on the field where Gospel is most needed because the name of Jesus is least known. Our goal this year is $140,000. This includes a goal of $130,000 to go to International Missions generally, and an additional $10,000 to go to our partner work in India specifically.
Will you pray about what God wants you to sacrificially give this year? We will be receiving this offering throughout the month, but our intake Sunday is December 10. That’s the day I hope to see us coming very close to or exceeding that goal!

Calvary Family Christmas
By: Amanda Trammell

Calvary Family Christmas
Sunday, December 10 | 6:00 pm |Sanctuary
Join us as we worship our Savior and celebrate what God has done through our church family around the world. Appetizer/dessert fellowship immediately following in the Fellowship Center. Sign up to bring either an appetizer or dessert in your Life Group class.

Candlelight Christmas Eve Service
By: Amanda Trammell

Join us in celebration of the birth of Christ and the good news of the Gospel at our annual
Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at 5:00 pm in the Fellowship Center.

For the Record: November 2017
By: Amanda Trammell

For the Record
For November, 2017
Average Attendance:
8:00 Worship 272
10:30 Worship 319
Life Groups 548
Mission Church 144
Nursing Homes 83
Outreach Bible Study 19
Total Giving:
Given Y-T-D $2,255,522.97
Y-T-D Required $2,412,000.00
Lottie Moon $2,625.00

December Sermon Schedule
By: Amanda Trammell

Sermon Schedule
Sunday, December 3
8:00 am & 10:30 am
Glorifying God Together
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, December 6
6:00 pm Fellowship Center
Doxology and Devotion:
Living What We’ve Learned
Led by Paul Thompson
Sunday, December 10
8:00 am & 10:30 am
The Heart of a Missionary
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, December 13
6:00 pm Fellowship Center
Led by Paul Thompson
Sunday, December 17
8:00 am & 10:30 am
The Grand Doxology
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, December 20
No Midweek Activities
Sunday, December 24
8:00 am & 10:30 am
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, December 27
No Midweek Activities
Sunday, December 31
10:30 am
Message by Paul Thompson

From Our Senior Pastor
By: Paul Thompson

Calvary Family,
I have much enjoyed our journey through Romans this year and hope you have as well. To study such a profound book has really challenged me (and hopefully you, as well) to delve deeply into the things of God and to emerge more certain of your faith, more confident in God’s sovereignty, and more committed to Christ’s mission than ever before. I pray that you will revisit Romans again and again and allow God’s Word and Spirit to transform you by changing how you think (Romans 12:2). I also pray that you will live daily with the full assurance of God’s constant work in your life for good (Romans 8:28) and the sweet peace of knowing that you are forever inseparable from Him (Romans 8:38-39). And finally, I pray that we all will rejoice in the hope we have in Jesus, faithfully endure any hardship on account of our relationship to Him, and never be lacking in prayer (Romans 12:2).
As 2017 draws to a close, we also are wrapping up our emphasis on “The Third Circle”. As you surely know, we have urged people in 2017 to go beyond worship service attendance and Life Group participation to connecting face-to-face and life-on-life with another person (or in a small, committed, accountable group) to pursue what it means to be a biblical Christian (aka a disciple). Hundreds of you have done just this year. You’ve developed healthy, mutually beneficial relationships; you’ve encouraged each other to serious study of the Word and application of its truths; you’ve held one another accountable to the same; and you have prayed together as you followed Jesus together. Praise God for the growth in many that has come from that! Our hope, of course, is that this pursuit of biblical discipleship will not be for a season of life only, but for a lifetime! We pray that this will continue as we follow the pattern of 2 Timothy 2:2:
… what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
As we have journeyed together in discipleship this year, I hope that for many of us, our view of what it means to be a biblical Christian (a disciple) has progressed from a focus on our own spiritual health and growth (“How am I doing?”) to being amazed at God’s grace (“God, how can you be so good?”). And from there, I pray we are all moving to the natural outcome of being a true follower of Jesus according to Matthew 4:19:
“Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
I challenge you in 2018 to ask the question, “How am I doing at loving the people God has put in my life?” That is, how can I share and show God’s love (word and action) with the people He has given me to reach that are all around me – my own family, friends, neighbors, co-workers? Simply put, how can I be the everyday missionary that God has called every disciple to be? (See: 2 Corinthians 5:11-21)
So, as we begin a new year together, our theme will be “My Mission Field”. Our hope and prayer is that we will begin to turn our discipleship focus outward rather than just inward. Rather than simply helping each other grow (a God-honoring task, for sure), we are going to challenge one another to loving the lost and making disciples in our own mission field. We will begin the year with a message series called “Joining Jesus: Life as an Everyday Missionary”. This Sunday AM message series will be accompanied by an imminently practical life group study using A Field Guide for Everyday Mission. I pray this will launch us into a new year with focus, determination, and personal plans to reach the lost in our own mission fields.
I can’t wait to continue the journey with you as we follow Jesus!
Soli Deo Gloria,
Pastor Paul
Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen. - Romans 16:25-27

From Our Discipleship Pastor
By: Dan Tankersley

As we continue in our discipleship journey together, our natural progression as disciples should lead to multiplication. Scripture is clear that mature and healthy disciples multiply. (John 15:8) In the Great Commission, Jesus gives us a clear product: make disciples. He also gives us a clear process: engage explorers, connect believers, grow disciples, and multiply. Jesus says to His disciples, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19) As we follow Jesus, we inevitably become “fishers of men,” which leads to multiplication. This missional impulse is planted at the core of us because our missional God is naturally going to conform us into becoming a missional people!
As an “everyday missionary,” our aim is to focus on our personal, God-given mission field with the goal of leading people to know and follow Jesus. As our Disciple Making Strategy states, “Whatever else we do in life, our primary purpose is to be agents of God’s mission to the world.”
Beginning January 7, 2018 we will begin a preaching and Life Group series called “Joining Jesus: Life as an Everyday Missionary.” As we continue in our discipleship journey together, I encourage you to begin thinking and praying about these questions:
May this promise from Jesus in Matthew 24 inspire you: And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14) I pray we will be found faithful to our mission when the end comes!
“We are a family of everyday missionaries who make disciples.”
In Christ,
Dan Tankersley
Discipleship Pastor

Christmas Neighborhood Outreach
By: Amanda Trammell

Christmas Neighborhood Outreach
Join us Sunday, December 17 from 3:00-4:00 as we go out into Calvary’s neighborhood to spread the love of Christ and goodwill with our neighbors. Calvary will provide each Life Group Christmas ornaments to pass out.

Preschool Ministry: Breakfast in Bethlehem
By: Amanda Trammell

Preschool Ministry
Breakfast in Bethlehem: This is a Christmas celebration for children 3-years-old (by 9/1/17) through Kindergarten (Children must be accompanied by an adult) and occurs on December 2 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am in the Children’s Building. Breakfast, Crafts, Drama, Photo opportunity. Event is Free—Tickets are necessary. Contact church office at 792-5159 or pick up at the Preschool Desk. Childcare available by reservation for children 2-years-old and younger, call 792-5159. Please bring canned food for donations for the CBA Ministry Center.

Calvary Kids December News
By: Zach Daniels

Calvary Kids
No G-Force (Kids Worship) on December 24 and December 31
Bible Memory Celebrations: Sunday, December 10 & Wednesday, December 13
SPARK! Theme Night: December 13- Tacky Christmas Sweater Night!

Senior Adult December News
By: Patty Farrington

Senior Adult News
Mid Week Service: Wednesday, December 13 | 10:30 am | Sanctuary | Christmas Meal and Party to follow
A Christmas Story Dinner Play: The Cultural Arts Center | Thursday, December 7 | Leave the church at 5:00 pm | Tickets for meal and play $40
Senior Adult Ladies Bible Study: Steadfast Love | Monday, January 15 | 10:15 am | Upstairs in ROC

Campus Safety Appreciation
By: Charles Uptain

Campus Safety Appreciation
We are very thankful for the service of our volunteers who provide a safe environment for us to gather on Sundays and Wednesdays. We are also grateful for officers Clark Allums and Ben Parrish who give us a constant police presence and keep us just a radio call away from other first responders in the case of an emergency.
We want to say thank you to our golf cart drivers who patrol the parking lots and offer rides to attendees. We are thankful for our deacons who serve as greeters in the parking lots around our campus. Thank you also to our greeters who volunteer in the foyer areas of the Sanctuary and Fellowship Center. We also appreciate our ushers who help attendees find seats and keep us informed in case of an emergency during the worship services. We are thankful for our medical personnel who always step up when someone is in need and our safety team that constantly walks around our campus to respond to any situation that might come up.
The staff and members of Calvary are very appreciative of the time and effort each of these members give that most of the time goes unnoticed.

December Staff On Call
By: Amanda Trammell

Staff On Call Schedule
December 2-3
Saturday-Woody Farrington,
Sunday-Patty Farrington,
December 9-10
Saturday-Charles Uptain,
Sunday-Charles Uptain,
December 16-17
Saturday-Joyce Alexander,
Sunday-Joyce Alexander,
December 23-24
Saturday-Dan Tankersley,
Sunday-Dan Tankersley,
December 30-31
Saturday-Dan Tankersley,
Sunday-Dan Tankersley,

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

Calvary Extends Our deepest sympathy to...
Kim Brannen- Death of Father
Charles Uptain- Death of Sister

Calvary Welcomes To Our Family
By: Amanda Trammell

Calvary Welcomes To Our Family
By Baptism:Karoline Loree Merrell