Join Us at Calvary for Easter!
By: Caren Coleson

Join us at Calvary for Easter!
Come Celebrate Our Risen Savior with Us
Sunday, April 1
8:00 am and 10:30 am
Message by Pastor Paul Thompson
"What if...?
Life Groups 9:15

Easter Morning Fellowship
By: Caren Coleson

Easter Morning Fellowship
Sunday, April 1
9:00-9:30 and 10:00-10:30 am
Fellowship Center
Join us in the Fellowship Center for coffee and doughnuts right before and after Life Group. Come help us greet our Easter guests and create a welcoming environment. We will not be making coffee on the second floor, Recreation Building, so stop by the Fellowship Center on your way to class!

From Our Senior Pastor
By: Paul Thompson

Without looking it up, what would you say are the most common themes or topics in Paul’s letters? Based on several conversations I’ve had with folks about this, the usual reply is something to do with soteriology (the doctrine of salvation) – things like justification, sanctification, glorification, etc. And certainly, Paul does address these subjects deeply and profoundly.
But appearing even more frequently than these topics are the subjects of unity and holiness. In letter after letter and passage after passage we see these appeals. This unity is not like worldly unity. It’s not based on a person we like, an idea we support, or even a cause we believe in. It’s much bigger. It’s centered on the resurrection of Jesus and what supernatural rebirth because of that resurrection does to/in us. And holiness then is not superficial legalism and rule-keeping. It’s the natural effect of a transformed mind/heart that is bent on glorifying God. Who we are together in Christ and how we are to live because of the Spirit of Christ in us are the most prevalent themes you will find in Paul’s writings. 1st Corinthians is no exception.
Noted theologian N.T. Wright writes,
I spent some years working for unity and holiness in the church, and I know how extraordinarily difficult they are. They are difficult in themselves; in combination they often appear completely inaccessible. That is, it is comparatively easy to work for unity if you don’t care about holiness; you just adopt a laissez-faire anything-goes strategy. And it is comparatively easy to work for holiness if you don’t care about unity; you just go on splitting the church over each moral disagreement. The trick is to work for both at the same time. How can that be done? My Pauline answer is that you do it by teaching people to think Christianly …
In 1st Corinthians, Paul deals with a variety of issues that directly impact the church’s unity, holiness, and thus their effectiveness at glorifying God and making Him known. And while our surface issues aren’t necessarily all the same, the underlying causes behind our issues probably are. Like the Corinthians, some of us struggle with biblical and church authority. Some have little trust in church leaders and easily divide up into fractious factions. Some try to solve conflicts like the world does. Some struggle with the same sexual sins. And the list goes on and on …
And while Paul doesn’t address every possible issue or problem, he does give the solution that could fix every single one. N.T. Wright is right: We have to learn to think Christianly. As long as our thinking is worldly, our behaviors will be worldly, but when we begin to think like Jesus (1 Cor. 2:16), we will find that the formerly elusive goals of unity and holiness are much closer to our reach.
I pray that over the next several months as we study 1st Corinthians together in adult and student Life Groups and as we hear messages from the same in worship, that God will bring our thinking into closer alignment with His, heal what’s broken and fractured in our church body, increase our holiness, and stir us to more God-glorifying, church-reviving, community-impacting authentic Christian worship and living.
Will you pray for and expect the same?
With love,
Pastor Paul

From Our Senior Pastor
By: Paul Thompson

Ephesians 1:16-23 (ESV)
16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
Take a moment and read that again – slower this time. Think of this amazing prayer and all of its implications: That God would supernaturally reveal Himself to us, giving us the spiritual ability to understand how great is our everlasting hope and how vast in our inheritance in Christ! I had a conversation with someone this week who was going through a great deal of pain and hardship and I told them that the more hurt I see and the suffering I hear of, the more I am convinced that heaven and all that awaits there is far bigger than we imagine. I pray that God will cause us to see it – to realize it – to trust in it more than ever!
But there’s more to this prayer than just asking God to enable us to comprehend the vastness of our salvation from an everlasting perspective. This prayer is about us experiencing His supernatural power today – and every day we live – until we see Him in glory! The greatest demonstration of supernatural power in history was the resurrection of Jesus! First, it proved that Jesus is the divine Son of God! (Romans 1:4). Second, it assures our justification and forgiveness! (1 Cor. 15:17, Romans 8:11, Col. 2:14). Third, it assures that Jesus is alive is now interceding for us! (Heb. 7:25, Romans 8:34). Fourth, it guarantees our future resurrection as believers! (1 Cor. 15:12). In the resurrection, Jesus destroyed death, conquered sin, and enabled everlasting life!
And here’s the amazing reality behind this prayer for us: That same power is the supernatural power at work in us today! This is resurrection power now! Not just when you die, but now! God wants us to experience His radical, sin-destroying, addiction-breaking, life-altering, hope-giving, perspective-changing, I’ll-never-be-who-I-used-to-be-again power today!
I pray this for me and I pray this for you! May God give us a conscious understanding of His goodness and grace. May we trust in the eternal promises and live like we believe them. And may we experience His power! If it was enough to bring back a dead man from death and to destroy sin’s power forever (and it was!), then it is enough to all that God wants and plans for me and my life!
May we live in resurrection power today!
With love,
Pastor Paul

Secret Church Simulcast
By: Paul Thompson

Secret Church Simulcast
Led by David Platt
Cults and Counterfeit Gospels
Friday, April 20
6:00 pm
G-Force Room (Children's Building)
Cost: $5.00 per book

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering
By: Caren Coleson

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering
Calvary’s Goal: $30,000 with additional $10,000 challenge goal to be designated through NAMB to the NYC mission
Right here and now, we have an opportunity to help push back lostness by supporting miussionaries across North America. As we approach the 2018 Annie Armstrong Easter Offering giving season we ask that you pray about how you and your family can help reach our goal. Learn more about the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering at anniearmstrong.com.

Prepping to Be a Missionary
By: Charles Uptain

Prepping to Be a Missionary
The missions committee has planned NINE(!) mission trips for the rest of 2018. Have you looked at your calendar and decided where and when you want to go be a short-term missionary? Stop by the Everyday Missionary kiosk and take a look at the upcoming trips. Most of us can’t just up and go, we must prepare to be away, so don’t let your unpreparedness keep you from being a part of a mission trip this year.

Music/Worship Ministry
By: Matthew Dorsey

Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The LORD has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. Psalm 98:1-2
I am so thankful to hear testimony after testimony each week of the great things that the Lord is doing among us. One of the ways this fact is demonstrated each Sunday is by the vitality of our singing together. When scripture talks about us singing a “new song” it doesn’t necessarily mean that we need to sing a song recently written, but a song that is new or fresh from our hearts. Because the Lord is at work in our church and in our hearts, we have the opportunity to sing a “new’ song this Sunday. Come ready to sing!

Volunteer Opportunities in Community Ministry
By: Greg Pendergrass

Volunteer Opportunities in Community Ministry
On Sunday, April 8, we will begin recruiting volunteers to serve in the following local community ministries: Samaritan Clinic, Alabama Baptist Children’s Home, Harbor Church, Girard Middle School, Wiregrass Hope Group, The Ark, Laurel Oaks, and E.S.L. (English as a Second Language). Please see the videos that will play in church/social media or contact Greg Pendergrass for more information on each ministry and how you can get involved.

Breakfast with Peter
By: Joyce Alexander

Breakfast with Peter
Four year olds-Kindergarten, please join us in the ClubHouse on Sunday, April 8 during the 10:30 am worship service for Breakfast with Peter. We begin in the ClubHouse and then go to the garden to hear a monologue from Peter’s perspective about Jesus and what happened after Resurrection Sunday. We will then return to the ClubHouse for a themed snack.

Parent-Child Dedication
By: Joyce Alexander

Parent-Child Dedication
If you are interested in participating in Parent-Child Dedication on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, contact Joyce Alexander in the church office.

Churchwide Supply Drive for SABA Ministry Center
By: Zach Daniels

Churchwide Supply Drive for SABA Ministry Center
The Southeast Alabama Baptist Association is in need of food and hygiene items for the Ministry Center. Please consider donating and filling the needs of this local ministry. The drive will run through April 8. Donation boxes are in each building on campus.

Dad and Kids Adventure Campout
By: Zach Daniels

Dad and Kids Adventure Campout
This campout is April 27-28 at Braswell Christian Ministries Camp and is for kids in Grades 1-5 and their dads. To register, email brooke@calvarydothan.com. Arrive before dark (3010 Fletcher Smith Road, Cottonwood) to set up your tent. Fun begins Friday at 6:00 pm and concludes Saturday at 11:00 am. Bring drinks and snacks. We will provide dinner and breakfast. Cost is $10 per person or max of $30 per family - pay at camp.

No G-Force April 29
By: Zach Daniels

G-Force will not meet on Sunday, April 29.

Senior Adult Midweek
By: Paul Thompson

Mid Week Service is Wednesday, April 18, at 10:30 am in the Sanctuary followed by a meal in the Fellowship Center. Charles Uptain will be sharing the message in the service.

Dinner with the Pastors
By: Paul Thompson

Dinner with the Pastors at Pond House Restaurant is Thursday, April 19. We will leave the church at 3:00 pm. To sign up, call Emily Shiver in the church office.

Vacation Bible School
By: Zach Daniels

Vacation Bible School
Children Age 3-Grade 5
(Must be 3 by 09-01-17)
June 4-8
8:30 am-12:00 noon

For the Record
By: Caren Coleson

For the Record
For February, 2018
Average Attendance:
8:00 Worship 267
10:30 Worship 388
Life Groups 559
Mission Church 140
Nursing Homes 50
Outreach Bible Study 7
Total Giving:
General Fund $442,245.96
Y-T-D Required $404,000.00
Lottie Moon $145,234.06
Lottie Moon Goal $140,000.00

Staff on Call Schedule
By: Caren Coleson

Staff On Call Schedule
March 31-April 1
Matthew Dorsey
919-495-9483
April 7-8
Charles Uptain
334-797-7191
April 14-15
Joyce Alexander
334-798-4791
April 21-22
Dan Tankersley
334-655-8765
April 28-29
Matthew Dorsey
919-495-9483

April Sermon Schedule
By: Caren Coleson

Sermon Schedule
Sunday, April 1
8:00 am & 10:30 am
“What If...?”
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, April 4
6:00 pm Fellowship Center
Led by Paul Thompson
Sunday, April 8
8:00 am & 10:30 am
Called to Be Saints Together
“Spiritual Deeps”
6:00 pm
Night of Prayer
Wednesday, April 11
6:00 pm Fellowship Center
Led by Paul Thompson
Sunday, April 15
8:00 am & 10:30 am
Called to Be Saints Together
“Christianity for Grownups”
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, April 18
6:00 pm Fellowship Center
Led by Paul Thompson
Sunday, April 22
8:00 am & 10:30 am
Called to Be Saints Together
“Inspection Day”
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, April 25
6:00 pm Fellowship Center
Led by Paul Thompson
Sunday, April 29
8:00 am & 10:30 am
Called to Be Saints Together
“What God Requires of Me”
Message by Paul Thompson

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

Calvary Extends Our Deepest Sympathy To...
The family of Jessie Hogue
The family of Martha Pitzing
Pam Robinson - death of mother
Mike Sall - death of father
Nickie Smith - death of father
The family of Ruby Trimm
The family of Bill Williams

Calvary Welcomes to Our Family...
By: Caren Coleson

CALVARY WELCOMES TO OUR FAMILY...
By Letter
Tyler & Chelsey Bartlett
By Letter
Cliff & Anna Carter
By Statement
Jaci Coleson
By Letter
Sherry Hall
By Statement
Brittany Henderson
By Baptism
Kaitlyn Herrington