2018 SABA Celebration
By: Caren Coleson

2018 Southeast AlabamaBaptist AssociationAnnual CelebrationSunday, October 14Ridgecrest Baptist Church1231 Fortner Street, Dothan3:00-3:30 PM - Business Meeting, Fellowship Hall3:30-5:30 PM - Missions Fair, Recreation Fitness CenterDisplays will highlight local ministries, educational opportunities, ministries of the churches of our Association, and partners with our Association. Also, outdoor activities of live music, car show, and hot dog supper will add to the festivities of the day!5:45-7:00 PM - Worship Celebration, Worship CenterAn engaging service is planned with various musical styles, worshiping together as a unified body. Scott Dawson will be the guest speaker.

From Our Senior Pastor
By: Caren Coleson

The pastoral staff recently returned from a 2-day evangelism conference sponsored by the North American Mission Board. We came back challenged, convicted, and compelled to do better in evangelism personally and as a church family.
One way we can all do better is by consistently inviting people to join us for worship and to join us in our Life Groups. Inviting people to church is not hard to do, and we can all probably think of people we know who don’t attend church anywhere.
And while inviting someone to church is a great thing to do, it still falls short of our personal responsibility to initiate a gospel conversation with someone, explain the gospel clearly to them, and then ask them for a response.
According to a new article in Facts and Trends,
LifeWay Research recently found nearly two-thirds of Protestant churchgoers say they’ve invited at least one person to visit their church in the past six months. To many evangelical believers, this is an encouraging discovery in a highly secularized culture where attending church is not as common or popular as in past years.
Church leaders may see inviting people to church is a powerful way to welcome unbelievers to learn more about the Christian faith and fellowship. However, Jimmy Scroggins, pastor of Family Church in West Palm Beach, Florida, says it’s imperative Christians view the act of inviting someone to church as just one method of outreach, not the equivalent of personally sharing the gospel.
Scroggins, author of Turning Everyday Conversations into Gospel Conversations, recognizes all Christians grow in learning how to share the gospel, just as they grow in other areas of faith.
“Everybody is on a continuous journey with the Lord and in discipleship,” he says. “For a believer who has never talked to anyone about the Lord in their life, inviting someone to church might be a huge step.”
With regard to evangelism, inviting others to church is just that––a step. It’s an action that can bring about significant progress in an individual’s journey to understand and receive the gospel.
But while services and small groups can offer visitors many valuable things, they can’t offer a personal, one-on-one testimony with someone they know and trust. Scroggins says that’s why it’s so important to allow church to be a stepping stone to a personal conversation about Christ.
“We want to invite people to church, but we also want to equip our members to extend the conversation,” Scroggins says. “At some point, you have to have a direct gospel conversation, where you talk about repentance and faith, and you invite someone to repent of their sins and believe the story of Jesus. We don’t think the gospel has actually been shared until someone has that opportunity.”
The reality is this: The lost people that we know probably won’t hear the true Gospel unless they hear it from us. They’re not seeking for God, they’re not typically looking for a church, and they aren’t watching/listening to Christian content online or on TV (and so much of what they’ll find there is questionable or worse, anyway).
For His glory alone,
Pastor Paul

Prayer for Short-term Missionaries
By: Charles Uptain

Pray for Short-term Missionaries
We will have teams from Calvary in Vermont and Argentina in October. Please be praying for their work and safety. Pray for God to use Calvary in the spreading of the Gospel.

Mission: Dignity Ministry
By: Caren Coleson

Mission: Dignity Ministry
They call it Dignity. We call it a Mission. Since 1918, GuideStone Financial Resources has been on a “Mission” to provide “Dignity” to retired Southern Baptist minisers, workers and their widows. These are men and women who have faithfully served God’s people and now find themselves struggling to meet even basic needs. Many served small, rural churches that paid only modest salaries and couldn’t afford to contribute to their pastors’ retirement. Mission: Dignity currently helps 1,800 people with extra money needed for housing, food and vital medications. It has also ensured a well-deserved dignity, independence and, often, the ability to continue serving. Calvary will take an offering for the Mission: Dignity Ministry on Sunday, October 14. Offering envelopes will be available in the bulletin that day.

New Conquer Series Men's Small Group Starting
By: Paul Thompson

New Conquer Series Men’s Small Group Starting
Saturdays beginning October 6 | 7:30-9:00 am
This 5-week curriculum lays out biblical strategies, scientific facts and, in military style, teaches men how to use God’s weapons to conquer sin. Contact Ian Worrell, 334.790.7739, for group leader and location information.

Men's Sporting Clay Shoot
By: Matthew Dorsey

Men's Sporting Clay Shoot
Sunday, October 28 | 1:00-5:00 pm | Ravenwood Sporting Clays in Headland
This is for Calvary men and sons, grades 7-12. Lunch and clays will be provided. Bring your own shells. RSVP to the church office.

Preschool Parent - Faith at Home
By: Joyce Alexander

Preschool Faith at Home: My Church
Sunday, October 21 | 9:15 am - During Life Group | Room 222 in the Preschool Building
Join Joyce Alexander as she shares about teaching your preschoolers about their church.

Preschool Leaders Needed
By: Joyce Alexander

Preschool Leaders Needed
The Preschool ministry is in need of two Life Group teachers and two Wednesday night TeamKID teachers. Call Joyce in the church office to volunteer.

Preschool Mom's Beach Retreat
By: Joyce Alexander

Preschool Mom’s Beach Retreat | October 26-27
Register by Friday, October 12. Cost is $100 and a $25 deposit is due at registration. Space is limited. Call the church office for more details or to get signed up or email joyce@calvarydothan.com.

Student FCA Fields of Faith
By: Caren Coleson

FCA Fields of Faith
Wednesday, October 17 | 5:45-7:50 pm
Meet at the church at 5:30 pm or at Northcutt Field at Westgate Complex by 5:45 pm.

Student DiscipleNow Weekend
By: Caren Coleson

DiscipleNow Weekend: How the West Was Won
November 16-18
DiscipleNow is for Grades 6-12. Cost is $65 per person. Deadline to register is Sunday, November 4.

Senior Adult Midweek Service
By: Paul Thompson

Senior Adult Midweek Worship
Thursday, October 18 | 10:30 am | Sanctuary
A meal will follow in the Fellowship Center.

Luncheon Honoring Veterans and Families
By: Paul Thompson

Luncheon Honoring Veterans and Families
Sunday, November 11 | Fellowship Center
Lunch will be immediately following worship. RSVP by calling the church office.

For the Record...
By: Caren Coleson

For the RecordFor September, 2018Average Attendance:10:30 Worship 648Life Groups 568Mission Church 130Nursing Homes 73Outreach Bible Study 9Total Giving:General Fund $1,793,329.78Y-T-D Required $1,919,000.00

Sermon Schedule
By: Paul Thompson

Sermon Schedule
Wednesday, October 3
6:00 pm - Sanctuary
Trusting God When He Seems Silent
Habakkuk 1:1-11
Message by Charles Uptain
Sunday, October 7
10:30 am - Fellowship Center
Called to Be Saints Together
“Love Matters Most”
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, October 10
6:00 pm - Sanctuary
Trusting God When
Evil Seems to be Winning
Habakkuk 1:12-2:3
Message by Paul Thompson
Sunday, October 14
10:30 am - Fellowship Center
Called to Be Saints Together
“Decently and In Order”
1 Corinthians 14:1-40
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, October 17
6:00 pm - Sanctuary
Trusting God When Life Is Hard
Habakkuk 2:2-20
Message by Paul Thompson
Sunday, October 21
10:30 am - Fellowship Center
Called to Be Saints Together
“A Gospel Reminder”
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Message by Dan Tankersley
Wednesday, October 24
6:00 pm - Sanctuary
Trust God in Prayer
Habakkuk 3:1-19
Message by Paul Thompson
Sunday, October 28
10:30 am - Fellowship Center
Called to Be Saints Together
“Our Everlasting Hope”
1 Corinthians 15:12-34
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, October 31
6:00 pm - Sanctuary
Message by Paul Thompson

Staff on Call Schedule
By: Caren Coleson

Staff On Call Schedule
October 6-7
Matthew Dorsey
919-495-9483
October 13-14
Charles Uptain
334-797-7191
October 20-21
Joyce Alexander
334-798-4791
October 27-28
Dan Tankersley
334-655-8765

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

Calvary Extends Our Deepest Sympathy To...
Kelley Fleming - death of father
Crystal Forehand - death of father
The family of Bea Lindsey
Donavon Wewers - death of grandfather

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

By Statement
Bob Barber
By Baptism
LaDonna Barber
By Letter
Callie Bennett
By Letter
Christopher Brooks
By Statement
David & Dell Oltmans