Operation Christmas Child
By: Caren Coleson

Operation Christmas Child
Shoebox Collection and Dedication Sunday
November 11
The Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child collects shoebox gifts—filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items—and delivers them to children in need around the world to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.
Shoeboxes are available in the Sanctuary and Fellowship Center Foyers and the Preschool and Children’s Buildings.

Night of Praise and Thanks
By: Caren Coleson

Night of Praise and Thanks
Sunday, November 11
Join us in the Sanctuary at 6:00 pm for a service of prayer and thanksgiving.

From Our Senior Pastor
By: Paul Thompson

I went to my first hockey game this past week in Nashville. I was up for a conference and also taking some time to hang out with Sarah in the evenings and we decided to go see the Predators play. Let me tell you, as surprising as it sounds, they take hockey seriously in Nashville! That arena was packed and the crowd was lively, to put it mildly.
My first ‘preacher thought’ was this: “I sure wish people were as into church and into Jesus as these people are into hockey!” People waited in long lines, didn’t seem to care they were paying $8 for hot dogs, and there seemed to be a genuine since of camaraderie and – dare I say – “fellowship” there among the thousands of screaming, jersey wearing fans.
But then the game started and I reconsidered.
One, everybody in the stands around were apparently hockey experts (at least in their own minds). I am imagining I’m sitting with people from Franklin, Clarksville, Murfreesboro, etc. – not exactly hotbeds of icy winter sports – and now suddenly they were experts on how guys with names like Filip, Juuse, and Miikka should be handling the puck, hitting the boards, or defending the powerplay. (Things I am assuming none of these fans did as kids). And these ‘experts’ sure let the guys on the ice really have it when they didn’t perform up to expectations.
And then something else dawned on me. There was a fortune in authentic jerseys being worn in the stands. These things are crazy expensive. I know – I walked through the team store realizing I needed a second job to buy stuff in there. Wearing this jersey gave them some sense of ownership I guess. The team was not “them”, but “us”. A loss (as it so happened that night) was not a “they”, but a “we” lost feeling.
And then, when the game was over – and man, it was some game … I was amazed at the intensity and effort of the guys who play and the speed and pace of the game – thousands of teachers, doctors, accountants, office workers, students, and whoever else made up the population that night went back to whatever they did when they weren’t at Predator games and to however they acted when they weren’t wearing those jerseys.
And here are my thoughts on that. I don’t want church to be like a hockey game, though sometimes it is. Church isn’t a few people performing for lots more watching (and sometimes cheering and sometimes critiquing) what the performers do. In church – the body of Christ – everybody is “on the ice” so to speak. Secondly, just wearing the jersey doesn’t make you part of the team. Being part of the church family means getting in there and serving and doing. It’s about using your gifts that God has given you for the sake of all of us. It’s about playing your part, fulfilling your role on the team (or biblically speaking, in the body). And finally, church ultimately isn’t something you dress up for, go and enjoy (or go home disappointed, whatever the case may be) and then go back to your “real life” outside of church. As a Christian, church is who you are, 24-7. We are the body of Christ in this world. We don’t go to church. We are the church!
So, I’m ok that church isn’t like a hockey game. I want us to be excited, yes. I want the place to be full and the energy to be high. But I want all of us to be part of what God is doing – not just on Sundays, but every day in every part of our city and beyond.
So gear up, get in the game, and be part of what God is doing … all for His glory and our good!
Pastor Paul

November Worship Schedule
By: Caren Coleson

November Worship Schedule
Sundays, November 4, 18 and 25 will be 10:30 am in the Fellowship Center.
Sunday, November 11 will be 10:30 am in the Sanctuary due to the Veterans luncheon.
Second Sunday Night Worship is November 11 at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary.
Wednesdays, November 7, 14 and 28 will be at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary.
Wednesday, November 21 - No Midweek Activities on Campus

Life Group and Worship Schedule Update
By: Paul Thompson

New Life Group and Worship Schedule Begins December 2
8:30 am - Life Group
10:00 am - Worshipin Fellowship Center

Experience the Holy Land
By: Paul Thompson

Experience the Holy Land
10-Day Biblical Tour of Israel | January 13-22, 2020
Pastor Paul is hosting a trip to Israel in 2020. Total cost is $3997 per person. If you are interested in the trip, call the church office for more information.

DivorceCare: Surviving the Holidays
By: Caren Coleson

DivorceCare: Surviving the Holidays is a free two-hour event where you can learn practical, effective strategies to help you make it through the holidays if you have faced a divorce or separation. The seminar is Sunday, November 18 in Room 209 in the Office Building from 2:00-4:00 pm. At Surviving the Holidays, you’ll receive a Holiday Survival Guide that includes practical strategies, encouraging words, helpful exercises, Q/As, and more to help you construct a healthy approach to the days ahead. This holiday season can be a wonderful time of personal growth and peace as you learn to discover joy amidst the heartache.

Family Outreach Initiative | Catering Hope
By: Greg Pendergrass

Family Outreach Initiative | Catering Hope
Invite a family or neighbor to your dinner table this Christmas season. Contact Greg Pendergrass at the ROC by Monday, November 19, to get connected with a Camp ROCK family.

Christmas at The Ark
By: Greg Pendergrass

Christmas at the Ark
Sign up has begun to participate in “Christmas at the Ark” on Monday, December 3 at 5:00 pm. Life Groups will be providing a meal, a party and fellowship for the men who reside at The Ark. Look for details soon in Life Group.

Breakfast in Bethlehem
By: Joyce Alexander

Breakfast in Bethlehem | Saturday, December 1 | 9:30-11:30 am | Children’s Building
This is a Christmas celebration for children 3-years-old (by 9/1/18) through Kindergarten (Children must be accompanied by an adult). Event is free but 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.

Parents' Night Out
By: Zach Daniels

Recharge Parents’ Night Out | Friday, December 7 | 6:00-9:00 pm | Preschoolers will be in the Preschool Building and children will be at the ROC.

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, November 15 | 10:30 am | Sanctuary | Message by Paul Thompson
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.

Start a New Family Tradition
By: Paul Thompson

Start a New Holiday Family Tradition!
Amid the flurry of activity, it’s easy to lose sight of the real reason you celebrate this season—the birth of Jesus.
The 25 Days of Christmas by James Merritt is a unique advent devotional written to help your family experience richer joy as you discover what the holiday is really about. Each two-page spread features a short story for you to read aloud, an inspiring Scripture verse, and a fun and easy family activity to remind you of what you learned that day.
Books are available in the church office for $15 each.

For the Record...
By: Caren Coleson

For the RecordFor October, 2018Average Attendance:10:30 Worship 533Life Groups 578Hispanic Church 130Nursing Homes 62Outreach Bible Study 10Total Giving:General Fund $2,002,295.24Y-T-D Required $2,171,500.00

Sermon Schedule
By: Paul Thompson

Sermon Schedule
Sunday, November 4
10:30 am - Fellowship Center
Called to Be Saints Together
“Decently and In Order, Part 2”
1 Corinthians 14:29-40
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, November 7
6:00 pm - Sanctuary
Message by Paul Thompson
Sunday, November 11
10:30 am - Sanctuary
Called to Be Saints Together
“Our Everlasting Hope”
1 Corinthians 15:12-34
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, November 14
6:00 pm - Sanctuary
Message by Paul Thompson
Sunday, November 18
10:30 am - Fellowship Center
Called to Be Saints Together
“What Are We Like in Heaven?”
1 Corinthians 15:35-49
Message by Dan Tankersley
Wednesday, November 21
No Evening Activities
Sunday, November 25
10:30 am - Fellowship Center
Called to Be Saints Together
“Deconstructing Death”
1 Corinthians 15:50-58
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, November 28
6:00 pm - Sanctuary
Message by Paul Thompson

Staff on Call Schedule
By: Paul Thompson

Staff On Call Schedule
November 3-4
Matthew Dorsey
919-495-9483
November 10-11
Charles Uptain
334-797-7191
November 17-18
Joyce Alexander
334-798-4791
November 24-25
Dan Tankersley
334-655-8765

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

Calvary Extends Our Deepest Sympathy To...
Dorman Frith - death of husband
Betty Hudgens - death of husband

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

Calvary Welcomes to Our Family...
By Letter
Randy & Sandra Hunt
Addie & Ben Hunt
By Baptism
Hannah Grayson Lee
By Letter
Anthony & Kamil Reynolds
By Statement
Judy Thompson