Celebration of Marriage
By: Paul Thompson

Celebration of Marriage
Sunday, February 10
6:00 pm
Fellowship Center
We would like to have pictures for a slideshow at the celebration. Please send a wedding and a current picture to caren@calvarydothan.com by Monday, February 4.

Women's Bible Study
By: Caren Coleson

Word-filled Women’s Ministry
Women’s Bible Study | God of Covenant: A Study of Genesis 12-50 by Jen Wilkin
Tuesdays at 9:30 am, beginning, February 5, or Wednesdays at 6:00 pm, beginning, February 6
There are no minor characters in the story of God. Beginning with Genesis 12, walk alonside the fathers of our faith - Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph - to discern Jesus in the stories of His people. Over 10 sessions, discover how God orchestrates everything for His glory and the good of His people, and see how the God of creation and covenant is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Sign up in the church office for the Bible study and for childcare.

From Our Senior Pastor
By: Paul Thompson

As we approach the end of our series, Sacred: God’s Design for Marriage, I want to share a few observations and thoughts of where we’ve been so far and where we’re headed.
I’m getting lots of good feedback about how people are taking to heart the challenges they are hearing in worship and in their Life Groups, and about the specific steps people are taking to see real change happen in their marriages. While there are no quick fixes, much of what we have studied are necessary catalysts to beginning the necessary changes that heal a marriage. And remember, knowing principles won’t change a marriage. Obeying God’s Word and following God’s design will! So keep it up! Don’t go on feelings, but go on trust – knowing that God’s way is always best.
Many of you have been married a lot longer than my 26 years, and yet here you are, week after week, listening, learning, and applying. What an encouragement you are! Some of you have the opportunity to mentor, coach, and otherwise influence a whole new generation in marriage. You have much to share and your words and lives will have great impact. And even if there is no one in your life to mentor in this area right now, your presence cheering and encouraging our married couples to grow in godliness, commitment, and joy is vital. In a culture that – at best – misunderstands biblical marriage, and - at worse – despises it, you are helping make much of God and his great gift of marriage. Keep setting the pace!
For many people listening, these messages have been hard. Experiencing hurt and/or strife in their marriages now, or dealing with the despair and devastation of divorce from the past, these messages on God’s ideal for marriage can be difficult to take. I realize this and I hope you will stick it out till the end for the final message, “Not Quite What I Planned” on February 17th. I’ll talk about God’s word for those who are in a place they never thought they’d be. We’ll talk about what God’s grace means for your future.
I’ve spoken with a few widows about the series as well. Missing someone you loved for so long and well is a pain I can’t quite imagine. Hearing about marriage has been bittersweet. You have been reminded of a spouse you love, and that brings back a flood of wonderful memories. You’ve also been reminded of a spouse that’s no longer here, and that stirs up a lot of sadness. Thank you for being here nonetheless and for championing godly marriages.
So, for those of you for whom this series has been tough, thanks for sticking it out. Married, widowed, divorced, or single, you are a beloved part of the body of Christ and we are glad you are here.
Finally, the more I study and teach on the subject, the more I realize that these messages on marriage are really messages on Jesus. Jesus and his relationship with us, his bride, is not a metaphor for marriage. It’s the other way around. When we talk about God’s design for marriages, we are talking more about God’s design for salvation – how he loves us, chooses us, saves us, and sanctifies us, so that one day we can enjoy Him forever in heaven. Isn’t that something we all need to hear?
Will you plan to be part of our Celebration of Marriage on Sunday, February 10th as we celebrate the beautiful design and glorious gift of marriage? We are going to enjoy a great meal together, laugh, maybe cry a little, be challenged, encouraged and blessed as we celebrate what God has done and is doing and will one day complete. Godly marriages bless individuals, families, churches, communities, and nations. We all need to celebrate that!
I love my church family!
Pastor Pau

New Midweek Series
By: Paul Thompson

New Midweek Series
Elijah: Prophet of Fire
February 6-March 6
6:00 pm
Sanctuary

Modern Questions about Christianity
By: Caren Coleson

Modern Questions about Christianity
Sundays, March 17-April 7 | 5:00-6:00 pm | In the College Room | Led by John Stickles
Have you ever questioned or have been questioned about the validity of the Bible? Questions like, “The Bible contradicts itself so it must be false, right?” Or have you ever wondered about how science and Christianity are related or the value of Christian religious belief in the academy? Or perhaps you’ve wondered why God let’s evil persist in the world or ever let evil enter into the world in the first place. If you have ever asked these questions or know someone who is asking these questions, please join us for a study through Modern Questions about Christianity. This is a discussion-based study on how we can lovingly and wisely answer these questions for ourselves and our friends.

Ministry Opportunity
By: Charles Uptain

Ministry Opportunity
American Red Cross Disaster Institute | February 18 – March 2
Calvary is hosting the Disaster Institute for the American Red Cross again this year. We will have the opportunity to serve 300 Red Cross volunteers and staff from the Southeast Region of the U.S. We will need Calvary members to help host this event. You can sign up in Life Groups beginning February 3 to help with the Institute

Membership Matters
By: Dan Tankersley

Membership Matters
Wednesday, February 6 | 5:45 pm | Parlor
Whether you are new at Calvary or have been at Calvary for a long time, this class offers all the information you need to know about Calvary.

Word-filled Women Coffee & Connect
By: Caren Coleson

Word-filled Women’s Ministry
Coffee & Connect | Sunday, March 3
All women are invited to gather in the Parlor at 3:00 pm for conversation, coffee and connection.

Calvary Kid's Ministry
By: Zach Daniels

Calvary Kid’s Ministry
VBS is Coming!
Yes, it’s already that time of year to start thinking about VBS, and why wouldn’t we? It’s the biggest event that we do in the realm of children’s ministry all year. The dates for our 2019 VBS are June 3-8. Our theme is “In the Wild” Amazing Encounters with Jesus. If you are interested in being apart of the VBS team, reach out to us to get the conversation started. Email Brooke: brooke@calvarydothan.com, or call the church office.
“Change” for Missions Night / Wednesday, February 13
During this edition of our Wednesday Night ministry known as SPARK! kids are encouraged to bring coins to give as an offering that will be given to our missionary partners.
Game Show Kids Worship / Sunday, March 3
This will be a worship service kids won’t want to miss! We will integrate review questions from all we have learned throughout the past semester into a variety of different game shows.

Student Ministry
By: Reagan Farris

Student Ministry
D-Groups
We are starting a new environment and next step process called D-groups on Sunday evenings in homes, 6:00-7:30 pm. In our D-groups, we will be leading students in a process of maturing spiritually and giving them the tools to turn around and give it away to others. We want to encourage all our high school students to participate. We have a great team of adult leaders who have been learning this process and are ready to take on a few students each to train them and be their coach in their continued journey of learning to follow Jesus and leading others to do the same. I hope your student joins us!
Wired
If your student would like to attend WIRED, the deadline to register is Sunday, March 10. A $50 deposit and paperwork is due at time of registration. Registration packets are available in the church office and the Student Room.

Senior Adult Ministry
By: Randy Hunt

Senior Adult Ministry
Ministry Opportunity
All our senior adults are invited to take part in a ministry opportunity to Westside Terrace on Wednesday, February 13. We will leave the church at 9:20 am and share a special Valentine card with the residents, the Sonshine choir will sing, and then we will all share lunch at Blue Plate.
Senior Adult Midweek Worship | Thursday February 14 | 10:30 am | Sanctuary
Message by Regan Farris with our Student Ministry. Lunch will follow in the Fellowship Center.
Senior Adult Dinner at Pond House Restaurant | Thursday, February 28
We will leave Calvary at 3:30 pm. Sign up with Emily in the Church office.

For the Record...
By: Caren Coleson

For the RecordFebruary, 2019Average Attendance:10:30 Worship: 677Life Groups: 653Hispanic Church: 132Nursing Homes: 78Outreach Bible Study: 12Total Giving:General Fund: $179,409.58Y-T-D Required: $203,538.48Lottie Moon: $126,155.80Lottie Moon Goal: $140,000.00

Sermon Schedule
By: Paul Thompson

Sermon Schedule
Sunday, February 3
10:00 am - Fellowship Center
Sacred: God’s Design for Marriage
“A Persistent Intimacy”
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, February 6
6:00 pm - Sanctuary
Elijah: Prophet of Fire
“The Mysterious Appearance
of a Man of God”
Message by Paul Thompson
Sunday, February 10
10:00 am - Sanctuary
Sacred: God’s Design for Marriage
“A Persevering Devotion”
Message by Paul Thompson
6:00 pm - Fellowship Center
Celebration of Marriage
Wednesday, February 13
6:00 pm - Sanctuary
Elijah: Prophet of Fire
“Brooks, Birds, and the
(Often Unseen) Purposes of God”
Message by Paul Thompson
Sunday, February 17
10:00 am - Fellowship Center
Sacred: God’s Design for Marriage
“Healing, Hope, and the Future”
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, February 20
6:00 pm - Sanctuary
Elijah: Prophet of Fire
“Clash at Mt. Carmel”
Message by Paul Thompson
Sunday, February 24
10:00 am - Fellowship Center
Strenghth in Weakness
“The Comforts of God”
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, February 27
6:00 pm - Sanctuary
Elijah: Prophet of Fire
“When the Lord Passes By”
Message by Paul Thompson

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

Calvary Extends Our Deepest Sympathy To...
Faye Brooks - death of sister
James Chandler - death of father
The family of Dan Cotant
Matthew Dorsey - death of grandmother
Stan Jones - death of father
The family of Betsy Keyton
Angie Parmer - death of mother

Staff on Call Schedule
By: Caren Coleson

Staff On Call ScheduleFebruary 2Matthew Dorsey919-495-9483February 3Randy Hunt334-791-7986February 9Charles Uptain334-797-7191February 10Reagan Farris504-319-6986February 16 & 17Joyce Alexander334-798-4791February 23 & 24Dan Tankersley334-655-8765

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

Calvary Welcomes to Our Family...
By Baptism
Mary Alan Colbert
By Statement
Michaele & Roberta Davis
By Statement
Brannon & Brynne Heape
By Letter
Michael & Shelby Kreger
Alexander & Aidan Kreger
By Letter
Kim McGainey
By Baptism
Charlie Uptain
By Letter
David Woodham