Annie Armstrong
By: Paul Thompson

Annie Armstrong Offering for North American MissionsCalvary’s Goal: $40,000The North American Mission Board and its missionaries serve a diverse and complex region.• United States, Canada and U. S. Territories of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa• 363 million people• 350 languages• 14+ religions• 273 million estimated lostThe North American Mission Board sees a mission field that needs the hope of the gospel. Your prayers and gifts provide support for more than 5,000 missionaries who are planting new churches in unreached communities and reaching out to meet needs. Every day lives are being impacted and transformed.

Orphan Sunday
By: Paul Thompson

Orphan Sunday
Sunday, April 7
On Orphan Sunday we will reflect on God’s deep love for the fatherless and what ordinary people can do in response.
We want to create a video of families who have have been impacted by adoption. If you were adopted or have adopted a child, please email a picture to caren@calvarydothan.com by Friday, March 29.
There will be a lunch in the gym following worship for those who would like to learn more about foster care and adoption.

From Our Senior Pastor
By: Paul Thompson

Draw a circle.
That circle represents the authority of God in your life (not His sovereignty – you and I have no control over that – He rules all without our consent or approval). I’m talking about a circle whose contents include all that you have yielded to His Word and will. These are the areas of our lives where we have consciously and actively submitted to God’s authority – we know what He desires for us and what He denies from us, and we obey.
What’s outside of that circle? Your money? Your free time? Your relationships? Your sexuality? Your business decisions? Your politics? Anything? Be honest. If you have any part of your life – beliefs, values, priorities, activities, relationships, etc. – outside of that circle and out from under God’s authority, then that’s a very serious issue if you call yourself a Christian. And this scenario begs a critical question. What does it really (biblically) mean to be a “Christian”?
My point in this little exercise is to challenge a modern myth about ‘Christianity’. It seems I encounter more and more people these days who want to claim the label, but want to exclude certain areas of their lives from God’s authority and dominion. “I’m a LGBTQ Christian”. “I’m a Christian, but I don’t believe in organized religion.” “I’m a pro-choice Christian”. “I’m a Christian, but I don’t believe (fill in the blank from the Bible)”. Are they going to heaven? Maybe. But that’s not the question I’m posing. I’m asking if they are – in any meaningful, biblical sense – a Christian if they reserve the right to say “no” to God in any area of their lives.
Charles Spurgeon wrote:
Every true Christian pronounces this phrase, “Jesus our Lord,” with the emphasis of unreservedness. We desire that Christ Jesus should be our Lord in everything and Lord over every part of our being. . . . He who truly loves Jesus, and who knows that he is one of those who are redeemed by him, says with all his heart that Jesus is Lord, his absolute Sovereign … having unlimited monarchy and supreme sway over the soul. Yea, O “Jesus our Lord,” thou shalt be the autocratic, imperial Master of our heart, and of the whole dominion of our manhood!
My point is really and simply this: A biblical Christian has surrendered his/her life to the lordship of Christ. He rules. His Word is our infallible guide, and we don’t have the right anymore to say no to Him!
As John MacArthur writes,
To be a Christian, in the true sense of the term, is to be a wholehearted follower of Jesus Christ. As the Lord Himself said in John 10:27, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me”. The name suggests much more than a superficial association with Christ. Rather, it demands a deep affection for Him, allegiance to Him, and submission to His Word.
So, go ahead. Draw that circle. And as you do, ask the Father to show you anything in your life you are excluding from His authority. Then submit to Him in that area. And as you do, know that He is a Good Father who loves His children and longs that we all would have abundant life!
Pastor Paul

Vacation Bible School
By: Joyce Alexander

Vacation Bible School
June 3-7, 2019
Sign up on March 10 in the Fellowship Center
to help in this year’s Vacation Bible School.
VBS Clinic | March 21 | 6:00 pm
Ridgecrest Baptist Church
Come learn all you need to know about this year’s VBS theme.

Generous Giving
By: Charles Uptain

Generous Giving
Once again, our church family stepped up and surpassed a very challenging Lottie Moon Christmas Offering goal. We received over $142,000 that will go straight to our missionaries around the globe. Now we ask that you keep that spirit of cheerful giving as you help us meet our General Budget requirements here at Calvary

RightNow Media Discipleship Resources
By: Caren Coleson

RightNow Media Discipleship Resources
Calvary provides its members free digital discipleship resources through RightNow Media. With over 14,000 Bible study videos for adults and tons of Christian children’s videos, there is something for everyone. Let the church office know you would like to join and an invitation email will be sent to you for you to register.

Modern Questions about Christianity
By: John Stickles

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.

Membership Matters
By: Caren Coleson

Membership Matters
Wednesday, March 13 | 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 and how you can become a member.

Guatemala Mission Trip
By: Charles Uptain

Guatemala Mission Trip
March 23-28
Please pray for our team as they will be training school teachers, training pastors/leaders, and discipling our church partners at Elim Baptist Church in Guatemala City.

Calvary Kid's Ministry
By: Zach Daniels

Calvary Kid’s Ministry
Dad and Kids Camp Out | March 8-9
This is an overnight campout at the Weatherly/Woodham Farm for all families with children in the Calvary Kids Ministry. To register, email zach@calvarydothan.com by Monday, March 4 at noon, or call Zach Daniels at 334-792-5159.

Student Ministry
By: Reagan Farris

Student Ministry
Deadline for Wired
A $50 deposit and ALL paperwork is due by Sunday, March 10 if your student plans to attend WIRED with Calvary, June 23-28. This is WIRED’s deadline and students cannot be added after this date. Registration packets are located in the Student Room.
High School D-Groups
High school discipleship groups meet on Sunday nights at 6:00 pm. Contact Brooke Stickles in the church office or Reagan Farris at reagancfarris1@gmail.com for more details and locations.

Senior Adult Ministry
By: Randy Hunt

Senior Adult Ministry
Sonshine Choir Singing for the Second Sunday evening service on March 10. The service will begin at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary.
Senior Adult Mid-Month Worship | Thursday, March 21 | 10:30 am | Sanctuary
Lunch will follow in the Fellowship Center
Senior Adult Evangelism Conference | May 5-6
The conference will be held in Birmingham, AL. We will leave Sunday, May 4. The conference is free but there will be a cost for the hotel for one night plus your meals. Sign up begins at the Mid-Month luncheon on March 21

Upcoming April Events
By: Caren Coleson

Upcoming April Events
Movie Night | American Gospel: Christ Alone
Sunday, April 14 | 5:00-7:30 pm | Fellowship Center
The movie American Gospel explores the core question of Christianity, ‘What is the gospel?’ through the distorting lens of American culture. There will be activities for preschool and children.
Secret Church Simulcast with David Platt
Friday, April 26 | 6:00 pm-12:00 am | Fellowship Center
2019 Theme: Prayer, Fasting and the Pursuit of God

For the Record...
By: Caren Coleson

For the RecordFebruary, 2019Average Attendance:10:30 Worship - 623Life Groups - 584Hispanic Church - 124Nursing Homes - 80Outreach Bible Study - 13Total Giving:General Fund - $348,716.07Y-T-D Required - $407,076.96

Sermon Schedule
By: Paul Thompson

Sermon Schedule
Sunday, March 3
10:00 am - Fellowship Center
Strength in Weakness
“Following God...When You Can’t
See the Whole Picture”
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, March 6
6:00 pm - Sanctuary
Elijah: Prophet of Fire
“On a Chariot of Fire”
Message by Paul Thompson
Sunday, March 10
10:00 am - Fellowship Center
Strength in Weakness
“Sometimes, Pain Heals”
Message by Paul Thompson
6:00 pm - Sanctuary
A Night of Prayer for the Generations
Wednesday, March 13
6:00 pm - Sanctuary
Elijah: Prophet of Fire
Message by Paul Thompson
Sunday, March 17
10:00 am - Fellowship Center
Strength in Weakness
“A Satanic Strategy”
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, March 20
6:00 pm - Sanctuary
Elijah: Prophet of Fire
Message by Paul Thompson
Sunday, March 24
10:00 am - Fellowship Center
Strenghth in Weakness
“Giving Off Christ”
Message by Paul Thompson
Wednesday, March 27
6:00 pm - Sanctuary
Elijah: Prophet of Fire
Message by Paul Thompson
Sunday, March 31
10:00 am - Fellowship Center
Strenghth in Weakness
“Living Letters”
Message by Paul Thompson

Staff on Call Schedule
By: Caren Coleson

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

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

Calvary Extends Our Deepest Sympathy To...
The family of Mildred Bennett
The family of Whitney Devane
Larry Latta - death of neice

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

Calvary Welcomes to Our Family...
By Letter
Chris Dickinson