Corona-virus updates

 

Corona-virus News For Calvary

 
We will make some changes very soon at Calvary. When we reopened for in-building services, we had low attendance, as was expected, and were able to maintain all proper health protocols. That is no longer the case, as our attendance has gone up dramatically. Our one service is getting too crowded to maintain proper social distancing. Here are the upcoming changes, beginning July 5.
 
We will open a second service at 8:30 AM. This service is specifically designed for our elderly and those with underlying health conditions. We will require masks and have no congregational singing (per the Wall Street Journal, close quarters with lots of breathing, talking, and singing is the primary way Covid-19 is spread).
 
1. We will continue Sunday School at 9:30 since we have been able to spread out properly.
 
2. We will maintain our 10:30 service and it will be less restrictive than the 8:30 service. Masks will not be required (though still acceptable), and the congregational singing will be scaled back. We still require proper social distancing, but with the early service in place, this should no longer be difficult.
 
3. We will continue our no handshake/hug policy and ask, out of respect for others, for you to do the same.
 
4. We will continue with no in-building Sunday night service for now. Additionally, our Wednesday in-building service in the Annex will continue.
 
5. Originally I had planned to run our buses again in August, but that will probably be delayed.
 
6. All services will continue to be streamed on Facebook and You Tube.
 
7. I am grateful and thankful for your understanding, and I need you to take all of this seriously. I had to reschedule our missionary who was to be here Sunday night. He and his wife contracted Covid-19. They are both in their mid 20s, and he described it as the worst sickness he has ever experienced.
 
8.If you have any questions, you may call the church, call me personally, text, email, or send a carrier pigeon. I love you, and please keep praying for me!!

 

We are wanting to try to stay connected even through this difficult time. There is some ways we have for y’all to stay connected:
 

1. Our Church App – Here you can access Live – stream, Giving, Newsletters, and more

Calvary Baptist App (Through Sharefaith )
 
For Apple (IOS)
A. Go to the App Store and search “The Sharefaith App”
B. Install
C. Open “The Sharefaith App”
D. Search “Calvary Baptist Church”
 
For Android
A. Go to the “Google Play Store”
B. Search “Calvary Baptist Cleburne”
C. Install
 

2. Announcements:

Calvary has 4 private Facebook pages that are used for announcements. You must submit a friend request to access these pages.
 
A. Calvary Baptist Church of Cleburne, TX
B. The Express of Calvary Baptist Church
C. The Crossing Calvary Teens
D. Calvary Singers
 

3. Prayer Request

Email: Cleburneprays@gmail.com or cbccleburne@gmail.com
Call: 817-645-7758
 

4. Giving

A. Mail: Calvary Baptist Church, 700 Woodard Ave, Cleburne TX 76033
B. In Pearson: M-W 9-3, Th 9-noon

The current restrictions mentioned by the mayor and Governor continue through the end of April. If anything changes, we will let you know.

Thanks for reading, God bless you, and continue to pray for our country!

The church office will still be open and if you have any questions or need to get in contact with us. Please call 817-645-7758


January 2020 Newsletter

Pastor’s Ponderings

“Salt and Light”

The Sermon on the Mount is the single greatest sermon ever preached. When Jesus finished, “the people were astonished at his doctrine” because Jesus “taught them as one having authority” (Matthew 7:28-29).

The message begins with the “Beatitudes”, a series of verses beginning with the word Blessed. Jesus explains who is REALLY blessed, and His conclusions don’t always match with ours.

Then He uses two illustrations of what all true believers should be. First, He states, “Ye are the salt of the earth . . .” This is followed by a warning that if salt loses its flavor, it is useless.

The second image used by our Lord is light. “Ye are the light of the world.” You cannot hide a city on a hill, and you should never hide your light under a bushel.

Our Savior then explains why our light should shine. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

That’s the Key!!! Our shining light is our good works. When others see our good works, they glorify God!

That’s why we begin 2020 with a series through the book of Titus. Good works are a constant theme in this small book. I truly believe when we understand the need for good works it will change not only our lives, but the lives of those around us as they see the example we set and glorify the Lord.

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We are excited to have Illusionist David Corn with us again. He will be in Sunday School and Children’s Church the morning of January 19. He will have the entire evening service that night. After blessing our students at our Wednesday On Track service, he will have a big rally Thursday night at Calvary.

Expect great things, for the last time he was here over 30 children were saved in the Thursday night rally. His unique show plus his gospel presentation make this a presentation you do NOT want to miss.

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I want to express again my thanks for all who made the Christmas season a blessed time at Calvary. The decorated auditorium set the mood for the entire month. The congregation made a great effort to be at every service, and it showed. The Memorial Service was so moving. The children’s play was fabulous, and the Christmas party was a great success. The choir outdid themselves during the Christmas cantata, and the Lord’s Supper was a beautiful, solemn service.

I count it a privilege and an honor to be pastor of this great church, and I look forward to what God will do for us, in us, and through us in 2020.

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The first several Sunday nights of January, I will emphasize the role of prayer in the growth of our church. The series, entitled, “Pray and Go” will present a straightforward method of praying for our town and using those prayers as a springboard for reaching our town.

From time to time I will ask the entire church to pray for something specific, and in January I want all of us to pray for our Outreach on January 14. We need you there!

We have a variety of methods to reach our community. Some will “canvas”, going door-to-door. Others will visit church members we have missed. Recent visitors will also be contacted. Some will write cards, and others will pray during the time. We meet Tuesday, January 14, at 10:00am and at 6:00pm. See You There!

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I have asked from the beginning for you to pray for me and my family in five areas. Thank you for doing so, and please continue to plead with God that I would have:

1) Courage

2) Wisdom

3) Strength

4) Victory

5) Vision

 



December Newsletter

Pastor’s Ponderings

“Good . . . Works”

Busyness is a badge of honor in America. We move from one task to the next with effortless ease and pat ourselves on the back when we check off our to-do list. But are our lives meaningful?

I am amazed that Jesus accomplished exactly what He intended in only 3 1/2 years. How did He do it? He only did exactly what needed to be done.

After being here for six years I asked myself, “Have you accomplished what you set out to do?” The answer? “Maybe, somewhat, sort of.”

As we conclude 2019 and start a new year and a new decade, I ask everyone reading this, “Are you where you want to be? Are you WHO you want to be?”

To answer that question for all of us, I sought the Lord for a church theme for 2020. In 2019 we used the phrase “Renew, Restore, Refresh.” In the coming year we will see that “Good . . . Works.”

This is a play on words, for I want all of us to see that God intends us to perform good works. Yet I also hope we will understand that “Good . . . Works.” Being good is what will change ourselves and the world around us.

We understand that from God’s perspective we are all born in sin. David even acknowledged he was a sinner in his mother’s womb (Psalm 51:5). Paul said that no good thing dwells in his flesh (Romans 7:18).

At salvation, though, we are made partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4), and through Christ have the ability to perform good works that are truly pleasing to the Lord.

In 2020 we will begin a series through the book of Titus. In that short book the word “good” appears eleven times in only 46 verses. Six of those times the words “work” or “works” follow the word “good.”

If we are to have the impact on Cleburne and the world that God intended, we must perform good works. And when we demonstrate good works, we will see that good works.

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Once again we look forward to a blessed December. One of the most moving services is the December 8th Memorial Service in which we honor our loves ones and fellow church members who went to be with the Lord this past year.

That night we enjoy two special events. First, the children, under the direction of Jenny Young and Kristie Yancey will present the play “Peanut Butter Christmas.”

Immediately following the play we will move to the Family Life Center for our annual churchwide Christmas party. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy as we bless the Children’s Advocacy Center with these gifts to be distributed to local children. Also bring some finger food and we will enjoy sweet fellowship.

December 10 is our monthly Golden Agers meeting, Please bring your favorite Tex-Mex dish and/or dessert of your choice. We will enjoy a Christmas sing-along and continue to collect toys for the Children’s Advocacy Center.

Sunday morning, December 15, the Calvary Singers will present the cantata, “Christmas, Night of Angels.” The focus of this musical is the many appearances of angels during the first Christmas season.

That night, we will partake of the Lord’s Supper as we commemorate the death and soon coming of our Lord. It is truly the most wonderful time of the year.

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I have asked from the beginning for you to pray for me and my family in five areas. Thank you for doing so, and please continue to plead with God that I would have:

1) Courage

2) Wisdom

3) Strength

4) Victory

5) Vision

 



November Newsletter

Pastor Ponderings 

 “Our Holy Days” 

We are entering the holiday season. I like the word “holiday.” Its roots come from the two words “holy day.” For the Christian, Resurrection Sunday is the greatest of all “holy days” followed by Christ’s crucifixion day.

But in November/December we focus on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Every day in November, some post on Facebook a different reason to be thankful. Included are things like family, friends, employment, country, and Jesus.

Thankfulness permeates the Bible. Jesus publicly thanked the Father (Matthew 11:25; John 11:41) He also was thankful before eating (Matthew 26:27; John 6:11). On three occasions in the Book of Revelation (4:9; 7:11-12; 11:16-17) the heavenly host are worshipping and thanking the Lord.

But the two thoughts of thankfulness that jump out to me are: 1) Being thankful always (Ephesians 1:16; 5:20; 1 Thessalonians 1:2), and; 2) Being thankful in and for everything (2 Corinthians 9:11; Ephesians 5:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:18).

My God commands me to be thankful in every situation. I don’t always like what is happening in my life. Some of my problems come from without, but my greatest difficulties are of my own making. My most challenging opponent is the man I see in the mirror every day.

I am also charged to be thankful all the time. That is difficult!! Sometimes I simply do not WANT to be thankful. But it is easier when I remember that “all things work together for good”

(Romans 8:28). No matter my circumstance God will eventually turn it into something good!

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I hope you will join us Sunday, November 10, for my sixth anniversary at Calvary Baptist Church. In the morning I will bring a special message entitled “Opportunities.” That evening Kristie and Emily Yancey will bless us with a concert of great gospel songs. See you there!

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We had a fabulous Fall Festival in October. We originally had a Trunk or Treat planned in which our folks would decorate their trunks and people would come by to get candy. Our Texas weather did not cooperate, so we moved indoors. The creativity of some of our members was incredible.

We had a fishing booth, tribbles, a circus, a ring toss, light people, angels, and much more. Thanks to all who participated, set up, cleaned, brought candy , tore down, and helped in any other way.

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December’s schedule is awesome. The 1st is the church’s 77th anniversary. We don’t have any festivities planned, but we will recognize Calvary’s birthday. Our monthly Outreach is Tuesday, December 3rd at 10am and 6pm.

Sunday, December 8, is our Memorial Service in which we honor those who passed away this year. If you get your loved one’s name to the office by November 20, we will have an ornament for you.

The evening of December 8 is the children’s play, “Peanut Butter Christmas,” and our annual churchwide Christmas party follows the play. This is always a BIG evening, and more details will follow. The Golden Agers Christmas party will be Tuesday, December, 10, at 10:30am.

The choir will present a cantata, “Christmas, Night of Angels,” in the morning service of December 15, and we will take the Lord’s Supper in the evening service.

Let’s make the rest of the year the best of the year!

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I have asked from the beginning for you to pray for me and my family in five areas. Thank you for doing so, and please continue to plead with God that I would have:

1) Courage

2) Wisdom

3) Strength

4) Victory

5) Vision

 



October Newsletter

Pastor’s Ponderings

“Habits”

Is it really possible to get “A New You in Eight Weeks?” I started that series a few weeks ago, and so far we have attempted to implement three weekly habits. First, pray three times a day, on your knees if possible. Scripture records believers praying in the morning, at noon, in the evening, a great while before the sun rises, and even at midnight. Whatever times you choose, just do it! We next looked at eating one meal a day with someone else. The Bible records much about both food and fellowship. In Genesis 2 God commanded Adam to eat from the trees in the garden. Two verses later He said it wasn’t good that man was alone. We combined these two thoughts and asked everyone to have at least one meal a day with someone else. The last Sunday of September we introduced the habit of “Bible First.” We are tempted to begin the day with everything but God. Our phones demand our attention. ESPN Sports Center has highlights from the recent game. Morning news shows remind us of important events. Yet the best use of our time is to dive into God’s Word and prepare for the coming day. I am basing this series on a book I purchased recently entitled “The Common Rule.” Written by a Christian lawyer, the book chronicles his life of intense work that began pulling him from God. He realized that his Christian life was in great danger if he didn’t take the necessary steps to stay close to the Lord. After devising eight small habits (and I am altering the habits slightly) and implementing them into his busy life, he noticed a remarkable change. He emailed his journey to many of his friends who in turn passed them along to others. It made such a difference in the lives of so many that he wrote the book. In the first few weeks of this series I have had many tell me that the habits are already making a difference! Strive to make your fellowship with God and others a priority. ******************** I am ready for Fall! Last month was the warmest and driest September on record for DFW. No need to fear, for September, 2018, was the wettest on record with over 12 inches of rain. As I looked at the official rain chart I saw some interesting statistics. The two wettest years on record were 2015 and 2018. The two driest were 1921 and 1910. The greatest difference from one year to the next was 21.32 inches in 2014 and 62.61 inches in 2015 (over 41 inches). These numbers remind me of our spiritual lives. Sometimes the “showers of blessing” (Ezek 34:26) fall unhindered but other times we are in a “dry and thirsty land, where no water is” (Psalm 63:1). If all is well right now, continue to ask for God’s blessings and share those blessings with others. If you are in a dark place and life seems to be fighting you, remember that we all have seasons of ups and downs. We may have 21 inches of rain one year, but God is preparing us for 62 inches next year. Eventually we will all arrive where “the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19). ******************** October is Revival Month! I hope you will be present at EVERY Sunday evening service as we hear great messages from God’s chosen servants! ******************** This year we will participate on Cleburne’s Fall Festival, “Autumn on the Square.” We will have a photo booth. Help us be a blessing to the community. ******************** I have asked from the beginning for you to pray for me and my family in five areas. Thank you for doing so, and please continue to plead with God that I would have: 1) Courage 2) Wisdom 3) Strength 4) Victory 5) Vision  



Student Tracks

 
 
 
 


September Newsletter

Pastor Ponderings 

“Fall is Here”

Fall is my favorite season. Among the reasons for this are: 1) The weather finally starts cooling down. Though we have not had a scorching summer this year, it was still very hot at times. 2) My favorite sport, football, resumes. I am not the fan I was years ago, but I still love watching a game or two when I have time. 3) School begins and routines are established. We get the kids up, (though I am an empty-nester) have breakfast, get them to school, then get to work. 4) Vacations are over and church attendance picks up. I am grateful for a good summer. We had our second-best attended service, behind only Easter, in July. Continue to pray for Calvary. Our Wednesday youth services have begun. We have renamed our student ministries to “On Track.” Our children are “The Express” and our teens are “The Crossing.” I am thankful for so many adults who are so willing to help this vital ministry. This month we begin a new ministry for our widows and widowers. We also want to include any of our saints who are single. We launch with a luncheon at 11:30am on Saturday, September 14. Our goal is to bless these church members by providing help around the house with repairs, light cleaning, mowing a lawn, changing light bulbs, and other practical help we can provide. We will work in conjunction with our men’s & ladies’ ministries as we pair those with a need to those who can meet that need. We have sign-up sheets in the auditorium if you want to list an area where you can help. ******************** A Christian website recently asked pastors about any strange and funny things they were asked to do. Here are some of the best ones. “A church member asked me to put his mother’s funeral on my calendar. She wasn’t dead.” “A church member asked me to do an imitation of a character from The Princess Bride during the wedding ceremony.” “I officiated a funeral where the family did the wave and hit beach balls during the service.” “A church member called, telling me her neighbors sheep were out in the road. Of course, I was supposed to help since I was her shepherd.” “I was asked to baptize a body at a funeral.” “A lady brought a chirping bird into a worship service and asked me to ignore it.” “I was visiting a member of our church in the hospital. He insisted I hold his kidney stone. I was young, so I did.” ******************** Sunday, September 8, we begin a series: “A New You in 8 Weeks.” We will look at eight vital habits we need to establish to be the best Christians we can be. Don’t miss it! ******************** This year the City of Cleburne will sponsor “Autumn on the Square”, a fall festival with local non-profits providing the activities. Calvary will have a photo booth. The city allows us to place any church information (tracts, etc.) on our table for the community to take. The date is October 19 from 10am to 3pm. We will have a sign-up sheet out soon for those willing to participate. Because of the Cleburne festival, we will scale back on Calvary’s Fall Festival this year. We will still have it, but it will be a little different than in past years. ******************** I want to wish a late happy birthday to my wife. I first met her about 40 years ago. She has been such a blessing to me, and I will always be grateful she said, “I do!” ******************** I have asked from the beginning for you to pray for me and my family in five areas. Thank you for doing so, and please continue to plead with God that I would have: 1) Courage 2) Wisdom 3) Strength 4) Victory 5) Vision  



Meals & Theme Nights

Meals Schedule

Week 22 ( Feb 19th )

Chicken Nuggets & Chips 

Week 23 ( Feb 26th )

Nachos

Week 24 ( March 4th )

Tacos

Week 25 ( March 11th ) 

Baked Sandwiches 

 

Theme Nights

Nerd Night ( Feb 19th ) 

Mustache Night ( March 11th ) 



Memory Verses

Memory Verses for Crossing

“Week 17” (Jan 15th) 

 2 Chronicles 7:14 – If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

“Week 18”  (Jan 22nd) 

Matthew 6:9-11 – After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.

“Week 19” ( Jan 29th) 

Matthew 6:12-13 –  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen 

“Week 20 ( Feb 5th)

Review Week

 


August Newsletter

Pastor’s Ponderings

“Every Member and Every Day”

“Brethren, pray for us” (1 Thessalonians 5:25). “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you” (2 Thessalonians 3:1). “Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly” (Hebrews 13:18). As I read these verses, a thought came to me. What if we all took these passages seriously and sincerely prayed for the pastor and leaders of Calvary every day? “[Paul] never outgrew the need for prayer, and neither do we” (William MacDonald). As you read this, determine to be a part of the prayers lifted to God. You can remember this with a simple slogan: “Every Member, Every Day.” Join with your brothers and sisters in Christ and take me and your fellow believers into the throne room of God. ******************** Thom Rainer wrote a short online article entitled, “Why I Attend Church.” Here are the final two reasons.

  1. I attend church because the Bible tells me to do so. Two-thirds of the New Testament is about churches, specifically gathered churches. The words of the writer of Hebrews in 10:24-25 are powerful: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
  2. I attend church because I love my church. I love my church. I love my pastor. I love the members of my church. I love the community my church serves. If I love someone, I will be there for them. I truly love my church.

******************** We just completed a sermon series entitled “The Walk.” It was a blessing to prepare these messages and they truly touched my heart. I pray that our walk will match our talk. We learned to “Walk in Love,” Walk in Truth,” “Walk Circumspectly,” “Walk Not as the Lost,” “Walk Humbly,” “Walk by Faith,” “Walk Worthy,” “Walk in Wisdom,” “Power Walk,” and we concluded last Sunday with “Walk in Light.” I pray we were all challenged to truly live out our faith! ******************** I am grateful and thankful for all who have joined the choir the past few weeks. We practice every Sunday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. We are already practicing Christmas music (I know, that seems way too early), and I truly appreciate the attitude of the singers. If the Lord lays this ministry on your heart (provided you can at least sing a little bit), we would love to see you in the choir loft! ******************** August will be a great month. We open the first Sunday by baptizing in the evening service. We had around 21 teens and children saved at camp and Vacation Bible School. As we follow up on these young people (special thanks to Bro. Eddy Carrell for contacting many of these) we also pray that the parents will get involved with Calvary. Our On Track leader training will occur August 11 after the morning service. We will have lunch prepared then meet until about 3:00pm preparing for the new year of Express (children) and The Crossing (teens). Registration for this program is Wednesday, August 21, from 6:30pm-8:00pm and we begin on August 28 at 6:30pm. We have a great year ahead and look forward to what God will do through us! Thanks to all the volunteers! ******************** September brings some exciting blessings. On Saturday, September 14, we launch a widow/widower ministry with a free luncheon. Calvary has an abundance of members whose spouses have passed into glory. Join us for this special meal as we try to be a blessing to our folks who have endured difficult life circumstances. We also begin a new series on September 8 titled “A New You in Eight Weeks.” For these sermons we will look at eight vital habits we need to establish to be more effective for the Lord. The habits are very simple, yet Satan distracts us from what is important. Establish these eight simple routines, and God will bless us individually and as a church body! ******************** I have asked from the beginning for you to pray for me and my family in five areas. Thank you for doing so, and please continue to plead with God that I would have: 1) Courage 2) Wisdom 3) Strength 4) Victory 5) Vision  



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