What a joy to be the leader of such an amazing team. I know you have been blessed by two of our talented teaching pastors, Pastor Josh Reasoner and Pastor Jon Nitta! We are one team (1 Corinthians 3) serving one Lord and one church (Ephesians 4) with one mission. Together we are changing lives forever with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Most Rev. Donald Hying, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Gary, delivers a message of life, hope, acceptance and love to a crowd of about 1,200 area school students and faculty during a 31st annual Prayer Service in Celebration of Life at Franciscan Health Dyer Oct. 4, conducted during national Respect Life Month. The theme of this year’s event, Be Not Afraid, was accentuated by remarks made by guest speaker Matt Schwartz, theological consultant for the Parish Success Group, a national Catholic ministry training and coaching agency, who stressed the good in each individual and the need to elevate the spirit and worth of others.
Thank you for honoring my wife and me this past Sunday for our 20th anniversary with Calvary. God has used our church to do great things in Valparaiso, the region, and the world. And I believe God has even more great things for us! Right now our elders are spending a lot of time praying about our future. Our greatest challenge by far is how to keep up with the pace of growth we are experiencing as a church and ensure we can continue to grow.
I'm celebrating twenty years as your pastor this week. Of my twenty-nine years in ministry, I have spent twenty of them with you! What I really want to say is "Thank You!" Thank you to those who have prayed for me, my wife, and our three boys. Thank you to every person who has encouraged us in big and small ways. Thank you to those of you who were here twenty years ago and have stayed the course through "many dangers, toils, and snares," to borrow from the lines of the ancient hymn we all love.
Calvary Church began its first worship services in August 1947 at Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso. A lot has changed since 1947 in our church, in Valparaiso, and in the world. And yet, all the important things have remained the same at Calvary Church. We preach from the same book, we proclaim the same gospel, and we praise the same God.
Calvary Church 'Mothers of Preschoolers' (MOPS) Take a Day to Play at ‘Meet and Greet’ at Will Park in Valparaiso
Will Park in Valparaiso was filled with pint-sized people Friday morning, zipping down slides and racing across woodchips. While the sunny day was theirs to enjoy, the day really belonged to the women who held their hands and pushed them on the swings: Moms.
Generosity is something our church is committed to. That is why Calvary Church is giving to the aid work going on in Texas. We want to help the people of Houston and surrounding communities who have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey. If you want to do something, you can give online to our Compassion Fund, or you can give directly to Samaritan’s Purse, an organization we know and trust that has a lot of disaster relief experience.
The biblical encouragement to "greet one another" and "practice hospitality" found throughout the New Testament letters tells us something very powerful. The gospel welcomes. Because of the gospel, God has welcomed us. And because of the gospel we welcome each other. We also welcome those who are new (Hebrews 13:2).
I'm praying for all of “our" kids today. Yellow school buses are everywhere as our children head off to another year of growing up. Some of us are sending our kids off to preschool or kindergarten. Some of us are dropping kids off at college and fighting back the tears. My youngest son is getting ready to start his junior year of college a thousand miles away. Stacy and I were in his room yesterday helping pack up, and I sat on the bed and started crying.