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From the Desk of Pastor Kevin Ballard

Welcome to our growing church family

 

2020
 
7-05-2020 
 

 

 

CELEBRATING FREEDOM!

 

 

Hey Calvary

Happy independence day weekend! July 4th is a day to celebrate the greatest country on the planet. A day to give thanks to God for all He has done and is willing to do for our nation.  It's a day to pledge our allegiance to do all we can to be part of God's plan for America to be a light to the world.

It was John Adams (1735-1826)  who said concerning July 4th, "It will be celebrated with pomp and parade..bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other."  

In other words, don't let this day be like every other.  Let it be a day of thanksgiving, gratefulness and exuberant joy that God had allowed each one of us to be a part of "The American Experiment."  God bless America and God bless our President!

Tomorrow (07/05) there are several opportunities for worship. In person worship on campus (10:00am & 12:00pm), drive-in church (92.1fm), and online (Facebook:  Calvary Inverness). 

We continue our brand new study in the book of 1 Thessalonians (3:1-13). It was written to a healthy, vibrant church that had been founded by Paul on his second missionary journey.

After challenging the church to live life in such a way that they could be confident of the abundant rewards that would be given to them, at the judgment seat of Christ, Paul then wrote concerning his concern for their conduct.

His desire was they would be found blameless at the coming of Christ for the church.  He prayed they would live everyday like it was their last. That they would constantly keep their eyes upward, expecting to hear the trumpet and be caught up in the air to be with Jesus.

Believing the Lord can come at any moment has a purifying effect on one's life.  Having been given a new nature, there is an innate desire to please the Lord.  

Knowing that Jesus' return is imminent, there is also a sense of urgency.  An understanding  that what one does for Christ cannot be delayed. 

Finally, there is a willingness to arrange life's priorities so as to have the ability to maximize the time here on earth.  

Believing in Jesus effects where you spend eternity. Believing He could come at any moment affects how you live while you wait.

Look forward to our time together. Please pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the entire Calvary Chapel family.

Awaiting His Return,

Pastor

 

 

COVID-19 CHURCH UPDATE

Sunday (7/05-7/26), there are two opportunities for on campus worship (10:00am & 12:00pm).

There will be no children's church or nursery[Both services resume July 1st]. The Holy Ground Cafe is closed[Through the month of July].  

The Monday Bible Study is online at 7:00 pm.  

Friday Night with Jesus is online at 7:00 pm.

The office is open Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00am-2:00pm.

The Wednesday Bible Study will continue to be streamed online through June. We are resuming in person worship on Wednesday, July 01, 7:00 pm..

 

Asking everyone, who attends, to refrain from handshaking, hugging or congregating in groups of more than ten.

 

It's understandable when asked to refrain from that which is natural for Christians to do (handshaking, hugging, etc.) there will be a negative reaction. 

 

Calvary Chapel Inverness is made up of many spirit filled Christians who have a myriad of opinions of what guidelines should and should not be followed.  

 

It's beneficial to remember the Apostle Paul faced the same type of dilemma with the church in Rome and Corinth. 

Their challenge was not 'social distancing' but "food offered to idols" and "what day they should gather for worship." 

After hearing from all sides he wrote, "We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves. We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord" (Romans 15:1-2).

Therefore, with a humble heart and a desire to serve, each of us should seek to abide by the "social distance" protocols.  And, at the same time, ask the Lord to remove the Covid-19 virus and heal all who have been affected by it (physically, emotionally, economically and spiritually).

The sanctuary has been modified to comply with the social distance guidelines of six feet. Ushers are available to assist everyone who attends.

 

Masks are available (not required) for those who feel more comfortable wearing one while in public.

 

No need to make a reservation. The campus is big enough that we can accommodate a large number of people and still be able to abide by the social distance guidelines.

 

Those who are not comfortable being in public, but want to get out of the house, you can drive to the church, remain in your car, and hear the entire service on 92.1 fm.

 

For those who are sick, not feeling well, under the care of a physician, dealing with a compromised immune system, or not ready to be in a public gathering, please continue to worship with us online. Facebook and Youtube (Calvary Inverness), Sunday 10:00 am, Monday 7:00 pm, Wednesday, 7:00 pm, Friday, 7:00pm.

 

There will be no children's church or nursery. The Holy Ground Cafe is closed.  This will continue through the month of July.

 

The Monday Bible Study is online at 7:00 pm.  

 

Friday Night with Jesus is online at 7:00 pm.

 

The office is open Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00am-2:00pm.

 

Please continue to pray for the Pastors, Elders and the entire church family.

 


pkballard@calvaryinv.com

 

 
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