All of us in the church office wanted to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. I want you to know as your Senior Pastor, God has blessed Calvary with an incredible team of people in our pastoral and office staff who labor intently through the year behind the scenes to do all that must happen for our church to function. We are making a difference in our community for the glory of God and I believe it is in large part because of your dedicated staff. They each love Jesus fervently and that love for Christ is demonstrated in their work ethic and care they show week in and week out. They don’t just give the Lord their leftovers, they each model discipleship by giving the Lord their very best. I am so proud of Bob, Ken, Wally, Jean, Patti and Alicia and I thank the Lord for them. I am thankful also for all of you who volunteer here at Calvary in the myriad of ministries and tasks you perform each week as well. I am proud of you also and your love for our Savior. I pray that 2010 will be one of the greatest years our church has ever had, not for our sakes, but for the sake of the Kingdom. I know that is the desire of our staff, that all of us as a church would rise to the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. What if each of us labored for the King of Kings this year as though Jesus were coming back on July 1st or December 31st. What if we knew we only had that period to win as many people to Christ as possible and disciple them? How would you change your priorities? As we celebrate our Savior’s birth and we bring 2009 to a close, ask the Lord what He wants from you in 2010. Will you choose now to obey? Obedience to the Lord’s will and plan for 2010 is the best way to ensure a wonderful new year, it is the best present you can give Jesus on His birthday; it is the perfect gift for the One who truly has everything.
We plan to kick of 2010 in an incredible fashion with our 1st mission’s banquet. One of my best friends in the world, Nathan Lino, will be our guest speaker on Wednesday Jan.6th. Nathan is the founding pastor of Northeast Houston Baptist Church, he has a passion for Jesus and for missions that is contagious. He’s serving as a trustee for our IMB and is on some key committees with the IMB including the search committee to fill Dr. Rankin’s shoes who will be retiring. You will not want to miss this incredible opportunity to hear this great man of God. We’ll have a great dinner, our Bible Study classes will be decorating tables with international themes and it will be a great chance for us to learn of the very heartbeat of God. Please make your reservations today and don’t miss this banquet.
I can tell you your staff loves you and we pray God’s favor upon you and your families and we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year!
Senior Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church