Service Schedule Change ~ Giving

To Calvary Bible Church family and community, So much has changed in the last 48 hours and even in the last 24 hours. After much prayer and counsel, we have made a decision on how we will conduct our worship for the next two weeks. It has been a challenge to determine what is the correct course of action, but we believe God has given the leadership of Calvary Bible Church a proper response to our present situation. We will be having online services rather than congregating in our facilities. Collectively, if everyone takes the responsibility together, it only makes sense that we will be closer to eliminating the risk that heightens in crowds. At first the President and his team were asking us not to congregate in crowds of more than 50, then quickly it was moved to crowds no more than ten.
For decades, whenever Calvary Bible Church people have come together, our affection for one another has always been very expressive, from a firm handshake to loving hugs. Last Sunday, it felt like we were a bunch of kids who were sent into timeout, as we longingly looked at each other in frustration, rather than warmly greet one another.
Churches are currently faced with the challenge of being able to gather as a church body. But, churches don’t just assemble, we’re also commissioned to give, pray, witness, care, and more!

Live Stream Services

Live Stream Service dates and times.
March 18 7:00pm
March 22 11:00am & 6:00pm
March 25 7:00pm
March 29 11:00am &  1:30 live, 6:00pm recorded

Three ways to give”

1,  Giving  Online

2.  Giving on your smart phone:   Text: Give          To: 269-222-7474 and follow instructions

3.  Mail:   Calvary Bible Church

27032 Marcellus Hwy.

Dowagiac, Michigan 49047

 

 

Sunday Services Announcement

Calvary Bible Church Family and Community

WE ARE HAVING SERVICES MARCH 15
As we are all fully aware, there is a growing concern regarding the recent exposure within our state to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We wanted to take a moment to share with you our thoughts regarding how and when we will meet for the time being.
At this time, we are NOT planning to cancel any scheduled services. The state of Michigan has restricted gatherings of 250 people or more. Our average attendance is under that threshold, therefore allowing us to continue to meet.

2 Timothy 1:7 states, “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind.” When we do meet, each service with be filled with power, love and hope.
However, as a consideration for those which might be attending and are considered to be vulnerable to the virus, we have put in place measures to ensure our facilities follow recommended CDC practices.
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OUR Plan To Help You:
Clean and Disinfect  (Standard practice ~ but enhanced during this time)
* Before and After every meeting, we will be cleaning and disinfecting every touchable surface. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
Disinfecting Stations
* We will strategically place hand sanitizer for guest use throughout the buildings.
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We need YOUR help in this as well.
Here is how YOU can help us:
When Greeting Someone
* Ordinarily, we would greet each other by shaking hands or by a hug. For the time being, please find a way to affectionately greet each other without physical contact. As an example: a smile or kind word.
Clean Your Hands
* Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing (These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.)
* If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Stay Home If You Are Sick
* With the exception of seeking medical care, stay home if you are sick, especially if you symptomatic (coughing with a fever and shortness of breath, etc).
* If your child is NOT fever free for 24 hours without medication, please do NOT send them to Sunday School. Keep them home.
Streaming Services

We  Live Streaming our services. If you or someone you are caring for is sick, stay home and join us on the Live Stream.    You may go to church website to live stream
Lastly, we would ask that you join us in prayer for our families, community, and world. Many will find these times challenging and some may even feel hopeless as a result of these unprecedented days. Please check on those you have contact or influence with. From time to time, we all need to be encouraged. Let’s be that salt and light we commissioned to be.

Pastor Stacey Wilder

Missionary Christopher Hunter

Christopher Hunter will be at Calvary Bible Church March 24, 2020.  He will be presenting the ministry to the Philippians.  Through the Ministry of Lighthouse Baptist Press they were able to hand out tens of thousands of John & Romans. Come to hear how God used this ministry to reach people for Christ.  Service starts at 7:00 pm Wednesday March 4, 2020.  Please come and be a part.

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The Bible is the Key!

“Question: “What is the key to applying the Bible to my life?”

Answer: Applying the Bible is the duty of all Christians. If we don’t apply it, the Bible becomes nothing more to us than a normal book, an impractical collection of old manuscripts. That’s why Paul says, “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:9). When we apply the Bible, God Himself will be with us.

The first step toward applying God’s Word in our lives is reading it. Our goal in reading is to get to know God, to learn His ways, and to understand His purpose for this world and for us individually. In reading the Bible, we learn about God’s interactions with humanity throughout history, His plan of redemption, His promises, and His character. We see what the Christian life looks like. The knowledge of God we glean from Scripture serves as an invaluable foundation for applying the Bible’s principles for life.

Our next goal is what the psalmist refers to as “hiding” God’s Word in our hearts: “I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11). The way we “hide” God’s Word in our hearts is by studying, memorizing, and meditating on what we have first read. These four steps—read, study, memorize, and meditate—make it possible to successfully apply the Scriptures to our lives.”

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Walking In Him ~ Living in The Light

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Question: “What does it mean to walk in the light?”

Answer: To “walk in the light” is a common metaphor within Christian culture. It is often taken to mean “acting correctly” or even “living openly.” Biblically, however, the phrase has the idea of relinquishing sin by following Jesus.

The only Old Testament occurrence of this precise phrase is in Isaiah 2:5, “O house of Jacob, come and let us walk in the light of the Lord.” The Psalms contain similar phrases (56:13; 89:15), as does Isaiah (9:2; 50:10-11; 59:9).

In the New Testament, “walking in the light” is directly related to following Jesus, who said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12). While this verse does not directly say, “Walk in the light, i.e., Jesus,” it does pointedly warn of doing the opposite; therefore, those who follow Jesus are “walking in the light.”

To “walk” is, in short, to live one’s life. One’s lifestyle or way of life can be considered a “walk.” The word also indicates progress. Walking is related to growth; it is taking steps toward maturity. “Light” in the Bible can be a metaphor for life, happiness, righteousness, or understanding. The Bible is clear that light comes from the Lord God, the “Father of the heavenly lights” (James 1:17). He is the opposite of evil. Putting it all together, “walking in the light” means “growing in holiness and maturing in the faith as we follow Jesus.”

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