We finished the year strong together! Thank you for your faithful and generous giving all year. Because of you, our church rescues orphans; cares for families and individuals; supports church plants; provides hope and healing for hurting people; shares the gospel in our community; fights for joy and “does life” together in Life Groups; hosts Bible studies, worship gatherings, and conferences; and makes room for more people to join us in worshipping our good God. In short, we have seen lives change forever because of Jesus. What a legacy for 2017!
There are only 4 days left in 2017! God has done some amazing things in our church this year. I love being part of a church where people commit their time, talents, and resources to changing lives forever. Our staff has been swapping stories lately; stories you have shared with us about the year. You have encouraged one another; blessed people in our community; mentored kids; showed love to homeless men, women in crisis, and families in need; rescued orphans, helped plant churches, and the list could go on. This is what Bill Hybels meant when he said, “The local church is the hope of the world. There’s nothing like the local church when it’s working right.” Thank you!
Don’t you love finding the perfect gift for someone? You’re so excited that you can hardly wait for them to open it! I imagine this is how God feels about the gospel. He’s got the perfect gift for the people he created and loves—a Savior to take their sins away and give them new life. It’s such a big deal that the moment Jesus was “unwrapped” in Bethlehem all those years ago, a chorus of angels announced it!
Advent (Latin, "coming") is a time when we celebrate the coming of Christ 2,000 years ago while looking forward to his coming again just as a child looks forward to Christmas day. And if we really knew how amazing the world (and our lives) will be upon the return of the King, we would be filled with joy looking forward to our true home.
This Sunday begins the season of Advent, a special time in the church calendar. Advent means “to come to” in Latin, and it’s an apt name for the season that both celebrates every good thing Jesus has already done and anticipates the good things yet to come. It’s sometimes described as a season of waiting, waiting for Jesus to show up, to make himself known in our lives; but I think Advent is better described as a season of “looking for.” We’re looking for Jesus to bring us what we long for because we know he’s going to. He always does. That’s why we celebrate.
Now and again, we post something to our Facebook page and it gains traction. With likes, comments, and shares pouring in, it’s nice to highlight these positive, community based interactions.
On a beautiful morning, Calvary Church in Valparaiso broke ground on construction to their main campus. This is part of their expansion plans dubbed the “Even More Project.” With the growth of a church comes an increased need for gathering spaces, offices, and even increasing the size of the worship center.
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.