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January Update 2019


Please join us on February 3rd for the ordination service for Dr. Daniel Houck. We will have a light lunch immediately after 11 am worship. The ordination service will begin at 1:15pm, with a dessert reception to follow.
 
If you would like to bring a dessert, please sign up on the bulletin board in the hallway.


From Colleen’s Corner Room:
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”  

Calling All Calvary Hill Crafters
We will have two planning meetings next month to determine how our talented crafters can best meet community requests in 2019.
In order to accommodate both work retirement schedules there are two meeting times. You may sign up on the hallway bulletin board for either or both meetings:  
Monday, Feb. 18th at 11 am
Wednesday, Feb. 20th at 7 pm

During the month of January, I have been blessed with the opportunity to attend a Leland class on missions for the church. This course has provided insight and awareness to the ways that our acts of mission outreach not only show the world God’s love, but are opportunities for the power of God to work through us for the healing of broken hearts and minds, just as Christ healed so many who were suffering and broken. 


Power Packs – Thank You and Help Needed!
Little Run continues to express its sincere appreciation for Calvary Hill’s sustained support of its students with Power Packs. Please continue to enable us to show God’s love to our neighbors down the street with prayer, food contributions and/or monetary donations designated to Little Run. We are on track to meet our commitment for our February delivery but are especially in need of individual servings of fruit in 100% juice, lunch and dinner items, and 100% fruit juice and milk. Please see the bulletin board in the main hall for our most up-to-date needs and thank you for your support! If you have questions, please see Chris or Beth Ann Velo.

2018 Contribution Statements
Please pick up your 2018 contribution statement from the box in the Fellowship Hall and thank you for helping the church save on the cost of postage! If you have any questions regarding your statement, please contact Beth Ann Velo at em.velo@verizon.net or 703-426-0124.

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
Sunday Service
In the event that inclement weather forces us to cancel Sunday services, we will change the message on the answering machine at the church so that you may call after 7:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. If you get the normal message (no mention of services being canceled) it means that the services will be held as scheduled. If services are cancelled or altered, there will be a message explaining the change. Deacons will call their families with the notification as well. In addition, we will also post a status update on the Facebook page and our website Home page. While your presence is always meaningful, the fact that we may be having worship services in inclement weather does not mean that you have to be here if it is not safe. Safety is our top priority on these occasions! 

Christian Yoga
If Fairfax County Public School are cancelled or delayed for inclement weather, Christian Yoga will NOT meet that day.

All Other Church Events
If we cancel other events due to inclement weather (such as Lunch Bunch or Wednesday Night Dinner) we will make every effort to contact those we think might be present.  


January 2019

Dear Members and Friends,

It was wonderful to celebrate Christmas with you and, as we approached the new year, marvel at God’s gracious forgiveness in Jesus Christ. We’ve been forgiven of so much: how could we not extend forgiveness to each other? This coming Sunday we’ll celebrate “Epiphany”: the revelation of Jesus’ Incarnation to the Gentiles. In coming weeks, we’ll dive into the Gospel of Luke. What was Jesus’ childhood like? What did he accomplish in his ministry in Galilee? What importance does his life on earth have for Calvary Hill? I look forward to getting to spend more time with all of you in 2019!

In Christ, 

Daniel Houck



From Colleen’s Corner Room:
Happy New Year to all!
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
How Blessed we are to have the opportunity of a new year to renew our steadfast spirit and enthusiasm to serve as Christ commands us. In our efforts to serve Him and spread His love, I am looking forward to exploring and presenting missions and outreach opportunities for every one of us to use and enjoy the gifts and talents that God provides. We have so many successful outreach programs that are currently being provided-from Christian Yoga to strengthen our own bodies and spirits of service, to Wheels for the World to spread God’s Word throughout the world, to Power Packs and school supplies for the children who live in our own backyard, to beautifully handmade cards and comfort items that are needed by our troops overseas, prisoners in Bible study and those who are currently suffering from cancer and other disabilities, plus many more outreach opportunities that glorify our Lord. Please let me know if your New Year’s Resolution includes intentionally acting upon God’s call for you to participate more fully in any of our current mission programs or if you would like to initiate a new opportunity to grow together in Christlike living and further the Kingdom of God through our church family at Calvary Hill.


Needles Group
Over 2018 a great deal of yarn and fabric came together with crochet hooks, knitting needles and sewing machines here at Calvary Hill. Many folks received bright and useful lap-robes, quilted bags to hang on their walkers, baby blankets, and caps for cancer patients to keep out the cold. Projects completed by the CHBC “Needles Group” included: approximately 63 afghans and lap-robes, 27 bags were delivered to CH shut-ins, nursing home residents and patients at Virginia Cancer Specialists. Each item had a label saying "Made With Love, Calvary Hill Baptist Church, Fairfax, VA. All of the materials used in 2018 were donations from many folks and were greatly appreciated.

The group will meet again soon to pick new projects for 2019. Anyone who would like to be a part of these projects is welcome!!! Please see Mary Ritenour to learn more.


Power Pack Update
Thanks to all for your support thus far of the Power Pack ministry at Little Run. We have put all of your contributions to good use to provide Little Run with an extra 30 packs in January to meet a critical need. We now need to begin rebuilding our stock of individual servings of lunch/dinner items, fruit in 100% juice, 100% juice, and milk in order to meet our February commitment. Please consider a contribution of either food or money (designated for Little Run) so that we can continue to reach our neighbors down the street with this ministry. Please contact Chris or Beth Ann Velo with any questions.



December 2018

Advent Greetings
We began the Advent season last Sunday, a season in which we anticipate both the birth of the Son of God and his second coming. In the next few weeks before Christmas, we’ll reflect on our need for Jesus Christ. Why did God choose to live, suffer, and die among us? What hope does the Incarnation give us for the future



? The time of Advent prepares us for a joyful celebration of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem. I’m looking forward to spending this time with you and getting to know each one of you better. Thanks to the warm welcome everyone has given us—from the candidate weekend, to the reception last Sunday, to my first few days at the office—Katie and I already feel at home. 
  -Pastor Daniel  



During the Advent Season we have two opportunities to sharing our blessings w/ the community. First we will be sharing the warmth and light to the homeless in our community by asking for donations of warm hats, gloves, scarves, socks & thermal underwear. Please bring these items on Dec. 16th to be given during our worship service.

We will also be providing clothing for children of a local family for Christmas. The cost will be covered from our Benevolence funds, but we need 2 or 3 people to do the shopping by December 18th. Please see Pastor Ruth if you can help with shopping!



Christmas Cantata 
You are invited to a joint community Christmas Cantata at Ravensworth Baptist Church on Sunday, Dec. 16th, at 3 pm. Choir members from Calvary Hill and Fairfax Baptist will be joining Ravensworth’s Choir for this musical celebration. 


INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
Sunday Service
In the event that inclement weather forces us to cancel Sunday services, we will change the message on the answering machine at the church so that you may call after 7:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. If you get the normal message (no mention of services being canceled) it means that the services will be held as scheduled. If services are cancelled or altered, there will be a message explaining the change. Deacons will call their families with the notification as well. In addition, we will also post a status update on the Facebook page and our website Home page. While your presence is always meaningful, the fact that we may be having worship services in inclement weather does not mean that you have to be here if it is not safe. Safety is our top priority on these occasions! 

Christian Yoga
If Fairfax County Public School are cancelled or delayed for inclement weather, Christian Yoga will NOT meet that day.

All Other Church Events
If we cancel other events due to inclement weather (such as Lunch Bunch or Wednesday Night Dinner) we will make every effort to contact those we think might be present.  



THANK YOU CALVARY HILL!
Thank you! hardly seems enough for all you have been and done for us over my time as your Intentional Interim Pastor. But it is all I’ve got. So I will have to use it to express my (our) deep appreciation for being there for us when we needed you as well as the untold instances of individual expressions of love and support throughout my time with you. The gifts, the food, the notes and emails, the prayers, and the words you shared with me directly. Your words at the Farewell Luncheon touched me and the food was wonderful (but nothing less than I’ve come to expect from CHBC). David said that I was part of the family now, so I think I’ll just play the part of the crazy uncle who hides in the basement and occasionally pops out to remind you to Never Forget Who You Are! I will be watching. And listening. And praying. And expecting good things as you continue to impact your community for God’s Kingdom. Along with the Apostle Paul writing to his family in the church at Philippi, Every time I think of you, I will thank my God! (Phil.1:3). My love and appreciation are with you always as go on your way in peace and with Christ.

Jerry Young, with Gerry Sue and Sami




November Update​

Pastor Search Update
We are pleased to announce that after a candidate introduction weekend where we felt God’s presence and guidance, Dr. Daniel (Danny) Houck was called by unanimous vote to be Calvary Hill’s next Senior Pastor. He responded with his acceptance immediately and his term will begin December 1. The Pastor Search Committee is grateful to all who participated in the candidate introduction weekend and the very healthy attendance at the special called business meeting. We are also grateful for the prayers and support which have been offered throughout the Intentional Interim Ministry and Pastor Search processes. And we must also express our appreciation for Rev. Dr. Jerry Young and the example of Christ-like living he has shown us throughout his tenure as Interim Senior Pastor providing guidance, leadership, and encouragement.

This Sunday will be our annual Thanksgiving “Power Pack” Food Drive. Examples of items needed include: individual serving mac & cheese cups & Chef Boyardee pasta cups, 100% fruit juice boxes & shelf stable milk servings. A complete list is located on the hallway bulletin board.

Poinsettia Orders
Christmas poinsettia orders end on Sunday, November 25th. The cost this year is $8 per plant. Order forms can be found inside your Sunday bulletin or on the welcome table in the hallway.

Dinner and Decorating
Join us on Wednesday, November 28th at 6 pm for dinner and the annual hanging of the greens at Calvary Hill. This advent season we will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the debut of the hymn “Silent Night, Holy Night.” Please help us to prepare the sanctuary for this special time of year. 


Christmas Card Sale
Do you recall the lovely quilted Advent banners that graced our sanctuary last year? Well now you can enjoy them as a Christmas card. These banners were lovingly made by the “Wannabees” quilting group that meets at Calvary Hill in Room 14 on Monday evenings. They were presented to the church as a token of their appreciation for the use of our facilities. Designs and sketches were created by our own members Mary Ritenour and Pam Troutman and were then cut, sewn, and quilted by the group.  

Order forms are located on the Welcome Table in the hallway. Orders will be taken until the end of the Christmas season, at a cost of 10 cards for $15. There are examples of the finished cards on the hallway bulletin board. The proceeds from the sale of these cards will go the Building Refurbishment Account, please memo all checks “Christmas Cards” when ordering. Please see Mary Ritenour if you have any questions. 


November

INTERIM PASTOR’S PONDERINGS
Did you know there is an election next week? You did? It is almost impossible to avoid unless you …., well, I’m not sure there is an “unless”! Technology is such now that we should not have to listen to the political ads for candidates for whom we cannot vote – for example the Maryland Governor and Senate races. It is torturous enough to have to listen to the endless ads – or the endless charges and countercharges – for the candidates on whom we will vote. I’ve further concluded that, since Gerry Sue and I have already voted absentee, we should be able to get some kind of an exemption from all attempts to influence our already-cast votes. I am so fed up with candidates who try to get my vote by attacking his or her opponent. I want to hear candidates tell me who they are, what their values are, what their goals would be if elected to office. If I know who they are and what they value I am much better able to determine if I can support them with my vote. I don’t vote for a political party. At one time or another I have voted for candidates running as a Democrat, a Republican, an Independent, plus several other assorted political affiliations. I don’t vote for “the person,” although that certainly plays a role in the final determination of who will get my vote. My primary effort, however, is to learn a candidate’s values. For what does he or she stand? How do they view the role of a public official (servant)? What policies would they champion if elected?

Instead, they try to get my vote by telling me what a rascal (that’s the cleaned up version) the other candidate is – trying to define the opponent and his or her values and goals in a way that will demonize that opponent. We all complain about this, but such negative attacks on opponents win elections. That is, we the electorate, (present readers excluded of course) allow our votes to be influenced by such attacks. I’ve heard people say, “We deserve better” candidates and elected officials. I believe that in the end we get what we deserve, and if we really want different results we had better start looking at ourselves for answers rather than at the behavior of the candidates. We must change.

Suppose Jesus ran for office – let’s say for Senator from Virginia, since that is a highly visible race this year. How would He handle the inevitable attacks from His opponent? He could reveal publicly the dark inner thoughts of His opponent, lay out for the whole electorate every last sin and stumble – as He did for the Samaritan woman He encountered at Jacob’s well. His advisors (can you imagine that job!) would urge Him to do exactly that. Instead, He would more likely say something like, “Forgive him, for he doesn’t know what he does.” Or, when accused of being soft on terrorism, He might reply that we need to pray for our enemies, even those hell-bent on destroying us by any means possible. When He would be pushed for His own platform, He would likely say it could be summed up in loving God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and loving your neighbor as yourself. When asked to define who he meant by “neighbor” he would point to the same groups he identified with in life. The poor. The imprisoned. The widow and the orphan. The refugee. In short, those whom the rest of us have pushed to the margins of our culture. The Other. They look different, speak differently, worship differently, and in short are just not like us. Those are your neighbors, he would say. If you love God you must also love them. Many would cringe at such words. His campaign would urge him to go easy on such things.

Instead of attacking His opponent, He would call each of us to live out the best that is within us – listening to our better angels, as Abraham Lincoln expressed it – just as He did with those He called to follow Him long ago. He would not say things that we wanted to hear, or make promises that would be neither pursued if He were elected nor be desirable if they were pursued. He would speak truth and live a life that matched his words. When I come across a candidate who employs those campaign tactics and shares the values that Jesus held, I will be very likely to vote for him or her, who – like Jesus if He ran – will probably lose. Most of us like the domesticated Jesus who only reinforces what we already believe and who we already are. That Other Jesus is too radical and just doesn’t appreciate the real world in which we live.

I encourage you to vote next Tuesday. But I also encourage you to exercise your civic responsibility as a citizen and learn what the candidates believe and what they will try to accomplish. I also remind you that if you are a follower of the Way that Jesus taught and lived you have an equal (or even greater) responsibility to also place Jesus’ values at the center of what you are looking for in a candidate. I’m not naïve enough to think that will result until total agreement, but at least we will be discussing the right issues.

Help Needed  
On Tuesday, Nov. 6th, at 9:30 am we will be loading wheelchairs for the Wheels For the World program. Please contact Colleen Turner or call the church office for more information if you can help!

Pastoral Candidate Introduction Weekend and Covenant
Please mark your calendars for the weekend of Nov. 10-11, when the congregation of Calvary Hill and Senior Pastoral Candidate Dr. Daniel W. (Danny) Houck will have the opportunity to get acquainted. Information packets providing more information about Dr. Houck have been sent out and are available on the welcome table in the main hall. In addition, copies of the draft Senior Pastor Covenant are available for review on the welcome table and a forum will be held on Nov. 4th at 9:50 am to discuss the covenant. Below is a schedule of events.

Pastoral Candidate Introduction Weekend
November 10 – 11, 2018
Schedule of Events

Several events have been planned over the course of the weekend to allow Dr. Houck and his wife, Katie, to become acquainted with the congregation at Calvary Hill and for the congregation to get to know them as well.

Saturday, November 10
2:30 pm: Meeting with Deacons
3:30 pm: Meeting with Church Council
6:30 pm: Coffee House and Open Mic Night

Sunday, November 11
9:50 am: Church-wide Forum
This will include all Sunday School classes, including youth and children, and will be an opportunity for a Question and Answer session with the congregation.
11:00 am: Worship Service
Candidate to Preach in View of Call
A Business Meeting will follow immediately after Worship where a vote of the membership will be held on the call of Dr. Houck as Senior Pastor.

Christmas Card Sale
Do you recall the lovely quilted Advent banners that graced our sanctuary last year? Well now you can enjoy them as a Christmas card. These banners were lovingly made by the “Wannabees” quilting group that meets at Calvary Hill in Room 14 on Monday evenings. They were presented to the church as a token of their appreciation for the use of our facilities. Designs and sketches were created by our own members Mary Ritenour and Pam Troutman and were then cut, sewn, and quilted by the group.  

Order forms are located on the Welcome Table in the hallway. Orders will be taken until the end of the Christmas season, at a cost of 10 cards for $15. There are examples of the finished cards on the hallway bulletin board. The proceeds from the sale of these cards will go the Building Refurbishment Account, please memo all checks “Christmas Cards” when ordering. Please see Mary Ritenour if you have any questions.





October Update

Remembering in Sympathy
Please be in prayer for the family of our sister Mary Moulthrop. Funeral arrangements are as follows: The visitation will be held on Saturday, October 20, from 10 am till 2 pm at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home (9902 Braddock Rd, Fairfax, VA 22032). A service will be held on Sunday, October 21, at Calvary Hill Baptist Church at 4 pm. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined.


Pastoral Candidate Introduction Weekend
Please mark your calendars for the weekend of Nov. 10-11, when the congregation of Calvary Hill and Senior Pastoral Candidate Dr. Daniel W. (Danny) Houck will have the opportunity to get acquainted. Information packets providing more information about Dr. Houck and the Weekend’s schedule of events, including the called business meeting Nov. 11, have been sent out. Copies are also available on the welcome table in the main hall.


Power Pack Assistance Needed 10/28
A few volunteers are needed to assemble Power Packs for Little Run in Room 16 right after the called business meeting on 10/28. If you are able to help, please sign up on the bulletin board in the main hall. Thank you!

Christmas Card Sale
Do you recall the lovely quilted Advent banners that graced our sanctuary last year? Well now you can enjoy them as a Christmas card. These banners were lovingly made by the “Wannabees” quilting group that meets at Calvary Hill in Room 14 on Monday evenings. They were presented to the church as a token of their appreciation for the use of our facilities. Designs and sketches were created by our own members Mary Ritenour and Pam Troutman and were then cut, sewn, and quilted by the group.  

The proceeds from the sale of these cards will go the Building Refurbishment Account, please memo all checks “Christmas Cards” when ordering.

Order forms will be available soon and orders will be taken until the end of the Christmas season, at a cost of 10 cards for $15. There will be examples of the finished cards on the hallway bulletin board. Please see Mary Ritenour if you have any questions.

Did you know??
Did you know that B Thrifty, the company that services the donation bins located in the upper church parking lot, will also pick up donation items at your home?

To schedule a pick up go to www.projectbgreen.com click on “schedule a pick up” and fill out the form. Under “to whom you want to benefit” click “other”, and type in Calvary Hill Baptist Church. You can also schedule a pick up by calling 1-888-987-1305 and telling them your donation is supporting Calvary Hill.

Donations must be bagged or boxed. B Thrifty accepts household goods, clothing, shoes, toys, electronics, and books.  

Proceeds from the donations go to Calvary Hill’s local benevolence fund.


October 
INTERIM PASTOR’S PONDERINGS
It has been a little over two weeks since the sudden death of our oldest son in a head-on collision. My brain is still often on “Pause,” and at times I find myself unable to concentrate or focus. I know all about grief and grieving intellectually and from a pastoral perspective. And I’ve been through it on the other side as well. But everyone grieves differently, and no two losses are experienced the same. So it’s a strange, unsettled time in many ways. But I’m trying to be open to learning something through this experience. I think there is always something to be learned if you are open to new insights. So I am trying to stay open and listen to that whisper of the Spirit to my heart. The process cannot be cut short. It must be lived through because that is the only way to the other side. We’ve just begun that dark journey, but we believe we will eventually emerge into the light again. Pray for us and for our children and grandchildren and other family members.

We also want thank you for the many ways you have already ministered to us during this difficult time. The many messages in many forms (texts, Facebook posts, cards, phone calls) have reminded us that you were with us in our journey. Your prayers and expressions of loss and grief and concern were sources of comfort on more levels than you can know and held us up. The flowers from the church were a reminder of your love even though we were hundreds of miles away. Ruth and Trish checked in with me almost every day, just to see how we were doing and to offer prayers and any assistance they could. When we arrived back home, drained and weary, several of you brought an evening meal for us to get us through those first days without having to worry about preparing a meal that we often didn’t even want to eat, but needed. And the face-to-face comments and hugs in recent days have continued to comfort us. For all of this, and more, we are grateful to God for you and all these expressions of love and support. We will not forget them, or you.

We are on another journey together. The journey through this Intentional Interim period. Unlike my journey through the process of grieving the loss of our son, our journey is now nearing the final the final destination. Whether that is a matter of weeks or months, it is on the near horizon. I find it particularly appropriate that our texts for the month of October are  
all from Mark 10, Mark’s description of Jesus and his followers leaving Galilee and beginning that journey to Judea and to the climactic ending of Jesus’ ministry. Along the way, Jesus wanted his disciples to understand more fully and become committed more completely to life in the Kingdom of God that was breaking through around and in them. This would come to be known simply as “the Way” by those earlier followers. Jesus’ way of living and loving and serving. The Way to which he called each of them to live. So it was a critical time of preparation and teaching. I hope we can focus on those same things during October as we hare that journey with Jesus and his disciples. I hope you will be with us for this journey. As I’ve been painfully reminded, we need one another to walk life’s journey and remain faithful to the Way of Jesus.

Fellow pilgrim,
Jerry

My wife joins me in expressing our gratitude:

Dear Friends at Calvary Hill,
Just a note to thank you for your kindness in the death of our son. The cards, messages, food and words of condolence meant so very much to us. The flowers were beautiful. The comfort from friends means so very much. We appreciate all your acts of comfort.
Jerry and Gerry Sue


Treasurer’s Report
As of September 30, 2018

For the year to date, as of September 11, we spent $ 15,271 more than we contributed. This number is slowly growing larger. At this rate we will run out of Operating Reserves by the end of the year. Without the other churches and business who share our space, we would almost be out of money altogether. We have now supported the Leland Center, the Lamb Center, and the Baptist World Alliance as we should have according to our budget for the first half of the year. $ 1,450 is budgeted through December. We have collected designated funds (for specific ministries and projects) and spent most of what we collected.  
Figures are below.

The church council has begun considering our budget for 2019. Please pray for them as they complete this endeavor.  

Treasurer's Report

Income as of 9/30/18 BUDGET
Offerings $ 123,055.49 
Building Use - Other Churches $ 20,790.00 
Building Use - Other $ 5,330.00 
Bank Interest $ 5.40 
Total income $ 149,180.89 

Expenses as of 9/30/18 BUDGET
Mission Support $ 3,698.36 
Church Program Support $ 2,267.21 
Worship Support $ 407.93 
Administrative Support $ 8,824.04 
Building & Grounds $ 37,830.38 
Personnel $ 111,423.98 
Total Expenses $ 164,451.90 

Excess Expense $ (15,271.01)

Power Pack Update
Our September Power Packs are being delivered to Little Run this week, and it is time to turn our attention to the October batch. Thanks to all who contributed to the packs this past month, and please keep up the strong support! Special thanks also goes to Kids on the Hill, who did a great job setting up and assembling the September packs. As the month progresses, please keep an eye on the bulletin board in the main hall to see which items are needed most. Right now, the items needed are fruit in 100% juice (no artificial sweeteners, please) as well as individual servings of lunch and dinner items. And as we collect the items, please remember to pray for the young recipients of the Power Packs, their families, and the school staff who touch their lives on a daily basis.



Christmas Card Sale
Do you recall the lovely quilted Advent banners that graced our sanctuary last year? Well now you can enjoy them as a Christmas card. These banners were lovingly made by the “Wannabees” quilting group that meets at Calvary Hill in Room 14 on Monday evenings. They were presented to the church as a token of their appreciation for the use of our facilities. Designs and sketches were created by our own members Mary Ritenour and Pam Troutman and were then cut, sewn, and quilted by the group.  

The proceeds from the sale of these cards will go the Building Refurbishment Account.

Order will be taken from now till the end of the Christmas season, at a cost of 10 cards for $15. Look for an order form in the Sunday bulletin or on the Welcome table in the church’s hallway.


Community Corner
Martin Parr is looking to purchase a reliable vehicle. If you know of a vehicle for sale please call Martin at (703)385-9090 or email at VA911Fossil@gmail.com 





September Update


Quarterly Business Meeting
Our Quarterly Business Meeting will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23 after the service. At that time we will be nominating delegates to go to the BGAV Annual Meeting, Nov. 12-14 at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Glen Allen, VA. This is a great way to familiarize yourself with Virginia Baptist life and get to know brothers and sisters from other parts of the state. If you are unable to attend all 3 days, you may attend for part of the time.

We will also be nominating delegates to Northstar’s Annual Meeting on Oct. 27th. If you are interested in volunteering to go to either or both meetings please let the church office know.


Fall Festival
Everyone is invited to join the fun at Calvary Hill’s Annual Fall Festival, September 29th from 2-5 pm. There will be live music, games, food, cake walk, pie baking contest, and so much more!!

Please consider donating candy, including nut-free, for our 
Fall Festival and/or baking a cake for the cake walk. If you would like to volunteer to help, please see Lisa Brooks. There is a candy donation box in the church office. Thank you!



Pastor Search Committee Update
The Pastor Search Committee continues to consider candidates and resumes as we listen for God’s guidance in identifying whom He would call to Calvary Hill. While not much of the process is readily visible outside of the Committee, be assured that progress is being made. Please continue to pray that all involved in the process discern God’s will.





September

INTERIM PASTOR’S PONDERINGS
In the August Update, I called for CHBC to enter into a season of prayer for the process of identifying God’s person for your next Pastor. I also said that we would kick that off on September 2, but other things filled up the service and that was overlooked as a result. So let me ask you to commit to being a part of this process that is so critical to successful completion of your search. I would encourage you to partner with someone else to hold one another accountable, to share prayer thoughts and concerns, and if possible to actually prayer together at least occasionally. The process is now in the critical stage of trying to discern God’s leading, which is not an easy process. Our thoughts are not God’s thoughts; our ways are not God’s ways. Too often we assume that God is very much like us, at least as far as the kind of person desired to be the next Pastor. So here are the specific steps I encourage you to follow daily until your new Pastor arrives to bring new leadership to CHBC and your mission.

PRAY SPECIFICALLY FOR UNDERSTANDING GOD’S LEADING, NOT FOR THE FULFILLMENT OF YOUR DESIRES.
I find that my sense of God’s leadership almost always follows pretty closely upon my own desires. This is human nature. So the starting place for these prayers must be asking God to help us know where these “blind spots” are in our lives and thinking. Only then can you be intentional about not allowing these desires to affect your hearing God’s speaking. This is not a one time prayer. It must be daily, continuous.

LISTEN MORE THAN SPEAK.
Ask God to break though any obstacles of your mind, heart, or spirit and help you understand the leading of the Spirit to the next Pastor. Discernment is also a process, and it takes time, and practice, and the desire to achieve discernment of God’s leading and not just coming to a conclusion. Sit in silence and listen for the whisper of the God who abides within you. In your thoughts and your feelings. In those mysterious and intuitive moments when you sense something is being shared with you but can’t explain where it comes from. If God is within you, and God is, then the place to look and listen is within.

PRAY SPECIFICALLY FOR THE PASTOR SEARCH TEAM.
By name. Daily. Every time they come to your mind. Just lift them up and pray that God’s Spirit will help them to come to a consensus of the person to whom God is leading them. Pray for their families as well, for they also bear a heavy load during this process. Trust them and the Spirit that guides them, and when you have a chance tell them of your prayers and your support.

PRAY FOR THE CANDIDATES WHO ARE UNDER CONSIDERATION.
The candidates and their families are engaged in the same kind of process of discernment as the Pastor Search Team. And the question is the same for them as it is for the Search Team. Where is God leading us to work together in God’s great Kingdom mission? Continue to pray for them until the work is complete and the mission is accomplished.

PRAY FOR THE PROCESS ITSELF.
To say that discernment is a process means that it doesn’t happen in one insightful moment. There may be some “Aha!” moments along the way, but they will come as part of the larger process that has laid the groundwork where those moments can be understood and appreciated. Be patient and allow this process to nurture discernment and consensus. It will happen if the focus remains on hearing and following the leadership of God’s Spirit. To cut the process short is to derail the opportunity to achieve discernment and to arrive at consensus.

Be committed, consistent, and constant in your prayers. God wants you to know and is committed, consistent, and constant through the Spirit to make himself, the mission, and the new leader known to you. It’s not being hidden from you, but proclaimed to you. You will hear if you will listen. The end of the process is getting closer, but God is already here and already deeply involved in the process. Please help the successful conclusion of this process come into full bloom by being a part of this season of prayer! 

Memorial Service
If you would like to help with, or bring food items for Rubinette 
Dunaway’s Memorial Service on September 22nd at 2 pm, please sign up on the hallway bulletin board. See Theresa Willard if you have any questions. Thank You!


Quarterly Business Meeting
Our Quarterly Business Meeting will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23 after the service. At that time we will be nominating delegates to go to the BGAV Annual Meeting, Nov. 12-14 at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Glen Allen, VA. This is a great way to familiarize yourself with Virginia Baptist life and get to know brothers and sisters from other parts of the state. If you are unable to attend all 3 days, you may attend for part of the time.

We will also be nominating delegates to Northstar’s Annual Meeting on Oct. 27th. If you are interested in volunteering to go to either or both meetings please let the church office know.


Everyone in invited to join the fun at Calvary Hill’s Annual Fall Festival, September 29th from 2-5 pm. There will be live music, games, food, cake walk, pie baking contest, and so much more!!

Please consider donating candy, including nut-free, for our 
Fall Festival and/or baking a cake for the cake walk. If you would like to volunteer to help, please see Lisa Brooks. There is a candy donation box in the church office. Thank you!



Power Pack Update
Thanks to everyone who has helped to get the 2018-19 Power Pack ministry off to a strong start! We have received nearly all the items needed to meet our September commitment to Little Run and ask that support please continue as we prepare for our October Power Packs. Due to the school year start-up, our September and October deliveries are closer together than they normally would be and so we ask that everyone please continue their support for putting God’s love into action for our neighbors down the street.

Pastor Search Committee Update
The Pastor Search Committee continues to consider candidates and resumes as we listen for God’s guidance in identifying whom He would call to Calvary Hill. While not much of the process is readily visible outside of the Committee, be assured that progress is being made. Please continue to pray that all involved in the process discern God’s will.


Activities Resuming
Lunch Bunch resumes in September on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 11 am
Helping Hands resumes in September on the last Thursday of each month at 7 pm
Wednesday Night Dinners are currently scheduled to be held on October 17th & 24th and November 7th & 14th.
 Interested in joining the choir?? The choir will be having dinner & their 1st practice on Wednesday, Sept. 19th, 6:00 pm - 8:15 pm. Please RSVP with Rev. Trish for planning purposes.




August Update


INTERIM PASTOR’S PONDERINGS
While we were away for our annual trip to visit family in Missouri earlier this month, my wife and I attended a gathering of multiple classes of the high school from which we both (along with our siblings) graduated. My graduation was more than 56 years ago and some of the people who were at the gathering were classmates I had probably not seen since our graduation. It was great to look back and remember those times so long ago. The world has changed greatly, but so have we. In ways both great and small. Ways easily noticed (and often involving waistlines and/or the amount/color of hair covering our heads) and ways that only become apparent through listening to one another’s stories. We had dreams, some of which have been fulfilled and some of which have been lost. We often discovered that much of what we had learned during our school years together has been forgotten, become irrelevant to our lives, or is simply no longer true (if it ever was). Time does that.

I’ve had some similar experiences this summer as we have followed the journey of God’s chosen people from the call of Samuel through the anointing of Saul, David, and Solomon as the first kings of Israel. I found I had forgotten many of the details of that story in the 50+ years since I first studied it in seminary. So much of the story seems ripped out of a morning newspaper or newly posted blog. Lies. Cheating. Threats. Deception. Self-centeredness. Privilege. Fear. I found it raising many questions for me about the nature of leadership, even (or maybe, especially) leadership within the community of God’s people. Even Saul, David, and Solomon, each of whom was chosen by God to rule the people, were complex, complicated, and broken in many ways. There were things about their lives and their relationship with God to admire and to try to emulate. But there were also things about their lives that led God to withdraw the blessing from two of them, and by the time the reign of the third had ended the united kingdom they had created could not be sustained and broke apart. I’m aware of how that is still true today. Yet God managed to work in spite of all of that. It’s not an easy thing to maintain that which is holy and dedicated to the purposes of God when all we have to work with are clay vessels with cracks and flaws.

And now, at this very time, you are approaching a time of having to make decisions about how Calvary Hill fits into the continuing purposes of God during the Twenty-First Century. That has been the reason for the time spent during this Intentional Interim period, and now it is moving toward the critical moment of acting on what has been learned. But as was true in Israel long ago, it is not easy to discern how God is leading, even though we are required to make that determination. Israel wanted a king because other people around them had kings. Despite God’s warning that they already had a king and having one like everyone else’s would mean they would pay the price of such a king. They didn’t care. They wanted what they wanted. And so do we. All of us. It’s part of our brokenness. If we will acknowledge that and take it into account, we can compensate for it. By ignoring it’s existence, we give it more power to work secretly in our decisions.

So I am calling our whole faith community to another season of prayer during the month of September. I’m asking each of you to spend at least fifteen minutes daily praying for the Pastor Search Team. They are in the process of narrowing the candidates for your next pastor. They and you will have your favorites. The person whom you think would be ideal. The one you want to become your next pastor. Understandable. But as lovingly and pastorally as I know how to say this, what you want doesn’t matter in this decision. Okay, it does matter. It matters because you and all the other “yous” that are a part of CHBC are going to be the ones who cast votes to determine the one person to whom a call will be issued to become your next pastor. But it’s not about who can get the most votes, or whose side “wins,” or who gets their way. This decision can only be successful in accomplishing the goal of this interim if it accurately reflects who God wants to be the next pastor. So it’s community prayer time in order for the congregation to discern the answer to that question. Phrase the whole question, within your own mind and in your conversation with one another, in that way. To whom is God leading us? Pray for the candidates as the process works itself out over whatever time it takes. Discernment doesn’t come immediately or even on the same schedule for every participant. And there is nothing more important than the success of this process of discerning God’s leadership. More details will follow, and we will launch on Sunday, September 2, even as we bring to a close our summer journey of Israel’s leadership transition. 

REPORT FROM CARD CREATORS
The Card Creators met on Saturday, July 21, for a busy morning of card crafting and fellowship that included a delicious potluck salad lunch. The group completed over 400 greeting cards to be shipped to troops overseas, who in turn will send the cards as greetings to family and friends here in the states. Shirley Havens and Carolyn Kramer plan to meet again after Christmas. Everyone is invited to participate.
In addition, a number of Calvary Hill members have donated a wide variety of commercially-printed greeting cards. These have all been sorted and shipped on the truck that will deliver the wheelchairs to southern Virginia. These cards totaled almost 500. If you have greeting cards with envelopes that you will not be using, please pass them along to Carolyn Kramer.  

From Colleen’s Corner Room:

“The human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear? The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out. A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.”
Proverbs 18: 14-16

Calvary Hill has been very Blessed this summer with continued opportunities to serve others in our local community and throughout the world.
This week we will host our final Kinship Café opportunity to provide God’s love, fellowship and support to local families who have assumed the responsibility of raising a loved one’s child. These sacrificing and struggling families greatly appreciated the opportunity to share a meal with our Calvary Hill family, and to share the struggles and joys of their unique parenting situations with each other. The children also enjoyed making friends with other kinship kids while making crafts and reading stories together. Thanks to all of Calvary Hill for your participation, prayers and support.
Over the summer months, we were also able to successfully support our Joni and Friends Wheels for the World Mission. We have completely filled our trailer by collecting over 150 used wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes and parts that will be sent to the prisoners in Tennessee, who will restore them while they study The Gospel. Once restored, the equipment will be shipped with translated Bibles to Jordan in September. Stay tuned for the date and time of our soon to be confirmed and announced pick up date for those who are able to join in the fun and fellowship!
Finally, as I head back to classes at Leland next week, I am excited to renew our mission outreach to the children of Little Run Elementary School.
What a privilege to serve our Lord through these many mission efforts.



Little Run Elementary Update
The new school year is fast approaching and along with it comes opportunities for us to reach out to our neighbors at Little Run Elementary to share God’s love as we help meet critical needs among the families there. Thanks to all who supported our first such opportunity by providing school supplies. Support was so generous that we not only fulfilled Little Run’s list of requested supplies, but we were also able to provide supplies to students at Braddock Elementary as well.
Our next opportunity to support Little Run is coming up soon – it’s time to resume the Power Pack Program. Just as we did last year, Calvary Hill has committed to deliver Power Packs every month to Little Run, starting with a September delivery. Contributions for this delivery are due to the church September 15. Power Packs are bags of individual servings of non-perishable food that are given to students to take home over the weekend. Recipients are identified by school guidance staff as being at risk of not having enough food at home to eat between their school lunch on Friday and school breakfast Monday morning and so the goal of the Power Pack Program is to help bridge that gap.
There are several important ways in which your ongoing support is needed:
1.On a monthly basis, please contribute food for the Power Packs. Requirements for items are very specific so please see the list below for the items that are needed. A box for collection will be available in the main hall. We will also be tracking receipt of items and post information on the types of items needed most from month to month. Monetary contributions can also be made and designated “Little Run.”
2.Volunteer to assemble packs on the last Sunday of each month. We anticipate that this will take less than an hour immediately after the worship service.
3.Pray for the recipients of these Power Packs – we may not know specifically who these young neighbors are but God does!
Non-Perishable Food Items Needed: 
Individual instant oatmeal packets in all flavors
Cereal – individual serving size boxes (0.75oz-1.2oz)
Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars (no nuts, please)
Individual serving chili cups
Individual serving mac & cheese cups
Tuna salad kits w/crackers
Individual serving Chef Boyardi pasta cups
Applesauce cups or squeeze packs (all flavors)
Individual cups of diced fruit in 100% juice (no artificial sweeteners)
100% fruit juice boxes or 100% juice Capri Sun (no artificial sweeteners)
Shelf stable milk

Please contact Chris or Beth Ann Velo with any questions: 703-426-0124 or em.velo@verizon.net



Calvary Connection
The Calvary Hill Baptist Church Newsletter
August 2018



INTERIM PASTOR’S PONDERINGS

I came across a passage of Scripture in my devotional reading this week that I had not specifically reflected on in a long time. Since coming across it again, I have found it difficult to put it out of my mind. It seems to me a message that is desperately needed in our time. The passage is from the letter that the Apostle Paul wrote to his favorite church – the church at Philippi. These people had always been Paul’s staunchest supporters, and he knew that he could always count on them. Toward the end of the letter, Paul wrote, Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things (Phil. 4:8, NRSV).

Paul encouraged the Philippians (and us) to think about things that are true, honorable, just, pure, pleasing, commendable, excellent, and worthy of praise. Our tendency is to dwell instead on things that are sordid, titillating, controversial, disgusting, and worthy of condemnation. That is the news that sells newspapers and tabloids (that no one reads – wink, wink), and produces newscasts and talk radio shows that win the ratings wars. We love it! We can’t seem to get enough of “The World’s Most Gruesome and Bloody Car Wrecks in Which Bodies Were Decapitated!” And if you aren’t sufficiently sickened by the television show, there is a “completely uncensored” version available for your viewing pleasure at the local video outlet. If you pulled the drain plug on the mind of our typical citizen, out would pour a most hideous concoction consisting of all the vile things that have entered our minds along with their further fouling by their interaction with one another. A truly vile and repugnant stew.

But we are to be different, those of us who are followers of Jesus. It is not enough that we avoid (as best we can) thinking about what the rest of the culture thinks about. We are called upon to fill our minds with that which is true, honorable, just, pure, pleasing, commendable, excellent, and worthy of praise. You’ve probably heard the following story, but it bears repeating as an illustration of this truth.

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life:
“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
”It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil–he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you–and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
Where can you find such things? Certainly not in “all the usual places” that our world is looking. You will, however, find those qualities wherever Jesus is present. You will find them (admittedly, in varying degrees) in His disciples. You will find them, if you search for them. What a witness to the world we would be if our lives over-flowed with the true, honorable, just, etc. Imagine how we would stand out in a world that is much quicker to see that which is deserving of criticism rather than that which is worthy of praise. If we fill our minds with such things, we will find ourselves commending and praising. Our world – and His church – could use a lot of that! 


School Supply Drive for Little Run
Calvary Hill is holding a school supply drive to help local families in need at Little Run Elementary. The school has need of several specific types and quantities of supplies, so please see the sheets in the main hallway to sign up for whatever you can provide. Monetary donations designated for “Little Run” are also welcome. Supplies are due back to Calvary Hill by Sunday, August 12. Questions? Contact Beth Ann or Chris Velo at 703-426-0124 or em.velo@verizon.net. Thank you for helping share God’s love with our neighbors down the street!



Called Business Meeting

There will be a special called business meeting on 19 August to vote on the following:
- Amend the Church Constitution's business meeting section to define resident members for the purpose of determining quorum. Copies of the new language are on the welcome table. 
- Amend the budget to decrease the amount we send to NORTHSTAR by $100 so that we can support other mission activities (Lamb Center, Shepherd Center, Leland, Baptist World Alliance) that we have been unable to support because of budget shortfalls.



Theresa Willard will be collecting men’s neck ties for a crafting project with Helping Hands. Additionally she is also helping a group that buys and distributes Ensure to cancer patients by collecting Ensure coupons. If you have either of these items and wish to donate, please see Theresa. Thank you!


 Staff Vacations
Pastor Jerry will be on vacation from August 2nd until August 18th. 

Jenny Raymer, administrative assistant, will be on vacation from August 4th until August 19th.

Are you interested in making caps for cancer patients? If so, please see Jeanne Woodside.





July 2018

INTERIM PASTOR’S PONDERINGS
In their book entitled, Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony, Stanley Hauerwas and William Willimon begin with the following provocative sentence. Sometime between 1960 and 1980, an old inadequately conceived world ended, and a fresh, new world began. My guess is that most of you reading this are not at all pleased with this new world and would like to have that old world back again. Before that we lived in a world that propped up and supported our view of what it meant to be Christian and to do church. Do you remember when the church was the only thing open on Sunday? We assumed that people went to church. We assumed that people knew the biblical stories and that meant they shared our faith. My seminary training in the Sixties was all about developing an intellectual understanding of the faith and learning how to manage a church. It was assumed that if you got those two things right you would succeed in ministry. But even then, the world for which I was being trained was dying. The cultural revolution was on, and the church was losing.

Can you imagine the churches of Fairfax County going to the Board of Supervisors today and asking that businesses not be permitted to open on Sunday because it is the Christian “sabbath”? How far would we get? Not in this world! Or ask them not to schedule any school activities on Wednesday evenings so as not to interfere with our midweek services, as was the case in that old world. We make a huge mistake if we assume that this new world is “Christian” in any sense. Culture never was – never could be – but at least in that old world the appearances allowed us to convince ourselves that it was. No more. Then it was comfortable to be a Christian. Now it is odd. We are in fact “resident aliens” in our own land. I suspect that has a lot to do with our view of those other aliens (you know who “they” are) by many.

So what shall we do about this? We can sit around and reminisce about those “good old days,” although there is much we have to ignore to call them “good.” Or we can accept that it has fallen to us to be the people of God in this difficult time and place. I tried to teach my children and grandchildren that old axiom that life is not fair and that when they experience that unfairness in their lives they are allowed 15 minutes to whine and cry about how unfair that is. But that’s all. Then it’s time to get to work dealing with whatever has impacted us. That means we must learn to ask the right questions. That has been at the heart of the Intentional Interim process. This is why I find what I believe Calvary Hill is about to be so exciting. We say that Our Mission is to increasingly reflect Christ’s attitudes and behaviors, sharing God’s love and encouraging and welcoming all to join us. That is, our mission is nothing less than to be the Presence of Christ – an “alien” presence to be sure – at this time and in this place. That is the “resident” part. We live and serve – reside – in this time and place. But we are aliens in this time and place. Furthermore, we are this alien presence whether any of the resident culture joins us or not. We are called to live as Christ’s Presence so others might come to experience what that means. We are called to be someone, not do some things. I was trained to do. Now I’m trying to learn to be. I can only do that in community with others who are also resident aliens trying to be the presence of Christ. And what an exciting community that will be!

From Colleen’s Corner Room:
Calvary Hill’s mission outreach programs have been very successful in spreading God’s love to individuals and families in need through our Wheels for the World Program, our support of kinship families and our continued support through Helping Hands.
In May, Calvary Hill officially assumed the role of Wheel Chair Corp Volunteers through Joni and Friends. We were able to send over 250 wheelchairs to one of the Federal Prisons in Tennessee where they will be restored and then shipped off to Ghana this summer. The Word of the Lord will lead these chairs and other mobility supplies as the prisoners participate in Bible Studies and the wheel chair recipients receive a copy of the Bible that has been translated for them. This program could not have been initiated so successfully without the work of Theresa and Maynard Willard, and the sweat and muscle of many others who joined us in loading up the Walmart truck for transport. We have been busy collecting and filling up a new truckload of wheelchairs and supplies that we hope to send off by the end of the summer so that the youth might help with the transition from trailer to Walmart truck! Volunteers are also needed to call specifically assigned facilities on a quarterly basis (every three months) to see if they have any available wheelchairs, walkers, canes or crutches to donate.
The Kinship Café dinners and meetings in May and June and have been very much appreciated. The adults have expressed appreciation for the opportunity to share their stories, their needs, their suggestions and their friendships. The children have enjoyed the crafts and opportunity to meet other children who are being raised by a relative when their parents can not provide adequate care. This program has been very successful in providing Christ’s love and much support from Calvary Hill members to the kinship family members through the fellowship of sharing a meal. Our last two meetings will be held on July 18th and August 22nd. Everyone is welcome to join us for fun family dinner time!
Helping Hands ended for the summer with another delicious dinner and fun activity. The participants of this program continue to enjoy this time of fellowship and fun. Helping Hands will not be meeting during the months of July and August. We look forward to starting up again in the Fall if we have a sufficient number of volunteers.  


Donations Needed
Theresa Willard will be collecting men’s neck ties for a crafting project with Helping Hands. Additionally she is also helping a group that buys and distributes Ensure to cancer patients by collecting Ensure coupons. If you have either of these items and wish to donate, please see Theresa. Thank you!

 Pictorial Update
We will be updating our pictorial database over the summer. Martin Parr will be taking photographs in room 14 immediately following the service July 1st, July 22nd, and July 29th.

Knitters Needed
Are you interested in making caps for cancer patient? If so, please see Jeanne Woodside.

Join the Card Creators!
Create cards for our troops to send to loved ones while enjoying fun and fellowship! The Card Creators will meet Saturday, July 21st, 10 am -2 pm (or any portion thereof). Please bring a salad to share.

NorthStar Update
Anne Smith has requested that we find someone to replace her as our Ambassador to the NorthStar Church Network. If you would be interested or can suggest someone you think might be, please direct them to Anne for additional information about what is involved and to one of the pastors to make that interest known. Thank you!


June 2018


INTERIM PASTOR’S PONDERINGS
I had been on the road for the better part of two days. The first day had been terrible. I was more than ready to reach my destination and get the one day of rest I had earned before having to turn around and drive two days back home. But the end was in sight. Only a couple of more hours. I was driving along in the left lane of the Interstate, part of a long line of cars that were passing our slower traveling companions in the right lane. Then our progress noticeably slowed. There was someone in the left lane (otherwise known as the passing or fast lane!) who was driving less than the speed limit and refused to move into the right lane. One by one, we were left with no alternative than to pass him using the right lane. As my turn came, we were approaching some more cars in the right lane, but I thought I could make it around him and get back into the left lane. So I pulled out and sped up. So did he. It quickly became obvious that he didn’t want to let me complete my pass. But I had the momentum and managed to get around him and back in the left lane. I thought it was over and proceeded on my way. Eventually, I got back in the right lane and was minding my own business. Along came this same guy. He passed me and then remained a little ahead of me in the left lane. For many miles, he stayed there and I watched as he did to others the same thing he had done to me. He slowed down to try to make them pass him on the right, and then he would speed up. At one point, he slowed down until I was almost on his bumper inviting me to try to pass him again. At this point, however, I knew that he was just playing a game. I should have known that earlier because when I passed him the first time I saw in the mirror that he acknowledged I was “Number 1” (although the finger he used was not the one normally used for the #1 sign).

Now, I can be a very competitive person, but I made the conscious decision not to play his game. I even wished I could communicate with him, and just say, Congratulations. You win. You da man. I would have surrendered earlier, but I didn’t realize we were playing a game. And I’m not going to play anymore. I’ve been thinking that I probably need to say that same kind of thing in many more areas of life. What does it mean to “win”? Do I win if I allow someone else to define the game and make all the rules, and then beat them at their own game, but become just like them in the process? I hate to lose at almost anything. And winning sure feels good. But I’ve learned that the cost of winning can be too steep if it requires me to act in ways that I know are destructive or cruel or simply stupid. Or very unchristlike. There is an old Quaker proverb that says, If in order to defeat the beast, I must become a beast, then bestiality has won the day. True on the roads, and in life. The Christian life is not a game. It is a lifelong journey to live like Jesus did. How are you doing?


Mid-Atlantic Cooperative Baptist Fellowship & Calvary Hill Baptist Church present... 
The Great Obstacle Race & 
Centre of Hope Experience 
Raising Awareness for the Plight of Refugees.  
Join us for a day of fun at Calvary Hill Baptist Church.
Saturday, June 9, 2018, 8:30 am—noon 
$15 pp/$10 pp, groups of 4 or more 

To register go to: http:// www.macbf.net/ upcoming-events.html 

Power Pack Update
Thanks to all who supported the Power Pack ministry during the 2017-2018 school year. Not only were we able to show God’s love in a tangible way to our nearby neighbors at Little Run, but the steady, generous support made it possible for us to respond when God showed us an additional opportunity to help at Braddock Elementary. Our initial monthly commitment to Little Run was for 240 Power Packs for the school year. We are grateful to God to be able to report that we provided a total of 404 packs to Little Run, enabling them to make additional distributions over school holidays. We also provided a total of 174 Power Packs to Braddock Elementary to meet a critical need there, including over the Memorial Day holiday. That’s a total of 578 Power Packs! We’d like to acknowledge all within Calvary Hill as well as our brothers and sisters at Fairfax Baptist and others from the community who supported this ministry with prayer, donations of food and funds, help packing bags, and various logistics. It was a cooperative effort that involved all ages from our smallest preschoolers on up. Although we are finished for this school year, please stay tuned for plans for the 2018-19 school year!


 H.O.P.E. Basketball Clinic 
  Saturday, June 23rd 6 pm
  (registration opens at 5:30 pm)
The HOPE Basketball clinic will be located in the upper church parking lot. This FREE clinic will run approximately 90 min -2 hrs and is open to all school age children, youth, and adults. Please invite a friend and help spread the word!


Prayers Needed
Please pray daily for the Senior Pastor search process and the Pastor Search Team!



Help Calvary Hill celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first meeting of its founders at the annual Church Picnic. Kitty Gardner, our Church Historian, will have an up-to-date History Report available for distribution. The picnic will be this Sunday, June 3rd, after service in Fellowship Hall. Hamburgers & hotdogs will be provided, please bring a dish to share.  

Kinship Café 
 Kinship Café will continue through the summer once a month, and then a decision about the fall schedule will be made. There is no fee for dinner, but please RSVP on the hallway bulletin board. Our Summer dates will be June 20th, July 18th and August 22nd.

Free 1-day Conference You Will Appreciate 
Saturday, 9 June
If you would like to spend a great Saturday relaxing and enjoying the company of Christians who truly love the Lord, this is for you. If you would like to build more skills into your Christian life, this is for you. If you wonder if there is more you can do to have a closer relationship with the Lord, this is for you. If you don’t want to attend Leland seminary classes but you would like to learn some of what the students learn, this is for you. If you need a break from “churchiness”, this is for you. The Lead for this conference is Dr. Jim Melson, Director of the Cornelius Group in Washington, DC. He has a heart for helping people build their spiritual “muscles.” Lunch is included but you have to choose that when you register at:
https://ourconvergence.org/events/developing-a-ministry-of-spiritual-formation-class-2-2018-06-09-2

You must register in advance – IT IS FREE. Saturday, 9 June 2018, 9am-4pm at Convergence (Church at Convergence), in the Convergence sanctuary, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria VA.  
See you there!  
Rev Anne Smith


May 2018


INTERIM PASTOR’S PONDERINGS
Last Sunday I shared with you the amazing way the message came together in my mind, seemingly taking shape apart from any conscious effort on my part. It was incredible to me how perfectly those three texts supported the Vision Statement that Calvary Hill has adopted as your expression of who you believe God is calling you to be and what that means God is calling you to do in this place and time. A similar experience in sermon preparation this week brought me to a profoundly deeper understanding of what living as Easter people actually means. I’ll hold the rest of the story until Sunday morning, but here is a little teaser to get you thinking.

A scene in Fiddler on the Roof has Tevyev and his wife, Golda, being forced to move from their home in Russia. One day, Tevyev comes into the house and asks his wife, 
“Golda, do you love me?”
“Do I what?”
“Do you love me?”
Golda looks at him and then responds: “Do I love you? With our daughters getting married and this trouble in the town, you’re upset, you’re worn out, go inside, go lie down, maybe it’s indigestion.”
Tevyev interrupts and asks the question: “Golda, do you love me?”
Golda sighs as she looked at him and says, “Do I love you? For 25 years I’ve washed your clothes, cooked your meals, cleaned your house, given you children, milked the cows. After 25 years, why talk of love right now?”
Tevyev answers by saying, “Golda, the first time I met you was on our wedding day. I was scared, I was shy, I was nervous.”
“So was I,” said Golda.
“But my father and my mother said we’d learn to love each other, and now I’m asking, ‘Golda, do you love me?’”
“Do I love him?” Golda sighs. “For 25 years I’ve lived with him, fought with him, 25 years my bed is his! If that’s not love, what is?”
“Then you love me?” Tevyev asks.
“I suppose I do!” she says.
“And I suppose I love you too!” he says. “It doesn’t change a thing, but after 25 years it’s nice to know.”

Golda said that her actions were proof of her love. Jesus asked Peter the same question, “Do you love Me?” But Peter could not point to his actions as proof of his love. Quite the contrary. His actions would lead to a very different conclusion, for Peter had denied even knowing Jesus out of fear of the consequences of so identifying himself. Peter could only respond that he did indeed love Jesus – is actions to the contrary notwithstanding – and ultimately simply had to trust that this One who knew everything did indeed know that Peter loved Him.

What about us? What about you? When Jesus asks you, “Do you love me?” how do you respond? I wish I could be like Golda and point to 25 years of love-confirming behavior in my life. But I’m afraid I would be more like Peter and have to trust that He who knows my heart knows that I love Him – in spite of the evidence to the contrary. The Gospel message is that He who knows our hearts and souls loves us in spite of our fear and self-centeredness.

I hope to see you in worship this Sunday as we move through closing Sundays of the Easter Season and prepare for Pentecost on May 20.


FAIRFAX INTERFAITH FRIENDSHIP WALK
Sunday, May 6 beginning at 2 .m.
Fairfax Baptist Church has invited us to join them in the second annual Fairfax Interfaith Friendship Walk on May 6. Walkers build relationships with one another while walking, and stop for refreshment breaks at 8 participating churches, one of which is Fairfax Baptist. Please save the date and watch for more information about this event that can increase Calvary Hill’s recognition in the City of Fairfax.

Ministry Opportunity
As you have already heard, Fairfax Baptist Church has invited us to participate with them in their VBS program this year. The dates will be Sunday, July 22-Thursday, July 26. It will run from 6:30-9:00 p.m. This is a great way for us to help reach the Fairfax community, so please let Pastor Ruth know if you will be available during these dates to participate. We need help in assisting the children in their activity centers, leading Bible memory activities, and leading game time. We look forward to having Calvary Hill volunteers included in this outreach!
Please Note Schedule Change

Kinship Café will continue through the summer once a month, and then a decision about the fall schedule will be made. There is no fee for dinner, but please RSVP on the hallway bulletin board.

  Treasurer's Report

Income 4/30/18
Offerings $53,382.11 
Building Use - Other Churches $ 8,480.00 
Building Use - Other $ 3,250.00 
Bank Interest $ 1.81 
Total income $65,113.92 

Expenses 4/30/18
Mission Support $ 1,602.24 
Church Program Support $ 1,196.62 
Worship Support $ 26.83 
Administrative Support $ 3,938.28 
Building & Grounds $14,970.58 
Personnel $49,256.01 
Total Expenses $70,990.56 

Excess Expense $ (5,876.64)

As you can see from the table above, we have spent $5,877 more than we have contributed. At this rate, we will use all of our Operating Reserves by the end of the year. Already our Operating Reserves are slimmer than they should be, and the church body voted last Sunday to spend half of our Capital Reserves and savings on replacing the cooling tower. 

On the bright side, there are designated funds which will cover $20,000 of the $40,000 for the cooling tower. If anyone wishes to contribute, please designate “HVAC” on your check. However, please do not neglect the regular offering – without it, we will be forced to underfund some of our ministries, making them less effective.


  Power Packs!  
We are preparing to fulfill our remaining commitment for the end of the school year at Little Run. We have need of only lunch and dinner items, such as individual servings of Chef Boyardee, macaroni and cheese, and tuna salad packs. Thanks to your generosity the other categories have already been filled. As always, monetary contributions designated to “Little Run Power Packs” are also welcome. 
We are heartened by your continuing enthusiastic support for this ministry, and continue to ask for prayers for the families receiving the food as well as all involved in getting the food to them. God is continuing to work through Calvary Hill in sharing his love with our community!

This week Lunch Bunch helped celebrate Bob Woodside's Birthday!!  Happy Birthday Bob!!