As we begin the start of a new season, let me acknowledge how grateful I am for being your Pastor. For 22 years, I have trusted God and given of my best to serve you. Now, I and First Calvary need your spiritual and financial support. Let us remember the words of Jesus, “The Harvest is truly plentiful but the LABORERS are few!” I encourage each of you, that have not done so, to find some place in the life of this congregation in which to work and serve. Paul’s message is clear to me and I would hope that it is clear to you as well. We are called to be Co-Laborers for God. So let’s put our hand to the plow and get moving for the cause of Christ! ON THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND, I hope we realize that our behavior and attitudes in the workplace reflect upon our level of discipleship. This goes for EVERYONE (YES, YOUNG FOLKS THIS MEANS YOU AT SCHOOL AS WELL). We should take God with us as we go about our daily routines.

School is in session! Parents and guardians don’t forget about Project FINE, our Tutorial Ministry, which meets on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Community Family Life and Recreation Center at Lyon Park. Come one, come all and have your child strengthened and empowered in all areas of academia (grades K-12). There is no cost; you just show up and bring your school work. Here is a great volunteer opportunity: Project FINE can ALWAYS use people to help with tutoring our young people!

First Calvary, we are “Stepping through September”, and there is a lot of ministry going on! Mark your calendars: our Bi-Annual Health Fair is THIS SATURDAY! Come on down to the CFL&RC at Lyon Park from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to get your “numbers checked”, get moving, and get some GREAT information to help “Guard Your Temples”. This effort is coordinated every other year by the tireless laboring of our Congregational Nurse, Sister Betty Borden, with support from our Health & Wellness Ministry. We hope to see each of you“roll through”!

As we embark on Christian Education Month, I need every disciple of Jesus Christ at First Calvary to examine their commitment to the study ministries of this church. Yes, I am asking you to attend Bible Study and/or Sunday School. We have classes for all ages. In Bible Study, we will examine the epistles and letters of Paul. Our Sunday School has a new elective class on how to study the Bible (starting TODAY….you can join in at 9:30 a.m.) and the married couples will start a new and exciting series on“The Art of Marriage”. Additionally, we have our regular classes for men, women, singles, young adults and children.

Also on tap for September is a special Bible Study Session on Affordable Health Care on September 18th. ALL TEACHERS, SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS, OFFICERS, DEACONS AND DEACONESSES…plan to attend our Annual Christian Education Workshop, Saturday, September 21st and Annual Christian Education Promotion Sunday will take place on September 22nd. Then prepare yourself for our Annual Biblical Institute, September 23rd- 25th each night at 7:00 p.m. On September 26th-29th, we will celebrate with our Singles Ministry as they observe the annual Singles Weekend. With all these events and more within other ministries, no wonder we are AN EXCITING CHURCH EXCITED ABOUT ITS MISSION!