Sunday, January 31, 2010

Thanks to all helped prepare for Sunday’s worship time…

Just wanted to offer a word of thanks to all who helped shovel the sidewalks and mark the parking lots as we prepared for worship today.  We appreciate everyone pitching in and making it happen. 

Also to Brent, praise band, team and choir – great job to all!

We’ll look forward to seeing everyone this Wednesday for Connect Groups, Youth, Young Adults, and Children.  Last week was one of the strongest attendances we’ve  seen yet for a Wednesday evening.  Keep up the good work!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

New Info from IMB on Haiti

I've just received an email update from the IMB with a link to an article on our work in Haiti. Click on the link to access the article.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Haiti Resource Update

With all the news flooding the airwaves and requests for funding, I’m including here a link to the International Mission Board - Baptist Global Response funding site.  It’s a part of our SBC network and you can feel confident how these resources will be used.

Global Baptist Response Weblink

If you also want to give through the church, we’ll forward those on to the IMB/Global Baptist Response as well. 

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Vision Trajectories – teaching and discussion … Haiti Help?

Great group last evening for the Connect Group teaching time!  I’m very pleased with the response thus far and will look forward to reading through the comments.  Starting in February, I’ll be dropping by various Connect Groups to further discuss the questions that were posed, so that we can continue to develop our role and responsibility in fulfilling the vision of Calvary.

With the earthquake in Haiti, I’m sure many of you are wondering what can Calvary do?  First, we as Southern Baptists are already working on the relief efforts, coordinating with the IMB and Florida Baptist Convention which has a long standing missional and relief relationship with Haiti.  I’m posting below the text of an email I received that will give you an update.  We will also be considering how we should respond as a church – offerings, etc…  I’ll keep you posted.

    ---- copy of news flash email from IMB  ---

Southern Baptists mobilize to help earthquake victims
Southern Baptists are mobilizing to assess disaster relief needs after the largest earthquake in more than 200 years rocked Haiti the evening of Jan. 12.

The initial Southern Baptist disaster relief effort will be led by Florida Baptists, who have had ministry relationships in Haiti for more than 20 years and currently have six staff members who live and work in the country, said Jim Brown, U.S. director for Baptist Global Response, a Southern Baptist relief and development organization. The International Mission Board does not have long-term personnel stationed in the country.

Initial funding for the relief effort will be provided by the IMB’s disaster relief fund. You can contribute to the disaster response effort at

The North American Mission Board’s disaster relief office is organizing an emergency consultation with state disaster relief directors to coordinate response to the catastrophe, Brown said. Disaster relief teams in Mississippi and Kentucky are on standby for immediate response.

An assessment team is being organized by Baptist Global Response, IMB, NAMB and state convention disaster relief directors to enter the country as soon as possible, Brown said. They will work with Haitian Baptists to identify immediate needs that must be addressed and will draft mid- and long-term plans for an ongoing relief effort.

The 7.0 magnitude tremor hit 10 miles from the center of Port-au-Prince, a city of 3 million people, at around 5 p.m. Jan. 12, according to news reports. One source said the quake could be felt more than 200 miles away. The earthquake triggered a tsunami watch for Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.

Multiple strong aftershocks continued to rock the country after the initial tremor, said David Brown, who with his wife, Jo, directs BGR work in the Americas. Reports from inside the country indicate infrastructure and many buildings suffered catastrophic damage. The main airport is closed; power and communications are down and security is a serious concern. Specialized search and rescue teams and military units from several countries are being rushed into Haiti to help secure the situation and begin relief efforts.

Apart from donating to the disaster relief effort via, you can help greatly by joining in focused prayer for Haiti’s 9 million people, more than 80 percent of whom live below the poverty line, said David Brown.

“Please pray for us as we assess and monitor the situation in Haiti after the 7.0 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks this evening,” Brown said. “The initial information indicates 2 million people in Port-au-Prince are directly affected. Please pray for victims and their families. Pray for wisdom as responses are initiated.”

The situation in Haiti is very fluid and additional information will continue to flow in on a daily basis, Brown said. Updates will be released as new information becomes available.

Prayer updates will also be available.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New Communication Tools!

One of my commitments for this year is to provide better access to the internal working of Calvary, and to keep you connected we have added new features to our website.

One is a new Facebook account, which you'll see linked on the home page. If you're not a fan, please select it and this will provide status updates on important events, needs, ministry opportunities, deposit deadlines, etc... We truly want you to know more about what's imminent.

Another is this blog which will be hosted here, and which I'll use to comment on ministry developments or to give an update on important church matters. For example, I'll be soon posting general information on our year end financials - which we'll all rejoice about, since it ended so strong. This blog will represent my personal observations as well as give occasional reports from the Leadership Team.

A third aspect of my desire to communicate more effectively to the church is my personal Facebook, Twitter and blogsite accounts which you're welcome to follow, and in the case of Facebook, please feel free to send me a friend request. You may also notice that on my contact page on the Calvary Website, we've introduced the RSS feeds from my Twitter and blogsite, and we'll include this feed as well.

There's much in the works, and I'll look forward to updating and keeping you informed.

Your Pastor,
Mark W. Gregory