Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Elko accepted the challenge on Sunday morning, April 7.
Some weeks ago, our new pastor, David Turner, challenged the congregation to have 75 in attendance at Sunday School.
The challenge was not without reward. He promised that if we had 75 at Sunday School, he would sing “I’ll Fly Away” from the church rooftop. Well, they did, and he did!
In fact, the congregation surprised and outdid themselves with 99 in Sunday School attendance. So the preacher presented himself on the church rooftop after two baptisms and our Easter Cantata Presentation. He actually said that he would allow the congregation to put his face in cream pies if there were 80 attendees or more. We will probably celebrate with pies next week, so y’all be sure to come at 10 a.m. for Sunday School and 11 a.m. for church. We hope that our Sunday School and church attendance continues to grow each and every Sunday.
We have much for which to thank God. Our Sunday School lessons and our new pastor have given us some great sermons, focusing on Bible passages that help us understand those times, and apply them to challenges we have today. Our focus is on praising God, and finding His will for us through His Word, Bible reading and prayer. And that is for children as well as adults.
Our children have additional opportunities to learn about God’s love and care. They are learning verses and the names of the books of the Bible in order, and can say them aloud at church to challenge the congregation. We have an active AWANA program every Wednesday night. The result is a Christmas play that brings in a large community crowd. We hope you will come, even help with some of the logistics, stage set up and food!
Our choir director, Christi Youngblood, takes sweet singers and makes us sound great, because we are all trying to do our best. We meet every week and sing every Sunday. We have enough in our choir that if one misses a week here or there, it’s okay. She picks out music we can handle. We have a good time, and it’s easy to want to come. If you heard our Easter Cantata, you will want to be part of our choir and be ready for our Harvest Day sing, and Christmas Cantata. And don’t forget that anyone can sing on 5th Sunday Nights.
As Baptists, you know we have meals together. They are good, but not so often that you can’t watch your weight. It is a great time for fellowship with your friends and for making new friends.
We hope you will take the challenge to come and visit us. Give us a chance to get to know you, and come for more than just one time. We want to be part of a great community, and we hope you will help us meet the challenge.
May God bless us all, and keep our pastor from falling off the roof!
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