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  Calvary is a church in West Asheville, NC with a community of believers in Christ who seek to follow him closer in our daily lives. We would like to personally invite you to come join us for joyous worship, meaningful Bible study, or any other event. The atmosphere is relaxed and our goal is to help you grow deeper in your relationship with Christ. Come learn more about us and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. You’re going to love being at Calvary!

Pastoral Post

Friends:

In two weeks—on July 28—we’ll have our quarterly Business Meeting.  It will take place immediately following the worship service, and, if it unfolds like most of our business meetings, it should last about half an hour. Brief though they are, these meetings are important; because they give us an opportunity to hear about, support, and shape the ministries of our congregation. I hope you’ll plan to participate on that day.

One particularly significant agenda item for the 28th will be the presentation of a modified church budget for the remainder of 2019. The Leadership Team has reviewed our gift and expenditures through the first half of the year, factored-in some staff shifts, and adjusted some specific amounts related to the care of our buildings. The changes that the Leadership Team is recommending to us are wise and good. I’m grateful to them for their work.

Next Sunday, July 21st, we will commission the Nicaragua Mission Team. They will be gone from July 23-August 1, and we want to send them off with our prayers, encouragement, and support.  As you likely know, there has been a good deal of unrest in that country over the last year, and our friends’ time there will be a sign of peace and reconciliation, as well as a tangible and hands on demonstration of the love of Christ.

Grace and peace,

Guy



Sunday, July 7 Sermon

Sunday, July 7 Free to Live a Jesus Life
Speaker: The Rev Dr Guy Sayles


Sunday, June 30th Sermon

 
Sunday, June 30th Free to Change
Speaker: The Rev Dr Guy Sayles

 



Pastoral Post

Friends:

We will observe and celebrate Independence Day this week; and, as we do, I offer you these beautiful lines from a prayer written a few years ago by my colleague Jim Sommerville, who is pastor of the First Baptist Church of Richmond, VA.  


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Pastoral Post

Friends,

For most of this past week, I had the gift of time for silence and reflection at Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist monastery located on the Cooper River, not far from Charleston, SC. Mepkin was originally a plantation, then the estate of the Henry and Clare Booth Luce family (he was a renowned magazine publisher and she was a congresswoman and ambassador), and, since that family donated the nearly 3,000 acres to the Trappists, a thriving monastery. It is a beautiful place: towering, moss-covered live oaks, vast pasture lands, and spectacular views of the river.  


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Sunday, June 16 Sermon

 
Sunday, June 16 2019 The Everyday Trinity
Speaker: The Rev Dr. Guy Sayles

 



Pastoral Post

Dear Friends,

For the last 18 months or so, the Leadership Team, the Deacons, and our congregation as a whole have been listening to one another and to the voice of the Spirit as we seek to discern the shape of our future mission and ministry. It’s challenging and important work. We want to be faithful followers of Jesus who use our talents, time, and energy to serve the kingdom of God.  

I believe that, by the end of this calendar year, we need to make some significant decisions about how we will be and do church. We know, of course, that we will gather for worship, study the Bible, extend love and care to one another, welcome guests and new members, and engage in mission.

One significant question we must answer has to do with the scope and extent of that mission-engagement: how much can we do in light of our gifts, limits, and opportunities?

Other important questions are about our buildings: How do we assure that they are accessible for the majority of our members and guests? How do we take wise care of them? How do we avoid their becoming the nearly-singular focus of our attention?

As we continue this journey of discernment, we need to have honest and, at times, hard conversations with each other. I’m confident that the Spirit will guide us and I look forward to what we will discover together.

Grace and peace,

Guy  



Sunday, June 9 2019 Sermon

 
Sunday, June 9 2019 The Spirit of Community
Speaker: The Rev Dr. Guy Sayles


Pastoral Post

June 9 2019

 

Friends,

We celebrate Pentecost today by remembering the gift of the Holy Spirit which God poured out on the earliest followers of Jesus, a gift which empowered them to move beyond the bewilderment and amazement of the days immediately after Jesus’ death and resurrection and to be a community of faithful and growing witnesses to the love, grace, and mercy of God for all people. Pente means “fifty,” and that first Christian Pentecost occurred fifty days after Easter.


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Sunday Sermon: June 2, 2019

Sunday, June 2 2019
Faith Dynamics: Focus and Celebrate
Speaker: The Rev Guy Sayles