Pastoral Post July 28 2019

Friends,

As we’re gathered here on Haywood Road to offer our worship to God, Dan and Margaret Bradshaw and Terry Smith are sharing in prayer and praise with sisters and brothers who are part of churches in Nicaragua. With our support and in partnership with Vision Nicaragua, Dan, Margaret, and Terry are “on mission” in the name of Jesus. They’re offering themselves and God’s love to the people of that land where, recently, there has been a great deal of political discord and social upheaval. I know you’ll keep our friends in your prayers as they do this kingdom-work and as they return to the United States on August 1.

We welcome Jim Burnett back from a couple of weeks of much-needed and well-deserved vacation (we missed you, Jim!), and we express our thanks to Harry and Evelyn Ponder for their excellent leadership in Jim’s absence. We appreciate their faithfulness and their willingness to share their gifts with us.

If your schedule allows it, plan to stay for a few minutes after the conclusion of worship to participate in our quarterly church conference/business meeting. It’s a good way to be informed about, and participate in, what’s happening in the life of our congregation. My thanks to Lennie Thornton, Chair of our Leadership Team, as well as our Treasurer, to Bruce Farlow, our Deacon Chair, and to Doley Bell, our Moderator, for their leadership of our church and of this important meeting.

Grace and peace,

Guy 



Sunday July 21 Sermon

 
Sunday, July 21 Free to Love
Text: Galatians 5:1, 13-26
Speaker: The Rev. Dr. Guy Sayles


Pastoral Post July 21st 2019

Friends, 

At the end of today’s service, we will commission Dan and Margaret Bradshaw and Terry Smith who are on their way Nicaragua to engage in mission and ministry in the name of Jesus and with resources and prayers provided by our church.  While Dan, Margaret, and Terry invest in their own travel, many Calvary members have made financial or in-kind contributions to the mission trip, and the Logan Lawrence Fund is also providing support. We pledge to pray for our friends as they go on our behalf; for Vision Nicaragua, the partner organization which has an ongoing presence there; and for the people who will be served.  I know you are grateful, as I am, to Dan, Margaret, and Terry for engaging in this vital mission work.

Next week, immediately after worship, we will have our quarterly Business Meeting.  A particularly significant agenda item 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.

Our business 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.

Grace and peace,

Guy



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.   Read more…



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