Pastoral Post for Sunday, January 26, 2020

Friends,
At their meeting this past Monday night, our Deacons thanked outgoing chair Bruce Farlow for his faithful and effective leadership over the last two years. He has offered steady encouragement and thoughtful guidance to our Deacons and to our congregation. We’re grateful to him.
The Deacons also elected their officers for the current year. Melody Bell will continue to serve as Secretary, Peggy Brown will be Vice-Chair, and Pat Stillwell will be Chair. We’re in good hands!
I’m thankful to Butch Stillwell, our Minister of Pastoral Care, and Jim Burnett, our Minister of Music, for their friendship, collegiality, and partnership in ministry. It has bee a joy and a gift to serve with them. They care deeply about our church and work hard, beyond their job descriptions, to help us thrive as a community of faith.
Thank you for the grace you’ve extended to me by allowing me to serve as your Transitional Pastor. You’ve welcomed my work, been patient with the limits on my time and energy, and given me generous affirmation. I have felt your support and your love. You will remain in my heart and prayers.
Grace and peace,
Guy


Sunday, January 19, 2020

Sunday, January 19, 2020
Sermon: “Love is the Reason We are Here”
Scripture: John 3: 1-16
Rev. Dr. Guy Sayles
 
 

 



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…