PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE 

06-19-20
Dear Calvary Family,
Let’s continue to thank the Lord for His blessing and protection over our gatherings in these past 6 weeks. We plan to be outdoors again this Sunday! If the weather is rainy, we will be inside. Either way, the service time will remain at 9:00 AM, and toddler care will be offered. The church building has been professionally cleaned and prepared for indoor gatherings. If our service is indoors, we will meet in the sanctuary, with additional spaced seating, sound and video in the foyer and fellowship hall.
It has been wonderful to watch God work among us, encouraging and strengthening our faith as we carry on the instruction of the Lord to give diligence to our commitment to one another in fellowship and discipleship. Where God guides, He always provides! Next Sunday, June 28th, we will be offering another baptism! Please consider this very important public identification with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Let me know if you want to be baptized, we will begin praying for you!
I am attaching links for 3 events that you can be involved in:
  • The Pregnancy Support Center informative video and fund raiser – Recorded from the meeting last evening! Watch HERE!
  • Our Vacation Bible School – Sign-ups have been great, keep coming! Register HERE!
  • The Women’s GLOW gatherings – Sign-up begin today, gatherings begin July 7th Sign up HERE!
Blessings to all of you, see you Sunday!
Pastor Marv

06-16-20

Good morning Church Family,

What a blessing it was to be out on the lawn, once more, this past Sunday! It was so good to see the fellowship one with another growing, to start the study in the book of Mark, and to witness another baptism of surrender to Jesus Christ! If you have not been baptized as a believer, now is the time to publicly identify your life as set apart for the Lord. Let me know, and we will fill the trough and have it ready for you. Also, be in prayer for Wilson & Whitney as they prepare for the upcoming move to the Greenville, NC area. God’s timing is always best, and this calling from the Lord is getting nearer. 

We are slowly providing more opportunities for discipleship and growth among our church family, and God continues to bless and protect these efforts. Home fellowships have been a blessing, if you want to join one, contact the church office! Also, here are a few other opportunities that I hope you can participate in:

  • “The Rock” – *New Start! Tomorrow evening, Wed June 17th, 6:30-8:00 PM, we will have our first, in person, Rock (middle school) gathering at the church. We would love to have your middle school child attend! Contact Dawson or Ashley Fisher with any questions.
  • “The Bridge” – *Continuing! Tomorrow evening the High School group will continue there gatherings at Wilson & Whitney’s house at 6:30
  • “The Edge” – This coming Saturday, June 20th, 12:00 Noon, the Young Adult group will be heading out to the High Bridge Trail, Contact Sam & Olivia for more details
  • “Spring into Life” – *First time! Join the Pregnancy Support Center live online (bit.ly/SpringLife) at 7:00, Thur, 7:00 PM, as they give us an update on the ministry opportunities God has given them and how you can join them in this important work of ministering to parents of the unborn children. 
  • “GLOW” –  *Ladies back together! Tuesday Morning, July 7th, 9:00-11:00. All ladies 18 and older are invited to meet here at church for a bi-weekly study of the book of John, fellowship & prayer, praying for you ladies to grow in your relationship with God and with each other.

May God continue to cause us to abound in our love for one another! I will send an update on Friday concerning our Sunday AM service

Blessings,

Pastor Marv

05-20-20

Dear Calvary Family,

It was such a blessing to be together this past Sunday! Wilson and the sound/worship team worked hard and cheerfully to make our outdoor service possible. If the weather permits, they are glad to set up outside again this Sunday!

If the weather is not suitable for an outdoor service, we will be offering 2 services inside at 9:00 & 11:00. We will be sending out notices by 8:00 AM on Saturday indicating if it will be outside at 10:00 AM or inside at 9:00 & 11:00 AM. We will have more details when we send out the Saturday morning update.

Once again I want you to know how proud I am of all of you. Your positive, encouraging attitude through all of this has been such a blessing to all of us on the leadership team. We are trying to make the best decisions possible, and certainly are weighing the options carefully. We will have the building clean and prepared for our next service. Once again, may we all extend kindness and grace, giving each other room as we spread out in our gatherings. May all of our social media comments continue to be respectful and considerate. And may we all keep our hearts free from encumbrances and hopelessness that the world is experiencing. Without the comfort of the Holy Spirit and the hope of the gospel, where would any of us be?

This week the Bridge & Edge will hold in person gatherings. Let’s continue in prayer for the blessing and grace of the Lord to be upon us. Thank you Jesus!

Much love,

Pastor Marv

Pastor’s Perspective

05-13-20

Welcome back!

Dear Calvary Chapel Family,

It has been two months since we met for a service at CCF. I am very thankful to inform you that we plan to meet again this Sunday, May 17th, at 10:00 AM! Beginning tomorrow, Phase One of our governor’s reopening plan involves easing restrictions for religious gatherings. We will need to work together and be considerate of others as we take this first step back.

We will have our church building prepared for Sunday, but if the weather permits, we plan to have our first service outside on the front lawn of the church. This will give plenty of room to spread out, and allows some to stay in their car and enjoy this time together. We will set up a stage with a sound system that should provide a large coverage area across the lawn. Here are some ways that you can help make this first Sunday back a blessing for all:

  • Cleaning Day on Saturday at 10:00 AM. Come help prepare the building and set up for Sunday (Contact Wilson for more info)
  • Bring your own chairs or blankets (We will have some chairs available)
  • Sit together as families with at least 6 feet from another family
  • We will not be handing anything out to you (bulletins, coffee etc…) You can bring your own travel mug:)
  • We will have curbside parking for at least 15-20 cars for those who feel it is best to stay in their car
  • The church building will be available for restrooms
  • Toddler care will be available in the church
  • Early prayer time will be in the prayer room at 9:00 AM
  • Service time will be 10:00 AM
  • The service will not be visually recorded

We understand that some of us are at a greater health risk than others. If you are not comfortable coming to a gathering yet, we are understanding and supportive of your decision. However, we will try to provide a safe place for our gatherings.  Our church family also has differing thoughts and opinions on how the coronavirus has and should be handled. Our times together should be seasoned with grace. Let’s see how creative we can be with greeting one another without the usual handshake or hug:). This has certainly been a learning curve for everyone and I am confident we will be considerate of others’ desire to keep some distance.

If the weather is not suitable for an outside service, come on inside. We will have different areas of the church available as needed, to comply with social distance recommendations.

I know we are all tired of the same Covid-19 focus and news for the past two months. But God has a plan for all of this. My prayer is for a sweet time of worshiping the Lord together. May we have little to distract us, and much focus on the goodness and kindness of the Lord. May our hearts be at ease and may we find rest even at a time of caution and consideration. I have been so proud of our church family through all of this. Your kindness and prayers to one another have been so very meaningful. All of us have been taught many valuable lessons and our heavenly teacher is not done yet! All praise to God as we gather again. May the grace and protection of the Lord be upon each and every one of you!

Much love to all,

Pastor Marv

03-31-20

Dear Calvary Family,

Once again, I am so thankful to be a part of such a wonderful church family! I certainly took for granted the many times we were able to meet week after week, and now with Governor Northam’s Excecutive Order 55 yesterday, it may be a while before we can meet as an entire church family. However, not all is grim and dark. A time of crisis is often used by God to spark a revival. And great moves of God start within the church. Please do not waste this unique time in history, but rather use it as a great time to explore what God has in store for you. Many good things have been removed from our busy lives, may we replace that time prayerfully. May the sheepfold be strengthened and the Good Shepherd instruct us daily.

Easter is less than 2 weeks away. The church leadership will be putting together a “Calvary Cares” package for each family in the church, and you will be a part of the sharing. It is our desire to be an encouragement to your family during this greatest of all celebrations, the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ! I will give more details as Good Friday approaches. 

We have been in touch with Calvary Chapel Lynchburg concerning Nanda and Lisa Giri, missionaries to Nepal. Plans have been made to bring them stateside asap. This will involve a complete quarantine time as international travel can be complicated. Calvary Farmville will be assisting in this effort. I will update you with opportunities for your help in the next day or two. 

May God cause us to continue to increase and abound in our love for one another,

Pastor Marv

Pastor’s Perspective
03-24-20

Dear Calvary Family,

I rejoice every time I hear of how you are reaching out to one another with encouragement and prayer. My prayer is that God will strengthen the fabric of our communication network in these changing days. Again I want to encourage you to update your directory information and add a photo of your family. All this can be done from your home and the directory is now available in a very user friendly app!

Thank you for praying for the leadership team. Here are a few updates from our meeting last evening:

  • All services and gatherings will continue to be postponed until farther notice (Praying for Easter Sunday 🙂
  • Please be in prayer for our youth and children as they go through many changes from both there schools and churches being closed (I hope to record a children’s story this week for you to share with your children)
  • We will continue to improve our video online sermons, worship times and devotionals. We plan to have some worship music with the sermon ready to air on Sunday morning at 9:00 AM, daily online devotionals will continue this week 
  • We will continue to pray for each of you, trusting God for comfort and peace during these uncertain days

If you have a prayer request you can go to our church website and scroll down to prayer and follow instructions. Or give us a call 434-315-0406 or email us at office@ccfarmville.org

Some of you have asked about the churches financial needs and giving. Most of our church expenses still remain close to what we have had in the past. We will continue to manage the financial gifts in a way that best honors the Lord. We believe a part of this is certainly to help care for the church family. If you are aware of needs, please contact the leaders or our church office. If you want to give financially, you can do so through the church App: CCFarmville church website: ccfarmville.org or you can mail a check to 302 Industrial Park Rd, Farmville, VA. We are confident that God will provide for our church family as we share with one another. Praise God for the gift of the Holy Spirit to guide us in all things! 

Much love,

Pastor Marv

03-17-20

Dear Calvary Family,

Wisdom from God is certainly one of the great treasures that are available to those who love Him. Concerning this wisdom, Paul writes; 1 Cor 2:9 “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those that love Him”. What an amazing blessing to have the very Spirit of God speaking to our hearts in such a time as this. Again, I encourage each of us to prepare adequate time for the “quiet hour, quiet place and quiet heart” before our God! The throne of grace is always open and virus free! May God use this coronavirus season to restore a proper perspective in every station of our lives.

Last evening (Monday) the leadership team gathered to pray and plan! Our hearts are encouraged by the fact that, unbeknownst to us, God has been preparing our church family for this coronavirus crisis. In our Sunday morning 2 Corinthian study, we have been taught of God’s comfort in times of suffering and affliction. In the next several weeks we will be studying Chapters 3-5. Read these scriptures and prepare your heart for a great perspective on suffering in relation to our eternal home in heaven. In these verses we are encouraged not to lose heart as our inner man is being renewed day by day! This Sunday I plan to continue teaching through 2 Cor. Be watching for it on the web and Facebook.

Beginning on Sunday March 22, we plan to have teachings, worship and devotionals from all our church leaders on the website and Facebook page. Our IT team is working to prepare not only audio teachings, but Lord willing, video and live teachings & worship as well. The thing we all will miss the most is talking/relating face to face. However, we are blessed with a number of different ways to say hello, a phone call or text can still be a great encouragement.

Let’s trust God for an opportunity to all gather again in a few weeks! Maybe Easter Sunday 🙂 Meanwhile, come boldly to the throne of grace and find help in time of need, and find creative, safe ways to say hello and help one another!

Much love,

Pastor Marv

12-18-19
Pastor’s Perspective
Dear Calvary Chapel Family,

 

This is the first Christmas in my entire life that I do not have dad or mom alive. Special celebrations like Christmas have a way of bringing these changes back to the forefront of our hearts. I am certain that many of you are experiencing similar experiences. May we treasure the good memories of the past, may Jesus bring healing to the painful memories of the past, and may this Christmas be one of drawing closer to our Lord as we celebrate His birth. Jesus is so willing to minister to the needs of our heart, whatever condition He finds it in. May we worship Him as the Shepherds did, Honor Him as the Kings did, and surrender to His will, as did Joseph and Mary! What a tremendous reason we have to Celebrate!
We have planned some wonderful opportunities to celebrate together this Christmas season:
  • Tonight (18th) our wed evening gathering will be a Christmas celebration involving Christmas Carols and joyful celebration involving different ages and ministries of the church, join us at 6:30 for a family celebration!
  • Christmas Eve Service, 5:00-6:00 PM. A beautiful evening of reflection on the Christmas story directly from the pages of scripture, listen to songs that describe the miracle of His birth and enjoy a candlelight reminder of the light of God that shone down on the dark landscape of humanity at the birth of Jesus Christ.
  • We have 2 more Sunday morning worship services left this year, may they both be sweet times of worship and fellowship as we finish out 2019!
  • Vision Sunday: Jan 5th at the 9:00 & 11:00 services we will take time to look back and look ahead. This date marks our 10 year anniversary of Calvary Chapel Farmville!
 

Let’s trust God together for a fresh outpouring of His Spirit during this very special time of the year! Much love to all, I look forward to celebrating together with my church family.

Merry Christmas,

 
Pastor Marv

10-02-19
Pastor’s Perspective

 

Dear Calvary Family,

It is nearly impossible not to be affected by the pain and sorrow of so many people around us, especially if you are one of the somebody. The words of Jesus often come to mind “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid…” The scriptures continually reminds us to comfort one another with the words of scripture and the promises of God for each of His children. Another way to bring comfort is through sweet fellowship and love among the family of God. It is my desire to see both of these grow as we move into this most beautiful Fall season of the year.

Changes can be refreshing and difficult at the same time. The change to 2 Sunday AM services have been a big adjustment to many of us. I really miss when any of you are not present at any of the services, it’s not the same without you in your familiar place:) even if you were just there the hour before! It also feels strange to see the empty seats. But, let’s continue to make the best of this time and give some more time for God to surprise us with the blessing of making more disciples. Hopefully the 9:00 & 11:00 services give you more flexibility to be able to attend each Sunday. Join me in trusting God for at least 100 disciples in each of the 2 services. And may the AMEN corner grow and fellowship multiply.

We are also providing the opportunity to enjoy some refreshments between the 2 services. Just bring a dish to share and come early or stay around and get a chance to say hello to the people coming or leaving.

We also want to give extra thought and prayer to our Wed evening service. This becomes a special time of connection for all ages who may be worshiping at different services on Sunday morning. Our Wed evening children are now following the AWANA curriculum. This is an excellent National children’s program that will really bless your kids! This Fall may be a great time to add another measure of discipleship and fellowship to strengthen the core of your life, your walk with the Lord and fellowship with His family.

Here are a few other opportunities to consider:

  • The Sparks fellowship at Dan & Jan’s this Saturday
  • The Women’s Conference Oct 12th
  • The Men’s Fellowship on Oct 19th

If you want to catch up on any teachings you may have missed you can go to our free CCFarmville App or our website.

Hope to see all of you this week. Enjoy the cooler temps coming in this weekend!

 

Pastor Marv

09-11-19

Pastor’s Perspective

 

Dear Calvary Family,

Another 9/11 anniversary is here, another reminder that we have an enemy. Our enemy is not only terrorist groups around the world, but behind it all, we have an enemy of our soul, the devil. How vulnerable life can be in a world where the evil one desires to steal, kill, and destroy. It is on my heart to remind each of us that there is increased risk if we wander from the blessed protection of the fold of the Shepherd. Jesus Christ our Lord always invites us to draw near. He wants to lead us by green pastures and still waters. He promises a table of provision in the presence of our enemies. He will walk with us in the valley of the shadow of death, dispersing our fear. May we all walk close enough to hear His voice and a humble our hearts to respond in obedient submission. And may God watch over this country that He has truly blessed in so many ways. May our leaders be brave and responsive to the voice of the Lord, and may the church of the living God be that city on a hill, a beacon of Hope to a lost and dying world!

Thanks to all of our ministry leaders for your patient and gracious hearts as we walked through our first 2-service Sunday of September! Both the 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. service have plenty of room for all of us to invite our neighbors and co-workers as the Lord provides opportunities to do so. And may each of you find the service time that works best for you or perhaps the one the Lord would have you serve.

We have some other wonderful opportunities for each of you to connect in smaller group settings. Come on out and join one of these and let the Lord grow our love for each other and most of all, our love for our Lord. Hope to see you this evening!

Blessings,

Pastor Marv

08-07-19
Pastor’s Perspective

 

Dear Calvary Family,

Last night was the first night of 2019 our VBS here at church. It was such a blessing seeing 53 children enjoy an evening of music, Bible teaching, games and receiving much love from 38 helpers and teachers, in the amazing jungle environment! Please be in prayer as these children gather for 4 more evenings. May they know Jesus, develop rich friendships, and know that they are treasured here at Calvary Chapel.

Bring them
Love them
Educate them
Save them
Send them

VBS begins a season of change for our entire church family. Schools are starting back up, Longwood & Hampden Sydney are gearing up for 6,000 students to roll into town, and beginning September 8th, our Sunday morning worship will begin 2 services with start times at 9:00 & 11:00 AM. With more options on a Sunday morning, I am praying that more of you could come to church on a more consistent basis, and all of us can continue to invite others to church with room to grow. Discipleship and fellowship are so essential for a healthy long lasting relationship with God and I believe in this day and age, we need to huddle up on a regular basis and pull for each other in prayer support and to gather around Gods Word! What a treasure we have been given.

Just a reminder, because of VBS, we will not be having our regular Wednesday service tonight. The Bridge will be meeting at the Wilson’s house and all of can be in prayer! Next Wed we will begin our next book study, 1 Kings!

Much love,

Pastor Marv

Pastor’s Perspective

12-04-18

 

Dear Calvary Family,

December is a very special month of the year, a perfect time to reflect back and evaluate the path we are walking. Christmas places the miracle of the gospel in the spotlight and often softens the hearts of men and women to receive the message the church has to offer. December is also a great time for resetting the compass for the coming year. May we bow with bend-ed knee before the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. May we follow the true Star of Bethlehem until we find ourselves in the presence of the living God in our heavenly home.

Here are some great opportunities for each of you to be involved, prayerfully consider being part of some of these events:

 1. Door to door Christmas story: Wed afternoons, Dec 5th & 12th, meet in the prayer room at 5:00 PM, then hit the streets! Whitsel Jackson will be leading you in an adventurous time of “door to door” ministry. You will offer to share the Christmas story with people and offer to pray for them. All will return to the church for 7:00 worship & celebration. Bundle up!

2. Prayer Night: Wed evening Dec 12th, instead of the regular study through 1 Samuel, we will share in communion and corporate prayer, these are always very special services

3. Christmas Caroling to the Prisoners and shut-ins: Wed Evening, Dec 19th – all High School students and adults will be going into the Detention Center & Farmville Rehabilitation Center. The children & middle school students will be meeting in the Center for a Christmas party! 

4. Sunday Morning Special: All Sunday mornings are a privileged times, but Sunday morning, Dec 23rd our Christmas celebration will involve the Children and bring to light the amazing gift of salvation offered to humanity!

5. Christmas Eve Service: Bring your family, invite your neighbors, and enjoy special music, a story time, and a reflective candle lighting service 6:00-7:00 PM

6. No service on Wed Dec 26th

7. Vision Sunday: Sunday morning Jan 6th, will include a time for Wilson & I to share information that will help set the course for the coming year. This has become a highlight for many

Blessings & much love

– Pastor Marv

9-18-18 Pastor’s Perspective
 
Dear Calvary Family,
 
 
It seems like the “whole creation groans” described in Romans chapter 8 is heightened around the world today. Along with this physical groaning of the earth, the political and spiritual culture is also experiencing tremendous change and appears to be spiraling into disarray. The light of the gospel stands in stark contrast to all this foreboding and sad news circulating among the many different and changing information stations. The gospel does not eradicate hardship, suffering or even disappointment. Rather, the gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ is that Jesus is willing to intervene in our lives; He offers forgiveness, healing of hearts, and hope for the future. These gifts, and many additional blessings bring about a remarkable change in how we view the challenges we face and the groaning of the world. Gods amazing grace opens the door for us to experience a peace that passes understanding. Colossians 3:15 tells us, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts”. (be the umpire, to direct) May God truly be the umpire of your life today, and certainly the umpire of our church! 
 
In our 8+ years together, our church family certainly has extended beyond Farmville. This weekend you have an opportunity to hear first hand how the gospel is reaching behind the walls of the prisons of Alabama, and how the gospel is reaching the flood affected area of Lumberton NC. This coming weekend, Mark & Dawn Stoltzfus (prison ministry) and Jeff & Ann Wade (disaster relief) will be back in Farmville. This Friday evening, Sept 21, 7:00-8:30 PM here at the church, Mark will sharing about his role as a prison chaplain with We Care Prison Ministry. The evening will also include a time of worship and music from the Lapp family. Then Saturday (22nd) at our future location at 45 Simpson Rd, Crit’s chicken dinners will be sold, starting at 11:00 AM. You can also enjoy watching or participating in a wiffle-ball fundraiser tournament starting at 10:00 AM up on the field above the Simpson Rd church. Both of these events will help provide support for the Stoltzfus family. As for disaster relief, We have a mission trip scheduled for Wed evening, Oct 17th – Sat night, Oct 20th to help Jeff & Ann in the work in Lumberton! Both the Stoltzus’ and Wade’s will be sharing a mission update on Sunday morning as well! 
 
Something else I would greatly appreciate your prayers and support for is coming up in the more distant future. Sunday evening, November 18th, I am coordinating a Farmville area, “Community Thanksgiving Service”. At this time I have over 20 community leaders involved in leading this event. President Reveley from Longwood University has offerd to host this service in the Blackwell Ballroom. This is a blessing to have a state university host a christian community event such as this. All the area churches will be invited, but we are being intentional to invite unbelievers to join us in offering prayer, praise and thanksgiving to Jesus Christ. Our theme is “America: It’s revivals & Awakenings”. We will be reflecting with thankfulness on Gods grace in the past and trusting God for a future awakening in our town and nation. We are also privileged to have the 40 member, Commonwealth Chorale, join the event to sing some beautiful songs of Thanksgiving!
 
As we look ahead to the Fall and early Winter season, let’s continue faithfully in the treasured opportunities to gather regularly as a church family. Our Wednesday evening services have become special times of getting better acquainted as we gather around Gods word and pray in smaller groups. Our Sunday mornings are always great opportunities to celebrate the goodness of the Lord and a chance to meet the growing group that call Calvary Chapel home. Prior to each service, the prayer room is open for any of you to join in a time of intercession and prayer. I consider this a very important aspect of church life and health, join us sometime!
 
Much love
 
Pastor Marv
07-18-18, Wed
 
Pastor’s Perspective: 
 
Dear Calvary Family,
 
In tonight’s Bible study, God reveals to the valiant warrior Gideon, that a bigger army is not necessarily a better army. I believe the 3 concerns that God revealed to Gideon are relevant concerns for our day.
 
1. Pride: Man takes the glory when God delivers a great victory in our personal lives or the church 
 
2. Fear: A lack of faith is contagious and tends to spread among the rest of the army – God asked 22,000 soldiers to go home
 
3. Self Centered: When my thirst becomes more important than the battle at hand – God asked 9,700 more soldiers to go home
 
Gideon only had 300 soldiers left to fight against 135,000 Midianite soldiers with much advanced weaponry. How many victorious opportunities are missed due to lack of faith, fear of failure or the looming danger of pride?
 
 
This Sunday will require a bold step for those whom God is calling to be baptizedPride, fear and selfishness have been buried with Christ and we have a new calling that requires both humility and courage. May our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ overwhelm our tendency to fear. May we receive the grace and blessings of the Lord in humility, and may we better understand that it is not by our might or power that battles are fought and victory is achieved, but by the mighty power of Jesus Christ and the work of His Holy Spirit living in us and working all around us! Let’s trust God for revived hearts and lives.
 
Many of you have been asking about the timing of our location move to 45 Simpson Rd. It is still in the hands of the attorneys involved and appears to be moving closer to settlement. I am continually grateful for this amazing gift being granted to us at Calvary Chapel. I will certainly let you know when the deed is in hand. Meanwhile, be in prayer for a fresh work of God among us and pray for many more to know Jesus and His gracious offer of salvation!
 
Much love
 
– Pastor Marv
 
 
A couple of things to consider and pray for:
 
1. Street evangelism on Wed afternoons & the Addiction’s Bible study
2. The baptism on Sunday
3. The land/church gift transaction
4. Motherhood by design – Bible Study for young moms
5. Devotions at Calvary – Tue morning for men & women
6. Edge: Sunday evening, 6:30 at Aaron Gridley’s house on 4th Ave

Pastor’s Perspective

12-04-18

 

Dear Calvary Family,

December is a very special month of the year, a perfect time to reflect back and evaluate the path we are walking. Christmas places the miracle of the gospel in the spotlight and often softens the hearts of men and women to receive the message the church has to offer. December is also a great time for resetting the compass for the coming year. May we bow with bend-ed knee before the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. May we follow the true Star of Bethlehem until we find ourselves in the presence of the living God in our heavenly home.

 

Here are some great opportunities for each of you to be involved, prayerfully consider being part of some of these events:

 

 1. Door to door Christmas story: Wed afternoons, Dec 5th & 12th, meet in the prayer room at 5:00 PM, then hit the streets! Whitsel Jackson will be leading you in an adventurous time of “door to door” ministry. You will offer to share the Christmas story with people and offer to pray for them. All will return to the church for 7:00 worship & celebration. Bundle up!

2. Prayer Night: Wed evening Dec 12th, instead of the regular study through 1 Samuel, we will share in communion and corporate prayer, these are always very special services

3. Christmas Caroling to the Prisoners and shut-ins: Wed Evening, Dec 19th – all High School students and adults will be going into the Detention Center & Farmville Rehabilitation Center. The children & middle school students will be meeting in the Center for a Christmas party! 

4. Sunday Morning Special: All Sunday mornings are a privileged times, but Sunday morning, Dec 23rd our Christmas celebration will involve the Children and bring to light the amazing gift of salvation offered to humanity!

5. Christmas Eve Service: Bring your family, invite your neighbors, and enjoy special music, a story time, and a reflective candle lighting service 6:00-7:00 PM

6. No service on Wed Dec 26th

7. Vision Sunday: Sunday morning Jan 6th, will include a time for Wilson & I to share information that will help set the course for the coming year. This has become a highlight for many

 

Blessings & much love

 

– Pastor Marv

9-18-18 Pastor’s Perspective
 
Dear Calvary Family,
 
 
It seems like the “whole creation groans” described in Romans chapter 8 is heightened around the world today. Along with this physical groaning of the earth, the political and spiritual culture is also experiencing tremendous change and appears to be spiraling into disarray. The light of the gospel stands in stark contrast to all this foreboding and sad news circulating among the many different and changing information stations. The gospel does not eradicate hardship, suffering or even disappointment. Rather, the gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ is that Jesus is willing to intervene in our lives; He offers forgiveness, healing of hearts, and hope for the future. These gifts, and many additional blessings bring about a remarkable change in how we view the challenges we face and the groaning of the world. Gods amazing grace opens the door for us to experience a peace that passes understanding. Colossians 3:15 tells us, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts”. (be the umpire, to direct) May God truly be the umpire of your life today, and certainly the umpire of our church! 
 
In our 8+ years together, our church family certainly has extended beyond Farmville. This weekend you have an opportunity to hear first hand how the gospel is reaching behind the walls of the prisons of Alabama, and how the gospel is reaching the flood affected area of Lumberton NC. This coming weekend, Mark & Dawn Stoltzfus (prison ministry) and Jeff & Ann Wade (disaster relief) will be back in Farmville. This Friday evening, Sept 21, 7:00-8:30 PM here at the church, Mark will sharing about his role as a prison chaplain with We Care Prison Ministry. The evening will also include a time of worship and music from the Lapp family. Then Saturday (22nd) at our future location at 45 Simpson Rd, Crit’s chicken dinners will be sold, starting at 11:00 AM. You can also enjoy watching or participating in a wiffle-ball fundraiser tournament starting at 10:00 AM up on the field above the Simpson Rd church. Both of these events will help provide support for the Stoltzfus family. As for disaster relief, We have a mission trip scheduled for Wed evening, Oct 17th – Sat night, Oct 20th to help Jeff & Ann in the work in Lumberton! Both the Stoltzus’ and Wade’s will be sharing a mission update on Sunday morning as well! 
 
Something else I would greatly appreciate your prayers and support for is coming up in the more distant future. Sunday evening, November 18th, I am coordinating a Farmville area, “Community Thanksgiving Service”. At this time I have over 20 community leaders involved in leading this event. President Reveley from Longwood University has offerd to host this service in the Blackwell Ballroom. This is a blessing to have a state university host a christian community event such as this. All the area churches will be invited, but we are being intentional to invite unbelievers to join us in offering prayer, praise and thanksgiving to Jesus Christ. Our theme is “America: It’s revivals & Awakenings”. We will be reflecting with thankfulness on Gods grace in the past and trusting God for a future awakening in our town and nation. We are also privileged to have the 40 member, Commonwealth Chorale, join the event to sing some beautiful songs of Thanksgiving!
 
As we look ahead to the Fall and early Winter season, let’s continue faithfully in the treasured opportunities to gather regularly as a church family. Our Wednesday evening services have become special times of getting better acquainted as we gather around Gods word and pray in smaller groups. Our Sunday mornings are always great opportunities to celebrate the goodness of the Lord and a chance to meet the growing group that call Calvary Chapel home. Prior to each service, the prayer room is open for any of you to join in a time of intercession and prayer. I consider this a very important aspect of church life and health, join us sometime!
 
Much love
 
Pastor Marv
07-18-18, Wed
 
Pastor’s Perspective: 
 
Dear Calvary Family,
 
In tonight’s Bible study, God reveals to the valiant warrior Gideon, that a bigger army is not necessarily a better army. I believe the 3 concerns that God revealed to Gideon are relevant concerns for our day.
 
1. Pride: Man takes the glory when God delivers a great victory in our personal lives or the church 
 
2. Fear: A lack of faith is contagious and tends to spread among the rest of the army – God asked 22,000 soldiers to go home
 
3. Self Centered: When my thirst becomes more important than the battle at hand – God asked 9,700 more soldiers to go home
 
Gideon only had 300 soldiers left to fight against 135,000 Midianite soldiers with much advanced weaponry. How many victorious opportunities are missed due to lack of faith, fear of failure or the looming danger of pride?
 
 
This Sunday will require a bold step for those whom God is calling to be baptizedPride, fear and selfishness have been buried with Christ and we have a new calling that requires both humility and courage. May our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ overwhelm our tendency to fear. May we receive the grace and blessings of the Lord in humility, and may we better understand that it is not by our might or power that battles are fought and victory is achieved, but by the mighty power of Jesus Christ and the work of His Holy Spirit living in us and working all around us! Let’s trust God for revived hearts and lives.
 
Many of you have been asking about the timing of our location move to 45 Simpson Rd. It is still in the hands of the attorneys involved and appears to be moving closer to settlement. I am continually grateful for this amazing gift being granted to us at Calvary Chapel. I will certainly let you know when the deed is in hand. Meanwhile, be in prayer for a fresh work of God among us and pray for many more to know Jesus and His gracious offer of salvation!
 
Much love
 
– Pastor Marv
 
 
A couple of things to consider and pray for:
 
1. Street evangelism on Wed afternoons & the Addiction’s Bible study
2. The baptism on Sunday
3. The land/church gift transaction
4. Motherhood by design – Bible Study for young moms
5. Devotions at Calvary – Tue morning for men & women
6. Edge: Sunday evening, 6:30 at Aaron Gridley’s house on 4th Ave

Pastor’s Perspective

12-04-18

 

Dear Calvary Family,

December is a very special month of the year, a perfect time to reflect back and evaluate the path we are walking. Christmas places the miracle of the gospel in the spotlight and often softens the hearts of men and women to receive the message the church has to offer. December is also a great time for resetting the compass for the coming year. May we bow with bend-ed knee before the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. May we follow the true Star of Bethlehem until we find ourselves in the presence of the living God in our heavenly home.

 

Here are some great opportunities for each of you to be involved, prayerfully consider being part of some of these events:

 

 1. Door to door Christmas story: Wed afternoons, Dec 5th & 12th, meet in the prayer room at 5:00 PM, then hit the streets! Whitsel Jackson will be leading you in an adventurous time of “door to door” ministry. You will offer to share the Christmas story with people and offer to pray for them. All will return to the church for 7:00 worship & celebration. Bundle up!

2. Prayer Night: Wed evening Dec 12th, instead of the regular study through 1 Samuel, we will share in communion and corporate prayer, these are always very special services

3. Christmas Caroling to the Prisoners and shut-ins: Wed Evening, Dec 19th – all High School students and adults will be going into the Detention Center & Farmville Rehabilitation Center. The children & middle school students will be meeting in the Center for a Christmas party! 

4. Sunday Morning Special: All Sunday mornings are a privileged times, but Sunday morning, Dec 23rd our Christmas celebration will involve the Children and bring to light the amazing gift of salvation offered to humanity!

5. Christmas Eve Service: Bring your family, invite your neighbors, and enjoy special music, a story time, and a reflective candle lighting service 6:00-7:00 PM

6. No service on Wed Dec 26th

7. Vision Sunday: Sunday morning Jan 6th, will include a time for Wilson & I to share information that will help set the course for the coming year. This has become a highlight for many

 

Blessings & much love

 

– Pastor Marv

9-18-18 Pastor’s Perspective
 
Dear Calvary Family,
 
 
It seems like the “whole creation groans” described in Romans chapter 8 is heightened around the world today. Along with this physical groaning of the earth, the political and spiritual culture is also experiencing tremendous change and appears to be spiraling into disarray. The light of the gospel stands in stark contrast to all this foreboding and sad news circulating among the many different and changing information stations. The gospel does not eradicate hardship, suffering or even disappointment. Rather, the gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ is that Jesus is willing to intervene in our lives; He offers forgiveness, healing of hearts, and hope for the future. These gifts, and many additional blessings bring about a remarkable change in how we view the challenges we face and the groaning of the world. Gods amazing grace opens the door for us to experience a peace that passes understanding. Colossians 3:15 tells us, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts”. (be the umpire, to direct) May God truly be the umpire of your life today, and certainly the umpire of our church! 
 
In our 8+ years together, our church family certainly has extended beyond Farmville. This weekend you have an opportunity to hear first hand how the gospel is reaching behind the walls of the prisons of Alabama, and how the gospel is reaching the flood affected area of Lumberton NC. This coming weekend, Mark & Dawn Stoltzfus (prison ministry) and Jeff & Ann Wade (disaster relief) will be back in Farmville. This Friday evening, Sept 21, 7:00-8:30 PM here at the church, Mark will sharing about his role as a prison chaplain with We Care Prison Ministry. The evening will also include a time of worship and music from the Lapp family. Then Saturday (22nd) at our future location at 45 Simpson Rd, Crit’s chicken dinners will be sold, starting at 11:00 AM. You can also enjoy watching or participating in a wiffle-ball fundraiser tournament starting at 10:00 AM up on the field above the Simpson Rd church. Both of these events will help provide support for the Stoltzfus family. As for disaster relief, We have a mission trip scheduled for Wed evening, Oct 17th – Sat night, Oct 20th to help Jeff & Ann in the work in Lumberton! Both the Stoltzus’ and Wade’s will be sharing a mission update on Sunday morning as well! 
 
Something else I would greatly appreciate your prayers and support for is coming up in the more distant future. Sunday evening, November 18th, I am coordinating a Farmville area, “Community Thanksgiving Service”. At this time I have over 20 community leaders involved in leading this event. President Reveley from Longwood University has offerd to host this service in the Blackwell Ballroom. This is a blessing to have a state university host a christian community event such as this. All the area churches will be invited, but we are being intentional to invite unbelievers to join us in offering prayer, praise and thanksgiving to Jesus Christ. Our theme is “America: It’s revivals & Awakenings”. We will be reflecting with thankfulness on Gods grace in the past and trusting God for a future awakening in our town and nation. We are also privileged to have the 40 member, Commonwealth Chorale, join the event to sing some beautiful songs of Thanksgiving!
 
As we look ahead to the Fall and early Winter season, let’s continue faithfully in the treasured opportunities to gather regularly as a church family. Our Wednesday evening services have become special times of getting better acquainted as we gather around Gods word and pray in smaller groups. Our Sunday mornings are always great opportunities to celebrate the goodness of the Lord and a chance to meet the growing group that call Calvary Chapel home. Prior to each service, the prayer room is open for any of you to join in a time of intercession and prayer. I consider this a very important aspect of church life and health, join us sometime!
 
Much love
 
Pastor Marv
07-18-18, Wed
 
Pastor’s Perspective: 
 
Dear Calvary Family,
 
In tonight’s Bible study, God reveals to the valiant warrior Gideon, that a bigger army is not necessarily a better army. I believe the 3 concerns that God revealed to Gideon are relevant concerns for our day.
 
1. Pride: Man takes the glory when God delivers a great victory in our personal lives or the church 
 
2. Fear: A lack of faith is contagious and tends to spread among the rest of the army – God asked 22,000 soldiers to go home
 
3. Self Centered: When my thirst becomes more important than the battle at hand – God asked 9,700 more soldiers to go home
 
Gideon only had 300 soldiers left to fight against 135,000 Midianite soldiers with much advanced weaponry. How many victorious opportunities are missed due to lack of faith, fear of failure or the looming danger of pride?
 
 
This Sunday will require a bold step for those whom God is calling to be baptizedPride, fear and selfishness have been buried with Christ and we have a new calling that requires both humility and courage. May our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ overwhelm our tendency to fear. May we receive the grace and blessings of the Lord in humility, and may we better understand that it is not by our might or power that battles are fought and victory is achieved, but by the mighty power of Jesus Christ and the work of His Holy Spirit living in us and working all around us! Let’s trust God for revived hearts and lives.
 
Many of you have been asking about the timing of our location move to 45 Simpson Rd. It is still in the hands of the attorneys involved and appears to be moving closer to settlement. I am continually grateful for this amazing gift being granted to us at Calvary Chapel. I will certainly let you know when the deed is in hand. Meanwhile, be in prayer for a fresh work of God among us and pray for many more to know Jesus and His gracious offer of salvation!
 
Much love
 
– Pastor Marv
 
 
A couple of things to consider and pray for:
 
1. Street evangelism on Wed afternoons & the Addiction’s Bible study
2. The baptism on Sunday
3. The land/church gift transaction
4. Motherhood by design – Bible Study for young moms
5. Devotions at Calvary – Tue morning for men & women
6. Edge: Sunday evening, 6:30 at Aaron Gridley’s house on 4th Ave

Pastor’s Perspective

12-04-18

 

Dear Calvary Family,

December is a very special month of the year, a perfect time to reflect back and evaluate the path we are walking. Christmas places the miracle of the gospel in the spotlight and often softens the hearts of men and women to receive the message the church has to offer. December is also a great time for resetting the compass for the coming year. May we bow with bend-ed knee before the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. May we follow the true Star of Bethlehem until we find ourselves in the presence of the living God in our heavenly home.

 

Here are some great opportunities for each of you to be involved, prayerfully consider being part of some of these events:

 

 1. Door to door Christmas story: Wed afternoons, Dec 5th & 12th, meet in the prayer room at 5:00 PM, then hit the streets! Whitsel Jackson will be leading you in an adventurous time of “door to door” ministry. You will offer to share the Christmas story with people and offer to pray for them. All will return to the church for 7:00 worship & celebration. Bundle up!

2. Prayer Night: Wed evening Dec 12th, instead of the regular study through 1 Samuel, we will share in communion and corporate prayer, these are always very special services

3. Christmas Caroling to the Prisoners and shut-ins: Wed Evening, Dec 19th – all High School students and adults will be going into the Detention Center & Farmville Rehabilitation Center. The children & middle school students will be meeting in the Center for a Christmas party! 

4. Sunday Morning Special: All Sunday mornings are a privileged times, but Sunday morning, Dec 23rd our Christmas celebration will involve the Children and bring to light the amazing gift of salvation offered to humanity!

5. Christmas Eve Service: Bring your family, invite your neighbors, and enjoy special music, a story time, and a reflective candle lighting service 6:00-7:00 PM

6. No service on Wed Dec 26th

7. Vision Sunday: Sunday morning Jan 6th, will include a time for Wilson & I to share information that will help set the course for the coming year. This has become a highlight for many

 

Blessings & much love

 

– Pastor Marv

9-18-18 Pastor’s Perspective
 
Dear Calvary Family,
 
 
It seems like the “whole creation groans” described in Romans chapter 8 is heightened around the world today. Along with this physical groaning of the earth, the political and spiritual culture is also experiencing tremendous change and appears to be spiraling into disarray. The light of the gospel stands in stark contrast to all this foreboding and sad news circulating among the many different and changing information stations. The gospel does not eradicate hardship, suffering or even disappointment. Rather, the gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ is that Jesus is willing to intervene in our lives; He offers forgiveness, healing of hearts, and hope for the future. These gifts, and many additional blessings bring about a remarkable change in how we view the challenges we face and the groaning of the world. Gods amazing grace opens the door for us to experience a peace that passes understanding. Colossians 3:15 tells us, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts”. (be the umpire, to direct) May God truly be the umpire of your life today, and certainly the umpire of our church! 
 
In our 8+ years together, our church family certainly has extended beyond Farmville. This weekend you have an opportunity to hear first hand how the gospel is reaching behind the walls of the prisons of Alabama, and how the gospel is reaching the flood affected area of Lumberton NC. This coming weekend, Mark & Dawn Stoltzfus (prison ministry) and Jeff & Ann Wade (disaster relief) will be back in Farmville. This Friday evening, Sept 21, 7:00-8:30 PM here at the church, Mark will sharing about his role as a prison chaplain with We Care Prison Ministry. The evening will also include a time of worship and music from the Lapp family. Then Saturday (22nd) at our future location at 45 Simpson Rd, Crit’s chicken dinners will be sold, starting at 11:00 AM. You can also enjoy watching or participating in a wiffle-ball fundraiser tournament starting at 10:00 AM up on the field above the Simpson Rd church. Both of these events will help provide support for the Stoltzfus family. As for disaster relief, We have a mission trip scheduled for Wed evening, Oct 17th – Sat night, Oct 20th to help Jeff & Ann in the work in Lumberton! Both the Stoltzus’ and Wade’s will be sharing a mission update on Sunday morning as well! 
 
Something else I would greatly appreciate your prayers and support for is coming up in the more distant future. Sunday evening, November 18th, I am coordinating a Farmville area, “Community Thanksgiving Service”. At this time I have over 20 community leaders involved in leading this event. President Reveley from Longwood University has offerd to host this service in the Blackwell Ballroom. This is a blessing to have a state university host a christian community event such as this. All the area churches will be invited, but we are being intentional to invite unbelievers to join us in offering prayer, praise and thanksgiving to Jesus Christ. Our theme is “America: It’s revivals & Awakenings”. We will be reflecting with thankfulness on Gods grace in the past and trusting God for a future awakening in our town and nation. We are also privileged to have the 40 member, Commonwealth Chorale, join the event to sing some beautiful songs of Thanksgiving!
 
As we look ahead to the Fall and early Winter season, let’s continue faithfully in the treasured opportunities to gather regularly as a church family. Our Wednesday evening services have become special times of getting better acquainted as we gather around Gods word and pray in smaller groups. Our Sunday mornings are always great opportunities to celebrate the goodness of the Lord and a chance to meet the growing group that call Calvary Chapel home. Prior to each service, the prayer room is open for any of you to join in a time of intercession and prayer. I consider this a very important aspect of church life and health, join us sometime!
 
Much love
 
Pastor Marv
07-18-18, Wed
 
Pastor’s Perspective: 
 
Dear Calvary Family,
 
In tonight’s Bible study, God reveals to the valiant warrior Gideon, that a bigger army is not necessarily a better army. I believe the 3 concerns that God revealed to Gideon are relevant concerns for our day.
 
1. Pride: Man takes the glory when God delivers a great victory in our personal lives or the church 
 
2. Fear: A lack of faith is contagious and tends to spread among the rest of the army – God asked 22,000 soldiers to go home
 
3. Self Centered: When my thirst becomes more important than the battle at hand – God asked 9,700 more soldiers to go home
 
Gideon only had 300 soldiers left to fight against 135,000 Midianite soldiers with much advanced weaponry. How many victorious opportunities are missed due to lack of faith, fear of failure or the looming danger of pride?
 
 
This Sunday will require a bold step for those whom God is calling to be baptizedPride, fear and selfishness have been buried with Christ and we have a new calling that requires both humility and courage. May our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ overwhelm our tendency to fear. May we receive the grace and blessings of the Lord in humility, and may we better understand that it is not by our might or power that battles are fought and victory is achieved, but by the mighty power of Jesus Christ and the work of His Holy Spirit living in us and working all around us! Let’s trust God for revived hearts and lives.
 
Many of you have been asking about the timing of our location move to 45 Simpson Rd. It is still in the hands of the attorneys involved and appears to be moving closer to settlement. I am continually grateful for this amazing gift being granted to us at Calvary Chapel. I will certainly let you know when the deed is in hand. Meanwhile, be in prayer for a fresh work of God among us and pray for many more to know Jesus and His gracious offer of salvation!
 
Much love
 
– Pastor Marv
 
 
A couple of things to consider and pray for:
 
1. Street evangelism on Wed afternoons & the Addiction’s Bible study
2. The baptism on Sunday
3. The land/church gift transaction
4. Motherhood by design – Bible Study for young moms
5. Devotions at Calvary – Tue morning for men & women
6. Edge: Sunday evening, 6:30 at Aaron Gridley’s house on 4th Ave

05-09-18

Pastor’s Perspective

Dear Calvary Family,

It has been so good to see and hear many of your responses from the news of the generous offer given to Calvary Chapel. For those who were not present at the service, David Simpson, on behalf of Grace Chapel Ministries, has offered us a +/- 12,000 sq. ft building with 12+ acres of land at 45 Simpson Rd, as a gift to Calvary Chapel. This property is just off highway 460, 3 miles west of Farmville. We leased this building from 2010-2013. It is a beautiful facility with much potential for ministry opportunities. Please be in prayer as we work through the transaction process. May God receive much glory and honor from our worship and praise to Him! We are very grateful to David and Robin for their consideration for Calvary Chapel to receive this gift. It is my prayer that we would be good stewards of the grace of God! I will update you along the way.

The scripture God has put on my heart through this is Isaiah 42:5-9. Verse 6 says “…I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I will hold you by the hand and watch over you, And I will appoint you as a covenant to the people, As a light to the nations…” as spiritual descendants of Abraham, through faith in Jesus Christ, may we be a light to the nations!

My prayer and concern at this time is that in all the hubbub and planning and searching, we do not take our eyes off of Jesus, even for a moment. He is our Shepherd and we are to listen to His voice and respond to His bidding! May our quiet times of prayer be full of reverent worship and attentive listening as we watch the wonders of Gods love all around us. May we never overlook the hurting, the down trodden, or the sad; But may we encourage one another along the way, even more as we see the end of the age approaching! May our services be full of expectation, prayer and hope as we look to Jesus!

We also have some events for you to be lifting up in prayer:

– The Mother/Daughter gathering on Friday Evening (over 100 women have signed up) ; May Gods grace and love be poured out!

– Mothers Day on Sunday; Pray for Norma Hertzler, Louisa Baker and Lydia Fisher (Grandma Lydia) as they prepare to share words of encouragement to the moms on Sunday

– This weekend is the start of the Farmville Area Church Softball league. Calvary has several teams represented. Friday & Saturday evenings at the Sports Arena here in Farmville. May good fellowship develop among the christian faith community in Farmville!

To God be the glory

– Pastor Marv

Pastor’s Perspective

03-06-18

Dear Church Family,

Evangelism and discipleship are common language within the church. Jesus himself commissions us in Luke 24:47 “…that repentance for forgiveness of sins should beproclaimed in His name to all the nations…” and in Mark 16:15 “Go into all the world and preach the gospel...” It is my prayer and hearts desire that we are foundfaithful in both reaching the lost and equipping the saints for ministry. I am thankful to see so many of you follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit and serve the Lord in humility and even tears. 

I believe we have been fairly intentional in our commitment to discipleship, but not so very much in the area of evangelism. Would you join me in prayer concerning the many lost souls all around this town and beyond and that perhaps, we could be equally intentional in this effort as well. 

Beginning this week, we are taking steps to address these two areas. In evangelism, we are making a special effort connect children to Jesus. March – May, each Wednesday evening, we plan to feature “Kids Night” in the Center. All children will be checked in at the Center by 7:00 PM for an night of pizza, Bible study and games. Pastor Wilson will be overseeing this time of concentrated effort to reach children with the love of Jesus. Flyers are being distributed in the trailer park across the street and we are hoping to have many of your children here as well. We have a team of servants ready to serve. Any children over 11 years of age will join the middle school group (Rock). All other Wed evening studies will continue. In the area of discipleship, this Wed evening in the sanctuary, I will be starting a study in the book of Galatians. We will be taking a close look at the gospel of grace and the simplicity of the good news of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ. After the teaching, we will divide up in groups and encourage and pray for one another as we look to take this message to our neighborhood and beyond.

Another thing on the radar is the growing drug and alcohol addiction in Farmville. Jesus can break the chains of addiction and we are trusting Him to show us how to best reach these dear people with this good news. At the Sunday evening prayer meeting at our house, we plan to start the evening with a focus towards those caught up in addiction and for the loved ones around them who are grieving, many without much hope. May our hearts be full of compassion and abounding in love. All these efforts need to be bathed in the mercy and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Much love

Pastor Marv

02-28-18

Pastor’s Perspective

Dear Calvary Family,

Listen to these words of Jesus in Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my load is light” These are the verses that were on my mind as 200 men and women who are battling addiction filed into the little chapel at Calvary Chapel Philly on Monday evening. Not only did the addicts receive encouragement and support, but many support persons (parents, spouses, grandparents and loved ones) also came to receive encouragement from the word and fellowship with people who understand their struggles and the redemptive power of God. At the Sunday morning service and Sunday evening prayer night, it also was such a blessing to see the many former addicts serving in ministries, raising children and working hard to provide for their families. For many addicts, these things were only a distant dream just a few years earlier. Our team of 7 who traveled to Philadelphia to visit the church and spend time with Tim Patrick and his wonderful team in the addictions ministry were tremendously blessed. If you would like to hear more about the trip, and are willing to pray about our church starting a local addictions ministry, come to my house for the next prayer night on Sunday evening, March 11th at 6:30 (114 Bent Creek Lane, Prospect). It is my prayer that we continue to take intentional steps to reach the lost in our community. Please consider how God may use your life to reach others with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Here are a few other gatherings to consider in the upcoming days;

– Today the weekly Lenten service/luncheons continue at 12:00 noon at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Milnwood Rd, Farmville.

– Tonight (Wed) – No service

– Tomorrow Evening (Thursday, 6:30) bring the family and come on out to the church sanctuary for a dinner, a concert and an update on the We Care Prison ministry!

– Sunday morning following the service everyone is invited to stay for a meal together. Bring a pot of soup and a salad/dessert to share! 

Much love

– Pastor Marv

02-06-18

Pastor’s Perspective

Dear Calvary Family,

In the life of a church family, we are effected by how even just one of us is doing. Life brings joys, sorrows, hardships, sadness, celebrations…. God desires to use these events to mature us in the faith. They teach us to better comfort others and many times these events humble us, showing our desperate need for a personal God who cares for and loves us. May God continue to work all this together for good for those that love Him!

In a similar way, when groups of us experience a fresh work of God, it can be so good for the whole body. Thanks to many of you who supported and prayed for the 2 teams that just returned and are recovering from jet lag, tired hours of driving and a pile of dirty laundry, God will surly redeem it all! The mission sharing night has been changed from this wed evening to next Wed evening (Feb 14th) You will be hear stories and experiences from both the ReNew Hope and the Israel team on the 14th. This Wed (7th) we will continue our study of Amos.

One of our Calvary New Years goals that we addressed on Vision Sunday was to provide more opportunity to connect in smaller groups. This coming Sat morning, both the men and women are gathering. If you would like to be involved in the Koinonia Coffee for the ladies, contact Sherri. If you would like to be involved in the Men’s RIOT, contact Tim Adams. Or call the church office. Also on Sunday evening, 6:30 Feb 10th, you are invited to come to our home for a night of prayer and fellowship, 114 Bent Creek Ln, Prospect. But perhaps the most important of all our gatherings is still the good old Sunday morning worship service where we all gather together. It is always sweet for the whole family to sing, study the word and pray! In any of these gatherings feel free to invite your neighbors, co-workers and really anyone the Lord puts on your heart.

City on a hill

– Pastor Marv

11-15-17

Pastors Perspective

Dear Calvary Family,

As we listen to the news, we often grieve over the effects of sin all around us. “A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief…”, What a comfort to know that Jesus understands our grief. Not only has He experienced it in the highest form, but He is capable, willing and able to minister to us in our times of sorrow, sadness or loss. In a season of grief, Can we really be thankful? Is a Merry Christmas possible? God can use an amazing array of acts of kindness to bring joy to hurting hearts, but perhaps His empathy and compassion best reach us when we are down. “Who has believed our message…” The pain that Christ experienced is the channel that enables His love to bring healing to us “And by His scourging we are healed…” The first step to healing is always the forgiveness of sins. The second step is to rest in the promise of God, that He will work all things for the good to those who love Him. May we love Jesus with an undivided heart. May we remain surrendered with an obedient heart. May we turn to Jesus in true thanksgiving and receive from God all that we need according to the riches in Christ Jesus!

As our church family grows, new blessings and opportunities come with it. As we look to 2018, Please pray for the leadership team as we consider options for smaller groups to fellowship in more personal settings. I believe our best years of outreach and discipleship are yet to come! May each one of us have a surrendered heart, seeking the filling of the Holy Ghost upon our lives and experience the joy of serving Jesus in the context of the gifts of Holy Spirit that you receive from Jesus Himself, wow! In 2018, If the Lord continues His patients and gives us more time, I recommend a concerted effort to our commitment to our gatherings. Lets keep ourselves committed to the teaching of the Word, prayer, fellowship and the breaking of bread. This was the strength of the early church and is still essential today. Let’s carve out and protect these times together in a crazy scrambling world.

Much love and Happy Thanksgiving!

– Pastor Marv

Wed, 07-05-17

Pastor’s Perspective

Dear Calvary Family,
Hope : An eager expectation! Are you eagerly expecting anything to happen? 1 Pet. 1:13 “…fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Sometimes the trials and testing times in life can shadow our hope. When depression settles in, despair is close behind. As children of God, we have a living, real hope. Jesus knows us well, He promised us the Holy Spirit to be our help, to guide us in truth, to teach us and fill us with the hope eternal. May each of rest our case before the Lord. Receive forgiveness for wrongs committed and receive encouragement from His word and by faith, trust Jesus enough to surrender yourself completely to His word and His way! Obedience and faith are married at the cross.
I have hope for our town. I have hope for our country. I have hope for our church. I am fixing this hope on Gods grace. Join me in prayer, full of faith in Jesus Christ and resting in the power of the Holy Spirit to truly move mountains of opposition, to set prisoners free and to restore relationships. May we continue in our love for each other, quick to forgive and slow to anger. May hope stir in our hearts again!
We are enjoying great fellowship and Bible study at the “Round Table” on Wed evenings. And we are 2 weeks away from our Sunday AM study of the book of Acts! Please read ahead, pray and set your hope on the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Much love,
Pastor Marv

Pastor’s Perspective

06-22-17

To be Restored:

 Dear Calvary Family,

 One of the greatest joys in life involve restoration. The return of wayward child, a dear friend returns your phone call once again, love rekindled in marriage… Why is restoration so unusual if the payoff is so very joyful? The word restore involves the cleaning and repairing of damaged area’s. It also requires vision of what something could be like once again. God desires to restore our broken lives. Here are some key elements of restoration according to Isaiah 43, God says :

1. Verse 5 –  “Do not fear, for I am with you…”  involves vulnerability

2. V. 18 – “Do not call to mind the former things…”  let go of the rusty old past

3. V. 19 “Behold, I will do something new…” God begins the work

4. V, 19 “I will even make a roadway in the wilderness…” Nothing is impossible with God

 Over the course of years, damaged relationships can accumulate. Ask God to forgive, heal and pour out His Spirit. Extend a hand of grace into your past and embrace the good work God wants to do among us. God initiated while we were enemies, we may need to initiate love to a hurting friend or foe. June is a great month to start!

 Our Sunday morning Matthew study is nearly complete. In July we plan to begin the book of Acts! What a tremendous blessing it will be to journey through the revival of the early church. May we continue to invite our city to encounter Jesus. And may each of us extend a warm welcome to those who take the courageous step to visit our church. To many in our community, this is a big decision and often reveals a desire to seek God. May each visitor find us worshiping Jesus, full of grace and truth and ready to share the love!

 In the coming week, our family will be on vacation. Our prayers will be with you all. I trust that God will pour out His Spirit upon you and hear your hearts prayer. Pastor Lee will be preaching this Sunday, you will be blessed!

 Pray:

 – Mark & Dawn are on the road today, stepping out into a new world of missions!

– For sweet fellowship at our church family fellowship meal coming up next Sunday, July 2nd – Crit”s Chicken!

– For community connection at the Farmville church league All-Star game on July 8th

 Love you guys,

 – Pastor Marv

Pastor’s Perspective : “From Distress to Rest”

5-17-17

Dear Calvary Family,

Spring provides a time of transition. The change from winter to summer is full of snapshots of a rapidly changing landscape.  Life also has spring experiences that can bring a flurry of activity of change; some good, some not so good. Politics, families, and cities all are showing signs of significant change. What about Calvary Chapel Farmville? Even though events may change, Gods word is never changing and the work of the church has been established in the New testament of the Holy Bible and this mission has not changed in over 2000 years; Repent from our life of sin, serve the Lord Jesus Christ with a surrendered heart and prepare with great anticipation for His return. This road may include joy and sorrow, rejoicing and grieving, barren winters and productive summers; but know that God is FOR you and is desiring our cry to Him for help and guidance. In PS 118 the psalmist “called upon the Lord” in a time of distress (in part because of God’s discipline) and the Lord answered him and set him in a large place of rest. To a heart that cries out, God gives room to expand, new opportunities and an outpouring of His grace. The invitation to call out to God still is available to all of us today!

We want to continue to give you several different opportunities to grow in your walk with Jesus and to equip you to be a disciple who is ready and available to serve. Here are a few of upcoming events and services to consider:

– This Sunday following the morning service- Family lunch for all. Crit will oversee grilling up hot dogs and hamburgers. Please bring a side dish and desert or salad to share. Our Goal: grateful hearts, great fellowship!

– The “Round Table” – Beginning Wed evening, May 30th we will be changing the Bible Study to a more open forum. Our goal: interactive Bible study, increased desire to spend more time in God’s word

– Summer softball – Calvary has 3 teams playing in the Farmville church softball league. Games are Friday and Sat evenings at the Fireman’s Arena behind the High School. Our Goal: Fun and fellowship among area believers.

– Continue steadfast in the teaching of Gods word on our Sunday morning services. Our Goal : Equip the saints and invite unbelievers to salvation in Jesus Christ!

Much love in this season of change, enjoy the blossom before it falls to the ground,

– Pastor Marv

 

 

March 10, 2017

Dear Calvary Family,

We are approaching the celebration of the most significant events in the history of mankind, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This may be a good time to examine the condition of our hearts and evaluate our daily lives. The example of Jesus’ complete surrender at the cross, expressing the deepest of love towards us, should cause us to worship and serve Him as our Lord! Acts 2:36 Therefore let the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ this Jesus whom you crucified“.

-” The Road to the Resurrection” – here are some events scheduled that will help us better prepare our hearts for Resurrection Sunday

– Community weekly Lenten luncheons at different church’s (schedule in church bulletin)

– Palm Sunday Baptism! – if you would like to be baptized see Pastor Marv or Wilson Gongola

– Wed evening, April 12th:  prayer & communion service. fasting for lost loved ones will also be introduced and encouraged from Wednesday – Good Friday

– Good Friday Service, April 14th, 7:00 PM : scripture reading, music and ministry at the cross

– Sunday morning Resurrection Celebration! April 16th

– Daily quiet times with Jesus

Remember, Easter is a great time to invite a friend or co-worker to come to church!

Under His Lordship

– Pastor Marv

Pastor’s perspective – 1-30-17 

Dear Calvary Family,

 2017 is already well under way, January is just about to close it’s door for another year. We are approaching a tomorrow that none of us have yet lived. No one has yet shed a tear, ended an addiction, overcome a fear, shared an act of kindness on tomorrows new day. Many possibilities lay at the threshold of tomorrow, some of which we have no control over, some we would not choose if given a choice, but all that we may experience has already been known by our heavenly Father. He will guide, help and comfort us as we follow Him in simple obedience.

 As we see our nation dividing against itself in many ways, the church is given a tremendous opportunity to be the city on the hill. The family of God has no physical borders, racial barriers, or deserving members. We are adopted children, delivered from the slavery of sin. We are set free to live a new life in Christ Jesus. Tomorrow has the potential to be the best tomorrow of all, a life of complete surrender to our master, the Lord Jesus Christ!

 I would like highlight a few upcoming events that I believe will be a blessing to our church family:

– This coming Wed evening (2/1) service will be “mission update night”. Much has been happening in CCF missions; Guatemala trip, We Care Prison trip, Nepal & Tajikistan updates as well as a potential upcoming Haiti trip.

 – Valentines Dinner, Sat Eve, Feb 18th at the “Center”. The cost is $30.00/couple and will include a catered meal, music, encouragement and fellowship around the table. Please sign up at the welcome table ASAP. If you are single, bring a date and enjoy a night with those that are married!

I am thankful for the kindness and encouragement you have been sharing with those around you. Many of you are serving in areas that require faith. As leaders, we feel very blessed to experience grace upon grace as we shepherd our growing body of believers, as well as minister to the many unsaved friends who have been near to the heart of many. Remember our vision Sunday commission from Isaiah 42 “A Light to the Nations”

So, in a world where tension and division may be on the rise; may Gods love fill our hearts, homes and church. And when the world is uprooted in their quest for truth, may the truth of Gods word be the eternal comfort and guide!

 Much love

 – Pastor Marv 

12-21-16

Pastor’s Perspective: “Give yourself”

Dear Calvary Family,

I especially enjoyed the morning, praying for each of you as I went through our church directory. I am trusting God for an extra measure of His grace and blessing on your lives, jobs, homes, travel and especially for our times together with extended families, in-laws etc…! May your normally stressful circumstances become an oasis of love.

Perhaps the greatest gift you can give is “yourself”. Isaiah 58 says if we call, the Lord will answer, if we cry, He will say ‘here I am’. If you give yourself to His work…. your gloom will become like midday…The Lord will continually guide you… satisfy your desire in scorched places… give strength to your bones… be like a watered garden… like a spring of water… The giving of ourselves will require sacrifice, but gifts of sacrifice continue to be the greatest gifts ever!

May we take time for rest, reflection and much joy as we celebrate the birth of Jesus and prepare our hearts for a new year. If you are aware of anyone who will alone for Christmas, invite them to join us for breakfast and a service of celebration on Christmas day. Breakfast 9:30, service at 10:30. If you plan to join us for Christmas caroling tonight, grab your scarf and hat!

Much love and Merry Christmas!

– Pastor Marv

Pastors Perspective 11-23-16 

“Thankfulness is a conscious response that comes from looking beyond our blessings to their source.” (Henry Blackaby)

Dear Calvary Family,

I am thankful for the opportunity to shepherd this dear part of the body of Jesus Christ. I am thankful for all of you who have joined me in this good work for God here in Farmville, VA! Mostly, I am thankful for the source behind all our many diverse blessings, our heavenly Father. This Thanksgiving, may all that is within us, bless His holy name. My prayer is for all of our services and events over the next 6 weeks to bring glory to Jesus, which in return will be a blessing to us and our community. May the fellowship among us be sweetened.

Concerning our family trip, thanks to so many of you for your prayers and for the gifts in the “Love Box”! Your kind words of encouragement, cash and gift cards added so much joy to an amazing trip across the country to Daniel & Jenn’s wedding. We will always have fond memories of that box that stayed between the front 2 seats and provided so much love along the way!

For us as believers in Jesus, the season of celebration from Thanksgiving to Christmas is very significant. Many memories are associated with this time of year. May God bring healing where memories are painful, may He bring to mind the sweetness of the good times and may we all be part of building positive times together that can last for a lifetime and perhaps beyond!

Here are some opportunities to celebrate together in the coming weeks: Remember, no service tonight (11-23)

– Sunday Morning services each Sunday at 10:30 (Including Christmas morning!):

– Wed 11-30-16: The adult singles of Calvary will be sharing testimonies, encouragement and advice to our body. Our singles have some much to offer and you will be blessed to hear from some of them share!

– Wed 12-07-16: Calvary Chapel Q & A : This will be a question and answer time. It will be a fun time of getting to know more about the church. Write down any question about Calvary Farmville or our affiliation and place it in the collection box by Dec 4th. The leaders will address these on Dec 7th

– Wed 12-14-16: Teamwork in marriage: Advice and encouragement will come from several angles…widows, children, teens…

– Sunday Evening 12-18-16: Choir Christmas musical and candle lighting: an enduring tradition of music & candles to celebrate the most amazing birth, Jesus the Christ!

– Wed 12-21-16: Christmas Caroling to our neighbor’s across the street! Bundle up and bring the kids!

– Sunday Morning Christmas 12-25-16: Family Christmas Celebration: Take a few hours on Christmas morning to celebrate together for this very unusual event of Christmas on a Sunday

– Wed 12-28-16: The laughs and cries of Mom & Dad: caring for the little ones

– Sunday Morning New Years Day: By now we are getting use to spending Holidays at church:)- Bring your favorite New Years Day Food to share at our Pot Luck lunch following the morning service

One of our goals for the final weeks of the year was to better connect with one another. I hope these times together will bring joy, laughter, encouragement and help!

Much Love,

Pastor Marv

Pastor’s Perspective 9-3-16

Good morning Calvary Family,

September is a month of change. Schools and colleges have started new semesters, the weather can change quickly and the landscape around us begins to dress up for the fall show. I am trusting God for a fresh work of His Spirit to bring personal refreshment and change to each of us as well.

Tomorrow (Sunday) we begin a 3 chapter study in Matthew known as the “Sermon on the mount”. It begins with Jesus showing believers the path of blessing. These blessings are dressed with joy, which seems so elusive for so many Christians. This series of studies will certainly bring Fall rains of refreshment on us as a body. The first beatitude is “poor in spirit”, what a great place to start, a place of need and desire…September change is under way!

Another change to consider for September may be to join us for our Wed. evening study of Joshua or a new start with the choir. Great Bible teaching and fellowship are available for children, middle school, high school and adults. In the Joshua study, God is teaching us to walk by faith and let God…

September is also a time when people begin going to church. To help you reach others, we have placed invitation cards on the welcome table. This may be the perfect time to invite your co-worker or neighbor to join you for the Sunday service!

The heart of any true change is repentance, a change in direction. May God speak to us through His word and through the ministry of the Holy Spirit to give us the courage and desire to walk away from sin and distractions and turn towards God with an open sincere heart. Join me in trusting God for a great month of September!

Love you guys,

Pastor Marv