Generosity is something our church is committed to. That is why Calvary Church is giving to the aid work going on in Texas. We want to help the people of Houston and surrounding communities who have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey. If you want to do something, you can give online to our Compassion Fund, or you can give directly to Samaritan’s Purse, an organization we know and trust that has a lot of disaster relief experience.
The biblical encouragement to "greet one another" and "practice hospitality" found throughout the New Testament letters tells us something very powerful. The gospel welcomes. Because of the gospel, God has welcomed us. And because of the gospel we welcome each other. We also welcome those who are new (Hebrews 13:2).
I'm praying for all of “our" kids today. Yellow school buses are everywhere as our children head off to another year of growing up. Some of us are sending our kids off to preschool or kindergarten. Some of us are dropping kids off at college and fighting back the tears. My youngest son is getting ready to start his junior year of college a thousand miles away. Stacy and I were in his room yesterday helping pack up, and I sat on the bed and started crying.
One of the things I love about my job is being able to have an impact on the next generation of leaders. Mentoring is one of the ways our church is changing lives forever with the gospel. This summer 7 talented young men and women have been interning at Calvary. Our whole church has benefitted from their hard work and enthusiasm!
I took a tour of the new Life Change Center yesterday. Our vision is taking physical shape! The inside is looking amazing, but there is still work to be done before the building opens toward the end of summer. It’s hard to believe that a dream we started dreaming 5 years ago is about to reach its first major milestone—the opening of a new space that will help change lives forever.
The irony was not lost on the staff of Calvary Church when they bought the building directly across Evans Avenue.
NWI Great News Show: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Gary, Bishop Donald J. Hying, On Faith, an Ever Changing Church, the Pope, and the Beautiful People of NWI
Bishop Donald J. Hying of The Roman Catholic Diocese of Gary recently met with Ideas in Motion Media (IIMM) Founder Chris Mahlmann, in the Great News Studio for an NWI Great News Show interview. Topics and questions included working with the public to spread the faith and the state of a very changing church.
Rizzo, Bryant, Russell, Baez, Zobrist. What do these guys have in common? They are all part of the same team. You’ll see their names emblazoned on the back of their Cubs jerseys. As good as they are, the 5 of them alone would never win a game without the rest of the team. Five players is not enough to win a baseball game.
We are right in the thick of VBS, and I cannot tell you how much fun these kids are having! All reports from the Galactic Starveyors observatory are that God is incredibly awesome and the kids are over the moon excited to discover more about who He is, what He’s done, and what He’s promised.
Vacation Bible School is one of the most fun and memorable events that our family enjoys together every year. Our kids always look forward to it and our girls have even joined Christy and I on the VBS serve team. At our house, a lot of stories begin with “Remember that year at VBS when…”