Youth & Family Ministry Corner
Fall is coming and with it comes the cooler weather, the beautiful changing of the leaves on the trees and some great opportunities to invite others to come to church. We had a great Sunday celebration September 19th with over 120 people in church and almost 100 staying for the wonderful chicken fried dinner. Covid19 has been tough on us all but our God is tougher and we will succeed in the end; so, lets “not grow weary in doing good; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (2 Thessalonians 3:13, Galatians 6:9).
We have had a few new faces in the youth group in the past few weeks, I want to thank the young people for their willingness to invite their friends to come and be part of the Calvary CREW. AWANA is growing a little at a time; thanks to the faithfulness of the teachers and staff who are there each week. If you know of any children ages Pre-K thru 5th grade invite them to AWANA on Wednesday Nights (6 – 7:15 pm).
I met with the principal Sara Pannier and social worker Kyra Brar from Horace Mann a couple of weeks ago. We have a great opportunity to be a blessing to the elementary school which God has placed on our door step. They have a food pantry set up next to their book depository in front of the gym, if any of you would like to help by donating food to it that would be greatly appreciated.
Another need is for under cloths such as socks, underpants (boys and girls) winter coats, hats, gloves and other items to help with those who do not have these items, or have lost them in a fire. I will be placing a tote by the back door so you can drop these items off as God leads you.
I would also ask for you to pray for the Horace Mann school, its teachers, staff and students. God has given us an opportunity to be an influence and possible reach many who do not know Jesus Christ as their savior. There are other things we are looking at from suppling the teachers with a meal or two on their in-service days, to writing notes of encouragement, to providing after school tutoring for students and mentorship. There are many ways God can use us we must be open and ready to serve Him on this great mission field.
October – Chili Cookoff – Date and Time to be Determined – You don’t want to miss the fun event
November 13th, 5 – 7 pm – Fall Festival – Tommy and Loretta Klein’s – Youth and Young Adults and their families – Bring a lawn chair and come for a great time of food, fun and
fellowship – We will have a Bonfire, Hayride, Hotdogs, and Smore’s
December 18th, 5 – 7 pm – Youth Christmas Party – At the Church
December 28-30 – Xtreme Winter – Branson Missouri – All Youth who want to attend this event need to turn in their permission slip by October 3rd. This is a very time sensitive matter; money is not needed at this time. We will be going to see the show “Jesus” at Sight & Sound as well as other activities including the conference. You do not want to miss this great adventure. Information can be found on the website www.calvarybaptistsedalia.org/youth.html or see Pastor Jonathan or another youth leader.
Thank you all for your support, in prayer, spiritual, emotional, physical, and financial, it is all greatly appreciated.
Your Humble Servant In Christ,
Associate Pastor Jonathan
Youth & Family Ministry Corner
The Missouri State Fair was a great success, and so was the Missouri Baptist Tent. I want to thank all those who helped work at the Baptist Tent on Sunday August 15, and Saturday 21. On Saturday eleven Calvary Youth came and served at the Baptist Tent. They passed out Salvation bracelets, and shared their faith with 107 plus people, of which 18 came to saving faith in Jesus Christ; Praise God. A. W. Tozer said, “I would not give a nickel for the Christian that has no proof of his salvation, except he quotes a text. The text will lead you to the fountain, but if you plunge into the fountain and come up wet, I will know you are a Christian” (And He Dwelt Among Us, A. W. Tozer).
Each of these youth did not just quote scripture, but took the plunge into the fountain of their faith. They were afraid and did not always know what to say or say things right, but they tried and God blessed their efforts; to God be the Glory!
With school starting, we need to be in prayer for each young person’s safety throughout the school year. As they travel to School and while they are there. Pray for their parents/guardians as they help them during this year to be successful in everything they do.
Please be in prayer for the following activities, that God will use them in a mighty way. We are always looking for volunteers if you would like to help, just seek me, Pastor Jonathan, and we will find a place for you to serve.
September 1— AWANA Kickoff party—5:30-7 pm—We will have games, a bounce house, serve hotdogs, and popcorn—Ages 4 thru 5th are welcome as well as their parents. We will be signing them up this day.
September 8—AWANA Starts—Ages 4 thru 5th Grade—6-7:15 pm—If you need a ride call the church by 4:30 pm—(660) 826-5011, Mon – Thur – 9 am – 3 pm.
There will be other events in 2021 but the only other event currently scheduled is Xtreme Winter in December 28-30, 2021. This is also for the Youth, if your youth is interested, please visit www.calvarybaptistsedalia.org go to ministries and click on the Youth link, you can find more about this and other activities.
Thank you all for your support, in prayer, spiritual, emotional, physical, and financial, it is all greatly appreciated.
Once again it is time for school to begin. As our children go back to school, all kinds of thoughts are going through our minds about how to keep our children safe. With COVID-19 and its variants still out there, there are many difficult decisions to be made.
This article is not about whether you should send your children to school or not, nor how you should deal with COVID-19. Each person must weigh all the facts very carefully and then make a well-informed decision. However, I want to spend my time talking about how you can be the best example on your mission field; the field where God has placed you and your children.
This past week and a half, I had the opportunity to attend the Missouri State Fair, working the Missouri Baptist Tent. While working the tent, one of our AWANA kids a, 10-year-old, had the opportunity to share her testimony with a family. She was scared, but wanted to let others know how much her Savior, Jesus Christ, had affected her life. As she shared, this family’s daughter was moved to ask Jesus Christ into her life.
Jesus told us to Go and make disciples, He said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt. (28:19-20, ESV). By sharing her faith this is what this young lady did. Saturday the Calvary youth served in the Missouri Baptist Tent, also sharing how Christ has changed their lives, seeing God change 18 people’s lives.
This school year each person, who is born again has a mission field; they have the opportunity to share how Christ has made a difference in their life. Before the Lord Jesus ascended into heaven He said, “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth” (Acts 1:8, NASB 1995). You might not be able to go far away, or even to another state, but everyone can share their faith, the Gospel of Jesus Christ with someone they meet every day.
For each young person, those in school, their mission field is vast, the opportunities are immense; and there are many avenues for them to share their faith with others. They can share through conversations with others, they can share by how they respond to different situations and their interactions in class and with other students. They can also share within the organizations they decided to join or the sports they play. The Fellowship of Christian Students will begin meeting Fridays at 7:50 am in the Commons at the High School. This group meets for prayer, Bible Study and support of Christian values. It is an outstanding group to be part of and a great way to start your day. If you want to share your faith, invite a friend to join you.
Parents, encourage your young people to be faithful every day, to share their faith everywhere they go. The best way you can do this is by being an example. Have daily devotions, spend time in prayer with the family and then model sharing your faith with others so your children will have an example to follow. Seeing this they too will want to share their faith with others, knowing they have your support.
A.W. Tozer wrote in his book The Crucified Life, “When you walk out your faith each day at work in a godly fashion, you’ll find that God will arrive before you do and show you the next step to take.” Paul echoed, “For we walk by faith and not by sight” (2 Corinthian 4:7), therefore, it is through our faith we share the gospel with others, not to please men but to please God, always in His power (1 Corinthians 2:5).
Thus, let us remember this school season, we are on the mission field, it is vast, and ready to be harvested. Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:37-38, ESV). Share the Gospel with someone today.
One more month and the summer will be over, can you believe that? The Missouri State Fair will be upon us in a few short days; and we will have an opportunity of a lifetime to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with people from all over the state and even the country. The youth and I have been hard at work learning how to share our faith with others, and we will be at the MO Baptist Convention Tent on August 20th from 6-9 pm sharing our faith with others. We would ask for your prayers that this will be a fruitful time, for a peace on the young people as they share what God has laid on their hearts, and that they will learn the joy of spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. Of course, you could join us, providing physical, emotional and spiritual support, we would love to have you there.
There are a few activities coming up for the youth, which we ask you to be in prayer for that God use to work in the lives of the youth as well as provide a time of relaxation for them.
August 27 – 28 we are planning on going to Branson to see the Jesus show at Sight and Sound Theater—We will stay over night and enjoy some fun time on Saturday before returning to Sedalia.
August 29 – Ice Cream Social and Pool Party at John and Debbie DeGonia’s—5-7 pm—All youth grades 6th-12th are invited, we will meet at the church around 4:30 pm and then head over there. It will be a final party before School starts (we know some will already be in school).
September 1— AWANA Kickoff party—5:30-7 pm—We will have games, a bounce house, serve hotdogs, and popcorn—Ages 4 thru 5th grade are welcome as well as their parents. We will be signing them up this day. First 100 kids who come will receive a backpack of school supplies.
September 8—AWANA Starts—Ages 4 thru 5th Grade—6-7:15 pm—If you need a ride call the church by 4:30 pm—(660) 826-5011, Mon – Thurs – 9 am – 3 pm.
There will be other events in 2021 but the only other event currently scheduled is Xtreme Winter December 28-30, 2021. This is also for the Youth, if your youth is interested, please visit www.calvarybaptistsedalia.org go to ministries and click on the Youth link, you can find more about this and other activities.
One final thought, please pray for Jay, Jeff and myself as we head to Minnesota on mission. We are going to help the Northwoods Baptist Association at their Summer Camp, at Camp Jim. We are leaving July 31st, and will return August 7th. Pray for safe travels, but more importantly that God will do a mighty work with the kids at the camp.
Thank you all for your support, in prayer, spiritual, emotional, physical, and financial it is all greatly appreciated.
Your Humble Servant In Christ,
Associate Pastor Jonathan
Two of the greatest holidays are Christmas and Easter, they are connected by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We cannot celebrate one without the other one insight, with this in mind what is the greatest Christmas Gift? To answer this question, we need to remind ourselves what Christmas is really about, why Jesus Christ came into the world, and all the pomp and prestige which came with His birth on that starry morning.
God laid the foundation for Christ’s coming in Genesis when He said, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel” (Gen. 3.15, ESV). God had always planned for Christ to come, to be born of a virgin and save the world from their sins (Is. 7.14).
Throughout history, others prophesied of the coming Messiah such as the prophet Isaiah, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from henceforth even forever. The zeal of Jehovah of hosts will perform this” (Is. 9.6-7, ASV).
Micah prophesied where the Messiah would be born; “Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are small among the clans of Judah; one will come from you to be ruler over Israel for me. His origin is from antiquity, from ancient times” (Mi. 5.2, CSB)
These are just a few, but it’s all amazing when we stop and think about how loving and merciful God is, to set in motion a plan thousands of years before this wonderful amazing event, the birth of Christ’s our Savior.
Over the centuries, traditions have been added to Christmas, however, we find in God’s Holy Word four major events associated with the birth of Christ:
As this spirit of Christmas moves over us, let us not forget the greatest Gift of all, the Gift God sent to earth so long ago in His Son Jesus Christ, Salvation. Christ came to be “the Lamb of God, to take away the sins of the world” (John 1.29). His birth brought to all humanity something we could not do for ourselves; restore our relationship with God.
Christ’s birth made it possible for us be reconciled with our Heavenly Father, something that without Christ was impossible. Paul writes, “For all have sinned coming short of God’s glory” (Rom. 3.23). ‘But the GIFT of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom 6.23). “For by grace you are saved through faith…it is a gift of God” (Eph. 2.8-9). This Gift of God, “has reconciled us to himself through Christ, and God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself, not counting our sins against us” (II Cor. 5.18-19, ASV, emphasis added).
The greatest Christmas Gift is asking Jesus Christ into your life as your Lord and Savior. This is why He was born, died, and was Resurrected; He is waiting for you to receive His free Gift this Christmas. Will you accept ask the Messiah into your life today?
With school on the horizon there is a lot of anxiety in the air. The school administration is worried, “what will happen if or when one or more of the children come down with the Coronavirus?”, Or, “What about the staff?” The teachers have similar concerns and fears, they are not sure what each day will look like when students come in. Will they be sick? Are they carrying the virus? How can I best protect myself? Then there’s the parents who since March have had their children at home with them. Now they love them, but let’s be honest they are ready to send them back to school so they can get back to a normal life. Parents want to get back to work, see their children succeed in something other than video games and eating them out of house and home.
I want to thank the school board for their due diligence as they conducted meetings with the public addressing this very topic of when, how, and why we need to bring our children back to school. There was much discussion on virtual learning, in-person learning, home schooling and other avenues to make sure all the children received the best education they could. In the end, the decision comes down to the parents, what do they want for their children? How comfortable do they feel sending them back to school? How do the teachers feel? Can they handle this situation? I know none of these decisions were reached lightly nor can every situation or circumstance be foreseen.
However, I do know there is a God in Heaven who can calm all our fears and anxieties. Who calls us all to come unto Him and lay all our cares and concerns upon Him. The Psalmist writes, “When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer” (Ps. 94.19, NLT2). We can all say, we have had doubts during this virus. Doubts about when to go out, when to stay in? Whether to go to work or stay home? Should we go to church or not? What are we to do? So much doubt, but yet when we are in Christ there is great peace and comfort.
The Apostle Peter, giving instruction to the church gives us some great advice for a time such as this. He writes, “Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5.5-7, ESV). You who are younger, all of you children, teenagers going back to school need to listen to those ‘elders’, those who are in charge. I know sometimes you don’t want to, but I am here to tell you they are truly looking out for your best interest. Looking back at what Peter says, when we will subject ourselves to them, it allows us to ‘clothe ourselves in humility toward one another.’ Humility is not something many of us have these days, just look around the country, the attitude is, “It is all about me, what I want, what I desire.” This should not be our attitude, we must have an attitude of humility, Paul said, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others” (Philippians 2.2-3, NIV). Humility is always on the lookout for others to help, to encourage, to love, to lift-up, to protect, to make better, to befriend. It is when we humble ourselves before God that He in His perfect timing will lift us up. But more important than being lifted up, we find ourselves in a place as Peter puts it where we can ‘cast all our anxieties on Him.’
How amazing is this! We have a God who wants us to cast our problems upon Him, He does not want us to keep them to ourselves, but give them to Him. Why? Because He cares for YOU! How about it, will you let go and humble yourself and cast all your cares on the One who Cares For You?
 Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ps 94:19). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.
 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (1 Pe 5:5–7). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
 The New International Version. (2011). (Php 2:3–4). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
It has been two and half months since school stated and it seems as if the year is flying by. We have finished Trunk-or-Treat and had our annual family and friend’s hayride and bonfire out at Tommie & Loretta Klein’s, what a wonderful day we had together. Thank you to those that help with the community project, I know that the individual that we help was very grateful, did it not feel good to get out and do something for others.
These activates remind me of the words that James writes in James 2.18, “But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without works, and I will show you faith by my works” (CSB). It is great to talk about your faith in Christ, but when you go out and show it in the community then you really are showing your faith through your actions. This is how people will know that you have the love of Christ in you, by how much you love one another (John 13:35). I know some of you did not make it, but hopefully we will see you at some of the other events and at Sunday School, Calvary CREW and Sunday Night Live.
 Christian Standard Bible. (2017). (Jas 2:18). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
Tomorrow, August 27th you all will be heading back to school for the 2019-20 school year. Some of you are excited and some of you are not. But what I want to encourage you with as you go back no matter your mindset about school is to think about school as a mission field.
Many of you have had the opportunity this summer to go on the mission trip to Wisconsin. You were part of the team that lead VBS in an apartment complex that saw a young girl come to know Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. You also go to go to Lake Michigan beach in Racine and witness to people on the beach. I know that was scary but many of you did it. Then there was the Baptist Tent at the MO State Fair, where you were able to give your testimony and yes someone came to know Jesus Christ that night as well.
You see this summer God used you (teenagers) to bring His Gospel message to lots of people. You planted seeds all over the place, and saw the harvest of 2 people for the Kingdom of God. You might be thinking God cannot use me, I have nothing to give Him, I am useless. On the contrary, you are exactly the person that God is looking for, but you must let yourself go - let go of everything and let God have full control of your life. then and only then will you be able to see His vast power flow through you.
Remember the words by the Apostle Paul in Romans 1.16 (ESV), "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek."
So, again I remind you school in your mission field. each and everyday that you are there, there is an opportunity for you to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to someone. You might not do it with words, but you can always do it with actions.
Keep your heads up, your eyes focused and your minds clear and allow God to use you in a mighty way this school year.
Serving His Kingdom,