EASTER 2020

Easter is going to look different this year.

But God is still good, and his glory will still be shown. This year, by preparing our hearts through engaging in daily Holy Moments, and inviting our friends and family like never before, we believe this will be one of our most powerful Easter Sunday experiences yet.

INVITATION RESOURCES

Easter Sunday is a day we believe that our world is more open than ever to the grace of God. And this year, with everything being online, we fully expect more people to “show up” to church than ever before. A “click” on a video is much simpler than a drive to church. Though we know its not the same as meeting face-to-face, we anticpate the Holy Spirit to transform hearts and lives.

Use the images before to share with your friends and family — on social media, via text, or email.

In the week leading up to his resurrection, Jesus experienced a series of holy moments that revealed the glory of who God is, as well as what he desires for all people — to experience his transformational love. Together throughout this week, we are going to walk through those holy moments with Jesus. You can come here everyday to see a daily reflection and action step to help you cultivate holy moments with God.

DAY 1: Palm Sunday

HOLY MOMENT DAY 1: filling up our homes (and feeds) with PRAISE 👏⠀

*for the next 7 days, we will be taking holy moments out of our days to reflect on the major moments leading up to Easter Sunday.*⠀
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REFLECTION: The week before his resurrection, Jesus was riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. A crowd gathered— placing robes and palm branches in his path. They joyfully praised him, shouting “Hosanna, Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!” Some were upset, because this honor was reserved for God alone! But Jesus silenced them, saying “if they are quiet, the rocks will cry out.” All of creation praises him, even the rocks!⠀

✨YOUR HOLY MOMENT: We challenge you to joyfully praise God in your home. You could read a Psalm out loud, sing along to a worship song, or even play an instrument. Share on your story or feed and tag us!✨

DAY 2: WASHING OF FEET

HOLY MOMENT DAY 2: Jesus washes the disciples feet. 🌊⠀
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Read John 13:1-17. Jesus knew that it was almost time for Him to leave this world and be reunited with God His Father. Jesus loved His disciples and wanted to show them how much He loved them. Jesus knew that Judas Iscariot was going to betray Him. He began to wash His disciples’ feet and then dry them. ⠀

Peter didn’t want Jesus to wash his feet. Jesus said that if He didn’t wash his feet, Peter would have no part with Him. When He finished, He asked the disciples if they knew what He had done for them. He told them that He did that for them, and they should follow His example.
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✨HOLY MOMENT: Find a way today to serve others. Call a loved one, deliver groceries, check in on your neighbor. You also can sign up for our response team by going to rCalvary.org/covid19 ✨

DAY 3: THE LAST SUPPER

HOLY MOMENTS DAY 3: THE LAST SUPPER✝️⠀
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Jesus was sitting at the table with the disciples. Jesus said that one of the disciples would betray Him. He was talking about Judas. While they were eating, Jesus took the bread, gave thanks, and broke it. He gave it to His disciples and said, “Take this and eat it; this is My body.” In the same way, Jesus took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to His disciples. Then He said, “Drink from it, all of you.” He told the disciples that His blood would be shed for many for the forgiveness of sins. Jesus had done nothing wrong, but He died so that we may have life. He did this knowing he would be betrayed.
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✨HOLY MOMENT: Read the story of the last supper today, out loud. Reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice with your family or those around you.✨⠀
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Also don’t forget we will be taking communion on Good Friday. Keep that in mind today as you reflect.

SUNDAYS @Second!

 

Sundays are about growing in faith in Jesus. Students begin in the auditorium for worship and are released after about 20 minutes to head to our lower level. Here we connect with new friends and have a non-pressured faith conversation. The experience all together lasts about 65 minutes and we hope you leave encouraged and challenged in your spiritual journey.

 

The first Sunday of each month, students will stay in the auditorium for the message.

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WEDNESDAYS @Second!

 

Wednesdays are the most exciting night of the week! Every week a powerful and relevant message from scripture is preached, and students are given a chance to respond to the nights message.  Wednesdays alternate between small group nights (where students and volunteers connect by playing, learning and praying together) and worship nights (where our student led band, EMBERS, lead songs of worship and praise to Jesus).

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Our messages are based out of the Bible, which we believe to be God-breathed and useful for our lives today. On Wednesday nights, we learn from engaging teaching, worship with our student team, take time to pray together or individually, and reflect on how we can become closer with our God. If you have never come, we encourage you to check it out!

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OUR NAME REPRESENTS OUR IDENTITY

Second is our POSITION...
         After God, I am second
         After others, I am second

Second is what we OFFER through Jesus Christ...
         by Grace we all have a second chance in life
         you have a second chance to be who God created you to be

Every Second Counts...
         we use our time to serve and honor GOD
         we use our time to show people that they are valuable

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My name is Steven Nichols and I am the Youth Director at Calvary Assembly! I am absolutely thrilled to be in this position and to be given the chance to work with your children and help lead them to all that God has planned for them.

I live in a neighborhood in Gates where my wife, Moriah, and I purchased our first home. When I am not actively involved in our youth  ministry, I throughly enjoy reading and training in martial arts. Moriah is an extremely gifted vocalist and piano player and can make any song sound like a billboard hit. I cannot. When we go out on dates together we both enjoy exploring the surrounding area looking for a restaurant we have not tried yet, searching for the best food our city has to offer. But for us, the best day is a simple and quiet one.

Although I am still working full time as an electrician for my father’s company, I want you to know I am available for you, for your son or daughter, and to help encourage our students towards the unique calling God has for their life! Don’t hesitate to email, call, or text me. I am looking forward to getting to know you! 

 

Email me - steven@rcalvary.org

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Come as you are. You don’t have to dress up or pretend like you have it all together. We will meet for 65 minutes and in that time we will sing some songs about God’s love, have an engaging teaching that will encourage and challenge you, and participate in prayer that inspires you.

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A lot of our lives is spent doing the SAME things. After all, we have reoccurring responsibilities. Faithfulness is the term the Bible uses for this.

There comes a time when we are called to do the NEXT thing. This
is not a call to stop doing the regular things. Rather, it is a reminder that we don’t have to be limited by them. In fact, the 
NEXT thing is possible because of faithfulness. You have faithfully prayed, served, and given generously. As a result our current facility is used three times on Sunday (and throughout the week) to connect people to - and help people grow in - God’s grace.

Every week we hear stories of people daring to hope again, finding freedom, and feeling loved and accepted. And if this was all God accomplished through us, we would be glad and grateful.

But with God there is always a NEXT. There are still individuals and families who have not been exposed to the grace of God. There are still people who have disconnected from faith and have not yet found their way back home. Since God is not done with them, He is not done with us.

Our mission is to provide a safe place for people to find authentic faith, risk real relationships and discover the future God has planned for them.

Our problem - we can’t provide a safe place if we are out of space.

Beginning on the first Sunday in October our church family will begin to take the NEXT step. We cannot do this alone. The faith and finances necessary for a project of this size will require each and every person to dare to pray bold prayers and boldly respond to God’s direction.

NEXT reminds us of God’s unfailing love and unwavering effort to reach each and every one.

NEXT reminds us that our dreams can be brighter than our memories.NEXT reminds us that the best is yet to come.

Pastor Bob

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