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Ministry Volunteers Christmas Party
Volunteers from the Hospitality, Ushers, Safety, and Traffic Ministries celebrated Jesus’ birth with a Christmas party on Sunday, December 8. The Ministry Support staff invited volunteers and their guests for a delicious catered meal from Texas Roadhouse, plus a wide variety of holiday desserts. Everyone joined in to sing Christmas carols and School of Ministry graduates Rachel and Kristin Limberger led worship. The attendees participated in friendly competition in a Bible trivia game; some took home cool prizes.
Calvary Nob Hill Shop & Stroll Christmas Extravaganza
Calvary Nob Hill opened its doors to shoppers during the Nob Hill Shop & Stroll on Saturday, December 7. They were welcome to enjoy warm popcorn, hot cocoa, and some Christmas movie favorites. Spectrum High School Ministry students passed out candy canes with Calvary Nob Hill's weekend service time, inviting passersby to attend. Velocity Mid-High Ministry students offered to wrap presents for the folks who brought in their gifts for loved ones. People came to enjoy the Shop & Stroll and Twinkle Light Parade, giving Calvary Nob Hill the chance to share Christ's love.
2013 Celebration of Light: Estrella
On December 6, over 600 women were refreshed as they received encouragement at she Ministries' Celebration of Light: Estrella. After enjoying chili and hot cocoa the ladies were treated to a lively performance by flamenco dancers, a time of worship, and Skip Heitzig, Brian Nixon, and Kenny Riley performing "Mele Kalikimaka" (Hawaiian Christmas Song). Guest speaker Dawn O'Brien's message challenged the ladies to be warrior women of God: Reading from Matthew 24 and John 4, she urged the audience to be intentional in worshiping the Lord in spirit and in truth.
H.I.S. Choir: Christmas in Black and White
BibleIsland Hallelujah Island Singers (H.I.S. Choir) offered a fresh view of the meaning of Christmas in their performance Christmas in Black and White on Wednesday, December 4. Pastor Skip introduced BibleIsland director Roxie Sharp and explained the reason for the special evening. With big smiles and joyful hearts, children sang songs about the true reason for Christmas: to celebrate Jesus. They also performed a skit that presented the truth of Jesus Christ, that He has called us out of darkness into light—it's as clear as black and white.
Guest Speaker: Franklin Graham
It was a special weekend at Calvary as we welcomed Franklin Graham as our guest speaker on November 30-December 1. Ryan Wylie, Stuart Laws, and the Battledrums Worship team led the congregation in songs of praise. After a short video about Operation Christmas Child, Pastor Skip welcomed his good friend Franklin Graham. Teaching from Luke 17, Franklin reminded us that God will judge sin, but because He loved us so much, He sent His Son to die for us. At the end each service, many responded to Franklin's invitation to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Thanksgiving Celebration: Banner Service & Pie Fest
We gave thanks and praise to our Lord in a big celebration at the annual Thanksgiving Banner Service on Wednesday, November 27. Pastors Jesse Lusko, Neil Ortiz, Jarrett Petero, and Nelson Walker shared from Psalm 92 about giving thanks to the Lord. Through homemade banners, families, Connect Groups, ministries, and individuals declared what they are thankful for as the Battledrums Worship team set a mood of celebration. Following the service, everyone enjoyed an awesome array of delicious pies served by our Calvary pastors at the annual Pie Fest in the HUB.
Christmas Decorating Party
Attendees of Calvary Nob Hill enjoyed an afternoon of fellowship and food at their Christmas Decorating Party on November 24. Children joined their families in hanging handmade stars on the tree in the lobby. Then folks lined up for a delicious lunch of soup and sandwiches, with plenty of homemade sweets for dessert. After lunch, everyone chipped in to decorate the lobby with handmade stars, garland, and ornaments. They also worked together to assemble candy cane giveaways for the Calvary Nob Hill Shop & Stroll Christmas Extravaganza.
Story Time with Amy Allen at Parchments
Parchments bookstore welcomed local author Amy Allen for Humble Bumbles Story Time on Saturday, November 23. Children gathered in Solomon's Porch to hear the story Humble Heart: A Book of Virtues. Through the stories of delightful characters Humble Honeybee, Percy Pig, Lydia Lamb, Barnabus Bunny, and their friends, children learned about thoughtfulness, forgiveness, thankfulness, and humility. After the story, children assembled their own Humble Bumbles to take home.
Kids, consumers, and crafters came together for the 2014 Velocity Craft Fair on Friday and Saturday, November 22-23. The HUB and PLEX at Calvary Albuquerque were filled with beautifully handcrafted items including hats, candies, jewelry, and household décor. Attendees were pleased to get an early start on their Christmas shopping, while helping raise funds for the mid-high ministry's upcoming winter retreat, The Peak.
Blackout Laser & Light Show
Skaters and non-skaters had a blast at The MIX's Blackout Laser & Light Show on Tuesday, November 12. The MIX Gameroom & Skatepark held their final event of the year before closing for remodeling. During the night, Caleb Chavez explained the reasons for the renovations and what changes could be expected. The attendees enjoyed skating, live music from DJ Moses Botello, and fellowship around a fire pit.
She Live Brilliantly Finale
The ladies of she Ministries finished the fall semester of their Bible study, Live Brilliantly, on Tuesday, November 12. After a time of worship with Jen Santiago, Lenya Heitzig gave a short devotion on the importance of fellowship. Afterward, the ladies shared in the Lord's Supper together, remembering Jesus' great love. Many of the ladies also shared powerful testimonies of how the Lord has worked in their lives during the semester. As a way of saying thank you, the 850 ladies who registered for the study and 150 volunteers were given treats to enjoy.
Calvary Nob Hill celebrated its first baptism on Sunday, November 10. Pastor Jarrett Petero explained the significance and meaning of baptism, using a passage from Romans 6. Pastors Kevin Forte and Cris Seeley baptized Andrew and Miguel, sharing in their expression of Christ's reign in their lives. Other believers looked on and celebrated the Lord's work in and through these men.
Amy Meyer Allen Book Signing
Families visited with author Amy Meyer Allen at her book signing after the weekend services on November 9-10. Amy signed her new book, Humble Heart: A Book of Virtues, for children and their parents, and introduced them to her Humble Bumbles characters. Each with their own unique personality, the Humble Bumbles spread joy, love, and truth.
Challenge Men's Monthly Rally
At their monthly rally on Saturday, November 2, the Challenge Men received encouraging teaching about spiritual growth. The men enjoyed breakfast burritos and coffee before a time of worship led by Pastor Kenny Riley. Steve Reimann made some announcements, and Pastor Kerry Rose took the stage to give a devotion from 1 John 5:18. He was then interviewed by Dave Slade about his teaching on keeping away from sin. Pastor Neil Ortiz also gave a short devotion, teaching from Proverbs 31:5. He challenged the men to discipline themselves in godliness.
Crossfade Street Ministry and LifeQuest USA hosted a free night of praise through hip-hop, two DJ rooms, and a variety of MCs on Friday, October 25, at Calvary Nob Hill in the Lobo Theater. The Noyze lineup included Anonymous, Chris Caleeko, Christ Blood, Church, Elan Brio, Relate, Shosar', and special guest DJ Eklectic. Rick Sena of LifeQuest shared the gospel with the crowd, calling many to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The crowd enjoyed a live break-dance battle and sang the Lord a new song, making a loud Noyze for Him.
At the expound Bible study on Wednesday, October 23, Calvary Albuquerque launched our study in the book of Numbers. It was a nice and cool evening as many people enjoyed coffee and burgers from Solomon's Porch before the service. Ryan Wylie, Stuart Laws, and the Battledrums Worship team led us in praise music as we prepared our hearts to study the Scriptures. Pastor Skip took us verse by verse through the first census found in chapter one. As we looked at this list, we learned about God's personal and caring nature.
At the she Ministries DIY day on Tuesday, October 22, the ladies used their creative talents to make a piece of art that would help them share Christ's love with others. Natalie Wylie and Bekah Lusko opened in worship as the ladies focused their hearts on the Lord. Using provided materials and their own personal photos, magazines, and books, they created collages with a theme of love. Shaena Crespo shared a devotional called "Crazy, Awesome Love" from John 15:9, reminding the ladies of God's promise that their joy will be full as they love one another.
Jimmy Needham played to a packed Lobo Theater on Thursday, October 17, during a special concert, presented by Renovate. Singer/songwriter Ross King opened the show, playing several songs from his collection. After a short break, Pastor Nate Heitzig introduced Jimmy Needham, who played some of his most popular songs. Jimmy also took some time to present the gospel of Jesus Christ to the crowd, saying that it's not enough to just run from sin, but that we must also run to Christ. After the show, Jimmy and Ross hung around in the lobby to meet and talk with their fans.
At the weekend services on October 12-13, Pastor Skip joined the Battledrums Worship team for a special acoustic set. Pastor Skip then sat down with Robert Schlipp of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to talk about My Hope America with Billy Graham. Robert explained it as a time where believers can reach others with the gospel. Then the congregation looked to the screens to watch Defining Moments, featuring some powerful testimonies. After the video, Pastor Skip invited many to the front of the sanctuary to surrender their lives to Christ.
Pastoral Licensure at Expound
It was a special night at the expound Bible study on Wednesday, October 10. Pastor Nick Crespo, Stuart Laws, and the Battledrums Worship team led us worship as we praised the Lord for His amazing love. In a short ceremony, Kelly Bransford, Kevin Forte, Jered Grebe, Shay Logan, Servando Pardo, and Cris Seeley were licensed as pastors. We continued in worship as we opened up the Word for a study in Mark 16. Pastor Skip explained some of the evidences for the resurrection and encouraged us to let these truths transform us.
Many people gathered in the amphitheater on October 6 to celebrate as believers outwardly expressed the inward change Christ has made in their lives. Pastor Skip explained the significance of baptism and, as worship music played, these new believers made their public identification with Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection. They shared their stories with the Calvary pastors before they were baptized, marking a significant step of obedience in their walk with Christ.
The Battledrums Worship team (formerly called OUTLOUD Worship) rallied together for their Team Night on Sunday, October 6. After some time of fellowship, Ryan Wylie, Pastor Nick Crespo, and Stuart Laws opened in worship. Calvary's Upreach pastor, Nate Heitzig, shared a message from 2 Chronicles 20:21-22, explaining the worship ministry's name change. He explained the purpose and vision of Battledrums Worship to its volunteers, calling them as worship leaders and servants to empower the church through music.
Challenge Men's Monthly Rally
At the Challenge Men's Rally on Saturday, October 5, Pastor Neil Ortiz welcomed the men before a time of worship with Pastor Kenny Riley. Then Dave Slade interviewed Antonio Aragon and Rick Zemke about the lessons they learned from the Men's Retreat. The Challenge Men leadership also took some time during the rally to appreciate Pastor Neil's hard work and faithful dedication to the ministry; they presented him with a thank you card and a new watch. In his message, guest speaker Pastor Jesse Lusko encouraged the men to be authentic disciples of Jesus.
Expound Communion Service
We gathered for Communion during the expound Bible study on Wednesday, October 2, remembering the awesome work of Christ, our Redeemer. Ryan Wylie, Stuart Laws, and the band led us in worship as we prepared our hearts to study God's Word. Pastor Skip continued our verse-by-verse study through Mark, giving us new insight into the crucifixion of Jesus and His great love that was demonstrated on the cross. As we took the elements of Communion, Pastor Skip reminded us to keep Christ's sacrifice for us fresh in our memories.
The ladies of she Ministries displayed their creative talents at the DIY day on Tuesday, October 1. The ladies met in the HUB for a time of worship with Natalie Wylie and Bekah Lusko, and were encouraged through a devotional from Georgia Hook called "Let There Be Light." She challenged the ladies to be bright lights that shine inwardly and outwardly, pointing to Christ. The ladies used their creativity to decorate light bulbs that could be used in evangelism as they share the Light of the world with others.
The Calvary Albuquerque campus was packed for the Harvest America simulcast on Sunday, September 29. The festivities began with jumpers, food vendors, and a skatepark outreach with Christian Hosoi. The event continued as the OUTLOUD Worship band opened with praise music, followed by an interview with Christian. Fireflight performed some of their most popular songs in a high-energy concert. Then, we heard Pastor Greg Laurie share the gospel in a nationwide broadcast. After the message, Pastor Nate Heitzig welcomed many people to the front to give their lives to Christ.
The Challenge Men enjoyed a time of refreshment during the Men's Retreat on September 27-29 at the Manzano Mountain Retreat, Cibola National Forest. Together, the men spent time in prayer, worshiped the Lord, participated in the high ropes course, and were encouraged through devotions from Pastor Nick Crespo and Shay Logan. Over the weekend, Pastor Neil Ortiz also challenged the men to be true disciples of Christ and to develop authentic relationships with one another so they can be set-apart leaders in their relationships as husbands, fathers, and brothers.
The City Harmonic Concert
The Lobo Theater was packed with many believers who gathered to praise the Lord with The City Harmonic on Sunday, September 22. After Stevo and Celeste from Static Radio welcomed the crowd, local band The Advance opened the night with songs that beautifully communicated the gospel of Jesus Christ. Then, The City Harmonic continued this special night of worship with uplifting and heartfelt songs about God's love. After the show, both bands interacted and took pictures with their fans.
The Spectrum High School Ministry kicked off their small groups on Monday, September 22. Pastor Jesse Lusko welcomed the students, encouraging them to not just simply go to church, but to be the church. The students then split off into groups around the Calvary campus to discuss Jesse's weekend message, learning how to apply the truths from Scripture in their lives and building meaningful friendships with one another.
Spectrum High School Ministry Launch
During services on September 14-15, the high school ministry at Calvary Albuquerque launched their new brand, Spectrum, and their new 9:30 am Sunday service. At their second service on September 22, the students filed into the HUB for a time of worship and a teaching from Colossians 3:16-17 by Pastor Jesse Lusko. In his message "The Spectrum of God's Plan," Jesse challenged the students to let God reign in every area of their lives and to hold fast to the message of the gospel.
Live Brilliantly: A Study in the Book of 1 John
Over 700 women attended the first morning and evening session of she's fall Bible study, Live Brilliantly: A Study in 1 John, which meets in the sanctuary. Jen Santiago and Michael McDade opened the session in worship before the leadership team explained in a quirky and fun way the changes with moving from the HUB to the sanctuary, in a skit called "Snow Light and the Seven Dwarvettes." Lenya then introduced the ladies to 1 John in her teaching "Under God's Microscope." She encouraged the ladies to be confident in their faith and walk in God's light.
BibleIsland Servant Appreciation
The BibleIsland Children's Ministry set aside an afternoon to appreciate its many volunteers on Sunday, September 8. The volunteers and their families enjoyed delicious hamburgers, hotdogs, and desserts such as cotton candy. They had many activities to keep them busy whether they fellowshipped, played volleyball, or threw around a football. The kids also played in the water and had a great time in the jumpers. These friendly, hardworking volunteers serve during the midweek and weekend services, providing Bible-based instruction and care for the children.
she Ministries Leadership Training
Over 100 women filled the HUB on Tuesday, September 3, for the she Ministries Leadership Training. Lenya welcomed the ladies and explained she's three-fold vision—Scripture, hospitality, and evangelism—and how those things should encompass their everyday lives. Guest speaker and popular teacher Michele Wetteland gave the ladies some training in hospitality, reminding them as leaders to make sure every woman they encounter feels important.
Special Performance: Doyle Dykes
After performing at Calvary Albuquerque's weekend services, finger-style guitarist Doyle Dykes played to a packed Solomon's Porch on Sunday, September 1. Doyle mixed different sound styles in his phenomenal performance and even pulled out and played his twelve-string guitar, impressing the audience. The wonderful evening came to an end as family and friends fellowshipped and Doyle stayed to talk with his many fans.
It was a memorable Labor Day weekend as Pastor Skip launched the new series, Rock Solid, at Calvary Albuquerque's weekend services on August 31-September 1. Ryan Wylie, Stuart Laws, and the OUTLOUD Worship team opened the service with worship before a special performance by well-known guitarist Doyle Dykes. Teaching from a new stage extension, Pastor Skip kicked off the series in 1 Peter 1:1 with a message called "A Pebble, a Boulder, & a Solid Foundation."
As friends and family cheered them on, believers lined up outside at the amphitheater on Sunday, August 25, to demonstrate the inward change Christ has made in their lives. Pastor Kenny Riley and Ryan Wylie led the group in worship of our Lord after Pastor Nate Heitzig explained the significance of baptism. Those who made this step of obedience joyfully shared their testimonies to the Calvary pastors before they were baptized, and were then reunited with their loved ones to celebrate their new life in Christ.
Guest Speaker: Don McClure
We were pleased to welcome Pastor Don McClure, cofounder of Calvary Way, as our guest speaker at Calvary Albuquerque's weekend services on August 24-25. Ryan Wylie, Stuart Laws, and the OUTLOUD Worship team opened the service with worship as we focused our hearts on the Lord. Don led us in a study in Exodus 25:10-22, giving us insight about how the tabernacle and the ark of the covenant point to Jesus. He encouraged the congregation to give up the burdens we try to carry every day, replacing them with His light burden to simply know and love Him more.
Friday Nights at the Porch
Solomon's Porch opened their doors for another Friday Nights at the Porch on August 23. Guitarist Del Puckett and several others played music as friends and family gathered for fellowship. Our wonderful kitchen staff served moussaka, a delicious Mediterranean dish. Be sure to join us each Friday evening starting at 6:30 pm to enjoy live music and delicious desserts from around the world.
The Collective: Landscapes
Calvary Nob Hill in the Lobo Theater hosted a wonderful and enlightening evening of the arts on Friday, August 16. The Collective presented Landscapes, featuring the photography of Jory Vander Galien. His photos mixed the themes of isolation and time to make a representation of our journey in life. He also took some time to chat with Cris Seeley on stage about his art. Guests even enjoyed a special concert with instrumental rock band Shekinah, who took pictures with fans after the show.
Friday Nights at the Porch
Solomon's Porch welcomed families and friends for another Friday Nights at the Porch on August 16. Tamra Salmon, accompanied by JP Schwartz on piano, beautifully sang and played to a packed house. Tamra sang both original songs and worship songs like "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)." Along with the usual menu of cookies, muffins, and scones, the staff served a delicious brisket meal to all their guests.
Students enjoyed an evening of skating, fellowship, worship, and Bible study at SkateMinistry on August 13, at The MIX Gameroom & Skatepark
. After taking some time to hone their skating skills, youth praised God in a time of worship led by Kirsi Gaulden. Ministry leader Caleb Chavez taught a message from Philippians 2:19-30 titled "Do You Care?"
After leading worship at Calvary Albuquerque's weekend services, The Digital Age kept the crowd energized as everyone praised the Lord during a special Live at the Lobo concert on August 11 at Calvary Nob Hill in the Lobo Theater. The band played worship songs written during their time in the David Crowder Band such as "After All (Holy)." They also introduced new songs, such as "Captured," from their full-length album, Evening:Morning. The guys in the band—B-wack, Jack, Mark, and Mike D—stayed after the concert to talk and take pictures with concertgoers.
Life After Fifty Fellowship (LAFF)
The Life After Fifty Fellowship gathered in the PLEX on August 9 to enjoy a delicious, hearty potluck dinner and fellowship. The group enjoyed worship from guest musician Catherine Lamar, whose family, Global Adventures missionaries the Lamars, is serving the Lord in the Philippines at the Faith, Hope and Love Kids Ranch. Ministry leader Dave Hilland encouraged the men to attend the upcoming Challenge Men's Retreat and to be open for the Holy Spirit to use them to speak into the lives of younger men.
Challenge Men's Monthly Rally
The Challenge Men’s Ministry welcomed special guest Victor Marx to their monthly rally on Saturday, August 3, as they came together to fellowship and to enjoy free coffee and breakfast burritos. Pastor Neil Ortiz opened up their time in prayer before Pastor Kenny Riley led worship. Then, Victor Marx shared his testimony and talked about some of the opportunities he's had ministering to incarcerated youth. He also invited a guest to the stage for a demonstration on disarming a gunman—Victor holds the world record at 0.08 seconds!
Guest Speaker: Nate Heitzig
We welcomed Pastor Nate Heitzig as our guest speaker for the expound Bible study on Wednesday, July 31. After a time of heartfelt worship with Nick Crespo, Stuart Laws, and the OUTLOUD Worship team, Nate taught from Matthew 3:1-8 with a message titled "The King's Messenger." Nate challenged us to evaluate our lives to see if we are bearing the fruits that are a result of true repentance. At the end of the service, Nate invited people to the front of the sanctuary and led them in a prayer to surrender their lives to Christ.
The name of Jesus was lifted high at Calvary Nob Hill in the Lobo Theater on July 28 during a special Live at the Lobo concert with Aaron Gillespie. Throughout the night, Aaron reminded the audience they were there not just to enjoy a concert, but to praise the Lord Jesus and make Him famous. Tour pastor Bryant Underwood exhorted the audience to completely surrender their lives to Jesus, abandoning all selfish ambition for the Lord's glory. Many people stayed after the show to talk to Aaron and fellowship with one another.
Guest Speaker: Will Graham
We were honored to welcome Will Graham as our guest speaker at all weekend services on July 27-28. Before the message, guest musician Aaron Gillespie led us in worship as we lifted the name of Jesus, and we continued our worship as we focused our hearts on God's Word. In a teaching from 1 Samuel, Will used the life of Hannah as an example to remind us that we have a sovereign Lord who cares about us and the trials we face. We learned that God wants to take the weight of our difficulties from our shoulders, but we have to be willing to give it to Him.
Guest Speaker: Jesse Lusko
We were pleased to have Pastor Jesse Lusko as our guest speaker for the expound service on Wednesday, July 24. Nick Crespo, Ryan Wylie, and the OUTLOUD Worship team led us in praise before Pastor Nate Heitzig recorded a video of the congregation singing "Happy Birthday" to Pastor Skip, whose birthday is Friday, July 26. Jesse taught from Romans 3, reminding us that we as Christians can never outgrow the gospel and we need to hear it just as much as the world. He encouraged us to remember that we have resolution at the cross—Jesus has conquered all!
The July 21 baptism service was a joyous occasion as believers shared their outward expression of the change Christ made in their hearts. Ryan Wylie and Stuart Laws sang songs of praise to the Lord as men, women, and children, shared their stories with the Calvary pastors and were baptized, identifying with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The warm, sunny day was a perfect setting as everyone delighted in the Lord and His work in the lives of these new believers.
Guest Speaker: Robert Furrow
Robert Furrow, senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Tucson, joined Calvary Albuquerque as our guest speaker at all weekend services on July 20-21. Pastor Robert delivered a powerful message titled "How to be a Hero of Faith," using the examples from the "hall of faith" found in Hebrews 11. He encouraged us to allow God to rule our lives and to be obedient to the Lord no matter how much faith we may possess.
Life After Fifty Fellowship (LAFF)
As they enjoyed a delicious potluck dinner on July 12, the Life After Fifty Fellowship obeyed the Lord's command to continue to be fresh and flourishing. John and Debra Sorrell led worship before the group continued their encouraging fellowship and ended the evening with prayer.
Ministry Volunteers Appreciation
Volunteers from several of Calvary's service support ministries were celebrated at an ice cream social on Sunday, July 7. These faithful servants volunteer on a weekly basis, serving in Hospitality, the Usher Ministry, Safety, and Traffic Control. They work hard to keep the Calvary Albuquerque campus in order, safe, and welcoming to all visitors. They enjoyed ice cream, a time of fellowship, worship led by Greg Valdez, and received an encouraging word from Pastor Nelson Walker.
Expound Communion Service
At the expound Bible study on Wednesday, July 10, Pastor Skip welcomed Pastor Victor Lucero to the stage so the congregation could pray for him and his family. Pastor Victor served as the campus pastor at Calvary Santa Fe and will be moving with his family to explore new opportunities. Pastor Skip continued our study in Mark as we learned about what it truly means to follow Christ. Pastor Jarrett Petero from Calvary Nob Hill and Pastor Victor led us in prayer as we celebrated the Lord's Supper.
After a time of skating, playing games, and fellowship, youth from the community met up for SkateMinistry on Tuesday, July 9, in The MIX Gameroom and Skatepark. The skaters and non-skaters gathered in the gameroom as Kirsi Gaulden led worship and Austin Walker made some announcements. Ministry leader Caleb Chavez encouraged the kids to continue to set their focus on God, comparing that focus to the determination they would have in learning a new trick on a skateboard. After SkateMinistry, the night ended with more skating, fellowship, and fun!
Guest Musician: Christafari
Reggae band Christafari joined Calvary Albuquerque for its weekend services on July 6-7, leading the congregation in worship before Pastor Skip's message "I Dare You: Remember!" The band played their own songs, including "He is Greater than I," and added their unique sound to some popular worship songs, such as "How Great is Our God" and "Hosanna." After each service, Christafari greeted the congregation from their merchandise table in the foyer.
Challenge Men's Monthly Fellowship
After the successful Challenge Men's Rally and Car Show last month, more new faces joined the Challenge Men for their monthly fellowship on Saturday, July 6, in the HUB. The men enjoyed coffee, breakfast burritos, and fellowship before Pastor Kenny Riley led worship. Pastor Neil Ortiz taught from 2 Peter 3:11 with a message titled, "What Are We Doing Here?" and explained the gospel of Christ to the new attendees. Pastor Neil also welcomed Dave Fisher to the stage, who encouraged the men to be available for ministry opportunities.
The amphitheater was packed with people who celebrated our freedom in this nation and, most importantly, in Christ, at the Freedom Celebration on July 3. Natalie Wylie delivered a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem and the band Christafari led everyone in a unique worship set before a special message from Pastor Skip about our freedom from sin. The night ended with an altar call by Skip and a fantastic display of fireworks as families and friends watched from the Calvary Albuquerque campus.
Songs of praise filled the amphitheater as many gathered on a beautiful day to publicly identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. After an explanation from Pastor Nate Heitzig about baptism, Stuart Laws led worship for the June 30 baptism service, while family and friends witnessed these faithful believers' obedience to the Lord. Sharing their support and encouragement, the crowd cheered as many men, women, and children outwardly expressed Christ's reign in their lives.
Students and leaders from the High School Ministry and Renovate College Age Ministry piled into a bus and drove off to Camp Pendleton, California for a surf trip on June 24-27. During the trip, Ryan Wylie and Stuart Laws led worship with the beautiful beach and ocean making a wonderful setting. Pastor Nate Heitzig, Kelly Bransford, Caleb Chavez, and Steve Lowry gave devotions throughout the trip, encouraging the students to follow and pursue God. Some students outwardly expressed Christ's rule in their lives by being baptized in the Pacific Ocean!
Guest Speaker: Josh McDowell
We welcomed Josh McDowell, popular author and founder of the Josh McDowell Ministry, as our guest speaker at Calvary's weekend services on June 22-23. Josh presented one of the rarest scrolls in the world—which has survived almost 700 years—and we learned of the Jewish scribes' great reverence for the Word of God as they took great measures to preserve the Scriptures accurately. For 20-30 minutes after the service, Josh welcomed the congregation to the front of the sanctuary to take a closer look at the Lodz Torah Scroll.
2013 Challenge Men's Rally
Trucks, motorcycles, and souped-up and classic cars filled the Calvary Albuquerque parking lot as the men came together for the Challenge Men's Rally and Car Show on Friday, June 21. The men enjoyed a delicious dinner as they walked around the lot to check out these cool rides. After the car show awards were given out, Pastor Kenny Riley led worship, followed by special messages from Josh and Sean McDowell.
Expound Exposed: Worship and Communion Service
It was a beautiful evening as the expound exposed Outdoor Communion Service kicked off with an awesome acoustic set by the OUTLOUD worship team on Wednesday, June 19. Pastor Skip wrapped up our verse-by-verse study of Mark 7 and led the body of Christ in prayer as we took the elements of Communion.
Athens Adventure VBS - 2013
Children enjoyed a fun-filled week of Bible teaching, crafts, games, snacks, and worship at BibleIsland’s Athens Adventures VBS, June 17-21! Throughout the week, kids followed the journey of Paul as he traveled through ancient Greece to share the good news of God's love. Highlights from the week included dressing up in Grecian apparel for a special theme day on Tuesday and fun in the water outside on Thursday. Parents joined their children as they ended the week with a fun time at Cliff's Amusement Park on Friday.
Static Radio Birthday Bash
Static Radio DJs Stevo and Mitch welcomed over 200 station supporters to the Second Birthday Bash on Friday, June 14. Bands Come Wind and House of Heroes got the celebration rocking at Calvary Nob Hill in the Lobo Theater with their awesome alternative/indie sound. As usual with Static Radio, the gospel of Christ was presented in an authentic way, as Stevo explained Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection and the hope of new life found only in relationship with Him.
Friday Nights at the Porch
Solomon's Porch welcomed families and friends for another Friday Nights at the Porch on June 14. Guitarist Kelly Bransford provided background music for the evening, as folks enjoyed delicious tastes from the Philippines with the popular noodle dish pancit bihon and pan de coco for dessert.
Friday Nights at the Porch
Solomon's Porch opened their doors on June 7 for the summer's first Friday Nights at the Porch. Friends and families gathered in the café for an evening of fellowship and enjoyed background music provided by classical guitarist Dominic Sedillo. Along with the usual menu of scones, cookies, and muffins, the kitchen crew served Maandazi—a delicious East African version of the donut.
Shine! Camp for Exiting Fifth Graders
Basketball, volleyball, and a hayride were just some of the activities that kids enjoyed during the Shine 5th Grade Retreat on June 1-2, at Camp Oro Quay, New Mexico. The students had a great time as they worshiped the Lord, studied His Word, and fellowshipped around a campfire. After they visited the old mines located in the area, the kids enjoyed a tasty barbecue. This was the fifth graders' last event with BibleIsland before they moved on to the Velocity Mid-High Ministry.
More Than a One Night Stand
More Than a One Night Stand threw down a spectacular evening of worship and truth at Calvary Nob Hill in the Lobo Theater on Friday, May 24. The theater was filled with people looking for a genuine party and this celebration of Jesus did not disappoint. Artists Black Knight, John Givez, and Marcus G brought epic beats and holy hip-hop and Austin shared the upfront truth of our sin and God's perfect plan of salvation. Several people responded to his invitation to receive Christ and they look forward to spending an eternity with Him!
2012/2013 School of Ministry Graduation
Friends and family of School of Ministry students gathered in the HUB on Friday, May 24, to celebrate the class of 2012/2013 graduation. After ten months of intense study and practical ministry experience, 27 students received their diplomas from SOM Dean of Academics Dr. Nelson Walker. Students look forward to continued application of God's Word to all areas of their lives—wherever the Lord leads them.
Guest Musician: Graham Saber
In preparation for More Than a One Night Stand on May 24, guest musician Marcus G joined the OUTLOUD Worship team on May 22 to add a hip-hop flare to our praise. The outreach based in San Diego was founded by Graham Saber—Marcus G is his stage name—and two of his friends, in order to reach the club culture that is currently so popular among teens and young adults. Pastor Skip encouraged the congregation to bring their friends to One Night Stand event; it's an opportunity to demonstrate that Christian living is anything but boring.
Justin Marbury Commissioning
During the expound Bible study on May 22, Pastor Justin Marbury, his wife Kari along with their four children, Mia, Lis, Seth, and Tait, were commissioned to the mission field. With both tears and laughter, the congregation prayed for Pastor Justin his family, who leave Albuquerque on May 27 to spread the gospel in New Hampshire. After the service, the congregation gathered in the amphitheater to bid the Marbury family farewell and to celebrate their ministry with delicious cupcakes.
The fresh air and praise songs provided the perfect setting for our May baptism. As worship music played, friends and family gathered under the beautiful blue sky to warmly welcome and pray for those new to the faith. Believers took the opportunity to make an outward demonstration of the inward change Jesus has made in their lives. It was a joyous occasion as men, women, and children gathered in the amphitheater on Sunday, May 19, to publicly identify themselves with Christ and His death, burial, and resurrection.
Global Adventures Medical Mission Trip to Juarez
A team of 17 medical missionaries were sent by Global Adventures to serve in Juarez, Mexico for a weekend in mid May. The team was composed of nurses, doctors, paramedics, and translators. Amigo Fiel, the ministry of Carlos and Sylvia Garcia, was transformed into a clinic complete with triage, exam rooms, a minilab, a free pharmacy, and durable medical equipment such as walkers, splints, eyeglasses, and a wheelchair. The clinic was open to everyone in the neighborhood, and nearly 100 patients were treated, given free medication, and shown the love of Christ.
Guest Speaker: K.P. Yohannan
This weekend we celebrate Mother's Day by welcoming K. P. Yohannan as our guest speaker for the message titled "A Mother's Influence." He shared specifically how his own mother was a godly influence to her family and how she lived out her belief in Jesus by loving people. He challenged the church to impact their generation by helping to provide for the children of India through child sponsorship.
Guest Speaker: Terry Gray
On Wednesday, May 8, guest speaker Terry Gray delivered the message "Church in the Storm" from our text in Matthew 14:22-33. Following a time of worship and celebration to the Lord, Terry encouraged us to find that perfect blend of truth and love—to tell people about Jesus and not be afraid to take a stand on issues. He explained that like the disciples rowing on a stormy sea, the church in America must face exhausting and frustrating circumstances with courage, strength, and perseverance, knowing that Jesus prays for us.
At all weekend services on May 4-5, we came together in remembrance of our Lord's sacrifice for us. Skip presented the message "The World's Most Important Comma" from Isaiah 61:2, where we learned about a 2,000 year old comma—the age of grace. Pastor Skip encouraged us to examine our hearts, and extended the invitation to receive Christ as Savior. We then shared in Communion as a church family, and reflected on Jesus' final meal with His disciples, remembering Christ's sacrificial love.
Selah: a Night of Worship
Hearts and minds turned heavenward on Friday, May 3, at Selah: a Night of Worship. Young men and women from the Calvary Dance Ministry/Life Movement Productions performed diverse dances including ballet, highland, flamenco, freestyle, and hip-hop. The OUTLOUD Worship Team and Crossfade Turntable Ministry made a joyful noise to the Lord in accompaniment to the dance. Following the presentation, families and friends gathered in the HUB to enjoy dessert and coffee while visiting with the performers.
With the encouragement of family and friends, approximately 100 believers lined up to identify with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ at the April 28 baptism service. The sounds of worship music filled the amphitheater as Pastor Kenny Riley led the group in worship of our Lord. Pastor Justin Marbury explained what baptism means and, one-by-one, men, women, and children shared their testimonies with Calvary pastors and were baptized, marking a significant step of obedience in their walk with Christ.
Nearly 300 students brought their groove to Static Radio's Retro Prom on Friday, April 26. Neon, disco balls, and music made this year's prom a glitzy success! Most high school students dressed in formal wear, while some chose retro garb from previous eras. Of course it wouldn't be prom without music and dancing; kids enjoyed kicking their feet up to music with a message, spun by Surge Intern 2.0, Kayla Kellogg. The dance floor was packed throughout the evening, especially during funky beats like the Cupid Shuffle and Thriller. In the words of Stevo, "It was awesome!"
Calvary Staff Appreciation Day
On Tuesday, April 23, the Calvary staff enjoyed an afternoon of fun as a thank you from Pastor Skip to everyone who works hard to keep the campuses and ministries running smoothly. At high noon, staff members gathered in the amphitheater for Frito pies and ice cream bars before heading out to Silva Lanes for some friendly, yet fierce, bowling competition. Everyone had a blast. Thanks, Pastor Skip, for providing such a fun place to work.
Challenge Men's Monthly Fellowship
Challenge Men's Ministry gathered for their monthly fellowship on Saturday, April 20, in the HUB. Men enjoyed coffee, breakfast burritos, manfins (muffins made with bacon) and fellowship. Following a time of worship led by Ken Riley and the Challenge Men's Ministry Band, Pastor Neil Ortiz taught "Words From a Spiritual Father to a Spiritual Son" from 2 Timothy 2:1-7.
I AM: 7 Statements of Jesus she Ministries 2013 Spring Retreat
You can imagine the fun that over 100 ladies gathered for the purpose of seeking and hearing from God could have on a weekend retreat. The 2013 she Ministries Retreat "I AM: 7 Statements of Jesus" was held April 19-21 at the historic La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe. Special music guest Poema shared their amazing gift of music throughout the weekend—leading ladies into the throne room of our Lord and King through worship. Keynote speaker Debbi Bryson led teaching sessions throughout the weekend.
Calvary Albuquerque opened its doors to thousands of excited people on Sunday evening, April 14, for Skull Church with pastor and evangelist Levi Lusko. Levi delivered a powerful message of salvation and invited anyone and everyone to accept God's gift of salvation. Over 100 people came forward in response to Christ!
Over 200 middle school and high school students came together on April 12-14 to take over the Calvary campus for Reboot 2013. Vertical High School Ministry and Velocity Middle School Ministry welcomed students for their weekend venture. Guest speaker Levi Lusko challenged students to refresh their relationship with the Lord. Worship was led by the Skull Church Band. During Reboot 2013, there were over 35 professions of faith and 30 students were baptized! Young people headed home on Sunday with a fresh sense of revival in their lives.
SkateMinistry was awesome on Tuesday, April 9, as many young believers gathered in The MIX Gameroom. Despite the rain and a little cold weather, the kids showed up—SkateMinistry goes on rain or shine. They enjoyed a time of worship followed by a study in God's Word led by Chris Walker of UNRVLD. Chris taught from Ephesians 4:29 on the importance of our speech—how words and the language we use should be edifying.
Guest Speaker: Mark Hitchcock
Mark Hitchcock, the well-known proponent of Bible prophecy and popular author taught at each of Calvary Albuquerque's four weekend services, April 6-7. From the Scriptures 2 Corinthians 5:9-11, Mark delivered the message "Your Final Exam" and dared us to Live Today in Light of That Day!
Bonhoeffer Tour: An Evening with Eric Metaxas
The New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas made Calvary Albuquerque the last stop on his book-signing tour. On Friday, April 5, more than 400 people enjoyed an informative talk as Eric shared the story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's extraordinary faith and the tortured fate of the nation he sought to deliver from the curse of Nazism.
Easter Sunrise Service: I Dare You to Live
Calvary Albuquerque hosted New Mexico's largest church service on Sunday, March 31, under clear blue skies at University Stadium. As the sun rose over the Sandia Mountains, about 20,000 gathered to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Pastor Nate Heitzig opened the service and Tamra Salmon led us in the National Anthem. The praises of God's people filled the fresh morning air as guest musician Lincoln Brewster led worship. Pastor Skip Heitzig then presented the message "I Dare You to Live!"
Good Friday Communion Service: I Dare You to Love
It was a joyful sight to see the faithful come together to worship the King. On March 29, thousands of believers gathered for the Good Friday Communion Service in the amphitheater at Calvary Albuquerque during the noon hour to honor Christ's great sacrifice for all of us.
Live Awesomely Part 2: DIY Day 2
At the Live Awesomely Bible study on March 26, the women of she Ministries gathered together for a time of worship with Ryan and Natalie Wylie, a devotional: “Searching for Shalom” by Maria Guy, and a time for crafts and fellowship. Creative leaders Misty Foster, Nichol Naranjo, Natalie Wylie, and Janaé Heitzig taught the ladies how to make three different felt flowers and they displayed several other examples of projects and how to use them. With colorful felt, scissors, glue, buttons, and ribbons, the ladies created felt-flower lapel pins to take home.
Challenge Men's Monthly Fellowship
Joyful worship and encouraging words filled the HUB as Challenge Men's Ministry gathered Saturday morning, March 16, for their monthly fellowship. Worship was led by Pastor Kenny Riley followed by the message "Be a Jethro" from Pastor Neil Ortiz. Neil encouraged men to become a Jethro to the Moses around them. Also, they heard from Dave Slade and Daniel Galliour regarding the Bible study they are leading on Thursday mornings, Man in the Mirror. The men broke out into huddles with one another and their QBs.
Pastor Skip shared our ministry vision and called the church to commit it to memory. Through the message titled "Living With Vision," he explained our calling to upreach, inreach, and outreach—we are the church and we should radiate the glory of God, reveal the truth of God, and rescue the enemies of God. We pursue the God who is passionately pursuing a lost world; we do this with one another, through worship, by the Word, to the world. Let's commit this vision to our hearts and live it out with one another.
The MIX Gameroom and Skatepark hosted the SkateMinistry Lock-in on March 12-13. Over 30 kids and youth leaders gathered to pull an all-nighter of skating, fellowship, and ministry.
Expound with Guest Musician Grayson Kessenich
The weekly expound service features inspiring worship and interactive verse-by-verse study to expand our knowledge of God's Word. With melodic and soothing arrangements, singer/songwriter Grayson Kessenich ushered us in to intimate worship of the Lord.
Live Awesomely Part 2: DIY Day 1
At the Live Awesomely Bible study on February 26, the women of she Ministries gathered together for a time of worship with Ryan and Natalie Wylie, a devotional on learning how to avoid bitterness by Maria Guy, and a time of crafting and fellowship led by Lenya Heitzig, Nichol Naranjo, Paula Riley and Janaé Heitzig. The ladies were provided craft supplies including foam rings, yarn, and embellishments to make wreaths to give as a gift or hang in their homes.
Challenge Men's Monthly Fellowship
Bright and early on Saturday, February 16, men gathered for the Challenge Men’s Ministry monthly fellowship. Over coffee and delicious burritos, Justin shared how the Lord has called him to New Hampshire and how he has stepped out in faith, fully trusting in God to tie up all the details. How amazing it is to see God at work in not only Pastor Justin's life, providing all that is needed, but also in Pastor Neil's life, preparing him as he steps in to oversee Challenge Men's Ministry.
For the Love of Skateboarding Valentine's Day Party
For all those who love skateboarding and everything about it, The MIX Gameroom & Skatepark held their annual For the Love of Skateboarding Valentine's Day Party on Thursday, February 14. Everyone was invited to this fun skating event. Kids enjoyed the party in the MIX Gameroom and Skatepark with ministry leader Caleb Chavez and ministry volunteers grilling burgers and hot dogs, delicious s'mores roasted on the bonfire, and DJ Ken Sal jammin' the tunes.
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Static Radio welcomed The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Rest, and Spoken for a great show to a packed house at Calvary Nob Hill in the Lobo Theater on Tuesday, February 12. Each of these bands put demonstrated their awesome musical talent and heart for the Lord. We were also joined by Pastor Jarrett Petero, who shared the gospel and gave an invitation to receive Jesus Christ as Savior.
Life After Fifty Fellowship (LAFF)
The PLEX was decked out in red and white in honor of Valentine's day at the February Life After Fifty Fellowship. After a scrumptious potluck dinner, and a time of fellowship and laughter, they sang praises to the Lord as led by John and Debra Sorrell. With tummies full of cherry pie and hearts full of praise their spiritual appetites were fed as ministry leader Dave Hilland taught from Isaiah 55:10-11 on science in the Bible.
We remembered Christ's sacrifice for us by observing Communion at our mid-week expound service. Pastor Skip's message from our text in Leviticus 17:10-16 was perfectly timed. God forbids His people to eat blood because the life is in the blood. Our study revealed the stark contrast of endless sacrifices with the one sacrifice that made all the difference— the blood of the Savior poured out once for all.
Live Awesomely Part 2: Exalting the Names of God
Ladies longing to learn about the character and awesome attributes that our God IS gathered in the HUB on Tuesday, February 5, as she Ministries kicked off their spring Bible study, Live Awesomely: Exalting the Names of God, Part 2.
Challenge Men's Monthly Fellowship
Dozens of men gathered for the Challenge Men's Monthly Fellowship on Saturday, January 19. With loud voices and raised hands, the men humbled themselves before the Lord in a time of worship. Pastor Justin Marbury taught from Philippians 3:12-16 with a focus on new year's resolutions. He encouraged men to be resolved by having an accurate view of themselves, a correct understanding of their journey, and a realistic expectation of success. After the study, the men gathered in small groups to discuss the lesson and pray for one another.
Crossfade Street Ministry and LifeQuest USA hosted a free night of praise through hip-hop, DJ rooms, and a variety of MCs on Friday, January 18, at Calvary Nob Hill in the Lobo Theater. The lineup included Relikis, Illusent, Elan Brio, DOCC, Relate, and special guests DJ Eklectic and Graffiti Art. The crowd enjoyed singing Him a new song and making a loud Noyze for the Lord; many received the Lord Jesus Christ into their hearts.
Outloud Year End Celebration
With the hustle and bustle of the holidays at an end, the OUTLOUD worship community was able to come together for their annual Christmas party on Friday, January 18. Members of the many cross-campus worship teams, along with their families, were welcomed by ministry leader Ryan Wylie as they gathered to enjoy a tasty barbecue dinner from Heavenly BBQ and Catering. For those who diligently serve in the worship community, it was a fun time of relaxation and fellowship—some much-appreciated downtime after their busy Christmas season schedule.
We stand with voices in unison praising our God! The music and voices of the OUTLOUD Worship Band were joined by the rising voices of worshipers at the midweek service on January 16. We gathered in the sanctuary for a special night of worship as we gave our whole selves—our voices and minds—over to the worship of our one true and living God. The beautiful melodies and heartfelt praise moved through the building as we reflected on the wonder, peace, mercy, grace, revival, redemption, and healing of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Life After Fifty Fellowship (LAFF)
Life After Fifty Fellowship gathered in the PLEX on January 11 for their first monthly meeting of 2013. After a delicious potluck dinner and time for fellowship, ministry leader Dave Hilland led the group in a time of worship.
Brown Missionary Reception
Global Adventures and missionary Kendall Brown welcomed supporters to a reception on Sunday, January 6. The Lord was exalted through worship in both English and Spanish led by Kendall's wife, Virginia. Kendall offered a presentation of the work the Lord has done through their ministry in Panama, city of David, Chiriquí province at Luz y Esperanza, a local church there. The Browns, including their three children David, Hannah, and Joshua, were delighted to spend time with the body of Christ here at Calvary.
With heartfelt worship, a fresh look, and a dare to live differently in the coming year, Calvary launched the new Bible study, I Dare You, on January 5-6.
At Student Ministries Night on January 2, Calvary Albuquerque got a taste of what it's like to attend Velocity Mid High Ministry, Vertical High School Ministry, and Skate Ministry. The leaders of these ministries shared a little bit about how God is impacting the lives of teens through the teaching, fellowship, and worship in each of these ministries. Then Pastor Jesse Lusko delivered our message for the evening titled "Night Call" from our text in Psalm 4.