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Guest Speaker: Eric Metaxas
We welcomed speaker and author Eric Metaxas to Calvary Church on January 18-19. Eric shared the story of British abolitionist and statesman William Wilberforce, reminding us of the impact we can make when we are obedient to God's calling. For two of our services, he sat down with Pastor Skip for an interview, and before and after all services, he signed copies of his books.
All the Things Podcast & Launch Party
On January 14, Lenya Heitzig and Lindsey Maestas celebrated the launch of their new podcast, All the Things, with a taco bar, sweet treats, and a giveaway at our Westside campus.
Ornaments Christmas Eve Services
On Christmas Eve, Calvary Church celebrated the birth of Jesus with Christmas traditions and music from around the world. We heard a powerful message from Pastor Skip as he shared the truth that each person is fearfully and wonderfully made.
Family Christmas Worship Night
On December 18, we enjoyed a Christmas worship service with Battledrums. Families celebrated the birth of Jesus and sang along to Christmas classics, such as "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and "Angels We Have Heard on High."
Fernando Ortega Christmas Concert
We were excited to welcome Fernando Ortega back to Calvary Church on December 11. Our congregation enjoyed this break from the hustle and bustle of the season as Fernando shared classic Christmas music in his own unique style.
Team Celebration Christmas Party
On December 8-9, we celebrated our Life Team servants with a Polar Express-themed Christmas party. Our volunteers enjoyed fellowship, food, a photo booth, hot chocolate, games, and classic Christmas music.
Feliz Navidad Winter Gala
Sheologie hosted the Feliz Navidad Winter Gala on Tuesday, December 3. The ladies enjoyed tea, tasty finger foods, worship, and an encouraging message from guest speaker Debbie Alsdorf. The Lovely Market offered a beautiful shopping experience and opportunity to connect with the community.
Welcome Weekend with Franklin Graham
We were excited to have Franklin Graham during our Welcome Weekend services, November 30-December 1. After worship with Battledrums and special guest musician Dennis Agajanian, Franklin shared a gospel message and invited people to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Between services, we enjoyed refreshments and fellowship with our pastors and leadership.
I'm Thankful for... Banner Service and Tree Lighting
On November 27, we celebrated Thanksgiving and thanked the Lord for His work in and through our lives over the past year. After worship with Battledrums and an encouraging message from Pastor Skip, families paraded banners around the sanctuary to share what they are thankful for this season. We then gathered in the amphitheater for our annual tree lighting.
Man Up: The Repair Manual for Life
The men of Calvary Church gathered for Man Up on November 16. They enjoyed fellowship and breakfast before hearing from Pastor Antonio Aragon, who encouraged them to return to God's maintenance manual for the Christian life—the Bible.
30K Connecting Flight with Nelson Walker
Pastor Nelson Walker shared his message "God's Proof of Love" during our 30K Connecting Flight on November 6. After a time of worship with Battledrums, Nelson encouraged us to keep the faith, especially in light of God's love for us.
We hosted our annual Fall Fest on October 31 at our Osuna campus. Families and kids enjoyed food and free candy, played carnival games, ran through obstacle courses and bounce houses, and heard the gospel message through a skit from our Bible Island servants.
We rejoiced with those who were baptized at Calvary Church on October 27. Friends and families packed the amphitheater to celebrate the children and adults who decided to go public with their faith in Jesus Christ.
Our staff was honored to welcome the Life Team—the servants of Calvary Church—for a Team Night on October 13 at our Westside campus. They enjoyed refreshments and games, worshiped with Battledrums, and received an encouraging message from guest speaker Josh Turner.
We celebrated with those who decided to go public with their faith at Calvary Church on September 29. Families and friends gathered to cheer on the children, adults, and families who affirmed their walk with Jesus through baptism.
30K Connecting Flight with Neil Ortiz
During our 30K Connecting Flight on September 11, Pastor Neil Ortiz shared the message "Secure the Cockpit: Piloting Your Family Amid Threats" from 2 Corinthians 10, encouraging us to be aware of harmful false ideologies so we can protect our families from them.
The Bible from 30,000 Feet
We welcomed Doyle Dykes back to Calvary Church on Wednesday, September 4. Battledrums opened with worship, and Doyle blessed us with his special performance, mixing different styles of music and techniques to worship the Lord. Then Pastor Skip took us through the books of Zephaniah and Haggai.
We rejoiced with those who were baptized at Calvary Church on August 25. Friends and families packed the amphitheater to celebrate the children and adults who decided to go public with their faith in Jesus Christ.
We were excited to welcome many first-time visitors for Welcome Weekend, August 3-4. Pastor Skip continued our series Heart & Soul with the message "How Prisoners Go Free," and many people received Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Between services, we enjoyed lemonade and coffee in the amphitheater with our pastors and leadership.
We celebrated with those who decided to go public with their faith at Calvary Church on July 28. Families and friends gathered to cheer on the children, adults, and families who affirmed their walk with Jesus through baptism.
On July 27, Pastor Neil Ortiz and Nic McKinley, founder and director of DeliverFund, shared spiritual and practical strategies with men in our community to equip them to better protect their homes and families.
Guest Speaker: Nick Vujicic
Hundreds accepted Jesus into their hearts and experienced life change at the weekend services, July 20-21, with guest speaker Nick Vujicic. Nick shared about the freedom and power of trusting God and living out His purpose for our lives.
Sojourn: Preparing Students for the Journey
On June 30, hundreds of high school and college students rallied at our Osuna campus to hear from Ben Courson and Dominic Done. It's at this life stage that faith is often put to the test for the very first time. Students enjoyed music and food trucks in the amphitheater and got loads of encouragement from our guest speakers. Pray for the high school and college-age kids in your life—that they will remain strong and confident in their faith.
On June 30, we celebrated with those who decided to go public with their faith at Calvary Church. Families and friends gathered to cheer on the children, adults, and families who affirmed their walk with Jesus through baptism.
We celebrated two nights of freedom and life change as around 1,000 people gave or recommitted their lives to Jesus Christ at Freedom Celebration, June 21-22. People from all over the city came to Isotopes Park to enjoy two fun-filled nights with food, phenomenal music, spectacular fireworks, and a hope-filled gospel message from Pastor Skip.
Mixtape with Jonathan Laurie
We were excited to welcome Jonathan Laurie as our guest speaker on June 19. Teaching from Acts 1, Jonathan shared the message "Purpose in Pain" and encouraged us to use our own story—our personal testimony of what the Lord has done for us—in our outreach. Even our pain can be part of the story we share as we witness for Jesus Christ.
We were honored to love on our city through service during Love Week 2019, June 15-22. Hundreds of volunteers from Albuquerque joined together to clean parks and elementary school classrooms around the city, build wheelchair ramps, pack food with Feed NM Kids, and volunteer during the 2019 Senior Games.
Love Week Volunteer Rally
Love Week volunteers rallied together to worship the Lord and pray for our city at Albuquerque Civic Plaza on June 13 as they prepared to serve during Love Week 2019. They enjoyed free food and live music, and Mayor Tim Keller, Brian Alarid, and Nate Heitzig shared some encouragement to kick off this week of service.
Mixtape: Fresh Voices for Your Summer
We were excited to welcome Jon Geraci as our guest speaker on June 12. We gathered in the amphitheater and worshiped the Lord in the beauty of His creation. In the message "Facing the Storms of Life," Jon shared that since storms are meant to damage our faith and to draw our eyes away from Jesus, our first response should be to draw closer to Him and worship Him right in the middle of the storm.
Over 800 kids joined us for VBS this year, and over 300 made decisions for Christ. During the week, the kids enjoyed making crafts, playing in the water, and other activities as they learned to stand strong in the full armor of God. The kids and their families raised over $2,000 for a Reload Love playground project in Baghouz, Syria, and they donated more than a ton of food items to Feed NM Kids.
Mixtape: Fresh Voices for Your Summer
We launched our midweek series Mixtape: Fresh Voices for Your Summer on Wednesday, June 5, with guest speaker Kevin Miller of Awaken Church. In the message "These Pages Have a Pulse" from John 5:39-40, Kevin reminded us of the true nature of God's living Word.
Mixtape Side A: Fresh Perspective on Timeless Truths
We launched our summer weekend series Mixtape Side A on June 1-2. After we worshiped with Battledrums, Nate Heitzig shared the message "Don't Stop Believin'" from Exodus 20 and Matthew 5. He expounded on the relevance of God's standard of righteousness and the role of Jesus in our route to righteousness.
We celebrated with those who decided to go public with their faith at Calvary Church on May 26. Families and friends gathered to cheer on the children, adults, and families who affirmed their walk with Jesus through baptism.
We were excited to host a VIP lunch on May 19 for our newest visitors to Calvary Church. Our guests enjoyed fellowship, a barbecue lunch, and frozen yogurt in the Hub, and they had the opportunity to get to know our pastors and ministry leaders.
Women of all ages joined us for the She Gathering on May 11 and enjoyed a day of fellowship, worship, and encouragement. In our first session, Jennie Lusko reminded us to trust that the Lord has more for us than we know and to enjoy our current season of life. In the next session, Lenya Heitzig shared about how God knows us intimately. Ladies also enjoyed impactful breakout sessions with Maria Guy, Michelle Schroff, Chantel Byrne, and Sonia Montoya.
Guest Speaker: Levi Lusko
We celebrated Mother's Day weekend May 11-12 with family portrait photo booths and a special gift for all the mothers in our church family. After we worshiped with Battledrums, we enjoyed a message from guest speaker Levi Lusko. In his message "Winning the War Within," Levi gave us some strategies to help us win the battle with our own minds.
Calvary Church Westside Launch
The launch of our new campus at Calvary Church Westside on May 5 was a day of celebration as we saw the Lord continue to bring about life change in Albuquerque. Pastor Skip shared the message "The Heart and Soul of the Gospel"—the first message in our new series, Heart & Soul—exploring the essential aspects of the gospel.
We launched our new series, Heart & Soul, on May 4-5. After we enjoyed worship with Battledrums, Pastor Skip shared the message "The Heart and Soul of the Gospel" from Romans 1, exploring the essential aspects of the gospel—God's good news.
Hundreds joined New Mexico Prays at Albuquerque Civic Plaza on Thursday, May 2, to pray for our nation and the next great move of God in America. Pastor Skip Heitzig, Pastor Nate Heitzig, and several prominent members of our community led the attendees in prayer.
Brad Formsma joined us at Calvary Church for our Weekend of Generosity services, April 27-28. In his teaching "Living Generously," he provided ways for us to live a generous life through our awareness, actions, and impact. He also explained how to use our thoughts, words, money, influence, time, attention, and stuff to create generosity ripples in our homes and community.
Thousands joined us on Easter Sunday for our sunrise service at UNM Stadium and the following services at Calvary Church. Pastor Skip shared a special resurrection message called, "The Lion Is the Lamb" as he concluded our Bloodline series. He reminded us that God loves to restore broken people, sharing that we can have redemption through Jesus' resurrection.
Hundreds of people filled the amphitheater and greenbelt at Calvary Church as we gathered on Good Friday to remember the ultimate sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. We enjoyed worship with Battledrums and a special message from Pastor Skip before taking Communion as the body of Christ.
We rejoiced with those who were baptized at Calvary Church Albuquerque on April 14. Friends and families packed the amphitheater to celebrate the children, adults, and families who decided to go public with their faith in Jesus Christ.
No Longer Wander Presents: She Lives
At No Longer Wander Presents: She Lives on April 13, women enjoyed a time of fellowship, fun, and worship. Ladies took part in a painting and potting workshop led by Tish Carlson of No Longer Wander, and Chantel Byrne encouraged them with a hope-filled message.
Guest Speaker: Joel Rosenberg
We enjoyed a weekend with New York Times best-selling author Joel Rosenberg on March 30-31 as he spoke about his recent trips to the Middle East. In his message "God Is Supernaturally Opening Doors in the Middle East," Joel talked about the power of prayer and urged us to continue being witnesses for Christ to unbelievers.
The Life Team—the servants at Calvary Church—gathered together for Team Night on March 10. The staff was honored to serve those in attendance as the Life Team enjoyed refreshments and games. In the sanctuary, we worshiped with Battledrums and heard an encouraging message from Phil Cooke, a writer, producer, and media consultant.
Bloodline: Tracing God's Rescue Mission from Eden to Eternity
On March 2-3, Pastor Skip shared the first message in our Bloodline series called "The Cure for the Curse" from Genesis 3. We were also excited to welcome many first-time visitors for Welcome Weekend, and many people came forward during the service to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Between services, we enjoyed blood orange tea and coffee in the amphitheater with our pastors and leadership.
30K Connecting Flight with Brian Nixon
At our 30K Connecting Flight on February 27, we enjoyed food and fellowship in the amphitheater before the service. After worship with Battledrums, Brian Nixon shared a message called "The Wondrous Word: Can I Trust the Bible?" about the authority and power of Scripture.
30K Connecting Flight with Mat Pirolo
Mat Pirolo piloted our 30K Connecting Flight through James 1 on February 20. In his message "Loss of Cabin Pressure," he examined the lives of some of those who suffered throughout Scripture and how they responded to the trials they faced.
Our Vision Weekend, February 16-17, provided the opportunity to embrace God's vision for Calvary Church in 2019. In his message "The Heart behind the Hand," Pastor Skip reminded us that life change is not about the numbers; it's about the hearts represented by those numbers. And though we can't reach every person in the world, we can pray for, love on, and witness to just one.
Drop the L-Bomb with Reload Love
We celebrated Valentine's Day weekend with Reload Love by dropping the Love Bomb, February 9-10. Through your generous donations, we exceeded our weekend goal of $93,000, raising a total of $109,365. At the services, Reload Love founder Lenya Heitzig shared about the impact this ministry makes around the world before Pastor Skip shared the message "The Explosive Power of Real Love."
Live Beautifully: A Study in the Books of Ruth and Esther
she Ministries launched their spring semester Bible study Live Beautifully: A Study in the Books of Ruth and Esther on January 29. Women gathered for worship, a message from Lenya Heitzig, and small group discussion, followed by a time of fellowship over pizza.
Westside Launch Team Meeting
Calvary Church hosted a Launch Team meeting at Noah's Event Venue on January 24. Pastor Jesse Lusko shared the God-given vision for the Westside campus with those who want to be part of seeing lives changed by the world-altering message of Jesus.
she Lives: Enneagram and Espresso
At she Lives: Enneagram and Espresso, women were treated to a time of worship, fellowship, and coffee as they used the enneagram to learn more about themselves and how they can create and nurture meaningful and lasting relationships.
The Bible from 30,000 Feet
As we resumed our series The Bible from 30,000 Feet, Calvary Church came together for worship, fellowship, and Bible study as a community. Pastor Skip led us through David's triumphs, David's transgressions, and David's troubles as we studied the "man after God's own heart" in our survey of 2 Samuel.
Pastor Skip signed copies of his new book after services January 12-13. Congregants were delighted to receive their copies of Bloodline, which follows the scarlet thread of salvation through the ages, culminating in the sacrifice Jesus Christ.
30K Connecting Flight with Jason Mills
Jason Mills piloted our 30K Connecting Flight through Galatians 5 on January 9. In the message "Why Can't We Walk Straight?" he taught how the cross is our guidepost in the midst of blinding sin, the Spirit corrects our hearts, and God's love frees us from fear.