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Back-to-School Party in the Park
On August 22-23, hundreds of students packed the park at Calvary for the Spectrum and Velocity Back-to-School Party. With many new kids in attendance, the students focused their hearts on God during a refreshing time of worship before hearing from God's Word. Kelly Bransford, pastor of Spectrum High School Ministry, delivered a short message about the importance of accountability. Kelly also challenged the students to sign up for a Spectrum or Velocity Group, which many of them did over the weekend. They spent their remaining time together playing in soft toys and enjoying a cookout.
Sunday, August 16, was a memorable day for many new followers of Christ who were baptized, demonstrating the inward change Jesus has made in their lives. On this bright, warm day, Pastor Kevin Miller joined the Calvary pastors and explained the significance of baptism—that it identifies the believer with Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection. With family and friends present to show their support, both children and adults shared their testimonies with the pastors. Then, as worship music played, each one was submerged in water as an outward expression of their new life in Jesus.
Guest Speaker: Kevin Miller
During the weekend services, August 15-16, guest speaker Kevin Miller challenged us to go to war against the worry in our lives. We were delighted to welcome Kevin's wife, Jenn, who led worship with Battledrums before Kevin shared the message "The War against Worry" from Philippians 4:6-8. He reminded us that the apostle Paul wrote Philippians from a Roman prison as he encouraged believers in the early church not to worry and to trust in God. Kevin also challenged us to guard our minds and hearts by engaging in prayer, so we can be filled with God's peace. He encouraged us to remember that God has already won the battle and that "we're not weighed-down worriers, but victorious warriors."
Challenge Men's Monthly Rally
At the Challenge Men's Rally on Saturday, August 1, over 120 men learned about what it means to draw near to God. Challenge Men leader Antonio Aragon welcomed the men before Battledrums kicked off the morning with worship. Then guest speaker Chris Prien sat down with Rick Zemke for a brief interview before Chris began his message called "Disobedience, Repentance, Drawing Near" from Psalm 73:28. He shared his testimony about how God delivered him from a sinful lifestyle, and he encouraged the men to daily draw near to God by praying and reading His Word.
#Deliverance: Demolishing Strongholds
God moved tremendously at the finale of she Ministries' #Deliverance series on Tuesday, July 28, as women experienced freedom from strongholds in their life. After Battledrums kicked off the night with powerful worship, Larissa Lusko began her teaching called "The Royal Road to Freedom." She explained the significance and disastrous results of having emotional strongholds and called the ladies to search out the roots of those strongholds. At the end of the evening, the ladies prayed for and encouraged one another to lay down their sins and burdens and receive the true freedom that only Christ can offer.
#Deliverance: Demolishing Strongholds
Ladies from churches all over Albuquerque gathered for week three of she Ministries' summer series, #Deliverance, on Tuesday, July 21. After a powerful time of worship with Battledrums, Lenya Heitzig welcomed guest Amor Sierra to share her testimony: from an abusive childhood and a gay lifestyle, Jesus rescued Amor and set her apart to be a bright light for His kingdom. Zanetta Romero then shared her story of redemption, chronicling her journey from captivity to sin to freedom in Christ. In the strength of the Holy Spirit and by the power of God's Word, dozens of ladies were empowered to forsake their sin and experience true deliverance.
Believers gathered in the amphitheater on July 19 to celebrate the change Jesus has made in their lives and to demonstrate their obedience to His Word. Pastor Skip explained the significance of baptism and, as worship music played, these new followers of Christ 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.
Middle East Update with Skip Heitzig and Dave Eubank
Calvary Albuquerque was blessed by an evening of special worship with Jamie Grace and a Middle East update with Dave Eubank during the midweek service on Wednesday, July 15. Dave explained his family's ongoing ministry to the people of Burma (Myanmar), as well as their recent trip to Kurdistan. He also shared about their expanding partnership with Reload Love and what believers can do in the face of terrorism.
At the weekend services, July 11-12, Pastor Skip Heitzig launched our new series, The War Is Over, a celebration of the songs from Battledrums' debut record. Our talented worship team kicked off the services, and then we watched the music video for the song "The Light Has Come." Then Pastor Skip delivered a message celebrating that same song and the truth that Jesus, our Light, has come to give us new life. He also called us to point others to Christ because it's the highest use of our life. At the end of the service, many made decisions to give their lives to Christ.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Richard Furman
At the Expound service on Wednesday, July 8, Dr. Richard Furman shared how we can be the best stewards of our bodies. After Battledrums kicked off the service with worship, Dr. Furman began his message called "Prescription for Life," explaining three lifestyle changes we can implement in order to live our fullest, healthiest life for the Lord. At the end of his message, he was interviewed by Pastor Skip about a variety of health topics and how we can stay active as we serve the Lord with our lives.
#Deliverance: Demolishing Strongholds
Over 1,700 ladies learned how to identify strongholds of sin in their lives during the first session of she Ministries' #Deliverance series on Tuesday, July 7. Natalie Wylie and Michelle Sharp led the women in worship before guest speaker Eileen Marx delivered a powerful message called "Recognizing How the Enemy Gets into Our Souls" about identifying the areas in our lives that we've allowed the Enemy to infiltrate. She explained what strongholds are and reminded us that the "Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in [us]" (Romans 8:11).
Battledrums Album Release Celebration
Battledrums Worship celebrated the release of their debut album, The War Is Over, at Cliff's Amusement Park on July 5. Before the show, families enjoyed a day of thrill rides and WaterMania. Worship leader Ben Lawry opened for Battledrums, playing some of his original songs. Then Battledrums kicked off their set with worship favorites like "Victory (The War Is Over)" and "Rend the Heavens." They ended the evening with the powerful anthem "Our God Will Fight for Us." After the show, attendees stayed to show their support and visit with members of Battledrums.
Guest Speaker: Victor Marx
At the weekend services, July 4-5, guest speaker Victor Marx called us to emulate Jesus Christ to the world. After a time of worship with Battledrums, Victor shared a message called "The Lion and the Lamb" from Revelation 5:5-6. He pointed out that the Bible portrays Jesus as both a ferocious lion and a gentle lamb, calling us to emulate both the boldness and kindness of Jesus. Victor also mixed parts of his testimony and stories from his recent trip to the Middle East with impacting truths about how we can have compassion for others as we live boldly for Christ.
Freedom Celebration: The War Is Over
On July 1, thousands came to Calvary to celebrate our freedom in Christ and our freedom as a nation. Families gathered in the greenbelt and amphitheater as Battledrums Worship kicked off the service. Then together we honored the brave men and women who have served our country. Pastor Skip gave a message called "Living Free in a Broken World" from 1 Timothy 1-2. He explained that there is more confusion than ever before about what true liberty is and that we can only experience real freedom through Jesus. After, families enjoyed a magnificent display of fireworks.
Families and friends gathered in the amphitheater on Sunday, June 28, to cheer on loved ones who publicly affirmed their belief in Christ by being baptized. Children who wanted to make a profession of their faith were baptized first, followed by a general baptism for adults. Before the celebration began, Pastor Neil Ortiz explained the significance of baptism and, as worship music filled the air, believers made a public identification with Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection.
Expound Exposed Communion Service
Hundreds gathered in the amphitheater at Calvary Albuquerque for the Expound Exposed Outdoor Communion Service on June 24. After a time of praise and worship with Battledrums, Pastor Skip introduced Slavé Velesanov, Calvary missionary to Croatia. Slavé encouraged us to walk faithfully in the good works God has prepared for us. Pastor Skip then updated us on his recent trip to the Middle East. Pastor Kyle Nelson and Safety Ministry Leader Vince Harrison led us in prayer as we took the Lord's Supper, remembering Jesus' sacrifice for our sins
Over 750 kids learned about the faithfulness of God at Bible Island's Crocodile Dock VBS, June 22-26. Their weeklong adventure was filled with Bible teaching, crafts, games, snacks, and worship. Each day began with worship and a skit where they learned that God cares for them and keeps His promises. The kids also dived into a Bible lesson each day as they studied the life of Moses, learning to "fear not—God rocks!" They put Christ's love into action through the VBS mission project, making bags of blessings for the homeless and collecting over $1,200 for Reload Love.
Father's Day Weekend Services
Calvary honored the dads in our congregation during our Father's Day weekend services, June 20-21. Battledrums opened the services with worship before a special performance celebrating dads. Then we welcomed guest speaker Ben Courson, who shared a message called "Happy Heavenly Father's Day" from Galatians 4:6. He explained that God is our Abba Father, which means we have a special, close relationship with Him. After, dads enjoyed a root beer garden and were given free pint glasses with the inscription, "Manliness is next to godliness, but godliness is always manly."
Hillsong Young & Free Concert
Hillsong Young & Free led over 2,000 believers in worship to the Lord on Tuesday, June 16. Hillsong members Peter Toggs and Johnny Rays kicked off the night with some fun pre-show games. Then Hillsong Young & Free blew the crowd away with their high-energy, passionate worship songs. During the show, Peter Toggs, who is the youth pastor at Hillsong Church, shared about the greatest breakup in history, when humanity walked away from its Creator, leaving us broken. He explained that God's love can heal our brokenness and transform us so we can be used to impact the world.
Guest Speaker: Lee Strobel
Guest speaker Lee Strobel illuminated grace for us in a new way during the weekend services, June 13-14. Pastor Nate Heitzig welcomed the congregation and introduced Calvary's new worship director, Stephen Christian, who led worship with Battledrums. Then Lee Strobel shared a message called "The Case for Grace" from Titus 2:11 about how grace is unique to the Christian faith. He exhorted believers with the truth that God can transform our lives and use us to make a difference in the world. Following the service, Parchments held a book signing with Lee.
Challenge Men's Monthly Rally
Over 150 men attended the Challenge Men's Rally on Saturday, June 6, as they were called to pursue God's desires. Ryan Wylie and the Battledrums team kicked off the morning with worship before a short interview with Challenge Men leaders Ray Pirolo, Dennis Poper, and Johnny Martinez. Then Johnny delivered a devotional from 2 Timothy 3:16, teaching on the topics of salvation, sanctification, and service. He challenged the men to examine their hearts to see if they follow their own desires or God's desires, encouraging them to use Scripture as a guide for their lives.
Acoustic duo Copperlily treated concertgoers to an evening of music at Calvary Nob Hill on Sunday, May 31. As the crowd found their seats, Star 88 DJs Stevo and Teo introduced their friends in Copperlily: husband and wife team Tim and Stephanie Skipper. Tim and Stephanie played some Star 88 listener favorites, and they also shared stories about their relationship as well as the meanings behind several songs. They ended the show with the song they consider their mission statement, "Love Is a Legend," about how loving others well is the legacy we should leave behind.
Shine Fifth Grade Retreat
More than fifty fifth graders enjoyed Bible Island's Shine Retreat at Camp Oro Quay, May 30-31. The retreat helps kids build relationships with one another and with the Lord before they head into Velocity Middle School Ministry. The students had a great time worshiping the Lord, studying His Word, and fellowshipping around the campfire.
With the encouragement of family and friends, many believers chose to identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ at the May 24 baptism service. The sounds of cheering loved ones and worship music filled the amphitheater as Pastor Neil Ortiz explained the significance and meaning of baptism to the children gathered there followed by another explanation for the adults by Pastor Kelly Bransford. Then one-by-one, men, women, and children shared their testimonies with Calvary pastors and were baptized, demonstrating their decision to follow Christ.
Pastor Bob Shank challenged believers to model Christ to the world as he shared a message about spiritual growth at the services, May 23-24. Battle Drums began the service with powerful worship, as guest musician Darrell Mansfield accompanied them on several songs. Guest speaker Bob Shank shared a message called "Here2Serve" from Ephesians 4 and Philippians 2, encouraging us with insight on what our role is in the body of Christ and how to grow spiritually. He also gave helpful points on how we can model Jesus to the world, encouraging us to actively serve others.
Liberating King Tour Featuring Stephen Miller
Concertgoers packed the Lobo Theater for a free show on Friday, May 22, with worship artist Stephen Miller and popular band Citizens & Saints. Star 88 DJs Stevo and Teo welcomed the crowd before Stephen Miller kicked off the show. Then Citizens & Saints took the stage, blowing the crowd away with old favorites and new hits. After the show, attendees flooded the lobby to meet the artists and support their ministry at their merchandise tables. It was a stellar night as people had a good time and worshiped the Lord.
Calvary Albuquerque welcomed Tim Hawkins for a sold out concert on Friday, May 15. Comedy lovers lined up early, despite the rainy weather. During the show, fans of all ages roared with laughter at the clever, family-oriented comedy of Tim Hawkins and John Branyan. Following the show, VIP ticketholders were treated to a meet-and-greet session, where Tim signed autographs and posed for fun photos.
Redemption Dance Performance
Hearts and minds turned heavenward on Friday, May 1, at Redemption. Young men and women from Life Movement Productions performed a number of dances, including ballet, jazz, flamenco, and hip-hop. Cherita Lamb kicked off the night with a special performance of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," and Katrina Sisneros, Fabian Sisneros, and guests made a joyful noise to the Lord in accompaniment to several of the performances. Following the presentation, families and friends gathered in The Hub to enjoy treats from a bake sale, which raised $600 for Reload Love.
Fresh spring air and worship music provided the perfect setting for Calvary's first baptism of the year on Sunday, April 19. The sounds of cheering loved ones filled the amphitheater as Ryan and Natalie Wylie shared songs of praise to our Lord. Bible Island Director Roxie Sharp explained the significance of baptism to the children gathered there, followed by another explanation of baptism for the adults by Pastor Skip Heitzig. Men, women, and children then shared their testimonies with the pastors and were baptized, demonstrating their decision to follow Christ.
Over 200 mid-high and high school students received a boost to their faith as they took over the campus April 17-19 for Reboot 2015. Musical guest Bellarive rocked The Hub with their unique sound. Guest speaker Alex Sagot challenged the students to let the light of Jesus shine through them. They participated in small groups, a scavenger hunt, and an obstacle course, which helped them build friendships with one another. Twenty-one students accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and on Sunday, thirty-two students were baptized, celebrating their new life in Christ.
she Ministries Live Hopefully Finale
On Tuesday, April 14, the women of she Ministries reflected on and shared what they learned this semester as they brought their Live Hopefully study to a close. After the she worship team kicked off the service with songs of praise, Lenya Heitzig welcomed Janaé Heitzig, Fran Byrne, and Megan England to the stage for an interactive panel. They all shared personal stories about how God has brought hope and restoration to their lives. Afterward, the women gathered in The Hub to enjoy fellowship and refreshments.
Is God Dead? Debate Series
Calvary Nob Hill was packed on Thursday, April 9, for the first night of the debate series Is God Dead? Pastor Mat Pirolo, who oversees the Renovate College-Age Ministry, welcomed the crowd to the Lobo Theater and introduced the video debate between Dinesh D'Souza and the late Christopher Hitchens. The debate addressed the question "Is religion the problem?" After the video, Pastor Jarrett Petero and Dr. Steven Collins held a live Q & A, answering questions from the audience about the debate and other topics such as the issue of evil/suffering.
Expound with Guest Musician Dominic Balli
Guest musician Dominic Balli brought his powerful, unique musicianship to the Expound service on Wednesday, April 8. Pastor Nate Heitzig welcomed Dominic Balli, who shared several encouraging, soulful songs before Pastor Skip continued his study of Luke, expounding on Luke 21. After the study, Dominic performed at the Star 88 launch party in The Hub. Star 88 DJs Stevo and Teo introduced Dominic before he launched into his set, which was rich with his pop/reggae sound and had the crowd dancing and praising the Lord for the freedom and hope found in Jesus Christ.
Easter Sunrise Service: Jesus Loves You
Thousands attended Calvary Albuquerque's Easter Sunrise Service at University Stadium on Sunday, April 5. Guest musicians The City Harmonic kicked off the service by filling the brisk morning air with anthems of praise to the Lord. Pastor Skip then delivered a message called "Jesus Loves You" from John 3:16, exploring this popular yet profound verse. He reminded us that because Jesus rose from the dead, we have a living hope in Him and can have everlasting life with Him. After the message, many came forward to receive Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.
On April 3, thousands of believers gathered for the Good Friday Communion Service in the amphitheater at Calvary Albuquerque to honor Christ's great sacrifice for us. The Battle Drums team led worship before Pastor Skip shared the message "Love Bleeds" from Matthew 27, giving a glimpse into the lives of some of the people who witnessed the crucifixion. Skip reminded us that the cross is the greatest demonstration of God's love for all people, and after the message, we took the Lord's Supper.
The Calvary Albuquerque family gathered for the year's first Expound Exposed outdoor Bible study on April 1. The clear evening sky and blossoming trees created a welcoming environment in the amphitheater, where we gathered to worship our Creator and study His Word. The service kicked off with Battle Drums Worship, followed by Pastor Skip's verse-by-verse study of Luke 20.
Palm Sunday Service: Jesus Loves Traitors
Pastor Skip shared a teaching on March 28-29 about how Jesus dealt with two traitors, demonstrating Christ's boundless love. Guest musician Stephen Christian and Battle Drums opened with worship before Skip began his message called "Jesus Loves Traitors" from Matthew 26, examining the betrayals of Peter and Judas. The congregation wrote on a piece of paper the sins they wanted forgiveness for and the burdens they wanted to release. Church leaders put the notes into envelopes and nailed them to a cross—a reminder that Christ paid the price for our sins once and for all.
she Ministries' Titus 2 Day
Ladies learned practical, biblical tips on parenting at she Ministries' Titus 2 Day on Tuesday, March 17. Bekah Lusko and Natalie Wylie opened the night with worship before Zanetta Romero made announcements. Then, in an interactive panel, Maria Guy and four other women shared some insight about how imperfect people deal with parenting challenges. After they gave some final thoughts, all of the ladies broke into their small groups to engage in fellowship and prayer.
Life After Fifty Fellowship (LAFF)
As they enjoyed a delicious potluck dinner on March 13, the Life After Fifty Fellowship (LAFF) obeyed the Lord's command to be fresh and flourishing. With several new people in attendance, John and Debra Sorrell opened the evening with worship before Pastor Kyle Nelson shared his testimony and delivered a message about growing in Christ. It was a refreshing night for the group as they engaged in encouraging fellowship.
Challenge Men's Monthly Rally
Challenge Men packed The Hub for their monthly rally on Saturday, March 7, to learn about biblical masculinity. Challenge Men leader Antonio Aragon welcomed the men before the Battle Drums team led worship. After a short interview with Antonio and Connect Group leader Edward Sleuth, Martin Rascon delivered an impactful message called "Prove Yourself a Man" from 1 Kings 2:2-3. He gave his testimony and explained to the men that the ultimate sign of masculinity is loving God and loving others.
she Ministries' Titus 2 Day
Ladies studied biblical principles on marriage at she Ministries' Titus 2 Day on Tuesday, February 24. Taking a break from their Live Hopefully study, the women learned about their core callings as women and how they relate to marriage. Natalie Wylie and Bekah Lusko led the women in a time of worship before Maria Guy began her teaching called "Practical Advice for Today's Christian Woman." She explained three different situations in which women could be regarding marriage, and she encouraged the ladies to pursue God's calling for them in those areas.
Mid-high and high school students enjoyed a winter wonderland in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, for The Peak, February 20-22, as they focused on the living God and learned how to thrive in their faith. Students from Spectrum and Velocity filled their weekend with worship, Bible studies, and lots of snow. They had a fun and blessed time hitting the slopes and fellowshipping with one another!
Reload Love: Drop the L-Bomb
Reload Love raised over $145,000 on February 14-15 to aid children who have been impacted by terrorism in the Middle East. The weekend services also highlighted the campaign as Battle Drums shared an original song specifically for this cause and Pastor Skip delivered a message called "Jesus Loves Children." After the message, volunteers wearing camo attire and helmets collected donations from the congregation. Out of the money raised online and at the services, 100 percent will go to helping children and young people affected by terrorism in the Middle East.
Valentine Movie Night: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Calvary Nob Hill opened its doors for a special Valentine's movie night on Friday, February 13. Moviegoers enjoyed a free showing of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Before the movie, Pastor Mat Pirolo and his wife, Alyssa, announced the winners for a drawing for the following categories: Married Couple, Most Eligible Bachelorette, and Most Eligible Bachelor. It was a fun night as the crowd enjoyed popcorn and drinks and watched the exciting film.
Life After Fifty Fellowship (LAFF)
The Life After Fifty Fellowship obeyed the Lord's command to be planted in His house as they enjoyed a delicious potluck meal together on February 13. John and Debra Sorrell led worship before ministry leader Dave Hilland shared a teaching from John 3:16, using the Valentine's Day holiday to point the group to God's extravagant love. It was great evening of fellowship for the group as they enjoyed the message and worshiped the Lord together.
Challenge Men's Monthly Rally
At their monthly rally on Saturday, February 7, Challenge Men were encouraged to use their talents for God's glory. Stuart Laws opened the morning with a time of worship before a short interview with Tim Combs, one of the leaders in Challenge Men. Tim shared his testimony and stressed the importance of being connected with brothers in Christ. Then ministry leader Antonio Aragon talked about the vision of Challenge Men before he delivered a short devotional from Psalm 90:16-17, encouraging the men to discover their gifts so they can use them for God's glory.
Live Hopefully: A Study in the Book of Nehemiah
On Tuesday, February 3, she Ministries began the spring semester of their Bible study, Live Hopefully: A Time to Restore. After powerful worship from Natalie Wylie and Bekah Lusko, Bible study manager Zanetta Romero welcomed the women. Lenya Heitzig then began her message, weaving updates on Reload Love's work into her teaching about God's faithfulness. She reminded the ladies that the Lord sees them and is invested in their lives. After the teaching, the ladies broke into their small groups to meet their moderators and fellow group members.
Pastor Skip launched the new series, Jesus Loves People, at Calvary Albuquerque's weekend services on January 24-25. The Battle Drums team shared worship songs about God's unrelenting love before a special performance by local spoken word artist Levi the Poet. Pastor Skip then kicked off the series with a message called "Jesus Loves People," explaining that Jesus loves people and has the capacity to love all kinds of people uniquely. Skip reminded us that we are the hands and feet of Jesus, and that since God's love was poured into us, it should pour out of us.
Rhemix: A Spoken Word Encounter
Crossfade Street Ministry hosted a free concert on Friday, January 23, where many heard a presentation of the gospel through hip-hop. Some of the city's most respected lyricists were featured throughout the evening, including Chess, Emel, Relate, Johnny Quest, First Priority, GMO, Church, and DT Vocal. In between each set, the artists were interviewed, sharing their testimonies and their inspiration for performing. During the night, Pastor Jarrett Petero also shared the good news of Jesus Christ with the crowd and invited many to give their lives to the Lord.
Guest Speaker: Al Pittman
At the weekend services on January 17-18, Pastor Al Pittman taught a powerful message about finding restoration in the Lord. After Battle Drums led us in a time of worship, Pastor Al delivered a message called "Journey to Restoration" from Joel 2:1-27, explaining that we need to have a sense of urgency, be in a place of brokenness, and surrender completely to God in order to experience renewal. Pastor Al reminded us that no matter what situation we're in, God will restore us when we come to Him in brokenness and wholly trust in Him.
At the weekend services on January 10-11, Pastor Skip challenged believers to take part in community by joining a Connect Group. After Battle Drums opened the service with worship, Pastor Skip interviewed several Connect Group leaders. Then he delivered a message called "Living Life Together," explaining that people have been designed by God to be in community, not isolated from one another. He said that for believers, our fellowship shouldn't just be a social activity but a spiritual activity that adds to our spiritual health.