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Sunday, July 27, was a memorable day for many believers as they cemented their faith in Christ by being baptized. On this bright, warm day, Ryan Wylie shared worship songs for the joyous occasion before Pastor Neil Ortiz explained the significance of baptism. With family and friends present to show their support, believers lined up and, one by one, shared their testimonies with the pastors. Then, each believer was submerged in water as an outward expression of their new life in Jesus, identifying with His death, burial, and resurrection.
We had the privilege of welcoming special guest Aileen Coleman to the Expound service on Wednesday, July 23. After a time of worship with Battle Drums, Pastor Skip sat down with Aileen Coleman for a special interview. Aileen talked about how the Lord sent her to the Middle East, where she co-founded a clinic in 1965 to help the Bedouin people. Aileen also talked about how she has specifically helped people with tuberculosis and other lung diseases and shared about how she has been used as a witness for Christ's love.
Guest Speaker: Daniel Fusco
At the weekend services, July 19-20, Pastor Daniel Fusco shared a message about how Jesus transforms believers. Battle Drums opened the service, sharing songs about God's love and grace. Our guest speaker, Pastor Daniel Fusco, shared the message "Spiritual Transformation" from John 2:1-11, using the story of Jesus turning water into wine to explain how Jesus causes transformation in believers' lives. Daniel explained that when we are rooted in the cross and obedient, God will make the ordinary extraordinary, adding that "transformed people transform people."
Students who attended Skate Ministry at The Mix on Tuesday, July 15, learned what it means to look like Christ. After a time of skating and fellowship, they winded down to study God's Word together. Pastor Caleb Chavez started off his interactive teaching "Christian Means Like Christ" by discussing with the kids what it means to be a Christian. Using a number of Bible passages, Caleb explained the importance of following Jesus and what that looks like on a practical level. He wrapped up his teaching by explaining who believers are in Christ.
Over 350 concertgoers filled the Lobo Theater for the sold-out Run River North concert on July 14. Static Radio DJs Stevo and Matteo welcomed the audience and shared the vision and purpose of Static. Local musician Chad Barela opened the show before indie folk-rock band Run River North took the stage. With every band member singing during the set, they delivered a stirring and incredible performance. Afterward, concertgoers crowded the lobby to support the musicians at their merchandise tables. All ticket sales for the show went to support the ministry of Static Radio.
Challenge Men's Monthly Rally
Challenge Men rallied together in The Hub on July 12 to build up one another. The Battle Drums Worship team opened their time together before Pastor Neil Ortiz interviewed Johnny Martinez and Kurt Parker. Neil then delivered a message called "Our Need to Belong" from Genesis 37:1-11. As the men studied Joseph's life, Neil shared that there were times when Joseph didn't seem to belong. He reminded the men that the Christian's need to belong is fulfilled in Christ, encouraging them to support one another in their day-to-day struggles.
Pastor Skip kicked off our new weekend series, Playlist, at the services on July 5-6. We began the service with Battle Drums Worship and were treated to a surprise when two dancers came on stage to perform to Battle Drums' cover of the hit song "Happy." Then Pastor Skip began the series with a message also called "Happy," taking us through Psalm 1. He explained two different lifestyles—the godly and ungodly—and we learned what godly characteristics mark a blessed, or happy, life. We were reminded that happiness is a by-product of the pursuit of God and holiness.
On July 2, over 6,000 people filled the amphitheater and park to celebrate our nation's freedom and our freedom in Christ. We kicked off the evening with Battle Drums as they shared songs about our freedom in Christ. Then Pastor Skip gave a special message from John 8:31-36. He reminded us that true freedom can only be found in Jesus because of His work of redemption on the cross. Because of Him, we are free indeed! After the service, kids enjoyed a Veggie Tales movie before the evening ended with a magnificent display of fireworks.
Songs of praise filled the amphitheater as members of our congregation gathered to publicly identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. After an explanation of baptism from Pastor Skip Heitzig, Ryan Wylie led worship for the June 29 baptism service while family and friends witnessed these faithful believers' obedience to the Lord. The crowd showed their support and cheered as many men, women, and children outwardly expressed Christ's reign in their lives.
Students from the Spectrum High School Ministry spent several days in England to share the love of Christ. From June 27-July 7, Pastor Jesse Lusko, his wife, Bekah, and a group of students journeyed across the Atlantic to partner with Doug and Lisa Keen of Calvary Chapel Hastings in England. They evangelized in Hastings, cleaned and repaired a single mother's home, and taught evangelism to the church's Connect Groups. They also explored London for two days. They had many fruitful—even heart-wrenching—encounters as God moved through their obedience to share the gospel.
Expound Exposed Outdoor Communion Service
Pastor Skip began a verse-by-verse study of Luke at the Expound Exposed outdoor Communion service on June 25. The service kicked off with a time of worship with Battle Drums before Pastor Skip began the study. He recounted the 400 years of history between the Old and New Testament, and we discovered that the Old Testament ended with a curse and a promise. Skip showed us how Luke picked up on that promise in the story of Zacharias and Elizabeth. He also showed us how God turned the Old Testament curse into grace through Jesus Christ, and together we took Communion.
The sanctuary was transformed into a tropical forest for Bible Island's Jungle Safari VBS, June 23-27, as kids explored the nature of God through Bible teaching, skits, crafts, games, and worship. They learned that God is their Creator, Provider, Protector, Savior, and King. They also collected over $1,800 for Reload Love and donated food items to the Albuquerque Public School's Homeless Project, New Beginnings Church, and Calvary Chapel Tohlakai. Highlights from the week included a wacky hair day and a live bird show on Tuesday and a slip and slide on Thursday.
Guest Speaker: Victor Marx
We were excited to welcome Victor Marx at our weekend services, June 21-22. Kicking off the service, the Battle Drums team led us in worship of our Savior Jesus Christ. Victor Marx then shared a powerful message called "When Impossible Is the Only Way Out" from 2 Timothy 1:7, reminding us that God has equipped us to serve Him. Victor weaved his personal testimony into the message as he addressed fear, redemption, marriage, purity, and forgiveness, pointing us back to Christ and His unconditional love.
Challenge Men's Rally & Car Show
Flashy cars and trucks, the sounds of roaring engines, and the aroma of food filled the Calvary Albuquerque parking lot at the Challenge Men's Rally and Car Show on Friday, June 20. After the awards for the car show were given out, Battle Drums kicked off the men-only service with a time of worship. Guest speaker Victor Marx then delivered the special message "Do You Know How to Fight?" calling men to honor God by living a pure lifestyle whether or not they are married. He challenged them to be ready to fight for their families by living according to God's standards.
We were pleased to welcome Bob Shank at our weekend services, June 14-15. Battle Drums led us in worship as we exalted our Lord Jesus and prepared our hearts to study God's Word. Over the weekend, Bob shared a message titled "How to Live the Blessed Life," exhorting us to make generosity a part of our lives. He shared that even though being generous can often be risky, we must remember that it is right and it is a demonstration of faith. He closed the message with a challenging thought: our measure of generosity to God determines the measure of God's blessing to us.
This weekend, we were honored to welcome Pastor Raul Ries at our services, June 7-8. Battle Drums and rapper Graham Saber kicked off the services with a time of worship. Over the weekend, Pastor Raul Ries shared two messages: On Saturday evening in a message titled "Deception Within the Church," Raul warned believers about those who desire to mislead the church, and he gave encouragement about how to arm ourselves with God's truth. On Sunday morning, Raul shared a message called "A Person Who is Holy," exhorting us to live honorable and holy lives for the Lord.
Fifth graders enjoyed two days of action-packed fun during the Shine 5th Grade Retreat, May 31-June 1, at Camp Oro Quay, New Mexico. The students filled their weekend away from the city with loads of activities, including basketball, ping-pong, field games, and a hayride. After they visited the old mines in the area, they enjoyed a tasty barbecue. The kids had a great time as they worshiped the Lord, studied His Word, and fellowshipped around a campfire. This was the fifth graders' last event with Bible Island before they moved on to Velocity Mid-High Ministry.
Calvary Nob Hill opened its doors for a showing of the film Veil of Tears on Sunday, June 1. Pastor Servy Pardo welcomed the audience before he introduced the movie, which focused on the untold story of millions of women in India who are oppressed because they are women. The film also highlighted the work that Gospel for Asia is doing for them. Afterward, the film's producer/director Kenny Saylors and executive producer Taun Cortado answered questions about their experience filming in India, including being exposed to the traumatic stories of so many women.
2014 School of Ministry Graduation
Friends and family of the 2014 School of Ministry students gathered in The Hub on Friday, May 23, for a graduation ceremony in honor of the students' efforts and accomplishments. After a delicious dinner, SOM Dean of Academics Dr. Nelson Walker delivered an inspiring commencement speech. SOM Administrator Breezy Sloan presented Nelson and former SOM Administrator Laney St. Martin with gifts from the students. Nelson and six of the SOM teachers then presented twenty-one students with their diplomas and gift Bibles signed by Pastor Skip.
O2 Experience with Levi Lusko
Pastor Levi Lusko preached two powerful messages to hundreds of people at the O2 Experience on Tuesday, May 20. During the Life and Death session, Levi delivered an impactful message about the brevity of life and the importance of seeing Jesus as all we need. Over 180 people made decisions to receive Christ. Levi gave his second message during the Sex and Romance session, calling young people to make commitments to fight for purity and honor. It was a life-changing evening that provided refreshment for believers and pointed lost, broken souls to the love of Christ.
Fresh spring air and praise songs provided the perfect setting for our baptism on Sunday, May 18. Music filled the amphitheater as Pastor Kenny Riley led worship and Pastor Brian Nixon explained the significance of baptism. Friends and family gathered under the beautiful blue sky to cheer on, welcome, and pray for those new to the faith. Believers took this opportunity to make an outward demonstration of the inward change Jesus has made in their lives. It was a joyous occasion as many publicly identified themselves with Christ and His death, burial, and resurrection.
Calvary launched its new church-wide initiative, Reload Love, at the weekend services, May 10-11. After a time of worship with Battle Drums, Skip and Lenya Heitzig introduced Reload Love and invited people to get involved. Lenya shared how Reload Love's mission is to help heal the lives of little ones around the world who have suffered the violence of terrorism. By transforming spent bullet casings into brass charms and donating the proceeds, as well as raising public awareness, Reload Love arms these children with hope.
Dance Ministry Redemption Performance
Hearts and minds turned heavenward on Friday, May 2, at Redemption. Young men and women from the Calvary Dance Ministry performed a number of dances including ballet, jazz, flamenco, hip-hop, and more. Katrina Sisneros, Fabian Sisneros, and guests made a joyful noise to the Lord in accompaniment to several of the performances before David Puvogel II led the audience in worship at the end of the night. 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, many believers chose to identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ at the April 27 baptism service. The sounds of cheering loved ones filled the amphitheater as Tamra Salmon and Stuart Laws shared songs of praise to our Lord. Pastor Skip Heitzig explained the significance and meaning of baptism, then one-by-one, men, women, and children shared their testimonies with Calvary pastors and were baptized, demonstrating their decision to follow Christ.
Over 150 mid-high and high school students took over the Calvary campus April 25-27 for Reboot 2014. Musical guest The Royal Royal rocked The Hub with their phenomenal sound, and guest speaker Ben Courson delivered practical and relevant Bible teachings. They participated in small groups, a scavenger hunt, and an obstacle course, which helped them to build friendships with one another. During the weekend, twenty students accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. On Sunday, they held a baptism, where over thirty students were baptized, celebrating new life in Christ.
Easter Sunrise Service: Say It Loud
Thousands attended Calvary's Easter Sunrise Service at University Stadium on Sunday, April 20. The Battle Drums Worship team started the morning with pre-service worship. Guest musicians For King & Country took the stage for more time of worship. Pastor Skip then delivered a message called "Say It Loud: He's Alive!" from Psalm 22:31. He reminded us that we have the best news, so we should say it loud: Jesus is alive! After the message, many came forward to receive Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.
Good Friday Communion Service
On April 18, thousands of believers gathered for the Good Friday Communion Service in the amphitheater at Calvary Albuquerque to remember Christ's great sacrifice for us. With hands raised, the voices of God's people filled the skies in praise of our King as the Battle Drums team led us in song. While we worshiped, Pastor Nate Heitzig shared a spoken word poem as he painted a cross red to symbolize Christ's blood that was spilled for our sins. Pastor Skip then taught the message "Forsaken," explaining the separation from God that Christ endured for us.
The MIX welcomed new and familiar faces to its first SkateMinistry event of the year on Tuesday, April 15. After months of being closed for remodeling, The MIX opened its doors to over thirty students to skate, play games, and hang out. During the night, Pastor Caleb Chavez gave a rundown of what Skate Ministry is and explained the reason for the remodeling: to create a more dynamic youth center. He taught from Matthew 28:18-20, encouraging the students to be involved in discipleship. The night concluded with a preview of upcoming events, more skating, and fellowship.
The MIX Gameroom & Skatepark was packed for their open house on Saturday, April 12, as they welcomed back youth from the community. The MIX closed during the winter for remodeling in order to make the place welcoming to a variety of youth, including non-skaters. After months of hard work, the team at The MIX was excited to present the remodeled Gameroom, snack bar, and skateboard shop. During the day, youth enjoyed snacks, skating, playing games, and fellowship.
Pastor Skip shared a special teaching about the cross at the weekend services, April 12-13. With a large wooden cross at the front of the sanctuary, Pastor Skip began his message called "Nailed to the Cross," reminding us that the cross was a result of our sin but was also part of God's plan. The congregation wrote on a piece of paper the sins they wanted forgiveness for and the burdens they wanted to release. Leaders from the church put the notes into envelopes and nailed them to the cross—a beautiful reminder that Christ paid the price for our sins once and for all.
Battle Drums Night of Worship
At the Battle Drums Worship Night on Wednesday, April 9, the body of Christ received refreshment from the Lord as we exalted Him in song and prayer. The Battle Drums team played original and popular worship songs that led believers in praise and thanksgiving to God. Pastor Nate Heitzig also shared a short message about our approach to worship. As Battle Drums continued playing, Nate invited whoever needed prayer or encouragement to the front of the sanctuary to pray with a Calvary pastor. It was a beautiful night as believers came to the feet of Jesus to be refreshed.
she Live Brilliantly Finale
she Ministries wrapped up their Bible study, Live Brilliantly: 1 John, on Tuesday, April 8. In a short video, Lenya Heitzig, who wasn't able to attend, encouraged the women and thanked them for coming to the Bible study. The leadership team also gave gifts to the she volunteers in appreciation for their service. Many of the ladies then shared their personal testimonies about what God has shown them through the Bible study. They concluded their time together with uplifting worship led by Jen Santiago, JoAnn Huber, and Michael McDade.
A group of Calvary servants were installed as deacons at the expound service on Wednesday, April 2. They were recognized for their service in ministry, proving themselves in faithfulness and doctrine. Pastor Skip explained that the pastoral team unanimously agreed every person in the group fulfilled the description of a deacon found in 1 Timothy 3. Pastor Neil Ortiz prayed over the deacons, asking the Lord for continued growth in their ministries and relationships with Him.
Love Revolution: she Ministries 2014 Spring Retreat
Over 100 ladies gathered to seek the Lord and grow in His love at she Ministries' spring retreat, Love Revolution, March 29-30, in Santa Fe, NM. The ladies spent the weekend at the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza to hear teachings from Bianca Olthoff and worship from Shannon Quintana. Bianca shared messages about what love is and what it means to love. On Saturday night, the ladies took part in an Afterglow where they prayed boldly for the will of God in their lives. It was a refreshing time for the women as they encountered the Holy Spirit and worshiped Jesus.
Guest Speaker: Nate Heitzig
We were excited to welcome Pastor Nate Heitzig as our guest speaker for all weekend services, March 29-30. After the Battledrums Worship team led the congregation in a time of praise, Pastor Nate taught a message called "The Promise of Prayer" from Matthew 6:5-10. In this passage, which leads up to and covers the first part of the Lord's Prayer, Nate encouraged us to align our will with God's will rather than try to get what we want. He closed with the challenge that we shouldn't ask God to change our circumstances but to change us through our circumstances.
At the expound service on Wednesday, March 19, Operation Christmas Child presented an award to Calvary in recognition of twenty years of involvement with OCC. After a time of worship, Pastor Nate Heitzig shared about Calvary's work with OCC before a short video played, highlighting Calvary's participation in the shoebox ministry over the years. Then OCC Albuquerque area coordinators Steve and Pinky Halama presented the award to Pastor Skip Heitzig before he began our study through the book of Numbers.
The ladies of she Ministries gathered in the HUB for their second DIY Day of the semester on Tuesday, March 18. Natalie Wylie and Bekah Lusko led the women in a time of worship before the teaching. Shaena Crespo shared a devo called "The God of Bad Days" from Genesis 16:7-10, teaching them about one of the many names of God: El Roi, the God who sees. Janaé Heitzig, Karen Puccini, and Susan Padon helped the ladies to assemble their DIY craft—upcycled tin cans. Once again, they were encouraged to use their crafts as a means to share the gospel with others.
Challenge Men's Monthly Rally
Packing the HUB once again, Challenge Men were presented with a message on submission at their Monthly Rally on Saturday, March 1. After Pastor Nick Crespo led a time of uplifting worship, Pastor Neil Ortiz interviewed leader Monte Olivas about how Monte's life has changed in view of what submission to God means. Then Pastor Jered Grebe shared a message from 1 Peter 3:1-12 titled "Submission as Power." The men enjoyed delicious breakfast burritos and hot coffee while sharing in a time of encouraging fellowship and lively discussion.
she Ministries hosted their first DIY Day of the new semester for their Live Brilliantly Bible study on Tuesday, February 25. Georgia Hook delivered a short devotion from Isaiah 30:15-18, giving the ladies a helpful formula for repentance and rest. She exhorted them to gain strength from quietness and trust in the Lord. Lenya Heitzig, Janaé Heitzig, and DeNicka Arrellin helped the ladies to assemble the DIY craft, which were Tussie Mussies, decorated cones filled with gifts. It was a fun day for the ladies as they encouraged one another with Christ's love.
Battle Drums Worship Concert
The Battle Drums Worship team led us in an evening of powerful and uplifting worship to the Lord on Wednesday, February 19. Throughout the night, they played several new, original songs and shared the meanings behind them. Pastor Skip also delivered a short message on worship, encouraging us to sing a new song to the Lord—one that is meaningful and fresh. He also reminded us that worship to the Lord is not just something we do during a service, it's a lifestyle. It was a special, beautiful night as the body of Christ gathered to exalt the Lord Jesus!
Guest Musician: Dennis Agajanian
We were pleased to welcome one of the world's best guitar players as our guest musician during the weekend services February 15-16. Donned in a cowboy hat and boots, award-winning musician Dennis Agajanian brought a rousing round of music to each of the services. Continuing the Rock Solid series, Pastor Skip then shared an insightful message called "How to Attract Flies" about how Christians ought to treat one another. As always, we were delighted to witness Dennis's fast flat-picking and joyful countenance as we were amazed by his musical ability.
Valentine's Day Movie: The Princess Bride
Calvary Nob Hill opened its doors for a special Valentine's Day movie on Friday, February 14. Moviegoers enjoyed a screening of The Princess Bride, the classic and beloved fairy tale about the adventures of Buttercup and Westley. Before the movie, winners were announced for a drawing: Vince and Yvette Harrison won Cutest Couple, Jasmine Gallegos won Most Eligible Bachelorette, and Lincoln Mark won Most Eligible Bachelor. The Lobo Theater was packed as many enjoyed popcorn and drinks and captured memories at a photo booth.
Live Brilliantly: 1 John, Season of Love
On Tuesday, February 4, she Ministries began the spring semester of their Bible study, Live Brilliantly: 1 John, Season of Love. The she Ministries team warmly greeted the ladies before an uplifting time of worship, led by Ryan and Natalie Wylie. In a short devotion, Lenya Heitzig reminded the ladies of God's unconditional love. A handful of volunteers then participated in a fun, creative skit called "In Cinderella's Shoes." Finally, ladies from the leadership team each took time to share some practical ways to show love to others.
Challenge Men's Monthly Rally
Kicking off 2014 with a fresh format to their Monthly Rallies, Challenge Men packed the HUB for the first rally of the year on Saturday, February 2. KevinLee Toddman emceed the event and was interviewed by Dave Slade. Pastor Eric Lamb then spoke about Renew Ministry and how it can be an asset and tool for men to become godly. Finally, Pastor Neil Ortiz delivered a message from 1 Peter 2:18-21 about submission entitled "Retaliation Costs. Righteousness Pays." They also enjoyed delicious breakfast burritos and coffee over a lively time of worship and discussion.
she Ministries Volunteer Night
Volunteers for she Ministries gathered at Calvary Nob Hill in the Lobo Theater on Tuesday, January 28, for a fun night to fellowship and enjoy the film Pride and Prejudice. The ladies snacked on popcorn and candy before participating in a homemade slipper contest that showcased their creative talents. Winners were awarded with she Ministries tote bags. Lenya Heitzig and the leadership team provided updates about their upcoming events, then ended the night with the movie.
Calvary Chapel Tohlakai Outreach
On Monday, January 20, a handful of Calvary members headed out to the Navajo reservation to participate in an outreach, assisting Calvary Chapel Tohlakai by delivering wood to be used for a sheep pen (a way to help support and sustain the church and some families), appliances, and clothes. The volunteers were delighted to spend their day helping Pastor Landoll Benally, who expressed his appreciation for their selfless service.
Skeptic Initiative Roll Out
The Spectrum High School Ministry kicked off their new, six-week series called Skeptic Initiative on Saturday-Sunday, January 18-19. After a time of passionate worship, Pastor Jesse Lusko explained the reason for the new series—to confront objections and welcome doubters. He delivered a message addressing the question, "Does God Exist?" In a brief interview, Jesse sat down with Bruce Kemmel, Ph.D., who shared his testimony and his search for answers about God's existence. Then Jesse closed the service with a live Q&A, answering a variety of questions from the audience.
Expound Communion Service
During our expound Bible study on January 8, Calvary Albuquerque celebrated a special time of Communion, remembering Jesus' sacrifice for us. The service opened with a powerful time of praise music led by Battle Drums Worship. As we studied Numbers 8-9, Pastor Skip demonstrated the beautiful portrait of Jesus provided in the Passover. We finished up the service by taking the Lord's Supper, remembering the suffering and death of Jesus as payment for our sin.