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We welcomed Wavorly for a reunion concert on July 23. Dex and Stevo from Star 88 introduced their friends in the band, and fans enjoyed a rocking performance. The band stayed after the concert to take pictures with and greet their fans.
Interview with Dave Eubank
On July 22-23, special musical guests Wavorly kicked off our services with worship, and Pastor Skip interviewed Dave Eubank, founder of the Free Burma Rangers (FBR). In the interview, Dave spoke about being in the middle of military conflict with ISIS and how FBR is working to rescue people who are caught in the midst of it.
Pastor Jason Mills and volunteers shared the love of Christ at the Route 66 Summerfest on July 22 as they handed out bottled water and balloons. This was a great opportunity to connect with the community and invite them to attend the weekend service at Calvary Nob Hill.
Guest Speaker: Mat Pirolo
We welcomed Pastor Mat Pirolo as our guest speaker at our midweek service on July 12. After uplifting worship with Battledrums, Mat shared his message "Magic Kingdom Mindset" from Psalm 8. He taught that God is not far-off or unreachable—He is near and since creation, He has desired to be near us.
Thousands filled Isotopes Park for Freedom Celebration, June 30-July 1. Each night, we welcomed fantastic musical guests including Zach Williams, Newsboys, and Colton Dixon. Pastor Skip Heitzig delivered two powerful messages, and we were excited to welcome over 1,400 people into the family of God.
On June 25, we celebrated with those who chose to go public with their faith through baptism. Pastor Neil and Pastor Skip explained the significance of baptism, and as friends and family looked on, men, women, and children publicly identified themselves as followers of Christ.
Calvary welcomed first-time visitors during Welcome Weekend, June 24-25. We enjoyed special worship with musical guest Propaganda, and Pastor Skip shared the message "Can You Predict Your Future?" On June 25, Propaganda joined us again for Creative Team Night.
VBS 2017: Ocean Commotion: Diving into Noah's Flood
Hundreds of kids gathered for this year's Bible Island VBS, Ocean Commotion, June 12-16. They enjoyed a fun-filled week of Bible teaching, crafts, games, snacks, and worship as they learned about Noah and the flood. The kids collected $2,800 for Reload Love as well as nonperishable food items for Feed NM Kids. Highlights of the week included crazy hair day, dress like your favorite animal day, water games, and a giant slip and slide.
Middle and high school students came together June 2-4 for Reboot 2017: Back in Time. Musical guest For All Seasons led the students in high-energy worship, and guest speaker Kevin Miller taught that God has a purpose for each student's life. They participated in small groups, field games, a scavenger hunt, and a paint war. Several students accepted Jesus as their Savior, and many went public with their faith through baptism.
We gathered in the amphitheater on May 28 to celebrate with those who decided to go public with their faith through baptism. Pastor Neil Ortiz explained the significance of water baptism, and we rejoiced as many publicly proclaimed their faith in Christ.
Shine Fifth Grade Retreat
Exiting fifth graders enjoyed an action-packed weekend at the Shine Fifth Grade Retreat, May 27-28, at Camp Oro Quay. They enjoyed worship, devos, field games, and many more fun activities. The retreat helps the kids build relationships with each other and with the Lord before they move up to Spectrum Student Ministries.
The 2017 School of Ministry students, along with friends and family, gathered in the Hub on May 26 for a graduation ceremony honoring their efforts and accomplishments during the 2016-2017 school year. The students' celebrated the completion of ten months of academic study and practical ministry training.
Challenge Men's Monthly Rally
Challenge Men in Ministry gathered for their monthly rally on May 13, where they enjoyed fellowship and dynamic worship. In his teaching, Pastor Antonio Aragón shared how to find joy in the midst of death, and the men discussed what Scripture says about how believers should deal with death.
We celebrated moms on Mother's Day weekend, May 13-14. After worship with Battledrums, we enjoyed an enthusiastic performance by lovely moms and grandmothers from our church family. In the message "Pray for Love," Pastor Skip Heitzig taught that love is the hallmark of the Christian faith and our love should continuously be growing, knowing, and showing.
We welcomed newcomers during our weekend services, May 6-7. In the message "The Family Business," Skip Heitzig taught that regardless of what our occupation is, as believers, we all have a part in God's family business. After the message, Skip invited anyone who wanted to receive Christ to come forward, and we celebrated as many became members of God's family.
On April 30, we celebrated with those who decided to go public with their faith through baptism. As friends and family looked on, men, women, and children publicly identified themselves with Christ and His death, burial, and resurrection.
she Ministries Spring Getaway: In Her Shoes
she Ministries held their spring getaway, In Her Shoes, April 28-30, in Taos. The ladies enjoyed uplifiting worship and fellowship, along with in-depth teachings from guest speakers Jennifer Miller and Sonia Montoya. As they studied various women of the Bible, the ladies learned how to use the tools they have been gifted with to be all God has called them to be.
Technicolor Joy: A Study through Philippians
We launched our new series, Technicolor Joy: A Study through Philippians, April 22-23. We enjoyed a new song written and performed by Battledrums called "Technicolor Joy." Then in the message "A Joy Unexpected," Pastor Skip taught that though Paul and Timothy faced many setbacks and trials, they were filled with joy because they had a divine purpose.
We were excited to welcome MercyMe live in concert on April 21 with special guests Hawk Nelson and Micah Tyler for the Lifer tour. VIP ticketholders enjoyed a live Q & A with MercyMe before the show, and fans enjoyed a rocking performance by all the artists.
Easter Sunrise Service: Against All Odds
Twenty thousand people filled University Stadium for our Easter Sunrise Service on April 16. Pastor Steve Smothermon from Legacy Church opened the service in prayer. Jordan Feliz joined Battledrums in filling the stadium with praises to Jesus. Pastor Skip shared the message "An Empty Tomb; A Fulfilled Life," outlining Jesus' fulfillment of messianic prophecy through His miraculous resurrection, and we rejoiced as many accepted Christ as their Savior.
Calvary celebrated Welcome Weekend during our services April 1-2. Nate Heitzig joined us as our guest speaker, and in the message "Bring It," he encouraged us to bring our burdens before God through prayer. We rejoiced as many people accepted Christ as their Savior, and after the services, we had a great time of fellowship in the amphitheater.
Live Fearlessly: A Study in the Book of Joshua
On March 28, the women of she Ministries gathered for Live Fearlessly: A Study in the Book of Joshua. They enjoyed intimate worship with Battledrums, and in the message "Separation Anxiety," Lenya Heitzig shared about what the Israelites experienced as each tribe settled their land.
On March 26, we celebrated with those who decided to go public with their faith in Jesus Christ through baptism. Pastor Skip explained the significance of water baptism, and we rejoiced as men, women, and children took this important step in their Christian walk.
On March 23, Brian Nixon spoke at the launch of Expose at Calvary Nob Hill. Dr. Nixon discussed the historical evidence for Christ's existence and, along with Pastors Jason Mills and Sean Kerwin, answered questions from the audience about this topic.
Challenge Men's Monthly Rally
Challenge Men in Ministry gathered for their monthly rally on March 11, and enjoyed breakfast, fellowship, and worship with Battledrums. In his message "The Importance of Oneness," Martin Rascon encouraged the men to strive to live their lives in such a way that it would be an example of the intimacy and oneness we have in our Christian walk.
We were pleased to welcome dozens of people into God's family at Welcome Weekend, March 4-5. Kevin Miller joined us as our guest speaker. In his message "Worth It," Kevin taught why God is worthy of our worship. After the message, Kevin invited anyone who wanted to accept Jesus as the Lord of their life to come forward, and we rejoiced as many were added to the body of Christ.
Reload Love partnered with Nob Hill Main Street for Love at the Lobo on February 10. Guests enjoyed a red-carpet experience complete with paparazzi, coffee and dessert, and music by Hillary Smith and the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra.
Calvary celebrated Valentine's weekend, February 11-12, by helping Reload Love drop their third annual Love Bomb, raising money to bring normalcy to children affected by terror. Chip Lusko was our guest speaker, teaching us how to keep sin from reigning in our lives.
Guest Speaker: Nelson Walker
We were excited to welcome Pastor Nelson Walker as our guest speaker on February 8. In his message "Loving God Completely," Nelson taught that in order to love God completely, we must know Him more intimately, obey Him wholeheartedly, and follow Him willingly.
Battledrums Worship at God's House Church
Calvary Albuquerque's Battledrums Worship joined the choir at God's House Church on February 5 to lead their congregation in worship at their Sunday morning service.
Calvary celebrated Welcome Weekend during our services, February 4-5. Battledrums opened with dynamic worship, and in the message "Why Did Jesus Come?" Skip taught that Jesus came to serve, speak, strengthen, and save. We rejoiced as many were welcomed into God's family.
Challenge Men's Monthly Rally
Challenge Men in Ministry gathered for their monthly rally on January 14. Pastor Antonio Aragón taught about the dangers of lust and how to fight against it. As they studied Job 31:1 and Proverbs 5, the men learned that the damages of sexual sin, including addiction to pornography, have a rippling and crippling effect on everyone around them.
On January 7-8, Pastor Skip launched our new series, Against All Odds, which focuses on biblical prophecy. Battledrums opened the service with worship, and in his message "Against All Odds," Skip explained that the odds of one person in history fulfilling the Old Testament messianic prophecies are nothing short of staggering. After the message, we rejoiced as many made the decision to follow Christ.