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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.