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The Bible from 30,000 Feet
Calvary Church was transformed into an airport for the launch of our midweek series The Bible from 30,000 Feet. Dozens of volunteers served as sky caps, gate and ticketing agents, airport security, and flight attendants to kick off the series. Over 500 people joined the Frequent Flyer Rewards Program to engage with the weekly teaching through our mobile app, and the sanctuary was packed for Pastor Skip's first teaching "Flight GEN01" in Genesis 1-11.
We celebrated our first-time visitors at Welcome Weekend, August 4-5, where they enjoyed strawberry lemonade and iced coffee in the amphitheater with our church leadership. We worshiped the Lord with Battledrums before hearing a message from Pastor Skip called "Get Prequalified—Finding a Mate.
she Ministries Summer Conference: Pillow Talk
Hundreds of women attended she Ministries' summer conference on August 4. Along with worship and fellowship, women heard from guest speaker Mo Isom, a New York Times best-selling author and former All-American soccer goalkeeper. Her teaching about God's original design for sex was honest, tender, and thought-provoking for single and married women alike.
On July 3, it was standing room only at the Calvary Church Westside Startup Party as hundreds of people gathered to get in on the ground floor of this new work of God. We heard from Pastor Skip as well as Pastor Jesse Lusko, who will be the Westside campus pastor. We're excited to venture into uncharted territory and reach new people with the life-changing message of Jesus.
Fifty-six people went public with their faith at our baptism on July 29, from children just beginning their walks with Christ to men and women in their sunset years. Cheers and applause filled the amphitheater as these believers took this important step of faith.
Smart Home: Building the Home of Your Future
We launched our new series, Smart Home: Building the Home of Your Future, July 28-29. After a time of worship with Battledrums, Pastor Skip shared the message "Meet the Architect," encouraging us to build our homes alongside the Lord so they can become satisfying places of refuge, palaces of joy, and platforms for worship.
she Lives: Death Becomes Her
Women packed the Hub on Saturday, July 21, for she Lives: Death Becomes Her. After a time of worship and fellowship, the ladies enjoyed a teaching from Jennifer Santiago as she shared what Scripture says about the special role God has given to women.
Guest Speaker: Carlos Whittaker
At our weekend services July 21-22, guest speaker Carlos Whittaker shared a message called "Kill the Spider." Carlos explored the difference between trying to correct sinful patterns and uprooting the root sin. He pointed out that freedom is not found in striving; freedom is found in surrender.
We celebrated two big nights of life change as 1,968 people gave or recommitted their lives to Jesus Christ at Freedom Celebration, June 29-30. People from all over the city came to Isotopes Park to have some fun and enjoy food, fantastic music, spectacular fireworks, and a hope-filled gospel message by Pastor Skip.
Evening of Worship and Prayer
At our midweek service on June 27, we spent time in worship and prayer for Freedom Celebration. Together we asked the Lord to do a mighty work in our community through this event, and we lifted up every seat at Isotopes Park in prayer to Him.
It's a joy to celebrate people going public with their faith through baptism. On June 24, friends and families packed the amphitheater to cheer on the kids and adults who took this important step in their Christian walk.
Father's Day 2018: The Greatest Show
On June 16-17, we took the opportunity to honor the fathers in our lives with special pint glasses they could fill with root beer as they took pictures at our photo booths with circus-themed props. During the services, we enjoyed a dazzling tribute to dads, and Pastor Skip shared the message "Our Father In Heaven."
Expound Exposed Outdoor Communion Service
It was a beautiful evening of worship and taking the Lord's Supper together on June 13 at our outdoor Communion service. In the beauty of God's creation, we heard a teaching by Pastor Skip from Acts 24 and remembered Jesus' sacrifice for us.
VBS: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus
Over 700 children flooded the Calvary Church campus for this year's VBS, Shipwrecked. Their week was filled with games, crafts, and worship as they learned what it means to trust Jesus. The kids collected a ton of food for Feed NM Kids and $7,500 for Reload Love's Uganda playground project.
Guest Speaker: Nate Heitzig
At our weekend services, June 9-10, guest speaker Nate Heitzig taught from Psalm 23 and reminded us that no one is immune to hardship—the heat of human life. He explained that we can allow the heat to either make us or melt us, and he encouraged us to choose to declare God's glory even through the hard times.
Interview with Aileen Coleman
We welcomed nurse and medical missionary Aileen Coleman for a conversation with Pastor Skip at our midweek service on June 6. Aileen encouraged us to see the great needs in our community and the world and to meet those needs in Jesus' name.
Reboot 2018: Far Far Away
Hundreds of middle and high school students kicked off the summer June 1-3 with high-energy worship, practical teaching, and extreme games at Reboot. Over 120 students gave their lives to Christ, and fifty-five were baptized.
We rejoiced with those who were baptized at Calvary Church Albuquerque on May 27. Friends and families packed the amphitheater to celebrate the children, adults, and families who went public with their faith in Jesus Christ.
Weekend of Generosity with Levi Lusko
We welcomed Pastor Levi Lusko for our Weekend of Generosity services, May 19-20. In his teaching "Thunderstruck," Levi examined Mary's generous act of worship in John 12, revealing several principles for giving. We celebrated God's blessing on our past and look forward to giving to His future work.
The Life Team, made up of ministry leaders and volunteers, gathered together for Team Night on May 18. The Calvary Church staff was honored to serve those in attendance as the evening kicked off with games in the amphitheater. The Life Team enjoyed worship with Battledrums and an inspiring message from Levi Lusko.
School of Ministry Graduation
Family and friends gathered on May 18 to celebrate our 2017-2018 School of Ministry graduates. Students completed ten months of academic study and practical ministry training and now have the spiritual foundation for a lifetime of service.
Mother's Day 2018: The Most Interesting Mom in the World
We honored all the moms in our lives at our services on Mother's Day weekend, May 12-13. Moms received a pint glass filled with lavender lemonade and had the opportunity to have their pictures taken at our photo booths. We enjoyed special creative elements during weekend services, and Pastor Skip shared the message "The Most Interesting Mom in the World."
We were excited to welcome many first-time visitors at our quarterly Welcome Weekend, where they enjoyed coffee and lemonade in the amphitheater with our pastors and leadership. Pastor Skip shared the message "We've Failed...but God," and many responded to the gospel.
Tyson Motsenbocker Concert
Fans and friends filled Calvary Church Nob Hill on May 1 to hear singer/songwriter Tyson Motsenbocker live in concert. Tyson's lyrics and melodies are inspired by his personal experience with loss. Fans also enjoyed guest artists John Van Deusen and Matthew Wright.
Live Relationally: Lessons from the Women of Genesis
Live Relationally concluded with women sharing testimonies of what they learned from studying the women of Genesis. Lenya recognized the nearly 150 volunteers who helped make the study memorable, and everyone enjoyed fellowship and food from food trucks in the amphitheater.
We rejoiced as sixty-three people were baptized at Calvary Church Albuquerque on April 29. Families and friends crowded the amphitheater to celebrate as these believers went public with their faith in Jesus Christ.
The women of she Ministries packed the Hub on Saturday, April 28, for she Lives: Gossip Girl. They enjoyed worship, fellowship, and making homemade lip gloss. They also learned what Scripture says about gossip and slander, as well as the power and potential of believers' words.
We've welcomed over 200 new people into our church family in the past several months, and we were excited to host our newcomers at a VIP party on April 22. Individuals and families enjoyed fellowship, a delicious meal, soft toys for the kids, and the opportunity to visit with our pastors and ministry leaders.
Challenge Men's Monthly Rally
Nearly 200 men devoted their Saturday morning to prayer, worship, Bible study, and godly fellowship at the Challenge Men in Ministry rally on April 14. Pastor Austin Walker taught from Ephesians 5, and the men discovered what God's Word has to say about marriage.
Guest Speaker: Jesse Lusko
We welcomed Pastor Jesse Lusko at our midweek service on April 11. After a time of worship led by Battledrums, Jesse shared a message from 2 Corinthians 11, reminding us that as Christians, we need to know the gospel of grace until it becomes our very nature.
Guest Speaker: Pancho Juarez
At our weekend services on April 7-8, we welcomed Pastor Pancho Juarez, who shared a powerful message from Acts 10. Battledrums led our church in a time of worship, and Pastor Pancho explained how being good—including being kind, moral, and even prayerful—does not make us right with God.
Guest Speaker: Neil Ortiz
On April 4, Pastor Neil Ortiz taught from Matthew 18 at our midweek service. After we worshiped together with Battledrums, Neil reminded us that we are never more like Christ than when we forgive those who have sinned against us.
Easter Sunrise Service: ...but God
Thousands assembled at UNM Stadium for our annual Easter sunrise service on April 1. Special guest Sarah Reeves led worship, and Pastor Skip shared a resurrection message from Acts 13. Over 180 people responded to the gospel, giving their lives to Jesus Christ.
Good Friday Communion Service
Our amphitheater overflowed with people as we gathered on Good Friday, March 30, to remember Jesus' sacrifice for us. Thousands enjoyed worship with Battledrums and a message by Pastor Skip before we took Communion. United Blood Services had mobile stations for those who wanted to donate blood.
Calvary Church celebrated changed lives at our first baptism of 2018 on March 25. Families and friends rejoiced as believers went public with their faith in Jesus, identifying themselves with Christ and His death, burial, and resurrection.
Calvary Church celebrated over 300 ministry servants at Team Night on March 18. Pillars of the Calvary culture axioms were honored, and everyone was blessed with a delicious pasta dinner, a time of worship, and an encouraging message from Kyle Turner.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Jack Graham
Calvary was honored to welcome Dr. Jack Graham as our guest speaker on March 17-18. After a time of worship led by Battledrums, Dr. Graham presented the message "Angels: Who They Are, What They Do, and Why It Matters."
During Vision Weekend on March 3-4, Calvary Church embraced God's purpose for our fellowship to create life change. Video testimonies and Pastor Nate's message encouraged us to use our gifts to make a difference in the lives of others, and we learned about plans for the new Westside campus, which launches in fall 2018.
Guest Speaker: Jason Mills
On February 28, Pastor Jason Mills delivered a challenging message from Exodus 2-3 titled "Why Your Vision Has to Die." He explained the importance of total surrender to the Lord and encouraged us to recognize He often has more in store than we imagine.
Guest Speaker: Chip Lusko
Calvary Church welcomed Chip Lusko as our guest speaker on February 24-25. Chip presented the message "Spring Cleaning" from Romans 12:1-2, and we considered the necessity of total surrender to the Lord.
Guest Speaker: Mat Pirolo
We welcomed Mat Pirolo as our guest speaker at Expound on February 21. Following a powerful time of worship with Battledrums, Pastor Mat presented the message "Jesus-ology" and looked at how Jesus is presented in God's Word.
Guest Speaker: Al Pittman
Calvary Church welcomed guest speaker Al Pittman at all services on February 17-18. The congregation was delighted to hear Pastor Al open in song before being encouraged by his message on Micah 7:8-10 called "The View from Rock Bottom."
Guest Speaker: Brian Nixon
Calvary Church welcomed Brian Nixon as our guest speaker for Expound on Wednesday, February 14. After a time of worship, Brian presented the message "Lessons from Longing Love Letters" from Jeremiah 29:1-14, followed by a Q & A.
Challenge Men's Monthly Rally
At their monthly rally on February 10, Challenge Men in Ministry focused on taming the tongue. After a time of worship, Pastor Austin Walker presented a study of James 3:1-12, followed by small group discussion.
Drop the L-Bomb with Reload Love
Reload Love dropped their annual L-bomb on February 10-11, raising over $74,000 for children affected by terror. A special collection was taken at Calvary Church's weekend services as well as at partner churches across the nation. This is Reload Love’s fourth year and thanks to generous donations, they have built over twenty playgrounds in Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Cambodia, Jordan, Iraq, and more.
Calvary Church held our first Welcome Weekend of 2018 on February 3-4. These quarterly events provide a way for visitors and attendees to meet church leadership and determine their next step at Calvary. Pastor Skip presented the message "The Destructive Harvest of a Bitter Heart," and many came forward to receive freedom from sin and new life in Christ.
Live Relationally: Lessons from the Women of Genesis
she Ministries launched their Bible study Live Relationally: Lessons from the Women of Genesis on January 30. Ladies gathered for worship, followed by an introduction to the semester by Lenya Heitzig, Janaé Heitzig, and Zanetta Romero.
Calvary Church kicked off the series White Collar Sins on January 13-14. After a powerful time of worship with Battledrums, Pastor Cody Byrne performed a spoken word piece about sin, judgment, and forgiveness in Christ. Pastor Skip then presented the message "Sin in a Three-Piece Suit," in which he discussed five characteristics of sin and reminded us that recognizing the sin we embrace is the first step toward confession, forgiveness, and freedom.
Challenge Men's Monthly Rally
Challenge Men in Ministry started the new year with their biggest monthly rally yet on January 13. After a time of worship with Ryan Wiley, Pastor Austin Walker challenged men with the message "The Dangers of Comparison" from his text in 1 Corinthians 12.