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We celebrated Welcome Week at our weekend services, April 23-24, and our midweek service on April 27. On Saturday and Sunday, we enjoyed worship with indie band Citizens & Saints and Pastor Skip continued our series What's Next? with the message "Heaven on Earth." On Sunday afternoon, we hosted a VIP Party for those who visited Calvary for the first time this year. Then we continued Welcome Week at our midweek service as Skip shared a message from the gospel of John. During the week, dozens of people chose to surrender their lives to Jesus.
Citizens & Saints Concert
Indie worship band Citizens & Saints rocked the Lobo Theater on Sunday, April 24. Eager fans gathered before the show, and Dex, Stevo, and Teo from Star 88's The Morning Invasion introduced the band. Fans enjoyed high-energy praise and worship and were able to meet the band after the show.
she Ministries Spring Retreat: Unwavering Hope
The ladies of she Ministries enjoyed rest, reflection, and renewal at their 2016 spring retreat, Unwavering Hope, in beautiful Glorieta, New Mexico, April 22-24. Shannon Quintana led inspiring worship, and her mom, Joy Welsh, taught the ladies to hold fast and have unwavering hope in Christ. After the Saturday evening session, the ladies enjoyed a Spirit-filled afterglow and worshiped the Lord together. This weekend was filled with laughter and fun, worship and teaching, and friendship-building fellowship.
Expound John Midweek Service
We continued our Expound Bible study with an eventful and worshipful service on April 20. Before diving into God's Word, we were excited to welcome Calvary Nob Hill's Battledrums team for a time of high-energy, dynamic worship. Pastor Skip Heitzig then welcomed Josh and Emily Bowers to share about Cross and Anchor Church, their upcoming church plant in England. After Pastor Skip led the congregation in prayer for the couple, he led in an in-depth study of John 3.
On Sunday, April 17, Calvary Albuquerque celebrated with dozens of people who decided to publically profess their faith in Christ. Families and friends gathered in support of their loved ones at the amphitheater for the first baptism of the year. Pastor Neil Ortiz explained the significance of baptism to the children who wanted to take a stand for their faith, followed by another explanation for the adults by Pastor Skip. Men, women, and children then shared their testimonies with Calvary pastors and were baptized, demonstrating their decision to follow Christ.
Middle and high school students took over the Calvary campus on April 15-17 for Reboot 2016. Musical guest Daniel Bashta rocked the Hub over the weekend, leading the students in powerful, high-energy worship, while guest speaker Josh Bowers delivered practical and relevant Bible teachings. Josh reminded the students that their life has a purpose and challenged them to let God use them in their current mission field—the city of Albuquerque. During the weekend, the students were divided into teams and sported costumes based on different movie genres including mystery, action/adventure, sci-fi, holiday, animation, documentary, western, and fantasy. They participated in small groups, an Instagram scavenger hunt, an obstacle course, and other activities. Several students accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and on Sunday, many were baptized, celebrating their new life in Christ.
Live Abundantly: A Study in the Book of Ephesians
she Ministries wrapped up their Live Abundantly study on Tuesday, April 12. After a time of intimate worship, Zanetta Romero gave a brief teaching that summarized the book of Ephesians and the lessons the ladies learned during the past two semesters. Several ladies gave their testimonies, explaining how they have been impacted by this series and how their lives have been changed. As worship continued, the ladies were encouraged to spend time in prayer as praise reports and prayer requests scrolled across the screens. Afterward, they gathered in Solomon's Porch for a time of fellowship and enjoyed yogurt with a selection of toppings.
Challenge Men's Monthly Rally
Challenge Men in Ministry gathered for their monthly rally on Saturday, April 9, and learned that they must seek God so He can lead their lives. After a time of worship with Battledrums, guest speaker Rick Mandeville shared the message "Breathe!" from John 16:23-27 and James 1:22-25, teaching the men that God will use them if they let Him.
"God longs to bless your life," he said, "but where are you in your relationship with Him? Are you interested—focused on Him?"
Rick challenged the men to pursue God with all their heart until their desire to breathe God in is as overwhelming as their instinct to breathe life-giving air. After the teaching, the men broke up into small groups to discuss how they can actively seek God.
Life After Fifty Fellowship (LAFF)
At their monthly meeting on Friday, April 8, the Life After Fifty Fellowship (LAFF) shared in a potluck meal before John Sorrell led the group in worship. Pastor Servy Pardo spoke to the group about his family's desire to serve the Lord in the Czech Republic. After a time of fellowship, they engaged in prayer for one another.
Musicians, artists, and production designers gathered in the Hub for Creative Team Night on Sunday, April 3. After a time of fellowship and worship, Pastor Mat Pirolo gave a short message. Then participants broke off into small groups based on discipline: video, lighting, and sound; design and photography; and dance, acting, and art. Each group had a chance to get to know one another, and the group leader introduced the creative vision for Calvary Albuquerque.
Easter Sunrise Service: What's Next?
Twenty thousand people braved the chilly weather for the Easter Sunrise Service at University Stadium on March 27. Dex, Stevo, and Teo from the Morning Invasion on Star 88 provided laughter to warm the crowd before the service started. As the sun rose over the Sandia Mountains, Galen Woodward, senior pastor at Copper Pointe Church, welcomed everyone to the stadium and opened the service in prayer. Mike Donehey of Tenth Avenue North joined Battledrums for dynamic worship that filled the early morning air with praises to the risen King. Pastor Skip then gave a special Easter message called "What's Next?" He taught that because Jesus rose from grave, we already know what's next for us: hope, joy, and peace in Christ as we eagerly await His return. Skip encouraged those who did not know Jesus to accept His forgiveness and learn what's next in their lives, and many came forward to pray and begin a new life in Christ.
Easter Service: What's Next?
Many attended the Easter Service at Calvary Nob Hill in the Lobo Theater on Sunday, March 27. After a time of worship, campus pastor Jason Mills gave a special Easter message about the joy and hope that Jesus' resurrection offers to those who receive Him as their Lord and Savior. After the service, the congregation enjoyed a great time of fellowship.
Good Friday Service: Dead Air
Thousands gathered in the amphitheater and greenbelt at Calvary Albuquerque on March 25 for our Good Friday service. As people arrived, Spectrum Student Ministries sold boxed lunches from Chick-fil-A. Then after a time of worship with Battledrums, Pastor Skip taught his message "Dead Air" from Luke 23:44-46 about what Jesus' death on the cross means for us. After the teaching, the congregation took part in the Lord's Supper as we remembered Christ's sacrifice. United Blood Services also had three mobile stations on campus for those who wished to donate blood to those in need.
We were excited to welcome dozens of people into God's family at the Welcome Weekend services on March 19-20. Many brought their family and friends to the services and were greeted by the Hospitality Team, who answered questions about Calvary and showed them around the campus. Pastor Skip gave a Palm Sunday message titled "Life Lessons from a Donkey Ride," teaching that there is a big difference between religion and a relationship with Jesus. Children who attended Bible Island received a palm branch to remind them of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. After the services, the congregation visited with pastors, deacons, and ministry leaders in the amphitheater and Solomon's Porch as they enjoyed free coffee and hot chocolate, fellowship, and the beautiful spring weather.
Decision America 2016 Tour with Franklin Graham
Believers from across New Mexico, including Pastor Skip and the Calvary staff, converged at the State Capitol for the Decision America Tour with Franklin Graham on Wednesday, March 16. After a brief time of worship with Dennis Agajanian, Franklin led the crowd in prayer, saying, "The most important thing we can do here today as Christians is to pray." He asked everyone to pray for forgiveness for the sins of our nation, our families, and ourselves. He then encouraged believers to head to the polls this election season and to vote for candidates that represent godly ideals. "The church needs to vote. The church needs to show up at the polls," he said. He stressed that every vote counts, urging Christians to initiate change by becoming actively involved in the political process and making their voices heard. He gave a short gospel message inviting anyone who wanted to receive Jesus to pray with him, and over 200 people made decisions for Christ.
At the midweek service on Wednesday, March 16, Calvary commissioned over fifty deacons and deaconesses, who all completed the deacon training program. The pastoral staff recognized the hard work of these servants as Pastor Skip acknowledged them before the congregation, saying, "We recognize them in their effectiveness in leadership and faithfulness in ministry." These individuals were identified by the pastoral staff as servants who utilize their gifts for the benefit of others. Over the summer, another group will be selected to participate in the training program.
Challenge Men's Monthly Rally
At their monthly rally on March 12, Challenge Men were reminded that as spiritual leaders of their households, they need to study the Enemy's tactics in order to protect their families. After a time of worship with Battledrums, Pastor Antonio Aragón shared his message "Know Your Enemy," discussing some of Satan's characteristics and the ways he seeks to deceive. Antonio taught that the root of sin is discontentment and the desire to act outside of God's will. He identified the best way to combat this mindset is to be humble before God just as Jesus humbled Himself to die for our sins. After the teaching, the men broke into groups to discuss how they can recognize areas of discontentment in their marriages and relationships, finances and employment, and status and authority.
Live Abundantly: A Study in the Book of Ephesians
On Tuesday, March 8, the women of she Ministries gathered for Live Abundantly. After a time of exuberant worship, Lenya Heitzig continued the study from the book of Ephesians. In the message "The Mystery of Marriage," she taught that women are called to be submissive in marriage because marriage should reflect the gospel to others. She pointed out that the way a wife submits to her husband is reflective of the way she submits to the Lord. The ladies then broke into small groups to discuss how they can apply what they learned to their own marriages.
On March 6, we were excited to host a simulcast of Harvest America with Greg Laurie at Calvary Albuquerque. We joined churches and ministries from across the nation and around the world as Pastor Greg Laurie delivered the message "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" from the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. He taught that some people seem to have it all together (the good), some are making bad choices and living in sin (the bad), but no matter who we are, we're all ugly because of our sin, which separates us from God. He reminded us that out of love, Jesus bridged the gap between us and the Father by dying on the cross for our sins. After the simulcast message, Pastor Nate Heitzig gave an opportunity for those in attendance at Calvary to receive Jesus as their Savior, and many made a commitment to follow Him.
Guest Speaker: Nelson Walker
We were excited to welcome Pastor Nelson Walker as our guest speaker at our midweek service on March 2. Nelson, who has been a pastor at Calvary for many years, shared the message "How Long, God?!" and encouraged us to not lose hope if it seems God is silent to our petitions. He reminded us to continually seek God, especially when He seems distant, because He never forgets us. As we looked at Psalm 13, we learned that David waited years for a response from God and struggled with thinking God had shut him out, fearing for his life, and feeling overwhelmed and hopeless. Nelson reminded us that God isn't in a hurry even though we sometimes are; He has a different timetable because He knows the beginning from the end. After the message, we were reminded that Jesus fulfilled God's ultimate plan as we took Communion together.
Guest Speaker: Mat Pirolo
At the midweek service on February 24, we were excited to have Pastor Mat Pirolo, who serves at Calvary as an assistant pastor, join us as our guest speaker. After Battledrums kicked off the evening with worship, Mat shared his message "Get Your Head Out of the Grave" from Colossians 3:1-4. He taught that as believers, we crave heaven because it is our true home, but the things of this world can often distract us and cause us to miss out on God's blessings. He then challenged us to not let anything of this earth rob us of the joy that comes from living our lives focused on heaven.
she Ministries' Titus 2 Tuesday
she Ministries gathered on February 23 for Titus 2 Tuesday, taking a break from their study, Live Abundantly. After a time of inspiring worship, Christy Willis taught about how a woman of God should pray as she shared her message "she Prays…" Christy challenged the women to pray with promise, purpose, process, and passion. Then, through video testimonies by Michelle Herron, Stephanie Tapia, Misty Foster, Kater Zemke, and Barb Wylie, the ladies learned from practical, real-life examples about the power of prayer.
Guest Speaker: Steve Berger
On February 20-21, Calvary Albuquerque welcomed Pastor Steve Berger of Grace Chapel as our guest speaker. Battledrums opened the service in worship, and prayer requests were displayed on the screens as attendees were asked to take a moment to pray for their Christian brothers and sisters. Pastor Steve gave a message called "Courage" and challenged believers to stop being La-Z-Boy Christians and bring courage back to the church. To close, Pastor Steve challenged anyone who felt they needed a fresh download of courage in their lives to stand to their feet; hundreds of individuals stood and laid hands on each other as Pastor Steve led a prayer asking for renewed courage from heaven in the name of Jesus Christ.
Challenge Men in Ministry met on February 18 for Battle Tactics, a study dedicated to equipping men to be the leaders God has called them to be. After a time of worship, Martin Rascon taught from Joshua 1:1-11 in his message "God's Commission." He spoke about the importance of leadership in the household and challenged the men to become great leaders by diligently studying the Word, and by relying on God's power in prayer. After the message, Martin was joined by Jerry Gallegos and Roger Roden, and they conducted a panel discussion that answered questions from the men in attendance about faith, family, and how to live out leadership.
Drop the L-Bomb with Reload Love
Reload Love dropped their second annual love bomb, February 13-17, raising $165,000 in order to transform battlegrounds into playgrounds in the Middle East. All of the funds raised will go to building playgrounds in communities where children have been affected by terrorism, bringing normalcy back in their lives and helping them heal from the trauma they've experienced. A special collection was taken at Calvary Albuquerque's weekend services, and Battledrums Worship premiered a new song in honor of Reload Love. This year, Reload Love partnered with twenty churches across the nation, and their important message was spread to 152 countries around the world.
Guest Speaker: Kelly Bransford
We were excited to welcome Pastor Kelly Bransford as our guest speaker on Wednesday, February 17. Kelly is the student ministries pastor at Calvary Albuquerque. In his message "Runaways," Kelly examined the story of the prodigal son from Luke 15:11-32. This message of repentance stressed the importance of being sorry enough to change our life and going God's way instead of our own.
Live Abundantly: A Study in the Book of Ephesians
On Tuesday, February 16, the women of she Ministries gathered for Live Abundantly, and after an intimate time of worship, they learned about how to put on the new man as Lenya Heitzig taught from Ephesians 4:17-32. In her message "Makeover Mash-Up," she examined five areas of life that need to change in order to put off the old man and put on the new: mind, heart, soul, speech, and behavior. She conducted an interactive panel with Frances Byrne, Zanetta Romero, Megan England, Janaé Heitzig, and Marissa Tapia, who each shared one of these issues they have struggled with in their lives. The ladies then broke into small groups to discuss how their inward heart change can produce outward life change.
Middle and high school students enjoyed a fun weekend with Spectrum Student Ministries on February 13-15 as they traveled to the Snow Wolf Lodge in beautiful Pagosa Springs, Colorado. The students enjoyed inspiring worship and sound Bible teaching, and they had the opportunity to fellowship as a large group and dig deeper into God's Word in small groups. Some enjoyed sledding and fun in the snow around the lodge, while others took to the slopes for skiing and snowboarding. It was a great weekend and a blessed time of spiritual renewal for the students.
Challenge Men's Monthly Rally
At their monthly rally on Saturday, February 13, Challenge Men learned to trust the Lord when it comes to the choices they make. After the men praised the Lord in worship, they heard a short presentation about the importance of global missions. Then in a message called "Spiritual Investment" from Jeremiah 32:17, assistant pastor Antonio Aragón gave a message about making decisions in faith, even when circumstances seem impossible. After the teaching, the men were spiritually refreshed and encouraged as they engaged in group discussion, fellowship, and prayer.
Reload Love partnered with Nob Hill Main Street for Love at the Lobo on February 12 at Calvary Nob Hill. Guests arrived dressed in their finest and enjoyed a red-carpet experience, paparazzi, dessert, and a special showing of The Princess Bride. Before the movie, Pastor Jason Mills of Calvary Nob Hill gave a short welcome and Kelly Besedick spoke about Reload Love and its mission to bring hope to children affected by terrorism. Representatives from Nob Hill Main Street then talked about the organization's goal of historic preservation and economic development in Nob Hill. Two short films were featured: one about Reload Love and its work in the Middle East and another about the history and development of Nob Hill.
Alternative rock band and Star 88 listener-favorite House of Heroes played to a packed Lobo Theater on Thursday, February 11. Excited fans gathered early to get tickets, and just before the show, Dex and Stevo from Star 88 introduced their friends in the band. Fans enjoyed a rocking set from House of Heroes, which was full of hilarious stories between songs, favorite tunes, and new songs from their upcoming release in the spring. The band stayed after the concert to take pictures with and greet their fans.
Slavé Velesanov Missionary Reception
Calvary Missions hosted a missionary reception for Slavé Velesanov on February 6. Attendees enjoyed refreshments and had the opportunity to visit with Slavé. He spoke about his ongoing mission work in Croatia, which includes sharing the gospel, ministering to the homeless, and preaching on television. Slavé also greeted the congregation at a kiosk at the services that weekend to share more about how the Lord is moving through his ministry to reach the lost.
Calvary Albuquerque was pleased to welcome many new people into God's family at the Welcome Weekend services on February 6-7. Many brought their family and friends to the services and were given a warm welcome by the hospitality ministry, who were available to answer questions about Calvary and give directions around the campus. Pastor Skip continued the series What's Next? and taught about the coming tribulation in his message "Stampede," and afterward, many came forward to accept Jesus as their Savior. Following the services, the pastors and ministry leaders visited with the congregation in the amphitheater and at Solomon's Porch as they enjoyed free coffee and fellowship.
Live Abundantly: A Study in the Book of Ephesians
she Ministries kicked off their spring semester of Live Abundantly: A Study in the Book of Ephesians on Tuesday, February 2. With hundreds of women attending both the morning and evening sessions, each session started with dynamic worship and a beautiful dance number. Lenya Heitzig gave a message about what it means to live abundantly, and she spoke about her recent trip to Jordan with Reload Love. The women then broke off into small groups for an intimate time of Bible study, fellowship, and prayer.
Guest Speaker: Steve Wilburn
On January 30-31, Calvary Albuquerque welcomed Pastor Steve Wilburn of Core Church L.A. as our guest speaker. Battledrums opened the services with inspiring worship, accompanied by the choir. Then Pastor Steve gave a message called "Time" from the book of Joel. He encouraged believers to make the most of the time we have by telling everyone we come in contact with about what Jesus has done for us. He challenged us to view the world directly outside our door as our mission field and to work diligently to win hearts for Christ. At the end of his message, he gave an altar call and many stepped forward and made a commitment to follow Jesus.
On January 22, Calvary Missions hosted a sending church party for Servy and Maria Pardo who will be serving the Lord in the Czech Republic. Attendees showed their support for the family, enjoyed coffee and live music, and learned about the country where Servy and Maria will begin their new adventure for Christ.
Challenge Men's Monthly Rally
At the first Challenge Men's Rally of 2016 on Saturday, January 9, Challenge Men in Ministry worshiped the Lord with Battledrums and heard a word of encouragement and enjoyed a performance by special guest Chess, a talented lyricist from Crossfade Street Ministry. In a message called "Sir! Ready for Inspection!" from 2 Peter 3:9, assistant pastor Antonio Aragón stressed the importance of knowing the will of God. It was a time of refreshment for the men as they engaged in group discussion, fellowship, and prayer.
Spectrum Student Ministries
Spectrum Student Ministries held a combined service on Saturday, January 2, for both middle school and high school students. After a time of worship and fellowship, Pastor Kelly Bransford gave a special New Year's message from Ephesians 5:15-17. In the new Spectrum Student Ministries, students will learn what it means to follow Christ and thrive in their relationship with Him. Through weekly Bible studies, discipleship groups, and special events, students will be encouraged to go further in their faith. Join us on Saturdays at 6:30 pm in the Hub for our Spectrum service.