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Fresh spring air and worship music provided the perfect setting for Calvary's first baptism of the year on Sunday, April 19. The sounds of cheering loved ones filled the amphitheater as Ryan and Natalie Wylie shared songs of praise to our Lord. Bible Island Director Roxie Sharp explained the significance of baptism to the children gathered there, followed by another explanation of baptism for the adults by Pastor Skip Heitzig. Men, women, and children then shared their testimonies with the pastors and were baptized, demonstrating their decision to follow Christ.
Over 200 mid-high and high school students received a boost to their faith as they took over the campus April 17-19 for Reboot 2015. Musical guest Bellarive rocked The Hub with their unique sound. Guest speaker Alex Sagot challenged the students to let the light of Jesus shine through them. They participated in small groups, a scavenger hunt, and an obstacle course, which helped them build friendships with one another. Twenty-one students accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and on Sunday, thirty-two students were baptized, celebrating their new life in Christ.
she Ministries Live Hopefully Finale
On Tuesday, April 14, the women of she Ministries reflected on and shared what they learned this semester as they brought their Live Hopefully study to a close. After the she worship team kicked off the service with songs of praise, Lenya Heitzig welcomed Janaé Heitzig, Fran Byrne, and Megan England to the stage for an interactive panel. They all shared personal stories about how God has brought hope and restoration to their lives. Afterward, the women gathered in The Hub to enjoy fellowship and refreshments.
Is God Dead? Debate Series
Calvary Nob Hill was packed on Thursday, April 9, for the first night of the debate series Is God Dead? Pastor Mat Pirolo, who oversees the Renovate College-Age Ministry, welcomed the crowd to the Lobo Theater and introduced the video debate between Dinesh D'Souza and the late Christopher Hitchens. The debate addressed the question "Is religion the problem?" After the video, Pastor Jarrett Petero and Dr. Steven Collins held a live Q & A, answering questions from the audience about the debate and other topics such as the issue of evil/suffering.
Expound with Guest Musician Dominic Balli
Guest musician Dominic Balli brought his powerful, unique musicianship to the Expound service on Wednesday, April 8. Pastor Nate Heitzig welcomed Dominic Balli, who shared several encouraging, soulful songs before Pastor Skip continued his study of Luke, expounding on Luke 21. After the study, Dominic performed at the Star 88 launch party in The Hub. Star 88 DJs Stevo and Teo introduced Dominic before he launched into his set, which was rich with his pop/reggae sound and had the crowd dancing and praising the Lord for the freedom and hope found in Jesus Christ.
Easter Sunrise Service: Jesus Loves You
Thousands attended Calvary Albuquerque's Easter Sunrise Service at University Stadium on Sunday, April 5. Guest musicians The City Harmonic kicked off the service by filling the brisk morning air with anthems of praise to the Lord. Pastor Skip then delivered a message called "Jesus Loves You" from John 3:16, exploring this popular yet profound verse. He reminded us that because Jesus rose from the dead, we have a living hope in Him and can have everlasting life with Him. After the message, many came forward to receive Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.
On April 3, thousands of believers gathered for the Good Friday Communion Service in the amphitheater at Calvary Albuquerque to honor Christ's great sacrifice for us. The Battle Drums team led worship before Pastor Skip shared the message "Love Bleeds" from Matthew 27, giving a glimpse into the lives of some of the people who witnessed the crucifixion. Skip reminded us that the cross is the greatest demonstration of God's love for all people, and after the message, we took the Lord's Supper.
The Calvary Albuquerque family gathered for the year's first Expound Exposed outdoor Bible study on April 1. The clear evening sky and blossoming trees created a welcoming environment in the amphitheater, where we gathered to worship our Creator and study His Word. The service kicked off with Battle Drums Worship, followed by Pastor Skip's verse-by-verse study of Luke 20.
Palm Sunday Service: Jesus Loves Traitors
Pastor Skip shared a teaching on March 28-29 about how Jesus dealt with two traitors, demonstrating Christ's boundless love. Guest musician Stephen Christian and Battle Drums opened with worship before Skip began his message called "Jesus Loves Traitors" from Matthew 26, examining the betrayals of Peter and Judas. The congregation wrote on a piece of paper the sins they wanted forgiveness for and the burdens they wanted to release. Church leaders put the notes into envelopes and nailed them to a cross—a reminder that Christ paid the price for our sins once and for all.
she Ministries' Titus 2 Day
Ladies learned practical, biblical tips on parenting at she Ministries' Titus 2 Day on Tuesday, March 17. Bekah Lusko and Natalie Wylie opened the night with worship before Zanetta Romero made announcements. Then, in an interactive panel, Maria Guy and four other women shared some insight about how imperfect people deal with parenting challenges. After they gave some final thoughts, all of the ladies broke into their small groups to engage in fellowship and prayer.
Life After Fifty Fellowship (LAFF)
As they enjoyed a delicious potluck dinner on March 13, the Life After Fifty Fellowship (LAFF) obeyed the Lord's command to be fresh and flourishing. With several new people in attendance, John and Debra Sorrell opened the evening with worship before Pastor Kyle Nelson shared his testimony and delivered a message about growing in Christ. It was a refreshing night for the group as they engaged in encouraging fellowship.
Challenge Men's Monthly Rally
Challenge Men packed The Hub for their monthly rally on Saturday, March 7, to learn about biblical masculinity. Challenge Men leader Antonio Aragon welcomed the men before the Battle Drums team led worship. After a short interview with Antonio and Connect Group leader Edward Sleuth, Martin Rascon delivered an impactful message called "Prove Yourself a Man" from 1 Kings 2:2-3. He gave his testimony and explained to the men that the ultimate sign of masculinity is loving God and loving others.
she Ministries' Titus 2 Day
Ladies studied biblical principles on marriage at she Ministries' Titus 2 Day on Tuesday, February 24. Taking a break from their Live Hopefully study, the women learned about their core callings as women and how they relate to marriage. Natalie Wylie and Bekah Lusko led the women in a time of worship before Maria Guy began her teaching called "Practical Advice for Today's Christian Woman." She explained three different situations in which women could be regarding marriage, and she encouraged the ladies to pursue God's calling for them in those areas.
Reload Love: Drop the L-Bomb
Reload Love raised over $145,000 on February 14-15 to aid children who have been impacted by terrorism in the Middle East. The weekend services also highlighted the campaign as Battle Drums shared an original song specifically for this cause and Pastor Skip delivered a message called "Jesus Loves Children." After the message, volunteers wearing camo attire and helmets collected donations from the congregation. Out of the money raised online and at the services, 100 percent will go to helping children and young people affected by terrorism in the Middle East.
Valentine Movie Night: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Calvary Nob Hill opened its doors for a special Valentine's movie night on Friday, February 13. Moviegoers enjoyed a free showing of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Before the movie, Pastor Mat Pirolo and his wife, Alyssa, announced the winners for a drawing for the following categories: Married Couple, Most Eligible Bachelorette, and Most Eligible Bachelor. It was a fun night as the crowd enjoyed popcorn and drinks and watched the exciting film.
Life After Fifty Fellowship (LAFF)
The Life After Fifty Fellowship obeyed the Lord's command to be planted in His house as they enjoyed a delicious potluck meal together on February 13. John and Debra Sorrell led worship before ministry leader Dave Hilland shared a teaching from John 3:16, using the Valentine's Day holiday to point the group to God's extravagant love. It was great evening of fellowship for the group as they enjoyed the message and worshiped the Lord together.
Challenge Men's Monthly Rally
At their monthly rally on Saturday, February 7, Challenge Men were encouraged to use their talents for God's glory. Stuart Laws opened the morning with a time of worship before a short interview with Tim Combs, one of the leaders in Challenge Men. Tim shared his testimony and stressed the importance of being connected with brothers in Christ. Then ministry leader Antonio Aragon talked about the vision of Challenge Men before he delivered a short devotional from Psalm 90:16-17, encouraging the men to discover their gifts so they can use them for God's glory.
Live Hopefully: A Study in the Book of Nehemiah
On Tuesday, February 3, she Ministries began the spring semester of their Bible study, Live Hopefully: A Time to Restore. After powerful worship from Natalie Wylie and Bekah Lusko, Bible study manager Zanetta Romero welcomed the women. Lenya Heitzig then began her message, weaving updates on Reload Love's work into her teaching about God's faithfulness. She reminded the ladies that the Lord sees them and is invested in their lives. After the teaching, the ladies broke into their small groups to meet their moderators and fellow group members.
Pastor Skip launched the new series, Jesus Loves People, at Calvary Albuquerque's weekend services on January 24-25. The Battle Drums team shared worship songs about God's unrelenting love before a special performance by local spoken word artist Levi the Poet. Pastor Skip then kicked off the series with a message called "Jesus Loves People," explaining that Jesus loves people and has the capacity to love all kinds of people uniquely. Skip reminded us that we are the hands and feet of Jesus, and that since God's love was poured into us, it should pour out of us.
Rhemix: A Spoken Word Encounter
Crossfade Street Ministry hosted a free concert on Friday, January 23, where many heard a presentation of the gospel through hip-hop. Some of the city's most respected lyricists were featured throughout the evening, including Chess, Emel, Relate, Johnny Quest, First Priority, GMO, Church, and DT Vocal. In between each set, the artists were interviewed, sharing their testimonies and their inspiration for performing. During the night, Pastor Jarrett Petero also shared the good news of Jesus Christ with the crowd and invited many to give their lives to the Lord.
Guest Speaker: Al Pittman
At the weekend services on January 17-18, Pastor Al Pittman taught a powerful message about finding restoration in the Lord. After Battle Drums led us in a time of worship, Pastor Al delivered a message called "Journey to Restoration" from Joel 2:1-27, explaining that we need to have a sense of urgency, be in a place of brokenness, and surrender completely to God in order to experience renewal. Pastor Al reminded us that no matter what situation we're in, God will restore us when we come to Him in brokenness and wholly trust in Him.
At the weekend services on January 10-11, Pastor Skip challenged believers to take part in community by joining a Connect Group. After Battle Drums opened the service with worship, Pastor Skip interviewed several Connect Group leaders. Then he delivered a message called "Living Life Together," explaining that people have been designed by God to be in community, not isolated from one another. He said that for believers, our fellowship shouldn't just be a social activity but a spiritual activity that adds to our spiritual health.