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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.
Jesus: Hope for All Christmas Eve Services
Thousands gathered at Calvary Albuquerque for our Christmas Eve services on Thursday, December 24. Dynamic worship included holiday classics as well as worship songs by Battledrums. Pastor Skip gave a message about the birth of Christ titled "Jesus: Hope for All," sharing about the candles of hope found in the predictions of Jesus' birth. He also explained the accessibility of Christ's birthplace and the obedience of the shepherds who heard the angels' message, pointing out that they ran to see Jesus and told others about Him, spreading the message of hope to others. He wrapped up the message with a challenge to the congregation to readily respond to this message of hope.
Reload Love Playground Opening
As part of their goal to transform battlegrounds into playgrounds, Reload Love took aim this holiday season by building a playground on the Navajo Nation in Gallup alongside Calvary missionary Landoll Benally. On Saturday, December 19, they held the grand opening for the playground they built at Calvary Chapel Tohlakai. Reload Love supporters were a big part of this Christmas gift by donating toward the structure, with some also helping to build the play area. Reload Love is planning to go overseas in 2016 to build more of these playgrounds, with the hope that they become a social environment to bring healing to little ones who have been traumatized by terrorism.
Nadia Covey Christmas Concert
Calvary took a break from the busyness of the season and enjoyed an inspiring evening of music from violinist Nadia Covey on Wednesday, December 16. During the night, Nadia shared her testimony as well as personal stories about how she started playing violin, how the Lord helped her overcome insecurity, and how she met her husband. With a passion to bring people into God's presence through worship, she shared how worship fosters intimacy in our individual relationships with our heavenly Father as she led us in thanksgiving to God. After the performance, Nadia stayed around to meet with congregants and pray with them.
An Out-of-the-Box Christmas
On Wednesday, December 9, Bible Island's Hallelujah Island Singers (H.I.S. Choir) celebrated God's great love in their praisentation An Out-of-the-Box Christmas. After months of rehearsals and preparations by children's ministry director Roxie Sharp and over 100 children and their families, the choir joyfully reminded us in an out-of-the-box way that God gave hope to the world by sending His Son, Jesus Christ. Following the performance, Pastor Mat Pirolo explained that Jesus is our hope and He saved us from our sin, and many members of the audience responded to his invitation to receive Christ. H.I.S. Choir wrapped up the evening with desserts and fellowship at a reception in the Hub.
she Ministries Christmas Tea
Hundreds of women celebrated Jesus' birth with she Ministries at the Indescribable Gift Christmas Tea on Tuesday, December 1. Both morning and evening celebrations were held to allow as many women as possible to take a moment this Christmas season to reflect on the gift of Jesus Christ. Delaney Woodward of Copper Pointe Church presented a powerful message from 2 Timothy 1:7: "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." She looked at why we don't have to live our lives in fear and expounded on three gifts God gives us that can help us practically live that out. Ladies also enjoyed a great time of fellowship and tea as well as the Lovely Market, an inspiring marketplace with handcrafted goods like honey, jams, salsa, candleholders, crocheted items, artwork, photography, and more.
Guest Speaker: Franklin Graham
Thousands packed the sanctuary over the weekend, November 28-29, as we welcomed special guest speaker Franklin Graham. The Battledrums Worship team opened the service before guest musician Dennis Agajanian took the stage and shared his fast-paced, finger-picking acoustic songs, including some Christmas favorites. Then Pastor Skip introduced Franklin Graham, who was met with a standing ovation. Franklin shared about what God has done and is doing through Operation Christmas Child. Then he taught on the story of Lot found in Genesis 13, boldly warning about the devastating consequences of sin but also sharing the good news that Christ has rescued us from our sin. At the end of his message, Franklin gave an altar call, and many responded to his invitation to come to Christ for forgiveness.
I'm Thankful For... Thanksgiving Banner Service
At our annual Thanksgiving Banner Service on Wednesday, November 25, we praised God for His goodness and continued faithfulness to His people. Battledrums Worship kicked off the night with songs about the Lord's unfailing love, and then Pastor Skip gave a short devotional about what he's thankful for. Afterward, families, Connect Groups, and ministries paraded homemade banners around the sanctuary, declaring their thankfulness while Battledrums continued in worship and members of our congregation shared stories of God's faithfulness in their lives. Following the service, everyone enjoyed music, a great time of fellowship, and an array of delicious pies served by our Calvary pastors in the Hub.
First-Time Visitors VIP Party
First-time visitors to Calvary were treated to a special VIP party after the services on Sunday, November 22. After experiencing the VIP program where they received reserved parking and seating and a small gift, the visitors were invited to enjoy lunch with some of the Calvary pastors and ministry leaders. They were also treated to special music from Pastor Brian Nixon and worship director Stephen Christian. It was a great time as we were able to show the love of Christ to our visitors by letting them know how valuable they are to us and that we're here for them.
Live Abundantly: A Study in the Book of Ephesians
On Tuesday, November 17, the women of she Ministries reflected on and shared what they learned in their Live Abundantly study as they brought their first semester in Ephesians to a close. As the worship team shared songs of praise, ladies shared handwritten testimonies on posters they made about how God has transformed their lives. Then Lenya Heitzig, Zanetta Romero, Misty Foster, and Larissa Lusko talked about the semester and shared how the ladies can meditate on Scripture. Afterward, the ladies gathered in Solomon's Porch to enjoy fellowship and refreshments.
Calvary Albuquerque Missions Expo
At the weekend services, November 14-15, Calvary Albuquerque focused on our calling to go into the world and share the love of Christ. After uplifting worship with the Battledrums team, Pastor Skip shared a message from Acts 2:47 called "To the World." He explained that even though the gospel of Jesus Christ is the best news, for some Christians, it's the best-kept secret. He challenged us to allow the Lord to use us not just as His called ones but as His sent ones. After the services, Calvary Albuquerque Missions hosted a Missions Expo in the Hub that was sponsored by Reload Love. The congregation visited with representatives and care teams of our missionaries around the world and learned about local outreach opportunities.
Delighted Christmas shoppers browsed the beautiful handcrafted goods at this year's Velocity Craft Fair on Friday-Saturday, November 13-14. The Hub and east foyer were filled with lovely displays of ornaments, jewelry, candles, hats, candies, wood art, and more, with loads of fun and festive items for everyone! Attendees were pleased to get an early start on their Christmas shopping while supporting the Velocity Middle School Ministry.
Defying Normal Book Signing
After the weekend services, November 7-8, Pastor Skip signed copies of his latest book, Defying Normal. The Battledrums Worship team opened the services with songs about God's love and power before Skip brought us the message "We Pursue God...By the Word" from Acts 2:42. Giving insight into the biblical vision of Calvary Albuquerque, Skip encouraged the congregation to learn the Bible and commit to God's truth so we can become mature Christians, holy and healthy in Christ. Afterward, Skip was delighted to meet with congregants to chat with them and sign copies of his latest book, Defying Normal.
The Collective Art Show: Dark & Light
Calvary showed support for the arts as The Collective presented the art show Dark & Light at the weekend services on October 31 - November 1. During the weekend, Battledrums debuted an original worship song, and Pastor Skip shared a message called "We Pursue God…Through Worship" about how we can offset our self-worship culture with a mindset of sovereign worship. After the services, The Collective hosted the art show Dark & Light in Solomon's Porch, featuring exquisite art by Michelle Sharp and beautiful photography by Ashley Cummings. The congregation showed their support for the arts as they purchased art pieces and interacted with these talented artists.
Matt Redman Unbroken Praise Tour
Matt Redman led thousands of believers in worship at his concert on Friday, October 30. Before the show, a Connect Group had the privilege of attending a meet and greet with Matt; the Connect Group won a churchwide contest to see who could pass out the most invitations to the Where Lives Are Changed series. At the concert, Star 88 DJs Stevo and Teo welcomed the audience before Matt took the stage with his uplifting, passionate worship songs like "10,000 Reasons" and "You Never Let Go." During the show, Matt was joined on stage by singer/songwriter Christy Nockels, who also played some of her original music. Matt shared personal stories about his songs and exhorted the crowd with God's love. It was an incredible night as many souls were encouraged and uplifted through worship to the Lord.
Dressed up in fun, clever costumes, families enjoyed candy and games at Funfari on Friday, October 30. Bible Island welcomed hundreds to Calvary Albuquerque for the fun Halloween alternative in the Hub and Plex. Throughout the evening, kids collected candy, played carnival games, and got their faces painted. Families also enjoyed cotton candy, shaved ice, pizza, and Chick-fil-A. Afterwards, most of the crowd headed over to the sanctuary to enjoy a concert with Matt Redman.
Defying Normal Release Party
Pastor Skip and Calvary Albuquerque were delighted to celebrate the release of Skip's latest book, Defying Normal, at a book release party on October 28. After a time of worship led by Battledrums, Pastor Skip presented a special message from Daniel 1 called "Defying Normal." In it, he challenged us to rise up, be counted, and live lives that are pleasing to God. Following the message, people gathered in Solomon's Porch and the amphitheater to celebrate with donuts and fellowship.
Through the Eyes of a Lion Book Tour with Levi Lusko
We were so excited to welcome Levi Lusko to Calvary Albuquerque for our weekend services, October 24-25. The Fresh Life Worship band kicked off each service with powerful songs about the love of Christ, inviting us to fix our eyes on Him. Then Levi's wife, Jennie, and his daughter Alivia welcomed the congregation and shared about Levi's book, Through the Eyes of a Lion, and Fresh Life Worship's debut album, Fall Afresh. Then Levi began his message "Through the Eyes of a Lion" from 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. He explained that lions have spectacular vision and are better at processing light than humans. He called us to see life through the eyes of a lion by learning to process God's light better—seeing His plan, purposes, promises, and presence even in the midst of our problems and pain. God's power and presence was evident at each service as many were encouraged and empowered, and dozens made the decision to surrender their lives to Jesus. After the services, Levi chatted with congregants and was delighted to sign their copies of his book.
Live Abundantly: A Study in the Book of Ephesians
At she Ministries' Live Abundantly study on Tuesday, October 20, ladies learned about how Jesus bridged the gap between us and God. Natalie Wylie and Michelle Sharp opened the night by sharing beautiful songs of worship before Zanetta Romero made announcements. Then, Lenya Heitzig began her message called "Love Can Build a Bridge" from Ephesians 2:11-22. She explained that Jesus is the greatest bridge builder because, through His loving sacrifice, He made a way for sinful humanity to cross the chasm between us and a holy God. She reminded us that because we have been reconciled to God through Christ, we've been given the ministry to reconcile people with God and with one another. After the teaching, all of the ladies broke off into their small groups to engage in fellowship and prayer.
After the weekend services on October 17-18, dozens of Connect Groups filled the greenbelt to invite others to join their group. During the services, Pastor Skip shared an inspiring message called "With One Another" from Acts 2:40-47 about the value and importance of fellowship. He encouraged the congregation to make sure they are engaging in fellowship because it can strengthen their relationship with the Lord and stimulate them toward spiritual growth. After the service, the congregation had the opportunity to put the principles they learned into practice by heading over to the greenbelt to sign up for a Connect Group. Kids enjoyed soft toys as Connect Group leaders and members interacted with and explained to others how their lives have been changed through a Connect Group.
Autumn air and changing leaves provided the perfect setting for our final baptism of the year on October 11. Dr. Nelson Walker explained the significance of baptism to those gathered to cheer on, welcome, and pray for those new to the faith. Believers took this opportunity to make an outward demonstration of the inward change Jesus has made in their lives. It was a joyous occasion as men, women, and children publicly identified themselves with Christ and His death, burial, and resurrection.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Erwin Lutzer
Calvary Albuquerque was blessed to welcome guest speaker Dr. Erwin Lutzer at all services on October 10-11. Dr. Lutzer presented the message "Your Eternal Reward: Triumph and Tears at the Judgment Seat of Christ" from 1 Corinthians 3:5-15 and 2 Corinthians 5:9-10. In it, he discussed three aspects of the judgment seat of Christ—God's fair, individual, and thorough evaluation of believers—and encouraged us to live with an eternal perspective.
At the weekend services on October 3-4, Pastor Skip launched the new series, Where Lives Are Changed, that focuses on the vision statement of Calvary Albuquerque. The Battledrums team shared worship songs about the power and sovereignty of God, followed by a short video where Lori Thompson shared her story of how God used Calvary Albuquerque to impact her life. Pastor Skip then kicked off the series with a message called "Where Lives Are Changed" from Romans 12:1-2, reminding us that the church should be a place where a person's life can be changed as they learn about the hope and love of Christ. He called the congregation to not be changed by the world, but to be transformed by God. After the service, the Calvary pastors and deacons made themselves available at coffee stations around the campus to talk with and pray for the congregation.
Guest Speaker: Ken Mansfield
We were excited to welcome Ken Mansfield, former U.S. manager of the Beatles' Apple Records, as our guest speaker on Wednesday, September 30. Battledrums opened the service with worship before pastors Skip, Brian Nixon, and Kenny Riley took the stage to play a few covers of some popular Beatles songs. Then Ken shared his message "The Beatles, the Bible, and Beyond," looking back on his thirty years in the music industry. He told the story of how God broke, humbled, and saved him, encouraging us to see how God weaves the circumstances of our lives together to bring Him glory. After the service, Ken stayed for a book signing and to talk with the congregation.
Live Abundantly: A Study in the Book of Ephesians
On Tuesday, September 22, women learned what it means to put their identity in Jesus at she Ministries' Live Abundantly Bible study. With powerful worship from Tamra Aragon, Michelle Sharp, and Celeste Mitchell beginning their time together, the ladies showed great excitement to study God's Word together. Lenya Heitzig shared a message called "Identity Quest" from Ephesians 1:4-14. She explained that the world is in the midst of an identity crisis, where many choose to put their identity in the wrong things. Lenya reminded the ladies that putting their identity in Jesus alone will bring true fulfillment, and after the teaching, the ladies broke into their small groups for discussion. It was a refreshing time for the women as they were encouraged to receive the abundant life Jesus offers.
The sounds of cheering loved ones and worship music provided the perfect setting for Calvary Albuquerque's baptism service on Sunday, September 20. Pastor Kelly Bransford explained the significance of baptism to the children gathered there, followed by another explanation of baptism for the adults by Pastor Nate Heitzig. Men, women, and children then shared their testimonies with Calvary pastors and were baptized, demonstrating their decision to follow Christ. It was a joyous day as we celebrated the new life all believers have through Jesus.
Expound Exposed Communion Service
Beautiful weather provided a great setting for the Expound Exposed Communion service as believers gathered in the amphitheater on Wednesday, September 16. The Battledrums team kicked off the service with worship before Pastor Skip welcomed his longtime friend Murray Byrne, who shared his testimony. Then Skip began his study through Deuteronomy 12, drawing out themes from the text that are important to keep in mind when taking Communion. He reminded believers about the importance of gathering together, remembering Jesus' sacrifice for us, and rejoicing in what He has done for us. The night ended with pastors Kerry Rose and Neil Ortiz sharing a word about Communion and the body of Christ taking the Lord's Supper together.
Live Abundantly: A Study in the Book of Ephesians
Ladies were introduced to the book of Ephesians at the launch of she Ministries' fall Bible study, Live Abundantly, on Tuesday, September 15. With powerful worship from Natalie Wylie and Michelle Sharp beginning their time together, the ladies showed great excitement in getting back into the Word of God. Bible study manager Zanetta Romero welcomed the women and shared some announcements for the semester, expressing enthusiasm for what the Lord has in store. Lenya Heitzig then began her message called "Love Letter," introducing the book of Ephesians and explaining how it's a love letter from God to us. After the teaching, the ladies broke into their small groups to meet their moderators and others in their group. It was a refreshing time for the women as they looked forward to seeing how God will work in their lives this semester.
Challenge Men's Monthly Rally
At their monthly rally on Saturday, September 12, Challenge Men were encouraged to surrender to God's will for their lives. Ryan Wylie and the Battledrums team opened the morning with a time of worship before Challenge leader Edward Sleuth shared a message called "Uncommon Trust in a Common World" from Proverbs 3:5-6. Edward shared his testimony and talked about how his family recently learned to trust the Lord during some painful experiences. He reminded the men that when doubt starts to settle in during hard times, they must train themselves to go back to Scripture. He also explained that when they trust the Lord, that means they're resisting their own will and surrendering to God's. It was a great time for the men to engage in worship and fellowship as they enjoyed breakfast and prayed together.
Guest Speaker: Nate Heitzig
We were excited to welcome Nate Heitzig as our guest speaker for all weekend services, August 29-30. After the Battledrums worship team led the congregation in a time of praise, Pastor Nate continued our weekend series, The War Is Over, as he taught the message "All to You" from Matthew 11:1-11. Nate mentioned that in times of difficulty, we tend to ask God, "Why am I going through this? Is this really Your will for my life?" But he pointed out that though external difficulties can lead to internal doubts, God refocuses us by giving us eternal direction. He reminded us that our interruptions in life are also God's opportunities, and he encouraged us to take our eyes off the pain of our circumstances and to put them on God's promises.
Back-to-School Party in the Park
On August 22-23, hundreds of students packed the park at Calvary for the Spectrum and Velocity Back-to-School Party. With many new kids in attendance, the students focused their hearts on God during a refreshing time of worship before hearing from God's Word. Kelly Bransford, pastor of Spectrum High School Ministry, delivered a short message about the importance of accountability. Kelly also challenged the students to sign up for a Spectrum or Velocity Group, which many of them did over the weekend. They spent their remaining time together playing in soft toys and enjoying a cookout.
Sunday, August 16, was a memorable day for many new followers of Christ who were baptized, demonstrating the inward change Jesus has made in their lives. On this bright, warm day, Pastor Kevin Miller joined the Calvary pastors and explained the significance of baptism—that it identifies the believer with Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection. With family and friends present to show their support, both children and adults shared their testimonies with the pastors. Then, as worship music played, each one was submerged in water as an outward expression of their new life in Jesus.
Guest Speaker: Kevin Miller
During the weekend services, August 15-16, guest speaker Kevin Miller challenged us to go to war against the worry in our lives. We were delighted to welcome Kevin's wife, Jenn, who led worship with Battledrums before Kevin shared the message "The War against Worry" from Philippians 4:6-8. He reminded us that the apostle Paul wrote Philippians from a Roman prison as he encouraged believers in the early church not to worry and to trust in God. Kevin also challenged us to guard our minds and hearts by engaging in prayer, so we can be filled with God's peace. He encouraged us to remember that God has already won the battle and that "we're not weighed-down worriers, but victorious warriors."
Challenge Men's Monthly Rally
At the Challenge Men's Rally on Saturday, August 1, over 120 men learned about what it means to draw near to God. Challenge Men leader Antonio Aragon welcomed the men before Battledrums kicked off the morning with worship. Then guest speaker Chris Prien sat down with Rick Zemke for a brief interview before Chris began his message called "Disobedience, Repentance, Drawing Near" from Psalm 73:28. He shared his testimony about how God delivered him from a sinful lifestyle, and he encouraged the men to daily draw near to God by praying and reading His Word.
#Deliverance: Demolishing Strongholds
God moved tremendously at the finale of she Ministries' #Deliverance series on Tuesday, July 28, as women experienced freedom from strongholds in their life. After Battledrums kicked off the night with powerful worship, Larissa Lusko began her teaching called "The Royal Road to Freedom." She explained the significance and disastrous results of having emotional strongholds and called the ladies to search out the roots of those strongholds. At the end of the evening, the ladies prayed for and encouraged one another to lay down their sins and burdens and receive the true freedom that only Christ can offer.
#Deliverance: Demolishing Strongholds
Ladies from churches all over Albuquerque gathered for week three of she Ministries' summer series, #Deliverance, on Tuesday, July 21. After a powerful time of worship with Battledrums, Lenya Heitzig welcomed guest Amor Sierra to share her testimony: from an abusive childhood and a gay lifestyle, Jesus rescued Amor and set her apart to be a bright light for His kingdom. Zanetta Romero then shared her story of redemption, chronicling her journey from captivity to sin to freedom in Christ. In the strength of the Holy Spirit and by the power of God's Word, dozens of ladies were empowered to forsake their sin and experience true deliverance.
Believers gathered in the amphitheater on July 19 to celebrate the change Jesus has made in their lives and to demonstrate their obedience to His Word. Pastor Skip explained the significance of baptism and, as worship music played, these new followers of Christ made their public identification with Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection. They shared their stories with the Calvary pastors before they were baptized, marking a significant step of obedience in their walk with Christ.
Middle East Update with Skip Heitzig and Dave Eubank
Calvary Albuquerque was blessed by an evening of special worship with Jamie Grace and a Middle East update with Dave Eubank during the midweek service on Wednesday, July 15. Dave explained his family's ongoing ministry to the people of Burma (Myanmar), as well as their recent trip to Kurdistan. He also shared about their expanding partnership with Reload Love and what believers can do in the face of terrorism.
At the weekend services, July 11-12, Pastor Skip Heitzig launched our new series, The War Is Over, a celebration of the songs from Battledrums' debut record. Our talented worship team kicked off the services, and then we watched the music video for the song "The Light Has Come." Then Pastor Skip delivered a message celebrating that same song and the truth that Jesus, our Light, has come to give us new life. He also called us to point others to Christ because it's the highest use of our life. At the end of the service, many made decisions to give their lives to Christ.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Richard Furman
At the Expound service on Wednesday, July 8, Dr. Richard Furman shared how we can be the best stewards of our bodies. After Battledrums kicked off the service with worship, Dr. Furman began his message called "Prescription for Life," explaining three lifestyle changes we can implement in order to live our fullest, healthiest life for the Lord. At the end of his message, he was interviewed by Pastor Skip about a variety of health topics and how we can stay active as we serve the Lord with our lives.
#Deliverance: Demolishing Strongholds
Over 1,700 ladies learned how to identify strongholds of sin in their lives during the first session of she Ministries' #Deliverance series on Tuesday, July 7. Natalie Wylie and Michelle Sharp led the women in worship before guest speaker Eileen Marx delivered a powerful message called "Recognizing How the Enemy Gets into Our Souls" about identifying the areas in our lives that we've allowed the Enemy to infiltrate. She explained what strongholds are and reminded us that the "Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in [us]" (Romans 8:11).
Battledrums Album Release Celebration
Battledrums Worship celebrated the release of their debut album, The War Is Over, at Cliff's Amusement Park on July 5. Before the show, families enjoyed a day of thrill rides and WaterMania. Worship leader Ben Lawry opened for Battledrums, playing some of his original songs. Then Battledrums kicked off their set with worship favorites like "Victory (The War Is Over)" and "Rend the Heavens." They ended the evening with the powerful anthem "Our God Will Fight for Us." After the show, attendees stayed to show their support and visit with members of Battledrums.
Guest Speaker: Victor Marx
At the weekend services, July 4-5, guest speaker Victor Marx called us to emulate Jesus Christ to the world. After a time of worship with Battledrums, Victor shared a message called "The Lion and the Lamb" from Revelation 5:5-6. He pointed out that the Bible portrays Jesus as both a ferocious lion and a gentle lamb, calling us to emulate both the boldness and kindness of Jesus. Victor also mixed parts of his testimony and stories from his recent trip to the Middle East with impacting truths about how we can have compassion for others as we live boldly for Christ.
Freedom Celebration: The War Is Over
On July 1, thousands came to Calvary to celebrate our freedom in Christ and our freedom as a nation. Families gathered in the greenbelt and amphitheater as Battledrums Worship kicked off the service. Then together we honored the brave men and women who have served our country. Pastor Skip gave a message called "Living Free in a Broken World" from 1 Timothy 1-2. He explained that there is more confusion than ever before about what true liberty is and that we can only experience real freedom through Jesus. After, families enjoyed a magnificent display of fireworks.
Families and friends gathered in the amphitheater on Sunday, June 28, to cheer on loved ones who publicly affirmed their belief in Christ by being baptized. Children who wanted to make a profession of their faith were baptized first, followed by a general baptism for adults. Before the celebration began, Pastor Neil Ortiz explained the significance of baptism and, as worship music filled the air, believers made a public identification with Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection.
Expound Exposed Communion Service
Hundreds gathered in the amphitheater at Calvary Albuquerque for the Expound Exposed Outdoor Communion Service on June 24. After a time of praise and worship with Battledrums, Pastor Skip introduced Slavé Velesanov, Calvary missionary to Croatia. Slavé encouraged us to walk faithfully in the good works God has prepared for us. Pastor Skip then updated us on his recent trip to the Middle East. Pastor Kyle Nelson and Safety Ministry Leader Vince Harrison led us in prayer as we took the Lord's Supper, remembering Jesus' sacrifice for our sins
Over 750 kids learned about the faithfulness of God at Bible Island's Crocodile Dock VBS, June 22-26. Their weeklong adventure was filled with Bible teaching, crafts, games, snacks, and worship. Each day began with worship and a skit where they learned that God cares for them and keeps His promises. The kids also dived into a Bible lesson each day as they studied the life of Moses, learning to "fear not—God rocks!" They put Christ's love into action through the VBS mission project, making bags of blessings for the homeless and collecting over $1,200 for Reload Love.
Father's Day Weekend Services
Calvary honored the dads in our congregation during our Father's Day weekend services, June 20-21. Battledrums opened the services with worship before a special performance celebrating dads. Then we welcomed guest speaker Ben Courson, who shared a message called "Happy Heavenly Father's Day" from Galatians 4:6. He explained that God is our Abba Father, which means we have a special, close relationship with Him. After, dads enjoyed a root beer garden and were given free pint glasses with the inscription, "Manliness is next to godliness, but godliness is always manly."
Hillsong Young & Free Concert
Hillsong Young & Free led over 2,000 believers in worship to the Lord on Tuesday, June 16. Hillsong members Peter Toggs and Johnny Rays kicked off the night with some fun pre-show games. Then Hillsong Young & Free blew the crowd away with their high-energy, passionate worship songs. During the show, Peter Toggs, who is the youth pastor at Hillsong Church, shared about the greatest breakup in history, when humanity walked away from its Creator, leaving us broken. He explained that God's love can heal our brokenness and transform us so we can be used to impact the world.
Guest Speaker: Lee Strobel
Guest speaker Lee Strobel illuminated grace for us in a new way during the weekend services, June 13-14. Pastor Nate Heitzig welcomed the congregation and introduced Calvary's new worship director, Stephen Christian, who led worship with Battledrums. Then Lee Strobel shared a message called "The Case for Grace" from Titus 2:11 about how grace is unique to the Christian faith. He exhorted believers with the truth that God can transform our lives and use us to make a difference in the world. Following the service, Parchments held a book signing with Lee.
Challenge Men's Monthly Rally
Over 150 men attended the Challenge Men's Rally on Saturday, June 6, as they were called to pursue God's desires. Ryan Wylie and the Battledrums team kicked off the morning with worship before a short interview with Challenge Men leaders Ray Pirolo, Dennis Poper, and Johnny Martinez. Then Johnny delivered a devotional from 2 Timothy 3:16, teaching on the topics of salvation, sanctification, and service. He challenged the men to examine their hearts to see if they follow their own desires or God's desires, encouraging them to use Scripture as a guide for their lives.
Acoustic duo Copperlily treated concertgoers to an evening of music at Calvary Nob Hill on Sunday, May 31. As the crowd found their seats, Star 88 DJs Stevo and Teo introduced their friends in Copperlily: husband and wife team Tim and Stephanie Skipper. Tim and Stephanie played some Star 88 listener favorites, and they also shared stories about their relationship as well as the meanings behind several songs. They ended the show with the song they consider their mission statement, "Love Is a Legend," about how loving others well is the legacy we should leave behind.
Shine Fifth Grade Retreat
More than fifty fifth graders enjoyed Bible Island's Shine Retreat at Camp Oro Quay, May 30-31. The retreat helps kids build relationships with one another and with the Lord before they head into Velocity Middle School Ministry. The students had a great time worshiping the Lord, studying His Word, and fellowshipping around the campfire.
With the encouragement of family and friends, many believers chose to identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ at the May 24 baptism service. The sounds of cheering loved ones and worship music filled the amphitheater as Pastor Neil Ortiz explained the significance and meaning of baptism to the children gathered there followed by another explanation for the adults by Pastor Kelly Bransford. Then one-by-one, men, women, and children shared their testimonies with Calvary pastors and were baptized, demonstrating their decision to follow Christ.
Pastor Bob Shank challenged believers to model Christ to the world as he shared a message about spiritual growth at the services, May 23-24. Battle Drums began the service with powerful worship, as guest musician Darrell Mansfield accompanied them on several songs. Guest speaker Bob Shank shared a message called "Here2Serve" from Ephesians 4 and Philippians 2, encouraging us with insight on what our role is in the body of Christ and how to grow spiritually. He also gave helpful points on how we can model Jesus to the world, encouraging us to actively serve others.
Liberating King Tour Featuring Stephen Miller
Concertgoers packed the Lobo Theater for a free show on Friday, May 22, with worship artist Stephen Miller and popular band Citizens & Saints. Star 88 DJs Stevo and Teo welcomed the crowd before Stephen Miller kicked off the show. Then Citizens & Saints took the stage, blowing the crowd away with old favorites and new hits. After the show, attendees flooded the lobby to meet the artists and support their ministry at their merchandise tables. It was a stellar night as people had a good time and worshiped the Lord.
Calvary Albuquerque welcomed Tim Hawkins for a sold out concert on Friday, May 15. Comedy lovers lined up early, despite the rainy weather. During the show, fans of all ages roared with laughter at the clever, family-oriented comedy of Tim Hawkins and John Branyan. Following the show, VIP ticketholders were treated to a meet-and-greet session, where Tim signed autographs and posed for fun photos.
Redemption Dance Performance
Hearts and minds turned heavenward on Friday, May 1, at Redemption. Young men and women from Life Movement Productions performed a number of dances, including ballet, jazz, flamenco, and hip-hop. Cherita Lamb kicked off the night with a special performance of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," and Katrina Sisneros, Fabian Sisneros, and guests made a joyful noise to the Lord in accompaniment to several of the performances. Following the presentation, families and friends gathered in The Hub to enjoy treats from a bake sale, which raised $600 for Reload Love.
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.
Mid-high and high school students enjoyed a winter wonderland in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, for The Peak, February 20-22, as they focused on the living God and learned how to thrive in their faith. Students from Spectrum and Velocity filled their weekend with worship, Bible studies, and lots of snow. They had a fun and blessed time hitting the slopes and fellowshipping with one another!
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.