November kicked off to a great start with the Youth Fall Retreat, on the 5th through the 7th. The theme was “Encounter” – challenging the youth to encounter God and what He can do for their lives and the Calvary Tabernacle Youth Group. God moved in every service at Jameson Camp. Young people were delivered, healed, filled with the Holy Ghost, and one was baptized.
Revelation 12:11a says, “And they overcame by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony…” Giving thanks and sharing what God has done – and is doing – is an essential part of walking upright before the Lord and reaching, connecting, and discipling. Calvary Tabernacle is a blessed congregation and the saints were eager to share God’s healing, restoration, and deliverance during the first Night of Thanksgiving on November 21st. The congregation worshiped in song and had the opportunity to hear testimonies from other members.
The ‘This is Home’ Reception was held December 5th, for those who graduated from the six-week course in the latter half of 2021. Light refreshments were served while members fellowshipped. This was also an opportunity to introduce ministry leaders and hear about the different connection groups and serve teams available at Calvary Tabernacle.
Calvary Tabernacle is a growing church, being led of God to be the most effective witness to the city of Indianapolis and beyond. Calvary Kids is now under the direction of Chris and Leidy Stoner, replacing interim leaders, Larry and Rainy Pickering. The Calvary family is grateful for The Pickerings' dedication during that time of transition. With Kevin and Kaity Burzynski, who had led the Young Adults since October 2018, stepping into their new roles at our Greenwood Campus, Aaron and Camra Hussey are now leading the Young Adults.
Christmas parties were scattered throughout the month of December. The ladies ministry, youth group, middle marrieds, mature singles, young marrieds, middle singles, young singles, and young adults each came together to celebrate Jesus, play games, exchange gifts, and enjoy Godly company. The Christmas festivities concluded with the Christmas Program and Christmas Concert on December 19th. A photo booth was set up and hot chocolate was served during a time of fellowship prior to the concert, Sunday evening. Calvary Tabernacle ended 2021 with a beautiful candlelight service on December 31st.
Camby had a wonderful service and lunch on January 3rd to honor the Mack family. Neil and Sonia Mack planted and pastored the Camby congregation for eight years before passing the baton to Josh and Sarah Sizemore. Some of the Macks’ extended family were able to travel from out of town to join the congregation in celebrating their faithful work. While there were still some out sick, 35 people attended this special service, and several gifts were given to the Macks, including an all-expense paid vacation, gifted to them on behalf of Calvary Tabernacle. The service would not have been successful without help from Camby Campus volunteers, under the direction of the Hartleys, who have such a heart for hospitality. The Camby Youth also presented gifts and a video they put together for the Macks. We are excited to see how God will continue to move at Calvary Tabernacle – Camby Campus under the leadership of the Sizemores.
The new Calvary Tabernacle – Greenwood Campus held their first service on Sunday, November 14, 2021. Senior Pastor Josh Carson announced the miraculous acquisition of the new campus the previous Sunday to tears and rejoicing. The Greenwood church is led by Rev. Kevin and Kaity Burzynski. The Lord had been working on their hearts before the new campus was announced, stirring them concerning a new season in their ministry. After the Greenwood campus announcement, the Burzynskis knew that was where Christ was leading them. Calvary Tabernacle - Greenwood is a beautiful brick sanctuary that seats up to 175 worshipers. On any given Sunday one can find members of the previous congregation, Calvary saints from the main campus, and students from Indiana Bible College, who faithfully support the daughter work. Jordan and Kaylin Dye – both former IBC students – do an excellent job heading up the Greenwood worship department. The Burzynskis are looking forward to Reaching, Connecting, and Discipling the Greenwood community. We are thrilled to see how the Lord will move through the newest Calvary campus!
Calvary Christian School has been busy this past holiday season. They continued their annual Thanksgiving celebration by sharing a traditional meal prepared by kitchen staff and volunteers and coming together for a student-led chapel service. This all-school chapel was a unifying time of song, testimonies, skits, poems, and scriptures. Additionally, the senior class organized food and clothing drives, with donations going to the Children's Bureau and Wheeler Missions. CCS is blessed to give!
The Calvary Christian School Christmas concert was a wonderful time of worship, laughter, Christmas cheer, and fellowship. Students from preschool to high school played and sang songs under the direction of Allison Seifert, Dr. Lindel Anderson, and Carla Lopez. The Calvary Youth joined the high school choir in worship. Staff, volunteers and students came together for extra practices and stage design to ensure the remembrance of Christ’s birth was a special and celebrated occasion. Following the concert, there was a time of fellowship and refreshments.
The Christmas Chapel at CCS is always a bright spot for students. This event featured a sing-along and skit preceding Brother and Sister Barcus reading the Christmas story from Luke 2. This chapel was especially sentimental as it was the last Christmas chapel with Brother Barcus. The principal of 42 years was honored with a special gift.
The IBC Day Apart student and staff retreat was held at the Brown County State Park on November 2nd. IBC Staff and Student Council made it possible for nearly 300 individuals to come together in the beauty of God’s creation. Day Apart is dedicated to rest, relaxation, connection, and celebration. Students and staff hiked, played football, ate, and connected over campfires.
The Indiana Bible College Missions Club held a Missions conference November 9-11 to “inspire, encourage, and educate IBC students about missions and being missions-minded.” Rev. Travis Worthington, Director of Hyphen and North American Missionary to Washington DC., preached “When Intercession is Forsaken” to the student body on Tuesday of the conference. Tuesday night, Missions Club hosted a Q&A with Rev. William and Sis. Elizabeth Turner, Bro. Worthington, Rev. Robert K. Rodenbush, Rev. David and Yonda Schwarz, and Rev. James and Sis. Linda Poitras. These dedicated missionaries shared stories, words of wisdom, and encouragement in the Q&A and in classes on Wednesday. Rev. David Schwarz, Regional Director to Central America/Caribbean and South America, shared experiences and stories of the mission field in IBC Chapel on Thursday. Bro. Schwarz emphasized the difference between a job and a call. Many of these messages can be found on the Indiana Bible College podcast and are worth a listen.
The IBC Staff gathered with students to hold their first ever Ladies Conference. In this Titus 3 event, staff shared recipes, tips for hospitality tables and floral arrangements, and guides for banquet and home decor. Our IBC ladies had a wonderful time at the Gallion’s house the second night as they gathered for a Ladies’ Q&A with Sis. Carson, Sis. Stephanie Gallion, Sis. Niki Turner, Rev. Jennifer Mast, Sis. Paula Hunt, Sis. Leah Henderson, Rev. Kara Dibble, and Rev. Jacie Sellers. These women of God shared their burden, provided guidance, and gave advice to the students. Ladies left with hearts and minds better prepared to live a life of purpose and intention. For the final night of Ladies Conference, Sis. Gallion, instructor and the Vice President’s wife, preached a life altering message “As-Is.” In a world where young people lack direction, the students are blessed with a tremendous resource that is IBC’s leadership.
IBC’s Christmas Banquet was held at The Nest Event Center, with 250 students and 40 Staff members in attendance. This classy and fun-filled event was a great time of fellowship and fun, just before the close of the fall semester.
Q: How long have you been on staff at Calvary Tabernacle?
A: I’ve been with Calvary Tabernacle since the middle of December, and with CCS since August. So around 6 months.
Q: Tell me about a funny story or humorous event that’s happened to you while in ministry.
A: One that comes to mind actually happened at Calvary Tabernacle shortly after my wife and I were married. I was on the schedule to sing a special, and I had a CD soundtrack (whew, I’m old). Track 1 was the full song with vocals and track 2 – the one I needed played - was just the music. The details of whether or not I properly communicated this information are still a little fuzzy, but track 1 was played. I panicked. I couldn’t ask them to shut it down and play track 2; that would have been embarrassing. Therefore, I did what any of you would have done: I lip-synced the whole thing (I’m crying laughing just having to type this out). Funny thing is, I got so many compliments after that.
Q: Before being called to ministry, what did you think you were going to do with your life?
A: Before ministry, I lived in Nashville, Tennessee and was a private wealth representative for some of your favorite country music stars. I won’t publish names here, but one of their first names rhymes with "Darth" and last names rhymes with "Grooks". In all seriousness, I had what some would consider to be a dream career, and I would have most likely continued working with these families, but God had different plans.
Q: What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about God?
A: Our great Creator becoming our Savior.
Q: Tell me about a time when God made miraculous provision or performed a healing in your life.
A: Pancakes… it was all we had. We were a family of 5, out of money, and the only food we had left for 5 days was pancakes. The kids thought it was awesome! They loved pancakes. What they didn’t know was, unless God came through, pancakes were going to be on the menu for awhile. After 5 days, lots of prayer, tears, and more pancakes, my wife got a phone call. The person on the other end told her we were to go directly to the store and get whatever we wanted and he would pay for it. It was a miracle! Don’t tell me that God won’t provide ALL of our needs - I’ve experienced his provision for myself!
Q: Which scriptures do you lean on during difficult times?
A: Our family scripture, Philippians 3: 13-14" Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”