Calvary News | November 2021

November 21, 2021

Circle City Revival

In a word, Circle City Revival was POWERFUL. Calvary Tabernacle gathered the Thursday and Friday evening before to pray over the tent and services. On Saturday and Sunday, the tent was overflowing with worshippers, and we thank God for holding back the rain for those who sat outside. Our IBC and Calvary Tabernacle singers helped set an atmosphere of worship, and Evangelist Victor Jackson preached two power-packed sermons. While the preaching was short both days, the move of God was mighty. There were close to 100 visitors, with 15 people baptized in Jesus’ name and many filled with the Holy Ghost – to God be the glory! Circle City Revival would not have been possible without our amazing Serve Team. They were close by to assist with hot chocolate, welcoming everyone who came, providing childcare, and helping with seating, baptisms, set up, and break down. Calvary Tabernacle is a loving, generous church family who has a heart for the city of Indianapolis.

Calvary Tabernacle | Camby Campus

On September 25th, Calvary Tabernacle Camby reached out to the community and God blessed with a successful block party. Prior to the event, CT Camby gave the grounds a face-lift, with the help of Indiana Bible College students, adding mulch and trimming bushes. IBC students were also quick to volunteer their voices, smiles, and muscles for the block party – providing music, serving food, and helping before and after with setting up and tearing down. Pastor Neil Mack and his family, along with several members of our CT Indy staff and serve teams, welcomed the community members and were caught enjoying a burger or two, snow cones, and cotton candy. The worship music drew community members to the block party, while the petting zoo, games, and warm welcome from Calvary members fostered an atmosphere of love and hospitality.

By the numbers:

65 visitor connect cards were filled out. Many included at least 3 people per family/card.

Between 130 and 225 visitors joined us at the block party.

Four first-time guests have attended Calvary Camby since the block party.

IBC students and CT Camby members passed out 3,000 door hangers leading up to the event.

On October 24th, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett joined CT Camby for service, where Bro. Ben Favel preached “It’s a God Thing.” God is doing great things in Camby!

Calvary Christian School

Calvary Christian School kicked off the 2021-22 year with a fantastic start. With a total of 227 students in grades Pre-K through 12, this was a record-breaking enrollment year. Sis. Donna Hurt facilitated the donation of an entire pallet of children’s books for the school library from Benchmark Education Company. We are deeply grateful for their generosity, and the students are thrilled to read the new additions. Additionally, over 120 Chromebooks were deployed to middle and high school students, for use in the classroom and at home. Calvary Christian School is excited to have a device for each student, which greatly helps with their classes. Aaron McCreery gave an exceptional amount of time and energy to making this happen, and the school faculty are thankful for his help. Furthermore, despite a challenging school year last year, state test scores remained high. This is a reflection of the hard work of the Calvary Christian School students, teachers, and parents to remain focused on academic excellence. 

To celebrate the arrival of Fall, many of the elementary classrooms took field trips to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch, creating fun memories with their classmates. The school also had its annual CCS Fall Outing with families on October 26th, at Camp Sertoma. This was the first the year for the event to be held at this location, and there were over 200 attendees. It was a great night full of hayrides, face painting, s'mores, Smokin' Barrel BBQ, and lots of fellowship.

On Thursday, November 4th Calvary Christian School had its first annual Elementary STEM Night. Approximately one third of the elementary students participated, and had a fun night of coding, building, and popcorn. Each student visited nine different stations, learning how to code Botley, build a car, make a circuit, participate in straw building and geo building, learn about the Space Lander Mission, and work with vex robotics, twister rods and a LEGO marble run.

Indiana Bible College

This semester has brought a lot of exciting changes to the IBC campus. The building was totally repainted and new outside seating areas were set up, with new furniture for the students to enjoy. The maintenance team, along with Calvary Tabernacle volunteers, worked diligently to strip and wax all of the tile floors. Work is currently underway to replace the roof of the building. In addition to the changes to the building, the curriculum was overhauled over the summer and a new department was added. IBC now offers degrees in Biblical Studies, Worship Studies, Missiology, and Christian Leadership.

The current on-campus student enrollment is 243 students. God is working and moving in each student’s life, and we are blessed to be a part of their story. The students and staff are deeply grateful to the Calvary Tabernacle family for all the prayers and support for the ministry of Indiana Bible College.

Staff Q&A

Q: What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about God?

A: Where I was and how far God has brought me. Growing up, I did not think I would make it, and thought about 10 different things that would take me out before I turned 21. At 42, I know God has protected and kept me all these years. That makes me grateful. Also that God has a great since of humor. To keep this city boy out of trouble before I got in church, God connected me with a man from the mountains of Buckeystown, Maryland. He taught me how to hunt, fish, and have a love for the outdoors. From there, during my freshman year of Bible College, I ended up going to Arkansas for the first time. I fell in love with that state, and always wanted to go back. Later on in life, I met my wife, who is from Arkansas. Little did I know the state I fell in love with was where I would be able to pluck one of their most beautiful flowers and marry her on September 26, 2009 at 2pm.

Q: Which scriptures do you lean on during difficult times?

A: 1 John 5:14-15

“[14] And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: [15] And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

This scripture reminds me that whatever I go through, God is there. It reminds me to pray for God‘s will. If I pray for God‘s will, I know He hears. If I know he hears me and I’m praying for His will, I can have confidence He will answer. That always gives me peace.

Q: Before being called to ministry, what did you think you were going to do with your life?

A: I thought I would be a financial advisor. As a young person, I loved watching money grow through investing, and went as far as getting a job at Morgan Stanley, in Bethesda Maryland. I wanted to be financially secure and well off. I wanted to be able to purchase a home for my mom that had a wraparound porch. Growing up, my mom and I had a running joke going on between us. I told her I wanted to purchase a truck with a lift kit on it. I wanted her to have to use a step stool to get inside of it. I just wanted to have the satisfaction of watching her try to get into the truck.

Q: What’s your favorite sermon title – either yours or someone else’s?

A: ‘Perpetual Quest’ by Bishop Paul D. Mooney

I listened to it repeatedly while I had to spend a semester away from IBC. Bishop Mooney told his testimony. It was story after story about some of his struggles he had faced when he started off in ministry.

Q: Tell me about funny story or humorous event that’s happened to you while in ministry.

A: A while back I was asked to speak at a district Christmas service here in Indiana. As I was speaking to the kids in the audience, I talked about how my mother explained to me there wasn’t a Santa. After the service one of the ministers came up to me and told me one of his children leaned over to him after I said Santa wasn't real and said, “Dad, don’t worry about him, he just doesn’t believe.” Needless to say, I was never asked to preach that venue again.

Q: You have an entire day to yourself – nothing on the calendar and no calls, texts, or emails to contend with. What do you do?

A: I would spend that time with my family. We love going to Eagle Creek and walking the trails. There’s something about being outdoors that helps clear the mind. At times I love to go driving in the country. I love to drive and get lost on purpose and find my way back. I usually go driving to clear my head and to decompress. I love driving through farm land, it’s just beautiful. I love watching the corn and soybean being harvested. As I’m driving I enjoy scanning the fields for coyotes, deer, and other beautiful wildlife.