Left: Assistant Pastor, Adam Triantaflos
Right: Senior Pastor, Rev. Don Gommesen, PhD
Several years ago, when Kathy and I lived in the eastern part of the United States, I picked up coffee on the way to work. The café that had the best coffee served it in cups with the slogan that said, "We are obsessed with freshness." They claimed the only way to get
fresher coffee was to go pick it from the plant.
Pastor Adam, the deacons, and I invested several hours casting around for a summary of what makes our church different from other churches. Why is Calvary Baptist Church important? What is our reason for existing?
We decided that like this coffee shop, we are absolutely obsessed with something. We are obsessed with the Truth. Everything we do in this body of Christ
is aimed at communicating the Truth.
The Truth we are committed to is two-fold. First we are committed to the unchanging Truth of God's Word. Jesus in His prayer in John 17 asked the Father to, "Sanctify them through Thy truth, Thy word is truth." Our eternal salvation is ours because we believe in the Truth of God's word. It is the Word of God that becomes our life and which helps us grow up in our relationship with the living Lord Jesus. The Apostle Paul prescribed our methodology in Ephesians 4:15 "Speaking the truth in love, [we] may grow up in all things into Him who is the head--Christ."
Here at Calvary Baptist, we are obsessed with the Truth of God's Word, and, secondly, we are obsessed with the Truth. This Truth is the Lord Jesus Christ who is the Truth incarnate. In John 14:6, shortly before our Lord Jesus was crucified, He told His disciples about how they can get to heaven. He said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." Your friends here at Calvary Baptist Church are committed to proclaiming the Lord Jesus who is the Truth so others can come to God the Father through Him. Do you know Him? You can. We can show you how.
Speaking the truth in love, [we] may grow up in all things into Him who is the head--Christ.
- Ephesians 4:15
(Nursery Care available)
7 pm - Prayer & Praise
During the School year
AWANA (age 3 - to grade 6)
Youth Group (Grade 6-12)
The Lord's Table is observed once a month alternating between the 10:30 am service and the 6:00 pm service.
And He took a cup, and when He had given thanks He said, "Take this, and divide it among yourselves. For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes." And He took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me." And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.
Continuing in chapter 5 - preparations for Building the Temple
"31 Days to Happiness"
Utilizing Dr. David Jeremiah's book they will be searching for Heaven on Earth through Ecclesiastes, written by the wisest man on Earth.
Continuing our study of Ephesians
“Stepping Up: A Journey Through the Psalms of Ascent”
Those who participate in the study can expect to gain a new appreciation for the life of faith as a journey to greater fellowship with and worship of God.
Children - PreK to grade 6
As you pass through the front doors look to your right and you will see stairs leading up to the sanctuary and down to the basement.
Children - grades 7-12
Our Jr. Church is going through the Answers in Genesis - ABC Bible Curriculum. Come and visit us if you like and learn with us. We have a great time with our teachers and our fantastic assistants.
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
2 Timothy 3:14-16
Prayer & Praise meets Wednesday evenings at 7 pm in the Sanctuary.
Our Wednesday night prayer and praise gives opportunity to sing a couple of old hymns, songs from the heart. We study God's Word and make personal application of scriptures. There is a close fellowship of saints on our way through this old world on our way to heaven.
We listen, then pray for the needs in our lives and attempt to thank the Lord for Who We is and what He is doing in our lives, in our church and our worlds. This meeting helps us to stay close to the Lord.
-Pastor Emeritus Jameson
To all ladies of the church, Ladies' Fellowship Time is the 3rd Thursday of the spring and summer months. Join us at our informal gathering with you prayer requests and something to share from your own devotional time. If you wish to show up at 12:30 pm just to visit, bring a Sack Lunch. At 1 pm join in sharing what God is doing for you. Let us share in the joy of God's constant care together. Come as often as you desire, even if you'd rather listen than talk. Specific dates for your calendar are:
April 18 | May 16 | June 20 | July 18 | August 15 | September 19
We offer opportunities for spiritual growth, fellowship and service through Adult Bible Fellowships [ABF], Bible Studies, Retreats, Music, Missions, Prayer groups and more. ABF starts at 9:15am Sunday mornings.
Our children grow and mature in Christ through SUNDAY SCHOOL Sunday Mornings @ 9:15am and JR. CHURCH @ 10:30am.
During the School year kids age 3 – grade 6 also enjoy AWANA Wednesday evenings from 6:45pm – 8:15pm.
Tuesday – Friday 9 am – 3 pm
Phone: (517) 482-1135
Address: 14769 Wood Rd
Lansing, MI 48906
(during the school year)
Meets Wednesday evenings @ 6:45pm - 8pm.
The Speed Limit Gang [SLG] is for those who are 55 years an older. They meet monthly on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 12:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. The SLG sponsors various activities throughout the year. If you have any questions you may contact Bessie R.
January 12 - Potluck 12pm
February 9 - Valentine Banquet 6pm
Everyone invited (there will be a cost)
March 9 - Potluck 12pm
April 13 - Birthday Party 5:30pm
May 11 - Potluck
June No Meeting
July 13 - Picnic
August 10 - Potluck
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: if either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:9,10 & 12
This is a time for men to come together in fellowship, have a devotional & of course a bit-o-food. Bring a friend & and open spirit. A suggested donation of 2 or 3 dollars would be appreciated to help with costs. Breakfast starts at 8 am and meets in the Fellowship Hall the 1st Saturday of each month during the School year. This way the men can have vacation time during the summer months. We invite you to join them at the next Men’s Fellowship Breakfast!
June - August off for the summer
Join the ladies at Spur-en the 2nd Friday of the month in the Education Building. It is a time spent working on whatever project you choose to bring, while spuring and encouraging each other toward love and good deeds. The doors open @ 6:00 pm and close up sometime around 10:00 pm. You can come for as long as fits your schedule. We encourage you to invite a friend, bring a snack or whatever will make this time together comfortable for you. [Children are welcome but there is no nursery care for this event].
There is no schedule or program, just time [and space] to accomplish your project.
We hope to meet together, as sisters, to help each other along. Questions –contact Lisa S.
2nd Friday of the month
@ 6 pm in the Education Building
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another –and all the more as you see the day approaching.
We host Released Time Bible Class [RTBC] led by Debbie Price who ministers with Rural Bible Mission [RBM] Ministries. This is an opportunity for children, in accordance with Michigan law, to be released from school once a month to attend religious instructional classes. The class is one hour and thirty minutes. The children are picked up from school by the church at 9:00am and returned following the class by 11:00am operating during the months of October – April or May depending upon spring break.
Schools which are currently involved:
Schavey Road Elementary
David Scott Elementary
If you are interested in having your child involved in this program pick up a yellow flier at the information table in the foyer or contact your school office if it is one of the previously listed schools. We would be happy to have your child join us at RTBC.
What is Released Time Bible Class?
Now, by state law, a new and effectual door has opened called “released time”. Michigan Administrative Code R 340.71 states that… “The board of education or its duly authorized representative, upon written request of the parent, guardian or person having control or charge of any child or children, shall release from attendance at the public school any child or children to attend religious instruction classes not to exceed two hours (120 minutes) per week.” Or, in other words, if Mom or Dad sign the permission slips, the kids can go from school on school time to a nearby church or other suitable place for Bible Class!
What the Children Get …
Seven times each school year the Bible is taught by the story-telling method, with the aid of eye-catching visuals.
The Bible Story is the “heart” of the program. The stories are chosen from both the Old and New Testaments, with concern for the needs and understanding of the children. The presentation is true to life, faithful to Scripture and backed by RBM Ministries’ commitment to evangelical Christian doctrine.
Each month the children are given a Bible verse to memorize and apply to their lives. Where facilities and time allow songs and quizzes are part of the program.
An attractive take-home paper climaxes the thrust of each month’s lesson, games and pointed Bible message are used to help crystallize Biblical truth.
(General Association of Regular Baptist Churches)
Link to Beliefs and Constitution of GARB