June 4, 2021

Dear Church Family,

Once a month we make it a priority to observe the Lord’s Table together. We “remember” our Lord Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for us on the cross of Calvary in this meaningful service. This Sunday will be another time to take the bread and cup and celebrate the amazing grace of God symbolized in these elements.

Please take some time to evaluate your own walk with the Lord and prepare for this important memorial service. It isn’t just formality or mere ceremony. It is our privilege to be reminded in this tangible way of the fact that Jesus paid our sin debt in full and rose again from the dead.

Pastor Pete and I will share in a special way this Sunday as we feature what we’re calling “Table Talks.” Each of us will preach on “What Jesus taught at a table.” I think you’ll be challenged by our time together in the Word of God and in fellowship with God’s people.

With the school year coming to an end, we shift into a summer mode. Many tend to travel, and things get scattered in some ways. Let’s all determine to stay anchored in God’s Word in our personal and family lives and in fellowship whenever we are in town. That priority will serve your family well and continue to honor our Lord no matter what season we’re in. You may take a vacation but let’s never take a vacation from God or His kingdom work.

We’re looking forward to having a newly paved parking lot in the month of July. Thank you for praying and giving toward this big project. It will help us have a welcome atmosphere in our location for many years to come by having a well-maintained entrance from the parking lot to the front door. Of course, it will add a safety element to walking on our property as well. So, praise the Lord for progress and pray all goes well in the process of getting it actually done this summer. We’re all also thankful for a dedicated group of individuals who have worked hard to plan, prepare and supervise this whole thing for quite some time now. The work will be worth it as we continue to make improvements to the property God has given us to use in evangelism and discipleship.

Maybe this summer will afford you a little extra time to reflect and relax. I hope so. As you do so, praise God for the many blessings He has given you and the many blessings our church family has experienced.

I love you all,

David


May 7, 2021

Dear Church Family,

We all have a special place in our hearts for our mother. It is appropriate to celebrate the place Moms hold in our lives and honor her for her godly influence. I hope you are all able to join us in person or online this Sunday at 9:30 am.

We will continue with our emphasis from the book of Deuteronomy but with a perspective that will feature Moms. Researchers tell us Mother’s Day is one of the highest attendance Sundays of the year for American churches. Perhaps this would be a great Sunday to invite a family member or friend. God just might use this special day to arouse someone’s interest and who knows what God may do through your personal invitation.

Our plan for the day includes a baptism service and parent-child dedication. What a wonderful day to come worship our Lord together!

Our Deacons provide oversight and leadership which is valuable to our church. Please pray for each of them and ask God to give them wisdom as we continue to navigate these challenging circumstances for ministry. We’ve had a robust program and participation over this past year, and we want to position ourselves to continue to grow and move forward as the coronavirus pandemic subsides. Please ask the Lord to enable us and give us strength to persevere so the gospel of Christ will continue to be published locally and globally through our local ministry.

I love you all,

David Hixson


April 30, 2021

Dear Church Family,

You may have noticed the display on the front lawn of our church. We are partnering with Erie County Right to Life to raise awareness of the horrible reality that millions of babies have been aborted since the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. This is just another attempt to emphasize our belief in the sanctity of human life.

Quoting from our church constitution, we declare: “We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, individuals that are physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life.”

Perhaps you will have an opportunity to explain to others why our church has this display on our lawn. I hope this sends a message to our community that all human life matters!

Hope to see you on Sunday!

David Hixson

Pastor


April 2, 2021

Dear Church Family,

This is it. Christ-followers have long celebrated the resurrection of Christ as our highest privilege. It is an act of worship. Our hearts are thrilled at the prospect of gathering in the name of Jesus to sing His praises and worship Him as our risen Savior.

Click the banner on our home page to reserve your place in the auditorium and then invite a friend to join you in this glorious celebration.

We’ll gather safely, but we will gather! This news that Christ is alive is just too good to ignore. Come be a part of our proclamation that “He is risen, indeed!”

David Hixson

Pastor


March 5, 2021

Dear Church Family,

You’ve probably noticed that more and more people are coming to our services each week. Every Sunday our attendance is growing, and folks are joining with us in greater numbers. Some are simply returning to their previous pattern of in-person attendance. Others are brand new and are coming for the very first time. It’s an exciting time to welcome everyone and rejoice in this wonderful trend.

As a result, we are opening up more seating in our auditorium. One side of the auditorium will continue to be restricted to only using every other pew. The other side, this Sunday, will utilize every pew, giving us more space to accommodate the growing demand for seats.

We will still have all of the overflow options in every room throughout our buildings. We will still have the special precaution area in the Family Life Center as we’ve had throughout this crisis. Masks have always been recommended and that continues as well.

I hope many will use the occasion of our 90th Anniversary Sunday to mark their return to in-person attendance. If you are still unable to do so, our online live streaming of the service will continue at 9:30 am. I’ve heard from many that really appreciate this option. We’re deeply grateful to our trained volunteers who make this opportunity possible and we appreciate their labor of love for all those who are not yet comfortable with public gatherings.

Dr. Dennis Michelson was the pastor of our church in 1978-1979. Though it was a short time, it was a fruitful time of ministry. We’re delighted to welcome Dr. Michelson and his wife, Linda, this Sunday. I know we’ll be blessed by his preaching of God’s Word. Invite a friend to meet you here or invite a friend to participate virtually through our web site at calvarysandusky.org.

Resurrection Sunday is coming quickly. On that day, we’ll offer two worship services from our auditorium. We will ask you to register for which service you will attend so we can best handle the crowds. Overflow rooms and live streaming will all be available as always for both services. Details will be forthcoming for this special celebration of Christ’s resurrection.

Thank you for your faithful giving every week! Your giving is vital, and we depend on your generosity to sustain this work. We’ve been careful to use your gifts wisely and exercise caution in our finances. Our leaders have charted a course through this pandemic that has positioned us to proclaim the gospel and welcome the community to the ministry of God’s Word. I’m extremely grateful that you are an active partner in making it all possible.

Pray for God’s work among us in a special way this week. We’re celebrating God’s goodness and God’s faithfulness to our church from one generation to another. Please come help us “Exalt Christ in all things” this Lord’s Day.

I love you all,

David Hixson

Pastor


February 19, 2021

Dear Church Family,

We’re in the midst of yet another improvement in our church facility. We’re replacing the video system in the auditorium so you will be able to see the visuals even better. The words to the songs and the sermon slides will all be bigger and more visible soon. The process will take a few more weeks to complete (some parts on back order) but in a short while there will be a brighter, wider and more visible image to help us worship and retain the meaning of Scripture as we study together each week.

Many people have been working hard on this project. Our Deacons, Buildings and Grounds committee and other volunteers are all combining their efforts. Actually, this is still part of our entire renovation of our Tech Booth and our online capabilities. This is the final step in moving all our technical arts equipment to the widescreen format necessary for online streaming and now will be available for viewing in the auditorium as well.

It’s been a huge undertaking spanning many months of preparation and planning. We’ve accomplished several steps already and now this final phase is in progress. So, you’ll notice some changes in the front of the auditorium and on the stage area, plus in the near future, the improved visual experience of all that is projected.

Our desire is that everyone would be encouraged by this technology to enter into worship through singing and studying of God’s Word. These visual resources are just another tool to stimulate us to respond to our Savior in greater knowledge of His Word and greater obedience to His commands.

In addition to all that, we’re also seeing great progress in our Forward Project – the resurfacing of our parking lot. Our goal is to grind down the entire parking lot and resurface the whole thing this summer. We’ve already collected over $60,000.00 toward our goal of $100,000.00! You’ve been so faithful and wonderful to give and we’re going to do our best to have an attractive and safe “welcome mat” for everyone who comes to Calvary each week.

I’m looking forward to seeing you this Sunday. If you have to remain home, please watch the live streaming of our service and invite someone to watch by sending them the link or “liking” or “sharing” the Facebook link.

Remember, our 90th Anniversary Sunday is coming up on March 7th. Please plan to join us that special week.

I love you all,

David Hixson

Pastor


January 29, 2021

Dear Church Family,

As we approach our 90th Anniversary as a church family, it occurs to me that this milestone should impress on all of us that our beliefs are enduring not merely trendy. Our mission transcends the whims of passing crazes and our faith is rooted in eternal truths that stand the test of time. March 7th will be a day to celebrate our participation in Christ’s work to build His church until He returns for us.

Pastor Pete and I have the awesome privilege of teaching our students in our youth group on Wednesday evenings. We just started a new series featuring the book of James. Oh, how important it is to equip this new generation with genuine faith in Christ and a passion to live it out in our lives. Our teenagers will be called upon to make a difference in our secular culture and we pray they will be up to the task in the generation ahead. Pray for our ECHO group as we endeavor to echo Christ in our lives together. Parents, we’re trying to help you in raising your kids. We can’t do it if they aren’t here. Bring them to our meetings and we’ll do our best to equip them to be strong in their faith in Christ.

I love how many of you “like” and “share” and give favorable comments on all our social media platforms. It helps to get the word out that our service is available and we want as many as possible to hear the message. Your participation actually helps others find our programing.

Since we have entered the “bleak mid-winter” season, just keep in mind that any weather-related cancellations will be posted on our church website. So, if you ever have a question about that, your first reaction should be to go to calvarysandusky.org and look for a posting. Our church Facebook page will also have updates about weather cancellations.

I love you all,

David Hixson

Pastor


Friday, January 22, 2021

Dear Church Family,

It is a real adjustment to type 2021 rather than 2020. You have to really think about that change at the beginning of a New Year and beyond. We also will have some real adjustments to a new administration in our nation’s capital. Let’s remember to pray faithfully for the President and all those who serve our nation in these chaotic times.

This coming Sunday is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. Each year we set this week aside in our church calendar to emphasize the importance of human life as created in the image of God. That important doctrinal truth has many ramifications, not the least of which is the recognition of the value of life from fertilization to natural death. This truth should also be a regular part of our prayers that our nation would defend the right to life for our most vulnerable citizens and craft legislation and create a culture of respect for life rather than a culture of death.

Our Worship Team and Tech Team has prepared a wonderful opportunity for all of us to gather in praise to God on Sunday. Please come and lift your voice and your heart to the Creator of the universe in songs of worship. Prepare to give generously to support the work of the gospel in our community and through our missionaries, around the world. Plan to attend a Sunday School class and be a real student of the Word this week with others of like faith. Invite a friend to come with you and do your best to influence others to consider the claims of Christ on our lives.

If you are quarantined at home and unable to come out to the service, there is a way for you to participate with us. Simply go to our church website at calvarysandusy.org and log on at 9:30 am and worship with the gathered folks at the church building. Sing, study and worship at the same time and you’ll be a part of all we do.

If you are able, you might consider coming out to Primetimers on Thursdays. What a fun time we have together. There is real fellowship and friendship to share in this wonderful group. You’ll love the time spent in God’s Word and in sincere prayer for one another. Plus, there is the conversation and sharing of life with others that is uplifting and encouraging week by week. I sure hope you can come next week.

I love you all,

David Hixson

Pastor


January 15, 2021

Dear Church Family,

Every Friday I am encouraged by the fellowship and support I feel with the men who gather for prayer each week. If any of you men are available at 9:00 am on Fridays, we “sharpen” each other in prayer on a weekly basis and we’d love for others to join with us. Come on out next week if you have the time.

The Echo student ministry is going strong every Wednesday night. It is terrific to see our teenagers studying God’s Word together. This past quarter we’ve been studying the book of Proverbs on a variety of topics highlighted in this book of the Bible. This week we featured the verses that talk about friendships, which is an important issue for students. I’m praying God helps our young people form good and godly friendships and create “good peer pressure” to live holy lives for our Lord.

Remember that we have a group that meets together on Thursdays to encourage each other spiritually and play a friendly game of volleyball in our Family Life Center. It’s a great time together and perhaps that would be a good outlet for more of you. Contact Mike Morrow for more information.

What are you doing on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm? If you are not busy, we’d love for you to log into our Facebook Bible study time called “Grounded Group”. Just go to our church Facebook page and watch live each Wednesday night. “Like” and “share” the link with others to get the word out.

I hope to see you this Sunday morning at 9:30 am. If you can’t come in person, join us on our YouTube channel. Just search our church name on YouTube or go to our church website and you can click on the link from there.

I love you all,

David Hixson

Pastor


January 8, 2021

Dear Church Family,

With the recent events in Washington, D.C. this New Year is shaping up to be tumultuous and chaotic. I wish I could say it looks like better days ahead but it may be a more accurate prediction to anticipate more difficulties and consternation.

Will you despair? Will you lose hope? No, not us! We will hope in the Lord our God. We will not stop trusting Him to deliver and to make us strong for the challenge. In our prayer time together this morning, the men of our church who came together to pray read Psalm 91 in which we were reminded that “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’” Let’s all adopt that approach to 2021 and trust God to sustain us and prosper His cause.

We will celebrate our Lord Jesus Christ in our service this coming Sunday morning as we take the bread and cup together in Communion. If you are able, please join with us as we “Remember” our Lord and honor Him as our Redeemer, Savior and Lord. It is one of the ways we “sharpen” one another “like iron sharpens iron” (Prov. 27:17).

Pray for our new officers for 2021. We installed them last week and now rely on them for their crucial roles in helping lead us into a fruitful New Year. Similarly, pray for your Sunday School teacher and many other helpers who serve faithfully each week with our teens and children and adults.

We are quickly approaching half way in our drive to raise the money necessary to lay out a new “Welcome Mat” for our church. Repaving the parking lot will be a beautiful way to welcome everyone as we join together in fellowship around the Word of God each and every week. It will add to the safety and beauty of our facility as well. Please give as best you can to help us reach our goal by this Summer.

Don’t you just love Pete and Cindi Dodd? They are wonderful leaders for our church programming and our church family. They strive to help us “Exalt Christ in all things” and they make a difference for us in practically everything we do! Pray for them and seek to find where you might be able to help as they organize our work for a New Year.

I love you all. Please let me know if there is some way I can be of benefit to you in your walk with the Lord. If you have some need or some concerns, I want to be available to you.

May the Lord strengthen you and give you courage for 2021. Let’s shine for Jesus with kindness, integrity, love, and good deeds that reflect well on our Savior.

David Hixson

Pastor


December 25, 2020

Dear Church Family,

Celebrate! Enjoy! Rejoice!

Christ’s birth is the central event of human history that marks all of our calendars. There was time before His birth and time after His birth but His birth marks the climax of all human history. Our calendar reflects the central position Jesus has to the history of all time. It is appropriate that everything is all the world is calculated in relationship to the birth of Jesus!

So, we give each other gifts to celebrate Him. We sing songs to honor Him. We stop our jobs in order to worship Him. This singular day of the year stands out not because of fictious characters but because of the very real coming of the God-Man, Jesus Christ.

Have a great time celebrating Jesus. Even a world-wide pandemic cannot stop our recognition of Jesus as Lord and Savior. This is essential.

You may be alone today or with others but make your first priority to worship Christ and enjoy the greatest gift of Jesus Himself. Then, enjoy all the blessings that God has given you and pray for His mercy to continue to live for His glory.

I love you all today and everyday!

Merry Christmas.

David Hixson

Pastor


December 18, 2020

Dear Church Family,

Merry Christmas! What a wonderful time of year to celebrate the birth of our Savior. Sure, it’s been a different kind of year and you’ve probably had to make more adjustments in your traditions than you’d like, but we’re pressing on in this great effort to proclaim the fact that the Savior of the world was born in Bethlehem and lives today to save us from our sin.

I hope you are able to join together this Christmas Sunday at 9:30 am to worship our Lord and explore His revelation to us. We’ll dig into John 1 as we draw our Challenging Chapters sermon series to an end. We’ll let this chapter inform us about who Christ really is and we’ll worship Him with gladness of heart.

Will you be able to help us with a special offering in addition to your regular giving this week? I’m praying God will help us make significant progress in our quest to repave our parking lot in order to welcome new and old friends alike for years to come. If you are able to help us, please mark your offering as designated for the “Forward” campaign toward the parking lot project. We’ve got a very good start already (approx. $38,000.00) and I believe God will help us reach our goal by this summer.

I can’t hardly wait for our Christmas Candlelight Celebration this Sunday at 4:00 and 6:00 pm. The Chime Choir will direct our praise to God for the gift of His Son and we’ll blend our voices in singing the Carols of Christmas. “Fear not” was the message of the angels in their proclamation to the shepherds because the birth of this divine child would bring “good news” for the whole world. You will want to be a part of this wonderful service this year. Make your reservations and join us this Sunday.

For those that need to stay home these days, please know that we miss you and love you. We may wave to you again this week during the service just to let you know we’re thinking of you and know that you are with us in spirit as we worship the Lord.

I love you all,

David Hixson

Pastor


December 11, 2020

Dear Church Family,

Have you ever heard a chime choir? We’ve never featured a chime choir in our Christmas celebrations before but this Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Christ with a beautiful chime choir. COVID has caused us to make many adjustments in programing and procedures and not having a regular choir is one of those adjustments. But we’ve found another way to “Exalt Christ in all things” and this season it will involve the splendor of chiming God’s praise. I hope you have already made your reservations for one of our two programs for Sunday, December 20 at 4:00 or 6:00 pm. If not, follow the link below to make your reservations or watch online to the live broadcast. Either way, we want the message of the Incarnation to be celebrated and proclaimed from our ministry yet again this year at this special time of year.

Sunday School has been a blessing each week as we fellowship around God’s Word. God has given us gifted teachers and faithful students. The church is an educational institution in which we teach one another and “sharpen” one another to know and live for the Lord. I’m grateful so many are still able to participate in this vital ministry.

Please consider joining with others in our church in a special Christmas offering to help us complete this final project in our Forward: A Vision for Growth campaign. We’ve got a very good start on raising $100,000 to resurface our parking lot and we could really advance in a big way this Christmas if you would help us. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could see this project come to completion this summer? Thank you for praying about your part in this effort.

Some are needing to stay quarantined at home these days. We miss you and pray for you. I know it is hard to be shut in at home. It has now been a long time for many of you and I’m sure you would dearly love to come back out to public worship services. We continue to ask for God’s mercy to stop this pandemic and allow folks to be regular in attendance at church once again. If there is some way we could help you maintain a connection by watching our services online, please let us know. Many volunteers are working hard to make services possible. We appreciate their dedication each week.

Merry Christmas. I love you all.

David Hixson

Pastor