In early August Calvary is sending a team to Montreal Canada. Last year, Family Ministry pastor Brian Martin and Matthew Bergquist traveled to Montreal to explore the possibility of ministry there. Earlier this month, Calvary-supported missionaries Adam and Michelle Morgan moved to Sherbrooke Quebec, where they will soon begin language school in preparation for future ministry in Montreal. Adam and his oldest son will join our team after we arrive in Montreal as we conduct an English camp for immigrants August 6-10. Three staff members from Christian Direction in Montreal will serve as our translators as our students speak Arabic or other foreign languages, some French, and little to no English. We will use lessons from the Old Testament books of Daniel and Jonah to teach basic English vocabulary with an emphasis on trusting and obeying God. Daniel was taken as a captive from Judah and lived in Babylon much of his life. He modeled trust and obedience as he served God in a foreign country. Jonah had to learn some hard lessons in how to obey God. Learning to trust and obey God are lessons that each of us need to learn.

Pictured are our team members (left to right) David Henry, Roy MaKosky, Glenna MaKosky, Kathy Bergquist, Nathan Bergquist, Matthew Bergquist, and Tom Bergquist. We leave Rochester August 3. It will take us two days to drive to Montreal. On August 5, we will worship in Montreal, have dinner with missionaries Steve and Jane Wheeler, and spend time exploring the city before beginning the English camp on the 6th. Please pray for our safety in travel and good conversations during our travel as we prepare for our time of ministry in Montreal.

1-10 (1 = cold, 10 = hot), how is your spiritual temperature? Does your passionate love for God and for people overflow such that others take notice? How would those who know you best rate you? 1-10, what is the outreach temperature of our church? More objectively, how many people have come to know Jesus over the past year through us? The apostle Paul said to his friends at Corinth, For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Cor 15:3-4, NASB). How are you doing with that which is of first importance?

Last spring Calvary began to host an organic outreach cohort of twelve area churches, facilitated by the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, to help us bless our community with the good news of Jesus in growing and effective ways. We met monthly for training, encouragement, and accountability through June of this year and have one more year left in this equipping process.

We are learning field tested best practices that will make us more effective as a church. Our leadership team is seeking to model lives of natural outreach that you can imitate, and to structure, train, and inspire you for more effective outreach. Specifically, we made lists of friends, relatives, acquaintances, neighbors, and coworkers near where we live, work, and play. We began to pray and watch for opportunities to simply bless them and share the love of God in ways that feel natural and nonthreatening to them and to us. Soon we will also be looking for ways to help each of our existing ministries raise their outreach temperature, lower unnecessary barriers that hinder our effectiveness in reaching people, and vector existing ministries into the community so we can work smarter, not harder.

Please join us as we humbly and passionately seek the Lord together for more conversion growth in our lives, church, and city. For more information, check out www.organicoutreach.com. Will you join us, praying, “Lord, help me and help Calvary raise our outreach temperature one degree at a time! What will You have me do today, Lord, to influence that end?” Contact Pastor Larry (507-282-4612 or lorth@calvaryefc.org) if you are interested in learning how you can raise your spiritual outreach temperature or become more involved in outreach. Join us on this journey of improving our proclamation of that which is of first importance!

But let’s be really honest: Christians are not the only people who believe serving is important, and not all forms of service are done with Christ in mind. This is where gospel-centered becomes an important qualifier in our Habit. The difference between gospel-centered service and service motivated by other things (guilt, duty, forced volunteerism) is that it has a higher purpose and a larger intention.

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