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  • A Generosity of Forgiveness

    Bill LaMorey / October 11, 2019
    When it comes to forgiveness, I think we can all agree it's a sensitive topic. We've been both a beneficiary of it, but also the one to offer it to another. When we've forgiven someone who has caused much pain in our lives, it can be challenging and sometimes we don't even know where to begin. In Matthew 18:21-35 Jesus shows us the generosity of forgiveness. As we unpack these verses on Sunday we'll see the lesson He is teaching His disciples and how we can start "Living in the Flow of Forgiveness." Though it's a process, when we remember… Read More
  • Fall Campaign Kick-off!

    Bill LaMorey / October 4, 2019
    I hope to see you this Sunday as we kick-off our fall campaign! I'm really excited for this fall series: “Living in the Flow.” We'll be going on a journey together as a church family that has the potential to touch many lives, to transform us and the way we live, and to glorify our Heavenly Father while putting a big smile on His face! Please commit to being there this Sunday for the series launch, and then be ready to talk about it more in our Home Fellowship groups starting next week. And let’s pray for God to do… Read More
  • A Plan For Your Soul

    Bill LaMorey / November 18, 2016
    This Sunday will conclude our “Soul Keeping” series, but it would be a real shame if it was the end of our intentional soul keeping! In this final message we will seek to leverage what we have learned in our journey into an ongoing plan as we consider a basic framework and some probing questions that will help us build “A Plan for Your Soul.” I hope to see you Sunday! Blessings, -Bill Read More
  • Recognizing The Good

    Bill LaMorey / November 4, 2016
    I hope you’re enjoying our “Soul Keeping” journey so far! This week we continue pressing in with a message entitled “Recognizing the Good.” We’ll talk about why gratitude is so essential for our souls (and the souls around us) to be healthy and how we can develop more of it in our lives. So to put this into practice, let me just say thank you for reading this email! And you’re welcome for me keeping it brief. Blessings, -Bill Read More
  • An Invitation

    Chip Anthony / September 29, 2016
    Hi Everyone, We receive invitations all the time. Invitations to events, parties, dates, weddings, funerals, etc.  Some of the invitations we have accepted are fun, while others we end up wishing we had declined.  However, some invitations that we have accepted have truly impacted us in incalculable ways, even changing the trajectory of our lives, and we are so thankful we accepted them. It is my prayer that the invitation that Calvary Fellowship is offering you to engage in our “Soul Keeping” Fall Campaign is one of these. This Sunday we begin “Soul Keeping” with a message called “An Invitation… Read More
  • Jesus & Politics

    Bill LaMorey / September 22, 2016
    I know, to avoid conflict it’s best to avoid topics like religion and politics, especially when combined! But have you asked or wondered about questions like: -How politically engaged should a follower of Jesus be? -Which political side is Jesus on? -How does Jesus change my politics? Even if you haven’t pondered these questions, aren't you even a little curious now? If so, then make sure to be at service this weekend for a message called “Jesus & Politics” in which we’ll look to Jesus’ example to gain some helpful perspective in our upcoming presidential election and beyond. My prayer… Read More
  • Things are looking up!

    Bill LaMorey / June 24, 2016
    I don’t know what you’re going through right now, but I do know that we all go through seasons of life that are challenging and discouraging. God doesn’t want us crumbling under the weight of these trials, He wants us to rise above regardless of whether our circumstances quickly change or not. When this happens we experience joy and God receives glory through our example. This Sunday we launch our new series “Rise Above,” our summer journey through the book of Philippians. In this week’s message called “Looking Up” we’ll talk about how we can rise above whatever is bringing… Read More
  • This Sunday is a big day! (A party and some good news)

    Chip Anthony / June 10, 2016
    We are back at Conard as usual this Sunday, and we are excited to say that we have a very special day planned! We’ll have our regular service as we continue in our One Another series with a message entitled “Be of the Same Mind Toward One Another." Immediately after the service we’ll celebrate our 11-year anniversary with our Family Fun Day which will be a blast for children and adults alike.  The event will feature great food, bounce houses, balloon animals, an iced coffee bar, an ice cream truck, a photo booth and of course a great time of… Read More
  • 2 Important Things For This Weekend

    Bill LaMorey / June 3, 2016
    There are two important things to know for this weekend: 1. This weekend is Celebrate West Hartford - one of our biggest community outreach events of the year. Please pray for great weather and a great response. Also, please consider helping out; you can sign find out more and sign up here. 2. This Sunday we will be meeting at Sedgwick Middle School since Conard is not available to us due to their safe-grad activities. We will be back at Conard the following Sunday, June 12th. Thanks and see you Sunday -at Sedgwick! Blessings, -Bill Read More
  • I Need Your Help

    Bill LaMorey / March 25, 2016
    Hi Everyone, The big day that we’ve been praying for and planning for for months is here this weekend, Easter Sunday! To maximize this Resurrection Sunday I am asking you to do three things: 1. Show up! It wouldn’t be the same without you! We are expecting the 11 AM service to be packed so if you can attend the 8:30 service that will help. 2. Speak up! Invite your peeps. We’ve been talking about this for awhile, but we’re down to the wire. Be bold, be kind and simply invite someone who doesn’t know Jesus to come to the… Read More
  • Suffering

    Bill LaMorey / March 3, 2016
    Hi Everyone, None of us like to suffer, but all of us do at times in life. Typically, our biggest question is “How do we get out of it?", but maybe we should ask "WHAT can we get out of it”. This Sunday we wrap up our Rhythms series with a message called “Rhythms of Suffering.” Suffering is something that we cannot escape from in life, but it is something that can actually be used for our good and for God’s glory when we catch the right rhythm. Join us this Sunday as we explore how to lean into suffering… Read More
  • Rhythms of Snow?

    Bill LaMorey / January 22, 2016
    This Sunday at Calvary we will continue in our "Rhythms" series with a fun twist from our norm. I’ll be joined on stage with a special guest and we’ll be have a conversation-style message as we continue talking about weaving God’s rhythms into our lives. I can’t wait, it should be a blast! Caveat: We too are watching the development of the winter snow storm and its impact on our area this weekend. Current projections show our area experiencing minimal impact in a way that should not effect our service. However, since its a few days out, anything can happen… Read More
  • Some things I really want to tell you

    Bill LaMorey / January 7, 2016
    Hi All, As the title indicates there are some things I really want to talk about with you. Like some of the exciting challenges our church has recently faced, but also, some exciting opportunities I pray our church will embrace. I would also like to discuss a focused direction that I hope and pray will bring a fresh vitality and strength to our church body and initiate reverberations felt by everyone around us. I am very excited about 2016 at Calvary Fellowship, and I hope you will be too. This Sunday is Vision Sunday, and I’m going to address all… Read More
  • Judging Jesus

    Bill LaMorey / November 12, 2015
    The TV show Law & Order ran for 20 seasons and spawned multiple series spin-offs; a television success by any standards! I didn’t see all the episodes, but I watched many of them because the show contained two of my favorite dramatic elements; police investigation and courtroom drama! Whether it’s on a TV drama or on the news most of us are fascinated to watch someone face a trial and discover the verdict and the fate of the accused. This Sunday the court drama comes to church as we continue in our journey through Mark. In our message, “Judging Jesus,”… Read More
  • Grace Under Pressure

    Bill LaMorey / October 21, 2015
    Every single one of us at some point will face pressure so great that will cause us to crack under it. Our willpower, good intentions, strength, resources or connections won't be able to save us under this pressure. However, when that day comes we don't have to crack. This Sunday in a message entitled "Grace Under Pressure", we'll see Jesus face the greatest pressure He ever faced and hold it together even though everyone else around Him cracked. We'll also learn how we can follow His example to experience grace under pressure in our own lives. Don't miss it! Blessings,… Read More
  • A Beautiful Thing

    Bill LaMorey / October 7, 2015
    Is your life challenging right now? Do circumstances seem to be conspiring against you making life unbearable? Are people that should be supporting you instead challenging you and questioning your actions and/or your motivations? Do you sometimes wonder if all the sacrifices you make for God and others are really worth the great cost? If you answered yes to any of the above, I can relate you you. However, to avoid feeling defeated we need to be reminded that through it all God is doing a beautiful thing! This Sunday we'll see this as we cover Mark 14:1-9 in a… Read More
  • Watch Out!

    Bill LaMorey / October 2, 2015
    This Sunday is the launch of our annual Fall Campaign. During our Campaign each year we focus on a specific area for targeted, unified growth as the teachings in our Sunday morning services connect with the discussions in our Home Fellowships. This year we are not launching a new series for this, but  are continuing our journey through the Gospel of Mark and expanding the discussion by introducing this topic in all of our Home Fellowships as we discuss application from the Sunday messages as well as from Tim Keller's book about Mark, "Jesus the King." This Sunday we'll be… Read More
  • Lord Jesus

    Bill LaMorey / September 18, 2015
    We could, and should, spend a lifetime unpacking "the unsearchable riches of Christ." It is God's intention and desire that we constantly grow deeply in the love and knowledge of Jesus -there is no prescribed path for stagnation or status quo. One of the ways we need to explore and understand Jesus is as Lord. Yes, Jesus should be Lord over our lives, but He is Lord over so much more. This Sunday we will continue in our Kingdom series with a message called "Lord Jesus" in which we will explore 3 big things Jesus is Lord of, and how… Read More
  • Are You Ready To Go Back To School?

    Bill LaMorey / August 27, 2015
    This week, like many parents, I dropped my children off for their first day back at school. I felt a mixture of sadness to see the summer fun go, and excitement for the regular rhythms that the fall puts back in place for us. As a pastor I've observed that one of the regular rhythms fall brings is a renewed focus on church attendance and spiritual growth. That's one reason we launch a Fall Campaign every October. But you don't have to wait until then to dig deep into the study of God's word! This Sunday Jesus takes us to… Read More
  • Marriage, Divorce, Children & Why these Things Matters to YOU!

    Bill LaMorey / August 13, 2015
    What did Jesus say about marriage? What did He say about divorce? What did He say about children; specifically, what are we to learn from them? We're going to talk about these things this Sunday as we continue in our current series, "The Kingdom" with a message entitled, "Jesus' Vision for Your Family & Your Faith." I am well aware that there are a large number of single people in our church. If you are one of them, you might assume these things don't apply to you yet, but I'd argue that it might be especially helpful for you to… Read More
  • How to Face the Storms of Life

    Bill LaMorey / May 22, 2015
    Everybody faces overwhelming, tumultuous storms in life that come upon us without warning and without a clear or easy way out. The natural reaction in these times is fear, but the Christian response is faith. How do we move from fear to faith? That's what we're going to talk about this Sunday in a message called "Facing the Storms of Life" as we explore Mark 4:35-41. I definitely encourage you to read ahead. I also encourage you to plan to join us at church this Sunday. I realize it is a holiday weekend and many of you will be traveling,… Read More
  • FREE Mother’s Day photos this Sunday!

    Bill LaMorey / May 7, 2015
    Hi Everyone, For the majority of our existence it has been Calvary Fellowship's annual tradition to offer FREE family photos on Mother's Day. The idea is we want to bless families by providing what Mom's typically want most, time together and memories! Professional photographers will be taking portraits before and after service beginning at 9:15 AM. Show up early if you want to beat the crowd. Each person will receive a digital copy and a color 8x10 print the following week. And of course we also have a great service planned for you. Pastor Dave has planned an amazing worship… Read More
  • “We Never Saw Anything Like This!”

    Bill LaMorey / April 23, 2015
    Have you ever seen or experienced something so incredible and unusual that you just had to bring your friends so they could experience it too? I have and I’m sure you have too. Certainly those that witnessed Jesus’ ministry on earth experienced some things so astonishing that they were compelled to tell others and bring them to Jesus to see for themselves the amazing things He did. This Sunday we continue in our study through the gospel of Mark with a message entitled “We Never Saw Anything Like This!” (which is what the crowds said when they experienced Jesus for… Read More
  • Into the Wild

    Bill LaMorey / April 12, 2015
    If you made it to one of our Easter services, I hope you enjoyed it! If you're interested, here are my thoughts about this past Easter at Calvary. Easter may be over, but our study through the Gospel of Mark series is just revving up! This Sunday we'll continue in our Kingdom series with a message entitled, "Into the Wild." We'll talk about why we need to step into the wilderness to find Jesus and why Jesus stepped into the wilderness to find us. I hope to see you Sunday! -Bill PS: Did you see that Calvary made the news… Read More
  • Who are you inviting?

    Bill LaMorey / April 2, 2015
    This Sunday is it, the Super Bowl of Christianity, Easter Sunday! We hope you'll be joining us at either 8:30 or 11 AM this Sunday for a dynamic, upbeat 1-hour service each followed by an Easter egg hunt for the kids. I hope you'll come, but I hope you'll also do something else; I hope you will invite someone or many someones to come with you! In a message called "He is Risen!" I will be preaching on the life-changing good news of the resurrection as we kick off our Mark series. My prayer is that many who are not… Read More
  • All In!

    Bill LaMorey / February 26, 2015
    The church was born by the power of the Holy Spirit to advance the Kingdom of God on earth until Jesus' return. From the very beginning God made it clear that church was not a casual affiliation, but rather He expected His church to be all in! In Calvary Fellowship's new series "All In" we're going to look at how our local church helps advance God's kingdoms locally and globally and how every single person who calls our church home needs to be ALL IN to reach our full redemptive potential. Check out the series preview video here. We hope… Read More
  • What are you thinking?!?

    Bill LaMorey / January 15, 2015
    "We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them." -Albert Einstein He's absolutely correct about that! What we think and how we think are critical not only to solving problems, but also to determining values and making decisions that impact us and the people around us in both routine and life-changing ways. Jesus said the greatest command is this, "...You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'" (Matthew 22:37, NKJV) Did you catch the mind part? Loving God with our minds is… Read More
  • Peace on Earth

    Bill LaMorey / December 18, 2014
    Christmas was a promise of peace from God: "And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"" (Luke 2:12-14, NKJV) This Sunday in a message called, "The Advent of Peace" we will discuss how we can unwrap God's wonderful Christmas gift and experience the peace we crave but often find missing in our lives and in our world.… Read More
  • Got Hope?

    Bill LaMorey / December 14, 2014
    As we navigate through this season of Advent it is critical that we don't allow all of the competing Christmas distractions to cause us to miss all that God intended for us. One of the biggest things God offered the world through the birth of Jesus is hope. Hope means "joyful and confident expectation." Are you experiencing that to the fullest in your life right now? I hope so! This Sunday in a message called "The Advent of Hope" I'll talk about how Jesus brings incredible hope to our lives and how we can practically access and experience that hope… Read More
  • A Powerful Story of Hope

    Bill LaMorey / December 3, 2014
    Last night I watched "A Charlie Brown Christmas" with my children. If you recall Charlie Brown was miserable, confused and depressed because the true Christmas story had been so obscured to him by all the competing narratives. In the same way we can find ourselves miserable, confused and depressed in life because God's story can be obscured by all the competing narratives. This Sunday we are going to be reminded of the power of the gospel to transform any life that God gets a hold of. Professor/author/speaker Christopher Yuan will share his story of being called out of a self-destructive… Read More