Fall is here. What a wonderful time to live in the beautiful city of Little Rock. Our gorgeous trees are full of color. The air has a crisp coolness in the mornings and evenings. Even the stars seem brighter at night.

This fall, Calvary herself has shined brightly through her outreach events such as prayer walking in the Heights, hosting our annual Fall Family Festival, and preparing for our approaching student ministry retreat. As we reflect, we should remember that we can never underestimate the power and impact of prayer, and we should celebrate with joy the many children and families that experienced our Fall Family Festival. So, let me extend a special thanks to all of you who served so faithfully to make each of these ministries a success.

In addition, fall is a wonderful time for worship and celebration, as we will soon be entering the holiday season. The Thanksgiving and Christmas season is a special time for expressing our gratitude, joy, and worship. I am looking forward to Calvary hosting the Master’ Singers in concert, the Calvary choir caroling at Holiday in the Heights, our Gratitude Sunday celebration, and our many Christmas season services and events.

Also, I am excited about this fall’s “All In” capital fundraising campaign based on 2 Corinthians 9:7 – “You must each decide in your heart how much to give … For God loves a cheerful giver.” Through this campaign, Calvary is going to take a significant step in eliminating the remaining debt on our Worship Center. My expectation is that achieving this goal will free up resources to expand Calvary’s missions and ministries.

So, this beautiful fall season, I join the Psalmist in saying.

Praise the Lord.

Praise God in his sanctuary;

praise him in his mighty heavens.

Praise him for his acts of power;

praise him for his surpassing greatness.

Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,

praise him with the harp and lyre,

praise him with timbrel and dancing,

praise him with the strings and pipe,

praise him with the clash of cymbals,

praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord.

Joyfully – your pastor,

Scott Jackson

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