Calvary Baptist celebrates building project

About a 140 people attended a celebration banquet last Friday evening at the newly-revamped Calvary Baptist Church to give thanks for the completion of the building project.
It was that much more delightful as the Northwestern Ontario Baptist Association held its fall meeting here at Calvary Baptist, with each of the six churches in the association being represented.
The pastors on hand included Ted Searle (Dryden), Kevin Dibbley and Peter Clarbois (Fort William), Gordon Dan-Janz of Kenora (moderator), area minister Stan Hibbons (Orillia) and, locally, Andrew Hall.
Congregational members from these locations attended, as well.
Also attending the banquet was the contractor of the project and local sub-contractors. It showed a community that works together, pulls together.
During the worship service in the sanctuary after the banquet, Marg Elliott, a member of the Baptist association from Thunder Bay, was honoured for her 18 years of faithful service as secretary/treasurer of the association.
Dan-Janz called Elliott at her home in Thunder Bay and wished her the best, with the congregation then singing, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.”
Worship chair James King thanked all who were involved in the building project, both financially and volunteering, singling out three businesses which had contributed generously.
A praise team of Yvonne Barron (organist), Heidi Gerber, Penny Faragher, Pastor Hall and John Wiebe (guitar), Karen Whatley (drummer), and Phillip Whatley (guitar) led the congregation in several numbers.
It was inspiration giving thanks to God for his goodness and guidance throughout all the years Calvary Baptist has served the community.
The church now features a spacious kitchen area, fellowship hall, entrance to lower hall, a conference room that looks into the sanctuary, a nursery program downstairs for children up to age three, and a pastor’s study in the rear.
The sanctuary has a seating capacity of about 140.
The NWO Association of Baptist churches is affiliated with the Baptist Convention Ontario and Quebec.