Our church website has now officially been launched! Go to fpcofkc.org and check it out. On the website you will be able to view a calendar of events, learn more about our church history, meet our ministerial staff and much more. Stay tuned for any news here on our blog, as well.
Our pastor, Brent Calvert, passed away on Saturday, June 18 around 4 PM at the age of 49. He fought an almost 2-year battle with cancer. He fought bravely and courageously. There were often times when it was hard to believe that he had any sickness in his body. He was one of the most giving people that we all knew and we were all blessed because of his generosity. He never stopped giving of himself even after things began to look grim, giving was truly a part of him. He passed on surrounded by family and friends, with prayer and with hymns being sung. We will not understand, in this life, why such a good man went through this suffering or why he passed at such a young age, leaving family and friends behind. But, we do know these things. That God is the Master of the universe and He does all things well. We know that he is no longer suffering, but is with the Lord, and we know that one day soon, we will meet him again.
Proverbs 14:32 When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge.
Lamentations 3:31-33 For men are not cast off by the Lord forever.Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday June 22, at First Pentecostal Church of Kansas City. Visitation will begin at 11:00 AM and the service will begin at 12:30. Any who wish to pay their respects are welcome to both services.
FPC is hosting a craft and bake sale! Dates will be May 19th-21st, from 9AM-5PM. The sale will be held on the church premises. There will be a variety of items for sale including, baby/children items, pet items, clothing, hair accessories, home decor and more. All items were handcrafted by ladies here at FPC. On Saturday, starting at 11, there will be hot dogs and bottled water for sale. Baked goods will be available for purchase Wednesday through Saturday. Please come join us for a good time and bring your shopping money, there will be something for everyone!
Bro. Calvert was moved from the hospital to his home yesterday. He has some infection on his lung, and has been put on antibiotics to treat that. What was thought to be a blood clot in his lungs was actually one of the original tumors in his lungs. So, between the infection and the tumor, he has been having difficulty breathing. He is on oxygen for now to aid his breathing. There is no specific word yet as to what will happen next with his treatments. The priority now is to get rid of the infection. He is weak but happy to be home.
Sis. Brewer has now been moved to an assisted living facility where she will be doing routine physical therapy to help her get back to normal. She is still on antibiotics to fight her infection and is doing very well under her circumstances.
We are trusting God for complete healing for Bro. Calvert and thank Him for what He has done already for both him and Sis. Karen Brewer. Everyone please keep in mind that we need to unite and fight for Pastor. Matthew 17:14-21 speaks about how some things come only through prayer and fasting. Let's get serious and follow the Word of God and do our best to pray and fast for our man of God.
Bro. Calvert has been recuperating nicely at home for the last 2 weeks following his surgery. No visitors have been welcome until his incision is completely healed and his immune system is up to par. Yesterday, however, there was a drop in the healing process. He had a very high temperature and was somewhat delirious. He was taken to St. Luke's and was treated there with tests, scans, etc. It is believed he has a blood clot in the lower half of his lung, which explains the delirium, due to the lack of oxygen to the lungs. Treatment for this would be surgery or blood thinner. Surgery is not an option because of the location of the clot and blood thinner will carry some kind of risk because of the tumors in his brain. Blood thinner is the only option right now and once his primary doctor gives the okay, that is the treatment that will be chosen. Please pray for Pastor.
Sis. Silene is home and recuperating from her surgery earlier this month, she does have an infection in the incision and is being treated with a special antibiotic that is unique to her needs. Please pray for Sis. Silene.
Sis. Karen Brewer is also in the hospital because of an infection in her blood. After given a steroid shot last week, an infection in her body that had not been apparent before, feasted on the sugar that the shot produced in her body and became very aggressive. She is conscious, but has alot of swelling in her body. She is being treated in the hospital now. Please pray for Sis. Karen.
There are many other needs throughout the church family and we ask that you would keep them all in prayer along with these particular needs. A lot happens quickly with these types of situations, so we will do our best to keep everyone informed.
So much has transpired in the last 3 weeks. We had our last service in the fellowship hall, our first in the sanctuary, a baby born and dedicated, many visiting ministers and great moves of God in our services. On Feb. 13, we moved upstairs, to everyone's absolute joy! We have been given words from God through Bro. Terry Mays, Bro. Rustyn Sorah and Bro. Jones in these last weeks.
Bro. Aaron & Sis. Tasha Ferrell had a healthy baby boy, Aaron Samuel Ferrell. He was born on February 1, at 4:24 PM. He was 20 in. long and weighed exactly 7 lbs. The couple, along with their family, dedicated him to the Lord on Feb. 27.
The recurring theme in message after message has been revival. There has been an obvious sign of spiritual growth here at FPC. We want more and more of it! We are ready for whatever God has in store and we are willing to do whatever it takes to receive it.
Let us not forget Bro. Calvert and the family with his surgery scheduled tomorrow, March 8, at 11 AM. This is a very important and critical surgery and he needs all of us to support him with our prayers. Also, Sis. Silene Huckabey has surgery scheduled tomorrow morning, please keep her in your prayers as well.
On Wednesday, February 9th, First Pentecostal Church had a final cleaning of the sanctuary, as well as the fellowship hall. This was due to the fact that the pews are now in the upholstering process and we are waiting for the last materials to finish our custom pulpit. We are all hoping for the pews to be completed by this Sunday so we can enjoy our first scheduled service upstairs. Whether the pulpit is ready or not, we will continue with that plan. Thank you to all who were able to help with the cleaning, it is greatly appreciated and does not go unnoticed. May all who have put their time and effort into this project reap the benefits that they have sewn in working for the kingdom of God.
Piece by piece, it is slowly coming together......So close, yet feeling so far from completion. Projected dates have been put aside for now. We will be upstairs when we get upstairs! One thing is for sure, it will truly be worth the long wait when we do make the transition.
An update on our progress! The drum room is now completed. The new baby grand piano and keyboard has arrived. The house speakers were installed, then hit a bump when they were blown out from a technical glitch. They will be repaired and re-installed. Fabric for the pews is scheduled to arrive today. The pews, themselves, have been mounted. The clock has been hung. A beautiful console table has been placed in the foyer. And the handicap bathroom is nearly complete. New projected time for moving into the sanctuary is the first week or weekend of February.
We are so close to moving in to our brand new sanctuary! With the pews being upholstered right now, and only a few loose ends to pick up, the projected date for moving in is January 22, 2011. If you haven't seen the progress for yourself, you must do so! Everything is looking beautiful. On behalf of First Pentecostal Church, thank you, thank you and thank you to all who helped in making the house of God look its very best. What a spiritual investment it is working for His kingdom! We pray that every man, woman and child who contributed will be blessed for the countless hours of work put into this project. You can enjoy more updated photos of the progress below. Also, let's remember our pledges to fast this week for Bro. Calvert's complete healing and remember to keep him in constant prayer before the Lord.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.