I am so grateful that Mr. Rodney Helder (son of founding pastor, Warren Helder) is taking time to provide written accounts of the founding and history of Calvary Bible Church. Recently he sent a copy of a report that his dad delivered to the church body at the one year anniversary of this little church. It is packed full of grace and blessing…and it’s lifted my heart to praise.
I am providing a snippet of it here and a link download the full PDF version for those of you who would like to read it.
CBC At Age One (click to download the complete document)
SUBJECT: A report of the Calvary Bible Church at the end of its first year – January 1, 1950 to January 1, 1951.
TEXT: “I thought it good to shew the signs and wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me (us).”
This is New Year’s Day – January 1, 1951. Today, the Calvary Bible Church is one year old. Today is our birthday! This day, just one short year ago, the Calvary Bible Church was founded on a Sunday morning, January 1, 1950, in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Curvin (Pat) Crumbling in Martinsville, Pennsylvania, with only thirteen persons in attendance, including the children. Now that a year has passed, it would seem fitting and proper for us all to pause a moment and consider what great things the Lord has done for us! Truly, we can testify, with Paul, the truth of Ephesians 1:3, which says: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” Many times, we, as God’s people, receive these spiritual blessings and are like the nine lepers who, when Jesus healed them, neglected to return and give thanks to Him. You will remember that He healed ten of them at one time and only one out of the ten came back to thank Him. Luke 17:12-19. Too many times, we are just like that. God is so good to us and has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in Christ and we forget to thank Him. As we read these pages and are brought to remembrance of the signs and wonders, which the “High God” hath wrought toward us, shall we very reverently bow our heads and thank Him for the spiritual blessings in Christ, to the Calvary Bible Church and ask the Father, in Jesus name, to give us even a better report for our second year. May we also give ourselves to Him anew. May we take inventory of our lives and purge out those things which are not good. Let us remember that the Lord can not work with dirty lives. If we keep ourselves clean, through the provision made for us, He will continue to bless us and we may be a testimony to Him. Let us not lose our heads and become “puffed up”; let us keep humble and walk carefully before Him and He will do even greater things “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.” This report should humble us, for who are we that God should be pleased to do such things through us. We are but dust; we are – just sinners saved by Grace. Ask God to take all pride from us. There is such a thing as “church pride” and we must keep humble or God cannot use us.