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The Gathering Place A New Format for Women’s Bible Study...p. 5 Winning the Battle Within Coming this September for Men...p. 13

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calvary life table of contents features The Gathering Place - New Women’s Study . . .5

Missions & Outreach - Planning for the Year Ahead . . .21

The Men’s Conference - Winning the Battle Within. . . 13

Living a Full Life - Retirement Workshop. . . 9

student quick check Middle School: 5th-8th Summer Events High School: I Heart Bacon Summer Events High School: UNITED (Sundays) Middle School: 5th-8th Summer Sundays

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Food Pantry Healthy, back-to-school Lunches School Supplies & Clothes Closet Fall is coming Calvary Library Corner Great picks for kids


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Worship Arts: Festival of Lights Auditions Children: LUMIN8 Children’s Choir, WOW (Wednesdays) Middle School: 5th/6th Summer Events, 7th/8th Summer Events High School: I Heart Bacon Summer Events Young Adults: College Events, Merge Events Senior Adults: Monday Monthly Luncheon All Church: Living a Full Life


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Pastoral Care: DivorceCare for All Ages, Marriage Prep Workshop, GriefShare Workshop, Mental Illness Family Support Group Special Needs: Sign Language 101 Men: Men’s Bible Studies Senior Adults: Wednesday Morning Bible Study High School: UNITED Middle School: Summer Sundays


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Calvary Community: Finding Community Women: MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), Apples of Gold Young Adults: Foundations (Young Married Couples) Senior Adults: Confident Caregivers, Chera (Support for the Widowed) Pastoral Care: Healing Injured Sisters, Lies Women Believe


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Special Needs: Ministry Volunteer Training Pastoral Care: Shut-in Ministry, Opportunities for Prayer Women: MOPS Childcare Providers Needed, GPS Kids Children: Serving Opportunities Calvary Community: First Impressions Team Members Worship: Ministry Needs


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Special Needs: Ministry News Women: The Gathering Place


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Fall Registration Children turning one by September 1, 2011, through children entering fourth grade need to be re-registered for the 2011-2012 Sunday school year. Re-registration helps keep our database current, places your child with a teacher for the fall, and ensures that your child will have a nametag on September 11 – Kickoff Sunday. Pre-printed registration forms are available at the check-in desks. Please verify the information on your family’s form, and place it in the basket. Young Adults Scholarship Fund Every year the young adult ministry provides opportunities including retreats, conferences, book clubs, and times of service to cultivate and encourage spiritual growth. Sadly, financial difficulties and hardships can make it difficult for some of our young adults to be able to take full advantage of these opportunities. Would you please consider donating to the college and young adult scholarship fund and invest in the next generation of leaders at Calvary Church. Membership Class We believe membership in the local church is important. Membership means commitment to learn, to be in community and to contribute - giving back to God what He so richly gives to us. Our upcoming membership classes are a one-day class--Saturday, August 13 from 9:00am-2:30pm; and a fiveweek class-- Sunday, September 18—October 16. This class meets for five consecutive Sundays during the third service at 11:15am. Pre-registration is needed. Register online or contact Brenda ( at ext. 5650. Worship Service Times We will continue to meet at 9:00 &10:45am for our summer worship service times until September 4. College Scholarships available to Single Parents The Roger W. Smith Memorial Trust Fund was established by a gift to Calvary Church to help single parents and their kids further their education. This trust fund has provided for education, summer camp fees and other special projects. To apply for fall semester scholarships, applications need to be turned in no later than August 12th. To apply for an education scholarship, contact Lynnell ( ext. 3510. Stephen Ministry & Lay Counseling For those of you who are experiencing a crisis, or perhaps are going through a difficult emotional, spiritual, or relationship situation, Stephen Ministry & Lay Counseling can help. Contact Phyllis Dykstra at 784-1858. Serving Ministry If you are a child of God, He has gifted you to serve in the body of Christ. Find out how you can get connected to use your abilities and passions, by contacting Sharon Kaiser (skaiser@ at ext. 5077 or Judie Fielstra (jfielstra@ at ext. 5095. Go online to our Serving Ministry page to see some of our current serving needs. Promotion Sunday August 7 is Promotion Sunday for incoming 5th-12th grade students. We look forward to you joining us on Sundays and would love to have you join us for all our August events. On Sundays at 9:00am, 5th/6th Main Event: room 109, 7th/8th Main Event: room 106, High School UNITED: room 108.


in every issue calvary’s library corner Great Picks for Kids this Summer! Jihoon and Suan Yoo select DVDs for summer viewing

Our Library Collection is searchable online!

A recently donated small table and chairs has become very popular in our children’s area.

This helpful search tool will enable you to view all of the library’s resources from the convenience of your home. You can find us at: ministries/library. The library is located across from Fellowship Hall on the lower level SUMMER HOURS: Sunday 8:45 – 10:45am

Enjoying the new table and chairs in our children’s area are Teddy and Hope St. Clair (left picture). Trenton Schimp checks out a DVD while his mom looks for children’s books for him.

Food Pantry

We are in need of the following items for healthy, back-to-school lunches:

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Peanut butter Jams & jellies Honey Butter Juice boxes Individual snack items

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Chips Pretzels Cookies Cheese and crackers Fresh and canned fruit Canned vegetables

If your garden is flourishing and you have more than you can use, please consider donating your extra produce to Calvary’s Food Pantry at the Yellow House. For the best time to drop off your perishables, contact Lynnell ( ext. 3510. Thank you for sharing your bounty. (616) 956-9377 ||

School Supplies & Clothes Closet

School will be starting in a few weeks and we would appreciate your help in providing supplies for Calvary children in need. The following items are needed: backpacks, pencils, pens, crayons, notebooks, rulers and calculators. Clothing items needed for all ages are shoes, pants, long-sleeve shirts and fall jackets. Donations may be dropped off at the Yellow House (on Bradford Street). Contact Lynnell Bok (lbok@calvarygr. org) at ext. 3510 for more information.


GATHERING PLACE Tuesday morning Women’s

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This fall, the Gathering Place Study (GPS) will be connecting women to Jesus and each other by creating a warm, loving atmosphere for growth in God’s Word, prayer, worship and community. We invite you to be a part of this new study! Beginning Tuesday, September 13, women will gather at 9:00am in the Fellowship Hall. Within the large group meeting we will have quality time to catch up with friends and make new ones, be inspired by thought provoking speakers, drama, music and testimonies. We’ll then break into small groups where we will actively discuss and study God’s Word until 11:15 am. This year, we will be studying the book of Matthew, the first book in the New Testament. While every group will study the same book of the Bible, each woman will be able to choose the type of small group she would like to join. We will offer five different electives for small group study: ŪŪ Beginner’s Study ŪŪ Mom’s with Preschoolers group ŪŪ One-year Intermediate group ŪŪ Three-year Intermediate group ŪŪ Advanced Study Register for the Gathering Place Study online at women or pick up a registration form at the reception desk or Women’s Ministry bulletin board on the lower level of the church. Register by August 26 to ensure a spot in the small group of your choice. Something for the kids too! While mom is in the Gathering Place Study, GPS Kids will be a wonderful place for children birth to 6 years of age to learn God’s truth in a loving atmosphere. While the “big” GPS is studying Matthew, our little ones will learn from Matthew too! Teachers and helpers will use Bible stories, music and fun activities to reinforce the weekly lesson. For our older children, values, character building and the wordless book will also be part of the morning.

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Flip to page 23 to read what people are saying about the gathering place Study!



Festival of Lights Auditions Interested in auditioning for Festival of Lights 2011? This year’s production, The Bagman and the King, is a powerful musical production taking place in a nineteenth century European town. The town is busy with preparations for both the upcoming Christmas holiday and the imminent arrival of a king. We need you! This is a wonderful opportunity for God to use your talents to share the love of Jesus through this musical. Auditions will be held on August 24, 25, 29, and 30. Please look to the left for specific times and cast needs. For a list of character descriptions, stop by the music office in August.

Audition Dates and Times Wednesday, August 24 3:30-4:30 (Kids, ages 7-12) 4:30-5:30 (Adults & Teens, ages 13+) Thursday, August 25 6:30-8:30 (Adults & Teens, ages 13+) Monday, August 29 6:30-7:30 (Kids, ages 7-12) 7:30-8:30 (Adults & Teens, ages 13+) Tuesday, August 30 6:30-8:30 (Adults & Teens, ages 13+)

Cast Needs Speaking Roles: 8-15 men and 7-14 women, ages 20 and up. 2 boys and 2 girls, ages 7-12 Ensemble (Townspeople and Dancers): 10-14 men and women, ages 20 and up. 8-12 teenage guys and girls, ages 13-19. 6-10 children, ages 7-12

LUMIN8 Children’s Choir

LUMIN8 Children’s Choir begins September 15, 6:00-6:40pm, room 251

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There’s a lot of power in a name. It can convey identity, purpose, and direction. So what is the meaning behind the name LUMIN8? It is a form of the word, “illuminate,” which means to brighten with light; to light up. The purpose of LUMIN8 is to brighten our dark world with the light of God’s Word and the message of His love through music. The “8” in LUMIN8 is a reference to Psalms 8 (verse two), where the Psalmist says that children have a unique calling to speak God’s praise. “From the lips of children and infants, You have ordained praise….”


LUMIN8 will proclaim God’s glory in a variety of performances throughout the year: Sunday morning services, Child Dedication song, a Christmas program, and a spring concert. At the end of the year, the choir will record and produce a CD of original music written by the Children’s Ministry. The CD will be distributed to families within our ministry, and made available to Calvary Church as a whole. Songs will include the James memorization songs, the “big church” sermon series song, a song that summarizes the subject matter of our Wednesday WOW program, and several others directly related to our programming. LUMIN8 meets for practice on Wednesday night from 6:00-6:40pm. Children also participating in the WOW Wednesday programming, will be taken to their elective at 6:50pm. Registration for LUMIN8 is included on the Children’s Ministry registration form. (616) 956-9377 ||

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WOW Wednesdays begins September 14, 6:30-7:50pm, Entrance K (five-year-olds through fourth grade).

This year in WOW kids will... • continue memorization of James (through song) chapter 3 and put its teaching into practice through fun activities • be able to identify 30 major events in Jesus’ life when He modeled actions described in James chapter 3, and place the events on a timeline • compile a James Journal scrapbook from weekly lessons learned in James chapter 3! Special events for WOW 2011: Role Model Night: Guest speakers share their testimonies and a special activity with the children. Gingerbread House Night: Making gingerbread houses is a tradition as part of our WOW family Christmas celebration. Crazy Hat Night: Do you have a fun or crazy hat you wouldn’t normally wear? This night is for you! (If you don’t have a favorite hat, see how creative you can be, and make one!)

5th/6th Summer Events 5th/6th Movie Night August 15, 6:30-9:00pm, Room 108 Cost: $2 Snacks will be provided. We will be watching the movie Megamind. A full review of the content of the movie is available at

Easter Journey: Children will rotate through rooms telling the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection in creative presentations. After WOW Ice cream Party: Our end-of-the-year celebration in May. Pick up a WOW brochure at the Information Center at the back of the Sanctuary, or at the Children’s checkin desks. Registration for WOW is included on the Children’s Ministry registration form. Li’l WOW: Three and four-year-olds can join us for Li’l WOW where we will learn Bible stories, make crafts and memorize scripture. Li’l WOW meets in room 250. WOW Nursery is available only to those children whose parents are either serving on Wednesday night or are participating in an adult Wednesday night program. * Please note that parents of children birth through first grade must remain in the building during WOW.

7th/8th Summer Events

Michigan’s Adventure Thursday, August 18, 10:30am–8:00pm Pickup/Drop off: Entrance J // Cost: $25 Includes Lunch; bring money for snacks and dinner, a modest swimsuit*, towel and sunscreen. We’ll be going no matter if it’s rain or shine, but seats are limited. Advance sign-up with payment in full is required. Pool Party August 24, 6:00-8:30pm at Kaiser’s House (3424 Bonisteel NW; Phone: 791-7260) // Cost: $3 Come celebrate the ending of summer with a hot nacho bar and a splash in the pool! Rain or shine, we’ll be there! Bring a modest swimsuit* & towel. Movie on the Lawn August 31, 8:00-10:30pm, Entrance J Cost: Free Popcorn & fun provided. We’ll head out to the east lawn to watch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Come rain or shine. If the weather is bad, we’ll move inside. *Bring a tank top to cover two piece bathing suits

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5th/6th Whitecap’s Game August 25, 6:15-10:30pm Cost: $10 (plus extra for snacks at the game) We will be leaving from Entrance J at 6:15 and meeting back at the church at 10:30 PM. Come rain or shine. We’ll do something else fun if the game is canceled.

Global Emphasis Night: Guest missionaries share about and help children experience the culture in which they have worked to share the Gospel.


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Movie Under the Stars Wednesday, Aug. 24 8:30 - 11:30pm

Tubing Trip*


Cost: $3 // includes: movie & snacks // Bring: a blanket to sit on the grass

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Wednesday, August 3 9:30am-4:00pm

Cost: $10 // includes: Lunch & Tube Rental // Bring: Towel, Sun Block, & a Modest Swimsuit (You will be asked to change if not modest)

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WeAther Note: Unless there is lightning tubing will happen rain or shine.

Freshman Frenzy has been combined with Movie under the stars. There will be no event on August 28.

College Events Cedar Point Friday, August 19 – Saturday August 20 Meet at Entrance J at 5:00am

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Attention college students: For all of you who like to be spun, dropped, flipped, and rocketed, Cedar Point awaits. Join us for the annual College Ministry Cedar Point trip on Friday, August 19. This is a great way to meet some friends and leaders in the College Ministry. We will be leaving from Entrance J at 5:00am and will return about 24 hours later. Cost is $40. Register by Sunday, August 7 by contacting Natalie Kompik (nkompik@calvarygr. org) or signing-up on Sunday or Thursday.

Fire & Ice: College Ministry Welcome Event Friday, August 5 at 6:00pm, The Helms’ (8120 Kraft Ave. Caledonia, MI 49316) Attention graduated high school seniors, welcome to the college ministry! We are excited for you to be a part of the College Ministry at Calvary as you enter this new phase of life. For an opening event, you are invited to join us at the Helms’ house for dinner, a bonfire, ice cream, and an outdoor movie. This is a great chance to get to know leaders and other college students as well as hear a bit about what lies ahead for the college ministry. All college-age young adults are welcome at this event.

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Hillsong Concert


Monday, August 15 at 6:00pm, Meet at Entrance J Join the college ministry as we attend the Hillsong UNITED concert together at the Van Andel Arena on Monday, August 15 at 7:30pm. We will be meeting at Entrance J at 6:00pm, loading a van, and driving downtown for a night of praise and worship in the company of friends. Tickets are $22 and must be reserved in advance. Contact Natalie Kompik ( (616) 956-9377 ||

Merge Events


Backyard Bonfire

Friday, August 12, 8:00pm 2909 Cooks Meadow Dr NE, Grand Rapids 49525 Young Adults (Ages 22-34) join Merge on Friday, August 12 for a good ole fashioned bonfire! This will be a great time for some good conversation and campfire music. Bring your friends and your lawn chairs! S’mores will be provided.

Merge Sunday in the Park Sunday, August 21, 12:30pm at Manhattan Park It’s time for some outdoor summer Sunday afternoon fun, so grab your lunch on the way and join us for some lawn games, frisbee, and fellowship at Manhattan Park.

Merge Dewey-Do-All Day Saturday, August 27, 3:00pm – 11:30pm at the Dewey’s (7269 Briarcliff SE, Cascade Township) It’s a Dewey-Do-All Day at the Dewey’s, so bring your friends for this summer blowout! Volleyball, baseball, water-balloon fights and more…BBQ, outdoor movie, fun galore! We’ll begin with outdoor games and fun and then have a BBQ dinner followed by more games, and an outdoor movie to close out the night. We’ll provide the hamburgers, hotdogs, and fixings. So bring a side dish to pass and appropriate clothes for all the day’s activities.

Living a Full Life

Christian Retirement with a 21st Century Perspective Thursday, September 29 | Calvary Church

Senior Adults’ Monday Monthly Luncheon

Further details will be available in the September Calvary Life. Contact Regina (rscovill@calvarygr. org) at ext. 3672 for more information.

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Join us on Monday, September 12 for “Baptist for Life Inc.” with Tom Lothamer. Please make reservations to Howard & Arlene Timmer at 365-0728, Virginia Claybrook at 940-1807 by September 7.

Don’t miss this new workshop designed to help you see how the last third of life is the best third! Society’s perspective has twisted us all, but it’s not too late to change our view of the golden years.

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DivorceCare for All Ages DivorceCare This 13-week class has touched hundreds of lives in our community by giving hope and encouragement to those who are experiencing separation and divorce. If you, or someone you know is going through a divorce, join us. Tuesday, September 6 to November 29, 6:308:30pm, Room 140 Cost: $20

DC4K (Divorce Care for Kids)

“Most informative and healing class I’ve ever attended.” “I finally feel like I’m back on my feet again.” “This program has given me the spiritual nurturing I so desperately needed.”

On Tuesday, September 6 from 6:30-8:30pm we will begin the 13-week DC4K ministry geared for elementary age children. DC4K provides a safe, neutral, fun place where children: • • • • •

learn to understand their feelings express their emotions appropriately improve their self esteem develop coping skills are introduced to biblical concepts that bring comfort

DC4K sessions are filled with engaging activities centered on a weekly theme. A typical evening is filled with activities, discussions, journaling, music, a story, and video dramas. Please note that DC4K is designed to run alongside of DivorceCare for adults. The topics covered in DC4K correlate with those discussed in the adult sessions. The cost is $15 per child. Scholarships are available. Childcare will be provided for children birth through preschool.

The Big D: Divorce Through the Eyes of a Teen

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Tuesday, September 6 to November 29, 6:30-8:30pm, Room 152 (Entrance K) Cost: $15 (scholarships available)


“The Big D” is a ministry designed to encourage and empower teens to deal with their feelings, fears, and emotions while experiencing the divorce or separation of their parents. It is very common for teens to experience a variety of conflicting emotions during this time. Many react with anger, withdrawal and intense pain carrying these unresolved emotions into their own futures. Because of the divorce or separation of their parents, teens find themselves in a hopeless situation they did not choose. That is where “The Big D” comes in. This 12-week session equips teens with the God given tools to live a life of hope and the promise of a changed tomorrow. To register, contact Lou DeGraaf ( at ext. 3618. (616) 956-9377 ||

Beginning mid September through mid December basic communication ASL sign language will be taught on Wednesday evening, in room 215 next to the chapel from 6:00-6:30pm. This class will enhance your ability to communicate with those around church with hearing impairments.


Sign Language 101

The second half of the year will be dedicated to teaching Go-Getter students how to communicate more effectively with hearing impaired peers and interpret scripture and music through sign. Reservations are required for both of these classes, contact Elleen Fitzgerald at ext. 5623.

Men’s Bible Studies - Fall 2011 Fundamentals of the Faith How do we know the Bible is God's Word? What is sin and where did it come from? How is Jesus fully God and fully man? What are spiritual gifts? When and how will Christ return? Why should I pray? If you've asked questions like these, then "systematic theology" is no abstract term. It's an approach to finding answers every Christian needs to know in order to live a life that glorifies God. Men’s Ministry is offering Fundamentals of the Faith 2 – Bible Doctrine. This study takes a deeper dive into the doctrines that define the Christian faith and is recommended for those who are very familiar with the Bible. Cost is $20 and will be offered two different times. Wednesdays, beginning September 14, 6:30-8:00pm in Room 130/132 (open to women). Thursdays, beginning September 16, 6:30-8:00pm in Room 130/132. Cost: $20

Men of 6:10 This Bible study, for the early riser, digs deeper into the scriptures with other men who want to build relationships and pass their faith on to others. This year we will be studying the Book of Matthew. Tuesdays, September 13 to May 29, 2012; 6:10-7:15am; Room 129 (Fellowship Hall)

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The admonition to ‘build your house upon the rock’ is the basis for all we do in this class. We study the Bible to build our spiritual "house" upon Jesus. He is central to all we study. Whether it be prophecy of his coming kingdom, historical sections showing his working in men's lives or letters of instruction in his ways, all our studies in the Word equip us to know Jesus better and become more To register for any of these like him as we follow and serve. Bible Studies, contact For Saturdays, September 17 to May 19; 7:24-8:45am more information about Location: Room 114 on September 17, October 8 & the ministry, contact Lou November 12; Room 122-126 all other weeks. DeGraaf ( at ext.3618.



Marriage Prep Workshop

We believe it is necessary to know as much as possible about each other going into marriage. It is important to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, as well as faith and fears, in order to build your relationship into all that it can be – into all that God intended it to be. Sundays, October 9, 16, and 23; 1:00 – 5:00pm Location: Yellow House // Cost: $75 per couple Contact Regina ( at ext. 3672.

GriefShare Workshop Your journey from mourning to joy.. This 13-week seminar and support group, led by facilitators who understand what you are experiencing, is for people grieving the loss of someone close. It will offer you comfort and encouragement during this difficult time as well as give you the opportunity to interact with others who have experienced a recent loss. September 6- December 6; 6:30-8:30pm Location: Room 207 // Cost: $20 Contact Regina ( at ext. 3672.

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Mental Illness Family Support Group


Were you aware that on a national scale, an estimated 4.5 million Americans have a severe mental illness? The fact is that two out of five of these people go untreated. Getting these individuals into a continuous mode of treatment is a challenge facing many families. They need our help, encouragement and support. On the fourth Tuesday of each month from 7:30-9:00pm in room 114, a support group gathers to come alongside families affected by mental illness. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact John or Betty Walker at 9566141. (616) 956-9377 ||

Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Join us this Fall as Tom Couch continues his series from the book of Genesis 11 ”Learning to Live by Faith” - Studies in the life of Abraham. Our first meeting will be on September 7, 2011. Refreshments are served from 9:30-9:50am, and the study begins promptly at 10:00am.


High School Ministry meets over the summer at 9:00am in room 108 August 7 – Kung-Foo & Bacon (Promotion Sunday) August 14 – iPod Theology August 21 – iPod Theology August 28 – iPod Theology

Middle School Summer Sundays

“Be careful, then, how you live- not as unwise but as wise” Ephesians 5:15 Don’t miss out as we build community and learn skills in making God honoring choices during our Game show summer! August 7 The case for helping someone who is making bad choices (Galatians 6:1-4) August 14 The Case for reaping what you sow (Galatians 6:7-10) August 21 The case for getting along with other Christians (Ephesians 4:1-4) August 28 The Case for God’s creation (Movie)

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Winning the Battle Within Saturday, September 24 8:00am-4:00pm

707 E Beltline NE | Grand Rapids

Fred Stoeker

Co-Author of Every Man’s Battle

This fall, hundreds of men will gather from around West Michigan to worship, fellowship and explore together how to build their lives on the solid foundation of God and His Word. Men of all ages will... ∙ walk in the freedom that God intends for their lives ∙ strengthen their marriage & dating relationships ∙ learn to protect their hearts & minds ∙ find victory over sexual temptation

Clay Allen

Founder of Avenue for Men

Tickets are only $15* and include lunch! $10 for Students (14+)


Get your ticket to The Men’s Conference today at! ∙ HOSTED BY CALVARY CHURCH ∙


Finding Community By Tessa Keena

It was about three years ago that I signed up for a Calvary Community Group, and I remember it like it was yesterday. I joined a Community Group to get connected with other families at Calvary to study the Bible, fellowship, and meet others who had young families. Dustin and I were engaged earlier that year and I wanted us to have a group of people that could encourage us in our relationship with each other and with God. Susan contacted me in the spring and I remember how nice and inviting she was as she asked me if I would like to join the Community Group that she and her husband hosted at their house. Due to a scheduling conflict, we didn’t begin attending until the fall. Scott and Susan and the other families in the group welcomed us with open arms and have continued to do so ever since.

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I don’t think there are enough words to describe how blessed we are to be a part of this group. They have been a source of wisdom, comfort, encouragement, love, and happiness for my family. We are probably the youngest couple in the group, but age has never been an issue. We study God’s word, we pray together and for each I don’t think there other, and we get just for felare enough words to together lowship sometimes. describe how blessed We have a very dywe are to be a part of namic group of people and our meetthis group. ings are always filled with in-depth conversations about God and the Bible and how it relates to us.


prayer. Our Community Group walked beside us and brought us meals after we came home from the hospital. They are really like a second family to the three of us. My family and I have seen God do many wonders in our lives over the past few years being part of our Community Group. God’s faithfulness has been abundant! We have prayed for many things and God worked through many situations. I remember asking for prayer for myself after my daughter’s parent/teacher conference that did not go so well. I was upset with the teacher and the school system, so I asked our group to pray that God would take away my anger and calm my spirit. When it came time for another meeting with the teacher, God moved inside of me and helped me through the situation so that His glory could be made known! We have many other stories of answered prayer and how we have been blessed by this group, but there probably is not enough space to write them! I would encourage everyone to take the time to look into becoming part of a Calvary Community Group. I know everyone is busy, but if anyone has an excuse not to join a group, it would be me. I go to school almost full-time, work part-time in an office, work at home with my own business, have a 9-year-old daughter, a husband, a home to take care of—plus we volunteer in the high school ministry. Yet we still make time for our community group! It is kind of like a date night for my husband and me twice a month. There are times that I feel exhausted and don’t feel like going, but I am always so glad that I do!

I have personally seen my relationship with God grow by leaps and bounds through my connection with the Community Group. Susan has been a mentor for me over the past few years and I feel very comfortable opening up about anything that I might be going through. She has been there for me with wisdom and Interested in joining a community group? See page 15 prayer. Last year my husband and I lost a child due for further details. to an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy and after our parents, Scott and Susan were the first people we called for (616) 956-9377 ||


Thursday mornings (1st, 3rd & 5th of the month) from 9:00 to 11:15am in Room 129 (Fellowship Hall – lower level)


MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is an international organization that exists to encourage, equip, and help women become the best moms that they can be! Women who are pregnant or have young children (birth through kindergarten) are all invited to join MOPS. Come and enjoy great food, fellowship and relevant discussion for moms today!

Cost: MOPS International Annual Registration Fee - $23.95, Calvary Semester Fee- $25.00 (Scholarships are available). Registration forms for MOPS are available at and at the Sanctuary Information Center and the Women’s Ministry bulletin board on the lower level.

Apples of Gold

The Apples of Gold ministry is now taking registrations for the fall class. This is an opportunity for young women to connect with mature women from Calvary Church to learn more about God's plan for our lives as women, wives and mothers. We spend the evening discussing our lesson from God's Word and learning how to show love from our kitchens. The class meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-9:00pm for seven weeks starting September 21. Cost is $30. Scholarships are available. The class size is limited so early registration is important. For more information or to register, contact Pat Cebulski ( at 855-4008.

Interested in joining a community group? answers to a few common questions

What kind of commitment would this be? Each group is encouraged to meet twice a month (though each group decides elements of group meetings) and commit to meeting together at least eight times. How large are the groups? We try to have no more than 14-16 people in a group.

Foundations is a community of young married couples (ages 22-32) that meets on Sunday mornings at 10:45am in Room 125. We have a mix of sermon-based discussions, specific teachings on marriage issues, and general topics for our Christian lives.

Young Couples Community Groups These groups meet bi-weekly in homes throughout the Grand Rapids area. Be transformed in community with others through prayer and discussion of important topics. Groups meet on various nights during the week. Contact JP Gaylord ( for more information and to find the right group for you.

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How can I sign up for a Community Group? Contact Karen VanHolstyn (kvanholstyn@calvarygr. org) at ext. 5173 to get your name on the list for the next group that forms in your area or to answer any additional questions you may have.





Confident Caregivers

Confident Caregivers of West Michigan is a monthly support group for sharing needs, questions, answers and encouragement. Each month, we invite a knowledgeable person on a related subject to be our facilitator. Please join us on August 15 for our 10th Annual Indoor Picnic. Bring a dish to pass. The meetings are held in room 123 from 11:30am1:00pm. R.S.V.P. by August 11 to Regina (rscovill@calvarygr. org) at ext. 3672. Then on September 19 we will have a presentation by Holland Home on “Constructive Interventions for Persons Experiencing Memory Loss”.


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Healing Injured Sisters


Have you been hurt from past physical or emotional wounds? Are you ready to begin the journey of healing? Join us for an eight-week study learning what it means to move past your hurt by seeking to understand God’s mercy and grace. The next study will begin September 13, at 6:30pm. Contact Jan Dykstra at 560-9639 to see if this confidential group is right for you.

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Chera is a support group designed to reach out with the comfort found in Jesus Christ to those who have lost spouses. Chera has a monthly dinner with special guest speakers who address various topics relating to your journey. Also, you’ll have an opportunity to meet others who are walking down a similar path. Our next Chera dinner meeting will be Tuesday, September 20 at 6:15pm in Room 129. Contact Marian Mason for reservations at 554-9262.

Lies Women Believe

This study sheds light on how we can be set free to walk in God’s grace, forgiveness, and abundant life. As women we are all daughters of Eve and can easily be deceived. We believe lies about God, about ourselves and about our families. These lies keep us from the freedom God promises us through Jesus Christ. Claim the Truth and find freedom. This group will meet Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm for ten weeks at the Yellow House beginning October 5. If you’re interested in joining this support group, contact Regina ( at ext. 3672.

Monday Night Bible Study

Monday Night Bible Study is a place where men and women come together to pray, fellowship and be strengthened and encouraged through the study of God’s Word. We meet every Monday, September 12 - April 30, 7:00-8:35pm. This fall we will be studying Nehemiah: A Man with Heart written by Nancy Samra. A $5 donation is appreciated to cover the cost of the materials. For more information, contact Carol Spencer (women) at 942-4743 or Dave Thrasher (men) at 243-6603.

In order to be a blessing in our community, we are collecting school supplies for Lincoln School here in Grand Rapids. Many of the youth and young adults from King’s Table Ministries (a Calvary-supported organization) who attend Calvary’s Special Needs classes also attend Lincoln School. This school serves over 400 students who are some of the most medically fragile, cognitively impaired, and/or behaviorally challenged children and young adults in Kent County. The needs are varied and vast, as they have experienced profound funding cuts. Students need not only school supplies, but personal hygiene items, snacks, and more. As you are gearing up for school this year, pick up a few extra supplies for these special individuals. Food items Pudding cups Applesauce cups Non-Perishable snacks Water bottles Juice boxes Personal hygiene items Toothpaste Toothbrushes Deodorant Shampoo Soap Combs Brushes Headbands Body wash school suPPlies Large Crayons Water colors School glue

Stickers Dry-erase markers Colored pencils Coloring books Art/craft supplies Pens Pencils Stapler Sticky/fun tack Manila folders Pocket size tissues Hand sanitizer Spiral notebooks Backpacks other Dixie Cups (5 oz size) Washcloths Storage boxes Sippy cups Batteries (AA and AAA) Baby wipes Dish detergent Laundry detergent

Items will be collected now through August 21, in the bucket s located in Entrances C (Chapel), J (Offices), a nd K & M (the Children ’s check-in areas). Foil Plastic wrap Jigsaw puzzles Umbrellas Towels (for swimming) Musical push toys Vibrating toothbrushes Portable CD player Quart size Ziploc bags


Special Needs Ministry Volunteer Training The annual Special Needs Volunteer training will be taking place on Saturday, August 27 in room 108. The training will begin with key speaker, Barb Newman doing a presentation on Sensory integration. So what‘s sensory integration all about? Sensory Integration – Do you have children or adults covering their ears because noises are too loud? Refusing to enter a crowded large group setting? Getting very upset when someone brushes up against him or her? It could stem from sensory differences. Understand what it is and how to help. (Very common in children and some adults with ADD, ADHD, ASD, and other neurological differences). Participants will: - Discover that we have more than 5 senses - Learn about the sensory systems - Discover what one might see when the senses are over or under sensitive - Understand some ideas churches can try to help that setting be a more comfortable place for each individual If you are interested in learning more, we invite you to sign up to hear Barb speak. You do not have to be involved in the Special Needs Ministry. This presentation is open to anyone who would like to learn more about sensory integration . Following Barb’s presentation those involved in the Special Needs Ministry will have ministry specific trainings. If you are curious about what is going on in the special needs ministry here at Calvary we invite you to attend these ministry specific trainings as well.

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Shut-In Ministry


If you have a heart of mercy for those who are lonely and compassion for those who are suffering, please prayerfully consider joining the Shut-In Ministry Team. This ministry is dedicated to reaching out to Calvary members who are no longer able to attend church services and functions. Contact Rich Dyer ( with any questions. The Shut-In Ministry team will meet Monday, August 8, 10:00am12:30pm. (616) 956-9377 ||



Childcare Providers Needed MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) has a need for childcare providers. By providing free childcare, MOPS is a wonderful outreach to mothers and children from our community who may not normally attend a church. Loving childcare is an essential part to the ongoing success of MOPS. Would you consider volunteering occasionally or on a regular basis so moms and kids can hear about Jesus? Contact Elaine ( at ex.t 5186 for more information.

Serving Opportunities in Children’s Ministry

It’s not too late to join this exciting team in changing children’s lives for eternity! There are opportunities to serve in every area of giftedness – in the classroom, or behind the scenes. Contact Brian Nix ( at ext. 5053.

Opportunities for Prayer Prayer & Fasting for the Unemployed Please join us every third Thursday for a time of prayer and fasting for the unemployed. We will meet during the lunch hour, 12:00-1:00pm, in the Chapel.

We have six teams that you can choose to be part of this vital ministry. Welcome Greeting Parking Lot Connection Point (FKA Visitors Center) Information Center Café Greeting Contact Sharon Kaiser (skaiser@calvarygr. org) at ext. 5077 or Judie Fielstra (jfielstra@ at ext. 5095 to sign up or to learn more.

Worship Needs

We are looking for people who are interested in participating in the worship services. If you are interested in reading scripture, praying or sharing your testimony on a Sunday Morning or Sunday Evening, please contact Kristen White ( at ext. 5155. The worship team is looking for musicians. If you play the drums, bass, or guitar we would love to hear from you, please contact Kristen White ( at ext. 5155. (616) 956-9377 ||

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Prayer Group for Prodigals Almost all of us know someone who accepted the Lord somewhere in the past and now that person has slipped away from God and is living for self.. This new prayer group will unite our hearts as one to pray our loved ones back to the Savior. Please join us on the first Sunday of every month at 8:10am in Room 207.

First Impressions Team Members Needed for Fall



Women, are you looking for a place to serve?

Have you participated in Tuesday Morning Bible Study for years and are willing to ask God if it is now time for you to serve by sharing God’s love with these precious little one? Do you have a teaching background that could be used to share the excitement of God’s word? The GPS Kids program runs simultaneously with the Gathering Place Study and will allow those with children to participate in the Tuesday morning Bible Study. We are looking for additional women who are willing to serve the children in GPS Kids. This is an opportunity to impact a child's life and plant seeds which can lead a child to Christ. A Monday morning Bible Study will be available to all workers who would like to participate. Those who have been a part of this over the last months eagerly look forward to this special community each Monday. Our goal is to provide support and training among our children’s volunteers. For more information, contact Pam Formsma (

Pam Formsma will be coordinating GPS Kids and would like to share the journey that led her to this serving opportunity. We hope this will encourage you as you explore serving at Calvary this fall. My desire to serve in the children’s area on Tuesday mornings came unexpectedly. During one of our leader’s training meetings we discussed spiritual gifts. That morning as I was walking into church I had asked God’s direction for the area He wanted me to serve. I wanted to be open to His call not relying on preconceived ideas of my own. As I finished my “test” I found shepherding to be one of the strongest gifts. When Judie Fielstra addressed our group on the topic of Shepherding she said, ”Actually children are some of the most important in this area.” It was at that moment I felt an overwhelming heart for the children of the GPS. This was not even on my radar screen! I have not worked in children’s for years and have 13 grandchildren to bless! God began then to put ideas and direction alongside the desire He had placed in me to shepherd these children. My own testimony includes the fact that I took Jesus into my heart in a preschool classroom in church. I really did not know this area had been such an area of need for the planning committee. I do know my willingness to serve began with my desire to obey and be open in this process. I am humbled to begin this new work and look forward to all He has in store for GPS Kids.

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We are looking for additional women who are willing to serve the children in GPS Kids on Tuesday mornings. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Pam Formsma (


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The Missions & Outreach Department has planned a number of events for this next year that we expect

God to work through to bring blessings to our community and around the world. Look over the list, and pray for, contribute to, and/or volunteer as an individual or a family.


Perspectives on the World Christian Movement The “Perspectives” course is designed to equip the people of God for strategic participation in His plan to reach all peoples, tongues, tribes and nations. If you took the “Radical” class this spring, if you are involved with international students, or if you simply desire a better understanding of missions – this course is for you. The Grand Rapids West Perspectives Course will meet Tuesdays, August 30 – November 29, 6:30-9:30pm, at Fairhaven Ministries in Hudsonville. For more information or to register, pick up a brochure at the Sanctuary Information Center or visit Scholarships are available.

School Supplies Project This year we will collect school supplies for the Lincoln Campus here in Grand Rapids. As you are gearing up for school with your children, pick up a few extra supplies for these special individuals. A list of supplies needed can be found on page 17. We will be collecting school supplies through August 21, and will deliver them to the school on August 23.

Prayer for Muslims The yearly observance of Ramadan occurs in August this year, and requires the one billion Muslims all over the world to abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs during the daylight hours in an effort to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self-sacrifice. During Ramadan, many Muslims are actively searching for a more meaningful spiritual relationship. The 30-Day Prayer Calendar educates us as to how to pray and be ambassadors for Christ to Muslims right here in West Michigan. Prayer calendars are located at the Information Centers, and the children’s edition is available at the Children’s check-in desks, to help guide your family devotions during August.


Neighbors International Annual Banquet

Each year Neighbors International hosts a banquet at the Grand Rapids Public Museum with the purpose of connecting hosts with international students who need help learning our culture, language, and an occasional home-cooked meal. These host families have the potential of being a great influence on these students as they show Christ’s love through word and deed. If you are interested in connecting with an international student, contact Cynthia Sommerfeld ( at 874-3328. An informational lunch will be held at Calvary, September 25, at 12:30pm.

Operation Christmas Child

Missionary Christmas We will collect funds for our 49 missionaries throughout the world who many times go without personal comforts because of a shortfall in their support. These global workers are so appreciative of these extra gifts, and the timing is usually providential for them. Please consider giving generously to those who sacrifice so much to bring God’s love to the world.

november Short-Term Missions

In November we will be gearing up for our 2012 short-term missions’ season. Be watching for information on our Annual Short-Term Luncheon. Consider being part of a global team this year.

Persecuted Church Sunday The second Sunday in November is Persecuted Church Sunday. We will focus on the church in areas around the world where they cannot worship as we do for fear of imprisonment or worse.

ODV 2012 The Missions & Outreach ministry of Calvary Church has identified our next Open Door Vision project as the “Muslim Smile” in the Middle East. The funds collected for this project will go to specific organizations that minister to, and work with Muslims from southern Spain through northern Africa, to Israel and Palestine. This project will continue throughout the year.

Thanksgiving Offering Our Thanksgiving offering this year will go to Safe Haven, one of our community ministries, serving women and children fleeing domestic violence, by offering emergency shelter, support groups, counseling and prevention and outreach programs.


Christmas in the Heart of the City This year we have identified Shane Cox’s church – Take Hold – on Division in Grand Rapids, as the recipient of a special Christmas project to help meet the ongoing daily needs of the people of his church.

january Sanctity of Life

On the 3rd Sunday in January, we will observe Sanctity of Life Day by reflecting on the value of life of all humanity.

february-march 2012 Missions Conference

The entire congregation will be invited to join us for our annual missions’ conference, with a focus on how we as individuals and as a church can have an impact on our own community.

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In October we will start collecting items for the Christmas Child boxes. A large percentage of children around the world are impoverished, and do not have their daily needs met, let alone receive anything extra at Christmas. Be a blessing to these children out of your abundance, and be blessed in return knowing you have provided for their needs, and given them gifts they would not otherwise receive.

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inspire Special Needs Ministry The feeling of walking into a room and having a room full of people so excited to see you is a something that can never be put into words. When people with disabilities can be so happy and act like nothing in the world can slow them down it makes you reconsider your own priorities in life and also makes you reevaluate your own disparities. Square dancing with the special needs population and seeing the joy on their faces makes me forget about all the worries I may have in life. These people do not even realize or even consider the disadvantages they have, but instead grasp and embrace their disability and live each day to its fullest potential. How many other people do you see jumping up and down or rolling their wheelchairs in circles and clapping with the biggest smiles on their faces at the thought of square dancing? The special needs population can touch a special place in everyone’s hearts. By Ed Geskus Go-Getter Update By the grace of God through faithful volunteers and staff, the Go-Getter classes continue to flourish and grow! On Sunday mornings room 112 fills up with between 70-80 joyful students, drinking coffee, socializing with their friends and worshipping God. The room is filled with the Holy Spirit week after week. With growth comes more change, which I know for many can be difficult. God allowed room 112 to be a meeting place for Go-Getters for several years now and it has been a room full of love and friendships. The room is very full, hot, and a potential safety issue when and if an emergency occurred. On July 10, along with Calvary’s shift to summer meeting times, the Go-Getters moved to the chapel. The summer meeting times will be in effect through August 28. During this time period, the Go-Getter class will be meeting at 10:45 which will be the second service in the summer. All three segments of Special Needs Ministry will be meeting at 10:45. There will not be programming available on September 4.

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Hope Network


On the third Thursday of each month a group of volunteers and staff eagerly head off to Hope Network on 36th street to share the love of Christ through leading 2 morning chapel service called Morning Inspirations. The students there show great excitement when they come in and see our team, eager to learn more about God, worship

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Calendar of Events

August 17 // 6:00-8:00pm Special Needs Picnic, Grand Rapids Township Park August 27 Volunteer Training (p. 18) Upcoming September 11 Sunday Morning Kick-off September 14 Wednesday Night Kick-off September 17 Praise and Worship

him through music and movement, and attentively listen to a simple object lesson about God. As individuals, many are eager for us to pray with them, hold their hands or simply share a bit about their life. Additional volunteers are always welcome to join us as we strive to meet the spiritual needs of those who spend their days at these Hope Network programs. It is a beautiful mission field full of eager, loving learners.

Explorers/Special Treasures The Special Needs Ministry department has three distinct programs; “Go Getters” for adults, “Seekers” for youth, and “Special Treasures” for our younger children. We take time each year to evaluate many things and over the past year we have put some “good thinking” into renaming “Special Treasures”. As young children grow and learn they often do so through exploring and since Sunday mornings are all about exploring God’s word, it seems fitting that we are “Explorers”. We understand getting comfortable with a new name takes time – so we will be patient together.

Interested in learning more? Contact: Elleen Fitzgerald // ext. 5623



What people are saying about the new Women’s Ministry Tuesday morning Bible Study Susan Sorensen, Women’s Ministry Pastoral Staff Rep. “I am really excited about the new Bible study format for women this year. Much prayer has gone into this transition to one gathering place for the women who join us on Tuesday mornings. My greatest desire is that you be warmly received into this community of women representing all ages and places in the journey of knowing our Lord better. I look forward to watching God continue to work in the lives of women through the Gathering Place Study!” Jen Benham, GPS Leadership Team “As a creature of habit I was a little unsure about the change this fall with a new Bible study format. I really felt the Lord leading me to be a part of the change by joining the leadership team. Surrounded by wonderful godly women immersed in the Word, I never wanted to leave our times together! Because of my experience with the leadership, I look forward to God’s presence showing up in powerful ways this year.” Pat Cebulski, Women’s Advisory Committee “God has been faithful and has revealed himself to us as our committee has worked through the birthing process of the Gathering Place Study for the last two years. We feel confident that our renewed focus on community and new electives offered for different levels of spiritual maturity came from sincerely seeking His face. We praise God for all that He has and will provide on Tuesday mornings.”

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Kathy Zimmerman, GPS Leadership Team “I’m really excited to see what God has in store for us in this new format. It’s been so evident that God is leading us this way! I recently read the following, “If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies” (Author Unknown). So ladies, let’s soar together this fall and see the incredible things that God has prepared for us!”


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Quick Connect

administrative staff information in alpha order by department

sunday Benevolence

Saturday Night

Calvary Community

Senior Adults

Lynnell Bok ext. 3510

Regina Scovill ext. 3672



Carla Boon-Julien ext. 5067

Judie Fielstra ext. 5095

Community Outreach

Special Needs


Melissa DeBoer ext. 5097

Library ext. 5290


Jackie Rice ext. 5042


Lou DeGraaf ext. 3618


Pastoral Care

Regina Scovill ext. 3672

Marv Snedeker ext. 5348

wednesday 2

Kristen White ext. 5155

Young Adults

Mason D. Sherrill ext. 5036

Monday - Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm Sunday: 7:30am-12:30pm

Service Times

9:00am & 10:45am

Calvary Church

Mailing: PO Box 1600 Grand Rapids, MI 49501 Location: 707 E Beltline NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Š2011 Calvary Church


saturday 5


6:00pm Fire & Ice: College Welcome Event 10


12 8:00pm Merge Backyard Bonfire

13 9:00am Membership Class

8:10am Prodigal Prayer Group




11:30am Confident Caregivers

19 18 17 5:00am 6:00pm 12:00pm College Cedar Special Needs Prayer and Fasting for the Point Trip Picnic Unemployed

Third Monday Missionary Prayer

6:30pm 5th/6th Movie Night 21 22 12:30pm Merge Sunday in the Park


10:30am 7th/8th Michigan’s Adventure

6:00pm College: Hillsong Concert




Technical Services

Elaine Meredith emeredith ext. 5186

friday 4

5th-12th Promotion Sunday

Bethann Talsma calvarystudents ext. 5181


thursday 3

9:30am High School Tubing Trip


Office Hours

Phone: (616) 956-9377 Fax: (616) 956-9723

tuesday 1

Regina Scovill ext. 3672

Brenda Neher ext. 5650


23 7:00pm Mental Illness Family Support Group

24 25 3:30pm 6:15pm FOL Auditions 5th/6th (ages 7-12) Whitecaps Game 4:30pm FOL Auditions 6:30pm (ages 13+) FOL Auditions (ages 13+) 6:00pm 7th/8th Pool Party


27 Special Needs Volunteer Training 3:00pm Merge: Dewey-Do-All Day

7:30pm High School Movie Under the Stars 28 29 30 31 6:30pm 6:30pm 8:00pm FOL Auditions FOL Auditions 7th/8th (ages 7-12) (ages 13+) Movie on the Lawn 7:30pm FOL Auditions (ages 13+)

For all recurring weekly events, please refer to the web calendar at or the back of the Sunday bulletin.

Calvary Life August 2011  

Monthly news and inspiration from Calvary Church, Grand Rapids MI.

Calvary Life August 2011  

Monthly news and inspiration from Calvary Church, Grand Rapids MI.