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calvary life March 2012

March Madness is Here...9 One Lord, One Faith...11 Easter Season 2012...12


9 March Madness an event for the whole family

11 One Lord, One Faith Palm Sunday evening of worship and celebration led by the Calvary Choir

12 Easter season 2012 opportunities to note as you prepare to celebrate easter

4 | 5 Questions with Rod Pierce

Calvary Life sits down with Calvary’s Executive Chef and Director of Culinary Events.

5 | On the Bookshelf

Reading recommendations for the month of March from Calvary staff and the library.

6 | New Community Groups Launch

Over 200 people began doing life{together} this past February

7 | Behind the Scenes

Renny Schoonmaker shares how God has blessed 15 - Children, 5th-8th Grade him through serving the body of Calvary Church. 16 - High School, College, Merge 17 - Foundations, Pastoral Care, Prayer Groups, Special Needs 8 | Special Needs Ministry 18 - Senior Adults, Women, Serving It’s all about the C’s this month Opportunities, Giving Opportunities

10 | One Heart

Glocal Impact Days are coming this April

14 | The Manasseh Project

Providing shelter and healing for victims of trafficking in West Michigan

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15-18 | Program Guide

19 | March Calendar

Dates to know and hold onto for March.

Take a night off!

March 7

Come dine with us and enjoy a great, inexpensive meal created from scratch in Calvary’s kitchen. If you are attending one of the many gatherings here at church or would just like to have dinner with your family and friends, please stop in. All are invited, and all are welcome. The menus feature the cuisine of Chef Rod Pierce and his original recipes. The service from the Culinary Staff is warm and friendly, the food is wonderful, and the price is low. A wonderful tossed salad, Calvary’s Petit Pain Loaves, bottomless sodas, dessert, plus great center of the plate entrees and complimentary sides, all add to WFD’s casual dining experience.

Picnic Style BBQ

BBQ Chicken Tender, juicy, boneless, skinless, breast of chicken grilled on Chef Rod’s new BBQ charcoal cookers served with Calvary’s Not-a-Secret BBQ sauce Potato Salad and Baked Beans Healthy Hero Meal: Whole Grain Pasta with Meatballs & Vegetable of the Day

Wednsheipsddinnaery Fellow

march 14 Comfort Food Trip to Flavor Town

Pork Chops Always tender loin, hand cut in Calvary’s kitchen and grilled to perfection Pork Veloute Sauce California Blend Vegetables Mashed Potatoes Healthy Hero Meal: Grilled Chicken with BBQ Sauce and Steamed Rice

The cost is low, $5 for the featured meal, or $15 for the Family Meal which would be two adult and three Hero Meals. If children included in the Family Meal are served the featured meal or the Super Hero Meal the cost is an additional $2 each.

March 21 Southern Italy Favorite

Chef Rod’s Original Recipe Baked Italian Lasagna Layers of pasta, cheese and marinara meat sauce served bubbly and hot Steamed Italian Vegetables Anti Pasta Salad Baked Italian Bread Healthy Hero Meal: Ground Beef Steaks and Mashed Potatoes

We serve from 5:00-6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. For the Kids

We now offer the Healthy Hero Meal ($3). All Healthy Hero options will include salad bar, roll, low-fat milk, vegetable of the day, or carrot sticks and apple sauce. Bareman ice cream cups will be available for dessert. We also have the traditional Hero Meal, a hot slice of Chef PJ’s homemade pizza squares, or a hot dog and mac-n-cheese for $3. For the “Super Hero” in all of us you can have two squares or two dogs for $5.

March 28 So Cal Lo Cal Chicken Fajitas

Chicken Tenderloin grilled on the old 48” ‘Comal’ with fresh sliced green peppers and yellow onions and sauced with our own savory/sweet fajita sauce Santa Fe Style Fried Rice Black Beans Slow-cooked, tender and full of Southwest flavor Healthy Hero Meal: Grilled Ham Steak and Mac-n-Cheese

good to know Annual Community Food Drive

Help replenish Calvary’s Food Pantry and partner with our community food pantry. Bags will be handed out on Sunday, April 15 & 22. Please fill the bags with non-perishable food items, paper products, personal care products, and cleaning supplies. Donations will be collected April 29.

Scholarships for Summer Camp Now Available for Children of Single Parents

The Roger W. Smith Memorial Trust Fund, which has provided tuition for education, fees for summer camp, and other special projects, was established as a gift to Calvary Church. For more information about how single parent families can be blessed through this fund, contact Lynnell Bok (lbok@ at ext. 3510.

Experiencing a Crisis?

If you are experiencing a crisis, or perhaps going through a difficult emotional, spiritual, or relationship situation, Stephen Ministry & Lay Counseling can help. Contact Phyllis Dykstra at 784-1858.

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 hardships can make it difficult for some of our young adults to take full advantage of these opportunities. Would you consider donating to the college and young adult scholarship fund and invest in the next generation of leaders at Calvary Church? To donate, designate Young Adults

Scholarship Fund on your check or giving envelope and place it in the offering plate on Sundays.

Heaven’s Heroes CD Now Available

This year’s edition of “Heaven’s Heroes” will be available to all families beginning March 7. These CDs contain audio stories of heroes of the Christian faith that will inspire and encourage your family in your walk with Christ. Previous year’s CDs are also being offered. This year’s CD is available free for children in our WOW program, or for a suggested donation of $2.00 in the library on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights, and also at the Media Desk on Sunday mornings.

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connections getting to know calvary 1

What is your role at Calvary Church?

My title is Director of Culinary Services and my job is Executive Chef. I organize all the food service events, purchase the food, prepare and supervise the assembly of the menu items, and work handin-hand with Calvary’s most capable staff in all aspects of front and back of the house activities.

5Questions with Chef Rod Pierce

Executive Chef/Director of Culinary Events


What encourages you most as you minister at Calvary?

I am greatly encouraged by the opportunity to create wonderful food from scratch for our casual and complicated menus. Ultimately, it’s all about the people here at Calvary. I especially adore my fellow staffers. The kitchen staff is highly dedicated and a godly source of encouragement. I have constant access to prayer, and serve the most wonderful folks in the world here at Calvary. The board and the pastoral staff are also highly supportive and have given me freedom to grow spiritually and mature into a godly servant for all who require my services.


How have you experienced life{together}?

I never thought that working in a church would be something I would ever consider. I wasn’t looking for work but when the opportunity was presented to me from Ed Dobson at my restaurant way back in 1996. I felt such strong conviction I had to accept the position. I was pretty unrefined back then, and I believe God brought me here to keep me under control and to prepare me for now. Pastor Jim is teaching us all about community and I believe the staff here at Calvary is my small group community.

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All that I need for my happiness is here at Calvary. Here is where I toil and worship. I am always in the presence of my church family. Just by the nature of my position I am held at a high level of accountability which is a constant reminder to keep it godly.


How has God recently revealed Himself in your community?

I never understood what “a personal life with Jesus” meant until I was diagnosed with ALS. Immediately my needs changed and I was forced to make deliberate decisions on how to live the rest of my life. ALS is terminal and unpredictable. I may live three to five years or longer, but I needed to plan on dying soon. I received counsel from Pastor Jim and Pastor Steve, Ed Dobson, Clare DeGraaf and others and started to pray about specific needs. God has been there and has supplied my wife and me with all that we need and has proved that he is my personal Lord and Savior. I had never doubted it, but felt distant because I was never in a place where I needed God like now. God is my best friend and will never betray me and has prepared a place for me and I know I will be there when He calls for me.


How can the Calvary family pray for you and your ministry this month?

Please pray for my wife, she suffers most with this disease. My family and friends are having a really tough time dealing with the inevitability and the consequence of ALS. Please pray that I will continue to hold my head high and to be a constant source of encouragement to others and to be a living testament of Jesus Christ.

on the bookshelf recommended reading for march found in the calvary library

A major league baseball player, a Tennessee pastor, a reality TV star, a single mom, and a multi-platinum rocker all have one thing in common: they have all hit bottom. And none of them have stayed there. These are the stories of real people who reached the end of their strength, the end of their control, and found the most amazing truths. It taught them not to rely on self or substance, but to lean on the only completely reliable source of love, hope and freedom: the God who created them. In I Am Second, these testimonies are critical reminders that no one is too far from God to find him. Join these and thousands more who have discovered the life-changing power in putting God first and proclaiming, I Am Second. Painful relationships violate our trust, causing us to close our hearts. How do you know when you are ready to trust again? In Beyond Boundaries, Dr. John Townsend takes you beyond the pain of the past, so you can discover how to reenter a life of intimate relationships. Whether you’re trying to restore a current relationship or begin a new one, “Beyond Boundaries” gives practical tools for establishing trust and finding the intimacy you long for. Franklin Graham calls the new DVD Courageous “one of the most moving films I have ever seen.” Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, these men stand up to the worst the streets have to offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. When tragedy strikes home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, fears, faith, and fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God and to their children.

Shelly Lamport, High School Facilitator

Randy Helm, Director of Operations

Kristen White, Worship Facilitator

I love Lies Young Women Believe because young women are made to believe so many lies the world tells us about God, sin, relationships, our image and much more. The authors take the top 25 lies young women are told and expose them with Biblical truth. By the end of the book, every young woman will know the truth and how to combat the lies she is told in the future. Jesus has called us to a life of prayer and has given us his prayer life as an example to follow. Many times we as Christian’s fall short for a variety of reasons and need encouragement from time to time to lead a life of prayer. I have found Andrew Murray’s With Christ in the School of Prayer a must read to bring me back on solid ground and encourage me in my prayer life. Are you struggling in your prayer life? Do you find not all your prayers are answered? Within the pages of this book are deep spiritual truths that Murray uses to convey to the reader what true prayer is and how to live a life like Christ through intercessory prayer. Ruthless Trust has been very influential in my spiritual journey. It’s a book that has helped me to understand and experience ruthless trust in God alone. It’s given me a new appreciation of what it means to love and serve God without striving.

All the books mentioned are available in Calvary's Library. The Library is located across from Fellowship Hall on the lower level. The hours are Sunday, 9:15 - 11:15am; Wednesday, 9:15 - 9:45am; 6:00 - 7:30pm. March 2012 | | 5

life{together} experiencing community at calvary

20 new community Groups launched on February 12 On Sunday afternoon, February 12, over 200 people began doing Life Together with other Calvary Church attendees. It was exhilarating to feel the excitement in the room as the Fellowship Hall was filled with people meeting their groups for the first time. Some of them had done community before—for others it was the first time. Most people had never met each other before becoming part of their group and were surprised by how quickly they bonded. It was evident that God had His hand in this and was orchestrating it as we tried to find the right demographic mix for each group, while accommodating specific nights of the week that each could meet! In addition to the 56 existing Community Groups, 20 new groups were formed, from college students through retired adults—from Allendale to Lowell, from Middleville to Rockford and beyond. This is such an exciting time to be involved in ministry here at Calvary Church and we are committed to getting everyone connected in meaningful community. We always need people who are willing to facilitate a group by opening their home and/or facilitating a discussion. Most of our groups that have been meeting for a while are so thankful that they made the commitment to community. Some had tried community in the past and didn’t have a great experience, but tried again and are so thankful that they did. Thanks to all who stepped out in faith to foster new friendships, study the Bible, pray for each other and care for one another. If you would like to join one of our Community Groups or start a new one by being equipped to facilitate a group, please contact Karen VanHolstyn ( at 956-9377, ext. 5173.

Kids serving our community

During the month of January, kids at WOW put their faith into action by collecting items for the Pregnancy Resource Center. At WOW, kids have learned from the book of James that God wants us to respect others. Collecting and donating items like diapers, wipes, and other baby supplies respects and honors the most valuable of lives. Here’s the thank you note from the staff at the Pregnancy Resource Center: Last year the PRC gave close to 80,000 items to needy children. Please thank all the children in your ministry program for their generous gift for babies. Tell them we think they are the best!

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Behind the Scenes

Serving at Calvary with Renny Schoonmaker Where do you currently serve at Calvary? I volunteer in the Middle School Ministry (MSM) where Sam Schaefer and I lead a small group of 7th grade yahoos at the Wednesday night Oasis program. With the collective MSM group on Sundays, I occasionally speak, and more often, don my pitchin’ cap and chuck Smarties at/to kids who have the right answers to assorted trivia questions. They’re sharp, and I don’t often stump them!

Renny Schoonmaker

How did you begin serving at Calvary? My wife Nancy and I got in the mix in 1992, when we first came to Grand Rapids and Calvary, by volunteering in the nursery, as well as helping to launch what was then known as a “subcongregation” called Parents of Young Children. It later became Family Matters as all of our tadpoles got bigger! As my own kids aged, Nancy and I got involved with Calvary Corners (remember that one?), which later morphed into Kingdom Kids. From there I went into the M-56 student ministry for 5th and 6th graders, and finally landed in JHYG about 7 years ago with the 7th and 8th graders, which has since become MSM. What challenges have you encountered in your ministry? The fear of running out of ideas or energy! But what I’ve seen over the years is God’s willingness to supply both, when my own supply gauge is a tad below empty. Sometimes He supplies at the 11th hour, but I don’t recall Him ever leaving me high and dry. He’s great like that. How has God blessed you through serving? I came to Christ when I was 14, and spent the following ten years or so coasting through some modest growth, but doing very little to contribute to the Kingdom that had embraced me. By my mid-twenties, I’d become tired of the sidelines and felt the need to be actively involved in the play, but for years couldn’t find a place to fit. Then things began to open up, and I have since been permitted many places to fit, right up to the current placement in MSM. How has God blessed me? By granting me a piece of the action! I’ve come to realize that it’s not a right of membership, but a privilege that God allows in His time, even to cracked vessels. It’s a blessing to feel useful, especially to One to Whom I owe so much. How do you experience community at Calvary? The large Sunday morning service reminds me that God’s sandbox is a lot bigger than mine. Our five couple study group reminds me that His enormity is no barrier to close and personal relationship. The diversity of age, gender, culture, race, personality and taste in the Calvary community, bound by the abiding influence of that Carpenter from Nazareth, reminds me to be broad in my tolerance and affection for others. And the Carpenter’s tolerance and affection for me, often best experienced in that community, reminds me to return thanks.

God has designed you in a way that is totally unique from everyone else. That means that you have special gifts that ONLY YOU can give to serve God and others. We want to empower you to find the right fit in ministry. “From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work” (Ephesians 4:16). Discover your spiritual gifts and how you can use them at Calvary. Pick up a Discovery packet at one of the Information Centers on Sunday morning or contact Judie Fielstra ( at ext. 5095.

Serving Opportunities Abound

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 Judie Fielstra ( at ext. 5095. Go online to our Serving Ministry page to see some of our current serving needs.

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Special Needs Ministry Commitment to Christ, Community and Communion As we partake in communion, the Lord’s Supper, we commune with God and other believers. It is a time of reflection and commitment as we remember Christ’s death on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” (in heaven) The same is true in the Go Getter community. The students are taught about how Christ death and resurrection has allowed them to be released from confessed sin and live eternally with him in heaven. The Holy Spirit guides their hearts and minds and they accept what Christ has done. 1 John 1:9 “If we admit that we have sinned, (God) will forgive us our sins. (God) will forgive every wrong thing we have done.” With uninhibited faith and joy they came to the table, understanding the purpose and significance of communion. As a community of believers they were grateful for the wonderful gift of God, Jesus, and joyful to be celebrating this most precious gift with their body of believers. John 14:26 “But the counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”


If you feel God tugging at your heart strings to serve within this ministry, please give us a call. Elleen Fitzgerald // // ext. 5623 Judie Warner // // ext. 5272

Community, Commitment, Compassion, Challenges

There is a small community of children and volunteers who meet weekly in room 114 during the third service. Each one, the children, and the volunteers were individually knit together in their mother’s wombs, fearfully and wonderfully made by our great God! They accept one another just as Christ has accepted them. The committed parents bring their children weekly so that they can have an hour of worship time while their children are being lovingly looked after and taught about Jesus.


The volunteers compassionately give the precious gift of their time for about an hour each Sunday. At the present time, God has blessed the Explorer class with some special students who have exceptional needs. Many more compassionate, loving volunteers are needed to support these families and spend time with their children.

The community is called Explorers! I invite you to contact us to explore the riches and blessings that can be yours by becoming a part of this community of believers.

Committing to Overcome Challenges within your Community

Have you ever considered the families of Explorers, Seeker, and Go-Getters of Calvary Church and how they “fit” into how community is being done here at Calvary? Has the community group that you are part of ever considered or recognized that there are families within the church who either have children, youth or adults with special needs, who may be struggling with where they and their child fit within the community model? The dynamics of the family may not be “typical,” but the rewards of including such a family in a community group could be immeasurable. The body of Christ is intended to be inclusive of all who have been made whole in Jesus Christ! 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts: and though all its parts are many, they form one body…those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensible and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor!” Jesus’ ministry was full of compassion for others. Would you consider committing yourself to the same kind of compassion that Jesus showed? Compassion connects people to one another as opposed to pity which separates people. No family is free from the challenges that are a product of our fallen world. Committing to be a community that supports and loves everyone is so clearly what God has commanded. If you are up for the challenge please let out department know and we will assist you with that connection.

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MADNESS 2012 An Event for the Whole Family! Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16 Calvary Church Gym

Watch as much or as little as you can handle of the first round action of 2012 March Madness in a safe, smoke-free, alcohol-free environment! See every game broadcast on four projection screens ­‑ from tip-off to the final buzzer! There will be games for kids and delicious lunches and dinners both days. Invite your friends, family and neighbors to join you. All are welcome!

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Calvary Missions & outreach 2011-2012

Sunday, April 15 | Saturday, April 28

Glocal Impact Days Thinking globally, acting locally

“Glocal” is a new term that simply put, is having a ministry heart that is both global and local in concept and practice. So how do we live out this ministry heart desire? Participate as a small group in the activities planned over the next several weeks to understand what it means to think globally and act locally, and build community within your small group, within Calvary Church, and within our Grand Rapids community.

Thinking Globally March: small group studies Small group mini-studies have been written for small groups to use to understand the glocal lifestyle: • Loving your neighbor in a globalized, diverse culture • Comprehending the reality of the lost in the world • Being witnesses for Christ • Being “missional”, glocal Christians

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Sunday Morning, April 15 • Pastor Marvin Williams, former assistant pastor of Calvary Church, now Senior Teaching Pastor at Trinity Church in Lansing • Table group discussions focusing on evangelism, and contextualization within culture Sunday Night, April 15 • Andy Castillo, former intern at Calvary, now serving in his home country of Honduras • Interactive stations focusing on international people groups living in Grand Rapids

Acting Locally Saturday, April 28 Calvary’s small groups together in one location to participate in one project to change the lives of one Grand Rapids family • All-church service day partnering with Habitat for Humanity Kent County • Elementary-aged children through adults • All skills and gifts used: hospitality, working with children, nursing, building walls, painting, etc. • Connecting within small groups, Calvary Church as a whole, and our community

Sunday, april 1 | 6:00pm

Kids and Missions

At WOW, the Globe Trotters spend the evening “traveling” to different places around the world, learning about the different cultures, sights, and tastes that God created. Recently they learned about the world’s largest city, Tokyo, and the challenges of spreading the Gospel in an urban environment. According to Operation World, the Japanese are the third largest unreached people group. The Globe Trotter kids wrote Haiku prayers, asking God to work in the hearts of the Japanese.

Jesus lamb of God, God rescue the Japanese. Holy is your name. By: Allie Tol

God help Japan please. They need to see your mercy. Please help them. Amen. By: Emma Aden

God please help Japan. Please help send missionaries. You are strong enough. By: Seth DeVries

God please help Japan know that you love them so much. Help the Japanese. By: George Samra Jesus lamb of God, God save the Japanese please. Holy is your name. By: Emma Koster

Join us on Palm Sunday, April 1, for an evening of worship and celebration. Led by the Calvary Church choir, we will enter Easter week affirming our unity in faith and declaring our praise to God together. “There is one body and one Spirit — just as you were called to one hope when you were called — one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of us all, who is over all and through all and all in all.” EphEsians 4:4-6

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2012 Prayer for Easter We encourage our body to begin praying for the upcoming Easter and Holy Week services. As we plan for the services, we would appreciate your prayer not only for the preparation, but for those who will be in attendance. Please look forward to more information in the weeks to come in the Bulletin and April Calvary Life.

Preparing for Easter (February 22 – April 7)

This is a time for spiritual preparation, leading up to Holy Week and Easter. It’s about focusing our hearts on our relationship with God. During these weeks, we encourage you to fast from something, setting aside certain foods or nonessential activities. The purpose of fasting isn’t depravation, but dedication to God. Here at Calvary, we encourage you to participate in this early Christian tradition. The fruit of preparation is both a deeper relationship with God now and a more exuberant and mindful celebration of Easter in six weeks. During this season, every time you think about what you have given up, the hope is that you would do two things: 1) Thank Jesus for suffering for you; and 2) Pray that those whom Jesus suffered for, who do not know Him, will come to the Easter service and hear the gospel.

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Palm Sunday (Sunday, April 1) services at 8:10, 9:40 and 11:15am and 6:00pm Palm Sunday Musical

On Palm Sunday, we celebrate the Triumphal Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, the week before His death and resurrection. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. The Bible tells us that when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the crowds greeted Him with waving palm branches, and by covering His path with palm branches. Immediately following this great time of celebration in the ministry of Jesus, He begins His journey to the cross. The Bible passages of Palm Sunday can be found in Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:111, Luke 19:28-44 and John 12:12-19.

Maundy Thursday (Thursday, April 5)

Good Friday (Friday, April 6)

Traditionally the Christian Church has referred to this day as Maundy Thursday, from the Latin word “mandatum.” The term is usually translated “commandment,” from John’s account of this night. According to the book of John, as Jesus and the disciples were eating their final meal together before His arrest, He washed the disciples’ feet to illustrate humility and servanthood.

Good Friday is the day Christ died on the cross, the Friday before Easter. As the most somber day in the Christian calendar, it is a day for prayer, repentance, and meditation on the agony and suffering of Christ on the cross. Since Christ’s death on the cross is central to the Christian faith, the events of that day should be ever on our minds. We celebrate Good Friday with a subdued evening service, remembering the night of Christ’s death.

service at 7:00pm No Childcare

During the Passover (Lord’s Supper), Jesus took bread and wine and asked His Father to bless it. He broke the bread, giving it to His disciples saying, “This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” Then He took the cup of wine and said, “This wine is the token of God’s new covenant to save you−an agreement sealed with the blood I will pour out for you.” During our Maundy Thursday service, you will see people washing the feet of others to demonstrate humility and servanthood. We will also partake in the Lord’s Supper just like Jesus did on the night He was betrayed. The Bible passages of Maundy Thursday can be found in Matthew 26:17-30, Mark 14:12-26, Luke 22:7-38, John 13:1-17, and I Corinthians 11:23-25.

service at 7:00pm No Childcare

The Bible passages for Good Friday can be found in Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, and John 19.

Easter Sunday (Sunday, April 8) services at 7:00, 8:10, 9:40 and 11:15am

From the earliest days of the church, Easter has been celebrated by all Christians everywhere. As the most important day in the Christian calendar, Easter Sunday is the day that we celebrate the bodily Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Our observation of Lent and Holy Week will better prepare our hearts to celebrate the power and joy of Christ’s resurrection on Easter. The Bible passages for Easter can be found in Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, and John 20.

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As we prepare for Easter, we think about Jesus’ sacrifice for us, which should stir our hearts toward gratitude. During these weeks, perhaps you might consider putting aside some money that could be used toward a special offering that will be taken during the Good Friday service. The offering will be used to help with the Manasseh Project, a shelter and recovery center for children who are victims of sex trafficking in West Michigan, operated by Wedgwood Christian Services. Wedgwood was founded in 1960. Two separate homes for troubled adolescents, one for girls started by staff and members of Calvary Church and the other serving boys started by staff and members of LaGrave CRC, eventually merged to become Wedgwood Christian Services in 1970. Today, Wedgwood’s central objective is taking on the toughest issues facing youth, addressing the harsh realities that result from parental abuse and neglect, substance abuse and other damaging socioeconomic problems. They help free children and teens from lives of despair and strive to instill hope and healing by providing excellent care, counseling, education and prevention programs that enable at-risk youth to experience stable, healthy and productive lives. The Manasseh Project began shortly after social workers at Wedgwood helplessly watched as a child they knew and cared for was trafficked and exploited in Grand Rapids. Despite all their efforts to find her and offer her aid, they were unable and ill-equipped at the time to address her needs and trauma. Unwilling to stand still and watch this happen again, they began to research the issue of human trafficking, both globally and locally, while developing relationships with anti-trafficking organizations in West Michigan, and from there the project began. In Wedgwood’s experience, and that of other providers, the extreme nature of the trauma sex trafficking victims endure is most effectively treated by having the victims in a separate facility with a single, focused treatment approach versus being in other facilities and programs with children with a variety of mental health issues. The problem of sex trafficking is growing in all urban areas in Michigan and the Midwest, and yet there are few treatment programs such as this. Therefore, Wedgwood hopes to build a Shelter Care Home/Trauma Recovery Center for children who are

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providing shelter and healing for victims of trafficking in west michigan

victims of sex trafficking in West Michigan. This would be very similar to Anne’s House, a successful residential treatment program for the victims of sex trafficking operated by the Salvation Army in Chicago. The project name, Manasseh, is derived from the account in Genesis where Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery; in this he became the first well-documented trafficking victim. When Joseph was rescued from the prisons in Egypt and brought into power, he reflected upon God’s grace by naming his firstborn Manasseh (causing to forget): “It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.” The Lord gave Joseph a present and future despite the horror of his past. Joseph experienced rescue and restoration and the goal of this safe house is to provide the same experience for victims of trafficking in West Michigan. Over the past few years, Calvary’s Deacons have been praying and asking God to show them how they can fulfill their biblically mandated responsibility to care for the widows and the orphans. Incidentally, many victims of trafficking are sold into slavery by their loved ones, leaving them without a support network even once rescued. We truly feel that these are today’s orphans and praise God for providing us with the opportunity to care for them through this project. Calvary has a unique opportunity during this season to join Wedgwood in building this safe house. The offering to help fund The Manasseh Project will be taken during the Good Friday Service. We hope you will be in prayer as to how God wants to use your giving to meet the needs of the hurting and provide a place of refuge and recovery here in West Michigan.


Program GUIDE Sunday Morning Worship Service 8:10am, 9:40am, 11:15am | Sanctuary

Quick Connect administrative staff information in alpha order by ministry


Lynnell Bok ext. 3510

Pastoral Care

Regina Scovill ext. 3672

Calvary Community

Senior Adults



Community Outreach

Special Needs

Brenda Neher ext. 5650

Carla Boon-Julien ext. 5067

Sharon Kaiser ext. 5077


Melissa DeBoer ext. 5097


Regina Scovill ext. 3672

Judie Fielstra ext. 5095

Elleen Fitzgerald ext. 5623


Natalie Uecker calvarystudents ext. 5181 ext. 5290

Technical Services



Jackie Rice ext. 5042

Elaine Meredith ext. 5186




Young Adults

Lou DeGraaf ext. 3618

Chris DeHaan ext. 5022

Kristen White ext. 5155

Mason D. Sherrill ext. 5036

Church Phone Number: (616) 956-9377 Address: 707 E Beltline NE | Grand Rapids MI 49525

March 2012

Sunday Evening Worship Service

Church Office Hours Monday-Friday: 8:30am-5:00pm Sunday: 7:30am-12:30pm

Children Carla | | ext. 5067

Student Led Sunday March 25 | 9:40am Join us as our own middle school students lead worship for the middle school ministry. If you’d like to help serve please contact Lee, Sara or Pastor Byron.

6:00pm | Chapel

WOW Wednesdays | 6:30-7:50pm | Entrance K It is not too late to join WOW Wednesdays. This year in WOW kids will compile a James Journal scrapbook from weekly lessons learned in James chapter 3. They will also be able to identify 30 major events in Jesus life when he modeled actions described in James 3 and place them on a timeline. In addition, children will continue memorization of James chapter 3 (through song). Family Movie Matinee March 3 | 10:30am | Entrance K Kingdom Kids is excited to present the latest Veggie Tales movie, Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men. Robin Good has a mission - fundraising from the rich and giving to the poor! But when greedy Prince starts stealing the townspeople’s hams, donations are down and Robin’s band of friends desert him to give robbing a try. Can Robin overcome his hurt, show his friends what’s right and restore the townspeople’s hope? Bring a blanket to sit on, and one canned food item for Calvary’s Food Pantry; we’ll supply the popcorn. This is a free family event; parents, please accompany your children.

5th-8th Grade | ext. 5181 The Main Event Sunday Mornings | 9:40am 5th/6th: Room 109 | 7th/8th: Room 108 On Sunday morning, we spend time hanging out, worshiping, and finding creative ways to learn more about God’s Word as a community of middle school students. Our theme this year is Cafeteria: never dine alone. It’s our desire to emphasize to students why it’s important to be with other Christians as we grow closer to God.

5th/6th Grade | ext. 5181 Refuge Wednesdays | 6:30-8:00pm | Room 109 The school week can be tough. Homework, activities and the pressures of school make your life busy. That’s why we offer Refuge every Wednesday night. It’s a great time of fun and encouragement where we play games and learn about God with a small group of Christian friends. You can join Refuge any time in the school year. P.A.C. Attack (Party After Church) March 18 | 12:30-2:30pm (this is the NEW date) | Gym Cost: $3 P.A.C. attacks are very simple… we play dodgeball, we eat pizza, and we play more dodgeball. If dodgeball is not your thing you can find some friends and watch a movie with us too. This time is a great way to meet new friends.

7th/8th Grade | ext. 5181

Oasis Wednesdays | Room 108 | 6:30-8:00pm Oasis is our Wednesday night small group program. Want to go deeper asking specific questions about topics that concern you? Want to make some close friends? Want to get to know some of our fun, caring leaders on a more personal level? Whatever your reason in coming, Oasis is an awesome place for 7th and 8th grade students! We’ll play games, worship, hear a brief talk, and break up into our groups. You can join Oasis any time in the school year, just show up!

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Charleston Mission Trip If you are interested in being part of this team, submit your application by March 26. For more information, visit or contact the Student Ministries office. Guys’/Girls’ Night Out (GNO) March 11 | 6:00-8:00pm Cost: $10 (girls only) Guys: Join us for our annual extravaganza—waffles and Wii! Cost is free but you need to find a way to get to Byron’s house (3443 Shady Place NE). We will talk about life, eat some delicious waffles and play Wii. This is a great time to make new friends and discuss what is happening in our lives. Girls: Join us for fun at the Castaway Bay and Splash Tower Waterpark at the Ramada Inn. Plan on eating dinner beforehand since we will want as much time as possible to swim! Bring a modest swimsuit and a towel. Transportation will be provided; parents drop off and pick up your student at Calvary Church, Entrance J.

but to experience its fullness in community. That’s why we gather together to grow spiritually through age-specific teaching, edifying fellowship, and serving. The Young Adult Ministry offers three different communities where you can connect with a group that’s right for you. For more information see below or contact Mason D. Sherrill.

High School | ext. 5181

College a community for young adults 18-22 Natalie | | ext. 5165

UNITED Sundays | 6:00-8:30pm | Room 108 If you are in high school, you belong with us at UNITED. Come out for a night of worship through singing, learn from God’s word, interact with friends and leaders in small groups, play fun games and watch crazy videos…anything could happen.

College Discipleship: On Campus Groups These groups meet on-campus once a week on or near various college campuses. Not currently taking classes? We still have a group for you! Gather with fellow believers for an informal time of sharing and catching-up about what is happening in our lives. For more information contact Natalie Kompik.

UNITED Not @ Homes March 4 | 6:00-8:30pm | Room 108 *scheduling change* Please meet at Calvary Church for your UNITED meeting.

College Ministry Lunch Sundays | 12:30pm | Room 121 If you are interested in connecting with other collegeaged young adults that attend Calvary, you are invited to join the College Ministry for a free lunch every Sunday after the third service. This is a great way to get connected to the community and learn about additional ways to get involved at Calvary Church. For more information, contact Natalie Kompik.

Marvell Trip Application Deadline If interested in being part of this team, submit your application by March 5. The Marvell mission team will be finalized by March 19. Marvell Team Meeting (Mandatory) March 25 | 12:30pm | Room 108 Mandatory team meeting for those students going on the Marvell mission trip. Lunch is provided.

Young Adults a ministry for young adults 18-34 Mason | | ext. 5036 We were not meant to walk through this life alone,

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College Life Thursdays | 7:00pm | Room 108 Are you interested in joining a diverse community of fellow college-aged young adults? Join us as we meet together as a community for worship, small groups, and teaching on Thursdays. This is a great opportunity to build relationships with college-aged young adults in the Grand Rapids area and to grow in our faith together. For more information contact Natalie Kompik.

MErge a community for single young adults ages 22-34 Sue | | ext. 5093 Merge Sundays | 11:15am | Room 137 Come just as you are and join us for a time of fellowship and prayer as we discuss the sermon and study God’s Word. Together we’ll explore what God is revealing to each one of us. Merge Guys’ Night March 2 | 6:30-9:00pm | Gym Dietrich Bonhoeffer once wrote that, “the following of Christ is not the achievement or merit of a select few, but the divine command to all Christians without distinction.” Join other godly men for guy’s night where we’ll hear a devotional on intentional Christian living and enjoy some pizza, basketball and games. This will be a great time to have some fun and learn more about what it means to be a godly man and a disciple of Jesus Christ. Merge Community Lunch March 18 | 12:30pm | Room 137 The Merge community will be joining together for fellowship and lunch immediately after Merge. Sign up on Sundays to bring a salad or dessert to share. Grounded – Sunday Night with Merge March 25 | 7:00–9:00pm | Icons Coffee (2090 Celebration Drive across from Celebration Cinema) Before you begin another week, get grounded with Merge on Sunday Night. Enjoy encouraging fellowship as we play games and share coffee together. We’ll also reflect on a spiritual topic and discuss together how we can lay the groundwork for our faith as we head out into the world.



a community for young couples ages 22-32 Mason | | ext. 5036 Sundays | 11:15am Room 130 Join this community of young marrieds and be challenged and encouraged as you work on building a strong and lasting foundation for your marriage. Through a combination of sermon discussion and teaching, friendly mentor couples will help guide us toward making godly decisions and forming healthy life-long habits that will strengthen our relationships and helps us grow in Christ. Foundations Potluck March 4 | 12:30pm | Room 130 We’re taking a new spin on an old tradtion - so join Foundations for a good old fashion church potluck. Take this opportunity to meet this newly forming community of young married couples for some great food and fellowship. R.S.V.P. with Mason at ext. 5036.

Pastoral care Regina | | ext. 3672 Confident Caregivers March 20 | 11:30am -1:00pm | Room 123 Confident Caregivers of West Michigan is a monthly support group for sharing needs, questions, answers and encouragement. Mike Faber of Care Resources, Grand Rapids Community College, will be speaking on the topic of “Family Caregiving and Open Ended Question and Answers Session”. R.S.V.P. by March 15 to Regina. Lies Women Believe Wednesdays | 6:30-8:00pm | Yellow House This Nancy Leigh DeMoss study sheds light on how we can be set free to walk in God’s grace, forgiveness, and

abundant life. If you’re interested in joining this support group, contact Regina.

Sarah Merrill (, and we will add you to a regular prayer update.

Mental Illness Support Group March 27 | 7:00pm | Room 114 On a national scale, an estimated 4.5 million Bipolar, or Manic Depressive disorder affects about 1 ½ % of the population, and can be very debilitating. It is however, usually quite treatable, often enabling the person to live an active productive life. Contact John or Betty Walker at 956-6141.

Pastor Jim Samra’s Prayer Team People on this team agree to pray daily for the Samras and for the church. Jim sends out weekly prayer requests to the team as well as requests throughout the week when he needs immediate help. Contact Ruth Gudbrandson (rgudbrandson@ at ext. 5013.

H.I.S. – Healing Injured Sisters Begins March 22 | 6:30-8:00pm | Yellow House Have you been hurt from past physical or emotional wounds? Are you ready to begin the journey of healing? Join us for a six-week study learning what it means to move past your hurt by seeking to understand God’s mercy and grace. Please call Regina to set up an interview with Jan Dykstra to see if this confidential group is right for you.

Prayer Groups

Intercessors Prayer Group Wednesdays | 6:45pm | Room 212 Open to anyone who is interested in praying for Calvary Church, its pastors, its staff, its volunteers, its congregation and its programming. For details, or to submit prayer requests, contact Nehemiah Prayer Team When Nehemiah heard that the walls of Jerusalem needed repair, his first response was to fast and pray for four months. For the past two years, the elders and deacons have been praying and fasting for God’s wisdom concerning our space needs. Now we would like to invite our church family to join us. If you are willing to fast and pray with the elders, please email

7 MADNESS 2011 Your Faith MARCH in seven words

save the date It’s true, the story of how knowing Jesus has changed your life could be told in a thousand words. But what if you only had seven? How would you describe the difference that knowing Jesus has made in your life?

Pastors’ Prayer Partners You will receive weekly updates from the Pastoral Staff via email or postal mail. Your obligation is to pray with a team of prayer warriors during one service a month, and pray in your own home regularly for their requests. Contact Arlene Timmer ( at 365-0728. Prayer & Fasting for the Unemployed Thursdays | 12:00-1:00pm | Chapel Please join us every third Thursday for a time of prayer and fasting for the unemployed. Prayer for Worship Services Sundays | 7:45-8:05am (in Jim Samra’s office), 9:159:35am, 10:50-11:10am (in Room 105) You are invited to join others meeting on Sundays before each service to pray specifically that God would bless our morning services. All are encouraged to pick a time and come. Third Monday Missionary Prayer Bring your lunch and pray for our missionaries serving around the world on the third Monday of each month at 11:30pm in room 207.

Special needs Elleen | | ext. 5623 Go-Getters (Adults with Special Needs) Sundays | 11:15am | Chapel The Go-Getter class is growing in size as well as knowledge of God’s Word. Their studies include the book of John and additional biblical characters as well as prayer. The students continue to care for and pray for others with such sincerity and love. Mentors are needed to bring them through our booklet “Understanding Faith in Jesus” and the process that follows.

Email for yourthe seven wordFamily! story of how knowing Jesus has changed your life to An Event Whole and it could be featured in the April Calvary Life. Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16 | Calvary Church Gym March 2012 | | 17

Explorers (Children with Special Needs) Sundays | 11:15am | Room 114 Explorers Sunday morning class is an interactive, sensory-based learning excursion through God’s Word! We are exploring God’s Word to learn and grow in Him through our own abilities. As we continue on in our adventure, we are equipping our students to learn in an environment that best suits their needs as followers of Christ. Seekers (Youth with Special Needs) Sundays | 11:15am | Room 112 In Seekers, we are equipping ourselves with the armor of God! We are discovering how to “wear” God’s armor every day by actively studying His Word. Through the use of different fine motor skills and stimulating activities, Seekers are equipping themselves with important values, engaging in them, and demonstrating them to others.

Senior Adults Regina | | ext. 3672 Chera March 20 | 6:15pm | Room 129 (Fellowship Hall) 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. Attorney Mike Lichterman will be speaking to us. Contact Marian Mason for reservations at 554-9262. Monday Monthly Luncheon March 5 | 10:20am | Fellowship Hall | Cost: $7 Join us for great fellowship and good food. Jan Dykstra will be “An Angel’s Answer for Victory over Depression.” Make reservations with Howard & Arlene Timmer at 365-0728, Virginia Claybrook at 940-1807 or Terry & Linda Markham at 247-8619 by February 28. Wednesday Morning Bible Study Wednesdays | 9:30am | Chapel Join us for an exciting study as Tom Couch continues his series from the book of Genesis ”Learning to Live by Faith” - Studies in the life of Abraham. Refreshments are served from 9:30-9:50am, and the study begins promptly at 10:00am.

Women Elaine | | ext. 5186 Gathering Place Study Tuesdays | 9:00am | Fellowship Hall The Gathering Place Study has openings! Women of

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WoMen’s sMall GrouP BooK stuDy

with Sabrina Fairchild


If you are interested in joining this ten-week study on learning how to surrender, trust, obey and Patiently Wait on the Lord, contact Elaine Meredith ( at ext. 5186.

all ages gather in the Fellowship Hall for coffee and a large group program that includes teaching, worship and testimonies. We then move into small groups for discussion on our study of the Gospel of Matthew and prayer. Groups are available for beginners to advanced students of the Bible. An excellent children’s program follows along in Matthew (for ages birth to six years).

Begins March 15 6:30-8:00pm

not consider it this year? CSI is June 12-14, 9:00am12:00pm. Please register yourself to serve at If you have any questions contact Zoe (csi@ at 822-8896.

Giving opportunities Lynnell | | ext. 3510



MOPS First & Third Thursday | 9:00am | Fellowship Hall 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! Loving childcare is provided in our nursery. Pre-registration is required. Registration forms are available at For more information contact

Clothes Closet As we enter into a new season please help us celebrate spring by donating clothes to our Clothes Closet. We are looking for the following items: lightweight jackets, short-sleeve shirts, cotton sweaters and dresses for women and girls; dress pants and shirts for men and boys. Your donations are greatly appreciated.


Teen MOPS Wednesdays | 5:30pm | Room 127 MOPS International is dedicated to meeting the needs of every mother of preschoolers, including teenage (to early 20’s) girls. Teen MOPS helps teen moms become more self-sufficient, confident, mature, giving and self-aware young women. All meetings encourage young mothers to voice their frustrations, fears and joys while knowing that their children are being well taken care of in the nursery. Pre-registration required, contact Marcy Sobczak (

SErving Opportunities

Children’s Ministry Serving Opportunities Now is the time to sign up to serve at CSI 2012! If you have been part of the CSI team in the past, you know what a blast it is, and the impact it can have on kids for eternity. If you have never volunteered for CSI, why

Food Pantry As we get ready for spring, the following items are needed: • • • • • • • •

Floor cleaners Non-abrasive cleaners All-surface disinfectant cleaners Glass cleaner Dish soap Scrub pads Paper towels Laundry soap

• • • • • • • • •

Bleach Fabric softener Dryer sheets Stain remover Body soaps (soft and bars) Toothpaste Mouthwash, floss Shaving Gel Razors

All items listed in the Giving Opportunities section above can be dropped off at the Yellow House, located behind Calvary on Bradford Street.

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Daylight Savings Time Begins

There’s so much going on at Calvary, we can’t fit it all on this calendar! We’ve only listed a few events for each day so be sure to refer to the web calendar at or the back of the Sunday bulletin for all our recurring weekly activities.







10:30am Seniors Luncheon




6:00pm 7th/8th: Guys’/Girls’ Night Out


12:30pm 5th/6th: P.A.C. Attack


6:30pm Merge Guys’ Night




10:30am Family Movie Matinee












12:00pm Prayer and Fasting for the Unemployed

7:00pm Merge Laugh Fest

12:00pm March Madness

March Madness


11:30 Third Monday Prayer Confident Caregivers


6:15pm Chera (Support for the Widowed)

Merge Community Lunch 9:40am Student Led Sunday


Wednesday Fellowship Dinner Menu: BBQ Chicken

Wednesday Fellowship Dinner Menu: Pork Chops




7:00pm Mental Illness Support Group


21 Wednesday Fellowship Dinner Menu: Lasagna


Wednesday Fellowship Dinner Menu: Chicken Fajitas

6:30pm H.I.S. (Healing Injured Sisters) Begins

12:30pm High School: Marvell Team Meeting 7:00pm Merge: Grounded

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Welcome to calvary church We are so glad you have joined us today. We know there are many churches you could have chosen to attend and we are glad you chose to be here. We believe that you are not here by accident, that God has brought you to this place for a specific purpose. We look forward to connecting with you and caring for you in any way that we can. This is a big church, we know... but you’d be surprised at how quickly you can find your place. All over this page are ways to meet people and get involved at Calvary. You will find there really is something for everyone! Jim Samra Senior Pastor

Need More Info?

Go to the Connection Point located through the Sanctuary doors on the right as you exit (in the Chapel wing) or stop at the Information Center at the back of the Sanctuary. Media Center: For past sermons or a series on CD, the Media Center is located through the Sanctuary doors on the left as you exit (in the Chapel wing). Children’s Activity Boxes: Located inside the Sanctuary doors by the Children’s wing. Explore Calvary This staff-led, four-week class is for people to learn more about Calvary, take a tour of the building and find out what your next steps in connecting may look like. Contact Sharon Kaiser ( at ext. 5077. Pastoral Need If you have a need and would like to speak to a pastor, please call the main church number, 956-9377 or email A pastor is always available.

Sundays at Calvary Connection Point

Our Connection Point is a place where you can receive a warm welcome, whether this is your first time at Calvary or your sixteenth, The Connection Point is your place for information on connecting at Calvary Church. It is located in the Chapel wing of the building, on your right as you exit the Sanctuary, in room 215a.

Calvary Café

9:00am-11:15am in the Gym The Calvary Café is designed to give you the opportunity to mingle with other attendees between services. Stop in for a cup of coffee and a donut. From discussing the morning’s sermon to catching up on your community group leader’s recent vacation, the Calvary Café is a great place to gather for conversation.

Adult Sunday Classes

Find a class that’s perfect for you. There are classes for adults of all ages, stages and interests, from singles to parents to senior adults. For exact location and class descriptions, pick up a copy of the Adult Sunday Classes brochure at the Information Center or at

Special Needs

Adult (Go-Getters): 11:15am *Youth (Seekers): 11:15am *Children (Explorers): 11:15am

Chapel Room 112 Room 114

*Pre-registration recommended

Children’s Ministries

Young Fives - Fourth Grade: 9:40am and 11:15am Visit the check-in desk at Entrance K on the lower level to register. Nursery Care: 8:10am, 9:40am and 11:15am For infants birth through preschool. Visit the check-in desk at Entrance M on the upper level to register.

Student Ministries

Middle School (MSM): 9:40am  5th & 6th Main Event (Studying Genesis) 7th & 8th Main Event (Studying Genesis) High School (United): 6:00pm (Studying Genesis)

Young Adults

Merge (Singles 22-34): 11:15am  Foundations (Young Couples 22-32): 11:15am College Lunch (Young Adults 18-22): 12:30pm

Room 109 Room 108 Room 108 Room 137 Room 130 Room 121

Community is a place where you belong; a place where you develop relationships with other Christians and do life together. When you experience true community, you have close friends who meet together, pray together, grow together in God’s Word, and care for one another. In community you will be loved; you will be valued; you will be transformed more into Christ’s image. If you realize it is time to engage with people in a new way and want to be a part of a community group, visit the Connection Point on Sunday mornings or sign up at

Calvary Life, March 2012  
Calvary Life, March 2012  

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