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Celebrate the Graduates 2011 Senior Pictures...p. 12 Face to Face with Shelly Lamport, High School Facilitator ...p. 22

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calvary life table of contents features Face to Face . . . 22

CSI: Creative Science Investigators (Free Event for Children) . . . 8

2011 High School Graduates. . .12

Jesus Gave It All . . . 16

student quick check Middle School: Parent’s Gathering Middle School: 8th Grade Celebration High School: UNITED (Sunday Nights) Middle School: 5th-8th The Main Event High School: Senior Pictures 2011 Gradutes High School: UNITED iServe High School: Meet the Poland Team Be the Light (Student Mission Trips) What I Wish I Knew When I Graduated

Missions Conference Recap . . . 19

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Wednesday Fellowship Dinner Menu Food Drive Thank You Clothes Closet Contribute to those in need Discovery Find out who God designed you to be Calvary Library Corner Favorites from Jim Samra


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Children: LUMIN8 Spring Recital & CD Premiere Middle School: Parent’s Gathering, 8th Grade Celebration Men: Detroit Tigers Game All Church: Choir and Orchestra Finale Concert, Community Group Summer Launch Senior Adults: Shipshewana Trip, Monday Monthly Luncheon Young Adults: Merge Tiptoe Through the Tulips, Whiffle Ball Wednesday, Sunday Night BBQ Fellowship


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High School: UNITED (Sunday Nights) Middle School: The Main Event (Sunday Mornings) Pastoral Care: DivorceCare, DC4K, The Big D, Healing Injured Sisters (H.I.S.) Senior Adults: Wednesday Morning Bible Study Women: Summer Bible Study, The Gathering Place Children: James Gang Picture Reminder

Family Service - Sunday, May 29

Nursery is available for infants through two-year-olds; children preschool age and older are encouraged to attend the service with their family (activity boxes are available at the desk near Entrance N). If needed, room 254 is open for children ages three through five.

Membership Class

We believe membership in the local church is important. Membership means commitment: learning what we believe, and why; community – participating in the life of this church; contributing – giving back to God what He so richly gives to us. Our next membership class will be on Saturday, May 14 from 9:00am-2:30pm. Pre-registration is needed. Register online or contact Brenda ( at ext. 5650 to register.

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 Phyliss Dykstra at 784-1858.

Summer Worship Service Times


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Young Adults: College Redeem the Summer, College Lunch, Merge Book Club, Foundations Middle School: Wednesday Nights Pastoral Care: Confident Caregivers, Mental Illness Family Support Group, Chera Senior Adults: Men’s Golf League


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We will again have summer service times this year. Summer times will run from July 3 to September 4. The morning services will be at 9:00am and 10:45am. The evening service will continue to be at 6:00pm.


Congratulations to Brad and Kara Deppe on the birth of their son, Miles Bruce, on February 18. If you have an addition to your family, we want to rejoice with you. Please submit the parents’ names, child’s name and date of birth to Jackie Rice ( at ext. 5042. We also rejoice with Gordon and Jeanne Kauffman who celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary April 30.

High School: UNITED iServe, Come Meet the Poland Team, Summer Mission Trips 2011 Pastoral Care: Shut-in Ministry Special Needs Ministry: Transportation Worship: Worship Ministry Needs Missions & Outreach: Celebrating the Seeds That Were Planted


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Things I Wish I Knew When I Graduated From High School


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wednesday fellowship dinner

May 4

For the second to last meal of the season, the most requested menu presented for your pleasure. Chicken Stir Fry • With Chef Rod’s homemade sweet and sour pineapple sauce, grilled fresh green peppers and onions • Steamed rice • Pork egg rolls • Asian-style vegetables

May 11

To celebrate a wonderful year of fellowship and service in Fellowship Hall. Traditional End-of-the-Year Menu • Grilled Steaks seasoned and broiled, ultratender flat cut sirloins • Baked Potatoes Idaho’s best 100 count bakers, basted with extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt and served with chive sour cream • Broccoli with cheese sauce Steamed broccoli cuts with Mornay cheese sauce

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Thank you again & we’ll see you in September!


Chef Rod would like to take some space and thank Calvary’s most capable culinary staff: Chef Neil Milburn, Chef PJ Davis, Chef Gordon Herman, Gary Feerick, Tom Dewey, and Scott Smith, the “back of the house” crew. The “front of the house” staff includes Fran Chertos, Bev Smits, Sue Zeil, Hildegard Krusch, Joyce Herman, Thelma Hoogewind, Donna Tiesenga, Adele Ripley, Linda Rossman, and Barb Haan. These good folks are here, or on call, every Wednesday to serve the average of 425 guests at Wednesday Fellowship Dinner. They volunteer their time, drive to church in all types of weather, sunny or snowy, and serve with warm hearts and smiles. Chef Rod say’s “the WFD volunteers are the best folks I have ever known, and the best friends I’ve had, thank God for them.” Chef would further like to thank you, the diners, for your patronage and invite you all back in the fall for some great new menus and more fellowship and fun. Or maybe, you might like to become a part of Calvary’s Culinary Team. WFD features “in house” prepared meals with endless tossed salad and fountain drinks. Come and enjoy a diverse fare of savory proteins and delicious sides, Calvary’s home baked petit pan loaves, and satisfying desserts. For the children, we offer the “heroes” meal, featuring 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, we feature an upgrade to two pizza squares or two hot dogs for only $5. The cost is low: $5 for the featured meal, $3 for the children’s “Hero Meal”, $5 for the “Super Hero Meal” or $15 for family meal (two adult and three hero meals). If children are served the featured meal or the Super Hero meal, the cost is an additional $2 each.

Wednesday Fellowship Dinner in the Fellowship Hall from 5:00-6:30pm

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On behalf of Calvary Church and our community pantry, we send our gratitude to all those who participated in our food drive last month. Your generosity will keep our shelves full over the next few months. What a blessing it was to receive so much and be able to help feed so many. It doesn’t stop here; please remember to continue giving in the months ahead. Thank you!

Clothes Closet

Summer is approaching and our Clothes Closet is very low on summer clothing for the whole family. We are now accepting shorts, short-sleeve shirts, sundresses, skirts, bathing suits and sandals. Your donations are greatly appreciated. If you have questions, please call Lynnell Bok ( ext. 3510. Thank you!


RECOMMENDED READING Favorite Books From Our Senior Pastor Jim Samra Same Kind of Different as Me By: Ron Hall and Denver Moore A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery, and an upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel meet a gutsy woman with a stubborn dream. Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, it also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love. (From Jim: fantastic true story about Jesus uniting two very diverse people. Guaranteed to make you cry at the end.) Evidence Not Seen By: Darlene Deibler Rose Newlywed American missionary Darlene Deibler Rose survived four years in a notorious Japanese prison camp set deep in the jungles of New Guinea. Thinking she was never to see her husband again, Darlene Rose was forced to sign a false confession and face the executioner’s sword, only to be miraculously spared. (From Jim: Amazing true story of missionaries in World War II.) Turning Points By: Mark A. Noll What do the destruction of Jerusalem, the Diet of Worms, the French Revolution, and the Edinburgh Missionary Conference all have in common? According to the leading evangelical historian Mark Noll, they are among a select number of pivotal events in the two-thousand-year history of Christianity. (From Jim: A fantastic read about church history.) Other Favorites: With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray (From Jim: One of the best books on prayer ever written) The Story of Christianity by Justo Gonzales (From Jim: Great read on church history.) Living by the Book by Howard Hendricks (From Jim: Best introduction on how to study the Bible. Loved it.) The Color of Water by James McBride (From Jim: Powerful true story about a black man and his white mother.) Christian Theology by Millard Erickson (From Jim: I loved reading this theology book.) Bringing Up Boys by James Dobson (From Jim: Great book for raising boys.)

Now Available on DVD - Sunday Services of “A Beautiful Life Series.” Beginning with September 12, 2010. The Library is located across from Fellowship Hall on the lower level. Our hours are: Sunday 9:15–11:15am and 5:15–5:45pm, Wednesday 9:15–9:45am and 6:00– 7:30pm, Saturday 7:00 – 7:30pm. Also visit us on the web at library@calvarygr. org and email us your requests.

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Discovery can help you learn more about your spiritual walk, your spiritual gifts and connecting with others at Calvary as you meet with trained staff members. Pick up a Discovery card at the Information Center, go online to our Serving Ministry page, or contact Sharon Kaiser ( at ext. 5077.

Calvary’s Library Corner

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Food Drive Thank You



LUMIN8 Spring Recital Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 15, at 6:00pm in the Sanctuary. Our children’s choir, LUMIN8, will perform their spring recital including all original songs: Bible Train, Illuminate, Child Dedication song, etc. and a performance of the James Chapter 2 memorization (“Rote Radio!”) dramatized by Steve Trott and JP Gaylord just for the occasion! Professionally recorded CDs will also be available for purchase that night ($5 each). Don’t miss it, and invite some friends to join you! Join us in the Fellowship hall for a reception afterwards.

Middle School Ministry Parent’s Gathering Sunday, May 15 at 12:45pm in Room 108 At MSM, we value parents. You have such a huge impact on the lives of your children. We consider it a privilege and responsibility that you trust your student with us. We believe that making the greatest impact on students begins with partnering with you as parents. We’ll meet in May to discuss highlights of the year, look at our upcoming summer planning, hear from you as parents, and spend time together with other parents. We expect this meeting to last no longer than an hour, and will have some snacks to tie you over until lunch.

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8th Grade Celebration! May 18 at 6:00pm Cost: Free


While 8th grade students will be with us most of the summer, we thought it would be super sweet to throw them a party MSM style (our leaders promise to keep their tears to a minimum). Students will meet at Entrance J and head over to Pastor Byron’s house for food, games, and hanging out. All 8th grade students are welcome to attend. (616) 956-9377 ||

Detroit Tigers Game

Saturday, May 14, 9:00am This day trip includes deluxe motor coach transportation, Home Plate 2011 – a special on the field pregame program, the Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals game, and a lunch voucher all for just $50. Buses will leave Calvary Church from Entrance J at 9:00am and return to Grand Rapids around 10:00pm. For ticket availability, contact Lou ( at ext. 3618. Calvary Church Men’s Ministry

finale concert Sunday | May 22, 2011 | 6:00pM | Sanctuary


Calvary Church Choir & Ochestra


Senior Adults Shipshewana Trip

Tuesday, June 14, 7:30 am – 6:30pm Cost: $79.00 per person Calvary Seniors present a trip to the “Blue Gate Theater” in Shipshewana, Indiana. We will be attending a play called “The Confession: An Amish Love Story.” (This includes coffee & donuts, a stop for shopping, a family-style meal of roast beef and chicken, plus the theater). Entire amount due by May 13. For more information, please call: DeBruynes at 281-0493 or Timmers at 365-0728.

Monday Monthly Luncheon On May 2, please join us with Attorney Rick Cross. He will speak to us on Social Security and Veterans Benefits. Make reservations to Howard & Arlene Timmer at 365-0728, or the Snoeks at 447-0955. June 6, join us for a Piano/Organ concert with Woolpert & Hess. R.S.V.P. to the Snoeks or the Timmers by June 1.

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Tiptoe Through the Tulips Saturday, May 7 at 3:00pm, Calvary Church Entrance J Join us for Holland’s Annual Tulip Time where we will tiptoe through the tulips, enjoy a picnic dinner together, and end the day watching fireworks. We will meet at Entrance J at 3:00pm and ride there together. Bring a sandwich and drink with you, and we will provide the side dishes.

Whiffle Ball Wednesday (on Wednesday) Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00pm, Calvary Church Entrance J Young Adults (ages 22-34) bring your friends and join Merge for an evening of mayhem as we swing for the fences. No need to bring your glove, (in fact you probably won’t even break a sweat). We’ll meet at Entrance J at 7:00pm and head over to the field together. Bring your game face.

Sunday Night BBQ Fellowship Sunday, June 5 at 6:00pm, Garfield Park Merge will be meeting for a night of BBQ and lawn games on Sunday, June 5 at 6:00pm at Garfield Park. We’ll provide hot dogs, hamburgers, fixings, and beverages. Please sign-up on Sundays to bring a side.

community group summer launch Try a new Summer Group!

Join us on Sunday afternoon, May 15, from 4:00 to 6:00pm, when we will launch several Summer Groups at Calvary. Register online, pick up a registration form at the information centers, or contact Brenda Neher ( at ext. 5650 for details. Register by May 9.

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Do you long for community but tend to be rushed for time?

Are you feeling the tug to be in a Community Group, but stop because of an overloaded schedule? A Summer Group may be just the solution. These groups give you a chance to meet others and experience community, without the fear of over-commitment. Summer Groups meet twice a month, with one of these being a social event (perhaps a picnic or backyard BBQ). Whether you want a mixed group, family group or an affinity group, summer is a great time to get connected!


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June 14-16 | 9:30 am–Noon Super Bees, Wet ‘n Wild Water, Mammal Mayhem

This is a free evenT for children! Join us for CSI: Creative Science Investigators, with extreme experiments, wacky games, cool crafts, music, and more. Kids will learn that God is the Star of Creation. Topics this year are super bees, wet ‘n wild water, and mammal mayhem.

Five-year-olds (by December 2010) through fourth graders are welcome and may register now through May 31 online at, or by completing the form available at the elementary check-in desk in Entrance K. Registrations received by May 31 will be entered into a drawing for zoo ticket family packs. volunTeers are needed! Would you like to volunteer at CSI? We have many different places to serve: crafts, games, labs, nursery, preschool, security, small group leaders and helpers. If you are interested in serving please register online at calvarygr. org, or contact Zoe Carmichael ( at 822-8896.


learn High School Youth Group - Time Change for Summer

We are changing the meeting time for UNITED over the summer months. June – United will meet Sunday mornings, during the 2nd hour at 9:40am. July & August – United will meet Sunday mornings, during the 1st hour at 9:00am. Come join us as we worship together through singing and God’s Word, learn together in small groups, and have fun hanging out or playing games. It’s a great place to be no matter what school you go to or who you know! Come meet new people and have fun doing it!

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UNITED is for high school students and happens on Sunday nights in Room 108 from 6:00pm-8:15pm.

What I Need You to Know: Memoirs of a Dying Man As Paul faces the end of his life on earth, he passes on important words to Timothy about life, faith, and ministry. Join us as we work through the things that Paul needs Timothy to know, the memoirs of a dying man. May 1 May 8 May 15 May 22 May 29

…About Not Being a Drama Queen …About Not Being a Quitter …About Remembering It All Celebrate! NO UNITED//Family Service

Middle School: The Main Event


On Sunday morning we spend time hanging out, worshipping, and finding creative ways to learn more about God’s Word as a community of middle school students. Our theme this year is OPERATION: YOU!

5th/6th Grade - Sundays at 9:40am in Room 109 May 1 (Combined) Guest Speaker: Pastor Tom Olsson May 8 Romans 3 - How bad are we May 15 Romans 4 - Ya gotta have faith May 22 Romans 5 - A matter of death and life May 29 NO MSM Family Service

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7th/8th Grade - Sundays at 9:40am in Room 108 May 1 (Combined) Guest Speaker: Pastor Tom Olsson May 8 II Timothy 3 - God’s Breath May 15 II Timothy 4 - Finishing Lines May 22 Minute to Win It Year in Review May 29 NO MSM - Family Service




DivorceCare Tuesdays, May 3 — July 26 6:30-8:30pm Room 140 Cost:


If you are experiencing the pain of separation or divorce, we invite you to be part of this 13-week seminar where you will meet others who understand what you are feeling and who will be able to offer you encouragement. For more information or to register, contact Lou ( at ext. 3618.

DC4K (DivorceCare for Kids) DC4K Tuesdays, May 3 — July 26 6:30-8:30pm Room 143 Cost:


(scholarships available)

Offered simultaneously with DivorceCare, this 13-week class is geared for elementary age children. DC4K provides a safe, neutral and fun place where children: • Learn to understand their feelings. • Express their emotions appropriately. • Learn to feel better about themselves. • Develop coping skills. • Are introduced to biblical concepts that bring comfort. Childcare will be provided for children birth through preschool. To register your children, contact Lou ( at ext. 3618.

The Big D The Big D Tuesdays, May 3 — July 26 6:30-8:30pm Room 152 Cost:


“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.

For more information or to register for any of these classes, contact Lou ( at ext. 3618. Scholarships are available.

H.I.S. – Healing Injured Sisters

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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. The next study will begin May 12, Thursday nights 6:30 to 8:00pm. Please call Regina Scovill ( at ext. 3672 to set up an interview to see if this confidential group is right for you.


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Women’s Summer Bible Study

Facilitated by Ruthie Krause Tuesdays, July 5 - August 9 // 9:30-11:30am News flash! There are no discount character stores! Courage, discipline, confidence, patience, endurance and contentment are qualities that take a lifetime to acquire. But, God can develop these qualities within us – He has the power to change us. Join us for this exciting time together. Watch God reclaim these endangered character traits! They are not won in any lottery, but are valuable beyond compare! Registration forms are available at the Information Center and at the reception desk. Contact Elaine Meredith ( at ext. 5186 for more information.

James Gang

picture reminder • Remember that on May 11, at 7:15pm in the Fellowship Hall, we will be taking our group photo of all children who have participated in the “James Gang.”

• Memorization is on the honor system. Parents, if you say your child has memorized to your satisfaction, ‘nuff said! • Questions? Contact Joel Shank,, 956-5067.


Next fall, Women’s Ministry will launch a new Bible Study format, The Gathering Place. In The Gathering Place, all the participants of Tuesday morning Bible Study will gather for community and the study of God’s word.

The Gathering Place study will provide new ways for women at Calvary to fellowship and grow together in God’s Word. 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. Next fall we will be studying the book of Matthew, the first book of the New Testament. We look forward to watching God continue to work in the lives of women at Calvary Church through The Gathering Place; as we journey together in community, faithfully study God’s word, and glorify God in our lives. While every group that is a part of The Gathering Place will study the same book of the Bible, each woman will be able to choose the type of small group she would like to be a part of. Registration forms are available at the Information Center and at the reception desk. Contact Elaine Meredith (emeredith@ at ext. 5186 for more information.


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• It’s still not too late to join! To be in the picture, you must: memorize James chapter 2 and complete 5 serving opportunities.

• Projects can be reported online at JamesGang., or just contact us!



Please join Tom Couch as he teaches from Genesis 1-11. Refreshments are served from 9:30-9:50am, and the study begins promptly at 10:00am. This series will end on Wednesday, May 25 for the summer.

The Gathering Place


Wednesday Morning Bible Study


s n o i t a l u t Congra 2011 Graduates

As a church family, we pray that God would keep and guide you through this next chapter of your life.

Isaac Arbogast Northview

Perry Bonjernoor

Anna Bos

Trevor Brace

Samuel Brill

Jodi Carvill

Alyssa Cody

Forest Hills Eastern



Comstock Park


East Grand Rapids

Adam Cook

Jake DeVries

Michael DeVries

Elizabeth Feagan

Casey Feenstra

Cody Herbruck


Northpointe Christian


East Grand Rapids

Forest Hills Northern

Forest Hills Central

Kirstin Herbruck

Erin Heydenburg

Sarah Heydenburg

Sarah Holden

Zach Johnson

Kyle Kimble

Northpointe Christitan

Algoma Christian

Algoma Christian

Forest Hills Northern

Forest Hills Central

Northpointe Christian

Lauren Lillich

Allie Mahdasian

Logan Mirandette

Paige Moran

Carley Morris

Jessica Newhouse

East Grand Rapids

East Grand Rapids



East Grand Rapids

Forest Hills Northern

Olivia Pierzchala

Brittany Poppen

Danielle Postma

David Postma

Ashley Ritsema

Francine Rizzo

Comstock Park

Grand Rapids Christian

Grand Rapids Christian

Grand Rapids Christian

Forest Hills Central

East Grand Rapids

Mitchell Scott

Steven Taylor

Lynn Sayers

Sam Schaefer

Justin Schohl

Robert Scheur

South Christian




Daniel VandeBunte

Jared VanRavensway

Cassandra Visch

Cameron Vredeveld

Byron Center




Northpointe Christian Northpointe Christian

Nichole Werkema

Jacob Westers





College Life Format Changing For May & June College students, in the months of May and June, we will be changing our normal Thursday night format. Instead of meeting together in the Chapel at 7:00pm for teaching and worship, we will be meeting at church in small groups from 7:30-8:30pm. We will spend time in small groups discussing the previous week’s sermon, looking deeper into the passage, the main points from the message, and how it all applies to our lives. We will also take some time to share about what is happening in our lives and enjoy each other’s company. So come join us in room 121 at 7:30pm on Thursday nights. Contact Andrew ( to join a group

College Lunch

College students, join us for lunch on Sunday mornings in Room 121 after the third service. Enjoy great food, meet other students, and be encouraged by a devotional and some discussion about the sermon. Friends and family are welcome to come as well. See you there!

Merge Book Club

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Sunday, May 22, 12:45pm, Yellow House


This month Merge will gather at the Yellow House to discuss the book Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt. In Radical, David Platt challenges us to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being His disciple--then invites us to believe and obey what you have heard. Join us for an encouraging discussion lead by Bruce Huseby. Sign up on Sundays, books are $8.00. (616) 956-9377 ||


Foundations is a community of young married couples (ages 22-32) that meets on Sunday mornings at 11:15am in Room 125. We have a mix of sermon-based discussions, specific teachings on marriage issues, and general topics for our Christian lives.

The Stories You Didn't Hear in Sunday School Join us this Spring on Sunday mornings as we continue studying some of the most difficult stories the Bible has to offer, including: Jonah’s hatred of other nations, David’s mistake which killed 70,000 men, how Moses disqualified himself from the promised land, and others.

Sunday Lunch, Sunday, May 1, 12:30, Room 125 Join other young married couples for conversation and great food. If you’re interested in contributing to the meal, catch the sign-up sheet on Sunday mornings or contact JP Gaylord (

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. Contact JP Gaylord ( to find the right group for you. Groups meet throughout the week.

Middle School Wednesday Nights 5th/6th Refuge - 6:30-8:00pm in Room 109 7th/8th Oasis - 6:30-8:00pm in Room 108 Wednesday Topics


Wednesday nights are for small groups at Calvary! We’ll play games, worship, hear a brief talk, and break up into our groups.

May 4 - How Should We Pray? (I Thessalonians 5:16-18) May 11 - End of the Year Party!

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 May 16, for “Stress Reduction and the Joy of Caregiving” presented by Holland Home. The meetings are held in room 123 from 11:30am-1:00pm. R.S.V.P. by May 12 to Regina ( at 956-9377, ext. 3672.


Please join us for a special time of fellowship with the Calvary Board Members at our Chera Spring Brunch on Saturday, May 21. Our special guest speaker will be Patty McGinnis and we will also enjoy music by Men of Faith. Chera is a support group designed to reach out with the comfort found in Jesus Christ to those who have lost spouses. Time: 9:30-11:30am Place: Fellowship Hall

Mental Illness Family Support Group

In March, we saw the video "Open Spaces" showing several local "consumers" who have progressed in regaining control of their lives. Recovery, where you are in control of your illness and life, is becoming more common. The newer medications, and perhaps more important, the newer approach to therapy, is helping many persons achieve this. We will talk about these approaches on Tuesday, May 24, at 7:00pm in room 114. Contact John or Betty Walker at 956-6141.

Women’s Informal Golf Club

R.S.V.P. for this free brunch by contacting Regina at 956-9377 ext. 3672.

Senior Men’s Golf League Boulder Creek Golf Course Play begins May 3 at 8:30am Attention Senior Men: If you would like to play 18 holes of golf that includes fun and fellowship and are fifty years or older, join the Senior Men’s Golf League. Contact John Nibbelink at 443-5957 or Jim DeWeerd at 669-0437 for more information. League play begins May 3 at 8:30am at Boulder Creek Golf Course. may 2011

Come join us when you can. Beginning Tuesday, May 10 at 9:30am, we will meet at at Gracewil Country Club. Plan to arrive 15 minutes ahead and join the group for lunch afterwards. For more information, please contact Jan Hoeksema at 855-4434. (616) 956-9377 ||


Jesus Gave It All 2 corinthians 8:8-9

by Ron Haas, Elder

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”

who owed a little and one who owed a lot. Simon clearly understood the parable. The one who had the bigger debt canceled would love the master more. He had been stingy with Jesus, but the woman’s generosity demonstrated her deep love for Christ (Luke 7:36-50). Our generosity, or lack thereof, reflects how much we love Jesus.

People give for lots of reasons: a worthy cause, an emotional appeal, the good example of someone else, peer pressure, tax benefits, a guilty conscience, public recognition, seasons tickets to college athletic events, a DVD recording of Celtic music, or maybe even a compelling sermon. But the greatest motivation for giving is simply Jesus. We learn four important principles from his generous act of grace.

Grace Giving Puts True Wealth in Perspective We don’t often think of Jesus as rich. Instead, we remember his humble birth, the fact that he had no place to lay his head, or that he was buried in a borrowed tomb. But before the manger, Jesus enjoyed the riches of heaven as he dwelled with the Father in perfect equality and unity. We read about the streets of gold, the walls decorated with precious stones, and his throne surrounded by a rainbow. And yet, he willingly laid aside all his privileges because he valued us more. If we view our wealth from an eternal perspective, we will value people more than things.

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2 Corinthians 8:9


Grace Giving Proves Your Love Paul starts his appeal by making an uncomfortable comparison, “I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others” (2 Corinthians 8:8). When Jesus dined with Simon the Pharisee, a sinful women came and washed Jesus’ feet with her tears, anointed his head with oil, and poured perfumed on his feet. Simon was appalled at her expression of love. But Jesus responded with the parable of the two debtors — one

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Grace Giving Requires Sacrifice When David wanted to purchase the threshing floor for the new Temple, the owner pleaded with him to take the land as a gift. But David responded, “No, I insist on paying the full price. I will not take for the LORD what is yours, or sacrifice a

burnt offering that costs me nothing.” (1 Chronicles 21:24). It’s easy to give away someone else’s money, but God asks us give our hearts first and then what we have. Jesus is the ultimate example of personal sacrifice. Christ made himself nothing. “He humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:8). A gift without sacrifice is really no gift at all. Grace Giving Produces Eternal Results Jesus gave up the riches of heaven so that we could become rich beyond measure — not monetarily, but spiritually. Paul describes this gift as “the incomparable riches of his grace” (Ephesians 2:7), and “the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8). He sacrificed his life for our eternal benefit. We follow Christ’s example of generosity when we give so that others can hear the message of grace. In a sense, our sacrifice to “become poor,” enables others to become “rich” with the Gospel. What do you value more? Riches now, or eternal riches? If you want to discover more about the grace of giving, go to

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Saturday, May 7, 9:00am-1:00pm, Meet at Entrance J* We are heading out to serve our community by going to the David’s House Ministry. We will help them get ready for the summer by doing their landscaping (planting flowers, spreading wood chips, spreading mulch, etc). We’ll end the morning by eating lunch with their community members. It’s a fun day for all and a great way to serve. *This service project is open to all high schools students but is a requirement for those headed to Marvell or Poland.

Come meet the High School Poland Team!

The upcoming summer student mission trip team to Poland would like to meet you at the Calvary Café on Sunday, May 15. Come on out for a special treat that morning, chat with one of the team members about what they will be doing, and support the high school team.

Summer Missions Trips 2011 “Be The Light” Parents, Family and Friends – Check out the trip blogs to stay connected with what’s happening with the trips. When the trips are happening, you can visit the blog for highlights, pictures and even notes from your students. Marvell – Poland –



Shut-In Ministry

Questions? contact Rich Dyer ( (616) 956-9377 ||

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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.



Special Needs Ministry

I am often asked, “What is the biggest need of the Special Needs Ministry at Calvary Church?” My answer is always the same “TRANSPORTATION.” Our Special Needs Ministry serves adults who have very limited options to get from here to there. This people group is dependent on public transportation (when available, if it services their area and if they can afford it), their private group home transportation (if it exists), or a service like Hope Network (if available and if they qualify). Usually transportation is provided to the Special Needs community for only basic needs: to work and back or a doctor visit. Transportation is based only on basic needs, and usually has nothing to do with what an individual wants or would like to do. Can you imagine a life that restricted your mobility to home, work, and doctor? I cannot! That is why we at Calvary invest in providing transportation to our special needs community so that they can come to church. We provide limited transportation to a few on Sunday morning through a contract with Hope Network, and we purchase a supply of tickets for public transportation on the Go Bus. We also provide transportation through Hope Network on an “as needed basis” for those in the special needs community who desire to come to our monthly Praise and Worship service the third Saturday of every month. But the funding and resources for this are limited. But there is more to the story than just creating an option for people to “get out Calvary Church of the house!” Our Sunday morning Special Needs adult class (Go-Getters for Special Needs Ministry Jesus) recently completed a mini-series of lessons focusing on the ordinances of communion and baptism. We also discussed church membership. Twenty-six members of the class have come forward indicating the desire to pursue baptism and membership! Many in the class desire to be more obedient and seek further the kingdom of God. I take this as a testimony to the desire of this people group to come to church if they could just get here. A section of verses in Romans 10 comes to mind when I think on the response of our class to hearing the word when they have the opportunity to be present in order to hear! These verses speak of the need for laborers and the blessed feet of those who go. For the Special Needs Adult Ministry I would add this thought to these verses and say, “How can they hear if they cannot be present? How can they be present if they have no means to come?”



Would you please join me in presenting praise to God for those we have been able to reach, and to seek His guidance in how we can expand our outreach to the others in our Special Needs community who desire to become a part of the body of believers? - Marv Snedeker, Director of Special Needs Ministry

Worship Ministry Needs may 2011

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 (kwhite@ 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 (kwhite@calvarygr. org) at ext. 5155. (616) 956-9377 ||

Celebrating the Seeds That Were Planted at our Missions Conference

Calvary Church’s commitment to missions and outreach is more than a program; it reflects the heart of God to see His glory declared among all people Our Missions Conference this year left us with many challenges – to pray - here in our community and around the world.

for the nations and people of the world; and to go, using the skills and experiences God has given us. If you are looking for ways to get involved, The world continues to change rapidly, and the nations are now coming to please consider the following suggestions.

our community. In this way, we now have access to people groups we never thought possible. At the same time, the vast majority of the unreached Operation world World has closed the door to traditional missionary work. However, the This exhaustive reference book is available through Missions truth of the Gospel has not changed. This requires that we the consider new and Outreach provide a systematic andmake informed to pray for God with the skills serving and Department different ways toto carry out his mandate “to go and disciples.plan ” the people of the world. Contact Chris ( at ext. 5022 to have you already


reserveThis your copy today. year’s missions’ conference, “Planting Seeds,” is about you and about

You are skilled at something. May-

me. It is an opportunity for us all to better understand how we can use our be it’s art. Or teaching. Or business. Third Monday Missionary Prayer skills, abilities, and desires to engage in sharing the truth of the Gospel in Whatever it is, you could very well Every third Monday of the month a group meets to uphold our supported different settings — both locally and globally. think that it doesn’t have anything

workers in prayer. Bring a sack lunch and join us for fellowship at 11:30am to doin with missions. Think again. room 207, then stay bring servants before the Lord I encourage you toas bewe praying for these God to use this event to challenge each from 12:00Join us for a panel discussion 1:00pm. Come and get better acquainted with our missionaries through (Sunday, March 20) and workshops one of us to become more engaged in God’s mission. Check out the enupdates on their work and family, and be a blessing to them through the (Tuesday, March 22) with profesclosed schedule and consider which events God might be prompting you power to ofattend. prayer. sionals from various walks of life Our prayer is for everyone at Calvary to see how God has called them to be planting seeds for His kingdom.

Short-Term Missions

who are using their vocations to impact the world for Christ.

have what it takes to plant If the Lord has been tugging at your heart to join one of Calvary’s shortYou term Serving Him together with you, seeds for Christ. Find out how to missions trips, now may be the time. There are several trips this summer and put it into action. fall going to Mozambique, Ukraine, Central Asia, and Poland. Contact the See the schedule on pages D-E for Missions Office, or visit Calvary’s website ( for more information.

Jim Samra, Senior Pastor

more details.

Paul Borthwick serves on the staff of Development Associates International (, a training group dedicated to the character and ministry development of leaders in the under-resourced world ( He also teaches missions at Gordon College and serves as an Urbana/ Missions Associate with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. His published books include Missions: The Heart of God, Stop Witnessing, Start Loving, and Within Reach: Examining the Mission

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Sunday Morning Guest Speaker: Paul Borthwick



Things I Wish I KnewighWShenchoIol Graduated From H

I wish I knew the importance of Christian community. I started off at a secular school and quickly found out how very important it is to have Christian accountability and community. Because I didn't recognize this initially, I found myself struggling with some sin, and God graciously convicted me of this need, resulting in me transferring to a Christian school. So please, please get involved in a campus ministry, accountability group, or Bible Study and find a church! Kelly Boprie High School Small Group Leader

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I wish I knew how to pump gas... I never wanted to do it and so I didn't have to learn until college... I should have learned earlier :) hehe. Jen Hughes High School Small Group Leader


The importance of being involved in the Church right after High School. I was involved in the High School Youth Group at Calvary Church. However, once I graduated from High School and started going to college, I still attended the Church service, but never got involved in anything beyond that (i.e. Bible study, Sunday School class, college group, serving opportunities, etc.). I feel like I wasted several years of my life where God could have been using me. Rodney Velting High School Small Group Leader (616) 956-9377 ||

Use deodorant and get out of your parents hair. They have had enough of you. Seriously, I graduated from high school 40 years ago this year. Wow, I still remember the two emotions that swelled up as I graduated. joy and happiness. For me life truly began after high school. God provided a group of incredible Christian friends at my college who mentored me, loved me and modeled Christlikeness. Because of them, I realized how much God loved me and set me on a path that I need to love and model Christ to others. My advice whether you go to college or enter the work force would be to passionately pursue a core of godly friends to lift Jesus high and love you enough to challenge you to live out your faith. As the saying goes; “show me your friends, I’ll show you your future.” Bruce Huseby High School Small Group Leader

That college classes cost a lot of money… no actually I’m glad I didn’t know that, I might not have gone. That flunking college classes and having to take them over does cost actual money. Yep I do wish I knew that one… That although you can take a nap everyday, you probably shouldn’t. That finding a church and committing to it while in college makes a huge difference in your life. That washing your bedding should be done more than once a semester. That “Friends are friends forever, if the Lord’s the Lord of them” is mostly true. That working at Burger King was better than working at McDonalds. That deliberately serving others was one of the best things I could do with some of my free time. That in college I would have more free time than any other point in my life. That caring about my relationship with God was more important than anything else I did during my entire college experience. Toran Scott Pastor of Students

Front Entrance Project Begins this Spring As we move into Spring, you will soon notice

changes on our property along the East Beltline and our front entrance. After two years of meeting with the leadership of the church as well as commissions, committees and contractors, we are set to begin construction on a new sign and message center this month.

Our purpose is to better reach the 54,000+ people who drive by Calvary each day with the love of Christ and to create an inviting and welcoming entrance. We are asking God to use this to help us reach the people He wants us to reach, as Christ’s Church in this place. Due to current regulations, we are no longer able to advertise at our front entrance. A message center would enable us to regain this opportunity.

Quick Facts

∙ 54,000 cars drive by Calvary Church each day. ∙ Average Sunday attendance at Calvary Church is greater than a sold-out Whitecaps game. ∙ Calvary spent $11,000 on banners in 2007. Banners are no longer allowed under current zoning rules.

Our approval from the city Planning Commission, for this project, ends in August. Without this approval, our ability to construct the type of sign we hope to construct will be prohibited. We want to make sure we complete the project within this timing. Funding for this project is made possible through reserves that were set aside for capital improvements. We are grateful that these funds are available and that God has graciously prepared us for this time. You will start to notice construction in May as we build a temporary maintenance shed at the back of the property and clear unwanted trees along the East Beltline frontage. The two residential houses currently on the East Beltline frontage will be removed because they are in bad shape and falling down. This will also make way for new landscaping work. Construction is expected to continue throughout the summer months.

The new sign (pictured above left) is much larger than our current sign and its message center will allow for three lines of text. This gives us the ability to share Scripture, event details and other information with the many cars that travel past our entrance each day. For more information on this project, contact

Current Sign Visibility

face to face with Shelly Lamport

For our May “Face to Face” feature, we are sitting down with Shelly Lamport, High School Facilitator, at Calvary Church. Name: Hometown: Education: Married: Children: Favorite Outdoor Activity: Favorite Indoor Activity: Favorite Meal:

Shelly Lamport

Perfect Day:

On my perfect day my whole family would sleep all night with no interruptions and sleep in until 9:00am. I would make a huge breakfast with lots of bacon (mainly for Aaron and Gwen). Then we would spend the day at the beach playing in the sand, swimming and soaking up the sun. Followed with dinner with friends and family and ending the day sitting on the couch with Aaron watching TV.

Port Huron, Michigan Cornerstone University, BS in Psychology and Family Studies 7 amazing years to Aaron Gweneth (3), Addison (2), Wyatt (3 months) Going to the beach Playing games with Aaron, playing with our kids and relaxing on the couch! I recently had to go on a strict Gluten Free diet. Since then I have become very passionate about what I eat. Enjoying it to the fullest! My favorite meal would start with a salad topped with really good runny ranch, a juicy steak with salt and A-1, garlic mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli and it would end with the chocolate thunder from down under from Outback and a fountain coke from McDonalds! Yum!

Q: Can you explain what your role as High School Facilitator involves? A: As the High School Facilitator, I have the privilege of working under the leadership of Toran and Jordan. My main focus is

working with all of the high school girls and female leaders. I also help students get involved through serving at Calvary and organize service projects for HSM. My role also involves helping to plan and organize events. In addition, I have mastered shopping in bulk at Sam’s Club for our trips and retreats. I also work closely with Bethann, our Administrative Assistant, helping her when needed. And pretty much anything else I am asked to do.

Q: What does a day in your life look like? A: I really have 2 different types of days. The days I work and the days I am home. may 2011


Working in the high school department, no day looks the same. My favorite time of year is the summer when the students are out of school. Then my days are filled with the girls’ summer Bible study and summer events. During the school year I spend a great deal of my time in the office planning events and doing office work and hanging out with students after school. When I am at home my main focus is taking care of my husband, my kids, and our home. We spend many hours of the day playing princess and introducing my two girls so they can “put on a show!”

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a Christian home. My dad was the pastor of our church for the majority of our childhood. We lived in the church parsonage through junior high, which was in the backyard of the church. My siblings and I were always at the church either participating in activities, running through the halls or cleaning! My parents were very influential in my spiritual journey. They instilled in me strong Christian values, taught me the importance of going to church and being a part of the body of Christ all while encouraging me to own my faith. My mom and dad remain wonderful Christian role models in my life today.

Q: How have you grown during your time at Calvary? A: Four years ago God called me to come work at Calvary

Church in the High School Department. I remember talking on the phone to Toran and Jordan about the possibility of me working in HSM. I was so excited, but at the same time overwhelmed and nervous. Ever since I can remember I have been shy. The thought of working in a large youth group was not comforting. However, throughout my time at Calvary, God has shown me that when I am weak, He is strong. God has taught me that if I allow Him to work through me He can do amazing things. Things I would have never done out of fear. God has shown me firsthand how He equips those who are not equipped.

Q: Who in particular has had a profound impact on your life? A: It is difficult to choose one person who has profoundly

impacted my life. While attending Cornerstone, I was blessed to have a woman on staff mentor me. Here at Calvary, God has surrounded me with a group of women who have taught me so much about what it looks like to be a Godly wife, mom, and servant of God. However, my husband, Aaron, has impacted my life the most. He is always there to encourage me, believe in me when I don’t believe in myself. Most importantly, Aaron is the spiritual leader in our family always leading me to be more like Christ.

Q: When was a time in your life where you felt like you grew the most? A: When I think about a time I grew the most three different times come to mind.

The first is my time at Cornerstone. College is a special time of gaining some independence while still being under the care of your parents. During my time at college I really grew into who I was as a person. Owning my faith, learning why I believe that Jesus Christ is our Savior, taking a stance on certain topics, and becoming passionate about things that really touched me.

Q: What encourages you most as you look around Calvary Church? A: When I look around Calvary Church I am encouraged by the numerous ways God has blessed Calvary Church. I am most encouraged by the men and women who God has called to be leaders here at the church. We are blessed with leaders who truly want to be more like Christ, do His work and seek Him in every decision.

I also have had the opportunity to co-lead a high school small group for the past four years. There is nothing more encouraging than being able to watch God shape and mold young girls into Godly young women. This has been one of the greatest blessing while working at the church.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to share with the congregation? A: I am so honored that God has called me to take part in helping point the youth of Calvary Church towards Christ. If you are in high school or a parent of a high school student and you do not attend United on Sunday nights. Please come check us out (6:00pm in Room 108)!

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The second is when Aaron and I got married. Through different opportunities growing up I was able to practice loving others as myself. Once I was married, God really started teaching me what it looks like to love others as I love myself. Learning that every decision, purchase, friendship, etc… now affected not only myself, but also Aaron. Through putting each others needs and desire above our own, I grew tremendously.

The third time I feel like I grew the most is becoming a mom. I remember the first time I held Gweneth I begin to truly understand how much God loves me through the instant and unconditional (as humanly possible) love I felt for my daughter.

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Q: How has the way you were raised affected who you are as a Christfollower today? A: I am very blessed to have been brought up in

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Quick Connect

administrative staff information in alpha order by department

sunday Benevolence

Saturday Night

Calvary Community

Senior Adults

Brenda Neher ext. 5650

Regina Scovill ext. 3672



Lynnell Bok ext. 3510

Carla Boon-Julien ext. 5067

Community Outreach


Melissa DeBoer ext. 5097

Library ext. 5290


Jackie Rice ext. 5042


Lou DeGraaf ext. 3618


Pastoral Care

Regina Scovill ext. 3672

Regina Scovill ext. 3672

monday 1

8:10am Prodigal Prayer Group

Marv Snedeker ext. 5348


Bethann Talsma calvarystudents ext. 5181

Technical Services


Elaine Meredith emeredith ext. 5186


2 10:30am Seniors Luncheon


3 8:30am Senior Men’s Golf League Begins



thursday 4

friday 5

saturday 6

WFD Menu: Chicken Stir Fry

15 Student Led Sunday


12 11 WFD Menu: 6:30pm Grilled Steaks H.I.S. Begins


12:45pm MSM Parent’s Third Monday Gathering Missionary Prayer 4:00pm Community Group Summer Launch 6:00pm LUMIN8 Spring Recital 22 6:00pm Choir and Orchestra Finale Concert

18 6:00pm 8th Grade Celebration

11:30am Confident Caregivers


7 3:00pm Merge Tiptoe Through the Tulips


7:15pm James Gang Picture Taken

Judie Fielstra ext. 5095

Special Needs


14 9:00am Detroit Tiger’s Game Membership Class

19 12:00pm Prayer and Fasting for the Unemployed




21 9:30am CHERA

7:00pm Whiffle Ball Wednesday

24 7:00pm Mental Illness Family Support Group



Kristen White ext. 5155

Young Adults

Mason D. Sherrill ext. 5036

Office Hours

29 Family Service No morning classes or evening service. Nursery: Birth-35 months

30 31 Memorial Day Church Building Closed

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

Service Times

Saturday: 6:00pm Sunday: 8:10am, 9:40am, 11:15am & 6:00pm

Calvary Church

Mailing: PO Box 1600 Grand Rapids, MI 49501 Location: 707 E Beltline NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525 Phone: (616) 956-9377 Fax: (616) 956-9723

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Calvary Life, May 2011  
Calvary Life, May 2011  

Monthly news and inspiration from Calvary Church, Grand Rapids.