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calvary life May 2013

Start Your Summer at CSI...12 Calvary is a Church That Cares for Orphans...8 Students are Graduating, Time to Celebrate...10


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8 Orphan Care at Calvary Church how calvary is living out james 1:27

10 celebrating graduates

celebrate with calvary’s senior students

13 Start your summer at Csi don’t miss this annual free event for kids, registration ends may 27

4 | 5 Questions with Heidi Storms

7 | Special Needs Ministry

5 | On the Bookshelf

8 | Orphan Care at Calvary Church

Calvary Life sits down with the Nursery and Preschool Facilitator for Children’s Ministry.

Helpful suggestions for interacting with people with disabilities.

Reading recommendations for May from the Library.

How we put James 1:27 into practice.

5 | Get Serving

Looking for a place to use your gifts at Calvary? Search no further.

Calvary Life sits down with Pastors Byron and Joel to tackle sticky questions about using our summer’s wisely.

6 | There’s More Than One Way

14 | What Do We Believe

Heather Case shares the creative ways she’s experienced community with other women at Calvary.

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12 | PB&J on Summer

How Calvary’s Elders are adding more doctrinal explanation to our statement of faith.

15 | Program Guide

15 - Children, 5th-8th Grade, High School 16 - Young Adults (College, Merge, Foundations), Calvary Community, Compassion Ministries 17 - Men, Pastoral Care, Prayer Groups, Senior Adults 18 - Special Needs, Women, Serving Opportunities, Giving Opportunities

19 | May Calendar

Dates to know and hold onto for May.


As we wind down the programming year, the staff and volunteers who prepare and serve would like to thank you for your support and patronage! We hope we were able to help make your Wednesday night experience a pleasant one. We have the last two dinners for this program year scheduled for May 1 and May 8. May 1 we will usher in summer with a backyard barbecue and the last meal of the year we will have a block party!

May 1 Summer Backyard Barbecue Grilled/smoked split chicken breasts on the Calvary smokers Roasted potatoes with garlic and pesto Super sweet corn – grilled on the flat top

Wednsheipsddinnaery Fellow

May 8

Once again, we appreciate your kind words and friendly smiles over the past year!

We Are Throwing a Block Party! Your choice of a bun splitting sized hot dog or a Calvary Signature Brat (Made especially for Calvary Church by the West Side’s own Sobie Meats) A deluxe condiment bar with grilled peppers/onions, fresh onions, chili dog sauce, relish, catsup, mustard, shredded cheese, dill pickle spears, etc. Potato Salad Baked Beans AND – placed around the room there will be a snow cone station, a popcorn station, warm soft pretzel station, and ice cream carts stocked with ice cream bars, ice cream sandwiches and popsicles.

Let us know ahead of time if you have any special dietary concerns that we could accommodate for you. Blessings Kevin Troupe, Director of Culinary Services & Special Events

Note: the family option, the Healthy Heroes Meal, and the Kids Meal option are suspended for this night. Dinner will be $5 for adults, $3 for children.

good to know Family Service May 26 Nursery is available for infants through young threes; 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. 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. Hands of Jesus Ministry If you need help with small projects around your home — such as painting, yard work, handyman repairs, cleaning, minor plumbing, electrical — please consider contacting

the Hands of Jesus Ministry for assistance. Many throughout the church have offered their services to those in need of a hand around the house. Contact Glenn DeMots (gdemots@comcast.net) at 454-0232, John Obradovich (jobradovich@hotmail.com) at 648-6992 or Regina Scovill (rscovill@calvarygr. org) at ext. 3672 for more information. Prayer Requests on MyCalvary A prayer request feature has been added to MyCalvaryGR.org for our congregation. Once you are logged in, you may submit prayer requests to Calvary’s prayer team under the “Prayer” tab (top right). You may also pray through requests that have been submitted — unless they were marked “private.” Private requests only go to our prayer team and select staff members. When you submit your request, you may choose to mark it as

private or make it visible to other registered MyCalvary users. If you have questions about logging in or using MyCalvary, send them to mycalvary@calvarygr.org. Know a Shut-in? If you know of someone from the Calvary family who is now considered a shut-in, please let our office know so that we can coordinate a visit with them. Contact Regina (rscovill@ calvarygr.org) at ext. 3672. Summer Service Times Summer services will begin July 7 and continue through September 1. We will have two morning services at 9:00am and 10:45am. The evening service will continue to be at 6:00pm.

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connections getting to know calvary 1

What is your role at Calvary Church? My role in the Children’s ministry is Nursery and Preschool Facilitator. Basically it means that I oversee birth through preschool programming (Sunday mornings, Sunday nights, Wednesday nights, CSI, special events) as well as the volunteers in that area.

5Questions with Heidi Storms

Nursery and Preschool Facilitator, Children’s Ministry

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What encourages you most as you minister at Calvary? Each week, I am encouraged by the amazing group of volunteers that we have in Calvary Kids. Their love for children, but more importantly, their love for Christ is evident in the way they teach and interact with the children. We have many volunteers who are here every Sunday, and they wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. It is amazing to see the relationships between children and the volunteers grow—we have many kids who are hesitant to leave Mom and Dad, but in just a few weeks are running into the classroom to give the volunteers a hug. You cannot help but be encouraged as you walk through the hallway of the Children’s Ministry Area. God’s work in the future of our church is evident.

Michigan to be a part of all the funeral services, so our community group jumped right in, without hesitation, and watched our kids for the three days we were gone. They are all such a blessing in our lives!

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How have you experienced life{together}? I am blessed with some amazing volunteers in my ministry area. Each week, these volunteers arrive early, set up the classroom, pray for each child who will be attending, and even greet each child by name. (This is quite an accomplishment in a church our size!) Many times, the volunteers don’t even have children in Calvary Kids, but have a genuine love for children and our ministry. They are a true reflection of Christ, not only to the children, but to me as well.

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How can the Calvary family pray for you and your ministry this month? I would love for my Calvary family to be in prayer for me personally, that I would continue to have an unwavering faith that God will provide. It is easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of volunteers necessary to run Calvary Kids, and I know that Satan can use that to try How has God recently revealed to discourage us. Pray I will hold onto the truth Himself in your life? My family joined a community group two years that Jim spoke about recently, God is in control ago. I cannot even begin to explain how much and I don’t have to try to be. that group has meant to us through these years. They have become an extended family A prayer request for our ministry is God would to us—my family is in New York, so they have continue to raise up committed volunteers to truly become my Michigan family. An example serve in Calvary Kids, and our current volunteers of how we have felt supported is just this would feel encouraged and appreciated for all past January when Tim’s grandmother went they do. to be with Jesus. She was an important part of our lives and it was extremely hard for our family. Tim and I wanted to travel to Northern

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

When Kim de Blecourt and her husband decided to adopt a child from Ukraine, they knew that the process might be challenging. Nothing, however, could have prepared de Blecourt for the twisted nightmare she would endure. During her year long struggle to extricate her newly adopted little boy from the post-Soviet country’s social service and judicial systems, she was insulted, physically assaulted, and arrested. In Until We All Come Home de Blecourt tells her amazing story—culminating in a spine-chilling race to freedom that offers dramatic proof that God’s light shines on even the deepest darkness.

The year is 2042, and the long predicted tipping point has arrived where the feeble old now outnumber the vigorous young causing a battle between competing cultural agendas to intensify. Reporter Julia Davidson is investigating the growing crisis, unaware that her activity makes her a pawn in an ominous conspiracy. As the engrossing plot unfolds, Julia faces choices that pit professional success against personal survival in an increasingly uncertain and dangerous world. Fatherless by James Dobson and Kurt Bruner is an excellent start to a series that is bound to not only entertain, but to leave you thinking about where our world is headed in the near future.

Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh knew they were putting their lives on the line. Though Islamic laws in Iran forbade them from sharing their Christian beliefs, in three years they’d covertly put New Testaments into the hands of twenty thousand of their countrymen and started two secret house churches. In 2009 they were arrested and held in the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran. Instead of succumbing to fear, they chose to share their faith inside the walls of the government stronghold that was meant to silence them. In Captive in Iran, Maryam and Marziyeh recount how God used their 259 days in Evin Prison to bring about a miraculous reversal.

All the books mentioned above are available in Calvary's Library. The Library is located across from Fellowship Hall on the lower level. Hours are Sunday, 9:15 – 11:15am; Wednesday, 9:15 – 9:45am and 6:00 – 7:30pm (through May 8).

Get serving “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10). Are you looking for a place to volunteer some of your time and build community while doing it? Calvary has plenty of serving and ministry positions available! Even if you’re not sure where you want to volunteer we will find something for you. There are a variety of different areas that need your help! Contact Judie Fielstra (jfielstra@calvarygr.org) at ext. 5095 today.

If you want to grow in your relationship with God and learn about the spiritual gifts that He’s given you, then Discovery is the program for you! Discovery gives you an opportunity to meet with a trained staff member who will guide you through the process of learning more about your spiritual gifts and how you can use them. To learn more about Discovery or to sign up you can fill out a Discovery card at one of the Information Centers. To receive your packet go online to our Serving Ministry page, or contact Christy (cvanandel@calvarygr.org) at ext. 5615.

Explore Calvary Are you new to Calvary Church? Journey together with us for three weeks on Wednesdays in in May (May 1, 8, and 15.) in room 126, 5:15-6:30pm We’ll enjoy gathering in an informal setting to share a meal together, meet staff, and learn more about Calvary. R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, April 30 to Christy (cvanandel@calvarygr.org) or at ext. 5615. May 2013 | calvarygr.org | 5


life{together} experiencing community at calvary

There’s more than one way.. Creative Ways to Experience Community by Heather Case

I am involved in two Community Groups at Calvary, but wanted to share my experience with the all-women Community Group in which I am a member. As a group, we have read through the Bible in the past year. This was a challenging task to undertake as a relatively new group, but it was so worth it! Throughout this experience we have really grown together and encouraged each other—in fact, a couple of the women in the group have already started their journey through the Bible for the second time! It is eye opening to discuss what we’re reading and how it impacts each of us. It’s different than a set curriculum, but more than a book club. We love the Bible study, but wanted to take it to the next level of doing {life together}. The past two years, we have gone camping together in the fall. For a whole weekend, we are able to relax, go to the beach, fellowship together in a different atmosphere, and learn aspects about each other that we wouldn’t have in a home setting. The responsibilities are divided up to make it easy for everyone to participate. We have some great times of fellowship by eating, sitting around the campfire, walking on the beach, etc. On Sunday morning we tune our iPads into the Calvary Church website and watch the service online! We have bonded in a unique way by seeing each other grungy; snoring, and talking in our sleep. We enjoy lots of laughter and a much deeper level of fellowship and sharing than when we started out. In the spring of last year, we all went to Chicago for the day to go to the Art Museum. We had a great time talking, laughing and sharing on the way there and back. We bonded looking at art as sisters in Christ—even seeing how God has made us uniquely different in the way we view and appreciate art. Sharing Chicago deep dish pizza is always a good thing as well! Interacting with scripture and wrestling through the hard questions together is an awesome experience that draws us closer to our Lord and Savior, but the additional blessings of getting to know one another as friends and sisters in Christ is an opportunity that our group will cherish for the rest of our lives.

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On May 31st, Easter morning, Shawn (not his real name) a Chinese international student studying here in Grand Rapids, was baptized at Calvary church. This is his testimony and additional thoughts.

My name is Shawn and this is my story. When I was a teenager in China, one of my older relatives told me stories about Christians and Mother Teresa. This started a curiosity in me to find a Christian church at some point, but I was busy preparing for college entrance exams and moving on. So, I let the thoughts fall behind. Two years ago, I came to the U.S. as a transfer student and enrolled at a local university here in Grand Rapids. I had heard from other students about Calvary church’s ministry “Neighbors International,” which reaches out to international students and offers them friendship and help. I thought this would be something I would like to join, but my friends around me were not interested in going with me. My fear of an unknown religion, culture, language and loneliness discouraged me from going alone and I let the plan drop. Last year I became a graduate student and I heard more positive comments and stories about Christians. At that time, I was facing many trials and challenges in my life and I believed that coming to Calvary Church might help me. I drove myself to Calvary right after Easter last year and spoke with somebody who got me connected with your ministry “Neighbors International.” Through them I got to know the Yeates family as my friendship family. They gave me a Chinese Bible and I have attended church with them regularly. They have also opened their home to me and have accepted me as a part of their family. Pastor Steve Gibson led me through the steps of salvation and I accepted Christ as my Savior. Since then I have read through the entire Bible. Studying the Bible has made me a stronger person mentally, morally and spiritually. I learned what Jesus has done for us in the forgiveness of our sins. Once I started believing in God and gradually opened my heart and life to him, he healed some of my past feelings and wounds. It has changed my attitude toward people and I believe that Jesus is the righteousness, goodness, and power. I embrace my life with him, and he walks with me through my life and is with me whenever I need him. He is my savior. I believe that my Chinese generation is like a “lost generation” and they desperately need Christ as their savior. If this testimony touched your heart, would you consider becoming a friendship family to a local international student? The requirements of a friendship family are to meet with your student at least once a month and talk with them weekly. There is also a need for airport greeters, who can greet students once a month. For details, contact Sonja Yeates a neighbors_international@calvarygr.org.

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Do You Know… Even though one in five Americans has a disability, many people still regard those who have disabilities as lesser people – to be pitied, feared or ignored. These attitudes may arise from lack of knowledge, an unwillingness to challenge the attitudes of peers or from a fear of doing or saying the wrong thing. Often we feel guilty about such fears, and that makes us uncomfortable. Over the next few months we will offer some helpful suggestions on how to interact with people who have disabilities; how to look beyond a person’s disability and see the ability, the individual; and how to feel comfortable as you welcome people, involve them in community life, and enjoy new friendships. We hope you are encouraged by this information and if you are interested in getting involved with Calvary’s Special Needs Ministry, please contact Judi Warner at jwarner@calvarygr.org. When you are with a person who has a disability: • Show them the same respect with which you would wish to be treated. • Offer, but do not force your assistance. Speak naturally and talk directly to the person – do not speak through others. • Feel free to invite people with disabilities to participate fully in church and social events and to share their talents and gifts. • Allow people with disabilities to do things for themselves if they desire, even if it takes longer. • Encourage those with developmental disabilities to do all they can at their own pace. • Be aware of barriers that prevent people with disabilities from full participation, and work to eliminate those barriers. The information given is taken from the booklet entitled: “Feeling Comfortable with people who have disabilities” Bethesda Institute, Watertown, WI.

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Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. — James 1:27

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awaken orphan care at calvary church to god’s glory | to the world’s need

Calvary Church partners with several missionaries and organizations who care for orphans around the world.

to disciple them in the love of Jesus and a Biblical worldview, and ultimately to release them back into their communities as agents of Gospel proclamation and godly change.

Our missionary Sybil Baloyi in Chokwe, Mozambique, runs a school to educate children from preschool through first grade, hoping to add a grade each year. Of more than 100 students at her school, about half are orphans who would not be able to attend school otherwise. For many, the meal she offers during school is the only sure food they will eat that day. When floods and looting devastated the school earlier this year, Sybil’s biggest concern was to make sure these kids got the nutrition that they needed.

God has been placing an even greater concern for orphans on our hearts here at Calvary.

In Central Asia, government-run orphanages house children until they are 16 years old. After that, they must fend for themselves. Still at a vulnerable age, traumatized by the impersonal nature of the institutions, and without training in work skills, many then become victims of abuse, crime, or human trafficking. But Calvary’s missionaries Sasha and Olga, and the church they lead, have responded to the needs of these young people by opening facilities called Oak House. Each Oak House provides food and shelter, job skills training, spiritual grounding in the Gospel and connection to Christian community through the church and its members. Calvary’s newest orphan-care partnership is with the Faith in Deeds Children’s Home in the Andhra Pradesh state of India. Thomas Mollhagen, whose own parents placed him in an orphanage because they were unable to provide for their family, established this home where children can be nurtured and loved. The home’s goal is to rescue suffering children,

Last fall, three compassion-focused small groups began at Calvary, including one with a focus on orphan needs. This small group has stepped out to learn about the scope of these needs and to inform Calvary’s leaders about them. Recently, Calvary’s Elders, Deacons, Missions and Outreach Advisory Team, and others have been asking the Lord, “How do you want us to respond to the needs of orphans today – in our community and around the world?” We’ve been starting slowly and seeking the role God has for us as a church – the role where our desire for obedience and our passion for these children meets their needs.

Has God placed fatherless children on your heart? Is your passion for orphans growing as well? If so, we invite you to join with others here at Calvary in sharing HOPE ... • Joining together in prayer and hearing from God how He wants us to respond • Obeying Him as He leads • Planning for long-lasting, God-honoring impact • Expecting Him to show up with His miraculous power! Contact Brian and Jen Knapp (jenknapp4@ gmail.com, brianleeknapp@gmail.com) at (616) 446-6489. Then watch for a time and date to meet and begin praying together as God leads Calvary Church on this adventure.

conference Recap: Were you able to participate in the Awaken Missions Conference? Are you awake yet? If you sensed God speaking to you during the April 20-22 conference, here are some ways you can respond: • Read – Our Sunday morning speaker, Steve Moore, has written several books including: Who Is My Neighbor?: Being a Good Samaritan in a Connected World, Seize the Vuja De, and While You Were Micro-Sleeping : Fresh Insights on the Changing Face of North American Missions. Pick one up in hard copy or for your Kindle and dig a little deeper. • Care – Take a stand for any missionaries you met or heard by lifting them up in prayer or caring for them in practical ways. Contact Pastor Bruce (bruce@calvarygr.org) or Chris DeHaan (cdehaan@calvarygr.org) for information about how to connect. And bring a lunch on the third Monday of every month to join others here in prayer for all our missionaries. • Serve – If our Sunday evening service woke you up to the needs and opportunities in our community, contact Sharon Kaiser (skaiser@ calvarygr.org) for information about getting involved with one of our partner ministries, or see page 7 for information about how you can reach the nations, right here at home, through Neighbors International. • Obey – What if God really spoke? Could He be calling you to full time service? Are you willing to take the first step in a journey of obedience? Then contact Celeste McDonough (cmcdonough@calvarygr.org) and let’s talk. It will be an unforgettable adventure with Him!

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Olek Berezecky Rockford

East Kentwood

AJ Bolkema

Gregory Brill Comstock Park

East Grand Rapids

Collin Brooks

Lydia Dagle

Lukas Henderson

Courtney Hoekwater

Carolyn Horton

Kevin Innis

Ashley Jourdan

Michelle Miller

Krista Mills

Abby Wiersma

Chris Winkelmann

Lowell

Lalia Mangione Homeschool

Isaac Vela

Northpointe Christian

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South Christian

Grand Rapids Christian

Grand Rapids Christian

Northview

Northview

East Kentwood

Northview

Jeff Olsson

Northpointe Christian

Northview

Calvin Christian

Nathan Roels

Northpointe Christian


Gunnar Elder

East Grand Rapids

Rebecca Koster

Alexander Fall

Leah Gronsman

Forest Hills Eastern

Homeschool

Jared Haas

Rebekah Hamlin

Northpointe Christian

Northpointe Christian

Forest Hills Central

Grand Rapids Christian

Meg Krause

Peter Lantz Homeschool

Forest Hills Central

Chris Lewis

Mackenzie Mahdasian

Katie Rose

Emily Schreur

Austin Stech Grandville

Hannah Troupe

Austin VanderWeide

Grandville

Lowell

Homeschool

East Grand Rapids

Northpointe Christian

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

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Tackling sticky questions with Pastors BYron dickey & Joel shank

Summer is a unique time. More than sunshine and flip flops, there’s a freedom to this season. Days are longer, school’s out and for many that leaves hours of unstructured time. With this comes an urgency to make sure it’s being used well. So we’re sitting down with our Students Pastor, Byron Dickey and our Children’s Pastor, Joel Shank to get some advice. Realizing how quickly summer flies by, it’s important that we approach the season with intentionality. How can families go about that? Joel: We need to think about summer as rest instead of “neutral time.” We need rest, not just from negative things, but also from things that are going well to evaluate the direction we’re heading. So you’re suggesting, using the end of the school year as a time to reflect and evaluate. That’s a good idea. It helps you make sure that when you schedule the summer, your true priorities are reflected. BYRON: Kids need to grow educationally and spiritually, so it’s good to think through how much time to devote to these activities. One of the things that my wife and I do is create a summer schedule. It’s beneficial at all ages to provide a structure for our days. I also think having that time of reflection, as you’ve talked about Joel, to think through the past year is a good conversation to have, to help kids put their year into perspective and grow from it.

J: Right, because if you don’t have a plan, think of all the advertising things we’re hit with all the time–somebody has a plan and that will be what you end up with. For parents maybe there’s some peer pressure and guilt to deal with. How do you manage priorities as a family, when what your kid may want is not necessarily what you think is best? J: I think part of the answer here is being willing to rest from human efforts and see where God is at work. In the Bible, God had to command his people to occassionally stop working, rest and evaluate. Rest was radical then, and it is radical now. You will feel like you are not accomplishing a lot when you rest. At some point, you will feel like you’re not being “all you could be,” if you were maximizing your time to your potential. B: Yes,I think as a society we don’t value rest, we forget that we need it. There’s also this difficult balance with schedules, because it’s good to include our kids in planning and help them to think through why we’re making decisions. As parents we choose what our family will be involved in because it’s good for us as a family. This is where as a parent though, you need to have a plan but also be flexible with it, so your kids are involved in that process but they’re not owning it. How do you guys approach summer with your own families? Do you deal with these same pressures?

J: In addition to incorporating rest and reflection, in the summer we can also be really intentional about scheduling things together as a family. We make a point to allow our children one week of a camp of their choice (such as soccer, science or music). Then we also plan a week together as a family to interact spiritually, at a camp or on a mission trip.

J: When we think about summer, it’s intimidating to think about what we’re doing ALL summer. So we do bite-sized things, in fact we’re going to make sure we have a couple days where we are intensely focusing on one another. We did that last year and we felt like God spoke to us in a way that was unique, and it’s been driving us since.

B: You bring up a good point. My kids can’t be involved in everything. I think sometimes we lose intentionality and our families end up involved in the wrong things. Even when kids are in high school, it’s good to help them think through their schedule. Maybe that means asking, “should you be working that much”? I remember being challenged in that way. I wasn’t told that I had to do this or that, but it gave me the opportunity to think through things with the right perspective. It helped me to not waste the summer being over-involved.

B: My wife, Sarah, and I begin talking about the summer long before it starts. We begin seeing what God is highlighting, finding things we should be involved in, looking at camps, being involved in the church, noticing fun, different things. We find that developing a schedule works well for our young kids. We allow for free time but we also look for creative ways to learn. We also try to look at the summer through the lens of how God sees it. We strive to find opportunities to point out beauty in creation, to notice new life we see in summer and the hope we find in God.

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As pastors there are probably things you are more oriented to think about than the average family. It’s good to get your perspective on ways we can cultivate a spirit of worship in the summer and how we can be intentional with our time. B: Every age is different. I think there’s a way to do this with high school kids too. I heard a pastor share about how he would take one of his kids out for lunch and he would call it “you can ask me anything time.” Once a week he’d get together with one kid at their favorite restaurant and they could each ask each other one question and then they’d talk about whatever else. During the summer, your kids are home, and that seems like a practical thing you can try. Do you think there are ways that people who don’t have families can approach their summer with a similar intentionality? B: I think we all should be doing this, looking through the lessons of what God is teaching us, asking what he want us to be involved in, seeing where we can create areas of rest. J: We like work. Sometimes rest means taking time away from things you enjoy too. We can get sucked into this myopic world of what we enjoy doing, what we’re good at, the experiences you’re familiar with. Right, rest isn’t just disengaging your mind, it can also be engaging your mind in a different way. B: You know for those who work, it may not feel like you have much of a summer, but there are still things we can do to make summer unique for us. One of the things I do here at Calvary during the summer is I walk around outside and pray for the church and for the community. That might be something someone can even do at their own office. Right because the weather changes for everybody. It doesn’t matter what your family situation looks like. There’s a difference to this season that we all feel wherever we are at. Thank you, Pastors Byron & Joel! Readers, if you have questions for PB&J on this and other sticky topics, we’d love to hear from you. Email jrice@calvarygr.org and we may feature your question in a future issue.


June 11-13 | 9:30 am–Noon Outer Space, Wild Weather, and Xtreme Bugs 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 Outer Space, Wild Weather, and Xtreme Bugs. Five-year-olds (by December 2012) through fourth graders are welcome and may register now through May 31 online at calvarygr.org, or by completing the form available at the check-in desk in Entrance K. volunTeers 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 (csi@calvarygr.org) at 822-8896.

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2012-2013 Elders & Deacons If you have any questions or comments you would like to share with an elder, please see the list above the blue line. If you would to contact a deacon, they are listed below the blue line.

Dennis Bergakker

(dbergakker@calvarygr.org)

Clare DeGraaf

(cdegraaf@calvarygr.org)

Noe Palacios

(npalacios@calvarygr.org)

Kent Snoeyink

(ksnoeyink@calvarygr.org)

Eric Cerling

(ecerling@calvarygr.org)

Jim DeVries

(jdevries@calvarygr.org)

Ross Pettinga

(rpettinga@calvarygr.org)

Vernon Spears

(vspears@calvarygr.org)

Dan Challa

(dchalla@calvarygr.org)

Dick Doyle

(ddoyle@calvarygr.org)

Sam Roth

(sroth@calvarygr.org)

Mike Still

(mstill@calvarygr.org)

Allen VanHaitsma

(avanhaitsma@calvarygr.org)

Stephen Baab

(sbaab@calvarygr.org)

Jim Hoekwater

(jhoekwater@calvarygr.org)

Brian Klaver

(bklaver@calvarygr.org)

Calvary Church: What do you believe? Since the first centuries after Christ, the church’s tasks have included defining what it means to be a Christian and outlining the common beliefs that bind us together both as local congregations and as the extended body of Christ. In fact, 1 Corinthians 15:3-7 is often seen to be a very early version of a Christian creed. Over time, it has become necessary to add more doctrinal explanation to our statements of belief, not because the original truths were found to be lacking, but often because new cultural pressures arise that need to be addressed. About five years ago, this is the state in which Calvary found itself. Our standing doctrinal statement, embedded in our church constitution, was initially written about 80 years ago. Although we still agree with that original statement, it was written at a time when some things needed to be strongly addressed that no longer are concerning debates within the church. On the other hand, today’s hot issues (like relativism, or the openness of God) were still on the periphery of thought. Our elders came to the conviction that our doctrinal statement did not clearly address some important current theological issues. In the modern mindset, many churches would take this opportunity to weaken their statement. At Calvary, we have opted for the opposite approach: re-writing our doctrinal statement to strongly address current issues, using language that is understandable to anyone, even a new Christian.

The Process To Date Wilhelm Kliewer

(wkliewer@calvarygr.org)

Tom Miller

(tmiller@calvarygr.org)

David Radde (dradde@calvarygr.org)

• Our elders have been consistently praying over the constitution for the past five years, asking for God’s direction about future changes. • A committee was established five years ago to begin considering what changes might be necessary.

Mike Reiffer

(mreiffer@calvarygr.org)

Rob Umstead

(rumstead@calvarygr.org)

Jim Stubblefield

(jstubblefield@calvarygr.org)

Chris Walkup

(cwalkup@calvarygr.org)

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Howard Timmer

(htimmer@calvarygr.org)

Dan Wynalda

(dwynalda@calvarygr.org)

• This committee recommended an output in two parts: a one-page statement of faith organized by topic (called What We Believe) and a much longer document that could act as a teaching guide (called What We Teach).

• Dr. Mike Whitmer from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary helped refine the early drafts. • Two years ago, an elder used a working version of What We Teach on a pilot basis, to see if it was easy to understand. • Changes were made and it has been used three additional times in small class settings, all with positive reception.

Where We Are Now No permanent changes will be made to Calvary’s doctrinal statement without approval from the congregation. Congregants will have time to read it and ask questions to ensure that it will adequately clarify, strengthen and help us teach our beliefs. Moving forward, our process will include the following steps: • Copies of the most recent draft will be made available to the congregation in late May or early June (watch your bulletin for an announcement). • Over the summer, we will be looking for volunteers to study the material and offer comments (again, watch your bulletin for details). • All comments, questions and suggestions can be sent to elders@calvarygr.org. • At our Annual Meeting this September (2013), we will vote to give permission to use the latest draft as a teaching guide for new members for the coming year. • In the upcoming program year, continued comments and questions from the congregation will be encouraged. • At our Annual Meeting in 2014, we hope to have a final draft of the one-page What We Believe document ready to be brought before the congregation for a vote to be adopted into the Calvary Church Constitution. Our prayer is that every member of our congregation will engage in this process, joining our hearts and minds together in the unity of our faith.


CALVARY CHURCH

Program GUIDE Sunday Morning Worship Service

8:10, 9:40, and 11:15am | Sanctuary

Quick Connect administrative staff information in alpha order by ministry

Benevolence

Missions

Calvary Community

Pastoral Care & Senior Adults

Lynnell Bok lbok@calvarygr.org ext. 3510

Brenda Neher community@calvarygr.org ext. 5650

Chris DeHaan missions@calvarygr.org ext. 5022

Regina Scovill rscovill@calvarygr.org ext. 3672

Children

Carla Boon-Julien childrensministry@calvarygr.org ext. 5067

Serving

Judie Fielstra jfielstra@calvarygr.org ext. 5095

Community Outreach Sharon Kaiser skaiser@calvarygr.org ext. 5077

Special Needs

Judi Warner jwarner@calvarygr.org ext. 5272

Compassion Ministries Lou DeGraaf ldegraaf@calvarygr.org ext. 3618

Facilities

Melissa DeBoer mdeboer@calvarygr.org ext. 5097

Technical Services

Library

Women

library@calvarygr.org ext. 5290

media@calvarygr.org

Donna Ross dross@calvarygr.org ext. 5186

Marketing

Jackie Rice jrice@calvarygr.org ext. 5042

Worship

Kristen White kwhite@calvarygr.org ext. 5155

Men

Lou DeGraaf ldegraaf@calvarygr.org ext. 3618

Sunday Evening Worship Service 6:00pm | Chapel

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

Children Carla | childrensministry@calvarygr.org | ext. 5067

5th/6th Grade calvarystudents@calvarygr.org | ext. 5181

KIDS N ACTION Wednesdays | 6:30-7:50pm Our desire in KIDS N ACTION is that children, five-yearsold through fourth grade, understand what God says in the Bible, believe it, and obey it in their daily lives. KIDS N ACTION is designed to foster social interaction through chosen electives, while facilitating spiritual growth in learning from the book of James how to “put your faith into action.” Note: Wednesday Night programming ends May 8.

Refuge Wednesdays | 6:30-8:00pm | Room 109 Refuge is a great time of fun and encouragement for fifth and sixth grade students. We learn about God, gather for small groups, play games together, laugh and experience Christian community. To join, just show up. Note: Wednesday Night programming ends May 8.

LUMIN8 Spring Concert Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 5, at 6:00pm in the Sanctuary and plan to attend our children’s choir, LUMIN8 Spring Concert which will include Child Dedication song, a performance of the James chapter 4 memorization. Don’t miss it, and invite some friends to join you! Join us in the Fellowship Hall for a reception afterwards.

Students

Natalie Uecker calvarystudents @calvarygr.org ext. 5181

Young Adults

Mason D. Sherrill msherrill@calvarygr.org ext. 5036

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

May 2013

5th-8th Grade calvarystudents@calvarygr.org | ext. 5181 The Main Event Sunday Mornings | 9:40am 5th/6th: Room 109 | 7th/8th: Room 108 This school year we are digging deep on Sunday and discovering how the words of Jesus fit into our everyday lives. Starting with the beginning of Jesus’ ministry and continuing right until the end, you won’t want to miss a Sunday as we discover who Jesus is, the difference He can make in our lives, and why those little red letters should be a big part of our lives. No need to register, just show up! No The Main Event May 26, due to Memorial Day.

7th/8th Grade calvarystudents@calvarygr.org | ext. 5181 Oasis Wednesdays | 6:30-8:00pm | Room 108 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, super skilled leaders on a personal level?  We’ll play games, worship, hear a brief talk, and break up into our small groups.  To join, just show up. Note: Wednesday Night programming ends May 8. Eighth Grade Celebration May 15 | 6:30-8:00pm | Byron’s House Join us as we celebrate you and have a great time looking back on the year! Dinner will be provided. The celebration will take place at Byron’s house, we’ll relase the address closer to the event.

High school calvarystudents@calvarygr.org | ext. 5181 UNITED Sundays | 6:00-8:30pm | Room 108 UNITED is a community of high school students seeking to know God and to make Him known. If you are a student looking for authentic relationships and an atmosphere where God can be enountered, we invite you to attend on Sunday nights. Questions? Contact Natalie (calvarystudents@calvarygr.org).

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No UNITED May 12, due to Mother’s Day or May 26 due to Memorial Day.

Young Adults a ministry for young adults 18-34 Mason | msherrill@calvarygr.org | ext. 5036 We were not meant to walk through this life alone, 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. Young Adult Worship Night Thursday, May 9 | 7:00pm| Chapel Calling all Young Adults from College Ministry, Merge and Foundations. Carve out some time to focus on Christ and worshipping him. It will be an uplifting time of singing and meditating on scripture together. Young Adult Comedy Night May 18 | 6:00pm | Meet at Entrance J Join us as we venture over to Allendale for a night of comedy with 321 Improv. Please sign up in your Young Adult community and purchase your ticket for $6 ahead of time. We will meet and travel down there together. Young Adult Book of the Quarter: Follow Me by David Platt July 13 | 10:00am | Room 207 Join us in reading Follow Me by David Platt, the Young Adult Book of the Quarter. Books are available in the various Young Adult communities for $10. Then come share what you learned from the book on Saturday, July 13 at 10:00am in room 137. What questions in the book challenged or stretched you? We will discuss these over breakfast. College a community for young adults 18-22 Mason | msherrill@calvarygr.org | ext. 5036 College Life Thursdays | 7:00pm | Room 108 Are you interested in joining a diverse community of fellow college-aged young adults? We meet together as a community for worship, small groups, and teaching each Thursday.  This is a great opportunity to build relationships with other young adults from the Grand Rapids area and grow in our faith together. For more information contact Mason D. Sherrill.

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College Discipleship On-Campus Community Groups meet on campus weekly for an informal time of sharing and catching-up about what is happening in our lives. Even if you aren’t taking classes, we still have a group for you! For more information contact Jakob Jackson (jjackson@calvarygr.org). College Ministry Lunch Sundays | 12:30pm | Room 121 Are you looking for a way to connect with other college students that attend Calvary on Sundays? Come enjoy a free lunch after the third service. This is a great way to fellowship with other students and to learn about additional ways to get involved at Calvary Church MErge a community for single young adults ages 22-34 Sue | sschroeder@calvarygr.org | ext. 5198 Merge Sundays | 11:15am | Room 137 Join us as we learn how to study God’s Word and pray for our community. We will also have a wonderful time of fellowship. Merge/FLOCK Potluck May 19 | 11:00 am| Room 137 We all share room 137 on Sunday mornings, so let’s share some food too. If you are a part of the FLOCK or Merge communities, please bring a dish to pass and join us on Sunday, May 19 at 11:00am for a time of fellowship as our two communities share some food and conversation. Foundations a community for young couples ages 22-32 Mason | msherrill@calvarygr.org | 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 towards making godly decisions and form healthy life-long habits that will strengthen our relationships and help us grow in Christ.

Compassion ministries Lou | ldegraaf@calvarygr.org | ext. 3618 DivorceCare May 7- July 30 | 6:30-8:30pm | Room 140 | $20 This 13-week seminar, led by people who understand the pain of separation and divorce, will help you recover from the pain of the past and look forward to rebuilding

STUDENT SUNDAY | MAY 5

Donut Special This June, 87 students and leaders from Calvary’s High School Ministry will head to Chicago for evangelism training. Support their efforts by making a freewill donation in the Calvary Café, May 5. As a thank you, we’ll upgrade your donut for the day.

your life. For more information or to register, contact Lou DeGraaf. DC4K (DivorceCare for Kids) May 7 - July 30 | 6:30-8:30pm | Room 143 | $15 Offered simultaneously with DivorceCare, this 13week 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 and are introduced to biblical concepts that bring comfort. Childcare will be provided for children birth through preschool. Scholarships are available. The Big D: Divorce Through the Eyes of a Teen May 7 - July 30 | 6:30-8:30pm | Room 152 | $15 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. 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, contact Lou DeGraaf.


Men Lou | men@calvarygr.org | ext. 3618 Tigers Game - Coming in June June 27 | 9:00am | Entrance J Men, grab your sons, cousins, father and brothers and join us as the Tigers take on the Angels. The game begins at 1:05pm. Coach bus transportation will be provided. Tickets will be on sale outside the Café on June 9, 16 and 23. For more information, contact Boyd (kitzrowboyd@rocketmail.com).

Pastoral care Regina | rscovill@calvarygr.org | ext. 3672 H.I.S. – Healing Injured Sisters Have you been hurt from past physical or emotional wounds? Are you ready to begin the journey of healing?  Join us for a five-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 inMay, 6:30 to 8:00 PM.  Please call Regina (rscovill@calvarygr.org) at ext. 3672 to set up an interview with Jan Dykstra to see if this confidential group is right for you. Life-Threatening Illness Support Group Are you or a loved one dealing with cancer or another life-threatening or long-term illness? Would you benefit from being part of a Christian support group? Please consider attending a meeting on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, 7:00-8:30pm at the Yellow House. The goal of this group is to provide a time of sharing and support as well as prayer and encouragement from the Bible. Occasionally we will invite a special speaker to share. For more information contact Phyllis (ptackrn@yahoo.com). Mental Illness Family Support Group May 28 | 7:00pm | Room 114 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 life. If someone you love is dealing with illness such as this, please join us at our next meeting. If you have any questions or would like additional information, contact John or Betty Walker at 956-6141.

Nehemiah Prayer Team When Nehemiah heard that the walls of Jerusalem needed repair, his first response was to fast and pray for four months. As the elders and deacons continue to pray and fast for God’s vision for Calvary Church, we invite our church family to join us. If you are willing, please email Pam Tuinstra (ptuinstra@calvarygr.org), and we will add you to a regular prayer update. 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@calvarygr.org) at ext. 5013. 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 (hrtakt@iserv.net) 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 come pray specifically that God would bless our morning services. All are encouraged to join.

Senior Adults Regina | rscovill@calvarygr.org | ext. 3672 Chera May 18 | 9:30am | 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. Please join us for our Spring Leadership-Sponsored Brunch on May 18. Contact Regina for reservations. Confident Caregivers May 13 | 11:30am | Room 123 As a caregiver, do you ever feel alone? 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 this month for “Soul Care for the Caregiver,“ presented by Chaplain Ray Paget of Holland Home. If you would like to attend, please be sure to RSVP by May 9 to Regina. Monday Monthly Luncheon May 6 | 10:20am | Fellowship Hall | Cost: $7 Steve Gibson will speak on Calvary Stucture, Mission and Vision. Punchbowl begins at 10:00am, the program starts at 10:20am and then we enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by Calvary’s fine culinary team. Reserve a seat with Howard & Arlene Timmer at 365-0728, Virginia Claybrook at 940-1807 or Terry & Linda Markham at 247-8619 by May 1. Senior Men’s Golf Tuesdays (Begins May 7) | Boulder Creek Golf Course 8:45am | Cost: $25 (18 Holes with a Cart) Join us for some good Christian fellowship. This is

Prayer Groups Intercessors Prayer Group Wednesdays | 6:45pm | Room 212 Open to anyone who is interested in praying for Calvary Church, its pastors, staff, volunteers, congregation and programming. For details, or to submit prayer requests, contact prayer@calvarygr.org.

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not a formal league, just show up when you can. Each week we have a draw to determine foursomes, so it is a good way to meet people from Calvary. Contact Jim DeWeerd at 901-5561 or John Nibbelink at 443-5957. Wednesday Morning Bible Study Brunch May 1 | 10:00am | Fellowship Hall Join us for our year-end Brunch on May 1 in the Fellowship Hall. Please contact Mike Looney (mlooney@ calvarygr.org) for more information.

Special needs

Adult/Individuals Elleen | efitzgerald@calvarygr.org | ext. 5623 SOS Go-Getters (Adults with Special Needs) Sundays | 11:15am | Chapel WOW Go-Getters (Adults with Special Needs) Wednesdays | 6:30pm | Chapel Go-Getters for Jesus are a large community of youth and adults with special needs who are eager to serve God and one another. Classes for Adults with Special Needs Wednesdays | 6:00pm Art Class (Room 114): Artistic skill development, in a socially friendly environment, is a regular part of Wednesday evening (during the school year) for any Go-Getter student who would like to attend. Choir (215): Scripture set to music is the focus of this group of Go-Getters. It is a way for those who cannot read to hide the word of God in their hearts. The focus is not on singing ability. Scripture Class (Room 207): The Scripture Class is open to the larger community of the church. After a brief introduction and prayer, the students will  listen to scripture being read, followed by a  summary and question time. Sign Language (Room 211): The sign language class is open to the larger community of the church. There, students are taught basic communication and the use of signs to praise during worship. Note: Wednesday Night programming ends May 8. Children and Youth Elizabeth | ethelen@calvarygr.org | ext. 5163 Explorers (Students with Special Needs) Sundays | 11:15am | Room 114 Explorers provides an active, less structured environment where learning takes place using interactive centers based on 52 Bible stories.

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Seekers (Students with Special Needs) Sundays | 11:15am | Room 112 A calm structured environment for those who learn best with less activity. Adapted curriculum will focus more on learning about God and His love.

Women Donna | women@calvarygr.org | ext. 5186 MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) First, Third & Fifth Thursdays | 9:00am | Fellowship Hall MOPS is a place that gets moms. It’s a group of women with children from birth through kindergarten that meets for spiritual enrichment, encouragement, mutual support and fun. We understand your unique needs, challenges and joys in this vital season of early mothering. You will be welcomed in our MOPS group just as you are! Register at calvarygr.org/mops or get more information by emailing mops@calvarygr.org. Summer Bible Study July 8-August 13 | 9:30-11:30am | $10 This summer we will study faithfulness, utilizing Jacalyn Eyre’s study, The Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness. We all need faithful friends, and to learn more fully how to be a faithful friend. We will learn from Scripture about faithful friendships and the incredible blessings that result. Most importantly, we will constantly be reminded of God’s great faithfulness to us (Lamentations 3:22-23), demonstrated by His absolute goodness, infinite wisdom, and unfailing love. Contact Women’s Ministry for more information. Women’s Golf Begins May 7 | 9:30am | Gracewil Country Club Join other women from Calvary for a round of golf, Tuesdays, May-September. We meet at Gracewil (2597 4 Mile Rd NW). Plan to arrive 15 minutes ahead, tee time is 9:30am. Join the group for lunch afterwards if you can. No substitutes or registration is required. Questions? Contact the Women’s Ministry.

Serving opportunities

Calvary Kids Need You Want to make a difference in the life of a child? Serve in the Children’s Ministry in one of the following areas. Sundays at 11:15am Full-time teacher in 3-year-olds (preschool), 2 adult helpers in preschool, 2 class helpers and 2 sub teachers for elementary kids. Contact Brian Nix (bnix@calvarygr.org) at ext. 5053 to start serving in Children’s Ministry today.

Shut-In Ministry If you have a heart of mercy for those who are lonely and compassion for those who are suffering, please prayerfully consider joining the Shut-In Ministry Team. This ministry is dedicated to reaching out to Calvary members who are no longer able to attend church services and functions. For questions, contact Rich Dyer (richguy101@sbcglobal.net). Worship Teams The worship team is looking for musicians. If you play the drums, bass, or guitar we would love to hear from you, please contact Andy Crowder (acrowder@calvarygr.org) at ext. 5612.

Giving opportunities Lynnell | lbok@calvarygr.org | ext. 3510 Clothes Closet

As summer approaches, we have many families who can use the following items: short-sleeve shirts, sandals, bathing suits, sundresses, shorts, and Capri’s. Your donations are greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please call Lynnell. Food Pantry This month we need the following: • Laundry • Toothpaste and detergents tooth brushes • Fabric softener • Mouthwash • Bleach • Dental floss • Hand lotions • Dryer sheets • Cleaning products • Hand and body • Personal hygiene soaps • Hairbrushes and items • Shaving cream for combs men and women • Deodorants All items listed in the Giving Opportunities section above can be dropped off at the Yellow House, located behind Calvary on Bradford Street. Plant An Extra Row for Us As you plant your garden this summer, please consider adding an extra row of vegetables to donate to our food pantry. It’s a great way to give. We do not receive fresh fruits and vegetables often and this would be an added blessing to the many families who rely on the pantry. Thank you!


May 2013 sun

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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 calvarygr.org or the back of the Sunday bulletin for all our recurring weekly activities.

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WFD Menu: Backyard BBQ

5 Student Sunday Donut Special in Calvary Café

6 10:00am Senior Adults Monthly Luncheon

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8:45am WFD Menu: Senior Men’s Golf Begins Block Party! 9:00am Women’s Golf Begins

6:00pm LUMIN8 Spring Concert

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Last Week of Wednesday Night Programming

6:30pm DivorceCare, DC4K & The Big D Begin

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12 No UNITED Due to Mother’s Day

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11:30am Confident Caregivers

15 6:30pm Eighth Grade Celebration

9:30am Chera 6:00pm Young Adult Comedy Night

19 11:00am Merge/FLOCK Potluck

20 Building Closed for Calvary Church Staff Retreat

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Building Closed for Calvary Church Staff Retreat

6:00pm Choir & Orchestra Finale Concert

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26 Sunday Morning Family Service

Building Closed for Memorial Day

28 7:00pm Mental Illness Family Support Group

No Middle School Main Event or High School UNITED

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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

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 215.

Calvary Café

9:00am-11:00am 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 Guide at the Information Center or at calvarygr.org.

Special Needs

Adult (Go-Getters): 11:15am *Students (Seekers and Explorers): 11:15am 

Chapel Rooms 112/114

*Pre-registration recommended

Children’s Ministries

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. Audio Resources: For past sermons or a series on CD, the Audio Resources booth 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 Christy (cvanandel@calvarygr.org) at ext. 5615. 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 pastoralcare@calvarygr.org. A pastor is always available.

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 the Life of Jesus) 7th & 8th Main Event (Studying the Life of Jesus) High School (United): 6:00pm (Studying >Greater Than)

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 contact Brenda Neher (community@calvarygr.org).


Calvary Life, May 2013  

News and inspiration from Calvary Church, Grand Rapids.

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