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calvary life november 2013

Festival of lights returns with “Christmas at hollington hall”... p. 4 Share witH this year’s open door project... p. 7


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3 | ‘Tis the Season

We ask Calvary staff members how they extend the invitation to Festival of Lights.

4 | Christmas at Hollington Hall

We hope you’ll accept Lady Wellington’s invitation to join the family for Christmas at Hollington Hall.

10 | Join the James Gang

7 | Open Door Missions Project 2013

This year, our annual Open Door missions project will focus on Central Asia as we commit to SHARE God’s Word.

Family Life

8 | PB&J: Is My Kid Normal?

We sit down with Pastors Byron and Joel to tackle this sticky question many parents have found themselves asking.

If you’re not a member of the James Gang, now is a perfect time to join!

Plus...

11 | Thanksgiving Eve

Program guide

This year we’re extending the Thanksgiving celebration to include a potluck, don’t miss it!

Staff Connection

3 | Currently with Christy Sanchez

As Festival of Lights season ratchets up, Calvary Life checks in with the Worship Ministry’s administrative assistant.

Life{Together}

Ranger James invites kids to join the James Gang!

12-18 | Your One Stop Shop for All the Details on Programming at Calvary Church 18 | On the Bookshelf

Recommended reading for November from the Calvary Library.

19 | November Calendar

Tear it out and pin it to your fridge.

5 | Looking for a Community of Singles?

Gil’Christ invites other singles under 50 to join their active community.

Plus...

Calvary’s Special Needs Ministry offers terrific tips for goal setting for people of all ages.

Missions & Outreach

6 | International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

The Missions & Outreach team encourages us to pray toegether for persecuted churches around the world.

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


‘tis the season

festival of lights is upon us once again. who will you invite this year?

Calvary’s annual Festival of Lights production is a great opportunity to share the hope of Jesus with your friends and family. While some in our lives will gladly take us up on the chance to enjoy a Broadway-style production, with others we may struggle to even start the conversation. With this in mind, we’ve asked some of Calvary’s staff members to share how they invite their family and friends, people they have lovingly prayed for and long to see come to know Jesus, to join them at Festival of Lights. Steve Gibson, Executive Pastor My family and I offer tickets to our friends at no charge. This breaks down the barrier of needing to go online or provide payment once we’ve extended the invitation. Often our kids are involved in the production, so people are eager to see them take part in the show. Sharon Kaiser, Asst. Director, Local Outreach Ministries We encourage our kids to invite their friends, and sometimes they’ll sleep over afterwards. It’s an easy way to get our kids thinking about evangelism at an early age. Jake Boerman, Asst. Director of Evangelism & Outreach A few of the things I’ve learned: 1) Don’t be overly “Dutch.” Look, I’m just as Dutch as the next person here in West Michigan but inviting someone to an event with you and then asking them to pay is a bad idea. (I’ve learned this one the hard way.) Awkward! 2) Have a good idea about what the program is going to be like and be open and honest in presenting it. Know it’s all about Jesus and be willing and prepared to discuss it with who you invite. This can be scary but rest assured that when we step out, God shows up. 3) Just ask! Sure, some people you ask might say no but you will never know for certain if you don’t extend the invitation. Just the asking alone may open up opportunities for God to move and help in building that relationship for the future. Sara Tindall, Middle School Facilitator Dinner afterwards is a great way to continue the conversations Festival begins. Plus, it makes the whole thing feel less like a transaction and more like a night out. Mark Kotlarczyk, Director, Technical Services Last year, my kids and I put tickets in a geocache on site at Calvary and uploaded the coordinates to a geocaching site we’re involved with.They were found and passed along to people who could use them.

currently with christy sanchez, administrative assistant

Watching… Football (usually just because my husband makes me though) drinking… orange juice and Sprite together. signing up… for nothing new. God has been teaching me to re-evaluate my schedule, to learn to say no and be able to focus on my schedule as it is now. teaching… various fitness classes around the area. wearing… lots of jeans and sweatshirts. eating… apples & caramel dip. enjoying… watching the leaves change colors. thrilled… to be a newlywed of two months and married to my best friend. excited… for FOL 2013. This year is going to be an awesome production with a lot of great talent. reading… “How We Love,” by Milan and Kay Yerkovich. laughing… every day with friends and family. Life is too short not to laugh at least once every day. feeling…blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life. believing… in God’s abundant love and power. loving… life and the journey it brings through the ups and downs. christy has been an

employee of Calvary Church for 3 years. She works as an administrative assistant in the Worship Ministry. When Festival of Lights season arrives she can be found working with volunteers, helping with stage crew, assisting in scheduling practices and other kinds of behind-the-scene work.


CHRISTMAS

at

Hollington Hall

Calvary Church Festival of Lights 2013 Calvary’s 2013 Festival of Lights is a great place to introduce your friends to the hope of Christ. Begin praying now about who you might bring. This year’s production,

Christmas at Hollington Hall, is set almost a century

ago in a British manor house as preparations for a grand Christmas party are underway. While the servants are decorating, and Lady Wellington is auditioning entertainment, another member of the family struggles with an emptiness that he cannot explain. With

guests arriving and festivities beginning, his search for peace leads him to an unlikely friendship that opens his heart to the true joy of Christmas. Accept Lady Wellington’s invitation to join the family for Christmas at Hollington Hall, an evening of timeless

music, a 100+ voice choir, an amazing dramatic cast and over 200,000 twinkling lights. Performances will be December 6-8 and 13-15 at 3:00pm and 7:00pm.

December 6-8, 13-15 | 3:00 & 7:00pm Tickets: $7 | startickets.com

Tickets ($6 and $7) are available at startickets.com. This year, we are happy to also have our own box office. You may purchase tickets on Sundays in the Calvary Café and Tuesdays through Fridays at the recption desk (during office hours only). Gather your friends and family to enjoy Christmas at Hollington Hall with us this year.


life{together} experiencing community at calvary

Looking for a community of Singles under 50? As the scripture teaches us, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…” Mark 10:45a, our class has helped members move, helped with yard work, volunteered for church projects, prayed for specific needs of our members and we are open to helping in any way God leads or as opportunities arise.

Gil’Christ, which means Servants of Christ, meets every Sunday morning of the year (except Easter) at 11:15am in room 211 (near the Chapel). Our class is a ministry for singles under 50, designed to build family ties as we navigate our way from the cross to the Kingdom. We provide Biblical teaching and guidance in order to foster spiritual growth. We also seek to create an atmosphere of fellowship and community in order to care for, support, encourage, serve and provide accountability for one another. We gather often both in small and large groups. We offer encouragement, prayer support and service opportunities as we work together to form lasting, meaningful friendships. We have small group Bible studies, fellowship events, service projects and plenty of spontaneous gatherings as we strive to do “life together.” Our class time is committed to expository teaching of God’s Word with an emphasis on voluntary class participation in a discussion-style setting.

Explore Calvary

Nancy Samra, the teacher of the class, shared how the class ministered to her during George’s last days. They helped them move a couple of times, they came to sing to George. He was not speaking at that time and had dementia, but after singing Amazing Grace, he spoke the word, “wonderful.” They prayed and cared for them in a mighty way during this most difficult time. If you are looking for a class that loves God and loves people, come to room 211 on Sunday morning at 11:15!

Are you new to Calvary? Are you finding it hard to navigate or get plugged in? Journey together with us for three weeks: Wednesdays, October 23, October 30 and November 6 in room 126, 5:15-6:30pm. We’ll enjoy gathering in an informal setting to meet others new to Calvary, share a meal together, meet staff, and learn more about Calvary. Feel free to jump in at any time. The classes repeat periodically throughout the year. RSVP to Elaine Lohroff (elohroff@calvarygr.org) at ext. 5903.


Terrific tips on goal setting

In the chaotic and goal-oriented world in which we live, we want what God wants for ourselves and for our children. We want to facilitate an environment for successful Christian living as we all grow closer to the Lord. This is true of any of us: individuals with special needs, those who are high achievers, those who find themselves right where they need to be, and everyone in between. In the midst of creating an environment where we can thrive, we often set unattainable and unrealistic goals. If we take a step back and consider the smaller steps to get to where the Lord wants us, we will experience greater success and strides toward a well-lived life.

Tips on Goal Setting: 1. Work from where you are, not from where you want to be. Don't set a goal for your child that's outside of his or her developmental ability. And don't set a goal for yourself or your family that you know you don't have the time, ability, or resources to attain. These things don't magically resolve themselves just because you've set a goal. 2. Choose a single area to focus on. You only have so much energy, patience, and concentration, so don’t spend it all in one place. You'll have a much greater chance of success than if you spread yourself too thin. 3. Pick the thing that's easiest, not necessarily the most important. Simple is smart, not silly. The goal you set should be the one you or your child has the most chance of attaining, not the one you most dream of achieving. 4. Break your goal into smaller steps. And then smaller ones. And then smaller still. Instead of making the overall task your first goal, set your first goal at completing one step. 5. Set short deadlines. You or your child's interest in goals that take months to measure can fade fast. Think of what you can do in a week, set that as a goal, and enjoy meeting a deadline for a change. Terrific Tips on Goal Setting by Terri Mauro, About.com Guide

For more information about the Special Needs Ministry at Calvary, contact Judi Warner (jwarner@calvarygr.org) at 956-9377, ext. 5272.

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church Every year, one hundred thousand of our Christian brothers and sisters around the world are persecuted for their faith in Jesus. This persecution may come from the government authorities, their communities, or their families. For some, it touches their lives subtly and indirectly – through being refused a job, being fined or having property confiscated. For others, the pain is more obvious; they and their families are threatened, physically abused, injured or even killed for their faith. Persecution may affect their ability to share their faith with others, to worship publicly, to gather with fellow Christians in large or small communities or even – in nations like North Korea – to hold a personal private faith in the Lord. The needs of these believers are countless, yet when asked, their number one request is for prayer. Join us on Sunday, November 10, to pray together for them and to learn how you can keep them in yourprayers day by day, moment by moment. Just STOP – whenever God lays the persecuted church on your heart – Stand Together and Offer Prayer!

World Watch List

ranking of countries where persecutions of Christians is most severe; visit www.WorldWatchList.us for more. Country

Rank

2012

North Korea

1

1

Saudi Arabia

2

3

Afghanistan

3

2

Iraq

4

9

Somalia

5

4

Maldives

6

6

Mali

7

n/a

Iran

8

5

Yemen

9

8

Eritrea

10

11

Syria

11

36

Sudan

12

16

Nigeria

13

13

Pakistan

14

10

Ethiopia

15

38

Uzbekistan

16

7


Open Door missions Project 2013

share Our annual Open Door missions project for 2013-2014 will focus on Central Asia with a commitment to SHARING God’s Word. Your gifts this year will help to: • print a Children’s Bible for a people group with fewer than 1000 known believers • publish the entire Bible for a waiting church within a people group of over 25 million • translate Scripture into Russian Sign Language • produce inviting, God-centered children’s video programs and make them, along with other Christian videos, readily available online • create cell phone apps that will reach seeking women and young adults and will equip and connect believers • throw a radio-broadcast lifeline – 15 minutes a day of God’s Word – to isolated, persecuted believers In our local area, we have the same commitment to SHARE God’s Word. Your gifts will help us to SHARE ...

UFM Christmas Store

• with Dan and Gayle Hoven of Child Evangelism Fellowship, by helping provide a new van

As a special part of our project this year, we are helping UFM with their Christmas Store. Watch for Christmas trees to “undecorate” around Calvary and bring your unwrapped gifts by December 1 to the boxes in the Calvary Café.

• with Chad and Laurie Roedema of Transport for Christ, with new ways to help struggling believers and seekers in the lonely life of long-haul trucking stay connected with God’s Word

We also are providing volunteers to run the store. For details about volunteering, contact Sharon (ext. 5077) at skaiser@calvarygr.org.

What you can do

• with families in urban Grand Rapids, as we “undecorate the trees” in our annual Christmas project, this year stocking the shelves of Urban Family Ministries’ (UFM) Christmas Store Will you renew your commitment? Will you help us SHARE God’s Word? For more details on this year’s project, visit calvarygr.org/ODP beginning Nov. 3.

Pray for the Central Asian and local partners we are supporting this year (visit calvarygr.org/ODP for details beginning November 3).

Consider sharing a financial contribution to support our 2013-2014 Open Door Project. Just write ODP on your envelope or check and put it in the offering plate on Sunday. Online giving details are available at calvarygr.org/ODP beginning Nov. 3.

Remove an ornament from one of the Missions trees beginning November 3 and return the recorded unwrapped gift to the boxes in the Calvary Café by December 1 to share with the UFM Christmas store.

share Calvary Open Door Project 2013

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Tackling sticky questions with Pastors BYron dickey & Joel shank

This month we’re tackling the sticky question many parents ask — “Is my kid normal?” Our hope is that you’ll find encouragement in knowing you’re not the only one who has dared to ask, and that you’ll be moved to turn to the Bible for parenting wisdom as you check the motivations behind your questioning. We know this is a loaded question, but what do you do when a parent comes to you with this question?

B: I talk with many parents who call me up and ask, “What happened to my sweet child?” I know my mom had that same concern when I got into fifth or sixth grade. I became very inconsistent; sometimes I would burst out in anger without reason. I was less conversational; I remember my mom pointing that out. She would call up other parents and it’s funny because the parents she called who had boys said, “Oh that’s normal.” The parents she talked to who had girls said, “Wait, that sounds concerning.” Having spent 15 years working in student ministries and studying adolescent development, I’ve come to recognize adolescence is a unique time in life. It’s not an excuse for sinful behavior, but it is sometimes a reason behind why students act a certain way. 8 | November 2013 | calvarygr.org

Often when we’re wondering if a child is normal, it’s a question of development. Do all kids grow at the same rate or do you notice that some develop aspects of their personality or body at a different pace?

B: You can see on the outside

that kids are developing at different rates, it’s the same way on the inside. Within the age group I work with, there can be a great difference between girls and boys especially, from their ability to hold a conversation to their views on life. It’s easy as a parent to want to compare your child to another person but we all develop differently and we need to be cognizant of that. Not every person who is asking this question is truly concerned with their child’s reading level for example. For some the concern is that their child doesn’t “look” or “behave” like other kids. Is there is a difference between asking is my child developing normally and is my child fitting in?

J: Yes, and I think as parents we

need to take a look at our own motivations when assessing whether or not our child is “normal.” If we’re concerned that our child isn’t as involved in sports for instance, we need to ask who we are allowing to define the norm for our family. As Christian parents, we need to step back from our culture’s idea of normal and ask what are God’s expectations. And if we don’t know

what God’s expectations are, how are we going to compare when the only sense of “normal” we have is the culture around us?

B: I’d like to take the question “Is

my child normal,” and follow that up with another question, “Does it matter?” Piggybacking on Joel’s comments, if we’re taking the word normal and using the culture or society to define it, it doesn’t matter if your child is “normal” or not. It matters more that we’re helping our children to become more like Jesus. I think that is the better question.

J: It’s certainly not wrong to see that your child is struggling with vocabulary or math and wonder if they need extra assistance. However, as we’re comparing our children to each other, wondering if they have good social skills or are participating in the right activities, looking at Christian parents is a better gauge. It can be problematic to compare yourself to someone with whom you share different essential beliefs and then try to make your kids reach the same goals their kids are reaching. Conversely, when we as a family are living life in community with other believers, there is an iron sharpening iron effect that takes place in spurring each other on toward more godly behavior.


Where do parents turn then when they’re wanting to seek after God’s goals for their child and not the world’s goals?

Do you have examples of parents in your ministry whose kids struggled to fit in? How did you and the parents handle such situations?

B: I think there is a biblical framework for us as parents to follow. We need to ask if we’re helping our children to grow in Christ, ask how are we training them up… but remember that we can’t control them. That’s the ultimate realization, that this is in God’s hands and not yours.

B: Sometimes parents will call me because there’s trouble at home and they’re wondering if their kid is okay. The first thing I try to figure out is why they’re asking that question, to try and help them dig deeper. I know in my own life when I ask that question it’s a personal reflection on me. Sometimes it’s a pride issue, or insecurities in my own heart. The first question we need to ask as parents, and it’s a hard one, is what do I need to work on? Am I reflecting this issue on my child because there’s something in me that needs to change?

J: As a parent, do you know God’s expectations for your child and for you as a parent? One place to start is by becoming so familiar with the Bible that it just begins to pop up in your thinking. So maybe instead of “The Happiest Baby on the Block” being the first words of wisdom that come into your head, rather it’s something from Proverbs.

J: Yes, exactly. In fact, as we’re

talking about this topic, Romans 12:2a comes to mind — “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Automatically we see that we’re not to be normal according to the world’s standard or pattern, rather we’re to be transformed into God’s way of thinking. I think this means that we need to be reviewing with our child their choices and activities, reading the Bible and praying through our decisions. Again it’s learning what God’s expectations are and seeing the world from His perspective. As we spend more time seeking Him, He will give us the discernment we need to make some of these difficult parenting decisions.

Second, modeled behavior is molded behavior. If a parent says, “My kid never wants to go to Sunday School.” I ask, “Well do you go to Sunday School?” We need to ask ourselves, “Am I making the choices I want my kids to make?” That’s a tough question, but the behaviors my kids pick up on are always the ones they see in my own life, whether good or bad. I think this can be a discouraging conversation; parenting can be such an overwhelming endeavor. Do you have some encouragement that we can leave parents with? Does it help to know that other parents are asking the same questions you are?

B: None of us are finished prod-

ber that there are a lot of changes, especially in the adolescent stage of life. It’s good to recognize what comes into play at that age and what kids are dealing with, emotionally and behaviorally as their brains develop. Understanding this can help kids to grow. Third, as we deal with this issue it’s important to reflect on our own lives. Maybe we’re asking this question because God wants us to grow and to teach us something, to become more like Him.

J: I think as you said earlier, it’s important to keep modeling, keep showing your kids what it’s like to become more like Christ. And remember, the more familiar you are with the Bible, the more ready you are to battle with the armor of God when these temptations arise. As a parent, one of the best resources you’ll find are other parents who are also pursuing God’s desire for their families. Each January, Calvary offers a “Family Road Map” class designed to help you create spiritual goals and decide core values and milestones of responsibility for your family. If you’d like the opportunity to interact with other parents in the same boat as you, contact childrensministry@ calvarygr.org for further details. Ongoing parent-community groups are introduced at the end of the class for those looking for continued community.

ucts. While we’re on this earth God has a plan for our lives and that plan is to become more and more like Jesus. None of us are finished yet, our kids are in that process as well. God has patience with us, and we need to have patience with our kids. Second, we need to remem-

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Hey Kids! are you a member of the

James Gang? This is a great year to join! In Calvary Kids commit our school-year to memorizing an entire book of the Bible – James – one chapter a year. This links memorization to the context it was written in, goes deep instead of broad, and builds on concepts and themes in each new chapter. This year is James chapter 5, a perfect place to join us! Why the book of James? Because James addresses our cultural fix on information, and instead calls for a high level of responsibility to act on what we know. “Faith without deeds is dead.” (James 2:26) James is a short book, with an average of 22 verses each year…not bad! That gives ample time to dig deep, memorize and take action! What tools do you provide? Parent packets are available for every family with the following tools: 1) Songs of the current chapter of James that year set to various styles of music to enhance memorization 2) Introduction to the book of James and dictionary of difficult words will help explain hard-to-understand words and concepts. 3) A list of serving opportunities to help families to “put their faith into action.” 4) End of the year celebration to recognize children who memorized that year’s chapter and completed five service projects. As a ministry, when do you review these verses with children? 1) Our Wednesday night programming (Kids-N-Action) breaks down the memorization according to songs provided, and sings them at large group introduction each week. Kids-NAction also provides incentives to keep kids motivated. 2) Our Children’s Choir LUMIN8 learns and professionally records the James memorization songs at the end of the year, and performs a concert in the spring.

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Thanksgiving Eve potluck & service Wednesday, November 27 5:30pm | Fellowship Hall We will begin the night with a churchwide potluck. Calvary will provide the main dish and we ask that you bring side dishes (one per family) or desserts. This is a great opportunity to share your favorite salad, casserole, stuffing, pie or cake with your church family. Following our meal, please join us in the Sanctuary at 7:00pm as we share testimonies of the goodness of our God. To help us know how many to expect, we ask that you register at MyCalvaryGR.org or contact Christy Sanchez (csanchez@calvarygr.org) at ext. 5615 by November 24.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:18

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calvary church

Program GUIDE Quick Connect

administrative staff information in alpha order by ministry

Benevolence

Lynnell Bok lbok@calvarygr.org ext. 3510

Calvary Community Brenda Neher community @calvarygr.org ext. 5650

Missions

Chris DeHaan missions @calvarygr.org ext. 5022

Pastoral Care & Senior Adults

Sunday Morning Worship Service 8:10, 9:40, & 11:15am - Sanctuary Sunday Evening Worship Service 6:00pm - Chapel

November 2013 Church Office Hours Monday-Friday: 8:30am-5:00pm Sunday: 7:30am-12:30pm (Receptionist Only)

Wednesday fellowship dinner

Regina Scovill rscovill@calvarygr.org ext. 3672

Dinner is served from 5:00-6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. Please make a note of the new pricing structure for Wednesday Fellowship Dinner (WFD)— all meals are $4 per person* with a family cap of $20.

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

Serving

WFD Dinner: Main entrée of the night with sides, roll and salad bar.

Community Outreach

Special Needs

Children

Sharon Kaiser skaiser@calvarygr.org ext. 5077

Compassion Ministries

Lou DeGraaf ldegraaf@calvarygr.org ext. 3618

Facilities

Melissa DeBoer mdeboer@calvarygr.org ext. 5097

Library

library@calvarygr.org ext. 5290

Elaine Lohroff elohroff@calvarygr.org ext. 5903

Judi Warner jwarner @calvarygr.org ext. 5272

Students

Natalie Uecker calvarystudents @calvarygr.org ext. 5181

Technical Services

media@calvarygr.org ext. 5150

Women

Donna Ross dross@calvarygr.org ext. 5186

Marketing

Jackie Rice jrice@calvarygr.org ext. 5042

Worship

Kristen White kwhite@calvarygr.org ext. 5013

Men

Lou DeGraaf ldegraaf@calvarygr.org ext. 3618

Young Adults Natalie Uecker youngadults @calvarygr.org ext. 5181

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

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Youngster’s Buffet (Ages 16 and under): Choice of one entrée and three sides or two entrées and one side. • Entrée Choices: pizza slice, hot dog, ham & turkey wrap, Chef ’s Choice entrée • Side Choices: mac n’ cheese, apple wedges, baby carrots, applesauce, chips, 2% milk, orange juice Both the WFD meal and the Youngster’s Buffet include bottomless drinks from our beverage station as well as an ice cream cup. If you are having trouble paying for your meals please ask to see Chef Kevin.

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November 6 - Grilled Ham Steaks • Three Cheese Scalloped Potatoes • Super Sweet Corn • Kids Bonus Entrée: Breaded Chicken Tenderloins

November 20 - Oven Roasted Turkey • Whipped Potatoes • Turkey Gravy • Green Beans with Country Bacon • Kids Bonus Entrée: BBQ Chicken Breast

November 13 - Burrito Bake • Layered flour tortillas with refried beans, seasoned ground beeef and a melted cheese topping (think lasagna only Southwestern-style) • Tortilla Chips, Sour Cream and Black Olives on the side • Kids Bonus Entrée: Hamburger & Bun



We are grateful this month for another WFD season of good food served and enjoyed with good friends. We are here every Wednesday night serving home cooked food with our ever expanding original recipes. As always, do contact us ahead of time if you have any special dietary concerns that we could accommodate for you.  Kevin Troupe, Director of Culinary Services & Special Events and the rest of the Wednesday Night crew


Children Carla | ext. 5067 childrensministry@calvarygr.org

Date: Saturday, November 16 Time: 10:30am Where: Calvary Church, Entrance K

KIDS-N-Action Wednesdays | 6:30-7:50pm

Our desire in KIDS-N-ACTION is that children, five-years-old 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.”

Li’l KIDS-N-ACTION

Three and four-year-olds can join us for Lil’Kids-N-Action. They will learn portions of James chapter 5, as they hear stories of kids in the Bible who demonstrated faith-in-action!

LUMIN8 Kid’s Choir

Children four-years-old (by December 1) through sixth grade are invited to proclaim God’s glory through LUMIN8. Each year in LUMIN8, children memorize the book of James through song, one chapter a year. They also perform an evangelistic Christmas Musical, a Spring Recital and record a CD of original music illuminating all who listen. Note: There is no LUMIN8 or Kids-NAction on Wednesday, November 27.

5th-8th Grade Natalie | ext. 5181 calvarystudents@calvarygr.org The Main Event Sunday Mornings | 9:40am 5th/6th: Room 109 | 7th/8th: Room 108

The Main Event is a time of worship and teaching just for middle school students. Connect with others your age and learn what the Bible has to say to you. No need to register, just show up!

5th/6th Grade Natalie | ext. 5181 calvarystudents@calvarygr.org Refuge Wednesdays | 6:30pm | Room 109

The school week can be tough. Homework, activities and the pressures

Calvary Church Calvary Kids is excited to present the latest VeggieTales release, Merry Larry and the True Lght of Christmas. Bring a blanket to sit on, and one canned food item for Calvary’s food pantry; we’ll supply the popcorn. This is a free family event; parents, please accompany your children.

of school make your life busy. That’s why we offer Refuge every Wednesday night. It’s a great time of fun and encouragement where we play games and learn about God with a small group of Christian friends. You can join Refuge any time in the school year, just show up! Note: There is no Refuge on Wednesday, November 27.

5th/6th Fall Retreat Nov. 1 at 5:30 - Nov. 2 at 5:30pm | $65 Register at MyCalvaryGR.org by Oct. 28

Our annual Fall Retreat is an amazing time to get away, to spend time with friends and make new ones. On our retreat we are able to squeeze great fun, solid worship, exciting games, challenging teaching, sling shots and real friendships into one exiting 24hour period. This is one of the best ways to make friends. (Parent-signed year-long release form needed on file to participate.)

Note: 5th/6th Party After Church

Please note that the November 17 Party After Church was moved to October 6. Our next P.A.C. will be January 19.

7th/8th Grade Natalie | ext. 5181 calvarystudents@calvarygr.org Oasis Wednesdays | 6:30pm | Room 108

Oasis is our Wednesday night small group program. Want to go deeper asking specific questions about topics that concern you? Are you bored on Wednesday nights, want to hang out with friends, or simply don’t feel

connected? Whatever your reason in coming, Oasis is an awesome place for 7th and 8th grade students! We’ll play games, worship, hear a brief talk, and break up into our groups. You can join Oasis any time, just show up! Note: There is no Oasis on Wednesday, November 27.

7th/8th GNO (Girls’/Guys’ Night Out) November 10 | 6:00-8:00pm | Ent. J Register at MyCalvaryGR.org

Guys | Cost: $12 We will head to Craig’s Cruisers for a delicious pizza buffet and all the fun games! Girls | Cost: $5 Join the girls for a night of bowling! Be sure to bring socks and money if you plan on eating dinner there. (Parent-signed year-long release form needed on file to participate.)

High School Natalie | ext. 5181 calvarystudents@calvarygr.org UNITED Sundays | 6:00-8:30pm | Room 108

All High School students are welcome to join a community of students seeking to know God and live for Him. This fall, we will be studying the most important sermon ever preached—the Sermon on the Mount. Visit UNITED and worship God together in community. It’s the perfect place for students to belong at Calvary.

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UNITED Thanksgiving Family Dinner November 24 | 6:00-8:30pm | Room 108

Come enjoy a night of delicious food as we reminisce about the great things God has done in our lives. We will provide the turkey, rolls and tableware. Please bring: Freshman – stuffing; Sophomores – mashed potatoes; Juniors – side dish; Seniors – dessert.

Young Adults a ministry for young adults 18-34 Natalie | ext. 5181 youngadults@calvarygr.org 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 Book Club The Practice of the Presence of God November 12 | 7:00pm | Room 130 | $5

Join us as we learn to practice the presence of God through this book. Brother Lawrence was a man of humble beginnings who discovered the greatest secret of living in the kingdom of God here on earth. It is the art of “practicing the presence of God in one single act that does not end.” He often stated that it is God who paints Himself in the depths of our soul. We must merely open our hearts to receive Him and His loving presence. Join us to discuss what God taught each of us through this book.

Thanskgiving Love Feast Nov. 24 | 6:30pm | Fellowship Hall

It’s that time of year where we reflect on God’s blessings and share His bounty of soul-warming food and fellowship. Come be encouraged as you hear how God has been at work in the lives of other young adults. We’ll share a wonderful fall feast, dessert and entertainment; then we’ll pause to listen to one another share some of the blessings we have experienced from God over the last year. Sign up in College Ministry, Merge, or Foundations to bring your favorite side dish to pass.

College a community for young adults 18-22 College Life Thursdays | 7:00pm | Room 108

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

College 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 every Sunday 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.

College Discipleship

On-Campus Discipleship Groups meet 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 Natalie (nuecker@calvarygr.org).

Merge a community for single young adults ages 22-34 Merge Sundays | 11:15am | Room 137

Come just as you are and join us for a time of fellowship and prayer as we discuss the sermon and study God’s Word. Together we’ll explore what God is revealing to each one of us. For more information contact Natalie.

Merge Fall Fun Night Nov. 8 | 5:30pm | Room 108

Wondering where to go and have some fall fun? Come and join us for dinner followed by fun fall games and a movie.

Foundations a community for engaged and newly married young adults ages 22-34 Foundations Sundays | 11:15am | Room 130

Same ol’ name, brand new group! Foundations is a community of engaged and newly married young adults that get together to be challenged and encouraged as we focus on glorifying God through our marriages. We meet for teaching and discussion designed to give a biblical framework for making godly decisions and forming healthy lifelong habits that will help us strengthen our relationships and help us grow in Christ. Join this community as you work on building a strong and lasting foundation for your marriage.

Compassion Ministries Lou | ext. 3618 ldegraaf@calvarygr.org DivorceCare: Surviving the Holidays Nov. 9 | 10:00am-12:00pm | Room 140 Cost: $10

If you are separated or divorced, the holidays can be a very stressful time. Featuring video instruction and group discussion, this encouraging seminar will help you deal with the intense pain of separation and divorce and discover new ways to enjoy the holidays again. During a Surviving the Holidays event you will: watch a 40-minute video filled with practical tips on how to survive the holidays; hear from others in your group who are dealing with a marital breakup this holiday season; have the opportunity to share how the separation or divorce is affecting you (if you’d like); receive a personal Holiday Survival Guide. For more information or to register, contact Lou. DivorceCare for Kids (DC4K): Your children can join us at this event for a time of encouragement and discover how to enjoy the holidays again. We will provide activities for school age children and childcare for preschoolers.

Good Sense Class Nov. 3 - Dec. 15 | 11:15am-12:30pm Yellow House | Cost: $20

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ends meet each month? Do you wonder where your money went at the end of every month? If you said “yes” to any of these questions, this six-week class is for you. Good Sense will provide you with principles, practical steps and individual assistance to put together a monthly spending plan that enables you to control your money rather than having your money control you. For questions or to register, contact Lou.

Marriage enrichment Regina | ext. 3672 rscovill@calvarygr.org

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Foundations a community for young engaged and newly married couples, ages 22-34

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. For more information, contact Phyllis (ptackrn@yahoo.com).

Momentum

Confident Caregivers November 19 | 6:30-8:00pm | Room 122

See the details under “Foundations” to the left.

Join our new class for married couples in their 20s and 30s, Sundays at 11:15 in Room 207 (across from the gym). We strive to mature in Christ together through the challenges of life, while caring and praying for each other.

Threshold

Join in community with other young married couples and new families (in their 20s and 30s) as we study God’s Word, pray, serve and grow in Christ together. Contact Brenda (bneher@calvarygr.org) for details.

Marriage Counseling

Confidential professional marriage counseling is available by contacting Regina Scovill (rscovill@calvarygr.org) at ext. 3672.

Pastoral Support

If you have a need and would like to speak to a pastor, please call the main church number, 956-9377. A pastor is always available.

pastoral care Regina | ext. 3672 rscovill@calvarygr.org Cancer Support Group

Are you or a loved one dealing with cancer? Consider attending a meeting on the second and fourth Tuesdays of

The evening’s presentation will feature Sister Sue, a Dominican Sister and a headliner at the GR Laugh Fest every year. Sister Sue will present “LAFFTER IS CARBONATED HOLINESS,” a funny, thought-provoking time designed to quench thirsting souls. Contact Regina for more information.

GriefShare - Surviving the Holidays November 16 | 9:00-11:30am Fellowship Hall | Free

This seminar provides help for those dealing with grief during the holidays. If you have experienced the loss of a loved one, the upcoming holiday season may seem too difficult to face…in fact, you may be anxiously awaiting the passing of the season. Join us for an encouraging seminar that will help you survive the holidays and discover new reasons to enjoy them again. A continental breakfast is provided. RSVP with Regina.

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, Bill Skinner

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 6:30PM | ROOM 122 Take a break from your daily routine to laugh and receive encouragement from Sister Sue. No need to register, just show up! (skinnerws@gmail.com) at 456-9296 or Regina at ext. 3672 for more information.

Stephen Ministry & Lay Counseling

Do you need a listening ear? Are you struggling with tough times, unemployment, personal difficulties, a spiritual crises or perhaps even an addiction? Would you like to connect one on one with someone in an entirely confidential manner that can provide you with a listening ear to care and guide you through your struggles and spiritual crises? Stephen Ministers are trained lay members of the Calvary Church congregation who will listen, care, encourage, provide emotional and spiritual support and help you bring Christ’s presence into focus in your life on a confidential basis. If you would like to learn more about Calvary’s Stephen Ministry and how a Stephen Minister can help you, call Regina Scovill at 956-9377.

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.

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

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Saturday, November 9 8:00-10:00am Calvary Church Fellowship Hall Cost: $5.00

Our November speaker will be Matt Haviland. Matt is the founder and director of A Father’s Walk, a ministry to single dads, and the author of the book A Father’s Walk: A Christian-Based Resource for Single Fathers. He is a native of Grand Rapids and a single father himself to a beautiful little girl. RSVP by 12:00pm on Wednesday, November 6 to Lou at ext. 3618 or men@calvarygr.org.

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 Kristen White (kwhite@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.

Pray with the Elders

The elders meet for prayer from 6:157:15pm on the first Tuesday of the month in room 211. If you would like the elders to pray for you, please stop by. You are welcome to come unannounced, but if possible it would be helpful if you could contact Cindy Marrell (cmarrell@ calvarygr.org) in advance so she can put you on the schedule. Thank you!

Pray for Festival of Lights

Those interested in praying for this year’s Festival of Lights production may pick up a prayer calendar at the Information Center. Thank you!

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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), 9:15-9:35am, 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.

UNITED Parent Connection (UPC) November 10 | 7:00pm | Room 129

Are you the parent or guardian of a high school student? Are you looking to connect with other parents for fellowship and support? UNITED Parent Connection (UPC) meets monthly for prayer, support and connection. UPC is also a point of support for Calvary’s High School Ministry. If you’ve ever wondered what’s going on at UNITED or how you can best pray for your child’s small group leader, be sure to meet up with the UPC.

Seniors (Adults age 55+) Regina | ext. 3672 rscovill@calvarygr.org Chera (Support for the Widowed) Harvest Brunch Nov. 2 | 10:00am-12:00pm | Room 129

Please join us for a special time of fellowship with Calvary Elders and Deacons. Expect special music performed by Lisa Barry, delicious food and a presentation designed to feed the soul. RSVP by October 28 with Regina.

55+ Leisure Luncheon November 4 | 10:30am | Fellowship Hall

Valerie VanHeest will be sharing with us this month. Punchbowl is 10:0010:20am. Lunch is served after the program at noon. Reservations must be made one week in advance by contacting: Howard & Arlene Timmer (hrtakt@ iserv.net) at 365-0728, Terry & Linda Markham at 247-8619.

“Old Fashioned” Hymn Sing November 17 | 7:30pm | Chapel

Come lift your voices as we rejoice together with special music from a surprise Southern Gospel Trio. Join Maury Lehmann in singing the timeless hymns you know and love. Our hymn sing will begin at 7:30pm, following the evening service.

Wednesday Morning Bible Study Wednesdays | 9:30am | Chapel

Retired? Homemaker? Currently unemployed? Or just enjoying Wednesday’s off? No matter where you’re at in life, anyone 55+ is encouraged not to miss this Bible Study. Each week will include special music, biblical discussions, as well as times of fellowship. Enjoy coffee and cookies at 9:30am with Bible study beginning at 9:55am and ending promptly at 11:00am.

Special needs Adults Elleen | ext. 5623 efitzgerald@calvarygr.org 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 is 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, Beginning September 11

Art Class (Room 112): 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 (Chapel): 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 Intake (Room 207): After a brief introduction and prayer, students 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.

Children and Youth Elizabeth | ext. 5163 ethelen@calvarygr.org 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 66 books of the Bible.

Seekers (Students with Special Needs) Sundays | 11:15am | Room 112

A calm structured environment for those who learn best with less activity. Adapted curriculum based on the 66 books of the Bible will focus on learning about God and His love throughout His Word.

Women Donna | ext. 5186 women@calvarygr.org Exercise Class Mondays | 9:30am | Gym

Enjoy a variety of aerobics including: Tae Bo®, Zumba®, Pilates, stretching, self defense and games. Devotional offered fourth Monday from 11:00– 11:30am. Limited childcare is available, contact Women’s Ministry (women@ calvarygr.org) to reserve. For class questions, contact Angela Crompton, Certified Fitness Instructor, at 682-1584.

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Thursdays (1st, 3rd & 5th) 9:00-11:15am | Room 129 MOPS Registration & Yearly Fee: $90

MOPS is an international organization that exists to encourage, equip, and

help women become the best moms that they can be! Women who are pregnant or have young children (birth through kindergarten) are all invited to join MOPS. If you’re looking for encouragement, inspiration and guidance during this crazy, yet critical time of motherhood — MOPS is for you! Registration forms are available at calvarygr.org/ mops, at the Sanctuary Information Center or at the Women’s Ministry bulletin board in the lower level office area.

Teen MOPS (Teen Mothers of Preschoolers) Wednesdays (1st & 3rd) | 6:40-7:50pm Room 123 Are you a teen mom? Teens MOPS is here to come alongside you during this season of early mothering to give you the support and resources you need to be a great mom. Contact Marcy Sobczak (marcysobczak@hotmail.com) to register and receive more details.

Prayer Shawl Ministry Thursdays (2nd & 4th) | 10:00am | Room 215 If you enjoy knitting and crocheting we encourage you to join us. If you prefer to work at home, we will supply you with patterns. We also accept yarn donations. Contact Mary Hulst (mimi1949@juno. com) with questions.

Volleyball Mondays | 6:00pm | Gym

No fee. No childcare. Injury waiver needed. Contact Pat Engels (engelspa@ aol.com) for further details. For a complete list of women’s Bible studies and activities, see the Women’s Catalog at the Information Center or online at calvarygr.org.

Serving Opporunities

Behind the Scenes Help for FOL

If you are interested in helping with behind the scenes stage crew, make-up, hair, hall monitors or dressing rooms during Festival of Lights performances, contact Christy Sanchez (csanchez@calvarygr.org) at ext. 5615.

Children’s Ministry Opportunities

It’s not too late to join this exciting team in changing children’s lives for eternity! There are opportunities to serve Sunday mornings at 11:15am and at KidsN-Action, in every area of giftedness - in the classroom, or behind the scenes. Contact childrensministry@calvarygr.org or ext. 5053.

Hair Dressers Needed

If you are interested in helping with doing the casts’ hair for Festival of Lights, contact Christy Sanchez (csanchez@calvarygr.org) at ext. 5615.

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).

Stephen Ministry Volunteers

Would you like to minister in people’s lives when they need it most? Stephen Ministers are members of the Calvary Church congregation who will, on an entirely confidential one-on-one basis,

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provide listening, caring and encouragement. To learn more about how to become a Stephen Minister, contact Regina (rscovill@calvarygr.org) at ext. 3672.

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

With winter approaching, the Clothes Closet needs the following items to help keep our Calvary families warmer this season: snow boots for men, women and children; coats, snow pants, snowsuits, hats, gloves and scarves; plus warm clothing. Your donations are greatly appreciated. Donations may be dropped off at the Yellow House (on Bradford Street) and are tax exempt. If you have any questions, please call Lynnell.

Food Pantry

This month, to make Thanksgiving special for our families, we need the following: • Stuffing • Gravy • Potatoes –fresh; regular or sweet • Canned or fresh vegetables • Cranberries - fresh and canned

• Assorted baking ingredients • Dinner rolls and biscuits • Canned pie filling • Canned pumpkin • Pie crust • whipped topping

We are seeing more families who are on special diets and would greatly appreciate donations of low sodium and gluten free products. Also, please be sure to check that items are not expired prior to donating them. Thank you.

Holiday Food Baskets

Be a Christmas blessing by providing a food basket for a Calvary family. Our goal is to provide 80 baskets with special holiday treats for families using the Calvary Food Pantry this year. Drop off at the Yellow House Monday, December 2 through Friday, December 13, 8:30am – 5:00pm. Baskets will be delivered on Wednesday December 18. Thank you for bringing Christmas cheer to those in our Calvary Community who need encouragement. Merry Christmas!

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On The Bookshelf

recommended reading for november found in the calvary library You fear you won’t make it through. You fear that the depression will never lift, the yelling will never stop, or the pain will never leave. Will this gray sky ever brighten? Yes! Deliverance is to the Bible what jazz music is to Mardi Gras; bold, brassy, and everwhere. Consider the Old Testament story of Joseph---tossed in a pit by his brothers, sold into slavery, wrongfully imprisoned. But God wove what was meant for evil into good. God is in the business of redeeming the broken. He was then. He is still. Do you crave some hope for these tough times? Then, You’ll Get Through This by Max Lucado, is the message you need.

After nearly dying of breast cancer in her twenties, Sarah Thebarge fled her successful career, her Ivy League education, and a failed relationship on the East Coast and started over in Portland, Oregon. She was hoping to quietly pick up the broken pieces of her life, but instead she met Hadhi and her daughters, and set out on an adventure she never anticipated. A Somali refugee abandoned by her husband, Hadhi was struggling to raise five young daughters in a culture she didn’t understand. When their worlds collided, Hadhi and the girls were on the brink of starvation in their own home, “invisible” in a neighborhood of strangers. The Invisible Girls reveals Sarah’s honest wrestling with God and how healing can come from pouring our broken selves out for others.

Author John Sheasby writes, “My father was strict and demanding, intolerant of my repeated failures to measure up to his expectations. As a result, I came to believe that my heavenly Father was equally strict, equally demanding and intolerant. In a last ditch effort to discover who this unpleasable God really was, I resigned from my pastoral ministry in Gweru, Zimbabwe, moved a travel trailer to a seaside resort on the Igoda River and sequestered myself there, determined-- like Jacob wrestling with the angel—not to give up until God blessed me with a new understanding of who he was.” In The Birthright, John Sheasby outlines the intense struggle that ended with his deliverance from the drudgery of being a servant to the joy of being a son.

The Library is located across from Fellowship Hall on the lower level. Our hours are Sunday, 9:15 - 11:15 am and Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:30 pm.


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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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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. Perhaps this week you have experienced what a stormy place this world can be. At times our lives feel unpredictable and out of control. The Apostle Peter knew all about that. He knew what it was like to fail and to feel defeat and he knew what it was like to suffer. But he also knew what it was like to walk on water. This year at Calvary Church, we are studying Peter’s letters to the church. In them we see that Peter is telling us that hard times come and that life isn’t always easy, but that God is a refuge for each one of us. While you are here we hope you will experience the grace and peace that can come from Jesus Christ — the same Jesus who helped Peter defy nature on the Sea of Galilee. Jim Samra Senior Pastor

Need More Info? Go to the Connection Point located through the Sanctuary doors on the right as you exit (in the Chapel wing) or stop at the Information Center at the back of the Sanctuary. 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, threeweek 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 Elaine (elohroff@calvarygr. org) at ext. 5903. Pastoral Need: If you have a need and would like to speak to a pastor, please call the main church number, 956-9377. A pastor is always available.

Welcome to calvary church

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 our Life{Together} Guide at the Information Center or at calvarygr.org. Special Needs Adult (Go-Getters): 11:15am Chapel *Students (Seekers and Explorers): 11:15am Rooms 112/114  *Pre-registration recommended Children’s Ministries Young Fives - Fourth Grade: 9:40am and 11:15am Visit the check-in desk at Entrance K on the lower level to register. Nursery Care: 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) 7th & 8th Main Event (Studying) High School (United): 6:00pm (Just show up!)

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

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LIFE {TOGETHER} 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).


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