NEWS & Notes

NEWS & Notes

News & Notes

Written by Barb Kilbourne - Office Manager

News and Notes for November 18, 2018

Calvary will be closed beginning
Wednesday, November 21, at 1pm and will
remain closed until Sunday services with the
exception of the Thanksgiving Feast, November 22. 
Join Us for Thanksgiving Dinner
Consider coming to Calvary for Thanksgiving this year.  Bring a side dish to share.  We meet at 1pm.  Turkey, dressing, gravy and pumpkin pie provided. If you are planning to attend, please sign up by calling the church office (599-7250). Let us know if you need a ride.

Secret Prayer Partner Lunch
The Secret Prayer Partner lunch will be today after the second service.  
All Church Meeting and Potluck Next Sunday
Next Sunday, November 25, we will be having an all church meeting beginning with a potluck after the second service at 12:15 pm. The purpose of the meeting is to review the 2019 budget and reports prior to the Pikes Peak North Circuit Church Conference taking place at St. Paul’s UMC on Sunday, December 2 at 2:00 pm. Please plan to attend and participate.

Senior Christmas Luncheon
For all those 55 and better, the annual Senior Christmas Luncheon will be Wed., Dec. 12 from 12-1:30.  Enjoy a delicious ham dinner, wonderful entertainment, and great fellowship.  There is no cost for this amazing event!  Be sure to sign up in the front office by Dec. 5  at 599-7250.  If you need transportation, please let the office know.

Visiting Worship Teams are Today
Join us to take music, fellowship and communion to those who are unable to attend regular Sunday services. Meet inside the east doors by the church office at 1:00pm.   Next visit is Dec. 9.

Mission Outreach Offering
Calvary, Thank you all for the warm hospitality you shared with Jerome Ford from the Crawford House last Sunday.   Thanks to your generosity we will be able to send Crawford House -Veterans Resource Coalition $1,022.49!! This mission supports Homeless Veterans in the Pikes Peak area trying to rebuild their lives after service to our great country.  Continued blessings and many thanks.  Mission Ministry.

Just Wow!
The Endowment Committee is very pleased to let our congregation know that we have received a lovely gift from the estate of our dear Jean Kistle.  She bequeathed a part of her estate to Calvary UMC, and that amounted to $33,912.30!  What a blessing!  The funds have been deposited to Calvary's permanent endowment fund account at the Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation, and the earnings from this account will be put to good use in the future.  We are truly grateful for this wonderful gift!

Older Wiser Loving Senior Single (OWLS) November  Activities
November 25th (Sunday) – Lunch at Famous Dave's after church at 12:30 pm. Famous Dave’s is located at 8330 Razorback Rd. Gather at the front door of the church after the 2nd service if you would like to carpool. Please call Dorothy Kelly at 598-3455 or email her at  today if you would like to join the outing or have questions. We will be making reservations, so we appreciate your RSVP.

Final Update for Harvest of Love
Last Sunday was our last “official” week to support Doherty HS, but Calvary will continue to collect any money or food until the end of November. As of Sunday our cash collection equaled $1,963 as well as a good amount of food that was added to Doherty’s semi-truck that will support Care & Share! THANK YOU, CALVARY  for your support of Matt Toma and his Harvest of Love campaign.

Thank you from the Chicago Mission Trip Team!
The Chicago Mission trip team would like to thank everyone for the generous donations that were given for the omelet bar.  We realized $1481.00!!  Our gratefulness goes to Paul Godfrey and his band of cooks who make the best omelets.  We, on the team, will be good stewards of the gifts.  We take seriously the responsibility to make a difference by serving the Church Without Walls in Chicago. Thank you for your blessings.

Monday Morning Study Group
Ever ask, “What did I do to deserve this?” Or “I wonder what she did to deserve that?” Perhaps you’ve heard someone claim that “The poor are poor because they are lazy.” or "hurricanes are the punishment from God.” or “so-and-so is suffering because of…fill in the blank.” The problem is that no matter how many people repeat them, these statements are still false. The Monday Morning Study Group, who meets at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel, will be looking at the question, “If God is all loving, all good, and all powerful, how can evil exist?” Come join us as we ponder one of the foundational questions of existence from time immemorial.
Advent/December Activities
Advent Study Coming!
With Advent just a few weeks away, we wanted to remind everyone about our upcoming advent study, Becoming the Family of God.  Starting on either Wednesday, Nov. 28 (10-11:30 am) or Thursday, Nov 29 (6:30-8 pm), this study will help us delve into the realities of both Jesus’s family…and our own.  Led by our Faith Formation Directors, this study will include conversation starters, meditations on scripture readings, questions for reflection or discussion, prayer, and lighting of the advent candles.  Questions? Contact Nani Arning at 719-599-7250 or or Dione Russell at 719-440-2898 or at

The Gathering Worship
We will once again be offering a Wednesday night service at 7:00pm on November 28, December 5, 12 and 19.  Soup supper will  be served beginning at 6:00pm.  Join us for this wonderful time of worship!

Candles, Carols, & Conversation
Our "Annual Stone Soup Supper" will be held on December 3rd at 6:00 p.m. in Friendship Hall.  This is a great way to start off your holiday season in a relaxed way—enjoying wonderful fellowship, awesome soup, and of course your favorite Christmas carols.  Rev. David will again be leading us in the singing.  Our mission focus for the evening will be Care and Share and Operation PJ.  Please bring a can of vegetables for the soup and a can to give to Care and Share.  MacKenzie Garcia has also been invited to CCC to pick up the PJ's that we have collected in November.  So bring a new pair of children's pajamas if you haven't already dropped them off in the bin at church. Crafty Ladies will also have selected items from the craft fair available for purchase if you need to do any Christmas shopping.  For any questions, contact Debbie Smith, 598-4336. 

Save the Date
Calvary's annual Christmas Caroling party will be 5:30 - 8:30pm on Friday, December 14.
Ways you Can Help!

King Soopers Neighborhood Reward Program
Would you believe that in the past 11 months of 2018 the reloadable King Soopers cards have earned over $3,100 for the church?!  To those who have been participating, thank you.  For those who may not be familiar with the King Soopers cards rewards program, this is a very easy way for all of us to earn additional moneys for our church budget.  If you are a King Soopers shopper, even if only occasionally, this program is for you.  We have $5.00 King Soopers cards available from Barb Kilbourne in the church office during office hours (Monday-Thursday  9:00am – 1:00pm) and at the bagel bar on Sunday mornings.  Once you have purchased your $5.00 card, you can take it to the King Soopers checkout lane and ask to reload it with whatever amount you would like prior to having your groceries scanned.  This could be in the estimated amount of your expected purchases or you might choose to keep several hundred dollars on the card.  The card may be reloaded using a credit card or check.  Once the card is loaded, use your King Soopers card as you would a credit card.  It may also be used for gas at the pumps at King Soopers.  The card may be reloaded over and over.  When all of us collectively have reloaded at least $5,000.00 onto our cards, King Soopers will send a rebate check to Calvary for 5% of the reload amount.  What an easy way to support our church.  Questions, call Marcia Morris  598-9744.

Family Promise Meals and Overnight Hosts Needed
The first 7 people to respond will get to choose which evening you want to host dinner for our upcoming Family Promise (IHN) week!  Calvary is hosting December 30-January 6. There are generally 12-15 people and your hospitality is greatly appreciated. Call Miriah at (757) 354-0283 or email to claim your evening! If you can help by staying overnight one night, contact Marsha Magnone at (719) 209-4229. 

Pizza Palz Cards are Here!
If you are looking for a GREAT stocking stuffer or gift for a co-worker, go no further. The youth program is selling Old Chicago Pizza Palz cards.  This $11 card will get you a large pizza (up to a $25 value) at any Old Chicago and it doesn’t have an expiration date. Visit the youth table in the Fireside Area to purchase your card.

Operation PJ Continues
We will be collecting pajamas for Family Promise, Ronald McDonald House, Children’s Hospital and foster families until November 30. Please put them in the designated bins by the SW doors. Contact Debbie Smith at 598-4336 for more information.
Sunday, November 18
8:30    Contemporary Service
9:45    Blood Pressure Checks
9:45    Sunday School for all Ages
11:00  Traditional Service
12:15  Secret Prayer Partner Lunch
12:15  Calvary Prayer Shawls Group
1:00    Visiting Worship Team
4:00    Disciple IV
4:00    Youth Group
Monday, November 19  
10:00  Monday Morning Study Group
4:00    Endowment Committee
6:30    Girl Scouts
Tuesday, November 20
9:00    Calvary Widowers
9:30    Elizabeth Circle
6:30    Naomi Circle
7:00    Al-Anon
7:00    Boy Scouts
Wednesday, November 21
No Scheduled Activities
Church Closed at 1pm
Thursday, November 22
Church Office Closed
1:00    Thanksgiving Feast
Friday, November 23
Church Closed
No Scheduled Activities
Saturday, November 24
Church Closed
No Scheduled Activities
Sunday, November 25
8:30    Contemporary Service
9:45    Sunday School for all Ages
11:00  Traditional Service
12:15  All Church Meeting and Potluck
4:00    Disciple IV