NEWS & Notes

NEWS & Notes

News & Notes

Written by Barb Kilbourne - Office Manager

December 15, 2019


Advent Series
December 18

Community Meal @ 6:00 p.m.
The Gathering @ 7:00 p.m.
Shay Batte preaching
Ed Melendez & Praise Team leading music

December 24  •  Christmas Eve Worship Services
Carols, Characters, and Candlelight
3:00 p.m.
Contemporary Candlelight
5:00 p.m.
Traditional Candlelight
7:00 p.m.
Creche in the Fireside Area
Now that the Advent/Christmas decorations are up, it’s time once again to remind everyone that we intend for the Creche to be handled by young and old alike. All we ask are loving hearts and gentle hands. We have placed the Creche by the fireplace so it will be inviting but out of the traffic flow and away from the cold air by the front door.  We have also placed chairs around the Creche for parents and others to linger and ponder the amazing gift of God in the birth of Christ. Come and see what God has done. Rev. David

Calvary will be closed
December 25—January 1, 2020
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 
If you need access to the building during this time frame, please contact Barb in the office by 12 noon December 19.
The Gathering Worship
Join us for the last The Gathering worship service this Wednesday at 7:00pm. A community meal will  be served beginning at 6:00pm.  Join us for this wonderful time of worship with Shay Batte!

ADVENT STUDY – The Gifts of Christmas
Our study concludes this week. You are welcome to join on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 6:30 pm or Wednesday, Dec. 18, 10:15 am.

End of Year Offering
All end-of-year offerings must be turned into the offering plate or mailed and postmarked by December 31 in order to be included in your 2019 giving statement. Thank you for your donations!  If you have questions about your giving status, see Barb in the office.

Pop-Up Sunday School is Happening Today!
Join us at 9:45 in room 30 as we view and discuss a Rob Bell video on “Trees” or why we are here and how our life really matters. We look forward to seeing you!

Donate to the Mitten Tree
The tradition continues – The Mitten Tree is set up in the Fireside Area to receive scarves, hats, gloves…and mittens! These items will be given to those in need after the Advent Season. Thank you for your interest and support.

Mission Outreach Offering
Today’s Mission Outreach Offering will be dedicated to Calvary’s Stephen Ministry team.  This team provides one-on-one care to persons in our midst who are experiencing all manner of grief and loss. Your offering to Stephen Ministry will enable them to obtain continuing education and to purchase grief booklets for care-receivers.  This caring service is available free of charge and the relationships are confidential.  If you are in need or know someone in need of a Stephen Minister, contact Charlotte Saponas at 200-2103,  Lenee’ Erickson at 641-1097 or Sandra Zabukovic at 440-8411.  Blessings from the  Ministry Team.

Good News for All People
On December 1, 2019, by a vote of 97.4% of the church members present and voting, the 88 persons who attended our Church Conference approved a document entitled “Calvary Essentials.” Not being inspired by the Traditional Plan set as the Way Forward for The United Methodist Church during the General Conference in February 2019, this document represents our best effort to describe “Calvary’s Way Forward” in ministry to our community through the love of God in Christ.  Spread the Good News: In our Blessed Community it is safe to be who you really are as we nurture one another in our individual faith journeys, affirm our unique calls to ministry, and welcome all to our fellowship, sacraments, and ceremonies. Questions and comments may be addressed to Rev. David Amrie ( or Vic McMillen (  The Calvary Essentials can also be found at this website:

Monday Morning Study Group
Paul takes up exactly half of the New Testament. But, there is massive scholarly consensus that only seven of the letters attributed to Paul are certainly Pauline. They are Romans, 1-2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians, 1 Thessalonians, and Philemon. We will look at these letters and see how they contrast with the remaining six. The Monday Morning Study Group meets in the Chapel at 10:00, and is open to all. We will be taking a break for Christmas after the class on Dec. 16th, and resume on January 6.

Pick Up a Copy of the December “Message”
The December Message is jam packed with information about all of the upcoming events at Calvary.  Stop by the usher tables to pick up your copy.  Deadline to email  January news  articles to David Erickson at  is today.
OWLS December Luncheons
December 22 (Sunday) – Lunch at P.F. Chang’s after church at 12:45 pm. P.F. Chang’s is located at 1725 Briargate Pkwy. Gather at the front door of the church after the second service if you would like to carpool. Please call Marge Parrott at 417-350-6654 or email Lenee' Erickson at if you would like to join the outing or have questions by December 15. We will be making reservations, so we appreciate your RSVP.

Faith Formation Intern Position
As part of the staff readjustment for next year, the Staff-Parish Relations Committee has created a new position.  Nani Arning remains our Faith Formation Director, and will direct an Intern as part of her responsibilities.  The Intern's duties will depend on the needs of the church and the Intern's own skills and requirements; it will probably include some focus on youth and young adult ministries.  We envision the position as taking a few hours per week on average, although it may vary from week to week.  If you are interested, contact Dorothy Horton at 232-4220 for more information or stop by the front desk for an application.  Since we want this position to be filled at the beginning of the year, please let her know of your interest by Sunday, December 15.
Sunday, December 15
8:30    Contemporary Service
9:45    Blood Pressure Checks   
9:45    Sunday School for All Ages
11:00  Traditional Service
12:15  Calvary Prayer Shawls Group
5:30    Twelve on a Journey
Monday, December 16
10:00  Monday Morning Study Group
5:00    Girl Scouts Christmas Party
Tuesday, December 17
9:30    Elizabeth Circle
4:30    Finance Meeting
6:30    Advent Study
7:00    Al-Anon
7:00    Scouts BSA
Wednesday, December 18
10:00  Advent Study
5:30    Women’s Cancer Support
6:00    Praise Team Rehearsal
6:00    Community  Meal
7:00    The Gathering
Thursday, December 19
6:30    Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Friday, December 20
10:00  Disciple I
Saturday, December 21
7:30    Men’s Breakfast   
Sunday, December 22
8:30    Contemporary Service
9:45    Sunday School 
11:00  Traditional Service