NEWS & Notes

NEWS & Notes

News & Notes

Written by Barb Kilbourne - Office Manager

News and Notes for January 20, 2019

The church will be closed January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King’s birthday.

Courageous Conversations
Thank you to everyone who attended one of the Courageous Conversation sessions last week about Scripture, and authority and interpretation.  This week, look over the bulletin insert, which is also available on the web site.  Reflect, using the various handouts from the session, and call or email Rev. David with your questions.  The whole goal of this effort is to encourage reflection and conversation, so that we can become more ready for whatever happens at the Special General Conference in late February.  For more information, check out the January newsletter, The Message.

Monday Morning Study Group
The Monday Morning Study Group will be looking at the meaning of incarnation, which has been debated since the beginning of Christianity. Although often associated with Jesus alone, the notion of incarnation can be understood most fully when it also includes Jesus’ followers, called, like Jesus, to embody the Spirit in divinely human ways. Feel free to join in our discussion on Monday morning at 10:00 in the chapel.

Fifth Tuesday Ladies Night Out is Coming!
Save the date!  January 29, 6 pm is our first gathering!  Women of all ages are invited to join us for fellowship, food and conversation around the table. We’ll be meeting for dinner at Mi Mexico restaurant, 3956 N. Academy (not far from the church).  This is a “dutch treat” dinner, so you will be choosing and purchasing your own dinner from the menu. You might be wondering why we’re doing this. It is another opportunity to gather and invite others to join us in fellowship and conversation. There’s no agenda but to enjoy a meal and share life together in Blessed Community.  Plan to come and invite a friend to come with you!  Please RSVP to Nani Arning, or 719-599-7250, ext.157.

Secret Prayer Partners
Do you have any prayer requests?  Do you enjoy praying for others?  A great way to energize your prayer life is to join the Secret Prayer Partners.  For three months someone will be praying for you and you will have the opportunity to return the favor.  It all ends with a nice lunch and a revealing of who your partner is.  Please grab a pink slip at the usher tables and  drop  it in the collection plate. Questions, contact Tami Toma at 719-640-6870.

Interesting in Joining a New Group?
The Ministry Team would like to start a new group for adults ages 30 - 60.  The plan for this group is to have meet ups a few times a month.  These meet ups could include eating out together, visiting museums and other points of interest, hikes, events, community service...etc.  This would be a time for fun, fellowship, and community.  Singles and married couples are welcome.  If you are interested, please contact Tami Toma at 719-640-6870 or send an email to, or let her know when you see her at church. 

End of Year Giving Statements are Ready
Please save the church a stamp and stop by the bagel bar to pick up your end-of-year giving statement. They will also be available in the office during office hours Monday-Thursday 9am to 1pm until January 29. If you have any questions about your statement, please contact Barb Kilbourne in the office. Thank you so much for your generous support of Calvary!

Older Wiser Loving Senior Single (OWLS) January Activities
January 27th (Sunday) – Lunch at Old Chicago after church at 12:15 pm. Old Chicago is located at 4110 N. Academy Blvd (80918). 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 today if you would like to join the outing or have questions. We will be making reservations, so we appreciate your RSVP.

Join the Calvary Squares
As a New Year’s resolution, come join the Calvary Squares, who knit or crochet lapgans.  We meet the first Friday each month (don’t meet in June, July, or August) at the church, 9:30-11:30 a.m.  These lapgans are taken by the Chicago Mission Team and given to the elderly residents living in a facility there.  Don’t know how to knit or crochet?  We will be glad to show you how!  Knitting needles, crochet hooks and yarn are available.   Questions?  Contact:  Judy Gearhart at 634-6997.

Thank You for the Mitten Tree Donations
Many grateful thank yous for the 53 pairs of mittens and gloves, 93 hats, 27 scarves, 7 pairs of socks and 2 headbands that members and friends of Calvary placed on the mitten tree during Advent.  These items were taken to Mercy’s Gate on December 27th.  Thank you for your continued  support.

Chicago Mission Trip
Is the Chicago Mission trip on your New Year's resolutions?  The planning is beginning this month for our mission trip to Chicago.  If you need a "jumpstart" in your spiritual journey, this trip is perfect.  You are invited to join the gathering group Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 4:00, to discuss plans for a trip that you'll long remember.  The trip dates are May 31 - June 9, 2019.  Mark your calendars.  We hope to see you Jan. 22.  For more information you can call Meredith Sage, 364-8262, or Debbie Witherspoon , 591-0963.

Souper Bowl of Caring is Coming!
On Sunday, February 3rd, 140 million Americans will tune in to the Super Bowl football game.  There will be parties with abundant food, friendship and fellowship. At the same time, there will be people worrying about staying warm, finding shelter and a warm meal.  Please join young people around the country as they demonstrate God’s love by loving their neighbors through the Souper Bowl of Caring.  It’s a simple, yet significant act of caring for others.  Drop $1 (or more) in the soup pots at the SCRIP table or the Centrum doors as you leave worship on February 3rd.  We hope you can join us in our fight against hunger in our community!
Sunday, January 20
8:30    Contemporary Service
9:45    Sunday School for All Ages
9:45    Blood Pressure Checks
11:00  Traditional Service
12:15  Calvary Prayer Shawls
1:00    Visiting Worship  Team
4:00    Disciple IV
4:00    Youth Group
5:30    Twelve on a Journey
Monday, January 21
Church Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day        
Tuesday, January 22
9:30    Crafty Ladies
4:00    Chicago Mission Team meeting
7:00    Al-Anon
7:00    Boy Scouts
Wednesday, January 23
10:00  Jeanette and Friends Sewing Bee
5:30    Women’s Cancer Support
6:30    Praise Team Rehearsal
7:00    UMW Book Club
Thursday, January 24
1:00    Cancer Kids Wig Making
5:30    Bible Journaling
6:30    Chancel Choir Rehearsal
6:30    First Place 4 Health
Friday, January 25
10:00  Jesus in the Gospels
Saturday, January 26
9:00    VITA Tax Training   
Sunday, January 27
8:30    Contemporary Service
9:45    Sunday School for All Ages
11:00  Traditional Service
12:30  Courageous Conversations
4:00    Disciple IV
4:00    Youth Group
5:30    Twelve on a Journey