NEWS & Notes

NEWS & Notes

News & Notes

Written by Barb Kilbourne - Office Manager

January 19, 2020

Calvary will be closed January 20 in observance of Martin Luther King's birthday.
Care & Share Work Day Coming!
Care & Share has been one of our most popular mission projects and we have another opportunity to make a difference!  This is a multi-generational event with a job for everyone.  We’ll be at the Care & Share warehouse on Saturday, Feb. 1, 1:00 – 3:30pm.  There are still some spots available and we need to know you are interested and coming so visit our table in the Fireside Area today to get signed up.

Landscape Volunteers Needed
The Trustees are forming a small committee to work out the final plans for landscaping the small plot outside the South entry doors.  We'll be working with ideas on stone benches and various sizes of plants. If you'd    like to be involved with this effort, please email Tom Brandon (  Tentative meeting time is today at 12:15pm in the Fireside Area.

Thank You for Mitten Tree Donations
Many grateful thank yous for a total of 199 mittens, gloves, hats, scarves and socks which members and friends of Calvary UMC placed on the mitten tree during Advent.  Half of these items were taken to Family Promise and the other half to Mercy’s Gate.  Children, youth and adults thank you for your continued support.

OWLS January Luncheon
January 26 (Sunday) – Lunch at Red Robin after church at 12:30 pm. Red Robin is located at 1410 Jamboree Dr. Please call Marge Parrott at 417-350-6654 or email Lenee' Erickson at if you would like to join the outing or have questions. We will be making reservations, so we appreciate your RSVP today.

Bible Study on Epiphany
Starting January 21st, Ryan Gallagher will be leading this Bible Study every Tuesday night from 6:30 to 8 pm and every Wednesday morning from 10:00 to 11:30 am through February 18th and 19th. The goal of this Bible Study is to reclaim the word “repentance” for the progressive realm of Christianity. We will embark on this journey for four weeks to study the story of John the Baptist and Jesus’ baptism by exploring each of the gospel accounts. The fifth week will be dedicated to prayer, reflection, and deciding how we can use what we learned to change our life. We will attempt to answer for ourselves: what does repentance mean for our own life as Christians who worship at Calvary United Methodist Church? 

 Join the Chicago Mission Trip
Is going on the Chicago Mission trip one of your New Year's resolutions?  The planning is beginning this month for our mission trip to Chicago, which could be our last one.  If you need a "jump-start" in your spiritual journey, this trip is perfect.  You are invited to join the gathering group Monday, January 27, at 3:00pm to discuss plans for a trip that you'll long remember.  The trip dates are June 5 -June 13, 2020. Mark your calendars.  We hope to see you Jan. 27.  For more information you can call Meredith Sage, 264-8262, or Debbie Witherspoon, 591-0963.

Monday Morning Study Group
What did a pre-Christian or a non-Christian Jew mean by the term bodily resurrection? If, for example, a Pharisee proclaimed it and a Sadducee denied it, what did they mean and what was at stake for them? Second, granted an answer to that, what did Christian Jews mean when they proclaimed the bodily resurrection of Jesus and what was at stake for them? Also, and in general, how did anyone come up with such an absolutely counter-intuitive idea as bodily resurrection?  These are some of the questions we will examine in the Monday Morning Study Group. We meet at 10:00 in the Chapel and all are welcome.

Family Promise Hope, Hearts & Home Luncheon
Family Promise will have their annual luncheon on Sunday, February 23 at the Antlers Hotel from 12:30 - 2:30pm.  RSVP by Friday, January 31 for early bird discount of $15 per person.  To register online  go to  Pick up a flyer on the usher tables for more information. 

Planning a Meeting at Calvary?
If you or your group are planning a meeting or event at Calvary, please notify Barb in the office at least one week prior so she can calendar it. This allows us to get the temperature set as well as notify the staff of your plans. Thank you!
Sunday, January 19
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, January 20
Church Closed for MLK Day
10:00  Monday Morning Study Group
Tuesday, January 21
9:30    Elizabeth Circle
9:30    Calvary Widowers
3:00    Heartfriends
4:30    Finance Committee
6:30    Epiphany Bible Study
6:30    Naomi Circle        
7:00    Al-Anon
7:00    Scouts BSA
Wednesday, January 22
10:00  Epiphany Bible Study
10:00  Jeanette and Friends Sewing Bee
5:30    Women’s Cancer Support
6:00    Praise Team Rehearsal
7:00    UMW Book Group
Thursday, January 23
6:30    First Place 4 Health
6:30    Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Friday, January 24
10:00  Disciple I
Saturday, January 25
9:00    VITA Tax Training
Sunday, January 26
8:30    Contemporary Service
9:45    Sunday School for all ages
11:00  Traditional Service
4:00    Youth Group
5:30    Twelve on a Journey