January 2018

Steve’s Space

“…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

A prayer for the new year:

“O SPIRIT OF GOD,
help my infirmities,
when I am pressed down with a load of sorrow,
perplexed and knowing not what to do,
slandered and persecuted,
made to feel the weight of the cross,
help me, I pray.
If you see in me…” continued

Adult Sunday School

When: January 7
Where: UL7 & UL8
Time: 10:15am

A new study being offered: Who is the Holy Spirit?

Through God’s Spirit we are able to live as children of God, in power and wisdom and unity, equipped for good works. Yet often the Holy Spirit can seem mysterious and elusive. Come to a deeper understanding of the Holy Spirit by discovering through Scripture how the Spirit works in our lives.

This class meets in UL7.

Sandy Wezowicz/Dot Cutter will continue teaching from 2 Corinthians. This class is held in UL8.

New Church-Wide Study: Philippians (Shining with Joy)

“Rejoice in the Lord always…” Phil. 4:4

God never commands us to do what He does not enable us to do. In Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi, God both tells us to rejoice and gives us great reason to rejoice—whatever we are facing in life.

We live in a world of stress and anxiety that all too easily and subtly can steal the peace of God from our hearts. We need abundant, overflowing joy to flood our souls. The book of Philippians was written for that very purpose—to point us to that joy. Paul focuses our attention on the Gospel, showing us how to grow in holiness in order to help us rejoice always.
What a wonderful way to begin 2018! Please join this seven week church-wide study being offered for all men and women beginning on January 15 and 18.

Men’s Group: Mondays (lower level) at 7 PM
Women’s Group: Mondays (room UL8) at 7 PM
Mixed Group: Thursdays (room UL 8) at 9:30 AM
Cost: Study guides $10 (registration begins Dec. 31)

Calvary’s Men’s Ministry

Attention Men of Calvary!

Mark this date on your calendar: Saturday February 10. By that time, you will probably be tired of being cooped up in the house because of all the cold weather. Well then, the Calvary Men’s Ministry invites you to come to the 4th annual breakfast, where you can have good food, hot coffee, fellowship, and just plain have a good time with other Christian men. There will be worship and prayers teams, and our speaker will be old friend Reverend Jim Baumberger!

Deacons’ Corner

We’d like to thank those Deacons who have given their time, love, and service to the Calvary church family according to the call of our Lord and Savior. We’ll miss their presence on the Board of Deacons, but we know their willing hearts are always at the ready to serve: Avis Hall and Serena Thomsen.

We’re happy to welcome Hannah Cushman, Evangeline Gallacher, and Wayne Richmond to our 2018 team. Please pray that God would fill them with energy and time to fulfill His plan for all those in need here at Calvary.

The Deacons were blessed by the outpouring of God’s provision through the congregational participation in the Neighborhood Joy Tree program, as well as the beautiful poinsettias donated and delivered to those who were on our hearts this holiday season. Thank you all for your generosity!

Calvary’s Youth Ministry Ignite the Flame

The Youth Group wrapped up 2017 with a Christmas party at the OBriens’ and a movie night with Elf during school break. 2018 will bring the conclusion of their Not a Fan and Sunday’s Freedom in Christ studies!

Music News

Why not sing with the Choir in this new year? We will sing on Sunday, January 7, at 9:00 am. On January 28, we will sing at the 10:00 am combined service. The congregation will all be together and can sing in one big choir! Rehearsals will be at 7:15 pm in the Choir Room on Wednesdays: January 3, 24, and 31.

Women’s Day of Refreshment

Come and be Refreshed, Revitalized, and Reactivated!

Ladies, you won’t want to miss our special day with speaker Forshia Ross. Forshia provides just the right keys to unlock the hindrances of the heart that keep you from serving God with greater joy and purpose. You are invited to set aside an ordinary day in January and meet for an extraordinary encounter with the One who is waiting to be with us. You won’t be disappointed when you discover that God wants the best for you.

*SAVE with Early Bird Registration: $25 Adult/$10 Teens

Payment must be in on/before January 7 to qualify for the special pricing. After that, it will be $30 Adult/ $12 Teens. Payment is due with all registrations, and forms can be found on the table in the Fellowship Mall.

Registration fee includes morning coffee and a light continental breakfast/lunch.

Hugs ‘n Hope

Support & Fellowship Group for Women who are Widowed, Divorced or Single

Hugs ‘n Hope will not have a January meeting as I would like to encourage all the ladies to attend the Women’s Day of Refreshment on January 27.

— Janice Singer

Discovering Calvary Church

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God…” Eph. 2:19 (NRSV)

When: Sunday, February 11
Time: 4-7:00 pm
Place: Room UL 8

This class is open to anyone who would like to learn more about becoming a part of Calvary Church. In this class we will explore the basics of the Christian faith and what it means to become connected to a church body. A light supper will be provided.

Please sign up at the Welcome Kiosk. If you have any questions, call Joan at the church office (860-745-5211).

GriefShare

What is GriefShare? GriefShare is a network of thousands of grief recovery support groups meeting around the world. GriefShare is a program with direction and purpose. With GriefShare you will learn how to walk the journey of grief and be supported on the way. It is a place where grieving people find healing and hope. This caring group of people will walk along side you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.

When: Tuesday nights beginning January 9
Time: 7-8:30 pm
Where: LL1
Cost: $15 workbook

A sign-up sheet is at the Welcome Center. Questions? Please see Bev Harrison.

P.E.P. Luncheon (People Enjoying People)

There will not be a P.E.P. luncheon in January. Stay tuned for upcoming information regarding February’s P.E.P.!

January Celebrations

Birthdays

6 Bradley Gallacher, Cathy Perrill, Lionel Picard
8 Luke Cushman
12 Marian Harmon, Ashley Amoabeng, NaNa Amoabeng
14 Brittney Carlson
15 Sara Brown
16 Laurie Fraher, Lorry Plude, Peg Zukowski
23 Edie Heeber
25 Lily Duperre
29 Nancy Marcil
30 Naomi Tshibangu
31 Amanda Amoabeng

Anniversaries

26 John & Corrine Brzys (2001)

If you would like your birthday and/or anniversary to appear in the Crier—or if you have any corrections or edits to your information—please contact Corrine via our website or by calling the church office at 860-745-5211.