Pastor Steve’s Space
How can I repay the Lord for all his goodness to me?
In this verse from Psalm 116, the psalmist raises a question which we should regularly ponder. Our God is a good and gracious God, he has forgiven and restored us to himself in Jesus Christ, his mercy and blessing touches every part of our lives.
How can we repay our God for all his goodness to us?
In a very real way, we can’t. God’s grace is so great, God’s mercy so immense that we cannot even begin to repay all that he has done for us. Yet deep within us we know we are called to respond… continued
In just a few short weeks we will be celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday. What a great time it is to share with your family and loved ones, giving thanks and praise to the Lord for all that He has provided for us!
The Lord has blessed us all in so many ways. However, there are many people who will not be able to share in that same kind of joy. Please make an effort to reach out to those who are less fortunate, sharing the love of Jesus with them.
Also, keep looking and listening for when the Neighborhood Joy Project will begin. The deacons are gearing up for the holidays, gathering names from the Enfield Social Services Department to be placed on the Christmas tree in the Fellowship Mall.
May the love of Jesus Christ be with you all this Thanksgiving holiday.
God’s Peace and Blessings Always,
The Board of Deacons
Calvary’s Youth Ministry Ignite the Flame
Both Sunday School and Wednesday night Youth Group are in full swing! Next time you see a Calvary teen, ask them what a “flexatariam” is and how it relates to Wednesday night’s Not a Fan study.
Fundraising is underway for the group’s Winter Retreat to Monadnock Ministries in NH. The teens are busy weekends raking, moving dirt, and more! Donations will help families afford the Retreat. The group will also have Christmas cards, notepads, and pocket calendars available for sale in the Fellowship Mall on November 19 and 26.
On November 1, the group will enjoy a “Harvest Fair” and on November 15, they’ll pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. On November 17, they’ll gather for a movie night. There will be no Youth Group on Wednesday, November 22.
For the time being there is a new Choir schedule for November through December. Generally, the Choir will rehearse the Wednesday before the Sunday that they sing. They will meet for fewer rehearsals and sing at fewer worship services.
If this reduced schedule enables you to give some of your time to join us to worship God through music – praise God!
Rehearsals will be on Wednesdays, November 15 and 29 at 7:15 PM to sing on Sundays, November 26 and December 3, meeting at 8:15 before the 9:00 services. Thanks!
The Session of Calvary Church has called a congregational meeting for Sunday, November 12 at 10:10am. The purpose of this meeting is to hear the report of the Nominating Committee and to elect officers for the coming year. No other business may by transacted at this meeting. All members of the congregation are encouraged to attend.
P.E.P. Luncheon (People Enjoying People)
When: Tuesday, November 14
Bring: A potluck dish to share or dessert.
Speaker: Paul Colburn (Coyotes in Connecticut)
The “Eastern Coyotes in Connecticut” presentation focuses on the history of coyotes in Connecticut, an overview of coyote habitat, diet, behavior, and reproduction. It also provides practical recommendations for optimum coexistence with our coyote population. Coyote artifacts are shared with the audience.
Paul Colburn is a graduate of the Master Wildlife Conservationist Program (MWCP) and is a certified Master Wildlife Conservationist (MWC). The MWCP is a Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) adult education program that trains participants in the fields of wildlife management, natural history, and interpretation. The purpose of the program is to develop a volunteer corps capable of providing education, outreach, and service for state agencies, environmental organizations, libraries, schools, and the general public. In addition to his work as MWC, he volunteers for the Red Cross, the Travelers Championship, and Wesleyan University Admissions. His interests include the outdoors & nature, hiking, biking, technology, politics, and travel. Paul graduated from Wesleyan University and served honorably in the United States Army.
GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays
The holidays can feel unbearable after heart-rending loss. Yet in GriefShare Surviving the Holidays, Dr. Paul David Tripp explains:
This is the sufferer’s holiday. Jesus came to end suffering. He came to end death…and brokenness and pain and destruction and discouragement. Rather than the holiday to be avoided, I ought to run toward Christmas. Christmas guarantees that God has and will continue to address what I’m going through.
– Dr. Paul David Tripp, Surviving the Holidays expert
Surviving the Holidays helps grieving people appreciate the holidays in new and unexpected ways.
Please join us on Tuesday, November 14, at 7pm in the Fellowship Mall (upper level). For more information, please contact Bev Harrison at (413) 858-5161
December Crier Articles
December Crier articles are due on November 17. Please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org as separate document attached to an email. Thank you. If you have any questions, please contact Corrine at that email address.
Bless a Newborn Baby
Thank you for your gracious generosity in blessing mothers of new born babies at the Hospital Loma De Luz in Honduras!
Dr. Judy Blumhofer will be able to fill many gift bags with all the adorable baby items you have provided! To see where your gifts go, visit the Cornerstone Foundation at www.crstone.org
Women’s Day of Refreshment
“…Live Out Your God-Created Identity” — Matthew 5:48
A Women’s Day of Refreshment is coming January 27, 2018. Our featured speaker is Forshia Ross, who 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 us 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.
Registration: $30 Adult / $12 Teens
Registration includes morning coffee with light continental breakfast/lunch.
SAVE with Early Bird Registration of $25 Adult/$10 Teens (Register on/before January 7)
Registration brochures will be available starting November 12!
Calvary Library News
“Don’t spend your time worrying, pray. Thank God, He answers prayer.” Phil. 46.
During this season of Thanksgiving, we all probably need to tune up our hearts to God with thanks. There are many books on prayer and thanksgiving in our library that might encourage a more thankful heart. May I suggest Anne Graham Lotz’s book Why? She looks to those seemingly unanswerable questions with Scriptures and suggestions.
Or maybe you’d like to take a yearly devotional out for a year? There is a large collection of devotionals in the library.
Do you have any suggestions for making our library more relevant to your life? Give a call; I need your ideas!
Carol Rinkavage, librarian
2 Pam Burn
5 Alan Burn, Adam Lawson
6 Audrey Lee, Dottie Smith
8 Crystal Hamilton
10 Evans Farrell, Rick Wezowicz
11 Winston Walsh, Conner Duperre
15 Jennifer Picard
16 Jayne Blanchette
17 Caleb Cushman, Deb Markey
19 Kathy Kane
21 Bev Harrison
23 Val Joseph
25 Jeane Roberts
26 Becca Menard
29 Carl Joseph
11 Butch & Lorry Plude (2005)
28 Chris & Linley Ruoss (1964)
29 Art & Sarah Audet (2003)
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.