March 2020

Provisions For Pilgrimage – Lent 2020

“A disciple is a person who actively engages with Jesus in a life-long journey of loving, following, and serving God in every area of life.”
– Flourishing Disciples

The image of pilgrimage is found in numerous places in scripture and in the literature of God’s people. Indeed, next to the Bible, the most printed and translated book in history was John Bunyan’s A Pilgrim’s Progress. Our life as disciples is a pilgrimage journey toward our true home in Jesus.

We are not left to figure out and take this journey on our own, however, for God has provided us “Provisions for Pilgrimage.” During this Lenten season we will be looking at the provision that God has given to guide, sustain, and empower us on this pilgrimage of faith.

Wednesday Evenings
March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1

6:15 – 7:00 pm: Soup Supper
7:00 – 7:25 pm: Communion Service
7:30 – 8:30 pm: Small group Bible study and guided prayer on theme of the week.

Thursday Mornings
March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2

10:00 – 11:30 am: Small group Bible study and guided prayer on theme of the week and communion.

Sunday Morning

March 1 – Provisions for Pilgrimage: God’s Word (Psalm 1)

March 8 – Provisions for Pilgrimage: Prayer (Psalm 42)

March 15 – Provisions for Pilgrimage: Self-Examination (Psalm 139)

March 22 – Provisions for Pilgrimage: Solitude & Sabbath (Psalm 46)

March 29 – Provisions for Pilgrimage: Community (Psalm 133)

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

When: Tuesday, March 17
Time: Noon
Details: Bring a dish or dessert to share
Theme: Our Remembrance Stones

God’s people are encouraged to tell of the goodness of God to each other. As we listen and tell of God’s mercies and power in our lives, faith increases and our hearts are filled with thanksgiving. The people of Israel repeatedly did this. They set up markers that testified of God’s mighty work in their lives. We will have an opportunity to share how God has been at work in our lives, so come prepared to share a brief story of God’s faithfulness in your life.

Deacons’ Corner

The Deacons would like to thank you for your generous donations to the Deacon’s Discretionary Fund last month, and also throughout the year. Your offerings and caring hearts make it possible for us to give help to those in our church family who have financial emergencies and who are going through difficult circumstances.

If you know of someone in our church family who may need this support, please speak with a Deacon about it.

God’s Blessing and Peace Be With You,
The Board of Deacons:
Evangeline Gallacher (Moderator), Pam Burn, Bjorg Carlson, Sue Christoffersen, Marcelyn Hyde, Lorry Plude, Wayne Richmond, Carol Rinkavage, Marjorie Stradinger, and Lorri Valle

It’s Back Again! Save the Date!

Saturday, May 2nd
Time: 6:30 PM

Ventriloquist Mike Lawson will be our master of ceremonies. This will be a night of entertainment and pure fun for all ages! Monetary donations will benefit Enfield’s Safe Harbor Warming Center.

Interested in participating? Do you have a special talent or a skit to share? Acts should be 3-4 minutes long and participants should plan on attending a rehearsal on Friday, May 1. A sign-up sheet will be at the Welcome Center in April, so stay tuned!

Music News

The music of the Lent and Easter seasons is some of the most spiritual of the church year. You might consider worship-in-music a special ministry. The Choir will be singing on Maundy Thursday, April 9; Easter, April 12, and additional Sundays during this time. Upcoming dates to rehearse in March are Wednesdays, March 11 and 25, and dates to sing are March 1, 8 and 15. The Choir would love to have you join us!

–Lori Bourret

Calvary’s Youth Ministry

By the time you read this, Calvary’s Youth Group will have traveled to Monadnock Christian Ministries in New Hampshire for their Winter Retreat…but as I’m writing this, we’re still looking ahead to the trip! A recap will follow in the April Crier!

The Wednesday night group has shifted gears away from studying incommunicable attributes of God — ways there is no one like Him, in His omnipotence and self-sufficiency, to name a few — to communicable attributes. These are ways we are called to reflect God’s character, and so far, the group has considered that He is holy and loving. We see these qualities in Jesus, the perfect image of God, and we are called to become more like Jesus ourselves. We are made in the image of our God, who is most holy, most loving and…well, stay tuned for the rest of the list as the teens continue to study!

April Crier Articles

Articles for the April Calvary Crier are due to by March 20. Thank you!

Hugs ‘n Hope
Support & Fellowship Group for Women who are Widowed, Divorced or Single

Board Game Day

Let’s celebrate the arrival of spring as we come together for an afternoon of fun and games. Come join in the fun as you try your skills at different board games: Boggle, Chinese Checkers, Dominoes, Parcheesi, Scattergories, Scrabble, etc.

When: Saturday, March 28 at 12 noon (Park in the upper parking lot)
Where: Calvary Church (Room UL 7)
1. A sandwich for lunch
2. Snacks to share (chips, nuts, sodas, etc.)
3. Your favorite board game (if you have one)