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Monthly Newsletter

August 2015


VBS 2015 - Wonders, Water & Miracles

Vacation Bible School is only 2 weeks away!
August 10th, 11th, 12th (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) from 5:30-8:00pm

We already have a large number of children registered, but keep spreading the word to your family, friends, and neighbors. There is so much fun to be had! If you haven’t already registered your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc… then what are you waiting for ??… Just make sure to register by Sunday, August 2nd, so that proper planning can be done to accommodate everyone.

Attention Adults!
We haven’t forgotten about you! Even if you can’t volunteer, there is still an Adult Bible Study being led by Rev. Larry Homitsky. He won’t have water balloons though, but feel free to bring your own!

What We Still Need
The "Perfect Attendance Award" for this year is a $5.00 gift card to the Dollar Tree. Anyone who is able to, please pick up a $5.00 gift card at the Dollar Tree then place in the offering basket at church. If you are unable to make it to the store itself, please place your donation in the offering basket on Sunday and mark it "VBS". Thank you in advance if you are able to help out and donate!

We are still in need of volunteers to help out with many different tasks – setup, tear down, group leaders, meals, and much more. If you are available the evenings of Monday, August 10th thru Wednesday, August 12th we will find you something to do that suits your gifts. . If you are available to help on any or all nights, please contact Christina Kautchick or Karen Ferguson (
Wonders, Water & Miracles
Come join in the fun while we learn about the wonders, water, and miracles of the Bible! The children will get to participate in related crafts along with physical and musical activities. They will also see plays and hear music about the stories as well. The following three stories will be featured:
  • God Delivers the Israelites  (Exodus 14:1-31)
  • God Delivers Peter  (Matthew 14:22-31a)
  • God Delivers Jonah  (Jonah 1-2)
God Delivers the Israelites
Exodus 14:1-31 - Israelites are delivered out of the hands of the Pharaoh and his army. The Israelites put their trust in the Lord and in Moses, his servant.
Verse 13 - Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.”

God Delivers Peter
Matthew 14:22-31a - Peter is delivered from drowning as he cried out ot Jesus.
Verse 30-31a - But when he saw the wind he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord save me”. Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.

God Delivers Jonah
Jonah 1-2 - Jonah runs away from God and is swallowed by a great fish and is delivered from death.
Verses 1:17 - But the Lord provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the fish three days and three nights.
Verses 2:1 - And the Lord commanded the fish and it vomited Jonah on dry land.

Additional Details 

  • Registration is free.
  • Children ages 3-13 are welcome to attend.
  • Children will be given awards for perfect attendance.
  • A light dinner will be served each night from 5:30-6:00pm.
  • Parents are welcome to join in an optional Bible study.
  • The deadline for registration is Sunday, August 2nd.
  • If you are interested in being a volunteer or if you have questions, please see Christina Kautchick or call the Calvary church office.Please return the registration form by mail or drop it off at the church (see mailing address and office hours below). If you are unable to print the registration form below (right click on the registration form picture, choose "Save picture as..." from the drop-down menu, then print the saved picture), please contact the church office and a registration for will be sent to you. Registration forms are also available for pickup at Calvary, or you can email Karen Ferguson at and she will email a copy of the form to you.

Mailing Address & Office Hours
Calvary United Methodist Church
971 Beech Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Office Phone: 412.231.2007
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm

2015 Fourth of July Open House

It was another special evening at Calvary's Fourth of July Open House. We were able to spend time with friends and members of Calvary as well as neighborhood locals and visitors from the Greater Pittsburgh area as they were on their way to see the fireworks.

Pictures from This Year's Fourth of July Open House

Calling All ... Well, Calling Everyone! ... for "Summer Pickup Choir"!

What is Summer Pickup Choir?
For the first time ever, we are trying out a summer “pick-up” choir. We will be choosing one Sunday each month during the summer to sing. All voice parts are welcome. This is a great way to check out the choir and get a feel for how we run things. We hope you join us!!

Next Sunday for Pickup Choir:

This Sunday, August 2nd

Rehearsal starts at 10:00am

Everyone is welcome!

Old Allegheny Antique Show

The Pittsburgh antique and collecting scene is about to get a lot more exciting! A new show is in town – the Old Allegheny Antique Show!  This inaugural show will be held the weekend of September 12th-13th here at Calvary. The show will bring together up to 20 dealers from Pennsylvania and Ohio specializing in a diverse assortment of fine antiques and collectibles. Whether you are looking for that perfect accent piece for your home, that missing item in your collection, or a unique gift for that someone special – this show is the place to be!  Also, immediately following the show, spend some time listening to a special recital featuring the organ and our very own Music Director Brian Burns.
Sunday School Corner is the segment of the monthly newsletter that allows everyone to see what goes on in Sunday School at Calvary: the lessons the children are learning, the bible verses they are memorizing, the activities they are participating in, and the special relationships they are forming with the other children in Calvary's congregation.


Sunday, June 21st, 2015

The Forgiving Father - We discussed the story of the pig farmer and his son during which time we made name tags and cards for someone who has forgiven us. This was followed up with several puzzles to discover the day's faith message about unconditional love.

Bible Verse
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.
- Psalm 86:5


Sunday, June 28th, 2015

We had only one young man to hear the wonderful teaching by Ellie. They had a wonderful talk about God and healing followed up with prayer.

A great comment by Galen Hardy - "God can heal everyone who believes in God."

Bible Verse
When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” So Jesus went with him.
- Mark 5:21-24



Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Jesus Gives Freedom from Sin - Ezra volunteered to help show that sinful habits can become traps in our lives. As each child explained a bad habit or sin a tie was then put around Ezra. However, each child then gave an example of a good habit and they cut a tie to free him from sin. As a closing to our celebrating freedom we all made paper fireworks and blew them up in the air with straws.

Bible Verse
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
- John 8:31-32



Sunday, July 12th, 2015

The Daughter of Jairus - As the children hear the story of Jesus bringing Jairus' daughter back to life we made a cardstock representation of his daughter. They put the puppet on their fingers as her legs. The children also had the opportunity to do a coloring page or word unscramble.

Bible Verse
..."I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live."
- John 11:25



Sunday, July 19th, 2015

The Lord's Prayer - The children made a prayer caterpillar to help them to remember how to pray. The Lord's Prayer booklet not only gave a wonder story but several examples of when to pray. They put a praying hands sticker on each picture of when would be a good time to pray (which was all of them). They also had the opportunity to do a puzzle to discover the missing word in the day's faith message - Jesus teaches us how to pray.

News & Announcements

Call for Church Parking Assistants

A Message from Tammy Phillips

Greetings Calvary UMC folks from Tammy Phillips! Allow me to put a call out to anyone who is interested in assisting with the parking at the church during special events. You could either assist in the planning of the parking or you could actually help direct cars to the parking lots during the special events. To give you an idea of how often parking help is needed, here is a list of known and potential special events:
  • Sunday 1:00pm Steeler game days (5-6 Sundays per year)
  • Sunday 4:00pm Tiffany Concerts (3-4 Sundays per year)
  • Victorian House Tour (held on a Friday night and all day on one Saturday in December)
  • Messiah Concert (one-time event held yearly at 4:00pm on a Saturday or Sunday in December)
  • Christmas Eve Service (one-time event held yearly at 7:00pm)
  • Weddings, funerals, and other special events (if there are more than 150 attendees, parking help is needed)
If you are interested, please contact me, Tammy Phillips, at 412.487.2234 (home) or 412.961.1908 (cell) or email me at Thanks!!


Ugly Quilt Project (Sleeping Bags)

The sleeping bag project will continue sometime this Fall, and will meet at Calvary instead of New Hope UMC. We haven't decided when we will be meeting; we will let you know!


"Feed the Sheep" Fellowship Luncheons

Sponsors are needed for upcoming months. If you would like to sponsor a fellowship luncheon or volunteer to help in the kitchen please see Doug Lucas or Mike Schnitgen. The cost of sponsorship is $70.00. This cost can be sponsored by one person or family, or a group of people.


The Daily Bread

Calvary Sponsors The Daily Bread at New Hope every 2nd Thursday of each and every month. If you are interested in helping physically or financially please let us know. It can be a group project or an individual donation of time; we are always looking for help. If you are interested in helping please call Audrey Jennings at 412.335.3559 or email her at

Calvary UMC Newsletter

The Calvary UMC Newsletter is distributed twice a month. The first, more detailed, newsletter is sent out at the beginning of each month. The second newsletter will contain only important Church News, the Church Calendar, and Prayer Requests. This second, abridged newsletter is sent out around the middle of each month. Print copies of the monthly newsletters are also available in the Chapel on the table near Rev. Larry’s office. If you have something that you would like to be highlighted or printed in an upcoming newsletter please see Karen Ferguson or email her at
Prayer Requests

Prayers This Week

  • Christine Thomas is at Mercy Hospital this week for health concerns. She is in Room 9003.
  • Jane Johnson – Address: Cranberry Place, Room 109, 5 Saint Francis Way, Cranberry Twp, PA 16066
  • Joe and Hannah’s son, Joey, is recovering from dental surgery.
  • Christina Kautchick’s son, Chantz, is doing well after surgery.
  • Lynn Sevick’s mother, Shirley Williamson, is home and doing well.
  • Mike – recovering from surgery for lung cancer
  • Danette asks for prayers for her family and friends.
  • Susan Laczko’s mother, Virginia Huffman – heart and hip joint repair

Continued Prayers

  • Michelle Edwards Newberry – final stages of MS
  • Joe’s mother, Rose Ober, had a fall, is doing well
  • Clara Weller – suffered a heart attack
  • Mike’s mother, Dorothy Schnitgen
  • Larry Hopkins mother, Connie – health concerns
  • Diane Traymore – cancer
  • Mary Slepski – very sick
  • Sara Casey – cancer and M.S.
  • Rob Blaha – recovery is going well after surgery
  • Jack Harrison, age 95 – surgery recovery
  • John Lobeig, age 46 – skin cancer
  • Henry Boback – very sick and pending surgery
  • Mary Callison’s son-in-law, David, age 53 – leukemia
  • Charles Louis Brown – pending surgery
  • Michael Joseph – third stage liver cancer
  • Robert Brown – Baldwin Center
  • Emilie – 14 year old girl with depression
  • Dennis Joseph Huber
  • Jacob Wineman – health
  • Truddie Burke – Manor Care
  • Shirley Mehring's sister, Barbara, continues to improve.
  • The Clark FamilyRenny’s nephew, Greg, is recovering at home.
  • The Richie Family – health and heart
  • Patty Brown – health and COPD
  • Zeek Thomas's brother, Charlie – health and COPD
  • Family and Friends of Calvary UMC
  • All ministries of Calvary UMC
  • Remember Light of Life
  • Protection for Firefighters and Police Officers
  • Families that have suffered from shooting violence
  • Military Personnel and their Families
  • Families dealing with addiction issues
  • The homeless and those living in poverty


  • Steve and Gail Quigg – Congo
  • Tina Whitehead – Jerusalem
  • Jennifer Wilson – Nepal

World Community

  • World Leaders, President, Congress
  • Places of disaster around the world

Let us know how we can pray for you.
Please contact Rev. Ellie Laws by emailing the Calvary UMC church office at or by calling 412.231.2007.
Church Calendar


Sunday Morning Worship
Sunday Mornings at 11:00am

Sunday School is offered for children. Fellowship with a light lunch follows worship every Sunday. Communion is held the first Sunday of each month. Everyone is welcome at Calvary's table.



Pick-up Choir
Sunday, August 2nd, During Morning Worship

Location: Calvary UMC
Rehearsal begins around 10:00-10:15am

Vacation Bible School
August 10th, 11th, 12th (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)

Location: Calvary UMC

Bi-Monthly Committee Meeting
Thursday, August 27th at 6:00pm
Location: Calvary UMC Chapel

Dinner is served at 6:00pm, meeting starts at 6:30pm. If you are a member of a committee please plan to attend.

The Pittsburgh Parish Family Church Picnic
Sunday, August 30th following Church Service
Location: Church of Our Saviour at the newly installed Kaboom Park located next to the church(1500 Chicago St, Northview Heights Estates)

Hotdogs, hamburgers, and drinks will be provided, so start thinking about your favorite side dish or dessert to make, bring, and share. Lots of fun for everyone! Please direct any questions to the church office at 412.231.2007.



Old Allegheny Antiques Show
Saturday, September 12th from 10:00am-5:00pm (Early Buyers 9:00-10:00am) &
Sunday, September 13th from 12:00-5:00pm

Location: Calvary UMC

Admission: $5.00 (Early Buyers: $10.00)
For more information call 412.228.8072 or visit “Old Allegheny Antiques Show” on Facebook.

Bi-Monthly Church Council Meeting
Thursday, September 24th at 6:00pm
Location: Calvary UMC Chapel

Dinner is served at 6:00pm, meeting starts at 6:30pm.



Bi-Monthly Committee Meeting
Thursday, October 22nd at 6:00pm
Location: Calvary UMC Chapel

Dinner is served at 6:00pm, meeting starts at 6:30pm. If you are a member of a committee please plan to attend.



Fall Family Festival
Details to be announced at a later date.

Bi-Monthly Church Council Meeting
Date: To Be Determined
Location: Calvary UMC Chapel

Dinner is served at 6:00pm, meeting starts at 6:30pm.



5th Annual Handel's Messiah Sing-Along Concert
Saturday, December 5th at 4:00pm
Location: Calvary UMC Sanctuary

Children's Christmas Party
Details to be announced at a later date.

Bi-Monthly Committee Meeting
Date: To Be Determined
Location: Calvary UMC Chapel

Dinner is served at 6:00pm, meeting starts at 6:30pm. If you are a member of a committee please plan to attend.

Candlelight Christmas Eve
Thursday, December 24th

Location: Calvary UMC Sanctuary
7:00pm: Music
7:30pm: Service


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