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A place for the spirit, a place for community, a place for the arts, a place to begin your life's journey, a place where all of God's children are welcome, a place for you.

December 2016
Monthly Newsletter



Children's Christmas Party


Sunday, December 18th following Morning Worship

Children of all ages are invited to a Christmas Party following fellowship after morning worship. Join us for a fun-filled afternoon featuring a visit from Santa, Christmas crafts, games, and snacks!

Christmas Day Service

Join us for service on Christmas morning, celebrating together the birth of the Christ child! Morning Worship begins at 11:00am.

New Year's Day Service

Join us as we celebrate New Year's Day! Morning Worship begins at 11:00am.



Calvary's 6th Annual Handel's Messiah Sells Out!


Our 6th Annual Handel's Messiah Sing-Along Concert this past Saturday was a sell-out! What an incredible achievement by all who made this concert happen! Thank you to everyone that participated in one way or another. This list of "Thank Yous" is a very long one, indeed.

On Saturday, December 3rd at 4pm, Calvary welcomed 574 audience members into our Sanctuary to view our Christmas performance of Handel's Messiah. With Director Brian Burns, David Bridge at the organ, four local soloists, 49 choir members, 12 musicians, and over 20 volunteers along with the 574 audience members, it was possibly the largest number of people that have ever been in Calvary's Sanctuary at one time. Next year we are already planning on two performances.

Thank you everyone, again, for your continued support of our growing Music Ministry at Calvary!

Please view the below video of the "Hallelujah! Chorus" from the December 3rd performance recorded from the balcony in the Sanctuary. Thank you to Dave Sevick for recording the video which has already been viewed on Facebook over 3,000 times!
A view of 6th Annual Handel’s Messiah - "Hallelujah! Chorus" - from the Sanctuary balcony of Calvary United Methodist Church

Calvary Is Sponsoring A Family From HEARTH For Christmas

Calvary UMC is sponsoring a family from HEARTH for Christmas. Hearth is an organization that offers housing and counseling to homeless women and their children. We took on the responsibility of providing gifts for a mom and two children. If you would like to purchase a gift or make a financial donation, please contact either Lynn Sevick or Joan Bradley. The gifts will be delivered to Hearth on Friday, December 9th.

To learn more about HEARTH, please visit their website at

Calvary Is Now Live Streaming Sunday Worship


Calvary is now live streaming our Sunday morning worship service on Facebook! If you are unable to make it to service, join us at 11:00am Sundays to worship with us remotely from your computer or mobile device at

Calvary UMC Now Has A YouTube Channel!

Want to share our videos with those who don't have Facebook but have YouTube?  We have just begun our YouTube Channel for Calvary!

Please subscribe and help us reach 100 people so we can change our YouTube channel name to something that is easier to find!

We have also started to show quick segments from the live stream for those who want to get Sunday's message sooner!

Below you can see an example of one of the quick segments on Calvary's YouTube channel.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Thank you!
Calvary's Media Team

"Whistle While You Work" - Sermon from Sunday, November 13, 2016

Fall Family Festival

"Thank you!" to all of you that helped in some way with the Fall Festival. It was a wonderful evening for all who attended!

Here are some pictures from this year's Fall Festival!

A Young Adults Ministry Is Forming At Calvary

A Young Adults Ministry is forming at Calvary. It is in the beginning stages. If you are interested in joining this group, please email us at

Men's Clothing Needed for Daily Bread

The Social Concerns Committee is collecting packages of men's boxer briefs, boxers, and t-shirts (all sizes) for winter distribution for Daily Bread at our New Hope location. The committee also needs new sweatshirts (Large, X-Large, XX-Large). Monetary donations will also be accepted. There will be a table for collection in the Chapel. 

Thanks From The Missions Committee - Cleaning Buckets

During October we challenged you to build Cleaning (Flood) Buckets for the United Methodist Committee on Relief. We are glad to report that Calvary finished seven buckets which were taken to the Mission Barn. Thank you, as always, for your support of United Methodist Mission.

Cranberry Sauce Collection In November

The cranberry sauce drive was another great success! We took the cranberry sauce to Light of Life on Friday, November 18th where they packed and delivered baskets of food to area families in time for Thanksgiving. Thank you to all who donated!

The Sleeping Bag Group Is On Holiday Break

The Sleeping Bag group is taking a holiday break. Our last gathering for this season was Monday, November 14th. We will meet again in the New Year beginning on Monday, January 9th. Also, we appreciate all the plastic bag donations; however, we have plenty so are asking that you hold off on donating any more at this time. Thank you to all who have helped this past year!

Volunteers Needed For Sunday School

Calvary is in need of volunteers to help with Sunday School. Volunteers will help in the Sunday School room once per month with the weekly activity. All curriculum and supplies will be provided. If you are interested in helping out, please sign up at any of the welcome tables or contact Liz Martinez at for more information.

Ugly Quilt Project (Sleeping Bags)

Thank you so much to all who have donated blankets and material for our Sleeping Bag project. We appreciate all of the donations, but, because of the lack of space, we are unable to accept any more at this time. We may need help in the future with more materials and we will be sure to let you know! Thanks again!

"Feed The Sheep" Fellowship Luncheons

For more details about this program, please visit the Calvary Website.

We are in need of sponsors for January and February.

For only $70 you, or a group, can provide a light lunch to the people you worship with. Sponsors are responsible for serving the meal and cleaning up the Fellowship Hall and kitchen once the meal is over. The total sponsorship cost is $70. A group can divide the cost among themselves anyway they choose.
Register Online To Be A Sponsor

Calvary UMC E-Newsletter

The Calvary UMC E-Newsletter is distributed twice a month. The first, more detailed, newsletter is sent out at the beginning of each month. The second newsletter is sent out around the middle of the month and contains only the Church Calendar so that you can stay current on everything that is happening at Calvary.

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

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Ugly Quilt Project (Sleeping Bags)

This group is currently on break until Monday, January 9, 2017

Monday Nights from 6:00-8:00pm
Location: Calvary UMC Fellowship Hall
We gather in the basement (Fellowship Hall) of Calvary UMC at 6:00pm, share a meal, and get to work by 6:30pm. The sleeping bags are made from recycled materials, stuffed with personal items such as toothpaste, shampoo, hats and gloves then distributed to nearby homeless shelters. The team is also working on plastic mats made from plastic grocery bags, so you can see there is plenty to do. No sewing experience needed; if you can tie a knot, you can make a sleeping bag! Please consider joining us on Monday evenings. This group meets every Monday evening.



Childrens Music Group
Tuesday Nights from 5:00-6:00pm
Location: Calvary UMC Chapel
Please Join Us! The curriculum will include a combination of general music, rhythmic movement, recorder, hand chimes, voice, plus a good bit of genuine, silly fun! The program is open to children from 1st thru 8th grade. No musical experience is necessary! The program is FREE! The children will be instructed by Calvary’s Music Director Brian Burns along with the help of our Children & Youth Director Liz Martinez and her husband Juan Martinez. Children can join at any time! If you have any questions, please contact Brian Burns at 724.388.3246 or You can register by contacting the church office, or by contacting Brian Burns directly. You can also register on the Calvary website by going to the following link:  Register for Children's Music Group

Renewal Choir Rehearsal
Tuesday Nights from 6:00-7:00pm
Location: Calvary UMC Sanctuary
The Renewal Choir sings traditional anthems on Sunday mornings as well as supports Calvary special events and observances. The choir is open to anyone ages 14 and up, no auditions required. The group presents a wide variety of musical styles. Choir members actively participate in worship and may be found assisting during such times as Communion, Advent, Lent, and special services. If you are interested in being part of the choir at Calvary, please see our Music Director Brian Burns or email him at

Handbell Choir Rehearsal
Tuesday Nights from 7:00-8:00pm
Location: Calvary UMC Upstairs Music Room in Chapel
No previous training is required. If you are interested in being part of the Handbell Choir at Calvary, please see our Music Director Brian Burns or email him at We hope to see you there! This is the start of a great new music program at Calvary. We are very blessed!



Bible Study with Rev. Ellie Laws
Wednesday Mornings at 10:00am
Location: Calvary UMC Parlor
Join us as we study “Not a Silent Night – Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem” by Adam Hamilton. Spend Christmas with Mary. Imagine Jesus from Mary’s point of view. This Advent Bible Study begins November 9th with a Morning Study at 10:00am and an Evening Study at 6:30pm. Please see Rev. Ellie Laws if you are interested in attending that way we may be prepared for everyone.

Bible Study with Rev. Larry Homitsky
Wednesday Nights at 6:30pm
Location: Calvary UMC Chapel
Join us as we dream with Mr. Denny Hunt who returns with all of his dreamology expertise and the biblical implications with dreaming!

Bible Study with Rev. Ellie Laws
Wednesday Nights at 6:30pm
Location: Calvary UMC Parlor
Join us as we study “Not a Silent Night – Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem” by Adam Hamilton. Spend Christmas with Mary. Imagine Jesus from Mary’s point of view. This Advent Bible Study begins November 9th with a Morning Study at 10:00am and an Evening Study at 6:30pm. Please see Rev. Ellie Laws if you are interested in attending that way we may be prepared for everyone.



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.

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December 2016

The Daily Bread
Thursday, December 8 at New Hope

This program is sponsored by the United Methodist Church Union, Daily Bread (also known as the Northside Congregate Feeding Program), located in Pittsburgh’s Northside, serves meals to those without a home or who are under-employed. The program communicates with other feeding programs on the Northside to ensure that a hot meal is available every day of the week.

Calvary sponsors The Daily Bread at New Hope the 2nd Thursday of 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 contact the church office.

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Combined Bi-Monthly Committee Meeting and Church Council Meeting

There will not be meetings in December. The normal schedule will resume in January 2017.

Trustees Meeting
Sunday, December 11 following Morning Worship in the Calvary Parlor
The Trustees meet the 2nd Sunday of each month.

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Children's Christmas Party
Sunday, December 18 following Morning Worship in the Calvary Chapel

Children of all ages are invited to a Christmas Party following Fellowship after morning worship. Join us for a fun-filled afternoon featuring a visit from Santa, Christmas crafts, games, and snacks!
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Finance Committee Meeting
Sunday, December 18 following Morning Worship in the Calvary Parlor
The Finance Committee meets the 3rd Sunday of each month.

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View The Entire Church Calendar

This is a read-only calendar. If you see something that is incorrect, please notify Karen Ferguson (724.448.1429 or and she will correct it as soon as possible.
Church Calendar


Prayers This Week

  • Michael Adams – cancer, in HOSPICE care
  • Gerald Macintosh – depression


Continued Prayers

  • Tom – prostate cancer, recently had surgery
  • Debbie Bobeck – leg pain
  • Reiligh Morgan – 10 years old, bad headaches
  • Naomi McDermott – difficulty with treatment for breast cancer
  • Christine Thomas – surgery has been postponed for a few weeks
  • Prayers for Matt to be a better Christian
  • Yvonne Hudson asks for prayers for her sister, Joyce Zimmerman, for her declining health
  • Buongiorno Family in the loss of their son, Peter
  • Nolan Morgan – 3 years old, ear problems
  • Tim – a friend dealing with cancer
  • John and family – HOSPICE care
  • Diane Traymore – having some difficulties with cancer treatment
  • Truddie Burke – difficulties breathing, in ICU at Shadyside Hospital
  • Ron Coleman – doing well at Manor Care
  • Denise & Brandon – health and financial help
  • Prayers for Ralph Clark, Jr.
  • Charles Webster – health and guidance
  • Lorraine Malcolm’s daughter Becky – doing well, seeking employment
  • Shirley Mehring’s sister Barbara and brother Stephen – health concerns
  • Dennis Joseph Peter Huber and Dan Huber
  • Vera – recovering from lung surgery
  • Katie – breast cancer
  • Denise – health concerns with back and heart
  • Henry Bobeck – very sick
  • Tom Mascare – lots of pain
  • Brandon Morgan – back pain
  • A mother Mary – health issues
  • A friend Bill – addiction issues
  • A Husband, Bill – brain cancer
  • Beth Ober and family – her father diagnosed with cancer is home
  • Carl Canales – healing from broken neck
  • Karen – battling cancer tumors on vertebrae/lung
  • Emma O’Malley – 3 years old, Liver Cancer
  • Robert Brown – health concerns, at Baldwin Center
  • Robert P. Jones – health, housing and a job
  • Leslie Kaufman – liver transplant
  • Michelle Edwards Newberry – final stages of M.S.
  • Sara Casey – cancer and M.S.
  • Michael Joseph – third stage liver cancer
  • Prayers for the World Leaders, President, Congress, and President Elect
  • 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
  • Peace and Good Will for the Islamic Community


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

Let us know how we can pray for you.

Please contact Rev. Ellie Laws by emailing the Calvary Church Office at or by calling 412.231.2007.

Calvary United Methodist Church

Address — 971 Beech Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Pastor — Reverend Larry Homitsky
Music Director — Brian Burns
Phone — 412.231.2007
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