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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.
 

June 2016
Monthly Newsletter

The Wesley Bell Ringers


Sunday, June 19 at 7:30pm in the Calvary Sanctuary


This concert will be the seventh concert on the choir's 51st annual concert tour, and will feature 17 teenaged ringers playing more than 150 handbells and handchimes. The 2016 concert includes the music of John Philip Sousa, noted handbell arrangers Betty Garree, Kevin McChesney, and Fred Gramman, as well as exciting selections from the 2015 Christmas season. Admission to the concert is free, and a free will offering will be collected.
 

We are still in need of 3 more volunteers to house the bell ringers/chaperones. There are 2 sets boys remaining and one female chaperone. Please see Brian Burns if you are able to help. Thank you!!

 

The Wesley Bell Ringers Of Christ United Methodist Church, Salt Lake City, Utah - Directed by Katie Lay

In 1963, The Wesley Bell Ringers, a music ministry of Christ United Methodist Church in Salt Lake City, UT, began with 9 youth ringers and 25 bells. From the very beginning, though, it was expected that if you wanted to participate you would be dedicated to the group, commit to play handbells to the best of your ability, and most importantly, to caring for, and about, the other members of the group. Fast forward 53 years! The 17 current ringers are the most recent of the 472 youth who have participated in the choir. The experiences have never changed. They provided a foundation to which were added traditions, awards and travel. The choir developed a reputation for musical excellence that continues to open doors to exciting opportunities. The previous 50 summer tours have taken the choir to all 50 states and most of the Canadian provinces. They have performed at the US Capitol, Cathedral of the Pines National Monument, Mt. Rushmore, Disneyland, and Disneyworld. The choir has participated, as the featured choir, at numerous handbell festivals around the United States, and performed for The National Music Educators convention. Performances with The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and The Utah Symphony Orchestra have been repeated honors over the choir's history.

Father's Day - Ties!!!


Sunday, June 19 during Morning Worship


The ladies got to show us their favorite hats on Mother's Day, so now it's your turn gentlemen! All men and boys are invited to wear their favorite tie or bow-tie or even their ugliest, most creative, or funniest ties to Sunday Morning Worship at Calvary on Father's Day. Time to show off the best ties that you have received over the years!

Sunset Through Tiffany's

A Summer Solstice Event


Monday, June 20 in the Calvary Sanctuary from 4:00-7:00pm

Please join us as we view the Tiffany windows in the height of their glory during the Summer Solstice. The evening will be accompanied by chamber music featuring Calvary's Music Director Brian Burns on our historic "Farrand & Votey" pipe organ. This event is sponsored by the Calvary United Methodist Women.


The Tiffany Windows

Louis Comfort Tiffany changed the physics of making stained glass in America by re-creating the medieval techniques of using solid stained glass instead of painting on glass to create glass designs. He added additional techniques of twisting the glass to get new colors, throwing confetti made of glass onto molten glass, and sandwiching up to five pieces of glass behind each other in a single composition.

And here in the North Side of Pittsburgh, we have Tiffany's three largest windows executed between 1894-95. The subject matter for his windows was chosen by Calvary Methodist Church patrons, but the design was done by the artist. Women in his shops made most of his windows.The Resurrection window is on the northwest side of the church. At the summer solstice, light through the magnificent window is at its peak during the year. Due to the physics of refraction, Tiffany's layered glass changes colors only when the sun comes through at unique angles, such as on Solstice. The Resurrection window has everything - layered glass, confetti glass in the dappled tree leaves, streamer glass, and drapery glass as well as the three panels being a "time-lapse" of events on the day of the resurrection. The Jesus figure, which for most of the year is walking out of an Allegheny Cemetery-like mausoleum, appears suspended on a cross of gold which extends down the steps and transforms the Roman soldiers from blue armor to silver and gold. In the other sun-swept window of the Parousia, the angels wings seem to flutter as they change colors before your eyes.

Allegheny City Society (June 2012). "Citing Sources." Sunset Through Tiffany Windows. Retrieved 13 April 2016 from http://alleghenycity.org/beta/news-event/sunset-through-tiffany-windows/

Fourth of July Open House


Monday, July 4 at Calvary UMC


Our doors will be open again this year on July 4th so that Calvary friends and members may welcome fireworks-goers and Allegheny West neighbors to come by for some refreshments and to visit the Tiffany sanctuary. The open house the last two years was a tremendous success. It was a great day spending time with friends and meeting new people.
 

We are looking for a person that would like to chair this event. In the past Brian Burns has been in charge of the event, but this year he will be unable to do so. Please see Brian Burns if you would like to chair this event. He will be able to give you all of the information that you need to know.

Health Kits for UMCOR


For the complete story, please visit the Calvary Website.

When disaster strikes, anywhere in the world, victims need immediate help and support. Physical injuries must be addressed; shelter, food, and clothing need to be acquired; health supplies and educational resources must be provided.  And, all of it as quickly as possible. The United Methodist Church, through the UM Committee on Relief, stands ready to respond because our members work to be prepared! In New Wilmington, PA, at the Mission Barn, supplies are stocked, ready for immediate shipment to areas of need.  Each year at June’s Annual Conference Session we gather kits to stock the Barn. You can help this process by taking the time to purchase the components and packing a Health Kit, School Kit, or another of those needed. Links to instructions for the kits are listed below. Bring your kits to church and we will see that they are moved to the Conference. Some people focus on what to give up for Lent. We challenge you to add something to your faith experience during Lent. Help UMCOR respond to the needs of others.

"Feed the Sheep" Fellowship Luncheons


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

We are in need of sponsors for upcoming months.


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.

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 karen.ferguson.15202@gmail.com.

Tuesdays


Renewal Choir Rehearsals
Tuesday Nights from 6:30-7:30pm in the Calvary Sanctuary

For more information about this Small Group, please visit the Calvary Website.
 

 

Congratulations!

  • Peter and Melissa Bennardo and big brother Keisel – Mason Joseph Martin, born May 28th, 7lbs 1oz


Prayers This Week

  • Dan Biernacki – kidney transplant, Cleveland Clinic
  • Rev. Larry – recovering from eye procedure
  • Michael Adams – diagnosed with cancer, at AGH
  • Glenn Davis – hernia, recovering from surgery
  • Charles Moore – recovering from surgery
  • Floyd Kirt, Mildred Blackburn’s son-in-law – stroke
  • Christopher, Hee Mae Chuong’s nephew – safety and discernment moving to Florida
 

Continued Prayers

  • Shirley Mehring’s sister Barbara and brother Stephen – health concerns
  • Andy Riley – surgery and discerning employment
  • Henry Bobeck – very sick
  • Nolan Morgan – 3 years old/very sick with cold
  • Tom Mascare – lots of pain
  • Brandon Morgan – back pain.
  • My mother Mary – health issues
  • My friend Bill – addiction issues
  • Prayers for the salvation of Blair Thubult
  • Young Lady – health concerns and direction
  • My Husband Bill – brain cancer
  • A Friend in need of spiritual guidance
  • Tammy Phillips nephew, Daniel Phillips – battling Crohn’s Disease, doing better, almost home
  • Beth Ober and family – her father diagnosed with cancer is home
  • Russ Adomaitis – health issues
  • Carl Canales – healing from broken neck
  • Scott Salsi – several heart issues 
  • Karen – battling cancer tumors on vertebrae/lung
  • Emma O’Malley – 3 years old with Liver Cancer
  • Josh and Mike – in recovery programs
  • Truddie Burke – doing better, at Manor Care
  • Robert Brown – health concerns, at Baldwin Center
  • Lorraine Malcolm’s nephew, Chris Griffin – better
  • Robert P. Jones – health, housing, and a job
  • April Moore – housing and help her in following Jesus
  • Leslie Kaufman – liver transplant
  • Michelle Edwards Newberry – final stages of M.S.
  • Larry Hopkins mother, Connie – doing well
  • Diane Traymore – cancer
  • Sara Casey – cancer and M.S.
  • Michael Joseph – third stage liver cancer
  • 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
  • Election Process for November 2016

Missionaries

  • 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 Church Office at calvaryumcpgh@gmail.com or by calling 412.231.2007.


Weekly



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.



 


 

June 2016



Calvary United Methodist Women Monthly Meeting
Saturday, June 4 at 10:00am in the Calvary Fellowship Hall
Please come and join us! All women are welcome! We are looking forward to all of the amazing things that we can accomplish as a group. This truly is an exciting time at Calvary.



4th Annual Circle of Faith
Sunday, June 5 at 2:00pm at the Schenley Plaza Tent, Forbes Avenue, Oakland
Circle of Faith is... A public witness to welcome and inclusion for LGBTQIA persons, their families and allies by varied faith communities. For all who believe God’s love is inclusive and that all are welcome into the “family circle” that their faith communities offer. Please save the date of June 5th for an hour or so in the afternoon as we hope you can join the growing number of representatives from diverse faith communities who take part. Please join us under the tent at Schenley Plaza, across the street from the Cathedral of Learning.



The Daily Bread
Thursday, June 9 at New Hope
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 contact the church office.



Combined Bi-Monthly Committee Meeting and Church Council Meeting
Thursday, June 9 in the Calvary Fellowship Hall
5:30pm - Committee Meetings
6:00pm - Dinner
6:30pm - Church Council Meeting

These meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month. Committees will meet from 5:30-6:30pm unless another day and time has been previously discussed. Dinner begins at 6:00pm with committees continuing to meet thru dinner if necessary. The Church Council Meeting begins at 6:30pm. There will not be meetings in either July or December.




Trustees Meeting
Sunday, June 12 following Morning Worship in the Calvary Parlor
The Trustees meet the 2nd Sunday of each month.



Father
's Day - Ties & Bow-Ties!
Sunday, June 19 during Morning Worship
The ladies got to show us their favorite hats on Mother's Day, so now it's your turn gentlemen! All men and boys are invited to wear their favorite tie or bow-tie or even their ugliest, most creative, or funniest ties to Sunday Morning Worship at Calvary on Father's Day. Time to show off the best ties that you have received over the years!



Finance Committee Meeting
Sunday, June 19 following Morning Worship in the Calvary Parlor
The Finance Committee meets the 3rd Sunday of each month.



The Wesley Bell Ringers
Sunday, June 19 at 7:30pm in the Calvary Sanctuary
The concert will be the seventh concert on the choir’s 51st annual concert tour, and will feature 17 teenaged ringers playing more than 150 handbells and handchimes. The 2016 concert includes the music of John Philip Sousa, noted handbell arrangers Betty Garree, Kevin McChesney, and Fred Gramman, as well as exciting selections from the 2015 Christmas season. Admission to the concert is free, and a free will offering will be collected.




Sunset Through Tiffany's - A Summer Solstice Event
Monday, June 20, 2016 in the Calvary Sanctuary from 4:00-7:00pm
Please join us as we view the Tiffany windows in the height of their glory during the Summer Solstice. The evening will be accompanied by chamber music featuring Calvary's Music Director Brian Burns on our historic "Farrand & Votey" pipe organ. This event is sponsored by the Calvary United Methodist Women. More details to come over the upcoming weeks.


 


 

July 2016



Calvary United Methodist Women Monthly Meeting
Saturday, July 2 at 10:00am in the Calvary Fellowship Hall
Please come and join us! All women are welcome! We are looking forward to all of the amazing things that we can accomplish as a group. This truly is an exciting time at Calvary.



Fourth of July Open House 

Monday, July 4 at Calvary UMC

Our doors will be open again this year on July 4th so that Calvary friends and members may welcome fireworks-goers and Allegheny West neighbors to come by for some refreshments and to visit the Tiffany sanctuary. The open house the last two years was a tremendous success. It was a great day spending time with friends and meeting new people.

We are looking for a person that would like to chair this event. In the past Brian Burns has been in charge of the event, but this year he will be unable to do so. Please see Brian Burns if you would like to chair this event. He will be able to give you all of the information that you need to know.




Trustees Meeting
Sunday, July 10 following Morning Worship in the Calvary Parlor
The Trustees meet the 2nd Sunday of each month.



The Daily Bread

Thursday, July 14 at New Hope
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 contact the church office.




Combined Bi-Monthly Committee Meeting and Church Council Meeting

There will not be meetings in July. The normal schedule will resume in August.




Finance Committee Meeting
Sunday, July 17 following Morning Worship in the Calvary Parlor
The Finance Committee meets the 3rd Sunday of each month.



 


 

August 2016



Calvary United Methodist Women Monthly Meeting
Saturday, August 6 at 10:00am in the Calvary Fellowship Hall
Please come and join us! All women are welcome! We are looking forward to all of the amazing things that we can accomplish as a group. This truly is an exciting time at Calvary.



Vacation Bible School

August 9,10,11 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) at Calvary UMC
More details to come!



The Daily Bread
Thursday, August 11 at New Hope
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 contact the church office.



Combined Bi-Monthly Committee Meeting and Church Council Meeting
Thursday, August 11 in the Calvary Fellowship Hall
5:30pm - Committee Meetings
6:00pm - Dinner
6:30pm - Church Council Meeting

These meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month. Committees will meet from 5:30-6:30pm unless another day and time has been previously discussed. Dinner begins at 6:00pm with committees continuing to meet thru dinner if necessary. The Church Council Meeting begins at 6:30pm. There will not be meetings in either July or December.




Trustees Meeting
Sunday, August 14 following Morning Worship in the Calvary Parlor
The Trustees meet the 2nd Sunday of each month.




Finance Committee Meeting
Sunday, August 21 following Morning Worship in the Calvary Parlor
The Finance Committee meets the 3rd Sunday of each month.



 


 

September 2016



Calvary United Methodist Women Monthly Meeting
Saturday, September 3 at 10:00am in the Calvary Fellowship Hall
Please come and join us! All women are welcome! We are looking forward to all of the amazing things that we can accomplish as a group. This truly is an exciting time at Calvary.



The Daily Bread

Thursday, September 8 at New Hope
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 contact the church office.



Combined Bi-Monthly Committee Meeting and Church Council Meeting
Thursday, September 8 in the Calvary Fellowship Hall
5:30pm - Committee Meetings
6:00pm - Dinner
6:30pm - Church Council Meeting

These meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month. Committees will meet from 5:30-6:30pm unless another day and time has been previously discussed. Dinner begins at 6:00pm with committees continuing to meet thru dinner if necessary. The Church Council Meeting begins at 6:30pm. There will not be meetings in either July or December.




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



Finance Committee Meeting
Sunday, September 18 following Morning Worship in the Calvary Parlor
The Finance Committee meets the 3rd Sunday of each month.



 
 


October 2016



Calvary United Methodist Women Monthly Meeting
Saturday, October 1 at 10:00am in the Calvary Fellowship Hall
Please come and join us! All women are welcome! We are looking forward to all of the amazing things that we can accomplish as a group. This truly is an exciting time at Calvary.



Old Allegheny Antique Show

Saturday, October 8 & Sunday, October 9
More details to come!



Trustees Meeting

Sunday, October 9 following Morning Worship in the Calvary Parlor
The Trustees meet the 2nd Sunday of each month.



The Daily Bread

Thursday, October 13 at New Hope
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 contact the church office.



Combined Bi-Monthly Committee Meeting and Church Council Meeting
Thursday, October 13 in the Calvary Fellowship Hall
5:30pm - Committee Meetings
6:00pm - Dinner
6:30pm - Church Council Meeting

These meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month. Committees will meet from 5:30-6:30pm unless another day and time has been previously discussed. Dinner begins at 6:00pm with committees continuing to meet thru dinner if necessary. The Church Council Meeting begins at 6:30pm. There will not be meetings in either July or December.




Finance Committee Meeting
Sunday, October 16 following Morning Worship in the Calvary Parlor
The Finance Committee meets the 3rd Sunday of each month.



 


 

November 2016



Calvary United Methodist Women Monthly Meeting
Saturday, November 5 at 10:00am in the Calvary Parsonage
Please come and join us! All women are welcome! We are looking forward to all of the amazing things that we can accomplish as a group. This truly is an exciting time at Calvary.



The Daily Bread

Thursday, November 10 at New Hope
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 contact the church office.



Combined Bi-Monthly Committee Meeting and Church Council Meeting
Thursday, November 10 in the Calvary Fellowship Hall
5:30pm - Committee Meetings
6:00pm - Dinner
6:30pm - Church Council Meeting

These meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month. Committees will meet from 5:30-6:30pm unless another day and time has been previously discussed. Dinner begins at 6:00pm with committees continuing to meet thru dinner if necessary. The Church Council Meeting begins at 6:30pm. There will not be meetings in either July or December.




Fall Festival
Friday, November 11 from 6:00-8:00pm in the Calvary Fellowship Hall

Everyone is welcome at this new annual tradition at Calvary! The evening begins with a turkey dinner with all the trimmings including pumpkin pie. After dinner there are crafts and games that everyone can participate in. It is always a wonderful evening of great fellowship and fun!



Trustees Meeting
Sunday, November 13 following Morning Worship in the Calvary Parlor
The Trustees meet the 2nd Sunday of each month.



Finance Committee Meeting
Sunday, November 20 following Morning Worship in the Calvary Parlor
The Finance Committee meets the 3rd Sunday of each month.



 


 

December 2016



6th Annual Handel's Messiah Sing-Along Concert
Saturday, December 3 at 4:00pm

All are invited to raise their voices together in a classic holiday choral work during the 6th Annual Handel's Messiah Sing-Along at Calvary United Methodist Church on Saturday, December 3rd at 4:00pm.

The performance is a community "sing-along," with professional soloists, an orchestra, and an amateur chorus. The annual concert started five years ago out of a desire to provide the Northside community with a sing-along rendition of Handel's most beloved work, "Messiah". The sing-along was founded on a principle of openness - everyone is welcome in the choir, and everyone is welcome in the performance. As an audience member you are not required to sing, but you are certainly invited to sing.

This holiday tradition now brings up to 400 people to Calvary UMC to sing selected choruses including the famous "Hallelujah Chorus". Audience members are asked to bring 1-pound non-perishable food items for the pantry at Northside Common Ministries. In addition, we ask you to bring reusable tote-bags (you know, those give-away totes we all collect for grocery shopping, etc.) These are needed for those who use the pantry and are, of course, better for God's earth than plastic bags. Cookie reception with the artists follows in the Victorian Chapel. It's a fantastic way to kick off the holiday season, and we invite everyone to join and sing for the joy of it!




Calvary United Methodist Women Monthly Meeting
Saturday, December 3 at 10:00am in the Calvary Parsonage
Please come and join us! All women are welcome! We are looking forward to all of the amazing things that we can accomplish as a group. This truly is an exciting time at Calvary.



The Daily Bread

Thursday, December 8 at New Hope
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 contact the church office.




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.




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!



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