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October 2015 Newsletter


Fall Festival


A Message from the Children & Youth Committee

Everyone is welcome at this new annual tradition at Calvary! The evening will begin with a turkey dinner with all the trimmings including pumpkin pie. After dinner there will be crafts and games that everyone can participate in. Please RSVP by Sunday, October 25th so that proper planning can be done for the meal and activities. It promises to be a wonderful evening of great fellowship and fun!

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

Old Allegheny Antique Show


Linda Ehrlich

The Old Allegheny Antique Show (September 12th and 13th) was a rousing success. Martin Fuess, a Manchester resident and long time friend of Calvary, recruited nineteen dealers who filled all available Calvary space with a wide array of antique furnishings, glassware, art, jewelry, etc. More than 275 people visited the show over the weekend.  Although this show was the first for Martin, a Calvary member had hosted a weekend antique show in years' past, so the church had some previous experience with this type of event.
 
Calvary benefited from the show in several ways:
  1. The church received rent for the space and all of the tables used. (Did you know that Calvary actually has 40 of its own tables!)
  2. The church received a portion of the admission price.
  3. Members donated items to sell at the Calvary booth.
  4. The Calvary Café was open all weekend and sold great food.
  5. Donation jars were available in the sanctuary. Calvary's income from the event was $3,600.00. 
There are also intangible benefits from an event like this. The dealers reported that they really appreciated Calvary's welcoming spirit and several of them attended church services on Sunday, September 13th. We were able to share information about the upcoming Messiah concert, and we hope that visitors will spread the word that Calvary is a vital, active congregation. At the close of the show on Saturday Rev. Larry gave a brief orientation about the church and then Brian Burns, Music Director, gave an organ recital--another great way to share Calvary's talents with the larger community.
 
As approved by Church Council, the antique show income will be shared equally among the following: UMCOR, local missions, Children and Youth Programming, the Pastor's Discretionary Fund, and the sanctuary lighting project.

4th Annual Northside Common Ministries Congregational Assembly Dinner


Linda Ehrlich

On Tuesday, September 29th, Northside Common Ministries (NCM) held the fourth annual Congregational Assembly dinner at Bidwell Street Presbyterian Church. Over 70 people celebrated the churches that volunteer time and money to the various NCM programs - the food pantry, the men's shelter, etc. Attendees heard from Judy Gerry, a member of Bidwell and a long-time NCM board member and Darlene Rushing, a NCM neighbor who has used social media to raise much needed funds for the pantry. She announced that pantry upgrades will be unveiled in mid-October. The intent of the upgrades is to make a visit to the food pantry feel more like a supermarket shopping trip. Jay Poliziani, Executive Director of NCM, presented a video highlighting one of the men and also his special relationship with "Annie", a therapy dog and full-time shelter resident. The Bidwell choir shared the gospel in song, and the evening closed with everyone joining in to sing Blessed Assurance.

The following are a few pictures from the dinner.


Northside Common Ministries Celebration of Caring


Linda Ehrlich

The Northside Common Ministries Celebration of Caring is Friday, October 23rd at 6:00pm. Each year the Celebration of Caring honors volunteers who are out there helping the hungry and homeless in our city. Your $75 donation gets you a delicious meal, great entertainment and an evening filled with heartwarming speeches. All proceeds benefit the Pleasant Valley Homeless Men’s Shelter. This is the dinner where Calvary was honored last year. It is to be held at the Grand Hall at the Priory (The Grand Hall at the Priory, 614 Pressley St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212). For more information or to order tickets please contact Jay Polizian at either 412.323.1163 or jay.polizian1@ncmin.org.
Proceeds from the sales of the Calvary Water Bottles will go directly towards funding the Fall Festival and the Children's Christmas Party.

Calvary Water Bottles Now On Sale!


A Message from the Children & Youth Committee

During VBS this year, all of the children and volunteers were given a Calvary water bottle. During the upcoming weeks, the Children and Youth Committee will be selling the remaining water bottles as a fundraiser to raise money for the Fall Festival and the Children’s Christmas Party. The water bottles will be raising funds in two different ways. Not to mention that it's also a healthy fundraiser! So how does it raise money in two ways? The first way is the obvious - through the sale of the water bottles! The second way is through advertising on the bottles. We have the Calvary logo on the bottle and wherever those bottles go; Calvary will be promoted!

The water bottles will be on sale for only $3.00 or 2 for $5.00. They will be available in the Chapel before Sunday morning worship and also during fellowship time in the Fellowship Hall. This is an exciting time for Calvary! The number of children in our church is growing. Please help the Children and Youth Committee continue to provide our children with amazing programs!

On Sale Now for Only $3.00 Each or 2 for $5.00

 

United Methodist Women Luncheon


A Message from the Missions Committee

Join us Sunday, October 11th, for an informal luncheon in the chapel.

This is an open invitation to all women to attend an informational luncheon after church on Sunday, October 11th in the chapel at Calvary to learn about the organization of United Methodist Women. Whether you’ve never heard about UMW or you’re someone who knows about and would like to see a local unit be a part of Calvary, you’re welcome to come. We would like to reorganize the unit which had a tremendous history in this church, according to Jane Johnson. There will be lunch, brochures about UMW and also, some fun! A main course lunch item will be provided. Please bring an item to the luncheon like a dessert or chips, etc. No reservations are necessary but please come. If you have any questions or are interested but cannot attend please contact Joan Bradley at ogremtb@aol.com.

Have you heard about United Methodist Women?
Did you know that hundreds of thousands of women around the world are a part of this organization? The organization had its beginning almost 150 years ago when Methodist women gathered together realizing that women and children in the United States and around the world needed help and were not being served by male missionaries. The organization has a long history of aid and service to women, children, and youth.

Did you know that Calvary used to have a local unit of United Methodist Women? Somehow it has gotten lost over the years but we can begin again. Many of us could once again enjoy the company of women supporting one another in community and action.


The Purpose of United Methodist Women
The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ, to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. From the purpose you see that the organization exists to support one another and gather funds for hundreds of mission projects around the world. Anyone and everyone is welcome to become a member of our local unit.

"The Way - Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus"

Rev. Ellie Laws

Have you ever wanted to visit the Holy Lands? Adam Hamilton takes us on a six week tour of the Holy Lands as we walk in the footsteps of Jesus. We will begin at the Jordan River and follow in the footsteps of Jesus all the way to the cross. Reading the book "The Way" we will gain insight on the life of Jesus.

Please contact Rev. Ellie Laws if you would like to join this Bible Study Group. There are two studies available. A donation of $10.00 is requested for each book.

Wednesday mornings at 10:00am beginning September 30th

Thursday evenings at 6:30pm beginning October 1st
Watch a preview of "The Way - Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus"

Travel with Adam Hamilton as he retraces the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Using historical information, archaeological data, and stories of the faith, Hamilton follows in the footsteps of Jesus from his baptism to the temptations to the heart of his ministry, including the people he loved, the parables he taught, the enemies he made, and the healing he brought.
Adam Hamilton - The Way Book Trailer

We Refuse to Be Enemies!


A Message from the Missions Committee

On October 16-17, hear first hand accounts of life in Gaza and the West Bank and learn why activists work day in and day out for peace and justice in the U.S. and Palestine during a Friends of Sabeel conference at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Rev. Alex Awad, who recently retired as UMC Missionary in Bethlehem, will lead a Friday afternoon workshop.
 
Invited presenters include:
  • Daoud Nassar, Director of Operations, Tent of Nations, an organic farm near Bethlehem, dedicated to embodying and teaching permaculture, peace, community and non-violent resistance
  • Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek, founder/director of Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Movement in Jerusalem
  • Rev. Taurean Webb, Assistant Pastor at the Second Baptist Church of Evanston IL and Scholar-in-Residence at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference 
  • Brad Parker, International Advocacy Officer & Attorney,  Defense for Children International, Palestine
  • Jasiri X, Pittsburgh hip hop artist and founder of 1Hood Media Academy, co-founder anti-violence group One Hood
  • Rev. Don Wagner, Program Director, Friends of Sabeel North America
  • Dr. Mads Gilbert, Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Tromso, Norway, served in Gaza
  • Anna Baltzer, national organizer, US Campaign to End the Occupation 
  • Susan Landau, a founding member of Christian-Jewish Allies of Greater Philadelphia and a passionate educator, organizer, and advocate for justice in Palestine-Israel
  • Daoud Abudiab, president and founder of Faith and Culture Center, Tennessee 
For more information, or to register, see http://fosna.org/pghconference - or contact Rev. Myles Bradley.
 
Also, on Sunday, October 18th, Daoud Nassar from the Tent of Nations will be our guest preacher at Calvary UMC. Following morning worship he will share the story of his family vineyard and the conflict with Israel as well as answering your questions about his life in Palestine.
The stone in the photo rests at the entrance to the Tent of Nations, a farm and peace center, near Bethlehem, owned by the Nassar family who are Palestinian Christians.

The Israeli government is trying to confiscate the Nassars’ land, which they have owned for nearly a century. Their struggle embodies the power and beauty of the nonviolent movement. 

 

Old Blankets Needed for the Ugly Quilt Project


Lynn Sevick

The Ugly Quilt Project is underway! We are in need of old blankets that can be recycled into sleeping bags for the homeless. Please consider donating old blankets to our project. Please see Lynn Sevick if you have any questions.

 

Crocheted Sleep Mats for the Homeless


Joan Bradley

Now that the UGLY QUILT PROJECT has begun again, it’s time to make our outreach to the homeless even better.  In order to provide a cushion and air space under the quilt, we need volunteers who know how to (or are willing to learn how to) crochet.  Recycled plastic grocery bags and a little spare time can provide this useful addition to the Ugly Quilts.  (We’re told that this is a perfect ‘TV watching’ activity.)  Also, if you have bags, please bring them to church – we’ll have a box for the collection.  If you are interested, here are the directions:
 

Instructions on How to Make the Sleep Mats

You will need approximately 500 plastic grocery bags for each mat.
You will need a crochet hook, size M or larger.
Finished size is 24 X 72 inches.
 
TO MAKE THE “YARN” smooth out the grocery bag, fold it in half lengthwise twice
and cut off seamed bottom and top handles/hanging tabs. Fold in half and cut across,
repeat. This will give you 4 loops. Take a loop and insert another loop, then bring the
rest through to attach (remember how you strung rubber bands together as a child?).
Repeat then wind your “string” of connected loops into a ball. Don’t make the ball too
big to handle. I usually work with one full bag of grocery bags and make three or four
balls out of it then repeat until I run out of bags.
 
TO MAKE THE MAT chain 72 inches using the doubled looped strands of grocery bags.
Single crochet until the mat is 24 inches wide.
 
TO MAKE A CARRYING STRAP chain a length long enough to go around the rolled
mat and slide on, connect that chain into a loop with a single crochet then chain a length
long enough to cross your back, go over your shoulder and reach the other end of the mat.
Chain an additional length equal to the first loop and attach with a single crochet.
 
YOUR SLEEPING MAT IS NOW READY TO GIVE AWAY. YouTube videos are
online for viewing. Just google “sleeping mats for the homeless”.

NEWS: General Secretary (Global Ministries) Statement on the Migration Crisis


A Message from the Missions Committee

Please pray for the families who are risking their lives to settle in other parts of the world to receive the basic supplies and services they need to survive.

In a recent statement concerning the migration crisis in Europe and around the world, Thomas Kemper, general secretary of Global Ministries, of which UMCOR is a part, cites the agency’s ongoing work with international partners in bringing assistance to those uprooted and displaced from Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere.

A portion of the statement read: “For years, UMCOR has worked with partners in serving persons displaced by fighting in Syria and Iraq, and persons temporarily living in other Middle Eastern locations or making their way westward. To date, UMCOR has allocated $2 million to provide the basics of life to persons displaced in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and Turkey. Middle Eastern countries of far less affluence than the nations of Europe have proportionately admitted many, many more migrants than are now entering Europe. Our work among those displaced persons must continue. In addition, UMCOR is collaborating with partners to provide for refugee families in Greece, including the islands of Lesbos and Kos. With an Italian partner, it is responding to refugees from North Africa arriving in Sicily and other parts of Italy.”

Kemper went on to state that next steps in ministries with asylum seekers will be guided by recommendations from the European Methodist Council in a meeting set for this month.

Kemper also emphasized that “European and international ecumenical organizations are urging all of the churches and church-related humanitarian organizations to collaborate in the long-term work of resettlement, much of which will be in Europe. Concerning the Middle East, we have long-term relationships with the Middle East Council of Churches and its member communions.”

Your gifts to the International Disaster Response, Advance #982450 will support UMCOR's ongoing work with refugees and migrants, and in response to other emergencies across the globe. Please donate to UMCOR International Disaster Response, Advance #982450.

For more information, please visit the following link:  https://www.umcor.org/umcor/programs/disaster-response/international-disaster-response/europemigrants
 
UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit umcor.org. You can donate to any project by placing a contribution in the offering plate at a local United Methodist church by sending a check to:

UMCOR
PO Box 9068
New York, NY 10087-9068
or by calling 1 ­800 ­554 ­8583, where credit card donations are accepted. You can also give online by clicking any of the "DONATE" links or make a $10 donation anytime by texting "UMCOR" to 41444 to support our relief efforts around the world. UMCOR is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States and qualifies for the maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors.

Please pray for those who are hungry, displaced, sick, or in poverty because of these and other natural and human-made disasters, and for the workers who minister with them.

"Feed the Sheep" Fellowship Luncheons


“If you love me, feed my sheep.”  - John 21:15-19


Sponsors are needed for upcoming months thru the end of the year. 


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.

If you, or a group, would like to sponsor a fellowship luncheon, the below forms are available next to the Sunday bulletin for you to fill out. Once you have completed the reverse side of the form with all of the required information, please place the form along with the $70 in an offering envelope. You can then place the envelope in the offering plate.

You can also email the required information on the below form to calvaryumcpgh@gmail.com and instructions on sponsorship payment will be emailed to you.

Once the church office receives your sponsorship form, either Doug Lucas or Mike Schnitgen will then contact you with the date of the Sunday that you or your group are to sponsor. Special dietary requests can be discussed at that time.

5th Annual Handel's Messiah Sing-Along Concert


All are invited to raise their voices together in a classic holiday choral work during the 5th Annual Handel's Messiah Sing-Along at Calvary United Methodist Church on Saturday, December 5th at 4:00pm. Calvary's Music Director Brian Burns will once again be conducting this year's concert along with David Bridge on the organ and chamber orchestra.

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". No audition is required to sing, just join the rehearsals listed below. Audience members are asked to bring 1-pound non-perishable food items for the pantry at Northside Common Ministries. 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!

Soloists
Anna Singer, Soprano
Mary Beth Sederburg, Alto
Christopher Quigley, Tenor
Matthew Hunt, Baritone

Festival Choir Choruses
And the Glory of the Lord
O Thou that Tellest Good Tidings to Zion
For Unto Us a Child is Born
And He Shall Purify
Glory to God
Hallelujah Chorus


 

Tickets


Ticket Prices
General Admission:  $12
Students and 62 years and over:  $8
Children 12 and under admitted at no charge.
Military service members and veterans admitted at no charge.

Where can I purchase tickets?
Tickets can be purchased at the door (cash or checks accepted) or http://www.showclix.com through noon on Saturday, December 5th.


 

Call for Singers


Tiffany meets Handel! Join us for Pittsburgh's new holiday tradition!  Sing a choral masterpiece surrounded by Tiffany masterpieces at the magnificently restored Calvary United Methodist Church in historic Allegheny West. Since 2011, this concert has been practically a sell-out!
 
Singers are sought for the Festival Choir. All voice parts are needed. No auditions required! Choir members join the core ensemble – the Renewal Choir of Calvary United Methodist Church. (Choir positions are unpaid.) Please email to confirm your participation and with any questions to CalvaryUMChurchPittsburgh@gmail.com. You will then receive a complete information packet. The choir is using the Watkins Shaw/Novello score. Rehearsal CDs may be made upon request if you don't have internet access, otherwise, links to videos for all voice parts will soon be found on Calvary's YouTube channel at Calvary UMC Pittsburgh, PA.

Rehearsal Schedule
Attendance is not required weekly, but is required at the rehearsals listed as such below.
  1. Tuesday, October 6:  7:15-8:15pm
  2. Tuesday, October 13:  7:15-8:15pm
  3. Tuesday, October 20:  7:15-8:15pm
  4. Tuesday, October 27:  7:15-8:15pm
  5. Tuesday, November 3: 7:15-8:15pm
  6. Tuesday, November 10:  7:15-8:15pm
  7. Tuesday, November 17:  7:00-8:30pm (REQUIRED – This is a choir only run-through)
  8. Tuesday, November 24:  7:15-8:15pm
  9. Tuesday, December 1:  7:15-8:15pm (Final choir rehearsal. All chorus pieces will be reviewed and as well as seating, and entering and exiting.)
  10. Friday, December 4:  7:00-9:00pm (REQUIRED - Dress rehearsal with choir, soloists, and orchestra)
  11. Saturday, December 5:  1:30pm (Choir warm-up and run-through)
  12. Saturday, December 5:  2:00pm (Soloists and orchestra added for warm-up and run-through)
  13. Saturday, December 5:  4:00pm (Showtime!)
 

Call for Volunteers


Volunteers are need for the following. If you are able to help in any way, please see either Brian Burns, Lynette Asson, or Yvonne Hudson.
  • Publicity
  • Poster Distribution
  • Ushering
  • Box Office
  • Refreshments
  • Parking
  • Set up
  • Tear Down

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, July 26th, 2015


Lesson
Our children delivered a wonderful performance to the congregation of songs taught during VBS. They went onto Sunday School where they had a recap of all three story lines from Wonders, Water and Miracles. The children read verses from the Bible while constructing foam scenes. Some children were also creative with coloring pages.

Bible Verses

And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
- Exodus 14:13

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. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
- Matthew 14: 30-31

And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
- Jonah 1:17


Sunday, August 23rd, 2015


Lesson
It back to school time! This can not only be an exciting time but very scary. The children made fun paperclip objects to take with them to school. These are a reminder that Jesus is with us at all times and we are not alone. The children were given a #2 pencil to write the bible verse onto it as a second reminder to take along with them to school.

Bible Verse
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.
- Proverbs 3:5-6

Artwork by Chantz Kautchick


Sunday, August 30th, 2015


Lesson
This Sunday is the Pittsburgh Parish Family Church Picnic. What goes along with picnics ...ANTS! With that in mind, today we want to consider the ants. We can learn from the ant and become wise. The ants do their work even when they don't have someone telling them what to do or checking up on them. The children had to color their pictures with sandpaper behind it to give the surface that bumpy sand effect. Best of all, the made their very own ant carrying the load of Proverbs 6:6-8.

Bible Verse
Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.
- Proverbs 6:6-8


Sunday, September 6th, 2015


Lesson
A Labor Day lesson learning about work and how God cares about our jobs. We played a job charade where volunteers were chosen to act out a job title written on index cards. After the children have guessed correctly we had a short debriefing by asking:
  • How does this person help others? What would happen if nobody did this work?

The lesson went onto a true or false discussion with questions such as:
  • Jobs that make less money or less important. False: all work matters to God)
  • God wants everyone to work hard.  (True)
  • Jesus did the hardest job ever. (True: He died to bring us back to God)

Bible Verse
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
- Colossians 3:23


Sunday, September 20th, 2015


Lesson
Everyone loves a good game of "Go Fish". The children played a game of go fish with eight different bible cards. Each card was matched and discussed. Of course, the best part was the Swedish fish reward for matches and correct answers. A good comparison between our bible verse of the day, John 21:3, they caught nothing. Chantz left class with not a single fish due to lack of self control and had nothing. Go fish...

Bible Verse
“I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
- John 21:3
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

“Let There Be Light” Campaign

Calvary recently enhanced the lighting in the Sanctuary, Chapel & Vestibule, and the total cost was $26,000. We are having a campaign to raise money to cover the cost of this project. An anonymous donor has offered to match every dollar donated up to $13,000. We have raised a little over $8,000 to date so we have about $5,000 to go. If you are able to donate to this campaign, please indicate “Lighting” on the offering envelope.

 

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 audreyjennings037@yahoo.com.

 

 

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, Small Groups, and Prayer Requests. This second, abridged newsletter is sent out around the middle of each month. 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.
SMALL GROUPS

Mondays


Ugly Quilt Project (Sleeping Bags)
Monday Nights from 6:00-8:00pm

Location: Calvary UMC Fellowship Hall



 

Tuesdays


Renewal Choir
Tuesday Nights from 6:30-7:30pm

Location: Calvary UMC Sanctuary
The Renewal Choir sings traditional anthems on Sunday mornings as well as supporting Calvary special events and observances. The group presents a wide variety of musical styles from September through May. Choir members actively participate in worship and may be found assisting during such times as Communion, Advent and special services. See Brian Burns for more details or if you are interested in joining.



 

Wednesdays


Bible Study
Wednesday Mornings at 10:00am

Location: Calvary UMC Chapel
Join us as we study “The Way – Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus”. Everyone is welcome. There is a Study Guide donation of $10.00. There will be additional information in Sunday's bulletin. Please see Rev. Ellie Laws if you have any questions.


Iron City Square Dancing
Wednesday Nights from 7:00-9:00pm

Location: Calvary UMC Fellowship Hall



 

Thursdays


Bible Study
Thursday Nights at 7:00pm

Location: Calvary UMC Chapel
Join us as we study “The Way – Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus”. Everyone is welcome. There is a Study Guide donation of $10.00. There will be additional information in Sunday's bulletin. Please see Rev. Ellie Laws if you have any questions.

 
PRAYER REQUESTS

Prayers This Week

  • Jane Johnson – Cranberry Place, Room 109, 5 Saint Francis Way, Cranberry Twp, PA 16066
  • Michael Hallman’s grandmother – health concerns
  • Brian Burns’s grandmother fell this week and broke her hip. She is at AGH.
  • Rev. Paul Taylor – cancer
  • Martin Fuess in the loss of his mother on Wednesday morning. Martin coordinated the antiques dealers for the antique show in September.
  • Paul Wittstock is at the VA Hospital recovering from double bypass heart surgery and doing well.
  • Jan Meyers mother, Jeanette Kilpatrick, who is suffering from dementia
  • Shawn Donovan at Mercy Hospital
  • Brian, age 29 – in rehab from an injury
 

Continued Prayers

  • Larry Hopkins mother, Connie – doing better
  • Susan Laczko’s mother, Virginia Huffman – heart and hip joint repair
  • Dennis Joseph Huber
  • Joan Huber who suffered a stroke this past year has returned to work.
  • Mary Slepski – very ill
  • Henry Boback – very sick, pending surgery
  • Jeff and Stacy Hertrich’s uncle, John – stroke
  • Christine Thomas – health concerns
  • Mike’s mother, Dorothy Schnitgen
  • Jason Soliday’s father-in-law, Mike is recovering from surgery for lung cancer, also his mother, Mary, has a brain tumor and his wife in KC.
  • Michelle Edwards Newberry – final stages of MS
  • Danette Sutter asks for prayers for her family and friends.
  • Diane Traymore – cancer
  • Sara Casey – cancer and M.S.
  • Jack Harrison, age 95 – surgery recovery
  • John Lobeig, age 46 – skin cancer
  • 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
  • Jacob Wineman – health
  • Truddie Burke – Manor Care
  • 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
  • Prayers for those in need of employment
  • The homeless and those living in poverty
 

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 UMC church office at calvaryumcpgh@gmail.com or by calling 412.231.2007.
BIRTHDAY WISHES
Happy Birthday to all members and friends who will celebrate a birthday in the month of October!

May God bless you on your birthday and everyday in every way!

 
Castor Elwell - October 6
Hannah Hardy - October 8
Yvonne Hudson - October 8
Chantz Kautchick - October 9
Patsy Sestric - October 18
Ellen Homitsky - October 18
Karen Smith - October 19
Keith Smith - October 20
Kelly Kennedy - October 21
Tom Hardy - October 30
CONTACT CALVARY
Address
971 Beech Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Phone
412.231.2007

Office Hours
Monday thru Friday
9:00am thru 3:00pm

Entrance is on the Beech Avenue side.
Handicapped entrance is in rear of building.
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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.



 

October


United Methodist Women Luncheon
Sunday, October 11th Following Morning Worship
Location: Calvary UMC Chapel
This is an open invitation to all women to attend an informational luncheon after church on Sunday, October 11th in the chapel at Calvary to learn about the organization of United Methodist Women. Whether you’ve never heard about UMW or you’re someone who knows about and would like to see a local unit be a part of Calvary, you’re welcome to come. We would like to reorganize the unit which had a tremendous history in this church, according to Jane Johnson. There will be lunch, brochures about UMW and also, some fun! No reservations are necessary but please come. If you have any questions or are interested but cannot attend please contact Joan Bradley at ogremtb@aol.com.


Laity Sunday - Guest Preacher
Sunday, October 18th
Location: Calvary UMC Sanctuary
Daoud Nassar from the Tent of Nations will be our guest preacher. Following morning worship he will share the story of his family vineyard and the conflict with Israel as well as answering your questions about his life in Palestine.

AHPS Annual
Program - "Restoring Sacred Masterpieces: Calvary's Tiffany Windows"
Wednesday, October 21st at 6:45pm
Location: Calvary UMC Sanctuary
Presentation By: Kirk Weaver, President of Pittsburgh Stained Glass Studios
Members and Friends of Calvary Church are invited to attend the Annual Program of the Allegheny Historic Preservation Society (AHPS). The program will feature a presentation by Mr. Kirk Weaver, President of Pittsburgh Stained Glass Studios. Weaver's presentation is entitled, "Resorting Sacred Masterpieces: Calvary's Tiffany Windows". Weaver lead the team of conservators and stained glass artists from 2002-2005 who restored the signature Tiffany Windows that grace the sanctuary of Calvary Church. Weaver continues to assist the AHPS with other restoration/conservation projects at Calvary. Please join AHPS with this unique educational experience and learn more about the restoration of these sacred masterpieces.



Bi-Monthly Committee Meeting
Thursday, October 22nd at 6:00pm
Location: Calvary UMC Fellowship Hall
Dinner is served at 6:00pm, meeting starts at 6:30pm. If you are a member of a committee please plan to attend.



Northside Common Ministries Celebration of Caring
Friday, October 23rd at 6:00pm
Location: The Grand Hall at the Priory, 614 Pressley St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Each year the Celebration of Caring honors volunteers who are out there helping the hungry and homeless in our city. Your $75 donation gets you a delicious meal, great entertainment and an evening filled with heartwarming speeches. All proceeds benefit the Pleasant Valley Homeless Men’s Shelter. This is the dinner where Calvary was honored last year. For more information or to order tickets please contact Jay Polizian at either 412.323.1163 or jay.polizian1@ncmin.org.


The 24th Tiffany Concert Season presents the "North Star Kids"
Sunday, October 25th at 4:00pm
Location: Calvary UMC Sanctuary
Ticket Pricing: General $12, Senior $10, Students $8 (Calvary members have a 50% discount off the general ticket price or $6. You do need to be a church member.)
The 24th Tiffany Concert Season is sponsored by the Allegheny Historic Preservation Society, Inc. This Season features the impact the Arts have on youth resulting in a dynamic, positive impact on community at large that s far reaching to all ages. Exciting family concerts have been especially designed with Pittsburgh's most talented children and youth performers to present this theme. This concert presents the North Star Kids. An exciting performance combining two of the North Star Kids’ most popular traveling shows. “The Spirit of Broadway” is a song and dance review of past and present hits from the American theater. “I Am But a Small Voice” is a patriotic salute to the spirit of America. Much of it has been performed by the North Star Kids in Shanksville as an uplifting memorial to the victims of Flight 93.



 

November


Fall Festival
Friday, November 6th at 6:00pm
Location: Calvary UMC Fellowship Hall
Everyone is welcome at this new annual tradition at Calvary! The evening will begin with a turkey dinner with all the trimmings including pumpkin pie. After dinner there will be crafts and games that everyone can participate in. It promises to be a wonderful evening of great fellowship and fun!


Thanksgiving Dinner
Thursday, November 26th
Location: Calvary UMC Fellowship Hall
More details to come.


Bi-Monthly Church Council Meeting
Date: To Be Determined
Location: Calvary UMC Fellowship Hall
Dinner is served at 6:00pm, meeting starts at 6:30pm.



 

December


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


Victorian House Tour
Friday, December 11th (Evening) & Saturday, December 12th (All Day)

Location: Calvary UMC
It's almost that time of year! COOKIES!!! Yes, it's only September, but it's something to think about because the house tour will be here before you can say "homemade Christmas cookies"! Cookie donations will be needed for the Victorian House Tour so that we may sell them in the "Calvary Cafe" that will be set up in the Chapel during the house tour. Also, volunteers are needed to assist with food preparation in the kitchen and also with selling food and beverages in the "Calvary Cafe". The house tour is being held on the evening of Friday, December 11th and all day Saturday, December 12th. Please see Brian Burns if you are able to make cookies, and please see Karen Ferguson if you are able to volunteer your time that weekend.


Children's Christmas Party
Sunday, December 13th Following Morning Worship

Location: Calvary UMC Chapel
Children of all ages are invited to a Christmas Party at Calvary following morning worship. Lunch will be provided, and the children will enjoy Christmas crafts and games.


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


January 2016


No events scheduled at this time.


 

February 2016


No events scheduled at this time.


 

March 2016


The 24th Tiffany Concert Season presents “Flute & Harp Fantasy”
Sunday, March 13th at 4:00pm
Location: Calvary UMC Sanctuary
Ticket Pricing: General $12, Senior $10, Students $8 (Calvary members have a 50% discount off the general ticket price or $6. You do need to be a church member.)
Performers: Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Harp Society (President: Craig Johnson) & Pittsburgh Flute Club & Flute Academy (Music Director: Wendy Kumer)
The 24th Tiffany Concert Season is sponsored by the Allegheny Historic Preservation Society, Inc. This Season features the impact the Arts have on youth resulting in a dynamic, positive impact on community at large that s far reaching to all ages. Exciting family concerts have been especially designed with Pittsburgh's most talented children and youth performers to present this theme. This concert presents “Flute & Harp Fantasy”. Come and experience the enchanting music of heavenly harps combined with many flutes of all kinds including the mysterious alto flute and exotic bass flute. The program will include works for flute choir, works for harp ensemble, and pieces that combine multiple harps and multiple flutes. A special highlight will be Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra members Gretchen Van Hoesen and Lorna McGhee performing Suite en Duo by Jean Cras.



 

April 2016


The 24th Tiffany Concert Season presents “Afternoon of a Faun”
Sunday, April 24th at 4:00pm
Location: Calvary UMC Sanctuary
Ticket Pricing: General $12, Senior $10, Students $8 (Calvary members have a 50% discount off the general ticket price or $6. You do need to be a church member.)
Performers: Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra (Music Director & Conductor: Francesco Lecce-Chong)
The 24th Tiffany Concert Season is sponsored by the Allegheny Historic Preservation Society, Inc. This Season features the impact the Arts have on youth resulting in a dynamic, positive impact on community at large that s far reaching to all ages. Exciting family concerts have been especially designed with Pittsburgh's most talented children and youth performers to present this theme. This concert presents “Flute & Harp Fantasy”. Back by popular demand, you are invited to experience a delightful afternoon listening to some of the most talented young people in the Pittsburgh area! The program will include Debussy’s impressionist masterpiece Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and other works for orchestra, as well as smaller ensembles including Mendelssohn’s String Octet.




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