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Monthly Newsletter

July 2015

Calvary Invites You To...

VBS 2015 - Wonders, Water & Miracles

Vacation Bible School is right around the corner!
August 10th, 11th, 12th (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) from 5:30-8:00pm

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

Fourth of July Open House

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 last year was a huge success. It was a great day spending time with friends and meeting new people.

To make this year's event a success as well, we are looking for donations of the following:
  • Individual bottles of water
  • Single serving bags of potato chips
Please drop off donations at church this Sunday or during church office hours which are 9:00am-3:00pm, Monday-Friday. Not only are your donations appreciated, but we hope to see you at the church to help out and spend some time on the Fourth of July with your friends at Calvary. Please see Brian Burns to let him know if you plan on joining us. We look forward to seeing you there!

Pictures from Last Year's Fourth of July Open House

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

What is Summer Pickup Choir?
Summer Pickup Choir is for anyone who would like to sing in a "pickup" choir during the Summer. Once a month we will be picking a Sunday for the pickup choir to sing. The first Sunday we will sing is this Sunday, June 28th. Come to rehearsal Sunday morning at 10:15am so we can practice the song that we will be singing during morning worship. Anyone can sing, even if you aren't currently a member of the choir. Everyone is welcome!
You don't even need to know how to read music. This is going to be an informal choir for anyone who feels like being a joyful noise!

First Sunday for Pickup Choir will be:
Sunday, June 28th
Rehearsal starts at 10:15am

Shoe Drive! We Need Your Old Shoes

For the rest of June we will be collecting old shoes – any kind, any condition – for a mission project of the Erie United Methodist Alliance.

Why Collect Used Shoes?
Each Bag of 25 pairs of shoes roughly means $10.00 for our outreach to those affected by homelessness and those with disabilities in need... and 25 people in developing nations who desperately need shoes will be able to walk more safely....and families in developing nations will be resourced and trained to be able to support themselves...and the toxic chemicals in the shoes will be kept out of our landfills, soils, and water supplies. That’s a lot to glean from a bag of used shoes!!
Simply gather your old, unwanted shoes  -  rubber band pairs together (US Postal rubber bands are perfect, or use ones available at Calvary). Shoes need not be in good shape for this project as materials will be recycled. Work boots, sandals, flip flops are all accepted. We like work boots, they're heavy and we earn mission funds by the pound! Your shoes will keep on helping as Funds2Orgs will use the donated shoes to fund micro-enterprise ventures in developing nations.
Funds2orgs sets up persons in developing nations with micro enterprise opportunities to repurpose used shoes. These persons, often family groupings, are taught to repair the shoes. This gives persons living in poverty, a means of supporting their families and they in turn can sell shoes at a price that others who need shoes in their communities can afford to buy. One of the countries they are currently working in is Haiti.
The shoe drive will provide operating funds to accomplish the goals of two organizations. The funds raised will be divided between EUMA (Erie United Methodist Alliance) and AGCM (All God's Children Ministries/Ramps of Hope) For each bag of 25 pairs of shoes approximately $10.00 is raised. Our goal is to collect at least 50,000 pounds of shoes. That breaks down to 2000 garbage bags full of shoes. Funds raised will support outreach services to those affected by homelessness or disability.
Benefits of Repurposed Shoes
By repurposing shoes we keep them out of landfills and prevent the chemicals used in their manufacturing from entering into our soil/water/food, etc. It is estimated that 630,000,000 pairs of shoes are discarded in the USA each year!

Old Allegheny Antiques Show

An antique show is coming to Calvary! More information to come in the next newsletter.
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, May 31st, 2015

A Generous and Sacrificial Giver - Giving is a subject often preached upon in churches. Many adults need a reminder and an admonition to practice giving regularly. Even though our children do not have a regular income, they still need to begin to learn about what the Bible teaches about being a generous and sacrificial giver. Our lesson focuses on the story of the poor widow who gave away all she had even though it was a only 2 copper coins. Allie decided to spend her money on several cellular phones, however she did donate a huge portion to the poor. She also contributed a creative drawing dedicated to God.

Bible Verse

41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. 43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.
- Mark 12:41-44



Sunday, June 7th, 2015


Bible Verse

The community of believers was one in heart and mind.
- Acts 4:32

The Bible story Acts 2:1-41 was told to the children, then we made Holy Spirit Windchimes during the process of learning the meaning of each symbol.



Sunday, June 14th, 2015

This particular Sunday we had a single student whom brought a new four legged friend. After we all got to know each other, we discussed the Calvary Kids Care project which led us to make "thank you" cards for some of the people who donated to our mission. Ezra personally delivered the ones we made following church service.
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
Small Groups


Worship Team - Praise Band
Sunday Mornings at 10:00am

Location: Calvary UMC Sanctuary
The Praise Band presents two songs to open each worship service. All songs are chosen to encourage congregational singing and participation. Some tunes are based on well-known hymns with a contemporary twist, while others are original tunes by contemporary Christian artists. See Brian Burns or Karen Ferguson for more details or if you are interested in joining the Worship Team.

Alcoholics Anonymous
Sunday Nights from 6:00-8:00pm

Location: Calvary UMC Fellowship Hall



Gamblers Anonymous
Every 2nd Monday of the Month from 7:00-9:00pm

Location: Calvary UMC Fellowship Hall



Adult Bible Study
Wednesday Nights at 6:30pm

Location: Calvary UMC Chapel

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

Location: Calvary UMC Fellowship Hall



Mini-Bible Study
Thursday Nights from 7:00-8:30pm
Location: Calvary UMC Parlor

We will be studying the Book of James. James, the brother of Jesus, is appointed the first Bishop of Jerusalem. His letter is a general letter written to Jewish Converts who were experiencing persecution.  His letter has been referred to in the proverbs of the New Testament. They are commanding! Believers are encouraged to seek God’s wisdom and live a life of faith. How we live today matters for tomorrow. There is no study guide. Please bring your Bible, paper and pencil, and a willing heart. Any questions ask Rev. Ellie Laws. 
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.



Joint Western PA Mission Team to New York
Week of July 19th-25th
Location: Brooklyn & Long Island, New York

This team is going to work alongside communities in Brooklyn and Long Island who are still trying to find healing and hope after Super Storm Sandy. This group will be offering a sign of God's continued presence in Brooklyn through light construction tasks on local homes referred thru disaster case managers. We will stay as a group in empty homes or church space and cook our own meals. Volunteers age 14 and up are welcome and estimated cost is $300. Contact Rev. Stephanie Gottschalk at for further information or get the application from Jaime in the church office.

Bi-Monthly Church Council Meeting
Thursday, July 23rd at 6:00pm
Location: Calvary UMC Chapel

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



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.



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


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
Prayer Requests

Prayers This Week

  • Military Personnel and their Families
  • Places of conflict around the world

Prayers This Week

  • Joe’s mother, Rose Ober, has had a fall.
  • Clara Weller has suffered a heart attack.
  • Mike’s mother, Dorothy Schnitgen
  • Fran Frank and her family in the loss of her sister

Continued Prayers

  • Jane Johnson is recovering from hip surgery, doing well.
  • David Sevick is recovering from minor surgery.
  • 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
  • Melinda Fair is home and doing well.
  • Mary Callison’s son-in-law, David, age 53 – leukemia
  • Families dealing with addiction issues
  • The Homeless
  • David Baker – stage four stomach cancer
  • Charles Louis Brown – pending surgery
  • Michael Joseph – third stage liver cancer
  • Robert Brown – Baldwin Center
  • Mark Neuherz’s brother, Farrell, is recovering in the trauma unit at Mercy Hospital.
  • Emilie – 14 year old girl with depression
  • Dennis Joseph Huber
  • Christine Thomas and family – health
  • The Drumheller Family and their daughter Tammy who suffered a stroke
  • Jacob Wineman – health
  • Adam Balogh, age 27 – leukemia and lymphoma
  • Truddie Burke – Manor Care
  • Melvin Branch – health
  • Ida’s daughter – cancer
  • Marci Deutsch – rehab and recovery
  • Shirley Mehring's sister, Barbara, continues to improve.
  • The Clark FamilyRenny’s nephew, Greg, is recovering at home.
  • Donna and her son, Mark – health concerns
  • Michael Snell – health
  • The Richie Family – health and heart
  • Patty Brown – health and COPD
  • Zeek Thomas's brother, Charlie – health and COPD
  • Kenny Branch – health and heart
  • 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


  • 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.
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