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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.

 

Monthly Newsletter
 

February 2015
 

"Send Us Off" Benefit Concert


A Message from The Pittsburgh Symphony & TRYPO

You are invited to attend this special one-night-only evening of chamber music featuring The Pittsburgh Symphony, TRYPO staff, and other guests! TRYPO has been invited to participate in the Sounds of Summer Festival in New York City in June 2015 where we will make our Carnegie Hall debut. All proceeds from this special concert will benefit TRYPO's travel fund.

Don't miss this chance to help a student enjoy performing at Carnegie Hall in New York in the most fulfilling way possible...by enjoying a performance yourself, here in Pittsburgh! Come "be a part of it!" and help send us off to "New York, New York!"


Tuesday, February 3rd at 7:00pm

Calvary United Methodist Church

971 Beech Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Reception to Follow!
Adults: $15.00 / Students: $5.00


Tickets
To order tickets: 
https://www.artful.ly/three-rivers-young-peoples-orchestras
For more information, call 412.391.0526, or e-mail staff@trypo.org
For more information about TRYPO, see www.trypo.org
(Student ticket price valid for any current student ID, including college students.)



Program Highlights
Special Guest Announcer: Jim Cunningham of WQED

Jeremy Black, Violin 
Dennis O’Boyle, Violin 
Marylène Gingras-Roy, Viola 
David Premo, Cello 
Performing: Selections from Haydn’s String Quartet No. 5 in D Major, “Lark,” and more

Scott Bell, Oboe 
Katie Wickesberg, Violin 
Andrew Wickesberg, Viola 
Michael DeBruyn, Cello 
Performing: Mozart’s Oboe Quartet in F Major

Laura Motchalov, Violin 
Lindsey Nova, Horn 
Salome Scheidegger, Piano 
Performing: Brahms’ Horn Trio in E-flat Major, mvts. 1 and 4

Also featuring: TRYPO Chamber Music Program student groups:
Amadeus String Quartet
Intermezzo String Quartet
Penn String Quartet

UMC Men's Conference


A Life-Challenging Game Plan for each man’s journey.

From Training Camp through to Game Day Preparation, this unique sports and media venue will train and equip each man to become the husband, father, and man God has called him to be – a man of action and love. Men ages 13 and up are encouraged to participate in this high-energy conference filled with speakers, group sessions, and more.

Please return the below registration form by mail or drop it off at the church (see mailing address for Calvary UMC in the footer of this newsletter). 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), see David Sevick for a form. Registration forms are also available for pickup at Calvary. Please see Dave Sevick with questions or for further information. You can also email him at dave@davesevick.com.

For more information about the conference or about Christian Sports International, visit their website at http://www.teamcsi.org/all_in_mens_conference.php.

 
 


 

8th Annual Race for Grace


Team Calvary is gearing up for the 8th Annual Race for Grace which is to be held on Saturday, April 11th. Calvary has had a wonderful show of support in past years, and we are hoping to increase the number of team members this year.

The 8th Annual Race For Grace 5K & 1 Mile Walk benefits the Reflections Of Grace Foundation. Race For Grace and its beneficiary Foundation are named after Grace Elizabeth Ekis, a precious 5-year-old who lost her courageous 13-month battle with a rare cancerous brain tumor on Valentine’s Day 2008. Grace’s cancer was a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a tumor of the brainstem for which there is no known cure and there have been no advances in treatment options for more than 35 years.

For more information, visit the website at http://www.reflectionsofgrace.org/index.php/8th-annual-race-for-grace.html

Please return the below registration form by mail or drop it off at the church (see mailing address for Calvary UMC in the footer of this newsletter). 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), see Karen Ferguson for a form. Registration forms are also available for pickup at Calvary. Please see Jean Elwell with questions or for further information. You can also email her at jmhelwell@gmail.com.


Team Calvary in Past Years

2015 Church Directory


The 2015 Calvary UMC Church Directory is now available for pickup. We only ask that a $5.00 donation be given for each book to cover printing costs. Please see Karen Ferguson either before or after Sunday Morning Worship every Sunday during the month of February. If you have any questions, she can be reached on her cell at 724.448.1429 or by email at karen.ferguson.15202@gmail.com.

Calendar of Dates for Lent and Easter 2015


Lent is a season of the Christian year when people are invited to simplify their lives to focus on their relationship with God in Christ.

Shrove Tuesday - February 17th, Tuesday
Ash Wednesday - February 18th, Wednesday
1st Sunday in Lent - February 22nd, Sunday
2nd  Sunday in Lent - March 1st, Sunday
3rd  Sunday in Lent - March 8th, Sunday
4th  Sunday in Lent - March 15th,  Sunday
5th  Sunday in Lent - March 22nd, Sunday
Palm Sunday - March 29th, Sunday
Maundy Thursday - April 2nd, Thursday
Good Friday - April 3rd, Friday
Easter Sunday - April 5th, Sunday
Ascension Day - May 14th, Thursday
Pentecost - May 24th, Sunday

Church Office Online

Introducing Church Management Software to Calvary


A Message from Karen Ferguson, Communications Team Chairperson

Why did Calvary decide to get church management software?

Calvary is growing, and although that is a very good thing, it also comes with certain growing pains. One of those growing pains is keeping track of our growing congregation, making sure that this information is accessible, and having our growing congregation know what activities the church has to offer and when these activities are scheduled.

With a growing church, organization is not only a good idea, it’s essential. When it comes to church management, it is much easier to get organized when the job is manageable. Ask anyone at Calvary who has had to input a backlog of names, addresses, phone numbers, and emails from several different sources; needless to say, it's not fun and it’s extremely time consuming. Also, church staff and other members of Calvary need to have easy access to this information. When you're flipping through spreadsheets and fingering down pages, you will probably admit is not an efficient use of time. Also, having to add or update the same information in more than one place is, well, less than ideal.

Over the last year, considerable research has been done to find a church management software package that was a good fit for Calvary. The challenge was to find a package that was not too robust for our needs but also one that was not inadequate. The decision arrived at Church Office Online.

Expect more information to be coming very soon! In the meantime, if you have questions, please let me know. I can be reached by email at karen.ferguson.15202@gmail.com or by phone at 724.448.1429.
News & Announcements

Manchester Reading Program

This fall we celebrated the 5th year of the Reading Program at Manchester Elementary School. The winter session will run through February. If you are available to read with a student in grades 1 thru 4, and want to take part in this meaningful outreach, please contact the Church Union Office at 412.231.4900.

 

Used T-Shirts Needed at Martin Luther King School

Our neighbors at Martin Luther King School have asked us to collect used t-shirts that can be used when students come wearing inappropriate clothing. Having a supply of t-shirts will mean that the students will not be sent home, but will be able to continue with their classes.

 

Ugly Quilt Project (Sleeping Bags) - A Message from the Missions Committee

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

 

Hospitality Opportunity - Greeters & Ushers Needed

A Message from Kenny Elliott

Being an usher is one of the most important ministries at Calvary. You are the first friendly face that greets visitors and members Sunday mornings. If you are an usher or interested in becoming an usher, please let me know your schedule. If you have work or travel schedules that keep you away on many Sundays or don't know your schedule until a week or two ahead of time, you can still usher. I will be glad to fit you in as your schedule permits or call on you if we need a substitute. And, if we have a number of ushers willing to serve, you may not have to serve more than once every month or two months. Please c
ontact me at 724.747.7467 or ken_elliott27@yahoo.com to sign up.

 

Visitor Welcome Table

If you would like to help out at a welcome table, call Kenny Elliott at 724.747.7467.

 

Feed the Sheep

Sponsors are needed for the months of March and April. If you would like to host a fellowship luncheon please see Doug Lucas or Mike Schnitgen. Two sponsors are needed per Sunday, $35.00 per sponsor.

 

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, 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 karen.ferguson.15202@gmail.com.
Small Groups

Sundays


Holy Book Club
Sunday Mornings at 9:30am
Location: Calvary UMC Parlor

Our first book of the new year is “Christianity for the Rest of Us” by Diana Butler Bass. What a delightful, encouraging, and informative book! This book not only presents ten characteristics shared by vital, progressive congregations, but it also situates these characteristics in the context of recent American religious history. Highly recommended!

Worship Team - Praise Band
Sunday Mornings at 9:30am
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.


Prayer Circle
Sunday Mornings from 10:15-10:45am
Location: Church Union Office (Next to Rev. Larry's Office)
See Ellie Laws for more details.


Alcoholics Anonymous
Sunday Nights from 6:00-8:00pm
Location: Calvary UMC Fellowship Hall


 

Mondays


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

Location: Calvary UMC Fellowship Hall

 

Tuesdays


Renewal Choir
Tuesday Nights from 6:15-7:15pm

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


Women's Bible Study
Wednesday Mornings at 10:00am

Location: Calvary UMC Parlor
Calvary Women Come Together! Please join us as we share the stories of twelve special women as we study "Extraordinary Women of the Bible".


Adult Bible Study
Wednesday Nights at 6:15pm

Location: Calvary UMC Parlor
This year’s 1st study will be around “Those Crazy Methodists”. We will travel through the formation and realities of our Methodist journey. Just be prepared for an informative and fun adventure! After our study many go out for a light meal together.

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

Location: Calvary UMC Fellowship Hall

 

Thursdays


Women's Bible Study
Thursday Evenings at 7:00pm
Location: Calvary UMC Parlor
Calvary Women Come Together! Please join us as we share the stories of twelve special women as we study "Extraordinary Women of the Bible".


Narcotics Anonymous
Thursday Nights from 7:00-9:00pm

Location: Calvary UMC Fellowship Hall
Church Calendar

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.


 

February


"Send Us Off" Benefit Concert
Tuesday, February 3rd at 7:00pm

Location: Calvary UMC Sanctuary
Cost: Adults - $15.00 / Students - $5.00
Reception to Follow!


New Member Orientation Dinner
Tuesday, February 10th at 6:00pm
Location: Calvary UMC Chapel
Reverend Larry invites everyone interested in learning more about our congregation and its ministries to join him for a light dinner on Tuesday, February 10th. If you are seeking to join our family of faith please join us at this informal gathering. Please RSVP to the church office by calling 412.231.2007 or by emailing calvaryumcpgh@gmail.com.


Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner
Tuesday, February 17th from 4:00-6:00pm
Location: Calvary UMC Fellowship Hall
Presented by the Allegheny West Civic Council. Join your friends and neighbors and kick off Lent with our traditional pancake dinner - with a twist. Enjoy delicious gourmet toppings - something for everyone - all at affordable family prices!



Bi-Monthly Committee Meeting
Thursday, February 26th at 6:00pm

Location: Calvary UMC Chapel


 

March


UMC Men's Conference
Friday, March 6th thru Sunday, March 8th

Location: Camp Allegheny, 100 Camp Allegheny Drive, Stoystown, PA 15563
Cost: $110.00
A Life-Challenging Game Plan for each man’s journey. From Training Camp through to Game Day Preparation, this unique sports and media venue will train and equip each man to become the husband, father, and man God has called him to be – a man of action and love. Men ages 13 and up are encouraged to participate in this high-energy conference filled with speakers, group sessions, and more. See Dave Sevick for further details.


Bi-Monthly Church Council Meeting
Thursday, March 26th at 6:00pm

Location: Calvary UMC Chapel


 

April


8th Annual Race for Grace
Saturday, April 11th

Location: Norwin High School, 251 McMahon Drive, North Huntingdon, PA 15642
Opening Activities: 7:00am
Race Begins: 9:00am
Fees Prior to March 11th, 2015 (discounted rate): Adults - $20.00 / Children (12 & under) - $15.00
Fees Beginning on March 11th, 2015 (including race day): Adults - $25.00 / Children (12 & under) - $20.00
The 8th Annual Race For Grace 5K & 1 Mile Walk benefits the Reflections Of Grace Foundation. Race For Grace and its beneficiary Foundation are named after Grace Elizabeth Ekis, a precious 5-year-old who lost her courageous 13-month battle with a rare cancerous brain tumor on Valentine’s Day 2008. Grace’s cancer was a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a tumor of the brainstem for which there is no known cure and there have been no advances in treatment options for more than 35 years. See Jean Elwell or Karen Ferguson for further details.

Bi-Monthly Committee Meeting
Thursday, April 23rd at 6:00pm

Location: Calvary UMC Chapel


 

May


Bi-Monthly Church Council Meeting
Thursday, May 28th at 6:00pm

Location: Calvary UMC Chapel


 

June


Bi-Monthly Committee Meeting
Thursday, June 25th at 6:00pm

Location: Calvary UMC Chapel


 

July


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

Location: Calvary UMC Chapel


 

August


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


 

September


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

Location: Calvary UMC Chapel


 

October


Bi-Monthly Committee Meeting
Thursday, October 22nd at 6:00pm

Location: Calvary UMC Chapel


 

November


Bi-Monthly Church Council Meeting
To Be Determined

Location: Calvary UMC Chapel


 

December


Bi-Monthly Committee Meeting
To Be Determined

Location: Calvary UMC Chapel

Candlelight Christmas Eve
Thursday, December 24th

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

Congratulations

  • Congratulations to Bill and Joan Sturtz on their 13th great-grand child born January 8th - Miles Ethan Flinspach.
 

Prayers for This Week

  • The family of Linda and Renny Clark in the loss of Linda’s sister, Patty
  • Emilie, 14 year old girl suffering from depression and emotional problems
  • The Miller Family and their daughter Tammy who suffered a stroke last week
  • Olivia, a ten year old girl, waiting for brain surgery
  • Moira and Andrew Brennen, their baby is due at the end of January, and continued prayers for Moira's father, Bruce Ernst
 

Continued Prayers

  • Martha Helmreich in the loss of her sister
  • Christine Thomas and family for health concerns, and her daughter, Nan, and her niece, Lynn, who were in a car accident
  • Nancy Davey - health concerns
  • Shirley Mehring's sister, Barbara, continues to improve after brain surgery
  • Adam Balogh, 27 years old - Leukemia and Lymphoma
  • A word of thanks from the Clark Family - Renny’s nephew, Greg, is recovering at home
  • Robert Brown Baldwin, Rehab Room 112
  • Melvin Branch - not doing well, health
  • Carmen and family in the loss of brother
  • Thanks from Allentown for workers for repair
  • Jason, Beth Ann, and others suffering from some form of addictions
  • Prayers for Ida’s daughter - cancer
  • Marci Deutsch - rehab and recovery
  • Donna and son, Mark, health concerns
  • Rose B. - injury from fall
  • Michael Snell - health concerns
  • Prayers for Dennis Joseph Huber
  • Jim Cox - health concerns and cancer
  • Dwayne Rife - internal bleeding
  • Truddie Burke who is in Manor Care in Oakland
  • Ron - discerning health concerns
  • Daores Skena - health concerns
  • Patty Brown - health and COPD concerns
  • Zeek Thomas's brother, Charlie - COPD health
  • Richie Family - health and heart
  • Family and Friends of Calvary UMC
  • All Ministries and Outreach of Calvary
  • Remember Light of Life in your prayers
  • Military Personnel and their Families
  • Protection for Firefighters and Police Officers
  • Shooting Violence and the families that have lost loved ones
 

Prayers for Missionaries

  • Missionaries Steve and Gail Quigg - aviation mission to Africa
  • Tina Whitehead - missionary in Jerusalem
 

Prayers for the World Community

  • World Leaders/President/Congress
  • Places of conflict around the world
  • Homeless, hungry, and those in need of jobs

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.
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