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

 


Monthly Newsletter


June 2015

Free Bus Tour of Spring Garden & Deutschtown


The Allegheny City Society will conduct two FREE half-day tours of the East Deutschtown/Spring Garden neighborhood June 6, 2015. The Society will work with residents and business owners in the community in developing the plan for the tours.

Each tour will begin and end at the St. Michael & All Angels Lutheran Church, 1308 Spring Garden Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212.

The morning tour will begin at 9:00am and end at 11:30am. The afternoon tour will begin at 1:30pm and end at 4:00pm. Both groups will be at the church between 11:30am and 1:30pm for a free picnic lunch. During this lunch period a format for group discussions will focus on the ties between the history of the community, the nature of the present day features of the neighborhood, and the directions that Spring Garden/East Deutschtown might go in the future.

Limited seating necessitates reservations. To RSVP, please email John Canning at johnjcanning@hotmail.com or call Amelia Gehron at 412.766.5670.

 

VBS 2015 - Wonders, Water & Miracles


Vacation Bible School is right around the corner! Watch for more details!!

"Calvary Kids Care" Project


Throughout the next few weeks, our Sunday School will be participating in a special Calvary Kids Care project. Our children are taking a collection of several items to put together for the children in the Kids Meal Network, a program of the United Methodist Church Union. We will need the items collected by Sunday, June 14th. Our children will be assembling the kits on Sunday, June 21st.
Items needed include the following:
  • Books
  • Diaries
  • Sanitizer
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick
  • Individual kleenex
  • Small stickers
  • Chalk
  • Bubbles
  • Glow sticks
  • Card games or flash cards
  • 1-gallon zip lock clear bags
Jesus taught his followers that they were to love and care for one another.  “Love your neighbor as yourself,” is what Jesus said. These boys and girls are our neighbors. Please, let's share with them.

If you have any questions please ask Christina Kautchick
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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
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.
 
EUMA & AGCM
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!


3rd Annual Circle of Faith


Sunday, June 7th, from 2:00-3:00pm at Schenley Plaza, under the tent across the street from the Cathedral of Learning

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.

 
Believe Out Loud
http://www.believeoutloud.com/take-action/petitions/christians-pledge-end-discrimination-against-lgbtq-people-pennsylvania

The above Believe Out Loud link features not only a photo from our sister church First UMC (where most Circle of Faith meetings are held), but a pledge that you can take and share as Christians in PA are demonstrating that welcoming is at the heart of our faith.


Pictures from Circle of Faith in Past Years
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 3rd, 2015


Lesson
Two Houses

Bible Verse
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
- Matthew 7:24-27


After hearing the story that Jesus told about the two builders and their houses, the children built their own house. They then had to make the decision of the foundation of which the choose. Even though the space on the sand had a beautiful view and was an easy build, it was unstable ground. The rocky and not such an easy build, was a very strong foundation. Anyone who hears and obeys the teachings is like the wise builder who built a house on solid rock foundation. When the storm comes, where have you built your house?

 

Sunday, May 10th, 2015


Lesson
Mother's Day

Bible Verse
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.
- Ephesians 6:1-3

This week we learned what it means to honor and bless our mother. As a token, we made lilies with and from our very own hands. We also discussed short summaries of biblical moms such as: Hannah, Mary, Jochebed, Sarah, Elizabeth, Rebekah and Naomi. To finalize a fabulous Mother's Day, Susan Laczko made treats to eat and send home with our Moms!
 

Sunday, May 17th, 2015


Lesson
The First Believers

Bible Verses
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
- John 3:17

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.
- Proverbs 19:17


Our children learned that the early Christians were of one mind and one heart and so they were able to share and do great things for God's kingdom. However, you can see that it is not always easy to think alike and share. But one thing we all share is the love of God. If we do that makes us of one mind and one heart.

During our lesson, we assembled a few personal hygiene items for the less fortunate. Followed by a delicious meal and story "Stone Soup."

Let's Pray:  God, thank you for these boys and girls. Thank you for the good things this week, and thank you for being with us in the difficult moments. Thank you for calling us all to do your work and for helping us to do what you call us to do. Teach us how to help and encourage one another as we learn. Help us to grow in faith, proclaim your Word, and serve with love. Amen.

 

Sunday, May 24th, 2015


Lesson
Memorial Stones

Bible Verse
Joshua 4:1-20

We based this lesson on the story from the book of Joshua when God instructs a man from each of the twelve tribes to take a stone from the Jordan River as a memorial of how God led them to the Promised Land. The children were encouraged to paint their own memorial stone as a reminder of Christ's work on the cross. As our stones were drying, we told the story of "Stone Soup" to the new group of children this week.
News & Announcements

Free Bus Tour of Spring Garden and Deutschtown

Free Bus Tour of Spring Garden and Deutschtown on Saturday, June 6th with Lunch at St. Michael's Church. Call Amelia at 412.766.5670 or email johnjcanning@hotmail.com to reserve your place. Morning Tour begins at 9:00am with lunch and lecture to follow. Afternoon Tour begins at 12:00pm with lunch and lecture first with tour to follow. Thanks. – Rev. Ellie
 

WPAUMC Sandy Relief VIM Team to New York City

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 revgottschalk@gmail.com for further information.
 

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 TMPhillips1966@gmail.com. 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 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 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


 

Mondays


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

Location: Calvary UMC Fellowship Hall


 

Wednesdays


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


 

Thursdays


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

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


Free Bus Tour of Spring Garden and Deutschtown
Sunday, June 6th at 9:00am (Morning Tour) & 12:00pm (Afternoon Tour)
Free Bus Tour of Spring Garden and Deutschtown on Saturday, June 6th with Lunch at St. Michael's Church. Call Amelia at 412.766.5670 or email johnjcanning@hotmail.com to reserve your place. Morning Tour begins at 9:00am with lunch and lecture to follow. Afternoon Tour begins at 12:00pm with lunch and lecture first with tour to follow. Thanks. – Rev. Ellie

3rd Annual Circle of Faith
Sunday, June 7th at 2:00pm

Location: Under the tent at Schenley Plaza, across the street from the Cathedral of Learning
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 7th 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.

Opera Theater SummerFest Workshop
Sunday, June 14th at 2:00pm

Location: To Be Determined
Poets Corner presents From Rachel Carson's Silent Spring to a World Premiere: Opera Theater SummerFest workshop of "A New Kind of Fallout". Details to come!

Father's Day
Sunday, June 21st


Bi-Monthly Committee Meeting
Thursday, June 25th 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.

 

July


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 revgottschalk@gmail.com 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.

 

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

Dinner is served at 6:00pm, meeting starts at 6:30pm. If you are a member of a committee please plan to attend.

 

September


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.

 

October


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.

 

November


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.

 

December


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 karen.ferguson.15202@gmail.com) and she will correct it as soon as possible.
 
Church Calendar
Prayer Requests

Prayers This Week

  • Jack Harrison, age 95, is recovering after having his leg amputated 2 weeks ago at Ohio Valley Hospital.
  • Melinda Fair is doing well at Presbyterian Hospital.
  • Ladadsia is at home & doing well.
  • Family of Virginia Wagner who died Thursday, May 21st, in Hospice Care.
  • A family that just lost their 10 year old daughter.
  • Flooding & loss of life & home in the Midwest.
 

Continued Prayers

  • Mary Callison’s son-in-law, David, age 53 – leukemia
  • Georgia Brucker & her father, Richard Bausch, as he settles into his new home in Pittsburgh.
  • Families dealing with addiction issues.
  • The homeless.
  • David Baker – stage four stomach cancer
  • Glenn is seeking discernment for mercy, forgiveness & fair judgment.
  • 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 & family – health
  • The Drumheller Family & their daughter Tammy who suffered a stroke.
  • Jacob Wineman – health
  • Adam Balogh – 27 years old with leukemia & lymphoma
  • Truddie Burke – Manor Care
  • Melvin Branch – health
  • Ida’s daughter – cancer
  • Marci Deutsch – rehab & recovery
  • Shirley Mehring's sister, Barbara, continues to improve.
  • The Clark FamilyRenny’s nephew, Greg, is recovering at home.
  • Donna & her son, Mark – health concerns
  • Michael Snell – health
  • Richie Family – health & heart
  • Daores Skena – health
  • Patty Brown – health & COPD
  • Zeek Thomas's brother, Charlie – health & COPD
  • Kenny Branch – health & heart
  • Family & Friends of Calvary UMC
  • All ministries of Calvary UMC
  • Remember Light of Life
  • Military personnel & their families
  • Protection for Firefighters & Police Officers
  • Families that have suffered from shooting violence
 

Missionaries

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

World Community

  • World Leaders, President, Congress
  • Places of conflict around the world
  • 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.
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