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Calvary Newsletter

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014



Calvary UMC Raises Money for Hospice Care

The Washington Health System Foundation held its Spring Phonathon in March to raise money for Washington Health System Hospice Care and Donnell House. Every year they hold both a Spring and Fall Phonathon fundraiser to ask past donors and family members to support current and future hospice patients. Calvary volunteered on the night of Tuesday, March 18th. The volunteers were able to raise $2,300.00 that night for the fundraiser.

History of Donnell House
When Shana Donnell’s father, Robert McCabe, was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she and her husband, Richard, had to make the difficult decision of how to manage his care. An oncologist at the hospital in Ohio recommended a local hospice program. They didn’t know at the time, but that decision would change all of their lives. Mr. McCabe was able to live out his final days in a peaceful home-like environment, surrounded by his family. The Donnell’s positive experience led them to Washington Health System Washington Hospital. With the help of the Donnell’s generous contribution, The Donnell House was built so that people in southwestern Pennsylvania could have access to a hospice program similar to the one in Ohio.

Calendar for Lent

Palm Sunday
Sunday, April 13th
11:00am - Service at Calvary UMC
12:30pm - Brunch at New Hope UMC

First Night of Passover
Monday, April 14th

6:00pm - Passover Seder at Calvary UMC in the Chapel. All are welcome! There will be an insert in next week's bulletin to RSVP for the dinner, or you can let Linda Ehrlich know directly by emailing her at

Maundy Thursday
Thursday, April 17th
5:00pm - Foot Washing Service at The Church of Our Savior with a dinner following.
7:00pm - Service at Calvary UMC

Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 20th

7:00am - Sunrise Service at the West End Overlook. Sponsored by Emanuel UMC.
11:00am - Service at Calvary UMC. The South Hills Brass will be performing with the Calvary UMC Renewal Choir.

Small Groups


Holy Book Club
Sunday Mornings at 9:30am
Calvary UMC Parlor
The 2 books we will be focusing on are: “Primitive Physic: Or an easy and natural method of curing most diseases” by John Wesley, and “Repacking your bags, lighten your load for the good life” by Richard J. Leider & David A. Shapiro. Please join us!

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

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



Sleeping Bag Night
Monday Nights from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Remaining Mondays - 4/7, 4/14
New Hope UMC, 114 W North Ave.

We will be meeting to work on sleeping bags for our homeless neighbors for the next two Monday evenings - April 7th and April 14th. We plan to take a summer break after April 14 and start back in early September. Please consider joining us for these next two weeks - the more the merrier!  We have delivered over 50 sleeping bags this past winter to various shelters in the Pittsburgh area - Light of Life on the North Side and The Shepherd's Heart Home for Veteran's on Pride Street have received the bulk of our sleeping bags. Many thanks to Anne Christianson, Terri Howell, Ellie Laws, Tammy Phillips, Mark Rehn, Mike Schnitgen, Pam Smith, Joan Bradley, Debbie Uzarski and Hee Mae Chuong for their dedication, hard work, and fellowship during these long, cold winter months. If you have any questions please email Dave and Lynn Sevick at or call 724.272.9478.

Gamblers Anonymous
Every 2nd Monday of the Month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Calvary UMC Fellowship Hall



Praise Band
Tuesday Nights at 5:30pm
Calvary UMC Sanctuary

The Praise Team presents two or three contemporary 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. Guitar and piano accompany this group. See Brian Burns for more details or if you are interested in joining the Worship Team.

Renewal Choir
Tuesday Nights at 6:45pm
Calvary UMC Sanctuary

The Renewal Choir sings traditional anthems on Sunday mornings as well as supporting Calvary special events and observances. The choir is open to anyone age 14 and up, no auditions required. 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.

Tuesday Crew - A Young Adults Gathering
Tuesday Nights from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Modern Café on Western Ave.
For more information contact Kenny Elliott at 724.747.7467 or

Allegheny West Civic Council
Every 2nd Tuesday of the Month at 7:30pm
Calvary UMC Fellowship Hall



Adult Bible Study
Wednesday Nights at 6:30pm
Calvary UMC Parlor
For the next 5 weeks we will explore the scriptures related to the Lenten stories of the four Gospels. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, all highlight different aspects of this historic journey and even when their records are similar there still is presented subtle differences. Everyone is welcome to participate and all levels of biblical expertise are present, so come and join us for the Lenten Season. Many go out for a light meal afterward.

Iron City Square Dancing
Wednesday Nights from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Calvary UMC Fellowship Hall



Narcotics Anonymous
Thursday Nights from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Calvary UMC Fellowship Hall

2014 Church Calendar


Fauré Requiem
Sunday, April 13th at 4:00pm
First United Methodist Church in Shadyside

The First UMC Chancel Choir and Orchestra will present the Fauré Requiem at our sister Church, First UMC, in Shadyside on Palm Sunday. Our own Brian Burns will be the guest organist. The concert is free. An offering will be taken.

Pittsburgh Parish Bowling Outing
Sunday, April 27th at 2:00pm
Crafton Ingram Bowling Alley
Missions Fundraiser
Not so much competitive, but social, Calvary bowlers are invited to join others from Pittsburgh Parish congregations.

Tiffany 22nd Concert Series
Sunday, April 27th at 4:00pm

Calvary UMC Sanctuary
C2Duet, Royal Harpist Claire Jones & Chris Marshall, perform "Harpercussion: A Fusion of the Royal Sounds of Harp and Percussion". The Concert is sponsored by The Allegheny Historic Preservation Society, Inc. Ticket pricing: General Admission $15.00, Senior $10.00, Students $7.00. Please call 412.323.1070 for more information.

Church Council Meeting
Thursday, April 24th at 6:00pm
Calvary UMC Chapel
Church Council Meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of every other month. Dinner is served at 6:00pm, meetings start at 6:30pm.



Committee Meeting
Thursday, May 22nd at 6:00pm
Calvary UMC Chapel
Committee Meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of every other month. Dinner is served at 6:00pm, meetings start at 6:30pm.



Church Council Meeting
Thursday, June 26th at 6:00pm

Calvary UMC Chapel



Committee Meeting
Thursday, July 24th at 6:00pm
Calvary UMC Chapel



Church Council Meeting
Thursday, August 28th at 6:00pm
Calvary UMC Chapel



Committee Meeting
Thursday, September 25th at 6:00pm
Calvary UMC Chapel



Church Council Meeting
Thursday, October 23rd at 6:00pm
Calvary UMC Chapel



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News & Announcements

Note from the Pittsburgh Food Bank
Soup was collected during the month of February for our "Soup-in-a-Bowl/Superbowl" challenge. Your donation of 336lbs of canned goods is already providing badly needed food for some of the many hungry children, seniors, and families across southwestern Pennsylvania.

Lenten Prayer Missionary
Thank you to all those who have answered God’s call to serve as a Lenten Prayer Missionary. Eighteen members are joining their prayers with 58 inmates at the Western Correctional Institute in Cumberland, Maryland. What a Blessing!

Feed the Sheep
Feed the Sheep volunteers are needed to fill the calendar for April & May. If you would like to host a fellowship luncheon please see Doug Lucas, Clayton Harris 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

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History Tidbits

Allegheny City

Allegheny City, known today as Pittsburgh’s North Side, was the third-largest city in Pennsylvania when it was annexed by the City of Pittsburgh in 1907. Founded in 1787 as a reserve land tract for Revolutionary War veterans in compensation for their service, it quickly evolved into a thriving urban center with its own character, industry, and accomplished residents. Among those to inhabit the area, which came to be known affectionately as “The Ward”, were Andrew Carnegie, Mary Cassatt, Gertrude Stein, Stephen Foster, and Martha Graham. Allegheny City was also once a station along the underground railroad, home to the first wire suspension bridge, and host to the first World Series.

Allegheny was an industrial city and had numerous commercial areas, churches, and social organizations, packing houses, tanneries, soap factories and glue factories that provided opportunities for employment to the primarily German immigrants who settled there.

By the middle of the nineteenth century, the "Made in Allegheny" label could be found not only on basic iron but on rope, plows, cotton cloth, wool, food, paper, paint, steam engines, wagons and carts, meat, soap, candles, lumber, linseed oil, furniture and a host of other diversified products.
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