Christmas is the season in which we hear the “tidings of great joy” that the Savior of the world was born in Bethlehem. The Second Person of the Trinity had to become man in order to redeem man. After the Feast of the Resurrection, then, the Feast of the Nativity is the greatest in the Church. The atmosphere and appearance of the church building, in addition to its message and music, reflect the exceeding gladness of this celebration.
Flowers and greenery also help to beautify the church building and aid in expressing the joy of the season. The flower most commonly used for Christmas decoration is the poinsettia. Greenery such as fir boughs or holly branches may be used to decorate windows, columns, and other architectural pieces (but not the altar, pulpit, or font). in the scene. Mary, Joseph, the Babe, and a few animals are always appropriate. Shepherds may be added for christrnas and the sunday after. The Wise Men may replace them for the Epiphany.
The flower for the Christmas season is the poinsettia, though several other kinds of flowers-for example, mums-could be used. Red poinsettias are the most popular color, but white is more in harmony with the celebration. An impressive display could be arranged using both colors’ As with other flowers and greenery, their placement should be dignified and not interfere with the prominence of the altar and chancel cross. Because of the festivity of the season, Christmas flowers may be more numerous than during tire non festival seasons. However, consideration of the fact that other decorations will probably be in use should be kept in mind so that the total effect is not overwhelming.
Another appropriate Christmas decoration is the nativity scene. Local custom, and/or the design of the chancel and nave may determine where this accessory is placed. Only nativity scenes of high quality and craftsmanship should be used. This mean’s that plastic figures should not be employed Attention also needs to be paid to which figures are placed.
Mount Calvary Lutheran Church will be holding its annual FREE Trunk or Treat event on Wednesday, October 31st from 6pm – 8 pm. Our INDOOR “Table-n-Treat” variation of this fun Halloween activity allows the fun to carry on no matter what our unpredictable Michigan weather may bring us on October 31st! Sign-up sheets are located in the Fellowship Hall, on the Youth Life bulletin board. Please let us know if you plan to participate by decorating a table, passing out candy or even just donating candy for the children
JOB POSTING: OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR-PART TIME (average of 20 hours per week)Reports To: Pastor & Church Council
Seeking a friendly, conscientious, organized individual who is able to multi task and work well with internal staff and members, as well as individuals and groups with whom the church does business.This position requires core hours at the church, with some tasks able to be done from home.Please submit your resume and letter of interest to the church office.
Phil Vischer, Founder of Jellyfish Labs and co-creator of the acclaimed VeggieTales, dives into the book of Philippians to answer the question, “Where does joy come from?” With the help of some animated friends, Phil unpacks what it means to live with joy both in times of happiness and in times of sadness. Check out the series here:https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/293649
Members of Mount Calvary now have electronic access to our latest church directory from any smartphone, tablet or computer with internet access. Each household has a unique ID that can be emailed to them upon request. Let the church office know when you’d like your ID code to access the church directory online (via email or a note on your attendance card), and it will be emailed to you. Step-by-step instructions are available on our website and at the Mount Calvary office.
michiganLCMS Download Conference Booklet below Everywhere we go, we go as a witness to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But what does it mean to be a witness? How can my witness persuade someone to believe? How can I be a witness to people who really don’t seem to care about church or the faith? Take Heart, Take Action is a theological conference for laypeople and church workers, and the featured speakers will share practical advice and insight into our calling as witnesses of the Gospel.
Director of Children and Family Ministry – Part Time (beginning at 20 hrs/week)
Compensation: Commensurate with skills and experience
REPORTS TO: Pastor (secondary supervisor: Childcare Director)
Seeking an energetic, conscientious, and entrepreneurial individual to lead and coordinate the Children and Family Ministry (focused primarily on Preschool through Fifth Grade), which includes Sunday School, Mid-Week Activities, Special Events, and being part of the Childcare team. A detailed position description is attached,
As we approach the winter season it brings to mind the extreme cold, snow, ice, and other wintry conditions we expect to see this time of year. So grab a cup of hot chocolate and consider these creative ways people at your church can serve their community this winter.
Offer to take an elderly neighbor to the store to stock up on winter supplies/groceries, or have your neighbor make a list for you to pick up while you’re out.
Shovel your neighbor’s walkway. Or, get your exercise in for the day and do the whole street!
Place salt on someone’s front door steps or that neglected bit of sidewalk between houses.
If others lose power, offer your house as a location for cell phone/laptop charging.
Invite neighborhood kids/families to build snowmen if schools are cancelled.
Create a free hot chocolate stand outside a busy shopping area.
Offer to help someone scrape the ice off their car or scrape someone’s car when you do yours in the morning/after work.
Send thank you notes to police, firefighters, road crews, etc.
Order a PIZZA for your local police, fire station, or road crew!
Carry extra winter supplies in your car to assist distressed motorists.
Contact local emergency shelters to learn how you can support their efforts.
Offer hand warmers to people standing at bus stops or to school crossing guards.
If your kids have had school cancelled, help them write appreciation notes to their teacher.
Offer to watch your friend/neighbor’s kids while they run out for groceries or during their work hours.
If a friend/neighbor has mobility issues, offer to walk their dog—or better yet, keep your kids occupied and have them offer to walk the neighbor’s dog!
Share or post the locations of heating stations in your area on your social media pages or church website.
Whatever you decide to do—please be sure to do it safely and with good judgment. After all, it can be slick out there!
CPH is excited to introduce our new devotional blog, Today in the Church Year. We hope this resource is helpful as you continue to grow in Christ and His Word. Each blog post features a short devotional passage on feasts, festivals, and Sundays.
Millennials are a unique group that churches often struggle to reach. Knowing why millennials behave the way they do can greatly shape how the church engages them.
Join us for an online panel discussion on Thursday, June 30th at 10:00 a.m. CST. The panel will be answering questions about millennial characteristics, stereotypes, and how the church can reach out to them.
The Scripture: teaches us to see, to feel, to grasp, and to comprehend faith, hope, and charity, far otherwise than mere human reason can; and when evil oppresses us, it teaches how these virtues throw light upon the darkness, and how, after this poor miserable existence of ours on earth, there is another and eternal life.—Martin Luther