Take Heart, Take Action | Michigan District, LCMS

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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.

Take Heart, Take Action | Michigan District, LCMS

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Christmas Focus

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.

Jan in her retirement

Jan Meek has served Mount Calvary as organist for over fourty years. Jan is retiring from her role as organist and in thanks for her many years of service. We pray God’s blessings on Jan in her retirement.

[News] Cross Cultural Family Night



Mount Calvary will host a Cross Cultural Family Night on Wednesday, September 20, beginning with a meal at 5:30 pm, and some fun learning activities until around 7:00 pm.  We are partnering with Maria Krawczyk, our liaison with Michigan Migrant Children Support, and look forward to enjoying food and activities that are traditional favorites for migrant worker families.  This “Cross Point” event is open to everyone in the community!  You’re welcome to bring a favorite Spanish/Mexican dish as part of a potluck!  We look forward to the opportunity to interact and learn more about cultural traditions of our migrant families, neighbors and friends!


For more information, contact Pastor Jeff Wilhelm.



For a limited time, Mount Calvary is offering FREE access to an extensive, online Christian video library called RightNow Media! It’s like the “Netflix of Video Bible Studies” and has a HUGE library
of faith – based videos. ANYONE affiliated with Mount Calvary can access whenever and wherever they want — on their phone, iPad, computer, or at home on an internet – linked TV RightNow Media has videos for  everyone — kids, teens, parents, single adults, married couples, working professionals — all aimed at helping us grow. The Library is customizable to meet our needs. RightNow Media is intended to be a gift from Mount Calvary to every person affiliated with our ministry, including Preschool & Childcare family and friends. In order to set up an account, please provide the church office with your name and email address (attendance card, email – mclc908″at”sbcglobal.net, telephone – 754-4886), and instructions will be emailed to you. We would like your constructive feedback by August 6! Questions? Contact Pastor Jeff Wilhelm pastor”at”mclc908.org 616-894-4349 (cell)

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16 Ways To Impact Your Community This Winter

Written by: CVDaily Editors


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.

  1. 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.
  2. Shovel your neighbor’s walkway. Or, get your exercise in for the day and do the whole street!
  3. Place salt on someone’s front door steps or that neglected bit of sidewalk between houses.
  4. If others lose power, offer your house as a location for cell phone/laptop charging.
  5. Invite neighborhood kids/families to build snowmen if schools are cancelled.
  6. Create a free hot chocolate stand outside a busy shopping area.
  7. Offer to help someone scrape the ice off their car or scrape someone’s car when you do yours in the morning/after work.
  8. Send thank you notes to police, firefighters, road crews, etc.
  9. Order a PIZZA for your local police, fire station, or road crew!
  10. Carry extra winter supplies in your car to assist distressed motorists.
  11. Contact local emergency shelters to learn how you can support their efforts.
  12. Offer hand warmers to people standing at bus stops or to school crossing guards.
  13. If your kids have had school cancelled, help them write appreciation notes to their teacher.
  14. Offer to watch your friend/neighbor’s kids while they run out for groceries or during their work hours.
  15. 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!
  16. 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!


[Used with permission from Send Me St. Louis.]

Today in the Church

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.

Church Year! We hope that these posts will serve as a resource to your personal and family devotions as you grow in Christ and His Word.



National LCMS Youth Gathering

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Millennials, the Church, and Technology – Panel Discussion

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.

Follow this link to download the ebook Millennials & the Church: http://www.concordiatechnology.org/do…

From: Concordia Technology Solutions

Mount Calvary’s News Blog


[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