Spoke Folk

An energetic group of 25-28 young bicyclists, called Spoke Folk, will be touring through West Michigan, making a special stop at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Greenville, Wednesday evening, June 27.

The family-friendly fun begins with a Bicycle Safety Fair at 5:00 pm, designed to teach safe bicycle riding skills to children ages 3 to 13 and their parents.  Children are encouraged to bring their own bicycles and helmets as free bicycle inspections will be offered.  Attendees can also enter a drawing for a free helmet. 

At 6:00 pm, everyone is invited to enjoy a delicious Pork Dinner, followed by a special program of music and drama at 7:00 pm.  An Ice Cream Social will conclude the evening’s activities. For more information, call Mount Calvary at 616.754.4886, or go to spokefolk.org.

Study Philippians With Your Family This Summer

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

To get registered for our RightNow Media Library, go to: https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Account/Invite/MCLC

Electronic Access to our latest Church Directory

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.

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Take Heart, Take Action | Michigan District, LCMS

Take Heart, Take Action | Michigan District, LCMS

Download Conference Booklet Here

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.

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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.

The Case for Christ & Easter


“The Case for Christ” premieres in theaters this weekend (more
info below).  At Mount Calvary, we will be providing booklets
written by the same author, Lee Strobel, “The Case for Easter,”
that you’re welcome to read and pass along to others, possibly
as an invitation to join us at Mount Calvary for Worship and
Bible study.  We are privileged to be on the front lines of
Jesus’ church, reaching out with the Good News, to positively
impact people’s lives now and for eternity.  See you Sunday! 

<>< 
Pastor Jeff

p.s. It’s
also New Member Sunday and “Bring-a-Dozen Sunday.”

 

“We love
because He first loved us.”  1 John 4:19

 


Early on,
starting in junior high, your teenagers are beginning to hear
offhand comments like these in class discussions and even from
teachers—and this kind of missional skepticism only
intensifies in high school and college.  

 

“Christianity
is just a bunch of fairytales.”

 

“God and
science don’t really mix.”

 

“Jesus may have
existed, but the whole Messiah thing sounds like a hoax.”

 

During my first
week in college, a science professor asked for those who
believed in Creation Theory to raise their hands. As everyone
stared at the two people who raised their hands, the professor
dismissed the theory as nothing more than folklore and said it
would never be discussed in class.

 

Faced with the
tension between what they’re taught on Sunday mornings and the
predominant worldview of their teachers during the week, many
students learn to compartmentalize their faith. Jesus is in
one compartment, science in another, history in a third. As
a result, Jesus becomes less and less real as life goes on.

 

I read Lee
Strobel’s The Case for
Christ
in my 20s, and it opened my eyes to the
truth. Through it, I realized that God and science can
coexist…quite well, actually
. Most of all,
it solidified Jesus’ place in my heart and mind as Lord and
Savior.

 

This
week the movie based
on Strobel’s book
is premiering in theaters
across the country. The film is based on the best-selling book.
A journalist and atheist, Strobel decided to investigate the
claims of Christ and simply to go where the evidence led him. In his
investigation he came face-to-face with overwhelming
evidence that Jesus was and is everything he claimed to be. 

 

Please
encourage everyone to see this movie. 

 


Matty, Group Youth Ministry

FEAR NOT!

How often do events in your life bring about a sense of fear and dread?
Holiday seasons like Thanksgiving and Christmas can easily lose their joy and delight when little things relentlessly nag at us and annoy us. Maybe the busy preparations of the season have you down, or perhaps you are reeling from a major life crisis or catastrophe.

Using Advent Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries this Advent and Christmas season, we will study the events of our Savior’s birth as recorded in the first two chapters of the Gospel of Luke. There we will hear God’s answers to the fears that threaten to engulf and overwhelm us. 

http://www.lhm.org/advent/ 

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.
calendar.cph.org

 

 

Watch and Share this 2016 Highlight Video!

 

Hey Parents, Youth Leaders, Pastors, etc.,

August means getting ready for school, fall programs, etc. but we don’t want you to miss out on the incredible summer your kids experienced here at Camp Concordia. Please click on this You Tube link to watch a 3:44 minute highlight video and then share it with everyone you can think of who might like to join your kids next summer. Thank you!

~See you next summer,
“Doc” Oldenburg

God Sightings – Give us examples of how God works in your life!

My mother and father moved into a retirement community when Dad could no longer provide all the necessary care for Mom’s dementia, diabetes, digestive problems and spinal stenosis that makes her wheel-chair bound. That huge adjustment and expense could be eased if Dad’s long-term care insurance could be approved to pay the in-home care for Mom. On the day the insurance company sent a RN to do the physical check of my mom the nurse found her vitals to be concerning and recommended mom be taken to the hospital ER. An endoscopy and colonoscopy was performed among other tests and found cancer in the right side of Mom’s colon. Prayer requests went out and were answered. Mom’s colon surgery was successful and her related physical therapy has allowed her to walk better than she had in 12 years!
-submitted by Dave Gantz

At the apartments where I work a tenant came to the office very angry about noisy neighbor kids often unsupervised by their parents and how many times he has complained without seeing anything done by the management.  His apartment is next the only playground on the property and kids also live near him.  All I could do is thank him for his information on the noisy neighbors and insure management was investigating.  On my drive home that night I asked God for him to have a peaceful diversion from the problem.  I prayed, Lord give this person some serenity and a break from his frustration; like Your Holy Spirit gives me when I’m walking my dogs in the country.

A few weeks later I saw the guy in the parking lot talking happily to others so I went up and ask how it was going.  He said, “Hey, I had a God-thing happen to me.  I was walking my dog in the park

[a few miles away from our apartments]

when I saw a lady with a dog like mine.  I went up to her and realized it was a friend from High School I hadn’t seen in years.  We had a great conversation . . .”  He went on to say, that only God could have made that chance meeting occur and that they both have the same breed of dogs!

-submitted by Dave Gantz

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

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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