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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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,
“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!
also New Member Sunday and “Bring-a-Dozen Sunday.”
because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
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.
is just a bunch of fairytales.”
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
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.
Mount Calvary Youth and Families served a Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner for the community in celebration of Shrove Tuesday, and to prepare for the seasonal theme of Lenten devotion and service. Our community was inspired by the service of our youth and families, as well as being well fed and given the opportunity to participate in a silent auction. There was generous giving and sharing of time, talents and treasure as the meal was prepared and served, tables were decorated and cleaned up afterwards, and there was generous giving of a dozen items or more for a silent auction, along with generous donations. This event raised funds for a new Preschool playground and an upcoming Youth Gathering. Consequently, the playground will better serve our community, and students will be equipped and given the opportunities to make community improvements near the Gathering site this summer.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
Attention! Attention!Come one! Come all! – to the MCLC Variety Show!Chris Nanzer and Wendi Philley are looking for any and all people/groups to participate in a Variety Show, Friday, March 9, 2018.Comedy, drama, music, magic, mime, or anything you can think of that would work as a short act to present . This event will be a fundraiser for the youth. If you aren’t enthused about getting up on stage, you can always help with backstage, prep, sound, or help prepare or serve snacks/drinks. “Talent” (a loose term) is not limited to MCLC members. In fact, Friends and Family are encouraged to join in the fun, too! Please add your name to the sign – up sheet located on the Youth Life bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall. Contact either Chris or Wendi with any questions.
Sunday School Teachers
Preschool-3rd Mrs. Daenzer & Mrs. Kreft
4th-7th- Mr, Roodvoets
8th-12th- Mrs. Nanzer
There will be two semesters of Sunday School each with 17 sessions. ln order to earn an attendance award you will need to attend at least 11 out of the 17 sessions.
1st semester- 9/10- 1/14
2nd semester- 1/21- 5/20
Last year we were able to give gift cards for lTunes, Applebees, Dairy Queen, McDonalds, and Craig’s Cruisers. Let me know if you have any ideas for awards.
9/10 11:00-12:00 First day of Sunday School
9/21 6:30-8:30 Bible Journaling at church
10/13-14- Craft Show & Luncheon
10/15- 500th Reformation Service at MSU
10/27- 6:00-10:00 MCLC Game Night
11/10- 6:00-10:00 MCLC Game Night
11/18- Pie Making Sale
11/26- Christmas Program Parts
11/30-6:00-8:30 PastorTige & Sara Culbertson “Personal lntegrity”
12/03-1 0- Christmas Pro gram Practice
12/17- 11:00 Jesus Birthday Party
12/17- 12:00 Cookie Exchange
12/24 & 12/31-No Sunday Scnoot E
12/29- 6:30-9:30 Movie Night
1/19- 6:00-10:00 MCLC Game Night
2/03- Superbowl Subs Sale
2/13- 4:00-8:00 Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner
2/21, 2128, 3107, 3114, 3/21- Lent Soup
2/12 or 16- Pando Tubing
3/09- MCLC Variefy Show
3/16- 6:00-10:00 MCLC Game Night
3/29- Maundy Thursday
3/30- Good Friday
4/01- Easter- Pancake Breakfast No Sunday School
4/13- 6:00-10:00 MCLC Game Night
5/01- 4:00-8:00 Pork Dinner
5/04- 6:00-10:00 MCLC Game Night
6/11-12- 4th Annual Hometown Mission
6/17-23- Summer Mission to Detroit Mount Calvary Lutheran
7/08-7/11- National Youth Workers
Highlight of this Year National Youth Gathering 2016