Trunk or Treat

Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Greenville, will be holding its annual FREE Trunk & Treat event on Monday, October 31st from 6:00pm—8:00pm.  Our INDOOR “Table-n-Treat” variation of this fun Halloween activity allows for the fun to carry on no matter what our crazy Michigan weather may bring us on October 31st!  We substitute trunks with tables, lined up end to end, each individually themed, which allows for a smooth traffic pattern as families venture from table to table around the room enjoying fun, friendship, and safe trick-or-treating!  We look forward to seeing you!  If you have any questions about this event, please feel free to call our church office, 616-754-4886, Tuesday-Friday, 9a-2p. 

Easter Packet

Hello!  We want each of you to be able to celebrate Easter safely at home with joy and thankfulness for what Jesus has done for us! 

With Easter quickly approaching, you can find a free-to-share packet that includes children’s bulletins for Easter celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. You will also find many other activity sheets, lessons and fun activities for you to do with or without children.
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Click here to download the Easter Children’s Bulletin Packet and more No email required.
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Our prayers continue for everyone’s wellness and safety during this time. Thank you to our ministry partners at Home Touch!   Pastor Jeff Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Greenville, MI
Home Touch
P.O. Box 9290
Canton, OH 44711

Anxious Times

In these anxious times, we who follow Jesus can be assured He is with us always. Thank you for wanting to continue to share that Good News with children and families. It is perhaps more important now than ever.

To help us stay connected and share the Good News with others, we want to continue sharing resources for everyone’s consideration and use, especially in our Facebook group.  Please feel free to use our Facebook group as one of several ways to encourage one another.  (Heb. 10:23-25, below)

During a recent Sunshine Club gathering, Helen Harms shared an activity called, “Exercising His Word”.  I encourage you to check out this resource and possibly use it as a daily devotion exercise.  Here’s a link:  https://1drv.ms/b/s!AuEeHoujOjK60xQe078UCLTMCjuf?e=hKkeF2

Just pick out a few verses and do the exercise listed.  Be creative! 

Children’s Worship Bulletins has also put together a packet of free resources — puzzles, Bible activities, worship bulletins on carefully selected topics and Scripture texts — that you may use and share with others. We pray these will strengthen families, and especially young disciples in the church.  You can find the page with links to the PDF files here: www.childrensbulletins.com/covid19-childrens-activities-for-churches

And don’t forget about free access to RightNow Media for personal, family, and small group bible study video devotions, as well as Children’s Videos.

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together (voluntarily), as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”  Hebrews 10:23-25

Healthy Hygiene Policy

Healthy Hygiene Policy

(as of March 13, 2020)                  Mount Calvary, Greenville

During heightened concern about the spread of contagious viruses and illnesses, Mount Calvary will continue to encourage the practice of appropriate measures to limit everyone’s risk.  We are following all local, state, and national recommendations and mandates, and will always remain “open” and accessible via phone and email. Please help us remain a “healthy” low-risk center.  If you are in any way suspect to having been exposed to a contagious virus (friend or family, travel to high risk area, etc.), if you feel ill or anxious about coming to Mount Calvary, please stay home and restrict your indoor public activities.  You are invited to participate in our worship online.  Links to our live streaming and recorded worship services, as well as online giving, are available through our website: www.mclc908.org

FYI, research experts have stated that the chances of contracting a contagious illness through Communion is less than the casual contact everyone has by simply attending worship and in normal everyday life.[i]  Our pastor washes (sanitizes) his hands immediately prior to serving Communion, and everyone involved in preparing and serving Communion has been instructed to practice good hygiene and thorough hand washing.  We will suspend our practice of “Sharing God’s Peace” as necessary. 

By now you’re aware of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services campaign to raise awareness of appropriate hand washing techniques to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses.  Much like how you would try to prevent the flu, you want to practice good hygiene and stay away from people who are sick, says the CDC.  This means frequently and thoroughly washing your hands, especially after using the bathroom and before eating.  For the latest information, visit  Michigan.gov/coronavirus or CDC.gov/coronavirus.

And keep praying! 

God’s peace,

PS. 56:9 This I know: God is for me. 10 In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise, 11 in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mere humans do to me? 12 I am obligated by vows to you, God; I will make my thank offerings to you. 13 For you rescued me from death, even my feet from stumbling, to walk before God in the light of life.

Worship Service Tomorrow

Due to icy roads and forecast snow overnight, we are postponing Sunday worship tomorrow (Jan. 12) to 3:30 pm.  Praise Team will practice at 2:45 pm.  We plan on having fellowship afterwards, but will NOT be having Bible Hour.  We will re-evaluate tomorrow in case we need to cancel service altogether.

God’s peace,

Pastor Jeff

Greenville, MI

www.mclc908.org

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

Why There Are 12 Days of Christmas

The celebration of Jesus’ nativity just ended, and here we find ourselves smack in the middle of the 12 days of Christmas. Or are those 12 days passed already? Aren’t they December 13th-25th?

Some time back I was standing in the elevator at the hospital, reading a poster on the wall: “Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas with great deals!” There were savings promised at the gift shop each of the first dozen days of December. According to the poster, December 1st-12th were the supposed 12 Days. Are they?

In fact, both of these interpretations of the 12 Days of Christmas miss the mark. The truth underscores the deep delight of this holiday.

The ghost of Christmas passed

The “12 Days of Christmas” refer to the 12 days from December 25th through January 6th. Christmas Day is the beginning of a festival that carries on for nearly two weeks, up until the feast of Epiphany. “Christmas” isn’t just a day, in other words; it’s a season.

Now, few in our society would dispute that there is such a thing as the “Christmas season,” but they might define it quite differently. This season would extend from, say, Thanksgiving until perhaps December 26th, when the radio stations drop their Christmas tunes like a hot coal in the stocking and go back to their regularly scheduled programming.

But as the world gives up the ghost of Christmas passed, the Church is just getting started with her yuletide celebrations. She has waited and watched throughout Advent—which tends to just be lumped in with what author Gregory Jones calls “HalloThanksMas.” She has refrained from singing her Gloria in Excelsis (“Glory to God in the highest!”) until she can sing it with the angels on Christmas Eve. Now, she’s ready to party.

Which gets at the deeper reason why there are 12 Days of Christmas. It’s a fact of the calendar, yes, but it’s more than that.

Too much for one day

The real reason that Christmas is 12 days is that the feast is too glorious for just one day. As Elsa Chaney writes in her book, the suitably titled Twelve Days of Christmas, “So bright is the radiance of the Light which has come at Christmas, so awesome is the mystery we celebrate, that a single day’s observance barely initiates us into the meaning of the feast.”

There’s a lot of joy to pack into this stocking.

And so I think it is high time that Christians reclaim the 12 Days. Too long have we allowed our celebrations to be co-opted by the culture’s “Christmas season.” Keeping the 12 Days is a path toward greater joy, greater festivity and, perhaps, even greater sanity.

In one of my very first newsletters last year I suggested 10 ways to celebrate the 12 days. But those are just the tip of the iceberg—or the top of the tree, you might say. So how else can we keep this 12-day feast?

Director of Youth and Family Ministry

JOB POSTING

Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Greenville, MI

is seeking an energetic, conscientious, and entrepreneurial individual to lead and coordinate Youth and Family Ministry (to include preschool through teens).  Please send any letters of application and resumes to Pastor Jeff Wilhelm at mclc908″at”sbcglobal.net NLT January 31. 

A detailed job description can be viewed or downloaded below.  

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Walk for Warmth

Mount Calvary is pleased to host the 2019 EightCAP Walk for Warmth on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Registration begins at 10:30 am, the Walk around Baldwin Lake begins at 11:00am(transportation assistance available), and a Soup/Chili cook-offgoes until 12:45 pm.Proceeds from EightCAP’s events are used to help low-income households with energy bills, shelter or other basic needs.If you can’t attend and would like to sponsor/donate, Henry Kreft & Harold Swindell will be walking. Please contact either one to be their sponsor. More information is available at: https://www.8cap.org/get-involved

NEW AV COORDINATOR

Mount Calvary Lutheran Church is accepting applications through April 26 for the position of AV Coordinator. A job description can be found (below) To apply, please fill out and submit an online application (below) or resume, with at least two references, to: Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 908 West Oak St, Greenville, MI 48838.

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TRUNK or TREAT

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

MOUNT CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH

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.

Mount Calvary Leadership Council

Challenge of Islam

Mount Calvary Lutheran Church is Pleased to Announce
Rev. Farrukh Khan of POBLO Ministries for a special
Sunday presentation
“Challenge of Islam”
on September 16th, 2018
At 11:00 am
(during Bible Hour)


Everyone is invited to a presentation on:
o Allah of the Koran VS God of the Bible
o Unequally Yoked
o Sarah’s Testimony
o How to Respond to the challenge of Islam


For more information, please contact Mount Calvary Lutheran Church at
(616) 754-4886 or e-mail mclc908@sbcglobal.net

35555 Garfield Road | Suite 7 | Clinton Township, MI 48035 | P: (586) 477-1530 | E: office@poblo.org | www.poblo.org

CLEAN-UP GREENVILLE

It’s time for planning this year’s CLEAN-UP GREENVILLE event. Wendi Philley has been the point of contact for this community service project in recent years, however, she will not be able to commit to being POC this year. If you are interested and willing to help with this very simple event please contact the church office via your attendance card or calling 616-754-4886. Essentially, it is a simple matter of providing garbage bags and gloves to the volunteers who attend and then picking up loose trashin the Baldwin Heights grounds and Veteran’s Park. This usually takes place at a time of your choosing during the week before Danish Festival. We usually divide into two groups and are finished working within an hour. Pastor Jeff treats us all to DairyQueen after. Thank you for considering volunteering for either being point of contact, or attending, the 2018 Clean-Up Greenville event.

LANDSCAPING LEADER

As you may recall, Kjerstin Hogan has stepped down from her position as head of the Landscaping team.Please inform the officeby noting your attendance card, or calling/emailing,if you have an interest in carrying on the beautiful work shehas been doing over these last years with maintaining the church landscaping. Kjerstin would love to pass on her knowledge by coming alongside anyone who is interested in this leadership role and “showing them the ropes”. With your willingness to serve and the congregations support we look forward to the ongoing maintenance of our beautiful landscapes.