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On Sept 14th we had a visit from President Rev. David Maier, Rev Randy Johnson, (Ministry Facilitator) and our new Circuit Visitor, Rev. Glenn Shaefer. President Maier said every member is part of calling the next Pastor to serve at Mt Calvary Lutheran Church. Praying is the most important way to be involved. All of us can pray for our congregation. Pray for Pastor Jeff and his wife Holly as they transition to new roles. All of us can pray for the next Pastor to know when God has chosen him for Mt Calvary. And pray for the congregation of the Pastor who is called because they will go through the call process for their next Pastor. (For other details of President Maier’s message click on the link to the notes from the meeting).
Please complete an anonymous, personal questionnaire to help leaders with the larger Congregational Inventory package. This will become the profile of our congregation. It will help our district office and the next Pastor see by the inventory the one chosen by the Holy Spirit to serve at Mt Calvary! Please turn in completed surveys to Head Elder’s mailbox or the mailbox of the Council President.
Four Consecutive Sundays
In October we will hand out half sheets of paper as you enter to worship. Check the boxes that describe you, and your family. This statistical information will also become part of the call process package. Parents can fill out a sheet for each child attending with them that Sunday.
Interviews with Ministry facilitator
October 13 and 14th are reserved for member interviews with our Ministry Facilitator, Rev. Randy Johnson. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board by the drinking fountain if you would like to meet with Pastor Johnson to share your experience and ideas for MCLC. Even young people are encouraged to be involved in the interview with Rev Johnson!
In order to have better communication between the Church Leadership Council and the Congregation, we plan to provide Highlights after each monthly meeting. The following are Highlights from the latest council meeting.
The GloryWay Quartet
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.|
Click here to download the Easter Children’s Bulletin Packet and more No email required.
|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|
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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
(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!
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.
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.
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.
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…
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