Baseball for a Cause

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On Sunday, August 12, you can join others from the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church at a Cornbelters Baseball Game in Normal to raise funds for "Our Conference, Our Kids." Our Conference, Our Kids (OCOK) is the initiative to raise funds for the spiritual care programs of the five of child welfare agencies within our conference (including The Baby Fold). Tickets are $10 with 50% of the proceeds going to OCOK. For tickets, call 309-454-2255 and be sure to mention "Our Conference, Our Kids."

KidVenture & CSM Leaders

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Do you love Jesus? Consider serving in KidVenture or Student Ministries this school year. Various opportunities for all ages are available for Sundays or Wednesdays. Leaders serve approximately twice per month or weekly if desired. Curriculum and supplies are provided. Talk to anyone on the Family Ministries team (Lori Short, Michael Pitzer, Mary Harsh, Kellen Lemler) or email Lori with questions, to sign-up or to learn more. We'd love to help you find a great spot for you to serve God with your gifts and talents!

Reach Workcamp Pancake Breakfast - Free!

Please join us on Sunday, July 22nd for a free pancake breakfast! See pictures and hear stories from those who went on this year’s Reach Mission Trip workcamp to Vassar MI. Pancakes, sausage, and fruit will be served. (Gluten-free pancakes and sugar-free syrup will be available for those with special dietary needs.) Thank you to the entire church family for your support! 

Food Needed

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The brown box just inside our front doors helps many families. That means we often run very low on food. If you are able, would you consider buying one extra item each week and bringing it for the box? This would give us an ongoing supply of food for those struggling to feed their families. Thank you! 

Disaster Response Training

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Our district is offering a Mini Disaster Academy on August 4th at the Pontiac United Methodist Church. This workshop provides prime disaster preparedness classes: Early Response Team, Connecting neighbors and volunteer Management, and Spiritual and Emotional Care in Disasters. You can get more information here (follow from "Get Involved" to "Disaster Response") for online registration and more details. We need more trained responders in the area, so please give prayerful consideration to this opportunity so close to home.

Holy Land Trip Planned

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Calvary is planning a trip to the Holy Land next year! The trip will take place November 10-19th, 2019. An informational meeting will be held on September 17th, 2018 in room 111. The trip is open to Calvary members, guests, and friends. Brochures about the trip are located in the literature rack outside the church office. Questions? Need additional information? Contact Terry Pitzer (398-310-2128) or Larry Phillips (309-662-4757).

Update from the Strategic Leadership Team

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We have collected survey results from 422 members of the Calvary family, including about 22 pages of written comments. We will continue to analyze the results of the survey as part of the process of eventually developing 5-7 strategic goals. To date, we have identified in the survey results what might be called the Triple C Themes - Communications, Connections, and Community. As we move forward, we will shape these themes into goals, but we will also identify other themes, and that leads us directly to the next phase of our work: focus groups. From early August through mid-September, the SLT will be hosting three general focus groups, open to all members of our church family, as well as focus groups for your young adults and our junior high and senior high youth. We believe we still have much to learn from our Calvary family about who Calvary is and how we want to chart our future. The responses we get from the focus groups will help us shape and add depth to the Triple C Themes, as well as identify additional themes that, taken together, will guide us to our strategic goals.

Red Bird Mission

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Red Bird Mission and Clinic is located in the Appalachian Mountains of southeastern Kentucky where the need remains critical. In this isolated, rural distressed area, the issues of chronic poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing, and rugged mountainous terrain are significant. Red Bird Mission and Clinic strives to meet these needs through ministry in five areas: Education, Health and Wellness, Community Outreach, Economic Opportunity, and Community Housing Improvement. During July, we’d like to collect the following items to take to Red Bird (new items, please):

  • Twin sheets & pillow cases (for the dorms)
  • Towels & washcloths (for dorm students)
  • Dorm games (board games, card games, etc. for jr./high school age students)
  • Bath soap & shampoo
  • Monetary donations are ALWAYS welcome. Make checks payable to Calvary Methodist Church with “Red Bird Mission” on the memo line. Monetary donations will be used to purchase larger items on the Red Bird needs list. 

New Summer 9:00am Study

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Join various teachers and topics in Room 111 July 15th - August 12th at 9:00am. Drop in for one, two, or all five.

July 22

Topic: The History of Christianity and Economics - a roundtable discussion with Darren Plattner and Isaac Gaff

Have Christians throughout history been capitalists, socialists, communists, or all-of-the-above? Come listen to Darren and Isaac talk about Christianity's influence on economic systems throughout history.


July 29

Topic: Growing In Our Walk with Daily Quiet Times (Randy Reese)

We’ll journey through several practices for connecting with God each day and look at a number of resources to either begin or grow you personal time with God.


August 5

Topic: Black and White or Shades of Gray? Interpreting the Bible (Debbie Reese)

An examination of how there are more answers than 'I'm right and you're wrong' when it comes to interpreting Scripture.


August 12

Topic: Praying the Lord's Prayer (Randy Reese)

A one hour session of understanding the Lord’s Prayer - and growing in the times we pray it.


Volunteer Opportunity

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We are still in need of one or two volunteers to help at the Welcome Center on Sunday mornings. It's simply a matter of greeting folks who are looking for directions, needing a question answered, or maybe just a friendly face. If you are interested, please see either Amanda Nesby or Angie Bicknell at the Connections Center. Thanks for your help!

Illinois State University's Wesley Foundation

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The Wesley Foundation at Illinois State University (now called Merge) is the United Methodist Campus Ministry that serves college students in Bloomington-Normal. We seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world through our vision of “Belong.Believe.Become.” We create community where students can belong, give opportunities for them to figure out what they believe, and encourage students to become the person God has created and is calling them to be. At Merge, we offer worship on Wednesday nights at 9pm. We also offer small group opportunities, Sunday suppers, mission trips and service projects, and space for students to nap, eat, laugh, study, etc. We have so many ways for you to get plugged in to serving in our ministry! We would love to visit with you at the Connections Center Kiosk!

The Baby Fold

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The Baby Fold is a non-profit agency serving children and families in Illinois, with 15 programs and services that can be wrapped around a child and their family as needed. Their services focus on improving the lives of children and families by building safe, loving, healthy environments through foster care, special needs adoption services, special education and early intervention programs. 

Calvary can support the Baby Fold by learning more about this incredible agency right here in town; by making or purchasing 'Sock Monkey's for children in crisis; and so many more ways. Talk to a representative of the Baby Fold at the Connections Center Kiosk.

Safe Harbor Volunteers Needed

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Calvary has an on-going commitment to provide and serve an evening meal at Safe Harbor shelter in Bloomington on the first and third Fridays of each month. We appreciate all the small groups who have helped us meet that commitment so far in 2018, and are looking for folks who can help us feed the hungry through the summer. We are still in need of volunteers for June 15, July 6, July 20, August 3, and August 17. This involves planning, providing/preparing, and serving a meal for about 75 people and is a great opportunity for small groups, families or groups of friends to be in ministry together. If you're interested in helping (or planning/coordinating), but don't have a group to work with, let us know and we'll try to connect you with some other interested folks. To volunteer or to get more information contact Ralph Smith.

Mom & Me Camp

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Mom & Me Camp and East Bay Camp offer a camp for 7-12 year old children whose mothers are incarcerated at Logan and Decatur Correctional Centers. The children and their mothers participate in a day-camp at the prison. The children return each evening to EBC for the fun and the fellowship of summer camp. Forty-five children are given this time to be with their mothers, playing games, doing craft projects and renewing their relationships. Prayers, volunteers, and donations are key needs for this special ministry that brings inmates and their children together in a supportive Christian experience. This year's camp is July 29th-August 1st. Stop by a Connections Center Kiosk to learn how you might be involved in this wonderful ministry or sign up here.