Home Sweet Home Ministries is one of Calvary's outreach ministries and is celebrating 100 years of hope in the community. In celebration, they are hosting a fundraising gala on November 4, 2017 at Second Presbyterian Church in Bloomington. The evening will be full of laughter, food, and entertainment. It’s a wonderful opportunity to help those in need. They are currently seeking sponsorships and auction items from individuals and businesses in our community. If you would like to participate, your generous support will help Home Sweet Home Ministries continue to instill hope, change lives, and build community for many years to come. To donate auction items or ask about sponsorship, please contact Eric Hoss.
An all church picnic is planned for June's First Wednesday on June 7th at 6pm! We are going to Tipton Park, 2201 Stone Mountain Blvd, Bloomington. Meat and drinks will be provided. Please bring a dish (or 2) to share. There is a splash park, so if you're interested in getting wet, you'll be in the right place. This is a great opportunity to invite friends who have not yet found a church home. It will be a great time of fun and getting to know one another. Please RSVP here so that we know how much food to prepare.
All recent or long-term widows are invited to dinner and conversation at Denny’s Restaurant in Bloomington on Thursday, June 8th, at 5:30pm. Please RSVP here, at a Connections Center Atrium kiosk, or by calling the church office at (309) 452-5413.
KidVenture Wonder & Story (Preschool-4 through 5th grade) & CSM Jr High and Sr High programs will not meet on Sunday, May 28th. Enjoy worship as a family! Nursery care will be available for infants and toddlers.
Some tips: Sit closer so kids can see; whisper to kids throughout service explaining & answering questions; encourage kids to praise God through dancing and singing during songs; use activity bags that are just inside Worship Center doors; encourage kids to draw/write about what they're experiencing; engage kids during prayer time, bowing heads, closing eyes, praying the Lord's Prayer with the congregation; don't stress if kids make some noise--we're a family. Enjoy this time together.
Calvary's Haiti Mission Team will leave this Friday (May 26) and we will surround them with prayer as they leave. Please join us in the Haiti trip as prayer warriors by meeting in the church atrium at 4:00 this Friday.
The Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Chatham, IL (not the Midwest Food Bank) provides, among many other things, supplies to those affected by flooding. In May alone, they have sent nearly 4,000 flood buckets to people in Missouri and Illinois and need to restock in order to help others. If you'd like to help, please use this link to see the supplies needed. If you'd like to donate cash instead, you may do so through the Calvary App or you may write Flood Supplies in your check memo. Supplies will be collected through June 4th. To learn more, click here.
Calling all women! Do you want to draw closer to God but the busyness of life is getting in the way? Come explore "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World" by JoAnna Weaver. Meeting dates are every other week--May 26, June 9 & 23, July 7 & 21, & Aug 4 from 9-11am in L7. Childcare is available with advanced request. Register online by clicking here. Books can be purchased on Amazon. Please try to read Chapters 1 & 2 before the first meeting, but if life gets too busy to read ahead, come anyway!!
A women's Bible study on Beth Moore's "David: Seeking a Heart Like His" will start in June, with two class times available. The Thursday morning study begins June 1st at 9am and the Tuesday evening study begins June 6th at 6:30pm. Sign up at the Connections Center Atrium kiosk or online.: Thurs Morning
Have you registered for VBS yet? Please don't wait! VBS will be held June 19-22 from 6-8pm each evening. Children born on or before 9/1/2013 through 5th Grade (this 2016-17 school year) are eligible to register! Anyone who has completed 6th Grade (by June of 2017) or older can sign up to help! For more information and to register, click here. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Calvary has an emergency plan, approved by Trustees, to help us all relocate to safe rooms, if it becomes necessary and trained people to guide us quickly.
Nicholas Chambers, Director of Spiritual Formation at Calvary will be taking a position as Associate Minister at Peachtree Christian Church in Atlanta, Georgia and will be leaving his position at Calvary UMC effective March 31, 2017. Spiritual Formation Group questions can be directed to Rev. Debbie Reese and Adult Ministry questions can be directed to Rev. Randy Reese. Additional information can be found at (link). We wish Nick and his family the best in this new chapter of their lives.
Nick has served as the Director of Spiritual Formation at Calvary for just over two years. We are grateful for the ways in which Nick has served Jesus and the church in his time with us and wish the very best for he, Kaitlyn, and Jack as they begin a new venture in life and in ministry. Cards and notes of appreciation may be sent to Calvary, ℅ of Nick Chambers, 1700 North Towanda Ave., Normal, IL 61761 or to their home address, 806 E. Buchanan, Bloomington, Illinois 61701.
In the short term:
Moving forward, Rev. Debbie Reese will take the lead in Spiritual Formation Groups with the help of Lori Short and Amanda Nesby. If you have questions about these groups or would like to be connected to a group, please contact Debbie.
The Adult Ministries and spiritual formation pieces will be handled by Rev. Randy Reese. General conversations about group studies can be directed to Randy. He will work with Angie Bicknell on scheduling.
We are seeking God’s guidance on next steps as we continue to move forward to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.