Habitat for Humanity 2019

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This year Calvary Outreach has made the commitment to help support the building of another Habitat home. Volunteers are asked to sign up this Sunday at a kiosk to help with construction, provide refreshments or work at the restore. No experience is needed, tools are provided. Thirty-seven Calvary volunteers worked 280 plus hours on the Methodist house last year.

Tuesday Evening Men's Faith & Fellowship

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The first meeting for the new study of Men's Faith and Fellowship on Tuesday evenings will be held on April 2nd at 6:30pm at the Radisson Hotel in Normal. The new video series will be a 5 week study from Adam Hamilton titled "Half Truths". Our following sessions will be on Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm at Calvary in room L8. To sign up, please visit the Connections Center kiosk in the Atrium or go here.

Mowing Season

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The 2019 Mowing season is rapidly approaching! We appreciate everyone who has helped in the past and we are putting together the calendar for the 2019 schedule. If we are able, we can set up pairs of folks to mow on Saturdays as well as Fridays. We need at least two people, for safety reasons, or in case one of the mowers gets stuck. If you have any questions, or are interested in signing up to help mow, please signup here or contact Larry Gamblin (815-848-2253).

Food Box

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The brown box just inside our front doors are helping many families. That means we are often running very low on food. If you are able, would you consider buying one extra item each week and bringing it for the box? Please leave food on the counter behind the welcome center. We can use boxed items, cereal, canned goods, peanut butter and pasta. This would give us an ongoing supply of food for those struggling to feed their families. Thank you!

Collection for Haiti

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Blue collection bins will be placed in the Atrium from March 3-24 to collect the following specific items to make into Haitian first aid kits which our Haiti Team will distribute during their mission trip.

  •  0.2 oz bottle Clear Eyes eye drops 

  • Toothbrush 

  • 0.85 oz (travel size) toothpaste 

  • 10ct (travel size) Tylenol/ Ibuprofen 

  • 1 oz Neosporin Original antibiotic ointment 

  • 0.42 oz Clotrimazole Antifungal Cream 

  • Individually boxed bar of soap 

  • Wet Ones antibacterial individually wrapped wipes 

  • Washcloth (can be new or gently used, MUST BE CLEAN) 

  • Sunglasses (can be new or gently used, accepting all shapes and sizes, kids especially!) 

Michaela Goodman, who is coordinating this project, would be happy to answer any questions and can be contacted at michaela.goodman@comcast.net.  KidVenture and Calvary Student Ministries will join Michaela to pack the kits in April. Please consider bringing items by March 24 to help with this project.

Haiti Mission Team

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A team from Calvary will be traveling to northern Haiti again this year from May 24 – June 3. The team will partner with Haitian organizations on a variety of projects. Team members witness God’s love pouring out on the children and adults as well as making friendships that can last a life time. Individuals team members have the opportunity to learn about themselves, strengthen their relationship with God, and truly make a difference in the lives of people in Haiti.

The purpose of the Haiti Mission Team is to provide moral, physical and financial support to the people of Haiti. We want to ensure everything we do fits the Haitian culture and their needs, not what we think they need. With every project we do, we include the Haitian people in the planning, design, organizing and implementation of the project. We strive to have as much work done by the Haitian community as possible. 

Our vision is that what we do will be based on what we feel God is leading us to do. For example, will the community of Fev be a better place in the future because of what we have done there? All that we do reflects the values of the Haitian culture and not what we think they need.

Please stop by and see one of the Haiti team members at the Connection Center Atrium Kiosk with questions you may have about the trip. Also, check out the photos showing the progress of the church build that Calvary is supporting in the village of Fev, Haiti.

Home Sweet Home Ministry Opportunity

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Calvary is excited to partner with Home Sweet Home Ministries in Bloomington/Normal. Home Sweet Home Ministries demonstrates Christ's love through innovative approaches that instill hope, restore lives, and build community.

Their vision is to be a ministry of refuge and renewal powered by Jesus Christ.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the way they serve those in need at Home Sweet Home Ministries. Every year, volunteers dedicate over 48,000 hours of service to accomplish their mission and vision.

HSHM is always in need of volunteers who love to work with their hands. For example:

  • Monthly deep cleaning of shelter.

  • Light handy work.

  • Groundskeeping during summer months.

  • Furniture moving as needed.

  • Painting as needed.

  • Light construction as needed.

  • Vacuum Repairs

You can sign up to volunteer here  or stop by the HSHM atrium kiosk on Sunday morning. Interested in providing financial support? Click here.

2019 Stewardship Pledging

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2019 Pledge Cards are available in today’s bulletin, at the Welcome Center, Connections Center Kiosk, Hub Desk, and online. Our online experience includes videos from Calvary members outlining why they invest in the ministries of Calvary and an interactive pledge calculator that can help you take a step toward tithing. Pledge Cards can be placed in the offering, dropped by the church office, or mailed to the church at your convenience. Online pledges are automatically sent to the office.