Leader Updates - September 16, 2018

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David Bolliver - Trustee Chair

The Trustees committee would like to make members aware of some current projects and give a glimpse into our future plans for maintaining the church. In the next few weeks, the towers below the steeple will be repaired and resealed. Larry Gamblin has been working to ensure that we had the areas above the towers properly sealed so that the repairs would be permanent. Flooring in the parlor, preschool rooms and nurseries will be removed and replaced within the next month or two. It has been ordered and once it arrives installation can be scheduled. 

Looking ahead, we are in the process of getting bids to replace our lighting with LED lights with the prospect of saving $1200.00 per month on electricity. In the next two years we are planning to have additional flooring replaced, reseal the parking lot and work with the safety team to install equipment to enhance safety. In addition, we will need to begin replacing some of the original equipment like water heaters that were installed in the building originally. We are blessed to have such a great facility and staff that maintain it so well.

CUMC Library Donations

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While we are tremendously grateful for the many thoughtful donations of library materials, because we have literally run out of shelf space, the CUMC Library cannot accept any donations of books or videos until further notice. We are systematically reducing our inventory by discarding duplicates and out of date materials by donating them to Books to Benefit, one of the fine organizations that can accept your donations as well. When space becomes available again, we will gladly receive donated books and videos copyrighted after 2000. Thanks for your generosity and patience.

Celebration Sunday

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Sunday, September 30 will be a morning of celebration for the past, present and future ministry of Calvary UMC. We will celebrate not only the mortgage being paid off, but the ministries that God continues to birth and bless. We will be thanking God for the faithfulness of God's people throughout these 58 years of ministry in three different locations (the farmhouse, Jersey Avenue and Towanda at Raab). "Building on the Past, Looking to the Future" was the theme used in moving into our current facility and we will adopt that same theme on Sept. 30. Several former pastors will be in attendance and there will be a reception in the Atrium following each service. Invite your friends and family as we praise God for what has been and what will be.

Leader Updates - September 9, 2018

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Randy Reese

What happens next? That question is on a lot of people’s minds as the church digests the announcement of Pastor Deb’s retirement effective September 30th. 

The Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC), our Lay Leader Joe Landon, the Managing Directors Team (Pastor Randy, Pastor Debbie (until 9/30), Isaac Gaff, Lori Short, Ray Slaubaugh), and our District Superintendent, Rev. Jim Barnett are in prayer, discussion, and discernment about what the next step is for Calvary. As I said last Sunday, the most important step is to pray - to wait upon the Lord - and then to pray some more. The compelling question is what is the best for God’s Kingdom church called Calvary. How do we care for the ministries over which Pastor Deb has primary responsible - like The Outreach Team, small groups, young adults group, and her counseling time. In addition, she and Pastor Randy partner on preaching, weddings, funerals, baptisms, new member process, worship planning, and the list goes on. The big picture view as well as the nuts, bolts, and details view are all on the table.

Please be assured that Deb is making sure that the ministries for which she is responsible are covered in this interim.

I’m encouraging you to be a part of the process of discernment by praying as well using, if you wish, the following framework:

1)Thank God that He is God and has His hand firmly on Calvary
2)Ask God to give His wisdom to those involved in the
Discernment process - the SPRC, Pastor Randy, Rev. Jim
Barnett, the Directing Team
3)Surrender to God’s will - pray against Satan causing confusion and chaos through this time of change in Jesus mighty name.

Your faithfulness in prayer is the most important piece as we work through this new season in ministry.

Blessings and peace,
Pastor Randy

Leader Updates - September 2, 2018

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Debbie Reese

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I want to share with you that my relationship with Calvary is going to change…..I’ll be around, but just not as often.  For the reasons I’ll state below, I have chosen to retire as of September 30, 2018.

The multiple health problems I’ve experienced over the past couple of years have left me with a much lower energy reserve than before.  While I continue to give Calvary 110%, it now takes more out of me than before.  Calvary is an awesome, active church that requires long hours and high energy.  I realize that my heart and soul are lively, but my body seems not to be able to keep up.  In fact, I have just scheduled a shoulder replacement surgery after my doctor told me that was the only viable option for me at this time. 

In addition, my mother-in-law lives with Randy’s brother, David, in Greenfield, Illinois. She is 95 years old and is home alone while David works as a carpenter in that area of the state.  She has recently suffered what we believe to be a TIA (transient ischemic attack) leaving her confused about where she is living (she lives in the home she and her husband built over 50 years ago).

While praying about next steps, both Randy and I felt that God was leading us to care for Mom in our home for the remainder of her days.  Since she has many ‘female’ needs, I suggested that it should be me who cares for her.

Randy and I have prayed long and hard about this decision and God has shown us ways in which we can make all of this happen.  Be assured that we are working with the Staff Parish Relations Committee to assure that my retirement will not create any lapses in ministry…..and that may mean that God will call some of you to take on ministries in a new way.  Whatever happens, God is still on the throne.

While I will not be at the church as often as before, I will be giving 100% of my heart.  Maybe I will even serve alongside of you as a volunteer sometime!

Thank you for understanding our choice for this next chapter in our lives.

In Christ,
Debbie Reese

Safety Team Update

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You heard earlier this year about the formation of a Safety Team. It has met bi-weekly most of the year and has been in close partnership with the Church Council and the Trustees. The primary focus for the Team is the safety of our children and the adults at Calvary Church. Here’s what has happened and what is happening:

  1. Reviewed and reviewing tornado, fire, emergency plan
  2. New/replenished first aid kits
  3. KidVenture rooms now locked during class time (preschool classes already using this practice)
  4. Presence of safety team members at worship, VBS, etc. Looking to be present at Wednesday evening programming.
  5. The Safety Team proposed and its been approved by the Church Council and the -Trustees for safety cameras to be mounted both inside and outside the building.  Someone will monitor those for needs that might arise Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.  This will happen sometime the middle of September. 
  6. Pursuing with the intent to install door access management devices at major points of entry.  Policy and practices are still being worked out.  Most churches of our size already have this practice in place.

Safety Team members: co-chairs Jeff Caughron and David Fritts; Mike Brown, Eric Croft, John Croft, Danel Harr, Matt Harr, Keith Jenkins, Larry Oleson, Dawn Sanner, Dale Herring and Pastor Randy