Food Packaging - - November First Wednesday

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We will package meals with Illini Fighting Hunger for November's First Wednesday on Wednesday, November 6th from 6:00-7:15 pm in the gym. Meals from La Gondola (torpedo, chips, cookie) will be available with advanced reservation, or you are always welcome to bring your own food if you choose to eat before packaging meals! Please RSVP here so we can plan for adequate numbers for food packaging, meals, and childcare.

IGRC Early Response Disaster Training

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Bloomington Wesley UMC is having an Early Response Teams (ERT) training on Saturday, Nov. 2nd. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, Oct. 23rd and can be completed here.

Tornadoes, floods, and snow/ice storms can happen to YOU!

Illinois Great Rivers Conference experiences all of these natural disasters and at times there are multiple incidences within one storm system. In each event, IGRC Early Response Teams (ERT) are present. ERT’s are trained to provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of a disaster. ERT’s work to prevent further damage to survivors’ homes through tarping, debris removal and cleaning out flooded homes. ERT’s are trained to be keenly aware of emotional needs and know the disaster belongs to the local community. ERT’s are first and foremost present “to do no harm” and assist families during a deeply traumatic time.

Spontaneous volunteers are no longer allowed into most disaster areas in the early days following an incident. As UMCOR trained and badged volunteers ERT’s are allowed into areas as soon as the damaged areas are accessible. We, as United Methodists, can be among the first to respond through EARLY RESPONSE TEAMS (ERT) and the last to leave through the work of VOLUNTEER IN MISSION TEAMS (VIM). 

WILL YOU PARTICIPATE IN ILLINOIS GREAT RIVERS DISASTER RESPONSE? THERE IS A PLACE FOR YOU!

YMCA Fall Fest/Trunk or Treat Opportunity

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Are you interested in helping with a Fall Fest and a Trunk or Treat? The YMCA has invited us to expand our partnership with them by helping provide decorated trunks and/or serve at their Fall Fest on October 20 from 3-5pm. If you are interested in helping or for more information, please contact Sarah at saraht@bnymca.org.

New Directing Pastor Appointed

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The SPRC is very happy to announce to Calvary that the appointment process for our new Directing Pastor has been completed. In a recent meeting with Jim Barrnett, our District Superintendent, your SPRC committee was introduced to our new Directing Pastor, Sylvester Weatherall. Sylvester Weatherall is currently a District Superintendent located in Springfield and will begin his appointment at Calvary on January 1, 2020. Please review his complete biography (found here) for more information about him. I want to thank you for all your prayers during this time. I would ask that we continue to pray for Calvary UMC as we move forward into this transition period. Sylvester and his family will be relocating to Bloomington/Normal in the future. If anyone has any questions or concerns, please let a member of SPRC know.

Dale Herring, Chair
Joe Landon, Lay Leader
Matt Harr
Amy Moser
Grethe Armstrong
Judie Bennett
Elizabeth Simpson
Kaye Schroeder

Prayer Shawl Ministry

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Knitters and crocheters of all levels are invited to join us as we work to create shawls to be given to people in need of comfort. No experience is required. All materials are provided, including yarn, patterns, and needles/hooks. We will be meeting every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 9-11am in Room 111 across from the Worship Center to spend time together knitting, crocheting, and praying. If you are interested in having a shawl given to someone who is in need of comfort or are interested in joining the knit/crochet group, please contact Linda Ferrence (LMFerrence@gmail.com/708-922 6448).

Faith in Action

Calvary United Methodist supports the non-profit organization, Faith in Action in our community. Their mission is to help seniors remain independent for as long as possible by connecting volunteers with local seniors who have a need for transportation to medical or other necessary appointments, or a need to be assisted with grocery shopping, or perhaps just need a friendly phone call or visit occasionally, or maybe yard work in the fall or spring. Currently, there are 700 seniors needing services and 520 care givers, including 25 care givers from Calvary! Please consider volunteering by visiting bnfia.org/volunteer to obtain an application or call the Faith In Action office at 309-827-7780, or visit the Connection Center kiosk in the atrium.

Hurricane Relief through U.M.C.O.R.

If you'd like to contribute to hurricane relief directly, you can designate these funds on the memo of your check or select these as options from our mobile or web giving opportunities. Donations for the Bahamas can be made through UMCOR's International Disaster Response Advance #982450. Money from this fund is used to respond to disasters around the world. In the U.S., donate to the U.S. Disaster Response Advance #901670 for the United Methodist Committee on Relief.

Backpack Ministry

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Many children in our community get their breakfast and lunch at school at a reduced price or for free; however, when school is closed on weekends and holidays, many of these children go hungry. Calvary has partnered with Parkside Elementary School and the Midwest Food Bank to make sure their students don’t go hungry. Last year we were able to help 100 students from Parkside each week with their food needs. There are many opportunities to help with this program from unloading food, packing the bags for the children, dropping off the bags at the school and by donating food. Stop by the kiosk in the atrium to learn more about the program or to sign up to help. We are also always looking for food donations. Individually packaged cereal, oatmeal, fruit cups, vegetable cups, macaroni & cheese, pasta meals, crackers, chips or goldfish are always needed. Please no perishable foods. Feel free to drop off any food donations to the kiosk on August 18th and August 25th or take them to the welcome center anytime. We appreciate all that Calvary has done for this program and know that we will be able to continue to help those students in need.