College Care

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Do you have a student in college? Would you like to have them receive inspiration from their church family? Please fill out the this form to enroll your student or to update their current address or you can visit us at the Connections Center kiosk on Sunday morning. During this influential time of their lives we want them to know their Calvary family is praying for them and keeping in touch with birthday and holiday cards, along with final exam packets. 

Red Bird Mission Update

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We wanted to thank you for your generosity and update you on the donations collected for the month of July! With the monetary donations collected we were able to purchase a KitchenAid Mixer and the remaining donations, after paying for the mixer is $1,385.05. A check will be sent to them this week.The following items were also collected:


  • 14 Twin Sheet sets, XL
  • 13 Twin sheet sets
  • 1 sheet set, full
  • 18 towel sets


  • Clue
  • Jumbling Tower
  • Yahtzee to Go
  • Uno (2)

Shower Supplies

  • 5 toothbrushes
  • 2 tubes toothpaste
  • 2 bars gentle soap
  • 24 bars Dial soap
  • 1 bottle goat milk soap
  • 10 full-size bottles body wash
  • 7 tubes/bottles body wash/lotion
  • 8 bottles shampoo
  • 3 bottles conditioner

Financial Peace University

Have you heard about Financial Peace University on WCIC recently?  Did you know Calvary has it’s very own session facilitated by some of our own members?  Do you worry about your debt?  Do you have a plan for retirement?  Do you want to know what God’s plan is for your money?  Do you know what the most fun thing to do with money is?  Financial Peace University can answer all those questions and more!  FPU is about getting out of debt, planning for your future and your legacy, and learning how God wants us to handle our finances.  Check out your Fall Programming guide for more details!

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 here 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 July 29th, August 5th and August 12th or take them to the welcome center. 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. 

New Small Groups

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Connect with others to grow in your faith, share the power of prayer, and give/receive support. This is something that all of us need, but often put off until ‘a better time.’ God wants to bless you now as well as at ‘a better time.’ We will be launching a new round of small groups on Sunday, August 19 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. If you would fill out the form as soon as possible, we can begin the joy of putting groups together so that at the launch, we’ll be ready to move ahead. Forms can be found at here or you can pick up a paper copy at the Connection Center Kiosk in the Atrium. 

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!

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! 

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).

Focus Groups with Strategic Leadership Team

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All members of the Calvary family are invited to attend one of three focus groups scheduled for August and September. The SLT will use the responses shared during these meetings to supplement the findings we have gleaned from the survey many of you completed. The two meetings on Sundays during August will use a rolling format, which means you can join the discussion whenever it is convenient for you to enter the Parlor, and you should feel free to leave whenever you wish. The third meeting will be held on a Wednesday evening in September.

  • Sunday, August 5, from 9 AM to 11:30 AM in the Parlor
  • Sunday, August 26, from 9 AM to 11:30 AM in the Parlor
  • Wednesday, September 12, from 7 PM to 8:30 PM in Room 111

Facilitators from the SLT will have questions to initiate discussion, but we want this to be a free-wheeling discussion among those in attendance about your perceptions of Calvary today and your dreams about where we want our church to go in the future as we strive to be a vital and growing presence for Jesus Christ in Bloomington-Normal and in the world beyond our doors. If you have questions or concerns ahead of these meetings, please feel free to contact the members of the SLT through their shared email address:

  • Lloyd M. Hulit
  • Jeremy Baier
  • Dawn Sanner
  • Heather Plattner
  • Stacey Tetzloff
  • Joe Landon