Operation Christmas Child

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Operation Christmas Child (OCC) shoeboxes will be available at an Atrium kiosk starting next Sunday, October 29th, along with “How to Pack Your Shoebox Gift” and a list of “Gift Suggestions.” We will also be available to answer any questions you might have about this program. Filling a box with grooming and hygiene items, school supplies, toys and clothing; will give a child, who may have never received a gift before, the Love and Joy of knowing someone cares for them. Each shoebox represents one more opportunity to reach a child with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

November First Wednesday

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November’s First Wednesday is November 1st and we will be packing meals again this year. We are planning on putting together 17,500 meals. Many hands make light work so we encourage as many as can to come join us at 6:00pm. We’ll have La Gondola sandwiches for supper so we’ll need you to signup by clicking here so we have enough food. As always, you can bring your own as well. First Wednesdays are a great opportunity to get to know people from other worship times as well as set an example for our kids how Christians can work together. See you there! PS - I hear a fairly substantial rumor the December’s First Wednesday will feature a chili cook off contest along with your favorite mac and cheese recipe. Save that date - December 6th at 6:00pm!

Lunch with the Pastors


We welcome you to join Pastors Randy & Debbie for Lunch on Sunday, November 5 at Noon in Room 111. This is an informal time to meet some new folks, chat with one another, and learn a bit more about who we are. Attending the lunch is the first step in the membership process. We welcome you to bring any questions you might have about Calvary. You can RSVP to lunch by clicking here or stop by and see Amanda at the Connections Center Atrium kiosk on Sunday morning. We are looking forward to breaking bread with you! 

Thank You


We are grateful for your generosity shared with the church, especially as we are addressing some capital maintenance needs. The week of October 16-20 will see new carpet being installed in the worship center, eliminating the hazardous seams that have been separating. Thank you!

Midwest Food Bank

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Volunteers from this group have the opportunity to meet about 5 times per year at the Midwest Food Bank to help sort and package food for those in need in our community and around the world. When we are scheduled to serve, we meet on a weeknight from 6-8pm. Please sign up at a Connections Center Atrium Kiosk, online, or contact Jenna Baier if you are interested in this service opportunity and are not currently on the group’s email list. 

Bible Blast

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Bible Blast is an exciting retreat for Third Graders where they will dive into their Bibles and have a ton of fun while learning all sorts of exciting things about God's Word. Bible Blast will take place Friday, October 27 from 6:30pm through 11:15pm. Third Graders are allowed to bring guests, so feel free to invite a friend! Registration is required. Register here. Each child should be registered separately including guests. If you have any questions or if you are interested in volunteering with the event please email kidventure@connectwithcalvary.org.

Poverty Simulation

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The Multicultural Leadership Program is sponsoring their annual poverty simulation on Thursday, October 26th from 4:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Calvary. A poverty simulation is a great way to learn about some of the challenges faced by families living in poverty. This intense experience is most effective when we have 60 - 90 participants. Would you consider signing up and joining us that evening? This is an incredible way to understand our neighbors who are struggling day to day just to stay afloat. If you have already participated in one of our poverty simulations, we would love to have you back as we are still looking for volunteers. For more information and to sign up, click here. Registration is required for both participants and volunteers. 

Basketball Clinic for K-2nd Graders

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Attention boys and girls Kindergarten through 2nd grade who are interested in improving their basketball skills. The Bloomington Force Youth Basketball Team will be hosting a clinic for boys and girls on Sunday, October 29th from 2-3:30pm in the gym. Players will learn the fundamentals of the game and also learn to communicate with other teammates and coaches while learning sportsmanship and responsibility - all from a Christian perspective. The session will conclude with a short devotion and is free to attend! Snacks will be provided. Please bring a basketball and a desire to improve your game! If you have additional questions or would like to register, please contact Kevin Hoss via email or at 309-531-3448.

Disaster Response Training

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The mission of an early response team is to provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of disaster. It is a cooperative effort between the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission. The team is neither a first response group of emergency workers nor a recovery, rebuild or repair team. Rather, it fills a specific need in the early days after a disaster to establish the presence of the church.

  • Peoria Bethel UMC will host an early response training Nov. 4. Register here by Oct. 27th.
  • Fairbury UMC will host a re-certification of early response team members whose certification has expired or will expire in the near future on Nov. 10. Register here by Nov. 3rd.
  • Fairbury UMC will host an early response training Nov. 11. Register here by Nov. 3rd.

Backpack Ministry Food Needed


Your amazing support of Calvary's Backpack Ministry of food for the students at Parkside Elementary is needed again. We have very few of the items listed below. You may bring your donations to the church and place them in the labeled box behind the welcome center. Thank you so much for your continued support in our effort to assure that no child goes to bed hungry. Items needed: individual fruit, vegetable, or applesauce cups; individual pasta meals (such as Easy Mac, Ravioli, Beefaroni, Spaghettios, Ramen Noodles); pudding cups; individual packets of tuna.

Home Sweet Home Ministries

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.