There will be no KidVenture or CSM programs on Sunday, July 2nd. Programs resume on Sunday, July 9th. Nurseries will be open on July 2nd for infants through Preschool 3 age.
First Wednesdays will break for July and August and return beginning in September. Watch for details about September’s First Wednesday toward the end of August.
Each week we have anywhere from 20-40 people join us for worship via our Live Stream. Our camera operators not only enhance worship in the Worship Center, they provide an essential link to those on the Live Stream not able to join us in the Worship Center. We are currently in need of camera operators for all three services. No previous experience or expertise is required, we’ll show you everything you need to know. If you’re willing to help, stop by the Connections Center Atrium Kiosk on Sunday, click here, connect with Eli Shermer via email, or call the church office at (309) 452-5413.
This summer Calvary's senior high youth are traveling to Crossville, TN July 14-22nd to repair the homes of people in need. If you would like to help support this mission in prayer and receive updates about the trip you can sign up at a Connections Center Atrium Kiosk, call the church office, or click here. There is also still time to sign up to join us on this year's trip! Click here to sign up!
Moms of all ages and stages of motherhood are invited to join the Monday Night Book Study. This summer, we will be reading through Jennifer Rothschild's Bible study book, "Me Myself and Lies: a Thought Closet Makeover”. Beginning June 12th and meeting every other Monday night through August 21st, we will meet from 6-8 pm to pray, study, and grow in our roles as mothers. Click here to sign up. Childcare is available with advanced registration - we hope you'll join us!
The Wesley Foundation at Illinois State University is the United Methodist Campus Ministry that serves college students in Bloomington-Normal. We seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world through our vision of “Belong.Believe.Become.” We create community where students can belong, give opportunities for them to figure out what they believe, and encourage students to become the person God has created and is calling them to be. At ISU Wesley, we offer worship through our service named Merge, Wednesday nights at 9pm. We also offer small group opportunities, Sunday suppers, mission trips and service projects, and space for students to nap, eat, laugh, study, etc. We have so many ways for you to get plugged in to serving in our ministry! Learn more by clicking here.
Mom & Me Camp and East Bay Camp offer a camp for 7-12 year old children whose mothers are incarcerated at Logan and Decatur Correctional Centers. The children and their mothers participate in a day-camp at the prison. The children return each evening to EBC for the fun and the fellowship of summer camp. Forty-five children are given this time to be with their mothers, playing games, doing craft projects, and renewing their relationships. Prayers, volunteers, and donations are key needs for this special ministry that brings inmates and their children together in a supportive Christian experience. Stop by the Connections Center Atrium Kiosk to learn how you might be involved in this wonderful ministry or click here.
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.
Calling all women! Do you want to draw closer to God but the busyness of life is getting in the way? Come explore "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World" by JoAnna Weaver. Meeting dates are every other week--May 26, June 9 & 23, July 7 & 21, & Aug 4 from 9-11am in L8. Childcare is available with advanced request. Register online by clicking here. Books can be purchased on Amazon. Please try to read Chapters 1 & 2 before the first meeting, but if life gets too busy to read ahead, come anyway!!
Nicholas Chambers, Director of Spiritual Formation at Calvary will be taking a position as Associate Minister at Peachtree Christian Church in Atlanta, Georgia and will be leaving his position at Calvary UMC effective March 31, 2017. Spiritual Formation Group questions can be directed to Rev. Debbie Reese and Adult Ministry questions can be directed to Rev. Randy Reese. Additional information can be found at (link). We wish Nick and his family the best in this new chapter of their lives.
Nick has served as the Director of Spiritual Formation at Calvary for just over two years. We are grateful for the ways in which Nick has served Jesus and the church in his time with us and wish the very best for he, Kaitlyn, and Jack as they begin a new venture in life and in ministry. Cards and notes of appreciation may be sent to Calvary, ℅ of Nick Chambers, 1700 North Towanda Ave., Normal, IL 61761 or to their home address, 806 E. Buchanan, Bloomington, Illinois 61701.
In the short term:
Moving forward, Rev. Debbie Reese will take the lead in Spiritual Formation Groups with the help of Lori Short and Amanda Nesby. If you have questions about these groups or would like to be connected to a group, please contact Debbie.
The Adult Ministries and spiritual formation pieces will be handled by Rev. Randy Reese. General conversations about group studies can be directed to Randy. He will work with Angie Bicknell on scheduling.
We are seeking God’s guidance on next steps as we continue to move forward to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.