Nursery care will be available at all Christmas Eve and Eve Eve services as well as Sunday, December 31st. KidVenture Wonder & Story and Calvary Student Ministries will not meet on December 24th & 31st.
The Calvary Prayer room will be held January 3rd-10th. The prayer room is open to anyone, youth and adult, Calvary and community. The Prayer room is located downstairs off the Gym in room G004. Time slots are an hour long starting at the top of each hour. You may use the room by yourself or with a group (families are encouraged to pray together!). This is an interactive prayer experience that you can participate with in many ways. You can use the guided prayer stations, pray in silence, listen to music, play live music, use art to pray, or read the prayers of those who have gone in before you! For more information and to sign up click here.
Interested in serving God in Haiti? Please join us for an informational meeting on Tuesday, January 9th from 6:30 - 7:30pm in room L6. We will be discussing the short term mission trip being planned for early summer 2018. Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ by connecting the Haitian people to God, one another and the world through Worship, Wisdom and Works. For additional information contact Al Behrens or Joe Landon.
The Amazons' Christmas CD is available at a Connections Center Atrium Kiosk. A suggested donation is $15 with all of the proceeds going to Midwest Food Distribution. You may also pick one up in the church office throughout the week.
If you are interested in being a greeter or usher for any of the upcoming Christmas Eve services, please see Angie at the Connections Center Atrium Kiosk.
Calvary has a 30-35 hour/week job opening for evening welcome desk/custodial work. The job hours are Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 3-9pm with Wednesday night 3-10pm. Hours may vary some weeks depending on church schedule. Work includes janitorial work and a brief hour long stint at the welcome desk to assist people in finding destinations when they come for meetings, classes, and small groups. Additional hours are available as needed. Start date is January 2, 2018. Salary starts at $10/hour and is commensurate with experience. Training is provided. Obtain an application at the Welcome desk during the week or at a Connections Center Atrium kiosk on Sundays.
Come celebrate with KidVenture at a birthday party for Jesus on Wednesday, December 20th from 6:30-7:30pm in Rooms 111 & 115. Bring a package of diapers or another baby item to donate to The Baby Fold's Healthy Start program. We will end the evening with a live Nativity featuring some of our oldest KidVenture students beginning around 7:10pm in the Worship Center. All are welcome!
Calvary will continue to provide and serve the evening meal at Safe Harbor shelter in Bloomington on the first and third Fridays of each month in 2018, and we've already had some groups start to sign up into the new year; however, there is a specific need for a group to coordinate, prepare and serve the meal on Friday, January 5th. If your group can take responsibility for the meal that evening, please contact Ralph Smith at RESmith61@frontier.com or 309-829-2004.
Grieving? Join us for a "Surviving the Holidays" seminar on Tuesday, December 19th from 6:00 to 8:00pm in the Parlor. We pray that God will use this seminar to draw more and more people to the healing and hope found in Him. All are invited to attend. You can sign up at a Connections Center Atrium Kiosk, online, or by calling the church office.
The Staff Parish Relations Committee is giving the congregation an opportunity to share our appreciation for Calvary’s staff this Christmas for all of the hard work they do throughout the year. You may write a check with ‘staff appreciation’ on the memo line, give through the Calvary app, or online. Thank you for loving these folks who help Christ’s ministry.
Calvary offers the opportunity to share an extra mile gift at Christmas. The Finance Team has designated this year’s Christmas offering go the the Good Samaritan Fund, a resource we use to help those in financial emergencies. Examples include a power bill, groceries beyond what they receive in other places, kid’s needs, etc. It is administered under Holy Spirit discernment by Pastor Randy and Amanda Nesby. There are multiple gift boxes in the worship center along the aisles in which you may place your Christmas gift to help that person on the side of the road just like the Good Samaritan did in Luke 10:25-37. You can also give to the Good Samaritan Fund through the Calvary app as well as online. Thank you for making a difference.
We are offering a family Advent devotional again this year. The devotional is online and will be available in paper form as well at the Connections Desk on Sunday mornings and the Welcome Center/church office throughout the week. We pray your hearts might be filled and stirred this Advent Season.
If you're not able to sing with the choir during our regular season, we'd love to have you join us for the 10:00am Christmas Eve Service on December 24th. We'll be rehearsing music for this service on Wednesday, December 13th and Wednesday, December 20th from 6:30-7:30pm in the choir room. Come to one or both rehearsals as you are able. All are welcome!
Our Christmas Eve Services this year will be held on:
- Saturday, December 23rd at 6:30pm (music similar to our regular 10:30am service)
- Sunday, December 24th at 10:00am (music similar to our regular 9:00am service)
- Sunday, December 24th at 3:00pm (music similar to our regular 9:00am service)
- Sunday, December 24th at 5:00pm (music similar to our regular 9:00am service)
- Sunday, December 24th at 7:00pm (music similar to our regular 10:30am service)
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.