It's time for another awesome church picnic on Wednesday, September 6 at 6:00 p.m. This time we'll be right here at Calvary. Weather permitting, we'll be outside, but the gym will be the setting if it rains. BBQ pork and chicken will be provided. Please bring a dish or two to share, a lawn chair if you'd like to sit in one, and be ready to talk with old friends and meet new ones. Outside games will be set up for all ages. Challenge your grandchildren, grandparents or someone else's kids or parents or grandkids to a game of Gaga Ball or Nine Square in the air. The bounce house will also be there. We look forward to gathering with you as the family of God of all ages! Please RSVP at a Connections Center Atrium Kiosk or online by clicking here.
In this week's bulletin, the Calvary App, and online you'll find a Fall 2017 Program Guide that lists all the opportunities for you to study, fellowship, and grow in Christ at Calvary this August through December. You'll find studies, support groups, sports groups, creative arts groups, children's programs, youth programs, and the First Wednesdays schedule. You'll also be able to sign up for many of these via the sign-up card in the bulletin, directly in the Calvary App, or online–whichever is most convenient for you.
Watch for our Fall 2017 Serving Guide in September which highlights opportunities to reach out in love to those around you.
As part of our support of Parkside Elementary School, we would love to have Calvary folks participate in their '100 Caring Adults' day which is Tuesday, August 22nd at 7:15 a.m. They ask that you let them know you're coming (call the church office, stop by the kiosk, or sign up here). Let's see how many Calvary folks can help these children know that they are loved and supported!
You are needed! Come be part of a fun team while serving kids and families! All lessons and supplies are provided. Leaders typically serve twice per month and create their own schedules. Opportunities are available for all age groups--Preschool through 5th grade at either 9 or 10:30am. Roles needed include Small Group Leaders, Hosts and Storytellers. Contact Lori or Mary or visit the KidVenture Connecting Point for more details or to sign-up.
Our 9:00 Service Choir will begin rehearsals for the fall with a night of fellowship and food at the Milner's home (1702 Fraser, Normal, IL 61761) on Wednesday, Aug 16 at 6:30pm. Regular rehearsals begin Wednesday, Aug 23 at 6:30pm in the Worship Arts Room G108 (enter through the double doors by the children's play area by the gym). Anyone who wants to make a joyful noise is welcome! Questions? Contact Isaac Gaff.
Many children in our community get their breakfast and lunch at school at a reduced price or for free. But 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. We are also always looking for food donations. Individually packaged cereal, oatmeal, soup, fruit cups, vegetable cups, crackers, chips or goldfish are always needed. 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.
During the months of August and September, Calvary Habitat for Humanity volunteers will be working on a Habitat house at 18 Fuller Court in Bloomington, to refurbish it for the Rios family. Work began on August 5th. If you have not signed up to volunteer in the last two years, contact Angie in the church office. All volunteers will be contacted by email each week with details of the work activity. Calvary UMC is providing the resources needed for this project so we thank you for your financial support, prayers, and for our volunteers.
Do you have a student who will be attending college in the fall? Would you like your college student to receive inspiration from their church family throughout the school year? Click here to fill out the online form to enroll or update addresses.
One of our members will be going on a medical mission trip to Ocosingo, Chiapas, Mexico & the surrounding areas and they will be fitting and distributing non-prescription eye glasses. If you would like to donate non-prescription eye glasses (ie. readers) for the trip, you can drop them off at the Connections Center on Sunday mornings through August 20th.
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!
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.