Calvary Link: Wow!

Lionel-YoungLast Sunday nearly 1500 worshippers packed out Central Park in downtown Valparaiso for an incredible morning together. I'm so proud of the way you reached out to your friends and neighbors for this special event. ValpoLife did a great story on the event and you can check out pics here.

Summer is certainly here - and I've got a hot new summer series planned. The Book of James verse-by-verse will be a "how-to" guide for the Christian life. This Sunday we will get right into the text and learn about "How to Handle Trials." God's Word is so practical!

I want to thank those of you who came to our Town Hall Meeting a couple of weeks ago and for your input on our plans to make room for more. If you did not have a chance to dream with us--that's ok. We are just getting started, and we have a lot of work to do. We are dreaming big about having a BIG impact on Valpo and the world.

Enjoy this sunshine!

What's new at Calvary...

Children's Ministries
Vacation Bible School volunteer sign-ups will take place THIS SUNDAY following each service. Teens and adults are invited to become a part of this exciting week, August 4-7 from 5:45p-8:15p. You may also contact Victoria Evans-Peasley for more info or to sign-up.

Are you receiving our periodic Rock Solid Kids Parent e-newsletter? Are you connected to our Family Ministries on Facebook? Rock Solid Kids is our Children's Ministry for infants-5th graders and you can receive important Parent Information through e-mail and Facebook. If you would like to be added to our e-newsletter list, contact Also, click here to like our 'Family Ministries' Facebook page to keep in touch!

Have you considered serving at Calvary with our Rock Solid Kids?! We are looking for volunteers who can invest one hour on Sundays into the lives of our kids and families. Open positions include our Infant Nursery, Toddler Nursery, 2 year olds, Preschool, Elementary and Children's Welcome Center. Consider joining us for one Sunday to observe and see if it's a fit for you! Contact for more information.

Student Ministries
Our very first Ultimate Game Night is on Sunday, 6.29, with Connect Middle School Students meeting from 4:30-6:30p and Reliant High School Students from 6:30-8:30p. We will have dinner, Hang Time, and a fast-paced rotation that includes messy, hilarious activities that we cannot wait to share with you! Students are encouraged to invite friends and come play with us!

Women's Ministries
Girlfriends! Join our Summer Book Club! We will be reading 'Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World' by Joanna Weaver and gathering on Saturday, 8.2 for a picnic and discussion! Click here for more information.

We will be hiring a Moppets (Childcare) Director and Childcare Workers to care for Infants-5 year olds while our moms enjoy the MOPS program (Mothers of Preschoolers, starting in September. If you are interested in applying, please click here for an application and more information.

Ladies of all ages and stages are welcome to join us for a Girlfriends Night Out. Our 50s and Beyond ladies meet the first Monday each month, 20 through 30 Somethings meet the 2nd Tuesday each month, and 30 through 50 Somethings meet the 2nd Thursday each month. Click on each group for dates and locations!

Men's Ministries
The Band of Brothers Summer Bonding Tour is back! Thursday, 7.10, Calvary men and their guests are invited to John Bryant's home at 7:00 p.m. for an evening of fellowship together.

Coffee with the Pastors
Calvary guests are invited to Coffee with the Pastors on Sunday, 7.13 from 6:30-8p at Uptown Cafe. Learn about Calvary’s values and vision, and take the opportunity to ask questions of the pastoral staff in a casual environment. We would love to meet you! RSVP here.

Membership Class
Is the Lord leading you to make Calvary your church home? Then, we would encourage you to consider church membership. Our Catalyst Membership Class is designed to help you learn our history, values, and ways to get "plugged in". It's also a great chance to make new friends! The next class will be held on Saturday, 7.12 from 8:00 a.m. - noon.

Discover Israel
Join our Senior Pastor Lionel Young and his wife Stacy for the trip of a lifetime to the land of the Bible. Calvary's first ever 'Discover Israel' study tour will be February 1-12, 2015. CLICK HERE for further details on this amazing adventure.

Global Missions
Calvary is excited to be sending out two mission teams in July in partnership with Kids Alive International! Our student ministries will be sending a group to Guatemala to help with construction of a new girls home. This will make room for more girls who have suffered abuse and need to experience the love of Jesus. We are also sending eight married couples to Mitaboni, Kenya, to construct a playground and shower the children with love! Please be praying for both of these teams as they represent Calvary and spread the gospel around the world. If you would like to donate to these ministries, CLICK HERE and write a memo of "2014 Summer Mission Trip" in the note.