Calvary Link: Father’s Day in the Park

By: Calvary Church Last Updated: June 12, 2013

calvary-link-headerI'm looking forward to celebrating fathers and families in Central Park in downtown Valparaiso this Sunday. We are planning to rock downtown with music from the best worship team in the region--and I'm going to bring an encouraging message for dads. This is not only a great day to hang out with family and friends, but it is also a fantastic outreach opportunity. We are planning this service to be a blessing to all--churched and unchurched. The gospel will be on display outdoors right in the middle of our city as we get together for some fun. Would you reach out and invite someone right now? Send an e-mail or text, post something on Facebook, or personally invite a friend.

Be encouraged. The gospel is spreading! I want you to know that God is using you--and our church--in so many ways to change lives. Every time I turn around I hear another story. Late last night I received a short text from one of our staff members who is at camp with a group of teens: "Just had three girls recommit their lives to Christ. God is moving." I love news like that! It is so awesome to see God at work in the lives of people--children, teens and adults. Thank you for giving, praying, and serving--to spread the Word throughout Valparaiso, Northwest Indiana, and the World.

See You in Central Park--


What's new at Calvary...

Father's Day in the Park
Bring your blanket or chairs and join us THIS Sunday, 6.16 at 10:45a for a combined OUTDOOR service to CELEBRATE dads and family! After the Worship Service, stick around the park, have a picnic (food vendors will be on site), toss a frisbee, walk around our 'Cruise In' of cars on display, and enjoy spending time with your family and friends! In case of dangerous weather, we will post our back up plan and instructions on the "Father's Day in the Park" page on our Events Calendar. CLICK HERE for more information or to check for a change of plans on Sunday morning!

Student Ministries
Reliant High School Students are invited to join us for our annual Cedar Point trip! You can get involved in this exciting trip by signing up at Youth Group or emailing Bre Pynakker ( The cost is $75, and the deadline to sign up is 6.16. Space is limited, so sign up before it's too late!

Reliant High School Students, get away and spend time with your friends at Crossings Camp, 7.8-12! Worship and teaching will be interspersed with water sports, ziplining, and tons of other fun activities. Register for $350 by the final deadline, 6.17. Sign up at Youth Group or contact Noel Perry ( or 219.916.2001).

Children's Ministries
Children ages K-5th grade are invited to share in Vacation Bible School’s awesome week (7.15-17 from 5:45-8:15p) of Bible stories, action-packed songs, memory verses, cool crafts, games and snacks. Register before and after services on 6.30 & 7.7 or online by clicking HERE. All children (whether they attend Calvary or not) must submit their registration by 7.7.

Summer camp at Twin Lakes Junior Camp 5 (7.22-27) is right around the corner! If your child is going to TLC and is planning to use church transportation, please contact Jen Martakis ( by 7.8!

Sermon Blog
Pass the salt and bring on the fellowship! Check out Pastor Lionel's blog, Miscellanies, to get a second look at what the Bible has to say about Christ-like behavior and the steps to being at peace with your brothers and sisters.

Lectio Divina | Daily Devotions
The exile is over! King Cyrus of Persia sponsors some rebuilding projects in Jerusalem, and a contingent of Israelites leave foreign soil to return home. We're starting the book of Ezra and a new chapter in Israel's history today. Whether you're joining the journey for the first time or getting caught up on the action, don't miss another day of Lectio Divina, Calvary's one-year trek through the Bible using daily devotions written by Pastor Lionel.

Sevenglory Goes to Africa
Please join us in partnering with Sevenglory with prayer and financial support as they prepare to travel to Kenya in October! Sevenglory is excited for this opportunity to spread the Word through worship across the globe. CLICK HERE for more information or to donate.