My wife and I, like most people, lead busy lives. Most days are filled with ministry commitments, and even our weekends are full with wedding ceremonies and worship services. Throw in pastoral emergencies, which happen often, and the plate gets really full, really fast. (Did I mention we also have 3 boys?) Still, we find time to open our home because an open home means an open heart.
The Scriptures encourage us to show hospitality to one another, and to do it cheerfully (see for example, 1 Peter 4:9, and Romans 12:13). So important is the act of hospitality in the church that pastors are to lead the way. They are to "enjoy having guests in their home" (Titus 1:8, TLB). This doesn't mean pastors are the only ones showing hospitality; they are an example to everyone in the church. When we invite people into our imperfect homes and busy lives, we are saying something powerful about the gospel.
So open your homes and your hearts this summer. And have fun doing it. Get together with friends new and old. Be here EVERY Sunday when we open wide the doors of "the Lord's house." This Sunday, we eat and drink together, and we welcome a new worship leader from Kenya, who will be co-leading with Kurt and the team. Our hearts are open to you!
What's New at Calvary...
Calling all VBS Volunteers!
Sign-up now to join our Expedition Team for Journey Off The Map VBS 2015! We will set out from 5:45-8:15p on 7.20-22 and conclude on 7.23 with a Family Fun Night! Click HERE for more information and to sign-up, or stop by one of our tables in the foyer this Sunday.
Children's Ministries JUMP Crew
Does your kid love to serve the Lord through praise and worship? Our JUMP Crew (Jesus, Use Me Please!) invites any child or youth (K-12th grade) who is interested in joining the team to come to our JUMPstart Rehearsal on Sunday, 6.7 from 1-3p in rooms 409/410. Visit our table near the Children's Welcome Center this Sunday for more information and to register! Click HERE for more information.
Summer Life Nights
If you're thinking about joining a Life Group or want to get more connected at Calvary, Summer Life Nights are the place for you! Dinner and childcare will be provided. Our first Summer Life Night Is next Wednesday, 6.10 from 6-8p in the Well (room 500). This event is for everyone - singles and marrieds, families and empty nesters, college students and senior adults. Sign-up online or at Guest Services on Sunday.
Fathers Day in the Park
Mark your calendar and dust off your camp chairs, our annual Fathers Day in the Park event is coming on Sunday, 6.21. The service starts at 11a, but come early to get your chairs or blanket set up on the grass. Vendors will serve food after the service so stay to eat, visit with friends, and take in the car show. For more information, click HERE.
Men's Ministry Act Like Men Conference
Join thousands of men from across the Midwest, plus brothers from Calvary, for the Act Like Men Conference at Moody Church, Chicago, on Friday, 6.12, and Saturday, 6.13. Get more information and registration details HERE.
Student Ministries Cedar Point Trip
Middle and high school students (including incoming 6th graders and graduating seniors!) are invited to sign up for the Calvary Student Ministries Cedar Point Trip on 6.18-19. Sign up by this Sunday, 6.7, and payment must be submitted by check or on the Cedar Point Event page. See the event page for more details including cost, packing list, and travel times.
Children's Ministries Summer Camp
Attention Rock Solid Kids entering 3rd-6th grade: Don't forget to register for Miracle Camp this summer! Calvary will provide transportation by RSVP only for elementary students attending 7.8-11 and middle school students attending 6.21-27. Please let email@example.com know if your child will be riding with us! Camp and registration information is available directly at www.miraclecamp.com. You can pick up a Calvary Summer Camp 2015 brochure at the Children's Welcome Center or click HERE for further information.
High School Summer Mission Trip: New Orleans
This summer, our high school students will serve on a week long mission trip to the heart of New Orleans, LA. From 7.17-26, students will work alongside Urban Impact serving children in Day Camps and Recreational Outreach programs. For more information or to help fund their trip, click HERE.