Our family likes to keep it simple around Christmas. We put up a tree and some simple decorations. We make a list and buy a few presents (without feeling pressured to keep up with everyone). We give a little extra because we want to. We spend a little more time with family. We re-watch some of our favorite movies. We attend a couple of parties (without feeling pressured to say yes to every invite). And most importantly, we simply focus on Jesus in our worship, our reflection, and our prayers.
This time of the year is about Jesus. When we remember this, it will increase our joy. That is why I am a big fan of celebrating Advent with the church all over the world during the four weeks leading up to Christmas. It helps us focus on Jesus! So be here for Advent every Sunday, and if you are looking for a party or christmas musical to attend, check out some of the opportunities below.
Thank you again for being faithful and generous in your giving. Together, we are spreading the greatest news in the world. Jesus came - and that simple reality changes everything!
What's New at Calvary...
HangTime in the Gym
Meet up with Calvary friends this Sunday, 12.7, at HangTime! Drop in after the 1st or 2nd worship service for a snack, some coffee, and conversation. The women's Guatemala mission team will have a table with photos from their early November trip. Stop by to ask questions and find out how Calvary is investing in the girls of Guatemala.
Looking for Host Families
When leaders from other parts of the country and the globe visit us here at Calvary, they become a part of our church community for however short a time. Families within the church are invited to extend a welcome and provide a sense of belonging by hosting our ministry partners, global leaders, and the future leaders who are part of our internship program. Hospitality to traveling believers is a service rooted in Scripture! Length of stay varies from a few days, a week, 3 months, and some remain for up to a year. If you would like more information on hosting or would like to sign-up for host family opportunities in the future, please contact email@example.com.
Calvary Kids' Christmas Musical
Join us for this year's Christmas Musical, 'We Three Spies," presented by Calvary Kids on Saturday, 12.13, at 6p! This is a great opportunity to celebrate the Advent Season and reach friends and family with the Good News! Invitations are available at Guest Services.
Advent: Finding Joy
Advent marks a season of growing excitement and shared joy as Christ-followers celebrate the birth of the Savior. Join us at Calvary Church as we take part in an age-old tradition of remembrance and anticipation.
Advent Sunday Services on November 30, December 7, 14, & 21 8:15a, 9:45a, & 11:15a
Christmas Eve Services: 3p & 5p
Childcare will be available for infants through preschoolers during both the 3p & 5p Christmas Eve services. If you would like to serve our church families and guests in Children's Ministries during the Christmas Season, contact Victoria Evans-Peasley, Director of Children's Ministries, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men's Christmas Dinner
Join the men of Calvary Church for our annual Christmas Dinner Party! We'll meet at Kelsey's Steakhouse this Thursday, 12.4, at 7pm for a meal and a great time of celebration together. Catch up with friends and bring a few along. Please RSVP here.
Give a Goat; Change a Life
Calvary is working with our local ministry partner Kids Alive to provide resources to children in need around the globe. You can give a gift of food, medicine, livestock, or other necessities to a Kids Alive family this Christmas season. We love how Kids Alive describes the assortment of items they have on offer: Gifts that make a powerful impact, spreading hope and joy! Pick up a gift catalog and order form from the Guest Services desk or go online to kidsalive.org/giftcatalog to choose a meaningful and life-changing gift.
Thanks to your generous giving this year, our church will be able to meet many needs for families in our community! In partnership with Aldi Foods, we are again supplying grocery gift cards. We want to be sure that our neighbors and those within our church receive the aid they need to provide for their families, especially at this time of year. If you or someone you know is in need this holiday season, please contact the church office 219-462-4026 or Lori Coslet at email@example.com.
Winter Weather Cancellations
In the unlikely event that we need to cancel a ministry due to inclement weather, we will post the cancellation at www.cancellations.com. Visit www.calvaryweb.net for a cancellations link. Or you may call the church at 219.462.4026 and select the cancellations option.