Language Café

Calvary’s Language Café is a chance for you to meet some really interesting people! As disciples of Christ, we are called not just to reach out, but also to invite in and to continue to make Calvary a welcoming and hospitable place. The Language Café is a perfect opportunity for non-native English speakers to come to Calvary and find friendly people in the Gathering Place willing to help them practice their English-speaking skills. The relationships and the comfort with Calvary Church that Language Café participants experience helps them feel welcome attending our services or other activities we offer. Language Café volunteers get to know each participant as they see them week after week in this safe and welcoming environment. Participants can develop friendships that open deeper conversations around questions like “Who is Jesus?”, “Why does Calvary look like it does?” and “Why do Calvary people seem different?”  Do you know…

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New Year, New You

Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years have all come and gone but there are still things to look forward to. Even though the holiday parties have come to a close and gifts have been exchanged, January has its own magic of being a time of self-reflection, resolutions, and new beginnings. As you pray about your schedule for the coming year, we have some exciting opportunities to announce; ways you can live out and grow in your relationship with God. One of these upcoming opportunities in 2020 is to serve on a Calvary short-term mission trip. Do you have a heart for the lost, concern for those who are in need, vision to encourage the global church, or desire to use your hands-on skills to assist ministries abroad? Then we have trips going to South America, Europe and Africa that you will want to consider. Start praying now about how God wants…

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Christmas All Over the World

This December, people all over the world will be celebrating the birth of our Savior. While many Christmas traditions are universally celebrated such as placing nativity scenes in our homes, attending a Christmas Eve service, or preparing a special meal for family and friends, there are also unique ways people celebrate. Below are two examples: Ukraine – Their tradition is to decorate Christmas trees with fake spider webs. This practice originates from a story about a poor widow and her children who had a tree but could not afford to decorate it. Spiders in their hut heard the disappointment and spun webs on the tree during the night. When the widow and her kids awoke, they saw their tree decorated in what looked like silver and gold as the sunlight illuminated the spider webs on the tree. From then on, the widow never felt poor but was grateful for what…

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Shift Your Perspective on Family this Christmas

“Do not be afraid, Mary: you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High…”  “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Luke 1:30, 38 I can’t help but wonder Mary’s viewpoint as she listened to the angel Gabriel telling her she was going to be a mother to a child she should call Jesus. It makes me think of family. During this season of gifting would you consider the varied faces of family in your life? Consider the spiritual sister who sends you texts of encouragement and prays for you. Or the father-figure who helped you as you grew up. Remember the grandmother who always sends cards and calls even though you were just the hungry…

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Christmas at Calvary

Shepherds and Kings is the story of a widow and a waitress who, in seasons of suffering and difficulty, give each other the gift of hope in unexpected ways. Set in Mattiello’s, an Italian diner, the colorful characters and intertwined relationships of this story will take you from the depths to the heights through twists, turns, and surprises. Through this musical, our hope is that God reminds you that He came to know us in both our joy and our pain. God sees us where we live, and He embraces us with the same grace and mercy that brought Jesus to us that very first Christmas. Tickets are $5 and available at calvarygr.org/christmasatcalvary. You can also purchase them in the Worship Ministry Office (Entrance G) on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00am-2:00pm. 

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Luggage Needed | November 17, 2019

Did you know that in Michigan alone, there are over 13,000 at-risk children and youth? Did you also know that many of these children have nothing to carry their belongings in but flimsy trash bags? This is unacceptable. Trash bags are slippery, hard to carry, and often break! Wedgewood Christian Services, a local Christian residential care and counseling ministry, is partnering with Calvary’s Forever Hope Ministry (adoption and foster care ministry) and the Missions & Outreach Department to show the at-risk children and youth in our communities that we care by providing suitcases. Through this simple act of providing suitcases, we are demonstrating that we recognize their worth as image bearers of Christ. How can you get involved? Donate: Now through November 24, you can drop off your new or gently used luggage at the Clothes Closet Drop-off, located at the far west end of the building.  Please note: Next…

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Opportunities to Serve in Local our Local Community

When you think of volunteering what comes to mind? Is it helping with the kiddos or serving Wednesday night dinner? If you think of volunteering, and want to help outside of Calvary, consider David’s House.  David’s House has five adult foster care homes and currently serves 43 residents and their families. They also provide community living support services for individuals living in the Greater Grand Rapids area. Their ministry focuses on “physical care, spiritual care, and emotional care” for all of their friends with special needs.  If any of this resonates with you here is what they are looking for: people to play games with the residents, go on walks with the residents, help with spring clean-ups and so much more. On November 10, you have the opportunity to meet with David’s House President, Casey Kuperus, and Director of Advancement, Greg Vander Goot who will be at the Connection Point…

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International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Around the world on November 3, Christians will observe an International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians. The term “persecuted Christians” refers to any person who is harassed or attacked simply because they are a Christian. Examples of persecution faced by Christians include but is not limited to beatings, physical torture, confinement, isolation, rape, severe punishment, imprisonment, slavery, and discrimination in education and employment. Research estimates that more than 245 million are persecuted. That is 1 in 9 Christians in the world today. Join us in praying for our persecuted brothers and sisters that they would:  Sense God’s presence (Heb. 13:5) Know we are praying for them (2 Tim. 1:3) Experience God’s comfort (2 Thess. 2:16–17) See God open doors to evangelism (Col. 4:3) Boldly share the gospel (Acts 4:29) Mature in their faith (Col. 1:28–29) Be granted wisdom in covert ministry work (Acts 9:23–25) Remain joyful amid suffering (Acts…

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Opportunities for Designated Giving at Calvary Church

Grace Beyond is a journey the Calvary Church body has embarked on with God over the past nearly five years. A journey of remodeling our building and reshaping our church. Throughout this season we have grown in the practice of giving above and beyond our regular tithes and offerings. As that journey draws to a close, we want to make you aware of four opportunities to continue giving these kinds of gifts at Calvary. Benevolence: These monies go to assist those experiencing a time of need. This fund is open all year, but we emphasize the Benevolence Ministry during our communion services. Jonathan Fund: The Jonathan fund is designed to encourage people at Calvary, especially those who are enduring suffering. We will emphasize this fund during the Lenten season in connection with Jesus’ own suffering, though it is open year-round. Celebrate Missionaries: These monies are designed to bless those who…

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