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19 July 2015 Announcements

7/19/15 Announcements
The Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for 54 years of marriage, by Charlie & Eve Hall.
The Sanctuary Candle is given to the glory of God and in loving memory of my mother, Ruth Collins Phillips by Judy Bissell.
Name Tags are Important – Over the next few months please get in the habit of wearing your name tag.  We have new parishioners who would like to learn other people’s names, and this will also be helpful for Claude, our interim,  as he begins his ministry with us. This is not only important when you come to the rail, but also keep them on during coffee hour. If you have misplaced your name tag, or have never received one, please sign your name on the clipboard at the guest book.
The Ministry of Healing – Prayer ministers will be available in the Chapel during Communion and will remain there after the service to pray with you about whatever is on your heart.
For the children: A Nursery is available for infants and toddlers under three. Children’s Chapel is held at 10:15 for those four years old through fifth grade who would like to participate. For children in church, please pick up a cloth activity from the back pew.
Today’s Coffee Hour – The Vestry invites all to join us at coffee hour today to welcome our interim rector, the Rev. Dr. Claude Stewart. We are glad he has joined us and are looking forward to our time of ministry together.
Calvary Crafters meet at 10:00 a.m. each Wednesday. All are welcome to join us for crafts, fun, and lunch.
Last Call for School Supply Funds – St. Anne’s Guild is collecting money and school supplies for the children who visit our Food Pantry.  Today is the last day we are collecting items and money.  Please make checks payable to Calvary Church with St. Anne’s School Supplies in the memo line. Checks should put in the collection plate TODAY. Thank you for your help with this important ministry.
Benedictine Day – July 25 at Calvary. Benedictines support themselves in many creative ways including baking, gardening, wine-making, silver-smithing, iconography, creating greeting cards and making pottery. At this quarterly day we will offer time to engage our own creativity. Several options will be provided and/or participants may choose to bring their own craft to pursue. Coffee and registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the program starting at 11:00. Please bring a bag lunch; dessert and beverages will be provided. Call the church at 684-6266 to register (or sign up in the Old Well Hall.) $5 for Calvary members.
The Health Ministry Committee meeting will be held on Sunday, July 26 at 9:30 a.m. in Commons Room. We invite anyone who is interested in the spiritual, mental and physical health of our parish to join us. Contact Betty Robbins for any questions or comments.
Vacation Bible School is July 27 – 31. Journey through the Wardrobe to find Aslan. Registration forms have been mailed or handed out. If you didn’t receive one, call the church office – 684-6266. Remember to invite your friends to join you for this exciting week. Adults and youth beginning with sixth graders may participate in this as leaders and helpers. Call Michelle Fountain – 674-2343 or Jill Meares – 684-6266 if you would are interested in helping.
Snacks for VBS – Please check the sign up sheet in the Old Well Hall and help provide items for the daily snack time at VBS.  Items should be brought to the church by Sunday, July 26.
A Summer Sabbath Circle is planned for August 14 at the home of Ted and Beth Hill – 550-4351/550-4352. Please contact the Hills if you would like to attend. If you would be willing to host a Sabbath Circle, please call Mother Liz at 505-2672. These informal gatherings are a great way to get to know each other and to invite neighbors. We begin the evening at 6:00 p.m. with a pot luck supper and follow with an informal Bible reflection and Eucharist.
The August Supper will be held on Saturday, August 15 in the Parish Hall from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tickets: Adults $9.00, children under 10, $5.00. Tickets will be available during coffee hour at both services today. There will be a choice of fried chicken or ham as well as side dishes and desserts, all contributed by members of the church. The Calvary Crafters will offer craft items for sale. Produce and other Country Store items will also be for sale.
Help needed for the August Supper – Sign-up sheets are available in the Old Well Hall for the various needs of the August Supper. Please sign up for the side dishes or desserts you can provide and the various committees to set-up, serve and clean up. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know others in the parish! Questions? Call Jill Meares in the church office at 684-6266 or talk to one of the organizers – Richard Woodrow, Zilla Kimmel, Martha Vining, Margie Koen or Anne Rodgers.
Food Pantry Update – The 2014 Hunger in America Study states that between 2010 and 2015, “North Carolina has regularly ranked among the top ten states with the highest percentage of citizens experiencing food shortages.”  It also states that “NC has several cities with some of the highest levels of food insecurity in the nation: Greensboro, High Point, Asheville, and Winston-Salem.” On July 11, we provided food for 105 families, made up of 352 individuals.  This is why we are here, doing what we do – to provide food for the hungry.  We need your continued support to keep doing this.  Donations of food and/or money are always welcome and greatly appreciated.  The donation of time, which our volunteers so generously give every week, is also greatly appreciated.  Thank you for what you do, and thank you for continuing to do it.
Coffee Hour Sign-up – A new schedule for the next few months is available. Check your calendars and sign up to help with this important ministry. Through the summer months, we can set up outside with a simple menu – lemonade and cookies. Check with Nate Fore if you would like to set up outside.
Deadlines for Bulletin and Newsletter – Please have all bulletin announcements in the parish office by Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Newsletter articles should be submitted by the 27th (for the 1st of the month) and the 11th (for the 15th) in order for the bi-monthly issues to get out on time. To submit information, call Anne at 684-6266 or email to aspruance@calvaryfletcher.org.
Pick a Party and Celebrate Lake Logan at Retreat for a Retreat VI, a fund raiser to benefit Lake Logan Episcopal Center and Camp Henry. The event will be held on Saturday, August 29, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Seven parties will be held simultaneously throughout the Diocese. One lucky ticket holder will win a two-night stay at WNC’s premier retreat, The Swag. By purchasing a $75 ticket, you can attend any of the parties. At the party you will have the opportunity to bid on several exciting retreats in the silent auction. See Jill Meares to buy a ticket.
Four Seasons Compassion for Life provides end of life care for patients and their families – through Hospice Care and Palliative Care. A new Volunteer Orientation training begins Monday, July 20 at 5:00 p.m. in Flat Rock. To learn more about volunteering with Four Seasons or to register for the training, please call Sheri at 828-233-0329.

12 July 2015 Announcements

Announcements for 7/12/15
Having trouble hearing?  Ask a greeter for a listening device.
Gluten-free communion wafers are available on request.
The Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of L.A. & Ethel White, by Jean and Justin Aiken.
The Sanctuary Candle is given to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for the marriage of our niece, Nicole Marie Ackman, to Jeremiah Schweisthal, by Sue & Richard Ackman.
The Ministry of Healing – Prayer ministers will be available in the Chapel during Communion and will remain there after the service to pray with you about whatever is on your heart.
For the children: A Nursery is available for infants and toddlers under three. Children’s Chapel is held at 10:15 for those four years old through fifth grade who would like to participate. For children in church, please pick up a cloth activity from the back pew.
Lector Meeting – There will be a meeting today at 9:30 a.m. for those from both services who are currently lectors and for those who may want to be a lector. Please meet in the nave.
Taizé Worship Tonight at 6:00 p.m. The worship of Taizé is quiet and reflective with brief readings and simple chants which are easy to sing.  During the service, worshipers are invited to light a candle for any person or situation needing prayer; in this way they are surrounded by the Light of Christ.  Mother Liz will celebrate the Holy Eucharist this evening. Please join us.
Calvary Crafters meet at 10:00 a.m. each Wednesday. All are welcome to join us for crafts, fun, and lunch.
The Book Club will meet on Friday, July 17. Men and women of all ages are welcome to join us at Baabal’s in Fletcher at 11:30 a.m.  to discuss Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.
Summer Sabbath Circles – Two Sabbath Circles are planned for this summer: July 17 at the home of Margie Koen –  628-4683, and August 14 at the home of Ted and Beth Hill – 550-4351/550-4352. Please contact the host if you would like to attend. If you would be willing to host a Sabbath Circle please call Mother Liz – 505-2672. These informal gatherings are a great way to get to know each other and to invite neighbors. We begin the evening at 6:00 p.m. with a pot luck supper and follow with an informal Bible reflection and Eucharist. You do not have to have a large home to host one of these gatherings and you are free to determine how many you can accommodate.
Collecting School Supplies – Once again, St. Anne’s Guild will collect school supplies for the children who visit our Food Pantry.  If you would like to help with this project  there is a list of necessary supplies in the Old Well Hall as well as on the bulletin board located just outside of the Parish Hall. There will be a tote at both locations for your contributions.  Monetary contributions are more than welcome.  Please make checks payable to Calvary Church with St. Anne’s School Supplies in the memo line.  Checks should be left at the office or put in the collection plate. Deadline for supplies and funds is Sunday, July 19. If you need additional information please contact, Margie Koen at 941-928-9862 or Zilla Kimmel at 684-5475.
Benedictine Day – July 25 at Calvary. Benedictines support themselves in many creative ways including baking, gardening, wine-making, silver-smithing, iconography, creating greeting cards and making pottery. At this quarterly day we will offer time to engage our own creativity. Several options will be provided and/or participants may choose to bring their own craft to pursue. Coffee and registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the program starting at 11:00. Please bring a bag lunch; dessert and beverages will be provided. Call the church at 684-6266 to register (or sign up in the Old Well Hall.) $5 for Calvary members.
The Health Ministry Committee meeting will be held on Sunday, July 26 at 9:30 a.m. in Commons Room. We invite anyone who is interested in the spiritual, mental and physical health of our parish to join us. Contact Betty Robbins for any questions or comments.
Vacation Bible School is July 27 – 31. Journey through the Wardrobe to find Aslan. Registration forms have been mailed or handed out. If you didn’t receive one, call the church office – 684-6266. Remember to invite your friends to join you for this exciting week. Adults and youth beginning with sixth graders may participate in this as leaders and helpers. Call Michelle Fountain – 674-2343 or Jill Meares – 684-6266 if you would are interested in helping.
VBS Background Sets – Join us this week from 9:00 a.m. until to help paint sets and create Narnia. Come for as long as you are able. We will work every day this week.
Coffee Hour Sign-up – A new schedule for the next few months is available. Check your calendars and sign up to help with this important ministry. Through the summer months, we can set up outside with a simple menu – lemonade and cookies. Check with Nate Fore if you would like to set up outside.
Deadlines for Bulletin and Newsletter – Please have all bulletin announcements in the parish office by Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Newsletter articles should be submitted by the 27th (for the 1st of the month) and the 11th (for the 15th) in order for the bi-monthly issues to get out on time. To submit information, call Anne at 684-6266 or email to aspruance@calvaryfletcher.org.
Food Pantry Update – The Calvary Food Pantry provided food for 64 families and 220 individuals on Saturday, July 4.  Thank you to the volunteers who gave up their morning to provide food for our hungry neighbors in spite of it being a holiday. We ask for pretty much the same items week after week. Please don’t let your eyes glaze over at these requests.  Some items we can get at reduced prices, and some we cannot. We will always happily accept monetary donations.  A few dollars from many people adds up. Thank you all for your continued support.
The Parish Communicating with the Office – We have many groups who meet in the church. To avoid conflicts, please call the parish office at 684-6266 so we can get your meetings on the master calendar. We also need set-up information – on paper if possible, or clearly spelled out over the phone. Occasionally your requested meeting time or space may be superseded due to a funeral or some other urgent parish occurrence, but we’ll do everything possible to accommodate you.
Pick a Party and Celebrate Lake Logan at Retreat for a Retreat VI, a fund raiser to benefit Lake Logan Episcopal Center and Camp Henry. The event will be held on Saturday, August 29, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Seven parties will be held simultaneously throughout the Diocese. One lucky ticket holder will win a two-night stay at WNC’s premier retreat, The Swag. By purchasing a $75 ticket, you can attend any of the parties. At the party you will have the opportunity to bid on several exciting retreats in the silent auction. See Jill Meares to buy a ticket.
Four Seasons Compassion for Life provides end of life care for patients and their families – through Hospice Care and Palliative Care. A new Volunteer Orientation training begins Monday, July 20 at 5:00 p.m. in Flat Rock. To learn more about volunteering with Four Seasons or to register for the training, please call Sheri at 828-233-0329.

5 July 2015 Announcements

Announcements for 7/5

The Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God.

The Sanctuary Candle is given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Margaret Laidlaw, by Anne Rodgers.

The Ministry of Healing – Prayer ministers will be available in the Chapel during Communion and will remain there after the service to pray with you about whatever is on your heart.

For the children: A Nursery is available for infants and toddlers under three. Children’s Chapel is held at 10:15 for those four years old through fifth grade who would like to participate.

A Word from our Bishop – In light of the tragedy in Charleston, I ask that parishes take up a special offering to send to Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. We all worship One Lord, we all proclaim One Faith, and we are all saved by One Baptism. These faithful people, our Sisters and Brothers in Christ, have suffered but also showed us an example of Christian charity; let us send a reminder to them of how our Lord connects us all. We hold in our prayers those who died, their families, and the young man whose soul was so twisted by hatred as to be able to commit this terrible act. Please make your check out to “The Diocese of WNC,” noting “Emmanuel Church” in the memo line.

Calvary’s Annual Parish Picnic – will be held on the lawn after the 10:30 service today. Plan to attend and enjoy good food, fun and fellowship. Following the picnic, the youth will do face painting, organize relay races and interesting contests that will include water balloons and other organized games for children of all ages.

The Book Club will meet on July 17 instead of July 10 as previously stated. Men and women of all ages are welcome to join us at Baabal’s in Fletcher at 11:30 to discuss Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.

Lector Meeting – There will be a meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 12, for those from both services who are currently lectors and for those who may want to be a lector . Please meet in the nave.

Collecting School Supplies – Once again, St. Anne’s Guild will, through the months of June and July, collect school supplies for the children who visit our Food Pantry. If you would like to help with this project there is a list of necessary supplies in the Old Well Hall as well as on the bulletin board located just outside of the Parish Hall. There will be a tote bag at both locations for your contributions. Monetary contributions are more than welcome. Please make checks payable to Calvary Church with St. Anne’s School Supplies in the memo line. Checks should be left at the office or put in the collection plate. Deadline for supplies and funds is Sunday, July 19. If you need additional information please contact, Margie Koen at 941-928-9862 or Zilla Kimmel at 684-5475.

Benedictine Day – July 25 at Calvary. Benedictines support themselves in many creative ways including baking, gardening, wine-making, silver-smithing, iconography, creating greeting cards and making pottery. At this quarterly day we will offer time to engage our own creativity. Several options will be provided and/or participants may choose to bring their own craft to pursue. Coffee and registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the program starting at 11:00. Please bring a bag lunch; dessert and beverages will be provided. Call the church at 684-6266 to register (or sign up in the Old Well Hall.) $5 for Calvary members.

Vacation Bible School is July 27 – 31. Journey through the Wardrobe to find Aslan. Registration forms will be in the mail or you may call the church office – 684-6266. Adults and youth beginning with sixth graders may participate in this exciting week as leaders and helpers. Call Michelle Fountain – 674-2343 or Jill Meares – 684-6266 if you would are interested in helping.

Summer Sabbath Circles – Two Sabbath Circles are planned for this summer: July 17 at the home of Margie Koen – 628-4683, and August 14 at the home of Ted and Beth Hill – 550-4351/550-4352. Please contact the host if you would like to attend. If you would be willing to host a Sabbath Circle please call Mother Liz 505-2672. These informal gatherings are a great way to get to know each other and to invite neighbors. At our last Sabbath Circle, Calvary folk from both services were in attendance as well as some neighbors of Dorothy and David Sneddon. We begin the evening at 6:00 p.m. with a pot luck supper and follow with an informal Bible reflection and Eucharist. You do not have to have a large home to host one of these gatherings and you are free to determine how many you can accommodate. We can have more than one a month especially when our Interim Rector joins us, and the summer is a good time to meet on a porch or sun room.

Deadlines for Bulletin and Newsletter – Please have all bulletin announcements in the parish office by Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Newsletter articles should be submitted by the 27th (for the 1st of the month) and the 11th (for the 15th) in order for the bi-monthly issues to get out on time. To submit information, call Anne at 684-6266 or email to aspruance@calvaryfletcher.org.

The Parish Communicating with the Office – We have many groups who meet in the church. To avoid conflicts, please call the parish office at 684-6266 so we can get your meetings on the master calendar. We also need set-up information – on paper if possible, or clearly spelled out over the phone. Occasionally your requested meeting time or space may be superseded due to a funeral or some other urgent parish occurrence, but we’ll do everything possible to accommodate you.

Coffee Hour Sign-up – A new schedule for the next few months is available. Check your calendars and sign up to help with this important ministry. Through the summer months, we can set up outside with a simple menu – lemonade and cookies. Check with Nate Fore if you would like to set up outside.

Food Pantry Update – Because of you, The Calvary Episcopal Food Pantry, was able to help feed 429 individuals or 118 families from our local area on Saturday, June 27. Our clients depend on people like you help keep food on their tables. We appreciate and thank you for your time, your food donations, and your continued support. We couldn’t do it without you!

28 June 2015 Announcements

Announcements for June 28, 2015

The Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God and in celebration of the marriage of Julie Amanda Johnson & Jonathan Clay Rogers by Dr. Charles Strange.

The Sanctuary Candle is given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Jo Senn, by Georgiana Shorman.

The Ministry of Healing – Prayer ministers will be available in the Chapel during Communion and will remain there after the service to pray with you about whatever is on your heart.

For the children: A Nursery is available for infants and toddlers under three. Children’s Chapel is held at 10:15 for those four years old through fifth grade who would like to participate.

The Funeral Service for Polly Kiser will be held today at 2:00 p.m. in the church.

Poetry and Music – Today at 4:00 p.m. at Calvary. Carol Pearce Bjorlie will read from her recent poetry collection, Impossible Brightening, in the Choir room. Carol will bring her cello! All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the Discretionary Fund.

Calvary’s Annual Parish Picnic – will be held on the lawn after the 10:30 service on Sunday, July 5. Plan to attend and enjoy good food, fun and fellowship. Wear comfortable clothing to church and a funny hat or something patriotic. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket for seating. The parish will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, condiments, place settings and paper goods. Your help is needed for side dishes, drinks, and desserts. Please sign up in the Old Well Hall or call the church at 684-6266 to indicate what you will bring. If you would be willing to help with set-up or clean-up, please let us know that as well. Following the picnic, the youth will do face painting, organize relay races and interesting contests that will include water balloons and other organized games for children of all ages.

Mission Trip to Haiti – Tomorrow, Nate Fore will be joining other youth from the Diocese to go to Haiti for a week-long mission trip. Remember him and his companions in your prayers throughout the week.

The Parish Office will be closed on Friday, July 3 in celebration of Independence Day.

Lector Meeting – There will be a meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 12, for those from both services who are currently lectors and for those who may want to be a lector . Please meet in the nave.

Two Summer Sabbath Circles are planned for this summer: July 17 at the home of Margie Koen – 628-4683, and August 14 at the home of Ted and Beth Hill – 550-4351/550-4352. Please contact the host if you would like to attend. If you would be willing to host a Sabbath Circle please call Mother Liz 505-672. These informal gatherings are a great way to get to know each other and to invite neighbors. At our last Sabbath Circle, Calvary folk from both services were in attendance as well as some neighbors of Dorothy and David Sneddon. We begin the evening at 6:00 p.m. with a pot luck supper and follow with an informal Bible reflection and Eucharist. You do not have to have a large home to host one of these gatherings and you are free to determine how many you can accommodate. We can have more than one a month especially when our Interim Rector joins us, and the summer is a good time to meet on a porch or sun room.

Benedictine Day – July 25 at Calvary. Benedictines support themselves in many creative ways including baking, gardening, wine-making, silver-smithing, iconography, creating greeting cards and making pottery. At this quarterly day we will offer time to engage our own creativity. Several options will be provided and/or participants may choose to bring their own craft to pursue. Coffee and registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the program starting at 11:00. Please bring a bag lunch; dessert and beverages will be provided. Call the church at 684-6266 to register (or sign up in the Old Well Hall.) $5 for Calvary members.

Vacation Bible School is July 27 – 31. Journey through the Wardrobe to find Aslan. Registration forms will be in the mail or you may call the church office – 684-6266. Adults and youth beginning with sixth graders may participate in this exciting week as leaders and helpers. Call Michelle Fountain – 674-2343 or Jill Meares – 684-6266 if you would are interested in helping.

Collecting School Supplies – Once again, St. Anne’s Guild will, through the months of June and July, collect school supplies for the children who visit our Food Pantry. If you would like to help with this project there is a list of necessary supplies in the Old Well Hall as well as on the bulletin board located just outside of the Parish Hall. There will be a tote bag at both locations for your contributions. Monetary contributions are more than welcome. Please make checks payable to Calvary Church with St. Anne’s School Supplies in the memo line. Checks should be left at the office or put in the collection plate. Deadline for supplies and funds is Sunday, July 19. If you need additional information please contact, Margie Koen at 941-928-9862 or Zilla Kimmel at 684-5475.

Deadlines for Bulletin and Newsletter – Please have all bulletin announcements in the parish office by Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Newsletter articles should be submitted by the 27th (for the 1st of the month) and the 11th (for the 15th) in order for the bi-monthly issues to get out on time. To submit information, call Anne at 684-6266 or email to aspruance@calvaryfletcher.org.

Coffee Hour Sign-up – A new schedule for the next few months is available. Check your calendars and sign up to help with this important ministry. Through the summer months, we can set up outside with a simple menu – lemonade and cookies. Check with Nate Fore if you would like to set up outside.