Announcements for 9/13/15
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 celebration for the marriage of our daughter Nancy Rachel to Nicholas Michael Russo, by Sue & Richard Ackman.
The Sanctuary Candle is given to the glory of God and in thanksgiving of the birthday of my grandson, Spencer Meares, by Jill Meares.
Name Tags are Important – Help our newcomers out: not everyone knows your name, so please wear your name tag. If you’ve misplaced it or never gotten one, sign your name on the clip board at the guest book, and we’ll make you one.
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.
The Service Music has changed today and the score s are not printed in the bulletin. Please check the bulletin for the new page numbers. Service music is found at the front of the hymnal and has an “S” in front of the number.
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. Dr. Claude will celebrate the Holy Eucharist this evening. Please join us.
Centering Prayer – This contemplative gathering meets at noon on Tuesdays in the library.
Wednesday Eucharist & Healing Service – A small group gathers in the choir stalls each Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. for healing prayers and Eucharist. We’d love that group to become larger! This is a peaceful, mid-week time to give thanks. Please join us.
Calvary Crafters meet at 11:00 a.m. each Wednesday. All are welcome to join us for crafts, lunch, and fun. Bring your crafty ideas.
What Is Lectio Divina? We are all familiar with Bible Study/Discussion which can be rich and lead to sharing of insights. Lectio Divina, sometimes called the African method of Bible Study, takes us into a deeper place where, through the prayer of listening in short periods of silence, we allow the Spirit to address us individually. This is not a discussion group but in brief sharing of what we “hear,” we come to a deeper trust in God and one another. The practice ends with prayer for one another spoken in a trusting circle. Please consider joining us in the library on Wednesday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. beginning this Wednesday.
Food & Formation – This, Wednesday, Dr. Claude Stewart will lead a discussion of The Gospel of Mark. During the next two weeks, September 23 and 30, we will watch and discuss N.T. Wright’s video Evil, as a follow-up to the Gospel of Mark. This will also be led by Dr. Claude. Dinner starts at 5:45, and the program begins at 6:30.
Food & Formation prep and clean-up are an important part of our Wednesday evenings. Before dinner, folk are needed to prepare the tables, wash up pots, and make tea and coffee. After dinner, we n14eed help with dish washing, putting food away, and general kitchen clean up. Attending the program is important, but if each of us would take a turn, then only one program would be missed. Some nights we have too much help and other nights there is no one. Please check the schedule and choose an empty time slot.
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism will be celebrated on All Saints’ Day, which is Sunday, November 1. If you wish to be baptized or have your child baptized on that day, please talk to Dr. Claude or Jill Meares, or call the parish office at 684-6266.
Upcoming Saturday Program – October 24 – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: How to love this World; Words of Planetary Justice. This workshop will be led by Carol Bjorlie, an accomplished author and poet. Participants will read, witness Calvary’s magnificent trees, and wonder together over God’s largest book, Mother Nature. Participants may chose to sketch, photograph, or write in response. Bring a lunch. Fruit and desert provided. $20, Calvary members $5.
Episcopal House XI – How you can help: Volunteer on the construction site – Volunteers are needed to help with construction. A schedule with the days that Calvary is responsible for providing volunteers is in the Old Well Hall as well as a list of daily tasks, job description, job site address and all other pertinent information. If you don’t see a day that works for you but you want to volunteer please contact Beth Lifka at 775-1960. Make a financial contribution – Please help Calvary raise $3,000 towards the $55,000 needed to build Episcopal house XI. Make checks payable to Calvary and put “for Episcopal House XI” in the memo line. Checks can be placed in the Sunday collection plate or given to the church office. If you have questions please call Beth Lifka at 775-1960.
Calvary’s Vision Document – Oops! The copy of the Vision Statement recently emailed to everyone accidentally omitted the Mission Statement. Sorry about that. It is printed here, and the entire document will be reproduced in the upcoming newsletter. Mission statement: Calvary Episcopal Church is a gathering of those seeking to follow Jesus and to serve the world.
Church Keys – You knew it was coming. . .We are planning to re-key the outside doors of the church buildings on or about October 1. If you are a key-holder, please plan to pick up a new one.
Beginning in the Middle (midBeginningdle) – Youth from Calvary – Emma Fountain and Jenny Allen, participants, and Beth Curley, youth staff member – along with adult Wendy Curley , are experiencing this unique retreat for middlers at Valle Crucis Conference Center this weekend. The retreat helps young people grow in their Christian faith, in their love of self and others.
Food Pantry Update – The Food Pantry provided food for 603 families, and 2107 individuals in August. Donations of bar soap, toothpaste, peanut butter and canned meat, except for beef stew would be much appreciated.
Xtra Years of Zest – The Calvary Lunch Bunch is forming! Join us at 11:30 a.m., Friday October 9 at Mountain Pie Company on Route 25 in Hendersonville. Questions? Contact Anne Rodgers or Glenda Davis. We will need to make reservations by the Wednesday before. Plans now are to meet the second Friday every month. Open to all!
Blessing of the Animals – Mark your calendars for the Blessing of the Animals on the afternoon of October 4, at 4:00 to give thanks and to bless our animal friends who shower us with unconditional love. Following the service, there will be an opportunity to talk with a local veterinarian. We will have pet and people snacks. Bring donations of dog and cat food, blankets, and money to be given to a local shelter.
Calvary’s Kids Club – Our first gathering will be next Sunday, September 20, at 3:00. This is available for three year olds through fifth grade. Join us for an exciting afternoon.
New Coffee Hour Sign-up– Check your calendars to see when you or your group might be able to help with Sunday morning coffee hours. A new schedule for the next three months is available. This is a very important ministry that provides an opportunity to meet newcomers and greet each other.
Automated External Defibrillator – The American Heart Association has recommended that automated external defibrillator (AED) units be placed in schools, malls, parks and other areas where the public meet and gather. The Health Ministry Committee is going to purchase a unit to have on hand if such an emergency should occur, and is asking for donations. The cost for an AED and the storage cabinet is $1,500. Please consider making a donation for this life-saving device. Please make checks payable to Calvary Church, with AED in the memo line.