+ Little Library
A reminder that there is a 'little library' shelf in the Sunday School room. Everyone is free to borrow some good winter reading.
If you would like a copy of the Annual Meeting Book of Reports, please email the church or contact any church member.
Keep in mind as you clean some items
Christmas at Mt. Calvary
The readers for Feb & March will be as follows:
February 4 Worship Committee
February 11 Angie & Betty Ann
February 18 Stephen & Pat
February 25 Angie & Angela
March 4 Worship Committee
March 11 Donna & James
March 18 Betty Ann & _______________
March 25 Pat & Stephen
We are still working at creating the workflows for this system. The only area of concern is enough people to count offering each week. This has mostly been covered during the Sunday School season by congregational members who stay for Sunday School taking turns at doing it. With the summer season upon us we will need volunteers to stay after church and count money. Please consider volunteering for this task. A schedule will be placed on the bulletin board. Also with regard to your much appreciated offerings, it would be extremely helpful if you could put items such as memorials in separate envelopes and Christmas, Easter offerings, etc in their special envelopes rather than in your weekly envelope. It makes it much easier for the counters to sort out the information that is provided to Jennifer and Stephen.
Announcements can be added to our Sunday Bulletin now. Please contact Pastor Adam at the number or email address above by Thursday at 12:00 noon to have your announcements placed in the bulletin for the following Sunday. Then, come Sunday, take your bulletin home and have all the dates and times available to you throughout the week!
Operation Christmas Child
Actual count - 350 smiles and opportunities to share the Gospel
Actual count - 350 smiles and opportunities to share the Gospel
I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord.
At St Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ottawa, there is a window, near the front of the Nave that prominently features the saddened face of Christ. In the background to the left, are the sleeping disciples. And on the right, are the soldiers. This window, as beautiful as it may be, captures the difficulty of Christ as he waits in the Garden of Gethsemane - as he journeys closer and closer to the cross.
Have you ever noticed, that waiting is terribly difficult? I think
that we all know this to be true. In the simplest of forms, waiting can
be nerve-wracking; while at times of personal hardship, waiting can be
downright excruciating. Regardless of how patient we are, even the best
of us know the challenges that come with hoping, longing and waiting.
Lent is a time of waiting. A long time. In fact, not including
Sundays, it’s 40 days of waiting. We wait for the washing of hands which
we know is soon to come. We wait to hear the story of the cross, which
looms in the shadows. And yes, we wait for the joyous resurrection, a
promise-come-true which we celebrate together on Easter morning.
As we continue through this time of waiting, I would like to share with you a short passage from Psalm 27. The psalmist writes, ‘I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord” Certainly, waiting is never easy – we know this to be true. But our promise, today and always, is that if we wait, if we hold fast, if we hang on – we will see God. In fact - we can already see God all around us. Certainly, in the humble washing of the disciples, in the heart-wrenching story of the cross, and in the joyous acclamations of Easter to come. But not just these! For we can already glimpse God in the smile of a child who proudly carries their creation back from Sunday School. We can already see God in the well-worn hands of those who work so diligently to provide lunch after a funeral. And we can already see God in the work of those who labor to shovel snow, salt sidewalks, and make safe a way for God’s children to gather here at Mt. Calvary. And these are just a few examples.
The wait for Easter may seem long, dear friends. And the wait for Spring may seem even longer. But let us find comfort in the promise that God is already with us - around each corner, behind every door, and within each longful glance through the window.
God is with us now. God promises to be with us tomorrow. And God will
most certainly be with us throughout all the days to come. Amen.
Over the years the church saw many changes. Oil lamps were eventually replaced with the electric lights we have today, a Sunday School room was added to the church and the treadle organ was replaced by an electric organ . Due to the ravages of time and weather, the steeple had to be removed from the bell tower. When it came down an impression was left in the pavement at the entrance to the church and is still visible (there was repaving done in 2016). In 1993, a new steeple was made and was installed by crane atop the bell tower, restoring the church to it's former appearance on the outside, while the interior of the church essentially retains its original, unique look.
Since it's original membership in the Pittsburgh Synod, Mt. Calvary has been a member of the Nova Scotia Synod of the United Lutheran Church in America, the Eastern Canada Synod of the Lutheran Church in America, and is now a part of the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. These changes have come about due to mergers in the parent bodies over the years.
During it's life this congregation has been served by many pastors. But this anniversary marks a special milestone for us. In it's 100th ear, one of it's own has entered the Ministry of Word and Sacrament of the Lutheran Church in the person of Pastor Tanya Varner, who was ordained at our Synod Asembly in Ottawa, July 12, 2002, which further enhances the special milestone in the life of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church.
In 2016, Mt. Calvary, Upper Northfield; St. James, Branch Lahave; and St. Andrew's, West Northfield dissolved the Northfield Parish.
"Now I urge you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all say the same thing, that there be no divisions among you, and that you be united with the same understanding and the same conviction."
I Corinthians 1:10 (HCSB)