Mt. Calvary Lutheran  Church is a small country church located in the quiet community of Upper Northfield. 

880 Cross Road
Upper Northfield, NS
B4V 5A9

If you need to get ahold of Pastor Adam for any reason, please call the church office at St. John's Mahone Bay at 902-624-9660 or email at [email protected].  If he's not there, the church secretary will make sure that he gets the message.
Sunday, Apr 30 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday, Apr 30 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sunday, May 7 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sunday, May 14 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Council Members
Are you passionate about the life of Mt. Calvary?
Do you have a vision for our congregation?
Are you interested in working as a part of a dynamic team?

If so, please consider sharing your gifts as a Council Member. Council meetings are focused, and limited to 1.5hrs. We meet once per month, and focus our attention on life-giving plans for our congregation. The current slate of counselors have graciously volunteered to continue for another year to see the congregation through this transitional period.
BUT THEY NEED HELP! Please pray, and reflect on becoming a Council Member. if you have any questions, speak with Pastor Adam, or any
current member of council. Thank you.
The Christmas Eve Loose Offering was designated to support the Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) Gift's From The Heart program. Stay tuned in coming months to hear about how we shared the love of Christ with Christians from around the world in very unique ways!

CLWR Gifts from the Heart
Don't forget to bring your bible to church every Sunday.  We are hoping to build more scripture study into 2017!!
Last night at Bible Study, Rev.Catherine Robar discussed with us the values of being a small church.  She shared with us insights that she gleaned while attending a conference on rural ministry.  We wanted to share with all of you, this note from our National Bishop Susan Johnston.  It assures us that what we are doing, we are doing well and supports us to move forward.

Click here to read her letter on Spiritual Renewal.

Click here for resources on how to create Spiritual Renewal in your life.

Operation Christmas Child was a HUGE success!!

From Upper Northfield with prayers and love.

Thanks to the organizers and all who supported the Penny Auction - $1000 was raised. As well, thanks to all who baked and supported the Bake Sale at Gows. Please give some thought to joining the fundraising committee in 2017. Many hands do make the work load a whole lot easier!

The Ladies Giving Circle is compiling a list of post secondary/university students for the upcoming year. If you know of any students we might add to our list please let one of us know.

Here is the link to the new CLWR We Care Newsletter.

Howard Thurman, African American theologian, educator and civil-rights leader once wrote:
When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and the princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flocks,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
                                                                                To rebuild the nations,
                                                                                To bring peace among people,
                                                                              To make music in the heart.

Recently, on January 1, I used this quote in my sermon as a way of demonstrating the focus with which we are called to enter into a new year. The month of January brings with it a whole host of untapped possibilities. Not unlike sitting in a new car dreaming of all the places it will take you; beginning a new year invites us into a time of dreaming about the possibilities for our ministry together. How will we, together, find the lost and
heal the broken? How can we, effectively, feed the hungry and release the prisoner? How might we, in community with our neighbours, rebuild
nations and bring peace to people? And how are we invited, in communion with our God, to make music in the heart? These are big questions.
And yet the work of Christmas, a work that was announced by the birth-cries of our incarnate God, demands that we wrestle with these challenges. Head on. As churches, and as people of faith, we are called, commissioned and sent out to share the light of God's love with those who yearn for it: the hungry, the lonely, the lost, the fearful, the prisoners, the forgotten. The season of Christmas may have come to an end, but the work of Christmas is only now beginning. And so how will we dig into these questions? Well, at Mt. Calvary, there will be a number of opportunities. (1) We will encounter these questions in our weekly worship throughout the season of Epiphany. (2) You are encouraged to bring your ideas, as in previous
years, to our Annual Meeting where we will look forward to the year ahead. (3) You are invited to join in discussions, where we can enter into
dialogue with one another. And (4), we can reflect on these challenges as we spend time in personal prayer and study, dwelling in the Word of God.
May the work of Christmas challenge us. May the work of Christmas inspire us. And many the work of Christmas excite us as we enter into ministry in 2017.


Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church was formally organized as a congregation on June 20, 1901 with 42 charter members and the pastor, the Rev. L. M. McCreery, who at that time was the president of the Nova Scotia Lutheran Conference of the Pittsburgh Synod.  Plans were made for the construction of a church building and on October 8, 1901 the cornerstone was laid.  During the period of construction on a piece of land donated by Jacob Penney, services were held in the home of James Fancey.  Through much sacrifice, dedication and hard work, the church was built and a service of dedication was held on November 16, 1902.  On the fourth Sunday of April, 1903, the congregation's first Sunday School was opened. 
     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.
Upper Northfield, Nova Scotia

"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)

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