Renewal of Call
Pastor Adam's current call with the congregations of St. John's, Mahone Bay and Mt. Calvary, Upper Northfield has been extended into a tenured position. The vote passed unanimously at the special congregational meeting held at St. John's on Sunday, September 10. Pastor Adam immediately accepted the call, and indicated his keen desire to continue working with the wonderful people of these communities. Please continue to pray for our congregations as we begin this next stage of our ministry together.
The Readers Schedule has been in place for three months. Your feedback is welcomed and encouraged. If anyone is interested in being a part of this schedule, please contact Angie. The next rotation will be available soon.
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.
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.
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!
Keep in mind as you spring clean some items
Operation Christmas Child 2016 was a HUGE success!!
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!
We are your heart, O Christ, your hands and voice
to serve your people is our call and choice,
and in this mission we, the church, rejoice,
ELW 546 - To Be Your Presence
As the leaves begin their predictable journey from the fresh greens
of spring and summer time - into the warm hues of orange, red, and
brown: I am reminded that autumn is here.
One of my favourite fall activities is to walk through our apple orchard. It sounds much more elaborate than it truly is. Essentially, and over the years, a variety of trees have been planted in our back yard and continue to bear fruit. Some of the apples are picked and eaten or turned into seasonal favourites such as apple sauce, apple butter, or pies. Some of the apples are harvested and given to local food banks, family members, friends, and neighbours. Still others are either snatched from the trees or scavenged from the ground by hungry deer in search of food as the winter draws near.
What I love about my time in the orchard, is the evidence of the ever-changing world that surrounds us. Nothing is static. Leaves change. Animals graze. Apples come and go. The wind blows. The grass stops growing. The water stills. The sky changes. The frost sets in. The wood is chopped, moved, and piled. It seems that with each day, there is an entirely different array of sights to behold.
And that's why I love this season the most of all. Because it reminds
me that just as the world around us continues to shift and change - so
too does God's church.
We are a church that was reformed 500 years ago. But we are also a church in need of continued re-formation.
And naturally, this can be a frightening revelation. After all, we humans struggle with change. And yet, if we will allow ourselves, we will realize that there is immense beauty in change. After all, a quick drive around our county...or a walk through our backyards...will reveal the beauty of a season that is defined by its continual and unrelenting need to change and to become something new.
And so let me ask you: how might we, embrace our calling to be the hands and feet of Christ in new, and yet still faithful, ways? How might we, God's people, embrace our mission differently? And how might we, God's church, re-new, re-vision, and re-form the ways we live as a sacred presence for the sake of the Gospel and to the glory of God?
These are our autumn questions!
May they stir our imaginations. May they inspire our wonderings. And may they move us to fresh expressions of God's love in, with, and among those whom we serve!
Welcome to October! It's going to be stunning!
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)