+ Camp Mush-A-Mush
Thank you to everyone who attended the clean up at Camp Mush-A-Mush. The senior staff have begun their work in the office as they prepare for the upcoming camping season. Please continue to hold the staff, board, and campers in your prayers as the season gets underway. Pastor Adam will be serving as chaplain during the week of July 3-7. There is still plenty of time to register - www.campmush.ca
+ Vacation Bible School
Summer is coming...and that means that VBS is also! Mark your calendars and save the date for our 2017 VBS on August 8-10!
+ Tea & Biscuits ChoirLeslee Barry invites you to gather at St. John's for the annual Tea & Biscuits Choir concert on Saturday, June 10 at 7:30pm. The spirited choir is polishing up a lush program of snappy folk, Broadway tunes, and gorgeous choral arrangements, as well as working on great harmonies for featured performances with special guest Jennah Barry. Tickets are available for $15 (Adults), $10 (Students) from Kinburn Pharmasave in Mahone Bay. All proceeds go to support local food banks in Lunenburg County.
Our fundraiser is going great! We are still getting lots of items and the loading of the truck(s) will take place on Friday, June 2 at 6:30pm beginning at James and Gail's, and then will continue on to Walter and Janice's for more items. Any remaining items that may be lingering at people's homes may be loaded directly onto the truck at one of these locations! We have a lot of items to pack on the truck and we need many hands to help get the truck ready to go for Saturday morning.
The new readers schedule has been completed and distributed to members who indicated that they wanted to be included in the rotation. Thank you to Angie for all the coordination, and to all of our readers.
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!
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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!
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let you hearts be troubled,
and do not let them be afraid.
Christ is risen! It doesn’t seem all too long ago that such a remarkable claim was made, does it? And yet, as the month of May leads gently into July, we encounter a persistent Jesus who is preparing the disciples for his quickly approaching departure (John 14:27).
But there is a promise. And that promise – is the Holy Spirit! Have you ever asked a child to draw God? It’s quite an interesting experiment. The majority of the time, God looks like an old man, with a white beard and wearing a long robe. Some of the time, God looks as we often picture Jesus – a 30-something man in sandals. These are wonderful images…but they’re only 2/3 of the picture; because the Holy Spirit, rarely makes the cut in this exercise. The Holy Spirit is often forgotten.
And yet, the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit’s presence in our lives and world, is the promise that Jesus leaves with the disciples, and with us. Jesus assures those he loves, those who find strength in his life, death and resurrection – that we needn’t be troubled, we needn’t be afraid…for the Spirit will be with us. The Spirit will teach us, and remind us of Christ’s words. The Spirit will guide us and help us. And the Spirit will fill us with peace – the very peace that Christ has left for us.
Outside of my home office window hangs a set of wooden bamboo wind chimes that were given to me when I first left home. They’re simple, worn, and tattered. And yet, when the wind blows through the apple orchard, I can’t imagine a more beautiful sound. They remind me, that just as the wind swirls and blows and stirs our world…so does God’s Spirit. And the result, like the noise of those chimes, is simply beautiful.
Enjoy the Spirit, friends! It’s wonderful, comforting and ever-surprising!
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)