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

Because of the forecasted rain for the weekend, Marshall says we will cancel Camp Cleanup for this Saturday.
Instead, we will have cleanup, lunch and the Annual Meeting next Saturday, May 13th. beginning at 9:00 AM.
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, May 28 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday, May 28 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sunday, Jun 4 All Day
Sunday, Jun 4 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Value Village Fundraiser
It's time to clean out your closets! Donations of
clothing, shoes, bedding, accessories, CDs/
DVDs/books, electrical items, toys/games,
kitchen items, knick-knacks and sporting goods
can be turned into money for our congregation.
Fill a garbage bag (found by the front doors of
the church). Bring filled bags to church, drop off
at Gail and James' house, or call for pick-up! For
more information, please call Gail (543-2241)
  or Janice (543-8496). Thank you for your kind
                                                                                                                                support of this exciting fundraiser!
Trial Readers Schedule
Angie is currently completing the first draft of the trial readers schedule. Anyone wishing to be added to the list is asked to please speak with her.
Financial Record Keeping
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 memorial 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.
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.

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!

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.


Keep in mind as you spring clean some items
that would be useful to us: clear plastic sleeves
from greeting cards, jigsaw puzzles 100 pieces
or less, cotton fabric one meter size for sewing
kits, any sewing notions, also school supplies, as
we like to make these kits up beforehand. Also
we have been receiving items for next years
whimsical store, always in need of small items
for men and children.

Operation Christmas Child 2016 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.

Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to one another, 'did we not feel our hearts on fire as he talked with us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?
(Luke 24:31-32)
     I have always been quite drawn to the story of the two disciples who were walking on the road to Emmaus. Jesus journeyed with them, physically by their side, yet the disciples were quite oblivious to his resurrected presence among them. It wasn't until he blessed bread, and broke it at the table, that the eyes of the disciples were finally opened, and they realized the living God who had been with them all along.
     Over these past few months, as I suspect may be the case for others as well, I have felt as though I am a disciple on the road. And as with
any road, there have been bumps along the way. Sometimes, these are nothing more than a stray rock (a cold, the flu), while at other times they
have been much more akin to a large pot-hole (the passing of a loved one, a foot injury).
     What I have come to appreciate, and to truly give thanks for during this time, has been your compassionate care, deep understanding, and heartfelt prayers which have accompanied me along the path. I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I am for your cards, calls, emails, and understanding as me and my family have navigated these days. I have felt the true depths of our Shared Ministry faith family, and I have been strengthened by your love and support.
     And it occurs to me, as I sit and reflect on all that has happened, that you have offered me a glimpse of Christ as you have held me in your thoughts and prayers. With each call that was made, with each card that was received, with each basket of fruit that was delivered, or hug that was offered, or smile that was shared - you have been Christ to me! You have been our risen Saviour's hands and feet in ministry. For this, and on behalf of my entire
family, I offer my most heartfelt and deepest word of thanks! I rejoice in your ministry with, and to me. And I celebrate the rich opportunity that I have been afforded to work, serve, and live in communion with the communities of St. John's, Mahone Bay and Mt. Calvary, Upper Northfield. I am blessed. And you have, and continue to be, a blessing to me!
     May these Easter days continue to offer a glimpse of the resurrection at each and every turn. And may we, who have seen the living God amongst us, be sustained in our calling to proclaim the gospel, and to freely share the good news!
Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
Christ is Risen indeed! Alleluia!


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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