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 adamgsnook@gmail.com.  If he's not there, the church secretary will make sure that he gets the message.

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A New Year Prayer


Lord, whether I leave behind a year of joy or of trials and


difficulties, I pause to give thanks. Thank you for being with


me every day of every year. Thank you for making all things


new and for giving me the grace of fresh starts and new beginnings.


Remind me of your presence in the days to come, even when I


feel pushed and rushed by busyness. Be glorified in my life this


year.


Amen.


+ Reader Schedule

The readers for Jan/Feb will be as follows:

Jan 6               James & Angela

Jan 13             Stephen & Donna

Jan 20             Mary & Betty-Ann

Jan 27             Ester & Hester

Feb 3              Margie & Stephen

Feb 10            James & Angela

Feb 17            Mary & Betty-Ann

Feb 24            Hester & Donna

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation had come:

the old has gone, the new is here!

-2 Corinthians 5:17



             It’s January, and by now, either the tree has been taken down, or soon will be. The stockings and lights have been packed away, and the candies and sweets have been replaced with their less exciting counterparts…carrots and apples. Christmas has come to an end! I’ve always found it strange to walk through my house and/or church after all the decorations have been removed and things return to normal – because everything looks bare. I’m guessing that most people know the feeling I’m talking about.


            If you’re anything like me, January can be a bit of a challenging month. With its return to normal ways of living and daily life, it can seem a far cry from the joyous celebration of Christ’s birth that we’ve just journeyed through. This first month of the year often feels as though we’re starting back at the beginning again. BUT THE GOOD NEWS, is that God is known to do, incredible, wonderful things with new beginnings. After all, when there was nothing, God created a world. When Abraham and Sarah had nothing, God gave them a child. When there was nothing in store but a flood, God told Noah to build an ark. And lest we forget, when there was nothing left…God sent God’s son into the world to bring light and grace to God’s children. God has always worked miracles amidst new beginnings…and that means that God will surely lead us as we begin fresh in this new year, and throughout the days to come.


            And so, rather than feeling the gloom that often accompanies the months of January & February, let us instead walk with hope and excitement as we marvel at the wonder of the many astonishing things that God has in store for us in 2019. For we may not understand where the road leads, but we can know with sureness and certainty that it will be just as God intends.

            Happy New Year! And may the days ahead be filled with adventure and excitement!

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2019 Annual Meeting



The Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 3rd (Business @ 3pm; Pot-Luck @ 4:30pm). Please submit your reports to Mary Wagner ASAP (no later than January 27!). Book of Reports will be handed out on the morning of Feb 3, so that you may look over them before the meeting.

Council Nominees


Anyone wishing to serve on council is


asked to please speak with Judy


Joudrey ASAP. The council anticipates a


full slate of returning members, but


new members are always and warmly


welcome!



ELFEC

Jeff Pym, director of the Evangelical Lutheran Foundation of Eastern Canada (that oversees church-wide investment & grant opportunities) will visit our area on March 2. Anyone interested in participating in this opportunity is asked to please speak with Pastor Adam.

Counting Schedule

The schedule of counters is as follows;

January:          Janice

February:       Angela

March:             Judy

April:               Nan

May:                William

Turkey Burger Fundraiser


We will be hosting a fundraising dinner at the Turkey Burger Family Restaurant on January 30 (Storm Date: January 31). Tickets must be pre-purchased for $20/person. Options include Fish & Chips or Roast Beef (with potatoes, carrots & beans), your choice of pie (Key Lime, Apple, Chocolate, Strawberry/Rhubarb or Turtle) plus beverage. There will be a 5pm & 6:30pm sitting...with Take-Out also available. To purchase a ticket or for more info, please speak with Janice Joudrey!

Christmas 2018 at Mt. Calvary

+ Stay Connected!

Are you a member of the Atlantic Ministry Area Facebook page? (@atlanticlutherans) This page posts events offered by Lutheran churches across the Atlantic Ministry Area. The posted events are your invitation to attend.

Looking back at 2018....

+ 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.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD 2019

Keep in mind as you clean some items
that would be useful to us:  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.
 
We have reprinted some of our cookbooks and are offering them for sale for $13.00 each. They would make beautiful gifts.  Who doesn't like a new cookbook to peruse through on a wintery day??  If you would like a copy, please email the church.

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
Canadian Lutheran World Relief
2018

Actual count - 219 smiles and opportunities to share the Gospel through OCC and 101 kits for CLWR

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.

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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