The readers for May will be as follows:
May 6 Ernie & Donna
May13 Pat & Stephen
May 20 Betty Ann & Angela
May 27 James & Angie
+ 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.
New Hymn Books
At the annual meeting, we voted to proceed with ordering a full complement of the new hymn book, Evangelical Lutheran Worship. For the past number of months, we have used these books on loan from St. John's, Mahone Bay. Books may be purchased in memory of loved ones and will feature a bookplate on the inside front cover. For more information, please speak with Angie Connors.
+ In Mission For Others
For Mother’s Day we will be collecting items for the Family Resource Center in Bridgewater and accepting cash donations for Harbour House. Good clean used clothing and toys are greatly needed. Our goal is to fill a picnic basket! And for Father’s Day we are collecting deodorant, shampoo, towels, facecloths and mugs, also cash donations for bus passes. These will be donated to Metro Turning Point, a men’s shelter in Halifax. Our goal is to fill a tool box!
+ 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.
+ Bowling Night - OCC & CLWR
Thank you to everyone who joined us for a great evening of bowling and fellowship in support of OCC & CLWR. Over 100 people gathered - and together we raised nearly $800.00! Well done!
Camp Mush-A-Mush is seeking applicants for the 2018 summer seasons. The positions of Director, Assistant Director, Lifeguard and Counselors are all available. For more information, please visit the camp's website: www.campmush.ca
ALSO, registration is now OPEN for the 2018 season! Please consider sending your child/grandchild to another wonderful program in our own community! Camp bursaries are available at Mt. Calvary - however, and due to privacy rules, the names of campers cannot be released by the camp office. If you would like to participate in our camp bursary program, please speak with a member of the council or Pastor Adam.
Keep in mind as you clean some items
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
Actual count - 350 smiles and opportunities to share the Gospel
Actual count - 350 smiles and opportunities to share the Gospel
‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.
Excerpt from Pastor's Sermon - Easter
I would be confidently willing to guess - that, and for most of us - we would eagerly choose the task of sharing a recipe or promoting a service provider far faster than we would ever choose to talk about our faith. Maybe we have come to believe that such conversations are impolite. Perhaps it's been drilled into our subconscious that religion has no place in our schools...or offices...or sports teams...or political decisions. Or, in the end, maybe we're just afraid. Afraid of what others might think...afraid of the sideways glances...afraid of being alienated...afraid of being found-out. And so we've chosen to lock the doors...and bar the windows...and resort to whispering
We have chosen to keep silent! But silence was never a part of God's plan!
Because remember, that eventually the empty tomb of Easter propelled those early disciples to go forth; and to tell through words and deeds, what they had seen and heard. [PAUSE] The empty tomb inspired them to become the witnessing body of Christ that our Lord had created them to be!
And I want the same to be true for us!
It's time that we, also, break the silence!
Because, and ready or not, we are witnesses! Jesus isn't predicting the future: you will be witnesses. He isn't asking, would you consider being witnesses if you have the time? He isn't begging, please be witnesses. No! Rather our living God is boldly proclaiming unequivocally and without apology or approval that: we (you and I) already are witnesses! What we choose to do with this good news...with whom we choose to share this story...and how we choose to live out the gospel of Jesus Christ: well those are our choices to make. But rest assured, dear friends, that the joy of the opened and empty tomb was never meant to be hidden and forgotten!
Silence didn't win thousands of years ago. And by the grace of God, silence won't win now, either!!!
May we be so filled with excitement, that we become incapable of keeping secret the joy of the gospel! May we be so inspired, that we also will join in raising our voices in proclamation of the life-giving good news. And may we be so sustained in the hope of the resurrection, that we will vow to break the silence, proclaiming with unending witness: that the tomb was empty...and so forever it will be! Thanks be to God! Amen!
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)