AN OPEN AND WELCOMING FAITH COMMUNITY, CONNECTING ALL TO KNOW CHRIST.

 
The idea of connecting has become somewhat trendy lately. So what does it mean at Calvary? Simply, it’s taking our God-given gifts and putting them into action within our church, community and world. It means serving with local mission partners like the NEW community Shelter, Ecumenical Partnership for Housing and our church run food pantry. Teaming up with our companion missionaries in Tanzania to spread the good news of Christ. Rolling up our sleeves with mission trips to flood and tornado disaster areas. You see, it’s not just lip service for us. We put our faith into practice. Matthew 25 says “…Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” We are making connections and living out our faith every single day at Calvary. All are welcome to join our efforts.  
 
 
WORSHIP Worship at Calvary offers praise and thanksgiving to a loving and gracious God in Jesus Christ. Our worship shares God’s gifts of forgiveness, life and salvation through Word and Sacrament. We utilize the historic Christian order of Gathering, Word, Meal and Sending. We desire to demonstrate diversity in our use of music, language and leadership in order to invite and deepen the faith of all.  
 
 
Children in Worship
We believe children are a vital part of the Calvary community and offer many options for them on Sunday morning. Children of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend worship services. Worship activity bags are available for children whose attention span is still growing. These activity bags can be found just outside of the Worship Center entrance and include worship-related activities, a gospel-centered children’s bulletin and a section for parents on ways to include their children in the worship experience. After worship, simply return the bag to the rack. During Sunday worship services at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m., nursery care is available for children 4 years old and younger and is staffed by a screened adult. Our goal is to provide a loving, safe, Christian environment for your child while you worship. If your child is not ready for the nursery, or if you would prefer, you may accompany your child in the Lobby when your child just isn’t interested in being in the Worship Center. During the services, you may listen to the worship service through the sound system in the Lobby or from the Nursery.
 
 
Holy Communion
Holy Communion, also called the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, is the part of our worship life we believe sustains followers of Jesus Christ on their faith journeys. God’s gifts of grace, forgiveness and new life received through faith, come in this meal.
Calvary invites all who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior to participate as his guest at his table. Those who do not yet commune are welcome to come forward and receive a blessing. Gluten free bread and alcohol free juice are always available. Holy Communion is celebrated at all services every week of every month. Holy Communion at Calvary is received in two ways:  Intinction – where you are directed by the ushers to form a line to receive a wafer of bread then proceed to dip it in a chalice of wine or juice and return to your seat. Full table where you are directed by the ushers to come forward to the front of the church at one of three places. You receive a wafer of bread and a small individual cup of wine. Your empty cup is then placed in a tray as you return to your seat.
 
CALVARY IS PART OF THE ELCA The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) confesses the Triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In our preaching and teaching the ELCA trusts the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.

ELCA teaching or theology serves the proclamation and ministry of this faith. It does not have an answer for all questions, not even all religious questions. Teaching or theology prepares members to be witnesses in speech and in action of God’s rich mercy in Jesus Christ.

Scriptures, Creeds and Confessions
The ELCA’s official Confession of Faith identifies the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (commonly called the Bible); the Apostles’, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds; and the Lutheran confessional writings in the Book of Concord as the basis for our teaching. ELCA congregations make the same affirmation in their governing documents, and ELCA pastors promise to preach and teach in accordance with these teaching sources. This Confession of Faith is more than just words in an official document. Every week in worship ELCA congregations hear God’s word from the Scriptures, pray as Jesus taught and come to the Lord’s Table expecting to receive the mercies that the Triune God promises. Throughout the week ELCA members continue to live by faith, serving others freely and generously in all that they do because they trust God’s promise in the Gospel. In small groups and at sick beds, in private devotions and in daily work, this faith saturates all of life.

TEACHING FOR A LIFE OF FAITH
This connection to all of life is the clearest demonstration of the authority that the canonical Scriptures, the ecumenical Creeds and the Lutheran Confessions have in the ELCA. The Holy Spirit uses these witnesses to create, strengthen and sustain faith in Jesus Christ and the life we have in him. That life-giving work continues every day, as Martin Luther explained in the Small Catechism: the Holy Spirit “calls, gathers, enlightens and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth and preserves it in union with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.”   
 
Please join us for worship…
Thursday evenings: 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel; Saturday afternoons: 4:30 p.m. in the Chapel;
Sunday mornings: 7:00, 8:00 & 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary