Past Events

 

Spring Salad Luncheon

 

Come and see the tulips blooming at Calvary’s Spring Luncheon. Join us Wednesday, May 3 from 10:45 to 1:00 p.m.  The luncheon menu consists of our famous turkey pasta salad with croissant and delicious lemon dessert.

Tickets are $8 and can be purchased in the church office or by CLICKING HERE.

 

 

 

Delivery is available on take-out orders of 8 or more lunches. To schedule delivery, contact Gail Swanson at 701-775-0867 by noon Friday, April 28.

Starting Sunday, April 2, you may sign up in the church office, call 701-772-4897 or e-mail: place4u@calvarygf.org to donate a salad, dessert or volunteer to work. Sign-ups will also be available Sundays, April 9, 23 and 30 in the Narthex & Fellowship Hall after worship services.


Get To Know: First Corinthians

 

Join us as we dive into First Corinthians. We will ask ourselves questions like… How do we, as a Community of Believers and followers of Jesus, deal with differences in a loving way without compromising our convictions?

How do we….1stcorinthians

  • Achieve harmony while maintaining our diversity?
  • Consider the ways that the surrounding culture impacts our beliefs?
  • Agree to disagree on matters of preference and opinion?
  • Humbly listen to others with views different than our own?
  • Demonstrate to all that love is the greatest thing, which never fails?

Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., Room 10

6 Sessions: January 12-Febuary 16 

Taught by Pastor Kristen

 

All Are Welcome!


Family Dance

family-slider-with-peopleCalvary Lutheran invites families of all kinds to share a special night of fun together at our Family Dance. Dinner, dance, photo booth and fun for all! Mom/son, dad/daughter, mom/daughter, dad/son — or any caring adult with kids who want to join in the fun of food, fellowship and dancing!

Friday, February 10th in the Fellowship Hall from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

$20 per couple and $50 per family

This years meal will be… “Build Your Own Burger!”

Registration for this event is closed. Contact Kim Adams for questions.


Peace Day Camp

At Peace Day Camp, join us to explore the Beatitudes, specifically “Blessed are the peacemakers…”Peace Day Camp

Periodically Calvary hosts “Peace Day Camp” They have been days filled with fun and have included  art projects, Soulates for Kids, music, swimming , Bible study, yoga for kids, and tie-dying.

 

Stay tuned for upcoming Peace Camp opportunities.

 

Questions? Contact Kim Adams at 701-772-4897.


African Children’s Choir

October 7, 2016

Join us at Calvary as we welcome the 45th African Children’s Choir in the Fellowship Hall at 7:00 p.m.

The African Children’s Choir is composed of African children, aged 7 to 10 years old. Many have lost one or both parents through the devastation of war, famine and disease. They represent all the children of a continent and they demonstrate the potential of African children to become strong leaders for a better future in their land.48nj6a0133

What will the concert be like?

The children melt the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles and delightful African tunes, accompanied by ethnic instrumentation. The program features well-loved children’s songs, hand clapping, traditional spirituals and contemporary tunes. Nearly every performance is concluded with a thunderous standing ovation. A marvelous by-product of the concert is the inspiration the music brings to virtually every listener. In spite of the tragedy that has marred their young lives, the children are radiant with hope, musically gifted and wonderfully entertaining.

What is the purpose of their tour?

The primary goal of the Choir is to raise awareness of the need of destitute and orphaned children in Africa and to raise funds for continued development and support of the African Children’s Choir Programs. The Choir’s international educational endeavor provides unique training for the children. Once Choir members have completed a concert tour, they will return to their homelands with the tools necessary for bettering their future.dsc_8559


Blessing of the School Year

This Sunday, August 21, 2016…

Students of all ages, aides, paras, principals, administrators, secretaries, cooks, librarians, janitors, school nurses, bus drivers… come to worship and receive a blessing and a gift, and be affirmed and encouraged in your vocation. All are invited to bring their backpack, computer bag, etc. for a special blessing druing kids’ time.

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August 21 at CANAD INN 2:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m. Cost $7/person, ages 3 and up FREE, ages 2 and under Join Calvary for some family water fun! Cabanas are reserved. Sign up in the church office! Children must be accompanied by and adult.

 


A Taste Of Stephen Ministry

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Sunday, August 21 at 11:45 a.m. Calvary’s Stephen Ministers will be hosting A Taste of Stephen Ministry in the Fellowship Hall following services. Learn about Stephen Ministry, what is involved in training, the time commitment that’s required, and hear from Calvary’s current Stephen Ministers.
A light lunch will be served.
If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister but are unable to attend please contact
Mary Ann at 772-4897.

A Prairie Home Companion

We are gathering to celebrate all the great Saturday nights we’ve enjoyed with Garrison Keillor and
A Prairie Home Companion. Saturday, June 25, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. APHClivefeed2016adGrandForksjoin us for food, fun, and fellowship in Calvary’s Fellowship Hall.

Bring a dish to share, and join us for a potluck and live video feed of one of Keillor’s last shows!


Love All Serve All Golf Scramble

July 20, 2017 at the Sandhill Golf Course in Fertile, MN, Calvary Lutheran Church will host our second annual

LOVE ALL : SERVE ALL GOLF SCRAMBLE

But this isn’t your ordinary golf scramble…

In 2013, a group of Calvary members and friends were called into a mission
experience to walk alongside our brothers and sisters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. On this first trip, deep relationships were formed and our eyes were opened to see a different way to love, live and serve.  Calvary’s mission to Ethiopia has continued and keeps growing stronger. We embrace widows and orphans, help with a feeding program, work in Korah (a community of people most of whom have been forgotten because they are plagued with leprosy or HIV/AIDS, learn from artisans, and wrestle with theological and socio-economic issues.

The Ethiopia Team is partnering with Calvary’s youth as they prepare for their mission experience in San Francisco this summer.

They will spend five days working with various organizations dealing with social justice, homelessness, the environment and more. As well as spend some time checking out all that the area has to offer including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and Fisherman’s Warf.

We go, advocate, learn, listen and love. LOVE ALL SERVE ALL golf scramble supports Calvary’s continued ministry and partnership around the country and around the world.

Single player (placed in a group) –  $100  

Foursome –  $350

(Cost includes green fees, golf cart, sack lunch, supper at the course, and round trip transportation.)

About the day

Registration will take place at the golf course beginning at 11:30 a.m. We will begin by shotgun start at 12:00 noon. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase throughout the day. Prizes and dinner will follow in the club house. Proceeds of this event will support the mission and ministry of Calvary’s Ethiopia Team and Calvary’s youth program.

*In case of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled and all donations will go to support Calvary’s mission and ministry in Ethiopia & San Francisco. Sponsors will receive tee shirt and their name/logo in our monthly newsletter and on our website.

CLICK HERE to register for this awesome event.

In addition, holes will feature fun games and activities and ample promotion of hole sponsors.

For sponsorship opportunities, download our 2017 Sponsor Form.


Lord’s Prayer Study

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If we are honest and attentive, we notice that questions abound when it comes to prayer. Why pray? What is the purpose? How often should I pray? What and who should I pray about or for? Does it work?

In truth, prayer is mysterious and expansive in form and function, and there has always been questions about how to pray. It is recorded in Luke 11 that Jesus’ own disciples asked him to teach them how to pray, so they must have had some questions too!

This April we will have many opportunities to learn more about the Lord’s Prayer

  • We will have three different four-part Adult classes that will dig in deep to the Lord’s Prayer. 
    • Thursdays at 1:30 in room 10, beginning April 7,  taught by Pastor Kristen
    • Thursday evenings  at 6:30 in rooms 1-2, beginning April 7, taught by Pastor Mark
    • The Thursday Evening Young Adult group will also be focusing on the Lord’s Prayer in April (6:30 pm, room 10).
  • The Lord’s prayer will also be studied in junior high confirmation class on four Wednesday nights beginning March 31 through April 20. This lecture series is held at 7:00 pm in the fellowship hall and this is an OPEN CLASS and a great way to brush up or get an intro to Lutheran basics. ANYONE CAN COME. When the kids are dismissed to their small groups at 7:45, adults gather in the coffeehouse for a half-hour reflection session with Pastor Kristen on the night’s topics. ALL ARE WELCOME.

Meet Your Muslim Neighbors

On April 3, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., come and Meet Your Muslim Neighbors in the Fellowship Hall.  We will have a panel of several area Muslims, who will speak briefly and answer questions from the audience.  You don’t need to be shy about asking questions—we will ask you to write them down when you come.  Coffee and cookies will be served.  Everyone in the community is welcome.

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The Couple Check-Up

Would you wait 100,000 miles to change the oil in your car?
Would you go 25 years without a dental checkup?
Would you have a physical exam only once in your lifetime?

Your relationship deserves a check-up too!

 

cc_bookJoin us at Calvary on February 21 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. for some intentional time with your partner. There will also be opportunities to share and engage with other couples. The cost is $45 dollars per couple and includes dinner and the book “The COUPLE CHECKUP: Find Your Relationship Strengths.”

Register for this event by CLICKING HERE. Questions? Contact Kim Adams at 772-4897.


Holy Land Experience

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It was a dream come true for me to go to the Holy Land in 2012.  I learned so much about my faith, about the world and about my wonderful fellow travelers.  So I am very excited to be able to offer this opportunity to those of you who want to see this land for yourself.Holy Land  This trip will be a 10-day Holy Land Trip with an optional 4-day Jordan extension.  I look forward to traveling with you!

The main trip dates are November 2-11, 2016.

We will be holding an informational meeting on
Monday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Calvary’s Holy Grounds Coffee House.
If you have questions in the meantime, please contact Pastor Sarah Raymond at 701-740-1651 or pastorsarahraymond@gmail.com.

Ethiopia Team Prayer Journal

Thanks for being a part of Calvary’s ministry in Ethiopia – for helping us raise funds and sending donations of goods and money… Now, we are asking for you to pray us through this experience! We have the rich privilege of our team welcoming some friends from neighboring towns. We are so excited to have them on our team.

On Thursday afternoon, November 5, we will depart Fargo and travel to Washington D.C. On Friday, we will all get on the plane to make the long journey to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Please join us in the journey through our team prayer itinerary … each day highlights a couple team members and their specific prayer requests.

Thanks foET2015-136r your deep commitment to this ministry!

Follow this link to learn more about the team:  ET bio and prayers


Mommy/Son Dance ~ Fiesta Fun!

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Calvary Lutheran invites boys under the age of 12 and a special adult (mommy, grandma, aunt, babysitter) to attend Fiesta Fun – Mommy/Son Dance.

When: Friday, October 9

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Where: Calvary Lutheran Church

Check-in & photos begin at 6:00; meal is served at 6:15 p.m.

Cost: $45 for adult and child ($15 for each additional child)

Includes: dinner, dancing, online photo pass and prizes

Menu: tacos and/or taco salad and sides

Space is limited so sign up today. CLICK HERE to register.

For more information, contact Kim Adams at 701-772-4897 or  kim.adams@calvarygf.org.

Proceeds go to support Calvary’s upcoming Ethiopia Mission Trip.


Be.YOU.tiful ~ Senior High Girls Bible Study

Katie Bible Study Full SizeA time for high school girls to come together to study God’s word and embrace the fact that we are all fearfully and wonderfully made.

We will spend time learning about the different woman that are Be.You.tiful and BRAVE in the Bible, while enjoying fellowship with
one another.

When: Monday Nights from 7:30pm- 8:30pm (starts October 5)
Where: Calvary Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall
Who: High School Girls


7th Annual Mission Blitz!

 

Get Ready!!!! We are excited about our

7th Annual Mission Blitz!

No need to sign up! Just show up and BE THE CHURCH!

Sunday, October 9, 2016 is the day! We come to church for short worship services at

  • 8:15-9:15 a.m. 
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.

After each service, we have projects both on-site at Calvary and out in the community where we can volunteer to serve.

Sunday School children are welcome to participate in their classrooms or with their families.

Wear your t-shirts from last year, if you have them….or stop and pick one up in the narthex on Sunday, October 9.

 

Collecting for the Blitz — bring these on October 4:

For Kids + program…

  • Canned meals such as Spaghetti O’s, Ravioli, soups
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Individual serving boxes and cups of dry cereal/instant oatmeal
  • Crackers, chips, pretzels
  • Juice boxes/cocoa packets
  • Fruit or vegetable cups
  • Jello or pudding cups
  • Please be careful not to purchase items containing peanuts or other tree nuts

For cancer patient and foster care bags…

  • Crossword puzzle, sudoku and word search books
  • New decks of cards
  • Travel sized tissues
  • Combs/brushes
  • Toothpaste/toothbrushes
  • Flashlights
  • Combination shampoo/body wash
  • New wash cloths

For CVIC…

  • Tampons
  • Laundry soap
  • Dishwasher soap
  • Deodorant
  • Regular sized toothpaste
  • Winter gear for all ages (hats, coats, mittens, boots, etc.)

 

If you have questions or comments or ideas or want to help us as a volunteer organizer, please call the church or email Pastor Kristen at kristen.ls@calvarygf.org

 


Honduras Rummage Sale

 

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Calvary’s Annual Rummage sale to support our ongoing work in and around El Triunfo, Honduras will be held on Saturday, January 21.  In partnership with our brothers and sisters in Christ in Honduras, Calvary supports a year round lunch program for children as well as  basic medical care.  We will continue to post updates about shopping times and details about the day as the 21st draws near.

 

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7th GF Feed My Starving MobilePack Event

Feed My Starving ChildrenSAVE the DATES! A seventh annual Grand Forks Area Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack event will take place March 31, April 1 and 2, 2017.  In the past six years, volunteers from Grand Forks, East Grand Forks, and the surrounding communities have come together at the Grand Forks Public Works building to package nearly 6,346 starvation impacted children for an entire year. FMSC is a Christian nonprofit hunger relief organization working with volunteers to produce MannaPackTM Rice, a scientifically formulated food formula that is culturally acceptable worldwide. Our food over that time has been shipped to Haiti, Nicaragua, Philippines and the Dominican Republic. Churches, businesses, UND groups, area schools, service groups, area schools, service groups and many individuals provided money to help pay for the food through fundraising donations. We believe we are called to do this again. We will strive to pack 400,000 meals for children around  the world this year.  Meaning in seven years there will have been 2,717,680 meals packed and paid for by our community.  Organizations in nearly 70 countries around the world distribute these meals to children in greatest need. To learn more about FMSC, visit www.fmsc.org

We need your partnership.  Would you join us in making this happen both with helping us with your donation and volunteering to pack for this event?

 2000 volunteers and $88,000 are needed to meet this year’s goals.

  • Volunteers: Adults and children will measure and scoop ingredients, seal bags, and prepare boxes for shipping. Registration will be live six weeks prior to the event.  We will share the link with Calvary members a few days ahead of the site opening to the general public. 
  • Donations/Fundraising:  To help us meet our $88,000 goal, please consider donating to this event. You can write a check to Calvary with our FMSC MobilePack number, “#1703-022EA” in the memo line. Donations may also be made online by CLICKING HERE

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

CLICK HERE to register today! Enter the access code “Grand Forks” after you select “volunteer to pack” in the appropriate area We will have people available in Holy Grounds on Sunday Feb. 26 to help get you signed up if you don’t have access to a computer or would just like some help with the process.  We still have a long way to go with fundraising so donations are welcome as well.

Want to know more?  Please contact Jodie or Bruce at 701-780-9654 or jstorhaug@gra.midco.net.  


Lent 2017

Weekly messages, will be presented using drama and story, will develop this year’s Lenten theme, “Water and Witness.”

We will once again be using the beautiful “Holden Evening Prayer” as our liturgy for worship.

Families are encouraged to bring children or grandchildren to Wednesday Lenten worship.  There will be a special Kids’ Time each week, with small theme-related gifts given to children who attend.

Children who attend Wednesday School are welcome either to stay at worship with their families, or to go to their Wednesday School classes after Kids’ Time.

Our schedule for Wednesdays during Lent is:

5:30 & 7:00 p.m. – Worship in the Sanctuary (with Holy Communion)

5:00 – 6:45 p.m. – Lenten Meal in the Fellowship Hall

Purchase a Fast Pass and save! Fast passes for Lenten meals will be sold in the Narthex on Sunday mornings starting on February 12. Purchase a pass and attend all six meals during lent…

  • $15 – kid’s pass
  • $25 – adult pass
  • $60 – family pass (4 or more)

Cost for this year’s meal per Wednesday is $5 for adults (grade 6 and up), $3 for children (grade 5 and under).

Lenten dinners will be served by Calvary’s High School Students as they fundraise for their mission trip this summer to the San Fransisco Bay Area.

Up next: Chicken Tater Tot Hotdish – salad & dinner roll

Week 4: Breakfast for dinner: scrambled eggs, french toast bake, fruit

Week 5: Cheesburger soup – salad & dinner roll

Week 6: Taco-in-a-bag

*Gluten Free modification at every meal


Family Mission Trip

 Calvary’s 2016 Family Mission Trip

When:  Thursday, July 28 – Sunday, July 31, 2016

Where:  Duluth, MN/Superior, WI God's Work Our Hands

Who:  Families of all sizes, ages and configurations 

Form of Transportation:  Your own vehicle (for maximum flexibility)

Cost: $129 per kid, $149 per adult (ages 18+)

Kids 3 and under are free (but we do need to know they are coming!).

Down payment of $100 per family due at registration.

The rest of your payment will be divided into three equal payments due April 1, May 1 and June 1.

***Financial assistance is available upon request. If you feel called to this, please don’t let money stop you from coming!!

How to Register:

To register and make your down payment online, CLICK HERE,

Or, print out the Family Mission Trip Registration Form 2016 and return it to the church office with your down payment.

Final Payment Due June 1.

Trip Leader: Pastor Kristen Larsen-Schmidt

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For their fourth summer, YouthWorks and Sticky Faith are teaming up to deliver unique family mission trip experiences to families like yours. Sticky Faith has done extensive research showing that families who serve together tend to grow in faith together and that when kids grow up in families who talk about faith together, they tend to stick with faith into adulthood. The resources Sticky Faith has created particularly for these family experiences are designed to help parents talk with their kids about faith, service and Jesus. The mission trip context YouthWorks provides gives families a hands-on context to apply what they are learning. Calvary has taken youth on many YouthWorks trips in recent history.

More and more families are seeking to bring Christian service into their kids’ everyday practice. Sticky Faith Family Mission Trips are an incredible way to anchor this family value.

About our Mission Site: Duluth/Superior:

Duluth, MN and its sister city Superior, WI are nestled on the western tip of the Great Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in surface area in the world. Lake Superior’s scenic shore will offer a beautiful backdrop to your time of service. Though Duluth and Superior are close neighbors, they are two drastically different cities, with Duluth being much more an industrial city while Superior is much more of a blue collar town. On one hand poverty and economic hardship are realities in both cities, especially among the youth population. At the same time, both of these cities have been consistently recognized as great places to live.

By doing work projects and working alongside local social service organizations like the Boys & Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, the City of Duluth Parks & Rec department, senior centers, and even an accordion museum, your family will have the opportunity to serve in both of these cities. Depending on the timing of your trip there will also be an opportunity for your family to visit Canal Park in Duluth along the lake, experience Enger Tower Park in Superior that overlooks both Duluth and Superior, and particpate in a community cookout.

If your family wants to pair your mission trip with some family vacation time, there is a plethora of family fun to  be had in the Duluth area, along the North shore of Lake Superior and in the nearby boundary waters region. We are driving separately so that you have maximum flexibility to come early, stay late, and explore on your own

Want more information?  Read the Family Mission Trip FAQ and view an example of the Family Mission Trip Daily Schedule.

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Peder Eide Christmas Concert

EideChristamasSunday, December 11 @ 4:00 p.m.

Join us!

Peder is a full-time Christian songwriter, singer, speaker, and worship leader. Every December, Peder presents his extremely popular Christmas Tour. His latest, critically acclaimed Christmas release, PERFECT SURPRISE, was selected by The USA TODAY as one of its featured holiday selections and the single “Why Wouldn’t I”, has become a feature song with ministries and families involved in adoption and orphan care.

•  $10 – Individual Ticket  •    $20 – Family Ticket   •

CLICK HERE to purchase a ticket for this event.


Fall Fun Festival

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Registration now Open for Feed My Starving Children Event in April

Volunteer Registration is now open for this year’FMSC logos Feed My Starving Children MobilePack event in Grand Forks on April 1-3.   These volunteer slots do fill up quite quickly, so those who are interested are encouraged to sign up promptly.  You can register from your computer at home by clicking here, or if you need help, FMSC Core Team members will be in Holy Grounds Sunday February, 28.   Event t-shirts are available for purchase for $20.  The FMSC planning teaming is also challenging Calvary members to consider giving a donation of a package of 6 meals per member of their family (package of food is $1.32  and this includes 6 meals). We are at $44,800 toward the $88,000 needed to pay for 400,000 meals we will pack.

 

Thanks for your continuing financial and prayer support as we look to this year’s event with the goal of raising enough money to make  400,000 meals.


Women’s Weekend

Rest, Renew, Rejoice: Women’s Weekend at Calvary

March 31-April 1

Reconnect with your maker and your purpose at this incredible event for women! Join us as we dig into “The Fruits of the Spirit” from the book of Galatians, and the life of Jesus. This year’s retreat will begin with registration on Friday at 5:00 p.m. It will include break out sessions, worship, time for reflection, and fellowship. For women ages 14-104! Join us and explore your faith with us through art, movement and experiencial prayer.

Stay tuned to this page to hear more about who will guide us through break out sessions and what activities will be available.

This year we are pleased to welcome back guest musician and speaker, Sarah Hart. Learn more about Sarah and her music by visiting her website at www.sarahhart.com

Cost for this year’s retreat is $50 ($20 for students) and includes 2 meals and program costs.

For more questions, contact Pastor Kristen.

CLICK HERE to register for this event. 


 


Growing Place Building Expansion and Funding Updates

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Calvary is, and always has been,  “a growing place” – a place where love is grown and faith is grown and difference-making ministries in lives and in the world are grown.   At times in our history, continuing to grow into the plans we believe God has called us toward has also meant “growing” the size of our building and facilities.  Believing that we are at a crossroads kind of growing moment again at this time, we broke ground on a building expansion project in April of 2014 and are looking forward to the project being completed in February of 2015.

While the largest part of the expansion project has been to increase the size of our Fellowship Hall for the many different events that are held there, including our Sunday morning contemporary worship services, we have also enlarged and remodeled our kitchen, added additional restrooms and classrooms, installed a new PA system in our main sanctuary, and reroofed our entire building with the exception of the sanctuary.

The project is being funded by the generous donations of Calvary members and friends, including a number of people in the building trades whose gifts have been “in kind” donations of all, or a portion of, their services.

We have also obtained financing through the ELCA’s Mission Investment Fund. Our hope is that the continuing support and generosity of our members will allow us not only to make payments on the amount we need to borrow from the Mission Investment Fund, but also to retire that debt entirely in the next few years.

Plans are being made for our first worship service in the new space on February 15, 2015 and also for our Synod Bishop, Terry Brandt, to join us for a Service of Celebration and Dedication on April 12, 2015 (the Sunday after Easter).

Want to know more?  Check out the following – including the most recent info on the project from the Calvary Calling newsletter.