SLEEPING BAG GROUP Mondays | 6:30pm | Fellowship Hall PLEASE NOTE — THIS GROUP WILL NOT BE MEETING ON OCTOBER 9 The sleeping bags are made from recycled materials, packed with personal items such as toothpaste, shampoo, hats, and gloves then distributed to nearby homeless shelters. There is plenty to do. No sewing experience needed. Questions? Please contact Terri Howell (412-482-2211 / email@example.com) with any questions.
DAILY BREAD — UNITED WOMEN IN FAITH (UWF) Thursday, October 12 (2nd Thursday each month) | 11:00am-12:00pm Trinity Lutheran Church, 616 W North Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 The United Women in Faith (UWF) organizes the meal being prepared for the Daily Bread which serves meals three times a week to those without a home or who are under-employed. They are currently in need of cookie makers. See Joan Bradley if you would like to get involved or for further information.
NORTHSIDE COMMON MINISTRIES “CELEBRATION OF CARING” DINNER Thursday, November 2 | 5:30pm | Grand Hall at The Priory, 614 Pressley St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 Northside Common Ministries is hosting a “Celebration of Caring” fundraising dinner. We have a table reserved for 10 people. If you are interested in attending please contact Linda Ehrlich (firstname.lastname@example.org).
NORTHVIEW HEIGHTS FOOD (NVH) DISTRIBUTION Saturday, November 4 & Saturday, December 2 | 9:00-10:30am | Northview Heights Many thanks to everyone who as participated in the distribution of fresh produce to residents of NVH. All participants have found it to be a rewarding experience, and we would love to have some new volunteers as well. Six volunteers are needed for each date. There is a sign-up sheet in the Chapel, and a written description of the work. Please feel free to contact Stacey Chervon (email@example.com) or Linda Ehrlich (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any questions.
“CHANGE MATTERS” SPECIAL OFFERING Sunday, November 5 (1st Sunday each month During Worship) | Sanctuary Our children collect "change" because when there is lots of change together, we can make a difference. These gifts are used to help Women United in Faith purchase food for Daily Bread.
NORTHSIDE COMMON MINISTRIES CONTINUES TO NEED TOOTHPASTE TOOTHPASTE continues to be a weekly need at the pantry. Jana Thompson, Director, would like Calvary to continue to collect it as she can then have it on the weekly grocery list available to the patrons. We continue to have a wonderful response from the generous hearts of our Calvary family! There are 2 collection bins — one at the Allegheny entrance and the other in the Parlor/Chapel. Cloth grocery bags also continue to be collected. Thank you!
CALVARY CLEAN-UP DAY Saturday, October 14 | Time TBD | Calvary We will be having a clean-up day at Calvary to get the church ready for the fall and winter as well as the Advent and Christmas season which will be soon upon us. David Grinnell (email@example.com) is coordinating outdoor tasks and Brian Burns (firstname.lastname@example.org) is coordinating indoor tasks. If it rains, everyone will be moved inside. Please reach out to either Brian or David with questions.
“THANK YOU FOR BEING OUR NEIGHBOR!” SUNDAY Sunday, October 15 | Following Worship | Calvary Join us in this outreach to our neighborhood. 100 potted mums, which will be in the altar area and blessed during morning worship, attached with a note of appreciation, will be delivered around this immediate neighborhood following church.
HANGING OF THE GREENS Saturday, December 2 | 9:00am-3:00pm | Calvary Please join us as we decorate the church for the Advent and Christmas season. There are jobs for everyone! WE WILL FIND A JOB THAT SUITS YOUR PARTICULAR TALENTS :) We need all the help we can get and it's a lot of fun. Of course, we will have donuts, snacks, coffee, tea, etc., so come join us and have some fun getting our church ready for Advent and Christmas!
TUTORS NEEDED Want to make a difference? Join the fun and consider being a tutor at The Bridge Learning Hub. One hour a week can help a child lean and grow. Interested? Join us for a meeting on Wednesday, September 27th at 4:00pm at The Bridge, 1500 Chicago St, Pittsburgh, PA 15214. See Rev. Beth Nelson for more information.
READING MENTORS NEEDED There is a need for reading mentors at Morrow Elementary School. We are looking for weekly volunteers. Please see Rev. Beth Nelson or contact the church office for further information.
ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS SEASON The Advent and Christmas season at Calvary is always busy, fun, exhausting, memorable, and meaningful. Before you know it, we will be looking for volunteers to help out at the many events that Calvary offers to the public during December. We will once again be hosting the Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour. There are also the 11th Annual Messiah Sing-Along Concerts and Christmas Eve Services. More information will follow as the season approaches. Please consider how you can help make this season special for Calvary as well as our community.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL Sundays | 10:00-10:45am | Parlor This group is led by Rev. Chad Bodgewic. All are welcome!
EXERCISE CLASS FOR ALL AGES Tuesdays and Thursdays | 9:00am | Chapel The program is targeted to "older adults", but great for people of all ages.
BIBLE STUDY LED BY REV. MYLES BRADLEY Wednesdays | 6:30pm | Chapel “Father Abraham” is the topic of a new Bible Study led by Rev. Myles Bradley on Wednesday evenings here at Calvary. The six week study will review the story in Genesis of the father of the Jewish people and the three faiths that are shared by his descendants. Everyone is invited to share in exploring the roots of our faith. We will continue meeting through October.
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY Thursdays | 10:00-11:00am | Parlor Join us as we study "Living Beyond Yourself: Exploring the Fruit of the Spirit" by Beth Moore. Beth Moore has an excitement and an exuberance for the Gospel and will involve you on an adventure into discovery and growth in the Spirit of the Lord. John 14 tells us that God gives us the Holy Spirit to be in us – Christ in us, the hope of glory.
CALVARY WOMEN'S RETREAT Saturday, November 11 | 9:00am-12:30pm | Location TBD The United Women of Faith are coordinating a half-day retreat for ALL women of Calvary. Titled "FROM SERVANT TO SELF", the retreat will be led by our very own Reverend Jorinda Bullitt. The retreat will be scheduled from 9:00 am to 12:30, with lunch. Child care will also be available if needed. Watch for more details in the coming weeks, but please put this date on your calendar now.
UNITED WOMEN IN FAITH (UWF) — VICTORIAN HOUSE TOUR & SHOPPE The Allegheny West Victorian House Tour is Friday, December 8th and Saturday, December 9th. There will be a holiday shoppe in Calvary’s Fellowship Hall both days. The UWF will have a booth at the Shoppe as one of our major fundraisers. The plan is to sell donated pre-owned Christmas items and new handmade items from anyone in the Calvary congregation. Handmade items and Christmas decorations that are clean and in good repair will be accepted beginning November 1st until November 26th. Please contact Linda Ehrlich or Kim Butler with questions or an idea for a homemade item that you would like to donate. Items can be dropped off either after church on a Sunday or during the week by contacting Linda (412-512-7246 / email@example.com) or Kim (412-638-7773 / firstname.lastname@example.org).
FAMILY FALL FEST Saturday, October 28 | 2:00-4:00pm | Calvary We will have crafts, pumpkin painting, and games, and possibly Trunk-or-Treat depending on the number of cars that sign up. More details to come!
PARENTS NIGHT OUT Saturday, December 2 | 6:00-9:00pm | Chapel We will do Christmas activities, cookie decorating, crafts, games, and dinner. This will give parents time to finish shopping and be able to wrap presents. We will also have a Christmas Shop for kids to shop for parents. More details to come!
CHOIR REHEARSAL Sundays | 10:00-10:45am | Sanctuary Tuesdays | 6:00-7:30pm | Sanctuary Love Singing? Thinking About Joining The Choir?... Now is the perfect time to give it a try! No audition required! All are welcome! Please join us for singing, fellowship, and shenanigans!
MESSIAH FESTIVAL CHOIR REHEARSAL Tuesdays | 7:30-9:00pm | Sanctuary You don't have to be a member of Calvary to sing in the Messiah Choir. It’s always a fun time, and no auditions are required. All voice parts are needed.
HAND BELL CHOIR REHEARSAL Thursday | 6:00-7:30pm | Music Office (Upstairs in the Chapel) No audition required and you do not have to be able to read music. All are welcome! Please reach out to Music Director Brian Burns (724-388-3246 / email@example.com) with questions.
11TH ANNUAL HANDEL’S MESSIAH SING-ALONG CONCERT SERIES Saturday, December 16 & Sunday, December 17 | 4:00pm | Sanctuary Early Bird Pricing thru November 15: $15 General Admission | $10 Students & Seniors General Pricing after November 15: $18 General Admission | $12 Students & Seniors Free Admission: Children 12 & under, Members/veterans of armed services, Firefighters, Police Hallelujah! Join us for Pittsburgh's holiday tradition! Our interactive, family-friendly concert features professional soloists, Chamber Orchestra, and Calvary Messiah Festival Choir. Tickets are on sale now at CalvaryPgh.com.Purchase Tickets More Info
VOLUNTEER SUNDAY Sunday, October 8 | During Worship | Sanctuary Please join us as we recognize all of the amazing volunteers at Calvary!
ALL SAINTS SUNDAY Sunday, November 5 | During Worship | Sanctuary If you have a loved one, who passed away since last November 1st, please let us know and they will be remembered during the service. Please include the person's name, date of death, and their relationship to you. Forms are available on the communication desk in the Chapel.
LAY LEADERSHIP (NOMINATIONS) COMMITTEE MEETING Monday, October 9 | 6:30pm | Parlor
CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING Thursday, October 19 | 6:30-8:00pm | Chapel
COMMUNITY LUNCH Sunday, October 29 | Last Sunday of Each Month - Following Worship | Fellowship Hall This is an expansion on our normally scheduled Fellowship time following morning worship. The menu for October is fried and baked chicken and sides!
CHARGE CONFERENCE Saturday, November 4 | 10:30am | Chapel We will share the meeting with Sheraden and Christ Community, Westview, McKnight, and Epworth. We will be hosting! Come and meet our new DS - Rev. Paul Ritchie.
NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION Sunday, November 12 | Following Worship| Parlor If you have an interest in learning more about membership or Calvary in general, please reach out to the church office to sign up for this casual gathering.
LAY LEADERS AND LITURGISTS Liturgists serve an important role in worship. Liturgists help lead the congregation in various parts of the worship service, including the recitation of the Call to Worship and the reading of scripture. Please contact the church office if you are interested.
COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE If you have an announcement that you would like to be placed in the bulletin, website, Facebook, etc., please email Karen Ferguson (firstname.lastname@example.org). Announcements for the bulletin must be submitted by noon on Wednesday for inclusion in the following Sunday’s bulletin. Please include the following information: (1) title/subject of announcement, (2) content that you would like to be included, (3) how long it should be advertised, and (4) where you want the information to be publicized.