January 2014


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THE MESSENGER of the Calvary—Centennial Memorial Cooperative Parish

Calvary United Methodist Church seeks and invites all to become disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of our community and our world.

Starting the year with a dose of REALITY... The wonderful story by Margery Williams The Velveteen Rabbit is the story of a sweetly stuffed velveteen rabbit that is received by a little boy as a Christmas present. Here is a portion of the story which describes Velveteen Rabbit discussing with the Skin Horse just exactly what really is REAL. “What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying sided by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?” “Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.” “Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit. “Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.” “Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?” “It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a very long time. That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” My dear celebrants of Christ’s birth, we are called to become people who understand. If we believe in the mystery and love of Christmas, we do so because Somebody called God has loved us into being Real just as God loved us enough to send us the embodiment of His love in Jesus Christ. Such is the message of the manger. It keeps telling us about a God who is forever luring the highest qualities from the humblest places, turning secular settings into holy ground, and making ordinary tasks flame with special meaning. God is constantly working with us, perfecting us, purifying us and cleansing us. In this Epiphany Season where we celebrate the discovery of the Christ Child by the Wise Men, let us seek to discover what it means to have this Christ Child in our lives. Let us turn to Christ as we set our patterns for the year ahead. Let us begin our days by welcoming Christ into our hearts. Let us travel through our days acknowledging the presence of Christ and knowing that we are not alone in any of the decisions and challenges these days will bring. Let us turn away from sin and choose to go toward Christ-like actions. Let us recognize that being REAL as Christians means being and living as the Body of Christ. Hold each other in prayer throughout this year. Make efforts to deepen your spiritual life seeking to REALLY discover what it is the Lord is calling you to do and be. If it is REALLY true that “once you are Real you can’t be ugly,” go forward into this year with hope in your heart. Be glad for who you are and excited about who you will become in Christ. Seek the glory of God in Christ and there find great beauty! “And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) Blessings to you and your family during this time of discovery and discernment in Epiphany! With Christ’s love, Pastor Helen

Calvary CARES Calvary takes Action to Restore, Enrich & Serve How does a patchwork quilt and a church’s congregation, such as Calvary’s, compare to each other? SUNDAYS AT CALVARY Worship with Children’s Church at 8:30 A.M. SUNDAY SCHOOL at 9:45 A.M.

Worship at 11:00 A.M.

January 5 “The Prayer of the Magi” Isaiah 60:1-6 Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 Ephesians 3:1-12 Matthew 2:1-12

January 12 “Wade in the Water” Isaiah 42:1-9 Psalm 29 Acts 10:34-43 Matthew 3:13-17

January 19 “Come and See” Isaiah 49:1-7 Psalm 40:1-11 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 John 1:29-42

January 26 “When Jesus Calls” Isaiah 9:1-4 Psalm 27:1, 4-9 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 Matthew 4:12-23

First, for our purpose lets establish that a quilt is a functional cover made of two layers of fabric with a soft substance between them and stitches through all thicknesses to prevent the filling from shifting and loosing its shape. The top layer is often made of many pieces of cloth, i.e. patches of different shapes, sizes, patterns and origins brought together to form a whole unit. These “patches” are a lot like the people who make up our church family in that we all have different personalities, backgrounds, interests, needs and desires, etc. And like the pieces of a quilt we all fit together as a unit. As a congregation we worship together, support each other and care for one another in the common goal of sharing God’s love and doing what He asks of us. The bottom layer of a quilt is usually one piece of cloth and is the foundation which defines, shapes and supports the upper layers. The Word comes to mind when thinking of the foundation of our faith. Our Bible defines, shapes and supports who we are called to be as Christians. It has been here since the beginning. The soft filling in the middle of the quilt fuses with both the upper and lower layers of the quilt. Like God’s love for us, it is comforting, enveloping, warm and wonderful. It is at the center of our being and keeps us centered. It protects and insulates. It joins us together as one body in Christ. The important stitches hold all three layers together and keep them from shifting, separating and losing their shape. The stitches remind us of the Holy Spirit….perhaps less visible than all the colorful fabric of the rest of the quilt, but present, permeating and powerful. The Holy Spirit keeps us inspired, motivated and on task. The quilt symbolizes our Congregational CARES ministries. The Bible is the foundation for our faith, God’s love is what we strive to share with our companions on this planet and the Holy Spirit holds us together as He inspires us to continue to do God’s work. A quilt is constructed of many parts as is congregational care. Please ask yourself where your “patch” fits into the fabric of our caring ministries at Calvary. Visit our Calvary CARES center in the parish hall or contact Leslie Williams, Pat Herber, Susan Howe, Lee Engel or Bob Jacobs for additional information. 2

The Finance Ministry is providing church members with the Calvary 2014 Budget approved by the Church Council in November. The budget below reflects planned major areas of programs and ministries. A detailed budget may be obtained in the church office, or by contacting Bob Jacobs at 301-662-1464, ext. 115. Ministry of the Word Lay Personnel Care of God’s House Ministries Administration Education Music Apportionments Outreach *

$235,290.92 $242,877.98 $126,784.60 $ 20,540.04 $ 18,213.72 $ 18,750.00 $ 17,102.40 $ 89,453.00 $ 29,270.00

29.48% 30.43% 15.88% 2.57% 2.28% 2.35% 2.14% 11.21% 3.66%

TOTAL

$798,282.66

100%

* While Missions and Church & Society are reflected as a small percentage of budgeted amount, we identified over $72,000 in benevolences given by members through all other outreach efforts, such as UMCOR relief efforts and other special appeals. Can you feel what I feel? Something is astir within the Calvary Church Body. In the last By Bob Jacobs, Financial Secretary few months there has developed an energy of spirit in our participation of God’s plan. The Holy Spirit can truly be felt within us. There is evidence of this. Look around you! The 2014 Commitment Campaign, “Beacon of Light – Be the Light” has not ended. It will continue as more people hear the call, feel the Spirit and want to join in a faith journey. As of this writing, 200 commitments have been made for 2014. The total pledged amount is $528,672. That is only part of the story. Of the 200, 85 are new pledges and 44 have increased their pledge over 2013. This is a sign of a maturing faith in response to the Holy Spirit. Your fellow members are talking about financial commitment as a way of living their Christian faith in stewardship. Ideas, learned during the Financial Peace University held in October-November have been enacted to strengthen their financial discipline and stewardship. They affirm their lives are better and now are living examples to others. The program will be held again in February. Mission served at the Frederick Soup Kitchen 5 times this past year and several times at Centennial. We served over 400 meals to the needy in Frederick. Missions is planning a VIM project in Guatemala in the summer. Calvary is well on its way to establishing, with the Spirit of God, the Calvary Action to Restore, Enrich and Serve (CARES) to minister to those in our church family in their needs, meals, visitation, and transportation in God’s loving care through us. Can you feel it – the Holy Spirit is catching. Being a member of Calvary is being in partnership with God, following Jesus Christ and living in the Holy Spirit. 3

This is our Covenant: Sharing God’s Grace to us with those in need, I/We covenant together with other members of our church family to give each month to the Calvary Dinner Covenant Fund what I/we consider to be the reasonable cost of a dinner out, to be used to assist those in need in our church, the Frederick community and the world. I/We covenant to continue our giving so long as God’s grace enables us to do so but understand that we may withdraw from the covenant at any time. Total Prior Year Donations

$4,529

Total Prior Year Distributions

$4,528

Fund Total as of October 31 October 2013 Donations

$ 1,281 $ 135

TOTAL 2013 COVENANT as of July 31

$1,416

Distributions are made to Frederick Soup Kitchen, Calvary Family Fund and The Heifer Project. You make a difference! Keep the Covenant! See Joe Ward , Bill Pasquerette or Jeff Zalatoris for more information. Healing Communities Training You shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in. (Isaiah 58:12b) A way for congregations to minister to families in their church who are affected by crime, incarceration and reintegration. This training will be held at Centennial Memorial UMC, 8 West 2nd Street, Frederick, Maryland on January 11, 2014, 9 AM 3PM. The cost will be $25 which covers a continental breakfast, lunch and training manual. Checks should be brought to the training and made payable to Rev. Sonia King. The deadline to register is January 4th so register today by contacting Milt Tipperman (301.639.5411;[email protected]) or Melanie Whelan (240.442.2059; [email protected]) This training is presented by the BaltimoreWashington Conference, UMC, Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries Committee. For more information about Healing Communities:http:// www.healingcommunitiesusa.org/Pages/ BecomeaStationofHope.aspx or http://www.hamletsofhope.org/HealingCommunities.html 4

VOLUNTEERS IN MISSION I have read that Christianity is supposed to give us mild sense of discomfort. What do I mean by this? Most of us want to be in control of our lives. Giving up control makes us uncomfortable. However, Jesus asks us to give up control, and follow him. Our Bible tells us, "And He said unto them, Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19). Without necessarily knowing where we are going, Jesus asks us to trust in him at all times, and to follow him on a journey that will change our lives. I am sure the Disciples felt the same discomfort at first. The word "Follow" in Matthew 4:19 means continuous action in that our faith journey will never be dull. Many who have followed Jesus through the ages have experienced how he used them in ways they did not expect. It is true! Volunteer In Missions (VIM) trips have changed me and many others at both Calvary and Centennial. Planning is underway for a VIM trip to Xequetzal, Guatemala during July 13th – July 19th. We are partnering with the United Methodist Church of Guatemala in a remote mountain village about 3hrs north of Guatemala city. The local Methodist Church was damaged by an earth quake, and repairs are needed. There will be opportunity to work with the local residents sharing the Gospel in many ways beyond construction work. NO special skills are needed, just a desire to share in Jesus’ ministry, and experience a short term missionary journey. Maybe the Holy Spirit is calling you to missions to experience our faith in a different way (short term Mission trip). We find purpose in life in many ways, but serving God's people in need is our calling. 2014 VIM kick-off meeting will be held on Wednesday January 8th, Memorial Room, at 7 pm Call or email me with any questions Ray McKinnon, VIM Chair 301-663-8786, [email protected]

The United Methodist Men will hold their next breakfast meeting on The UMW Executive Meeting will meet Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in the library.

January 11 at 7:30 a.m. Chuck Kinsley will continue his series on the Seven Deadly Sins. I wish to thank all the men who supported the Church at both the “Singing in the Season” and the Boy Scout Eagle Honor Court dinner. Both functions were made better through your efforts.

Home State Showdown Dinner A New Calvary Fundraiser Sponsored by Family Life

Those activities being planned this year are: January 12, 2014 –At the 11:00 service we will present the pin of Recognition and Service to those who have served Calvary United Methodist Church well over the years and the introduction of the 2014 Executive Board Officers. January 23, 2014 we will meet at Anne Mossburg for their trip to SERRV in New Windsor. Those interested in going call Betsy Bryant 301-662-1032 March- We will have Marti Biraum from Gale House talk to us. More information later. April- Prayer Retreat with Rev. Ford. Date announced later. May 17, 2014- Frederick District Prayer Breakfast will be held at our church starting at 10:30.

January 11, 2013 at 6:00p.m. How can you participate? Sign up to join your state’s team. Be a Governor (Team Leader) for your state’s team. Share a meal that represents your home state. Please prepare food as if they were passed appetizers. Decorate your state’s table with facts & trivia about the state. State bird, state flower, sports teams, major industry, etc Come enjoy the festivities and use your donations to vote for your favorite state! Sign up in the Parish Hall or contact Allison MacDonald to participate.

The State with the Most Donations WINS! Let the Battle Begin!

Circle Meetings for January: Mary Martha Circle-Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Pat Stagg’s Home at 1:00pm. Pat Staggs 301-865-4827 Miriam Circle- Wednesday January 22, 2014 in the Church Parlor -Mary Crum 301-695-9109- 7:00 Wesleyan Circle- Tuesday January 21. 2014 at Jan Cline’s home at 12:00. Betsy Bryant 301-6621032/ Jean Shaff, 301663-8582 Prayer Shawl Group- Saturday January 4, 2014 Ginger Ward 301-668-0761 Prayer and Self Denial conducted by Judy Johnson will be given to the Circles this month. All women of the church are welcome to join one of the circles. Beside study programs that each circle decides to study, the friendships that are made are very rewarding. 5

The Mission of Centennial Memorial United Methodist Church is to be a witness for our Savior, Jesus Christ, within our congregation and within the downtown Frederick Community through our praise and worship, Christian Education, and our mission outreach ministries. We will celebrate God’s presence as we grow in Christian discipleship.

"Experiencing Newness" By Leo Yates, Jr.

Second Street and Hope News As 2013 comes to a close the Board of Directors, chaired by Frank Clements, would like to take the opportunity to offer thanks for all the faithful support of this ministry. The generosity and compassion shown through gifts to Second Street and Hope have helped to feed and clothe hundreds of persons who otherwise would have gone without. As the weather has turned very cold, your support has enabled us to provide hot meals to the hungry as well as sleeping bags, tents and coats to persons living out of doors. Beginning Wednesday, January 8 we will restart our Centennial Memorial community meal (6 p.m.) on Wednesdays and will continue to welcome friends on Saturday’s community meal (4 p.m.).

As we start the New Year, there is a newness we experience. While we may initially resist change (after all, we're creatures of habit), newness can offer us all sorts of new things. At Centennial, we have a new minister of outreach and evangelism...that would be me, Leo Yates. As for me, I'm glad to be a part of a faith community that ministers to its own while ministering to its community. That is very Christlike which is appealing. Each of us has gifts for serving, sharing God's grace when we do. The blessing in that is the grace is new and fresh, not stale.

In addition to expressing our sincere appreciation, we also want to mention that we have several new and enthusiastic board members who have joined this past year: Ken Switzer, Kristen Gaynor, Paul Nelson, Steve Jarvis, and Pastors Alice Ford, George Earle and Leo Yates. Frank Clements and Pastor Helen Smith continue to serve as well. As our board expands we are optimistic of our ability to help even more folks than we already do. In addition to our new board members, we also have a new phone number 301-639-5962.

The newness of the New Year promises us traditions like Epiphany and the coming of Easter, which is not in the too far future. Many of us need something to look forward to such as these; moreover, God's promise of love and restoration in Christ is kept new. It's the newness of something to look forward to that helps get us through difficult moments and knowing this too shall pass. So, as we celebrate the New Year, let’s try to embrace the newness of what God is offering. Who knows, it could be in the newness that God is offering us peace and restoration. Who would want to miss a blessing like that?

Our goal at Second Street and Hope is to continue to make a difference in the lives of those in need and to make our community a better place to live. Your generous donations enable us to continue this important work for our community in our community. This year we have the great blessing of a gift matching program. For each dollar you give between now and January 31, your gift will be matched 1:1, doubling the impact of your gift, up to $15,000. We are grateful for all gifts. We are excited about using the gifts and talents of many to serve those who have often been marginalized and hungry for physical and spiritual food.

New Bible Study Series Begins February 13 We continue with our Dr. Ray Vander Laan series The Early Church and will meet again on Thursday, February 13 at 6:30 p.m. for five weeks. This series includes travel to sites where the early Christians journeyed, input of history and cultural challenges for the day and scripture emphasis. Join us!

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Centennial Memorial UM Church Planning Retreat Our Centennial Memorial UMC Planning Retreat will be held on Saturday, January 4 at 9 a.m. in our church office. All who are interested in helping us make ministry plans for the coming year are invited to join us. Our church leaders will be consecrated on Sunday, January 5 and we all look forward to where the Lord will lead us in mission in the coming days!

Expressions of Sympathy We offer prayers for the family of Carlton Calvin Barger who passed away on November 19 after having lived a wonderfully full life of 97 years. Carlton was a member of Centennial Memorial UMC and we celebrate his life. We offer to the family of Helen Van Fossen our prayers of comfort and remembrance who passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, December 12. We think particularly of Elmira, her daughter and husband Bob Fox and Daniel, her son, and their family and friends. Helen was born February 26, 1920 and lived her life in our area having attended Centennial Memorial from her childhood forward. We celebrate the gift of her life and the shared walk with her knowing that she has been welcomed to her heavenly home where her Lord Jesus Christ has welcomed her. She will be buried along side of her husband in a private ceremony. Please keep this family in your prayers in days ahead.

Western Region Leadership Days Saturday, January 25 - 9-12:15 pm Training by our UM Western Region for clergy, church leaders, laity and others who want to take more active leadership role in their local church will be held at Otterbein UMC in Hagerstown, Maryland on Saturday, January 25 from 9-12:15 p.m.. (Snow date: Feb.15) A list of workshops is available on the bulletin board or at www.bwcumc.org . Registration ($25.) is due to the BW Conference by Jan. 15. Anyone wishing to attend and needing assistance should see Dolores Summers or Pastor Helen. WEEKLY SCHEDULE

A Generous Gesture Produces Great Fruit Dr. Raymond Moreland, a clergy friend and UM pastor in our BW Conference, has been forwarding proceeds received from his new CD Christmas Album “Christmas Is Believin’” and donating these funds to our Centennial Memorial UM Ministry for the Homeless and Recovering Communities. His pledged proceeds from the sale of this wonderful and inspiring CD has raised over $1000 and supports our efforts to serve those who are marginalized and in need of care. We congratulate Dr. Moreland on his successful venture and his generous and creative offering that will continue to be fruitful well into 2014.

SUNDAYS

9:30 AM 10:00 AM 10:30 AM

Sunday School Sacred Grounds Traditional Worship

TUESDAYS

5:00 PM

Intercessory Prayer

WEDNESDAYS

6:00 PM 7:00 PM

Meal Celebrate Recovery

THURSDAYS

9:30 AM

Choir

SATURDAYS

11:00 AM 3:00 PM 4:00 PM 5:15 PM

Revelations AA Group Women’s Study Supper Alternative Worship

SPECIAL EVENTS Jan. 4

7:30 AM

Christian Men’s Network

Jan. 7

7 PM

2nd Street & Hope Board

Jan. 21

6:30 PM 7 PM

January 23-26 SUNDAY

Finance Administrative Council Men’s Credo

SERMON / SCRIPTURE

January 5

Epiphany of the Lord Holy Communion

“Choosing Light out of Dark”, Isaiah 60:1-5, Matthew 2:1-12 Consecration of our 2014 Church Leaders

January 12

Baptism of the Lord

“Compassionate Listener, Isaiah 42:1-9, Matthew 3:13-17

January 19

Human Relations Sunday

“Encountering Jesus”, John 1:29-42

January 26

Epiphany 3

“The Call for the Ordinary to Do Extraordinary”, Matthew 4:12-23

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Healing Communities At Centennial Memorial UMC January 11, 2014

Greetings from the Weekday School. This month we are featuring on of our three day a week 4 year old teams. We are currently enrolling for the 2014-2015 school year. Please call or stop by the office for more information.

Patty Lockard Teacher 4 Year Old Class Hi, my name is Patty Lockard and I am teaching Centennial Memorial United the Monday, Wednesday, Friday four-year old Methodist Church will host a program at Calvary. I received my undergraduate Healing Communities Session degree in Elementary Education from Mount St. on January 11, 2014 from Mary’s University and my master’s degree in 9:00am to 3:00pm. There will a Early Childhood from Hood College. I am also a training session followed by certified Reading Recovery Teacher. I taught for breakout groups. eighteen years with Frederick County Public Schools as a first and second grade teacher along with teaching Targeted Intervention. The vision of Healing Communities is that Christians I am married to a wonderful husband who currently works for and their churches faith will Frederick County Public Schools. I also have three great children. reach out and support individuals and families in their Braden is thirteen and he plays soccer as well as the piano, drums and guitar. My son James, who is eleven, loves baseball, skateboarding or own congregations that are affected by the criminal justice any sport that is available to him. Emily, our youngest, is six and is our tiny dancer. She loves the stage and has recently begun piano. Our system, which include those family enjoys watching the Ravens and spending quality time together victimized by crime, those arrested, those in jail or prison, at Deep Creek Lake. and those reintegrating back I am very fortunate and excited to be working at Calvary Weekday into the community. This curriculum focuses on how faith School this year. communities can create formal Jill Ohlhoff and information support Assistant 4 Year Old Class networks for people involved at any point in the continuum of the criminal justice system. The I have a bachelors degree in Biology and an associates in Physical Therapy. I worked at the goals are reintegration, University of Maryland Baltimore as a therapist redemption, restoration, and then as a study coordinator for research on renewal, reconciliation and recovering arm strength in stroke patients. forgiveness. Deadline to register is January 4, 2014. Cost of $25 covers (continental breakfast, lunch and training materials). Please Contact Melanie Whelan at [email protected] or 240-422-2059 for more information.

When my daughter Brynn was born in 2002 I became a stay at home mother. Two and a half years later my son Gareth was born. Both of my children had amazing experiences at Calvary Weekday School. Last year I was able to be in the classroom more as a substitute and now I am assisting Patty Lockard in the Monday, Wednesday, Friday 4's class! My family and I live in Lake Linganore. In my free time I enjoy paddleboarding, reading and running. 8

Christian Education There are so many different activities, events and obligations in our lives today that we often feel we are being pulled in a million different directions. Often times we feel that we are being pulled away from our families, our friends and our church. Sadly, we might even feel that we are being pulled away from God. Maybe you know what I am talking about? So, how do we change this cycle? Especially where God is concerned? One way we can be sure we are headed in the right direction and that we are keeping God in the center of our lives is through Intentional Faith Development (also known as Christian Education). Through our choice to intentionally develop our faith, we are able to meet the God we learn about on Sunday’s, broaden our understanding of God and Jesus, have opportunity for Christian fellowship, and are held accountable for our lives and how we live them. As Christians, we are on a journey that never ends. We will never know it all, we will never have all the answers and we will never be done learning. So as the new year begins, be sure that you are looking ahead and finding opportunities to grow with God!

A Look Ahead,Coming Soon,Save the Date... Leadership Training

Children’s Movie Night’s

Save the date for February 22, 2014 9:00 am to Noon. We will be holding a morning training for all Committee Chairs and members. Come see how Calvary is set up, learn more about each committees and how we are to work together. Breakfast foods will be provided.

January 10th “Larry Boy and the Bad Apple”

June 13th “Josh and the Big Wall”

February 14th

September 12th “Larry Boy and the Rumor Weed”

“Sheerluck Holmes and the Golden Ruler”

“Larry Boy and the Fib From Outer Space”

October 10th “Rack, Shack and Benny”

April 11th ‘An Easter Carol”

November 14th “Madame Blueberry”

May 9th “Abe and the Amazing Promise”

December 12th “The Star of Christmas”

March 14th We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God's ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you've dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more! A new class will be

starting this February! For more information please contact Rebecca Dean at [email protected]

Marriage/Relationship Enrichment Class This class will be followed by a renewal of vows on Sunday, February 16th. More information will be coming soon!

Please join us in the Education Building the second Friday of every month (except July and August) from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. We will watch a movie, share a snack, learn a valuable lesson, make a craft and play games. All preschool 4’s thru 5th Grade children may be dropped off. Children three and under are welcome to come when accompanied by an adult. Interested in seeing more Christian Education opportunities at Calvary? Please stop by the information desk in Parish Hall to pick up an updated brochure!

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Presidential Volunteer Service Award Calvary has applied to become a Certifying Organization for the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. What is this you ask? Please read on for more information!

The Background: America has a long and proud tradition of volunteer service. Now, more than ever, volunteers are renewing their commitment to help others and making new connections that bring us closer together as families, as neighbors, as communities and as a nation. The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. The program continues as an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation and inspires other to make service a central part of their lives. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens and lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period – or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime.

Award Eligibility Any individual, family, or group can receive Presidential recognition for volunteer hours earned over a 12-month period or over the course of a lifetime at home or abroad. The following are the eligibility requirements for each age group: Kids: Age 5-14, Young Adults: Individual Age 15-25, Adults: Individual Age 26 +

Presidential Volunteer Service Award Criteria Bronze Level Kids: 50 to 74 hours Young Adults: 100 to 174 hours Adults: 100 to 249 hours Family & Groups: 200 to 499 hours

Silver Level Gold Level Kids: 75 to 99 hours Kids: 100 hours or more Young Adults: 175 to 249 hours Young Adults: 250 hours or more Adults: 250 to 499 hours Adults: 500 hours or more Family & Groups: 500 to 999 Family & Groups: 1000 hours or hours more

I would like to challenge each of us to see what we can do this year in service for others. Our year will start January 1st and go thru December 15th (so I have time to submit paperwork). In order for me to submit the requests, you will need to email me the date, where/how you served and the duration. I will keep track of the hours, just make sure to email them to me! If you have any questions, you can email me at [email protected] or call me at 301-662-1464. You can also visit their website at presidentialserviceawards.gov for more information.

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Is the condition of your body helping or hindering your walk and fruitfulness in Christ? If you want to feel better in and about your body, then join ATP 16-8-2 Fitness™ coming to Calvary United Methodist in January! ATP 16-8-2 Fitness™ is a program that provides women a combination of exercise, education, and encouragement to Attain Top Performance (ATP) in life. The journey to ATP builds strength and resilience not only in the body but also in your personal relationship with God to live out His unique purpose for you in “Wholistic” Well-being! The program is based on 5 Key Principles to transform your body into its best at any age with fun, challenging, and effective exercise to build strength and burn fat, evidence based education from the latest research and personal success tips and strategies for success from Sandie’s journey from fat to fit, along with accountability coaching for applying the education concepts to manifest your best. ATP 16-8-2 Fitness™ was created and is facilitated by Sandie Lynch, MS, RDN, LDN, a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Personal Fitness Trainer and Integrative Wellness and Spiritual Coach. ATP Fitness was inspired by the truths Sandie discovered to live in joy and peace with her body after 20 years struggling with obesity, poor body image, and eating addictions. Sandie was obese and yo-yo dieter throughout her early adult years and finally was set free through a simple prayer. Learn more about Sandie’s her journey and her ATP 5 Key Principles during an introductory presentation coming Sunday January 5th at 12:30 in the Parish Hall. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and participate in a short exercise demonstration. Now is a great time to learn more about this opportunity. Contact Sandie Lynch at 240-439-9927 or [email protected] for more information and how to get involved in ATP!

Member to Member

DIRECTORY UPDATES REMOVE: MARTIN, Doug & Roxanne

I would like to thank my friends at Calvary, the XYZ’s, Pastor Ford and Pastor Sarah for their cards, notes, words of sympathy and offers of help at the passing of my daughter, Teresa. It was all greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Mary Ann Fogle

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GREETERS

ACOLYTES

LAY READERS

CHOIRS

January 5 @ 8:30

Janet & Tom Shoemaker

Kaitlyn Quigley

Beth Strakonsky

Cathedral

January 5 @ 11:00

Nancy & John Slovikosky

Laura Cosby

Lee Engel

Gospel

January 12 @ 8:30

Paula & Bob Biser

Kayleigh Adam

Cindy Mills

Gospel

January 12 @ 11:00

Amy & Charlie Jones

Eduardo ValentinMorales

Ed Kinsey

Cathedral

January 19 @ 8:30

Pat & Dave Herber

Kendell Wickline

Mary Pfister

Voices of Praise

January 19 @ 11:00

Cathy & Lee Engel

Molly Rhoades

Stephanie Slovikosky

Cathedral and Gospel

January 26 @ 8:30

Bonnie Strine

Preston Kinsey

Bill Waskey

Cathedral and Children

January 26 @ 11:00

Beth & Bill Waskey

Karla Hembree

Katherine Hembree

Gospel

COFFEE HOSTS

TEA TIME HOSTS

ALTAR FLOWERS

FLOWERS BY LECTERN

Jan. 5

Bobbie & Frank Parsons

Alyxandra Hoover & Stephanie Slovikosky

Bonnie Strine

Nancy Slovikosky

Jan. 12

Judy & Lou Finneyfrock

Karla, Katherine & Stephen Hembree

Jan. 19

Kay & Bob Jacobs

Paulette Shockey-Petrucci

Kern Thornton

Bowersox

Jan. 26

Janet & Tom Shoemaker

Alyxandra Hoover & Stephanie Slovikosky

Linda English

Bonnie Strine

BULLETINS

Traci Davies

We currently need volunteers to provide the 2014 Altar Flowers on January 12, February 16, February 23, April 20, May 18, August 10, August 31, & November 30 If you wish to sign up for one of the openings or make a change, call Joyce Friel at 301-662-1464, during church office hours: Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

More people to serve in ALL areas are always needed and appreciated. If you would like to volunteer or need to make a change to the serving schedule, please call the appropriate coordinator: Acolytes Stephanie Slovikosky, 240-440-2223 Lay Readers Magda Morales, 301-620-8885 Greeters Anne Mossburg, 301-662-4858 Nursery Angela Anderson, 301-898-5241 Ushers Jack Heller, 301-663-5374

Communion Servers Kyle Bostian, 301-371-5411 Altar Committee Mary Crum & Bonnie Strine Bus Coordinator Dianna Snow, 240-357-1494 Flowers Joyce Friel, 301-662-1464, ext. 110

8:30 USHERS: Greg Shipley, Ray McKinnon, Dave Adams, Bob Biser, Mark MacDonald, David Mills, Frank Strakonsky 11:00 USHERS: Jack Heller, Mitch Reading, Don Orrison, Gloria Orrison, Frank Parsons, Tom Stokes, Rob Summers 12

Coffee Hour Frank & Bobbie Parsons, 301-473-7530 Children’s Church and Sunday School Rebecca Dean,301-662-1464, ext.123 Tea Time Karla Hembree, 301-865-0134 or Magda Morales, 301-620-8885 ALTAR: Bonnie Strine, Chair Elinor Eiker, Doris Felton, Becky Kile, Joan Kosek, Alice Linton

SUN

MON

TUES

WED

THU 1

FRI 2

SAT 3

CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED

5 12:30 pm-Family Life 12:30 pm—ATP Fitness Preview

6 7 pm-SPRC

12 9:45 am-Church & Society

19 12:30 pm-Pastor’s Open Door, “Administrative Structure of the Church”

9:30 am-Study of Hebrews 9:30 am-Communion 10 am-Pastor’s Study 1 pm-UMW Executive Committee 6 pm-Grief Support Group

13 6:30 pmTrustees 7 pm-Stephen Ministry

7 pm-Finance

9:30 am-Communion 10 am-Pastor’s Study 2 pm-Staff Meeting 6 pm-The Christian as a Minister

6:15 pm-Communion 7 pm-Pastor’s Study 7 pm-Men’s Study 7 pm-Disciple II 7 pm-Women’s Study 7 pm– Moms Study 7 pm-VIM Meeting

15

9:30 am-Study of Hebrews 9:30 am-Communion 10 am-Pastor’s Study 1:30 pm-Wesleyan Circle 6 pm-The Christian as a Minister

22 6:15 pm-Communion 7 pm-Pastor’s Study 7 pm-Men’s Study 7 pm-Disciple II 7 pm-Women’s Study 7 pm-Moms Fellowship 7 pm-Miriam Circle

28 9:30 am-Communion 10 am-Pastor’s Study 12 noon-Staff Meeting 6 pm-The Christian as a Minister

9 am-De-Greening 10 am-Prayer Shawl Ministry

9 12:00 noon-Grief Support Group 1 pm-Mary Martha Circle

10 6:30 pmMovie Night

11 7:30 am-UMM Breakfast meeting 3 pm-Dinner of the States

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17

18

23

24

25

2 pm-Parish Nurse Planning Meeting 6:15 pm-Communion 7 pm-Pastor’s Study 7 pm-Men’s Study 7 pm-Disciple II 7 pm-Women’s Study

21

27 7 pm-Stephen Ministry 7:15 pmChurch Council

8

14

20 CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED

26

7

4

29

UMW work day in New Windsor

30

31

6:15 pm-Communion 7 pm-Pastor’s Study 7 pm-Men’s Study 7 pm-Disciple II 7 pm-Women’s Study

Sunday Choir Rehearsals 12:30 pm—Genesis Choir 12:30 p.m.—Bells for Jesus 1:00 pm—Sonshine Choir 4:45 pm.—Voices of Praise Tuesday Choir Rehearsals 7:00 pm—Joyful Noise Handbells 7:30 pm—Gospel Choir Thursday Choir Rehearsal 6:30 pm—Guitar Ensemble 7:15 pm—Cathedral Choir

SUNDAYS AT CALVARY

8:30 A.M.—WORSHIP with Children’s Church 9:45 A.M.—SUNDAY SCHOOL 11:00 A.M.—WORSHIP 5:45 P.M.—United Methodist Youth Fellowship 13

CALVARY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION U. S. Postage Paid Frederick, MD 21701-5393 Permit No. 52

Of the Calvary-Centennial Memorial Cooperative Parish

131 West Second Street Frederick, MD 21701 RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED

Church Services: Sunday: 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Staffed Nursery with pagers HOW TO CONTACT US Phone: 301-662-1464; FAX: 301-662-3486 Website: www.calvaryumc.org E-mail: [email protected]

December 17

Office Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Isaac Jackson “Jack” Fish, Jr.

CALVARY STAFF Senior Pastor

Alice Ford [email protected] Associate Pastor Sarah Schlieckert [email protected] Minister of Visitation Ken Humbert [email protected] Director of Education & Family Life Rebecca Dean [email protected] Interim Director of Youth Ministries Jordan Andrews [email protected] Director of Music Ministries & Organist Joche Wilmot [email protected] Financial Secretary Robert Jacobs [email protected] Bookkeeper Ken Switzer [email protected] Administrative Assistant Joyce Friel [email protected] Custodian Paul Metcalf [email protected] Nursery Supervisor Angela Anderson [email protected] Calvary Weekday School (301-662-6783) www.calvaryweekdayschool.com Director Anne Marie Whang [email protected] Administrative Assistant Colleen West [email protected]

November 24 Madison Paige Grimes Daughter of Victor and Christina Grimes Allison Zara Engler Daughter of Scott and Georgina Engler

The first Sunday of every month is

Wheelbarrow Sunday. Nonperishable donations to the Frederick Food Bank may be placed in the wheelbarrow near the stage in Parish Hall. Amy & Dave Carter delivered 286 items to the Frederick Food Bank in November. Thanks to all! 14