Advent and Christmas at Calvary

People Look East: Advent and Christmas at Calvary

A powerful call to wait in expectation. Our lectionary passages this Advent season speak of expectation—the fear of the unknown and the desperate longing for the coming of God. People, look East!

Hanging of the Green Saturday, November 26, 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Join us as we prepare our sacred space for Advent and share a soup lunch together. For more info, contactCheryl Branham.

Advent Sunday School Join us at 9:45 a.m. in Kendall Hall for Sunday School focusing on the Advent texts for the day!

Advent Sundays in Worship.  Be sure to join us, 11:00 a.m.

Advent 1         November 27, the Day of Hope

Advent 2         December 4, the Day of Peace

Advent 3         December 11, the Day of Joy, Calvary Children’s Choir will sing in worship

Advent 4         December 18, the Day of Love. Festival Choir will sing in worship

Calvary Presents…Messiah Sing  Be sure to attend our next 150th event on Friday, December 2. We start with dinner and cookie-decorating, 6:30 p.m. in Kendall Hall. Then join soloists and chamber orchestra to sing Handel’s Messiah, 7:30 p.m. in Sanctuary. Invite everyone to this festive event! Admission is free; donations benefit Calvary’s 150th Anniversary Season of Celebration.

Christmas Eve Cookies and cider reception in Woodward Hall, followed by worship at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

Christmas Day  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to worship on Christmas Day!  No Sunday School, so join us at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary for a traditional service of lessons and carols.

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150th Anniversary Event: Dr. Todd Still Lectures

150th Anniversary Lectures: We Welcome Dr. Todd. Still

Join us Saturday, November 5, in the Chapel at 6:00 p.m. for a reception followed by a lecture at 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, November 6, at 9:45 a.m., as Dr. Todd D. Still explores Philippians and Philemon as part of our 150th Anniversary Celebration. Dr. Still is a leading New Testament scholar and professor at George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University, and he will be our guest preacher Sunday, November 6.

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Fall Programming at Calvary

 Calvary Fall Programming 

Small Groups 

Theology and Pop Culture Our new small group will meet monthly in homes of church members. Our next meeting is Sunday, November 13, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and we will discuss an episode of The West Wing. Bring food or drink to share. Location TBD.

Calvary Stitch-A-Long Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of knitting and crocheting in the church library. Work on your current project or start something new. Beginners and experienced crafters are invited to bring lunch and join in on the fun. For more information, please contactKarla Fahey or Nancy Renfrow.

Theology on Draft Join us on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m. We will meet at various locations in the city to discuss theology, share some spirits and catch up on life!

Wednesday Night Words Our favorite Wednesday Night small group meets from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Calvary. WNW starts off this fall with a study of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s classic Life Together. The book is described this way: “Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran pastor who was killed by the Gestapo in 1945. His book, Life Together, is an account of his experience of Christian community. This story of a unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years reads like one of Paul’s letters. It gives practical advice on how life together in Christ can be sustained in families and groups. The role of personal prayer, worship in common, everyday work, and Christian service is treated in simple explanation and discussion. Life Together is bread for all who are hungry for the real life of Christian fellowship.”

Young Adult Group  To add your name to the listserv, please emailMyra Houser ( orRachel Johnson (

For more information about Small Groups, email Pastor Leah at 

Sunday School

9:45 a.m.


Children’s Sunday School

Nursery (Littlest Angels) Birth to 2 years

Teacher: Carol Blythe                                                   Room: W109

Pre school 2 to 4 years

Teacher:Rick Goodman                                               Room: W109

KFC (Kids for Christ) K to 2 grade

Teacher: Karla Fahey                                                  Room: G319B

SPY (Spirit Powered Youth) Grades 3 to 5

Teacher:Jodi Smith                                                   Room: G319A

Youth Sunday School

Youth-Middle school Grades 6 to 8

Teacher:Eugenia Reyes                                                Room: G310

Youth-High School Grades 9 to 12

Teacher: Jason Smith                                                     Room: G311

Spanish Adult Sunday School

Calvary Spanish Sunday school

Subject: Gospel of Matthew: El Padre Nuestro

Teacher: Rev.Edgar Palacios                                        Room: KH 4

English Adult Sunday School

Judson Bible Class

Subject: Judson Bible Journeys: Tradition and Wisdom

Teacher: Al Nielsen                                                       Room: KH 1

Friendship Class

Subject: Smyth & Helwys-Formations

Teacher: Victor Tupitza                                                Room: KH 2

Journey Class (starts September 11)

Subject: Life Together: Hebrew Scripture Lectionary Texts

Teacher: Rotates, contact Rev.Leah Grundset            Room: KH 3

For more information about Sunday School, email Pastor Edgar at


Sanctuary Choir meets for two one-hour sessions each Sunday, at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary AND 12:30 p.m. in the Music Suite. Child care is available.

Music for Kids meets each Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in G319.


For more information about Music at Calvary, contact our Director of Music, Dr. Cheryl Branham at


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Survey on Interest and Intent of Missions at Calvary

Church staff in conjunction with the Missions Board is conducting a survey on interest and intent of missions at Calvary. The survey is created on SurveyMonkey and can be accessed by the link below. Please complete the survey as a way of helping Calvary navigate missions.

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Yoga during Easter Season

Calvary Baptist Church 

Yoga Classes 

May 11th – June 8th 
Wednesdays at 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm  

These are slow-moving meditative flow classes; intention, sun salutations, sitting and standing sequences, and breath are used during the class. These classes focus on the power that movement and breath have when intentionally used together. 

Classes meet in the Teen Room

$10 per class

Cash and checks only accepted

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Holy Week at Calvary

Holy Week at Calvary

Wednesday, April 20 Holistic Health Project, 6:30 p.m. in the Gym. Festival Choir, final rehearsal of the season, 7-9 p.m.

Maundy Thursday, April 21 Soup Supper at 6:30 p.m. in Kendall Hall.  Service of Darkness at 7:30 p.m. in Sanctuary.

Good Friday, April 22 5th Annual Good Friday Concert, 7:30 pm in Sanctuary, featuring music of Max Reger and J. S. Bach. Donations benefit Shalom Scholarship Fund.

Easter Day, April 24 Worship at 11:00 a.m. with Festival and Handbell Choirs; music begins at 10:50 a.m. Invite your family and friends for worship, then join us for an Easter Potluck Brunch in Woodward Hall. See Ellen Sulerzyski or Kim Sisk (410.827.4494 or esulerzy@ for more information about the brunch.

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Reminder of Special Business Meeting This Coming Sunday

Moderator, Amy Dale, has called for a Special Business Meeting, Sunday, April 17, 2011, immediately after worship in the sanctuary. The Associate Pastor Search Committee, in conjunction with the Senior Pastor, would like to recommend a candidate, Rev. Leah Grundset, for calling to be the Associate Pastor for Congregational Life. Rev. Grundset will preach Sunday, April 17, 2011, in view of a call at Calvary. Please plan to attend this important business meeting.

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