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Stay up to date with the happenings of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church by visiting our blog. You'll find information such as announcements, sermon notes and thoughts from Pastor Tom and DCE Intern Aaron to encourage and challenge your walk with the Lord.  In addition, this site will provide additional updates from our Parish Nurse, Board of Education and other leaders of our congregation. 

In all Things Part 2

by: DCE Aaron Finkel

08/08/2022

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     Last month I wrote about the first 2 talking points of this year’s LCMS National Youth Gathering. This month I will cover the final 3. So, let’s get right into it. 

     The third point is that Christ reigns over all authorities inside and outside of the church. The full measure and extent of Christ’s reconciliation of all things to himself and His reign over all things is hidden from our eyes and will be until he returns: things on earth certainly do not appear to be

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“We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes…”

by: Pastor Tom Vanderbilt

08/02/2022

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“We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes…” –Numbers 13:33

     In Numbers 13, the people of Israel are standing on the eastern bank of the Jordan River, looking into the land of Canaan, the land that God gave to their forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This is the same land that God had promised to give them after freeing them from slavery at the hands of the Egyptians. The Lord tells Moses to send spies throughout the land to see what kind of land it is. The spies

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Summer Safety

by: Carolyn D. Pauling PhD RN

07/18/2022

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Parish Nurse/ Health Ministry

 “…let us not [only] love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”   1 John 3:18  

    In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Genesis 1:3            

    Summer has arrived and the sun is shining bright.  We all love to take in those warm summer rays, but everyone must remember to protect their skin and eyes from the damaging effects of the sun. The sun emits

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In ALL Things

by: Aaron Finkel, DCE

07/11/2022

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In All Things Part 1 

     Held every three years since 1980, the LCMS Youth Gathering has provided thousands of youth the opportunity to come together in a community of God’s children. They are encouraged in their walk with Jesus and learn about the Christian faith. This July we will be taking 5 High Schoolers from our congregation to the gathering in Houston. These next two months I will be discussing the theme for the gathering and explaining what they will be learning a

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Church Growth Reimagined

by: Pastor Tom Vanderbilt

07/04/2022

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I remember hearing a story about a little girl who thought that the taller a person was, the older that person was. So, because her brother was taller than her, she knew he was older than her. Because her mom and dad were taller than her, they were older than her. She was a little confused as to why Grandma, who was shorter than Dad, could be older than he was. Then one day, this little girl had the opportunity to meet a seven-foot-tall college basketball player. “Wow,” sh

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Summer Safety

by: Carolyn D. Pauling PhD RN

06/20/2022

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“…let us not [only] love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”   1 John 3:18 

              Parish Nurse/ Health Ministry  

Make Yourself Unattractive: To insects, that is.  Scented soaps, perfumes, and hair sprays can attract mosquitoes and other biting bugs.  Also, avoid areas where insects nest or gather, such as pools of still water, uncovered foods, and gardens where flowers are in bloom.  Use bug spray with DEET. The chemical wards off ticks (which can carry Lyme ...
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Devotions - Part 2

by: Aaron Finkel, DCE Intern

06/13/2022

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     This month we will continue to discuss devotions. But instead of explaining what they are and how they are important I will be providing some resources that you can use to push your devotional life in the right direction. I will include the name of the resource, a brief synopsis, and any cost associated with it. 

Lutheran Hour Ministries: This resource is full of amazing things. LHM does a lot of great things. The two that I want for focus on is their daily devotions a...
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Mind Control

by: Pastor Tom Vanderbilt

06/06/2022

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     What do you think of when you read the words of the title? What does “mind control” mean to you? You’re probably thinking about taking control of other people’s minds and actions… controlling your husband to take out the garbage on time… controlling your kids to make them behave… controlling villains to stop them from committing crimes and atrocities. But none of that is possible and, if it were possible, would it be ethical to take someone’s freedom from them in such

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5 Wishes

by: Carolyn D. Pauling PhD RN

05/16/2022

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“…let us not [only] love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:18

Over the past several months I have been reviewing the 5 Wishes Living Will.  If you recall 

Wish 1 deals with Medical Treatment or desire for no treatment. 

Wish 2 deals with how comfortable you want to be during your final days.  

Wish 3 deals with how you want people to treat you.

Wish 4 is your wish for how you want people to treat you: If you wish for people to be with you, hold your hand, and

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Devotions - Why Not?

by: Aaron Finkel, DCE Intern

05/09/2022

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How big are devotions in your life? Is It something you do every day? Or is it something you struggle with doing consistently? Do we even need to read God’s Word outside of Church? Well, over the next couple of months that’s what I will be writing about. This month we will be discussing what a devoion is and why we need to do them.

Devotions come in many different shapes and sizes, but it really boils down to private prayer, worship, and reading The Bible. Devotions are typ

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Come Together

by: Pastor Tom Vanderbilt

05/02/2022

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“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the  Day drawing near.” –Hebrews 10:24-25

This afternoon I made a visit to one of our members who can’t get around like she used to. We have a standing appointment every month where I come to visit and bring the Lord’s Supper. This time, though, I did something different: I asked a friend t

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Five Wishes

by: Carolyn D. Pauling PhD RN

04/18/2022

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 “…let us not [only] love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” 

1 John 3:18 

 

    In the January Shadow, I began the discussion about a document called Five Wishes (FiveWishes.org).  This document is a Living Will and Health Care Proxy or Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Decisions that talks about your personal, emotional, and spiritual needs as well as your medical wishes.   If you are interested, you can purchase the document at the site listed above. 

   

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How To Serve

by: DCE Intern Aaron

04/11/2022

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    Last month I wrote about how all people deserve to be served. Jesus came to save all people and along the way he served many people, many of whom in the eyes of the world did not deserve it. We know as Christians that is not the case because Christ came for everyone no matter their background. So now that we know that all people deserved to be served the next question is how is a Christian supposed to serve? Well, let’s talk about it. 

    It is very clear in The Bible

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Echoes of Easter

by: Pastor Tom

04/04/2022

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“And we are witnesses of these things…” –Peter (Acts 5:32)

 On April 17, once again we will proclaim, “Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!” (I’ll leave the “A” word off the end since I’m writing these words in the season of Lent.)  We know how the story ends: Christ rises from the dead, thereby conquering death forever.  The Resurrection of our Lord is THE most important day of our church year… bigger than Christmas, even… because the Resurrection the sure and certain hop

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Lent - A time to Change

by: Mt. Calvary Admin

03/21/2022

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Parish Nurse/ Health Ministry  

 “…let us not [only] love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:18 

We have entered the season of Lent, a season of focus and preparation.  This is the season where we align our hearts with God’s heart as we approach Easter.  The following are ways we can focus and prepare.  

GIVE IT UP  Consider giving up something that distracts you from your important relationships like too much screen time.  Instead of couch time in front of t

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