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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. 

A Living Will

by: Mt. Calvary Admin

01/17/2022

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

 This time of year, many people make resolutions or plans for the new year.  This past fall I attended a workshop on people with serious illness that included discussions on Advance Care Planning.  As part of that workshop I came across 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 th

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A New Year Habit

by: Mt. Calvary Admin

01/10/2022

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The New Year means many different things for people. For some it can be a fresh start, for others it is a chance to change old behaviors or add new ones. Everyone has something that they want to improve on. With so many different changes we can make in our lives it can hard to focus on just one, but I want to challenge all of you. My challenge is to make a change in your faith life. There are so many different things you can do. You could read the Bible in a year, start co

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Vocation

by: Mt. Calvary Admin

01/03/2022

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  One day I was leading a Bible study and we started talking about occupations. Everyone in this study was retired but we still talked about how their previous employment was viewed by God. “I was just a housewife,” said one participant, “my life didn’t have much impact in God’s kingdom.”  “I was an engineer for NASA and then United Parcel Service. I don’t think I had much impact on God’s kingdom either.” Finally, one dear lady looked at me and said, “Pastor, it’s clear to

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Protecting Family

by: Mt. Calvary Admin

12/20/2021

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

 1 John 3:18 

As we enter Advent and the Christmas season, we are preparing for the birth of Jesus.  The hope for all nations.  Let us remember to prepare not only our homes and hearts but to stay healthy to enjoy the celebrations and the greatest gift of all. 

Wash hands often to help prevent the spread of germs. It’s flu season. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds.Bundl...
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The Bible, Our Book of Advents 

by: Mt. Calvary Admin

12/13/2021

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“Advent” means “coming” 

 For most of us, we are looking for the coming of Christmas and all the things that that means:  family, carols, food, presents, and all the rest. It would be wise for us to look at other comings during this season as well. In our mid-week Advent worship, we’ll be looking at many different “advents,” times that God came close to His people and the times when He continues to do so. Midweek worship will use the Order of Evening Prayer as our guide and

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The Gift

by: Mt. Calvary Admin

12/02/2021

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"Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.”   –Jeremiah 33:14

 What wonderful days are ahead of us in this month of December!   If ever there was a month of anticipation and hope, this is it.  Most of us learned of this expectation at a young age, as we looked at the brightly wrapped gifts under the tree in our homes.  We knew which ones were ours, which ones were promised to us beca

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Advance Care Planning

by: Mt. Calvary Admin

11/15/2021

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

 Advance care planning is not just about old age. At any age, a medical crisis could leave you too ill to make your own healthcare decisions. Even if you are not sick now, planning for health care in the future is an important step toward making sure you get the medical care you would want, if you are unable to speak for yourself and doctors and family members are making the decisions for yo

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Christians and Depression

by: Mt. Calvary Admin

11/08/2021

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    We are coming up on a very important season for not just Christians but the world. First, we have Thanksgiving where we are reminded to be thankful for all the things that we have. Then after that we have Christmas where we remember and celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ! These are supposed to be happy times but for many people they can be the exact opposite. Many people this time of year are battling many problems, and this can lead to depression. Depressi

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A Month to be Thankful For 

by: Mt. Calvary Admin

11/02/2021

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Pause for a moment and look at your calendar for November.  Are you looking at it?  What are the major holidays of this month?  No doubt you’ve got the last Thursday of the month circled in fat red marker.  You may even have the turkey in the freezer and the pumpkin pie filling in the pantry. Of course, I’m talking about Thanksgiving Day. 

 There are a couple of other days that I want you to circle as well.  November 11th is the anniversary of the armistice that ended World

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MAKING A PROFIT

by: Mt. Calvary Admin

10/22/2021

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"For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?" -Mark 8:36

I love sports, especially football, but there is one thing that will ruin any game for me: an overabundance of statistics. Average yards per carry. Average yards per passing attempt. Points allowed by a defense per game. Average number of pancake blocks. Turn­over margin. You name it, there's a statistic for it. 

Do you want to know the only statistic that matters in a football game? The

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Supporting Health Care Workers With Prayer

by: Mt. Calvary Admin

10/03/2021

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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                    

Over the centuries, the Christian Church has set aside specific days to remember persons and events that were significant in the proclamation of the Gospel.  The Lutheran Service Book lists over 30 feasts, festivals, and commemorations on the church calendar.  We are familiar with many of these celebrations but rarely do we recognize the minor o

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Serve The Community

by: Mt. Calvary Admin

08/14/2021

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"And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more." -Jeremiah 31:34

In June's "Shadow of the Cross," I shared with you briefly three things that make any business a success: Take Care of the Team, Serve the Customer, Make a Profit. This is my second installment of explori

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Children In Our Lives

by: Mt. Calvary Admin

07/08/2021

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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 May we celebrated the women in our lives, in June the men in our lives, and now in July let us celebrate the children in our lives.  If we are about the celebration of children then we need to also help him celebrate health- physical, mental and emotional, and spiritual.   King Solomon wrote in Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when

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Take Care of the Church

by: Terry Pauling

07/03/2021

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“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” –Mark 10:45

 Last month, I shared with you briefly three things that make any business a success: Take care of the Team, Serve the Customers, Make a Profit. Over the next three months, I want to explore each of these in more detail. As we are slowly getting back to the way things used to be, there are some things that could be more focused.

 One of those things is ho

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Taking Care of Business

by: Terry Pauling

06/21/2021

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“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” –Luke 19:10

 I recently heard a host of a podcast describe success in business as doing these three things: Take care of the Team, Serve the Customers, Make a Profit. It was said that if a business could do these three things, then they would be in business for a long time and be successful.

 It’s dangerous to equate business practices with the Church but I did it anyway. (I like danger.) I thought about these three thi

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