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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. 

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

by: Carolyn D. Pauling PhD RN

11/21/2022

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

   Nearly 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes and another 86 million have prediabetes.   Sadly, one in four don’t even realize they’re walking around with the disease.  The total national cost of diagnosed diabetics is estimated to be around $245 billion.  

    Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body can't produce insulin, a hormone in the pancreas that breaks down carbohydrates into blood su

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Called + Gathered + Enlightened

by: Aaron Finkel, DCE

11/14/2022

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This month the middle school youth had an amazing opportunity to go to the Iowa District West Junior Youth Gathering. This was held at the Sheraton in West Des Moines. The kids had an amazing time and more importantly they learned more about The Holy Spirit. The theme for the gathering was Called + Gathered + Enlightened. It was a great theme, and we were blessed with some great speakers. This theme is inspired by the explanation of The Third Article of The Apostle Creed.

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Twice Gifted

by: Pastor Tom Vanderbilt

11/07/2022

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   “Then Jesus answered, ‘Were not ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?’” –Luke 17:18

    As Jesus is traveling toward Jerusalem, He is approached by ten lepers. The laws about leprosy are clear: they must call out “Unclean!” as they pass by so no one will come to close and potentially catch what they have. But on this day, their calls are different: “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” And Jesus does have mercy on them. He heals them from a distance and sends them to the

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Stewardship and "Money Matters"

by: Pastor Tom Vanderbilt

10/17/2022

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     We go to schools to become equipped to earn it. Then we spend the rest of our lives getting it. We invest countless hours in thought and discussion on how we’re going to handle it. We walk around shopping malls determining how we’re going to spend it. We get caught up worrying that we won’t have enough of it. We dream and scheme to figure out ways to acquire more of it. Arguments over it are the leading cause of marital disintegration, business partner breakups and go

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month

by: Carolyn D. Pauling PhD RN

10/17/2022

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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                    

     October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Many of us have been affected by breast cancer.  We know someone, a mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, friend, or neighbor who has been diagnosed.  We may know someone who has undergone surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy for breast cancer.   Or perhaps we ourselves have been diagnosed with the di

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Thankfulness

by: Aaron Finkel, DCE

10/10/2022

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               Being thankful in today’s world is hard, isn’t it? It seems like everything that can go wrong has gone wrong these last few years. From a global pandemic to an economic downturn, it seems like nothing is going right. All we seem to hear about is all the bad that goes on in the world the Bible still tells us to be thankful in all circumstances. How are we supposed to do that? Well, this month we will look at what The Bible says about thankfulness, and I will

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It’s back to school time

by: Carolyn D. Pauling PhD RN

09/19/2022

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

It’s back to school time (part 2) 

    Most of our children have started school already.  Here are a few additional tips to keep them healthy during the school year. 

    MANAGE ALLERGIES    Managing your kid’s allergies at school is an important part of caring for their health. Seasonal allergies are believed to affect as many as 40% of U.S. children, causing many to miss school. Even if they

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Identity

by: DCE Aaron Finkel

09/12/2022

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    In our world today there is a heavy emphasis on the individual. We see it everywhere! Everyone wants to be special or unique and they can do this by projecting their identities to the world. People use their identities so that the world will see them in a certain way. On the surface this is not bad. It becomes a problem when these identities are the most important thing in our lives.

     I’ve been guilty of this. Growing up I was an athlete. I was the kid who was alway

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Teach the Word

by: Pastor Tom Vanderbilt

09/05/2022

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    “And all these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and you shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” –Deuteronomy 6:6-7

    The signs are all around us. Sunday papers filled with full-color ads and fliers for sales on clothes and shoes, stores filled with a staggering number of notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons, and other sup

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It’s back to school time

by: Carolyn D. Pauling PhD RN

08/15/2022

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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

'It’s back to school time (part 1)

While our year-round students have already started school, the rest of the students will be returning in August, along with out college students. Here are some health tips to get the year started off and to keep our children and young people healthy.  

Teach GOOD HYGIENE HABITS

The most effective way to avoid spreading germs is prope

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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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