News



April 10, 2014 - April 7-13 Newsletter

The Messenger

God is still speaking…..

April 13th,  2014
Palm Sunday

April 7th through 13th , 2014

Dear Calvary Memorial,

Message from the Pastor

I love the confusion, the running back and forth.  I love the sense the Gospels give of human beings trying to appropriate something that doesn’t fit with what they know about life and death.  The best evidence of the authenticity of the biblical accounts is precisely the fact that they are different, contradictory. If the accounts were tidy and consistent you could imagine that someone made it all up.  But there the disciples are, human beings like you and me on Easter morning, trying to comprehend something that assaulted their common sense just like it assaults our common sense.

That is the deeper issue on Easter-the matter of truth.  Is truth defined and limited by human understanding intellect, science, and common sense?  Or is there a Truth bigger than human reason, a truth that transcends our ability to understand, a truth that flies in the face of the reality we experience and read about in the newspaper?  Is there a reality more real than the harshness and finality of death?

The affirmation we gather in churches to make it yes, there is a reality that transcends our intellect.  Yes, there is a God who can make a way where there is no way.  Yes, there is a reality stronger than death, and it is the love of God.

- by John M. Buchanan

Our Lenten Service Promises

Last Sunday we pledged ourselves to serving God these last

few days of Lent. Here’s what our faith community is doing to

be Christ as we await Easter:

Serving a meal at St Ben’s  6

Contributing money to our Food Pantry 22

Writing a note of encouragement to someone 11

Praying for Calvary’s ministry every day 19

Signing up to serve at Coffee hour   3

Singing with the choir  3

Attending Maundy Thursday and/or Good Friday Worship

10 yes/ 2 hopefully

Bringing clothes, books, toys for House of Peace   12

Thanking one of Calvary’s great volunteers  12

Other    5

*Contact the homebound

*Attend Association Meeting

*Knit/crochet afghans for Children’s hospital and the homeless

*Fix electric mower

It’s not too late to add your promises! Thanks to everyone!!

Maundy Thursday

April 17th
6:00 Supper
7:00 Service

To be held at Brookfield Congregational UCC
16350 W. Gebhardt Road

Easter Season Schedule

Palm Sunday:

The kids line up at 9:25 am.
Maundy Thursday:
The last day to sign up for the joint service will be this Sunday, April 13th.  Held at Brookfield Congregational UCC.
Good Friday:
12:00 – 12:45 pm  Communion at Calvary
Easter:
9:30 am worship and 10:45 am breakfast
Rummage Sale
Tomorrow & Friday
Brookfield Congregational UCC will holds its annual rummage sale & it is an event not to miss.   Let us support their congregation, as they help support us in so many ways.
Brookfield Congregational UCC
16350 W. Gebhardt Road

Thursday, April 10th
Friday, April 11th
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Coffee Hour

This Sunday, Ronnie Cone and friends have signed up to bring the treat.

Please stay and visit with your friends.  Consider signing up for sometime after Easter. 


Scriptures
April 13th

Readings:
Matthew 21: 1-11
Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29
Isaiah 50: 4-9a
Psalm 31: 9-16
Philippians 2: 5-11
Matthew 26: 14-27: 66 (27: 11-54)

Participants
April 13th

Pastor:
Rev Deb

Piano:
Maris Fried

Greeters:
Arnie & Ilene Dahm

Sunday School:
Maureen
Stacy

Food Pantry

Your donations are always welcome and appreciated.

Thanks for your past support.

Contact Information
Calvary Memorial United Church of Christ
4515 N. Mayfair Road
Wauwatosa, WI   532225

Sunday Services at 9:30 a.m.

Reverend Deb Howland, Intentional Interim Pastor
djhowland.205@gmail.com
262-542-3833

Mike Bannier, Council President
mbannier@wi.rr.com
262-894-1710

Patty or Sandy, Church Office & Food Pantry
calvarymemorialucc@gmail.com
414-461-7375
Tues. and Wed. afternoons


April 3, 2014 - March 31-April 6 Newsletter

The Messenger

God is still speaking…..

April 6th,  2014
5th Sunday in Lent

March 31th through April 6th, 2014


Dear Calvary Memorial,

Message from the Pastor
I shared this story with the Transition Team several weeks ago.

“On a dangerous seacoast where shipwrecks often occur there was once a crude little lifesaving station. The building was just a hut, and there was only one boat, but the few devoted members kept a constant watch over the sea, and with no thought of themselves went out day and night tirelessly searching for the lost. Many lives were saved by this wonderful little station, so that it became famous. Some of those who were saved, and various others in the surrounding area, wanted to become associated with the station and give of their time and money and effort for the support of its work. New boats were bought and new crews trained. The little lifesaving station grew.

Some of the members of the lifesaving station were unhappy that the building was so crude and poorly equipped. They felt that a more comfortable place should be provided as the first refuge of those saved from the sea. So they replaced the emergency cots with beds and put better furniture in the enlarged building. Now the lifesaving station became a popular gathering place for its members, and they decorated it beautifully and furnished it exquisitely, because they used it as a sort of club. Fewer members were now interested in going to sea on lifesaving missions, so they hired lifeboat crews to do this work. The lifesaving motif still prevailed in this club’s decoration, and there was a liturgical lifeboat in the room where the club initiations were held. About this time a large ship was wrecked off the coast, and the hired crews brought in boatloads of cold, wet and half-drowned people. They were dirty and sick, and some of them had black skin and some had yellow skin. The beautiful new club was in chaos. So the property committee immediately had a shower house built outside the club where victims of shipwreck could be cleaned up before coming inside.

At the next meeting, there was a split in the club membership. Most of the members wanted to stop the club’s lifesaving activities as being unpleasant and a hindrance to the normal social life of the club. Some members insisted upon lifesaving as their primary purpose and pointed out that they were still called a lifesaving station. But they were finally voted down and told that if they wanted to save the lives of all the various kinds of people who were shipwrecked in those waters, they could begin their own lifesaving station down the coast. They did.

As the years went by, the new station experienced the same changes that had occurred in the old. It evolved into a club, and yet another lifesaving station was founded. History continued to repeat itself, and if you visit that seacoast today, you will find a number of exclusive clubs along that shore. Shipwrecks are frequent in those waters, but most of the people drown!

As we finish the Lenten journey and take a new path  … we are called to follow the one who saves lives.

Faithfully,
Rev. Deb


Maundy Thursday

April 17, 2014

There is a signup in Fellowship Hall for a joint service at Brookfield Congregational UCC.

Please sign up as soon as possible.

Food Pantry

Please continue to send in your food or monetary donations.
We served 98 people last week!  We need your help more than ever.

Pick & Save Special this week:
CHICKEN OF THE SEA CHUNK TUNA, Selected 5 Oz. Varieties, WITH CARD           $0.88

Aldi everyday low price:
CHUNK TUNA in water      $0.69

The winter has been long for many of our patrons.  Your help is always appreciated!

Coffee Hour

This Sunday our volunteers are Tootie & Joyce.

Please consider signing up for on the next Sundays.

Thanks!

Friendship Club

Thursday, April 10th
11:30 am
Fellowship Hall

Please join us as we hear about the trip to India taken by our congregation members Aley & George Thomas.

Please bring your own sandwich – everything else will be provided!

Scriptures
April 6th

Readings:
Ezekiel 37: 1-14
Psalm 130
Romans 8: 6-11
John 11: 1-45

Participants
April 6th

Pastor:
Rev Deb

Piano:
Maureen
Gaudynski

Greeters:
Arlene Kussard

Communion:
Sprangers
Bette Peer
Bev Zeller


Did you
know?

The picture at the beginning of this message (The Raising of Lazarus) is one of the few paintings by Vincent van Gogh on a biblical theme. It shows Lazarus just after having been risen from the dead.

Lazarus was the brother of Mary and Martha, in whose house Jesus would sometimes stay.

The Bible has it that Jesus performed the miracle out of respect for the sisters’ conviction that their brother would not have died if Jesus had been around.

Van Gogh was staying in a mental hospital in Saint-Rémy when he painted this work. It is based on an etching by Rembrandt that his brother Theo had sent him. Van Gogh left Jesus out of the picture and focused on Lazarus and the two sisters. Some think Lazarus’ face is a self-portrait, because of the beard.

Contact Information
Calvary Memorial United Church of Christ
4515 N. Mayfair Road
Wauwatosa, WI   532225

Sunday Services at 9:30 a.m.

Reverend Deb Howland, Intentional Interim Pastor
djhowland.205@gmail.com
262-542-3833

Mike Bannier, Council President
mbannier@wi.rr.com
262-894-1710

Patty or Sandy, Church Office & Food Pantry
calvarymemorialucc@gmail.com
414-461-7375
Tues. and Wed. afternoons


March 27, 2014 - March 24-30 Newsletter

The Messenger

God is still speaking…..

March 30th, 2014
4th Sunday in Lent

March 24th through March 30th, 2014

Dear Calvary Memorial,

Message from the Pastor
A Lenten message from the poems of Emily Dickinson:

The Soul should always stand ajar …
That if the Heaven inquire
He will not be obliged to wait
Or shy of troubling Her

Depart, before the Host have slid
The Bolt unto the Door –
To search for the accomplished Guest,
Her Visitor, no more -

Potluck Luncheon

Sunday, March 30th
Immediately following the service

Please call or email the office if you plan on attending.  If you are able to do so, bring a dish to share.

Friendship Club

Thursday, April 10th
11:30 am
Fellowship Hall

Please join us as we hear about the trip to India taken by our congregation members, Aley and George Thomas.

Bring your own sandwich – everything else will be provided!
Coffee Hour

Thanks to everyone who has stepped up to bring in a treat.   Coffee Hour is enjoyed by all and we thank those whose contribute.

March 30th: Pat W.
April 6th:  Joyce & Tootie

Easter Flowers

We are still looking for those interested in donating flowers for the Easter service.
We have order forms in Fellowship Hall.   You can contribute as little as $9.00 and help make the church look beautiful.   Just complete an order form and the rest will be done for you.

Thanks for considering this ministry.



Scriptures
March 30th

Readings:
1 Samuel 16: 1-13
Psalm 23
Ephesians 5: 8-14
John 9: 1-41

Participants
March 30th

Pastor:
Rev Deb

Piano:
Maris Fried

Greeters:
Hilma Jaeger

Sunday School:
Maureen
Stacy

Contact Information
Calvary Memorial United Church of Christ
4515 N. Mayfair Road
Wauwatosa, WI   532225

Sunday Services at 9:30 a.m.

Reverend Deb Howland, Intentional Interim Pastor
djhowland.205@gmail.com
262-542-3833

Mike Bannier, Council President
mbannier@wi.rr.com
262-894-1710

Patty or Sandy, Church Office & Food Pantry
calvarymemorialucc@gmail.com
414-461-7375
Tues. and Wed. afternoons



Older Posts »