Prayer Shawl Ministry
God works using the hands of those involved in the Prayer Shawl Ministry. Each shawl that is made is stitched with hours of prayer by its maker. When shawls are completed they are brought together several times a year and blessed by Pastor. The blessed shawls are then sent out to those in need across the country and around the world to give comfort. Prayer shawls are tangible symbols of love. They are warm hugs of empathy and support; a private place of escape in which to rest, relax and renew; something to hold on to when all else seems to be slipping away. If you knit or crochet, or want to learn to knit or crochet, and want to be part of this very wonderful ministry please see anyone from the Evangelism Committee.
Military and College Care Package Ministry
During the month of February, when all the glitter of the holidays is gone, the long days of winter sets in. This is when our friends and family in the military and our sons and daughters away at school need a reminder that we love and pray for each of them. Early each February homemade cookies, snacks and cards from the students from CELC and our Sunday school are packed in freshly popped popcorn and shipped. Do you know someone that would benefit from a care package filled with, love, prayers and goodies? Get their name and address to anyone from the Evangelism Committee.
National Day of Prayer
Calvary supports and participates in the local National Day of Prayer observance. All are encouraged to attend this spiritually uplifting day when we pray for our country and leaders.
Calvary Car Cruise
The first Saturday of every June, Calvary hosts a Car Cruise to benefit the Murrysville Meals-on-Wheels. The Calvary Café sells hotdogs, chips, cookies and drinks in the “food court”, while enjoying the tunes of the 50’s and 60’s. Grab an Italian Ice and check out all the cars. They really do sparkle. All proceeds from the event benefit Murrysville Meals-on-Wheels.
Vacation Bible School
Every summer, Calvary hosts Vacation Bible School for children preschool through sixth grade.
Blessing of the Backpacks
Each year, in mid-August prior to the beginning of the school year, everyone is invited to bring their backpacks, brief cases, book totes, lunch boxes, sewing bags, anything carried every day and have them blessed. This blessing occurs at each service. “We carry our bags every day but, Jesus carries us every day. Hopefully the blessing of "the bag" you carry with you every day will be a gentle reminder that Jesus Christ is with us always; carrying our troubles, healing our hearts and leading our way.”
CROP Walk for Hunger
The second Sunday of October is the annual CROP Walk for Hunger. This charity walk helps people locally as well as those around the world. Each year 25% of donations collected local comes back to our community to be shared equally between our 3 local food distribution centers, which includes the Murrysville Loaves and Fishes Emergency Food Pantry. Calvary participates each year as the beginning and ending point for the walk. Participating walkers register at Calvary and then return after the walk to have Calvary’s famous “walking taco’s” for lunch. Those who can’t walk can support walkers with their donations.
Veterans Day Celebration
Each year we invite the community to take time to celebrate and thank our veterans, and their families for their sacrifice. Our celebration includes a program of patriotic songs from both the CELC students and the Calvary Praise Choir. Our local VFW presents and sets the MIA/POW table, least we forget. Speakers put this day, Veterans Day, in perspective for us. After the program everyone is invited to share lunch, with stories and memories in the Fellowship Hall.
Christian Art Show, Bake Sale and Gallery Café
Each year Christian artists from around the area are invited to share their art. Some of the art also comes from the Pittsburgh Area Lutheran Schools (PALS). The art is displayed in a bright open atmosphere that allows the visitor time to appreciate the talents that God has given these artists. The Art Show is accompanied by our fund-raising Bake Sale and Gallery Café to benefit someone, or family, in our church or in the community in need.
The first Sunday evening in December is reserved for our Blue Christmas service. This is a service of remembrance and hope. A quiet, reflective service for those of us who are grieving, lonely, sad, not feeling particularly festive, or just in need of a time of quiet in the busy-ness of the season. Join us for this beautiful service open to the community. A place of quiet and rest.