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“Wonder” (PG) Conveys Inspiring Message About How to Treat Others
GOLDEN VALLEY, MINN. (June 7, 2018) – Calvary Lutheran Church, Golden Valley, Minn., invites the public to a free outdoor movie night on Thursday, June 21, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The movie “Wonder” will be played in Calvary’s expansive park on the church’s north side. Calvary is located at 7520 Golden Valley Road.
Based on the New York Times bestseller, “Wonder” tells the story of August Pullman, a fifth-grade boy born with facial differences, and his journey of entering a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Rated PG, the movie carries a moving message for all ages about how we treat others who are different from us.
Free snacks will be provided. Attendees are asked to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs.
The mission of Calvary is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Established in 1946, Calvary offers five weekly worship services and a wide variety of activities for children, youth and adults. For more information, visit calvary.org or call 763-545-5659.
GOLDEN VALLEY, MINN. (June 4, 2018) – Calvary Lutheran Church, Golden Valley, Minn., is pleased to announce and welcome the Reverend Zach Thompson as the congregation’s new senior pastor.
Thompson assumed his role at Calvary on Friday, June 1. He is now responsible for overseeing the church’s mission to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, which involves not only working with staff and members in outward-focused, Bible-based ministry, but also building positive, impactful partnerships with other congregations and organizations.
“I have a passion for sharing the Good News of Jesus and helping people discover how He has wired them to make a difference in the world,” said Thompson. “This will remain Calvary’s invitation to everyone who comes through our doors: to discover that sense of belonging and purpose that we all long for and were made for.”
A fourth-generation Lutheran pastor, Thompson most recently served as the lead pastor of Rejoice! Lutheran Church in Dundas, Minn. (near Northfield). Rejoice! doubled in its attendance since he took the helm nearly five years ago; two-thirds of the congregation’s adults are now participating in weekly small groups focused on caring for one another and encouraging each other in living out God’s plan for their lives.
Thompson has also held pastoral positions at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Afton and Lutheran Church of Hope in Des Moines, Iowa. He earned his bachelor's degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and his Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul.
“I believe with all my heart that God has great plans for Calvary and this community, and I so look forward to being part of what He is going to do,” said Thompson.
Established in 1946, Calvary Lutheran Church offers five weekly worship services and a wide variety of activities for children, youth and adults. For more information, visit calvary.org or call 763-545-5659.
Free Pancake Breakfast with Kids Crafts, Stories & Egg Hunt to Be Held March 17
GOLDEN VALLEY, MINN. (March 1, 2018) – As the snow thaws and people’s cabin fever subsides, the “Celebrate Spring” event will help gather the community for fun and food—all for free! “Celebrate Spring” will take place on Saturday, March 17, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 7520 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, Minn.
Guests are invited to enjoy:
The pancake breakfast will feature Chris Cakes, the national leader in pancake production and entertainment. Chris Cakes’ specially designed giant griddles alone are worth coming to see. What will make the experience even more unique is when the pancake cooks do pancake-flipping tricks, one of which is to toss pancakes to people with their awaiting plates. In addition to free all-you-can-eat pancakes, the menu will include sausage links, coffee, milk, apple juice and orange juice at no charge.
Public Invited to Open Houses Set for Feb. 20GOLDEN VALLEY, MINN. (Feb. 7, 2018) – Two programs of Calvary Early Childhood, located at 7520 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, Minn., are now accepting registrations for the 2018-2019 school year. The public is invited to learn more about Calvary Pre-Kindergarten and Calvary Hourly Childcare at open houses set for Tuesday, Feb. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m.Calvary Pre-Kindergarten offers a variety of preschool class options—both half- and full-day—for ages 2½ to 5. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Evangelical Lutheran Education Association (ELEA), Calvary Pre-Kindergarten prepares children for life tomorrow by honoring where they are today. Based on National Accreditation and Minnesota Early Learning Standards, the school’s curriculum focuses on the development of the whole child—physical, social-emotional, cognitive and spiritual. Visit calvary.org/pre-k for more information and to register.Calvary Hourly Childcare provides flexible, part-time childcare and age-appropriate educational activities for children ages 16 months to 5 years. Registered families may take advantage of call-ahead “drop-in” services and permanent reservations from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, September through May. The center features two classrooms: one geared for toddlers (16 months-32 months), the other for preschoolers. Registration and fee information is available at calvary.org/hourly or by calling 763.545.9042. Calvary Hourly Childcare, Calvary Pre-Kindergarten and Calvary Childcare Center make up the Calvary Early Childhood programs affiliated with Calvary Lutheran Church. Established in 1946, Calvary offers five weekly worship services and a wide variety of activities for children, youth and adults, all under the mission to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. For more information, visit calvary.org or call 763-545-5659.###
Calvary’s 2018 Lenten Services to Focus on the Seven Deadly Sins & Fruit of the Spirit
GOLDEN VALLEY, MINN. (Feb. 1, 2018) – Brokenness has long been part of the human experience, but the same is true for the healing found in community. To get to the heart of our brokenness and God’s gift of belonging, Calvary Lutheran Church, Golden Valley, Minn., will host weekly worship services around the theme “Exposed: From Brokenness to Belonging” during this Lenten season.
Calvary’s Lenten services will be held on Wednesdays, Feb. 14-March 21, and Thursday, March 29, at noon and 6:30 p.m. Calvary is located at 7520 Golden Valley Road.
Each service will be devoted to a deep exploration of the “seven deadly sins” and their antidote, the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23):
Feb. 14 - Pride | Peace
Feb. 21 - Gluttony | Joy & Self-control
Feb. 28 - Greed | Goodness
March 7 - Lust | Love
March 14 - Envy | Faithfulness
March 21 - Sloth | Patience
March 29 - Wrath | Kindness & Gentleness
Attendees are also invited to take part in “Kitchen Table Conversations” after each service to spend time together discussing the day’s topic, sharing life, reading Scripture and finding belonging.
Dinners will be served each week from 5 to 6 p.m. for $5 per person ($15 maximum per family); the March 29 dinner will be a free Community Meal from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Lunch will be served after the noon services on Feb. 14 and March 29 for $5 per person ($15 maximum per family).
The mission of Calvary Lutheran Church is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Established in 1946, Calvary offers five weekend worship services and a wide variety of activities for children, youth and adults. For more information, visit calvary.org or call 763-545-5659.