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Calvary’s “Hope for the Hungry” MobilePack Event with Feed My Starving Children Seeks Volunteers & Donors
GOLDEN VALLEY, MINN. (Jan. 8, 2018) – Every day, at least 6,200 children around the world die from undernutrition. Imagine how a million meals could make a meaningful difference! For the tenth consecutive year, Calvary Lutheran Church, Golden Valley, Minn., invites the community to help turn hunger into hope, this time by providing and packing a million meals through a Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) MobilePack™ event. The event will take place Friday, Jan. 19, through Saturday, Jan. 27, at Calvary, which is located at 7520 Golden Valley Road.
Visit calvary.org/hope or call 763-231-2988 to make a donation and/or to register for a volunteer shift (see schedule online).
Working in two-hour shifts, volunteers will measure ingredients, fill bags, seal bags, pack boxes and stack pallets. Volunteers must be at least age 5, and student groups must follow the appropriate student-to-adult ratios (one to one through grade 2, three to one for grades 3-6, four to one for grades 7-9, five to one for grades 10-12).
The meals will be funded entirely through the financial contributions of individuals, groups and organizations. Donations to “Hope for the Hungry” are being collected online, on site and by mail (Calvary Lutheran Church, 7520 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, MN 55427), with the goal of raising $220,000 (22 cents per meal).
MobilePack events enable children and adults across the United States to pack FMSC’s life-giving MannaPack meals. Churches, businesses, community groups and schools across the country have hosted these food-packing events as a way to foster teamwork and unity, while making a real difference in the fight to prevent and reverse malnutrition. FMSC provides guidance and logistics; local donors and volunteers provide funds and labor to pack the meals. FMSC's MannaPack™ Rice meals provide key nutrients a starving child needs to survive, and are distributed through various community settings: orphanages, schools, clinics, refugee camps and nutrition programs.
Christian nonprofit Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) has tackled world hunger since 1987 by sending volunteer-packed, nutritious meals to 70 countries. These meals are specifically designed to reverse and prevent malnutrition and are used in schools, orphanages, clinics and feeding programs to break the cycle of poverty. In 2016, FMSC welcomed more than one million volunteers to pack nearly 284 million meals through its permanent sites and nationwide MobilePack program. The Minnesota-based charity spends more than 90 percent of total donations directly on feeding the hungry and has earned the highest four-star rating from Charity Navigator for 12 years. Visit fmsc.org for more information.
The mission of Calvary Lutheran Church 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 ministries for children, youth and adults. For more information, call 763-545-5659 or visit calvary.org.
Variety of Special Worship Services Also Planned Over Holiday Season
GOLDEN VALLEY, MINN. (Dec. 4, 2017) – Christmas—it’s not your typical story. In fact, there were a number of “misfits” who welcomed Jesus to the world, and all creatures on earth can still celebrate their special place in the crazy, amazing Christmas story today!
Such is the inspiration behind a Community Christmas Party taking place on Wednesday, Dec. 13. The public is invited to this event, as well as several special worship services, being hosted by Calvary Lutheran Church, 7520 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, Minn., over the holiday season.
The Community Christmas Party will feature a free dinner—including homemade Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, roll, dessert and beverage—which will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. A Christmas carol sing-along, activities, crafts, games, a photo booth, a silent auction benefiting Feed My Starving Children, and several musical ensembles will also be part of the evening. The highlight of the event will be a performance of “A Misfit Christmas” by Theater for the Thirsty, a local husband-and-wife performance team who specializes in imaginative, music-infused, family-friendly productions that stir the soul. This grand finalé, including special music and other surprises, will take place at 7 p.m.
On Sunday, Dec. 24, Calvary will hold a total of five Christmas Eve worship services. Candlelight services will be held at 3, 5, 8 and 10 p.m.; a bilingual (English/Spanish) service is scheduled for 6 p.m. A nursery for infants through age 5 will be available from 2:30 to 6:15 p.m. that day. An American Sign Language interpreter will be part of the 5 p.m. service.
Since Dec. 24 is also the last Sunday of Advent, two morning services will also be held that day: one at 10 a.m. and a Spanish service at 10:30 a.m.
On Monday, Dec. 25, a Christmas Day worship service with Holy Communion will be held at 10 a.m.
Visit calvary.org/Christmas for more information on Calvary’s Christmas worship services and other holiday events.
The mission of Calvary Lutheran Church 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. Visit calvary.org or call 763-545-5659 for more information.
National Christian Recording Artists to Perform at Calvary on Friday, Dec. 15
GOLDEN VALLEY, MINN. (Nov. 9, 2017) – In 2016, Phillips, Craig & Dean celebrated 25 years of making music together... and 25 number-one singles to match the feat! The group will perform many of their best-known hits, along with some holiday favorites, at “Christmas with Phillips, Craig & Dean” on Friday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. (doors will open at 6 p.m.). The concert will be held at Calvary Lutheran Church, 7520 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, Minn.
Juggling dual vocations as both pastors and recording artists, Randy Phillips, Shawn Craig and Dan Dean have created an impressive body of work inspired by what God is doing in their lives and faith communities. The trio has produced some of Christian music’s most enduring hits, including “Revelation Song,” “Great I Am,” “Friend of God,” “Crucified with Christ ” and “You Are God Alone.” Their latest album, “Hymns & Psalms,” was released in 2016.
After more than two decades of music ministry, Phillips, Craig & Dean remain as passionate as ever about sharing the Gospel through music.
“It’s so incredible... when people write us and tell us that they were going through a particular thing in their life, they heard one of our songs and it changed them,” says Craig. “It’s just something you don’t get over and it keeps it fresh.”
Tickets for “Christmas with Phillips, Craig & Dean” cost $50 (VIP with pre-concert meet and greet), $35 (preferred seating) or $20 (general admission); tickets are free for age 5 and under, with free childcare also being available for this age group. Visit calvary.org/concert to purchase tickets.
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.
Calvary Hosts Evening of Activities for Ages 0-5 & Their Parents on Nov. 10
GOLDEN VALLEY, MINN. (Nov. 2, 2017) – Walt Disney once said, “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” In other words, literacy leads to experiences and opportunities beyond anyone’s imagination! In that spirit, the early childhood programs of Calvary Lutheran Church, Golden Valley, Minn., invite all families with young children (ages 0-5) to grow in their love of reading at “Beyond the Storybook,” a special event occurring Friday, Nov. 10.
Free hands-on activities will take place from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m.; an optional pizza dinner will be served from 5 to 5:45 p.m. for $5 per person or $15 maximum per family. Calvary is located at 7520 Golden Valley Road in Golden Valley.
Visit calvary.org/storybook to RSVP.
During “Beyond the Storybook,” families will travel from room to room where beloved storybooks and characters will be brought to life. Attendees will enjoy a variety of fun learning experiences through the eyes of some well-known bears, pigs, monkeys, caterpillars and pigeons. Families will also receive several complimentary resources to help them expand their reading experiences at home.
Mary Steinbicker, otherwise known as “Library Mary” at Golden Valley Library, will be a special guest at “Beyond the Storybook.” Mary is a Youth Services Librarian who hosts many story times and child-centered activities at the Golden Valley branch of the Hennepin County Library System.
Offering pre-K education, as well as full-time and flexible childcare, Calvary’s early childhood programs are a ministry of Calvary Lutheran Church. 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.
Calvary Hosts Community Event Featuring Chili Cook-off, Live Music, Fun & Games
GOLDEN VALLEY, MINN. (Sept. 7, 2017) - In their book The Art of Neighboring, Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon stress the importance of “building genuine relationships right outside your door.” In that spirit, Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley, Minn., invites the community to its “Hi, Neighbor!” Block Party on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 5 to 8 p.m. The event will be free of charge and located at 7520 Golden Valley Road, in the church’s outdoor park.
Calvary will provide free chili with all the fixings, as well as other refreshments and a kids food station. Attendees are also invited to enter the church’s first-ever chili cook-off contest. Register for the chili cook-off by visiting calvary.org/hineighbor; the registration deadline is Sunday, Sept. 17. For a $20 registration fee and two gallons of chili, participants will be eligible to win two Vikings game suite tickets and apparel (first place) or a meat smoker (second place). Further details (i.e., cooking and serving instructions) are provided in the registration materials; the contest is limited to the first 30 entries.
The “Hi, Neighbor!” Block Party will also feature live music, bonfires and a wide assortment of activities, including bag toss, giant yard games, 9 Square in the Air and more. Visit calvary.org/hineighbor for all the details.