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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.
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.
Jonathan McKee, International Parenting Expert & Author, to Visit Calvary on Sept. 17
GOLDEN VALLEY, MINN. (Sept. 7, 2017) - According to Pew Research Center, 95 percent of teens use the Internet and 74 percent are mobile Internet users. How as parents, grandparents, teachers, etc., do we respond to and engage in meaningful conversation with kids and teenagers about the ways they are choosing to utilize the technology at their fingertips? Calvary Lutheran Church, Golden Valley, Minn., invites the public to find out on Sunday, Sept. 17.
Jonathan McKee, an internationally known parenting expert and author, will speak at Calvary during its morning worship services at 7:50, 9 and 10:30 a.m. on the topic “Open the Doors of Dialogue in Your Home, Your Community... Your World.” McKee will also lead a “Parenting the Smartphone Generation” seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. to offer more practical teaching and advice about the world of social media and how to connect with kids. All presentations will be free of charge and located at 7520 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley.
In addition to sharing from his own experience of parenting teenagers and 20-plus years of working in youth ministry, McKee will offer insights from his more than 20 books, including the brand new If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid and the Amazon “Best Seller” The Guy’s Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. Thousands visit Jonathan’s blog at JonathanMcKeeWrites.com for a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help.
Community Invited to Children’s Vacation Bible School & Summer Music Camp
GOLDEN VALLEY, MINN. (May 4, 2017) – Signs of spring today remind us to plan now for the summer ahead! With that in mind, Calvary Lutheran Church, Golden Valley, Minn., invites the community to participate in its upcoming summer day camps for kids taking place at 7520 Golden Valley Road.
“Deep Sea Discovery,” a Vacation Bible School experience, will run for two sessions. The first session geared for ages 3½ years old through Kindergarten will occur June 5-9 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. daily. The second session for ages 4½ years old through completed grade 5 will take place June 12-16 from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. each day.
Through "Deep Sea Discovery," kids will know God is always with them, explore God's presence in their lives and serve God by serving others. Activities will include stories, music, games and projects that will help kids dive into the Bible and claim its promises for life.
The cost per child is $15; the maximum cost per family is $40. Visit calvary.org/summer to register.
Kids in completed grades 5-8 who are either attending or serving at Vacation Bible School are also invited to “VBS+,” which will entail afternoon activities at Lake Calhoun, community service organizations and Nickelodeon Universe. VBS+ will take place June 14-16 from 12:15 to 5 p.m. The cost of $50 total or $20 per day includes all activity fees and transportation (participants are asked bring their own sack lunches). Register online at calvary.org/summer by Wednesday, May 24.
Summer Music Camp will be held July 24-28 from 9 a.m. to noon for completed grades 2-6. Campers will rehearse “A Not So Terrible Parable” throughout the week in preparation for a free public performance on Friday, July 28, at noon. The cost per camper is $40 ($50 after July 1). Visit calvary.org/summer to register.
“A Not So Terrible Parable” is a fun, over-the-top “whodunit” mystery musical of the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Set in 1939 at the quaint Mountain Vista Inn, the cast will include a mystery theater host, a real estate investor, a famous detective, a maid, and of course, a butler. Guests must use their wits as they encounter clues along the way.
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. For more information, visit calvary.org or call 763-545-5659.
Calvary Lutheran Church Hosts Concert for Just $5 Per Person, Free for Students
GOLDEN VALLEY, MINN. (April 6, 2017) - National Christian recording artist Jason Gray admits that his latest albums were written during the hardest years of his life, but his work also offers evidence of the real and redemptive power of God. The public is invited to see Gray in concert at Calvary Lutheran Church, 7520 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, Minn., on Friday, April 21, at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
General admission tickets are available for $5 per person by going to calvary.org/concert or by visiting Calvary’s Information Center on site. Students may attend the concert free of charge by picking up their tickets at Calvary before April 21 (no online or will-call reservations); students must present a valid student ID for eligibility. Free childcare will be available for children age 5 and under during the concert.
Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to benefit local food shelves, as well as donations of gently used jeans to be used in creating shoes for Sole Hope.
Gray has emerged as a songwriter of extraordinary depth. The Minnesota native is steadily drawing legions of fans who recognize his ability to connect with listeners on an emotional level, offering healing and hope. His 2011 release, A Way to See in the Dark, was named Album of the Year by critics and garnered three top-five radio singles. His other albums include All the Lovely Losers (2007), Everything Sad Is Coming Untrue (2009), Christmas Stories: Repeat the Sounding Joy (2012), Love Will Have the Final Word (2014) and Where the Light Gets In (2016).