Bismarck Calvary United Methodist
Thursday, April 25, 2019
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Calvary Connection

Calvary United Methodist Church News

Bismarck, ND


Do you love pizza and cookies????

Silly question right?! 

The Sunday School Youth are doing a Little Caesar’s Pizza Fundraiser! 

Order forms are available on the “Get Connected” table in the foyer. 

Pizza Kits, Cookie Dough and Bread sticks –check out the selection in the brochure and stock up on yummy treats! 

Order forms are due back by Sunday, January 20! The orders will need to be picked up on Thursday, January 31 from 5:00-8:00pm.  

Contact Alisha Mertz (527-3543) or Lacey Nelson (701-202-4376) with any questions.



Hey youth!!!! 

join us on Sunday, January 6 at 11:30am  for an inaugural youth group kick off potluck! 

youth 6th – 12th   grade and their parents are welcome to come and check out what we are planning for our youth!        

Following the potluck, the youth will gather for an “undecorating scavenger hunt” and the parents will have an informal meeting.

Kids bring your parents – parents bring a dish to share and everyone bring a smile and be ready for an afternoon of fun!





     Calvary is on the schedule to serve “The Banquet” on Saturday, March 9, 2019.  If that interests you as a mission you would like to be a part of talk to Pastor Perry.



     Our October Mission was Operation Christmas Child and we sent off 40 shoes boxes. Our November Mission was Cru and the Singer’s serving the Great Grand Forks Area we met our goal of $1,800.00. Our December Mission & ADVENT Offering has been the Graner’s. We are very close to reaching our goal of $1,250.00.

     Our January Mission will be our church’s Benevolence Fund. Our February Mission will be Cru so that we can start building the goal of $1,800.00 again.



     The Common Thread knitting group at Rapid City Canyon Lake United Methodist Church set a goal to knit 50 scarves for the Lydia Project. So far 100 scarves have been made. "We have been having fun with it," said Grace Stucke, who is a member of the Common Threads group. "We hope to have the scarves blessed during worship."

     Rita Lepp, a member of Bismarck Legacy UMC, is coordinating efforts to make 150 scarves. "We are well on the way. We currently have more than 100 made, and there is a lot of yarn out there," she says. "I am sure we will get to 200. When the Spirit says go, you go!"

     Rita purchased 270 seins of yarn. It is available to anyone who is interested in knitting or crocheting a scarf. "People pick up the yarn and directions. They bring the completed scarf to the church when done. It is just that simple. We have people from throughout the Bismarck community, who are not members of Legacy, participate. All we ask is that they pray when they are kitting or crocheting," Rita says.

     United Methodists in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota are knitting or crocheting 10,000 purple scarves. The initiative is called the Lydia Project, after Lydia in Acts 16.

     The United Methodist General Conference will be coming to Minneapolis in 2020. The intent is to greet every delegate, dignitary, bishop, and spouse with a handmade scarf, to serve not only as a memento of General Conference but also as a practical solution to drafty, air-conditioned rooms. 

     Churches like Bismarck McCabe have been busy creating scarves. McCabe UMC set a goal to knit 100 scarves. Each church can set their own goal and is asked to designate a contact person for this project. The contact person will be responsible for coming up with an estimated number of scarves your congregation can commit to making.

     Rita Lepp gave some of that yarn to us at Calvary and two of our ladies, (Kezia Schnabel & Helena Ebel) have been busy knitting scarves – I know they have made over 10 so far. 



     A Youth Winter Connection will be held in Bismarck on January 25-26, 2019.  Check it out online.


     AWANA and Wednesday Worship are going well. There will be an AWANA Training session that we are invited to at McCabe UMC on January 10. Time is not yet available.



     The Children’s Christmas Program will be Christmas Eve, December 24 at 5:00pm along with the Candlelight service.



     The third cohort will be held on January 12 at Lake Poinsett, south of Watertown, SD.

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     We are also grateful for those who are gathering in the WAR ROOM for prayer each Sunday.  Prayer card requests and prayer needs left on the Prayer Board are sent via email or text to Prayer Team members each Monday.


A Sunday morning Bible Study will be beginning on January 13 at 9:00am. The topic will be “Discerning the Voice of God” by Priscilla Shirer, actress on The War Room. The study will conclude on March 3. All are welcome.


     The Soup Challenge is scheduled for Sunday, January 27 at 11:30am. Join the challenge! Bring your favorite soup and see how well it does against all the other soups! Come and taste it all.



     With our new Administrative Assistant we have set office hours Monday-Friday from 8:00am to 2:00pm.



With the new school year this fall, Open Door moved their Day Care from South 12th St. in Bismarck into the facility of McCabe United Methodist Church in Bismarck. This was obviously a cost cutting measure for both Open Door and McCabe United Methodist Church. However it begs the question, “Is it still a mission of Calvary to the community?”

     Here are some quotes from the moves ‘Memorandum of Understanding’:

-          McCabe will: invite and include Open Door personnel and families in regular McCabe functions and work to build a seamless ministry for the children and families of Open Door and for the people of McCabe.

-          Open Door will: work for, and offer, a seamless ministry for children and families between Open Door and McCabe.

-          McCabe and Open Door both have had to change to make this new relationship work; however, both parties feel that there are advantages to the move and that both the church and the missions are “better together.”

-          Some of the benefits McCabe will reap include opening their doors to young families for a quality day care, better use of existing facilities and the opportunity to create a “church home” for a future generation.

With all of this in mind, Calvary’s Administrative Team voted to discontinue its relationship with Open Door at the end of 2018.  We will not appoint any new members to the Open Door Board.  However, we realize that Ken Hogue has had a unique ministry with Open Door and if he wishes to continue to assist there we strongly encourage his work there.






Calvary Church extends Sympathy to the family and friends of: 

  Drew Hetletved at the passing of his mother, Lucille Hetletved who passed away on November 2, 2018.


January, 2018
January 7 – 96
January 14 – 93
January 21 – 83
January 28 – 91




February 4 – 71

February 11 – 90

February 18 – 87

February 25 – 108




March 4 – 95

March 11 – 92

March 18 – 88

March 25 – 115

Maundy Thursday – 34



Good Friday – 27

Easter Sunday April 1 – 172

Easter Breakfast – 61

April 8 – 62

April 15 – 94

April 22 – 106



April 29 – 157

May 6 – 91

May 13 – 93

May 20 – 80

May 27 – 68

     June 3 – 158

     June 10 – 86

     June 17 – 66

     June 24 – 71

      July 1 – 81

     July 8 – 69

     July 15 – 55

     July 22 – 88

     July 29 – 82  

     August 5 – 69

     August 12 – 79

     August 19 – 66


     August 26 – 85


     Sept 2 – 62

     Sept 9 – 79

     Sept 16 – 74

     Sept 23 – 68

     Sept 30 – 63

        Oct 7 – 76

     Oct 14 - 61

     Oct 21 - 85

  Nov 4 – 71

  Nov 11 – 69

  Nov 18 – 55

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  Nov 25 – 58


  Dec 2 – 81

  Dec 9 – 82










January 2019 Greeters

January 6, 2019 - Leland & VerDella Schlenker

Jan 13 – Sidney & Linda Berreth

Jan 20 – Ray & Rose Voegele

Jan 27 – Darrel & Terri Kiefer

Feb 3 – Wayne & Nila Kilber

Feb 10 – Larry & Sharon Will

Feb 17 – Doris Lauer & Ginny Sherman

Feb 25- LeRoy & Sally Walker


Mar 3 – Tom & Jodi Vadnais