Giving Opportunities: 

Pastor Discretion Fund

 
Our Mission is to meet the immediate “emergency needs” of our church family members as well as to those who walk in off the street for assistance. “Opening the doors to establish relationships.” We do this through:
  • Calvary’s outreach ministry in action.
  • Providing vouchers for immediate needs (gasoline, food and clothing).
  • Referrals to other agencies when appropriate.
  • Administered by the Pastor and trained lay assistants.
  • Pastor’s – walk-in’s, scheduled appointments by lay persons on Thursdays (2-4 PM)
  • Funded by non-budgeted contributions from Calvary members.

    Thank you for supporting this emergency fund for people in our community.
 
 

Organ Update:

 
As you may recall, during the fall of 2019 a series of forums were held to present options for replacing our dying organ. An informal poll was taken which indicated that most people (who took the poll) wanted to continue to have organ music at Calvary. Of the three options available, those who voted preferred purchasing a digital organ with the option of adding pipes at a later date. This style of instrument could be purchased for about $56,000. Part of the procedure before purchasing an organ is for the committee to listen to the type and size organ that we are considering in churches where they are already in use. Because of the pandemic this activity has been postponed. We would welcome more people to join this activity when we are able to resume it. Please contact the church office or either of us if you are interested in traveling with the committee to hear the organs.
 
An organ fund has been established. Before doing any specific fundraising, the current balance in our organ fund is $8,000.
 
The Organ Search Committee:
Martha Thompson (218-371-6817), Sandy James (602-741-8082)
 
 
 

Mission Partners

 

Iglesia Luterana San Lucas: Eagle Pass, Texas (Pastor Julio Vasquez)

 
    In 1994, Calvary established San Lucas Lutheran Church (Iglesia Luterana San Lucas) as a Mission Partner. San Lucas Church is a Spanish-speaking congregation of the ELCA in Eagle Pass, Texas located at the US/Mexico border. San Lucas strives to support itself yet expenses cannot be covered without help from partners like Calvary.    
     The congregation is the third largest congregation in Eagle Pass with regular attendance of about 130 people, mostly poor and middle low class Hispanics. Community outreach involves coaching on health, family behavior & how to become a better family. Every Tuesday & Thursday, a Food Bank “Colmado” provides food to the community, averaging about 48 families per month.
 
Support this Mission Partner through your offering (check “Mission Partner” on offering envelope, please indicate “Eagle Pass” on envelope and/or check memo).
 
 

Iglesia Evangelica Luterana San Pedro: Tao Baja, Puerto Rico

(Pastor Alicia)

 
     In February of 2019, Calvary established San Pedro Lutheran Church of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico as a Mission Partner. San Pedro acts as a service center for the entire community during emergencies.     
     In June of 2019, Pastor Alicia identified an immediate need for a generator ($1,000) that will allow them to continue this important work as they prepare for the hurricane season. Through Calvary’s generous giving, we were able to raise enough money to provide this much needed generator.     
     There were three mission groups from Calvary who traveled to Puerto Rico in 2020 to work with our Mission Partner San Pedro Lutheran Church (in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico) with on-going efforts to rebuild and recover following Hurricane Maria in 2017. Fundraising for building supplies, tools and equipment are underway.
 
Support this Mission Partner by donating on-line or through your offering (check “Mission Partner” on offering envelope, please indicate “Puerto Rico” on envelope and/or check memo).  
 
 

For more information, contact: Glenn Anderson 218-699-3962 or

David Simmons 218-255-1522, Caring & Outreach Co-Chairs