COVID Update

Sunday August 2

This service can be found in video format by clicking on the sermons tab of this website
Portions of this service have been close captioned (hymns, responses, prayers)
The associated service text can be found on the worship service text tab


Sunday July 26


This service can be found in video format by clicking on the sermons tab of this website
Portions of this service have been close captioned (hymns, responses, prayers)

The associated service text can be found on the worship service text tab



Sunday July 19

This service can be found in video format by clicking on the sermons tab of this website

Portions of this service have been close captioned (hymns, responses, prayers)
The associated service text can be found on the worship service text tab



Sunday July 12


This service can be found in video format by clicking on the sermons tab of this website
Portions of this service have been close captioned (hymns, responses, prayers)
The associated service text can be found on the worship service text tab


Sunday July 5

This service can be found in video format by clicking on the sermons tab of this website
Portions of this service have been close captioned (hymns, responses, prayers)

The associated service text can be found on the worship service text tab


Sunday June 28

This service can be found in video format by clicking on the sermons tab of this website.
Portions of this service have been close captioned (hymns, responses, prayers)
The associated service text can be found on the worship service text tab


Sunday June 23

This service can be found in video format by clicking on the sermons tab of this website.
Portions of this service have been close captioned (hymns, responses, prayers)
The associated service text can be found on the worship service text tab


Sunday June 14

This service can be found in video format by clicking on the sermons tab of this website.

Portions of this service have been close captioned (hymns, responses, prayers)

The associated service text can be found on the worship service text tab



Thursday June 10

*** AN IMPORTANT NOTICE ***

 

On Monday, Premier Ford announced that the Province of Ontario is launching Stage 2 in our region as of June 12, which includes various provisions – such as social gatherings of up to 10 people and places of worship having the ability to open with up to 30% capacity.

 

As Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “All things are lawful, but not all things are helpful.” (1 Corinthians 10:23a) Calvary Lutheran Church council has set up a COVID-19 advisory team and this group is actively researching all of the facts, laws and requirements for our congregation to move forward in the most Godly way, upholding the well-being of all people involved.

 

At this time, Calvary Lutheran Church will not have worship services in person. The Calvary Lutheran Church council, with the direction of the COVID-19 Advisory Team, will make the decision to reopen over time and with the benefit of observation and discernment over the next few weeks.

 

Until that time has arrived, we will continue to offer services of worship online. There will also be an update on various other important church business going out via mail next week.

 

Please address any concerns by email at calvary@tbaytel.net (Attention Church Council) or leave a message on the church answering machine at 623-8735.

 

In the Service of the Lord,

 

Ben Grant

Council Chair


Wed. June 10

We are holding Bible Study regularly on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. using Zoom. Click on the link below and follow the instructions.

If you are using a smartphone or a tablet, I believe you will need to download the free app first. Email me at pastorbrianfalkenholt@hotmail.ca or call me at 807-707-4080 if you have any questions or if you are in need of assistance. I have also attached the Bible Study to this email so that you can print it off ahead of time or view it on another device as you wish. You will be able to follow along without doing either of those two steps. If you are not able to immediately download the Bible study by simply clicking on it, I copied it and pasted it where I would normally type in an internet address and it brought up the correct file. Again, contact me if any part of this is not working and I will do my best to help you.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89076607872

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Brian Falkenholt

https://mcusercontent.com/e2d0ae0e7739d6a02c322f7c5/files/52d0c26b-fa44-40bd-b5f8-05163081e68f/Bible_Study_June_9_10.pdf




Posted June 8,2020

To Our Calvary Church Family
An open invitation

On Sunday Mornings a Zoom meeting was started by the Adult choir and is now open to anyone who would like to join us.
We meet and share together the You Tube version of the Sunday service prepared by Pastor Brian at 10 am for the summer months.

Please feel free to join the service at 10 am and/or join after the service for a brief chat time with others at approximately 11 am.

 

It is by Zoom meeting. You do not need to have a Zoom account, but you do need to download the free zoom app from the invitation page. Once installed, the Zoom link remains available for future meetings.

 

Bill Vanderwater is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Time: This is a recurring meeting

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/97854877547

 

 



Sunday June 7, 2020

This service can be found in video format by clicking on the sermons tab of this website.
Portions of this service have been close captioned (hymns, responses, prayers)
The associated service text can be found on the worship service text tab



Lutheran Church Canada - Statement Concerning Racism.

June 4, 2020

The issue of racism is in many people’s eyes these days as a result of the numerous demonstrations and protests taking place as a result of the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of law enforcement officers.

Racism has been defined as “a belief that certain races of people are by birth and nature superior to others” and, as a result, as “discrimination or hatred based on race.” We in Lutheran Church–Canada condemn racism as clearly contrary to the Holy Scriptures, to the nature of the Church, and to the principles of Christian love.

The Small Catechism helps us better understand and address this matter. For instance, in connection with the Apostles’ Creed we note these truths:

First, the explanation of the First Article says that “God has made me and all creatures, that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all senses.” This is true not only of myself but of every single human being, regardless of the colour of their skin or their ethnicity; for as St. Paul declares: “[God] made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him” (Acts 17:26-27).

Second, the explanation of the Second Article reminds me that, at the same time, I am by nature “a lost and condemned person”—just as is the case with all people regardless of the colour of their skin or their ethnicity. So the Apostle writes: “There is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:22-23).

Third, the explanation of the Second Article goes on, however, to proclaim that I and all people, regardless of the colour of their skin or their ethnicity, have been “redeemed… purchased and won from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil… with [Christ’s] holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering death.” So St. Paul again declares: “There is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all” (1 Timothy 2:5-6). 

Fourth, the explanation of the Third Article states that “in [the] Christian Church, [the Holy Spirit] daily and richly forgives all my sins and the sins of all believers”… regardless of the color of their skin or their ethnicity. Again, St. Paul says: “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:27-28).  

At the end of the explanations of the First and Second Articles of the Creed, we read that “it is my duty to thank and praise, to serve and obey Him” and “that I may be His own and live under Him in His kingdom, and serve Him.”

Such service and obedience to God is fleshed out in the Ten Commandments. In this matter before us, the Fifth, Seventh, and Eighth Commandments are especially timely. Namely, that “we do not hurt or harm our neighbour,” regardless of the colour of their skin or their ethnicity, “in his body, but help and support him in every physical need.” That we “help our neighbour,” regardless of the colour of their skin or ethnicity, “to improve and protect his possessions and income.” And that we “defend our neighbor” regardless of the colour of their skin or ethnicity, “speak well of him, and explain everything in the kindest way.”

At the same time, neither do we condone the actions of some of these protesters against racism for their violations of the Fourth, Fifth and Seventh Commandments—the failure to honour and obey the governing authorities, the hurting and harming of people, and the destruction and theft of people’s possessions.  

“When our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent,’ He willed that the entire life of believers be one of repentance.” So wrote Martin Luther in the first of his famous 95 Theses. I would, as such, call upon all of us to do just this very thing: repent ourselves of any such racism that has reared up in our hearts and minds and speech and actions, and to call others to do the same. And let us bear fruit in keeping with repentance, working to dismantle systemic racism in our society wherever we may find it.

Finally, let us bring all this before the throne of our gracious and merciful God in prayer. We commend especially to you The Litany from our Lutheran Service Book, which would be especially fitting at this time.

President Timothy Teuscher
Lutheran Church–Canada

A printable version of this statement can be downloaded Here.




Wed. June 3

We are holding Bible Study regularly on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. using Zoom. Click on the link below and follow the instructions.

If you are using a smartphone or a tablet, I believe you will need to download the free app first. Email me at pastorbrianfalkenholt@hotmail.ca or call me at 807-707-4080 if you have any questions or if you are in need of assistance. I have also attached the Bible Study to this email so that you can print it off ahead of time or view it on another device as you wish. You will be able to follow along without doing either of those two steps. If you are not able to immediately download the Bible study by simply clicking on it, I copied it and pasted it where I would normally type in an internet address and it brought up the correct file. Again, contact me if any part of this is not working and I will do my best to help you.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89076607872
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Brian Falkenholt

https://mcusercontent.com/e2d0ae0e7739d6a02c322f7c5/files/c6b37be7-6cba-47d5-9114-965a6e6e751b/Bible_Study_June_2_3.pdf
 



Sunday May 31

This service can be found in video format by clicking on the sermons tab of this website.
Portions of this service have been close captioned (hymns, responses, prayers)

The associated service text can be found on the worship service text tab

In addition there is a sermon link on the sermons tab of this website (labelled May 26) from Reverend Ron Mohr who is the executive director of the Lutheran Bible Translators - Canada. 

The theme of Pentecost ties in well with the work of LBTC.




Wed. May 27

We are holding Bible Study regularly on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. using Zoom. Click on the link below and follow the instructions.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89076607872

If you are using a smartphone or a tablet, I believe you will need to download the free app first. Email me at pastorbrianfalkenholt@hotmail.ca or call me at 807-707-4080 if you have any questions or if you are in need of assistance. I have also attached the Bible Study to this email so that you can print it off ahead of time or view it on another device as you wish. You will be able to follow along without doing either of those two steps. If you are not able to immediately download the Bible study by simply clicking on it, I copied it and pasted it where I would normally type in an internet address and it brought up the correct file. Again, contact me if any part of this is not working and I will do my best to help you.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Brian Falkenholt

https://mcusercontent.com/e2d0ae0e7739d6a02c322f7c5/files/df363c48-83aa-4adc-b2a9-5c3635a590ff/Bible_Study_May_26_27.01.pdf



Sunday May 24

This service can be found in video format by clicking on the sermons tab of this website. 

Portions of this service have been close captioned (hymns, responses, prayers)
The associated service text can be found on the worship service text tab



Wed. May 20

We are back to holding Bible Study regularly on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. using Zoom. Click on the link below and follow the instructions. If you are using a smartphone or a tablet, I believe you will need to download the free app first. Email me at pastorbrianfalkenholt@hotmail.ca or call me at 807-707-4080 if you have any questions or if you are in need of assistance. I have also attached the Bible Study to this email so that you can print it off ahead of time or view it on another device as you wish. You will be able to follow along without doing either of those two steps. If you are not able to immediately download the Bible study by simply clicking on it, I copied it and pasted it where I would normally type in an internet address and it brought up the correct file. Again, contact me if any part of this is not working and I will do my best to help you.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Brian Falkenholt

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89076607872

https://mcusercontent.com/e2d0ae0e7739d6a02c322f7c5/files/d415aa09-1d0c-4acd-add0-06f0fa7a9575/Bible_Study_May_19_20.pdf




Sunday May 17


This service can be found in video format by clicking on the sermons tab of this website. 
Portions of this service have been close captioned (hymns, responses, prayers)
The associated service text can be found on the worship service text tab


Wed. May 13

We are back to holding Bible Study regularly on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. using Zoom. Click on the link below and follow the instructions. If you are using a smartphone or a tablet, I believe you will need to download the free app first. Email me at pastorbrianfalkenholt@hotmail.ca or call me at 807-707-4080 if you have any questions or if you are in need of assistance. I have also attached the Bible Study to this email so that you can print it off ahead of time or view it on another device as you wish. You will be able to follow along without doing either of those two steps. If you are not able to immediately download the Bible study by simply clicking on it, I copied it and pasted it where I would normally type in an internet address and it brought up the correct file. Again, contact me if any part of this is not working and I will do my best to help you.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Brian Falkenholt

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/886048561

https://mcusercontent.com/e2d0ae0e7739d6a02c322f7c5/files/ac21bf32-d4ce-4c8a-b1f1-2ee6ecb9ca40/Bible_Study_May_12_13.pdf

Sunday May 10th


This service can be found in video format by clicking on the sermons tab of this website. 
Portions of this service have been close captioned (hymns, responses, prayers)
The associated service text can be found on the worship service text tab




Tuesday May 5

Bible Study for May 6th


Hello my church family at Calvary.

We are back to holding Bible Study regularly on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. using Zoom. Click on the link below and follow the instructions. If you are using a smartphone or a tablet, I believe you will need to download the free app first. Email me at pastorbrianfalkenholt@hotmail.ca or call me at 807-707-4080 if you have any questions or if you are in need of assistance. I have also attached the Bible Study to this email so that you can print it off ahead of time or view it on another device as you wish. You will be able to follow along without doing either of those two steps. If you are not able to immediately download the Bible study by simply clicking on it, I copied it and pasted it where I would normally type in an internet address and it brought up the correct file. Again, contact me if any part of this is not working and I will do my best to help you.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Brian Falkenholt

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/886048561

https://mcusercontent.com/e2d0ae0e7739d6a02c322f7c5/files/1be2302e-1842-4b9f-8589-316e9b098a21/Bible_Study_May_5_6.03.pdf





Sunday May 3


This service can be found in video format by clicking on the sermons tab of this website. 
Portions of this service have been close captioned (hymns, responses, prayers)
The associated service text can be found on the worship service text tab.






Wed. April 29

Note: In the section labelled Church Activities - " Starting Sunday May 5th" should read Starting Sunday May 3rd.  



A Message From Ben Grant, Council Chair

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ;

We have some exciting news to share. The Spiritual Growth Committee has been working with Pastor Brian to offer a small group opportunity through Zoom. Haven't heard of Zoom before? You will find the complete details under Church Activities below. Here are the latest updates concerning Calvary Lutheran Church.
 

Church Operations
 

  1. The church building will remain closed for all activities through Sunday, May 31st. This is based on information just released on April 27th from the government of Ontario, outlining their 3 phase plan to start to re-open parts of our province. Pastor Brian and I will continue to closely monitor both provincial and public health mandates and orders. We will provide a further update at the end of May with new information on when we can expect to reopen the church building.
  2. During this time, the church will continue to only be accessible by a limited number of people who are responsible for administration and for regular checks of our church building and property for insurance purposes.
  3. If you need access to the church, please call and leave a voicemail message with the church office or email calvary@tbaytel.net - Connie continues to check the phone and email messages of the church regularly.
  4. While the church building is still closed, the leadership of Calvary has started to work on a recovery plan for when we are allowed to reopen for worship services and other activities. The recovery plan is focused on the health and safety of all members and visitors to Calvary.

____________________________________________________________________________

Church Activities


GOD’S GREAT PLAN: SMALL GROUP STUDY
Starting Sunday, May 5th, you will have the opportunity to join a small group with different times available throughout the week. This small group study will run for 8 weeks and is titled: God’s Great Plan.
Please email or call Carolyn Mol:

And let her know what day and time works best for you.

  • Sunday Morning at 9:45am - led by Gerianne Johnson & Deb Waytowich
  • Sunday Morning at 10:30am - led by Barry Rissanen & Ben Grant
  • Tuesday Evening at 7:30pm - led by Michael Dejong & Tenielle Patterson
  • Thursday Evening at 7:30pm - led by Derek & Carolyn Mol
Space is limited to the first 35 people. Each group leader will get a hold of you in advance to help ensure you are comfortable with how Zoom works so you can fully participate in each session.
 

WEEKLY WORSHIP SERVICES
Pastor Brian has posted 8 worship services to Calvary’s Website (March 22nd through April 26th) and continues to post a worship service each week that is available for viewing at home. They can also be accessed through the ‘Christ Thunder Bay’ YouTube Channel and they now include closed captioning so all of the words of the songs and congregation participation items are easy to follow along with.

If you would like a sanitized copy of the Divine Worship II Hymnal to follow along with at home, please call the church office to arrange a time with Connie to borrow a copy.

____________________________________________________________________________

Giving

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)

You can now use your online banking – Set up Calvary as an e-transfer option:

Name:  Calvary Lutheran Church

Email:   calvary@tbaytel.net

  • All offerings will be treated as envelope offerings and are subject to a charitable donation receipt. You will see an automated response that Calvary has received your offering.
  • If you need assistance, please contact Mark Facca, Treasurer, at 621-2993 or facca@hotmail.com and he will be happy to help you

______________________________






Wed. April 29


Hello my church family at Calvary.

We are back to holding Bible Study regularly on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. using Zoom. Click on the link below and follow the instructions. If you are using a smartphone or a tablet, I believe you will need to download the free app first. Email me at pastorbrianfalkenholt@hotmail.ca or call me at 807-707-4080 if you have any questions or if you are in need of assistance. I have also attached the Bible Study to this email so that you can print it off ahead of time or view it on another device as you wish. You will be able to follow along without doing either of those two steps.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/886048561

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Brian Falkenholt

https://mcusercontent.com/e2d0ae0e7739d6a02c322f7c5/files/9c9a9651-cfe8-49d3-b297-0bb84230e1d6/Bible_Study_April_29.01.pdf





Sunday April 26

Third Sunday of Easter Service


This service can be found in video format by clicking on the sermons tab of this website. 
Portions of this service have been close captioned (hymns, responses, prayers)
The associated service text can be found on the worship service text tab.



Tuesday April 29

Hello my church family at Calvary.

We are back to holding Bible Study regularly on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. using Zoom. Click on the link below and follow the instructions. If you are using a smartphone or a tablet, I believe you will need to download the free app first. Email me at pastorbrianfalkenholt@hotmail.ca or call me at 807-707-4080 if you have any questions or if you are in need of assistance. I have also attached the Bible Study to this email so that you can print it off ahead of time or view it on another device as you wish. You will be able to follow along without doing either of those two steps.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/886048561

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Brian Falkenholt
https://mcusercontent.com/e2d0ae0e7739d6a02c322f7c5/files/1f4b80b0-8745-4624-9470-10fbde096b50/Bible_Study_April_22.pdf



Sunday April 19

Second Sunday of Easter

This service can be found in video format by clicking on the sermons tab of this website. 

Portions of this service have been close captioned (hymns, responses, prayers)

The associated service text can be found on the worship service text tab.



Tuesday April 14

Hello to the church family of Calvary,

We will be starting Bible Study again this Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. 
Bible Study lasts approximately 1.5 hours each session.
Please click on this link through Zoom, follow the instructions and we will see you (on the screen).

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/886048561

I have also attached the Bible Study and questions if you would like to print it off ahead of time

Note Bible Study Text & Questions can be found on the worship service text tab on this website.


April 12

Easter Sunday Service


This service can be found in video format by clicking on the sermons tab of this website. Portions of this service has been close captioned (hymns, responses, prayers).
The associated service text can be found on the worship service text tab.
Contact me if you have any questions at my email pastorbrianfalkenholt@hotmail.ca or by phone 807-707-4080.

Pastor Brian


April 10

Good Friday Service

This service can be found in video format by clicking on the sermons tab of this website. Portions of this service has been close captioned (hymns, responses, prayers).

The associated service text can be found on the worship service text tab.




April 9th

Note:The services found on this website can also be found on the Calvary Lutheran Church Facebook page in the full You Tube Format.


A video tutorial to assist you in activating subtitles/close captions on your media player is available and can be found on the sermons tab of this website.


April 9th, 2020

Maundy Thursday Service - 

This service can be found in video format by clicking on the sermons tab of this website. Portions of this service has been close captioned (hymns, responses, prayers).
You may require to have close captioning enabled in your Utube settings to activate this feature.
The associated service text can be found on the worship service text tab.


April 7th, 2020

 

A Message From Ben Grant, Council Chair

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ;

 

There are some important updates below concerning the ongoing operation and activities of Calvary Lutheran Church during this unprecedented time.

 

Church Operations

 

Church Council along with Pastor Brian met (via Zoom) on Thursday, April 2nd to review and discuss both church operations and our spiritual welfare as outlined below.

The church will remain closed for all activities through Sunday, May 3rd. Pastor Brian and I will continue to monitor both provincial and local government mandates and orders. Council will be updated the last week of April with the latest assessment of the status of our operations. An update will go out to the congregation near the end of April.

For the same period of time and for the health and safety of all members, the church will only be accessible by a limited number of people who are responsible for administration and for regular checks of our church building and property for insurance purposes.

If you need access to the church during this time, please call and leave a voicemail message with the church office or email calvary@tbaytel.net. Connie also continues to be in the office on Wednesday and Thursday mornings for administrative purposes.

 

Church Activities (At Home & Online)

 

Pastor Brian has now posted 2 worship services to Calvary’s Website (March 22nd and March 29th) that are available for viewing at home. They can also be accessed through the ‘Christ Thunder Bay’ YouTube Channel. These are the first two services Pastor Brian has ever done in an online video format. He has already found several ways to improve the online format from the first to the second one. Thank-you for those of you who have suggested ways of improving this format.

If you would like a sanitized copy of the Divine Worship II Hymnal, please call the church office to arrange a time with Connie to borrow a copy for use at home.

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday worship services will all be available the morning of each of these days at: calvarythunderbay.ca/sermons

There will be no online Bible Studies Wednesday, April 8th or Wednesday, April 15th


 

 

Giving

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)

     You can now use your online banking – Set up Calvary as an e-transfer option:

Name:  Calvary Lutheran Church

Email:   calvary@tbaytel.net

     All offerings will be treated as envelope offerings and are subject to a charitable donation receipt. You will see an automated response that Calvary has received your offering.

     If you need assistance, please contact Mark Facca, Treasurer, at 621-2993 or facca@hotmail.com and he will be happy to help you

 

Final Thoughts

 

As we contemplate all that Christ has done for us this week, it is hard to believe that we will not be able to gather together in Christian love at Calvary to celebrate Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. May we all take comfort in Paul’s letter to the church of God in Corinth.

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

 

Sunday April 5 Palm Sunday

The worship service can be found on the sermon tab  of this website or on the Calvary Facebook Page. Note: the hymn, liturgy and order of service information can be found by touching the  "show more" tab.


Thursday April 2nd

Greetings and Blessings as we move towards Holy Week.

I wanted to let you know that we will not be having Bible

 Study this next week (April 8) as it is Holy Week and I am

 preparing, recording, and uploading the services for

Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter

Sunday. You can find these services on our church website

www.calvarythunderbay.ca or on the YouTube channel

 "Christ Thunder Bay" or you can friend request our church's

private Facebook group.

There is also the possibility that we will not be having Bible Study

 the following week (April 15) but I will update you on that by email

as soon as I know.

May you continue to know the Lord is with you!
Pastor Brian

P.S. Contact me if you need me. Thank you.
Cell: 707-4080
Email: 
pastorbrianfalkenholt@hotmail.ca

 

Sunday March 29

Today's Divine Service can be found on the sermon tab of this website or on the Calvary Facebook Page


March 26, 2020

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

With the recent news that our Ontario Parliament has instituted a “state of emergency” prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 people (including places of worship) and further measures to get Canadians to stay at home to try and reduce the spread of the COVID-19, we were faced with a decision as a congregation about how to comply with these measures.

 

Our Lutheran Church-Canada (LCC) President’s Ministry Council also recommended that all LCC congregations temporarily suspend normal and ordinary worship services and other group events. This is not an easy decision to make.

 

On the one hand we want to be faithful to God and our worship of Him (1st and 3rd Commandments). On the other hand, we want to obey those in authority as well as protect our neighbours wellbeing (4th and 5th Commandments).

 

After much discussion and prayer, the following decision was put in place: We will shut our doors to worship and all gatherings until further notice. Simply put, that means all activities on our church calendar cannot occur in person. We have been working hard on making other ways of worship and hearing God’s Word available through online tools including a service that will be available for this Sunday. Go to calvarythunderbay.ca this weekend to access this. There are also other items such as confirmation classes (first virtual class took place this week) and bible studies that will also be available in this remote format.  Email Pastor Brian to receive the bible study link information. pastorbrianfalkenholt@hotmail.ca

We also want to provide physical and spiritual support for our members and those outside of our worshipping community at this time. Here are some of those resources and opportunities.

 

1. Pastor Brian is available on his cell phone (807-707-4080) for all regular communication from 9:00a.m.– 9:00p.m. and 24 hours a day for any pastoral emergencies. You can also reach him by email at pastorbrianfalkenholt@hotmail.ca

 

2. There is a great resource to assist you in family or individual devotions and worship at home using the hymnal. Feel free to arrange a time by calling the church office at 623-8735 or emailing calvary@tbaytel.net to pick up a sanitized hymnal from the church to take home if you don’t already have one. You will be buzzed in at the office entrance to the church to ensure we comply with physical distancing.

 

3. In the event of a funeral, a private family interment service will be held at the graveside in the cemetery with a limit of 50 people. At a later date, a memorial service will take place – with a funeral luncheon, if desired.

 

4. For weddings and baptism that may arise, please contact the church office at 623-8735 for up to date information on how these can occur.

 

5. For those who need groceries, please phone the church office at 623-8735 and leave a message with the best way to get a hold of you. The messages will be checked once per day and arrangements will be made to get a grocery list and assist you the best we can. Once the total of the bill is known, you will be contacted so that you can reimburse the person(s) who will bring it to your door.

 

What can you as a faithful member of Christ do?

 

1. Pray, pray, pray. We have a great and gracious God who will see us through this tumultuous time.

 

2.Calvary Lutheran Church

 

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” ( 2 Corinthians 9:7)

 

YOUR GIVING MATTERS AT CALVARY

 

At Calvary, we value generosity and have some of the most amazing and generous people on the planet. Calvary now accepts e-transfers to support the work of the Lord and to help others.

 

E-Transfer Offering

 

Using your online banking –Set up Calvary as an e-transfer option:

Name :           Calvary Lutheran Church

Email:             calvary@tbaytel.net

 

All offerings will be treated as envelope offerings and are subject to a charitable donation receipt. You will see an automated response that Calvary has received your offering.

 

3. If you have a suggestion for something we have overlooked, please contact the office.

 

We will endeavor to keep you up-to-date on any further developments through emails and our church website.

 

May God bless us as we continue to trust in Him and make Him known to our neighbours through our thoughts, words, and actions.

 

In the Arms of our Lord,

 

Pastor Brian                                                                                    Ben Grant

(on behalf of the Church Council)

 

  C     hrist

 

O     vercomes

 

V     iruses, and

 

I        infectious

 

D     iseases

 

         

Joshua chapter

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                                      “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.

                                      Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord

Verse                    your God is with you wherever you go.”

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