Calvin Announcements

CALVIN CHURCH’S WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Below are our congregational announcements for the week of Feb. 4th – Feb. 11th.

3-D Worship Returns…this Sat. Feb. 4 @ 4:30 p.m.

Our times of Dinner, Discussion, and Discipleship are set to begin again on Sat. Feb. 4 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. This intergenerational time is open to every one in our church family, and we hope you will be there! (please be sure to RSVP to Chelsey to let her know you’re coming!)

Hymn Sing & Communion Service this Sunday!

We will be celebrating Holy Communion this Sun. (Feb 5) during worship on @ 11:00 a.m. You’re also invited to arrive early, and take part in a congregational Hymn Sing just prior to worship beginning at @ 10:45.  Come early and enjoy some old favourite hymns!

First of the Month Fellowship Luncheon!

Just a reminder that this coming Sunday (Feb 5) is the first Sunday of month, and that on the first Sunday of month we invite everyone to bring potluck goodies to share during our time of fellowship downstairs following the worship service.

Annual Congregational Meeting UPDATE!!!!:

A reminder that our Annual Congregational Meeting will be held on Sat. Feb. 11, 2023 @ 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon. Along with tea & coffee, and a cake that will be provided, people are invited to bring pot-luck desserts to share during the meeting. This year, as a part of our meeting, we will be welcoming guest speakers from the Halifax West Ecumenical Food Bank, the Fairview Family Resource Centre, as well as Presbyterian World Service and Development. Our hope is to put names to faces, and to learn more about some of our mission partners and their work (with each speaker having for 5-7 minutes to share with us).

Annual Reports now available:

Beginning this Sunday printed copies of our 2022 Annual Report will be available for pick up in the church Narthex. Digital copies have also been emailed out, so please be sure to watch for yours in your email’s inbox this week.

Eldership Election Update:

Just a reminder that our nomination process for new Elders to be added to our church leadership team on the Session ended on Sun. Jan. 22. Names of nominees have been received, and are being contacted regarding their willingness to let their names stand for election. Nominees have been given until Feb. 5. to prayerfully consider God’s leading in this, and to inform the Session of their decision. The names of those willing to let their names stand will be brought before the congregation for voting at a later date, so please to watch for further details.

Membership Classes are currently underway!:

We are currently holding a 4-session series of Membership classes for both those interested in exploring Church Membership, as well as those just looking for a refresher on what it means, and why it matters. Our remaining sessions are being held Sundays after church (from 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.) on Feb. 5, and Feb. 12. (***please note the change in dates which we’ve made to better accommodate some of those taking part)

Choir rehearsal:

A reminder that the choir meets for practice on Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. at the church. Everyone is welcome! No experience needed. Please speak to Faith Daley for more information.

Sign Up sheets for those interested in reading Scripture or leading in prayer: 

It’s a NEW YEAR! Why not make it a resolution to read scripture, or to lead the congregation in prayer one Sunday. It’s been wonderful to see new faces taking part, so why not add yours. No one’s judging, but God is listening. And God loves our ever effort in prayer – despite how bad we might think we are at it. Sign up slots are now available for the months of January – April. So please be sure to consider signing up this Sunday!

What’s needed for Church Fellowship? 

The short answer is simple: people! Fellowship, community, and conversation all require people to make them happen, and a little coffee & tea to go with it doesn’t hurt either. But of course, that takes people too; people to make the coffee, and boil the water. So if you’re looking for a way to help out, and to help keep our after service fellowship times going on Sundays, why not volunteer to take a turn helping to prepare the tea and coffee each week. On the job training is available, no experience is needed, and many hands tend to make for light work! If you would be interested in helping out, please speak to Murdena Dupont for more details.

Nursery News!:

We’re very excited about the prospect of having families and children joining us in worship! And an important part of our ministry to those families and children is in providing both a nursery, and children’s programming. To help with that, we are currently seeking 12 volunteers to provide nursery care (children ages newborn to age 4) during the service.  Our goal is to have teams of 2 that will rotate on a 6 week schedule. If you are willing to be part of the Nursery Care team, please see the sign up sheet in the Narthex, or contact Allison Power.

Bulletin Dedications:

You can now, once again, place dedications into the bulletins in celebration or memory of a special event or individual. Dedications can be made using the printed form on the table just outside the sanctuary, or online, at a suggested donation of $15 (which is used to offset printing costs). And if you don’t have $15, don’t worry. Just give what you can.

For those wishing to submit an online dedication, please click the link below:

https://forms.gle/QatS41bJQN8E3EsM7

(***PLEASE NOTE that online dedications must be submitted no later than the Wednesday immediately prior the Sunday on which they are intended to the printed)

Prayer Chain:

Please email prayerchain@calvinhalifax.ca or speak to Allison Power (902-445-9161) or Chelsey Joudrie (902-455-3728) with any requests for the members of the Prayer Chain. All requests are kept in strictest confidence. (If you have any items you would like added to the weekly announcements, please call or email Rev. Michael and he will have them included. Warmest wishes for a wonderful week. Prayers that if you are experiencing a difficult time this week, that the Lord will help you through it.)

Remember the Halifax West Ecumenical Food Bank!

Donations of non-perishable food items to the Food Bank can be placed in the shopping cart just inside the front doors of the church. Monetary donations should be earmarked ‘Food Bank’ and can be placed into the offering plates on any Sunday morning.If you would like to donate directly, monetary donations in the form of cash or cheques can be sent to their Treasurer, Russell Cooper, at 33 Chartwell Lane, Halifax, NS, B3M 3S7. Cheques should be made payable to the Halifax West Ecumenical Food Bank. They will also accept e-transfers at the e-mail address halifaxwestfoodbank@gmail.com. If you could leave your address in the comment section (or return address on posted donations), they will be sure to issue a tax receipt.

Food Cupboard: 

If you would like to donate food – please consider cereal, spaghetti, kraft dinner, Mr. noodles, granola bars, and other individually wrapped snacks, instant coffee, toilet paper, and feminine hygiene products & PET FOOD. Monetary donations can be made with “Mission and Outreach Food Cupboard”.  We also ask that when donating, food be in original packaging and unopened. Thank you for your continued support as we, the Calvin congregation, continue to support the community around us.

Who’s Who at Calvin

Not sure who’s who, or who to reach out and direct your questions to? Below are just some of those involve in leading our ministry here together at Calvin:

Minister: Rev. Michael Koslowski, B.A., M. Div.
Minister Emeritus: Rev. Dr. W. G. S. (Sydney) McDonald, B.A., D.D.
Elder Emeritus: Murray MacDonald
Lay Youth & Outreach Minister: Chelsey Joudrie
Music Director: Faith Daley, B.A., B.Ed.

Clerk of Session: Stephanie Bilodeau

Ministry Team Leaders

Worship and Congregational Life: Rev. Michael Koslowski
Mission & Outreach: Allison Power
Personnel & Ministry Opportunities: Lilla Tanner
Finance and Stewardship: Pam MacFarlane
Property & Maintenance: Marian Smith
Prayer Chain, Contact: Allison Power

Pastoral Care: Mary C. MacKinnon

Peace,

Rev. Michael Koslowski
Calvin Presbyterian Church
3311 Ashburn Ave., Halifax  N.S.
(o) 902-455-7435 (c) 902-402-6747

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