Calvin Church’s Weekly Announcements

CALVIN CHURCH’S WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Below are our congregational announcements for the week of June 15th – June 22nd (***Please be sure to see updated calendar attached!)

Sunday School BBQ – Sun. June 16: (Last Reminder!)

Just a reminder that on Sun. June 16 we will celebrate the end of our Fall-Winter 2023/2024 Sunday School program with a special BBQ after worship. There will be hotdogs, ice cream, games, and plenty of fellowship. Everyone is encouraged to come, and to celebrate God’s work among our children and youth!!!

Special Birthday Blessings!: (New)

As a special part of our June 16 activities, we’d like to invite you to come and share in a special birthday milestone as we celebrate Riet Vink’s upcoming 95th birthday!!! (Her actual birthday being June 19th) So come join us for cake, as we give thanks for God’s many blessings upon Reit!

School Supply Appeal: (New)

The Mission and Outreach Team is sponsoring the Halifax Ecumenical Food Bank with school supplies. $30 provides a backpack and school supplies for a child. Looking to have the donations made by the end of June. Offerings should be clearly marked for school supplies when put on the offering plate.

‘Support-A-Student’ Plant sale: (New)

Norna Hugasdottir will be selling some marigold plants (great for natural pest control, and popular for their lovely yellow and orange flowers!) at this week’s summer BBQ (Sun. June 16), to help raise money for graduate school where she will be studying for her Masters of Divinity degree. Plants will be $3 each, or $10 for a cellpack. Every little bit helps, and is appreciated!

New Church Photo-Directory: (Update)

Copies of our new in-house photo directories continue to be made available for those looking to get one. As more faces are being added each week, a new updated version is already underway for the Fall. If your name, contact info, and/or picture were not included in this past printing, please be sure to email the office with what information you would like shared. If you would like a picture included, please be sure to attach a photo to your email!

Summer 2024 Student Hired!: (Updated)

Just a reminder that our new summer student office administrator, Elise Farnam, will be starting work at Calvin this coming Mon. June 17. Like last year, this position has been made possible through a summer employment grant from the Canadian Government. The grant will allow us to fully fund a 30hr/week administration position at the minimum wage of $15.20/hr for a period of 9 weeks.

Fall Volunteers still needed Children’s ministries: 

In looking ahead to September we are still looking for additional help with our children’s ministries. Ways to help include: 1.) volunteering to take regular turn in the nursery, 2.) to teach either our elementary class or our Youth Group, or 3.) to act as a helper/assistant to a teacher. Ideally we’re hoping for 6 more nursery volunteers, and 3-4 more people to work with the Sunday School classes. If you would be interested in helping out, please speak to Allison Jack, or Norna Hugasdottir.

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

Sign up sheets for June 2024 – July 2024 are now on the table in the Narthex for anyone interested in signing up to either read scripture OR to lead in prayer during one of our Sunday worship services. Having different people share their voices, words, perspectives and prayers in worship has been a real blessing, and our hope is that you might consider sharing yours!

Senior’s Friendship: 

The Seniors’ Friendship Group has now wrapped up its meetings for the spring. The group looks forward to returning in the Fall each Wed. from 1 – 3 p.m. in the church hall. Please watch for more details.

Children’s Ministries: 

Our children’s ministries have resumed on Sunday mornings with 3 levels to our weekly Children’s Ministry program this year: a nursery program (ages 0-4 yrs.) an elementary level Sunday School program (Primary – Grade 6), and a Youth Group program (Grades 7-12).  Nursery-age children can be dropped off prior downstairs in the nursery prior to worship beginning at 10:50 a.m.. Sunday School and Youth Group age children will be invited to take part in the first part of our worship time, before going downstairs to their respective programs.

Choir Rehearsal: 

The choir meets on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. in the back meeting room downstairs. All are welcome to come, and join, and to share in Calvin’s music ministry!

Food Cupboard: 

Helpful items you can donate include: canned meat (Flakes of Tuna/Chicken/Ham/Spam)  Paper Towel/Toilet Paper bars of soap and toothpaste – dishwashing soap, Kraft Dinner canned soup and vegetables and pet food. Please see the donation box in the narthex or speak with Allison Power (patpower@eastlink.ca or 902-445-9161) or any member of the Mission and Outreach Team.

Pastoral Care Team

If you know someone in the congregation that could benefit from hearing from their Church Family please contact Kaitlyn Power (kaitlyn.power3@hotmail.com or 902-445-9161).  Cards will be sent from the pastoral care team to those who are identified as grieving, celebrating a special occasion, or a thinking of you or get well wish.

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 please email the church at calvinhalifax@bellaliant.com.

(***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)

Breakfast Program

Items needed on a weekly basis include cereal, granola bars, puddings, individual wrapped snacks, arrowroot cookies, fruit (applesauce, mandarin oranges, peaches, pears, fruit cocktail),  pancake mix (just add water), oats, and 1L juices (apple, orange, fruit mixture).  We currently support 21 families, (over 44 children) on a weekly basis. If you would like to donate with your offering, please note “Mission and Outreach Breakfast Program” with your contribution.  Any questions about this program – please contact Allison Power (patpower@eastlink.ca or 902-445-9161)

Prayer Chain:

For items to be added to the Prayer Chain, please email prayerchain@calvinhalifax.ca or speak to Allison Power (902-445-9161). Please ensure you have permission from the individual to have their name added to the list. Updates are also appreciated!  All requests are kept in confidence. We currently have a team of 16 who pray for those requested. If you feel called to be part of the Prayer Chain Team – please speak to Allison Power or Rev. Mike Koslowski.

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.

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
Music Director: Faith Daley, B.A., B.Ed.

Interim Clerk of Session: Lilla Tanner

Envelope Secretary:  Dan Campbell

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.

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