Calvin Announcements


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Below are our congregational announcements for the week of June 3rd – June 10th.

The Bible: a 3-part Bible Study – STARTS TODAY!!! (Updated)

We are currently planning a new short 3-part bible study focused on the Bible itself (where it came from, how we got it, how all the stuff inside is supposed to fit together, and how it’s supposed to fit into our lives of faith) Entitled, “The Bible: for beginners, believers, and the baffled”. This short study will run on Thurs. June. 1, 8, & 15 with in-person afternoon sessions starting at 1:00 p.m. and online evening sessions at 7:00 p.m. For more information, please see the attached flyer!

For those planning to join us for our online evening Sessions, please use the link below to join each Thursday night (we will be using this same link each week for the duration of the study, and it will be recirculated each week in our regular weekly announcements).

The LINK to join our upcoming Bible Study is:

Meeting ID: 813 6269 3566

Passcode: 542405

Calvin Crafters! (New) 

Just a reminder that our new group – the Calvin’s crafters – will be meeting again this Sat. June 3 @ 1-3 p.m. to enjoy a time of crafting and fellowship together. So whether you knit, crochet, sew, or do any other sort of craft you’re invited to bring your current project and join us. If you don’t have a project already on the go, you can pick up a free pattern that will be made available!!! All are welcome!

3-D Worship Sat. June 3 @ 4:30 p.m. 

Our next 3-D worship time, will be Sat. June 3 @ 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. This intergenerational time of Dinner, Discussion, and Discipleship is open to every one in our church family, and our hope is that you will be there! This month’s worship will be focused on ‘mission in our community’ with intergenerational activities focused on helping us to share God’s love with others. If you are interested in attending, please be sure to RSVP to Chelsey to let her know that you are coming. You can RSVP to Chelsey at

Hymn Sing – Sun. June 4!: (New) 

Come join us for our monthly Congregational Hymn Sing, which will take place again this Sun. (June 4) just prior to worship beginning at @ 10:45 a.m.  Come early and enjoy singing some of your favourite hymns to God’s praise!

First of the Month Fellowship Luncheon + Guests!: (New)

Just a reminder that this Sunday (June 4) will be the first Sunday of the month, and that on the first Sunday of the month we invite everyone to bring potluck goodies to share during our time of fellowship downstairs following the worship service. We’d like to invite everyone to consider bringing a little extra to share as we’re currently expecting to be joined by guests from the General Assembly (which officially begins Sun. evening; please see below for more details)

Communion Date: 

Just a reminder that our next service of Holy Communion will be held this Sun. June 4 @ 11:00 a.m. While we will continue to be using the individually pre-packaged communion elements, the plan will be to have the elders distribute them to the congregation during worship using the traditional communion trays.

General Assembly 2023!:

The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada (the highest meeting of our national church) will be taking place, here in Halifax, from Sun. June 4 – Wed. June 7. As Rev. Koslowski has been named to attend this year’s meeting, please be advised that he will be out of the office during that time.

VBS – Save The Date: (Update)

Summer 2023 VBS is coming from July 10-14! Please see the ’Save the Date’ announcement that’s attached. A link to register online is below. Please contact Chelsey if you would like more information or are interested in registering.

Please use the Link below to register on-line:

Summer Choir rehearsal: 

For June, July and August, choir will rehearse prior to service at 10:30 each Sunday morning. If you would like to sing with us on any Sunday, just come at 10:30 and we will have music and a big welcome ready for you.

Counters Needed! 

Collection Counters are needed for August and September.  Please contact Pam MacFarlane if you are able to count a couple of weeks over the summer. It’s the best time to learn!

Pastoral Care Team

If you know someone in the congregation that could benefit from hearing from their Church Family please contact Kaitlyn Power ( 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.

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 20 families, (over 35 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 ( or 902-445-9161)

Food Cupboard: 

If you would like to donate food – please consider cereal, spaghetti, kraft dinner, Mr. noodles, puddings, granola bars, and other individually wrapped snacks, instant coffee, toilet paper, and feminine hygiene products & pet food (dog and cat).  Where it is cold out, we cannot put canned goods out, as they will freeze. Packages of Rice, Potatoes, Oats and just add water muffin or bread packages are appreciated – as well as bars of soap, toothpaste, and shampoo. Monetary donations can be made with your offering by noting “Mission and Outreach Food Cupboard” with your contribution.  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.  If you have any questions about this program, please contact Allison Power ( or 902-445-9161)

Prayer Chain:

For items to be added to the Prayer Chain, please email 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.

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:

(***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)

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 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
Lay Youth & Outreach Minister: Chelsey Joudrie
Music Director: Faith Daley, B.A., B.Ed.

Clerk of Session: Stephanie Bilodeau

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


Rev. Michael Koslowski
Calvin Presbyterian Church
3311 Ashburn Ave., Halifax  N.S.

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