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Online Group Meetings

NEW MEDITATION OPPORTUNITY - TUESDAY EVENINGS AT 8:30 STARTING APRIL 28
"Community of Calm"
 
You are invited to join us Tuesday evenings from 8:30-9:00 for a mindful meditation time. Each week we will gather virtually via Zoom for a meditation session. All are welcome--no prior meditation practice needed.
 
Mindfulness and meditation can unleash the power within each of us to discover a place of calm and peace in the midst of the chaos of life and during stressful situations like the pandemic we are experiencing now.  
 
Our session will begin with an optional cleanse: a sharing of how you are arriving to the space (connecting mind and body). Following the cleanse, we will lead a 10 minute guided meditation. Participants are welcome to join or leave at any time.
 
Our hope is that this is an opportunity for people to meet in a supportive environment that allows individuals to grow a personal practice of meditation within a loving community.
 
Our first session will be Tuesday, April 28 at 8:30 pm. To participate in this event, contact the church office for details.
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THURSDAY EVENING STUDY LED BY DON RUDRUD

Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. To participate in this event, contact the church office and directions can be emailed to you or explained over the phone.

"The Church in Action: Being Church for Each Other in a Time of Enforced Separation"

The Book of Acts is telling the fascinating stories of fired up apostles being taken by the Spirit to plant the good news from Judea to Samaria, to Asia Minor to Greece and Rome. It features Paul the missionary who has given us so many stories and letters preserved in the New Testament to inspire and encourage us in our own spiritual quest and in battles with the forces of evil and invisible enemies that we must confront. Acts of the Apostles is about the resurrected Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit calling, gathering and strengthening the church. We will discover in the book the affirmation of the reliability of God’s promises and an experience of the acts of a living God for our life in the church of today.

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FRIDAY AFTERNOON DISCUSSION LED BY JUDIE MATTISON

Friday afternoons at 1:30 p.m.

To participate in this event, contact the church office and directions can be sent to you or explained on the phone.

Judith Mattison will be leading a group Friday afternoon at 1:30. The group will be about how to help ourselves and each other navigate through these difficult times.

What's New at Calvary

Beloved community,

This all started with the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police officers. We continue to say his name: George Floyd. Or this all started when, for generations, those in power have refused to addressed the white supremacy that is at the core of the MPD. This has caused pain and trauma among many, including people within our own community.

Our emotions are all messed up as we witness the destruction of parts of the cities we love so dearly. We feel the rage of the protesters (and we are the protesters), at the same time we lament that rage that too easily turns to violence, and we lament the mayhem caused by those who just don’t care about our neighborhoods. We grieve with the immigrant-owned businesses that have been looted, burned and gutted in the Hiawatha and Lake neighborhood. We pray with our sisters and brothers at Holy Trinity, who have been a grace-filled presence in the midst of fire all around. We pray for peace and a restful night, but we know in our heart of hearts that there will be no peace without justice.

It is not clear how protests will change with the announcement that Officer Derek Chauvin has been taken into custody. We hope and pray for an end to violence and burning. At the same time, we must and we will continue to apply the pressure that demands justice and accountability in this moment, and the reordering of our lives that must finally come in the days and years ahead. We know that the MPD is not the only institution that needs to be undone and transformed – the time has come!

So, we continue to be church together. I am grateful to be in this with you. Here are some things that we can do now:

  • We will gather for a brief Prayer Vigil today, Friday, May 29 at 5:00 PM, at Calvary, on 39th and Chicago, a block south of where George Floyd was murdered. While we will practice social distancing, please do not come if you are in a high risk category for Covid-19. If you have access to Facebook, you may go to the Calvary site for a livestream.

 

  • The Food Shelf plans to operate as usual tomorrow morning, May 30, from 9 am to noon. There is currently a need for some additional volunteers. If you are able to help out, please contact Melissa Brooks at 612-827-2504, ext. 205.

 

  • The Calvary Race Equity Committee is working with other congregations to provide rapid response support for those injured or traumatized in the midst of protests. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

The outpouring of love and support from congregations and people from the Twin Cities and across the country has been so encouraging. Your prayers and actions make a difference!  To all—members and friends alike—who are supporting our being church in this time, Thank you!

Pastor Hans


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Calvary members are actively leading discussion and study groups during this time. Join with others from the Calvary community for these events: