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Under the Steeple | Issue 004 | July 2014

Under the Steeple | Issue 004 | July 2014

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In this issue:
• “Meet-n-Greet” New Pastors
• New Building Use Defined
• Missionary Update
• VBS Leads ‘The Way’
In this issue:
• “Meet-n-Greet” New Pastors
• New Building Use Defined
• Missionary Update
• VBS Leads ‘The Way’

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Published by: Calvary United Methodist Church on Jul 06, 2014
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 A Thank You from Pastor Grant
Dear Calvary Family, We wanted to thank you for the gracious and warm send-off on June 22nd. We were blessed by many kind words and friendly embraces. My family has appreciated our time serving Christ alongside you, and you have helped shape our future service in ministry. We will carry the love you have shared with us, and gladly know that we are connected in heart and spirit each time we worship and gather at our Lord's table. May God continue to richly bless Calvary and her ministries. With gratitude, Grant, Amy, Lily and Clara Armstrong
 A Chance to “Meet-n-Greetwith the New Pastors
Pastors Debbie and Randy Reese will officially start at Calvary effective July 1, 2014. Calvary’s Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) would like to extend to all Calvary members an opportunity to get to better know Pastors Debbie and Randy. Between July 10 and August 18, SPRC is offering “Meet-n-Greet” sessions where the congregation can attend to learn more about Pastors Debbie and Randy and discuss topics of interest. These sessions will be approximately 90 minutes in length and take place at Calvary. Please sign up to attend the session that fits your schedule by stopping by the Connections Center this morning, contacting Angie Bicknell in the Calvary office (452-5413, or angie.bicknell@connectwithcalvary.org), or signing up online at http://link.connectwithcalvary.org/meetngreet. Childcare is also being offered for various sessions as indicated on the schedule; please indicate if you require childcare when signing up. Attendance at each session will be kept to approximately 50 members in order for Pastors Debbie and Randy and attendees to get to know each other and to keep the conversation at a more personal level.
Meet-n-Greet Schedule
Date | Time | Location
Thursday, July 10 | 6:30-8:00 | Room 111
Tuesday, July 15 | 6:30-8:00 | Rooms 113/115 (Childcare available with advanced request)
Thursday, July 17 | 4:30-6:00 | Room 111
Monday, July 21 | 1:00-2:30 | Room 111
Wednesday, July 23 | 7:00-8:30 | Room 111 (Childcare available with advanced request)
Sunday, July 27 | 1:30-3:00 | Room 111
Sunday, July 27 | 4:00-5:30 | Room 111 (Childcare available with advanced request)
Tuesday, July 29 | 4:30-6:00 | Room 111
Thursday, July 31 | 7:00-8:30 | Room 111
Monday, August 4 | 4:30-6:00 | Room 111 (Childcare available with advanced request)
Thursday, August 7 | 6:30-8:00 | Room 111
Sunday, August 10 | 1:30-3:00 | Room 111 (Childcare available with advanced request)
Sunday, August 10 | 4:00-5:30 | Room 111
Tuesday, August 12 | 6:30-8:00 | Rooms 113/115
Thursday, August 14 | 7:00-8:30 | Room 111
Monday, August 18 | 4:30-6:00 | Room 111 (Childcare available with advanced request)
this issue
“Meet-n-Greet” New Pastors
 New Building Use Defined
 Missionary Update
 VBS Leads ‘The Way’
Keeping Open Doors at Calvary
New Building Use Policy brings more structure for ministry and fellowship to thrive
(Re)Ignite Your Passion
We believe that church is more than a building, it is a body—one that serves, laughs, learns, and loves together. Whether you’re new to Calvary or have gotten disconnected, now might be a great time to explore new study, service, and fellowship opportunities available. IGNITION is an hour-long course designed to overview what’s happening at Calvary, look at your individual gifts and skills, and help you find meaningful ways to connect into the life of the church. To RSVP, stop by the Connections Center on Sundays or visit
Sunday, July 27 10:45 am Room 111
With a newly expanded building and increased opportunities to grow, fellowship and play, Calvary’s Trustees Committee has updated the church’s Building Use Policy. Calvary’s Church Council recently approved the updated policy, effective June 1, which is designed to do several things:
Facilitate a more effective utilization of the building for Calvary ministries that are meeting the mission and vision of the church.
Establish an appropriate fee structure for non-ministry uses of the building by various community groups.
Clarify the process and expectations for church members wishing to use the church for personal purposes.
Priorities of Use
One of the first things this policy set out to do was to establish a hierarchy of priority for activities seeking use of the church facility. Following are the scheduling priorities for room usage, from highest to lowest: 1.
Calvary church events
 organized to carry out the mission of the church. 2.
Church-related groups
 formally approved as a church-sponsored organization. 3.
Calvary member weddings
. 4.
Calvary member special events
, such as family reunions, anniversaries, and birthdays. 5.
Non-church member weddings
. 6.
Non-church related community service organizations
 approved by a pastor or Calvary Committee or represented by a Calvary member. 7.
. The facilities of the church are not available for partisan purposes, for recruitment of members for clubs outside the church, for private enterprise, or for fundraising purposes for organizations outside the church.
Update from Dr. Elma Jocson in the Philippines
By Carroll Bross, Outreach Committee 
Calvary recently received an update from our covenant missionary, Dr. Elma Jocson, telling of her current activities. She is at home in her native Philippines, on leave from her normal duties with the General Board of Global Missions, as she tends to her own medical needs and the needs of her aging mother. She appreciates the resources that are available in Manila as opposed to those available in the remote locations in which she’s served for a number of years. She stays actively involved in her local United Methodist church as well as conference participation. She fulfills speaking engagements and leads a women’s Bible study. Her work in a training hospital as a consultant pediatric surgeon provides her with opportunities to perform complex surgeries on babies and small children. She continues to do God’s work, reardless of where she is.
June Baptisms
June 8Maddux Raymon Hull June 15 Sophia Britt Henderson, Dillin Michael Henderson June 22 Delaney Mae Wall
June Altar Flowers
June 22Parker and Sharon Lawlis' 50th Wedding Anniversary
July 2
1st Wednesday
July 4-12
CSM Reach Workcamp
July 9
Family Park Day at Rosa Parks Commons
July 14
Illinois Electric Cooperative Association Geothermal Check Presentation
July 27
IGNITION Connections Class
August 6
1st Wednesday
August 13
Family Park Day at Rosa Parks Commons
Building Fees
Events and activities that are under Calvary’s ministry committees (categories 1 and 2) have been accounted for through the annual budgeting process, and will not incur building use fees. Weddings (categories 3 and 5) fall under a special fee schedule, which is determined by the wedding party and Calvary at the time of reservation. Because personal use of the facility by members (category 4) typically requires little set-up and maintenance, there is no fee assessed. For non-church community groups (category 6) looking to use the facility, a nominal, at-cost fee (typically $25 per room) will be assessed to cover the custodial support and ongoing maintenance of the building.
Making a Room Reservation
Make a timely request
Because all requests are reviewed by the appropriate church committee, please allow at least two weeks prior to your event date for request approval. Due to the evolving nature of ministry, we also limit reservations to no more than 3 months in advance.
Request through the appropriate committee
For ministry-related activities, you will need to determine which ministry committee your activity falls under: Worship & Creative Arts, Adult Ministry, Family Ministry, or Outreach. For personal and community use, or you may use the General Request form listed below, which is reviewed by a Community Engagement committee. We highly suggest you meet with the appropriate committee leader prior to making your request; for a listing of current committee leaders, contact the Calvary office at (309) 452-5413.
Make your request online
Because of the committee-based process for reviewing requests, we ask that you complete one of the following forms, based on your request type:
 Adult Ministry Requests
 (bible studies, small groups): http://link.connectwithcalvary.org/adultministryform
Outreach Requests
 (service groups): http://link.connectwithcalvary.org/outreachform
Personal and Community Use Requests
: http://link.connectwithcalvary.org/generalform In most situations, you will receive a confirmation regarding your reservation request within two weeks. Should you have any questions or require assistance in the request process, please contact the church office at (309) 452-5413. The full Building Use Policy is available for viewing here: http://link.connectwithcalvary.org/buildingusepolicy

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