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Calvary Hosts Community Event Featuring Chili Cook-off, Live Music, Fun & Games
GOLDEN VALLEY, MINN. (Sept. 6, 2018) - The last official day of summer is cause for special celebration and a chance to gather outdoors with neighbors and friends. In that spirit, Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley, Minn., invites the community to the Calvary Block Party on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. The event will be free of charge and located in the church’s outdoor park at 7520 Golden Valley Road.
Calvary will provide free chili with all the fixings, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, as well as other refreshments. The event will feature live music, bonfires and a wide assortment of activities, including bag toss, giant yard games, 9 Square in the Air and more.
The public is also invited to participate in the event’s chili cook-off contest. Register for the chili cook-off by visiting calvary.org/blockparty; the registration deadline is Sunday, Sept. 16. For a $20 registration fee and two gallons of chili, participants will be eligible to win two all-inclusive Vikings game tickets and apparel (first place), and an Instant Pot and Hackenmueller’s gift certificate (second place). The popular vote winner will receive a trophy. Further details (i.e., cooking and serving instructions) are provided in the registration materials; the contest is limited to the first 40 entries.
Everyone who either casts a vote in the chili cook-off contest or shows a new “like” for Calvary’s Facebook page by cell phone or tablet will receive a ticket for free brunch back at the church on Sunday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon (one free ticket per person). The brunch menu will include eggs, breakfast meats, pastries, fruit and beverages (regularly $5 per person).
Visit calvary.org/blockparty for all the details.
The mission of Calvary is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Established in 1946, Calvary offers five weekly worship services and a wide variety of activities for children, youth and adults. For more information, visit calvary.org or call 763-545-5659.
“Wonder” (PG) Conveys Inspiring Message About How to Treat Others
GOLDEN VALLEY, MINN. (June 7, 2018) – Calvary Lutheran Church, Golden Valley, Minn., invites the public to a free outdoor movie night on Thursday, June 21, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The movie “Wonder” will be played in Calvary’s expansive park on the church’s north side. Calvary is located at 7520 Golden Valley Road.
Based on the New York Times bestseller, “Wonder” tells the story of August Pullman, a fifth-grade boy born with facial differences, and his journey of entering a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Rated PG, the movie carries a moving message for all ages about how we treat others who are different from us.
Free snacks will be provided. Attendees are asked to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs.
GOLDEN VALLEY, MINN. (June 4, 2018) – Calvary Lutheran Church, Golden Valley, Minn., is pleased to announce and welcome the Reverend Zach Thompson as the congregation’s new senior pastor.
Thompson assumed his role at Calvary on Friday, June 1. He is now responsible for overseeing the church’s mission to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, which involves not only working with staff and members in outward-focused, Bible-based ministry, but also building positive, impactful partnerships with other congregations and organizations.
“I have a passion for sharing the Good News of Jesus and helping people discover how He has wired them to make a difference in the world,” said Thompson. “This will remain Calvary’s invitation to everyone who comes through our doors: to discover that sense of belonging and purpose that we all long for and were made for.”
A fourth-generation Lutheran pastor, Thompson most recently served as the lead pastor of Rejoice! Lutheran Church in Dundas, Minn. (near Northfield). Rejoice! doubled in its attendance since he took the helm nearly five years ago; two-thirds of the congregation’s adults are now participating in weekly small groups focused on caring for one another and encouraging each other in living out God’s plan for their lives.
Thompson has also held pastoral positions at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Afton and Lutheran Church of Hope in Des Moines, Iowa. He earned his bachelor's degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and his Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul.
“I believe with all my heart that God has great plans for Calvary and this community, and I so look forward to being part of what He is going to do,” said Thompson.
Established in 1946, Calvary Lutheran Church offers five weekly worship services and a wide variety of activities for children, youth and adults. For more information, visit calvary.org or call 763-545-5659.
Free Pancake Breakfast with Kids Crafts, Stories & Egg Hunt to Be Held March 17
GOLDEN VALLEY, MINN. (March 1, 2018) – As the snow thaws and people’s cabin fever subsides, the “Celebrate Spring” event will help gather the community for fun and food—all for free! “Celebrate Spring” will take place on Saturday, March 17, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 7520 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, Minn.
Guests are invited to enjoy:
The pancake breakfast will feature Chris Cakes, the national leader in pancake production and entertainment. Chris Cakes’ specially designed giant griddles alone are worth coming to see. What will make the experience even more unique is when the pancake cooks do pancake-flipping tricks, one of which is to toss pancakes to people with their awaiting plates. In addition to free all-you-can-eat pancakes, the menu will include sausage links, coffee, milk, apple juice and orange juice at no charge.
Public Invited to Open Houses Set for Feb. 20GOLDEN VALLEY, MINN. (Feb. 7, 2018) – Two programs of Calvary Early Childhood, located at 7520 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, Minn., are now accepting registrations for the 2018-2019 school year. The public is invited to learn more about Calvary Pre-Kindergarten and Calvary Hourly Childcare at open houses set for Tuesday, Feb. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m.Calvary Pre-Kindergarten offers a variety of preschool class options—both half- and full-day—for ages 2½ to 5. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Evangelical Lutheran Education Association (ELEA), Calvary Pre-Kindergarten prepares children for life tomorrow by honoring where they are today. Based on National Accreditation and Minnesota Early Learning Standards, the school’s curriculum focuses on the development of the whole child—physical, social-emotional, cognitive and spiritual. Visit calvary.org/pre-k for more information and to register.Calvary Hourly Childcare provides flexible, part-time childcare and age-appropriate educational activities for children ages 16 months to 5 years. Registered families may take advantage of call-ahead “drop-in” services and permanent reservations from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, September through May. The center features two classrooms: one geared for toddlers (16 months-32 months), the other for preschoolers. Registration and fee information is available at calvary.org/hourly or by calling 763.545.9042. Calvary Hourly Childcare, Calvary Pre-Kindergarten and Calvary Childcare Center make up the Calvary Early Childhood programs affiliated with Calvary Lutheran Church. Established in 1946, Calvary offers five weekly worship services and a wide variety of activities for children, youth and adults, all under the mission to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. For more information, visit calvary.org or call 763-545-5659.###