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Calvary’s Million Meals MobilePack with Feed My Starving Children Seeks Volunteers & Donors
GOLDEN VALLEY, MINN. (Jan. 4, 2019) – Do the math—it matters… Every day, at least 6,200 children around the world die from undernutrition. Imagine how a million meals could make a meaningful difference! For the 11th consecutive year, Calvary Lutheran Church, Golden Valley, Minn., invites the community to help turn hunger into hope, this time by providing and packing a million meals through a Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) MobilePack™ event. The event will take place Friday, Jan. 18, through Saturday, Jan. 26, at Calvary, which is located at 7520 Golden Valley Road.
Visit calvary.org/fmsc or call 763-231-2988 to make a donation and/or to register for a volunteer shift (see schedule online).
Working in two-hour shifts, volunteers will measure ingredients, fill bags, seal bags, pack boxes and stack pallets. Volunteers must be at least age 5, and student groups must follow the appropriate student-to-adult ratios (one to one through grade 2, three to one for grades 3-6, four to one for grades 7-9, five to one for grades 10-12).
The meals will be funded entirely through the financial contributions of individuals, groups and organizations. Donations to “FMSC” are being collected online, on site and by mail (Calvary Lutheran Church, 7520 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, MN 55427), with the goal of raising $220,000 (22 cents per meal).
MobilePack events enable children and adults across the United States to pack FMSC’s life-giving MannaPack meals. Churches, businesses, community groups and schools across the country have hosted these food-packing events as a way to foster teamwork and unity, while making a real difference in the fight to prevent and reverse malnutrition. FMSC provides guidance and logistics; local donors and volunteers provide funds and labor to pack the meals. FMSC's MannaPack™ Rice meals provide key nutrients a starving child needs to survive, and are distributed through various community settings: orphanages, schools, clinics, refugee camps and nutrition programs.
Christian nonprofit Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) has tackled world hunger since 1987 by sending volunteer-packed, nutritious meals to 70 countries. These meals are specifically designed to reverse and prevent malnutrition and are used in schools, orphanages, clinics and feeding programs to break the cycle of poverty. In 2016, FMSC welcomed more than one million volunteers to pack nearly 284 million meals through its permanent sites and nationwide MobilePack program. The Minnesota-based charity spends more than 90 percent of total donations directly on feeding the hungry and has earned the highest four-star rating from Charity Navigator for 12 years. Visit fmsc.org for more information.
The mission of Calvary Lutheran Church 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 ministries for children, youth and adults. For more information, call 763-545-5659 or visit calvary.org.
Public Invited to “Hope for All Seasons” Concert with Citizen Way & Chris August
GOLDEN VALLEY, MINN. (Nov. 15, 2018) - The goal of national Christian recording artists Citizen Way and Chris August is to deliver “not just music for music’s sake” but “music with a message.” The public is invited to their “Hope for All Seasons” concert at Calvary Lutheran Church, 7520 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, Minn., on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.
Tickets are available for $20 per person (preferred seating) and $12 per person (general admission) by visiting calvary.org/concert.
Citizen Way broke through the music scene in 2013 with their powerful debut album “Love Is the Evidence.” The band quickly drew in a devoted fan base as their hits "Bulletproof,” “Should’ve Been Me” and "How Sweet the Sound" took Christian radio by storm. The band continues to make an impact both on and off the air as they’ve toured the country alongside acts like MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, Mandisa and more. Their 2016 release “2.0” is available now.
Joining Citizen Way on tour is Chris August, who began his music career with such secular artists as Brian McKnight and Jessica Simpson. He became a solo Christian singer in 2010, earning the GMA Dove Awards’ New Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year honors in 2011. His album “No Far Away” also won Dove’s Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year. His song “Starry Night”—which was nominated as Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year—reached No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Songs chart. “Starry Night” is from the album “No Far Away” (2010). Other releases include “The Upside of Down” (2012), “The Maker” (2015) and his most recent album “Seasons” (August 2018).
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.
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.
“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.