Christ is Born!

Christ is Born!

Hurry to Bethlehem! A Savior is Born! Join Calvary UMC for a special Christmas Eve service, featuring prayer, inspired readings and music — 7 p.m. Tuesday. Bless your Christmas and . . . hurry to...

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Calvary Lemoyne UMC invites you to become a part of our mission to serve the neediest in our community and to engage in worldwide ministry. Help us in our mission to spread the love of Jesus Christ. Mail checks to: Calvary Lemoyne UMC 700 Market St, Lemoyne, PA 17043 Online donation options coming...

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Pastor’s Page

Pastor’s Page

Starting Over Redux About this time last year, the Rev. Dr. Lew Parks wrote in these pages about the challenge of either “dawdling in a memory or heading out for a new experience.” His ruminations were prompted by a re-reading of Ezra and Nehemiah, which told of the return of the Jews to Jerusalem from their Babylonian exile. Pastor Lew mused about the choices the returnees had when they found that their city and temple, destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar’s army, remained in ruins after so many years: they could break down and cry; grumble and wish they didn’t have to deal with the difficult task of rebuilding, or ask their enemies for help. None of the options were palatable. Instead, they prayed to the God whom they had once turned their backs on and set about starting over. The story of the returning Israelites is our story today, Pastor Lew wrote. Over and over we must find a way to begin anew in life because life is not static but evolving. Change, pleasant or otherwise, is constant, and we must adapt. And we at Calvary find ourselves in that position today: we are changing shepherds of the flock once again. I say “we” because I feel blessed to be part of the Calvary family, but I’m acutely aware that the change is difficult for some. Let’s set about starting over, together. As it happens, there’s a similarity between Pastor Lew’s comments and my first sermon at Calvary, “We’re Doing a New Thing”, which also deals in part with the exiles’ liberation from Babylonian captivity and return to their homeland. My take, however, deals not with the daunting task of rebuilding a city but with the comforting news that God goes with us and prepares our way. The Israelites were leaving a terrible setback, and protected by God, they were proceeding to a bright future. Our story today, Calvary, is not one of calamity but of uncertainty due to attrition in recent years in our numbers. If I can steal a line from Sam Cooke, a change is gonna come. But it’s a bright one, church, because we’re doing a new thing. One final word about Pastor Lew: I am indebted to him for his graciousness. He has helped and advised me tremendously during this transition. Somebody once said folks don’t have to be nice, and when they are, they don’t have to be nice to you. Pastor Lew has been unbelievably nice to me, and I will be forever grateful. Pastor Russell Thanks to All Who Came To Welcome Pastor Russell To...

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Home Page

THIS SUNDAY’S MESSAGE: YOU GAVE GOD WHAT? JOIN US 10:15 A.M. EACH SUNDAY FOR INSPIRED WORSHIP Calvary United Methodist Church 700 Market St, Lemoyne, PA. EMAIL: CALVARYUMCLEMOYNE@VERIZON.NET   THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED WELCOME PASTOR RUSSELL GOODMAN INTO CALVARY’S PULPIT: JOIN US FOR A CELEBRATION...

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Summer 2019

JW’s Best and Why We Need Them Now More than Ever An institution that has nourished many of us is shaking at the foundations these days: The United Methodist Church. As institutions go it is not exceptionally old, fifty-one years to be exact. Most of the senior members of Calvary are in their third iteration of a Wesleyan denomination: United Brethren, Evangelical United Brethren (1946), United Methodist (1968). The shaking of the foundations has two main sources: the debates surrounding the interpretation of scripture on human sexuality and the changing climate of religious belief, specifically the increase in numbers of persons who identify themselves as having no religious belief, at least “none” as it relates to a religious institution. We talk regularly about these two subjects in the adult Sunday School class and you are welcome to join the conversation any time. In these uncertain days I find it helpful to remember that there is a Wesleyan tradition, spirit, and character, a Wesleyan Way of being a Christian if you will, that transcends the ups and downs of the institutions that lay claim to the name Methodist. The Wesleyan Way is captured best in the sermons of John Wesley which were intended to be the basic teaching and formation tool of the people called Methodist. The sermons of JW amplified by stories from his long life (1703-1791), the wonderful poetry of his brother Charles, and a little help from Methodist scholars, past and present, remain a very effective tool. They spell out a unique path of salvation, separate the essentials from the nonessentials, and provide next steps for growth in love of God and neighbor. Please join me in the worship this June as we listen together to the wisdom of three of my favorite John Wesley sermons. There will be more scattered across the coming year. In July our seminary intern, Kayla Shaffer, will share her call story and start our series on the The Gospel in Baseball. (Spoiler alert: she is a Yankee fan). Kayla’s last Sunday with us is the first Sunday in August. On that Sunday she will start the month long Listening for God on Broadway series with the musical, Beauty and the Beast. The summer’s worship projections follow below. See you at the sanctuary/ballpark/theatre! Pastor Lew...

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