Calvary Happenings

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost  

Isaiah 55:10-13
Psalm 65:[1-8] 9-13
Romans 8:1-11
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

July 12, 2020

10:00am YouTube Worship Premier
Preaching: Pastor Paul Carlson
Children’s Sermon:  Megan Downey

Sunday Worship
Please join us on YouTube for our online worship (premiering at 10am). 
Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel by clicking on this link.
You can view our bulletin and order of worship by following this link.

At 11:00 am, Pastor Paul will go LIVE on Facebook ( from the nave at Calvary to preside over a communion liturgy. He will then distribute the bread and wine/grape juice in a drive-thru style along the sidewalk of the parking lot (turn in from King Street). 

If you or someone you know may not be able to come to receive the sacrament, but would be comfortable receiving it from their front porch/door, please contact one of the pastors to arrange for this. 

Please join with your pastors and other church leaders focused on Racial Justice. View this Link for more information.

A Note of Thanks!!
Options is so grateful to Calvary Lutheran Church for their $3000 donation. We are humbled by their efforts to help us meet our 500 Who Care Campaign goal of $60,000 by reaching out to their church members and local churches. Options would not exist without our community.

OPTIONS Options, Inc. is a very important organization here in Burke County.  Options mission is to empower victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence through advocacy, shelter, support and community education. This is accomplished by providing sanctuary and compassionate services that promote empowerment, prevention, healing and recovery and they are in desperate need of donations.  Due to the COVID-19, they are down $60,000 because they were unable to hold their annual Art of Chocolate fundraiser which brings in thousands every year.  Please follow the attached link to participate in their “500 Who Care Campaign” to help support the ever growing need of keeping domestic violence victims safe.

Our book discussion continues on the Great Emergence. Join us tonight Thursday, July 9th on Zoom at 5:30pm. To purchase a copy of the book, please contact Angela Shores at Adventure Bound Books and tell her you are part of this discussion group. Please email Pastor Lauren ( if you would like to join in for this next group.

Sunday School
The Gospel of John

You are invited to join us in our next session of the Gospel of John Zoom Study on Sunday, July 12th, led by Pastor Paul and Wayne Geise.  This class will begin at 9am and wrap up around 9:45.
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 819 9193 8951

Upcoming Summer Youth Group Dates!   July 12, 19 / Aug 2, 16, 23, 30.   

These will take place on Zoom from 4:30-6:00pm so be on the lookout for an email from Megan that will include the Zoom link.

Our Quiet Pandemic Heroes

Ministries and normal activities at Calvary have drastically changed as a result of the Covid pandemic.  But, just like the staff, a large number of the Sunday service volunteers have worked diligently to provide meaningful services weekly, doing important, valuable work with very little recognition.  

These Quiet Heroes have given of their time and talents helping to keep life as normal as possible at the Church.  Frequent special trips have been made to the church to get the mail and deposit our monetary gifts so the bills can be paid.  Folks have assisted with the production, recording and presentation of the meaningful Sunday Services.  Communion presentation and preparation, a huge task,  has involved lots of extra time simply because of virus precautions.  Here special care is necessary to prevent the spread of  infection.  These faithful members of our congregation have made phone calls to check on members and to brighten their days.  Likewise, emails, texts, cards and handwritten notes have been sent.  Your support and understanding of the necessary changes has, is, and continues to be such a blessing to us all.

Through these gracious works of service (and numerous other ways) you Quiet Heroes have shared God’s love for us all.  MANY, MANY THANKS!  These have been challenging days, but by your support and help for one another we can clearly see God working good through it all.  Your ability to adapt and continue in God’s work with steadfast faithfulness is a powerful witness for the entire body of Christ.  Thank you.  You are so greatly appreciated.

Continued Blessings to us all, The Mutual Ministry Team of Calvary Lutheran

Resource Table
Christ In Our Home, Spark Kids, Augsburg Study, Living Lutheran, and Taking Faith Home are all available to pick up on the resource table in the Fellowship Hall. And don’t forget, Christ in Our Home is also available online. Sign up for a daily email, here:

How to continue to practice stewardship and Give Online: 

1) Go to our NC Synod website:
2) Click the Donate button on the top right of your screen.
3) Enter the amount you would like to give.
4) Select a fund – “Where needed most”
5) In the Optional Memo – put the name of your congregation and city. (You have 23 characters. Abiding Presence, Fuquay-Varina won’t fit. Try AP, Fuquay. Be creative but PLEASE include the city and at least an abbreviation of the church name. We can’t send checks if we do not know.)
6) Include your email address and then click continue.
7) If you are a rostered minister, the system may recognize you. Click continue.
8) The system is set to a frequency of one time. You can change that to once a week, etc. Pick a date to make your donation.
9) Fill out your credit card information and click Give.
10) Your congregation will receive a check each month with the amount given online through this portal.  

NOTE:  If you choose not to give online, you can mail your offerings to:
Calvary Lutheran Church
119 N. King St. Morganton, NC 28655.

Calvary’s Covid-19 Response Discretionary Fund:

This fund is being established to care for those who are in need, both members of Calvary directly and other needs that arise within the community as might be directly caused by our current situation with COVID-19.  Financial gifts that are designated for this fund will go to individuals or families in our congregation who have needs such as purchasing groceries, prescriptions, paying for utilities or other housing needs, etc. The funds may also be used for community efforts, such as when we provided lunch to the workers at Grace Heights. In other words, these funds will be used somewhat differently than the general pastoral discretionary funds, as they will be used specifically for this time and situation.

7/2 – Brenda Campbell
7/7 – Bob Mould
7/8 – Rachel Keisler
7/12 – Judie Huffman
7/13 – Tom Hunt
7/15 – Curtis Abernathy
7/15 – Susan Rector
7/16 – Arlene Robinson

7/18 – Brittany Isaac
7/23 – Jim Fisher
7/26 – Pattie Brittain
7/27 – Robert Buresh
7/28 – Don Blanton
7/28 – Becky Schlein
7/29 – Wes Hawn
7/29 – Wil Johnson

7/1 – Linda & Vern Myers
7/4 – Krickett & Vincent Militello
7/12 – Beverly & Steve Wilson
7/21 – Alison & Ron Lutz

7/22 – Gail Mahlandt & John Augustine
7/23 – Trina & Tim Barrier
7/24 – Tonya & Chris Cozort
7/27 – Joyce & Mike Imboden