108 Eastman Street
Cranford, New Jersey 07016


- WELCOME -
Calvary Lutheran Church invites you to GROW, CONNECT and SERVE with us
in the name of Jesus
Christ
.

Join us for Worship with Holy Communion
Sundays @ 9:30am
Thursdays @ 1:15pm

"Breakfast Bunch" Sunday School @ 8:30am


Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events
New Jersey Cares Coat Drive
Ends Sunday, December 10
We are collecting gently worn winter coats for distribution to men, women, children and infants in need.  Put your donation in the collection boxes in the Narthex and help someone stay warm this winter!
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Sunday, December 10
8:45am
Meet in the Betty Dahlquist Lounge before worship.  All are welcome to join our friendly group - even beginners!
Prayer Shawl Ministry Sale
Sunday, December 10
before and after worship
The Prayer Shawl Ministry will offer a variety of knitted and crocheted items for sale in the narthex.  All proceeds will benefit ELCA Disaster Relief.  There will be no price tags with strictly a free will donation. 
Making Treats for Christmas Caroling
Sunday, December  10
11am
Help make some yummy treats for our Christmas Caroling event on December 17th.  We need bakers to help create our special treat this year. Meet in the church kitchen, spend some time with friends and get in the Christmas Spirit!  Email Christine Newport if you can join us.
The more the merrier!
CONNECT Book Club
Tuesday, December 12
7:30pm
We will discuss “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich.  The book is about a 13-yr old Native American boy who seeks answers and justice after a terrible crime is done to his mother. Contact Mary Sterling with any questions.
Women's Bible Study Luncheon
Thursday, December 15
11:30am
Chestnut Chateau, Union
As is our Christmas tradition, the Women's Bible Study will be lunching at the Chestnut Chateau in Union. Call June Kaiser for details.  All are welcome.
Cookies and Cocoa Social
Sunday, December 17
10:30am
Stick around after service for some tasty cookies and warm cocoa and celebrate the season with your church family. 
Chirstmas Caroling
Sunday, December, 17
2:30pm
ALL AGES ARE WELCOME! 
Bring your voices & enthusiasm as we go caroling and spread Christmas joy to Calvary's shut-ins. We will meet in Fellowship Hall to begin our afternoon of caroling. After caroling, we will meet back at Fellowship Hall for some light refreshments. Please RSVP to Christine Newport by Dec.15th.
Operation Warm Heart Collection
Ongoing

Operation Warm Heart was developed by the Elizabeth Coalition to house the homeless through the cold months of winter. 14-20 individuals are housed in various houses of worship throughout Union County from December to March. The First Presbyterian Church of Cranford chapter provides various goods and services to these individuals, including a place to rest for the night. Here’s what’s needed: Gently used or new clothing (specifically heavy winter jackets, gloves, hats, scarves) and shoes (especially men’s working boots); packaged milk, sugar packets (not loose sugar), instant coffee, and tea; canned sodas and juices (for long-term shelf storage); sewing supplies (thread, buttons, etc.) laundry pods; pasta and vegetarian tomato sauce; disposable eating utensils (spoons, forks, knives, plates, bowls, napkins, hot cups, and cold cups) (unopened packages only, please!)   Questions? Please contact Meg Spatz.
Decorate the Sanctuary
Sunday, December 24
10:30am
Help us decorate the sanctuary for the birth of the Christ Child.
Children's Service
5pm
Worship similar to First Sunday, this time is geared towards families with young children.  This year, we hope to have some of the children from Calvary Nursery School and Child Care sing some chapel songs for us.
Family Service
7pm
An intergenerational retelling of the Christmas Story with special music.  Any children, youth, or adults who are interested in participating in the special service either by reading or helping with the music please let the Church Office know.  We hope to share together the story of Jesus’ birth in a way that’s fun for all ages.
Candlelight Worship
10pm
A Holy Communion service with special instrumental music and wonderful holiday choral pieces by the Calvary Choir.
Christmas Day Worship
Monday, December 25
9:30am
Service of Lessons and Carols w/Holy Communion
Sunday, December 31
9:30am
Young Adult Retreat
January 5-7
Cross Roads Camp and Retreat
Here We Stand: Putting Our Faith into Action.
What is social justice advocacy? How can I speak up and make a difference in my community? During this year's young adult retreat, learn more about injustices affecting our neighbors and gain tools from policy experts for advocating on behalf of all God's people.  This weekend retreat is for young adults ages 18-30ish.    Cost $95
First Sunday
Sunday, January 7
8:30am
The children will hear the story of how God called to Samuel.  What is God calling us to do in this New Year?
Seniors Winter Luncheon
Sunday, January 7
10:45am
All Calvary seniors are invited to a simple lunch consisting of soup, sandwiches and salad in Fellowship Hall following service at approximately 10:45 am. There is no cost and there will be a sign-up sheet in the narthex.  Contact Robin Marko for more information.
Beer & Bible
Wednesday, January 10
7pm
The Cranford Hotel
Martin Luther King Day of Service
Monday, January 15
4:30-6:30pm
Bates Hall, First Presbyterian Church of Cranford
Since we did such a great job making sandwiches for the last couple years we have been invited back to do the same.  No experience is necessary!  We will make sandwiches for the needy and have fun in the process.  With all the hands we have we finish quickly. Would love you to join us!  Please RSVP to Pat Jurpalis.                     
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service
Thursday, January 18
7pm
Trinity Episcopal Church
Framily Weekend
January 19-21
Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center
Framily = Friends + Family.  Perfect winter getaway for family and friends to experience camp together and grow in faith.  Families of all kinds are welcome.  Cost $72-$195.
CONNECT Book Club
January TBA
In the January, we will read the book “Katharina & Martin Luther:  The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk” by Michelle DeRusha.  We choose this book in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  We are not able to provide this book for borrowing.  You will need to buy it (available on amazon) or ask at your local library.  The meeting date to discuss this book will be towards the end of the month. Contact Mary Sterling with any questions.
Senior Youth Group
Sunday, January 21
7-8:30pm
First Sunday
Sunday, February 4
8:30am
Souper Bowl Sunday Collection to End Hunger
Sunday, February 4
Our youth will join with young people in churches across the country to collect money for those who are hungry and need warm shelter. Please help support our youth in this effort to “love our neighbors” by dropping your donation in the soup pot as you leave worship.   Thank you!
Valentine's Day Packages for the College Students
Sunday, February 4
time TBA
Pack up care packages for Calvary's college students. It's a great reminder that they remain in our hearts and prayers.
Elementary School Retreat
February 16-18
Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center
Humankind - Be Both.
The weekend's focus will be on what it means to be called by God to be kind to ourselves, our neighbors and our world.
For kids grades 3-5.  Make new friends, explore food and enjoy great food over this tons of fun weekend.  A perfect retreat for first time campers!
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