Do No Harm: Called to More
BE the Positive Force God Seeks in Our World
2020 Lenten Worship, Small Group, and Outreach Gatherings
Please participate as your schedule allows! ALL ARE WELCOME!
Sunday, March 1 @ 10 AM What Does “More” Look Like?
When Jesus said, “I came that you might have abundant life,” what did he mean? Using the metaphor of Jesus as the shepherd, we’ll explore the rich pastures that Jesus leads us to in life. We’ll also look at the role of the shepherd as the gatekeeper... can we do harm if we’re not careful?
Sunday, March 8 @ 10 AM Face the Dark to Reach the Light
To find true healing, we need to first face the hard truths within ourselves or in our communities. These places of brokenness are a form of darkness and Christ wants to pull us into His light. It’s not easy to be vulnerable and transparent, but the rewards are well worth the risk. Especially when God freely offers us the gift of amazing grace and the courage of the Holy Spirit.
Sunday, March 15 @ 10 AM You Are Not Your Sin
We will look at “sin” which we often allow to identify us. Many of us easily remember our wrong doings and attach demeaning names to ourselves as we do. Jesus says that we are not our sin. Jesus sees us for who we are and who we can be.
Sunday, March 22 @ 10 – 11:45 AM
We’ll gather for worship and scripture-based conversation around questions including: “Who are the people that God calls us to serve and be in community with?” “Why do people need Calvary as a local church, or each of us as Christian disciples?” Our guided process will lead us to our next level of work.
Sunday, March 29 @ 10 – 11:45 AM
Building on the conversation from March 22, we will explore biblical examples and our understanding of the covenant relationship God has with us. In this context, a covenant represents our collective vision of how we will serve God by imitating the teachings and life of Jesus Christ. In a time when both the relevancy of God and church are questioned by so many people, we believe this is a critical step in the vitality and future of Calvary UMC.
Sunday, April 5 @ 10 – 11:45 AM
We will reserve this Sunday to complete our work on our Covenant statement.* Without a strong and clear Covenant, we can be like the crowds in Jerusalem who moved from the joy of Palm Sunday’s “Hosannas” to the jeers of Good Friday’s “Crucify Him!” Our worship on this Palm / Passion Sunday, will help us remember how to fix our eyes on Jesus rather than to fall to the temptation of betraying or denying our relationship with Christ. We trust that God has “called us from doing harm to a more abundant way of living!
*If we finished our Covenant on March 29, worship will resume in the Sanctuary for Palm Sunday with light refreshments to follow.
Friday, April 10 @ 7:30 PM Good Friday Worship Service
In the darkest and most painful of moments, nailed to a cross, paying the price for sins he did not commit, Christ shows us love and forgiveness in a manner that humanity had never experienced. This reflective service is geared for teens and adults.
Sunday, April 12 @ 10 AM Easter
The amazing news of the Gospel is not only that Jesus sacrificed his life so that we might receive forgiveness, but that death did not have the last word. Jesus was raised from the dead. In his resurrection, we also find new life now and forever… a new life that is full of hope and promise!!!
RISE TOGETHER AGAINST HUNGER!
REGISTER NOW SATURDAY MARCH 21
Pack a half million meals in one day? Nothing is impossible with Jesus.
There are more than 7 billion people in this world and more than 800 million of them are hungry. Everyone deserves an education and the opportunity flourish – but in order to do this they need enough to eat. Bring your family, friends, community groups and BE PART OF SOMETHING BIG! Greater New Jersey UMCs have invited Rise Against Hunger to partner with us in packing nonperishable meals. Rise Against Hunger will provide the food and materials. Volunteers ages 5 years+ will pack these meals for individuals around the world.
Each participant is encouraged to make a donation to offset the costs
Where: Korean Community UMC in Englewood.
When: Three shift options: 9-11 AM; 12-2 PM; and 3-5 PM.
Who and How: If you wish to register as a Calvary UMC+ friends group, please contact Pastor Elaine TODAY at 201-384-3630 or Calvary185@verizon.net.
Otherwise, sign up as an individual by going to: and follow the prompts.
Don’t delay as these shifts will fill up quickly! There are additional locations within NJ; Englewood is closest to us.
OPPORTUNITITES FOR ALL TO SERVE THIS SPRING 2020
Everyone* is invited to participate!
Let’s spread a little kindness in our community!
RISE TOGETHER 50,000 MEALS ASSEMBLY EVENT – Sat. March 21
Be part of something BIG! Join 2,000 volunteers throughout NJ on Sat. March 21st. Help assemble non-perishable meals for Rise Against Hunger; enough to feed 2,000 people for one year. Bring your family, friends, work colleagues, groups, teams…
Where: Korean Community UMC in Englewood (closest of six sites in NJ)
When: Three shift options: 9-11 AM; 12-2 PM; and 3-5 PM.
Who and How: Ages 5 to 105 yrs. Go to: www:gnjumc.org and follow the prompts.
Each participant is encouraged to make a donation to offset the costs of the meal packing. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 18th!
WALK IN DINNERS FOR PERSONS WHO ARE DIFFERENTLY ABLED
Wednesdays Mar 25, Apr 29, May 27
A free dinner & fellowship to 100 persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or mental illness in our church hall. Set-up at 4 PM. Dinner 5-6:00 PM followed by clean up. We see God at work in the lives of the volunteers and guests at the Walk in Dinners. It is a very special ministry at Calvary! Call Nancy Hutchinson for details via Calvary UMC office, info below.
GARDEN FOR THE HUNGRY – RIGHT HERE AT CALVARY
Help Tony Lee prepare the garden and plant vegetables grown for local food pantries. Tony will begin the work in early to mid March. Contact UMC office, see below.
FAMILY PROMISE SHELTER THE HOMELESS – Apr 3, Nov 15
Join a small team that makes a big difference to homeless families staying for a week at nearbyDemarest UMC. Help is needed to prepare & serve dinner and visit with the families from 6:15-8:15 PM. Two chaperones are needed to stay overnight. No cost to volunteers. ContactCalvary UMC office, info below.
MESSY CHURCH FOR FAMILIES – Saturday, April 4, 4:30 to 6:30
Messy Church is an alternative or additional way to grow in relationship with God. We have a ton of fun learning through crafts, science, games, acts of caring, and storytelling. We also enjoy a simple dinner together! Contact Calvary UMC office
COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVES HERE AT CALVARY
We are seeking volunteers to help greet donors and staff the refreshment table. Persons who would like to play an instrument or sing are also invited to contact John Bruton of Calvary’s “On the Wing’s Band.” We host four drives each year. Calvary UMC Office 201-384-3630 or
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++OPEN TO ALL PERSONS,
TEENS AND ADULTS
SEEKING TO ASK,EXPLORE,
AND UNDERSTAND INCLUSIVENESS
YOU ARE WARMLY INVITED
TO THIS SMALL GROUP CONVERSATION
ABOUT FAITH, THE BIBLE, AND SEXUALITY
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY? HOW DOES OUR EXPERIENCE, TRADITION, AND REASON INFORM US?
FIVE SESSIONS IN A SAFE SPACE CALVARY UMC, DUMONT, NJ
Friends and members of Calvary are doing some deep soul searching during this Season of Lent. We want to be a safe place for our community. A place where we can all learn to “Do No harm” to self and others. A place where we can live together in the abundance of Christ’s love. We hope you join us as we share honestly and practice respect and love as we grow in our understanding of how to live in a world of tremendous diversity.
Sundays, March 8, 15, 22, 29 & April 5 @ 11:30 – 1 PM OR
Mondays, March 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6 @ 7 to 8:30 PM
(Participants can “move between” Sunday and Monday dates as needed)
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUESTED BY MARCH 8TH. Call 201-384-3630 or email
Calvary UMC 185 W. Madison Ave, Dumont NJ 07628
(Between Cooper Ave and Prospect Ave – enter parking lot from Cooper)
Each video session of the “Faithful and Inclusive…” resource features the faith journeys of members of the LGBTQ community and their families. For video previews and reviews, go to Additional resource material will expand the conversation beyond the United Methodist denomination. For additional questions, please contact Rev. Elaine Wing, pastor of Calvary UMC.
Next Blood Drive
Tuesday June 9, 3-8 PM
Please mark these dates on your 2020 calendar for the next Drives:
Tue 06/09/2020 3-8 PM
Sat 09/26/2020 10 AM – 3 PM
Tue 12/29/2020 3-8 PMP
"If you are looking for reasons to donate blood consider these four:
1. Every 2.5 seconds someone will need blood.
2. Each donation can save up to three lives.
3. Members of the “On the Wings Band” entertain you while you donate in an air-conditioned room.
4. The Drive, which is co-sponsored by the Dumont Police Department, Dumont Volunteer Ambulance Corps, On the Move Signs and Graphics, and Calvary United Methodist Church will take place at the church from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The church is located at 185 West Madison between Cooper and Prospect streets in Dumont.
Although “walk-ins” are welcome, organizers encourage prescheduling your appointment so that equipment and staffing are reduce any wait time. Call toll free at 201-251-3703 to make an appointment.
Donors are reminded to eat a substantial meal or snack before donating and to drink plenty of fluids the day before, and of, the Drive. It only takes about an hour to donate whole blood (about 10 minutes are spent donating) while platelets require more time and an appointment is advised.
All blood types are needed especially O Negative and platelets. Persons in good health as well as those whose diabetes is under control are generally able to give blood.
Phlebotomist Melissa Barco, Donor Judy Bjorkman Parker of Closter, Rev. Elaine Wing, Captain Dave Oldewurtel of the Dumont Ambulance Corps and Dumont, and Police Officer Eric Abrahamsen pause to celebrate Parker’s gift of 62 units of life-saving blood. Another Donor, Eleanor King of Dumont (not pictured) also gave her 62nd unit of blood to Community Blood Services at the October Drive.
Photo courtesy of Neeta Thomas