There are stories you never forget.  There are others that you want to forget!  There are stories that are undeniably life-changing.  All of them play a significant role in our lives.


New sermon series Feb. 2 – 23.  Sunday worship @ 10 am with weekly devotionals distributed and posted on FB and here on our homepage.

Last Sunday, Carl Bruger told a story about crossing the sea during a hurricane when he was 11 years old.  His story fit our sermon about “Perfect Storms – Perfect Peace in Christ.”  If you have a  brief story to share (in writing or orally), please reach out to Pastor Elaine at

She can help you tell or format your story if desired.  


Please reach out to Pastor Elaine before the date noted below: 

Week of Feb. 9             Stories of being accepted, rejected or judged                                      

Week of Feb. 16           Stories of belonging, nurturing or baptism                               

Week of Feb. 23             Stories feeling included, excluded or God’s grace


HELP PROVIDE A VISUAL EACH SUNDAY DURING THIS SERIES by bringing your favorite book or an object (picture, décor, artifact) that tells about “your story”.   We began Sunday, Feb. 2nd!





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  

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.






Let’s all plan to come together to explore Scripture, our life experiences, and traditions that shape our views about inclusion, acceptance, and justice in the practice of Christianity.  Our goal will be to write a Covenant (a statement that articulates how we envision ourselves as a congregation and how we will practice that understanding).  Details to follow but please save these tentative dates and plan to come to both gatherings if possible.   Evening hours on Wed. March 18 and Saturday, March 29 at Calvary UMC.  


                   Next Blood Drive

                 Saturday Feb 29

              10 AM-3 PM

Blood Drive December 28th Results

Thank you to all who gave!!


Our Drive held on Sat. Dec. 28 resulted in helping to save 87 lives!  We give thanks to everyone who donated and especially to John Bruton, Jimmie Hayer, Vinson Bantog, and their friends for providing terrific live music during the Drive! 


Please mark these dates on your 2020 calendar for the next Drives: 


Sat            02/29/2020             10 AM – 3 PM

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 or use this link

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

2013. Calvary United Methodist Church in Dumont, New Jersey

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