This Week @ Calvary

— Caring Callers —

Want to Help During the Quarantine?
Could you make phone calls to 6 of our members, to check how they are doing, if they have any crisis-related needs, and to give encouragement?  If you can help, email or call Emily Spelde,  , 317-695-9366 or Kara Hiatt,  , 317-201-7268.

Weekly Highlights

Plan for Reopening Worship Services
Calvary has started offering in-person worship services on Saturdays (6:30 p.m.) and Sundays (8:00 & 10:45 a.m.)

We will also continue to offer online worship services and Bible study content in the coming weeks and months. Check out for video links, updates, event info, etc.

Due to the ongoing restrictions, we have constructed a plan to move forward with onsite worship, while taking necessary precautions. We include here a condensed version of our plans. Visit for the full plan.

General Words of Caution
Individuals who are part of vulnerable populations either because of age (65+) or medical condition are encouraged to stay home and participate online.

Those who join us for onsite worship will be asked to wear a mask while in the building. Extra masks will be available at the entry doors.

Worship Attendance & Service Signup
Due to the need for social distancing, we will be limiting attendance based both upon number of attendees and the number of seating locations within the sanctuary.

Those desiring to attend worship services are asked to sign up in advance.

To signup online, visit . No account or password is needed. Just an email address.

To sign up by phone, call the church office at 317-783-2000. If necessary, please leave us a voicemail with your name, date/time of the service you would like to attend, and how many people in your family.

Parking and Entering the Building
Parking will be offered in the north parking lot only.

Exterior door #1 will be propped open and hand sanitizing stations will be available at all interior and exterior doors.

Worship Service Details
We will help direct you to appropriate seating, depending on the size of your family.

The video screen will be utilized for all liturgy, hymns, and prayers.

Offering will be gathered in the appointed collection bins located at each door as you enter the sanctuary.

All fellowship/socializing among attendees should occur outside the building and maintain social distancing.

Sunday School and Bible Studies
Adult Bible Studies will continue to be conducted online. There will be no Sunday School classes provided at this time. Please see the online resources provided for families with children.

Cleaning and Sanitizing
The worship areas, narthex, and bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized prior to and between each service.

Holy Communion
As of May 27th, we have started offering Communion opportunities to our Calvary community.

  • The Lord’s Supper will be available at the conclusion of all onsite worship services over the coming weeks.
  • Those who continue to engage in online worship may set up a time to receive private communion here at the church from one of the pastors (Mon-Fri). Please contact the church office (317-783-2000 or ) to schedule a time.

(Updated) Procedures for Communion Distribution
Pastors and communion assistants will wear masks and gloves during communion distribution.

  • Plastic disposable cups will be used for the wine.
  • Following the benediction/closing hymn, the pastor will invite anyone who does not wish to receive communion to be excused. A condensed communion liturgy will follow.
  • After the Words of Institution, the pastors will carry the communion elements to a “distribution station” in the front of the sanctuary.
  • An usher will dismiss family groups one-by-one to make their way to communion.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for use prior to receiving communion.
  • Tape will be placed on the floor to mark social-distancing locations for the communion line. Individuals, couples, and families will stand in these designated locations as they wait for those in front of them to commune.
  • The pastor will place on a small plate the number of wafers and wine cups needed for the individual, couple, or family as they approach the table. After receiving the elements, the communicant(s) will be dismissed with a blessing by the communion assistant, who will then dispose of the serving plate.
  • A receptacle will be available to dispose of the communion cups before exiting the church.
  • After receiving the communion blessing, the communicants will exit the south sanctuary doors and proceed to exit the building using Entry Door #1.

No Lunch, Still Learn!  Wednesday, June 17, 11:00 a.m. Videoconference
Do you remember Biblesticks carver, Pastor Ron Vance? Besides creating out of wood he also does PENNY ART! Using a collection of pennies he learned to make mosaics, maximizing the many brown, copper and green hues of coins. Please join us for a videoconference gathering, and learn how to “use some cents!” We will connect with the free, easy Google Meet program again, 11:00 a.m. to Noon; Pastor Vance will be joining in, sharing about penny mosaics, and will answer questions. Thanks to Karen Wright, a Google Meet instruction “cheat sheet” is available. NOTE: connection can be done by phone if you do not have access to a camera-equipped device. Watch for email reminder with the link and instructions, check Calvary’s website, or contact Emily Spelde,    317-695-9366  

Need a Mask?
A supply of homemade masks has now been donated. If you would like a mask, call the church office, 317-783-2000 between 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m., Mon—Fri, to pick up or receive by mail. Quantities are limited.

Compassion—Care Cards & Resources to Help
In light of all the current happenings, we can support one another with our prayers, calls, and offers of help. We have care cards that can be sent out to our members or loved ones. We also have some resource booklets available to help with this time of stress. The booklets available are “How Faith Helps Us Overcome Anxiety” and “Letting Go of Stress: A Kid’s Guide to Putting Worry in Its Place”. Items can be picked up during office hours Mon – Fri 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  

Looking to serve? Someone you wish to nominate?
Calvary’s Nominations Committee is beginning its work of recruiting volunteers for our congregation’s ministry teams and leadership positions. If you would like to volunteer or have a suggestion of someone who would be a good fit for a position, please let us know. Contact Kara Hiatt

News from the EPIC Center Library
Thank You Les Brandt. A big shout out in thanks to Les Brandt!!  Les used his COVID-19 social distancing time to build the last installment of new bookshelves for the library.  They look wonderful and we so appreciate the workmanship that Les puts into these projects.  The Library is full up now.  No more expansions but lots of room for all the great books in our inventory.

No More Book Sales. We are no longer accepting boxes of donations for book sales. For several reasons we are no longer having the book sale.  We still love to receive individual books, new or like new best sellers, or a favorite book you would like to share.  We want to continue with the outreach into the community that the book sale achieved and we are working on a special project that will do that.  More exciting details to come.

Book Discussion. We are working on an on-line book discussion of Southernmost (that was postponed because of the virus) and will post details when we are ready to proceed.  There are still a few books available, if you want one please ask one of the Shari’s to get one from the library for you. 

Thanks as always for your support of the EPIC Center Library.

Dan and Sandy Kendall 

Vacation Bible School June 21-28—Register Now
In order to provide the flexibility needed to respond to the changing situations within our community, we will be offering VBS in a different, family-focused format this year. This family VBS approach will include both onsite and online experiences, consisting of three components:

1) A take home packet filled with crafts, activities, and other goodies picked up at the beginning of the week.

2) A series of three onsite, family experiences offered from
6:00-7:30 p.m. on Sun., Jun 21; Wed., Jun 24, and Sun., Jun 28. Join us for songs, skits, and other fun. (The exact format will follow guidelines for social distancing and be adapted to recommendations at the time of the program.)

3) Finally, pre-recorded online content and resources offered to fit your home or neighborhood situation (e.g. done as an individual family, a small group of families, or with some friends from the neighborhood).

This format will allow us to adapt to any last-minute changes in the guidelines. Most importantly, it will allow you to participate in a way that fits your comfort level and needs.

To register your child, please complete the online form at If you are interested in volunteering or providing donations, contact Kara Hiatt at or 317-201-7268. 

Compassion Ministry / Franciscan Health Donations
Compassion Ministry has chosen to partner with Franciscan Health over the summer in support of the Chin Community. We are asking for donations of BREAKFAST items for the children and HYGIENE items for the families. Calvary school has a considerable Chin population.  Can you help support them with a donation of some of the following items?

Breakfast items: Cereal, Oatmeal, Breakfast bars, muffins, etc., Raisins or dried fruit

Hygiene items: Dish soap, Laundry detergent, Shampoo, Body wash, Toothpaste 

Donations can be brought to the church office beginning the week of June 15. We hope you’ll join us in this avenue of reaching out. 

Summer Women’s Bible Study
Gideon: Your Weakness. God’s Strength by Priscilla Shirer
7 Weeks via Zoom; 6:00 p.m. Tuesdays; Jun 9 - Jul 21, 2020
Please Contact Kristen Schwark ( ) for more information or to sign-up. 

Extravagant Sharing Update
We are presently making a few adjustments to our Extravagant Sharing with Lutheran Child and Family Services’ Sharing Place. The donations gathered over these past months have been delivered to our local food pantry, Hunger Inc.  We are suspending the gathering of donations onsite at Calvary during May and June. We aim to resume gathering donations for The Sharing Place again in July with canned veggies and canned fruit. As we seek a NEW normal, we will keep you informed of how Calvary can be supporting the needs of so many. As God blesses us, so we reach out to bless others. Thank you for your care and concern for others.

Prayer Support

Submit prayer requests to the church office at (317) 783-2000 or click here for our online prayer request form.

Tony Reese, son of Margie Mason

Nelli White, friend of Amber Young

Breann Riley; Kathy Joseph; Tyson Honebrink

SuAnn Handschy; Janelle McCoy; Angie Ransdell; Jennifer Craft; Kristen Yates; John & Floyd Main, brothers of Pastor Ray Main; Wendy Hill, friend of Phil Driver; Paul Sharron, friend of Bob Wurster

Ruth Fuhrmann; Chris Hiatt; Jane Weeks; Margie Mason; Connor Miles; Bonnie Brink; Trish Kelsey, aunt of Kristen Schwark; Joel Safir, friend of Bill Laut; Julie Murdock, friend of Steve & Pattie Bardonner; Eugene Keller; Kelly Fromer, friend of Kristen Schwark; Gene Faubion, father of Jeff Faubion; Virginia Comer, Judy Irwin & Angie Verrill, friends of Margie Mason; DeAnn Head & Craig Keller, daughter & son of Eugene Keller; Becky Fields, sister-in-law of Jen Eisberg; Steve Moore, brother of John Moore; Norman Parks, brother of Ellwyn Parks; Crystal Salmon, niece of Eugene Keller; Rylan Reese, grandson of Margie Mason; Norma Crawl, mother of Mike Carpenter; Nicole Munoz, friend of Beckie Hudson; Nancy Torrence, mother of Christy Gerken; Rachel Cox, sister of Rebecca Carow; Bob Oaks, brother-in-law of Matt Francis; Fred Morales, friend of Steve & Barb Sorgius; Ronnie Anderson, brother-in-law of Margie Mason; Heinz & Lenore Jung, parents of Mark Jung; Kelly Parrish, Paula Spears, friend of Jim & Kristen Schwark; Chris Harrison, friend of Julie Sessions

Bernice Ross, mother of Dennie Morrison; Gertrude Heiden, mother of Judy Morrison; Al Durkee, father of Matthew Durkee; Debbie Reese, daughter of Margie Mason; Marsella Dickmeyer, aunt of Mike Carpenter

For restoration of peace and compassion in troublesome times

For protection for protesters and police

For God’s guidance for our nation’s leaders and all of our citizens as we seek to treat one another with respect and equality

Connor Combs (NY); Grant Behning (AL); Chaplain Bill Yates (DC); Corey Langhammer (CA); Michael Van Arsdel, grandson of Glory Van Arsdel (deployed); Tommy Austin, friend of Erin Woempner (deployed); Ryan Oaks, nephew of Matt & Joely Francis (US); Braden Wilson, son-in-law of Danielle Burris (deployed); Dylan Bruner, nephew of Patty Rothkopf (US); Anthony & Joseph Fox, grandsons of Anita Fox (AL); Nicholas Haviland, nephew of Steve & Laura Currier (CA); Mathew Giertz, godson of Rich Wilson (US); Andy & Rachel Miller, son & daughter-in-law of Mike & Susie Emmelman (VA); Colton Wilson, Caleb & Japheth Hougesen, grandsons of Rich Wilson (US); Austin Turner, nephew of Glenda Roundtree (WA); Wayde Cochran, great-nephew of  Steve & Pattie Bardonner; Rich Hougesen, son-in-law of Rich Wilson (US)

The Voice of Jesus

Pastor Kurt Ebert | May 31, 2020

How should we live as the Church in this time of COVID-19? The events of the Day of Pentecost provide for us many applications of what it means to... More

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