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A Message from Bishop Devadhar

Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

As another massacre at a school breaks our hearts, I ask that you join with me in prayer for our community in Florida that is frightened and grieving this day, and with all those around the world who suffer violence or turn to violence to express the pain that resides within.

During this season of Lent, we are reminded to turn away from sin and toward God’s love. May we do all that we can to renounce wickedness, reject evil and repent of our own individual and collective sin.

Bishop Ken Carter, my colleague in Florida, has written a response to the shooting, which I invite you to read as we join our prayers with his:

On this Ash Wednesday, our services announced the biblical imperative to “repent and believe the gospel.” In light of today’s shootings, we repent from our participation in a culture of death, we acknowledge the harm we do to others, and we claim the power of the cross that breaks the cycle of violence and retaliation.

We also grieve with the communities of Parkland and Coral Springs, Florida, in the deaths of seventeen persons and the wounding of many others on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

A number of surrounding United Methodist churches have students at this school, and our connection will support their healing ministry in the days ahead.

In Christ’s love,

Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar

Lenten Service 2/21, 2/28

On Wednesdays during Lent, join us for a reflective service with communion from 7-7:30 PM in the Sanctuary.

Red Cross Blood Drive 2/24

On Saturday, February 24th, Calvary will host a blood drive from 9-2 in the Fellowship Hall. For an appointment, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter Calvary. We need volunteers at the registration and snack tables – please email or speak to Susan G in the office to sign up.

Taizé Service 3/14

A wonderful opportunity for meditative worship, Taizé offers silence, prayer, and song. Taizé will be offered in the sanctuary on Wednesday, March 14th at 7 PM. For more information about the Taizé community, visit www.taize.fr/en.

Parishioner Assistance Available

Sometimes we need to “get by with a little help from our friends.” In the spirit of this great Beatles tune, the Calvary Missions committee surveyed our congregation last fall and discovered that we have a lot of parishioners who are very giving of their time and have offered their talents and skills to other parishioners in need. Whether you need some help getting to a doctor’s appointment, or finding someone to check in on your pets while you’re away or your child’s math homework is beyond capability, there’s a Calvary parishioner who can help with that! If you would like to learn more about what type of assistance is available, please contact Susan G in the Calvary office.

Food Pantry Donations

Don’t forget the Arlington Food Pantry when you head to the grocery store! All donations of unexpired nonperishable foods are welcome, along with baby products like diapers and wipes; hygiene items like shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soap; and household items like toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, and dish soap.

Calvary’s collection box is located in the narthex at the back of the sanctuary. Please make sure to check expiration dates before dropping off food!