Church School Classes

Church School Classes & Year-Round Small Groups

 

Calvary Book Club

Time: 3rd Monday of the month, 7:00 p.m.

Location: Board Room

Facilitators: Gordon Kieft & Judy Griswold (gordonkieft@msn.com, jgandjm@aol.com)

    This year’s book list is available on the Kiosk. You may join the group for one or all of the book discussions. Leadership is shared. For further questions or to sign up, contact Gordon Kieft or Judy Griswold. Come and enjoy thoughtful and informative discussions.

 

Reed Circle

Time: 3rd Tuesday of the month, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Youth Lounge

Leader: Becky Worford (beckygene@comcast.net)
     Reed Circle is a part of American Baptist Women. The circle is named after missionaries David and Joyce Reed. Joyce and David serve as regional consultants alongside partner Baptist conventions in Iberoamerica and the Caribbean with a focus on spiritual renewal, spiritual formation and vocational calling. We have various interesting programs and we also have time for fellowship. We welcome all women of Calvary who would be interested in joining us. We enjoy fellowship together and have a variety of interesting programs throughout the year. 


Bethell Circle

Time: 2nd Monday of the month, 10:00 a.m.

Location: Youth Lounge

Leader: Norma Wick (normawick@comcast.net)

     Bethell Circle helps support Lauran Bethell, who lives in the Netherlands, and is a Global Consultant for International Ministries (ABC-USA). Lauran is a global consultant for human trafficking. Her main goal is to encourage new grassroots projects addressing the exploitation and abuse of women and children, many of whom are victims of trafficking. Based in the Netherlands, she travels extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas to teach, train and consult. At each meeting we enjoy fellowship together and receive an offering to help support Lauran’s ministries and items for American Baptist Women Ministries White Cross.

     At our September meeting we will decide on a theme together and then plan our programs for the year around that theme. Last year our theme was “A Gift of Hope.” All women are welcome to join us.

 

Myers Circle

Time: 4th Monday of the month, 10:00 a.m.

Location: Various Members’ Homes

Leader: Cindy DeHate (303-368-8208)

     Myers Circle is a group of women who help to support Terry and Tom Myers, missionaries working with the Baptist Union of Bulgaria. Tom works primarily in development and in job and small business creation, using these as a means to address the issues of poverty and trafficking. Terry’s work includes managing a literacy program with Roma children, working with victims of human trafficking, coordinating the Union’s partnership with International Ministries and providing support to short-term mission teams.

     Myers Circle also supports White Cross which provides practical ways for individuals and churches to help the most vulnerable in our world. Focusing on the small, everyday things that people need, like diapers, baby gowns and blankets, bandages and vitamins, White Cross supplies hundreds of items to dozens of different ministries. 

     We enjoy fellowship and personal growth time at our meetings, in addition to supporting the Myers and White Cross. All women are welcome. Please contact Cindy DeHate for more information.

 

Tuesday Morning Prayer and Study Group 

Time: Tuesdays, 8-9am, (Sept. 25 – Dec. 11, except for Nov. 20)

Location: Youth Lounge 

Coordinator: Judy Griswold (jgandjm@aol.com)

Discussion Facilitator: Rev. Anne Scalfaro (ascalfaro@calvarydenver.org)

     Join us for a time of fellowship, prayer, and study as we read and discuss together Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi by Amy-Jill Levine. Please bring your own copy of the book. One copy will be available in the library. All are welcome! For the first session, please read the Introduction to the book. 

 

Tuesday Bible Study

Time:  Tuesdays 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Location: Youth Lounge

Contact:  Judy Baumgartner (sjbgram@gmail.com)   

Leader: Rev. Morgan C. Fletcher   

Current Book:  Moses - In the Footsteps Of the Reluctant Prophet by Adam Hamilton

      Tuesday Bible Study is a small group whose members share fellowship and prayer concerns. We study both the Bible and contemporary writings to better understand the message of Jesus, God’s will for us, and our lives of discipleship.

 

 Calvary Men's Group

Description: Through our fellowship and through our works, the Calvary Men’s Group endeavors to be a positive outlet for men of varied backgrounds and skill sets to offer their experience and their shared American Baptist heritage to benefit each other and create value in our community. We focus our efforts in three major areas: fellowship, education, missions.

Past activities included a chili luncheon, a DU Hockey outing and Top Golf. We encourage men of all ages to join us and plan some events at alternate times to allow working men to participate.

Dates: Last Friday of the Month (+ fellowship events)

Time: Typically 11 a.m. (times vary)

Place: Calvary Baptist Church Fellowship Hall

Number of participants: Unlimited

Estimated cost: $10-$15 per month

Leaders: We are led by a steering group of 7 men who meet over breakfast to plan our near-term direction. We empower our members to take on leadership roles for specific events or activities to support our mission. Send your e-mail address to davcpeter@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Morning Blend

Time: 9:00 a.m., Sundays

Location: Room 111 (off of the Fellowship Hall)

Leaders: Rev. Morgan C. Fletcher, Rev. Anne J. Scalfaro, Rev. Alice Horner-Nelson (mfletcher@calvarydenver.org; ascalfaro@calvarydenver.org; ahornernelson@calvarydenver.org)

     Beginning September 30th, Morning Blend will meet on Sundays from 9:00-10:00 am in room 111. Whether you’ve attended in previous years or are considering coming for the first time, Morning Blend’s weekly discussions surround theology, work, faith, and community, and is designed to be welcoming for guests or those who are unable to come every week. This is a class where group discussion is the main facilitator and Morgan and Anne support the group as needed. We welcome folks whether they are in their faith journey or journey with the Calvary community in a come-as-you-are environment. Anne, Morgan, and Alice look forward to connecting and learning with you. 

 

Caritas Class

Time: 9:00 a.m., Sundays

Location: Room 146

     Caritas, in Latin, means “love of many people.” Caritas members love welcoming guests and newcomers. We are a larger class, made up of married couples and singles alike, mostly in our 50s, 60s and 70s. Our first Sunday that we meet is Sep 23rd and Anne Scalfaro will have a Senior Pastor surprise for us. From September 30 to October 28, Chuck Goertz will lead us in a 5 week series. Pastor Anne will be teaching on November 11th. On November 4, 18, and 25, Missionary Dan Schweissing will teach: Mission and Evangelism, Mission and Social Activism, Mission and Political Activism. Starting in December, Rev. Mary Hulst will teach two series.

 

 Koinonia Class

Time: Sundays at 9:00 a.m.

Location: Room 119 (off of the Fellowship Hall)
Leaders: Libby Johnson and John Kron

    Koinonia, in Greek, has many meanings: community, communion, joint participation, sharing, and intimacy. Koinonia is a group comprised of couples and singles ranging in age from 35-75 or thereabouts. This year, we will be following the Lectionary during our class time.  Usually, Libby takes the OT portion, and John takes the NT portion, and this year, Mike Burke has volunteered to read and expand on the Psalms passage.  We generally each research the passage and expand on it briefly, then use the remainder of class time for discussion, which is often quite lively.  We usually have two or three social events each year.

 

Explorers

Time: Sundays at 9:00 a.m.

Location: Room 136

Facilitator: Larry Davila

     The Explorers class studies the Judson Bible series entitled Journeys. Our teacher leads us through the historical/social background of the Bible, while bringing our understanding of its meaning in the modern world.

    In the fall quarter we will be studying Genesis, seeing how God creates and re-creates. In the winter quarter we’ll deal with the many aspects of God’s love and what that means as we try to emulate that love. The last quarter deals with discipleship and how it manifests in our daily living.

    If you are looking for a class that delves deeply into the history and culture in which the Bible was written and how we in this century can meld them, please join us.

 

Ribbons

Time: Sundays at 9:00 a.m.

Location: Room 134

Facilitator: Charlotte Million (charlotte.million@comcast.net)

     Ribbons is an experiential class that engages in breathing, silence, song, meditation, scripture, spiritual writings, artistic expression, sharing and prayer. Generally meets the first 3 Sundays of the month (except will meet 3 times starting Sept. 18). Charlotte Million facilitates discussion, which always includes a lectionary scripture (often a Psalm) and consideration of a book we study together. (Not everyone reads the book.)

 

Voyagers Class

Time: Sundays at 9:00 a.m.

Location: Room 154 (next to the chapel). 

Contacts: Tom Waymire: trwaymire@aol.com; Rick Chapman: rrchap@comcast.net, or Gordon Kieft: gordonkieft@msn.com.

     We are an age-independent class that studies a faith based book, a biblical text, or a historic figure of the bible.  In the past we have done books surrounding the spiritual journey of a Chaplain, the impact of someone like Mr. Rogers, and video/book  reviews from Adam Hamilton, the most recent of which was the Apostle Paul’s missionary journeys.  This fall we will begin with the study of the New Testament book of Luke from the Yale Divinity School. Our favored format is video along with lesson information from a trio of instructors, Tom Waymire, Rick Chapman, and Gordon Kieft.  Class discussion is encouraged as well as understanding different points of view.  

 

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