If you have any questions you can contact contact Calvary staff. To contact any of these leaders, reach out to one of the pastors for their contact information.
Sunday School Classes for Adults
Description: Caritas, in Latin, means "love of many people." This group holds on to the practices of caring for each other, holding one another in prayer, and learning together, whether celebrating or struggling, this group shows up for each other. They have book discussions, study books of the Bible, and have done a series on world religions. All are welcome.
Curriculum: Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman (Fall)
Teachers/Directors: Karen & Ken Pinkham, Daniel Schweissing, Carol Parsons
Location: Room 146
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Contact: Karen Pinkham & Daniel Schweissing
Description: The Explorers class studies an American Baptist Bible Study curriculum from Judson Press. This group looks at the historical/social background of the Bible, while bringing our understanding of its meaning in the modern world. We study passages from the Old and New Testaments, exploring the historic meaning and how it affects our modern lives. All are welcome.
Curriculum: Journeys (Judson Press Bible study curriculum)
Teachers/Directors: Larry Dávila, Judy Goldman
Location: Room 136
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Contact Email: Larry Dávila & Judy Goldman
Description: Koinonia, in Greek, has many meanings: community, communion, joint participation, sharing, and intimacy. We are a group of 20-25 people who enjoy studying and discussing together. We study a Christian book or the Bible. We have interesting discussions and enjoy fellowship together. We have strong bonds of love and care for each other. We welcome visitors and new members anytime. All are welcome.
Curriculum: The Reason For God by Dr. Timothy Keller (Fall)
Bible Study on Ecclesiastes (Winter)
10 Things I Wish Jesus Hadn’t Said by Joe E. Morris (Spring)
Teachers/Directors: Jim Comstock, John Kron, Libby Johnson
Location: Room 119
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Contact: Libby Johnson, Jim Comstock, John Kron
Nuer Bible Study
Description: This class is for Calvary’s congregants from South Sudan. Discussion is based on study of the Bible and fact finding.
Curriculum: Selected Bible books/chapters from the New Testaments
Teachers/Directors: Steven Wang, James Thurbil, Abraham Tuom
Location: Room 306
Time: 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Contact: Steven Wang, James Thurbil, Abraham Tuom
Description: Ribbons class seeks to create a place for community and contemplation. When they gather, folks experience listening, sharing, care, support, and encouragement. In addition to prayer and connection, the Ribbons class enjoys book discussions focusing on wholeness, spirituality, and wellbeing. Class discussions are facilitated by different members of the group. All are welcome.
Curriculum: An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor (Fall)
Wholehearted Faith by Rachel Held Evans (Spring)
Teachers/Directors: Linda Fischer, Margie Jonell
Location: Room 134 & Zoom
Time (in-person): 1st & 3rd Sundays – 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (bring brown bag lunch)
Time (Zoom): 2nd Saturdays – 2:00 p.m. (MT) / 3:00 p.m. (CT) / 1:00 p.m. (PT)
Contact: Linda Fischer, Margie Jonell
Description: Voyagers is an age-independent class of 8-10 people each Sunday that studies a faith based book, a biblical text, or a historic figure of the bible. Topics are chosen by the group. All are welcome.
Curriculum: Audio lecture series, The Historical Jesus by Bart Ehrman (Fall)
Teachers/Directors: Tom Waymire, Gordon Kieft
Location: Room 138
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Contact Email: Tom Waymire, Gordon Kieft
Interest Groups for All Ages
Baptist Film Fanatics
Description: BFFs (Baptist Film Fanatics) is a group of film buffs who gather monthly via zoom to talk about, what else - movies! We study Film Genres, such as Action/Adventure, Romantic Comedy, Musicals, Epics, etc. This year we will examine a different film genre each month, with recommended films.
Topics: For the first meeting on September 12 the primary film is Goldfinger (1964) and the alternative films are The French Connection (1971), The Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Speed (1994)
Group Leader(s): John Kron
Day/Time: 2nd Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. MT
Here is the tentative schedule for the year:
2/13/24 Romantic Comedy
4/9/24 Film Noir
5/14/24 Science Fiction
Description: Calvary Book Group reads one book a month and discusses it together. All are welcome.
Books: The Engineer’s Wife by Tracey Emerson Wood (September)
List of Books for the Year on the Welcome Kiosk
Group Leader(s): Judy Griswold, Gordon Kieft
Day/Time: 3rd Mondays, 7:00 p.m. MT Tuesdays, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. MT
Description: What creative outlet or craft project do you want to work on this fall? Bring your materials to Craft Club and let's be creative together. Whether you're working on a scrapbook or cards, making jewelry, coloring, knitting, or something else, join us! All are welcome.
Group Leader(s): Deb Rohrer, Deanna Geldens
Location: Board Room
Day/Time: 3rd Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Mexican Train Dominoes
Description: This group meets to have a fun day of competition, playing Mexican Train Dominos. Everyone brings a treat to share and a lunch. We have a lot of fun playing; all are welcome. If you don't know the game, we will be happy to teach you!
Group Leader(s): Judy Goldman
Location: Youth Lounge
Day/Time: 1st Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Description: Quilting group is a time of fellowship where you can work on whatever quilting project you have. Bring your quilting project and a sack lunch and join us! All are welcome.
Group Leader(s): Robyn Warren
Location: Room 146
Day/Time: Last Mondays of the month, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Faith Formation Groups for Adults
Advent Devotional Writing Group
Description: This fall Pastor Alice is offering a writing workshop class on creating an Advent devotional. Carol Younger, editor of Reflections daily devotionals and leader of numerous writing groups at her church, says “if writing is a form of prayer, then writing groups are a prayer meeting. The Church is a great writing teacher.” We have about 20 Calvary folks who contribute devotionals each Advent, and this is an opportunity for you to imagine Advent creatively, write together and get feedback from a group. You are not required to attend in order to write an Advent devotional that we will publish. All are welcome.
Group Leader: Alice Horner Nelson
Day/Time: Wednesday, November 1 @ 6:30 p.m. MT on Zoom
Tuesday, November 14 @ 6:30 p.m. MT on Zoom
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Alice Horner Nelson)
Tuesday Bible Study
Description: Tuesday Bible Study begins with prayer updates and praying for one another. Then we dive into studies on various books. In the past, we’ve studied Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved by Kate Bowler, Signs and Wonders by Amy Jill Levine, The Very Good Gospel by Lisa Sharon Harper, Wholehearted Faith by Jeff Chu and Rachel Held Evans, among others. This is a hybrid group, so folks join in person and on Zoom. All are welcome.
Curriculum: Sermon on the Mount by Amy Jill Levine (Fall)
Womanist Midrash by Wilda Gafney (Fall)
Light of the World by Amy Jill Levine (Advent)
The Misunderstood Jew by Amy Jill Levine (Winter)
Romans for Normal People by J.R. Daniel Kirk (Winter/Spring)
Study on the It Is Well theme texts (Spring)
Teachers/Directors: Morgan Fletcher, Alice Horner Nelson, Christine Zeiler
Location: Youth Lounge & Zoom
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. MT
Contact Email: email@example.com (Morgan Fletcher)
Tuesday Prayer & Study Group
Description: Tuesday Prayer & Study Group begins with prayers for self, family and others and then proceeds into book/topic discussions to grow in faith development and to deepen personal relationships. All are welcome.
Curriculum: What Do We Do with Evil? The World, The Flesh, & The Devil by Richard Rohr (Fall)
Teachers/Directors: Anne Scalfaro, Judy Griswold
Location: Board Room & Zoom
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. MT
Contact: Judy Griswold
Fellowship Groups for All Ages
Description: Lunch Bunch meets monthly at a restaurant; it offers a chance to connect or reconnect with friends who also have a connection to Calvary. All are welcome. There is no topic, just good conversations with friends.
Group Leader(s): Nancy Hoffmaster, Ken Pinkham
Location: Watch the Enews for monthly location
Day/Time: Monthly on a weekday (watch the E-news for dates)
Contact: Ken Pinkham, Nancy Hoffmaster
Description: Through fellowship and 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. Men’s Group hosts educational programs that are open to all (not just men). Some months include field trips or excursions.
Group Leader(s): Mick Davey, Jim Comstock, David Peterson
Location: Fellowship Hall or offsite (watch E-news for location)
Day/Time: Last Fridays, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (includes lunch)
Contact Email: Mick Davey, Jim Comstock, David Peterson
Description: Join us on the second and fourth Mondays for Calvary Pub where we eat, drink, fellowship and take a different journey each week from books, theological topics, movies, current events and beyond. It’s a safe space where all thoughts and opinions are welcome. Watch Calvary’s E-News for more information.
Curriculum: Topics vary. In the past, we’ve looked at Colonialism, the idea of Heaven, Table Talk, Family Feud, T-shirts & Truth, Habitat for Humanity, Comedy, Joy, Gratitude, and Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader. We’ve also hosted large community events like a Panel of High School Students talking about their high school experience with lockdowns and gun violence safety measures, and hosted Meet the Mates, an interview with the Pastors’ husbands.
Group Leader(s): Leigh Bessey
Location: The New York Deli (7105 E. Hampden Ave.; 2 blocks east of CBC next to McDonalds)
Day/Time: Mondays, dinner at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6:15 p.m.
Contact: Leigh Bessey