In the Name of the Father, and of the Son (+) and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church
"where grace abounds...."
traditional, liturgical, evangelical, catholic, eucharistic, reverent, welcoming......
Worshipping God in English, Kunama, and Spanish
A Historical Downtown Church in the heart of Phoenix;
living out the Great Tradition with God's people today
The Season of Advent
begins on Sunday, 1 December 2013
During Advent we will have contemplative Eucharist each Wednesday evening at 7:00PM on 4, 11, and 18 December 2013
As in recent history, we will offer a Contemplative Service where you are free to listen to seasonal music, hear the Word of God proclaimed with a short homily to follow. Following prayer we will receive the Eucharist and close with a benediction. Please join us for this quiet service in the midst of a nation in a shopping frenzy.
Christmas Eve at 7:00PM
Christmas Day at 10:00AM
Mt. Calvary at a Glance:
Holy Eucharist* on Sunday at 1018 (AM) in English
1145 in Kunama 1800 in Spanish
*Holy Eucharist = God coming to us with His Holy Word and Sacraments, aka: The Mass, Communion Service, Liturgy of Word and Sacrament (check out a recent sermon)
Sunday School for Adults and Children @ 0900. Children meet in the Lounge, Adults meet in the church
Mid Week Bible Studies Wednesdays @ 0930 on The Epistle to the Hebrews
Wednesdays 1800 (6PM) Study on the The Augsburg Confession
Both are meeting in the Church Lounge (note: this class will not be held during Advent)
Office Phone: 602.263.0402 FAX: 602.263.0403
5105 N. 7th Avenue, Phoenix 85013 (~1/2 block north of Camelback on the east side of 7th Avenue)
Pastor:The Rev. Dr. David G. Poedel (e-mail)
Assistant to the Pastor: The Rev. Del King
Lay Leader of the Eritrean Kunama Community: Luther Ashkaba
Pastor of the Spanish Speaking Community The Rev. Dr. Cristiano Artegas
What you can expect to experience at Mt. Calvary:
Our congregation has worshipers of all ages, with many elderly and usually around a dozen small children (though this varies a lot on any given Sunday).
We love having children in the Church, and when your little one is having an inevitable "meltdown" there are places near the restooms where kids can get it together and then return. We actually find that kids do better at the front of the Church where they can see what's going on.
Folks at Mt Calvary dress a variety of ways: some are traditional "dress up", most dress casual. Our teens dress modestly, avoiding explicit sexual or drug/alcohol T-shirts. Jeans are fine for all ages.
Liturgical, formal worship does involve standing and sitting. Directions regarding standing or sitting are in the worship folder, or you can just do what everyone else is doing, as you are able.
Liturgical worship is also participatory with the congregation responding verbally and singing. Our singing is accompanied by an excellent pipe organ. If your ears are sensitive, you should probably sit on the opposite side of the church from the organ.
The bulletin/worship folder is "self-contained" with all of the responses and the music (with melody line) and Bible readings are contained in one folder. Hymnals and Bibles are available in each pew if you would like to access them during the service.
If you have a specific question before you visit, please contact Padre Dave by this email link.
Show others where you worship God in Community by displaying our new MCLC window sticker. These go on the outside of your rear window, and they apply very easily. Pick one up in the Office.
The Kunama Community at Mt Calvary
The Mt. Calvary Kunama Community
Worship begins with Prayer at 1140 on Sunday morning.
With great joy, God has sent these amazing Lutheran Christians who are refugees from their home land in Eritrea, a small country in Western Africa.. Their language is Kunama, though the children are learning English, there is a great heart for evangelizing their homeland so the children are also taught Kunama.
The First Day of Sunday School was 1 September 2013. Praise God for all of the kids who are learning about God at Mt. Calvary each Sunday. Is your child (children) not pictured here? We have room. Please join us at 0900 every Sunday, and parents can join Padre Dave's Bible Class while the kiddos are in Sunday School. See you next Sunday!
|Padre Dave's Welcome and Meeting Minutes||
The Mt. Calvary Community a chronology of the major events of our Church Community
LINKS of interest:
Here is a podcast of the most recent SERMONS from our Sunday Eucharist (You can also find and subscribe to these sermons on iTunes.)
Eritrean Community Worshipping in Kunama at Mt. Calvary!!!
Mt. Calvary is honored and pleased to be the host of a wonderful group of immigrants from Eritrea, a nation under much turmoil on the Eastern horn of Africa. This group of amazing folks is Lutheran, having been evangelized by Swedish missionaries in the mid 1800's. We are getting to know each other better each week and are growing in our relationships. The Eritrean Community is served by Padre Dave Poedel as their Pastor. He is advised by The Rev Assafa Zelelew of San Diego, CA and this ministry is supported by the Pacific Southwest District. Mt. Calvary receives no financial support from the District, but rather the District provides expertise and consulting to Padre Poedel.
Valley Lutheran High School! Our teachers and staff are an amazing group of Christian educators. The student body receives an excellent college prep program, grounded in our Lutheran tradition. Please contact our school @ 602 230-1601 to learn about enrollment. Additionally, we recommend that all folks who pay Arizona income tax take advantage of the direct Tax Credit available for donations to the Valley Lutheran Scholarship groups. Call the school office to learn more about providing scholarships to deserving students. It is a joy for our church to be in ministry with this wonderful school.
JC Playzone is a fun place for kids to play cool games and learn about the Bible too! Parents, check this out for your kids... and it's FREE!
Midweek Bible Study Bible Study on Wednesday Mornings @ 0930, currently studying the Epistles to the Hebrews.
& Wednesday evenings @1800(6PM) studying The Augsburg Confession. Copies of the Confession are available in class at no charge.
Why do we do things the way we do?
The San Damiano Cross, as found in our sanctuary
(click on the Cross to learn more about the history of this icon)
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