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Pastoral Postscripts

Proclaim the Good News

Happy are those who delight is in the law of the Lord; on his law they meditate day and night.
—paraphrase of Psalm 1:1-2

Calvary’s Ministry is “Sharing God’s Grace.”

Calvary’s Purpose is to
live among God’s faithful people
hear the word of God and
share in the Lord’s supper
proclaim the good news of God in Christ in word and deed
serve all people following the example of Jesus
strive for justice and peace in all the earth
care for others and the world that God made

Over these next few months, we’ll take a look at each aspect of our purpose. This month we will focus on one way to proclaim the good news of God in Christ in word and deed:

I remember something that happened when my family and I moved to Chillicothe in 2019. One of the neighbors, knowing that we were new to the area, came over and brought a meal for us to eat. I don’t remember what the meal was, only that it was delicious and very much appreciated. And I have not forgotten the kind gesture.

In 2023, we are introducing an outreach initiative that I have named S.L.I.C.E. It stands for Simple, Loving Invitation for Congregation Engagement. As we developed the initiative in 2022, it worked like this: A member of our congregation (we’ll call him Larry) notified the church office that several new families, couples, or individuals moved into his neighborhood. The office prepared a S.L.I.C.E. pizza box for each household. The boxes contained a welcome letter from me and the congregation, a full-color copy of our Lantern newsletter, information about Calvary and what we have to offer the community, and a gift certificate for a large pizza from a local pizzeria. Larry delivered the boxes to his new neighbors personally. It was a simple and loving way to invite his neighbors to engage our congregation by attending a worship service, participating in a grief group, or buying a sandwich from the Schmidt’s Sausage Truck parked in front of the church. While the contents of the boxes will become more polished as we continue to develop the program, they are “hot and ready” to go in January 2023! If you find yourself with new neighbors in the new year, please let us know!

Pastor Tom Pairan

P.S. Be sure to also check out the weekly edition of The Lantern for the most up-to-date information! If you’re not receiving it, let us know!


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