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November 2015 - Volume 72 - Issue 11
Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church - 266-4859
1000 Scalp Ave., Johnstown, PA 15904
E-Mail - [email protected]
Worship Times – Saturdays 5:30pm &
Sundays 9:15am Sunday School –10:30am
Web Site -
Assembly Team…
Church Staff…
Linda Barnhart
Shirley Brendle
Joan Bunnell
Lois Gallus
Gladys Haupt
Howard Hiltz
Wilma Hiltz
Bob Kamler
Becky Lilja
Dee Locher
Mary Ann Mapes
Walt Mattern
Audrey Rubis
Deb Wicks
Reverand Walter Startzel, Interim Pastor
Daniel Gresh, Director of Music/Organist
Sue Cade, Church Secretary
Barbara Kane, Assistant Secretary
Kathy Ling, Custodian
Craig Cassick, Maintenance
Congregational Council…
Bob McMullen, President
Claudia Plows, Secretary
Paula Nihoff, Treasurer
John Colosimo, Stewardship/Admin.
Kim Colosimo, Outreach
Brian Harshberger, Worship
Kim McMullen, Christian Ed
Melissa Pringle, Youth
Jerry Pozun, Spiritual Life
Dick Sholtis, Property
Tiffany Swartz, Children & Family
Randy Whetzel, Fellowship
Ray Leverknight
Sue Cade
Barbara Kane
Wealth shines in giving rather than in hoarding: for the miser is
hateful, whereas the generous man is applauded.
On-line giving is now available.
Your support of Mount Calvary is always appreciated, and you may now give on-line if you desire.
Here is how it works:
>Go to
>On the bottom right of the home page click the “donate” button.
>You will be taken to a secure PayPal page. (You do not need a PayPal account.)
>Enter the amount of your donation and your credit or debit card information.
Your donations will be listed on your annual giving statement. All undesignated contributions will go into the General
Fund. You can, however, make a contribution to a special cause like the Stepping Forward in Faith Appeal by entering
the information in the “purpose” box on the webpage. If you desire, you can also make your offering an automatic
monthly contribution.
About Our Interim Pastor
The Rev. Walter L. Startzel was born in Northumberland County, in the southwest corner of
Pennsylvania’s northeastern coal region, September 10, 1946.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove,
PA, in 1968 and taught public school music in the Northern York County Jr./Sr. High School,
Dillsburg, PA for one year.
He received the Master of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, PA in
1973 and accepted his first call to parish ministry at Lavansville-Bakersville Lutheran Parish in
central Somerset County. He was pastor there at Mt. Calvary and Mt. Zion Lutheran Churches for
13 ½ years.
Subsequently, he has served parishes in Stoverstown, York County; Gowen City, Northumberland
County; Stoystown and Hooversville, Somerset County, all in Pennsylvania. His final call to Grace
Lutheran Church in Stoystown marked the longest pastoral call to that congregation – 25 years -in the entire history of that congregation, founded in 1807. During his final 2 years in Stoystown,
he was called by the Allegheny Synod Council to help create a new 2-church parish with the
congregations in Stoystown and Hooversville, to be known as the Stonycreek Lutheran Parish.
He retired from that ministry on July 1, 2014, purchased a home in Westmont, and began serving
as a supply pastor throughout the Johnstown Conference. In addition to being our Interim Pastor
at Mount Calvary until a new pastor is called, he is also serving as Vacancy Pastor at Trinity
Lutheran Church, Sidman, and St. John Lutheran Church, Summerhill. On the second Sunday of
each month he has also been serving as a Supply Pastor at Christ Lutheran Church, Westmont.
Prior to that appointment, he had been serving on the second weekend each month at First Lutheran
Church, Johnstown.
Pastor Startzel is actively involved in the life of Allegheny Synod, chairing the Allegheny Synod
Worship Committee and as a faculty member in the area of liturgy and worship in the synod’s
DYD (Discerning Your Discipleship) program. DYD now helps prepare lay worship leaders to
assist in the congregations of our Allegheny Synod.
Pastor Startzel is very much enjoying his time here at Mount Calvary and joins the congregation
in prayer that a new pastor will soon be called as the Holy Spirit guides and enlightens us through
this process.
Mount Calvary at a Glance
For November 2015
Altar Guild
Patricia Cox and Linda Barnhart
Lay Assistants
5:30 pm
5:30 pm
5:30 pm
5:30 pm
Cindy Solarzcyk
Kathy Carr
Claudia Plows
Kathy Ling
9:15 am
9:15 am
9:15 am
9:15 am
9:15 am
Ray Leverknight
Brian Harshberger
Susan Brandau
Brain Harshberger
Harold Ashcraft
5:30 pm
5:30 pm
5:30 pm
5:30 pm
Jack & Janis Daily
Jack & Janis Daily
Jack & Janis Daily
9:15 am
9:15 am
9:15 am
9:15 am
9:15 am
McMullen Family
McMullen Family
Don & Carol Sauter
Don & Carol Sauter
Don & Carol Sauter
5:30 pm
5:30 pm
5:30 pm
5:30 pm
Emily Blinda
Shane Katrancha
Blake Brehm
Shane Katrancha
9:15 am
9:15 am
9:15 am
9:15 am
Zach Swartz
9:15 am
5:30 pm
5:30 pm
5:30 pm
5:30 pm
9:15 am
Jack & Janis Daily
Bill & Paula Nihoff
Jack & Janis Daily
Bill & Paula Nihoff
Brian & Stephanie
Parish Prayers – please remember these
family friends and loved ones in your
prayers: Roslyn Roberts, Laramee, Herb Enos, Josh, Nikki Brehm, Mike, Dave, Karen, Nathan, Don, Ryan, Elisa, Sam, Diane Alt, Gregg Weise, Charles & Caroline Palm, Joann Long, Maggie, Tony, Nancy, Shertzer Family, Will, Stacy, Dorothy, Jaci, Mary Jane, Dwane, Stan, Jim Rice, Ken McClutcheon, Kristy Long, Rev. Bob Kaltenbaugh, Cheryl, Joyce McGibboney, Dan Dixon, Patti and Rick Schubert. General Fund for August
Beginning balance
Ending balance
“Soul” Food for Thought
A congregation is only as
strong as its believers.
Kadyia Lingfelter
HELP WANTED: WELCA is in need of a
computer literate person to help with the creation of
a brochure about the new walking track that will be
developed in the gym. This venture is due to the
fact that Mt. Calvary has been award $1000.00 seed
grant from the churchwide WELCA organization
under the auspices of Raising up Healthy Women
and Girls. (more information on that in upcoming
newsletters). Call Carol Sauter @495-7183 for
further details on the computer guru position (non
paid--unless you consider food as payment and of
course, undying gratitude!)
Choir Practice: Wednesdays at 7
Sunday School: Sunday School at 10:30
Bell Choir Practice: Sundays at 11:30 am
Volleyball: Sundays at 7:00 pm
Community Day , Fri., Nov. 6 at 11:45 am
Women’s Bible Study: Thursday, Nov. 12
at 1:00
WELCA: Thurs., November 12, at 6:30
Salvation Army Bell Ringing: Saturday,
November 14 from 10 am - 8:30 pm
Council Meeting: Monday, November 16
at 7:00
Thanksgiving Worship & Pie Social:
Thursday, November 25 at 7:00
Advent Rally Day: Sunday, November 29
at 10:30
Saturday’s Kitchen: Sunday, Dec., 6,
Blood Drive: Friday, December 11,
between 12:30 and 6:00
Sunday, December 13 at 5:30
Christmas Pageant: Sunday, December
13 at 5:30
Christmas Eve Worship: December 24 at
6:00 and 10:00 pm
Containers Needed
The Altar Guild is in need of pretzel (peanut butter
stuffed) containers for altar flowers. If you have any
or could save some it would be appreciated.
Bell Choir
Bell Choir practice starts November 8th, 11:30 am
after Sunday School.
Autumn Boutique Update Confirmation Process
Dates for 2015-2016
Please Save These Dates
Core Courses: (7th & 8th graders)
-The Lord’s Prayer - Winter Core Course Retreat,
February 5-7 at Camp Sequanota [or MakeUp, to be determined.]
-Church History-. Sunday, April 3, 2:00-7:30
p.m. [or Make-Up, Monday, April 4, 3:008:30 p.m.]
Confirmation Camp: (All 7th graders
–At Sequanota with other groups and their
pastors from our synod. Sunday
afternoon, June 12- Friday evening, June
17. (8th graders welcome to return for a 2nd
5th & 6th Grade F.R.O.G. Retreat at
Camp Sequanota: for all Mt. Calvary 5th
& 6th graders (plus 7th grade)
Saturday, April 9th (evening) —
Sunday, April 10th (early afternoon)
The Giving Tree –
Be a “Helping Hand”
The Giving Tree will be set up in the narthex
Nov. 7. On the tree you will find gift tags
with “Bag of Candy” written on them. Take
a gift tag for candy and place candy under
the tree. Also on the tree will be envelopes
marked with different denominations.
Return your envelope designated “Helping Hand
Mission in the offering plate or drop off at the Church
Office. The Sunday School will also donate candy. All
donations will go to the Helping Hand Mission in
Portage, PA. Mt. Calvary has been reaching out to the
Helping Hand Mission for many years. Thrivent
Financial will supplement our monetary gifts. Thank
you for being a “Helping Hand”!
Our Auxiliary ALSM efforts were very fruitful this year; we raised about $5,100. + $650. from Thrivent Financial. All proceeds will benefit the residents of the Johnstown Campus; we will determine what to purchase at our evaluation meeting. Thanks for your support. Lois Gallus, Treasurer A LSM Aux. Christmas Gifts Needed?
How about T-Shirts, Sweatshirts & Jackets?
WELCA is selling short and long sleeve t-shirts,
sweatshirts, fleece jackets and denim shirts with the Mt.
Calvary logo on them. Order forms are available in the
narthex. The deadline for orders is November 8th.
Payment is due with order.
World Community Day
Our Journey Together
Sponsored By Johnstown Council of
Church Women United
Friday, November 6, 2015
Registration: 11:45 am
Lunch 12:00 noon with program to follow.
Mt. Sinai Institutional Baptist Church
351 Second Street, (E. Conemaugh)
Guest Speaker: Rev. Webster Israel
Our theme focus is bringing Christian women together
from different cultural backgrounds to share stories from
their Christian journey. The goal of this worship is to
unite the faith community in a time of praise and
worship that demonstrates Christ’s reconciling love to
the community, the country, and the world.
Thanks for Caring & Sharing with less fortunate individuals. Because of your generosity, 80 people from third world countries or those experiencing a natural disaster will have basic items we take for granted. They will have their “own” towel & soap to bathe, a toothbrush, comb & nail clippers. We also sent 6 blankets and $ 400.00 to purchase additional blankets, and provided $50.00 shipping costs. Kudos to the 7th & 8th grade Sunday School Class for assembling the Personal Care Kits. A generous parishioner supplied 16 back pack school kits. Great Job faithful Servants! Calling all Writers for the Advent Devotional
All members are welcome to
write a devotional for our Advent
booklet. Please let us know if you
are interested in writing one.
November 8th is the deadline to
submit your devotion.
Name: __________________________________
Place in offing plate or call the church office @
266-4859 or
Sherry Lynn Harshberger at 248-9300. Christmas Pageant 2015
Sunday, December 13th
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Includes a light supper.
All are invited to attend.
It’s time to get ready!
Meet in the Sanctuary at 11:30 am,
Sunday, November 8, 2015.
- We’ll practice Bible School and Christmas songs
- Assign speaking parts
- Talk about props & costumes ideas to!
For more details or to request a specific part or
parts, contact Sherry Lynn at (814) 248-9300.
See you there!
Thanks for supporting “The Outreach Ministry Projects” Sharing the Bounty Salvation Army Christmas Angel Gifts
…Youth Bake Sale will be held to raise the funds
needed to buy these gifts.
Anyone can help by
donating baked
items for the
sale…please bring
them to the church
by 2:00
Wednesday, Nov. 25 or11:30 on Friday, Nov. 27
Monetary donations will also be appreciated.
Bake Sale at Thanksgiving Service and Pie Fest,
Nov. 25;
Saturday 5:30 service Nov. 28, and
Sunday, 9:15 service, Nov. 29
Also, we will be collecting canned soup and boxed macaroni and cheese during the month of November through December 10th to be distributed to the Saturday’s Kitchen guests at the Christmas holiday. Please watch for a table in the Narthex for this food collection and remember how very fortunate we are. BLOOD DRIVE
The next blood drive will be held
on Friday, December 11, 2015
between 12:00-6:00 PM.
Please take the time to come out and donate.
Help save a life!
Family Winter Fest is coming!
January 15-17, 2016
A weekend of winter play, worship, and food is
being planned. It will be held in the Enrichment
Center at Camp Sequanota. Like Family Camp in
the summer this weekend will provide a time for
us to get to know each other better, so that we can
truly help one another grow as Disciples of Christ.
All ages are welcome. Watch for more details later
We will gather for a special holiday Service on
Wednesday, Nov., 25, 7:00 p.m.
And then gather for a piece of pie following the service. If you have a pie, bring one along, but even if you don’t please join us as we add meaning and prayer to this national holiday. Christmas Eve
Worship Services
There will be two evening
services, 6:00 p.m. and
10:00 p.m. candlelight
(A Way for Everyone to Help!)
As the Outreach Team
works toward our latest
mission project, creating
sleeping mats for the
homeless from clean
grocery store plastic bags,
we are asking the entire congregation for your
help. While not everyone is able to crochet the
mats, there is a need for people to cut the bags
and form the yarn (or “plarn”) which is used to
construct the mats, and more basic than this, we
need bags! Each mat requires between 500 –
700 bags. A new trash receptacle is in the rear
of the Narthex marked for the collection of
bags. Instruction sheets detailing both how to
cut the bags to prepare the plarn and how to
crochet the mats are on the bulletin board
directly above the receptacle. If you prefer to
work as an individual, that is fine. Anyone
interested in getting together for a “Plarn Party”
to cut bags and prepare for crocheting, please
call Kim Colosimo at 254-4558.
Poinsettias ~ World Hunger 2015
Enclosed in this mailing is an envelope
for Poinsettias and world Hunger. The
deadline for poinsettia orders is Sunday,
December 6th, cost $8.50.
Mark your calendar NOW!!
Congregation Christmas
Sunday, Dec. 13
5:30 PM
More details in the December
Harvest Home is a tradition of
sharing and caring among
Lutherans that support The
Lutheran Homes of Allegheny
(ALSM) through contributions designated for food
for the residents. Contributions help defray the cost
of food while still providing nutritious meals.
Being accepted are donations of canned and boxed
food items (no large cans please) which will be
delivered to a local food pantry. Food donations
should be placed on the “Harvest Home” table in
the narthex from November 8th thru the end of
Lois Gallus has been chosen as recipient of the 2015 Helping Hand Award. Her efforts to serve people through a ministry of love, compassion, and mercy in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ were exemplified by her tireless work, and service to help others in our community and surrounding area. Lois received the 2015 Help Hand Award at the Lutheran Social Ministries’ Annual Dinner on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at the Altoona Heritage Discovery Center. It is with sorrow, yet with firm faith in the resurrection that we announce the death of: Becky Shertzer
Memorials Memorial Gifts in Memory of Ida Ross By Mary & Jane Utzman Ellen Haf Ray & Constance Huff Ross Family Trust Betty Weaver Cobb County School District Memorial Gifts in Memory of Pastor Ron Reed By Linda McMullen Dana Begley Raymond & Patricia McGraw Memorial Gifts in Memory of Owen Ketterer By Jayne Dunbar Mount Calvary Shawl Ladies, Thank you so much for your very generous donation to warm up Johnstown. In a few weeks, your scarves will be distributed throughout the city to those in need. You are all a blessing! Jessica – Warm Up Johnstown A huge “Thank You” to everyone who helped make the Flea Market a success. From marking items, setting up and volunteering on Saturday, we want to thank you. We made $1009.75 Flea Market Committee Thank you for thinking of me. It helped make me a happier and less anxious person. God bless you and all the Sunday school youth at my church. Luella Koontz Note: During the October Rally Day the Sunday school classes learned about Stewardship. As part of their Stewardship project they made “Thinking of You” cards for the shut in and others in our congregation. Memorial Gifts in Memory of Rebecca Shertzer By Dana Begley Book Discussion Monday, January 18, 6:00 p.m. 2016 Envelopes can be picked up in the narthex. Water’s Edge by Robert Whitlow
Ambitious young attorney Tom Crane is about
become a partner in a high-profile Atlanta law
firm to. But first he must clear one final matter
from his docket—the closing of his deceased
father's law practice in his hometown of Bethel,
Georgia. Killed in a mysterious boating
accident, John Crane didn't appear to leave his
son anything except the hassle of wrapping up loose ends.
Please get yourself a copy, pour yourself a cup of tea,
enjoy some time reading, and then join in the discussion.
Everyone is welcome.
Every year the offering envelopes are renumbered so they are in alphabetical order. Your number may have changed from last year. So, beginning Jan. 1, throw away your 2015 offering envelopes and start using your 2016 offering envelopes. If you have received envelopes and choose not to have them, OR if you did not receive envelopes and would like to have offering envelopes, please call the church office. Also, help deliver envelopes to your friends and neighbors. Thank you!
CONGRATULATIONS! Coffee Hour / “Fill” the Need
Donations of packaged cookies are
needed to fill our cupboard. Hot
coffee and tea will be provided after
worship services during the next
several months. If setting the table is
not your “cup of tea”, no problem. You can still
help by offering a donation of packaged cookies or
by giving a monetary donation.
donations can be given thru the church office and
cookie donations can be placed on the table in the
Narthex next to the volunteer sign-up sheet.
Coffee hour is a time to spend in fellowship,
sharing a few moments of your time with your
friends and family of Mt. Calvary. We sincerely
hope that this time is meaningful to all of you. In
advance, thank you for considering a donation
and/or volunteering your time.
We rejoice with the following young people who were confirmed on Sunday, October 25, 2015 Emily Ann Belinda
Christina Marie Cononie
Cassidy Jordan Eash
Lindsey Marie Pullin
Rachael Nicole Wolfhope
NOVEMBER 2, 2014 to NOVEMBER 1, 2015 Boscov's did it now its BON TON'S turn! Four days in November ‐‐‐November 11‐14 ‐‐your donation of $5.00 ** Helen Pfaff Owen Ketterer will get you over $500 and more in exclusive Dorothy Roth Betty Vince savings. Its BON TON'S community days and you are ** John Bigler Patricia Nolte the winner. Get $10 off coupon and a 30% off coupon Richard Hambright Brian Tressler and that's just the tip of the iceberg. There's lots of sale Louise Byroade Ida Ross items‐ like housewares, sleepwear, coats, clothes for **Thomas Culp Pastor Ron Reed the entire family. Bargains galore. Contact the church Raymond Wagner Rebecca Shertzer office or any WELCA member. ** ‐ Non‐members Check out the Sunday School and Confirmation Bulletin Boards for the latest photos from our Rally Day, Worship Retreat Core Course and Confirmation Camp. Additional photos are on our website. GRACE BANNERS A description of the different Grace Banners hanging in the Sanctuary is available in the narthex. FROM THE STAFF OF
Church Office Closed
Thursday, November 26th
Friday, November 27th Sunday School Teachers
and Helpers Meeting
Sunday, Nov. 8
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Meet in the
Conference Room
Dessert will be served.
Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign
We are looking for some friendly faces to greet shoppers at the Market Basket location and raise funds during the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign on Saturday, November 14th. Time slots are available from 10:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. (Slots are 10 ‐11:30, 11:30 to 1:00, 1‐2:30, 2:30‐
4:00, 4‐5:30, 5:30‐7:00 and 7‐8:30). It has been found in our area that when organizations like ours volunteer for the day, kettle donations typically increase by 35%! Please consider adding your name to the signup sheet in the Narthex for this worthwhile opportunity. ADVENT
November 29
10:30 AM
All youth Sunday
School classes will
be in Sander Hall.
Join us for a video, craft, service
project, and MORE!!
Saturday’s Kitchen Sunday, December 6th is Mount Calvary’s last day in 2015 to have the privilege of serving food to guests at Saturday’s Kitchen. If you have done this before, you know how rewarding the experience can be. If you have not, we welcome new faces. We’ll need to arrive by 11:00 a.m. and will be done by 1:15 at the latest. Please call either the church office or Kim Colosimo at 254‐4558 with questions or interest.
Calling any artistic person!!! We need someone who could paint a logo on each end of the gym in the next few weeks. It would be the church logo of 3 crosses on hills either with or without the "reflection" of the cross on the hill as in the original logo. Please let the church office know if you can fill the bill. The first thanksgiving was celebrated by two different groups of people coming
together and sharing food. They didn’t even speak the same language, yet they broke
bread as one. From the time our children are little, parents can be heard saying, “You need to
share that.”, “You have two, give the other to someone else.”
This year for Harvest Home, take your child shopping and let
him/her choose their favorite food to donate. Explain that
like the Indians on the first Thanksgiving, we are sharing our
bounty with another. Even if that bounty is Lucky Charms or
Fruit Loops.
Enjoy Thanksgiving with your family and Give Thanks.
PROPOSED CHANGE TO BY ‐LAWS Why is Mount Calvary’s Council proposing these changes to our By‐laws? In 2010 this was changed so that there would be a 2 year term and new council would be elected bi‐annually with a 2 year term. With this set up it would be possible that all 12 members of council could leave at the same time, with 12 new members not knowing what was done or needs to be completed. It would make for a stronger council if some members were left on council when new members come in. In the past it was that council shall be elected for 3 years and could serve 2 terms. At any one time only 4 members of council would leave and 8 would remain. The terms of one third (1/3) of the members of the congregation council shall expire each year. What is being proposed? That section B12.02.01 of the by‐laws be changed to read. Members of the congregational council shall be elected for a term of three (3) years at the January meeting of the congregation. Terms of one third (1/3) of the members of congregational council shall expire each year. Terms shall coincide with Chapter12 (C12.02) of the Constitution. JOHNSTOWN CONFERENCE MEETING October 21, 2015 Bishop Michael opened the Conference meeting with devotions on Matthew 28. He continued to explain that the Allegheny Synod is made up of 116 congregations, 7 counties, and an average of 35,000 in attendance each Sunday throughout the Synod. Bishop Michael explained the definition of Synod, which means “Walking Together.” In Bishop Michael’s presentation on Mission Support he stressed the importance of what our ministry is within the Synod. He explained the various ways we do provide ministry and service in our congregations and the Synod. Each congregation has their own ways of providing service in their communities however, it is also important to provide support to the Synod so they can provide each congregation with services. The Bishop discussed the challenge to each congregation. He is asking each member of each congregation to help support the ministry and services the Synod provides by trying to give $1.00 more a week to the benevolence fund for mission support. He is also asking all congregations to increase the amount they are currently giving each year for mission support. We do not have a money problem in our congregations. WE HAVE A SHARING PROBLEM!!! LET’S REMEMBER WHAT JESUS HAS DONE FOR US…and do as this little duck is doing and take a little step in our benevolence by giving $1.00 more each week. He sends his thanks… Respectfully Submitted by: Claudia Plows
1000 Scalp Avenue
Johnstown, PA 15904-3035
Sent With A Prayer To:
November 2015
Thanksgiving Service
Pie Social
November 25, 2015
at 7:00 pm
Mount Calvary’s prayer for mission:
Send your Holy Spirit, O Lord, to guide
the ministry of Mount Calvary that we
may grow together as disciples of Jesus
Christ. Inspire our worship, give wisdom
to our learning, be the center of our
fellowship, encourage our giving, and give
zeal to our witness. We ask this in Jesus’
name. Amen

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