Featured Events

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    Winter Clothing Drive
    Collecting donations through November
    Drop-off in Galleria

    Winter Clothing Drive
    Donations: November
    Distribution: Saturday, December 2, 9:00 AM,  Uptown Charlotte

    Calvary is collecting new or lightly used adult size winter clothing, warm blankets, and travel-size toiletries to help our homeless community in uptown Charlotte. Partnering with Calvary Street Ministry on December 2, we will distribute these items to approximately 175–200 homeless people as they receive a hot breakfast.

    How you can help:
    Donate these items in the Galleria through November. Note: 85% of the homeless we will be serving are men. Sizes M, L, XL & XXL are most needed.

    • Winter coats & jackets
    • Hoodies & sweatpants
    • Hats & gloves
    • Thermal socks
    • Blankets
    • Duffle bags and backpacks
    • Sleeping bags
    • New travel-size hygiene and personal items (Deodorant, reading glasses, shampoo, razors, shaving cream, toothbrushes, moisturizer, lotion and toothpaste. Multiple items can be packaged together in a Ziploc bag.)

    Contacts: Sibu Rajappan, 704.341.5336, srajappan@calvarychurch.com and
    Pete Delahunt, 312.375.4806, pdelahunt@starpoint.com

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    Operation Christmas Child
    It's time to pack a shoebox!
    Drop off at Calvary Nov 13–20

    Operation Christmas Child
    Share the joy of Christmas and the good news of the Gospel — pack a shoebox gift this year! 

    It's fun and easy! Here's what to do:

    • Pick up an official shoebox in the Galleria or just use a plastic or sturdy cardboard shoebox.
    • Fill the box with gifts for a boy or girl ages 2–4, 5–9, or 10–14.
    • Select a quality “wow” toy such as a doll, soccer ball with pump, or stuffed animal. Then add other fun toys, hygiene items, clothing, and school supplies. Add a photo of yourself and a note to the child who will receive the box! Include the $9 shipping donation for Samaritan's Purse to help send your box on its way.

    Get updated gift recommendations, packing instructions, and details at samaritanspurse.org/occ.
    What's new this year? Candy and toothpaste are not allowed.

    Community Shoebox Drop-off Center
    November 13–20

    Drop-off your shoeboxes at Calvary during OCC National Collection Week! Bring your filled and labels shoeboxes to the Galleria or drop them off at the portico near Rea Road (Entrance 3). Our volunteers will gladly receive boxes from neighbors, schools, groups, and businesses in the area and deliver them to the OCC Distribution Center! 

    Want to volunteer to receive boxes? Click here for more information

    Portico Drop-off Hours:
    Mon–Fri:  11:00 AM–6:00 PM
    Sat & Sun:  1:00–5:00 PM

    Calvary Night at the OCC Distribution Center
    December 5, 5:45-10:00PM

    "Calvary Night" at the OCC Distribution Center is an annual serving opportunity for adults and teens age 13+ (no exceptions). In the warehouse, we'll sort, inspect, and tape shoeboxes for their journey around the world!

    For more information or to register, click here!

    Contact: Sharyn Thackston, 704.577.6487, sthackston@carolina.rr.com

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    Thanksgiving Service
    Tuesday, November 21 at 7 PM

    You're invited to an evening of Thanksgiving worship on Tuesday, November 21 at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary.

    Join us for a joyful celebration of God’s blessing! Senior Pastor John Munro will deliver a special message, and we will share Communion together.

    Childcare is provided through age 4.

    After the service, everyone is invited to the Galleria for coffee, warm spiced cider, and pumpkin and pecan pie! 

    It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night" —Psalm 92:1

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    Holiday Organ Concert
    Elizabeth Hildebrand & Friends
    Sunday, November 26 at 6 PM

    Organist Elizabeth Hildebrand & Friends
    Sunday, November 26 at 6:00 PM

    Join us to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season with our annual holiday organ concert!

    Don't miss this fantastic evening of music as organist Elizabeth Hildebrand and friends from the Calvary Orchestra present a powerful program of instrumental hymns and carols.

    Among the highlights: A Thanksgiving medley on the Calvary Grand Organ; four-hand duets with pianist Jonathan Helms; organ and piano collaborations with violinist Elizabeth Lyle; and a majestic set with the Calvary Brass.

    The concert is FREE and open to everyone. Finish your Thanksgiving leftovers and come enjoy this special night of worship and praise!

    "Praise Him with trumpet sound, praise Him with strings and pipe! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!" — Psalm 150:3–5,6

    Contact: Christy Driscoll, 704.887.3687, cdriscoll@calvarychurch.com

    Elizabeth Hildebrand has served as our organist at Calvary since 2009. She holds a master's of music in organ performance from Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

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    Women's Christmas Tea
    Saturday, December 2

    Saturday, December 2
    1:00–3:00 PM, Crown Room
    Calvary's annual Christmas Tea is our Women's Ministry highlight of the year. Festively decorated tables adorned with china and crystal fill the Crown Room. Women of all ages invite a sister, mother, friend, or neighbor. Enjoy a cup of tea and a luncheon of delectable treats along with wonderful music and even better company. It's a lovely afternoon of Christmas celebration and outreach.
    The tea begins at 1:00 PM. Arrive a few minutes early to enjoy the beautiful table decorations!

    Cost is $15. For this popular event, tickets are limited to two per person. Table locations and ticketed seats are distributed randomly on a first-come, first-served basis. No reserved or group seating is provided.

    Tickets are currently sold out. If you'd like to be added to our waiting list, or if you have extra tickets available, please contact Reena Chow at 704.340.0621 or davcreec@gmail.com.

    We do still need servers for this event! Get details here.

    Table Servers  Contact: Jennifer Sharpless, 704.341.5417, jsharpless@calvarychurch.com

    Our featured speaker will be author and Bible teacher Donna Navey, wife of Calvary Executive Pastor Rodney Navey. In her message, "Purposeful Presents," Donna will invite us to consider precious gifts from God's Word that last for eternity. 

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    Advent Service & Tree Lighting
    Sunday, December 3, 6:00 PM

    Advent Service & Tree Lighting
    Sunday, December 3, 6:00 PM

    Begin the season with our special Advent service. After the service, we’ll light the Christmas tree in the Galleria and enjoy fellowship and refreshments!

    Contact: Christy Driscoll, 704.887.3687, cdriscoll@calvarychurch.com.

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    Men's Christmas Breakfast
    Friday, December 8

    Men's Christmas Breakfast

    Friday, December 8
    7:00–8:30 AM, Crown Room

    Men of all ages, this event is for you! Enjoy a hearty buffet breakfast, holiday music, and lively fellowship — plus hear a powerful message from Pastor Jim Pile on "Being a Man of Integrity."
    It's a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the holiday and spend time with friends. Invite a neighbor, colleague, or relative to attend with you!
    Dress is business casual. Register online or visit the Galleria table on Sundays.
    Cost is $10 per person.


    Contact: Jennifer Sharpless, 704.341.5417, jsharpless@calvarychurch.com

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    Luke 14 Banquets
    Celebrating with Special Needs
    December 9 & 12
    Greet, host a table or give a gift!

    Since 1995, Calvary Church has invited friends in our community with Special Needs, plus their families and caregivers, to Luke 14 Banquets during the Christmas season. These special events include:
    • A festive meal, with a member of Calvary hosting each table
    • An interactive Christmas program with songs and brief special presentations
    • A gift for each guest including family members & caregivers 
    Over 300 Calvary volunteers are trained to interact with our guests, who have a wide variety of special needs. Last year over 850 attended!
    Calvary hosts TWO Luke 14 events to better serve the needs of our guests: 
    Luke 14 Family Banquet
    Saturday, December 9 | 5:30–8:00 PM, Crown Room
    This dinner is for families with Special Needs members. 
    Luke 14 Luncheon
    Tuesday, December 12 | 11:30 AM–1:30 PM, Crown Room
    This luncheon is for Special Needs friends in group homes in our community.
    We hope the Luke 14 events are a highlight of the Christmas season for our guests and volunteers!

    Guests who have attended before and those who are friends, family, or members of Calvary receive a mailed invitation.  To invite a new guest or family, please visit the Luke 14 table in the Galleria in November with the name(s) and mailing address(es). Or you can contact Vince Eaton at 704.341.5322 or veaton@calvarychurch.com.

    Are you interested in volunteering at Luke 14? Would you like to contribute by providing a gift for our guests? Click here for more information on how you can help make a difference.
    Contact: Vince Eaton, 704.341.5322, veaton@calvarychurch.com
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    Sing! An Irish Christmas
    Christmas Concert with Keith & Kristyn Getty
    Sunday, December 17, 6:00 PM

    Sunday, December 17
    6:00 PM, Sanctuary

    We're delighted to welcome Keith and Kristyn Getty back to Calvary for Sing! An Irish Christmas.

    The Gettys are joined by their band of world-class instrumentalists fusing Celtic, Bluegrass, Americana, Modern and Classical music, along with our own Calvary Choir.

    Come sing along with Keith & Kristyn and special guests for an evening of worship that unites tradition and innovation in a vibrant celebration of the true message of the Christmas season.

    Keith and Kristyn will also be participating with us in our morning worship service at 9:45 AM.

    The concert is FREE (no tickets/RSVP required and no reserved seating) — so invite your friends and family, share with friends online, and bring a guest for this special Christmas concert event! Doors open at 5:00 PM.

    Contact: Christy Driscoll, 704.887.3687, cdriscoll@calvarychurch.com

    About the Gettys

    Keith and Kristyn Getty are internationally known for their modern hymns and carols, encouraging individuals, families, and churches to sing together and witness worldwide. They live between Northern Ireland and Nashville with their daughters, Eliza Joy, Charlotte, and Grace. 

    This is their sixth annual tour of Sing! An Irish Christmas, as featured on PBS to over 45 million households and audiences in concert venues worldwide.

    The Gettys' CDs, including their latest album, Facing a Task Unfinished, are available in our Word Room bookstore.

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    Help from Heaven
    Candlelight Christmas Eve
    Sunday, December 24
    9:45 AM and 4:00 & 6:30 PM

    "Help from Heaven"
    Candlelight Christmas Eve
    Sunday, December 24  |  9:45 AM and 4:00 & 6:30 PM

    At the center of Christmas is a message of hope, of peace and forgiveness which come from the promise of new life. It's love. It's grace. It's help from heaven, just when we need it most.

    This Christmas Eve, join us for Help from Heaven as we celebrate the wondrous gift of a Savior sent to a world desperately in need. It's a special time of worship open to everyone, and you're invited.

    All services will include traditional carols, modern songs, our choirs, orchestra, and band as well as the biblical message of Christmas: Help from Heaven.

    We invite families to worship together in the Sanctuary. Childcare is provided up to age 4 in our first-floor Nursery at all services. (Visiting with children? Stop by our Family Welcome Desk at the elevators with any questions.)

    Our 9:45 AM and 6:30 PM Christmas Eve services will be translated live into SpanishRussian and Chinese via audio headset and smartphone app. Click here or go to www.calvarychurch.com/translation to get full details and download the app.  Our 6:30 PM service will be interpreted in American Sign Language (ASL).

    "She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” — Matthew 1:21