Pastor James Travis joined Calvary in October of 2009. He grew up in Adrian, MI. He graduated from Concordia College Ann Arbor with a degree in Biblical Languages and a Minor in Music (Organ and Tuba) in 1998. He then graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in 2002 his Masters of Divinity degree. He served as pastor to Emmanuel Lutheran in Lake View Iowa prior to joining our congregation. Pastor Travis is married to Stacy Travis and has two children Isaac and Micah. Pastor and Stacy met while at an Iowa District West singles event in Carroll Iowa. Pastor is a strong advocate for biblical marriage and is glad to meet with couples preparing for marriage or going through difficulties. He is believes in biblical discipleship in the church and home. In other words, passing on Jesus to children, grandchildren, and training up the next generation of leaders in God's church. Stacy loves to play organ, piano, and guitar.
Teri has been the secretary at Calvary since 2019. She is responsible for all the church's communications such as the Sunday Bulletins and the Calvary Call newsletter. She is also our receptionist and office manager. Others also volunteer in the office to help Teri. Email: CalvarySecretary@aol.com
Our youth director/associate pastor position is currently vacant. We are presently in the Call Process to bring a pastor/dce/deaconess to come to Calvary! Please pray!
A VALUE STATEMENT FOR CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH
Most important - remaining faithful to the teaching of the Scriptures as summarized by our confessions and catechism.
Yearning for a filling with God’s grace in worship and sacrament looking to experience joy in God’s presence and to persist in prayer.
Calling for children, youth and adults to be focused on the lifelong study of God’s word for strength, upbuilding and the fulfillment of God’s plan in our lives.
Always looking for opportunities to witness to our Lord even as our forefathers who founded this congregation did.
Looking for opportunities to use our leadership abilities as well as our time, talents and treasures with joy in service to others.
Very earnestly looking to the needs of our community to serve with Christ’s Gospel as our focus and the fulfillment of the communities need as our goal.
Awareness of our history and tradition to build on that which is beneficial and to seek improvement in our methods of service.
Renewing our love and care for each other in the fellowship of believers which Christ has established here.
Yes, caring for the facility which God has blessed to our use that it may be used to renew us and to be a tool for out reach.
What Calvary Stands For
Caring, Abiding, Love Another, Vital Importance of the Bible, Adore the Christ, Resurrection of the Dead, Your life can be changed
The Final Article
The third and final article of the Apostles' Creed explains how faith in Jesus is possible. The creed concludes: "I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting."
According to the Bible, we are not able to trust in Jesus by our own strength, power or wisdom. The Holy Spirit, working through the Gospel—the Good News about Jesus Christ as revealed in the Scriptures—enables us and empowers us to believe.
The Holy Spirit also sustains and strengthens our faith and makes us members of Christ's body, the church. Joining with other believers to hear God's Word and receive His sacraments (baptism and the Lord's Supper), we receive forgiveness for our sins and strength to live lives that are pleasing to God and bring blessing to us and to others. We look forward in hope and eager anticipation to Christ's second coming, when He will bring us and all believers to our true, heavenly home, where the glory and beauty of God's creative work will be fully and perfectly restored.
Calvary – Bringing Faith, Hope & Strength to all Christ’s People.
Ten simple words that are the basis for who we are and why we exist. Every institution, no matter how large or small, must have a reason for being, a reason for living. Here at Calvary, we have been given our mission, our reason for living, by our Lord Jesus Christ. In his Great Commission in Matthew 28, Jesus said, “Go and teach everything I have commanded and Baptize in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” With this command he also promised to be with us as we carry out HIS mission for the Church.
Our goal is to live this great commission in everything we do. St. Paul says that Faith comes by hearing the message of Jesus Christ. We strive to share that message not only amongst ourselves, but also with those in our community who have not heard of God’s gift of love for them. The author of Hebrews reminds us that Hope is being certain of what we do not see. And this is done by faith. We endeavor to bring the hope of eternal salvation to all of Christ’s people by reaching out in love to those who don’t yet know him. In the Old Testament we are told to be Strong and courageous for the Lord God is with us. He will not fail or forsake us. The strength we have comes from the knowledge that we are children of God through Baptism. We are also made stronger to carry out our task by receiving the Lord’s Supper.
Our Mission is to bring Faith, Hope and Strength to all Christ’s people with the understanding that Christ is with us assisting and directing our efforts.
Calvary is part of the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod
We believe the Holy Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God. As such we can make solid statements of belief about God and other topics. Our beliefs are recorded in what is known as the Book of Concord (Examples of these beliefs include "The Apostles Creed; The Nicene Creed; the Athanasian Creed; The Augsburg Confession; The Apology of the Augsburg Confession; The Smalcald Articles; the Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope; The Small & Large Catechisms; The Formula of Concord. You can request copies of some of these or go to:
Calvary Boards and Committees: Calvary is served by many boards and committees: Board of Elders, Board of Trustees, Board of Education, Board of Youth, Board of Stewardship, Board of Social Ministries, Board of Outreach, Worship and Music, etc. To view 2023-24 Board members: Boards and Committees
Calvary Supports Missions: Rev. Dr. Stephen Oliver and Iantha Scheiwe who serves Honk Kong with the Mission of Christ Network ((See: Scheiwe) with annual gifts. In addition Calvary gives 9% of our regular offerings to Iowa District West, who in turn sends about half to Synod for various causes. We give the other 1% locally to Hope Lutheran Church in South Sioux's work to have Jesus shared in Spanish. The Rev. Paul Flo & Rev. Henry Henry Witte serve in these areas.