Calvary Lutheran recognizes the value and purpose of fellowship today and throughout the history of believers in Jesus Christ. The early Christians clearly emphasized the importance of fellowship. Acts 2:42 notes, "And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." In the early church, "day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people" (Acts 2:46-47).
The New Testament word for "fellowship," koinonia, expresses the idea of being together for mutual benefit. Hebrews 10:24-25 shares this idea, saying, "And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near."
Fellowship among church members strengthens the common bond of Christian belief we share, just as it did in the early church, and encourages our growth as Christians. Fellowship gives us opportunities to gather in a social setting to get to know each other, support each other, love each other, encourage good works we can achieve together and share with friends, neighbors, and family we are encouraged to invite. Fellowship encourages authentic, loving, life-long Christ-centered relationships.
Fellowship with each other is encouraged by our fellowship with God. Fellowship with God is strengthened by sharing our faith in fellowship with each other.
Fellowship is part of everything we do at Calvary, in our worship and Bible study groups, and all events when we gather together. The fellowship team plans receptions for celebrating Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, and new members. They arrange food for families attending funerals upon request. They plan the annual 4th of July picnic, 5th Sunday potlucks, Easter breakfast and brunch, Christmas potluck, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, etc.
If you like to cook, decorate, plan activities, or clean up, you will enjoy participating in Fellowship. Please call the office if you would like to help.