Welcome!

 

Calvary Lutheran Church exists to bring the hope, love and grace of Christ to the City of Charleston. We do that by being a bridge for people to Jesus, his family, and his ministry.

 
Please join us this Sunday morning! Our Sunday service is held at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. 
 
An adult Bible study starts at 8:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall with a time of coffee and conversation, followed by our study of scripture beginning at 8:45 a.m.
 

Children’s Sunday School classes begin at 8:45 a.m. with one class for elementary age children and one for middle school and high school age children.

For anyone who cannot attend service in person, a live stream video will be available on our YouTube channel, Calvary Lutheran Chs, during worship time and a link will be available on our website’s Sermon page a few days after the service.
 
For a complete list of scheduled activities, please visit our Events page.
 
 
 
 
 

Ministries at Calvary

 

Kids for Christ

 

Kids for Christ is a group ministering to kids aged 1st through 5th grade. Monthly meetups involve fun, fellowship and food for the entire family, so be sure to join us!
 
 
 
 

 

 

Youth Ministry

 

Calvary Youth is for all 6th through 12th graders looking for a place to connect. There are monthly meetups for fellowship, bible study, and community. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

JOY Fellowship

 

JOY is an outreach ministry of Calvary, providing a place for the women of the church and their friends to grow in love for Jesus and for each other.                                                    
 
 
 

Our Pastor

Interim Pastor Ed Grant

Pastor Ed and Sue Grant

Pastor Ed Grant earned his Master’s of Divinity (MDiv) from Christ Seminary, Seminex in 1979. He and his wife, Sue, took their first call to serve Redeemer Lutheran Church in Newton, New Jersey, as mission church developer and youth worker. As the mission congregation, grew, the family of three to relocate to Blairstown, New Jersey, and the mission became Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. Pastor Ed served the congregation for 11 years, during which the couple was blessed with three additional children. The Grant family was then called to serve Resurrection Lutheran Church, located in Queens, New York City, where they lived for three years. Once again Pastor Ed felt the call to work in the mission field and accepted the call to serve Family of Faith, a mission congregation in Middletown, New York. He served there for 16 years, meeting first in a movie theater, then a barn before finally constructing their own house of prayer.
 
Although Pastor Ed and Sue thought they would eventually retire in Middletown, New York, Pastor Ed began to feel that God might be calling him to serve another congregation. In April, 2009, he felt the very strong call to serve Calvary Lutheran Church in Charleston, South Carolina. God spoke very clearly to Pastor Ed, saying, “I have called you to be a bridge builder.” In July, 2009, Pastor Ed and Sue moved to the Charleston area and began their ministry at Calvary.

In the summer of 2019, Pastor Ed retired from full-time ministry while remaining a member of Calvary Lutheran Church and working with multiple non-profit ministries and participating in international mission trips.
In June, 2021, after the current pastor accepted a call to another church, Pastor Ed graciously agreed to act as Calvary Lutheran Church’s interim pastor as the congregation moves through the call process.

Our Staff

 
Tammy Matthews
Church Administrator
 
Charisma Glinka
Kids for Christ Leader
 
Amy Plott
Youth Leader
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
 

Vacation Bible School

June 13-17th, 2022, 9 a.m. to Noon

 
Let’s Do Something Crazy! VBS for ages 5K to 12th grade! See the Events page to register children or to volunteer.

JOY – Women’s Fellowship

Typically, the Fourth Sunday of the month at 5 p.m.

 
JOY Fellowship, Calvary’s women’s ministry, encourages women to grow in their love for Jesus and each other.

 

Friends of Bartimaeus 

Dinner is typically held the last Friday of the month from 6-8 p.m.
 
Friends of Bartimaeus provide a home-cooked meal, fellowship and other services to the blind or visually impaired.
 
 

From the Pastor’s Desk

Called, Driven, or Chilling?

What type of lens do you look through when you think about your life? I know that’s a pretty heavy question and, in truth, the answer might change throughout your lifetime. Perhaps there was a time when you felt driven to succeed, to accomplish your or your employer’s goals, to climb up a few rungs on the economic ladder, or to insure that you have adequate finances to last through your retirement. There may be a shift in attitude upon retirement from being “driven” to “chilling.”
 
This is not to say that you don’t have plans or don’t want to serve in some way, it’s just a reminder that there has been a change from “what I have to do” to “I’m retired-and I don’t have to.”
 
Those who have been driven most of their lives sometimes experience times on an emotional rollercoaster before they get to the “chilling” or “retired” mindset (I confess–I’m speaking from experience!) I never considered myself driven; busy–yes, but not driven.
 
The ‘called’ mindset begins with the recognition of my new identity in Christ as His beloved child: He “called” me out of the world to enjoy a relationship with Him through faith in His death and resurrection. But the relationship He established with me is one in which He continually calls me to both “come and go.”
 
He urges me to draw near to Him, to enjoy sweet times of being close to Him, as His Spirit continues to reveal insights from His Word, to hear our prayers and to speak to us through the same, and to encourage us as we worship. This time of drawing near to Him also increases my ability to recognize His voice when we engage in our daily activities. St. Paul
declared us to be “God’s workmanship,” who were created and sent for a purpose: to do the good works which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). Pursuing our “calling” provides a necessary corrective to wrong attitudes that can happen in those who are driven, chilling, or any other personality description.
“When it’s all been said and done,” states Robin Mark in a song by that title, “There is just one thing that matters: did I do my best to live for truth, did I do my best for you?” The song closes with a challenging reminder about what matters most,
and, therefore, the lens through which we view life: “When it’s all been said and done, You’re my life when life is gone.” 
 

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Qualities of Calvary by Pastor Ed Grant

In a recent conversation with Jim Roberts, he spoke about two outstanding qualities that characterize Calvary: the congregation as an extended family and a passion for worship. I completely agree; both of these embody the reasons Sue and I were anxious to remain at Calvary when I retired. I would add a heart to serve others’ as an additional quality that continues to excite me about ministry at Calvary.
 
I am also happy and willing to serve again on a part-time basis as interim pastor until God guides us to a new pastor. In my retirement I had assisted Pastor Adam in making calls on members who can no longer attend worship and are homebound most of the time. But I did miss preaching and teaching and am glad to have the opportunity to share God’s Word with you once more! 
 
I have a sense that the Holy Spirit is blowing over us in a fresh way – do you sense it? New families showing up at worship, an excitement about our Summer’s End Family Celebration, a joyful stirring in our time of worship – and some God appointed opportunities to share the Gospel and to exercise Jesus’ authority over the forces of darkness – all are a cause for excitement for this old pastor!
 
But reaching out also requires that we reach down. A tall tree that reaches many feet above the ground is only as strong as the roots that reach deep into the earth. In the same way, the effectiveness of a congregation’s ministry is directly related to its commitment to fervent prayer. I invite you to join me in praying for the following needs:
  • The Spirit’s leading of our call committee.
  • The Summer’s End Family Celebration
  • For God to bring guests to Calvary, who need to hear the Good News about His love for us in Jesus and to experience His touch as we worship.
  • For God to open up new opportunities to reach the retirement generation.
As Paul wrote to the Galatian congregations: “If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25). When the Holy Spirit is moving, our challenge will be to keep up with Him!

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Everyone is welcome at Calvary Lutheran Church! Contact us at 843-766-3113
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