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

Missio Dei by Pastor Adam Kosberg

After Easter we are going to be in a series looking at the vision for Calvary through 2022. This vision for the next year comes right from the vision of the kingdom of God given to us in Scripture. Our God is on a mission to redeem and restore all of creation. In his grace He invites us into His missional work. As the culture of the United States becomes increasingly post-Christian, it is more vital than ever that the Church joins in this mission of God. With this in mind, allow me to put forth some goals that I have for us for the remainder of this year and for 2022.

Our first goal is to have at least fifty percent of the congregation involved in outreach to the communities we live in. When we look at the gospel, we see Jesus equipping the disciples to help people physically, emotionally, and spiritually. This gives us a picture of what the Church is called to do. Some examples of this might be serving a meal to the blind with Friends of Bartimaeus or doing some handiwork with Hands of His Mercy, but it is not limited to that. I encourage you to find an area of need which you are passionate about and begin serving.

Our second goal is—as a congregation—to have meaningful faith-based conversations with thirty families who are currently not yet Christian. Meeting the needs of others is what we are called to do as Christians, as stated above, but this in and of itself is not missional. We must also proclaim the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Having a conversation with someone can be a daunting task. Throughout the year we will have different classes and discussions to help us all grow in this challenging yet rewarding opportunity of sharing our faith. However, we can begin by thinking of our friends who are not yet Christian and begin praying that God would work on their hearts to make them receptive to the gospel and show us opportunities to share the hope we have in Jesus.

Our third and final goal for 2021-2022 is to have at least fifty percent of the congregation involved in some sort of group, with the purpose of encouraging one another in mission. It is much easier to accomplish something when you have others both doing it with you and supporting you. God calls His Church together to be encouragers of one another, and so that is just what we will do.

These groups could be an existing small group with time set aside to have conversations about what each person is doing to join God in His mission. It could be a conversation had with the family at the dinner table. It could even be a couple of friends getting coffee to talk. The form and size of the group is not what is important here. What is important is that we are encouraging one another in joining in the mission that God is already doing and is inviting us to come along in.

As we begin this journey that God has called us to together, I want to encourage you to begin thinking about your not-yet-Christian friends and praying for God to show you opportunities to share the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection, to think about an area of need that you could regularly get involved with outside the church, and to start to think about and gather in groups, no matter how big or small, to encourage one another to join in the mission of God.

I am excited to see what God has in store for us these next eighteen months, as we join Him in HIS mission.


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God is in Control

Well 2020 is behind us, and to be sure it was not the greatest year
we have had. We had to stop church in person a couple of times, we have to wear masks in the services, and we have not been together as the whole body of
Christ in quite some time.
 
It probably isn’t the worst year ever either, as some have claimed. We have had some good things happen this year as well. We are nearing the end of the
Bridge construction. Thanks to Mike Bedell and his team, the space has been totally transformed. It’s hard to remember what it even looked like before. Groups have started meeting in there and taking advantage of the new TVs and
seating. Pretty soon the café will be done, and we will be taking advantage of that as well. Also, Pastor Ed and Pastor D. have refreshed the main hallway of the
church.
The outside of the church has gotten a refresh as well. Will Alford has been busy planting, trimming, and pruning all the plants around the church, making sure God’s creation is taken care of. Thank you, Will! Pastor D., I think, has been living out there to keep the weeds at bay and to do much needed yard work as. The word on the street is that Grace also appreciates his new residence. Thank you, Pastor D.!
We made it through the Gospel of Luke together, many of you following along with the reading plan and forming groups to talk about what you were reading. We have seven new confirmation students, who have begun the process of learning and growing in what God has done for them in their baptism. Multiple home groups made it through quarantine, providing much needed in-person
gatherings for people. Some groups have started meeting online. Glen Phelps hosted an online gathering for people to chat and catch up. Emily Beck held praise nights through Facebook. All in all it was not the year we expected, but God continued to bless us.
As we look forward to the coming year, I am excited to spend more time in the Psalms and go through them together with you. I know that we will all grow together and in our faith through this year. If you picked up your devotion from
church already, I pray that it is a blessing. Hopefully you are finding time in your day to do the devotions as a family. If you have not picked up your devotional, we have more at church that can be picked up.
I don’t know what all is in store for us this year, but I do know that whatever it is, God is still in control and He is good! Please join me in praying that God continues to lead this church and, through this church, more people get connected to Jesus, His family, and His ministry.

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