Thank you! You helped raise more then $800 for the cause!

Returning to Calvary Thursday, January 17, 2013!

7:00 pm

Liza & Eric Debelak

Russian native Liza Debelak has a master's degree in balalaika -- the traditional 3-stringed instrument familiar to fans of "Dr. Zhivago." But that's not all! She sings beautifully in both Russian and English, accompanied by her American husband Eric on guitar. You'll hear both traditional Russian folk tunes, and contemporary songs of praise. ADMISSION IS FREE!! Donations will benefit the Lake Syamozero retreat center of the Christian Center in Petrozavodsk, Russia -- Liza's hometown.

The Debelaks, formerly of the Twin Cities, now reside with their three childen in the Albuquerque, New Mexico, area, where Eric is the Director of Russian Ministries for the Eastern European Missions Network (EEMN), which was formerly based in the Twin Cities. Eric will be going to Petrozavodsk this summer to join in the ministry of the Christian Center, which includes Christian and humanitarian outreach to the community. Ministering to the needs of the region's orphans is a particular emphasis. Concert attendees will hear more about the Petrozavodsk Christian Center and the new retreat center, and will have a chance to support the work through an offering.

A time of fellowship will follow the concert, and attendees will be able to meet the Debelaks. Refreshments -- including Russian treats -- will be served.

Liza and Eric's story is an interesting one. Liza was born in Kem, Russia and moved to Petrozavodsk when she was nine. Liza led the Sunday School program at her church and was also involved with the Christian Center. She met Pastor Don Richman, founder of the then Twin Cities-based East European Missions Network, at an English Language Camp in Russia. Don invited Liza to come to America to study the Bible at the Lay Ministry Training Center (LMTC).

Liza arrived here on Sept 10th, 2001. After her first year at LMTC, she worked with inner-city youth in a summer program at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Eric was working his second summer there. Eric gave Liza a ride to work, they taught a group together, and one thing led to another. The couple married the following summer, after Liza finished her last year at LMTC.

Eric was born in Philadelphia, and moved to Minneapolis when he was seven. He has degrees in Greek and Ancient History from St. Olaf College.

Liza and Eric previously performed at Calvary in May, 2006, helping to raise more than $3,000 for the the Petrozavodsk Christian Center.

Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church has been a neighborhood fixture for 95 years, and is a member of The American Association of Lutheran Churches (TAALC). Under the leadership of Pastor Tim Lamkin, the congregation worships every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m., following Sunday School for all ages at 9:00 a.m. Calvary's "Kids Club" provides after-school fun and Christian learning for elementary school-age kids on Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. Call the church office (651-698-6138) for more information about the concert, or visit www.calvarystpaul.org.

Calvary Ev. Lutheran Church
341 Hamline Ave. So.
St. Paul, MN 55105
651-698-6138 / MAP to Calvary


Thank you! You helped us raise $2,649.89!

They're Back!!!

Bluegrass & Gospel music with

Singleton Street

Friday, October 9, 2009

7:00 pm

Calvary Ev. Lutheran Church
341 Hamline Ave. So.
St. Paul, MN 55105
651-698-6138 / MAP to Calvary

No Admission Charge ­ Your Offerings Benefit UNION GOSPEL MISSION in St. Paul

Come hear a lively blend of bluegrass and gospel music. The band members especially enjoy playing Gospel sets which allow them to show off their tight, three- and four-part harmonies, flatpicking guitar leads, and banjo drive.

Chuck Leyda (guitar) and Sherri Leyda (rhythm guitar) spent three years touring Renaissance Festivals around the country before meeting Jimmy Newkirk (bass) and the Celtic band The Banshees. During their three years together playing Irish music, they discovered a shared passion for bluegrass and old-time music. They soon became full blown cross-overs. Craig Evans joined the band a couple years later with his open-back banjo and frailing style, adding the ability to create the full bluegrass and old-time sounds.

A Singleton Street concert in 2007 raised more than $2,400 for Union Gospel Mission!

Hear the band! go to
www.myspace.com/singletonstreet

A time of fellowship will follow the concert, and refreshments will be served.

For more than 100 years now, the Union Gospel Mission has helped people in trouble look beyond the surface facts of their lives. They might be homeless and jobless, in the grips of an addiction to alcohol or other drugs, or carrying the physical and emotional scars of domestic abuse. These facts, while powerful influences which must be dealt with, do not comprise the whole truth. The Union Gospel Mission's approach is to ignite their imaginations, allowing them to see all the possibilities for health, wholeness, and spiritual vitality.

In addition, Union Gospel Mission provides comprehensive support services and education programs focused on techniques and habits for promoting long-term success. Their investment in each person is a precursor of his or her own investment in a more vibrant future. Their goal is to encourage people to value themselves as God values them, to see the value they have to offer the world, and to seek out a bright future as a fully contributing member of our community. As a faith-based organization, Union Gospel Mission is uniquely equipped to help change lives.

This event will receive matching funds from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.


Thank you! You helped us raise $3,591.24!

Marilyn Returns!!!!

Marilyn Sellars & People of Hope

Friday, May 1, 2009

7:00 pm

Calvary Ev. Lutheran Church
341 Hamline Ave. So.
St. Paul, MN 55105
651-698-6138 / MAP to Calvary

No Admission Charge ­ Your Offerings Benefit Healing House,
a residential recovery program for women and their children

Marilyn will be singing her million-selling hit "One Day at a Time," along with other gospel favorites. Opening for Marilyn will be Metro Hope Ministries' "People of Hope" band ­ in a program combining heartfelt testimonies and great music ­ for an exciting, moving and uplifting worship experience as the performers share a powerful message of hope and joy in the Lord.

There is no admission charge, but your donations will benefit Metro Hope Ministry's Healing House residential recovery center for hurting women with children. Healing House focuses on helping women struggling to recover from addiction, imprisonment, prostitution, or chronic poverty.

Other residential programs require women to find alternative care for their children ­ a strong deterrent to seeking much-needed care for themselves. Healing House is different. This program, the first of its kind in the state, provides housing and care programs for women and their children, keeping them together as a family while teaching them the skills they'll need to survive on their own.

 


You helped raise $4,698.41 !!!!

Calvary Goes Classical!

Bernhard & Sarah Scully and Friends

Sunday, June 1, 2008

7:00 pm

Calvary Ev. Lutheran Church
341 Hamline Ave. So.
St. Paul, MN 55105
651-698-6138 / MAP to Calvary

No Admission Charge ­ Your Offerings Benefit Project Timothy, training Lutheran pastors in Kenya

The musical line-up is being organized by St. Paul residents Bernhard and Sarah Scully (photo), who will also be performing. Bernhard is principal French Horn player for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Sarah is a music therapist and music teacher, and an accomplished flutist. The Scullys attend Calvary, where Sarah's father, the Rev. Jay Eberth, is pastor. Bernhard, a 1995 graduate of Minneapolis South High School, received his bachelor's degree in Horn performance from Northwestern University, and his master's from the University of Wisconsin. Bernhard joined the SPCO last September, after playing with the Canadian Brass.

Also scheduled to perform are Matt and Jenny Wilson of Minneapolis' Longfellow neighborhood. Matt is a French Horn player who frequently performs with both the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra. Jenny is a flutist, and also a high school flute teacher.

Dan Friberg of North Minneapolis will perform on clarinet. Friberg is currently working toward his doctorate in clarinet performance at the University of Minnesota, after receiving two degress from Yale.

St. Paul residents Jim and Beth Glynn will round out the evening with some selections of classical vocal music. Both hold degrees in vocal music from the University of Wisconsin. Jim is self-employed as a business analysis consultant, and Beth is a stay-at-home Mom who homeschools their five children. The Glynns are members of Calvary.

Accompanying these performers will be pianist Joanne Minnetti, of Bloomington. Minnetti is the choir director at Richfield High School, in addition to being Bernhard Scully's mother.

Project Timothy-Kenya (www.projecttimothy-kenya.org) works to assist the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya by helping to train pastors at the Matongo Lutheran Theological Seminary. Proceeds from the June 1 concert will help send the Rev. Tom Aadland to Kenya to teach at the seminary for at least two years. The Rev. Aadland, who resides with his family in Rosemount, served as the Presiding Pastor of The American Association of Lutheran Churches (TAALC), then headquartered in Minneapolis, from 1999-2007. The Rev. Aadland presided at the Scullys' wedding ceremony in 2003.

Those who are unable to attend the concert may still have their donations qualify for Thrivent matching funds. To do so, send a check by June 1, made out to Calvary Lutheran Church, and mail it to Calvary Lutheran, Attn: Project Timothy Donations, 341 Hamline Ave. South, St. Paul, MN, 55105.

A time of fellowship will follow the concert, and refreshments will be served.

This event will receive matching funds from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.


Update: You Helped Raise More Than $2,400 for Union Gospel Mission!
Way to Go!!!

Bluegrass & Gospel music with

Singleton Street

Friday, April 27, 2007

7:00 pm

Calvary Ev. Lutheran Church
341 Hamline Ave. So.
St. Paul, MN 55105
651-698-6138 / MAP to Calvary

No Admission Charge ­ Your Offerings Benefit UNION GOSPEL MISSION in St. Paul

Come hear a lively blend of bluegrass and gospel music. The band members especially enjoy playing Gospel sets which allow them to show off their tight, three- and four-part harmonies, flatpicking guitar leads, and banjo drive.

Chuck Leyda (guitar) and Sherri Leyda (rhythm guitar) spent three years touring Renaissance Festivals around the country before meeting Jimmy Newkirk (bass) and the Celtic band The Banshees. During their three years together playing Irish music, they discovered a shared passion for bluegrass and old-time music. They soon became full blown cross-overs. Craig Evans joined the band a couple years later with his open-back banjo and frailing style, adding the ability to create the full bluegrass and old-time sounds.

Hear the band! go to
www.singletonstreet.com

A time of fellowship will follow the concert, and refreshments will be served.

For more than 100 years now, the Union Gospel Mission has helped people in trouble look beyond the surface facts of their lives. They might be homeless and jobless, in the grips of an addiction to alcohol or other drugs, or carrying the physical and emotional scars of domestic abuse. These facts, while powerful influences which must be dealt with, do not comprise the whole truth. The Union Gospel Mission's approach is to ignite their imaginations, allowing them to see all the possibilities for health, wholeness, and spiritual vitality.

In addition, Union Gospel Mission provides comprehensive support services and education programs focused on techniques and habits for promoting long-term success. Their investment in each person is a precursor of his or her own investment in a more vibrant future. Their goal is to encourage people to value themselves as God values them, to see the value they have to offer the world, and to seek out a bright future as a fully contributing member of our community. As a faith-based organization, Union Gospel Mission is uniquely equipped to help change lives.

This event will receive matching funds from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.


UPDATE: You helped us raise $2,683.62 for Birthright. Good Show!

Bluegrass & Gospel music with Pocahontas County!!!

Friday, September 29, 2006

7:00 pm

Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, 341 Hamline Ave. So., St. Paul, MN 55105
651-698-6138 / MAP to Calvary

No Admission Charge ­ Your Offerings Benefit BIRTHRIGHT Crisis Pregnancy Center

Come hear the Gospel and Bluegrass sounds of this St. Paul band, formed by a collection of friends and neighbors who all share a passionate devotion to the traditions of classic bluegrass ensembles. They also share a commitment to innovative, contemporary arrangements and the development of their own original material.

Hear the band! go to
http://myspace.com/pocahontascounty

Anchored by a solid core of vocal leads and harmonies, the band is exploring a variety of instrumental variations. Members of the group are Jake Hyer on fiddle and mandolin, Jackson Buxton on guitar and Dobro, Colin Anderson on banjo and guitar, and Justin Bruhn on bass and guitar.

Pocahontas County is in the process of recording songs for their first CD, which they plan to have out in November. The album will be split between bluegrass classics and Pocahontas County originals.

Pocahontas County was formed about four years ago, after Buxton (guitar and Dobro) and Hyer (fiddle and mandolin) met at downtown St. Paul's House of Mercy Church, which was becoming well-known in music circles for the way the congregation's own House of Mercy Band was incorporating traditional bluegrass and gospel music into contemporary worship. The present line-up was completed when Anderson (banjo and guitar) and Bruhn (bass and guitar) came on board two years ago.

Why the moniker "Pocahontas County"? Because this Minnesota band has West Virginia bluegrass roots! Hyer is a native of West Virginia's Pocahontas County. Buxton, while a native of the state of Virginia, has West Virginia roots, as well. His mother hails from Mercer County, not far from Pocahontas County.

You can hear a sampling of the band's music on their Web page.

Pocahontas County has been making the rounds of coffee houses and other public gathering places in St. Paul, and recently played a gig at the Minnesota State Fair.

A time of fellowship will follow the concert, and refreshments will be served.

BIRTHRIGHT of St. Paul is a pregnancy counseling center located at 299 Snelling Ave. North. The non-profit organization offers free pregnancy testing, decision-making counseling, and practical assistance such as maternity clothing and layettes. Birthright staffs a 24-hour hotline at 651-646-2841. BIRTHRIGHT is independent, interdenominational, and not affiliated with any religious or political group or public agency. Click here to learn more about BIRTHRIGHT.

This event will receive matching funds from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

 



Past Shows:

May 12, 2006

Liza & Eric Debelak

UPDATE: You helped us raise $3,350 for Northwoods Mission to Petrozavodsk, which supports the Christian Center where Eric and Liza have gone to work. You can follow Eric and Liza's ministry in Petrozavodsk online at http://ericandliza.blogspot.com/

Russian native Liza Debelak has a master's degree in balalaika -- the traditional stringed instrument familiar to fans of "Dr. Zhivago." But that's not all! She sings beautifully in both Russian and English, accompanied by her American husband Eric on guitar. You'll hear both traditional Russian folk tunes, and contemporary songs of praise. ADMISSION IS FREE!! Donations will benefit the Christian Center in Petrozavodsk, Russia -- Liza's hometown.

The Debelaks, who reside in the Twin Cities, are planning to go to Petrozavodsk this summer to join in the ministry of the Christian Center, which includes Christian and humanitarian outreach to the community. Ministering to the needs of the region's orphans is a particular emphasis. Concert attendees will hear more about the Debelaks' plans and the Petrozavodsk Christian Center, and will have a chance to support their work through an offering. The Christian Center is supported by the Minnesota-based organization North Woods Mission to Petrozavodsk.

(Can't make it to the concert but want to support the Debelaks? Here's a pledge form you can print and mail with your check to North Woods Mission to Petrozavodsk.)

Liza and Eric's story is an interesting one. Liza was born in Kem, Russia and moved to Petrozavodsk when she was nine. Liza led the Sunday School program at her church and was also involved with the Christian Center. She met Pastor Don Richman, founder of the Twin Cities-based East European Mission Network, at a Language Camp in Russia. Don invited Liza to come to America to study the Bible at the Lay Ministry Training Center (LMTC).

Liza arrived here on Sept 10th, 2001. After her first year at LMTC, she worked with inner-city youth in a summer program at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Eric was working his second summer there. Eric gave Liza a ride to work, they taught a group together, and one thing led to another. The couple married the following summer, after Liza finished her last year at LMTC. This spring brought the birth of their first child.

Eric was born in Philadelphia, and moved to Minneapolis when he was seven. He has degrees in Greek and Ancient History from St. Olaf College. The couple still attend and are active at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church.

This is the fourth benefit concert Calvary has hosted in the past year. A January concert by People of Hope, featuring Marilyn Sellars, benefited the Healing House residential treatment center for women and children. An October concert by the Blessings Gospel Trio raised money for the Salvation Army's disaster relief efforts. A concert by the House of Mercy Band in May, 2005, benefited the Union Gospel Mission. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has matched donations up to $800 or $1,000 for each concert.

 

 


January 27, 2006

People of Hope featuring Marilyn Sellars

Marilyn Sellars of "One Day at a Time" fame joined Metro Hope Ministries' "People of Hope" band, raising $4,665.00 for the new Healing House residential treatment center for women and their children.

 

 


October 22, 2005

Blessings Gospel Trio

Family Gospel trio raises $2,285.50 for Salvation Army Disaster Relief.


May 20, 2005

House of Mercy Band

Bluegrass/Gospel/Americana concert raises $3,360.00 for the Union Gospel Mission.

 


homepage is at www.calvarystpaul.org


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