Calvary Lutheran Church Celebrates 85th Aniversary

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CRANFORD — Calvary Lutheran Church, returns to its fall and winter schedule on Sunday, Sept. 29, after celebrating its 85th anniversary this month.

Calvary held its first worship services in Cranford in July 1928 and officially formed a congregation with 49 charter members on Sept. 16 of that year. The congregation moved to its current location at the corner of Eastman and Holly Streets in 1931 and officially purchased the property in 1936.

This year Sunday worship services, including a full liturgy and Holy Communion, again will be offered at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.
Sept. 29 also will be Rally Day at Calvary as the Sunday School kicks off its year with a “Family Reunion” in the church’s Fellowship Hall at 9:30 a.m.

Sunday School children from kindergarten through seventh grade and their families will be welcomed back to a new year of education, worship and fun. “We Are Family” is the theme for this year’s activities and lessons that will emphasize the importance of being part of a church family.

Continuing this fall will be the 1:15 p.m. Thursday afternoon worship service, which includes a brief spoken service and Holy Communion. Lasting approximately 40 minutes, this service has great appeal to the congregation’s older members who cannot attend a morning service.

Fall activities also offer opportunities for participating in the adult and hand-bell choirs.

Calvary Lutheran Church is a congregation of the New Jersey Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) serving the Cranford-Westfield area and surrounding communities. It is located at 108 Eastman Street, Cranford. The Rev. Carol A. Lindsay is pastor. Jeanne Elmuccio is music director. For further information about worship services, activities and directions, please call the church office at (908) 276-2418.

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