"Biblically, the Apostle Paul chose to describe the church by using a metaphor.
'For as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them!'
I believe this is still true today and Calvary United Methodist Church is a perfect example. Our Church family is diverse in every way possible and we have a tremendous number of gifts. Whether in worship or mission the people of Calvary represent the body of Christ today!
Historically, Calvary is a church that rose up out of the ashes. In 1891, the original Christ Methodist Episcopal Church located in the downtown area of Pittsburgh burned to the ground. Since part of the Christ Church congregation lived in Allegheny City and the rest lived in the East End, the congregation decided to split and form two new churches. Calvary and the First United Methodist Church in Shadyside resulted. The cornerstones for both churches were laid by Bishop Fowler on the same day — May 18, 1893.
Architecturally, Calvary is as interesting and inspiring as any of the finest Cathedrals in Europe. Elaborately decorated spires, louvers, gargoyles, geometric designs, angelic faces carved into the Cleveland bluestone, and vaulted oak ceilings are just a few of the architectural features capturing the imagination of the art critics and historians alike. The crowning feature of the building is a trio of Louis Comfort Tiffany windows. They are now finally restored after many years of planning and fund raising.
Today, our national proclamation of the United Methodist Church is 'Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors'.
Well, that's Calvary! With the many ministry opportunities such as: choir, bible studies, book club, a visitation team, prayer team, volunteer in mission trips, food ministry, and many more, we strive every day to fulfill that promise. We invite you to come and share this vision of making Calvary a spiritual home for everyone!"
Grace and Peace,
Rev. Larry Homitsky