MEET THE STAFF
937 NE Jackson School Rd. Hillsboro, OR 97124 | 503.648.5686
Calvary Lutheran Church began as a small group of devoted Christians gathered under the guidance of Pastor Baglien in 1956. They met in a Grange Hall on Sunday mornings and had to pick up beer bottles before setting up chairs for worship. They grew into Calvary Lutheran Church and soon broke ground to build the beautiful sanctuary we enjoy today. Calvary has about 200 active members, with about eighty people (young and old) that show up on a typical Sunday.
Times change and seasons change, but some things stay the same. Calvary uses a variety of traditional liturgical settings as well as less structured contemporary music worship styles on Sunday mornings. During certain seasons on Wednesday evenings, we've been trying our own version of an ancient kind of worship called Agape Meals. This involves a simple soup supper, some informal discussion about a Bible text or other reading, followed by communion and prayer. We'll let you know when we're offering this.
I'm guessing most Christian churches believe in a thing called grace, which can be defined as God's free gift of unconditional love. We come to know this grace most fully through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Something like that. Lutherans really like this reality of God's grace. Our relationship with God is not dependent upon how good we are or what incredible things we do or how much we go to church or pray or know the Bible or how confidently we believe. We don't care if you've had extraordinary religious experiences or done amazing charitable works. Those are all good things, but we do not stake our lives on these things. We just trust what Jesus said, that God loves us, and wants us to be a part of the Kingdom of God. We think even our ability to believe in God is a gift from God. Also, we welcome anyone to receive God's free gift of Communion.
Lutherans read the Bible. We consider the Bible the source and norm of our faith. Also, Luther had a couple of statements that inform our social ethics: "Sin boldly" and the idea that we are "simultaneously sinners and saints." Lutherans are uniquely equipped to enter into the messiness of life, those ethical dilemmas in which there isn't a clear right or wrong. We try to make the most compassionate and loving choices we can and "sin boldly", trusting in God's grace.
Calvary is part of a larger group of Lutherans - the Oregon Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA).
Calvary Lutheran Church (ELCA)
I've worked at Calvary for 5 years. It's a warm and welcoming place to be. The office is open Monday to Thursday, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. If you have a question about worship, education, or if you need to talk with someone for any reason, please call me at 503-648-5686 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rev. Matthew Eagan
I want to offer my personal welcome to you to be a part of Calvary Lutheran Church. I enjoy being part of this congregation and I hope you will, too. Most of all, I hope that you will come to know and live by God's grace. Join us on Sunday mornings at 10am, or just give me a call at 503-648-5686 if you'd like to talk. The peace of God be always with you.
Calvary Lutheran Preschool meets at our church five days a week. We love having them here! Maggie is the director, there are 5 teachers, and 60 three and four year old children. Click below to visit the preschool website for all the details.