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Church Reopening Update

Tune in to our live streamed service on Sunday morning, during the announcements, for an update from Pastor Jonathan regarding COVID-19 and the church. He will update everyone on the steps that will be taken regarding the opening of the building. 

In the meantime, go to our Calvary Online page on our website for any information during this time or links to our live streams.


resources on racial injustice

As our nation and our local communities continue to process the trauma and fallout from the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the ministry staff at Calvary desires to guide our congregation into conversations about racial injustice with a spirit of lament and gospel hope. For this reason, we have put together a list of resources on our website, including a podcast conversation with Pastor Eric Redmond, book recommendations, and articles.

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Service opportunity

Austin Coming Together (ACT), in collaboration with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the City of Chicago, is hosting weekly “Pop-Up” food distribution events to provide access to a variety of healthy and nutritious foods, including fresh produce and shelf-stable items for residents of Austin.

Each event can serve up to 1,000 households every week. This effort is part of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Racial Equity Rapid Response to help the neighborhoods hit hardest by COVID-19.
This “Pop-Up” event takes place every Thursday at By The Hand Club For Kids  | 415 N. Laramie, Chicago

Learn More Here ›

Volunteers are needed to assist during set up, food distribution, and clean up. Roles include Intake/Registration, Food Sorters/Runners, Food Distributors, and Social Distancing Traffic Control.

Use the form below to select the volunteer shifts, roles, and training dates that best fit your availability and someone from ACT will be in contact with you to confirm:
Volunteer Sign Up Form ›

In Memoriam

Shirley Mae Jager was born August 16, 1929, in Chicago to Art and Edna Jager, and big sister, Betty. They lived in Westwood, a new subdivision of Elmwood Park, Illinois. Two months later the stock market crashed, and her family lost their home. They moved to a two flat in the Austen Neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago, near her maternal grandparents. She attended Nash Elementary School, where niece Beth and nephew Bruce would also start school. Grandma and Grandpa Roy lived across the street from the school, and Shirley often talked about going over to their house for lunch.

A block or two around the corner from her grandparents was Zion Evangelical Free Church, where she became involved with the youth group. That same youth group has gotten together once or twice a year ever since. They gave her and Verda Brookens Bufkin a 90th birthday party last August!

Shirley attended Austen High School, where she sang in the chorus, graduating in 1947. She waitressed for a year to save up money for college. In the Fall of 1948 she entered Wheaton College, a Christian Liberal Arts college in Wheaton, Illinois, where she made lifelong friends. She graduated in June, 1952.

In January of 1948, her sister, Betty, married Bob Hitchcock. While Shirley was at Wheaton, she welcomed niece, Beth, in 1950, and nephew, Bruce, in 1952. When Beth and Bruce were little, Shirley led the singing in their Sunday School department.

Shirley taught either first, second, or third grade for 38 years, most of those years in Stone Park, a near western suburb of Chicago. She was also the Assistant Principal at Grant Primary. Her classroom had a door into the office, and most of the time she was the only administrator in the building. Recently Shirley and Beth read through some of the reports other teachers and administrators wrote after observing Shirley teaching. They raved about how well prepared she was, and what a gentle, but firm, way she had with the children. 

In 1955 Shirley moved with her parents to a new house in Bellwood, Illinois.

In November of 1959 Shirley’s father died of cancer. That Spring, 1960, Shirley and her mother, along with Bob and Betty Hitchcock, bought a two flat in Maywood, Illinois. Shirley and Edna lived upstairs, and Bob, Betty, Beth, and Bruce lived downstairs. 

In 1968 they sold the two flat, and Shirley and her mother moved to an apartment in LaGrange Park, Illinois—with a pool! 

Shirley attended Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois, where she wore many hats. She worked with Pioneer Girls. One of those girls still came to visit her last year! She also worked on the Missions Committee for decades, putting up bulletin boards in the church (you can’t keep a retired teacher from doing bulletin boards), and collecting prayer requests from all the missionaries into a monthly prayer list which she distributed to all the missionaries, so they could pray for each other. Several of these missionaries continued to visit Shirley when they were in the States—even last Fall!

In 1978 Shirley welcomed the first two of what would become seven great nieces and nephews: Amy Mikal, Jessica Hitchcock Bertolotti, Joshua Hitchcock, Annie Mikal-Heine, Shannon Hitchcock Strickland, Dan Mikal, Jr., and Micah Hitchcock, in order. She spoiled them all with clothes and restaurant meals.

Shirley’s mother passed away in January, 1985. That year Shirley moved to a different apartment in LaGrange Park, where she lived for 25 years. 

Then came the great-great nieces and nephews: Michael Bertolotti, Cheyenne Strickland, Amora Mikal, Sophia Bertolotti, Ella Mikal, Penny Mikal-Heine, Chase Mikal, Claire Hitchcock, Max Bertolotti, Beck Mikal-Heine, Zora Mikal-Heine, and Connor Hitchcock, in age order.

She visited lots of friends in nursing homes and was Power of Attorney for several of them. She also met retired teacher friends for monthly luncheons. She was never home.

In the Fall of 2014 Shirley moved to Bridgeway of Bensenville, an Independent Senior Living Community. She enjoyed working on jigsaw puzzles, the church services, weekly piano concerts, sing-alongs, and made lots of friends—as usual. 

Shirley survived three bouts with cancer, and multiple other surgeries. She had everything removed that you could possibly live without. We used to tease her that what little was left inside her must be rattling around!

This past February, 2020, Shirley moved to Avantara of Long Grove, a skilled nursing facility. She had ongoing health issues, results of the radiation from her last cancer. She was adjusting well, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Avantara held out until May, but eventually succumbed. Shirley developed a fever and tested positive on May 6. She passed away peacefully in her sleep May 16. She is now singing in the presence of the Lord. As Isaiah 24:14 says, “They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing; for the majesty of the Lord…”


Find community and encouragement online. Join Pastor Jonny and others (via Zoom) for a time of scripture reading and prayer. These "coffee breaks" are held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 10-10:30AM. Feel free to join us whenever it works with your schedule.

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During this time of social distancing due to COVID-19 it is vital that we remain connected with one another, and connected with the Lord.  We invite you to join us (via Zoom) on Wednesday evenings from 7-8PM for a time of scripture reading, devotion, and prayer. Pastor Gerald will lead us in a short devotional and then the Zoom technology will allow us to pray in both large group and smaller subgroup formats.

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Online Prayer
Request Form

Throughout this time, the Elders and Ministry Staff remain committed to continuing our practice of praying for the needs of this congregation. To facilitate this, we have created an online form for you to share any prayer requests or needs you may have.

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During the last few months, many of us have had the opportunity to connect with one another using Zoom. While nothing beats being together in person, this technology allows us to continue to see each other's faces (only if you want) and hear from one another.

We want to ensure that everyone who would like to join in our Zoom gatherings is able to do so. Do you need assistance getting set up with Zoom? We have individuals who would be happy to help. Please reach out to Caroline Wittman to request Zoom assistance.

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This Sunday


"One New Man: Unity and Equality in Christ"
Ephesians 2:11-22
Pastor Gerald Heistand

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Last Sunday

"Magnifying Our Memorials: Celebrating the Victory of Christ"
Pastor Eric Redmond

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