Mount Calvary Lutheran Church

24176 Pine Lake Drive, Sugar Pine CA.
209 586-3616


One in Christ. Sharing God’s Love

As a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we believe that we are saved by grace through faith. With the Bible as our foundation, we believe in the Trinity: God the Creator; Jesus, our Redeemer and the Holy Spirit, our Comfort and Guide.

All are welcome: people of various faith backgrounds and those with no background in faith traditions are invited to observe, participate, ask questions and join in fellowship. We follow an informal liturgical style for worship.

Our leadership is a shared pastorate of semi-retired pastors who alternate presiding at worship. Lay members carry out ministries and help lead worship. Sandy Hauck serves as Office Secretary and Clyde Davis is our Director of Music.


Sunday at 11:00 a.m. with Holy Communion.

All who believe in forgiveness of sins through Jesus are welcome at our Lord’s table.


May 7: Pr. Jim Bliss, presiding

May 14: Lay Leader Barbara Rutherford

May 21: Pr. Bob Nicholus, presiding

May 28: Day of Pentecost: Fr. Verne Walter, presiding

June 4: Holy Trinity Sunday: Pr. Ginger DuMars, presiding



Link to worship:

Our Schedule

Adult Bible study: Every Friday at 10:30 at the home of Gordon Kavanaugh or Margaret Schulz.

Tiger Halter, leader


May 3: 10:00 – 12:00 ATCAA Food distritubtion

May 6: 9:00 – 1:00 Clean-up of church grounds with Boy Scout Troops 500 and 501

May 13: Conference Gathering in Fresno

May 16: 10:00 – 12:00 ATCAA Food distribution

May 28: Celebration of Pentecost at 11:00 worship




Scriptures for this month:

  • May 7: Acts 7:55 – 60; Psalm 31: 1-5,15-16; I Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-14
  • May 14: Acts17:22-31; Psalm 66:8-20; I Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21
  • May 18: Ascension of Our Lord: Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 93; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53
  • May 21: Acts 1:6-14; Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35; I Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11;  John 17:1-11
  • May 28 Pentecost: Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104: 24-35; I Corinthians 12: 3b-13; John 20:19-23

Our Ministries

We believe God calls us to share our time, abilities and material goods with others in our local community and throughout the world. We work together with several organizations to provide material goods, funds and meeting space where needed.

Interfaith Social Services

Volunteers packing food at Interfaith

We support Interfaith through a yearly donation from our church budget, as well as with special offerings. Volunteers from our congregation help hand out food and other supplies at the Interfaith site and collect firewood and donations to be distributed. Members drop off food, clothing and household articles at church for Interfaith. Every summer members donate funds, augmented by Thrivent Financial, for school supplies which are assembled by members and distributed by Interfaith.

Rwanda Parish and School

Rwanda Parish and School

Through regular budgeted giving, we help support the Mumeya Parish in Rwanda with a donation toward the salary of their pastor and assistants who lead worship and education at three sites. Once a year a special offering benefits the Rwanagama Leadership School, a secondary school in Rwanda. These two ministries were begun by the Lutheran Church following the genocide in Rwanda.

Amador Tuolumne County Community Action Agency food distribution point

We work with ATCAA to make nutritious food available to program participants in or near their homes. Congregation volunteers transport the food from the food bank and bring it to our church where participants pick it up. Food includes fresh fruits and vegetables, bread, meat, milk, and nonperishable items.

Designated Giving

Each month we have offerings for local programs such as the Center for a Non-violent Community and the shower van through Give Someone a Chance. With other churches in the United States, we support ELCA Disaster Relief and ELCA World Hunger to address short and long-term needs which arise from natural disasters in our country and around the world and from wars, such as the war in Eastern Europe.

Scout Troop 500

As the chartering organization for two Scout troops, we provide meeting space for the groups and work together on a food drive every fall. The food is divided between Interfaith Social Services and our congregation’s food pantry. The Scouts, their leaders and parents help the congregation with grounds clean-up each spring so we can maintain adequate fire protection.

Meeting Space

Meeting space is provided for recovery groups, Life-Line health screenings, and community organizations. Our Parish Hall is also available for weddings, receptions, and other events. Please call the office at 209 586-3616 for information.


Jesus said “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in”. Matthew 25:35

Mount Calvary Lutheran Church