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If you have questions regarding any of these events please contact
Shirley Lautenbach at 299-3584, Don Lautenbach at 901-2170, or

*Member Event refund policy* - Important cancellation information listed at the bottom of the page.

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Wednesday, September 16, Churches of Grand Rapids

CALL members and friends are invited to join us on Wednesday, September 16, for a tour of some significant churches in Grand Rapids history. We will be led by Jim Bratt, long- time member of Calvin's History Department and expert on American religious history. Jim is the author of Gathered at the River: Grand Rapids, Michigan and Its People of Faith.

We will begin at Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church (CRC), founded in 1879 and still at its original location. (The old Wealthy St. Baptist church and three pioneer African-American churches are right up the block.) The interior shows the classic semi-circular shape of an old-line CRC but also recent adaptations to changing worship styles with space dedicated to meeting the church's ministries in the neighborhood.

We'll then move downtown to visit First (Park) Congregational Church, one of the oldest congregations in the city and once upon a time “our lady of public office” (no less than three U.S. senators were members here, including Arthur VanDenBerg). Park Church's interior shows how the "plain style" of the Puritan tradition gave way to a higher-liturgy. Between its lovely Tiffany windows and facilities aimed at serving needs in the neighborhood, we'll get a good idea of the complexities of a classic "downtown church."

After lunch, we'll cross the river to the west side and visit perhaps the single most-viewed church in Grand Rapids, St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church. St. Mary's has a lovely interior reflecting its German Catholic heritage which has been adapted to the increasing Hispanic presence in its worshipping community. We will have a chance to discuss Catholic revivalism, the role of relics in worship, the Great Flood of 1904, and the ongoing importance of religion amid the changing tides of immigration and ethnicity.

Finally, we'll stop at a premier site of the mega church era in American religious history, Calvary Church. Calvary descends from a split in the Reformed Church in America during the Fundamentalist crusade of the 1920s and drew people from across the city with its blend of popular worship styles and old-time preaching. Its current edifice was a pioneer in pivoting to the mobile, suburban population of the post-1960 era. This will give us an opportunity to reflect, as our tour ends, on "what's next" on the American religious scene.

Price - $65.00,  Questions - call Shirley 299-3584.

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Thursday, October 1 and 2, The Best of Chicago

This trip for our CALL members and their friends will begin with a visit to "Orchids by Hauserman" in Villa Park, Ilinois. If your taste runs toward warm, balmy, moist air with cascades of beautiful orchids as far as you can see, you will enjoy our stop at Hauserman's.

After lunch, we will enjoy a guided tour of the renowned Sanfilippo Museum. Before there were jukeboxes and radios, there were nickelodeons and orchestrians—ingenious mechanical music machines that played the music of the day to entertain the public. The Sanfilippo Collection has on display the largest variety of these restored instruments in the world. Housing the collection, the Sanfilippo "Place de La Musique” recreated the Victorian era of the first movie palaces, with architectural details and coordinating antique amenities, as well as hearing some of the larger machines, such as a fairground organ or a theater pipe organ. The museum houses the largest theater pipe organ ever built.

To further showcase aspects of this inventive era, you will see an 1881 Grant Steam Locomotive with restored caboose and Pullman passenger car.

The jewel of the Sanfilippo Collection is the Eden Palais built in 1890. It is the most complete example of a European Salon Carousel in existence. It is a majestic carousel with 36 horses, gondolas, and chariots.

After dinner at Wheaton College, we will visit the Billy Graham Museum. Friday morning after a great breakfast at The Hilton Gardens Hotel, we will travel to the Jane Addams Hull House, Chicago's first social settlement. The Museum is comprised of two of the settlement complex's original thirteen buildings. Our guided tour will give us the history of Jane Addams and the great work of the Hull house.

After lunch on your own, we go to the Dreishaus Musem for a guided tour. The Driehaus Museum is one of the grandest residential buildings of the 19th-century Chicago. This exquisite home features surviving furnishings paired with elegant, historically-appropriate
pieces from the Driehaus Collection of Fine and Decorative Arts, including beautiful pieces from the Tiffany works. This is a wonderful visit.

Cost - $249 per person (double occupancy). --Questions - call Shirley 299-3584

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Friday and Saturday, October 2-3, Autumn at Au Sable Institute

A two-day experience for CALL members and guests to learn about God's provision for plants and animals during the autumnal change of seasons in northern Michigan at Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies near Kalkaska, Michigan. Every summer many Calvin students and professors, along with others from a group of over 50 participating colleges and universities, participate here in college classes.
Dave Warners, Calvin’s Biology Dept., will explore annual adaptations to the change of seasons for plants, from the changing leaf colors to fruits, nuts and seeds providing future plants and food for migratory and non-migratory animals. Dave Mahan, Associate Director of Au Sable Institute, will lead us on two outdoor sessions on bird and animal life in the area. Be sure to bring all-weather footwear and outerwear. Binoculars will be helpful. Guests drive separately and should plan to arrive at noon on Friday. Meals are included from lunch on Friday through lunch on Saturday.

Accommodations include six rooms for couples, plus men’s and women’s dormitories for an additional 19 attendees. Please bring your own pillow and bedding. There are beachfront canoes and kayaks, firewood for a campfire, and many trails for pleasant walks in the woods. This event is coordinated by members of the Curriculum Committee and not the Member Events Committee.

Cost--$79 per person.—Questions—call Geof Gaiser at 856-8120 or email Uko Zylstra at  

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Wednesday, September 30 and Monday, October 5- ArtPrize  9:00 am

Our 5th annual ArtPrize tour this year will be held on two separate days. You can pick the day that best fits your schedule - either Wednesday, September 30 or Monday, October 5. There is much excitement already for new entries in the world class event. Our day will begin at 9:00  am and conclude at approximately 4:00  pm.

Cost: $65- includes coffee break, lunch and transportation. Open only to CALL members.
Questions: Call Glenda or Carl Welmers-243-6431.

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Thursday, October 15- A Day Enjoying God's Creation and Miracles

Invite a friend and join us for a relaxing, inspirational and educational day. Enjoy the beauty and the peacefulness of the Calvin Waltman Lake Retreat Center. (Just 36 minutes from the Calvin campus.). Coffee and rolls will be served 9:00 - 10:00 am. Arrive any time between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. Enjoy a cup of coffee, meet friends and sit on the porch and enjoy the beautiful colors of fall.

At 10:00 am we will be amazed and inspired as Andy DeVries will share his story of the "MIRACLE" in his life. Andy was a athletic, robust Calvin College professor whose life was changed in a flash as he was involved in a serious motorcycle accident. His survival was unsure, and his leg was severely damaged. Andy will tell of the marvelous work of God and the "miracles" he experienced in his life. He has written a book entitled "Common Threads." His story will bring you to tears and an awareness of the amazing power of prayer.

After lunch Jim Muller, a retired science teacher, will talk about "The Whys and Hows of the Amazing Change of Colors." After an informative and inspirational talk, Jim will lead a walk around the center pointing out things he mentioned in his talk. For those not wishing to take the walk, you will have an opportunity for good fellowship, view the movie "Do You Believe" or sit on the porch end enjoy the beauty of fall or play some stimulating games. Dinner will be at 5:00 pm so you can travel home in the light.

Cost: $65.oo. (transportation on your own).  Questions: call Shirley 299-3584.

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Thursday, November 12, 4th of July in November

Bring your friends and enjoy a delightful evening listening to The Voices of Freedom. The Voices of Freedom is West Michigan's eight part acapella vocal ensemble. You will be thrilled as you listen to their beautiful harmony as they sing songs about America. Your feet will tap as they sing God Bless the USA, This Land is Your Land, Skip to my Lou, The Red, White and Blue and other beautiful songs. You will be blessed with their rendition of Give Me Your Tired and you will be in awe as you listen to their beautiful rendition of Amazing Grace.

Dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. in the Undercroft of the Calvin College chapel. The concert will be at 7:00 p.m. in the Calvin Chapel. Invite your friends and enjoy this evening of delicious food, great fellowship and music that will entertain and bless.

Cost. - $30.00 (dinner and concert).  Questions - call Shirley - 299-3584

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Wednesday, November 18, Our Christmas Dinner

Call a friend and travel to Shipshewana with us and enjoy the Christmas musical Our Christmas Dinner.

This is a hilarious look at family traditions, holiday expectations, unexpected guests and the REAL meaning of Christmas. A heaping scoop of humor, a slice of family memories and some unexpected surprises all serve up an entertaining and inspirational afternoon.

The play starts at 1:00 p.m. followed by a family style Amish dinner. We will have some free time for shopping at the Bulk Food store, the Cheese Factory and the downtown shops of Shipshewana. Dress warm as we will have coffee and rolls en route.

Our tour includes deluxe motor coach, coffee and rolls, the musical and an Amish family style dinner. Depart at 8:00 a.m. and arrive home at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Cost- $89.00.  Questions - call Shirley 299-3584

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If you have questions regarding any of these events please contact
Shirley Lautenbach at 299-3584 or Don Lautenbach at 901-2170. The email to use is

*Member Event refund policy*
For half-day events: no refund

For one-day events:
50% refund will be issued for a cancellation made 25 days or more before event;
25% refund will be issued for a cancellation made 16-24 days before event.
No refund will be issued 1-15 days before event.

For multiple-day trips:
No refund of deposit.
50% refund will be issued for a cancellation made 16-30 days before event.
No refund for a cancellation made 1-15 days before event.