“Living Stones”

Speaker: Rev. Dr. Grace Pak, Pastor, Calvary English Ministry

1 Peter 2:2-10

2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

The Living Stone and a Chosen People

4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For in Scripture it says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”

7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,

“The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”

8 and,

“A stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.”

They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.

9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

2023 Retreat: Be Transformed

Romans 12:2 – Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Be Transformed


Event Date: August 24 (Thurs dinner) – August 26 (Sat lunch)
Event Location: Fellowship Deaconry 3575 Valley Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
Cost: $150 for single registration, $300 for family registration
Payment:  CHECK ONLYCalvary KUMC Write in memo: CEM Summer Retreat
Registration Deadline: June 25, 2023

Contact for registration: retreat@calvary-em.com


  • Stepping out of your comfort zone.
  • Growing deeper in relationship with God.
  • Discovering your spiritual gifts.
  • Stepping out in faith.

GUEST SPEAKER:  Rev. Dr. Kil Jae Park

Kil Jae Park is a Korean American who immigrated to the US when he was ten years old and grew up in the Bronx. and graduated from New York University with a B.A. degree in Philosophy. He earned a B.A. in Philosophy from New York University and went on to receive an M.Div from Drew Theological School, followed by an M.A. and Ph.D. in Christian Education from Princeton Theological Seminary. With roots as a PK of a United Methodist pastor in the New York Conference, Kil Jae served in various churches in the New York and New Jersey areas since 1988, working with children, youth and young adult ministries until he was appointed full time to North Hunterdon UMC (2005) and Teaneck UMC (2008). He is passionate about teaching ministries of the church and believes that “incarnation” (aka relationship) is key to a meaningful and life-changing ministry. He has a Presbyterian dog named “Calvin” and views church, family and golf as God’s special gifts to the world.