Your Weekly E-Newsletter -- Thursday, February 24, 2022
Pastor Ken's Pondering ..... "Learning Childlike Faith"
Meet Your 2022 Church Council
Meet Your 2022 Church Council
Back row (l-r): Pastor Ken Nelson, Scott Grossman (President), Bob Branston (Vice President),
Pat Dieck, Julie Matthes and Chris Dudzik
Front row (l-r): Jan Lukasik, Sue Vollmar and Karen Pierce (Secretary)
Not pictured: Leah Morris, Treasurer

Council Bullet Points from February 22 meeting
  • Welcomed new Council members Pat Dieck, Chris Dudzik, Jan Lukasik
  • Assigned Committee Council Liaisons (see listing below)
  • Established date/time for holding Council Retreat (April 9th / 9am-11:30am)

Council Liaison Assignments
  • Deacons: Pastor Ken Nelson
  • Church Life/Fellowship: Julie Matthes
  • Endowment: Pat Dieck
  • Evangelism: Sue Vollmar
  • Faith Formation: Scott Grossman
  • Mission & Outreach: Karen Pierce
  • Personnel: Scott Grossman
  • Property: Jan Lukasik
  • Stewardship: Leah Morris
  • Worship: Chris Dudzik
Fat Tuesday Dinner - March 1, 2022

Tuesday, March 1st
5:30 - 6:45 pm

Come and experience a little bit of Mardi Gras, Calvary Youth Style!

Made and served by our fabulous youth group, we will have a delicious meal to fill your Fat Tuesday cravings! Everyone is welcome: members, non-members, parents, grandparents, neighbors, cousins -- go ahead and bring them ALL!

Please sign up on the sheet on the glass doors in the Narthex so we know
how much food to prepare.
Music Ministry - Nicole's Notes
This Sunday is Transfiguration, when we recount the story of how Jesus was “transfigured” on the mountain top in the presence of three disciples, or perhaps revealed for Who He truly was. It is also the last Sunday we are able to sing or say “Alleluia,” the word considered too joyful during the penitential season of Lent.

We are trying out a “new” song this weekend, “Laudate Dominum,” written in 1980 and coming to us from the Taize tradition (Jacques Berthier). Perhaps you have heard or sung it before. This song is #828 in the Hymnal Supplement (maroon book in the pews) and it has a rather unusual format called an OSTINATO (think of the word “obstinate” or stubborn) which means a motive that is sung repeatedly, unaltered.

Psallite (choir) will sing “Laudate Dominum, laudate Dominum, omnes gentes, alleluia” once through, and then the congregation will join them in singing the ostinator refrain several times through. While this is happening, the cantor/soloist will sing different words and a different melody on top of the refrain, somewhat like a round. All you have to do is follow the choir. Perhaps you’d like to see the music at the same time, easily found in the Hymnal Supplement.

“Oh no! I’ve never sung Latin before!” Don’t worry, we’ll take a minute to practice the simple text which is sung over and over.

“What does it mean?” “Laudate:” think of the word “Laud,” so praise. “Dominum” is Lord; “Omnes gentes” is “all nations.” Let all nations praise the Lord, alleluia!

The soloist will sing these words:
               “Praise the Lord, all you nations, praise Him all you peoples. Alleluia!
Strong is His love and mercy, He is faithful forever. Alleluia.
Let everything living give praise to the Lord.”
Here is a link to listen to on YouTube ahead of the weekend! Enjoy!

Ash Wednesday Services - March 2, 2022
Ash Wednesday is on March 2, and two worship options are available:
Noon and 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday Midweek Lenten services will be held at 7:00 p.m. beginning on March 9th. The focus for each of the five Wednesday services will be on the Ten Commandments.

We hope you will join us for these reflective and meaningful midweek services as we prepare for Easter.

February 19-20, 2022
  • Saturday: Terry Bzdusek
  • Sunday: Lisa Grossman, Larry Bonier, Judy Kestly
  • Ellie Sayas and Matt Schatz
  • Scott Grossman and Gordy Gunnlaugsson
  • Jon Sayas
  • Kyle Jones
  • Rick Kegel
  • Vollmar family in celebration of Bobby's 18th birthday
  • Jan Lukasik
  • Saturday: Lydia Trudell
  • Sunday: Sue Meyer
  • Kyle Jones
Interested in joining Calvary?
Pastor Ken will be conducting a New Member class on March 17 from 6-8 p.m. New members will be introduced to the congregation the weekend of March 26-27.

If you'd like more information, please contact Cindy Zilske ( or Pastor Ken (
Our Church Family
Bobby Vollmar, 2/24
Jim Brostowitz, 2/25
Luther Himsel, 2/25
Josh Brooks, 2/26
Sandy Voerman, 2/29

Jeremy Nowicki, 3/3
Matt Schatz, 3/5
Nick Huettl, 3/6
Myrna Mavroff, 3/6
Ann Derse, 3/7

Lauren Beeson and Kyle Jones, 3/11 (10 years)
Chris and Rick Spangenberger, 3/16 (23 years)
Michele and Craig Schmidt, 3/28 (52 years)
Pat and Wayne Dieck, 3/30 (59 years)

Sympathy and God's peace to the family of: long-time Calvary member Diane Speth, who passed away on April 18, 2021. You can view Diane's obituary here.

New prayer requests: Donna Schroeder

Ongoing short-term prayer requests: Jim Trainor (former Calvary member); Dwayne Hanon (BroomTree Ministries); Dennis Reich (friend of John and Mary Lau); Ray Anderson (friend of the Grossman's); Marc Kapke (friend of Linda Thorpe and Jane Taufner); Curt (friend of Larry Bonier); Pastor Mark Gehrke (son of Lois Gehrke); Barb Anderson (friend of Lisa Grossman)

Serving in the Military: Dan Berger (serving in the U.S. Marines); Kevin Butler (son of Heidi Powers, serving in the U.S. Army); Ben DeYoung (son-in-law of George and Kay Sedivec, serving in the U.S. Air Force); Alex Olson (U.S. Air Force, grandchild of Ardath Olson); Kyle Pierce (son of Karen and Keith Pierce, serving in the U.S. Army); Karmen Thomas (friend of Tony and Krista Dentice serving in the U.S. Army); Nicole Wahlgren (serving in the U.S. Army National Guard); all military chaplains; and all veterans suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
For All Men and Women Serving: Police Officers, Firefighters, Health Care workers and First Responders.   

Serving in the mission field: Our NALC missionaries and missionaries everywhere bringing the gospel to the ends of the Earth.

Long-term prayer list: Calvary membersGinny Cox; Don Heyen; Eloise Kurth; Shirley Mahn; Myrna Mavroff; Donna Polizzi; Nadine Schuelke; Ruth Young; Janet Zastrow

Non-members Lisa Haggadone (daughter of Sallie Schulz); Janice Stem (sister of Evelyn Ceci); Taylor Czerwinski (granddaughter of Bill and Lenny Graffin); Gareth George (cousin of Judy Sayas); Joseph Franko (friend of Judy Sayas); Tom Frank (brother of Mary Ellen Thiede); Nancy Myers (friend of Judy Sayas); Paige Yeager (friend of Sallie Schulz's family); Rose Luther (friend of Nicole Moritz); Judy Grospitz; Jan Janchan (friend of Jonni Roush); Monica Barchus (niece of Ernie Kretschmann); Michael Rossa (Lucy Dallman's son); Karen (friend of Lydia Trudell); John Nielson (brother of Judy Kestly); Susan Petropoulos (sister of Wayne Johnson); Tom Dallman (husband of Lucy Dallman); Marie Traxler (mother of Sue Meyer); Eric (friend of Larry Bonier); Delores Seel (mother of Keith Pierce); Larry Waldhart Jr. (Ed Ramthun's sister's stepson)

If you have any new prayer requests, please contact the church office at 262.786.4010 or via email to
Worship Attendance and Financials - February 19-20, 2022
(Does not include those who watched the livestream remotely)
Women's Book Group - March 14 at 12:30 p.m.
Paris, 1939: Young and ambitious Odile Souchet seems to have the perfect life with her handsome police officer beau and a dream job at the American Library in Paris. When the Nazis march into the city, Odile stands to lose everything she holds dear, including her beloved library. Together with her fellow librarians, Odile joins the Resistance with the best weapons she has: books. But when the war finally ends, instead of freedom, Odile tastes the bitter sting of unspeakable betrayal.
Montana, 1983: Lily is a lonely teenager looking for adventure in small-town Montana. Her interest is piqued by her solitary, elderly neighbor. As Lily uncovers more about her neighbor’s mysterious past, she finds that they share a love of language, the same longings, and the same intense jealousy, never suspecting that a dark secret from the past connects them.
“A love letter to Paris, the power of books, and the beauty of intergenerational friendship” (Booklist), The Paris Library shows that extraordinary heroism can sometimes be found in the quietest places.
Monday Afternoon Movie - March 21 at 1 p.m. Media Room
Anything can happen during a weekend at New York's Waldorf-Astoria: a glamorous movie star (Ginger Rogers) meets a world-weary war correspondent (Walter Pidgeon) and mistakes him for a jewel thief; a soldier (Van Johnson) learns that without an operation he'll die and so looks for one last romance with a beautiful but ambitious stenographer (Lana Turner); a cub reporter tries to get the goods on a shady man's dealing with a foreign potentate. And it all happens in the opulent, grandiose New York landmark hotel as a sort of tongue-in-cheek take-off on the classic movie Grand Hotel. (This one is much more fun!)

This film fits right in with our book this month. It was made in 1945 and has drama, humor, romance, intrigue – and (spoiler alert) a happy ending.

Come to the media room for fellowship, snacks, and a good old black-and- white, star-studded film on Monday, March 21 at 1:00 pm.
Faith Formation
New Sunday Morning Adult Study
“Jesus in Me - Experiencing the Holy Spirit as a Constant Companion"
Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m.
in the Sanctuary

We are very excited to offer this opportunity to learn (or re-learn) things about the Holy Spirit, who lives in each of us – not just on Sunday mornings, but every minute of every day – “24/7” as the catch phrase of the ‘90’s would say.

We may come to realize that we have been missing some pretty powerful gifts. Have we been settling all these years for a 2/3 God? Oh, what an adventure awaits. We hope you can join us for at least a few of these sessions!

This video-based Bible study is facilitated by Pastor Ken and will be held in the Sanctuary. You do not need to sign up to attend. Copies of the study guide that accompanies this Study (while supplies last, at no cost to you) are available on the table in the Nathex.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Grace Gunnlaugsson ( or Pastor Ken (
Sign up below for the March 13
High School Youth Night!
Sign up below for the February 27 Middle School Youth Night!
Pastor Ken's Weekly Bible Study
Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall

Pastor Ken's weekly Bible study is held each Wednesday from 12:30 -1:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. He will lead discussion around the Scripture lessons that will be read in worship the following weekend.

Please bring your Bibles - other materials will be provided. Copies of the text study sheets will be available on the table in the Narthex if you can't attend the Bible study, but would like to refer to it for the weekend worship.
February Mission of the Month
The February focus of the Mission of the Month is support for Lutheran Bible Translators (LBT). We support the work of the Federwitz families involved in Bible Translation work in West Africa and Papua New Guinea.

Our monetary gifts in February will support bringing The Good News and literacy to those in great need of hope, love, peace and salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord. Please pray for all those involved in Lutheran Bible Translators.

Fifty-one years ago, Reverend Dale and Alvina Federwitz began their missionary career with LBT among the Mandigo people in Liberia. In 1980 they began their work translating the New Testament into the Kuwaa language. This was completed in 1988. They served as advisors and coordinators in Liberia and Cameroon until Dale's death in July of 2002. Alvina continued to work with 16 language groups in Ghana.

As the four Federwitz chiildren finished their education in the United States, they, in turn, have worked as missionaries in West Africa and Papua, New Guinea. Nathan Federwitz completed his pilot training in North Carolina, following his father Jonathan's footsteps to be be a missionary pilot. And the beat goes on ...

You can also find out more on their website: The video below also includes more about the work of Lutheran Bible Translators. To support this important Mission for the Month, you may include it in your weekly offering envelope or designate the donation for Mission of the Month in your online giving.
Men's Ministry
Weekly Men's Breakfast Wednesdays at 7 a.m.
Maxim's Restaurant
18025 W. Capitol Drive

The restaurant seating has been reconfigured in compliance with social distancing requirements.

All men are invited to attend!
Monthly Men's Gathering
Fellowship Hall

Thursday, February 24
Thursday, March 24
6:00 p.m.

Come for fellowship, food and devotion time. Dinner will be provided. Invite a friend. Social distancing will be respected and practiced; face coverings are required.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ernie Kretschmann at

A few reminders ....
Hospitality Treats NEEDED!

We invite you to stay after worship on Sunday mornings and enjoy fellowship time and a treat/cup of coffee in Fellowship Hall. We are taking great care to provide safe food items for you (poured cups of coffee and plated breakfast snacks).

If you'd like to provide treats (donuts, bagels, etc.) for Sunday hospitality time, there is a sheet on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall. You may bring the treats (3-4 dozen) and drop them off in the kitchen, or simply add a “P” behind your name, pay $30 to the church office and the treats will be purchased for you. 

For the time being, we are asking that any donated food be something that can be easily cut and placed on individual plates for serving.
Sunday mornings at 9 a.m.

The link is available on the home page at
Sanctuary Flowers
We invite you to sign up for flowers to beautify our altar each weekend. The sign-up sheet for 2022 is posted on the bulletin board in the Narthex.

Flowers are $35 and you may take them home following the 9 a.m. worship on Sunday morning. If you'd prefer, you can leave the flowers at church to be enjoyed by the office staff.
Severe Weather Announcements

With winter here, we are reminded that weather can definitely impact traveling to church. And with that, inclement weather could necessitate the cancelling of worship.

In the event this should happen, you will receive an e-mail stating that the church is closed. We will also be sharing this with WISN-TV 12 and FOX6 so that it will be included in their scrolling list and on their website of closures.
Facing tough times? Need a Christian Friend?
Stephen Ministry is here to help. Free, just like God's love.
Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. 

If you, or someone you know, could benefit from this important ministry, please contact Scott or Peggy Langelin at 262.853.0018.
The right side of the Sanctuary (as you face the altar) is equipped with a hearing loop system which transmits an audio signal directly into a hearing aid via a magnetic field. This greatly reduces background noise, competing sounds, reverberation and other acoustic distortions that reduce clarity of sound.

Most hearing aids are equipped with a t-coil and connecting to this system is an easy switch on the hearing aid. If you need assistance during worship with this system, please reach out to an usher or any staff member.
The church office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until noon. The door that is closest to the office (NW corner) will be open during those hours.

Please check in with the office staff so we know you are in the building.

The office phone number is (262) 786-4010. Feel free to leave a message if you call after hours and we will contact you the next day.