Your Weekly E-Newsletter -- Thursday, August 4, 2022
Vacation Bible School 2022
Angie Schatz kicked off VBS each morning in the Sanctuary.
A morning song got all the kids pumped up and ready to learn! The more they sang, the louder they got!
Music included many lively hand gestures and dancing. It was a good way to get the kids ready for the day's activities.
Kyle Jones and Matt Schatz performed a short skit each morning to launch the lesson of the day.

Eighth Sunday
After Pentecost
July 30-31, 2022
SERMON: Ben Blobaum
  • Saturday: Ernie Kretschmann
  • Sunday: Diane Grundman, George Sedivec, Lisa Grossman
  • Xavier Griese and Mallory Zipp
  • Jim and Ruth Brostowitz
  • Wayne and Bonnie Johnson, Scott and Peggy Langelin
  • Peggy Langelin
  • Kyle Jones
  • Marge Tyne
  • Nicole Moritz, Diane Knappe
  • Helga Willett
  • Matt and Heidi Powers in celebration of their anniversary and Helga Willett in celebration of her birthday
  • Saturday: Lydia Trudell
  • Sunday: Chuck Lukasik
  • Kyle Jones
Our Church Family
Odin Benjamin Brooks
Liam Tesla Brooks
Hadley Rose Brooks
Brooks' Baptisms
Receiving the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, July 31 at the 9 a.m. service were Liam (6), Hadley (4) and Odin (2). They were presented by parents Josh and Emily Brooks and their sponsors were Josh's parents Terrance and Maripat Brooks. Pastor Jerry Wittmus presided over the baptism.

God's blessings on the entire Brooks family!
Helga Willett, 8/5
Evelyn Ceci, 8/5
Donna Schroeder, 8/6
Linda Berger, 8/7
Sophia Peters, 8/7
Deron Anderson, 8/9
Darrel Schwenn, 8/9
Donna Siderits, 8/9
Wayne Wegner, 8/9
Mark Wirtz, 8/9
Mary Baumgartner, 8/13
Ginny Cox, 8/13 (100 yrs young!)
Roger Evert, 8/13
Jackson Schlieve, 8/13
Gloria Strei, 8/15

Brad and Sue Meyer, 8/3 (20 years)
Doug and Sue Ranger, 8/3 (3 years)
Curtis and Judy Klade, 8/4 (60 years)
Philip and Jill Voss, 8/4 (10 years)
Garry and Carolyn Gillespie, 8/5 (55 years)
Bill and Jane Krause, 8/6 (56 years)
Josh and Emily Brooks, 8/9 (8 years)
Matt and Heidi Powers, 8/10 (3 years)
Jim and Ruth Brostowitz, 8/13 (39 years)
Tom and Lucy Dallman, 8/16 (53 years)
Hugh and Jane Taufner, 8/16 (53 years)
Jim and Nancy Marsho, 8/17 (54 years)
Larry and Susie Bonier, 8/18 (49 years)
John and LIndsey Peters, 8/22 (13 years)
Bob and Mary Smith, 8/22 (52 years)
New prayer requests: Mary Ellen Thiede

Ongoing short-term prayer requests: Lorna Reiter; Pat Corcoran; Tom Kurtz; Sue Rowe; Pat Treutelaar; Beverly Lawson (Calvary member and mother of Julie Matthes); Julie Niederbaumer (friend of many Calvary members); Alex Vincent (son of a friend of Grace Gunnlaugsson);  Sarah Green (sister of Andy Schatz); Laura Lynn (friend of Pastor Jerry and Nancy Wittmus); Gerry Fosdal (friend of Linda Thorpe)

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, EMT's; 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; Shirley Mahn; Myrna Mavroff; Donna Polizzi; Donna Schroeder; Nadine Schuelke; Gloria Strei; Ruth Young; Janet Zastrow

Non-membersWendy (friend of Jonni Roush); Isabelle George (wife of Judy Sayas' cousin); Joe Dentice (father of Tony Dentice); Dick Girnau (friend of Mary Ellen Thiede); Carmen (friend of Lisa Grossman); Mike Andrae (husband of former Calvary member Luisa Andrae); Nicole Sayas (daughter in law of Judy Sayas); Dennis Reich (friend of John and Mary Lau); Ray Anderson (friend of the Grossman's); Curt (friend of Larry Bonier); Pastor Mark Gehrke (son of Lois Gehrke); Barb Anderson (friend of Lisa Grossman); 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); 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); Delores Seel (mother of Keith Pierce)

If you have any new prayer requests, please contact the church office at 262.786.4010 or via email to
Music Ministry
Sign Up Today!

There will be a class for new and returning musicians August 31-Sept. 1, from  5-7 pm.

Wednesday’s emphasis includes musicians of all kinds, whether you sing or play an instrument. We will highlight common music literacy goals, reinforced with fun activities, and direct you to independent resources for further learning.

On Thursday, Kaethe Grabenhofer, Director of the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble and music teacher at First Immanuel Lutheran School in Cedarburg, will hold a clinic on bell techniques right here at Calvary. Ms. Grabenhofer has an extensive background in music education and handbells.

Pre-registration is preferred so Nicole will know how many people to plan for each night. There is a sign up sheet on the glass doors in the Narthex. All skill levels are invited to join us.
Church Life Events
Sunday, October 23, 2:00 p.m.
Sunset Playhouse Theater

Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, CLUE is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery.

The tale begins at a remote mansion. Six mysterious guests have assembled for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Wadsworth, the butler, leads Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, and Colonel Mustard in a race to find the killer while the body count stacks up. Will you figure out WHO did it, WHERE they did it, and with WHAT?

Tickets will go on sale in September. More information to come!
Financials and Worship Attendance July 30-31, 2022
Faith Formation

Sunday School teachers are needed for the 2022/23 school year. You can sign up to be a teacher or a substitute to fill in when one of the teachers is not available.

You are provided everything you'll need to teach your class. Sunday school is held every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

For more information, please contact Kyle Jones at or (954) 663-6988.
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.
Community Outreach Efforts
School Backpack Collection for NALC Disaster Response

Calvary will be collecting school backpack supplies for the month of August. These are distributed to families who have experienced natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, and fires.   The empty backpacks and lists of items are in the narthex. If you have a gently used backpack to fill and donate feel free to use that as well.  

Copies of the school supply shopping list are on the table in the Narthex.
The Vacation Bible School kids will also be encouraged to donate back pack supplies. If your child is in VBS, we encourage them to donate their items at VBS.  
Mission of the Month Ministries

Opportunity International is helping to end extreme poverty in our lifetime. They believe that empowering individuals to work their way out of poverty and give their children a quality education is the most sustainable way to transform their lives, their families, and their communities.
Opportunity International serves 10 million hardworking families in 23 countries around the world. They have big plans for the world: A place without poverty where people can live with dignity and purpose. Their clients have ambitious dreams for their futures, but lack the opportunities needed to make those dreams a reality. They go where others won’t to give these inspiring people access to business loans, savings accounts, financial training, and community support—all which empower these entrepreneurs to work their way out of poverty and build a new sustainable future for themselves and their families.
To date, they have created or sustained more than 20 million jobs by giving entrepreneurs the tools they need to thrive. With our support, they will reach millions more clients—and those clients will change the world.
Vision: Their vision is a world in which all people have the opportunity to achieve a life free from poverty, with dignity and purpose.
Mission: By providing financial solutions and training, they empower people living in poverty to transform their lives, their children’s futures and their communities.
Motivation: They respond to Jesus Christ’s call to love and serve the poor. They seek to emulate the Good Samaritan, whose compassion crossed ethnic groups and religions. They serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

To support this important Mission of the Month, you may include it in your weekly offering envelope or designate the donation as "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

Thursday, August 25
6 p.m.
Pastor Ken Nelson's home

Come for fellowship, food and devotion time. Dinner will be provided.
Invite a friend.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Ernie Kretschmann at

A few reminders ....
Hospitality Treat Sponsors
Are Needed!
We invite you to stay after worship on Sunday mornings and enjoy fellowship time and a treat/cup of coffee in Fellowship Hall.

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 (six 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. 
Updated Church Directory Available
The Calvary Church Directory is available electronically or in paper format. If you'd like an electronic copy, please send an email to requesting it. There are printed copies available in the church office.

Any corrections or updates should be submitted to
Cindy Zilske at
What is a Calvary Deacon?

The Board of Deacons cares for the spiritual welfare of our congregation by praying for you regularly, assisting with distribution of Holy Communion, being available to the members of their "alpha group" for prayers, providing support or information about Calvary, and encouraging a strong spiritual life among our Calvary family.

Deacons serve a three-year term and we will have four openings in 2023. If you are interested in serving in this capacity next year to fill one of these vacancies, please reach out to Diane Grundman, Ernie Kretschmann or Judy Kestly. It is a rewarding experience and makes a significant difference to those we serve.
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.
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.