Your Weekly E-Newsletter -- Thursday, July 21, 2022
Pastor Ken's Pondering This Week ....
Are there sermon topics you'd like to learn more about?

Pastor Ken is planning a Sermon Series for this summer/fall and he is inviting you to provide feedback and ideas on topics of interest to you.

Interest cards are on the table in the Narthex. Please place your completed card into the box or give it directly to Pastor Ken.

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
July 23-24, 2022
PRESIDING MINISTER: Pastor Jerry Wittmus
  • Saturday: Ernie Kretschmann
  • Sunday: Lisa Grossman, George Sedivec, Linda Thorpe
  • Kyle Gall and William Dudzik
  • Scott Grossman and Jane Krause
  • Paula Altman, Evelyn Ceci, Carol Corcoran, Judy DeBruine
  • William Dudzik
  • Kyle Jones
  • Tom Sadowsky
  • Lisa and Scott Grossman
  • Helga Miedtke in celebration of her birthday
  • Saturday: Jeanette Kalupa
  • Sunday: Sue Rowe
  • Kyle Jones
Our Church Family
Lindsey Peters, 7/21
Sandie Rupnick, 7/21
Bill Clayton, 7/22
Emily Berger, 7/23
Barb Snyder, 7/23
Scott Grossman, 7/25
Helga Miedtke, 7/25
Marty Altmin, 7/26
Ben Blobaum, 7/28
Chuck Giuliani, 7/29
Melissa Griese, 7/29
Harriet Polzin, 7/30
Megan Schatz, 7/30
Cable and Sarah Gall, 7/29 (16 years)
Keith and Karen Pierce, 7/30 (34 years)

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)
Prayers of sympathy and God's peace to: the family of Luther Himsel on the recent passing of his mother, Sarah.

New prayer requests: Lorna Reiter

Ongoing short-term prayer requests: Pat Corcoran; Tom Kurtz; Everett Lambert; Sue Rowe; Pat Treutelaar; Beverly Lawson (Calvary member and mother of Julie Matthes); Radha and her children, Alchiram and Amrutha, as they mourn the recent passing of Prudhvi Kumar Busi; Julie Niederbaumer (friend of many Calvary members); Alex Vincent (son of a friend of Grace Gunnlaugsson); and Marjee Righeimer (friend of Grace Gunnlaugsson); Sarah Green (sister of Andy Schatz); Jim Rupnow (friend of Sue Rowe); Lynne Claffey (friend of Ernie Kretschmann); Laura Lynn (friend of Pastor Jerry and Nancy Wittmus); Gerry Fosdal (friend of Linda Thorpe); Abbie Graffin (granddaughter of Bill and Lenny Graffin)

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; Bob Smith; 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); 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); 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); Eric (friend of Larry Bonier); 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
Our Dobson Organ to be featured in video
The Organ Media Foundation, headquartered in St. Louis, is a non-profit organization whose goal is to promote and fund the art and music of the classical organ in new and traditional media. As technology becomes an increasing part of our daily lives, the Foundation wants to ensure the organ continues to be heard, not only in our churches and concert halls, but everywhere around the world. Through their work, they hope that the music of the organ will continue to inspire as it has for so many centuries.

The Foundation was in Milwaukee filming Milwaukee-area pipe organs and reached out to Calvary to include its Dobson organ. They were here last week to film the organ being played as well as take a physical tour inside the case of the instrument.

The YouTube video will be available for viewing in September or October and we will share that information and a link once it is available. Past videos they have done are available HERE.
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 16-17, 2022
Music Ministry

The theme of this year's Summer Music Camp is “Noah and His Animals.” The date has been changed to August 1-5 to coincide with this year's Vacation Bible School.

Each day the kids will learn music theory and musical skills while playing games, contests, and winning fun prizes. On Friday of that week, the kids will perform a mini-musical, “Noah and His Animals,” a musical re-telling of the classic Bible story.


Music Camp has been
moved to follow VBS
August 1-5, 2022
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Open to children ages 6-11

$10 fee/child. Please sign up
using the link below
Faith Formation
Water Games, Pizza and Fun!
Join us for water games and pizza following worship on Sunday, July 24th. We will gather outside for some good old fashioned water games (slip 'n slide, water balloons and more!) Plan on getting wet! No need to sign up - all are welcome!!

Questions? Please contact Kyle Jones at

Vacation Bible School
August 1, 2022 - August 5
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

We're excited to offer VBS
this summer

Our registration will be limited to 65 participants (15 preschoolers and 50 elementary-aged students).

Preschool participants (3 and 4 year-olds) must be three years old before the start of VBS and must be potty-trained.

It's time for participants and volunteers to sign up. Please use the link below for more information and to sign up.
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.  
Samaritan's Purse is providing food and non-food items to suffering families in Ukraine while airlifting medical supplies into the country as fighting rages on.

In partnership with churches in Ukraine, we are transporting these urgently needed relief supplies to families suffering in areas impacted by conflict.
Well done, Calvary!
Meredith, Ben and Emily Huettl organized a family fundraiser for Samaritan's Purse Ukraine crisis. The three children made a request to the congregation at both services on July 16 and 17.

The kids had raised $800 and Calvary helped them to reach a total of $1,500.   They will be forwarding the money to Samaritan's Purse in early August.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this worthwhile mission project.
Mission of the Month Ministries
a Greenhouse for People on 26th and Capitol

Hope Street Ministry helps broken men, women and children cultivate hope and provides protection from the outside elements, and most importantly, supports growth together in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Hope Street Ministry is home to about 40 men, women and children whose lives have been profoundly affected by the toxic environment they grew up in, their own poor choices, or drug and alcohol abuse.

Empowered by the active Grace of Christ, the staff, volunteers, and members create a nurturing community for people to live, learn and develop new habits to flourish.

Their programs include:

  • Integrative Wellness: Improving diet, sleep, exercise and managing stress 
  • Addiction support with AODA counselors and group work
  • Forgiveness 
  • Education with GED assessment and tutoring
  • Family Dynamics - relational boundaries and parenting skills
  • Life Skills and Job Preparedness
  • Healing from Trauma-including sexual abuse

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
(Note location change)
Thursday, July 28
6 p.m.

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.