Your Weekly E-Newsletter -- Thursday, March 17, 2022
Pastor Ken's Pondering
Council Bullet Points
The Church Council met on Tuesday, March 15. Bullet points from their meeting are below. Please note that we will be returning to the practice of kneeling at the altar for communion this weekend.

  • Approved holding an enhanced fellowship time on Easter Sunday following worship service (Marcella Nelson will coordinate and recruit assistance)
  • Determined that the following safe practices put in place during the pandemic could be subsided allowing a return to pre-pandemic practices:
  • Removal of all notices at entrance doors referencing safe practices of wearing masks and social distancing
  • Deacons no longer required to wear masks during distribution of communion
  • Altar Guild advised to return to utilizing the full tray for filled communion wine cups
  • Scheduling of Greeters can be resumed
  • Return to kneeling at the altar rail for communion distribution
  • Decision to formalize establishment of an Internship Committee consisting of 3-5 congregational members
  • Advised of plans for April 3rd Concert Event at Calvary conducted by Dave Anderson and Roger Walck and benefitting Shepherd's Canyon Ministry
Midweek Lenten Services & Prayer Group
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.

Join Marcella Nelson on Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. in Fellowship Hall for a short time of Lenten Prayer. All are welcome!

First Sunday in Lent
March 19 & 20, 2022
  • Saturday: Ernie Kretschmann
  • Sunday: Larry Bonier, George Sedivec, Judy Kestly
  • Xavier Griese and Ellie Sayas
  • Gordy Gunnlaugsson and Caryl Braatz
  • Lee Tyne
  • Angie Schatz
  • Marilyn Herman
  • Evelyn Ceci
  • Tom Sadowsky
  • Saturday: Jeanette Kalupa
  • Sunday: Chuck Lukasik
  • Sam Sayas
Meet Your 2022 Board of Deacons
Front row (l-r): Mary Ellen Thiede, Lisa Grossman; Diane Grundman, Sue Rowe, Terry Bzdusek
Back row (l-r): George Sedivec, Pastor Ken, Larry Bonier, Linda Thorpe, Judy Kestly.
Not pictured: Ernie Kretschmann and Nancy Wittmus.
Your 2022 Board of Deacons met for a "Day of Renewal" retreat on Saturday, March 12. Pastor Ken led the retreat, focusing on listening to and praying the text from a resource called "Daily Texts" . The Deacons also participated in some small group time, sharing highs/lows, getting to know each other and working on a Faith Timeline Exercise.

As a reminder, here is a list of the Deacon's alpha assignments.
Know that your Deacon is there for you!
Our Church Family
Sue Dindorf, 3/20
Chet Elliott, 3/20
Shirley Jordan, 3/22
Ellie Sayas, 3/23
Kay Sedivec, 3/23
Kevin Wahlgren, 3/23
Ava Schlieve, 3/27
Nancy Wittmus, 3/27
Richard Kressin, 3/28
Rick Brostowitz, 3/29
Sandy Moths, 3/30
Michele and Craig Schmidt, 3/28 (52 years)
Pat and Wayne Dieck, 3/30 (59 years)

Prayers of sympathy and God's peace to: Sue Meyer and family on the passing of her mother, Marie Traxler on March 13.

Prayers of joy and God's love to: Everett Lambert who will be baptized on Sunday, March 20

New prayer requests: Eloise Kurth; Nicole Sayas (daughter in law of Judy Sayas); Isabelle George (wife of Judy Sayas' cousin)

Ongoing short-term prayer requests: Bob Smith; Mark Trudell, Donna Schroeder; Joe Dentice (father of Tony Dentice); Dick Girnau (friend of Mary Ellen Thiede); Janice Stem (sister of Evelyn Ceci); Barb Hasselbine (friend of Marcella Nelson); Jim Trainor (former Calvary member); Dwayne Hanon (BroomTree Ministries); 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)

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); 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 - March 12-13, 2022
(Does not include those who watched the livestream remotely)
Special Music Events!
We have two very special concerts coming up! We hope you can join us - bring a friend or family member!
3:00 p.m.
"Gela and Friends Contemporary Worship Concert & Singspiration"
Let’s celebrate - sing together, worship our amazing Creator, hear some new songs and some favorites of different genres. It’s going to be fun and it's FREE!

The concert will feature: Anatalia Joy Kerstan violin/vocals, Elli Ashcroft on vocals, Tim Dotson on saxophone and vocals, Matthew Tucker on bass guitar, Rick Olson on guitars, Kevin L. Ellis on percussion and Gela Ashcroft on vocals/piano.

Free Concert - come and praise the Lord!
3:00 P.M.

"The Rescue Tour" featuring
Dave Anderson & Roger Walck
Come and hear the fantastic vocals of Dave Anderson and Roger Walck, who are representing Shepherds Canyon Retreat, one of our Mission of the Month partners.

You will be inspired by their music and stories. You'll be able to meet the artists as well as enjoy fellowship time before the concert begins.

This concert is free to all who attend. Dave & Roger's music ministry benefits Shepherd's Canyon Retreat. A free will offering will be available.
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.
Women's Book Group -April 11 at 12:30 p.m.
She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R.H. Macy’s to become the highest paid advertising woman in the country. It was a job that, she says, “in some ways saved my life, and in other ways ruined it.”

Now it’s the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party. It’s chilly enough out for her mink coat and Manhattan is grittier now―her son keeps warning her about a subway vigilante on the prowl―but the quick-tongued poetess has never been one to scare easily. On a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the city, she meets bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed―and has not.

A love letter to city life in all its guts and grandeur, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.

Lillian figures she might as well take her time. For now, after all, the night is still young.
Faith Formation
Sunday Morning Adult Study Continues
“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. Copies of the companion book are also available in the office.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Grace Gunnlaugsson ( or Pastor Ken (
Sign up below for the April 10
High School Youth Night!
Sign up below for the March 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.
Community Outreach
Mission & Outreach Committee
The Mission and Outreach Committee would like to know if any one has interest in continuing the Quilting Group at Calvary. This group has made simple quilts for the disaster response ministries in the past. Meeting time would be flexible, depending upon participant's availability.

Thank you to Harriett Polzin who has been a long-time member of the Quilting Group, who has chosen to step down after many years of service.

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Marcella Nelson at
March Mission of the Month
As you know, Calvary Lutheran Church is a congregation of the North American Lutheran Church. The NALC Disaster Response Fund provides resources for natural disaster victims in the United States.

When a disaster occurs funds are used to:

  • alleviate human suffering;
  • provide transitional assistance; and
  • enable those affected to begin the rebuilding process

In addition to funds received, the NALC Disaster Response team collects and distributes items that can be given out to disaster victims. 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.
An Update on Ukraine Support from SON

We received the following update from representatives at the SPIRITUAL ORPHANS NETWORK -

Since February 25th, almost $75,000 in relief funds have been received for our brothers and sisters in Ukraine. Initial efforts have been focused on:

  • Sending funds to feed people who are unable to evacuate. This includes the elderly, handicapped and men between the ages of 18 and 60 who are being conscripted to stay and defend Ukraine.
  • Moving people (primarily women and children) to safety in bordering countries where they are being received by SON Mission Partners. To date, this selfless network of individuals has been able to mobilize close to 700 people, and the numbers keep growing.

As the conflict continues, your funds are also being sent to SON Mission Partners in Slovakia to purchase food, clothing, bedding, medicine, and other basic items. We expect that our partners in Latvia and Estonia will soon need assistance to house and feed refugees.
Please know that we are in constant contact with everyone involved on the ground, and the SON team is already thinking about mid and long-term needs so that we can be prepared to respond accordingly. Relief has been sent to help our Mission Partners in Ukraine to provide food and medicine to the elderly and handicapped who are unable to leave their homes. Additionally, funds have been sent to provide fuel and other supplies needed to transport women and children to borders of neighboring countries.
We will also be sending funds to our partners in Slovakia, Latvia and Estonia as they begin to receive refugees. Please know that your gifts have provided a sense of hope and an understanding that we are a Global Family of Christ lifting each other in prayer.
THANK YOU for your continued commitment to Connecting Spiritual Orphans to the Global Family of Christ.
Spiritual Orphans Network

You can still support this important ministry. Checks should be made payable to Calvary Lutheran Church, with a notation of UKRAINE on the check, and your funds will be forwarded to the Spiritual Orphans Network.
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, 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.