Your Weekly E-Newsletter -- Thursday, April 21, 2022
Pastor Ken's Pondering ...
Many thanks to all of our musicians who made the Easter worship so very special.
The Wisconsin Wood Orchestra Wind Quartet provided beautiful music for the Sunday worship.
A beautiful breakfast was provided following the Easter Sunday worship. Thank you to all who made it possible.
The Children's Choir sang "Hallelu! He Lives"
Thank you to everyone who purchased flowers to adorn our altar.

Second Sunday of Easter
April 23 - 24, 2022
  • Saturday: Terry Bzdusek
  • Sunday: Larry Bonier, Sue Rowe, Lisa Grossman
  • Kyle Gall and Ellie Sayas
  • Scott Grossman and Ed Ramthun
  • Peggy Langelin
  • Angie Schatz
  • Tom and Sue Sadowsky
  • Diana Streicher in celebration of her dad's 84th birthday (Bruce Steffen)
  • Saturday: Lydia Trudell
  • Sunday: Sue Meyer
  • Kyle Jones/Sam Sayas
Our Church Family
Dave Altman, 4/21
Nicole Nowicki, 4/22
Megan Sayas, 4/22
Ruth Brostowitz, 4/23
Lois Gehrke, 4/23
Bruce Steffens, 4/23
Jerry Wittmus, 4/24
Lee Tyne, 4/25
Mary Ellen Thiede, 4/27
Matt Powers, 4/29
Tom and Mary Ellen Thiede, 4/24 (46 years)
Chuck and Jan Lukasik, 4/25 (41 years)
Chuck and Norene Giuliani, 4/26 (42 years)
Ed Ramthun and Cathy Way, 4/27 (20 years)

First Holy Communion

God's blessings on three of our youth who received their First Holy Communion on Sunday, April 17th.

Pictured (l-r) are Bristol Nowicki, Jackson Gall and Piper Nowicki.
Prayers of sympathy and God's peace to: the family of Father Patrick Malone from Holy Cross Anglican Church, who passed away on Tuesday, April 19. His service will be held on April 30 at Elm Grove Lutheran (time not yet disclosed).

Ongoing short-term prayer requests: Sue Rowe; Hugh Taufner; Bob Smith; Carmen (friend of Lisa Grossman); Mike Andrae (husband of former Calvary member Luisa Andrae); Pastor Robert Dahlen (friend of Pastor Ken and Marcella); Wendy (friend of Jonni Roush); Nicole Sayas (daughter in law of Judy Sayas); Isabelle George (wife of Judy Sayas' cousin); Joe Dentice (father of Tony Dentice); Dick Girnau (friend of Mary Ellen Thiede)

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; Shirley Mahn; Myrna Mavroff; Donna Polizzi; Donna Schroeder; Nadine Schuelke; Ruth Young; Janet Zastrow

Non-members: 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); 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); 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
Financials and Worship Attendance - April 7-12, 2022 Holy Week
(Does not include those who watched the livestream remotely)
Music Ministry
Music Camp
June 27 - July 1
9:00 a.m. - noon

More information to come!
Monday Afternoon Movie
Monday, May 16 at 1 p.m.
Media Room

“It’s about first loves, last chances, and everything in between.”

Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson and a bunch of other familiar faces bring us this “richly funny and touching – too good to miss!” (Rolling Stone) story with this brief description from amazon:

A man down on his luck finds an unlikely companion while attending his daughter's wedding in London.

Please take a couple hours from your afternoon on Monday, May 16 and join us in the media room for a breath of spring!
Women's Book Group
Monday, May 9, 12:30 p.m.
Media Room

The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything - everything except books, that is. Thanks to Roosevelt's Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome's got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter.

Cussy's not only a book woman, however, she's also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy's family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she's going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler.

Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman's belief that books can carry us anywhere—even back home.

Join us and bring a friend!
Faith Formation
Adult Bible Study - starts May 8th
“Sharing the Gospel Using John 3:16 –
The Gospel in Miniature”

Join Pastor Ken Nelson for this informative three-week study on how to enter conversations about our faith.  Resources will be available to all participants, and a sign-up sheet will be posted near the fellowship hall doors so we can get a sense of how many sets of materials to prepare.   

Sessions will be held in the media room on May 8th, 15th and 22nd beginning at 10:30 PM.  The aim of this study will be to use John 3:16 (which many people have memorized or recognize, even if they are not a Christian) as a template for having a faith conversation with someone. It will also enable them to present the “gospel within the gospel”, as John 3:16 has been called, in a welcoming and convincing way. 

Please do consider joining us.   
August 1, 2022 - August 5
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

We're excited to offer VBS
in person again 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.
Sign up below for the May 15
High School Youth Night!
Sign up below for the April 24
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.
Did you miss a sermon?
Copies of the last three weeks of Pastor Ken's sermons are available on the table in the Narthex.

There are also copies of all sermons on our website - ttps://
Community Outreach
The Church Life Committee is sponsoring the third annual "Poker Walk for Water" to benefit our May Mission of the Month, Compassion International, on Saturday, May 21 at 9 a.m.

This year we will begin and end the Walk at Calvary and there are two route options available so that all ages can participate.

Registration is $10/person or $25/family. All money collected will be donated to Compassion International for its Clean Water programs. A sign up sheet is on the table in the Narthex.

Light refreshments will be provided following the Walk. Special thanks to Thrivent for their financial assistance for prizes and refreshments

Volunteers are needed to hand out playing cards along the route. If you'd like to help with the walk, please send an email to Sue Rowe at
April Mission of the Month
In Milwaukee alone, between 1500 – 2000 people are homeless and of those, over 90% have substance abuse problems. An estimated 80% of the current 20,000+ inmates in the Wisconsin prison system are incarcerated because of drug related activities. When men are released from prison, they often times lack the strength and foundation needed to lead a drug and alcohol free life. They struggle to find jobs, housing, and even individuals who will help them down the road of recovery.
Deaths from heroin overdose in Wisconsin and nationwide have become a public health crisis. According to Ashley Luthern of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, (Feb. 18, 2015), “Heroin-related deaths in Milwaukee County skyrocketed by 72% last year compared with 2013, according to data released by the Milwaukee County medical examiner’s office.” In 2014 as in 2013, there were more heroin-related deaths in Milwaukee County (119 in 2014) than motor vehicle deaths (74 in 2014).
The national trend is at least as tragic with a 39% increase in heroin deaths from 2012 to 2013, the latest year that data is available.
Serenity Inn provides a comprehensive, seven month transitional living program. This program addresses the physical, social, emotional, financial, and spiritual needs of its residents.
Serenity Inn's mission is to offer an opportunity for holistic recovery from addiction and alcoholism to men who need it most, in a compassionate community of accountability.
Their vision is a world where addicts and alcoholics who choose recovery may find it.
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.
Calvary Lutheran's monthly dinner fellowship at Serenity Inn was held on Monday April 11. Calvary members Ernie Kretschmann and Mark Trudell were in attendance and participated in a resident's graduation from Serenity Inn.

When a resident graduates, he has spent seven months living at the Inn, finding employment after the first month and saving money for life after Serenity Inn. The graduating resident, Fred (pictured in the center) is moving to Alumni House where he will pay rent, live with other Serenity Inn graduates, and have the support of the Serenity Inn's staff.

Also attending the dinner and graduation were Jim and Lorraine Bahr, who are members of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Hubertus.
An Update on Ukraine Support from
Spiritual Orphans Network

Initial efforts by the Spiritual Orphans Network (SON) 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, 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 support this important ministry through the month of April. Checks can 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, April 28
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 ....
Church Directory Available

The Calvary Church Directory has been updated with our newest members, and photos of the 2022 Council and Board of Deacons.

If you'd like an electronic copy, please send an email to requesting it. There are also printed copies available in the church office.

Any corrections or updates should be submitted to Cindy Zilske at
Do you need an extra prayer or have a question about anything at Calvary? If so, please reach out to the Deacon that has been assigned to you (based on your last name or "alpha group").

This is a very important and vital ministry at Calvary and our Deacons are here for you. If you need a copy of the Church Directory to get your Deacon's contact information, please contact the church office ( or 262/786-4010) and one will be sent to you.
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.

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. 
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.