Your Weekly E-Newsletter -- Thursday, March 31, 2022
This Week's Pondering ...
Easter Sunday Breakfast
All are invited to remain after worship on Easter Sunday, April 17th, for fellowship and breakfast in Fellowship Hall. The menu includes: Mini quiche, breakfast breads, sausage and fruit. You don't need to RSVP to attend. All are welcome!

If you're interested in helping with set up, serving or clean up, please contact Marcella Nelson at
(701) 833-5157 or
Easter Flower Orders are due by Monday, April 4th!
Order forms for Easter Flowers are at the entrance to the Sanctuary and on the table in the Narthex, or you can print a copy by clicking on the purple box below. If you'd like to help make our altar beautiful for Easter worship, please pick up a form and place in offering basket or return to the office no later than Monday, April 4th. Plants are provided by Shady Lane Greenhouses in Menomonee Falls and you can choose from Easter lilies, daffodils, hyacinths and tulips.
Upcoming Lent and Holy Week Activities
The final Wednesday Midweek Lenten service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on April 6th.

The focus for these services has been on the Ten Commandments. We hope you will join us for a reflective and meaningful midweek service as Pastor Ken covers the ninth and tenth commandments.

Join Marcella Nelson on Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. in Fellowship Hall for a short time of Lenten Prayer. All are welcome!
Journey With Jesus - following the footsteps of Jesus
Last fall, Journey with Jesus, was released in over 800 theaters to sold-out audiences around the country. Thousands of people followed the footsteps of Jesus through the Holy Land with inspiring commentary from Tony Evans, Chrystal Evans Hurst, Priscilla Shirer and the narration of Anthony Evans.

If you missed the theatrical release or would like to watch the film again, we will be presenting it on the "big screen" in the Sanctuary on Wednesday, April 13th at 1:30 p.m. (If you are unable to join us that day, you can purchase a household viewing ticket for $9, using the link below and using the "get tickets" tab.)

We hope you can join us to experience, or re-experience, this beautiful walk through the Holy Land during Holy Week. Special thanks to Janet Zastrow for sponsoring this opportunity for us.

The link below has more information about the story, the cast and also provides a trailer preview of the movie.

Fourth Sunday in Lent
April 2-3, 2022
  • Saturday: Terry Bzdusek
  • Sunday: Mary Ellen Thiede, George Sedivec, Judy Kestly
  • Ellie Sayas and Mallory Zipp
  • Gordy Gunnlaugsson and Jim Brostowitz
  • Lennie Graffin
  • Scott Anderson
  • Larry Bonier
  • Schlieve Family
  • Jim and Jeanette Kalupa in celebration of their 30th anniversary
  • Norene Giuliani
  • Saturday: Lydia Trudell
  • Sunday: Grace Gunnlaugsson
  • Kyle Jones
Our Church Family

Four new members were received into our Calvary family of faith on Saturday, March 26th.

Please welcome them with our warm Calvary hospitality!
Tricia Fenske
Joel and Linda Richmond
Jim Selas
Jane Krause, 4/1
Ben Sayas, 4/3
Roberta Stepp, 4/4
Matt Ware, 4/5
Bob Siderits, 4/6
Scott Anderson, 4/7
Donna Polizzi, 4/7
Cindy Zilske, 4/7
Chris Spangenberger, 4/9
David Treadwelll, 4/9

Jim and Jeanette Kalupa, 4/4 (30 years)
Rich and Tina Baumgartner, 4/20 (31 years)
Tom and Sue Sadowsky, 4/20 (37 years)
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)

New prayer request: Hugh Taufner

Ongoing short-term prayer requests: Eloise Kurth; Bob Smith; Mark Trudell, Donna Schroeder; 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); Janice Stem (sister of Evelyn Ceci); Jim Trainor (former Calvary member);

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; 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
Board of Deacons and Alpha Assignments
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.
Worship Attendance - March 26-27, 2022
(Does not include those who watched the livestream remotely)
Music Ministry
Short-term Singers Needed!
Please consider lending your voice to the choir for the Palm Sunday and Easter worship services. This is a short-term commitment! Nicole is planning some very special music for both services and would love to have you help us praise God!

If you can't make the Wednesday rehearsals (4:15 p.m.), Nicole can get the music to you and work with you one-on-one.

Please call or email Nicole if you can help.
(414) 625-0318 or
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 - April 18 at 1 p.m. Media Room
What to do the day after Easter? How about the Monday afternoon movie? At 1:00 p.m. in the media room on Monday, April 18, we’ll enjoy a good old MGM musical with plenty of Irving Berlin’s wonderful tunes. Feel free to wear your Easter bonnet (or your Easter top hat)! The office will be closed, but the door at the northeast entrance (near the dumpster corral) will be open. We’ll have some Easter goodies and a great time! Bring a friend!

Movie synopsis: If you can't join 'em, beat 'em! When his long-time dance partner abandons him for the Ziegfeld Follies, Don Hewes decides to show who's who what's what by choosing any girl out of a chorus line and transforming her into a star. So he makes his choice and takes his chances. Of course, since Fred Astaire portrays Don and Judy Garland plays the chorine, we know we're in for an entertainment sure thing.
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? We hope you can join us for the last two sessions! This video-based Bible study is facilitated by Pastor Ken and is held in the Sanctuary.
Sign up below for the April 10
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.
Community Outreach
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.
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 ....
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.
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.