Your Weekly E-Newsletter -- Thursday, April 14, 2022
Pastor Ken'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!

Thank you to Marcella Nelson and everyone who has contributed towards this Easter breakfast.

We express our appreciation to those who have given gifts of flowers to the glory of God this Easter. Special thanks to our resident artist, Mary Smith, for the artwork on this year's Easter card.
Upcoming Holy Week Activities

Maundy Thursday service
7 p.m. on April 14th.
This service will be livestreamed.

Good Friday Tenebrae Service
The Seven Last Words of Christ
7 p.m. on April 15th.
This service will be livestreamed.

Easter Services
Saturday, April 16 - 5:00 p.m.

*Sunday, April 17 - 9:00 a.m.

*This service will be livestreamed.
Church Life Committee Survey
We invite you to share your feedback and interest
Can you spare a few minutes to help the Church Life Committee determine which events should be planned this year?

A quick survey has been developed to help with that planning and it will remain open until April 18th. Click on the button below to access it.

Thank you to everyone who has completed the survey so far. Your feedback is truly appreciated!

Holy Easter Services
April 16-17, 2022
ASSISTING MINISTER: Pastor Jerry Wittmus
  • Saturday: Mary Ellen Thiede
  • Sunday: Larry Bonier, Diane Grundman, Judy Kestly
  • Addie Meyer and Matt Schatz
  • Jim Brostowitz and Andy Schatz
  • Marcella Nelson
  • Kyle Jones
  • Celebration Ringers, Psallite, Youth, Jenny Brostowitz, Rick Brostowitz, Chris Dudzik, Wisconsin Wind Orchestra Wind Quartet
  • Marge Tyne
  • Saturday: Lydia Trudell
  • Sunday: Chuck Lukasik
  • Kyle Jones/Sam Sayas
Our Church Family
Norm McGarvie, 4/16
Rhonda Rodriguez, 4/16
Sue Meyer, 4/17
Jon Vollmar, 4/17
Gerhard Schulz, 4/18
Mark Trudell, 4/18
Heidi Powers, 4/19
Cathy Wahlgren, 4/19
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
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 requests: Carmen (friend of Lisa Grossman); Mike Andrae (husband of former Calvary member Luisa Andrae)

Ongoing short-term prayer requests: Sue Rowe; Hugh Taufner; Eloise Kurth; Bob Smith; Donna Schroeder; 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); Janice Stem (sister of Evelyn Ceci);

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
Worship Attendance - April 9-10, 2022 Palm Sunday
(Does not include those who watched the livestream remotely)
Music Ministry

On Easter Sunday, we will host a local woodwind group, a subset of the Wisconsin Wind Orchestra. They are accomplished musicians who bring a high caliber of skill to our Easter worship. We’ll enjoy singing some “big” arrangements that include choir, organ, bells, percussion and woodwinds. The WWO Quintet has specially arranged their music for our worship that day.
Wisconsin Wood Orchestra Wind Quartet Members
Kristen Fenske - flute
Suzanne Geoffrey - oboe
Bernie Parish - clarinet
Andrew Jackson - Bassoon
Kathryn Krubsack - horn
Nicole's Notes
Haydn’s “The Seven Last Words of Christ”: Meditations on a Sacred Text

April 2, 2021 by Timothy Judd

In 1786, Franz Joseph Haydn received an unusual commission from a Spanish priest. It was for an orchestral work to be performed for the Good Friday service at the Oratorio de la Santa Cueva, an underground church in the city of Cádiz.

Haydn was asked to compose a series of slow, meditative “sonatas,” each relating to one of the seven last words of Christ during the crucifixion, as outlined in the Canonical Gospels of Matthew, Luke, and John. Haydn wrote this description of the project for the preface of the Breitkopf & Härtel edition, issued in 1801:

Some fifteen years ago I was requested by a canon of Cádiz to compose instrumental music on the Seven Last Words of Our Savior On the Cross. It was customary at the Cathedral of Cádiz to produce an oratorio every year during Lent, the effect of the performance being not a little enhanced by the following circumstances. The walls, windows, and pillars of the church were hung with black cloth, and only one large lamp hanging from the center of the roof broke the solemn darkness. At midday, the doors were closed and the ceremony began. After a short service the bishop ascended the pulpit, pronounced the first of the seven words (or sentences) and delivered a discourse thereon. This ended, he left the pulpit and fell to his knees before the altar. The interval was filled by music. The bishop then in like manner pronounced the second word, then the third, and so on, the orchestra following on the conclusion of each discourse. My composition was subject to these conditions, and it was no easy task to compose seven adagios lasting ten minutes each, and to succeed one another without fatiguing the listeners; indeed, I found it quite impossible to confine myself to the appointed limits…

Haydn’s "The Seven Last Words of Christ" opens the door to a deep, contemplative drama.
Monumental and seemingly timeless, the work defies the limits of a single genre. It cycles through a series of keys without establishing a “home,” giving us a sense of cosmic vastness. The musicologist Mark Spitzer observes that “the only other Classical ‘multi-piece’ which spreads itself across the entire tonal gamut with this architectural breadth is Beethoven’s String Quartet in C-sharp minor, op. 131.

For more information and access to several videos on Haydn's "The Seven Last Words of Christ", link HERE.

Reprinted with permission from Timothy Judd.
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
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
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.
Community Outreach
The Church Life Committee is sponsoring the third annual "Poker Walk for Water" to benefit Compassion International on Saturday, May 21 at 9 a.m.

This year we will begin and end the Walk at Calvary and we will have two route options available so that all ages can participate. More information to come!
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 ....
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.