Your Weekly E-Newsletter -- Thursday, May 26, 2022
Pastor Ken's Pondering this week ....

The church office will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observation of Memorial Day.

Seventh Sunday of Easter
May 28-29, 2022
  • Saturday: Ernie Kretschmann
  • Sunday: Larry Bonier, George Sedivec, Linda Thorpe
  • Kyle Gall and Ellie Sayas
USHERS: Andy Schatz and Ed Ramthun
  • Lennie and Bill Graffin, Diana Streicher, Linda Thorpe
  • Lynnette Anderson
  • Kyle Jones
  • Marge Tyne
  • Tom and Sue Sadowsky
  • Schatz Family
  • Saturday: Cindy Rooks
  • Sunday: Sue Meyer
  • Kyle Jones
Our Church Family
Dale Altmin, 5/26
Xavier Griese, 5/26
Tom Jenke, 5/26
Tom Sadowsky, 5/29
Bonnie Vasatko, 5/29

Kathy Gall, 6/1
Gordy Gunnlaugsson, 6/3
Preston Meyer, 6/5
JoAnn Phillips, 6/5
Mary Smith, 6/8
Claire Gall, 6/9
Curtis Klade, 6/9
Fay Heyen, 6/17
Tom Kurtz, 6/18
Lori Smith, 6/19
Chris and Leah Morris, 5/30 (24 years)

Bruce and Dawn Hanke, 6/6 (35 years)
Tom and Kris Springer, 6/7 (25 years)
Lee and Marge Tyne, 6/9 (60 years)
Ken and Marcella Nelson, 6/15 (37 years)
Don and JoAnne Krause, 6/17 (61 years)
Randy and Sue Wizner, 6/18 (40 years)
Dale and Marty Altmin, 6/19 (57 years)
Terry and Sandy Moths, 6/20 (41 years)
Ray and Jan Chesner, 6/21 (64 years)
Gordy and Grace Gunnlaugsson, 6/25 (56 years)
Deron and Lynnette Anderson, 6/26 (29 years)
Bob and Ann Jazgar, 6/27 (58 years)

New prayer request: Abbie Graffin (granddaughter of Bill and Lenny Graffin)

Ongoing short-term prayer requests: Bonnie Johnson; Sue Rowe; Hugh Taufner; Prudhvi Busi; Marlene (friend of Judy DeBruine)

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); 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
Ben Blobaum joins us on June 1 for a one-year internship.

Ben Blobaum will be officially joining Calvary as our intern for one year, beginning on June 1.

Ben, Amy and their infant son Josiah have found a rental unit on the west side of Waukesha and will be moving in on June 15th.

The photo at right was taken at Josiah's baptism - the ceremony really wore him out! We look forward to having Ben, Amy and Josiah join our Calvary family!
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
-Luke 6:38

In lieu of gifts for Janet Zastrow's 85th birthday, party attendees were asked to bring items for Care-Net, our November Mission of the Month. Janet and her friend posed near one of the two tables that displayed all the donated items that will be delivered to Care-Net.
Happy Birthday, Janet!
Council Bullet Points from May 17 meeting
  • Revised the June Council meeting date to Tuesday, June 14th (6:30pm)
  • Internship Committee has four members currently and is seeking 1-2 more members (interested individuals can contact Pastor Ken or committee chair, Pastor Mark Knappe)
  • We are still seeking a replacement for the Financial Secretary position 
  • Brookfield's Annual July 4th Parade will again utilize Calvary's parking lot from 7am-1pm for assembly of kids on skates, bicycles. Donations of bottled water for Calvary to distribute at parade is always appreciated. (See article below.)
July 4th Parade Hospitality Tent
Can you donate a case of bottled water for our Hospitality Tent during the July 4th Parade this year?

If so, please drop it off in Room #104 (the classroom closest to the entrance doors on the NE corner of the building).

Thank you!
Church Life Events
Golf with Pastor Ken - Sunday, June 12
Pastor Ken invites you to join him for nine holes of golf at Greenfield Golf Course on Sunday, June 12 at 1 p.m. The cost is $23 and should be paid in advance to the church office no later than June 6, This fee does not include a cart, which can be obtained at the course for $11.

You can form your own foursome or we can assign you to one. There will be prizes in several categories in this non-competitive event (lowest score, highest score, fewest putts and team score). Prizes will be personally selected by Pastor Ken!

ALL AGES are encouraged to participate! Sign up on the glass doors in the Narthex. Any questions can be directed to Pastor Ken or Larry Bonier.
Upcoming Church Life Events
Friday, July 22, 6:30 p.m.
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center,
featuring the Doo Wap Daddies

The Doo-Wop Daddies, based in Milwaukee, capture the demanding vocal style of Doo-Wop music with unsurpassed excellence. That's only the beginning. The "Daddies" don't merely recreate this classic genre, but have redefined it and made it their own as 21st Century Doo-Wop.

This is a free event - invite a friend or neighbor to join us! You can bring your own beverages/food or purchase some tasty selections from the vendors on site.

More information to come in June to sign up, as well as to help take chairs out to the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center the afternoon of July 22nd.
Saturday, 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!
Financial Update and Worship Attendance May 21-22, 2022
Music Ministry
The theme of this year's Summer Music Camp is “Noah and His Animals.” On Tuesday of that week, the kids will enjoy an interactive concert/stuffed animal party with the Gutekunst Flute Ensemble.

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
June 27 - July 1
9:00 a.m. - noon

Open to children 6-11
$10 fee - sign up link below
Small prizes are needed for the children participating in the Music Camp - items from the dollar store are perfect - small toys, books, puzzles, activity pads, etc. Please drop off any donations to the church office.
Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble Concert at Calvary
Friday, June 3 at 7pm
Can you help set up Fellowship Hall on Thursday, June 2 at 10 a.m. for the handbell concert? Tables and chairs will need to be placed appropriately in Fellowship Hall for the ringers and the audience. Assistance will also be needed to return Fellowship Hall back to its normal layout on Saturday, June 4 at 2 p.m.

If you can help, please call/text or email Nicole Moritz ( or 414.625.0318.
Over the past 17 years, the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble (MHE) has gained wide popularity in our community and beyond. MHE is an auditioned community handbell ensemble under the direction of Kaethe Grabenhofer with fourteen ringers who play 73 handbells and 73 hand chimes.

Within these 17 years, MHE has become known for amazing memorized performances, for premiering new arrangements of popular music, as well as being the recording choir for AGEHR Publishing. They have been guest performers with the Midwest Vocal Express, Bel Canto Chorus, Present Music and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. In fact, MHE has performed five times with MSO under conductors: Doc Severinsen, Stuart Chafetz, Jeff Tyzik, and Andreas Delfs.

Over the past four years, MHE has expanded their reach by taking mini-tours to Minnesota, South Dakota and Michigan performing by invitation at the Area 7 Handbell Festival in Sioux Falls in 2016 and most recently, in the summer of 2018, played the closing concert of the National Seminar for the Handbell Musicians of America in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Calvary is pleased to host the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble for a concert in Fellowship Hall on Friday, June 3 at 7pm. There is no cost to attend; however, a free will offering basket will be passed to help the MHE with its expenses.
Faith Formation
Adult Bible Study: Final session this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
“Sharing the Gospel Using John 3:16 –
The Gospel in Miniature”

Join Pastor Ken Nelson for this informative study on how to enter conversations about our faith. The sessions are held in the Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. and the final session is this Sunday.

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.
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.
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
Third Annual Walk for Water - May 21st raised $615!
Pastor Ken thanked the walkers for participating to raise money for Compassion International. He explained the rules of the card game that was played along the route, said a brief prayer and sent everyone off with their first card. Special thanks to Thrivent for supporting this event with funds for refreshments and prizes and to the volunteers who helped with this event. Well done, church!
Scott and Lisa's granddaughters participated in the Walk.
Maxine holds out her cards for a participant to pick a card.
Sue was one of our dealers. Lisa Grossman picks her card.
Walkers gathered at the corner to wait for a safe crossing. We had 39 people participate in the Walk this year.
Our winners!
Adult 1st place - Katie Rooks
Adult 2nd place - Cindy Zilske
Youth 1st place - Liam Brooks
Youth 2nd place - Elliot Jones
Great selfie, Keith! Thanks for capturing a few more of our walkers along the route.
Mission Servant Month Activities
Calvary Clean Up - Saturday, June 18 at 9:00 a.m.
More info to come.
Book donations, disaster relief supplies, baby clothes sorting, food donations and more are all part of June's Mission Servant Month activities.
Donations of new or gently-used children's Christian books are needed for the Little Library that is located near our playground.

Also, children's or adult's new or gently- used Bibles are needed for NALC Disaster Relief.

Donated books should be placed into the plastic tubs in the Narthex.

NALC Disaster Relief Supplies are needed!

The above supplies are needed to help with disaster relief. Copies of these supply lists can also be found in the Narthex.

Completed buckets and kits can be left by the tables in the Narthex.
Items are being collected for the New Berlin Food Pantry. Please leave your donated non-perishable food items in the tub in the Narthex marked "FOOD PANTRY".
There will be an opportunity to sort baby clothes at Care-Net.

More information to come and a sign up sheet will be in the Narthex.
Your help is needed to tie fleece blankets for NALC Disaster Relief. Pre-cut blankets are in the Narthex and can be taken home to tie and returned to the bin in the Narthex.
May Mission of the Month - Compassion International
Compassion International is a child-advocacy ministry that pairs compassionate people with those who are suffering from poverty. The ministry releases children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty. The goal is for each child to become a responsible and fulfilled adult.
More than 70 years ago, Rev. Everett Swanson flew to South Korea to minister to American troops fighting in the Korean War. During his time there, he grew increasingly troubled by the sight of hundreds of war orphans living on the streets, abandoned by society.

One morning he saw city workers scoop up what looked like piles of rags and toss them into the back of a truck. He walked up to the truck for a closer look — and was horrified to see that the "piles" were not rags, but the frozen bodies of orphans who had died overnight in the streets.

Appalled, Rev. Swanson began including this experience into his revival meetings, and Christians responded by donating funds to purchase rice and fuel for the orphans. Within 10 years, 108 orphanages and homes in South Korea were receiving support.

The etymology of the word compassion stems from the Latin com meaning "with, together" and the Latin pati "to suffer." Compassion literally means to suffer with. Compassion, suffering with another person, combines sympathy with an active response or a desire to help. Because we have compassion, we want to act and lessen someone else's suffering. This desire to act is what differentiates compassion from empathy, understanding or sharing the feelings of others.

We take a long-term approach to child development by investing in and for the life of each child.
Through our holistic child development model, we blend physical, social, economic and spiritual care together to help children in poverty fully mature in every facet of life and transcend what is often a generational legacy of poverty. We deliver whole-life care, by way of our frontline church partners, that is personal, individualized, relational, and tailored to the child's age, gender, health, culture and family situation.

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
Thursday, May 26
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 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
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.
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.