Your Weekly E-Newsletter -- Thursday, April 28, 2022

Third Sunday of Easter
April 30 - May 1, 2022
PRESIDING MINISTER: Pastor Jerry Wittmus
  • Saturday: Ernie Kretschmann
  • Sunday: Nancy Wittmus, Larry Bonier, Diane Grundman
  • Addie Meyer and Mallory Zipp
  • Keith and Karen Pierce
  • Wayne and Bonnie Johnson
  • Scott and Peggy Langelin
  • Lenny Graffin
  • Larry Bonier
  • Jonni Roush
  • Ed Ramthun and Cathy Way in celebration of their 20th Anniversary
  • Sue Rowe
  • Saturday: Lydia Trudell
  • Sunday: Ellis Sayas
  • Kyle Jones/Sam Sayas
Our Church Family
Matt Powers, 4/29

RoJean Holler, 5/1
Beverly Lawson, 5/2
Ava Morris, 5/2
Don Heyen, 5/3
John Kalupa, 5/3
Piper Nowicki, 5/3
Al Rodriguez, 5/3
Jean Holman, 5/4
George Secivec, 5/4
Jon Voerman, 5/4
Jessica Dudzik, 5/5
Norene Giuliani, 5/5
John Lau, 5/5
Sam Sayas, 5/5
Larry Vasatko, 5/7
Larry and Bonnie Vasatko, 5/3 (53 years)
Kevin and Cathy Wahlgren, 5/9 (35 years)
Tony and Krista Dentice, 5/10 (8 years)
Scott and Lisa Grossman, 5/14 (45 years)
Bill and Betty Clayton, 5/15 (57 years)
Jeffrey and Melissa Griese, 5/19 (18 years)
Chris and Leah Morris, 5/30 (24 years)

Prayers of joy and thanksgiving for: the birth of Mackenzie Alice Sally Haggedone, new granddaughter of Sallie and Gerhardt Schulz. Mackenzie joins her brother Langdon and parents Lisa and Matt.

New prayer requests: Bonnie Johnson

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; Gloria Strei; 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); 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 23-24, 2022
(Does not include those who watched the livestream remotely)
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

DON’T MISS THIS YEAR’S Music Camp! Open to children 6-11, it’s the last week of June, June 27-July 1, from 9:00 AM to noon.
Kyle, could we also have a signup for volunteers who might be interested? We need to have current background checks, etc. Anyone 15+ could apply to volunteer.
Church Council Meeting Update
Church Council held its monthly meeting on April 19.
Key points from that meeting are summarized below.
  • The open Financial Secretary job posting has been reposted at various job sites.
  • The "Walk for Water" event to bring awareness on behalf of Compassion International is scheduled for May 21st. All members are encouraged to participate and invite a friend to walk alongside you.
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 May 22
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.
Have you missed a sermon, or want a copy of one that was particularly meaningful to you?
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 1.4 mile walk at Calvary To add a little fun to the walk, you'll receive playing cards along the way to help you create a winning poker hand. There are prizes in both the adult and child categories.

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 glass doors 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 note that on the sign up sheet in the Narthex. All volunteers will get a free t-shirt!

Join us as we raise money for Compassion International! INVITE A FRIEND OR NEIGHBOR TO JOIN YOU!
May Mission of the Month
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.

We will have a special guest with us on May 7-8. You'll be able to meet an alumni of the Compassion Program, who will share his journey from being sponsored to his life today.

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, 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.