Your Weekly E-Newsletter -- Thursday, June 2, 2022
Pastor Ken's Pondering this week ....

Day of Pentecost
Affirmation of Baptism
Graduate Recognition
June 4-5, 2022
  • Saturday: Ernie Kretschmann
  • Sunday: Terry Bzdusek, Sue Rowe, Lisa Grossman
  • William Dudzik and Xavier Griese
USHERS: Brad Meyer and Jon Sayas
  • Paula Altman, Evelyn Ceci, Carol Corcoran, Judy DeBruine
  • Bill Graffin
  • Megan Schatz
  • Jonni Roush
  • Lee and Marge Tyne in celebration of their 60th Anniversary
  • Confirmation/Graduation Cake
  • Saturday: Lydia Trudell
  • Sunday: Ellie Sayas
  • Kyle Jones/Sam Sayas
Our Church Family
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
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)

God's grace and blessings for our Confirmands and Graduates: Jayden Day, Matt Schatz, Kian Leonard and Bobby Vollmar

New prayer requests: Linda Richmond, Pat Treutelaar; Diane Richards (daughter of Eloise Kurth)

Ongoing short-term prayer requests: Bonnie Johnson; Sue Rowe; Hugh Taufner; Abbie Graffin (granddaughter of Bill and Lenny Graffin); Prudhvi Busi

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)

If you have any new prayer requests, please contact the church office at 262.786.4010 or via email to
Help the Blobaum's on Moving Day
Ben Blobaum will join Calvary on Thursday, June 16 as our intern for one year. (His start date was changed to give him and his family time to pack up and move into their new place on June 15.)

Can you help unload the truck at the Blobaum's on June 15? If you can assist in any way, please contact Mark Knappe at (262)844-2234.

If you'd like to provide a meal for the family on the first few days after they move in, gift cards for various food venues would be greatly appreciated (i.e., Panera, Cousins, Culvers, Kopp's, etc.). Please drop them off in church office and we will make sure Ben and Amy receive them on move-in day.
July 4th Parade Hospitality Tent
Bottled Water and Cookies are Needed
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 #103 (the classroom closest to the entrance doors on the NE corner of the building). Please drop off water by Sunday morning, July 3rd.

We will also be serving cookies at our Hospitality Tent. If you'd like to provide a couple dozen cookies, please sign up on the glass doors in the Narthex. Cookies can be dropped off in the kitchen in Fellowship Hall the weekend of July 2-3. 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 28-29, 2022
Music Ministry
The theme of this year's Summer Music Camp is “Noah and His Animals.” On Tues., June 28, 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 ages 6-11

$10 fee/child. Please sign up using the 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
THIS Friday, June 3 at 7pm
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
Family Game Fun Fest
Sunday, June 26, 10:30 a.m. - Noon

Save the date!

Join other Calvary families for a couple hours of fun playing games. Lunch will be provided.

Watch for the sign-up sheet on the glass doors in the Narthex.
August 1, 2022 - August 5
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

We're excited to offer VBS
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.
Mission Servant Month Activities
Calvary Clean Up - Saturday, June 18 at 9:00 a.m.
Join us for the Annual "Calvary Spruce Up and Clean Up Day" on Saturday June 16 starting around 9 a.m. We hope to finish by 2 p.m. Come for a few hours or whatever time you can spare, however the morning hours tend to be the most productive. 
One group will start with trimming the shrubs and bushes on the berms on the perimeter of the property then spread mulch all along the property. 

Another crew will do some trimming of the trees as needed. A third crew will plant flowers around the bell tower and near the administrative wing entrance. 

If you can help, bring your favorite trimmer, pruner, wheelbarrow or pick up truck for taking the trimmings to the dump. Water and snacks will be provided. 
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 adults' 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.
On June 25th, Hope Street Ministries, 2522 W Capitol Drive, Milwaukee, WI will be hosting their next Open House event and would love to see you here! The open house is a great, easy, fun way to introduce friends and family here to see what Hope Street is all about!

At the Open House you'll be able to tour our facility and see what members, volunteers and staff experience on a daily basis. Visitors can explore areas such as The Vine, the kids and adult community rooms, the prayer room and even get to check out what it's like inside of some beautiful furnished apartments at Shechem. In addition to SEEING Hope Street, you'll be able to learn about and experience different activities, routines and events that make it special here.

Sign up below to tour the new Shechem housing complex, please use the button below. Space is limited.
Bring your friends and join us for BASIC's Mini-Golf Fun-Raiser on Tues., June 28 at Prairieville Park (2507 Plaza Ct. Waukesha, WI 53186).

5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Registration/Dinner
6:00 p.m. Program
7:00 p.m. Mini-golf
Enjoy Mini-Golf and dinner, and at the same time you will learn more about BASICS and help support them in their mission.

Join the Calvary team! Sign up by June 19 on the doors in the Narthex. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Grossman at
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". Items also needed include toilet paper, soap, shampoo, deodorant and toothpaste.
Thank you to everyone who took home a fleece blanket to tie.

Completed blankets can be placed in the bin underneath the table in the Narthex.
June Mission of the Month - World Mission Prayer League
and Indian Cuisine Mission Dinner Saturday June 25 L
The World Mission Prayer League (WMPL) is an official ministry partner of the NALC. WMPL grew out of a God-given burden to pray for the unreached interiors of Africa, Asia, and Latin America in the 1930’s. A band of students, pastors and friends in the Minneapolis area joined together in prayer that the Lord of the harvest would send laborers into his harvest.
WMPL says of itself … we are committed to pray, as Jesus commands his followers in Matthew 9:38 – “Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” We are a… community of men and women who are committed to prayer - the “working method” of our mission. 
The World Mission Prayer League exists to see that populations with limited or no access to the Gospel experience the love of Christ and that believers and communities of believers in the Americas and elsewhere engage in active and collaborative participation in living out their roles in the great commission.
This month, we are supporting missionaries from WMPL who will be our guests at Calvary in worship the weekend of June 25-26. The Nelsons met our missionaries in 1995 while studying at Luther Seminary.  You're invited to join our missionary guests for an Indian Cuisine Dinner on Sat. June 25 at 6:00 pm in Fellowship Hall. This will be an opportunity to learn more about the Christian church in India and the struggles of persecuted Christians in that country. Please RSVP if you'd like to attend by June 15 on the sign-up sheet on the Narthex doors. A free will offering will be taken for the dinner, which will be ordered from Taste of India.

Our Mission of the Month offerings will:
 1.    Directly support the work of the World Mission Prayer League;
 2.    Support a “Ministry Fund” for our missionaries and support for orphans whose parents died of

We hope you will learn more about WMPL – their website is, and generously support the mission work Calvary does in India through this wonderful Lutheran ministry.

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, June 23
6 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.