Your Weekly E-Newsletter Thursday, September 9, 2021
This Week's Pondering ...
Pastor Ken Nelson, Senior Pastor
September 11-12, 2021
Affirmation of Baptism (Sunday)

Printed copies of the weekend's readings are available at the entrances to the Sanctuary.
Fellowship Time
Monday Afternoon Movie - September 20 at 1:00 p.m.
We’re moving movie time from the morning to the afternoon, but keeping it on the third Monday of the month. We’ll begin our “season” on Monday, September 20 at 1:00 pm in the Media Room as we watch a lovely old film (if you call 1961 a long time ago), “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Snacks and water will be available. Bring a friend!
Wikipedia reminds us: Breakfast at Tiffany's is a 1961 American romantic comedy film, adapted from Truman Capote'1958 novella of the same name, and starring Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, a naïve, eccentric café society girl who falls in love with a struggling writer (George Peppard). It also featured Patricia Neal, Buddy EbsenMartin Balsam and Mickey Rooney in supporting roles.
Hepburn's portrayal of Holly Golightly is generally considered to be one of her most memorable and identifiable roles. She regarded it as one of her most challenging roles, since she was an introvert required to play an extrovert. You’ll want to sing along as she treats us to “Moon River” – so go ahead!
Worship Attendance - September 4-5, 2021 (Labor Day weekend)
Our Church Family
Eloise Kurth, 9/9
Jane Taufner, 9/9
Ruth Young, 9/10
Carol Witzke, 9/11
Addie Meyer, 9/12
George Rooney, 9/12
Helga Seter, 9/12
Terry Moths, 9/13
Kris Lewandowski, 9/14
Erica Zipp, 9/14
Elijah Himsel, 9/15
Rich Rooks, 9/15
William Dudzik, 9/16
Ron Foster, 9/16
Cable Gall, 9/16
Pastor Ken, 9/16
Carole Wegner, 9/16

Dave and Carolyn Schuelke, 9/12 (29 years)
Andy and Angie Schatz, 9/23 (21 years)
John and Mary Lau, 9/27 (52 years)
Bob and Caryl Braatz, 9/30 (60 years)
Prayers of sympathy and God's peace to: the family of Susan Jurries (cousin of Pastor Ken) who passed away on September 6th.

New prayer requests: Mark Berner (cousin of Lisa Grossman); Megan Schatz

Ongoing short-term prayer requests: Rhonda Rodriguez; Donna Schroeder; Mary Smith; Ginny Cox; Marion Youngquist; Nora Giuliani (granddaughter of Chuck & Norene Giuliani); Dale Hermann (son of Marilyn Hermann); Jill (friend of Lydia and Mark Trudell); Janeen (cousin of Cindy Zilske); Carl Hirth (husband of Gael Hirth); Father Patrick Malone (Holy Cross Anglican Church); Delores Seel (mother of Keith Pierce); John Nielson (brother of Judy Kestly)

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 membersDon Heyen; Shirley Mahn; Nadine Schuelke; Marge Skarie; Donna Polizzi; and Janet Zastrow.

Non-members:  Dennis (brother of Leah Morris); Nancy Myers (friend of Judy Sayas); Paige Yeager (friend of Sallie Schulz's family); Shirl Gordon (friend of Cindy Rooks); 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)

If you have any new prayer requests, please contact the church office at 262.786.4010 or via email to
Faith Formation
Affirmation of Baptism
Sunday, September 12
9:00 a.m. Service
Elizabeth Ayn Dudzik

Bible Verse: He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
    out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
    and gave me a firm place to stand.
Psalm 40:2
Zackery C. Griese

Bible Verse: So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my
righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10
Joshua Logan Morris

 Bible Verse: I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
John 10:11
Samuel Allen Sayas

Bible Verse: It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.
2 Samuel 22:33
Sunday Christian Education Resumes on 9/19
Sunday Morning Faith Formation (Sunday School and Confirmation) starts on Sunday, September 19 at 10:30 a.m.
Adult Bible Study
"The Spiritual Realms"

Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m.
Media Room
Led by Pastor Ken
Begins on September 19th

The Spiritual Realms is a nine-session Bible Study series on Heaven and Hell and places beyond this world. Specifically, the study looks at the many “place names” that are found throughout Scripture, referring to spiritual realms of existence that underlie and comprise the universe God created. This Bible Study series is a challenging one, in that it explores realities of existence beyond what we know and experience everyday.

The study not only addresses matters of life, death, heaven and hell; it steadfastly affirms that Jesus Christ is at the center of all these things. Our ultimate faith and hope rest in Christ’s death and resurrection for our sake. We live in faith by the biblical promise that: “God raised the Lord, and will also raise us up by his power.” (1 Corinthians 6:14)

Please sign up on the glass doors in the Narthex. Study materials are available at a cost of $12 and need to be pre-ordered. Space is limited to the first 15 people who sign up.

Pastor Ken's Weekly Bible Study
Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m.
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.
Music Ministry
New Worship Liturgy
begins this weekend

As mentioned in last week's CONNECTIONS, a new liturgy is being introduced this weekend. Many of the words in the new liturgy will be familiar (i.e., Kyrie, Lamb of God, Holy, Holy, Holy) but the tune may be a bit different.

Copies of the Songs of the Liturgy will be placed in the pews for you to follow along. Please leave them in the pews so that they can be used each week until it all becomes familiar.

If you'd like to view a copy of this music in advance, click here. (Due to the layout design for printing purposes, the pages will not be in order when you view this.)
Women's Ministry
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
Thursday, September 23,
6:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

Come for fellowship, food and devotion time. Dinner will be provided. Invite a friend. Social distancing will be respected and practiced.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ernie Kretschmann at
September Mission of the Month
Our September Mission of the Month is B.A.S.I.C.S. (Brothers And Sisters In Christ Serving). In addition to providing Bibles and blankets in the Milwaukee area, Calvary will be supporting the Genesis Prison Ministry, which provides for discipleship inside the prison and help on the outside for re-entry.

B.A.S.I.C.S. is a Christian nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that works to strengthen churches and Christian outreach ministries throughout the metropolitan Milwaukee area. The group supports over 15 city ministries such as local partnerships, in-prison and re-entry ministries, community outreach events, recovery programs, youth activities and many others.
It is a well-established and highly regarded organization that’s been in existence for over 20 years.   It seeks to strengthen the evangelical outreach and growth of local churches, as well as help alleviate poverty and other difficult social problems. By fostering cooperation and teamwork while also connecting with resources, B.A.S.I.C.S. makes each outreach effort more effective.

The Calvary mission of the month donations for September will be supporting two ministries under the B.A.S.I.C.S. umbrella. Bibles written at a third grade reading level, along with blankets to provide comfort and warmth, are distributed to individuals in impoverished areas throughout Milwaukee. The Genesis Prison Ministry offers mentoring and discipleship, as well as a comprehensive, transformational program that assists with housing, employment training, job placement, financial literacy and management to enhance family development.

To support this important Mission of the Month, you may include it in your weekly offering envelope or designate the donation as "Mission of the Month" in your online giving.
A few reminders ....
Fellowship Time Treats If you'd like to provide treats (donuts, bagels, etc.) for Sunday hospitality time following worship, there is a sheet on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall. You may bring the treats (3-4 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. For the time being, we are asking that any donated food be something that can be easily cut and placed on individual plates for serving.
Sanctuary Flowers
We invite you to sign up for flowers to beautify our altar each weekend. The sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board in the Narthex.

Flowers are $35 and you may take them home following the 9:00 am 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.

Can't make it to worship? We are live streaming the 9:00 a.m. service on Sunday mornings, and it's almost like you're with us in person.

You can access it at any time from the home page of our website (, or by using the link below. You'll also receive a link on Sunday mornings via email.
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.