Your Weekly E-Newsletter Thursday, October 28, 2021
Special Event!
Hymn Festival for All Saints with Dr. John Behnke, Organist
Sunday, November 7 at 9:00 a.m. (not 9:30 am.)
Join us for a Hymn Festival led by well-known organist and composer, Dr. John Behnke. Calvary's choir, Celebration Ringers and many instrumentalists will be participating in this service of music. The community is welcome to join us for this wonderful event which will feature the debut performance of “Remembering,” an original composition written by John Behnke to honor the victims of the pandemic.

John Behnke is a frequent organ recitalist, handbell clinician, and festival director. He enjoys composing and arranging having nearly 450 handbell, choral, and organ compositions in print with seventeen different publishers in the United States, Germany, and Taiwan. To learn more about Dr. Behnke, please click HERE.

Plan on joining us for this festival of organ, instruments, choir and congregation joining together to sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs! Note: This will replace the regular service that morning - there will be Scripture readings; however, there will not be a sermon or communion. Invite a friend or neighbor to experience this delightful hymn festival.
Special Congregational Meeting - November 28 at 10:30 a.m.

The 2020 NALC Mission Convocation voted to postpone proposed amendments to Article 11, Regional Subdivisions, of the NALC Constitution. The amendments proposed last year would have named mission districts as the regional subdivision. There was support for naming them as Mission Districts. The reason for postponing consideration of the amendments was to revise the amendments so the constitution clearly allows for Mission Districts to form mission regions. Several mission regions have already been formed in the NALC.

October 30-31, 2021
Reformation Sunday

Printed copies of the weekend's readings and text study guides are available at the entrances to the Sanctuary.
Fellowship Time
Hospitality 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.
Monday Afternoon Movie
November 15 - 1pm Media Room

The Music Man is a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. The plot concerns con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys' band organizer and leader and sells band instruments and uniforms to naïve Midwestern
townsfolk, promising to train the members of the new band.

Harold is no musician, however, and plans to skip town without giving any music lessons. Prim librarian and piano teacher Marian sees through him, but when Harold helps her younger brother overcome his lisp and social awkwardness, Marian begins to fall in love with him. He risks being caught to win her heart.

Great songs! Great story! Great fun!
Music Ministry
"The Lutheran Gift - Part 2"
At the end of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7), Jesus tells us a story about two construction projects - one built on rock and the other one on sand. This is yet another love story from our Lord, who knows quite well that we who are in the world, but not of it, will need to have our spiritual house, our lives of faith, built on a firm foundation.

This is most certainly true in our present age. We are living in a time that is most hostile to the church, the very bride of Christ. We as Christians can likely anticipate suffering and persecution in our time. Therefore the Lutheran gift of strong solid hymnody provides a firm foundation on which we can build a solid house of faith, a house that can withstand the storms of spiritual persecution.

The texts of hymns that we sing provide us with theological foundations. The text is equally important, if not more so than the tune, be it ever so catchy. Only solid theology can build a solid foundation grounded in the Trinity’s life. This is truly one of the gifts that Lutherans bring to the church catholic, and it can be found throughout the Lutheran Book of Worship (LBW)

Recently I was reading a pastor’s application for reception into the NALC. At one point he said that he believed “the LBW was the best prayer book in the English speaking world.” Indeed this is a beautiful resource that we have been given. Not only does it contain the strong German hymns as noted last week, but also beautiful hymns from the English, Scandinavian and American traditions.

And yet we are like the Prodigal Son: Prone to go chasing after shiny objects in a distant land, while the rich food of faith is calling us back to the treasures in our homeland. It sometimes seems as though the assets of our Lutheran tradition are our best-kept secrets, hiding in plain sight!

I would like to encourage you in a couple of things:

  1. If you don’t have a copy of the LBW at home, I recommend that you get one. It is a valuable resource for prayer and singing and building a firm foundation of faith, even shoring up the cracks that do come now and then. Use this resource, along with the Holy Scriptures, to inform your judgment of newer offerings.
  2. When in church, become better acquainted with the LBW. I would always have my Catechism students turn to a hymn and then go down to the bottom left hand corner where you will find the author of the text and the tune, and then over on the bottom right, the name of the tune. This will reveal to you the rich breadth of musical history that the Reformation embodies.
  3. If you are curious as to the lives and stories behind many of our greatest hymns, you may purchase a copy of the Hymnal Companion to the Lutheran Book of Worship, available on Amazon: . From the Introduction: "...This book's primary purpose is to enable a fuller and more informed use of the hymnal half of the Lutheran Book of Worship. It provides answers to many questions raised by the presentation of the hymns themselves, and it offers background information on all its hymn texts and tunes. Information about hymnists and composers which can be useful in teaching and preaching is also to be found. For those who do not actually use the Lutheran Book of Worship in services, the Companion offers the most comprehensive introduction to the various traditions of Lutheran hymnody presently available in English. The initial sections deal not only with the familiar Anglo-American tradition and the classic German hymns; they also lead the reader into the lesser known Scandinavian and Central European traditions. In so doing, this Companion makes its unique contribution to hymnological literature. The hymnologist and musician will, of course, find the complete set of indexes of special interest and value...."

In closing, I would like to share one of those stories that connects the struggle of faith to solid hymnody. Martin Rinkart was a Lutheran pastor in Germany during the Thirty Years' War (1618-1638). During this time his village was beset with the plague and Pastor Rinkart was called upon to perform vast numbers of funerals in a week, including his own wife and daughter. He also brokered a peace between the advancing Catholic army and his village, only to be later exiled from his village!

Nevertheless, out of that suffering, Rinkart composed a most beloved hymn of the church; Nun Danket Alle Gott, or “Now Thank We All Our God.” May we sing it now, in a time of peace, with greater appreciation!

Blessed Feast of the Reformation to you, in the firm foundation of Christ our Lord.

Mark W. Knappe, Pastor, STS
Worship Attendance - October 23-24, 2021
Our Church Family
Connor Morris, 10/29
Erik Zipp, 10/29
Lisa Grossman, 10/30
Nicole Kalupa, 10/30

Larry Bonier, 11/1
Jim Kalupa, 11/1
Sheila Kershek, 11/2
Diana Streicher, 11/2
Mary Lau, 11/3
Sue Wizner, 11/3
Susie Bonier, 11/4
Edwin Ramthun, 11/5
Jean Reinemann, 11/6
Kent Klade, 11/7
Lesly Evert, 11/8
Karen Pierce, 11/12
Dorothy Wise, 11/12
Bob and Diana Streicher, 10/28 (32 years)

Harold and Shelby Rose, 11/11 (54 years)
Matt and Heather Wirtz, 11/19 (5 years)
Paul and Diane Speth, 11/23 (53 years)
Bill and Lenny Graffin, 11/24 (32 years)

Prayers of sympathy and God's peace to: the family of Marge Skarie (Calvary member and mother of Linda Berger) who passed away on October 26. Funeral services are pending and will be shared when they are available.

New prayer requests: Linda Thorpe; Elizabeth Schmelzer (mother of Dean Schmelzer and grandmother of Erica Zipp); Taylor Czwernski (granddaughter of Bill and Lenny Graffin); Paul Kwiecien (friend of Glori Kurth); Lisa Haggadone (daughter of Sallie Schulz).

Ongoing short-term prayer requests: Fay Heyen, Janet Zastrow; Kay Sedivec; Megan Schatz; Rhonda Rodriguez; Donna Schroeder; Mary Smith; Ginny Cox; Tom Dallman (husband of Lucy Dallman); Marie Traxler (mother of Sue Meyer); Bernice Gilbert (friend of Linda Thorpe); Eric (friend of Larry Bonier); Dale Hermann (son of Marilyn Hermann); 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; Donna Polizzi; Nadine Schuelke; and Ruth Young.

Non-membersNancy 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
THIS Sunday, October 31 - 11:45 am
Calvary's South Parking Lot
All are invited to decorate yourself and/or your vehicle and load up your trunk with treats for the kids. (There isn't a Packer game that day.) Join us for this year's Trunk or Treat on Sunday, October 31st, beginning at 11:45 a.m.

Parking spots will be marked off in the southwest parking lot for participants to remain socially distanced. Click on the link here to sign up so Kyle can plan accordingly.
Join us for a piece of pie and cup of coffee after the Thanksgiving Eve worship on Wednesday, November 24. Worship will begin at 7pm and the Pie Social will follow in Fellowship Hall. Our youth will be helping to serve the yummy treats.

If you plan on attending, please sign up on the sheet on the glass doors in the Narthex. There is also a place on the form to indicate if you're able to bring a pie.

The Spiritual Realms Bible Study
Session 5: Paradise
Jesus once told a parable about a rich man and a poor man who died and went to what appears to be opposite ends of the same place and could see and even communicate to one another. He also told one of the thieves who was crucified with him, "Today, you will be with me in paradise." Yet, we know and confess that Jesus did not go straight to heaven when he died.

So what is Jesus trying to teach about life after death? Listen along as Pastor Ken and Kyle tackle all this in session five of the Spiritual Realms Bible Study.
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.
Women's Ministry
November's Book Group Selection
November 8, 1:00 p.m.
Media Room

"...And Ladies of the Club" is a novel about a group of women in the fictional town of Waynesboro, Ohio who begin a women's literary club, which evolves through the years into a significant community service organization in the town.

The novel, which looks at the club as it changes throughout the years, spans decades in the lives of the women involved in the club, between 1868 and 1932. Many characters are introduced in the course of the novel, but the primary characters are Anne Gordon and Sally Rausch, who in 1868 are new graduates of the Waynesboro Female College. They marry soon after the opening of the book, and the decades that follow chronicle their marriages and those of their children and grandchildren.

Santmyer focuses not just on the lives of the women in the club, but also their families, friends, politics, and developments in their small town and the larger world.
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
TONIGHT! Thursday, Oct. 28
6 p.m. at Pastor Nelson's

Come for fellowship, food and devotion time. Dinner will be provided. The Packers vs. Arizona Cardinals game will be on -- kick off is at 7:20 p.m.

Social distancing will be respected and practiced.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ernie Kretschmann at
October Mission of the Month
Each Shepherd's Canyon seven-day retreat includes up to four client couples (singles are welcome), two counselors - male and female - and a retreat chaplain.

Our twelve retreat therapists have a combined 250 years of counseling experience! All counseling is Bible-based. Shepherd's Canyon Retreats are held at Standing Stones Retreat Center near Wickenburg, AZ.

 Learn more about Shepherd's Canyon at 
Broom Tree Ministries provides spiritual retreats for pastors and their spouses. The retreats are designed to provide uninterrupted time with God in rest, reflection, and beauty.

Broom Tree prioritizes good food and lots of time with spouses. Our guests consistently experience "aha" moments that bring clarity and challenge for the next season of ministry. Since 1997 we have been strengthening the church one pastor at a time.

Broom Tree retreats are held in Michigan and more information can be found at
Wouldn't you like to help in making possible a counseling ministry for the restoration of hurting
clergy couples and other professional church workers? Is there a need for such a ministry? Absolutely! Check out the facts below.

  • 20% of pastors are "in crisis" - they are just "hanging on," coping with the issues they face day-to-day
  • Among Protestant clergy, an incredible number quit the ministry every month!
  • Only 50% of pastors entering the ministry today will make it five years
  • 8O% of pastors say that the ministry has had a negative impact on their family
  • Upwards of 70% of pastors fight depression

October's Mission of the Month supports two ministries who are focused on providing pastoral retreat ministries. Read more about each one below. 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.
Community Outreach
Operation Christmas Child
Every gift-filled shoebox is a tool for evangelism and discipleship for a local church around the world. At Operation Christmas Child outreach events, boys and girls hear the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ and receive a tangible expression of God’s love through one of your prayerfully packed shoeboxes.

You can use any shoebox or a plastic shoe box from the dollar store (Operation Christmas Child boxes are on order and will be in the Narthex as soon as they are received.) You can then fill the box with suggested items for a boy or girl - there are sheets with recommended items on the table. There are different age groups for both boys and girls. Please include $9 in the box to cover shipping and project costs and include the sticker on the top of the box to indicate BOY/GIRL and age group.

To learn more about Operation Christmas Child, click HERE.

Filled boxes should be returned to the Narthex no later than Sunday November 14th so they can be packed up and shipped. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mission & Outreach Committee Member Diane Knappe at 262.378.1710.
It's easy to support our local Food Pantry!
Food items collected in our big Food Pantry box are taken to the Waukesha food pantry on a regular basis for distribution to their clients. Food items can be deposited any time into CALVARY'S CUPBOARD, the big wooden box located in the hallway by the choir room.

A good rule of thumb for donating: If you’d serve it, they want it. Please do not donate expired or damaged food.

The Waukesha Food Pantry handles all types of perishable and shelf-stable foods. A short list of their most needed items follows.

Most Commonly Needed Food Items
Shelf stable fruits
  • canned in water or its own juice, especially popular are pineapple and mandarin oranges
Whole grain cereals
Boxed meal kits
Ready to eat soups with meat
Canned pasta with meat
Shelf stable milk alternatives
  • coconut, soy or almond milk
Shelf stable proteins
  • tuna, chicken, ham, tofu
100% fruit juice

Infant & Toddler Needs
  • especially Similac® formula
  • no baby foods are needed at this time
  • particularly size 5 & 6
  • Any size Pull-Ups
Baby Wipes
A few reminders ....
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.
Technical Difficulties with Our Livestream
New internet cabling will be installed soon, which should significantly increase our upload/download speed for the livestream. Until that can be completed, we will record the Sunday morning worship and download to the website as quickly as possible after service ends. This download usually takes about an hour to complete. Thank you for your patience as we work through this. Our livestream capability should resume within the next few weeks.

In accordance with current CDC guidelines, it is strongly recommended that all persons, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask while inside our facility.
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.