Your Weekly E-Newsletter Thursday, August 19, 2021
This Week's Pondering ...
Pastor Ken Nelson, Senior Pastor
Douglas Family Farewell - Sunday, August 15
Caleb, Lynnae, Eli, Nathaniel, Joel and Sophia Douglas attended their last service with us on Sunday, August 15th. They will be heading east this weekend, where they will get settled and Caleb will begin a new call as the Pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Export, PA.

Pastor Ken said a few words before offering a blessing to them. A reception in Fellowship Hall followed the service.

Godspeed to the Douglas family - we will miss you all!
August 21-22, 2021
Printed copies of the weekend's readings will be available on the table in the Narthex
In accordance with current
CDC Guidelines, we strongly recommend all persons, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask while inside our facility.
Would You Like to Serve as an Usher?
We have a need for a few additional ushers as Calvary returns in September to the practice of circulating the offering baskets through the pews. We have a good number of returning ushers, but we’re asking you to consider serving in this way this year.

The basic responsibilities of an usher are:
  • Standing at the doors to the sanctuary to welcome worshipers and answer any questions 
  • Circulating the offering baskets through the pews at offering
  • Inviting people to come to the altar for Holy Communion
  • Making sure the offerings are put in the safe after worship
  • Checking the pews after worship for any papers, etc. left behind

As a new usher, you will serve with an experienced usher or two for the first couple times you serve. You will be on a team that will serve one Sunday every 7-8 weeks. Schedules are sent out for three-month periods.

If you’d like to serve as an usher this fall, please sign up on the sheet on the narthex window or email Grace Gunnlaugsson ( Grace is happy to answer any questions as well.

Thank you for giving this opportunity some thought and prayer!
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 - August 14 & 15, 2021
Our Church Family
Kim Krause, 8/20
Betty Ring, 8/20
Madeline Voss, 8/20
Maxine Weisbrodt, 8/20
Eleonora Ramthun, 8/21
Olivia Peters, 8/22
Marcella Nelson, 8/25
Jessica Himsel, 8/26
John Schwartz, 8/26
Sara Kalupa, 8/27
Shirley Mahn, 8/27
Kathleen Firzlaff, 8/28
Julie Matthes, 8/29
Bob Jazgar, 8/30
Jan Chesner, 8/31

John and Lindsey Peters, 8/22 (12 years)
Bob and Mary Smith, 8/22 (51 years)
Gerhard and Sallie Schulz, 8/23 (46 years)
Carol and Ed Witzke, 8/24 (53 years)
Reid and Allison Meyer, 8/26 (4 years)
Prayers of sympathy and God's peace to: the family of Calvary member Jeanette Ketelsen, who passed away on August 15, 2021.

New prayer requests: Donna Schroeder; Christians in Afghanistan

Ongoing short-term prayer requests: Megan Schatz; Mary Smith; Ginny Cox; 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; Bill Jordan; Shirley Mahn; Nadine Schuelke; Marge Skarie; Donna Polizzi; and Janet Zastrow.

Non-members: Dennis (brother of Leah Morris); Nancy Myers (friend of Judy Sayas); Mark Sturms (cousin of Cindy Zilske); Paige Yeager (friend of Sallie Schulz's family); Shirl Gordon (friend of Cindy Rooks); Debbie and Jens Douglas (sister-in-law of Lynnae Douglas); 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 - VBS '21 Is in the Books!
Thank you to our parents for sharing your children and grandchildren with us during the last week of July for Vacation Bible School at Calvary. And special thanks to the volunteers who helped throughout the week.

We learned so much about what it means that God treasures us: he knows us, he hears us, he comforts, he chooses us, and he forgives us through the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus.
To watch a video recap with lots of pictures from the week, please click the button below.
Music Ministry
Nicole's Notes
No matter what Coronavirus throws our way, I’m pretty sure I will always be looking for soloists. If you enjoy singing or playing solos, there’s no reason for you to wait for me to contact you! Please feel free to approach me with music you’d like to sing or play. It would be great if we had someone besides “Nicole again” singing the Psalm. Some of the settings available are familiar tunes, others not so much, and still others are chanted (easy). If you crack open the Hymnal Supplement (thin burgundy book) you’ll see there are a number of Psalm and Scripture settings, some of which may be familiar. I can let you know the Psalm a few weeks in advance if you’re up for learning new material. Pianists and instrumentalists are welcome to provide prelude music and music during Communion. Short notice is usually fine.

Psallite Choir will take a short respite after August 29 and resume after Labor Day. We are thankful for those who sang during the busy summer months!

Celebration Ringers will resume Wednesday night rehearsals on September 8 at 5:30 p.m.

NEW: Bell Camp Blast Off! will be held on August 25 and 26 from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. This two-day session will cover many aspects of music literacy, not just bell technique. It is open to anyone wishing to read music or advance their music knowledge.
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, August 26, 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
August Mission of the Month & Community Outreach
Opportunity International is helping to end extreme poverty in our lifetime. They believe that empowering individuals to work their way out of poverty and give their children a quality education is the most sustainable way to transform their lives, their families, and their communities.
Opportunity International serves 10 million hardworking families in 23 countries around the world. They have big plans for the world: A place without poverty where people can live with dignity and purpose. Their clients have ambitious dreams for their futures, but lack the opportunities needed to make those dreams a reality. They go where others won’t to give these inspiring people access to business loans, savings accounts, financial training, and community support—all which empower these entrepreneurs to work their way out of poverty and build a new sustainable future for themselves and their families.
To date, they have created or sustained more than 20 million jobs by giving entrepreneurs the tools they need to thrive. With our support, they will reach millions more clients—and those clients will change the world.
Vision: Their vision is a world in which all people have the opportunity to achieve a life free from poverty, with dignity and purpose.
Mission: By providing financial solutions and training, they empower people living in poverty to transform their lives, their children’s futures and their communities.
Motivation: They respond to Jesus Christ’s call to love and serve the poor. They seek to emulate the Good Samaritan, whose compassion crossed ethnic groups and religions. They serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

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.
It's that time of year! Local merchants are starting to offer discounted school supplies and it's the perfect time to stuff a backpack or two for NALC Disaster Relief. There is a bin in the Narthex with empty backpacks and shopping lists are on the table. A copy of the list is also included here for your reference.

Health Care Kits are also being collected and those supplies are also listed.

Please return filled backpacks to the bin in the Narthex no later than September 1st.
NALC Disaster Response School Supply & Health Kit Collections
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.