Your Weekly E-Newsletter Thursday, September 23, 2021
This week's Pondering
Nicole Moritz, Director of Music Ministry
Pastor Ken will be conducting a New Member class on Wednesday, October 6 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. If you're interested in attending or would like more information, please contact Cindy Zilske at

The New Member Welcome will take place on Sunday, October 17 at the 9:00 a.m. service.

In accordance with current CDC guidelines, it is strongly recommended that all persons, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask while inside our facility.
September 25-26, 2021

Printed copies of the weekend's readings are available at the entrances to the Sanctuary.
Fellowship Time
October is Pastor Appreciation Month!

Aside from his daily duties, Pastor Ken participates in the highs and lows in the lives of our church family and other members of the community.

He leads mourners during funerals, prays over the sick, and ministers to the imprisoned and abandoned.

Our pastor also oversees our most joyous occasions - he plays a vital role in marriages, baptisms, Holy First Communions, Affirmation of Baptism and requests for special blessings. He also upholds the institution of marriage by counseling struggling couples to hold fast to their marital vows, and guides the Lord’s flock by giving clarity to those with a fractured sense of faith.

Special cards were created for you to express your appreciation to Pastor Ken and they are available on the table in the Narthex. Please deposit your signed cards into the box near the cards by the end of October.

We are blessed to have Pastor Ken Nelson at Calvary and look forward to celebrating him on Sunday, October 10 following the 9:00 a.m. service. Please join us in Fellowship Hall for special treats.
Finance Update & Worship Attendance
Grateful in All Seasons was the theme of our stewardship campaign last year. Calvary is so very thankful for your generous commitment to the work of our congregation. 

On Monday, September 20, your 2021 Giving Statement through August was emailed to you for your review. The email came from (If you didn't see it in your inbox, please check your junk folder.) Statements were mailed to those who do not have an email address. If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Rooks at 262 786 4010 or

Again, thank you!
Worship Attendance - September 18-19, 2021
Our Church Family
Welcome James Harris Ware
Matt and Hannah Ware welcomed their first child, James Harris Ware, on September 3.

As Matt and Hannah shared with Pastor Ken, "We feel incredibly blessed and are so in love!" Our Calvary family shares this joy with them and we can't wait to meet James!

Congratulations to Matt and Hannah.
Sean Moritz, 9/27
Justin Rowe, 9/27
Leah Morris, 9/29

Audrey McGarvie, 10/1
Kris Larsen, 10/2
Grace Moritz, 10/3
Angie Schatz, 10/3
Mitch Foster, 10/7
Cathy Roldan, 10/8
Zack Griese, 10/9
Jill Voss, 10/10
Andy and Angie Schatz, 9/23 (21 years)
John and Mary Lau, 9/27 (52 years)
Bob and Caryl Braatz, 9/30 (60 years)

Wayne and Carole Wegner, 10/5 (58 years)
Jon and Sandy Voerman, 10/5 (36 years)
Norm and Audrey McGarvie, 10/7 (60 years)
Rich and Cindy Rooks, 10/9 (34 years)
Mark and Lydia Trudell, 10/9 (39 years)
Jeanne and Kurt Duch, 10/10 (40 years)
Brian and Kara Kretschmann, 10/10 (1 year)
Herb and Judy Grospitz, 10/11 (46 years)
George and Kay Sedivec, 10/16 (50 years)

Prayers of joy and thanksgiving to: Matt and Hannah Ware on the birth of their son, James Harris, on September 3.

New prayer requests: Mary Lau, Bernice Gilbert (friend of Linda Thorpe)

Ongoing short-term prayer requests: Kay Sedivec; Megan Schatz; Rhonda Rodriguez; Donna Schroeder; Mary Smith; Ginny Cox; Marion Youngquist; Eric (friend of Larry Bonier); 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); 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-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
Some of our middle school and high school youth enjoyed fellowship and competition at the Whirlyball facility in Brookfield.
Sunday, October 31 - 11:45 am
Calvary's South Parking Lot
It's time to start thinking about your costume for this year's Trunk or Treat fun in the parking lot. Decorate yourself and/or your vehicle and load up your trunk with treats for the kids. (There isn't a Packer game that day.)

Parking spots will be marked off for participants to remain socially distanced. More information and a link to sign up will be in the October issues of the CONNECTIONS . In the meantime, please save the date!
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.
Music Ministry
A Hymn Festival for All Saints with John Behnke, organist
Sunday, November 7 at 9:00 a.m.
Join us for a Hymn Festival led by well-known organist and composer, John Behnke. Calvary's choir, Celebration Ringers and instrumentalists will also 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.
We're looking for additional temporary choir members for the Behnke Hymn Festival. If you are interested, please contact Nicole as soon as possible so that she can get the music to you. There will be two rehearsals held prior to the event.
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 p.m.
Pastor Ken's house

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
Community Outreach/Mission of the Month
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

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.

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.
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.