Your Weekly E-Newsletter -- Thursday, August 18, 2022
Church Council Meeting August 16 - Bullet Points
  • Pastor Ken presented a comprehensive report on Membership, Worship Participation and Trends. HIs report included data based on the recent communications survey.
  • Calvary's 2022 Vacation Bible School had over 50 participants. 
  • Congregational information for involvement and participation in various events can be found on the OPPORTUNITIES kiosk near the Welcome Desk - be sure to stop by and check it out!
Check out the Kiosk by the Welcome Desk!
Sign up sheets and other important items that were posted on the glass doors of Fellowship Hall will now be placed on the OPPORTUNITIES kiosk by the Welcome Desk. Stop by and check it out!
New Member Informational Session - August 31

A new member informational meeting with Pastor Ken will be held on Wednesday, August 31 from 6:30 - 8pm in Fellowship Hall. New members will be received during worship services on September 10-11.

If you'd like to attend the meeting, please contact Cindy Zilske at or via phone at 262.786.4010.

Eleventh Sunday
After Pentecost
August 20-21, 2022
  • Saturday: Ernie Kretschmann
  • Sunday: Larry Bonier, Terry Bzdusek, Lisa Grossman
  • William Dudzik and Xavier Griese
  • Keith and Karen Pierce
  • Carol Roe, Jonni Roush, Judy Sayas, Maxine Weisbrodt
  • Cathy Wahlgren
  • Larry Bonier
  • Jan Lukasik
  • Nicole Moritz, Psallite/COFFEE choir members
  • Dean Schmelzer
  • Robert and Diana Streicher in memory of Brett
  • Saturday: Lydia Trudell
  • Sunday: Sue Rowe
  • Kyle Jones
Faith Formation
Sunday, August 28th, during our 9 a.m. service

Join us for a special blessing that will be prayed over students, teachers, and school staff as they start the school year.
Three-year-old and Third Grade Bible Presentations September 18

During the 2023-2023 school year, do you have a 3rd grader in your home? Do you have a 3-year-old or will they turn three during the 2022-2023 school year?  These two groups of youth will be presented their Bibles during worship on Sunday, Sept.18.

Please let Kyle Jones know by Sept 4th so we can ensure we have enough Bibles.

If we have no teachers, we'll have no Sunday School!

Sunday School teachers are needed for the 2022/23 school year. You can sign up to be a teacher or a substitute to fill in when one of the teachers is not available.

You are provided everything you'll need to teach your class. Sunday school is held every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

For more information, please contact Kyle Jones at or (954) 663-6988.
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.
Church Life Events
Sunday, 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.

Tickets are $18 each and can be ordered anytime. Brochures and ticket ordering information are on the OPPORTUNITIES kiosk by the Welcome Desk in the Narthex

Ticket ordering deadline is October 3rd. It's sure to be a fun time as we all try to figure out who WHO did it, WHERE they did it, and with WHAT? Please note that there will be no returns/refunds/exchanges after October 3rd.
Our Church Family
Pam Messer, 8/18
Isabelle Peters, 8/18
Jon Sayas, 8/18
Dave Schuelke, 8/18
Kim Krause, 8/20
Betty Ring, 8/20
Madeline Voss, 8/20
Maxine Weisbrodt, 8/20
Eleonora Ramthum, 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
Joel Richmond, 8/31
Several Calvary members and Pastor Ken
joined Ginny Cox to celebrate
her 100th birthday on August 13th!

Larry and Susie Bonier, 8/18 (49 years)
John and LIndsey Peters, 8/22 (13 years)
Bob and Mary Smith, 8/22 (52 years)
Gerhard and Sallie Schulz, 8/23 (47 years)
Carol land Ed Witzke, 8/24 (54 years)

New prayer requests: Fay Heyen; Kris Larsen, Randy Wizner

Ongoing short-term prayer requests: Fay Heyen, Mary Ellen Thiede; Lorna Reiter; Tom Kurtz; Sue Rowe; Pat Treutelaar; Beverly Lawson (Calvary member and mother of Julie Matthes); Lauren (granddaughter of Scott and Peggy Langelin); Julie Niederbaumer (friend of many Calvary members); Alex Vincent (son of a friend of Grace Gunnlaugsson);  Sarah Green (sister of Andy Schatz); Laura Lynn (friend of Pastor Jerry and Nancy Wittmus); Gerry Fosdal (friend of Linda Thorpe)

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 membersPat Corcoran; Ginny Cox; Don Heyen; Shirley Mahn; Myrna Mavroff; Donna Polizzi; Donna Schroeder; Nadine Schuelke; 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); 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); 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); 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); 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
What is a Calvary Deacon?

Our Calvary Board of Deacons is a unique ministry among Lutheran churches. This important group of 11 individuals cares for the spiritual welfare of our congregation by praying for them, assisting with distribution of Holy Communion, being available to the members of their "alpha group" for prayers, support or other information about Calvary, and encouraging a strong spiritual life among our Calvary family.

Deacons serve a three-year term and we will have four openings in 2023. If you are interested in serving in this capacity next year to fill one of these vacancies, please reach out to Diane Grundman, Ernie Kretschmann or Judy Kestly. It is a rewarding experience and makes a significant difference to those we serve.
Music Ministry

There will be a class for new and returning musicians August 31-September 1, from 5-7 pm. Please sign up on the OPPORTUNITIES kiosk by the Welcome Desk in the Narthex.

Wednesday’s emphasis includes musicians of all kinds, whether you sing or play an instrument. We will highlight common music literacy goals, reinforced with fun activities, and direct you to independent resources for further learning.

On Thursday, we have a special treat: Kaethe Grabenhofer, Director of the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble and music teacher at First Immanuel Lutheran School in Cedarburg, will hold a clinic on bell techniques right here at Calvary. Ms. Grabenhofer has an extensive background in music education and handbells. For more information about MHE and Ms. Grabenhofer, click here.
Financials and Worship Attendance July 30-31, 2022
Community Outreach Efforts
School Backpack Collection for NALC Disaster Response

Calvary will be collecting school backpack supplies for the month of August. These are distributed to families who have experienced natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, and fires.   The empty backpacks and lists of items are in the narthex. If you have a gently used backpack to fill and donate feel free to use that as well.  

Copies of the school supply shopping list are on the table in the Narthex.
The Vacation Bible School kids will also be encouraged to donate back pack supplies. If your child is in VBS, we encourage them to donate their items at VBS.  

August Mission of the Month
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 18
6 p.m.
Pastor Ken Nelson's home

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