Your Weekly E-Newsletter -- Thursday, September 8, 2022

  Pastor Ken's Pondering .....

In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious.”   Isaiah 11:10

The use of the passage above is a bit of a stretch given my Pondering this week.  It is a great passage speaking of a future hope for Israel and the nations of the world - a “day of the Lord” passage that foretells of that day when the Lord will reconcile all peoples to himself through “a shoot from the stump of Jesse”.  For Christians that means a descendant of David … and for us that means Jesus.  But I confess I’m not writing about that.

I’m using Isaiah 11:10 because it’s the only passage in the Bible I could find that contains the word “rally” – translated from a Hebrew word “da rash” which means to ‘care about’, ‘seek’, or ‘examine’.   

From that I (shamelessly) hope you ‘care about’, ‘seek’ and “examine” what’s happening on our upcoming “Rally Sunday” at Calvary this weekend.  Sunday School, Confirmation and High School Bible study will resume for starters.  Next, our Music Director Nicole Moritz has scheduled a special musical event – billed as an “At the Zoo” concert.  We invite everyone to stay for this. It will take place in the Sanctuary from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m.  It will be a fun, interactive concert for all ages, for which we ask parents of small kids who’ll be attending to bring to church a stuffed animal so the kids can make this a memorable ‘at the zoo experience’ through music.

This past summer there were several youth events that took place and we want to tell you about them. Faith Formation Director Kyle Jones will be our preacher this weekend.  He’ll highlight all those youth activities, and give students that participated in them a chance to speak about their experiences. 

There is apparently a football game this weekend that might be of interest to various segments of our congregation – I’m only hoping a certain team from around here does not once again “rally” to defeat one that I’m particularly fond of! 😊  

This weekend I will say more about our fall Adult Education option – which I will facilitate.  Because of my departure on September 17th to accompany other CLC members on a trip to Germany for the Oberammergau Passion Play, I’ll be gone the weekends of September 17th and 24th, so I’ve decided to push back the start of our adult class until Sunday, October 2nd.  I will have a sample copy of study materials available in the entry of the church this weekend, and a sign-up sheet for the course called “Lutheran Next Steps.”  It’s an eight-week course that will meet in the Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. and was created a few years ago when I was engaged in the “Life to Life Discipleship” initiative of the Navigators and the NALC.   

The course is a solid, basic overview of the Christian faith. It encourages participants to increase their Bible reading, some memorization of key passages and will culminate in the opportunity to create and share (in groups of 2 or 3) a personal “faith story” (or what some traditions called “testimonies”). Six members of Calvary joined me for Lutheran Next Steps in late 2019 and early 2020 and all said they enjoyed the experience. We were poised to introduce it to the wider congregation shortly thereafter, when … well you know … a pandemic kind of scrambled our plans.  

I’m eager to re-present it to our congregation.  The goal of this resource is to present the Christian faith in a straight-forward, Biblically sound way to deepen our knowledge of those beliefs.  This will equip participants for those moments when they may be presented an opportunity to witness to someone about our faith and the Lord Jesus. You might say it’s a “primer” for the Christian faith, so that if you were presenting it to someone who knew little or nothing of the faith, you could use this resource with them.  

Please look for the sign-up sheet on the OPPORTUNITIES kiosk near the Welcome Desk in the Narthex. A few “display only” copies of the materials will be available for you to examine to see if this study is for you.  If you wish to participate, registering will ensure you get a copy of the materials at our first class session.   There is no cost for the materials.   

Finally, this Sunday we will welcome several new members to Calvary, whose names, faces, and stories will be in a future issue of the Connections.  Please greet and welcome them all if you have opportunity.   

I hope to see you all this weekend.

The Lord watch over,

Pastor Ken Nelson

Worship Resources
Live Stream Link
Prior Sermons
NALC Daily Devotion
This Week's Reflection from Martin Luther
on this weekend's Scripture lessons

Repentance is begun when we acknowledge our sins and are sincerely sorry for them; it is completed when trust in the mercy of God comes to this sorrow and hearts are converted to God and long for the forgiveness of sins.

- Martin Luther

Exposition on Hebrews 14:3

Online Resources
Note: If you give online to the Mission of the Month, your funds will be applied to the MOM recipient at the time of your gift.
Calvary's Website
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Thank you!



Watch your email!  Contribution Statements for the period of January 1 through August 31, 2022 will be e-mailed to members on Friday, September 9.  

The sender will be The e-mail will provide a link to retrieve your giving statement.   If you'd like to receive a paper copy of your statement, please call the church office or Cindy Rooks at 262-786-4010.

Fourteenth Sunday

After Pentecost


September 10-11, 2022




  • Saturday: Ernie Kretschmann
  • Sunday: Nancy Wittmus, Sue Rowe, Linda Thorpe


  • William Dudzik and Mallory Zipp


  • Ed Ramthun and George Sedivec


  • Paula Altman, Evelyn Ceci, Carol Corcoran, Judy DeBruine


  • Jon Sayas


  • Scott Anderson


  • RoJean Holler


  • Nancy Wittmus, Nicole Moritz, Larry Bonier


  • Eloise and Glori Kurth


  • Chris and Jessica Dudzik in celebration of Lizzy's and William's birthdays


  • Saturday:  Lydia Trudell
  • Sunday: Chuck Lukasik 


  • Kyle Jones

A direct and compelling headline

Music Ministry

The Lord's Prayer will be sung by the  Psallite Choir on Sunday.   This addition to our Liturgy will give the congregation a joyful opportunity to pray our Lord's Prayer on Sundays in the month of September. 

Faith Formation

Men's Monthly Ministry Gathering - September 15

The Thursday Night Men’s Ministry group will meet on September 15th at 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. 

Pastor Ken will be leading the discussion about the recent Supreme Court Decision of ‘Dobbs vs Jackson Women’s Health' ’that reversed the 1973 Supreme Court Decision of ‘Roe vs Wade’, removing federal Constitutional protection for abortion.   It is, and will remain, in our country and even in our churches, a controversial subject, legislated and litigated in all 50 states.  But our conversation will focus on the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) statements on the Sanctity of Life, as well as Christian Care for the Poor, and will use Scripture to discern how churches could,  and should, minister to women with complicated or unwanted pregnancies in a post ‘Roe v Wade’ environment.   

It promises to be a challenging study, but it will be a respectful study of the various views on this important issue.   Study materials will be on the OPPORTUNITIES kiosk in the Narthex.  Please grab a copy if you will be joining us.    

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 Event - Order Tickets Now!

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

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

Richard Rooks, 9/15

William Dudzik, 9/16

Ron Foster, 9/16

Cable Gall, 9/16

Ken Nelson, 9/16

Carole Wegner, 9/16

Dave and Carolyn Schuelke, 9/12 (30 years)

Andy and Angie Schatz, 9/23 (22 years)

John and Mary Lau, 9/27 (53 years)

Bob and Caryl Braatz, 9/30 (61 years)

New prayer requests:  Scott Gregory (friend of Scott and Lisa Grossman)

Ongoing short-term prayer requests:   Ron Foster; Ruth Young; Kris Larsen, Fay Heyen, Lorna Reiter; Tom Kurtz; Sue Rowe;  Elizabeth Stem (niece of Evelyn Ceci); Kathryn (friend of Cindy Zilske); Dennis Heimdahl (son-in-law of Marilyn Hermann); Edward Hermann (son of Marilyn Hermann); Joe Giuliani, Cathy Pitel and Agatha Fingland (brother, twin sister and mother of Chuck Giuliani);  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 members:  Pat Corcoran; Ginny Cox; Don Heyen; Beverly Lawson; Shirley Mahn; Myrna Mavroff; Donna Polizzi; Donna Schroeder; Nadine Schuelke; Gloria Strei; Pat Treutelaar; Janet Zastrow

Non-membersLauren (granddaughter of Scott and Peggy Langelin); Wendy (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); 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

Worship Attendance September 3-4, 2022 

Labor Day Weekend

Mission & Outreach

September Mission of the Month

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.

B.A.S.I.C.S. (Brothers And Sisters in Christ Serving) is a Christian nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization created in 1996 to strengthen churches and Christian outreach ministries throughout the metropolitan area. The group supports dozens of city ministries such as prison and re-entry ministries, community outreach events, recovery programs, youth activities and many others.


Bridging Community by Loving and Serving for the Glory of Jesus!


A world united for the hope, glory, and love of Jesus Christ.



Uniting urban and suburban resources for the glory of Jesus Christ through:

  • Prayer
  • Caring acts of compassion
  • Sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, and
  • Preparing the next generation of Disciples

Strengthening Churches

From the beginning, BASICS has focused on forming partnerships between city churches and suburban churches. This effort has resulted in many helpful and practical projects to help inner city churches. BASICS has assisted more than 200 church pastors and 100 outreach ministry leaders, equipping them through training, support, and access to needed resources like a network of urban contractors to help with construction projects.

Leveraging Resources

BASICS currently supports over 30 smaller ministries that are unable to be financially independent. BASICS Ministers to Milwaukee (M2M) receive support through BASICS to equip their work and increase their impact. In 2001, BASICS in Milwaukee, Inc. became the financial fiduciary agent for the ministers working in Milwaukee. The generous and sacrificial giving of local churches and individuals helps provide for those who are hurting and enable these workers to focus on reaching out to the lost in Milwaukee.

In addition to financial support, hundreds of volunteers are actively involved in many ways. They donate their time, talents, treasure, touch and tears for the work of God in Milwaukee.

A few reminders ....
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 15

6 p.m.

Fellowship Hall

See the article above for more information on the topic to be discussed this month.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Mark Trudell at

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
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.
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.
Regular office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - noon 262.786.4010
Questions or comments? Email Sue Rowe at