Your Weekly E-Newsletter -- Thursday, September 1, 2022

We're still searching for Sunday school teachers & substitutes

Even if you're only available once or twice a month, you can still teach Sunday school on a rotational basis

You can sign up to be a teacher or a substitute to fill in when one of the teachers is not available. Rally Sunday is Sunday, September 11 and students will meet their teachers that morning.

We provide the curriculum. Sunday school is held on Sundays (during the school year) from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. For more information, please contact Kyle Jones at or (954) 663-6988.

  Pastor Ken's Pondering .....

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues,

preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease

and sickness among the people.”  

Matthew 4:23 (NIV)

We all know that healing was one of the many ministries of our Lord – His miracles of healing paving the way for the reception of the good news of the kingdom of God, not to mention relieving human suffering.  There are over 175 verses in the Bible that have the word heal, healed, healing, health or healthy in them.  Some references are to spiritual health, to be sure, not that we ought to draw too big of a line between being spiritually healthy and physically healthy. But sometimes the Bible is aiming at what we’d call “our souls” rather than our liver or our foot.  “It is not the healthy who need a physician, but the sick” Jesus said in Matthew 9:12.  He was referring to the gospel that calls sinners to repentance. In this case it was the calling of Matthew the disciple from a life of being a tax collector to being an evangelist.

But beyond references to healing or health, the Bible alludes to medicine and doctors a fair number of times – not always in the most recognizable of passages, but they are there.  So kudos to our physicians, researchers, nurses and technicians for their healing ministries. They have a much longer history than what we might think when we say “modern medicine”. After all, medicine in the ancient world was - when it was practiced - “modern” for its time.    

Here are a few references to medicine and doctors you may not have come across, courtesy of a 2017 book entitled “The Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post Biblical Antiquity”. (Whew…there’s a title for you!)   

Did you know that…

  • The Old Testament contains no references to a doctor or medicine healing the sick.
  • The Jewish writings known as the Talmud (comprised of the Mishnah - collections of commentary on the Torah, or Law of Moses, and the Gemara - a sort of “catechism” on the Law) generally refer quite positively to physicians, save for a couple of entries in which they are listed as among “the trades of the robbers” and “the best among physicians is destined for Gehenna”.  Oh well, nobody can bat a thousand as they say! 😊  
  • The Jewish Rabbis (not necessarily schooled in anatomy) counted in the human body 248 limbs and 365 “sinews”, corresponding to the 248 positive commandments in the oral legal code of Judaism and the 365 negative ones (for a total of 613)
  • Paul rescues a bit the reputation of physicians, calling his colleague in ministry and author of the 3rd Gospel, Luke, “the beloved physician” (Colossians 4:14)  Who says Paul was a hard-nosed guy?
  • Frankincense and Myrrh were among the most common medicines in Jesus’ day (good thing the Magi knew that, and helped our Lord’s family stock up, eh?)  
  • Egypt had one of the most advanced medical systems in the ancient world, their writings referring to dentists, “doctors of the eyes”, “abdomen” and, uh…”rear end” 😊  But, the Egyptians didn’t care about studying or treating the brain – they thought of it as “merely stuffing for the head.”  (Well…then again…!)
  • When Revelation’s preacher tells the church in Laodicea to “buy from me … salve to put on your eyes so you can see” (3:18) he was referring (likely) to that city’s famed ophthalmologists and eye ointments.
  • Christians (and by extension the church) became very “pro-medicine” by the 200’s, as physicians were listed among those believers who’d been martyred, and those who treated others and “accepted no silver” were praised.  By the 300’s creating hospitals and supporting medicinal and physician assisted healing was an important part of a Christian leader’s work, much like founding monasteries.

Something to ponder as we serve “the Great Physician” Jesus Christ and, by our witness, bring his healing presence into the world much in need of it.

Because of a cross,

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

You have two ways open before you, either towards heaven and eternal life, or towards hell; either with Christ or with the world ... Therefore, if you wish to be a child of God, get ready for persecution.

- Martin Luther

Sermon on Matthew 5

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
See the monthly calendar by clicking on the image below.

Thirteenth Sunday

After Pentecost

September 3-4, 2022


ASSISTING MINISTER: Ben Blobaum (Saturday) Scott Langelin (Sunday)

SERMON:  Ben Blobaum


  • Saturday: Larry Bonier
  • Sunday: Lisa Grossman, George Sedivec, Judy Kestly


  • Kyle Gall and Xavier Griese


  • Jane Krause and Caryl Braatz


  • Bill and Lenny Graffin, Linda Thorpe


  • Larry Bonier


  • Ben Blobaum


  • Jonni Roush


  • Nicole Moritz, Amy Blobaum


  • Diane and Joe Grundman


  • Diane and Joe Grundman in celebration of their 48th Anniversary


  • Saturday:  Cindy Rooks
  • Sunday:  Sue Rowe


  • Kyle Jones

Faith Formation

Three-year-old and Third Grade Bible Presentations September 18

During the '22-23 school year, do you have a Third grader, a 3-year-old or a child who will turn three during the upcoming school year? These two groups of youth will be presented their Bibles during worship on Sunday, September18.

Please let Kyle Jones know by Sunday, September 4th

so we can ensure we have enough Bibles.

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

Dale Berger, 9/2

Lizzy Dudzik, 9/2

Kian Leonard, 9/2

James Ware, 9/3

Aaron Duch, 9/4

Jeanne Duch, 9/4

Grace Gunnlaugsson, 9/4

Emma Leonard, 9/4

Anna Baumgartner, 9/5

Elton Juno, 9/7

Sue Sadowsky, 9/7

Mary Wenzel, 9/7

Eloise Kurth, 9/9

Jane Taufner, 9/9

Mark and Diane Knappe, 9/2 (33 years)

Nick and Alecia Huettl, 9/4 (17 years)

Mitch and Beth Foster, 9/7 (31 years)

Joe and Diane Grundman, 9/7 (48 years)

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:  Ron Foster; Ruth Young; Elizabeth Stem (niece of Evelyn Ceci)

Ongoing short-term prayer requests:  Kris Larsen, Fay Heyen, Lorna Reiter; Tom Kurtz; Sue Rowe;  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); 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 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-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); 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

Music Ministry

You don't want to miss this one!


Join us as we kick off Rally Sunday on September 11

for a fun animal-themed interactive concert

with the Gutekunst Flute Ensemble!  

Kids will meet their Sunday School Teachers 10:30 - 10:45 a.m.

10:45 -11:15 a.m. Flute Concert in the Sanctuary

 See you there!

Worship Attendance August 27-28, 2022

Mission & Outreach Updates

God is at work bringing His Grace, Peace and Love to 26th and Capitol.   

Calvary has been supporting Hope Street Ministries - A Greenhouse for People - since 2020.   Hope Street Ministries five-year Shechem project is now complete!  

Check out the new facility by clicking on the link below, which shows the inside of Shechem and all the great resources that are available.

Shechem Update

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.

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

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

Invite a friend.

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