Your Weekly E-Newsletter July 9, 2020
Virtual Vacation Bible School
Jesus' Power Pulls Us Through
July 27-31

We will be doing Vacation Bible School virtually this year. Here’s what it will look like:

Each day will have five separate pre-recorded videos for you to lead your child(ren) through at your pace and schedule.
You will be provided:
  • An opening kickoff video. This video will include an introduction to the Bible point and Bible "buddy" for that day, and it includes those VBS songs children love to sing.
  • A Bible story/lesson video. (10-15 mins) This would also include an accompanying easy-to-do peel and stick craft.
  • A brief video introducing a game or activity your child(ren) could do get up and moving. (3-7 mins)
  • A brief video introducing the craft for the day. (3-7 mins)
  • A closing wrap up video. This video will review the Bible story, Bible point, and Bible buddy, and would again include VBS songs.
Each registered family will receive a VBS Home Kit. The kits will include the following:
  • A "Rocky Railway" t-shirt in your child’s size
  • A CD with the Rocky Railway themed music
  • Craft and activity supplies
  • Anything else needed to participate in virtual VBS
In addition to these daily videos, Calvary will host two outdoor events (weather permitting):
  • A kickoff gathering Sunday evening (July 26) before VBS begins. Families will sit together and we will introduce the VBS theme for this year, as well some of the songs. Families will be able to pick up their VBS Home Kits. 
  • A wrap-up gathering on Friday evening, July 31. Families will sit together and bring their own picnic dinner. Children will be encouraged to wear their t-shirts and we will review the whole week as a group.

Attendance at these events will be totally optional. Your attendance will be based on your comfort level and schedule.  You will be able to pick up your VBS Home Kits the week of July 20th and there will be nothing you need to return to us.
Refresh Work to Begin July 13th

You may recall seeing the display in the Narthex with the samples of the carpet and paint scheme that was recommended by the Refresh Committee and approved by the Church Council. As a reminder, the Refresh Project will replace the carpeting and wall coverings that have served us well for over twenty years. The project will begin on July 13 with an expected completion in mid-August.

The remodeling will not interfere with worship services and the church office will remain open during the update, with the exception of several days in late July. Those specific dates will be shared in a future Connections newsletter.

If you have any questions regarding the Refresh project, please contact Ernie Kretschmann or Cindy Rooks.
Video Equipment Fundraiser with 50% Match

Calvary Lutheran Church is excited to announce a new project aimed at reaching the broader general public and to connect with our congregation at large during the COVID19 pandemic. 

We are investigating and investing in technology to provide to bring our worship services and other programs to those unable to join us in person.  The plan is to purchase and install equipment that will give us the ability to record, edit and then release a video to the congregation of our worship services, Vacation Bible School, and other events within our church.   

The Endowment Committee is pleased to announce the Video Equipment Fundraiser with a 50% match up to $2,500.   Contact the church office to inquire about donations toward this fundraiser.
Worship Updates

Holy Communion Home Distribution Ministry Underway

If you are choosing to remain at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, any Calvary member, regardless of age or health, can request consecrated bread and juice from the weekend worship service. A sealed communion "kit", along with simple instructions to prepare you for communion, can be dropped off at your home by a member of our home communion ministry team.

If you'd like to get on the schedule for this important ministry, please contact the church office at 262.786.4010 or via email to   You may set up a schedule of delivery weekly, or less often if you choose.

Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
Sunday at 10:00 a.m.   

We have taken many steps to ensure as safe of an environment as possible – please use your own judgement in choosing to come. You must do what is most comfortable for you. We will also continue to offer the weekend worship and podcast materials via email, as well as delivery of home communion to any member who wishes to receive it. Please call the office at 262.786.4010 for more details or to sign up to receive home communion.

Important changes that have been implemented:

Face masks are strongly encouraged. We will have a limited supply on hand near the entrance to the Sanctuary. 

Social distancing has been established in the Sanctuary with assigned pews for each service, designated by colored tags (see photo). Please sit only in the pew with the tag designated for that service. If you are not sitting with your family, please observe the 6’ distance between you and someone next to you (approximately two arm lengths).

All high touch points such as pews and door handles are wiped down after each service. The Altar Guild follows strict sanitation practices when filling the cups. We are using hosts instead of bread and wine is "self serve". All servers are wearing masks and will wash their hands in the Sacristy prior to serving communion.  
6th Sunday after Pentecost

This week's readings

  • Larry Bonier

  • Saturday (5:00 pm): Terry Bzdusek
  • Sunday (8:30 am): Darlene Louison
  • Sunday (10:00 am): Sheila Kershek

  • Sunday (8:30 am): Grace Gunnlauggson
  • Sunday (10:00 am): Jane Krause

  • Sunday (8:30 am): Sallie Schulz
  • Sunday (10:00 am): Larry Bonier

  • RoJean Holler

  • Mary Baumgartner

  • Wayne Johnson

  • Saturday (5:00 pm): Lydia Trudell
  • Sunday (8:30 am): Grace Gunnlaugsson
  • Sunday (10:00 am): Sue Meyer

Attendance & Offerings
July 5, 2020

Our Church Family
Prayer Requests
New prayer requests: Carroll Gehrke and Bill Barwa (friend of Megan Sayas)

Ongoing short-term prayer requests:  Chuck Giuliani; Gloria Strei; Pat Treutelaar; Janet Zastrow; Jan Janchan (friend of Jonni Roush); Chelsea Lee (friend of Noel Jenke); Nancy Waters (sister-in-law of Barb Snyder); Jenna (granddaughter of Wayne and Bonnie Johnson); Mary Dresser (Donna Schroeder's daughter-in-law's sister); Shirl Gordon (friend of Cindy Rooks); David Voight (friend of Jonni Roush); Doug Haus (brother-in-law of Chet Elliott); and Tom Kestly (husband of Judy Kestly).
Serving in the Military: Dan Berger (serving in the U.S. Marines); Nicole Wahlgren (serving in the U.S. Army National Guard); Kyle Pierce (son of Karen and Keith Pierce, serving in the U.S. Army); Alex Olson (U.S. Air Force, grandchild of Ardath Olson); Karmen Thomas (friend of Tony and Krista Dentice serving in the U.S. Army); 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 members Jeanette Ketelsen; Marge Skarie; Lowell Sonderman; Donna Polizzi 

Non-members : Christine Elliott (friend of Chet Elliott); Reidun Asland (friend of Pastor Ken and Marcella Nelson); Sheila Ulsberger (friend of Brad and Sue Meyer); Brad Gabriel (cousin of Jenni Swanson); Jeff Edwards (friend of Ernie Kretschmann); Monica Barchus (niece of Ernie Kretschmann); Michael Rossa (Lucy Dallman's son).
If you have any new prayer requests, please contact the church office at 262.786.4010 or via email to
Jeanette Ketelsen, 7/20
Bill Clayton, 7/22
Barb Snyder, 7/23
Wayne and Bonnie Johnson 7/15 (31 years)
Tom and Pat Kurtz, 7/18 (56 years)
Scott and Peggy Langelin 7/18 (39 years)
Jerry and Nancy Wittmus 7/18 (33 years)
Community Outreach & Mission of the Month
St. Vincent DePaul Meal Program Update

The meal program has changed dramatically to adjust to COVID-19 restrictions. Currently food is being prepared in the SVDP kitchen, boxed up, and distributed to guests who are waiting outside their building. Volunteers are helping with the preparation and distribution of meals - if you'd like to help with food prep or distribution, please reach out to Marge Tyne who can get you in touch with the appropriate person.

Monetary donations are needed to help with the food cost. If you'd like to contribute to the meal program, you can send your check directly to SVDP Administrative Office, 9601 W. Silver Spring Drive, Milwaukee WI 53225. If you'd rather, you can make your donation payable to Calvary, note that it is for SVDP, and drop it off in the office. (Calvary will then write one check for all monies collected and forward to SVDP. )
Hope Street Ministry

Hope Street Ministry helps broken men, women and children cultivate hope, and provides protection from the outside elements and most importantly supports growth together in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Hope Street Ministry is home to about 40 men, women and children whose lives have been profoundly affected by the toxic environment they grew up in, their own poor choices, or drug and alcohol abuse.

Empowered by the active Grace of Christ, the staff, volunteers, and members create a nurturing community for people to live, learn and develop new habits to flourish.

The organizational roots were developing in the 1990's. By 2000, Hope Street opened its doors at 26th and Capital. In their 20 years, they have developed a place for transformational heart-changing, as well as behavioral modification.

In 2014 they received approval to allow children to live with parents for the healing and learning of healthy family practices. In 2015 generous
donations allowed for the basement of the building to include more healthy living areas, including a workout facility, a Bible study room a computer lab, an adult community room, a kid's playroom, a teen room and a laundry facility.

Hope Street takes price in creating apartments and communal spaces that anyone would be proud to live in -- where environment uplifts dignity, and members learn to cherish and be cherished. A Refuge Garden was created in 2019, and the building of Shechem (a community center) is forthcoming. Successful members move on to work and independent living with healthy life skills, and a continued connection to their community. Our gifts this month support the work and expansion of offerings Hope Street Ministry provides to members and as a beacon in the community.

This is an uplifting organization moving forward under the direction of Ashley Thomas, Executive Directory, who will be with us at worship this weekend to share more information.
Men's Ministry
Weekly Men's Breakfast Wednesdays at 8:00 a.m.

Maxim's Restaurant
18025 W. Capitol Drive

The restaurant seating has been reconfigured in compliance with social distancing requirements. Please note the new start time!
Monthly Men's Ministry Gathering
Thursday, July 23
6:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

Come for fellowship, food and devotion time. Dinner will be provided. Social distancing will be respected
and practiced. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ernie Kretschmann at .
Women's Ministry
A Few Reminders ...
The Week At a Glance ....
The office is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until noon.
The door 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.
Flower Chart

Sanctuary Flowers Sign Up

We invite you to sign up for flowers to beautify our altar each weekend.

During the Refresh project, the sign up sheet will be in the office. If it's more convenient, you can email your request to Cindy Zilske at Please indicate the date you'd like to sponsor the flowers, and if you would like the flowers in memory or honor of someone.

Flowers are $35 and may be taken home following the 10 a.m. worship on Sunday morning.
Our Stephen Ministers are here for you!
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.