Your Weekly E-Newsletter Thursday, December 16, 2021
Pastor Ken's Pondering ...
Our Financial Secretary Cindy Rooks has decided that she would like to enjoy her time in retirement with a more flexible travel schedule and will be leaving her position early next year.

The Personnel Committee is working to identify candidates for the position of Financial Controller. This is a part-time position working 20-25 hours per week.

The job posting has been listed on (see link below) and is also on our website. Please share this information with anyone you know who is qualified and interested in the position.
December 18-19, 2021
Fourth Sunday of Advent

Sunday: Youth Nativity Program

Worship Attendance - December 11-12, 2021
Christmas Eve/Christmas Day Worship Opportunities
Two candlelight services will be held on Christmas Eve.

4:00 p.m. (Service will be livestreamed)
10:00 p.m. (Will not be livestreamed)

No reservations are required. Please join us and bring a friend or family member!

Join us for worship
on Christmas Day at 10:00 a.m.

This service will not be livestreamed.

Music Ministry - Nicole's Notes

Portrait by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1848)

Our attention today turns to the poetess Christina Rossetti (1830-1894), author of the well-known and lovely Christmas texts In the Bleak Midwinter and Love Came Down at Christmas. Rossetti was a master of lyrical verse, devotional verse, and children’s poetry—a wide span for any author to achieve. She also labored under the universally difficult circumstances of being a female author during the Victorian Age. Her family background aided her in meeting this challenge. The youngest of four children, she was raised by an Italian father, a specialist in Dante, who fled to England due to his political activity and, once there, married a half-Italian younger woman who deeply valued education.

Try to imagine this household which rebounded with the texts of Dante and Petrarch and a lively, continuous focus on the arts. As would have been customary, only her two brothers received higher education in mathematics and science, but all four of the siblings ended up as published authors. Conversations around the dinner table must have been marvelous.

The family was not affluent, though. As its financial fortune careened, alternate strategies for recovery fared poorly. The presumption became that the two girls would work as governesses, a fate which dismayed Christina and one she swore to avoid. Rossetti also spurned multiple suitors, choosing instead to draw herself into her writing. As she aged, she developed an inner religious life associated with the blossoming of Anglo-Catholicism. She died with a life fulfilled, and a fame that had spread from England to America. In fact, she is frequently assessed by scholars as the equal, or better, of her prominent contemporary Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

With all of this, though, Rossetti can be presented as a kind of greeting-card poet—an incorrect assessment which would have displeased her. Her prodigious output expressed cutting-edge trends of European Romanticism as well as the ideas of a fascinating group of English artists known as “The Brotherhood of Pre-Raphaelites” whose seven founders included her two brothers Dante and William. The Pre-Raphaelites were devotees of Classicism and admirers of the detail of nature. They cherished fifteenth-century art and the writings of critic John Ruskin. We are reminded of the aesthetics of Pre-Raphaelite artists through the often-seen canvas, Proserpine, painted in 1874 by Rossetti’s brother, Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

Rossetti’s best-known poem is Who has Seen the Wind which begins:

Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you:
But when the leaves hang trembling,
The wind is passing through.

Let us turn, though, to two of Rossetti’s seasonal poems, both of which illustrate the aesthetics of the Pre-Raphaelites. From the opening lines of the hauntingly beautiful In the Bleak Midwinter, we meet her signature style: traditional structure, details of nature well used, idealized imagery, rich emotional texture, fondness for word repetition, and immediacy of access for the reading public.

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.
The poem also has one of the tenderest final quatrains in all English poetry:
What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.

In the Bleak Midwinter, like so much poetry of the 19th-century, appeared in a literary journal–the January 1872 issue of the American journal Scribner’s Monthly. The poem later was collected in 1875 into volume called Goblin Market, the Prince’s Progress, and Other Poems.

Most people find it, though, not in a compilation of poems, but through the hauntingly beautiful musical setting composed by a pair of renown English composers Gustav Holst and Harold Darke. Few texts are more beautifully set to music than this one which has become a standard Christmas Carol.

A second seasonal poem by Rossetti, shorter and more intense, appeared thirteen years later in 1885 under the title Love Came Down at Christmas

Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love Divine,
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and Angels gave the sign.
Worship we the Godhead,
Love Incarnate, Love Divine,
Worship we our Jesus,
But wherewith for sacred sign?
Love shall be our token,
Love be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign.

We find this text set to a traditional Irish tune known as Gartan in many hymnals. The poem’s beauty, though, has led other composers to create musical settings, such as this one for chorus by Leo Sowerby (1895-1963), a prolific American composer and organist whose music is concise, reflective, and piercing in intensity.

For a different feeling, we can move into the sound world of a wildly popular contemporary English composer named John Rutter (b. 1945). For decades. Rutter has wowed choirs and audiences with his clean, winsome, sometimes profound settings of beloved texts, both sacred and secular. His version of Love Came Down at Christmas appeared in 1971.

In contrast to the large choral setting, let this intimate, economical, yet sumptuous setting by Canadian composer Eleanor Daley (b. 1955), pristinely performed by the English ensemble Gesualdo Six, delight your ear.

Encountering a single poem can open a door to a room full of surprises. These days, Rossetti’s name is on the rise again, as her role as a seminal writer of 19th-century English poetry is heralded. Her complete poems, initially prepared for publication in 1904 by one of her brothers, finally were published in 1979.

But this publication has come at the right time. In a world of increasing crudeness, unbridled vulgarity, and slipshod standards, what better antidote is there than to take refuge in the strength, purity, and sublimity of Rossetti’s writings? Her poetry fueled her life and brought the blossoms of light into her often troubled soul. The power of her words has not changed and is especially welcome for us at this moment in time.

Reprinted with permission.

Our Church Family
Ray Chesner, 12/17
Donnie Dentice, 12/17
Pat Treutelaar, 12/18
Ingrid Nelson, 12/19
Judy Sayas, 12/19
Ron Holman, 12/20
Carol Rooney, 12/20
Margaux Barmgarten, 12/21
Dean Schmelzer, 12/22
Rick Treadwell, 12/22
Ed Witzke, 12/23
Lynnette Anderson, 12/24
Mike Anderson, 12/24
Wayne Dieck, 12/25
Joe Grundman, 12/25
Hannah Ware, 12/27
Trinity Cebertowicz, 12/28
Lenny Graffin, 12/28
Gabrielle Hanke, 12/29
Judy Klade, 12/31
Sallie Schulz, 12/31

Al and Rhonda Rodriguez, 12/23 (49 years)
Ron and Jean Holman, 12/26 (68 years)
Bob and Donna Siderits, 12/26 (61 years)
Jeremy and Nicole Nowicki, 12/28 (11 years)
Rick and Carol Treadwell, 12/29 (48 years)

Prayers of sympathy and God's peace to: Former Calvary member Patty Long and her family on the passing of her husband Bob Long on December 12.

Prayers of joy and thanksgiving to: Megan Schatz for her successful completion of her cancer treatments. The following message was received last Friday from Angie Schatz: She has successfully completed her entire treatment protocol and by the grace of God, Megan Beat Cancer!!! We are so grateful to our church family for your unending support and prayers. Megan will be having surgery next week Wednesday to have her port removed. We are overjoyed with this amazing Christmas miracle! God is Good, All the Time!!!”

New prayer requests: Nolan Hurrish (friend of Linda Thorpe)

Ongoing short-term prayer requests: Fay Heyen, Janet Zastrow; Kay Sedivec; Mary Smith; Ginny Cox; the Waukesha community; Susan Petropoulos (sister of Wayne Johnson)Matt (friend of Larry Bonier); Tom Frank (brother of Mary Ellen Thiede); Taylor Czerwinski (granddaughter of Bill and Lenny Graffin); Lisa Haggadone (daughter of Sallie Schulz); Tom Dallman (husband of Lucy Dallman); Marie Traxler (mother of Sue Meyer); Eric (friend of Larry Bonier); Dale Hermann (son of Marilyn Hermann); 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; Donna Polizzi; Nadine Schuelke; Ruth Young

Non-membersNancy Myers (friend of Judy Sayas); Paige Yeager (friend of Sallie Schulz's family); 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
Community Outreach Opportunities
Disaster Relief for Kentucky

The NALC Disaster Response team is already delivering emergency supplies to those affected by the devastating tornadoes in Kentucky last week. Calvary supports this work as a Mission of the Month, financially and with quilts, Bibles, school bags and health kits so that they are able to respond quickly when disasters strike.

However, if you would like to make a special contribution at this time, Calvary can send it on to our mission partners working to bring the love of Jesus to those who have lost their homes.  You can be assured that your gifts go directly to this aid work and that they are distributed while bearing witness to Jesus Christ. There are also volunteer opportunities to go and help with the aid work if you are interested. Please contact Marcella Nelson for more information.

Checks can be made out to Calvary Lutheran and designated for NALC Disaster Response. Thank you for remembering those who have experienced such huge loses of life and property.
Clothing Drive Ends Soon
We will be collecting for the mittten tree and winter clothing items, new and used through Sunday, December 19. 
Especially needed are Men's Gloves. Socks and long underwear are also requested. 
Women's Book Group - January 10 at 1:00 p.m.
Wanna get away? Pick up a copy of our January book, A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle and escape to France!

From In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs.
He endures January's frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhône Valley, discovers the secrets of goat racing through the middle of town, and delights in the glorious regional cuisine. A Year in Provence transports us into all the earthy pleasures of Provençal life and lets us live vicariously at a tempo governed by seasons, not by days.
The library system has several copies on the shelves. We hope you are able to join us! 
Monday Afternoon Movie - January 17 at 1:00 p.m.

I.Q. is a light comedy to bring some sunshine into a January afternoon. Join us in the Media Room for some fellowship and a movie. Bring a friend!

The story line: Ed Walters, an auto mechanic, falls for the intelligent and beautiful Catherine Boyd. It is love at first sight. There is however a problem: she's engaged to stuffy professor James Moreland. Fortunately, her uncle likes Ed, and he and his friends scheme to make her fall for Ed. The comedy in this movie stems from the fact that her uncle is none other than Albert Einstein, who's portrayed as a fun-loving humble genius, as are his mischievous friends, Nathan, Kurt, and Boris.

Einstein is played perfectly by Walter Matthau, with Tim Robbins (Ed Walters) and Meg Ryan (Catherine Boyd) bringing their romantic-comedic gifts to the screen as well. With the story set in Ike’s first term as president, we’ll all feel right at home.
Faith Formation
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. There will not be a Bible Study on Wednesday, December 22 or 29. The study will resume on January 5, 2022.

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.
December Mission of the Month
In December we raise up a vital Mission of the Month supporting the training of pastors for service in the North American Lutheran Churches. We were been blessed to have Lynnae Douglas with us during the past year as a pastoral intern. Lynnae and her husband Caleb are both graduates of the North American Lutheran Seminary in Amhearst, PA and have moved to western Pennsylvania where Caleb has taken a call to serve. Pictures of Caleb and Lynnae from Caleb's installation are shown below.

The NALC is growing and the need for pastors trained is crucial to us and congregations like ours in the NALC. Initially there was only one seminary in Amhearst, PA; however, due to growth and demand, the Lutheran Institute of Technology in Brookings, SD also trains pastors for the NALC.

We have a goal this year to increase our giving to $7,000. Please prayerfully consider an end-of-year gift in support of these vital seminarians. To support this important Mission for the Month, you may include it in your weekly offering envelope or designate the donation as "Mission of the Month" in your online giving.
Below are several examples of the value of your support of NALC Seminary.
Caleb Douglas' Ordination was held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Export, Pennsylvania.

We received this message from the church staff at Emmanual regarding the Douglas family:

They're a very special family. 
After four years of mayhem regarding church leadership here at Emmanuel, they have been welcomed with open hearts and arms. Pastor Caleb is kind, dedicated, and very spiritual. A definite keeper!
Meet a Seminary Student:

My name is Hailey Halmstad. My husband and our five boys currently live in Northern Wisconsin where I serve two churches: Bethany Lutheran in Catawba and Bethel Lutheran in Hawkins. I am endorsed through the NALC Candidacy Committee and am a full time student at the Institute of Lutheran Theology where I attend online classes towards my Master of Divinity degree. My goal is to graduate in December of 2022.

There's more information about Hailey on the Mission of the Month bulletin board outside of Fellowship Hall.
Are you interested in attending seminary? Local congregations like Calvary are the source of future seminarians. We need to identify, encourage and support prospective seminarians as they consider their educational choices. Calvary's Endowment Fund is poised to do just that. Up to one-third of its annual disbursable funds are available for tuition support of Calvary's members who attend seminary.
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

On hiatus until January 27, 2022

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ernie Kretschmann at
A few reminders ....
Hospitality Treats
We invite you to stick around after worship on Sunday mornings and enjoy fellowship time and a treat/cup of coffee in Fellowship Hall. We are taking great care to provide safe food items for you (poured cups of coffee and plated breakfast snacks).

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 (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.
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.
Severe Weather Announcements

With winter coming, we are reminded that weather can definitely impact traveling to church. And with that, inclement weather could necessitate the cancelling of worship.

In the event this should happen, you will receive an e-mail stating that the church is closed. We will also be sharing this with WISN-TV 12 and FOX6 so that it will be included in their scrolling list and on their website of closures.
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.