Your Weekly E-Newsletter -- Thursday, November 24, 2022

Pastor Ken's Pondering This Week ....

And you my child shall be called a prophet of the Most High for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins.” 

 Luke 1:76-77

This coming Sunday is the start of the season of Advent – a time of year given to preparation for the coming of the Lord at Christmas.  For the Sundays of Advent our services and messages will feature “The Songs of Luke” – four songs of praise to God from the lips of four different individuals recorded in Luke chapter 1 and 2.   In addition, I will be hosting a Bible study (more information is in the FAITH FORMATION section below) entitled “Hark the Glad Sound” . This is an Advent study of these wonderful hymns/canticles of the church.  

Our weekend series is as follows. Please plan on joining us for these wonderful Advent worship services.  

  • November 26th/27th – “The Song of Zechariah” from Luke 1:67-77. This “song” is part of the church’s evening vespers service and is sometimes called “The Benedictimus” or “benediction/ blessing.”   
  • December 3rd/4th – “The Song of the Angels” from Luke 2:13-14 is the famous “Glory to God in the highest and peace to God’s people on earth”. In addition to being the source of many wonderful Christmas hymns, these words form the introduction to one of the weekly hymns of praise in our liturgy.  
  • December 10th/11th – “The Song of Mary” from Luke 1:46-55.  This is Mary’s song to the Lord, also called “the Magnificat” from “my soul magnifies the Lord…”.  For this weekend's services, we will have a very special guest – Wendysue Fluegge. Wendysue, a talented singer and pianist, will lead both our Saturday and Sunday services mixing contemporary and traditional songs with reflections “in the first person” of the experience of Mary the Mother of our Lord.  
  • December 17/18th – “The Song of Simeon” from Luke 2:28-32. “Then Simeon took (the child) in his arms, praising God and saying, “Lord, now let your servant depart in peace.”  This canticle is sometimes used as a dismissal in the liturgy after Holy Communion. For obvious reasons, after the supper, we can “depart in peace.”  This is also the Sunday that we have our annual Youth Christmas program.   

As I mentioned above, I will also be hosting a study of these songs and their historical and liturgical significance.  The studies will be held on Sundays (Nov. 27 and Dec. 4, 11 and 18) at 10:30 a.m. in the Media Room,as well as Wednesdays (Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14 and 21)at 12:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.   There is a study guide that will be used for the sessions. However, I only have a limited quantity of them. I will offer the guide at each session and will collect them at the end of each study. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to offer them for individual study.

This is a beautiful time of the year.  I wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving, and I look forward to seeing you in our many special worship services of Advent and Christmas.

Because of a manger ...

Pastor Ken Nelson  

Worship Resources
Calvary's Website
Live Stream Link
NALC Daily Devotion

This Week's Reflection from Martin Luther

The Spirit, however, creates a willing and unconstrained heart, such as the Law requires; and then good works spring directly from faith.

- Martin Luther -

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.

See the monthly calendar by clicking on the image below.


If you haven't had a chance to return your 2023 Pledge card, please return it to the office as soon as possible. You can drop the card in the offering basket, church office or return via mail in the envelope that was provided. Lost your materials? Extra copies are available on the table in the Narthex. If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Rooks at or (262) 786-4010.

Christmas Poinsettia Orders

We invite you to help us decorate our altar this Christmas with the purchase of a poinsettia or two. Thankfully the price has remained the same as last year - $25 for a 7-1/2" pot with two plants - available in red, white or "jingle bell" (a mix of red/white with gold speckles).

Order forms can be found on the Opportunities Kiosk in the narthex. Forms are due to the church office no later than Sunday, December 11.

You can also access and print a form HERE.

Advent Holden Evening Prayer

Midweek Worship

Please join us for our Wednesday night Advent services

at 7:00 p.m. on the following dates.

November 30, December 7, December 14, December 21

 Light refreshments will be available in Fellowship Hall following the service.

We invite you to bring treats for this fellowship time - a tray of cookies, cheese and crackers, etc. Pastor Ken and Marcella will provide the beverages. The sign-up sheet is on the OPPORTUNITIES kiosk in the narthex. There are two open spots for each week.

Advent Devotional Materials Are Available

The NALC offers an online Advent devotional that can be accessed HERE.

Several Advent Devotionals are available this season Two of the devotionals are in paper format - The Promised One and Hark the Glad Sound - and are available on the table in the narthex. The third option - And He Shall Reign - is an online devotional compiled by the NALC and can be accessed using the link above.

First Sunday of Advent

November 26-27, 2022



SERMON: Ben Blobaum


  • Saturday: Larry Bonier
  • Sunday:  Diane Grundman, Sue Rowe, Lisa Grossman


  • Sean Moritz and Mallory Zipp


  • Caryl Braatz and Ed Ramthun


  • Carol Roe, Judy Sayas, Jonni Roush, Maxine Weisbrodt


  • Larry Bonier


  • Kyle Jones


  • Lee and Marge Tyne

MUSICIANS: Psallite Choir and Gutenkunst Flute Ensemble


  • Darlene Louison


  • Lukasik family in memory of Ben Lukasik


  • Saturday:  Cindy Rooks
  • Sunday:  Ellis Sayas


  • Kyle Jones/Sam Sayas


Gutenkunst Flute Ensemble


November 27 at 9 a.m. service

Thursday, December 1 at 7 p.m.

You're invited to join us for a free Holiday Concert featuring Peter Thomas, MSO cellist. He's not your ordinary cellist. He will play holiday tunes on his electric cello. 

If you'd like a preview of Peter's performance on his electric cello, click HERE!

You don't want to miss this one to get you in the holiday spirit! Bring a friend.

Harpist Janelle Lake to play on

Christmas Eve at the 10pm service

Janelle Lake plays harp professionally throughout Chicagoland and the United States. Her days are filled performing, teaching, and traveling. Performances include her positions as principal harpist of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra since 2005 and the Southwest Symphony Orchestra since 2007 working under many batons including Dr. Alltop, David Crane, Jay Friedman, Ricardo Muti, and Cliff Colnot (Civic Orchestra). 

Memorable experiences include performing with Van Dyke Parks (song writer for the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson), playing the daily tea and demitasse at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island (audience included Rudy Guillani and Mitt Romney), and regular performances at Julius Meinl, and the Drake Hotel in Chicago (audience included President Obama).

Janelle Lake served as the Artistic Director at the Venus Harp Factory for eight years where she tested each new harp before it was sent around the world. Liz Cifani, retired Lyric Opera harpist, taught Janelle Lake at Northwestern University during her course work for Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Music Performance. Janelle recently released her first CD of French and Czech harp music titled Moonlight in a Pool.

Faith Formation

Adult Bible Study

Hark the Glad Sound - the Songs of Luke

A new adult Bible Study will begin this weekend with a four-week course facilitated by Pastor Ken Nelson. There are two opportunities during the week to participate in this study, which is described below.

Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11, 18

Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14 and 21

Music has always been a part of the Advent and Christmas seasons, but you may be surprised to learn that tradition goes all the way back, thousands of years before Christ was even born. The people of God were singing the praises of God long before Christ came on the scene. The Children of Israel sang when they had safely crossed the Red Sea on dry land, escaping the approaching Egyptians. King David sang songs that would become part of the Book of Psalms. But in the time right before the birth of Christ, the number of melodies increases as the chosen participants involved in the coming of Christ prepared for his arrival.

During these seasons of Advent and Christmas, you will have the opportunity to "hard the glad sound" with Zechariah, Mary, the angels and the Church. You can join with them in singing the praises of God who sent his Son to earth to save us, echoing their melodies of repentance, remembrance, rejoicing and reconciliation. Won't you join us and sing along?

November Mission of the Month

Care Net Pregnancy Center of Milwaukee


Care Net Pregnancy Center is a newer mission for Calvary and we are thrilled to be part of those helping to fund and spread its good work. Several of us have visited and volunteered on site and have witnessed the work of God that this group does. Below is the PURPOSE and MISSION of CareNet:


PURPOSE: To uphold the sanctity of human life and share the love of Christ and the hope of the Gospel with women and their families facing an unplanned pregnancy.

MISSION: To encourage women to choose life by offering spiritual and practical care during and after pregnancy.


In 2021, our Learn to Earn program blossomed!

  • 110 women took 517 classes: To prepare for their babies, to be in fellowship with others and to be encouraged in their faith.

  • After taking classes, women go shopping in our beautiful Counted Sparrows Boutique. In Matthew 10, Jesus tells his disciples "Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God?" We share this truth with our clients that they are valuable to God and are not forgotten by Him!

  • We believe the beauty of the Counted Sparrows Boutique reflects this teaching

Please consider supporting Care Net in their godly work, as well as possibly volunteering at the site. Click here to be directed to their website for more information. 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.

Mission and Outreach

Winter Clothing Collection

Cleaning out your closet as we transition to winter? Calvary's Mission and Outreach Committee is collecting winter coats, sweatshirts and sweaters, caps, gloves and scarves for all ages. Please put your items in the tub in the narthex.  Items can be new or gently-used condition.

Thanks for helping those who are without winter clothing. 

Our Church Family

Terry Bzdusek, 11/24

Bonnie Johnson, 11/26

Allison Mayer, 11/26

Sarah Gall, 11/27

Diane Grundman, 12/1

Nicole Moritz, 12/1

Shelby Rose, 12/2

John Foley, 12/5

Nadine Schuelke, 12/11

Caleb Liu, 12/14

Bill and Lenny Graffin, 11/24 (33 years)

Elton and Joanne Juno, 12/4 (36 years)

Al and Rhonda Rodriguez, 12/23 (50 years)

Ron and Jean Holman, 12/26 (69 years)

Bob and Donna Siderits, 12/26 (62 years)

Jeremy and Nicole Nowicki, 12/28 (12 years)

Ben and Amy Blobaum, 12/29 (2 years)

Rick and Carol Treadwell, 12/29 (49 years)

Ken and Amando Olstinski, 12/31 (1 year)

Prayers of joy and blessing to: Sally and Gerhard Schulz on the arrival of a new grandson, Ethan Schulz, born to Karl Schulz and Sarah Kovach on November 22.

God's grace and peace to: the family of Kris Molitor on the passing of her husband Mark on November 16.

New prayer requests:

Ongoing short-term prayer requests:  Grace Gunnlaugsson; Jonni Roush;  Susie Barnhart (friend of Megan Sayas); Pastor Tim Peterson (friend of Ken and Marcella Nelson); Torrie and her unborn daughter (cousin's daughter of Lisa Grossman); John Gregory (friend of Scott and Lisa Grossman);  Elizabeth Stem (niece of Evelyn Ceci); Dennis Heimdahl (son-in-law of Marilyn Hermann); Julie Niederbaumer (friend of many Calvary members); 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; Ron Foster; Tom Kurtz; Beverly Lawson; Shirley Mahn; Myrna Mavroff; Donna Polizzi; Donna Schroeder; Nadine Schuelke; Gloria Strei; Pat Treutelaar; Ruth Young; Janet Zastrow

Non-membersTom Bruns (brother of Carol Rooney); Lauren (granddaughter of Scott and Peggy Langelin); Isabelle George (wife of Judy Sayas' cousin); Joe Dentice (father of Tony Dentice); 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); Rose Luther (friend of Nicole Moritz); Judy Grospitz; 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

Financial Update/Worship Attendance - November 19-20, 2022

Women's Ministry

Women’s Christmas Open House

Saturday, December 10, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Marcella Nelson’s Home

19245 McAllister Lane Unit A, Brookfield


Come and bring your daughters or a friend

(Non-Calvary women are also welcome)

Come when you can, leave when you must

      Stop in and have some cider or coffee with our Calvary sisters.

If you have questions or need directions,

call Marcella at 701-833-5157


A few reminders ....

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.

Live Stream Attendance Link

If you watch our services via the Live Stream, please take a minute to let us know. There is now a link called "Online Worship Attendance" on the page where you access each week's service.

We appreciate you taking the time to complete this each week. It helps us know that our Live Stream is being viewed and by whom. 

Thank you!

Online giving provides options! 

While cash and checks are always welcome, the “Give Online” button on the Calvary Lutheran Church website provides another option. And, with the expansion of our vendor’s software, the options are now expanded and customized. In addition to giving to the General Operating Fund, Building Fund and Mission of the Month, you can now specify contributions for Altar Flowers, Sunday Morning Fellowship Treats, etc. 

We can also include other limited-time event payments such as the Disaster Response Training and the WI & Upper MI Mission District Convocation being held at Calvary on October 28 and 29. 

Please note that contributions to the Mission of the Month are allocated to the organization for the month in which the donation is made

If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Rooks, Finance Secretary, via email at or (262) 786-4010.  

Online Giving Link

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. 

The sign up sheet for 2023 has been posted on the bulletin board.  Thank you for your support!

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, November 17

6 p.m.

Fellowship Hall

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

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 also printed copies available in the church office.

Any corrections or updates should be submitted to

Cindy Zilske at

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.

Sunday mornings at 9 a.m.

The link to the Live Stream is available on the home page at

If you watch the livestream service, please take a moment to log your presence via the link that is available above the livestream link.

Sanctuary Flowers

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

The sign-up sheet for 2023 is now 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.

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