Your Weekly E-Newsletter -- Thursday, September 22, 2022

This Week's Pondering .....

Life and Times of Paul Gerhardt


Our musical and theological heritage as Lutherans includes powerful hymns written by pastors such as Martin Luther and Paul Gerhardt. Since we don’t often hear the name of Paul Gerhardt in day-to-day conversation, it’s worth digging into the annals of history for a glance at the life and times of this Lutheran pastor who has given so much to the church.


Gerhardt was born more than 400 years ago (1606) in a small German village called Graefenhainichen, where his father Christian was mayor. The devastation of the Thirty Years’ War began in his youth, and we know little about his early years, probably because so many records were destroyed. He was forty-five before he obtained a pastoral position in Mittenwald, and he married Anna Maria Bertholdt shortly after. Alas, their first child was born and died before he left that pulpit.


He was next appointed to St. Nicholas in Berlin, where he quickly became a most popular preacher. All churches in that time and place were state-run, with pockets of Catholic, Lutheran and Reformed official “territories.” Attempts to reconcile strife between Lutheran and Reformed factions caused the magistrates to circulate a sort of creed that all clergy were required to “subscribe” to by signing a paper.

True to his convictions, Gerhardt refused to sign and was eventually removed from his position, not without protest from the Berliners. It is thought that at this time he wrote the hymn “If God Himself Be For Me,” which we find on page 454 of our LBW.


           If God Himself be for me, I may a host defy

           For when I pray, before me my foes, confounded, fly.

           If Christ, my head and master, befriend me from


     What foe or what disaster can drive me from His



Many of Gerhardt's songs appeared in the first instance in various hymn books. The first was published by J. E. Ebeling, Director of Music in the chief church in Berlin, in 1666. Many of the tunes were written by Johann Crueger, a contemporary organist. It seems that Gerhardt received no royalties of any kind, yet his hymns became popular in their day and deemed worthy of passing on to the generations of worshippers which followed. These poems contain thoughts derived from Scripture and are permeated by a spirit of trust and dependence on God.


Three other Gerhardt children, and also his beloved Anna Maria, preceded him in death (1676). Only one child, Paul Friedrich, survived him. Near his portrait in his final parish is the inscription “A theologian sifted in Satan’s sieve.”


Fortunately, there is a wealth of information online regarding this well-loved hymnwriter. The texts of his hymns are likewise available, albeit in many versions and translations. If you are able to enjoy them in the original German, they are well worth your while, mostly because his delightful facility with language doesn’t translate to English quite as well — as you might expect. Our own Lutheran Book of Worship (green hymnal) includes eleven of his hymns.


#  23      Oh, Lord, How Shall I Meet Thee? (Advent)

#  46      Once Again My Heart Rejoices (Christmas)

#105      A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth

               (Holy Week)


& #117   O Sacred Head

               (translated from Bernard of Clairvaux)

#129      Awake, My Heart (Easter)

#276      Now All the Woods Are Sleeping

#282      Now Rest Beneath Night’s Shadow

#336      Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me

#454      If God Himself Be For Me

#465      Evening and Morning



Nicole Moritz

Director of Music

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

We must not view the rich man according to his outward conduct; for he is in sheep’s clothing, his life glitters and shines beautifully, while he tactfully conceals the wolf.

- Martin Luther

   Church Postil

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Our Weekly Podcast Resumes ...

Luther's Small Catechism Series

The Small Catechism: What is this? Answer.

Join Kyle and Ben this week as they continue Martin Luther's Small Catechism - what it is, what's in it, why Luther wrote it, and why it's a book for every Christian in their life of faith and not some "textbook" for middle schoolers to learn for a few years and leave behind.

Click below for this week's Podcast.

Click HERE for the Foretaste of the Feast Podcast

Sixteenth Sunday

After Pentecost

September 24-25, 2022

PRESIDING MINISTER: Pastor Jerry Wittmus



  • Saturday: Mary Ellen Thiede
  • Sunday: Diane Grundman, George Sedivec, Terry Bzdusek


  • Kyle Gall and Mallory Zipp


  • Andy and Matt Schatz


  • Bonnie and Wayne Johnson
  • Peggy and Scott Langelin


  • Karen Pierce


  • Angie Schatz


  • Jonni Roush

MUSICIANS: Nicole Moritz


  • Gil Thompson


  • John and Mary Lau in celebration of their 53rd anniversary
  • Judy Sayas in memory of Dave Sayas


  • Saturday:  Cindy Rooks
  • Sunday: Sue Rowe


  • Kyle Jones

Faith Formation

New Adult Bible Study - Lutheran Next Steps

A new Adult Bible Study class - THE LUTHERAN NEXT STEPS will begin on Sunday, October 2nd. This eight-week course will meet in the Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. and will be facilitated by Pastor Ken Nelson. This course was created a few years ago when Pastor Ken 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, includes 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”). The goal of this study 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. 

There is a sign-up sheet on the OPPORTUNITIES kiosk near the Welcome Desk in the Narthex. A few “display only” copies of the materials are 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, and we hope you'll consider participating in this worthwhile study.

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.

Online Giving Option Updates

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

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. Whodunnit?

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 now.  Wheelchair seating is available.  Brochures and ticket ordering information are on the table in the Narthex.  Please place your order form in the offering basket or drop it off in the church office.

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.

Ommerammergau 2022

The Calvary trip to Oberammergau (originally schedule for 2020, but cancelled due to the pandemic) is finally taking place (September 17-27).  Twelve Calvary members and their guests jumped on a plane from Chicago to Munich to experience the Passion Play, performed by over 2,000 local participants from the town of Oberammergau.  The present story of Jesus of Nazareth is presented in a visually spectacular five-hour performance on an open-air stage. 

Prior to viewing the Passion Play on September 25, our group visited many of the sights and experiences in the region. 

Some of our travelers took a bus from church down to O'hare International Airport.

Hotel Kirchenwirt, Reith in Alpbach was the home for our group for six days of their trip. 

Pastor Ken and Marcella took the opportunity to talk to the group at one of the churches they visited.  

Members of our group posed for a photo in the streets of Innsbruck.!

It was a rainy day, but that didn't stop anyone in the  Oktoberfest Costume Parade. 

   The scenery is absolutely stunning!

Council Bullet Points 

The Church Council met on Wednesday, September 21 and below are the key informational points from that meeting:

  • The Mission and Outreach Committee is preparing for several projects in connection with the NALC Fall Mission District Meeting (WI/Upper Mich) that Calvary is hosting on Saturday October 29. Calvary members are invited to attend, and pre-registration is required.  (See NALC article below regarding registration process)


  • An NALC Disaster Response Training event will be held at Calvary on Friday, October 28th. Area churches and the NALC churches in the District have been invited to attend. All Calvary members are also invited to participate. Pre-registration is required (see NALC article below regarding registration process)

  • "Stuff the Truck" project will be held with items collected from the congregation and VBS families including flood buckets, health kits, Bibles, school kits, quilts/blankets and gift cards. More information is in the Narthex regardng items needed for the flood buckets and health kits.

  • Pastor Ken will be conducting an eight-week Christian Education study utilizing "Lutheran Next Steps" guide with an emphasis on engaging members for "Life to Life Discipleship" - the study begins on Sunday October 2 at 10:30 a.m.

  • Information was provided from the Stewardship Committee regarding Calvary's upcoming November pledge drive "The Joy of Giving" (November 13th & 20th). A special opportunity will be made available for interested members to pledge separately to NALC's "Today, Tomorrow and Forever" drive.  

NALC Mission District Convocation

Calvary is pleased to host the annual Convocation of your NALC Wisconsin/Upper Michigan Mission District on Saturday, October 29 and we invite you to join us!  Let us come together in faith and unity seeking the goodness and glory of the Lord as brothers and sisters united in the waters of baptism.

This year we are also pleased to host Mary Bates, Head of NALC disaster relief, who will be conducting a disaster relief training for local churches and organizations on Friday, October 28 from noon - 4 p.m.  All are invited to attend this training and the registration link is below.

General Secretary Pastor Amy Little and Assistant to the Bishop, Pastor Jess Abbott will be addressing us on Saturday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Most importantly we will come together for times of worship and fellowship so as to better know the Lord and each other. 

More information can be obtained through the links below. (Registration is required to attend both the Disaster Relief Training and the Convocation.)  

If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Mark Knappe, Pastor Ken Nelson or Marcella Nelson. 

Convocation Information
Disaster Relief Training Information
Disaster Relief Training Registration
Our Church Family

Sean Moritz, 9/27

Justin Rowe, 9/27

Kendall Thiede, 9/28

Leah Morris, 9/29

Emily Brooks, 9/30

Audrey McGarvie, 10/1

Kris Larsen, 10/2

Grace Moritz, 10/3

Angie Schatz, 10/3

Mitch Foster, 10/7

Cathy Roldan, 10/8

Zackery Griese, 10/9

Everett Lambert, 10/9

Jill Voss, 10/10

Shirley Brodell, 10/11

Judy Kestly, 10/11

Carolyn Schuelke, 10/11

Heather Wirtz, 10/11

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

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

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

Jon and Sandy Voerman, 10/5 (37 years)

Wayne and Carole Wegner, 10/5 (59 years)

Norm and Audrey McGarvie, 10/7 (61 years)

Rich and Cindy Rooks, 10/9 (35 years)

Mark and Lydia Trudell, 10/9 (40 years)

Kurt and Jeanne Duch, 10/10 (41 years)

Brian and Kara Kretschmann, 10/10 (2 years)

Herb and Judy Grospitz, 10/11 (47 years)

George and Kay Sedivec, 10/16 (51 y ears)

Erik and Erica Zipp, 10/20 (15 years)

Lesly and Roger Evert, 10/22 (11 years)

Matt and Hannah Ware, 10/26 (3 years)

Mark and Sheila Kershek, 10/27 (27 years)

Bob and Diana Streicher, 10/28 (33 years)

Prayers of sympathy and God's grace and peace to: Heidi and Matt Powers on the passing of Heidi's son, C.J. Butler; to Pat and Wayne Dieck on the passing of Pat's brother, Harold Ratzburg; and to Mary and John Lau on the passing of Mary's brother Lynn Stritzel.  

New prayer requests: Fay Heyen

Ongoing short-term prayer requests:  Chuck Lukasik; Ron Foster; Ruth Young; Kris Larsen; Lorna Reiter; Tom Kurtz; Sue Rowe; John Gregory (friend of Scott and Lisa Grossman);  Elizabeth Stem (niece of Evelyn Ceci); Kathryn (friend of Cindy Zilske); Dennis Heimdahl (son-in-law of Marilyn Hermann); Joe Giuliani and Cathy Pitel (brother and twin sister 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); 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; 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

NEW!  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!

Financials and Worship Attendance 17-18, 2022  

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.


is a Christian nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization created in 1996 to strengthen churches and Christian outreach ministries throughout the metropolitan Milwaukee 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. 

Nick Galezewski, the Executive Director from BASICS, will be with us at both services the weekend of September 24-25.


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, October 20

6 p.m.

Fellowship Hall

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. 

Thank you for your support!

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.
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

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.

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