Your Weekly E-Newsletter -- Thursday, October 27, 2022

This Week's Pondering ... 

I am excited to share with you some upcoming special musical events that will enhance our Sunday morning worship services and holiday season.  If you have any questions about any of these wonderful additions to our worship, please reach out to me!

Reformation Weekend, October 29-30,  kicks off the celebratory church festival season! On Reformation Sunday we’ll host a brass quartet from Wisconsin Wind Orchestra, as well as our Psallite Choir and Celebration Ringers.  Remember to wear red!

On November 6, All Saints’ Sunday, we have Michael Prusinsky and Thomas Pibal, who are very active jazz/blues artists in the Milwaukee area, and will complement our spirituals service. Michael played with Kostia at the holiday concert last year. You can read more about them here.

On Sunday, November 13, we will be joined during Education Hour by Pastor Don Hougard from Benediction Lutheran Church. Pastor Hougard will share information about Paul Gerhardt (one of Germany's most famous hymn writers). Hougard is a self-described Gerhardt scholar, having made several pilgrimages to the sites in Germany and researched Gerhardt’s life extensively. He is armed with a plethora of on-site photographs! Pastor Hougard and his church have several very interesting ministries, which you can read about at this LINK. (His wife, Renate, is a native German who is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Milwaukee’s LUMIN schools.)  Please don’t miss this special opportunity to learn about this part of our Lutheran heritage! We’ll be singing several of Gerhardt’s hymns as part of the presentation. 

The Sunday morning 9:00 a.m. service on November 13 will feature music from Peter Thomas from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.  He will join us during worship on his cello with pieces that will knock your socks off. Don’t blink—you’ll miss something! And certainly, don’t travel. Just kidding! 

After that comes Thanksgiving, and November 27 is our first Sunday in Advent. The Gutekunst Flute Choir will return for our 9:00 a.m. worship.

Peter Thomas takes center stage for a Holiday Concert on Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m., doing his “funky cello” version of holiday classics. He will wow you in a whole new way! 

Lessons and Carols is early, December 4, and we’ve got more brass players from Wisconsin Wind Orchestra to enhance the service. 

Wendysue Fluegge will be here Sunday, December 11. Wendysue, is a Christian contemporary artist who is very active in the Milwaukee area and travels quite a bit nationwide to lead worship in a diverse array of churches. You can listen to her music here. 

Sunday December 18 will be our Youth Nativity program, and the kids are working hard on their music!  At the 10PM service on Christmas Eve, we will host Janelle Lake, harpist, and a string quartet organized by Katherine Messer. 

Save the dates and bring a friend or two to any or all of these special musical events!

Nicole Moritz

Director of Music Ministry

Michael Prusinsky

and Thomas Pibal

All Saints' Sunday

November 6

9:00 a.m. worship

Pastor Don Hougard

Sunday November 13

at 10:30 a.m.

Education Hour

Worship Resources
Live Stream Link
Prior Sermons
NALC Daily Devotion

This Week's Reflection from Martin Luther

If you want to abolish sin, you not only wrong sin, but you also want to trespass on the office of Christ and say: I want to be Christ. ... This is the sin supreme! Let Christ be Christ; let Him keep His office. We have enough other sins to answer for.

- Martin Luther

Easter Sermon

April 17, 1530

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.

2023 Stewardship Campaign

God does not want our giving to be lifeless – God wants our giving to be loving. When it is, we experience the “the joy of generosity” – which is our theme for this year’s Calvary giving appeal. 

This year’s appeal also provides an opportunity to support the Vision of the NALC –“to ensure a legacy of faith today, tomorrow, & forever”.  Appeal materials will be available in the Narthex after worship both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Materials not picked up will be mailed on Monday.  

Calvary is so blessed by your giving – thank you!

Have you considered being a Calvary Deacon?

Our Calvary Board of Deacons is a unique ministry among Lutheran churches. This important group of individuals cares for the spiritual welfare of our congregation and we invite you to prayerfully consider filling one of our openings next year.

What's the time commitment and what does a Deacon do?   There is a monthly Deacon meeting (usually the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.) You'll help serve communion twice a month (on dates that work for your schedule). And you will have a small group of congregation members (an "alpha group") assigned to you to connect with for birthdays, celebrations and times of prayer. It is truly a rewarding experience and makes a significant difference to those we serve. By the end of your term, you will have developed a special relationship with your "alpha group" that will last for years to come.  

Deacons serve a three-year term and we still have two 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, Judy Kestly or any of our current Deacons.

Trunk or Treat

Sunday, October 30

EAST Parking Lot

11:45 a.m.

Trunk or Treat will take place in the back parking lot because the Brookfield Fire Department will send either a firetruck or ambulance (barring an emergency) for the kids to see and explore.

OCTOBER 30th, after Sunday School around 11:45 a.m. 

This is a tremendous inter-generational opportunity for members of our church to interact with our youth and families.

In the event of inclement weather, it will be moved into the hallways and classrooms.

All members of Calvary are invited to participate and decorate a trunk and pass out treats!


October 29-30, 2022




  • Saturday: Terry Bzdusek
  • Sunday:  Larry Bonier, Mary Ellen Thiede, Judy Kestly


  • Kyle Gall and Xavier Griese


  • Caryl Braatz and Jane Krause


  • Paula Altman
  • Evelyn Ceci
  • Caroly Corcoran
  • JudyDeBruine


  • Ruth Brostowitz


  • Scott Anderson


  • Jan Lukasik

MUSICIANS: Nicole Moritz, Celebration Ringers, Psallite Choir, Brass Ensemble from Wisconins Wind orchestra


  • Bill and Lenny Graffin


  • Patricia Sheinberger (Amy Blobaum's mom)


  • Saturday:  Cindy Rooks
  • Sunday: Chuck Lukasik


  • Kyle Jones


Sunday, October 30, 2022

Join us for special music at the 9 a.m. worship.  We will be joined by the Brass Ensemble from the Wisconsin Wind Orchestra, our Psallite Choir and the Celebration Ringers

Don't forget to wear RED this weekend!

Sunday, November 13 - Peter Thomas, cellist will be joining our 9 a.m. worship. He is a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Sunday, November 27 - The Gutekunst Flute Ensemble will be returning to perform during our first Sunday of Advent service at 9 a.m.

Thursday, December 1 - Holiday Concert featuring Peter Thomas, MSO cellist at 7pm

November 6, 2022

All Saints Sunday

9:00 a.m. worship

All Saints Day will be celebrated with a variety of gospel and blues music at the 9 a.m. worship.  

Joining our service will be Michael Prusinsky and Thomas Pibal (saxophone and keyboard musicians).  

About our Guest Musicians 

Michael Prusinsky is a celebrated vocalist and saxophone player with a career in live music and music education spanning 30+ years. Michael’s soulful energy reaches his audience with a positive and warm vibe. Michael remains true to his rural roots and claims that his 25 years teaching music to young people brings him the most joy of his career.

Thomas Pibal began his musical journey at age six at the piano and his first piano teacher, Kathy Fee, She told his mother that he was one of the fastest-learning students she had ever taught. After several years of piano lessons, Thomas decided he wanted to quit studying music. Fortunately his frustration with method books swiftly led him to discover the music of Scott Joplin and soon after learning pieces like "The Entertainer" and the "Maple Leaf Rag" around the age of thirteen, Thomas realized music was a part of his life that he couldn't live without.

Faith Formation

Adult Bible Study - Lutheran Next Steps

A new Adult Bible Study class - THE LUTHERAN NEXT STEPS meets on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.  This eight-week course meets in the Media Room 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. 

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.

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

Community Outreach 

Operation Christmas Child delivers great joy and the Good News of Jesus Christ to children in need around the world through gift-filled shoeboxes.

Each box packed full of quality toys, school supplies, and personal care items becomes a tangible expression of God's immense love for the child. For many, it is their first gift ever!  Shoebox gifts provide an opportunity to present the Gospel to boys and girls in a clear, child-friendly way.

Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child boxes are available in the church Narthex beginning this Sunday.  They must be returned no later than November 13th to the narthex.

Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned business, has advertised that they have great gifts for this purpose. Look for Operation Christmas Child signs throughout the store for appropriate gifts.

Brochures with suggested items to put in the box are available on the table in the narthex. The "boy/girl stickers" are inside each box for your convenience.

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. 

Hurricane Ian was a large, deadly and destructive Category 4 Atlantic hurricane that caused widespread damage across western Cuba and the southeast United States, especially the states of Florida and South Carolina. 

There are several ways you can help the victims of Hurricane Ian:

  1. Provide a FLOOD BUCKET (sample and supply list are in the Narthex)
  2. Provide a HEALTH CARE KIT (sample and supply list list are in the Narthex)
  3. Make a MONETARY DONATION to support relief efforts through NALC Disaster Relief. Please use this link to make that donation.  

Please continue to keep the residents impacted by this storm in your prayers

as they recover and rebuild.

Our Church Family

Connor Morris, 10/29

Erik Zipp, 10/29

Lisa Grossman, 10/30

Nicole Kalupa, 10/30

Larry Bonier, 11/1

Jim Kalupa, 11/1

Sheila Kershek, 11/2

Diana Streicher, 11/2

Mary Lau, 11/3

Sue Wizner, 11/3

Susie Bonier, 11/4

Ed Ramthun, 11/5

Jean Reinemann, 11/6

Kent Klade, 11/7

Lesly Evert, 11/8

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

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

Harold and Shelby Rose, 11/11 (55 years)

Matt and Heather Wirtz, 11/19 (6 years)

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

Prayers of sympathy and God's peace to: the family of Gerhard and Sallie Schulz on the passing of Gerhard's mother, Hildegard Schulz on October 20.  

New prayer requests: Grace Gunnlaugsson; Bob Siderits; Pastor Tim (friend of Ken and Marcella 

Ongoing short-term prayer requests:  Jonni Roush; Sue Rowe; Torrie and her unborn daughter (cousin's daughter of Lisa Grossman); Tom Bruns (brother of Carol Rooney); John Gregory (friend of Scott and Lisa Grossman);  Elizabeth Stem (niece of Evelyn Ceci); 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); 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; Don Heyen; Tom Kurtz; Beverly Lawson; Shirley Mahn; Myrna Mavroff; Donna Polizzi; Donna Schroeder; Nadine Schuelke; Gloria Strei; Pat Treutelaar; Ruth Young; Janet Zastrow

Non-membersLauren (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 and Worship Attendance - October 22-23

Women's Book Group

Tuesday, November 14

Brookfield Public Library

Harnischfeger Activity Room

12:30 - 2pm

GARLIC AND SAPPHIRES is Ruth Reichl's riotous account of the many disguises she employs to dine anonymously. There is her stint as Molly Hollis, a frumpy blond with manicured nails and an off-beige Armani suit that Ruth takes on when reviewing Le Cirque. The result: her famous double review of the restaurant - first she ate there as Molly; and then as she was coddled and pampered on her visit there as Ruth, New York Times food critic.

What is even more remarkable about Reichl's spy games is that as she takes on these various disguises, she finds herself changed not just superficially, but in character as well. She gives a remarkable account of how one's outer appearance can very much influence one's inner character, expectations, and appetites.

October Mission of the Month

Broom Tree Ministries and Shepherd's Canyon Retreat

October's Mission of the Month supports two ministries focused on providing pastoral retreat ministries. 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.

Broom Tree Ministries provides spiritual retreats for pastors and their spouses. The retreats are designed to provide uninterrupted time with God in rest, reflection, and beauty.  Broom Tree prioritizes good food and lots of time with spouses. Our guests consistently experience "aha" moments that bring clarity and challenge for the next season of ministry. Since 1997 we have been strengthening the church one pastor at a time.

Broom Tree retreats are held in Michigan and more information can be found at

Each Shepherd's Canyon seven-day retreat includes up to four client couples (singles are welcome), two counselors - male and female - and a retreat chaplain.

Our twelve retreat therapists have a combined 250 years of counseling experience! All counseling is Bible-based. Shepherd's Canyon Retreats are held at Standing Stones Retreat Center near Wickenburg, AZ.

 Learn more about Shepherd's Canyon at 

Wouldn't you like to help in making possible a counseling ministry for the restoration of hurting clergy couples and other professional church workers? Is there a need for such a ministry? Absolutely! Check out the facts below.

  • 20% of pastors are "in crisis" - they are just "hanging on," coping with the issues they face day-to-day
  • Among Protestant clergy, an incredible number quit the ministry every month!
  • Only 50% of pastors entering the ministry today will make it five years
  • 8O% of pastors say that the ministry has had a negative impact on their family
  • Upwards of 70% of pastors fight depression
A few reminders ....

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. 

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.

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!

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 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