Your Weekly E-Newsletter February 25, 2021
Do You Know How to Share Your Faith?
Your Connections newsletter ran a series of articles last Fall entitled “Sharing Your Faith … A ‘How To’ Series.” The articles provided a simple and practical way to share your faith, which is something God wants each one of us to do.

For your convenience, the six-part series is now in print form. And it’s free. Just look for the small goldenrod-color pamphlet on the table in the Narthex.  
Spiritual Conversations in the Digital Age Workshop
Gain confidence and learn strategies for how to have more meaningful spiritual conversations with others. Engaging presenters will guide you through research-based insights and give you tools that will help you more comfortably engage in Spiritual Conversations.

Presented by Brookfield Lutheran Church, the event will be live-streamed for our members and their guests in our Sanctuary.

Safe social distancing will be practiced during the live stream. Masks will be required. If you'd like to attend, please sign up on the sheet on the Fellowship Hall glass doors.
Saturday, March 20, 2021
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Endowment Fund College Scholarships

Scholarship money will be available from the Endowment Fund for Calvary members who will be attending Lutheran colleges in Fall of 2021.

Applications for the scholarship money may be made in writing to the Endowment Committee. If you have any questions or would like further information, please reach out to Ernie Kretschmann at
Easter Flower Order Forms
If you would like to provide an Easter Lily or Spring Flowers to adorn our altar for Easter worship, please fill out a form (available in the Narthex or via the link below).

Completed forms and payment can be dropped in the offering basket or church office no later than March 21st.
Worship Information and Updates

February 27 & 28, 2021
Second Sunday of Lent

  • Pastor Ken Nelson

  • Jessica Dudzik

  • Saturday (5:00 pm): Terry Bzdusek
  • Sunday (8:15 am): Jonni Roush
  • Sunday (10:15 am): Diane Grundman

  • Sunday (8:15 am): George Sedivec
  • Sunday (10:15 am): Ed Ramthun

  • Sunday (8:15 am): Peggy Langelin
  • Sunday (10:15 am): Karen Pierce

  • Angie Schatz

  • Wayne Johnson

  • Rick Kegel in memory of Gail

  • Jan Lukasik

  • Saturday (5:00 pm): Lydia Trudell
  • Sunday (8:15 am): Sallie Schulz
  • Sunday (10:15 am): Johanna Nelson

Can't make it to worship? We are now live streaming the 8:15 a.m. service on Sunday mornings, and it's almost like you're with us in person.

You can access it at any time from the home page of our website (, or by using the link below.
Taize Midweek Lenten Services - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Meet Your 2021 Church Council
Pastor Ken installed new Church Council members Sue Vollmar, Scott Grossman and Karen Pierce at the Annual Meeting held on Sunday, February 21.

The Council held its first meeting on Tuesday, February 23. Each Council member is assigned as a liaison to one of the church committees and those designations are noted below.

Bob Branston, President (Personnel)
Philip Voss, Vice President (Property)
Karen Pierce, Secretary (Mission & Outreach)
Leah Morris, Treasurer (Stewardship)
Alex Baumgarten (Endowment)
Scott Grossman (Faith Formation)
Julie Matthes (Church Life)
Terry Trotier (Worship & Music)
Sue Vollmar (Evangelism)

Thank you to all of our Council members for serving - you are all a blessing to Calvary!
Our Annual Meeting was held on Sunday, January 21
and is available for online viewing.
Thank you to everyone who attended the Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 21. The meeting opened with a devotion by Pastor Ken. Council President Brad Meyer gave his annual address, followed by Pastor Ken's update. Incoming Council members and Deacons were installed. The 2020/21 financial reports and budget were reviewed and approved and the meeting closed with prayer.

The meeting was recorded and is available to view via this LINK.
Worship Attendance - February 20 & 21, 2021
Faith Formation
Pastor Ken's Study Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m.

“Christ in the Old Testament” is the subject of a seven-week series held on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. Created by, it will feature the teaching of Chad Bird, a noted Old Testament teacher and published author.

This course will examine how readers of the Old Testament are really reading a book that is all about Christ.  Whenever Jesus talked about himself (or when his earliest believers did), he and they did so by way of the Old Testament.
Our Church Family
Jim Brostowitz, 2/25
Luther Himsel, 2/25
Eli Douglas, 2/28
Jeremy Nowicki, 3/3
Matt Schatz, 3/5
Nick Nuettl, 3/6
Myrna Mavroff, 3/6
jAnn Derse, 3/7
Malorie Harder, 3/10
Sue Rowe, 3/10
Gil Thompson, 3/11
Lucy Dallman, 3/12
Chris Morris, 3/12
Pat Corcoran, 3/15

Carl and Gael Hirth, 3/7 (57 years)
Kyle Jones and Lauren Beeson, 3/11 (9 years)
Chris and Rick Spangenberger, 3/16 (22 years)
Craig and Michele Schmidt, 3/28 (51 years)
Pat and Wayne Dieck, 3/30 (58 years)
Prayers of sympathy and God's peace to: The family of Beverly Howe (sister of Joe Grundman) who passed away on Sunday, February 21.

New prayer requests: Beverly Lawson (Calvary member and mother of Julie Matthes); Ginny Cox; John Nielson (brother of Judy Kestly)

Ongoing short-term prayer requests: Maxine Weisbrodt; Bill Krause; Mike Santell (brother-in-law of Judy Sayas); Pastor Jerry Wittmus; Don Heyen; Nadine Schuelke; George Rooney; Grace Gunnlaugsson; Dave Burgess (Kris Larson's cousin's husband); Dave DeBruine (son of Judy DeBruine); Sheila Bryan (sister of Sue Sadowsky); Jenna Slattery (friend of Sue Sadowsky); Rebecca Cornell (niece of Pastor Ken and Marcella); Debbie and Jens Douglas (sister-in-law of Lynnae Douglas); Debby (friend of Judy Sayas); Pamela Scott (mother of Megan Sayas); Theodore Peelen (grandfather of Tony Dentice); Jim Walters (uncle of Krista Dentice); Denver Green (friend of Janet Zastrow); Karen (friend of Lydia Trudell); Olivia (granddaughter of Megan Sayas' co-worker).

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); 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); 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 Diane Foley; Bill Jordan; Jeanette Ketelsen; Marge Skarie; Lowell Sonderman; Donna Polizzi; Pat Treutelaar; and Janet Zastrow.

Non-members Rose Luther (friend of Nicole Moritz); Mike Foster (son of Ron Foster); Judy Grospitz; Elmer Eggert (grandfatherof Angie Schatz); Jan Janchan (friend of Jonni Roush); Mary Dresser (Donna Schroeder's daughter-in-law's sister); David Voight (friend of Jonni Roush); Bill Barwa (friend of Megan Sayas); Doug Haus (brother-in-law of Chet Elliott); Christine Elliott (friend of Chet Elliott); 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
Monday Morning Movie
Monday, March 22nd
1:00 p.m. - Note New Time!

Our Monday Morning Movie for March is "St. John in Exile" and it is a film you won’t soon forget. It will be shown at 1:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Here is an editorial review from

Relive the events from Jesus Christ's life that changed the course of history as seen through the eyes of His most loyal apostle. This one-man stage show chronicles the imprisonment of John, the last living disciple of Jesus' twelve. Locked away in a cave-prison on the isle of Patmos, John remains full of humor and resolute in his faith in Jesus and God, the Father. Discover the story of Jesus in a completely new way from Emmy award-winning director Dan Curtis (War and Remembrance) and watch Dean Jones give a startling personal account of John's story.

This DVD of the one-man stage show runs 1 ½ hours, but it has an intermission break so we can stretch our legs, etc.
Join us and bring a friend!
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
Thursday, February 25
6:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

Come for fellowship, food and devotion time. Dinner will be provided. Invite a friend. Social distancing will be respected and practiced; face coverings are required.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ernie Kretschmann at
Women's Ministry
Women's Book Group - March 8
1:00 p.m. - Fellowship Hall
"The Orphan Train"
Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude?
NEW! 30 Days at a Glance (Click here: CALENDAR)
You can now see the church calendar for a 30-day period. At any given time, you'll be able to access the most current calendar items.

This photo shows you exactly where you can find this information on our website (follow the yellow arrow).
February Mission of the Month - Youth Missions
The picture above is from the 2019 high school mission trip to the Virginia/West Virginia border. There, Calvary high school students joined other students from across the country to serve the local community by doing light construction work on homes in the area. They repainted houses, they tore down and rebuilt porches and wheelchair ramps, and they even recoated roofs of mobile homes.

They grew in relationships with each other, with the other students they met, and with the residents they served, most of whom are no longer able to do or afford repairs to their homes. They also spent intentional time in God's word and in worship and grew in their faith.

Every year at Calvary we set aside one of the Missions of the Month for student and youth missions. The high school mission trip is a transformative experience for the students who participate. But the cost of an average mission trip can be steep. Calvary has always tried to minimize the cost to families, but to do that takes a congregation of people willing to support students. And Calvary is one of those congregations.

The registration fee for the mission trip this year is $468 per participant (students and adults). We ask parents to pay $250 of that and Calvary aims to cover the rest to make it possible for as many students as possible to participate. While the fee covers food, lodging, and a myriad of other things while we're on location, the overall cost of a mission trip also includes vehicle rental, gas, hotel rooms, and meals while we travel to and from our place of service. It can cost upwards of $8,000 to take 10 people (8 students and 2 adults) on a mission trip. This year's trip will be to Gilbert, South Carolina from June 18 - 27, 2021.

The students of Calvary are blessed to be members of a congregation that firmly believes that money should not be an obstacle for students called to serve God and their neighbors on a mission trip. As the Director of Faith Formation, I cannot thank you enough for praying for and supporting our students and providing them opportunities to grow in faith through service.

So please remember that when you give to the February Mission of the Month in support of youth missions you are providing more than an opportunity to better the lives of the individuals and communities our students serve, but providing a chance for them to grow ever closer to the God who draws them near in baptism and forgives their sins again and again through the blood of his Son.

In Christ,

Kyle G. Jones

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.
Community Outreach
St. Vincent de Paul Meal Program
Donations Accepted
St. Vincent de Paul's meal program has significantly changed during COVID and serving of their nightly hot meals has been changed to ensure safe transfer of food. Food is now pre-packaged by St. Vincent de Paul staff and handed out to clients at the doors. Since the food is not donated as it was in the past, and their budget has had to incur this extra expense, they could use additional funding to purchase the food that is given out.

If you'd like to support this worthwhile cause, an easy way to do so is through your giving envelope, or online giving. Simply designate your contribution as "St. Vincent de Paul" and the church office will make sure it gets sent to SVDP. Last year we forwarded $1,345 of your generous donations to Saint Vincent de Paul - great job Calvary!
Did you know we have a food pantry collection box in the back hallway near Nicole's office? Food items (especially the "Big 8" items) are always needed and can be placed into the pantry box at any time.

These items are used for individuals who stop by the church looking for food assistance. Surplus items are donated to the Waukesha Food Pantry for their distribution to the community.

Please check expiration dates on items being donated to make sure they are not past date.

The "Big 8" items most needed are:

  • Canned fruits (esp. pineapple and mandarin oranges)
  • Shelf stable protein (stews, tuna, chicken, spam, tofu)
  • Rice - brown, white and boxed mixes
  • Chunky soup (ready-to-eat)
  • Canned pasta with meat
  • Shelf stable almond or soy milk
  • Soaps, laundry detergent, toilet paper
A few reminders ....
Severe Weather Announcements
With this week's snowfall, 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.
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.
Flower Chart

Sanctuary Flowers Sign Up

We invite you to sign up for flowers to beautify our altar each weekend. The sign-up sheet for 2021 is posted on the bulletin board in the Narthex.

Flowers are $35 and you may take them home following the 10:15 am worship on Sunday morning. If you'd prefer, you can leave the flowers at church to be enjoyed by the office staff.
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.
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.