Your Weekly E-Newsletter March 18, 2021
Special Worship Service - THIS WEEKEND!
The Good News About Jesus Christ
 The Son of God

We encourage you to invite others. We believe we can accommodate friends and still remain at safe distances, and we trust that the Passion Story, especially during the season of Lent, will be a memorable experience.   As Jesus said, “If you have ears to hear, then hear!”

Pastor Tim Peterson is Director of Mount Carmel Ministries in Alexandria, Minnesota.   He has a unique gift that has enabled him to memorize the entire Gospel of Mark. Tim has presented all or significant parts of that gospel in churches, schools and other settings over the years.

We are delighted that he will be at Calvary the weekend of March 20th - 21st for all three of our services.   On Saturday evening, he will present about half of the gospel during worship, and the service that will last approximately 90 minutes (He will present chapters 1-4, 8-9, and 14-16, which form the conclusion of the gospel, sometimes called the “Passion Narrative”).   On Sunday, because of our tighter schedule, he will only present the Passion Narrative and the service will last approximately an hour.

Tim does not “act” the gospel – nor does he merely “recite” it.  His gift enables him to express the drama, nuances of speech, and subtleties of Mark that is both faithful, as a rendering of Scripture, and engaging enough for us to appreciate it. In addition to being God’s Holy Word, Mark is a sacred story.
Easter Services - Reservations are required
Easter Flower Order Forms - Deadline is this Sunday!
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.
Invite a friend or neighbor to our Lenten or Easter services!

We've created postcards that can be shared with anyone you'd like to invite to join us for worship this Lent and Easter season.

Pick up as many as you'd like from
the table in the Narthex.
Worship Information and Updates
March 20 & 21, 2021
Fifth Sunday of Lent
"The Gospel of Mark" -
Tim Peterson
Saturday service: approx. 90 mins.
Sunday service: approx. 60 mins.
  • Pastor Ken Nelson

  • Larry Bonier

  • Saturday (5:00 pm): Ed Ramthun/Linda Thorpe
  • Sunday (8:15 am) Jonni Roush
  • Sunday (10:15 am): Terry Bzdusek

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

  • Kyle Jones

  • Tom and Sue Sadowsky

  • Saturday (5:00 pm): Lydia Trudell
  • Sunday (8:15 am): Sue Rowe
  • 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. You'll also receive a link on Sunday mornings via email.
Flat Roof Replacement Begins March 18
The flat roof over the classrooms and offices will be replaced starting on March 18th. As part of this process, you may notice more noise and dirt if you are at church during the weekday. Wind conditions may increase the amount of dust in the air so you may want to park appropriately (not down wind) to avoid excessive dust on your vehicle.

If you have any questions, please contact the church office.
Worship Attendance - March 13 & 14, 2021
Our Church Family
Sue Dindorf, 3/20
Chet Elliott, 3/20
Shirley Jordan, 3/22
Ellie Sayas, 3/23
Kay Sedivec, 3/23
Kevin Wahlgren, 3/23
Ava Schlieve, 3/27
Nancy Wittmus, 3/27
Lynnae Douglas, 3/28
Richard Kressin, 3/28
Rick Brostowitz, 3/29
Sandy Moths, 3/30

Craig and Michele Schmidt, 3/28 (51 years)
Pat and Wayne Dieck, 3/30 (58 years)

Jim and Jeanette Kalupa, 4/4 (29 years)
Rich and Tina Baumgartner, 4/20 (30 years)
Tom and Sue Sadowsky, 4/20 (36 years)
Tom and Mary Ellen Thiede, 4/24 (45 years)
Chuck and Jan Lukasik, 4/25 (40 years)
Chuck and Norene Giuliani, 4/26 (41 years)
Ed Ramthun and Cathy Way, 4/27 (19 years)

Prayers of sympathy and God's peace to: the family of Jessica and Luther Himsel on the recent passing of Jessica's grandfather, Jerry Guenette and to the family of Elmer Eggert, grandfather of Angie Schatz, who passed away on March 17.

New prayer requests: Linda Thorpe; Aggie Fingland (mother of Chuck Giuliani)

Ongoing short-term prayer requests: Chet Elliott; Bob Smith; Beverly Lawson; George Rooney; Grace Gunnlaugsson; Shelly Rupple (niece of Scott and Lisa Grossman); Delores Seel (mother of Keith Pierce); Marie Traxler (mother of Sue Meyer); John Nielson (brother of Judy Kestly); Mike Santell (brother-in-law of Judy Sayas); Dave DeBruine (son of Judy DeBruine); Rebecca Cornell (niece of Pastor Ken and Marcella); Debby (friend of Judy Sayas)

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 Maxine Weisbrodt; Diane Foley; Don Heyen; Bill Jordan; Jeanette Ketelsen; Nadine Schuelke; Marge Skarie; Lowell Sonderman; Donna Polizzi; Pat Treutelaar; and Janet Zastrow.

Non-members Debbie and Jens Douglas (sister-in-law of Lynnae Douglas); Rose Luther (friend of Nicole Moritz); Mike Foster (son of Ron Foster); Judy Grospitz; Jan Janchan (friend of Jonni Roush); 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); 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
Council Bullet Points - March 16 Meeting
  • Re-roofing building project is scheduled to start Monday, 3/22/2021
  • Council is recommending an honorarium be provided to Pastor Tim Peterson from Mount Carmel Ministries for his upcoming visit and sharing of the Gospel of Mark with our congregation (March 20-21, 2021)
  • Council passed a motion to allow (1) live trumpet accompaniment at Calvary's Easter worship services (safety precautions to be employed - bell covering, masked mouthpiece); (2) limited congregational singing (while masked) of final stanza of closing Easter worship services hymn; (3) traditional return of Hymn of Praise during Easter worship services  
Music Ministry
Special Easter Music Opportunity for All!
Download the Prodigies Bells app
on your Iphone or Android.
Nicole will lead a demonstration in the Sanctuary before all services this weekend! If you are interested in participating, please download the PRODIGIES BELLS app on your smart phone before you come to worship. Make sure your sound is not muted.

The Prodigies Bells app is available for both iPhone and Android smartphones. The app effectively turns your phone into a "handbell", which you can play by tapping the screen.

Once you've downloaded the app, you’ll want to tap on the “Lesson Bells” and select a color-coded note (see chart to the left to select the assigned note that correlates to your last name).

Second, the music will be on the overhead screen in the Sanctuary. The video display will have a color-coded, clear indicator of where and when to play your note. If you are playing a G, you’ll wait until G comes along on the display and “hits” the bar which indicates the current note.

Please contact Nicole if you would like help downloading or working the app. Her email is and you may text or call her at 414.625.0318.
Women's Ministry Book Group
Monday, April 12
1:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

Our book for April is "The Address" by Fiona Davis. A bit of history, a bit of mystery, a bit of romance, a bit of intrigue.

Here we have the “compelling national bestselling novel about the thin lines between love and loss, success and ruin, passion and madness, all hidden behind the walls of The Dakota—New York City’s most famous residence.” (

Join us for discussion of this book whose story spans a century. Copies of the book can be picked up in the Church office.
Faith Formation
Pastor Ken's Bible 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 features the teaching of Chad Bird, a noted Old Testament teacher and published author.

This course examines 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.
Monday AFTERNOON 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, March 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
March Mission of the Month - NALC Disaster Relief
As you know, Calvary Lutheran Church is a congregation of the North American Lutheran Church. The NALC Disaster Response Fund provides resources for natural disaster victims in the United States.

When a disaster occurs (such as the cold weather and snow in Texas) funds are used to:

  • alleviate human suffering;
  • provide transitional assistance; and
  • enable those affected to begin the rebuilding process

In addition to funds, the NALC Disaster Response team collects and distributes items that can be given out to disaster victims.

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 ....
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.
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.
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.
Severe Weather Announcements
Even though we are getting closer to Spring, we are still in Wisconsin! The weather can shift from snowfall to severe weather as temperatures warm up. This could necessitate the cancelling of worship.

In the event this should happen, you will receive an e-mail stating that the church is closed and worship has been cancelled. 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.
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.