Your Weekly E-Newsletter -- Thursday, January 27, 2022
Safe Spacing in Sanctuary
In light of recent surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin, the Church Council has recommended that safe spacing within the Sanctuary be implemented.

Please observe the signs that have been placed on the pews, indicating those which are to remain unoccupied to allow social distancing between the rows.
Congregation Annual Meeting - January 30 at 10:30 a.m.
The Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 30 at 10:30 a.m.

Please stop at one of the tables outside the entrance to the Sanctuary to sign in before the meeting begins.

(Contingency date in the event January 30 has to be moved is Sunday, February 6th.)
2021 Annual Reports are available now!

You can pick up a copy of the 2021 Annual Report and the Committee Reports on the tables in the Narthex.

You can also view pdf copies of each report by clicking on the buttons here.

Fourth Sunday
after the Epiphany
January 29-30, 2022
  • Saturday: Ernie Kretschmann
  • Sunday: Ernie Kretschmann, Lisa Grossman, Diane Grundman
  • Kyle Gall and Ellie Sayas
  • Ed Ramthun and George Sedivec
  • Chuck Lukasik
  • Megan Schatz
  • Nelson family
  • Norene Giuliani
  • Chuck and Norene Giuliani in honor of Eliza's birthday
  • Saturday: Lydia Trudell
  • Sunday: Sue Meyer
  • Kyle Jones
Our Church Family
Diane Iverson, 1/27
Tony Dentice, 1/28

Nancy Marsho, 2/2
Tina Baumgartner, 2/5
Jim Marsho, 2/5
Erwin Ramthun, 2/5
Johanna Nelson, 2/7
Diane Speth, 2/7
Garry Gillespie, 2/8
Bryant Moritz, 2/11

Jiafu and Sophia Liu, 1/27 (22 years)

Sue and Mike Rowe, 2/14 (41 years)
Nicole and Bryant Moritz, 2/20 (13 years)

New prayer requests: Jim Rupnow (friend of Sue Rowe)

Ongoing short-term prayer requests: Shirley Brodell; Mary Smith; Ginny Cox; Jan Sperry (friend of Judy Sayas); Dennis Reich (friend of John and Mary Lau); Ray Anderson (friend of the Grossman's); Marc Kapke (friend of Linda Thorpe and Jane Taufner); Larry Waldhart Jr. (Ed Ramthun's sister's stepson); Debbie Becker (friend of Linda Thorpe); Curt (friend of Larry Bonier); Pastor Mark Gehrke (son of Lois Gehrke); Barb Anderson (friend of Lisa Grossman)

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, 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 membersDon Heyen; Eloise Kurth; Shirley Mahn; Donna Polizzi; Nadine Schuelke; Ruth Young; Janet Zastrow

Non-members Lisa Haggadone (daughter of Sallie Schulz); Janice Stem (sister of Evelyn Ceci); Taylor Czerwinski (granddaughter of Bill and Lenny Graffin); 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); Paige Yeager (friend of Sallie Schulz's family); Rose Luther (friend of Nicole Moritz); Judy Grospitz; Jan Janchan (friend of Jonni Roush); 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); Matt (friend of Larry Bonier); Tom Dallman (husband of Lucy Dallman); Marie Traxler (mother of Sue Meyer); Eric (friend of Larry Bonier); 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
Women's Book Group - February 14 at 1:00 p.m.
A novel by Ruth Reichl

Billie Breslin has traveled far from her home in California to take a job at Delicious!, New York’s most iconic food magazine. Away from her family, particularly her older sister, Genie, Billie feels like a fish out of water -until she is welcomed by the magazine’s colorful staff. She is also seduced by the vibrant downtown food scene, especially by Fontanari’s, the famous Italian food shop where she works on weekends. Then Delicious! is abruptly shut down, but Billie agrees to stay on in the empty office, maintaining the hotline for reader complaints in order to pay her bills.
To Billie’s surprise, the lonely job becomes the portal to a miraculous discovery. In a hidden room in the magazine’s library, Billie finds a cache of letters written during World War II by Lulu Swan, a plucky twelve-year-old, to the legendary chef James Beard. Lulu’s letters provide Billie with a richer understanding of history, and a feeling of deep connection to the young writer whose courage in the face of hardship inspires Billie to comes to terms with her fears, her big sister and her ability to open her heart to love.

Join us for time to discuss this warm character-packed tale. If you'd like a copy of the discussion questions for this book, view a copy via this LINK. Treats will be served.
Monday Afternoon Movie - February 21 at 1 p.m.
Media Room
Join us on February 21 at 1pm for an entertaining movie, "New In Town" starring Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr.

Synopsis: High-powered consultant Lucy Hill, who loves her upscale Miami lifestyle, is sent to New Ulm, Minnesota, to oversee the restructuring of a blue-collar food manufacturing plant. The factory is meant to add Japanese automation, and reduce staff by at least 50 percent.

After enduring a frosty reception from the locals, icy roads and freezing weather, Lucy warms up to the small town's charm, and eventually finds herself being accepted by the community. Specifically the head of the workers' union, Ted Mitchell and she gets off on the wrong foot. But Ted rescuing Lucy from a snowbank and later her helping his 13 year old daughter get ready for her first dance, causes them both to see the good in each other.

Come to the movie and see what might develop! Bring a friend.

Faith Formation
New Sunday Morning Adult Education Coming in February
“Jesus in Me - Experiencing the Holy Spirit as a Constant Companion"

Video-based study facilitated by Pastor Ken 
Seven weeks on Sunday mornings - February 20 - April 3
10:30 - 11:15 am in the Sanctuary
No sign-up needed - there's plenty of room for all
Materials will be provided at no cost
Additional resources will be available
More information to come in future CONNECTIONS!

Children's Bulletins that correspond to the lessons for the day are at both of the entrances to the Sanctuary.

Please feel free to take one for your child.
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.
January Mission of the Month
When Bethesda first opened its doors in 1904, they were a small Wisconsin organization serving just five people. Over the years, the organization known as Bethesda became a national leader that changed the lives of tens of thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Bethesda has officially changed its name to AbleLight and will continue to pioneer life-changing services that empower the people they serve to thrive.

AbleLight (Bethesda) Mission Statement: Enhancing the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through services that share the good news of Jesus Christ
  • AbleLight is a national Christian non-profit organization that provides support services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities at program locations across the U.S.
  • They work to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by giving them the opportunity to live their lives to the fullest. They seek to be a champion of change by supporting independence and community inclusion.
  • They make a difference every day in the lives of those they support though advocacy, raising awareness and promoting independence.
  • They ensure communities understand the unique abilities people with disabilities have and encourage everyone to become advocates for people’s rights and independence.
  • Some of their current and future initiatives include:
  1. Smart home technology to enhance daily living
  2. Financial Support Services (they currently provide financial management for more than 700 clients)
  3. Bethesda College of Applied Learning
  4. Independent housing choices that offer true community inclusion
  5. Behavioral Support Services (for people of all ages)
  6. Faith resources made available online and free-of-charge through Concordia Publishing

You can also find out more on their website: 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.
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
Fellowship Hall
Thursday, January 27
Thursday, February 24
Thursday, March 24
6:00 p.m.

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

A few reminders ....
Hospitality Treats NEEDED!

We invite you to stay after worship on Sunday mornings and enjoy fellowship time and a treat/cup of coffee in Fellowship Hall. We are taking great care to provide safe food items for you (poured cups of coffee and plated breakfast snacks).

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 (3-4 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. 

For the time being, we are asking that any donated food be something that can be easily cut and placed on individual plates for serving.
Sunday mornings at 9 a.m.

The link 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.
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.
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.
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.