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God bless you richly in your worship today and this week. Welcome guests! Sign the guest book and pew pad and use a name tag. Hearing impaired devices and large print bulletins are available from ushers. Our staffed nursery accepts children Sunday mornings 9:30am to noon.

The first and third Sunday of each month as well as Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Easter and Christmas we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion with an Open Altar and invite all baptized believers in Christ to celebrate this Sacrament with us. Please check the box beside your name on the Pew Pad. Thank you!

Sunday 8:30 a.m. traditional worship is available via video webcast and also broadcast Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. on ACS Channel 14, sponsored by Jim & Barb Meinert. You can also listen to our traditional worship service on the go with our audio podcast; to subscribe enter this address to the podcasting software on your mobile device: Podcast or search for us on Itunes.

Sunday's 10:45 a.m. contemporary worship is broadcast live on Lakes Radio 99.5. We want to thank all of you for your strong support for our radio broadcasts. You help us tell our story in the community of Jesus Christ and of Calvary's service to Christ. Our shut-ins also appreciate it. Today's broadcast is sponsored by Pete & Jean Hallberg in honor of their 35th wedding anniversary.

If you'd like to follow along with a broadcast, you can download bulletins from the Worship and Music page.

You can sponsor worship broadcasts in honor or in memory of a loved one or event, for no special reason, or do so anonymously. Sponsorships are $100, with your choice of a Sunday radio broadcast or a month of television broadcasts. Call the church office or visit


Holly Baker, Ron Buckhouse, Shirley Bunker, Ed Emerson, Kermit Larson, Marlene Martinson, Bob Moe, Ross Olson, Ione Rautus, Caryl Schepper, Wade Sjolie, Marky Van De Streek, Bob Weng, Larry Wilson, Jan Anderson, Sharon Courtney, Dayne Imdieke, Barbie Ruther, Jon Tota, Roger Wegscheid


Thank you to my Calvary family for your support thru cards and memorials and in person condolences on the sudden and unexpected death of my husband John. I have been blessed by the caring!

Mavis Askew

Condolences to family and friends of Janet Erickson who passed away Sunday, August 16. Janet is the sister of David Groff.


Summer Worship at Vergas

Pastor Dave Beety is once again be preaching and Paul Heisler playing the piano. We had a great summer last year and look forward to this one with lots of joy. It’s a more complicated summer because of a flurry of weddings at the Vergas Event Center. That means 7 Sundays we must move to Vergas Assisted Living, 405 East Frazee Avenue. The staff and residents there are excited for us to join them again.

Those Sundays we move from the Event Center to Assisted Living are August 30 and September 6. Pastor Phil preaches in Vergas August 7.

Please sign up on the Vergas clipboard if you can assist in those first worships of the season. Please note that a new task is to pick up the bulletins at the church office and bring them to the service and then bring back the offering to the office.


To begin receiving important-weather related announcements from Calvary on your cell phone, using your cell phone send the text message follow calvaryweather to 40404 and a confirmation message will appear. You will receive only weather-related announcements regarding cancellation of church services or events.


Sunday Worship Attendance: 250
Vergas Worship Attendance: 65
General Fund Offering: $8,024
Vergas Offering: $288
Maintenance/Improvement: $535
Receipts for Additional Ministries: $2,261

General Budget thru July 30, 2015
Expenses: $309,589
Offerings: $273,673
Shortage: -$35,916

New! Manage Your Giving Online. Calvary is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving online! Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Simply follow these easy steps:

Visit the church website at,

Click on the orange eGiving button,

Click on the Create Profile button, then

Follow the online instructions to create an online profile and schedule your recurring contributions.

Additional Ministries. The new reporting of receipts for additional ministries reflects that beyond the weekly offering; we have many other gifts or payments to various Calvary social ministries, radio ministry, Celebrate Recovery, books for study groups, and so on.

Simply Giving Tokens. For those of you who use automatic billing of your Calvary offering through the Simply Giving program, we have added laminated cards in your pew racks that you can put in the plate when the offering comes around. We appreciate your commitment to supporting Calvary's ministries and hope this feels right for you. For more information on participating in Simply Giving, stop by or call the church office or visit the Simply Giving page on our web site..


New Learning opportunity “Animate: Practices” with Pastor Cassie Sundays at 9:45am. Join Pastor Cassie and other learners in the Matthias Room (near the kitchen) for an introduction to the central practices of the Christian faith, why they are important, and how we can take part in them today. “Animate: Practices” lessons include a learner journal, please contact Pastor Cassie by June 30 to order yours. Journals cost $15, a donation to help cover costs is appreciated. If you would like to order a journal, have questions or want more information, please contact Pastor Cassie.


The Monday Noon Bible Study is led by Pastor Phil Mondays in the Matthias Room. Bring your lunch and join us for food for body and soul! Check the calendar for dates.


The need continues to grow for the Personal Care Kits. Just since January, 60 bags have been filled and distributed. Empty bags that are ready to be filled will be available at both church doors. Please keep these kits in mind for either the donation of items for a bag or filling a bag on your own. If shopping isn’t possible, we welcome your monetary donations for the purchase of kit items. Thank you for your faithfulness and generosity to this ministry.

Supply list: Bath towel, washcloth, soap bar, toothbrush and toothpaste, comb or brush, men’s or women’s deodorant, men's or women's shampoo, shaving cream/razors for men's kits.

Questions? Call Sonja Horner at 758-3057 or Laurel Yost 758-3332.


Any Hurts, Hang-Ups or Habits? Let God help you heal! Celebrate Recovery at Calvary.


Can you help us out? We need canning jars (return the empty jam jars from last year!), green garland and trimmings (red berries, poinsettia flowers, etc.) empty Pringle cans and the fronts of “previously received” Christmas cards. Place the items in the labeled box at the north end of the fellowship hall. We will repurpose your donations! Thanks!


This year Samaritan’s Purse will provide the empty shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Pick up a box and instructions in October and return your box by the week of November 16-23. Questions? Contact Jennifer Rise at 701-318-3361 or


Community Outreach Ministry is in great need of beds and dressers, bath towels and washcloths. Call Cindy at 385-2859 if you have these items.


Please take your containers home from the kitchen. They’re on the counter by the microwave.


Thanks to an anonymous gift, we have new south entrance doors that open to the touch of a button. Just push the large buttons on the wall and wait for the door to open. A warning, the right hand doors open a little harder by hand now so you may want to hand-open and use the left hand doors.


Calvary Lutheran Church in Perham seeks to hire a new assistant custodian, who could work 8-12 hours a week, usually on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings, other times as needed and available. The custodians create a clean and safe environment at Calvary, do general custodial duties and some snow removal and lawn care. Please call the Calvary church office 346-4780 or email if you are interested.


Very heartfelt and belated thanks to the Calvary Endowment Committee for approving a $450 gift to the Fistula Foundation in 2014. The Fistula Foundation provides free medical care and repair of obstetric fistulas. Most of these injuries occur in teenage women during childbirth. These women receive free repair surgeries and a one month hospital stay, training them for new lives. A gift of $450 covers the entire cost for one woman. The Fistula Foundation now serves women in Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Madagascar,Malawi,l Mauritania, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, Somaliland, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. For more information, go to:


All are invited to a fun campfire event in the Calvary Parking Lot Thursday, September 3 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. We’ll roast hot dogs, sing camp songs, and have fun getting to know one another.


Like all virtues, generosity can be learned. And, like all spiritual practices, generosity takes, well, practice. With practice, in response to God’s generous grace, we can succeed in becoming more generous ourselves. As you seek to follow God this week, look particularly for those times and places where you see generosity. Notice generosity—in all its incarnations. Give thanks for generosity. Tell others when you see it. And, with in a prayerful spirit, respond in kind.

Adam J. Copeland, Director
Center for Stewardship Leaders
Luther Seminary

Thousands of Perham area people had an incredible Air Show experience a few weeks ago, mainly because of Rich McCrady. He shared his life-long love for flight with an amazing day of flying demonstrations and hospitality at the Perham airport. Rich was especially generous to host many local non-profits, including our Backpack program, as part of the Care Carnival that day. The McCradys are also very generous at many local auctions and fundraising events. Rich and Mary, thanks for your generosity.


“God’s Work. Our Hands.” is a chance to celebrate who we are as Lutherans: people who live out our baptism by caring for others and the world God made. We will join with many of the other 10,000 ELCA congregations across the country, going out into our community, to serve our neighbors. We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work. We are hoping that 100% of Calvary will participate in this day of service. We have a wide range of service opportunities, to accommodate all ages and abilities. There are projects happening after the 8:30 and 10:45 worship service. We believe that all of life in Jesus Christ – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so let’s get to work! We need your partnership to make this day happen! Sign-up for a project in the Fellowship Hall or contact Pastor Cassie.


Mitch Groethe gives guitar and bass guitar lessons. Are you interested? Contact the church office at 346-4780 or contact Mitch directly 218-841-8375.


The Justice Journeys Team will be sponsoring its 13th Annual Silent Auction September 27 and October 4. We would like your help! If anyone has a special talent or gift/craft item they would like to share for the items to be auctioned, we would gratefully accept your donation! Items could be anything from a stitching to a carving, a donation of time (housecleaning, lawn care, etc.), a gift certificate for Christmas baking or Thanksgiving pies, the ideas are only limited by your imagination. We would like to put together a wonderful list of things that could be purchased by our Calvary members for use either by themselves or for gifts. Please call Carla Gauwitz at 218-841-1175 for more information..


Driving to an East Coast vacation this summer? Or West? Or South? Then these new audio books in Calvary’s library may be just the ticket to add interest along the way. The first three are fiction, the next three nonfiction:

+Chasing Sunsets by Karen Kingsbury
Her latest

+To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Celebrating its 50th year as an American classic

+Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Alzheimer’s through the victim’s eyes, recently a Oscar-winning film

+When Books Went To War by Molly Manning
A World War II story you probably never knew

+First Ladies from National Public Radio
An in depth look at them from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama

+The Great Reformer, Pope Francis by Austin Ivereigh
From childhood to church leader


Luther Crest Bible Camp "Prepare The Way" Campaign

Luther Crest “Prepares The Way.” Our Bible camp needs to renovate its aging cabins and chapel. We have passed the $700,000 mark, so are doing well, but more is needed. If you missed the opportunity to be part of our program, it’s not too late to contribute with a gift of cash or pledged over three years. Help “Prepare The Way” for people of all ages to grow in Christian living.

The "Prepare the Way” Committee
Ron Anderson, Phil Holtan, and Terry Hepola

Visit and click "Prepare The Way" for more information.


Men's Breakfast group meets at 7 a.m. the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays each month. Join us for a hearty breakfast and a Bible study centered on the next Sunday's lessons.


It’s back. A group of five Fishermen met for lunch and decided to set the first Thursday of every month as Fishermen’s Lunch to be held at 12:00 noon at The Cactus (unless some other mutually agreeable spot is chosen at the next lunch). There will be no business meeting, no Bible study. Just lunch. And some good fun.


Our praise team, Crosswalk, is looking for a bass guitarist and a keyboardist-synthesizer player. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact Terry Hepola at or the church office.


Are you ready to take another step to be part of God’s ministry through Calvary? Contact Pastor Phil or the church office. There will be two Wednesday evening Orientation Sessions at 6:30 p.m. September 16 and 23 and we will receive new members Sunday, September 17 at both services.


Music Director Russ Bunker has some spots available for piano students. Interested? Contact Russ at 218-457-1888 or


Knit or crochet? Please consider creating a prayer shawl to warm body and soul of the recipient! Yarn and instructions are available in the Mary Magdalene Room. The intent behind this ministry is not just to knit shawls of comfort for people in sorrow or shawls of joy for those in celebration, but to do so mindfully, lovingly, and prayerfully. Questions? Contact Prayer Shawl Coordinator Laura Bjerke at 218-535-1458.


Luther Crest Quilt Extravaganza at Carlos Creek Winery on Saturday October 17. The live quilt auction at 2:00 p.m. is part of the Annual Apple Fest Weekend, which also features live music, wine tasting, craft sales and a silent auction. More information is on the bulletin board, or


Spiritual Gifts are what we call the unique variety of skills and interests God has created in each of us. The Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 12 says that there are a variety of gifts, like leadership, teaching, healing, service, and faith, but each is given for the common good. Everyone has a different set of unique gifts, but no one has all the gifts necessary for the community of God.

The Calvary Spiritual Gifts Survey is designed for those age 16 and up to help you discover and exercise your gifts for the community to be strong and to be able to serve the world in God's name.

Take the Spiritual Gifts Survey:

Thank you for taking the time and giving careful thought to your answers to the survey. You will receive feedback about your unique spiritual gifts and also how you can serve our church, community and world.


It’s time to register for Sunday School! Sign-up your PreK-6th grader online or with a paper form (on the table by the mailboxes).


We challenge you to invite 3 other couples or 6 other people from Calvary that you don’t know well for supper, an opportunity to build relationships and have a little fun! The second step is to then challenge those people to do the same the next month. Be sure to take a picture of your event and get it to the church office or Kim Jordahl at We will publish these images and keep track of how many Tables for 8 were filled!


Charity and Faith meet the first Wednesday, Charity at 9:30am and Faith at 1:00pm (with noon lunch at the Wild Oaks). Peace meets the second Wednesday at 9:30am. In December there are no Circle studies but instead a noon potluck and Bible study; check the December calendar for date. Feel free to attend any Circle study any time.


"Stitched Together to Serve the Lord." Calvary Women will host the Cluster 9 Fall Women’s Gathering on Tuesday morning, September 29. Plan to attend and bring a friend. The program includes a presentation by an artisan quilter, Pr. Cassie’s devotions, Russ Bunker music, group singing and lunch. Cost is $10. Register for this event by signing up on the clipboard and making a check to Calvary WELCA by September 21. We also need your help to make this event a success. Please sign up if you are willing to bake, serve, clean up etc.


Thursdays at 7:30 PM Women's Cafe Group. This is a once monthly Bible study and faith-based conversation group geared toward young adult women but is open to women of all ages. We meet the third Thursday of every month at 7:30pm at a group member's home (rotating). The study is produced by the WELCA, and is found on the website under the heading Cafe Groups. Please contact Andrea Westby at for more details and to be included on the listserve.


Register by September 4 for the Synodical Women’s Convention to be held at Trinity Lutheran in Moorhead on Friday and Saturday September 11 and 12. You may choose to attend one or both days to be inspired by speakers and worship with the women from a wide area. Cost is $65 for both days or $40 for one day. Join Terri Olson and Dorothy Johnson who have already registered for this convention. Contact Terri Olson at 218.334.2770 or for more information or


Pop in on a women’s Bible Study Circle and see what you are missing!

Charity Circle will meet Wednesday September 2, 9:30 a.m. at Calvary. Carol Haugrud will host and Sue Summers is the study leader.

Faith Circle will meet Wednesday September 2, 1:00 p.m. at Calvary. Ruth Lange is the study leader. Join the group for lunch before the meeting, 11:30 at Lakes Café.

Peace Circle will meet Wednesday September 9, 9:30 a.m. at Calvary. Sharon Stenberg and Margaret Rose host and Susan Botula will lead the study.


The regular Calvary Writers Group will resume at 5:15 p.m. on November 11.


Volunteer needed to babysit Tuesday nights for Celebrate Recovery, 5:30-7:30p.m. Contact Jill at 218-371-5909.

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