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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 in 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 Thrivent Financial associates Jean Hallberg and Dale Wanderi.

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


Bryce Anderson, Holly Baker, Brenda Baumgart, Alec Bjerke, Ron Buckhouse, Shirley Bunker, Kyle Buskirk, Neil & Janelle Dow, Wayne Eckhoff, Jo & Ed Emerson, Carol Flynn, Opal Hegle, Jean Johnson, Larry Lange, Kermit Larson, Edris Meier, Bob Moe, Ross Olson, Wade Sjolie, Marky Van De Streek, Larry Wilson, Jan Anderson, Sharon Courtney, Dayne Imdieke, Greg Lee, Jon Tota


Here is the class of 2015 that will be honored at each service May 17 with a blessing, and have their quilt wrapped around them and a reception between services. There will be some at each service: Emily Baumgart, Brady Bellefeuille, Andrew Cullen, Kanyon Edvall, Tanner Henderson, Chelsey Honrud, Colin Neitzke, Danielle Nelson, Michaela Sondag, Curtis Swanson, Abby Thompson, and Logan Vorderbruggen, Matt Wunderlich.


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: June 7, 21, 28; July 12; August 2, 30; and September 6.

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.


Come join a new group called the Hospitality Team to brainstorm how we as a congregation can be more welcoming to all who walk through our doors. We need members of all ages to give us fresh perspectives on how we can do a better job of extending that warm hand of friendship as believers in Jesus Christ. Won’t you join us? Please contact Jean Hallberg, Evangelism Chair, at 346-6518.


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: 339
General Fund Offering: $8,139
General Fund Through April 30
>Expenses: $178,231.38
>Offerings: $151,232.38
>Shortage: ($26,999.00)
Maintenance/Improvement: $475
Receipts for Additinoal Ministries: $3,949

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..

Calvary is pleased to announce an electronic option for making regular offerings. Contributions can now be debited automatically from your checking or savings account or processed using your credit or debit card. Our new electronic giving program offers convenience for you and provides much-needed donation consistency for our congregation. If you are currently giving on a weekly basis, you will no longer need to write out 52 checks a year or prepare 52 envelopes. And, when travel, illness or other circumstances prevent you from attending services, your weekly offerings will continue on an uninterrupted basis.


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.


This study is on hiatus and will resume June 15. See you then!


Wednesday, May 27, 5-7pm join us for a benefit for Kyle Buskirk with Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction. Proceeds will help defray medical expenses and time missed from work due to major back surgeries. Unable to attend? A donation can be made to United Community Bank in Perham.


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.


Connection Events are open to all Calvary members and are a great way to get to know your fellow members and “get connected.” We hope you’ll join us Saturday, May 23 at 9:30 a.m. for yoga at Calvary. Open to all ages; instruction will be varied for different ages and activity levels. Free will offering, which will be given to victims in Nepal. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel, water bottle, and yoga mat. If you don’t have a mat, we hope to have some extras. If you have extras, please bring them!


Connection Events are monthly events/activities open to all Calvary members and are a great way to get to know your fellow members and “get connected.” We hope you’ll join us Sunday, June 7 at 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. for a Golf Tournament and/or Dinner on the patio at Wild Oaks. Open to anyone who likes to golf, not just “good” golfers! Meet at the clubhouse at 2:30 to pay and get put into your foursome. (Golf starts at 3:00) 9-hole scramble, with the goal of having fun and getting to know the people in your foursome. Cost is $15. Golf will be followed by dinner on the patio, as you choose from the menu and pay accordingly. You’re invited to golf, dinner, or both – any of the 3 options.


On June 28, lan to flip-flop your worship time and attend the service you usually don’t! In-between, we’ll enjoy a brunch and fellowship time. The goal is to get to know people from “the other service” that you don’t usually see or know.


Sunday, July 26, plan to enjoy the outdoors at Paul Miller Park and get to know your Calvary family! Potluck picnic at 12:30, followed by recreation time and yard games.


Community Outreach is in need of twin, double and queen beds, bed frames, bath towels, wash cloths and microwavable dishes. Thanks for all the donations this past month. Since April we have helped 6 families. They are so appreciative. Call Cindy at 385-2859.


Calvary is pleased to announce the introduction of an electronic option for making regular offerings. Contributions can now be debited automatically from your checking or savings account or processed using your credit or debit card. Our new electronic giving program offers convenience for you and provides much-needed donation consistency for our congregation. If you are currently giving on a weekly basis, you will no longer need to write out 52 checks a year or prepare 52 envelopes. And, when travel, illness or other circumstances prevent you from attending services, this program will allow your weekly offerings to continue on an uninterrupted basis. Look for more information to come in May.


We are very grateful to Mitch Groethe for over 7 years of faithful and skilled service as our Sound and Video Tech. Then we have the hard job of filling his position. We look for someone to spend about 7 hours/week running the sound board at both services, supervising the video recording of the 8:30 service, editing and uploading that video for a weekly cable TV program as well as for a Calvary webcast. This person also needs to be willing to work with and train volunteers to assist with the program. Our goal is for them to have one Sunday off per month. Contact Pastor Phil Holtan or call me at 218-346-4780.


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.


Identity Theft Workshop Monday, June 15, 5:30-6:30pm. Instructor: United Community Bank. Most people think it won’t happen to them. Chances are great that it could. You’ve worked hard all your life; don’t let someone steal your identity and money! Identity theft and other financial scams have quickly become one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. In the Midwest we are targeted even more because of our trusting nature and elderly population. In this class, you will learn about the details and red flags of identity theft and the many ways to protect yourself from becoming a victim. We will also discuss how identity theft can affect your credit and touch on the current credit environment we live in. Bring your questions and we will answer them. All ages are welcome. No charge.


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.


The Common Hope Vision Team has been back for a month and we want to share! First, we want to feed you; the congregation’s generosity made an incredible trip possible. No charge or free will donation or contributions will be accepted. The menu features traditional Guatemalan fare. Second, we want to share our experience with you! It’s too great to keep secret.

Bring family and friends!

Make your reservation by June 2:

+Call Ron at 346-5352
+Call Calvary at 346-4780

Justice Journeys Wants You!


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.


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


One Night. One Fight. One Reason. Help us celebrate our local Relay for Life’s 20th anniversary. Calvary’s team is one of only three original teams that has had a presence at all 20 relays. But we’re aging and need some help! Be part of “finishing the fight” against cancer. It’s easy to join and doesn’t involve much time. To join or to get more info see Ron and/or Dee Anderson or call them at 346-5352.


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.


The Stephen Ministry training class at Calvary will be considering the subject of "The Art of Listening." In this presentation they will be honing their listening skills and finding out that listening well is extremely helpful and caring is aslo hard work. They learned about the "The Person of the Caregiver" and the five foundational characteristics of the caregiver on May 13. On May 20 they came prepared to discuss "Feelings: Yours, Mine, and Ours." We talked about the importance of recognizing and accepting all the feelings people have. Please keep all 22 of our Stephen Ministers in your prayers. I would also ask that as we go through this class you would prayerfully consider becoming a Stephen minister in the future.

Sincerely, Kari Potrament, Stephen Minister Coordinator


The Calvary Fun Committee challenges you to invite 3 other couples or 6 other people from Calvary that you don’t know well to your house 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! By hosting one Table of 8 event, you have the opportunity to build 48 new friendships within our church, so get your list together and set your date!


Dear Calvary Senior Choir, I am truly blessed to accompany this wonderful choir and with Russ as music director. Your thoughtfulness, kind words and appreciation gift on Choir Sunday will forever be a very special memory. May each of you have a great summer and see you all in the fall! With many thanks!

Stacie Muench


Summer 2015 Vacation Bible School at Calvary

Hear stories of God’s Love,
And a few silly rhymes,
Pray, sing, and play,
Have the bestest of times.
Love your neighbors as yourself,
Treat all God’s Creation with care,
Be a part of VBS at Calvary,
And show how God’s presence is everywhere.

We want to make this a fun, sometimes silly, impactful faith-formation experience for Pre-K to Grade 6 kids. And we can’t do it without you! We need your help! We will need volunteers willing to help with set-up, food prep, crafting, gaming, teaching! The more the better!

We will kick off “Camp Days” with a really special Dr. Seuss-y Worship at the 10:45 service on May 31. Camp will be May 31-June 3, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. each day. Then join us for Sunday morning worship on June 7 for a special Camp Wrap-Up!

So step right up, yes, you there, and you too!
Share God’s grace with our kids,
see the wonderful things they can do,
and don’t be surprised if those kids,
end up showing God’s grace to you.

Pastor Jacob Anderson
Sign up your child and/or to help here.


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.


Calvary's Java Jams Bible Study meets Mondays at 8:30 a.m. in the Mary Room. We welcome women of all ages! If you're a mom with school-age children, this study will work well with your schedule, as it doesn't meet when there is no school, though women of all ages are very welcome! Come check us out any Monday morning!


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.


The Saturday Women’s Bible Study meets from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at church the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month, with no study in December. We are now doing a study entitled “Giving God Your All.” New members are very welcome and all women are invited to attend. Please contact Jean Hallberg at home at 346-6518 if you have questions or at her office during the day at 346-5073.


Women, come with us Thursday, June 18 as we go “Walking the Holy Land” with Pastor Cassie and dozens of great salads and desserts. It all happens here at Calvary at noon. This is a great chance to invite neighbors, friends or family to share a special occasion with us here. This popular event is potluck and you may bring a salad or dessert to share. However your guests or working women or those whose day will be too busy need not bring any food, just come and enjoy the event. Working women, we know you may only be able to stay for the meal portion, but please come anyway. We will have prizes and music. Great fun!


If you missed the call from one of our youth asking you to purchase “stock” in our youth programs, it’s not too late! Please earmark checks [payable to Calvary] with Youth Stock in the memo and drop in the offering plate or at the church office. Thank you for supporting our youth!


Perham Health and the Alzheimer’s Association invite you to the 2nd of a 4-part series about memory loss. Physician and Patient/Family Perspectives: Diagnosis, Treatment & Living Life Well will be presented by Dr. Jane Winston, Perham Health family physician/geriatrician, Tuesday, May 26, 6-7:30 p.m. at New Creation Lutheran Church in Perham. Local individuals and families living with dementia will share experiences. The meeting is free, no registration required, open to families and to professionals. For more, call Jess Steinbrenner, Alzheimer’s Association, at (218) 998-3603 or Sue Sailer, Perham Health Social Services, at (218) 347-1887.

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