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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 is available for infants through 5 year olds Sunday mornings 9:30am to noon and even when unstaffed is always available with parental supervision. The nursery also has a small bathroom with preschooler toilet and diaper changing station.

The first and third Sunday of each month as well as Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Easter, Thanksgiving Eve 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 Pat Udelhofen in honor of granddaughters Kelsie and Rachel.

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


Read Pastor Phil's complete letter and Council's response. We will say our goodbyes to Pastor Phil & Merrie Sue June 26 with a congregational dinner at noon followed by 1:30 program and Open House until 4 p.m. Please RVSP with name and number attending >>


On Saturday evening, June 25 at 7 p.m. the Calvary Writers Group will pay tribute to Merrie Sue Holtan with music and readings of material written by members of the group. Merrie Sue has provided the group with invaluable guidance and an opportunity to nurture their love of writing. We encourage you to come, listen, and enjoy refreshments afterward.

The following day, Sunday, June 26, plan to join the congregation as we express our appreciation to Pastor Phil with a congregational dinner in the fellowship hall following the second service. After the dinner, we will host an open house for our friends and neighbors of the Perham area to stop in and say “Good bye” to Pastor Phil and Merrie Sue.

Please watch for further announcements about these events!


We begin our 5th season of summer worship in Vergas on Sunday, May 29th at 9 AM. Pastor Dave Beety will once again be preaching and leading worship. We had a great summer last year and look forward to this one with lots of excitement. We will worship at the Vergas Event Center and our volunteers do a great job of setting up and taking down and providing treats after worship. On just 2 Sundays, June 19th and September 4th, we must move to Vergas Assisted Living, 405 East Frazee Avenue. We thank Vergas city staff and the Assisted Living staff for their kind hospitality for our worship. 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 picking up the bulletins at the church office and bringing them to the service and then bringing back the offering to the office.


Ron Buckhouse, Shirley Bunker, Florence Casler, Mary Eckhoff, Dave & Arleen Erickson, Connie Hansen, Opal Hegle, Ann Heinis, Bob & Shirley Moe, Romelle Nelson, Ross Olson, Robert Rennicke, Wayne & Bobbi Sachs, Marcy Sundberg, Marky Van De Streek, Jan Anderson, Sarah [Simpson] Damhof, Jordan Dennis, Dayni Imdieke, Barbie Ruther, Omer Tweten, Gerald Wegscheid


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: 358 General Offering: $11,477 Maintenance/Improvement: $510 Receipts for Additional Ministries: $1,534

Your Generosity Continues! Donations for ELCA World Hunger keep coming in; our amount to donate is now $15,385.85. Can we make it to $16,000 before we send the check at the end of April?

Your Giving Plan. It’s important to know what support we can depend on from congregation members. By knowing what you’re willing to commit financially, we’re able to better plan for the future. Please consider setting up a recurring giving plan. Automating your financial commitments means your contributions will be received on a steady, uninterrupted basis. Calvary is excited to announce you can manage your giving online! It’s 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. Follow these steps: Visit the church website at, click on the orange eGiving button, click on the Create Profile button, then follow the instructions to create a profile and schedule your recurring contributions.

Additional Ministries. The 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..


Pastor Phil Holtan is excited to lead this book of the Bible study group in intermediate Bible studies through the year as we dig deeply to find new treasures.  Check the calendar for dates..


We need all supplies for men and women. 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.

New are kits for children! Items needed for infants-2 year olds include: Care items for newborns-age 2 include baby shampoo, baby wash or bar soap, bath towel & washcloth, child’s toothbrush, child’s toothpaste, comb or brush. Suggested comfort items are small blanket, stuffed toy, small book, baby lotion. Care items for age 2-10 include bath towel & washcloth, bar soap, shampoo, toothbrush, child’s toothpaste, comb or brush, suggested comfort items, blanket, stuffed toy, book, colors & coloring book, games. Thank you!

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


A very nice display of CareNotes are now in the Fellowship Hall. CareNotes are offered through Calvary’s Social Ministries for people dealing with emotional situations. The small booklets offer concise, easy-to-read guidance, support, and strength for those who are hurting. Take One...and take heart. Give One...and give hope.


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


We need twin, full and queen beds. Call Cindy at 385-2859 if you have one. Also, do any of our Calvary Family have room in a garage or storage unit to store some great donations of furniture mainly for the summer months? Preferably it would be handiest if the garage/storage unit were in Perham. Call Cindy Olson at 385-2859 if this may be a way you could greatly assist Outreach Ministry.


Sunday, June 5, join us for a 9-hole golf scramble, followed by dinner on the patio at Lakeside Golf in Perham!

+Golfing skills need not be impressive
+Join us for the golf scramble or dinner on the patio or both
+Golf Scramble starts at 2:30 to gather and get into teams; golf at 3:00
+$15 for green fees and golf
+Dinner on the patio at 5:30; order off the menu

Spend the day with us and make some new Calvary Connections! Sign up on the sign-up sheet on the Connection Events bulletin board in the fellowship hall.


Registration for Luther Crest Day Camp at Calvary will start the week of Vacation Bible School. More details will be available on the website and sent to Sunday School families.


Wow! The gLoveBox bags went fast; we need to make more! Can you help us out by donating items such as: New pairs of adult white socks; lip balm; granola bars; fruit snacks; nail clippers; trial size lotion; sugar free hard candy; sugar free gum; or gift cards to help us purchase items? Please drop donations off in the office for Tracy!


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.


We now have a table in the coat room off the 3rd Ave entrance with higsaw puzzles. Take A Puzzle, Bring A Puzzle!


Ever wondered why the group that serves warm caramel rolls the first Sunday of every month calls itself "Justice Journeys?" This group plans, promotes and enables mission trip experiences for us, both in the U.S.A. and foreign lands. The money they raise is given to the "mission" involved and provides a modest stipend for participants o help defray some expenses. They are organizing a return to Common Hope in Guatemala in 2017. They would welcome you to join the trip. But first, you might want to know more about it. They have lots of information for you to look over. Come to them with your questions. They are eager to talk about the experience. Talk to Carla Gauwitz or Ron Anderson or anyone who has experienced the trip. See them during coffee hour, before or after church, or call them at home. If we have enough interest, we will do two week long trips! The maximum size for each group is 14. We're waiting to hear from you!


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.


If you are planning to hold a meeting for your Calvary committee, study or group at the church, contact the church office at 218-346-4780 or to verify there is a room available. Calvary-related meetings will take precedence over outside groups that wish to use our facility.


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.


Men! Join us for the monthly Fishermen's Lunch Thursday, June 2 at The Cactus at noon. 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.


We have a nursery available for infants-5 year olds. It is staffed during the education hour and 10:45 a.m. worship service. When you check your child into the nursery, you will receive a pager (much like the one you receive when waiting for a table at a restaurant). If you are needed, your pager will buzz and light up. Drop your child off for 10 minutes or the whole worship service.


Need help with odd jobs around your house or property? Calvary is very involved with the Rewind Halfway House; many of us appreciate we can call there and get good help for an hour or a day. You can call 218- 346-6100 to ask them to connect you with someone who can work for you. You will need to pick them up and drop them off, but you will find them to be good workers and good people to get to know. Ask Pastor Phil or Ron Anderson if you have questions.


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


Projection is an integral part of our worship service. We are in need of at least two or three morning volunteers. We could also use someone to help with the video that airs on the local channel for the home bound members of our congregation. Please talk to Pastor Phil or myself about volunteering to help with first service. I will look forward to training you. Thank you. Kari Potrament 218-234-7276.


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.


Spend a while on the Nile with this year's Vacation Bible School! Egypt: Joseph's Journey From Prison To Palace will explore Gods promises of hope, forgiveness and love. You can register your kids on line at and follow the link to VBS registration. VBS is Sunday-Wednesday, June 5-8. A meal starts at 5 pm and VBS will be 5:30-7:45pm. Kids 4 years old - just finished 6th grade may attend. Come join us for this exciting event!

Are you available to help with Vacation Bible School June 5-8, for any or all nights? We would love to have you sign up. There is a sign up sheet under the bulletin boards in the fellowship hall. We have needs in the kitchen, group guides with kids (no teaching involved), helping kids with projects, and decorating before the event. Please consider helping out for a night. Thank you—The Education Committee

For Vacation Bible School, please donat and empty boxes with lids that held reams of paper. Please put them in the narthex under the stairway. Thank you!


ELCA Women’s Bible Retreat will be held on Monday, June 6 at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes. Pastor Ruth Popkin from Salem Lutheran in Hitterdal will be our Bible study leader. Inspirational speaker will be Lori Kettner of Fergus Falls. Don’t miss this retreat. Registration due June 3.


Women! Join us at Perham Living Thursday, June 2 at 10:30 a.m. to help residents with Bible devotions. Questions about this fun and rewarding ministry? Contact Net Kupferschmid at or 346-3315.


Charity and Faith meet the first Wednesday, Charity at 9:30am and Faith at 1:00pm (with noon lunch at the Lakes Cafe). 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.


Wednesday, June 1 at 9:30 a.m. Charity Circle meets in the Matthias Room. Avis Klema will host and Barb Bieger will lead the study. At noon that day Faith Circle meets at the home of Sonja Horner, 33013 Meyer Beach Drive, Dent. This is a potluck, so please bring a dish to pass.


Wednesday, June 8 at 9:30 a.m. Peace Circle meets at Mary McCrady’s home, 35025 Freedom Flyer Road, Vergas, phone 218-342-3327. Susan Botula will lead the study.


Young women are invited to come as they are for a faith-centered conversation on the third Thursday of every month at 7:30pm at a group member’s home (rotating). Comfy clothes are encouraged as we reflect on the Bold Café (WELCA) readings. Readings can be found on the website under the heading Cafe Groups. Please contact Andrea Westby,, for more details and to be included on the listserv.


The Saturday morning Women’s Bible Study meets 9:30 – 11:00 AM at Calvary the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month. Each year we select a new topic & Bible Study to explore. Our group welcomes women of all ages and we are patient with complex schedules. Come when you can and know that whenever you attend, you bring value. If you have questions, contact Jean Hallberg at 346-6518 in the evenings or at her office during the day at 346-5073. This group generally does not meet in the summer months. Check the calendar for dates..


Would you like to visit Calvary shut-ins? Circle members do but we encourage other Calvary women to participate. You may sign up for more than one person or more than one month on the shut-ins list on the women’s activity board. Our shut-ins need to know they are remembered by our church members. If this is a ministry you’re comfortable with, please sign up!


Dee Anderson is offering a "Stitch and Share" session every Thursday 1-3pm. Bring your knitting, crocheting, embroidery, mending or quilting, etc. to work on. We can share ideas or techniques while we get to know one another better. Come to the fellowship hall to find us.


Women’s Week at Luther Crest June 20-24. Open to ladies, children and grandchildren. Guest speaker is Marilyn Sharp. Come for the week or get a group of women together and attend for one day, Tuesday or Wednesday. The day costs $100 per carload or $50 per person. See poster on office window for more information.

Check out the fun photos courtesy of Kim Jordahl's Thru Him Photography >>

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