Calvary Lutheran Church of Perham, Minnesota

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Weekly News


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 to the glory of our Lord. 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 Cori Brown in honor of Nancy Staheli.

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


Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, February 18. This first of our 6:30 p.m. Wednesday services includes the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion with Pastor Cassie preaching. The remaining Lent services feature guest speakers and Holden Evening Prayer. Join us each Wednesday in Lent at 5:30 p.m. for Lenten Supper served by our youth.


Bryce Anderson, Holly Baker, Ron Buckhouse, Shirley Bunker, Neil & Janelle Dow, Wayne Eckhoff, Jo & Ed Emerson, Carol Flynn, Maddie Johnson, Bruce Kiefer, Austin King, Larry Lange, Kermit Larson, Edris Meier, Bob Moe, Ross Olson, CarleeAnne Potrament, Arnie Rethemeier, Tim Roble, Wade Sjolie, JeanGuy Trepanier, Larry Wilson, Sharon Courtney, Brad Eckhoff, Dayne Imdieke, Paul Holtan, Jennifer Jorgenson, Halarian Schultz, A.J. Bruce Simmons


Baptism February 1: Matthew John Riepe. Sponsors are Derek & Kelly Riepe. Parents are John & Lindsey Riepe.

Condolences to the family and friends of John Merkins who passed away Wednesday, January 28. John is the husband of Gloria and father of Susan, Kimberly, and Elizabeth Merkins and Cathy Villarreal. Visitation Monday, February 2 4-8pm and Tuesday, February 3 10-11am and funeral at 11am, all at Calvary.


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.


Join us Sunday, February 1 when our new Associate Pastor Cassie Anderson will be installed at both services with Pastor Laurie Natwick of the Northwestern Minnesota Synod presiding.


At the brief Annual Meeting held January 25 at noon, the vote on a motion to use the 2014 overage for 2015 expenses passed and Rusty Wynkoop was elected as the new Property Chair.


Do you enjoy making connections with – and between – people? Do you like to come up with new ideas and plan events or activities? How about joining the Fellowship Committee?! The Fellowship Committee is in search of new members, and we’d love to have you join us! If interested, please contact Lisa Peterson, Fellowship Chair, at 346-4747 or at


Sunday Worship Attendance: 236
General Fund: $4,218
Maintenance/Improvement Fund: $155
Receipts for Additional Ministries: $884

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.

With Simply Giving you can give your offerings by automatic withdrawal from your bank account weekly, monthly, or semimonthly. To register or ask questions, contact Shirley at the church office at 346-4780 or


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!


Seekers Bible Study meets Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. We will discuss and learn about several biblical subjects this year, beginning with the “Bible Promises.” We’ll be meeting in the Mary Room most times, and are interested in discussion more than homework. Men and women welcome.


Do you like to express yourself through the written word? We invite you to join our Calvary Writer's Group! We meet next on February 18 at 5:15 p.m. in the Calvary Library. Questions? Contact Merrie Sue Holtan at


Due to a funeral, the Library Committee will not meet Tuesday, February 3 as previously scheduled.


Calvary Lutheran Church seeks to hire a new assistant custodian, who could work 5-8 hours a week, usually on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, other times as needed and available. The custodians create a clean and safe environment for us, do general custodial duties and some snow removal and lawn care. Please talk to Pastor Phil or to Shirley in the church office if you are interested.


The Backpack Program is at an all-time high with 135 recipients and is growing every week. It costs $144 per year to feed 1 child. The program is designed to meet the needs of children, pre-school through high school, who are not getting enough nutrition on the weekend. Each Friday bags of nonperishable food are delivered to the schools for the students to take home. Current cost of the program in Perham is about $500 per week. We have great support from many people including the Friends of Friends of Ottertail County.

Now we have a great opportunity. The Backpack Program in Perham has received the 'Neighbors in Need' grant from Thrivent Financial Foundation. The $5000 grant is to be used for any expenses associated with the backpack program. We have an opportunity to earn an additional $5000 Challenge Grant from Thrivent Financial Foundation. For every $1 raised for Backpack from now until February 28, 2015, Thrivent will grant $.50 (for example: if we raise $10,000, we will receive $5000 from Thrivent). Please consider giving to this much needed program here in Perham. You may send your donations to Calvary with Backpack Perham in the memo.


Personal Care Kits! Items needed:

Lutheran World Relief Kits: 1 dark bath towel, 2 bath size bars of soap, 1 toothbrush, 1 comb, 1 nail clippers.

Men’s Personal Care Kits: Dark bath towel and washcloth, deodorant, comb, shampoo, shaving cream, razor, bar soap and plastic case for soap, toothbrush and toothpaste

Women’s Personal Care Kits: 1 bar soap, 1 wash cloth, 1 bath towel, 1 toothbrush, 1 comb, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant.

Bags to fill may be found at the north end of the fellowship hall. Questions? Call Laurel Yost (758-3332) or Sonja Horner (758-3057).


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


Part-time, professional position (16-20 hours/week); flexibility in work schedule, especially in summer. Faith to share and eagerness to learn. Coordinates and provides leadership for all educational opportunities from Pre-K through grade 6. Requires strong organizational, communication and basic computer skills. Please send questions/application materials electronically (cover letter, resume and contact information for two references) to Applications accepted until position filled.


Community Outreach is in need of Bath towels and wash cloths, dishes (mainly dinner plates and cereal bowls), dressers and beds. If you would like to donate these items, please call Cindy Olson at 385-2859...and thank you for all the donations that have shown up at Calvary.


Remember we have a great selection of greeting cards (50₵@) or napkins ($3@) in the rack in the Fellowship Hall. Check it out!


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.


Calvary’s Justice Journeys team serves caramel rolls between services the first Sunday of each month. The profits from sale of the rolls supports the mission work of our group. We serve these rolls the first Sunday of each month. Your donation is used in two ways: To provide a scholarship for those congregation members who need some assistance to afford working at the mission site. A significant portion of the money goes to support work at the mission site: Building a house, helping a clinic, supporting a school or an orphanage, distributing food and fuel, etc. Our cost to provide a caramel roll, excluding coffee expenses is $1 per roll. We appreciate your ongoing generous support for this important work.


The Guatemala Mission Trip group will meet for a training session Sunday, February 8 at 6:00pm. A light supper will be served.


Give each other the best Valentine’s gift possible! Register for the February 14-15 Marriage Encounter. Weekends are held at Mt. Olivet Conference and Retreat Center in Farmington. Visit for a listing of additional retreats or call 651.454.3238.


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.


Kinship is having an ice fishing outing on Saturday, February 28 and would appreciate any Fishermen who would like to take part and mentor a kid during this fun outing. Contact Jill Shipman for more information and to sign up.


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 Mitch Groethe at 218-841-8375, 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


I want to thank the Stephen Ministers for a good year and quiet service that they do all year long working behind the scenes to support the pastor and our congregation one person at a time. We are looking for new people to serve and will be having a new class after Easter. Please prayerfully consider joining our team. We will be having temple talks and some more information about Stephen Ministry in the bulletins and news letter; please look for it to learn more about this opportunity to serve or be served.

Sincerely, Kari Potrament, Stephen Ministry Coordinator


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 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!


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.


A good way to share some quality time with women at Calvary is to visit one of our Bible Study Circles. They meet every month and would love to get to know you while studying the Bible and growing their faith. This month all the circles will discuss “Making Conversion Last” from the January/February Gather Magazine.

Charity Circle will meet February 4 at 9:30 a.m. at the home of Estelle Arneson, 505 Pine Cone Drive. Pat Shepard will lead the study.

Faith Circle will meet at 1:00 p.m. February 4 at Calvary, with Bobbi Sachs leading the study. The group meets at noon for lunch before the meeting at the Lakes Café.

Peace Circle will meet at 9:30 a.m. on February 11 at Calvary, with hostess Brenda Halvorson. Dee Anderson will lead the study.


Thursdays from 9am to noon for we gather to make quilts for those in need. Bring a scissor and a snack to share for coffee and join us for a fun and rewarding morning!


There will be no Sunday School (P3-G6) or Rap (Grades 7-12) February 22 due to a school break.


K-6 and Families Fleece Blanket Project. Our children particularly enjoy this event but anyone is welcome to join us to tie up some winter warmth for people in need Sunday, February 8 at noon.

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