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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 family and friends in memory of Dayton Jacobson. 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 Terry & Diane Hepola in honor of their grandson Cormac’s baptism.

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


Do you want to talk more about justice? Are you wondering how God might calling you to be an advocate? Do you desire a space to talk about the hard questions in life, especially around race and social justice? Pastor Cassie and Andrea Westby are working to create a conversation and prayer group. No time/date has been set for meeting, but they’d like input from those who are interested. Please contact them at or


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


Baptized July 26: Cormac Michael Hepola. Sponsors are Andrew & Chelsea Marthaler. Parents are Cory & Camille Hepola.

Condolences to family and friends of John Askew who passed away Wednesday, July 22. John is the husband of Mavis Askew.


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 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.


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: 227
Vergas Worship Attendance: 57
General Fund Offering: $11,841
Vergas Offering: $444
Maintenance/Improvement: $475
Receipts for Additional Ministries: $637

General Budget thru June 30, 2015
Expenses: $271,500
Offerings: $236,105
Shortage: -$35,395

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.


The new quarterly Christ in our Home devotionals are available in the narthex or in the rack by the west entrance. Take one home!


A doll. A candy cane. A stuffed dog. A washcloth. Every item lovingly added to an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift has the potential to impact a child. Here is a shoebox recipient’s first-hand account of the eternal impact of a gift delivered in Jesus’ Name: “Nanor loved the treasures she received so much that she’s kept the box and its items almost completely intact for 17 years! Alex said, “Every item in that shoebox brought me joy at a time when I had lost all hope.” Ted’s gift “opened my heart to something that changed my life forever.” Yuliya’s stuffed dog communicated God’s love. Izabella’s snow globe showed her very specifically that God answers prayer.”

Please contact Diane Hepola ( if you are interested in organizing Operation Christmas Child at Calvary. This is a short-term commitment, but brings lasting joy to children around the world. “Whoever receives one little child like this in My Name receives Me.” Matthew 18:5


Sunday, August 9 from 11:45am to 2:00pm join us for the Calvary Carnival! This event is sponsored by the Youth & Family, Education, and Fellowship Committees. People of all ages are welcome! We especially would like to see Sunday School-age children and their parents come and sign up for Sunday School, which will start in September. There will be food (hotdogs, sloppy joes, chips, watermelon), popcorn, a corn hole tournament, kids’ games, face painting, and much more.


We are looking into having a group trip to Jasper’s Theater in Park Rapids. We would like to see if we have a large enough group to apply for a group rate. Shows are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and some Saturdays at 3:00, and are 2 hours long. Possible dates are Wednesday or Thursday, August 5 or 6; Wednesday, August 12 or Thursday, August 13 or Saturday, August 15; or Wednesday or Thursday August 19 or 20. Tickets are $25 each, $24 for Seniors (over 60). We can get a group rate of $22 if we have a group of 15 or more. The theater is air-conditioned and handicap accessible. If we did this, we’d try to use a couple of vans so we could have some fellowship on the way to and from the show, as well as sitting together. If you are interested, please sign up on the Connection Events bulletin board or contact Lisa Peterson with your name, number or people, and choice of date. Phone Lisa at 218-346-4747 or email


Community Outreach is in need of kitchen/dining chairs. Call Cindy at 385-2859.


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, August 6 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. We’ll roast hot dogs, sing camp songs, and have fun getting to know one another.


September 13 is “God’s Work, Our Hands” Sunday. On this Sunday, Calvary will join churches all over our ELCA Synod region in doing service projects to bring “God’s work” out into our communities. September may seem far off, but we have to send our t-shirt order in by August 10. If we meet this deadline, we can make sure our “God’s Work, Our Hands” t-shirts have our Calvary name/logo on them Sign up with your name and t-shirt size if you’d like to buy and wear this t-shirt on “God’s Work, Our Hands” Sunday. Cost of the shirt is $8. It would be pretty impressive to have hundreds of yellow shirts with “Calvary” on them going out into our community to do God’s work for those in need! Get your shirt by signing up on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall just to the left of the door to the overflow section of the sanctuary.


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.


Kinship is looking for mentors. A 9 year old girl is looking for a couple to do fun new things with! Enjoys outdoor activities and being with animals. Does this sound like you and/or your spouse? It’s as simple as getting together twice a month. Going on vacation? No worries! Contact Perham Kinship at 346-7102 or Courtney Doll at 701-368-1853. There are over 30 kids on our waiting list.


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.


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.


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.


August 4, 11am-2pm join us at NP Turtle Park in Perham for hot dogs or BBQs for a free will donation for school supplies. School supplies can also be dropped off at the school bus that day or at United Community Bank (7/8-8/6); Bremer Bank (7/8-8/6); St. Henry’s Catholic Church (7/1-8/6), Shopko (7/8-8/6); Perham Health (7/8-8/6), or Calvary year round. Items needed are backpacks, pencils, pens, rulers, notebooks, crayons, colored pencils, glue sticks, markers, pencil boxes or pouches, scissors, two pocket folders, Scotch tape, protractors, book covers, Kleenex and erasers.


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.


Thank You! We would like to thank everyone who helped make this year’s Ice Cream Social and Music Fest a success! We couldn’t have done it without all the volunteer workers, callers, pie bakers, musicians, those making financial donations and all who came to share in the food and fellowship. A special thank you to the Calvary staff for all the extra work they do for this event.

Ice Cream Social Committee:
Karen Mathiason, Char Scheel, Laurel Yost

A Reminder: It’s not too late to still make your donation to the Pie & Ice Cream Social. Make checks payable to WELCA with Ice Cream Social in the memo. Thank you for supporting the many local and global ministries of the women of Calvary.


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.


Women's Java Jams is meeting this summer 9am at Calvary July 27 and at the Wild Goose August 24 with the study "Discerning The Voice of God: How To Recognize When God Is Speaking." Books available in the office.


Peace Circle meets Wednesday, July 8, at Mary McCrady’s home at 35025 Freedom Flyer Road, Vergas. Circle starts at 9:30, but a carpool will leave from Calvary at 9:00 a.m. Peace meets again August 12 at 9:30 a.m. at Calvary with Bev Tougas as host.

Charity and Faith do not meet in July. Faith Circle meets Wednesday, August 5 at 9:30 a.m. at Calvary.Charity will not meet in August.


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


Perham Health and the Alzheimer’s Association invite you to the final of a four-part education series dealing with memory loss. Effective Communication Strategies: Tips for Communicating & Connecting in All Stages will be presented by Gretchen Dobervich, BSW LSW, Vice President-North Dakota, Alzheimer’s Association MN ND Chapters on Tuesday, July 28, from 6-7:30 p.m. at New Creation Lutheran Church, 295 Coney Street W, Perham. The meeting is free and no registration is required. This is open to families and to professionals. CEU available. For additional information or questions, 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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