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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 Dorothy Johnson in memory of husband Bill and daughter Lyndes Adamson.

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, Arleen Erickson, Connie Hansen, Opal Hegle, Audrey Johnson, John Knight, Kermit and Helen Larson, Bob Moe, Reid Moser, Ross Olson, Ione Rautus, Marky Van De Streek, Gail Wegenast, Bob Weng, Larry Wilson, Jan Anderson, Brian Brouwer, Sharon Courtney, Dayne Imdieke, Barbie Ruther, Jon Tota


Condolences to friends and family of Hazel Carlson of who passed away September 29. Hazel is the mother of Karen Rise.


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.


We’d like to stay in touch with you! Before you head south for warmer weather this winter, please contact the church office with your dates of departure and return and your contact information.


Sunday Worship Attendance: 358
General Offering: $12,900
Maintenance/Improvement $740
Receipts for Additional Ministries: $2,264

General Budget thru September 30, 2015
Expenses: $392,844
Offerings: $373,621
Shortage: -$19,223

eGiving: A Greener Approach To Giving. Churches, because of their heavy weekly check volumes, were among the earliest organizations to embrace electronic giving as a way to automate contributions. Today, electronic giving in all its forms provides convenience for frequent check writers and donation consistency for churches. A less frequently discussed benefit of electronic giving is its positive impact on the environment. An enormous amount of natural resources are consumed in the production, transportation, processing and disposal of paper checks. That’s why paying bills electronically always ranks high on any list of actions an individual can take to improve the environment. The trend toward electronic payments has already produced more than a 50% decline in check use since the year 2000. As you consider the payment method you use to make your regular offering, we hope that you will think about the unique connection between financial stewardship and environmental stewardship.

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..


Each month our Adult Education classes will focus on a particular “so that” of faith. Adult Education opportunities in the coming year will be focusing on living our baptism. You could also say that living our baptism is the “so that” of faith. Each month will have a different focus, with many opportunities to practice our faith. Classes begin September 20 between services on Sunday mornings. Schedule:

September 20: What does it mean that I’m baptized?!
September 27-October 18: Baptized We Live
November 8-29: Living as God’s Steward
December 6-20: Living In God's Abundant Grace: Sabbath

See the September newsletter for more details.


Open Space is a space for adults to gather, during the education hour (9:40-10:30) in the Mary Room, particularly for adults who have children in Sunday School. Open Space is a break from over-programmed and an opportunity to take a breather. Open Space is a space to bring faith questions and doubts, to have conversation with others, and to simply be. So much of our time is over-programmed and over-scheduled, with set agendas and timelines, and Open Space is created to be the opposite. We’ll check-in with one another and together come up with a plan for our time. There’s a bulletin board with possible topics we can talk about – and people are invited to contribute their own queries. Open Space is created collaboratively; we can’t wait to share this space with you.


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..


“Seekers” is a Bible study that seeks to dig a little deeper into the scriptures. No books required, just your Bible. Most times we go verse by verse in a book of the Bible, other times we study someone’s favorite subject. Come and enjoy this conversation! This group generally does not meet in the summer. Check the calendar for dates..


The first of our two-part Annual Meeting will take place Sunday, November 1 at noon. Your presence is vital as we will approve a budget and elect officers.


Thrivent Financial will be sponsoring a chartered bus to attend the Apple Festival at Carlos Creek Winery on Saturday, October 17. We will leave church at 10am sharp and return back at 4pm. There is no cost to ride the bus but all other expenses for the day are on your own. Event includes pie eating contest, quilt auction, wagon rides, wine sampling, and more! You must pre-register as there are only 52 seats available and it will be on a first come, first serve basis. Jean Hallberg will be at coffee hour today or call her at 218-346-5073 to register. You do not need to be a Thrivent member to go.


On Sunday, October 11, Bibles will be given to Sunday School students in the 3rd and 4th grades. Many thanks to the Women of Calvary who generously give these Bibles so kids can read God’s Word on their own. Becky Stolee will be asking parents for the official spelling of each student’s name for presentation. Parents and 3rd and 4th graders, plan to attend Sunday School at 9:40 on October 11 for a special class with Pastor Cassie about your new Bibles.


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.


Every shoebox gift that we place into the hands of a child in need provides an opportunity to demonstrate God’s love and share the Gospel of Jesus. Each shoebox is packed with love and covered in prayer, bringing the true meaning of Christmas to children around the world. Please stop by the Operation Christmas Child table in the Fellowship Hall for all the information needed to pack a box for a precious child this year and return your box by the week of November 16-23. Please do not bring your own shoeboxes. Questions? Contact Diane Hepola.


Queen and double beds in good condition and tall dressers and electric dryer in good working condition. Call Cindy at 385-2859.


A new level of connections at Calvary! We will soon be starting the Calvary Match project, where you will be matched up with another Calvary member and asked to make some efforts to connect with him/her in the next twelve months. Please look for your letter in your church mailbox or home mailbox in the next week or two.


Coats for Kids distribution will be at Calvary Tuesday, October 13 from 11am to 3pm.


New Christ in our Home daily devotionals are in the narthex or by the west entrance. Take one home today!


Got a “hankerin” for “brats and the fixins?” Then you will want to consider the Fellowship Connection Event scheduled for Sunday, October 18 starting at 5 p.m. Homestyle recipes of all kinds for tasting, “foods that kids like,” cupcakes of all kinds. Invite others, especially ones you know outside of Calvary. Food for all ages! Bring your families and your curiosity.


Malaria is disease that is both treatable and preventable, yet it was killing a child every 45 seconds. Five years ago ELCA members, congregations and synods came together, dreamed big with our Lutheran companion churches and partners, and set out to raise $15 million for malaria programming by January 2016. September 15 it was announced we reached our goal! $15 million dollars was raised- and Calvary is #76 out of nearly 10,000 in congregational support. Because of your generosity we: educated 2 million community members, distributed 50,000 insecticide-treated bed nets, tested 160,000 people for malaria, and if positive, provided treatment; trained 10,000 local volunteers in prevention & treatment, empowered 12,000 households to be economically stable, provided 32,000 pregnant women prevention medication, have seen 45 million fewer malaria infections per year, and cut the number of malaria deaths in half.

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


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.


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


Make plans to attend the 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 detailed 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).


To receive Sunday School messages via text, text @jesuskids to 81010. You can opt out of messages at any time by replying ‘unsubscribe @jesuskids’ and if having trouble using 81010 by texting @jesuskids to number (612) 246-3805 instead. Standard text message rates apply. Or to receive messages via email, send an email to To unsubscribe, reply with ‘unsubscribe’ In the subject line.


To receive Sunday School messages via text, text @jesuskids to 81010. You can opt out of messages at any time by replying ‘unsubscribe @jesuskids’ and if having trouble using 81010 by texting @jesuskids to number (612) 246-3805 instead. Standard text message rates apply. Or to receive messages via email, send an email to To unsubscribe, reply with ‘unsubscribe’ In the subject line.


Welcome to Kim Schlauderaff and Mikayla Jensen, our new 1st Grade Sunday School teachers!


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!


Register for Wednesday School! All kids, grades 2-6, can join! Registered kids will be walked over from Heart of the Lakes Elementary. Once at Calvary there is snack time, music, Bible lesson and activity. Wednesday School will be 3:30-5:00 p.m. Questions? Call Becky Stolee at 346-3440. Registration forms in the fellowship hall under the bulletin board. Please note there will be no Wednesday School October 14.


A New Welcome Captain team has been formed where we intentionally reach out to current and new members, and visiting families to help them feel welcome at Calvary. We are a ‘big place’ with lots of spaces that often we don’t know where to find. Welcome Captains will go a step beyond greeting people and help them find or escort them to Sunday School rooms, the office, introduce newcomers to other congregation members, and invite them to coffee hour. Isn’t that a job for all of us at Calvary? Certainly but we wanted to be sure no one ever gets overlooked when we are busy on a Sunday morning. If you would like to volunteer to help on a Sunday, contact Jean Hallberg at 346-6518.


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.


A huge thank you to the 25 Calvary women who made the Cluster event so successful last week. Lots of work got done, but did we ever have a good time doing it! About 125 women enjoyed our hospitality, Russ Bunker’s music, Pastor Cassie’s devotions and an amazing speaker. A huge thank you to Becky Mindemann for the extra effort she put in planning, preparing and overseeing the serving of lunch and coffee. The other members of our committee to be commended for their hard work are Sue Cacioppo, Phyllis Helland, Linda Legreid, Peggy Nelson, Bev Tougas and Terri Olson.


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.


In our Women’s Bible Study Circles this month we continue our discussion of “Slow Faith” with the lesson titled “Make Haste, O Lord.” We focus on psalms that ask God, “how long?” And we will learn that following these laments the psalmist adds an affirmation such as “Yet, O God, I will trust in you.” Maybe you are asking God “how long” right now. Visiting a Circle and reading the October issue of Gather magazine could lead you to affirm anew your trust in God, his wisdom and direction. You might also have an experience to share of God’s answer to you when you asked Him “how long?” Come to a Circle meeting and let God speak to you through fellowship with a group of caring women.

Peace Circle meets at 9:30 at Calvary October 14, with Mary Ringsven and Peggy Nelson hosting, then on November 11 with Dorothy Johnson and Lin Armstrong hosting. Study leader in November is Sue Cacioppo.


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..


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


October 23 at 7:30pm, adults in their 20's-40's are invited for dinner, drinks, and conversation upstairs at The Brew. This is an adult only event, no children please. Questions? Talk to Pastor Cassie.


Tony and Elizabeth Jordan seemingly have it all--great jobs, a beautiful daughter, and their dream house. In reality, Tony and Elizabeth Jordan's world is crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. However, their lives take an unexpected turn when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara, and is challenged to establish a 'war room' and a battle plan of prayer for her family. As Elizabeth tries to fight for her family, Tony's hidden struggles come to light, War Room is a vivid reminder that prayer is a powerful weapon. At the Comet Theater in Perham see this movie October 11 at a 1:00 p.m. matinee for just $5 or October 12 at 7:30 p.m.

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