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 Bruce & Rhonda Bennett in honor of Pastor Cassie & Jacob Anderson. 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 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


Wednesday Lenten services at 6:30 p.m. feature Holden Evening Prayer and guest speakers: March 4: Holy Land Presentation by Pastors Cassie & Jacob Anderson; March 11: Tracy Bieger; March 18: Stories of Faith Journeys through Bible Camp; March 25 David Wittiko presents Journey to the Cross with Simon of Cyrene. Come for Lenten Supper at 5:30 p.m. served by our youth. March 25 will be potluck, so bring a dish to pass that day and join in!


Bryce Anderson, Holly Baker, Alec Bjerke, Ron Buckhouse, Shirley Bunker, Kyle Buskirk, Neil & Janelle Dow, Wayne Eckhoff, Jo & Ed Emerson, Conrad Engen, Merinda Fladeboe, Carol Flynn, Jean Johnson, Maddie Johnson, Bruce Kiefer, Austin King, Larry Lange, Kermit Larson, Edris Meier, Bob Moe, Ross Olson, Shane Potrament, Arnie Rethemeier, Tim Roble, Wade Sjolie, Larry Wilson, Sharon Courtney, Dayne Imdieke, Jennifer Jorgenson, Tucker Kupferschmid, Jim Kyte, Halarian Schultz, A.J. Bruce Simmons


Condolences to family and friends of Wayne "Sonny" Horner of Peever, South Dakota who passed away Friday, February 20. Wayne is the brother of Bob Horner.

Condolences to family and friends of Dale McConachie of Beaverton, Oregon who passed away Wednesday, February 25. Dale is the brother of Mary Eckhoff.

Thank you! Thank you! To the many people from Calvary and my family for all the prayers, generosity, kindness, food brought to us and for the many calls just to have someone to talk to in the hospital and at home. Thank you to Pastor Phil for his visits. It meant a lot. God’s blessings to all!—Opal Hegle


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.


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: 217
Ash Wednesday Attendance: 255
General Fund: $4,594
Sunday Water Well "Noisy" Offering: $270.75 (8:30 $140.88; 10:45 $129.87). Maintenance/Improvement Fund: $50
Receipts for Additional Ministries: $1,466
Ash Wednesday: $1,275

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! Check the calendar for dates.


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.


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.


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!


Please keep the Perham Community Food Shelf in mind during Lent and the March campaign as Minnesota Food Share partially matches donations received during March. Last year we provided nearly 120,000 pounds of food! The Food Shelf is at 501 4th Avenue N.W. and is open Tuesdays 8am to noon and the first Tuesday of the month 3pm to 6pm. Donors can call to make other arrangements as necessary. Thank you for your continued support!


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.


Clean water is one of the most powerful ways to make change in the world. Kids, we'll do noisy offerings for this each Sunday during Lent! Along with gifts through Sunday School, we think the kids can "dig" a $2500 well. How many wells can the adults dig? More>>


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.


Luther Crest Bible Camp "Prepare The Way" Campaign

A few months ago, our church council elected to be a part of the "Prepare the Way" campaign to rebuild, renovate and repair our Bible camp, Luther Crest, on Lake Carlos. We have committed to raise $30,000 as our share in restoring this facility that has affected the lives of so many of our youth - and our adults, too. The cost of the entire project is estimated at $1,500,000.

We are heartened by some significant contributions already. The Calvary women have pledged $3,000 and individual early commitments have reached $2,000.

Luther Crest has played an important role in the life of young Christians since 1945. The cabins, built over fifty years ago, have outlived their usefulness and are on the verge of being unusable. The chapel, too, built in 1951 is showing its age. A capital campaign entitled "Prepare the Way," based on a feasibility study conducted in 2012, would fund the construction of new cabins and significantly remodel the chapel. We know the positive impact Lutheran camping can have. We have experienced this in our own lives, the lives of our children, even in the lives of our grandchildren.

What is the plan? Presently, seven cabins are available only a few months of the year. Five are in use year ‘round. Two have been shut down and removed. All of the cabins are uncomfortable for sleeping, without efficient heating and cooling. They are crowded, damp and not appealing. There is just not enough appropriate space for guests, young and old. The fourteen new cabins will sleep ten people comfortably and will be suitable for year 'round use. The chapel will be renovated and have climate control. It will be used for worship, program and educational events during all seasons of the year. The location of the new cabins allows for greater handicap accessibility. Like many of us, our positive Bible camp experiences have carried us through life. It is our hope that every congregation member will prayerfully consider a gift to make Luther Crest once more a place for our youth -and persons of all ages -to grow in Christian faith.

The "Prepare the Way” Committee
Ron Anderson, Phil Holtan, and Terry Hepola

Visit and click "Prepare The Way" for more information.


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


It's time to form Calvary's Relay For Team! After last year's $8,000 total we are excited to get started. Calvary has several members that are fighting cancer right now and raising money is one way we can join the fight. To find out the details, contact Ron or Dee Anderson at 346-5352.


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.

Charity Circle meets March 4 at 9:30 a.m. at Calvary.
Faith Circle meets March 4 at 1:00 p.m. at Calvary.
Peace Circle meets March 11 at 9:30 a.m. at Calvary.


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!


Boys and Girls Club Presents “Triple Espresso: A Highly Caffeinated Comedy.” Join us Saturday, March 7 as we brew up a fine dining and entertainment experience at the Historic Holmes Theater and help children in Becker and Otter Tail Counties! The fun begins at 5pm with social hour, dinner and program at 6pm and show at 7:30pm. Cost is $75 per seat, or $600 for a table sponsorship (8 seats). Dinner includes sirloin steak and sun dried tomato basil chicken, garden salad, potato and dinner roll. Cash bar available. To purchase tickets for the dinner and show call Cori Brown in Perham at 346-2526. For more information visit


If you have Thrivent policies or investments, you may be eligible to direct Thrivent Choice Dollars to a charitable organization of your choice, including Calvary Lutheran Church. These funds have been spent for various uses at Calvary, including the projector in the fellowship hall and coffee carafes. Your 2014 dollars expire this month, on March 31. Please contact Thrivent so your “free” dollars will be put to good use. Two ways to contact Thrivent online at choice or phone at 800-847-4836 and say "Thrivent Choice" at the prompt.


Join us for “Creative Spirits of Okoboji” Saturday, March 7:

1:30 p.m. Frazee Event Center.
Painting: “Scattered Dreams.”
Create with your favorite color and word!
Open bar to purchase your liquid muse.
Sponsored by Thrivent.

6:30 p.m. Perham Center for the Arts.
Painting: “Gerbera Daisy.”
A beautiful spring painting!
Bring your favorite wine, beer, or soda.
Sponsored by Refreshing Designs.

Supplies provided. Each participant will complete an acrylic painting on a 16 x 20 canvas. Our artist will lead you step by step in the completion of this contemporary painting! Cost is $35. To register call 712-336-8186 or visit

No Experience Necessary: Amateurs Strongly Encouraged!

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