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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 Rich & Mary McCrady.

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, Jo & Ed Emerson, Opal Hegle, Larry Lange, Kermit Larson, Marlene Martinson, Bob Moe, Ross Olson, Caryl Schepper, Wade Sjolie, Marky Van De Streek, Larry Wilson, Jan Anderson, Sharon Courtney, Dayne Imdieke, Greg Lee, Jon Tota, Roger Wegscheid


Condolences to family and friends of Donna Heisler-Moen who passed away Sunday, June 21. Donna is the mother of Paul Heisler. Her funeral will be Saturday, July 11 at Schoeneberger Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the beautiful baptism service. Thank you, Pastor Phil, for your kindness and heartfelt blessings. Thank you to the “Cut Ups” Quilters for the beautiful quilt and to the Fishermen for the candleholder. Thank you to the Calvary congregation for welcoming Avery with open arms. We are so blessed to have you in our lives!

Jennifer Rise and Avery Christian Rise


Happy Anniversary! Dennis and Sally Awes celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Thursday, July 2. They have two daughters, seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren who celebrated with them. The family invites you to feel free to send them cards (633 4th Ave S.W., Perham), wish them a happy anniversary by phone (346-7911), or stop by and visit them.


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: July 12; 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: 231
Vergas Worship Attendance: 43
General Fund Offering: $5,323
Vergas Offering: $71
Maintenance/Improvement: $70
Receipts for Additional Ministries: $1,602

General Fund Through May 31, 2015
>Expenses: $226,036.03
>Offerings: $193,037.05
>Shortage: -32,998.98

As we enjoy our summer vacations, let’s not vacation from church giving.

Last year when Calvary committed to calling a second pastor, we also committed to significantly increasing our annual budget, along with our giving, to meet added expenses. Unfortunately our giving to the general budget has not increased nearly as much as our expenses, and as of May 31, we find ourselves –$33,000. On behalf of our church council, I ask you to prayerfully consider increasing your offering to the general budget. Let’s all help Calvary maintain a positive fund balance.

Terry Hepola, Stewardship Chair

Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 106:1

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..

Calvary is pleased to announce an electronic option for making regular offerings. Contributions can now be debited automatically from your checking or savings account or processed using your credit or debit card. Our new electronic giving program offers convenience for you and provides much-needed donation consistency for our congregation. If you are currently giving on a weekly basis, you will no longer need to write out 52 checks a year or prepare 52 envelopes. And, when travel, illness or other circumstances prevent you from attending services, your weekly offerings will continue on an uninterrupted basis. You may also make one-time offerings with the same convenience of on line giving.


New Learning opportunity “Animate: Practices” with Pastor Cassie Sundays at 9:45am or Thursdays at 6:00pm [start date: July 5]. 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. The lesson will be the same on Sunday and Thursday, choose whichever time works with your schedule. “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.


This study will not meet Monday, July 13.


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.


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


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, July 26-Potluck Picnic at Paul Miller Park. Potluck Picnic starts at 12;30 to 12:45 at the shelter in the park. Please sign up for the item you’d like to bring; sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall just to the left of the door to the sanctuary overflow section. Please sign up if you have a yard game you’d be willing to bring. Mark your calendars and plan to have a fun “lake day” with your fellow Calvary members. Sign up sheets are now posted; please sign up as you are able. Sign-up sheets are in the fellowship hall, on the bulletin board just to the left of the door to the overflow section of the sanctuary.


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.


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.


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.


Vintage Boat Tour at the Minnesota Maritime Museum in Alexandria July 8, leaving church at 9am. We are taking suggestions for a lunch spot in Alexandria. Cost is $5 each for groups of 10 or more; otherwise $7 for seniors. Contact Lee Mindemann at or 218-298-2010.


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


The Pie & Ice Cream Social is coming up on July 16 from 4pm to 7pm. Ladies, you will be getting a phone call to either furnish 2 pies or give a suggested $15 donation to help with expenses. If you are willing to work in some area for the social, please indicate that to who- ever calls and one of the co-chairs will get in touch with you or you may sign up on the work schedule that will be set up in the Fellowship Hall a couple weeks ahead of the social. We are trying to get an accurate count on pies coming in, so if you sign up and find you aren't able to make them, find a replacement person or call a co-chair and they will find one. Please do not bring in any pies that require refrigeration. Have the pies to the church by 2 p.m. if possible, and labeled so our servers know what type of pie it is. Thank you for your help in making this event possible.


Do you 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. Questions? Contact Prayer Shawl Coordinator Laura Bjerke at 218-535-1458.


What does it mean to be rich? People answer this differently, but a relationship with God through Jesus Christ has power to shape our perspective in a particular way:

Psalm 1: Rely on God who blesses you with strength
Psalm 13: Thank God for all that's good
Psalm 69:1-16: Pray to God in all circumstances
Psalm 27:1-6: God loves you no matter what
Psalm 40:1-10: Be God’s love for others


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.


Thursday, July 16, 4-7pm come enjoy a barbecue plate, ice cream and a slice of your favorite pie! Bring family and friends for an afternoon of food and fun.


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.


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 The Wild Goose July 27 and 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.


Come join us for our ‘Paint & Pledge’ fundraiser for the Perham Area Girl Scouts on Monday, July 20 at 6:30 PM at the Perham Center for the Arts. (former St. Stan’s Church). We will complete a painting and hear from the local girls how they are gaining life skills in leadership community service, and goal setting through their Girl Scouting. Cost is $20 / person for supplies, with additional donations welcome. Pre-registration is required to guarantee supply quantities. Register by calling Jean Hallberg at 218-346-5073. Can’t attend but would like to support the girls? This is a Thrivent Action Team so you are welcome to drop off a donation at Thrivent Financial.

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