Calvary Lutheran Church of Perham, Minnesota

Thank God, Share Jesus, Help Others.

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. John & Kitty Krueger in memory of John’s parents, Ralph & Marna Krueger.

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


Bryce Anderson, Galen Anderson, Ron Buckhouse, Shirley Bunker, Neil & Janelle Dow, Wayne Eckhoff, Jo Emerson, Sandy Hovde, Larry Lange, Kermit Larson, Alta Mandt, Edris Meier, Bob Moe, Ross Olson, Arnie Rethemeier, Wayne Sachs, Wade Sjolie, Roger Vettleson, Larry Wilson, Aeryn DeKrey, Paul Holtan, Dayne Imdieke, Jennifer Jorgenson, Irene Neitzke


Congratulations to Michael & Kelsey Grommesh on the birth of a son, Titus William, on October 25. Proud grandparents are Tim & Denise Callander.

Condolences to the family and friends of Delores Tweet who passed away Monday, October 27. Delores is the mother of Denise Lillis.

November 1 on All Saints Day we remember those who have passed away in the past year: Lila Masters, Clara Kubow, Becky Rennicke, Hadley Kjelshus, Ruth Halda, Rev. Mel Sucher, Kathy Cavanagh, Terry Knight, LaVerne Hansen, Mildred Johnson, Jill Link, Lorraine Tuffs, Delores Tweet.

I Thank God for all of you who sent get-well cards, sent flowers, brought over food, called or stayed to visit. Thank you to Tina Reed for bringing a meal on Friday afternoon from the Meal Ministry. Thank you to Vi & Eldon Bergman for sending Larry home with a prayer shawl from the Prayer Shawl Ministry. Thank you for the hands that knit such a lovely shawl. I thank God for those who took the time to remember me in my time of need. This has taught me to Share Jesus with those in their time of need. I have learned to Help Others in their time of need as I have been helped.

Dianne Hunt

Thank you…those words hardly express our feelings when we thnk about all the kindness, prayers, visits, food and gifts that have been extended to us as Arnie recuperates from his injuries. We truly have been blessed. The long days in the hospital were certainly brightened by te cards and phone calls. We so appreciated the visits and communion of Pastors Holtan and Andersen. The prayer shawl warmed Arnie physically and emotionally. Thank you, Thank you! Arnie will continue to make trips to Fargo 2-3 days per week for therapy and doctor visits. Please include us in your prayers for safe journeys. May God bless you.

Arnie & Carol Rethemeier


Sunday Worship Attendance: 494
General Fund: $5,079
Maintenance/Improvement Fund: $225

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


Sunday, November 2 at noon in the Fellowship Hall we will hold our Annual Meeting to approve a budget and elect officers.

We officially announce a special meeting of the Calvary congregation immediately after the Annual Meeting Sunday noon, November 2, 2014. The purpose of this meeting is to receive the unanimous recommendation of the Call Committee that Calvary call as its second pastor Rev. Cassie Sauter Anderson.

Cassie Sauter Anderson is a 2011 graduate of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, a 2007 graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. She served three years at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sparta, WI before her senior pastor retired and since then has been interim pastor at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Devil’s Lake, ND. She recently married another ELCA pastor, Jacob Anderson, brother to Peter Anderson, a member of Calvary. Pastor Jacob will move to Perham with his two young daughters when he completes his ministry in Thompson, ND and will seek a pastoral position in this area.

In her Rostered Leader Profile, Pastor Cassie wrote the following: “At my best, I am an inspired woman who loves to help people see the ordinary and surprising ways God is present in relationships and life. I am passionate about writing and compelled to talk. I love dreaming and imagining and find them to be key in living into my God-given identity.


Join us for a Service of Thanksgiving Wednesday, November 26 at 6:30 p.m. featuring Holy Communion and a special anthem from our Senior Choir. Take this opportunity to Thank God for his many blessings!


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.


Join us for a fall cleanup day at Calvary, date to be announced. We will start at 8am, have lunch at noon, and the coffee will be on!


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!


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


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.


Wednesday Writer’s Group meets Wednesday, November 12 from 5:15 to 6:30pm in the Calvary Library.


Calvary’s annual Book Fair will be held Sunday, November 23 between services in the Fellowship Hall. There will be a great selection of items for yourself or for gifts, or an item to donate to the Calvary Library.


Boys & Girls Club Pancake Breakfast Sunday, November 23. Join us that morning for pancakes with all the trimmings and support the great programs of our local Boys & Girls Club.


Community Outreach Ministry is in need of an electric dryer, bunk bed and dresser for a family with a number of children. Call Cindy at 385-2859.


Get Your Flu Shot. We have arranged for a flu shot clinic between services at Calvary on November 9, sponsored by Thrifty White. It would be even better for you to get a flu shot at your regular health provider, but if you haven't, bring your insurance card or $22 in cash and get your flu shot November 9, between 9:30 and 10:45 in the Mary (Fireside) Room.


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.


Justice Journeys Breakfast Sunday, November 16. Enjoy a great ham and eggs breakfast anytime between 8:30am and noon. Your free will offering supports our mission group traveling to Guatemala in 2015.


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.


Interested in learning the art of making lefse? On November 20 Kathy Wangsness will be giving two lefse making classes, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Classes will be limited to four people in each class. If interested please call Kathy at 346-7666.


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.


The Fishermen are planning a tour of Thiele Industries located in Fergus Falls. Thiele builds packaging machines for various companies, such as Reynolds wrap, Ritz Crackers, Little Trees air fresheners, Nonni's Foods, and many more. We will meet in the church parking lot at 9:00 AM, Wednesday, November 5 and car pool to Thiele. After the tour, we will likely stop for lunch in the Fergus Falls area. If you are interested in going on this tour please contact John Halvorson by email at or call his cell phone 320-493-0801 and let him know you would like to attend.


Music Director Russ Bunker has some spots available for piano students. Interested? Contact Russ at 218-457-1888 or


Thankoffering Sunday is November 9! The offering that day supports the many ministries of the Women of the ELCA locally and throughout the world.


Women’s Nursing Home Devotions. Join us Thursday, November 6 at 10:30am at Perham Living to help residents with Bible Devotions. Questions? Call Net Kupferschmid at 346-3315.


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.


Join Java Jams on Monday, November 9 as they begin ‘The Women of Christmas,’ an Advent study. Meet at 8:30am in the Mary Room. Come as you are, grab a warm beverage and enjoy some fellowship as we follow Mary, Elizabeth and Anna through this blessed season. Please contact Tracy Bieger at 346-4780 or to be included in the order for the book needed for the study.


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. We will again work with the study from last spring, Trusting God, A Life Without Worry, a Women of Faith publication. All women are welcome 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.


November Wednesday Women’s Circles. Charity Circle meets November 5 at 9:30 a.m. Anita Blesi is the study leader and Phoebe Tomlinson will be serving. Faith Circle meets November 5 at 1pm with Sonja Horner as study leader. Peace Circle meets November 12 at 9:30 a.m. Study leader will be Joan Hendrickson and Sue Hansen and Dorothy Johnson are hostesses.


Cookies, cookies…The Christmas Bake Shoppe is coming up fast (December 6) aned we are asking for cookies! We need 50 bakers to make 6 dozen cookies for the cookie boxes. Sign up sheets will be with the Circles and at church. The cookies need to be at the church on December 5 by 1:00 p.m. at which time the boxes will be assembled. Thank you!


Quilters! We are again quilting from 9am to 12pm. We invite anyone wishing to quilt to join us. There are various jobs to complete the quilts. If you can’t be there for the whole session, stay as long as you can as we appreciate all the help we can get! Questions? Call Leona Rothiger at 346-6633.


The quilters need more yarn (pastel colors only) and Knit cro sheen (all colors).


November 21-22: G7-8 Synod Gathering
November 26: No Confirmation
November 26: No Wednesday Night Alive
November 26: No Kids In Praise
November 30: No Sunday School or Rap

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