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 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. This week'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


Bryce Anderson, Galen Anderson, Chance Baker, Holly Baker, 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, Melanie Andring, Aeryn DeKrey, Paul Holtan, Dayne Imdieke, Jennifer Jorgenson, Irene Neitzke


Congratulations to Laura Brown and Braden Jorud who were married Saturday, October 18 at Calvary.

Condolences to the family and friends of member Lorraine Tuffs who passed away Thursday, October 16 in Windom, Minnesota.


Sunday Worship Attendance: 279
General Fund: $5,851
Maintenance/Improvement Fund: $345

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.


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.


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).


Community Outreach Ministry would like to thank you all for the donations over the past weeks. We worked with five families just last week and your donations have been put to good use. We are in need of bed frames for double and queen beds. 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.


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.


Check out the new items in our library on the book rack/in the window display or on the shelf:

BOOKS—Adult - Fiction
+Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good (Milford Series; 10) – Jan Karon
+The Family of Jesus – Karen Kingsbury
+Angels Walking (Angels Walking series 1) Karen Kinsbury
+The River – Beverly Lewis
+Bridge to Heaven – Francine Rivers

Also added donated numerous Bible commentaries

Take a peek in our Library - check out our current window display on Jan Karon and seasonal decorations. You just might find that BOOK, SPOKEN BOOK, DVD, or CD that you can enjoy.


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.


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


Prayer Warriors Wanted! Tracy Bieger is looking for people who can simply pray for confirmation kids this year. It would be 1-3 kids, or more if you want! You would be given the kids' names & info, and the kids would be praying for you in return! Please, please consider this wonderful opportunity to support our youth. Contact Tracy at the church at 346-4780, or email at


Thanks to everyone for making prayer shawls, they’re beautiful! We welcome anyone who would like to pick up yarn and instructions from the Mary Magdalene Room (north end of fellowship hall).


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. 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.


There’s a road trip to an alpaca farm scheduled for October 23. We will car pool from the church parking lot at 10am that day and are scheduled to have lunch at approximately 11:30am in Backus. After lunch we’ll travel a few miles to the alpaca farm. There are brochures available in the church office (or from Jana Loken) which tell a little bit about the farm including introduction to a few of the alpacas and products available for sale in their shop. Cost is $3 per person for our visit as well as your cost for lunch. Please sign up soon at the church office or with Jana Loken at 346-6426 so we’ll know how many drivers to plan for and let the restaurant know the number of guests to prepare for.


Jean Hallberg is hosting a Tupperware Party with a twist. Bring good, used Tupperware items to donate to Community Outreach and then buy something new. Don’t need anything? Cori Brown at the Boys & Girls Club has made a ‘wish list’ if you would like to make a gift. The party is Monday, October 27, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Jean’s home at 702 12th Street NW in Perham. Too busy? You can also purchase items online. Questions? Call Jean at 346-5073. Bring a friend!


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 Knitcrosheen (all colors).


On Confirmation Sunday, October 26, we celebrate with our confirmands on this important spiritual milestone with their Affirmation of Faith at the second service. They will be honored at a reception between services that morning as well.

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