Calvary Lutheran Church of Perham, Minnesota        E-Giving

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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 is available for infants through 5 year olds Sunday mornings 9:30am to noon and even when unstaffed is always available with parental supervision. The nursery also has a small bathroom with preschooler toilet and diaper changing station.

The first and third Sunday of each month as well as Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Easter, Thanksgiving Eve 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 Ken & Colleen Sazama in honor of those who have or are touched by MS.

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


Read Pastor Phil's complete letter and Council's response.


Ron Buckhouse, Shirley Bunker, Mary Eckhoff, Dave & Arleen Erickson, Connie Hansen, Gerald & Opal Hegle, Ann Heinis, Jackie Langren, Helen Larson, Bob & Shirley Moe, Romelle Nelson, Ross Olson, Robert Rennicke, Wayne & Bobbi Sachs, Marcy Sundberg, Marky Van De Streek, Jan Anderson, Sarah [Simpson] Damhof, Jordan Dennis, Dayni Imdieke, Nikke Poulakis, Barbie Ruther, Omer Tweten, Gerald Wegscheid


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: 365 General Offering: $5,605 Maintenance/Improvement: $230 Receipts for Additional Ministries: $4,952

Your Generosity Continues! Donations for ELCA World Hunger keep coming in; our amount to donate is now $15,385.85. Can we make it to $16,000 before we send the check at the end of April?

Your Giving Plan. It’s important to know what support we can depend on from congregation members. By knowing what you’re willing to commit financially, we’re able to better plan for the future. Please consider setting up a recurring giving plan. Automating your financial commitments means your contributions will be received on a steady, uninterrupted basis. Calvary is excited to announce you can manage your giving online! It’s easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Follow these steps: Visit the church website at, click on the orange eGiving button, click on the Create Profile button, then follow the instructions to create a profile and schedule your recurring contributions.

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..


Sunday, May 1 we say Thank You to our 9th graders for helping plan Sunday's worship service! 9th grade Confirmation Students ordered the service, wrote prayers, and also did a brief text study with Pastor Cassie to prepare the sermon. Join us for “Beyond ‘The Talk: Becoming Your Kids’ Go-To Person About Sex” Sunday, May 1, 9:30-10:40am in the Youth Loft. Led by Youth Director Tracy Bieger, this event is for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, Godparents…anyone who has a child they love and care about age 0-20, and wants this info! No homework, no forced interaction or sharing required. So come extroverts and introverts alike!


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..


We need all supplies for men and women. 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.

New are kits for children! Items needed for infants-2 year olds include: Care items for newborns-age 2 include baby shampoo, baby wash or bar soap, bath towel & washcloth, child’s toothbrush, child’s toothpaste, comb or brush. Suggested comfort items are small blanket, stuffed toy, small book, baby lotion. Care items for age 2-10 include bath towel & washcloth, bar soap, shampoo, toothbrush, child’s toothpaste, comb or brush, suggested comfort items, blanket, stuffed toy, book, colors & coloring book, games. Thank you!

Questions? Call Sonja Horner at 758-3057 or Laurel Yost 758-3332.


A very nice display of CareNotes are now in the Fellowship Hall. CareNotes are offered through Calvary’s Social Ministries for people dealing with emotional situations. The small booklets offer concise, easy-to-read guidance, support, and strength for those who are hurting. Take One...and take heart. Give One...and give hope.


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


Children's ministry coordinator, Becky Stolee, will be at Vibrant Faith training for the First Third of Life from May 1- May 6. Becky can still be reached by email at


Sunday May 8, with a special concert at both Sunday services, you will hear a group of selections that were presented in worship during this choir season. Thanks to all who participated in Senior Choir this year, and for our excellent accompanist, Stacie Muench. You are a blessing to the Lord and to Calvary!


We need twin, full and queen beds. Call Cindy at 385-2859 if you have one. Also…Do you have a kitchen drawer that just won't shut? Are your cupboards crowded with crocks of utensils? Consider donating your extra spatulas, spoons, lifters, etc. to Community Outreach.


We rejoice with the following kids and their families as they receive Faith Chests today:

Aurora Schumacher, Bo Bush, Brooklyn Glorvigan, Cody Kostohryz, Cora Wiser, Dorthy Wilson, Dylan Anderson, Grant Wiser, Jack Hendrickson, Jackson Anderson, Kade Raser, Kael Buskirk, Kylie Anderson, Lilliana Shippee, Mackenzie Magnuson, Marissa Hopwood, Max Bjerke, Paige Naseth, Ryker Zimmerman, Sadie McManigle, Shelby Rehborg, Thea Hanson, Tyler Morberg

A huge thanks to the Calvary Fishermen for creating this beautiful, hand-drafted gift, a special keepsake for a lifetime of faith.


Wow! The gLoveBox bags went fast; we need to make more! Can you help us out by donating items such as: New pairs of adult white socks; lip balm; granola bars; fruit snacks; nail clippers; trial size lotion; sugar free hard candy; sugar free gum; or gift cards to help us purchase items? Please drop donations off in the office for Tracy!


Sunday, May 15 between services come congratulate our high school seniors at a reception in their honor: Jaden Anderson, Melissa Barvels, Cole Carignan, Carson Doyle, Adam Dykhoff, Danielle Graham, Tristan Leiran, Kimberly Merkins, Kelsey Muench, Emma O’Boyle, Ali Petersen, Amelia Potrament, Margaret Rennicke, Jacob Roble, and Teah Stokke.


High School seniors who plan to attend a college of the ELCA: The NW MN Women of the ELCA awards scholarship money to qualifying freshmen for their first year at an ELCA college. See Tracy Bieger for an application. Deadline is May 1, 2016.


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.


We now have a table in the coat room off the 3rd Ave entrance with higsaw puzzles. Take A Puzzle, Bring A Puzzle!


Ever wondered why the group that serves warm caramel rolls the first Sunday of every month calls itself "Justice Journeys?" This group plans, promotes and enables mission trip experiences for us, both in the U.S.A. and foreign lands. The money they raise is given to the "mission" involved and provides a modest stipend for participants o help defray some expenses. They are organizing a return to Common Hope in Guatemala in 2017. They would welcome you to join the trip. But first, you might want to know more about it. They have lots of information for you to look over. Come to them with your questions. They are eager to talk about the experience. Talk to Carla Gauwitz or Ron Anderson or anyone who has experienced the trip. See them during coffee hour, before or after church, or call them at home. If we have enough interest, we will do two week long trips! The maximum size for each group is 14. We're waiting to hear from you!


Available are many books on cassette: NIV Bible, King James Bible, Jan Karon series, C.S. Lewis, Women of Faith Books, Love Language series, Janette Oke, Francine Rivers, plus more. Cassette players also available to borrow (please make notation on library card when you borrow a player).

New items to our library: Veggie Tales: Hero's of the Bible (DVD) Going to the Chapel (Tales from Grace Chapel Inn) - Rebecca Kelly Back Home Again (Tales from Grace Chapel Inn) - Melody Carlson Empty Saddle (Mysteries of Silver Peak-8) Carole Jefferson Reunion Dance (Mysteries of Silver Peak-9) Carole Jefferson


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.


If you are planning to hold a meeting for your Calvary committee, study or group at the church, contact the church office at 218-346-4780 or to verify there is a room available. Calvary-related meetings will take precedence over outside groups that wish to use our facility.


Hey Guys! The Daughters Planning committee is looking for a ‘few good men’ to help serve and wash the dishes at the brunch coming up on Saturday, May 14. All volunteers will get a free meal and T-shirt. If you are willing to help out, please contact Mary Kloster at 346-2546 or Jean Hallberg at 346-6518. Honestly, how better to spend a Saturday morning than with 130 women? We would really appreciate your help!


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.


Once again the Calvary Fishermen demonstrated what true Christian men they are with their showing on Monday to help a Calvary couple with their move. There were 6-8 men that came with willing hearts and strong backs as we loaded 3-4 pickups and a trailer. The work was done with remarkable teamwork and good spirit; it was a pleasure to witness and a part of. There is virtually no way that this couple could have completed this move had the Fishermen not responded to their request. This make me proud to be a member of the Fishermen and to have these men as personal friends. Don Isensee


Men! Join us for the monthly Fishermen's Lunch Thursday, May 5 at The Brew at noon. 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.


We have a nursery available for infants-5 year olds. It is staffed during the education hour and 10:45 a.m. worship service. When you check your child into the nursery, you will receive a pager (much like the one you receive when waiting for a table at a restaurant). If you are needed, your pager will buzz and light up. Drop your child off for 10 minutes or the whole worship service.


Need help with odd jobs around your house or property? Calvary is very involved with the Rewind Halfway House; many of us appreciate we can call there and get good help for an hour or a day. You can call 218- 346-6100 to ask them to connect you with someone who can work for you. You will need to pick them up and drop them off, but you will find them to be good workers and good people to get to know. Ask Pastor Phil or Ron Anderson if you have questions.


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


Russ Bunker's private students will be playing in their annual spring piano recital at Calvary on Monday, May 16 at 7 p.m. with solo piano music as well as duets.


Projection is an integral part of our worship service. We are in need of at least two or three morning volunteers. We could also use someone to help with the video that airs on the local channel for the home bound members of our congregation. Please talk to Pastor Phil or myself about volunteering to help with first service. I will look forward to training you. Thank you. Kari Potrament 218-234-7276.


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.


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Spend a while on the Nile with this year's Vacation Bible School! Egypt: Joseph's Journey From Prison To Palace will explore Gods promises of hope, forgiveness and love. You can register your kids on line at and follow the link to VBS registration. VBS is Sunday-Wednesday, June 5-8. A meal starts at 5 pm and VBS will be 5:30-7:45pm. Kids 4 years old - just finished 6th grade may attend. Come join us for this exciting event!

Are you available to help with Vacation Bible School June 5-8, for any or all nights? We would love to have you sign up. There is a sign up sheet under the bulletin boards in the fellowship hall. We have needs in the kitchen, group guides with kids (no teaching involved), helping kids with projects, and decorating before the event. Please consider helping out for a night. Thank you—The Education Committee

For Vacation Bible School, please donate empty shoeboxes with lids and empty boxes with lids that held reams of paper. Please put them in the narthex under the stairway. Thank you!


Charity and Faith meet the first Wednesday, Charity at 9:30am and Faith at 1:00pm (with noon lunch at the Lakes Cafe). 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.


Charity Circle Wednesday, May 4 at 9:30a.m. in the Matthias Room with Daria Anderson hosting and Anita Blesi leading the study.

Faith Circle Wednesday, May 4 at 1 p.m. in the Matthias Room. Study leader is Irene Seedorf.

Peace Circle Wednesday, May 11 at 9:30 a.m. in the Matthias Room. Mary Ringsven is host and Terri Olson is study leader.


Young women are invited to come as they are for a faith-centered conversation on the third Thursday of every month at 7:30pm at a group member’s home (rotating). Comfy clothes are encouraged as we reflect on the Bold Café (WELCA) readings. Readings can be found on the website under the heading Cafe Groups. Please contact Andrea Westby,, for more details and to be included on the listserv.


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..


Would you like to visit Calvary shut-ins? Circle members do but we encourage other Calvary women to participate. You may sign up for more than one person or more than one month on the shut-ins list on the women’s activity board. Our shut-ins need to know they are remembered by our church members. If this is a ministry you’re comfortable with, please sign up!


Calvary's All Daughter Brunch is Saturday, May 14 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The theme is “Pearls of Wisdom.” Janet Karvonen will be the speaker and the title of her presentation is “Inspired By The Call.” The program includes a catered brunch, music, a Someplace Safe project, children’s activity and photo opportunities! Tickets for the event are being sold between services in the fellowship hall the following dates: April 17, April 24, May 1 and May 8 (or until tickets are gone). Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for children. For more information contact Jean Hallberg, Janet Sieverson, Mary Kloster or Tricia Hamann. This event is sponsored in part by Thrivent.


Dee Anderson is offering a "Stitch and Share" session every Thursday 1-3pm. Bring your knitting, crocheting, embroidery, mending or quilting, etc. to work on. We can share ideas or techniques while we get to know one another better. Come to the fellowship hall to find us.


Calvary women will be assisting Perham Living residents with devotions Thursday, May 5 at 10:30 a.m. If you’d like to participate in this fun ministry call Net Kupferschmid at 346-3315.


Field Trip for adults in their 20's-40's May 11 at 6pm, Schoenberger Funeral Home. Wondering what a funeral home does? or what sort of planning a young adult should do for their own death (or the death of a loved one)? do you have no idea how to talk about death? Then this field trip is for you. We'll get a tour of the funeral home, ask questions to funeral director Hans Larson, and then debrief at the Brew. Childcare is available upon request. RSVP with Pastor Cassie.

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