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WELCOME TO CALVARY

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. 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:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/CalvaryLutheranChurchOfPerham 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 Terry & Diane Hepola in memory of Andy (Chelsea) Marthaler’s grandma and Dru’s great grandma, Bernice Marthaler.

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 http://www.calvaryperham.com/broadcasts.

HOSPITAL & PRAYER LIST

Bryce Anderson, Holly Baker, Brenda Baumgart, Alec Bjerke, Ron Buckhouse, Shirley Bunker, Kyle Buskirk, Neil & Janelle Dow, Wayne Eckhoff, Jo & Ed Emerson, Carol Flynn, Jean Johnson, Larry Lange, Kermit Larson, Edris Meier, Bob Moe, Ross Olson, Wade Sjolie, Larry Wilson, Jan Anderson, Sharon Courtney, Dayne Imdieke, Halarian Schultz, Jon Tota

LIFE EVENTS

Sunday, April 19: Baptism of Blake Bradley Bloom. Sponsors are Josh & Nicol Bjork and Jim & Jodi Eernisse. Parents are Bradley & Julie Bloom.

ARE YOU A PEOPLE PERSON?

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 lpeterson@frazee.k12.mn.us.

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE WELCOME!

Come join a new group called the Hospitality Team to brainstorm how we as a congregation can be more welcoming to all who walk through our doors. We need members of all ages to give us fresh perspectives on how we can do a better job of extending that warm hand of friendship as believers in Jesus Christ. Won’t you join us? Please contact Jean Hallberg, Evangelism Chair, at 346-6518.

CALVARY WEATHER RELATED TEXT ALERTS

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.

LAST WEEK AT CALVARY

Sunday Worship Attendance: 313
General Fund Offering: $14,060
Maintenance/Improvement Fund Offering: $1,183
Receipts for Additional Ministries: $3,390

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..

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 halo@eot.com.

ADULT STUDY SUNDAYS MAY 3-10: PRAYER

Adult Study on Prayer – May 3 and 10 between services (9:45-10:30). Have you ever wondered: “Why do we pray?” ”How do I pray?” We’ll have a chance to explore these and other questions you have, as well as try out a variety of prayer with Pastor Cassie in the Matthias Room (down the short hall to the left of the kitchen) the first two Sundays in May. Come for one class or come for both!

ADULT BIBLE STUDY MONDAYS: NOON

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.

ADULT STUDY TUESDAYS: SEEKERS

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.

BENEFIT FOR KYLE BUSKIRK MAY 27

Wednesday, May 27, 5-7pm join us for a benefit for Kyle Buskirk with Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction. Proceeds will help defray medical expenses and time missed from work due to major back surgeries. Unable to attend? A donation can be made to United Community Bank in Perham.

CARE KITS

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.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY

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

COFFEE HOUSE NIGHT!

Sunday, May 3 beginning at 6:30 p.m. come for a Coffee House Night and enjoy a unique evening listening to original works of prose and poetry penned by our Calvary Writers Group as well as some wonderful “unplugged” musical selections! There will be sweet treats and a self-serve coffee bar available. Your free will offering will benefit Calvary’s mission ministry.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Community Outreach is in need of twin, double and queen beds, bed frames, bath towels, wash cloths and microwavable dishes. Thanks for all the donations this past month. So far in April we have helped 6 families. They are so appreciative. Call Cindy at 385-2859.

ELDER ABUSE TRAINING MAY 18

Elder Financial Abuse Training Monday, May 18, 5:30-6:30pm. Instructor: United Community Bank. Scammed? Now what? With a growing population of baby boomers entering retirement, elder financial abuse is on the rise. Most people think it won’t happen to their loved ones, but chances are great that it could. In this class, you will learn what elder financial abuse is, the warning signs, and how to prevent it. All ages are welcome. No charge.

ELECTRONIC GIVING

Calvary is pleased to announce the introduction of 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, this program will allow your weekly offerings to continue on an uninterrupted basis. Look for more information to come in May.

FIRST THIRD ON THE FIRST THURS GAME NIGHT MAY 7

You are invited to "First Third on the First Thurs" Game Night May 7, 6-7:30pm! We'll meet in the Fellowship Hall to play a variety of board games and card games and eat ice cream sundaes. We will have some games provided, but if you have a favorite bring it with you! All ages are welcome! Bring a friend!

GUITAR AND BASS GUITAR LESSONS

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.

GRADUATION RECEPTION

Join us in congratulating our high school seniors at a reception in their honor on Sunday, May 17 between services.

KINSHIP PURSE LUNCHEON

Join us Saturday, May 9 for the Kinship Purse Luncheon from 11am to 2pm at Thumper Pond in Ottertail with lunch and a special guest Auntie Kreamsagen, a “streetwise, self proclaimed marriage counselor” and bid on your favorite purse! Tickets $35 at United Community Bank or call Kinship at 346-7102.

LUTHER CREST PREPARE THE WAY CAMPAIGN

Luther Crest Bible Camp "Prepare The Way" Campaign

Some months ago, the Council set a goal of $30,000 to help build and renovate the fourteen 50-year-old cabins at Luther Crest, our Bible camp. Our Prepare The Way Committee is amazed by our members’ generosity; 60 member-donors contributed $33,355. This is an average of $555.92 per donor. We are most grateful. Calvary has once more stepped forward to help growth the faith needs of young and old alike. In order to rebuild these aging structures and also renovate the similarly deteriorating chapel, the Luther Crest Association, of which we are a member, needs $1.5 million. In case you missed an opportunity to be a part of the program, it’s not too late to contribute—any amount is helpful and appreciated. The gift can be cash or pledged over three years. It may be deferred to 2016 or 2017. We invite you to help “Prepare The Way” for people of all ages to grow in their spiritual lives.

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

Visit www.luthercrest.org and click "Prepare The Way" for more information.

MEMORY LOSS SERIES

Memory Loss Series. Perham Health and the Alzheimer’s Association invite you to the 1st of a four part series about memory loss, Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters presented by Jess Steinbrenner, MSW LGSW of the Alzheimer’s Association Tuesday, April 28, 6-7:30 p.m. at Perham Health in the St. James Room (upper level). The event is free with no registration required, open to families and professionals. CEU available. For more information, call Jess Steinbrenner at (218) 998-3603 or Sue Sailer, Perham Health Social Services, at (218) 347-1887.

MEN'S BREAKFAST STUDY

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.

MEN'S ATV RIDE.

Men! We invite you to join us for an ATV ride! May 2 we will meet at Calvary at 7am and depart at 7:15 am for Phil Esser’s place on Elbow lake.

FISHERMEN'S LUNCH

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.

MUSICIANS WANTED FOR PRAISE TEAM

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 thepola@me.com or the church office.

CHOIR SUNDAY MAY 3

Choir Sunday is Sunday, May 3 at both services with a special concert at both services featuring selections from the 2014-2015 choir season.

PIANO RECITALS MAY 18

Russ Bunker’s piano students will have recitals Monday, May 18 beginning at 7pm in the Calvary sanctuary.

PIANO LESSONS

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

RELAY FOR LIFE

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.

WHAT ARE YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS?

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: http://www.calvaryperham.com/gifts/gifts1

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.

TABLE FOR 8 CHALLENGE

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 kimwiththp@arvig.net. 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!

WOMEN'S WEDNESDAY CIRCES

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.

NURSING HOME DEVOTIONS

If you’d like to help residents at Perham Living with Bible devotions, please join us Thursday, May 7 at 10:30 a.m. Questions? Contact Net Kupferschmid at 346-3315.

WOMEN'S JAVA JAMS 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!

WOMEN'S CAFE STUDY

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 www.boldcafe.org under the heading Cafe Groups. Please contact Andrea Westby at andrealwestby@gmail.com for more details and to be included on the listserve.

WOMEN'S SATURDAY STUDY

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.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

Scholarships available for high school seniors applying to ELCA colleges. The NW MN Synodical Women’s Organization offers these to qualifying students for the 2nd semester of their college freshman year. Applicants must be high school seniors with at least a “C” average, members of an ELCA church and living in the NW MN area. Deadline to apply is May 1, 2015. Contact youth director Tracy Bieger for an application.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL MAY 31-JUNE 3





GOD’S LOVE ON THE LOOSE WITH DR. SEUSS
Summer 2015 Vacation Bible School at Calvary

Hear stories of God’s Love,
And a few silly rhymes,
Pray, sing, and play,
Have the bestest of times.
Love your neighbors as yourself,
Treat all God’s Creation with care,
Be a part of VBS at Calvary,
And show how God’s presence is everywhere.


We want to make this a fun, sometimes silly, impactful faith-formation experience for Pre-K to Grade 6 kids. And we can’t do it without you! We need your help! We will need volunteers willing to help with set-up, food prep, crafting, gaming, teaching! The more the better!

We will kick off “Camp Days” with a really special Dr. Seuss-y Worship at the 10:45 service on May 31. Camp will be May 31-June 3, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. each day. Then join us for Sunday morning worship on June 7 for a special Camp Wrap-Up!

So step right up, yes, you there, and you too!
Share God’s grace with our kids,
see the wonderful things they can do,
and don’t be surprised if those kids,
end up showing God’s grace to you.


Pastor Jacob Anderson
Sign up your child and/or to help here.

YOUTH STOCK MAY 4-5

Youth Stock. In the evening of May 4-5 you will get a phone call from one of our youth asking you to purchase “stock” in our youth programs. Please prayerfully consider your answer. Thank you for supporting our youth!

PUT A LID ON IT!

Please bring your empty Cool Whip, Jin Hu or any disposable plastic containers to the church kitchen. We've found they're very handy for taking home "leftovers" after our church events.

MEMORY LOSS SERIES

Perham Health and the Alzheimer’s Association invite you to the 1st of a four part series about memory loss, Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters presented by Jess Steinbrenner, MSW LGSW of the Alzheimer’s Association Tuesday, April 28, 6-7:30 p.m. at Perham Health in the St. James Room (upper level). The event is free with no registration required, open to families and professionals. CEU available. For more information, call Jess Steinbrenner at (218) 998-3603 or Sue Sailer, Perham Health Social Services, at (218) 347-1887.

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