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 July by Gloria Gudmestad in memory of Lila Masters. 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 Pete & Terri Eikren.

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


Sunday, July 27, join us as Pastor Jim and Carol Sack share their experiences as our missionaries in Japan. Give them a warm welcome and thank them for their ministry!


Yes, we're worshiping in Vergas again this summer, every Sunday at 9 a.m. through Labor Day at the Vergas Event Center. Pastor Dave Beety will be the regular preacher and we thank many Calvary folk for helping to host.


Bryce Anderson, Dennis Awes, Ron Buckhouse, Shirley Bunker, Neil & Janelle Dow, Wayne Eckhoff, Elaine Engen, LaVerne Hansen, Sandy Hovde, Larry Lange, Edris Meier, Bob Moe, Ross Olson, Wade Sjolie, Phoebe Tomlinson, Roger Vettleson, Larry Wilson, Aeryn DeKrey, Jennifer Jorgenson, Gary Moe


Thank you. Ed and I want to thank Pastor Phil and Pastor Carl for their visits at the hospital and our home. Thanks to our church family for their prayers, cards, flowers and visits. Thanks to our Meal Ministry who brought wonderful meals to us while we were still under home health care. Our son and daughter who travel a long distance to be with us are also grateful to all of you. I think they were a bit surprised how friends, neighbors and church family saw to our comforts. I also want you to know how much comfort the prayer shawl gave me in the hospital and at home.

Jo Emerson

Condolences to family and friends of Melva Baumgartner who passed away Saturday, July 12. Melva is Sandy Hovde’s aunt and Corinne Wilson’s cousin.


Sunday Worship Attendance: 273
Vergas Worship Attendance: 60
General Fund: $8,565
Maintenance/Improvement Fund: $853

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


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.


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!


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.


Wednesday Writer’s Group meets Wednesday, August 13 from 5:15 to 6:30pm in the Calvary Library.


Children’s Education Coordinator for Calvary Lutheran Church in Perham, Minnesota. Part-time, professional position (16-20 hours/week); flexibility in work schedule, especially in summer. Faith to share and eagerness to learn. Coordinates and provides leadership for all educational opportunities from pre-K through grade 6. Requires strong organizational, communication and basic computer skills. You can find more information on our website at Please address questions and send application materials electronically (cover letter, resume and contact information for two references) by August 4 to


Community Outreach currently needs dressers, end tables, pots and pans, and microwaveable bowls. Please call Cindy Olson at 385-2859.


Can you help the youth with items to assemble our gLOVEbox kits? We are in need of new adult sized socks, individually wrapped granola bars or fruit snacks, $5 McDonalds cards, new lip balms, gum, trial sized hand lotions. Don’t have time to shop? If you can donate grocery store gift cards, Shopko or Walmart to us, we can buy the items ourselves too. The kits are assembled, then given out at church for you to keep in your car to hand out to people in need. Thanks for any donations you can help us with!


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.


Sunday, August 3 our Justice Journeys mission team will be serving caramel rolls between services and your free will offering will support their ministry.


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.


Summer Special Music. If you would like to share your gifts in a musical message for Sunday worship this summer, contact Russ Bunker at 218-457-1888 or


Calvary's first bell ensemble will be a reality! We have five Calvary people who have stepped forward to form our very first Calvary bell ensemble! They are Susan Botula, Becky Stolee, Mary Erickson, Mary Eckhoff and Sheri Johnson. The first of three rehearsals will be July 22 at 5:15, followed by July 29 at 5:15 and final rehearsal August 7 at 5:15 p.m. The ensemble will play for worship on Sunday August 10. Thanks to Dawn Beckwell for leading this group and providing the bells to work with. This will be an exciting event for Calvary's music ministry.


Making Music Praying Twice Summer Camp. Little children ages 0 –5 and their caregivers are invited to Making Music Praying Twice Summer Camp at St. Henry’s Church in Perham August 11-14 at 10:30 AM or 6:30 PM. Come sing, dance, play instruments and more with your child(ren) in this faith inclusive, early childhood music education camp designed to benefit even our little babies! Limited to 12 children per class. Classes are 45- 60 minutes. $25 material fee per family for music CD and songbook. No charge to families who participated last year and already have the take-home materials. This is your chance to try out the program and watch your child grow, make friends, and have fun. Fall classes begin on September 17. For more information or to register please contact Ann Dardis, 346-3429, or visit


Music Director Russ Bunker has some spots available for piano students. Interested? Contact Russ at 346-7662 or


Single dad of 4 children from our town needs help with plumbing repairs $200
Gas cards for young lady who is trying to manage work and school while facing health issues. $130
Car repair for young lady who is trying to work and go to school. $80


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.


No Charity Circle in July or August. Faith Circle does not meet until August 6 at 1pm at in the Matthias Room. Peace Circle meets at 9:30am July 9 in the Matthias Room and August 13 at Mary McCrady’s home.


Nursing Home Devotions Thursday, August 7. Join us at 10:30 a.m. at Perham Living as we help residents with Bible devotions. If you’d like to help or have questions, contact Net Kupferschmid at 346-3315.


Women’s Summer Java Jams will meet for a study of “Verbs Of God: How God Moves On Our Behalf.” See you at Liz Swanson’s home the 2nd and 4th Monday each month at 9:00am! Questions? Contact Liz at 218-234-7740 or


Sr. High Youth Wednesday Night Alive at 8 p.m. begins June 18, locations at parent host homes to be announced, text @youthinfo to 6122463805.


Dear Calvary Church, thank you for giving me the opportunity to go to Luther Crest Bible Camp. I enjoyed worship, singing, campfire worship, diving into the Bible, meeting new people and camp out. I would love to go again. Thanks again.

Emily Kirchenwitz


The Lakes Crisis and Resource Center is currently seeking donations to sell at the 1st Annual Lakes Area Charity Auction.

Donations are tax deductible. New or gently used Items desired are furniture, outdoor furnishings, cars, trucks, boats, sporting equipment, tableware, new electronics, antiques, etc.

Donations may be dropped off in Perham Sunday and Monday, July 20 and 21 from 11 am-1 pm in the parking lot of KLN offices at 800 4th Street NW or in Detroit Lakes Sunday and Monday August 3 and August 4 from 11 am-1 pm at the Jack Chivers Realty parking lot at 1110 Hwy 59 South.

Please join us for this fun event on August 16 starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Kent Freeman Arena in Detroit Lakes.

If you are unable to contribute to the auction or attend the event, but would like to make a monetary donation to help cover the costs of the event, call 218-847-8572and ask for Jan or Anna.

Thanks, LCRC Fundraising Committee

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