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.

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.

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 April 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. This week's broadcast is sponsored by Alta Mandt in memory of her husband Sherman.

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


Join us for worship during Holy Week and Easter:

April 16: Service of Silence
A Time for Reflection

April 17: Maundy Thursday
1:30 & 6:30pm
1st Communion/World Hunger Offering

April 18: Good Friday
A Service of Shadows

April 20: Easter Sunday
6:30, 8:30 and 10:45am
The Resurrection of our Lord


Congratulations to Troy & Megan Hemmelgarn on the birth of a son, Noah Ryan, on Tuesday, April 1.

Condolences to family and friends of

Ron Christenson of Oakes, North Dakota who passed away Saturday, April 5. Ron is the father of Cindy Hurt.

Marlon Restad of Pelican Rapids who passed away Sunday, April 6. Marlon is the father of Mark Restad and brother-in-law of Roger Haugrud.

Odie Wegscheid’s sister-in-law Barb of the Twin Cities who passed away Sunday, April 13.


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.


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 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!


Ron Buckhouse, Shirley Bunker, Kathy Cavanagh, Neil & Janelle Dow, Wayne Eckhoff, Sandy Hovde, Herb & Edris Meier, Bob Moe, Ross Olson, Wade Sjolie, Mel Sucher, Bill Cole, Stephanie Flynn, Jessica Hoff, Dayni Imdieke, Paige Johnson, Jennifer Jorgenson, Channing Kaatz, Pat & Karen Kilby, Paxton Licence, Michel Lind, Patrick McMullen, Susan (Vettleson) Morris, Kathy Peterson, Shane Potrament, Jennifer Rise, Willa Russell, Carol Teig, Stephen Vorhes


Sunday Worship Attendance: 406
General Fund: $10,002
Maintenance/Improvement Fund: $750
Noisy Offering (8:30): $231
Noisy Offering (10:45): $315

Maundy Thursday Attendance: 218
Maundy Thursday Offering: $3,831

Thanks to Ken Krajsa and Bell State Bank for $1,000 through their Pay It Forward program. $500 will help fund more generous support for campers to Luther Crest this summer. The other $500 goes to our Lenten ELCA World Hunger Appeal. Thanks Ken for "paying it forward."

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


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.


Seekers Study meets each Tuesday at 9am. Our focus for the fall and winter months is on reviewing the sermon from the previous Sunday. All are welcome!


Ross Olson and his family are new members of Calvary. Ross has just had his 15th surgery in the last two years, 48th surgeries total. They are courageous folks, but his multiple health challenges are taking a toll on their finances and morale.

Join us for a Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction April 27 from 9 AM to 1:30 PM. Join us for breakfast and help support Ross and his family.

Silent Auction Donations requested for the Ross Olson Benefit. Please contact Julie Baumgart at 218-841-3664 or e-mail her at no later than April 25.


Items Now Needed For Care Kits! You may buy items for Care Kits instead of filling a bag; in the cold weather there is even more of a need and we are in immediate need: Bar soap, hand or bath towels, tooth brushes, combs or brushes, shampoo, deodorant, men's shaving cream. If you can’t shop you can also make a monetary donation to Calvary with “Personal Care Kits” in the memo. Thank You!


As you do your spring cleaning, please consider donating to Community Outreach Ministry. We are in great need of beds, end tables, kitchen table and chairs, small lamps and kitchen items. Please call Cindy at 385-2859.


The Fishermen will be presenting FaithChests to Calvary children Sunday, April 27 at the 10:45 service. Congregation members who placed custom orders for a FaithChest may pick them up during coffee hour in the fellowship hall. The Fishermen thanks the congregation for their continued gracious support of this special program.


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.


It’s Luther Crest Bible Camp season. We want to talk to you about our own Bible camp because Calvary is one of the churches that own Luther Crest, near Alexandria on Lake Carlos. They have lots of summer opportunities for all ages and Calvary provides matching money to help pay your registration cost. Keep your ears open for more announcements, or check the posters around Calvary or check


Meal Ministry is in need of some volunteers to help out with Meal Ministry. Being a part of this ministry doesn’t mean you have to cook something. Here are a few ideas: Ready to eat meal delivered at a specific time Prepared meal – take over unbaked and the recipient can bake it when they are ready to eat Take Out always works Getting something from the grocery store that is easy for them to prepare, i.e. frozen lasagna and garlic bread; frozen chicken patties, buns, veggies, cookies. As you can see even if you don’t have time to make or prepare something at a certain time there are other ways to help out too. I have delivered prepared meals that just need baking in the morning and the recipient can make when they want. We appreciate all of you whom are taking time out of your life to help others in need, And, they appreciate it too!


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 Saturday, May 3. Please meet at church at 7:00 a.m. and we hope to leave by 7:15. Questions? Call Kal at 218-342-3840.


Our local Multiple Sclerosis Support Group team is holding a Pizza Night to benefit our team Wednesday, April 23, at Perham Pizza Ranch from 5-7pm. For further information contact Colleen Sazama at 758-2502 or


Once again our local team “The Go-Getters” is gearing up for our annual Walk MS to fight Multiple Sclerosis (MS) at Minnesota State Community College in Fergus Falls May 4 noon-2pm. Multiple Sclerosis stops people from moving. Please consider a donation or become a participant and side by side, we will “move” to make a difference. Each step you take brings us closer to a world free of MS. Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated.


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


It’s time to organize the Relay for Life teams for 2014. The Otter Tail East Relay is proud to be recognized as the Midwest Division’s Community of Hope award recipient for 2013. Our Calvary team is also proud that our team has been involved in all of the 18 Relay events to date. To remain a strong team and continue the fight against cancer on behalf of our Calvary friends and family, we would welcome new members. As a member, we pledge to raise $100 per person, help with any fundraisers, and participate at the event on July 11. For more information, see Ron and Dee Anderson or Lisa Peterson.

Join the Calvary Relay team on June 22 for a breakfast of scrambled eggs and ham, breads and beverages. You will be able to shop for gift items as the Calvary Relay team share their crafting talents. We will welcome any donated craft items to be sold for dollars to help “Finish The Fight” against cancer. For information, see Dee Anderson.


April 16 and 20, there will be no Wednesday or Sunday School due to Easter break. Happy Easter!


Shout Out! VBS is set for June 2-5, Monday through Thursday. In order for VBS to be a success, we need the help of volunteers to help with kitchen, crafts, decorating and serve as leaders. We are excited to get started! Sign up to help with VBS at vacation%20bible%20school%20signup. Questions? Contact Shirley Kalina at or 218-298-1602.


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 us the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in the Matthias Room. Throw on your comfy pants, grab your Bible and coffee cup, and come on in! We gather to explore Scripture, encourage one another, and grow as women.


Calvary’s All Daughter Brunch Saturday May 31, at 9:30 a.m. Our theme is “The Purse—Its History and Personality.” Come with your daughters, mothers or friends and enjoy a special morning of fun and entertainment. Tickets will be on sale in May.


Monday and Tuesday evening, April 21 and 22, when you get a phone call from one of our youth asking you, “How many shares of youth stock would you like?” please prayerfully consider purchasing some “shares” of “stock” and support the many wonderful faith-building youth programs at Calvary. Thank you for your generous support!

Thank God
Share Jesus
Help Others