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.
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 March by Rich & Mary McCrady in honor of their grandchildren Sarah, Austin, Caroline, Abigail and Meredith. 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. This week's broadcast is sponsored by family and friends of Ruth Halda.
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.
WEDNESDAYS IN LENT
Join us for worship during Lent Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. beginning March 5, Ash Wednesday with the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion. The remaining Lenten services will feature Holden Evening Prayer and a different guest speaker each week. Our coin "noisy" offerings during Lent will benefit World Hunger. Come early for Lenten supper at 5:30 p.m. [supper free will offering will benefit Youth programs and World Hunger].
March 12: Betty Ziegler
March 19: Michael Thompson
March 26: Terry Hepola
April 2: Laura Morlock
April 9: Guatemala Mission Group Returnees
Condolences to family and friends of Mert Baumgartner of Amor who passed away March 4. Mert is the uncle of Sandy Hovde.
Baptized March 9: Samuel Carson Riewer. Sponsors are Scott & Danielle Maag and Jarrod Silver. Parents are Blake and Cassandra Riewer.
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/gifts
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
APPLAUSE FREE LENT
We are trying an experiment just for the season of Lent—an Applause-Free Lent. There is no season more appropriate, in that as we approach the cross of Good Friday, this is a more meditative and penitential season. So we ask, with the full support of our musicians, that you refrain from clapping during Lent, March 5 to April 18. We will still clap for our children. Please do find other ways to show your appreciation to Russ Bunker and our other musicians.
HOSPITAL & PRAYER LIST
Ron Buckhouse, Shirley Bunker, Kathy Cavanagh, Neil & Janelle Dow, Wayne Eckhoff, Sandy Hovde, Herb & Edris Meier, Bob Moe, Rose Neseth, Ross Olson, Wade Sjolie, Mel Sucher, Shawn Trepanier, Ron Christenson, Bill Cole, Hudson Graham, Jessica Hoff, Ruth Holtan, Dayni Imdieke, Paige Johnson, Jennifer Jorgenson, Channing Kaatz, Pat & Karen Kilby, Michel Lind, Patrick McMullen, Kathy Peterson, Jennifer Rise, Carol Teig, Stephen Vorhes, Gibb Wegscheid
LAST WEEK AT CALVARY
Worship Attendance: 197
General Fund: $9,544
Maintenance/Improvement Fund: $755
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 email@example.com.
NATIONAL DAY OF UNPLUGGING MARCH 7-8
From sundown on Friday, March 7 to sundown on Saturday, March 8. join in the National Day of Unplugging! Turn off your cell phones, laptops, notebooks and any other electronic mobile device to reconnect with your kids, spouse, friends, or even just yourself. This could be playing board or card games together, going for a walk, baking something, and a great time for family or individual devotions.
SUNDAY LENTEN STUDY
Sunday Lenten Study
Join us between services on Lenten Sundays in the Matthias Room for the Passion Story in John, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, with Pastor Phil Holtan as leader. Dig deeper to make Lent a growing season for you. Below are the themes and a reading list, but don’t worry if you haven’t done your homework:
March 9: Jesus at Gethsemane
John 12:27-28; Mark 14:32-42; Mt 26:36-46; Luke 22:40-46
March 16: Jesus Betrayed
John 18:1-11; Mark 14:43-52; Mt 26:47-56; Luke 22:45-53
March 23: Denial and Trial
John 18:22-27; Mark 14:53-72; Mt 26:57-75; Luke 22:54-71
March 30: Jesus and Pilate
John 18:28-40; Mark 15:2-5; Mt 27:11-14; Luke 23:2-5 (+Herod)
April 6: Jesus Condemned
John 19:1-16a; Mark 15:6-20; Mt 27:15-31; Lk 23:18-25
April 13: Crucified King-7 Words
John 19: 16b-22 Mark 15:21-41; Mt 27:32-54; Lk 23:26-49
ADULT BIBLE STUDY: MONDAYS
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.
MONDAY ADULT STUDY IN LENT
Monday Noon Bible Study is suspended during Lent and will resume after Easter.
ADULT STUDY TUESDAYS: SEEKERS.
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!
MARCH CALVARY WRITER'S GROUP
Calvary Writer’s Group will meet Wednesday, March 12 from 5:15pm to 6:15pm.
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!
Community Outreach Ministry is in need of dressers, kitchen tables and chairs, all sizes of beds, lamps, end tables, mixing bowls, baking pans, pots and pans, drinking glasses and queen size sheet sets. We ask that everything be in good condition. Please call Cindy Olson at 218-849-8658 if you have these items.
FIRST COMMUNION INSTRUCTION
First Communion Instruction. Coming to communion for the first time is an important rite of passage in your child’s growth in the faith. We invite all 3rd graders or older whom have not yet taken communion to prepare for their First Communion on Maundy Thursday, April 17. To prepare, you must attend a session at 12:00 PM Sunday, April 13, We also invite younger siblings down to 1st grade whose parents feel are ready for communion. Call Shirley Kalina, Tracy or Pastor Phil if you have questions.
REMEMBER THE FOOD SHELF
Food donations for the Food Shelf may be left in the narthex basket. Monetary donations make payable to Calvary with Food Shelf in the memo. March is Minnesota Foodshare Month, so the more you donate, the more Minnesota Foodshare dollars go to our local Food Shelf.
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.
COMMUNITY LENTEN CANTATA
Community Lenten Cantata…Practices To Begin! Join Us! Practices for the annual Community Lenten Cantata will begin on Sunday, March 2, at 7:00 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church. We will practice Sunday nights for six weeks, then perform the cantata on Palm Sunday [April 13] in New York Mills and Perham. Sheila Childs will direct the choir, and everyone who likes to sing is welcome!
NOISY OFFERING DURING LENT
Noisy Lenten Offering: World Hunger. The last few years you have been extraordinarily generous with your Lenten Offerings. 3 years ago we raised over $10K for Feed My Starving Children, 2 years ago over $15K for Global Barnyard (remember Curly the Goat), and last year over $10K for the ELCA Malaria Campaign. This year we are fighting hunger again with noisy offerings each Sunday, Maundy Thursday offering, a Bike Ride for Hunger and Buck-a-Chick. It only takes a 'buck', $1 gives an Easter chick to a family in need. For $1 members can purchase and decorate a paper chick for themselves or in honor of a friend or loved one. This gift will help ELCA World Hunger provide a family in need with a chick that will eventually produce eggs to eat and sell.
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.
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS AWARENESS WEEK MARCH 3-9
This week we are focusing on building the very thing MS seeks to destroy: Connections. We are getting the word out to our family, to our friends and to our community. We are sharing what MS is and how we are doing something about it. MS is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body. MS can stop people from moving. There is no cure and the cause is unknown, however research is being done giving people affected the hope that soon a cure will be found. Together with you, we are a powerful movement; working to create a world free of MS. If you have any questions about MS or our local Self-help/Caregivers groups contact Colleen Sazama (218) 758-2502 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please keep those touched by this disease in your prayers.
Music Director Russ Bunker has some spots available for piano students. Interested? Contact Russ at 346-7662 or email@example.com
Join us for quilting on Thursdays at 9:00am. Bring a scissor and a snack for coffee and join the fun! Questions? Call Leona Rothiger at 346-6633.
RELAY FOR LIFE
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.
SONGS FROM OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL KIDS
Sunday School children will sing at the 10:45am service March 16 with a children's message from Children's Ministry Coordinator Shirley Kalina, April 13 and May 4 [last day of Sunday School]. Join us as they make a joyful noise!
SONGFEST MARCH 30
Come and jump start your spring at the Songfest on March 30!
This is the event that got canceled in late January. Each year for many years, Perham has "gotten together" to celebrate our unity in Christ and share some great music, sponsored by the Perham Ministerial (pastor's group). This year on Sunday, March 30 we gather at Calvary at 3 p.m. Choirs and praise bands from six area churches, Northwoods Assembly of God, St. Paul's Lutheran, New Creation Lutheran, St. Henry's Catholic Church, Crosspoint Alliance Church and Calvary Lutheran will each share two musical selections. We also invite you for fellowship and treats after the SongFest.
We'll also take an offering. For many years the Perham Ministerial has administered a Good Samaritan Fund for travelers stranded without resources in our community. When folks in need come to our doors or our attention, we pastors send them to the Perham Police Department for a background check and then provide what they need: Motel accommodations, food, and sometimes a bus ticket. We feel we do a responsible job of both helping those in real need and avoiding being scammed.
Sherry Dykhoff's Tortellini Broccoli Salad with Bacon was a big hit at the Ash Wednesday supper! Download the recipe >>
WOMEN'S JAVA JAMS STUDY
Women’s Java Jams begins March 10 the five-session Bible study One Thousand Gifts. Best-selling author Ann Voskamp ponders the question of finding joy in midst of everything from the typical grind of daily chores and deadlines to the calamity every person eventually faces. How can you live life with a heart overflowing with delight?' It's only in this expression of gratitude for the life we already have, that we discover the life we've always wanted, a life we can take, give thanks for, and use to serve others. Sessions include Attitude of Gratitude, Grace in the Moment, All is Grace, Trust: The Bridge to Joy and Empty to Fill.
WOMEN'S SATURDAY BIBLE STUDY
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.
WOMEN'S "ALL DAUGHTER" EVENT
We are hoping to have a mother/daughter event this year that we will call the All Daughter event. We can do it if we get a few volunteers to help with the planning. Do you have ideas for a program or decorations or any other suggestions for an event for women and girls? Contact Terri Olson at 218-849-6590 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARCH WOMEN'S CIRCLE STUDIES
Charity Circle meets March 5 at 9:30 a.m. in the Mathias Room at Calvary. Dianne Hunt is hostess and Pat Shepard is study leader.
Faith Circle meets March 5 for lunch at the golf course at 11:30 a.m. The Bible study will follow in the Mathias Room at Calvary at 1:00 p.m. Ruth Lange will lead the study.
Peace Circle meets March 12 at 9:30 a.m. in the Mathias Room. Vi Bergman is hostess and Bev Tougas will lead the study.
Charity and Peace Circle women have been studying some obscure Bible women since September and this month is no exception. Taken from the book of Judges 11:30-40, the study focuses on the daughter of Jephthah. Japhthah was the son of a prostitute and a mighty warrior who made a vow with God. He promised that if he won in a battle with the Ammonites, he would offer as a burnt offering whoever came out of his house to meet him. The Ammonites were defeated and Jephthah was devastated to see his only child, a daughter, come out of his house. If you don’t remember the story, read it to get the details. Then you might enjoy visiting a Circle meeting to discuss this intriguing story.
Youth & Family Skiing/Tubing. We’ll meet up at Calvary at noon, have lunch and head out for some winter fun, returning at 7pm. Kids 6th grade and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Cost includes lunch, transportation and lift ticket: $15 to tube for 2 hours (each additional hour is $4), $25 if you have your own ski/snowboard equipment, $40 if you rent ski equipment, and $50 if you rent snowboard equipment. You will need your own supper money. Check with Tracy for available space.
BETTER HEALTH SERIES
Sanford Health will present the series “Better Choices, Better Health” Tuesdays March 4-April 8, 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes. For information or to register call 877-234-4240.