Calvary Lutheran Church of Perham, Minnesota

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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 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 August by Rich & Mary McCrady in honor of daughter and son-in-law Lisa and Mike Epperson. 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 Pam Mather in memory of her granddaughter Eva Hoaby, who passed away a year ago.

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


Are you ready to take another step to be a part of God’s ministry through Calvary? Contact Pastor Phil or the church office. We will receive new members Sunday, September 28. There will be two Wednesday Orientation Sessions at 6:30 p.m. September 17 and 24.


Bryce Anderson, Galen Anderson, Chance Baker, Ron Buckhouse, Shirley Bunker, Neil & Janelle Dow, Wayne Eckhoff, Elaine Engen, Sandy Hovde, Larry Lange, Kermit Larson, Edris Meier, Bob Moe, Ross Olson, Arnie Rethemeier, Wayne Sachs, Wade Sjolie, Phoebe Tomlinson, Roger Vettleson, Larry Wilson, Melanie Andring, Aeryn DeKrey, Dayne Imdieke, Jennifer Jorgenson, Robby Lundbohm, Gary Moe


Sunday, August 31, we welcome Isabella Caroline Olson into God’s family through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. Sponsors are Sarah Thompson and Tyler Kjonaas. Parents are Ross and Ali Olson.


Sunday Worship Attendance: 222
Vergas Worship Attendance: 46
General Fund: $7,541
Maintenance/Improvement Fund: $270

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!


Sunday mornings at 9:50 a.m. starting September 7 join Pastor Carl Andersen as he leads us to tackle some important questions relative to the fields of faith and science.


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!


Wednesday Writer’s Group meets Wednesday, September 10 from 5:15 to 6:30pm in the Calvary Library.


October 12 is Personal Care Kit Renewed Awareness Sunday. Items needed: Lutheran World Relief Kits: 1 dark bath towel, 2 bath size bars of soap, 1 toothbrush, 1 comb, 1 nail clippers. Men’s Personal Care Kits: Dark hand towel and washcloth, deodorant, comb, shampoo, shaving cream, razor, bar soap and plastic case for soap, toothbrush and toothpaste Women’s Personal Care Kits: 1 bar soap, 1 wash cloth, 1 hand towel, 1 toothbrush, 1 comb, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant. Bags to fill may be found at the north end of the fellowship hall. Questions? Call Laurel Yost (758-3332) or Sonja Horner (758-3057).


This position still remains open.


Community Outreach currently needs couches, living room chairs, kitchen table and chairs, bed frames, dressers, end tables, pots and pans, and microwaveable bowls. Call Cindy Olson at 385-2859.


Food Shelf Sunday is September 7. Food donations may be left in the basket in the narthex. Monetary donations please make payable to Calvary with Food Shelf in the memo. Thank you for feeding the hungry!


Remember we have a great selection of greeting cards (50₵@) or napkins ($3@) in the rack in the Fellowship Hall. Check it out!


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.


Calvary’s Justice Journeys team serves caramel rolls between services the first Sunday of each month. The profits from sale of the rolls supports the mission work of our group. We serve these rolls the first Sunday of each month. Your donation is used in two ways: To provide a scholarship for those congregation members who need some assistance to afford working at the mission site. A significant portion of the money goes to support work at the mission site: Building a house, helping a clinic, supporting a school or an orphanage, distributing food and fuel, etc. Our cost to provide a caramel roll, excluding coffee expenses is $1 per roll. We appreciate your ongoing generous support for this important work.


The Justice Journeys Team will be sponsoring a silent auction September 28 and October 5. We would like your help! If anyone has a special talent or gift/craft item they would like to share for the items to be auctioned, we would gratefully accept your donation! Items could be anything from a stitching to a carving, a donation of time (housecleaning, lawn care, etc.), a gift certificate for Christmas baking or Thanksgiving pies, the ideas are only limited by your imagination! We would like to put together a wonderful list of things that could be purchased by our Calvary members for use either by themselves or for gifts. Please call Carla at 346-6486 for more information.


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.


Beer Tasting in September, date to be announced (we will taste no beer before its time). Fishermen must bring potential new Fishermen. Questions? Contact Mark Olson.


Men’s Fishing Retreat. Northwest Angle trip set for September 11-14. Contact Craig Swanson at 612-414-3147 or Space is limited; at least 7 are signed up, room for 12.


Our choirs and ensembles start rehearsals Wednesdays in September, or check out our praise team Crosswalk which leads our music in worship each week. If you love music, there’s a place for you, so come check it out!


One more chance to ring praise at Calvary! Our very first Calvary bell ensemble rang in worship on August 10. It is awesome to see the excitement of those that rang in our first group; they have been talking among themselves that it would be awesome to have this as a music ministry at Calvary. I expressed having a bell choir, as a dream of mine, to the council 9 years ago, and it is great to see beginnings of excitement for it; thank you Dawn! Dawn Beckwell has offered to lead one more bell ensemble to ring on October 5 in worship. We could expand the group this time to 8 ringers, but we do need at least 4 ringers. There will be 3 rehearsals to prepare for this; September 16, 23, and 30 at 515 pm. You have to attend every rehearsal and be able to ring on October 5 in worship, in order to participate. If you are interested please contact Russ Bunker at, or call the church office and let them know. Come join the fun!


Our choirs and ensembles start rehearsals on Wednesdays in September, or come check out our praise team Crosswalk which leads music in worship each week. If you love music, please join us any Wednesday this fall…there’s a place for you!


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


Calvary's Telephone Ministry Coordinator recruits and organizes volunteers who call members on their birthday or wedding anniversary with a short inspirational message. These calls are designed not only to recognize the importance of the date, but also to demonstrate that Calvary is concerned about them. Interested? Please call Social Ministry Chair Liz Swanson at 218-234-7740 or


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.


Women! Join us as we help Perham Living nursing home residents with Bible devotions Thursday, September 4 at 10:30 a.m. Questions? Contact Net Kupferschmid at 218-346-3315 or


Consider attending the NW MN Synodical Women's Convention in Crookston September 12 and/or 13. On Friday the event runs 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 with banquet, speaker and evening service. Saturday's events are 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and include keynote speaker, Sara Forsberg sharing how to overcome discouragement, insecurity, anxiety and fear. Registration forms are on the bulletin board and must be postmarked by September 5 with cost of $65 per day. For more info visit


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!


The Saturday Women’s Bible Study will resume September 13 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at church the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month. We will again work with the study from last spring, Trusting God, A Life Without Worry, a Women of Faith publication. All women are welcome 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.


The Saturday Women’s Bible Study meets from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at church the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month. We will again work with the study from last spring, Trusting God, A Life Without Worry, a Women of Faith publication. All women are welcome 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.


Women’s Fall Cluster Meeting Tuesday, September 23. All women are welcome to enjoy a gathering of many women for a morning of laughter, learning, music and lunch at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Henning. The theme is "Of Many Generations" and the program includes Bible Study and devotions by Pastor Steve Dahl. Register by signing up on clipboard below the bulletin board and paying $9 (Checks payable to Calvary WELCA) to Bev Tougas, Phyllis Helland or the church office by September 15. Carpool from Calvary at 7:45 a.m.


Ladies Mark Your Calendar! You are invited to join the Calvary Seekers for a tour of “Tastefully Simple, Inc.” at Alexandria, Minnesota on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Please arrive at the church ready for a car-pool departure at 9:30 am. We will have lunch in Alexandria and begin the tour at Tastefully Simple at 1:00 pm, and return to the church after the tour. Call 346-4872 or the church to confirm your tour! To learn more about Jill Blashack Strahan the CEO, and Tastefully Simple, visit the web site at or you can visit the Facebook page at or Jill’s book “Simply Shine: Stories That Stirred the Fire.”


Denim Quilt Squares Available! Take as many as you like. They’re available in the Dorcas Room at the north end of the Fellowship Hall.


Any interested women welcome to join us Thursday, October 4 at 10:30 a.m. at Perham Living as we help residents with Bible devotions. Contact Net Kupferschmid at 346-3315.


September 10 at 6pm Youth Director Tracy Bieger will meet with 10th grade confirmands.


Rally Sunday! We are so excited to start another season of Sunday School with your children on Sunday, September 7 at 9:40. This year we will all meet in the Sanctuary to kick off our year. Families, please join your children as we will have a short worship service together. You will also get a chance to meet your child's teacher. It will be a great morning of fun and fellowship together!

Families! It's time to register your children for Sunday School! You can register on the Calvary web site or paper forms are available at the office. If you have any questions about Sunday or Wednesday School, please contact Mary Jacobson at or 651-338-8779.

Teachers Needed. We are in need of just a few more adults to teach Sunday and Wednesday School. This is truly a rewarding and fulfilling way to serve within the church. There is no discrimination regarding your age, gender or choice of beverage; Kool-aid, coffee, or Coke, you are welcome to join our team. The only requirement we have of our teachers is that they love kids, love to have fun and love Jesus. If you think this is your dream job, but are still not convinced you are "the chosen," please contact Mary Jacobson: 651-338-8779 or


September 17 at 6:30pm. Confirmation orientation for all confirmation students in 7-9th grade must attend, plus at least one parent.

September 17 at 7:15pm. Right after confirmation orientation will be a short informational meeting about the ELCA National Youth Gathering in July 2015.

September 17 at 7:30pm. Wednesday Night Alive begins


Confirmation classes begin September 24. The confirmation session begins at 6:00 p.m. after which small groups led by adult Group Guides meet for deeper discussion of the day's topic.


Confirmation leaders and Sunday School teachers event Wednesday, September 3 at 6:30 p.m. and anyone who has even an interest in teaching is welcome, with no pressure or obligation.


Different Styles of Grieving, Different Ways of Healing. Tuesday September 23, 7-9 p.m. Doug Smith, author, trainer, consultant and counselor, will present a free seminar on this topic at the Ramada Plaza and Suites in Fargo. This is open to the public and a group is planning to car-pool and leave Calvary at 5:00 p.m. to attend (no registration required). Questions? Contact Kari Potrament at 218.234.7276.


The East Otter Tail Relay For Life Committee is working on plans for our 20th Anniversary celebration next July. We are looking for pictures, clippings, etc. from various years of Relay activity, from early years to the present. If you have photos, clippings, etc. that you could contribute, please label them with your name and get them to Lisa Peterson or Ron and Dee Anderson by September 10. They will be returned to you. We'd appreciate your help in making our 20 year celebration a great one!


James Rothstein, retired undercover detective from New York City Police Department will speak about his experiences and recommending ways our communities can eradicate human trafficking. He will speak at Our Lady Of The Lake Catholic Church in Battle Lake Wednesday, September 10 from 7-9 p.m. Coffee and bars served. The event is free.


Join us Sunday, September 7 from 11am to 1pm for a Baked Potato Lunch at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Perham. Build a potato-build a community! Come get your "spud" for the Boys & Girls Club of the Perham area! Build your own baked potato with all the fixings: chili, broccoli and cheese, bacon, onion, green pepper, sour cream, shredded cheese and more. All proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Club of the Perham area. Everyone welcome! For more information or volunteer to help contact Cori Brown at 218-346-2526.


Love to read with kids? Kinship is looking for Reading Buddies! Volunteers will read with kindergarten kids the first and third Wednesdays October through May 15.

Kinship is looking for volunteers for our “new” school based mentoring program. Volunteers will meet with their new friend weekly (you choose the day and time). Work on school work and social skills. Going on vacation? Not a problem!

Make a difference in the life of a child! Call Jill at 346-7102 or 218-371-5909. Offices are in Perham, Parkers Prairie and Fergus Falls.

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Help Others