Calvary Lutheran Church of Perham, Minnesota        E-Giving

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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 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. Today's broadcast is sponsored by Rich & Mary McCrady.

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


Holly Baker, Vi Bergman, Ron Buckhouse, Shirley Bunker, DuWayne Ditterich, Ed Emerson, Arleen Erickson, Connie Hansen, Opal Hegle, Net Kupferschmid, Ruth Lange, Helen Larson, Bob Moe, Ross Olson, Ione Rautus, Robert Rennicke, Dick Tougas, Marky Van De Streek, Gail Wegenast, Larry Wilson, Jan Anderson, Brian Brouwer, Sharon Courtney, Dayne Imdieke, Barbie Ruther, Jon Tota


Condolences to the family and friends of Carol Flynn who passed away Saturday, November 21. Carol is the wife of Larry Flynn.

Condolences to the family and friends of Erhardt Rosen of Perham who passed away Saturday, November 21. Erhardt Is the father of Lori Mattfeld.


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.


We’d like to stay in touch with you! Before you head south for warmer weather this winter, please contact the church office with your dates of departure and return and your contact information.


Sunday Worship Attendance: 318
General Offering: $7,159
Maintenance/Improvement $245
Receipts for Additional Ministries: $2,795

General Budget thru October 31, 2015
Expenses: $433,848
Offerings: $413,687
Shortage: -$20,161

eGiving: Enjoy the Convenience. As Calvary prepares for a new year, it’s important to know what support we can depend on from our congregation members. By knowing what you’re willing to commit financially, we’re able to better plan for the future. Please consider setting up a recurring giving plan. Automating your financial commitments means your contributions will be received on a steady, uninterrupted basis. Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Simply click on the orange eGiving button, click on the Create Profile button, then follow the online instructions.

Additional Ministries. The 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..


"My Neighbor is Muslim: A Small Group Study Exploring The Muslim Faith." Join us for conversation November 29 through December 20 between services in the Mary room. This study was created by Lutheran Social Services and explores the Muslim Faith with essays and discussion from Luther Seminary and Luther College professors.


Pastor Phil Holtan is excited to lead this book of the Bible study group in intermediate Bible studies through the year as we dig deeply to find new treasures.  Check the calendar for dates..


“Seekers” is a Bible study that seeks to dig a little deeper into the scriptures. No books required, just your Bible. Most times we go verse by verse in a book of the Bible, other times we study someone’s favorite subject. Come and enjoy this conversation! This group generally does not meet in the summer. Check the calendar for dates..

ADVENT WEDNESDAY NIGHTS: Unexpected and Mysterious

Join us Wednesday nights during Advent at 6:30 p.m. for Holden Evening Prayer in the semi-darkness and interesting speakers:

December 2: “My Call Story”
Pastor Ken Kirchenwitz

December 9: To Be Announced

December 16: “The Reluctant Evangelist”
Merrie Sue Holtan

December 23: Service of Silence 5-7 p.m.
Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10.

In our days of constant noise and activity, stillness can be a welcome relief. Or, because it is so rare, we may be uncomfortable with silence even though we often wish for it. We often tell our children, “Sit still and listen to me!” God gives us the same message! There will be an opportunity to practice a quiet time on Wednesday December 23 between the hours of 5 and 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. Come any time during those hours and stay a few minutes, a half hour or more as you feel the need. The church and sanctuary will be silent and lit with candles. A booklet will be available with suggested scripture, hymns and liturgy to read. When you are ready you may approach the communion rail to receive communion and anointing and remain there as long as you wish. You are invited to experience silence during this Advent season. May you find such stillness renewing and refreshing just before Christmas.


The Calvary Advent Devotional Book “Unexpected and Mysterious" each day in Advent in a daily email devotional and Facebook page and also in the Twitter account. Printed copies will be available in the church office or narthex for a $2 donation. Each devotional is written by a Calvary member.


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.


A very nice display of CareNotes are now in the Church Library. CareNotes are offered through Calvary’s Social Ministries for people dealing with emotional situations. The small booklets offer concise, easy-to-read guidance, support, and strength for those who are hurting. Take One...and take heart. Give One...and give hope.


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


December 24 join us for Christmas Eve candlelight services at 2:30, 4 and 5:30 p.m. with the 4 p.m. service in a contemporary style. Also 10 p.m. Christmas Eve Late Night service. We recommend that you choose the later two services if you are able because we anticipate there will be more space than at the 2:30 and 4 p.m. services. On December 25 Festive Christmas Day Worship will begin at 10 am.


“The Silence and the Sound” will be presented by the Calvary Senior Choir Sunday, December 13 at both services.


Everyone is welcome to help us spread some Christmas cheer as we go caroling at Perham assisted living after second service on Sunday, December 13.


Community Outreach Ministry is in need of couches (not hide a beds), end tables, dressers, kitchen tables and chairs. Call Cindy at 385-2859 if you have these items.


Calvary has 25 Concordia Christmas Concert tickets for the 2 p.m. Sunday, December 6 performance. These main floor area tickets can be purchased at the church office for just $15 each, checks payable to Calvary. Need a ride? You can ride in the Calvary van for $10 which leaves Calvary at noon.


Not only has the number of families that need food assistance continued to grow, but the food shelf is also experiencing a significant increase in the cost of food. There have been 10% higher in visits to date over the last year serving over 400 families and the number of children increased by over 20% so the average family size is larger than last year. The food shelf is distributing nearly 10,000 pounds of food each month as well. However, the cost to purchase the food distributed has increased by nearly 30%. Thus your generosity is all the more appreciated.


Philip Tweeton just celebrated his 30th birthday and he is Calvary's head acolyte. Philip and his friend Troy light the candles at the 8:30 service whenever they can and show such joy and reverence at being able to serve. Philip is the son of Jeff and Bonnie Tweeton. He competes in and has many championship medals for Special Olympics and he is a wonderfully generous soul. Thank you Philip, and you too, Troy, for your generosity.

Like all virtues, generosity can be learned. And, like all spiritual practices, generosity takes, well, practice. With practice, in response to God’s generous grace, we can succeed in becoming more generous ourselves. As you seek to follow God this week, look particularly for those times and places where you see generosity. Notice generosity—in all its incarnations. Give thanks for generosity. Tell others when you see it. And, with in a prayerful spirit, respond in kind.

Adam J. Copeland, Director
Center for Stewardship Leaders
Luther Seminary


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, November 29 between services you’re invited to the Matthias Room for activities to prepare for the Sunday School Christmas program. Help is needed in finishing costumes and preparing Christmas ornaments. Come for treats, fellowship and activity.


We now have a table in the coat room off the 3rd Ave entrance with higsaw puzzles. Take A Puzzle, Bring A Puzzle!


Luther Crest Bible Camp "Prepare The Way" Campaign

Luther Crest “Prepares The Way.” Our Bible camp needs to renovate its aging cabins and chapel. We have passed the $700,000 mark, so are doing well, but more is needed. If you missed the opportunity to be part of our program, it’s not too late to contribute with a gift of cash or pledged over three years. Help “Prepare The Way” for people of all ages to grow in Christian living.

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

Visit and click "Prepare The Way" 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.


Men! December 5 at 9am followed by cookies and coffee in the fellowship hall. We need to have luminary bags made by Sunday Schoolers for Christmas Eve.


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.


Everyone is welcome to join us Wednesday, December 15 at about 7:15 p.m. (following Advent worship) for “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Beverage, popcorn and sweet treats will be provided.


Are you interested in helping lead music during worship once a month? The Global Band leads music the 4th Sunday of the month and are looking for more vocalists and instrumentalists. If you are interested, please talk to Pastor Cassie.


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 or the church office.


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


Projection is an integral part of our worship service. We are in need of at least two or three morning volunteers. We could also use someone to help with the video that airs on the local channel for the home bound members of our congregation. Please talk to Pastor Phil or myself about volunteering to help with first service. I will look forward to training you. Thank you. Kari Potrament 218-234-7276.


Someplace Safe Perham Office will be having an Open House December 9, 2015 from 10:00-2:00. Please stop in and join us.


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.


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Christmas Program. All are invited to attend the Sunday School Christmas program, “An Unexpected Christmas” at second service on December 6. Imagine with us a conversation between God and His angels before the birth of Jesus. Why would God decide to send His son?

Sunday School Family Lunch. Sunday School families are invited to stay after second service for lunch on Sunday, December 6, hosted by the Fellowship Committee. Come and enjoy the meal and have a good time together.


You’re invited to a party! Sunday School kids are invited to an Epiphany Party Sunday, January 3, at 9:40. We will celebrate Christ coming to us as a baby and Christ revealed to us as King by the Wise Men. There will be activities and treats. Parents are welcome to come.


We challenge you to invite 3 other couples or 6 other people from Calvary that you don’t know well 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!


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.


The Christmas Tea and Bake Sale is December 5 and we need to make 75 cookie boxes and 50 plates of 1-1/2 dozen, so 50 ladies need to bring 6 dozen cookies. We hope to have a wonderful assortment of Christmas cookies! Please have them at church by Friday, December 4 by 1pm when the boxes will be filled. We also need help filling the boxes at that time. Please put this on your calendar. There will be sign up sheets. Thank you!


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 under the heading Cafe Groups. Please contact Andrea Westby at for more details and to be included on the listserve.


Our Christmas Bake Shoppe will be open Saturday, December 5 from 9 to 11 a.m. Visit our 11 festive shops: Bread Store, Candy Store, Card Shop, Cookie Shop, Craft Shop, Smakte Godt Lefse Shop, Garden Shop, Global Mission Shop, Pantry Shop, Quilt Shop and Youth Shop. All proceeds benefit the many "glocal" ministries of Calvary women. Warm beverages and sweet treats will be available for shoppers.


The Christmas Tea and Bake Sale is December 5 and we need people to make craft items and baked goods! For 75 cookie boxes and 50 plates of 1-1/2 dozen Christmas cookies to be sold, we need 50 ladies to bring 6 dozen cookies and we hope to have a wonderful assortment! Please have items at church by Friday, December 4 by 1pm when boxes will be filled. We also need help filling boxes at that time. Thank you!


The Saturday morning Women’s Bible Study meets 9:30 – 11:00 AM at Calvary the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month. Each year we select a new topic & Bible Study to explore. Our group welcomes women of all ages and we are patient with complex schedules. Come when you can and know that whenever you attend, you bring value. If you have questions, contact Jean Hallberg at 346-6518 in the evenings or at her office during the day at 346-5073. This group generally does not meet in the summer months. Check the calendar for dates..


Come and share the joy of Christmas with Calvary women. We are having a potluck lunch with Pastor Cassie as our speaker on the theme “Imagining: An Advent Lesson.” The fun happens on Wednesday December 9 at noon. Bring a dish to share if possible. Even if you are only available for an hour at noon, please join us as our guest.


Youth! Grades 7 - 12 presentation “Nothing Worthwhile In Life Comes Easy” by KARE 11 news anchor Cory Hepola on Sunday, December 13 at 9:30am in the Loft.


It was great to have someone from your church come and do our walkway. It’s so nice to know there are people willing to help people that need it. Special thanks to Ron. God bless all of you for your kindness.

Erv and Ellie Post

We appreciated the use of the church for our event. Thank you so very much.

The Ernest & Dorothy Poore family

What goes into the box is … Good News and Great Joy! Thank you Calvary for showing your kindness by filling 84 boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Our boxes are a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship that will reach boys and girls in need around the world. What an awesome gift that can transform the lives of children and their families through the Good News of Jesus. Your generosity is appreciated. “Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14

Diane Hepola, Social Ministry Chair

Thanks so much for letting Cooking Matters/U of MN Snap-Ed/ALC all use your beautiful kitchen for our classes in September and October! It was so convenient for the students and warm, welcoming and such an efficient kitchen for our group! Special thanks to Pastor Phil, Shirley in the office and the Boys & Girls Club for any alterations and help in providing our needed space! God Bless You All!

Marilyn Hofland & Cooking Matters

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