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 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 Ray Masters in memory of his wife, Lila, whose birthday would have been August 2.

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 August 17 former interim pastor Karin Moberg will be our guest pastor. It has been 10 years since she was at Calvary. At noon following the second service we will have a potluck lunch with the opportunity to visit with her more. Let's share food and fellowship. Calvary coffee will be on!


Sunday, August 3 is Food Shelf Sunday. 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!

Sunday, August 3 our Justice Journeys mission team will be serving caramel rolls between services and your free will offering will support 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, Melanie Andring, Aeryn DeKrey, Dayne Imdieke, Jennifer Jorgenson


Thank You for all the caring thoughts and prayers for our family following my sister, Cindy’s tragic accident and death. Thank you for the sympathy cards of love and support. We are blessed to be part of this caring community.

Vicky and Al Genoch and Family of Cindy Hanson


Sunday Worship Attendance: 365
Vergas Worship Attendance: 47
General Fund: $6,505
Maintenance/Improvement Fund: $120

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!


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


They are $10 each, we have apple, strawberry cream cheese, blueberry cream cheese, and a few cinnamon left. Fantastic little treat to make for company or just your family. Stop in anytime and pay in the office.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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


Hotel for single mom until apartment is ready. $80

Gas cards for young lady who is trying to manage work while facing health issues. $130


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


Attention Cut-Ups! We’re holding a “cut-up” day Wednesday, August 20 from 9am to noon. Bring your mats, rulers and rotary cutters. We also need a couple ladies to iron fabric before it’s cut and a couple more to sort the squares by color. Of course, we’ll have coffee and any treats you care to bring. Goal: To empty those “to be cut” boxes.


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.”


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


Congratulations, Calvary! We had a great Relay for Life, the best ever! The night was beautiful and inspiring. We had our best fundraising Relay ever; at last count, $100,000 and counting, a terrific accomplishment for our small part of the county. Our Calvary team had its best year ever, we had a committed team, decorated our campsite, and raised more than $8,400! We were given a platinum fundraising sign, only jade is higher at $10,000. Maybe next year? Thank you for doing your part in ending the fight against cancer.


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 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 218-847-8572 and ask for Jan or Anna. Workers to help sort donated items welcome as well.

Thanks, LCRC Fundraising Committee


Host Families Needed! Have you EVER considered being a Host Family for a foreign exchange student? NOW is the time to say YES to this great opportunity. We have 10 students waiting to be placed for this upcoming school year and their window of opportunity is closing fast. Please contact Kim Jordahl at 218-731-3022 to learn more. Thank you!


Our Thrivent Chapter is planning to take a bus to the Red Hawks baseball game on Thursday, August 7. This is an evening game which will cost you $10 for the ticket. The East Otter Tail County Chapter is covering the cost of transportation and a light meal at the game. The bus will leave Parkers Prairie at the north end of the park at 2:30 p.m. and stop in Henning at the school parking lot by the elementary door and leave at 3:15 p.m. It will then stop in Perham at Shopko and leave at 4:00 pm. Keep in mind the game may go until 10:00 p.m. or after. You should anticipate getting home about midnight or later. There are 55 seats available. To make your reservations call Chuck at 218-583-4127. This is a first with a deadline of July 28. Invite a friend to go with you! Enjoy some local baseball!

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