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 traditional worship is available via webcast and also broadcast Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. on ACS Channel 14, sponsored in December by Jim & Barb Meinert. If you'd like to follow along, you can download bulletins from the Worship and Music page
Sunday's 10:45 a.m. contemporary worship is broadcast live on Lakes Radio 99.5. If you'd like to follow along, you can download bulletins from the Worship and Music page. 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 husband Sherman Mandt.
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.
This year we have three very interesting speakers to lead our Advent reflections. Services are 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 11 with high school senior Payton Jordahl, and December 18 with Dr. Andrea Westby as speaker. Our liturgy is Holden Evening Prayer.
Advent Service of Silence. There will be an opportunity to practice a quiet time on Tuesday, December 17 between 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.
CHRISTMAS READER'S THEATER
Sunday, December 22 at both 8:30 and 10:45 worship services we will present the drama “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” You won’t want to miss this special event!
Christmas Eve we are offering Candlelight Communion Services at 2:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. with the 4 p.m. as a contemporary service. Then, we are adding a later service at 10 p.m. We will also celebrate Christmas Day at 10 a.m.
We welcome everyone to join us at noon on December 15 in the fellowship hall as we gather to spread some musical Christmas cheer with Christmas caroling!
CHRISTMAS MOVIE NIGHT
Join us for a Christmas Movie Night on December 20. The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. with the movie “Elf” starring Will Ferrell. Be sure to dress in the holiday spirit for our Ugliest Christmas Sweater!
Condolences to family and friends of Arden Pearson, who passed away Wednesday, December 4. Arden was a former Calvary custodian and member along with his wife Iola. You can send her condolences to 309 South 3rd Street, Milan MN 56262. His funeral will be held Tuesday, December 10 at 11am at Kviteseid Lutheran in Milan.
HOSPITAL & PRAYER LIST
Virginia Aschenbeck, Sonja Amundson, Ron Buckhouse, Shirley Bunker, Kathy Cavanagh, Neil & Janelle Dow, Wayne Eckhoff, Opal Hegle, Jack Januszewski, Herb & Edris Meier, Bob Moe, Ross Olson, Becky Rennicke, Wade Sjolie, Bev Tougas, Shawn Trepanier, Larry Wilson, Dorothy Bentley, Bill Cole, Donna Gill, Hudson Graham, Jessica Hoff, Dayni Imdieke, Paige Johnson, Jennifer Jorgenson, Channing Kaatz, Pat & Karen Kilby, Michel Lind, Patrick McMullen, Kathy Peterson, Carol Teig, Gibb Wegscheid
LAST WEEK AT CALVARY
Sunday Attendance: 263
General Fund: $10,443
Maintenance/Improvement Fund: $650
Kinship [Thanksgiving] Offering: $1,399
GET CALVARY NEWS ALERTS ON YOUR CELL PHONE
You can get weather-related and other important brief news flashes via text message on your cell phone even if you don't have a Twitter* account. Simply send the text message follow calvaryperham [be sure calvaryperham is one word, not two] to 40404 and you will receive a confirmation message. If you need assistance setting up this subscription on your cell phone [this works on all phones, from simple flip phones to smartphones] please contact Sue Delaney at the church office or catch her between services and she will be happy to help you.
WELCOME STUDY BEGINS
Our council asks your help in creating a statement of welcome to Gay Christians. You may wonder why. Aren’t we welcoming already? Our surveys last year said no, we aren’t so welcoming and so this flows out of our strategic initiative on hospitality. But doesn’t the ELCA have such a welcome already? Isn’t that why we suffered such conflict the last 4 years? But no, the ELCA voted that they wouldn’t kick out churches that made their own decisions about how to welcome gays. They did not push any kind of welcome statement on us. So we will have a series of 4 sessions of learning and listening to see what kind of statement our congregation could agree upon. You will want to be there. You can come between services on Sunday, on Tuesday morning at 9 am or Wednesday night at 5:30pm, all in the Matthias Room. Those 3 sessions each week will each be very similar. We promise your opinions will be honored at these meetings.
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!
MONDAY ADULT STUDY
Adult Study: Mondays at noon in the Matthias Room led by Pastor Phil is studying the gospel book of John. This study will meet through December 16 and then resume January 27.
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!
DECEMBER CALVARY WRITER'S GROUP
Calvary Writer’s Group will meet Wednesday, December 11 from 5:15pm to 6:25pm.
ADVENT DEVOTIONAL BOOKLET
The Calvary Advent Devotional Booklet, written by Calvary members, will be available on the first Sunday in Advent, December 1. It will be in print and electronic forms. Print copies will be available in the narthex for a suggested donation of $2.
Community Outreach Ministry will be providing gas and grocery gift cards to families for the holiday season. If you would like to make a monetary gift to support this ministry, it would be greatly appreciated. For all you do to support Calvary's Outreach Ministry, thank you!
FOOD SHELF HOLIDAY REQUEST
Food Shelf Holiday Request. Please remember the Food Shelf during the holiday season! The Perham Food Shelf serves up to 120 families for month, distributing over 100,000 pounds of food each year. Food donations may be left in the narthex basket. Monetary donations please make to Calvary with Food Shelf in the memo.
FUNERAL MEAL CHANGES
We are doing a little experiment in the way we do funerals and memorial services in order to include those whose schedule has not allowed them to help as a preparer or a server. Calls will be made for preparers as well as servers. Sandwiches and bars will be prepared by a group of three to six in the church kitchen the evening before the funeral. Then the lunch will be served as usual by another group as well as the cleanup. All ingredients will be available at the church kitchen. Donations of bars and cookies will not be requested. Someone in charge will always be present for food preparation. This is an initial plan and adjustments or changes might have to be made later but we hope we can all give the plan a Calvary try. For more information, please contact Jana Loken at 346-6426 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
MITTEN AND HAT TREE
You can donate winter mittens and hats that are new or gently used to the Mitten Tree which you can find in the west entry through December 31.
Music Director Russ Bunker has some spots available for piano students. Interested? Contact Russ at 346-7662 or email@example.com
SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
The Sunday School Christmas Program, "Just A Little Christmas" will be presented at the 10:45 service Sunday, December 15. Practice will be during Sunday School in December.
WOMEN'S JAVA JAMS STUDY
Women’s Java Jams study Mondays 8:30-10:00 a.m. Java Jams meets Mondays at 8:30 a.m. exploring the Advent study "When God Comes Down" by James A. Harnish through December 16 and will then take a break until January 6.
WOMEN'S VISITATION FOLDERS
Women, please return your visitation folders to Maryann Anderson no later than December 12. Thank you for visiting our shut-ins.
WOMEN'S CHRISTMAS POTLUCK AND BIBLE STUDY
All women are welcome to our popular Christmas potluck and Bible Study, Wednesday, December 11 at noon in the fellowship hall. Pastor Phil will lead a study centered on the story of Miriam and we will sing carols and let the spirit of Christmas warm our hearts. Working women are encouraged to come and the rest of us will bring potluck food to share with you. You may not be able to stay for the study or program but come anyway and leave when you must. Don’t miss this time of food, learning and Christmas cheer.