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 by Jim & Barb Meinert to the glory of our Lord. 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 Mary Medbery in memory of her sister, Ann Bunker.

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


Bryce Anderson, Ron Buckhouse, Shirley Bunker, Neil & Janelle Dow, Wayne Eckhoff, Jo Emerson, Sandy Hovde, Dianne Hunt, Larry Lange, Kermit Larson, Alta Mandt, Edris Meier, Bob Moe, Ross Olson, Arnie Rethemeier, Wayne Sachs, Wade Sjolie, JeanGuy Trepanier, Roger Vettleson, Larry Wilson, Aeryn DeKrey, Dayne Imdieke, Paul Holtan, Jennifer Jorgenson, MaryAnn Parsons


Condolences to family and friends of Lyle Collins of Elk River who passed away Saturday, November 15. Lyle is the brother-in-law of Dianne Hunt.

Condolences to family and friends of Susan Morris of Brooklyn Park who passed away Sunday, November 16. Susan is the daughter of Roger & Sharon Vettleson.


Thursday, December 11 from 4-7pm Spaghetti Feed & Silent Auction at Calvary for Marlin & Sandy Hovde to defray costs associated with Sandy’s long hospitalization after cancer surgery. Volunteers needed for spaghetti feed setup, kitchen help, servers, and cleanup and for the Silent Auction. If you can help or have items to donate contact the church office.


Sunday Worship Attendance: 304
General Fund: $9,096
Maintenance/Improvement Fund: $918
Receipts for Additional Ministries: $6,907

The new 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.

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


Annual Meeting Results: The 2015 budget was approved and officers elected: President: John Halvorson; Treasurer: Tessa Formanek; Evangelism: Jean Hallberg; Education: Mari Willie; Fellowship: Lisa Peterson; Personnel: Rev. Ken Kirchenwitz; Social Ministry: Diane Hepola; Stewardship: Terry Hepola 1 year term; Youth: Amy Johnson. Endowment Fund Committee: Rand Stolee, Julie Baumgart, Reg Hansen. Synod Assembly Delegates: Merrie Sue Holtan, Paul Mathieu, Kari Potrament, Holley Simonson. 2015 Nominating Committee: Liz Swanson, Pam Sondag, Jim Johnson, Paul Kloster, Bonnie Johnson, Laura Neitzke.

Special Meeting Results: The congregation approved by a vote of 123 to 2 to call Pastor Cassie (Sauter) Anderson as Calvary’s associate pastor. Pastor Cassie will join us beginning December 16.


Seeking Christian Education Coordinator for a 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. Job description here [PDF]. Please address questions and send application materials electronically (cover letter, resume and contact information for two references) by December 4 to Pastor Phil Holtan at


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.


Join us for a Pancake Breakfast Sunday, December 14, 9am to 1pm at Calvary. All proceeds will benefit the Perham Backpack Program and will be matched by Thrivent.

The Backpack Program is at an all-time high with 135 recipients and is growing every week. It costs $144 per year to feed 1 child. The program is designed to meet the needs of children, pre-school through high school, who are not getting enough nutrition on the weekend. Each Friday bags of nonperishable food are delivered to the schools for the students to take home. Current cost of the program in Perham is about $500 per week. We have great support from many people including the Friends of Friends of Ottertail County.

Now we have a great opportunity. The Backpack Program in Perham has received the 'Neighbors in Need' grant from Thrivent Financial Foundation. The $5000 grant is to be used for any expenses associated with the backpack program. We have an opportunity to earn an additional $5000 Challenge Grant from Thrivent Financial Foundation. For every $1 raised for Backpack from now until February 28, 2015, Thrivent will grant $.50 (for example: if we raise $10,000, we will receive $5000 from Thrivent). Please consider giving to this much needed program here in Perham. You may send your donations to Calvary with Backpack Perham in the memo.


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!


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


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!


Seekers Bible Study meets Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. We will discuss and learn about several biblical subjects this year, beginning with the “Bible Promises.” We’ll be meeting in the Mary Room most times, and are interested in discussion more than homework. Men and women welcome.


The Advent Daily Devotional is written by Calvary members and friends. Paper copies are available or subscribe to an e-mail version or follow them at


Personal Care Kits! 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 bath 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 bath 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).


Community Outreach Ministry is in need of beds, dressers, end tables, coffee table, a space heater for a mom's house, a hassock for an elderly woman to raise her feet, lamps, bath towels and wash cloths, queen sheet sets and drinking glasses. Call Cindy at 385-2859 if you have these items.


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.


On the book rack, in the window display or on the shelf; check them out:

The Art of Neighboring: building genuine relationships right outside your door – Jay Pathak/Dave Runyon
The Best of C.S. Lewis – C.S. Lewis
The Christian Atheist: believing in God but living as if he doesn’t exist – Craig Groeschel
The Great Permission: an asset-based field guide for congregations – Bob Sitze
God at War: defeating the idols that battle for your heart- Kyle Idleman
God’s Double Agent: the true story of a Chinese Christian’s fight for freedom – Xiqiu (Bob) Fu
I love to tell the Story – Joseph Bayly
Jesus among other gods - Ravi Zacharias
Joni & Ken: an untold love story – Tada, Ken and Joni Eareckson
Kisses from Katie – Katie Davis
Mountains beyond Mountains – Tracy Kidder
One Thousand Gifts: dare to live fully right where you are – Ann Voskamp
The one-year Christian History-Michael/Sharon Rusten
Reclaiming the “L” word; renewing the church from its Lutheran core – Kelly A. Fryer
The Red Sea Rules: 10 God-given strategies for difficult times – Robert J. Morgan
Sticky Church – Larry Osborne
Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand
Voices of the Martyrs: 33 A. D. to today – John Foxe

365 Read-aloud Bedtime Stories- Daniel Partner 

God’s Not Dead
Acts (The visual Bible)
Matthew (The visual Bible)
The Gospel of John

The Crippled Lamb: Based on the best-selling book by Max Lucado

WOW Hits, 2014:30 of today’s top Christian artists and hits
WOW Hits, 2015:30 of today’s top Christian artists and hits

The Library Committee thanks all who donate books, give memorials and help support our Library throughout the year. Take a peek in our Library - check out our current displays, seasonal decorations - you just might find that BOOK, DVD, or CD that you can enjoy.


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.


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


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!


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.


The Saturday Women’s Bible Study meets from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at church the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month, with no study in December. 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.


All women of Calvary are invited to our annual Christmas Potluck and Bible Study, December 10 at noon. Carve some time out of the busy advent season to enjoy fellowship, sing carols and learn more about scripture from Pastor Holtan. Bring a dish to pass if you have the time. If you don’t have time to contribute food, come anyway and be our guest.


Cookies, cookies…The Christmas Bake Shoppe is coming up fast (December 6) aned we are asking for cookies! We need 50 bakers to make 6 dozen cookies for the cookie boxes. Sign up sheets will be with the Circles and at church. The cookies need to be at the church on December 5 by 1:00 p.m. at which time the boxes will be assembled. Thank you!


Next June the women of Calvary will have a potluck salad and dessert luncheon. We have two women who will be planning a program and table decorations for this event, but would like to add another woman or two to work with them. If you are interested, please contact Terri Olson at 218.849.6590 or


November 21-22: G7-8 Synod Gathering
November 26: No Confirmation
November 26: No Wednesday Night Alive
November 26: No Kids In Praise
November 30: No Sunday School or Rap


The Little Lutheran is a colorful 24 page book that comes 10 times a year. Intended for children up to age 7, it would make a perfect gift for a young child in your life. If we get six subscriptions, the cost will be $15.95 for a year. Download a free sample at Place your order on the sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall and write a check to Calvary Lutheran.

Thank God
Share Jesus
Help Others