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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 is available for infants through 5 year olds Sunday mornings 9:30am to noon and even when unstaffed is always available with parental supervision. The nursery also has a small bathroom with preschooler toilet and diaper changing station.

The first and third Sunday of each month as well as Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Easter, Thanksgiving Eve 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 an anonymous donor.

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


Read Pastor Phil's complete letter and Council's response.


Ron Buckhouse, Shirley Bunker, Arleen Erickson, Connie Hansen, Opal Hegle, Helen Larson, Bob Moe, Ross Olson, Robert Rennicke, Marky Van De Streek, Gail Wegenast, Jan Anderson, Sharon Courtney, Sarah [Simpson] Damhof, Linda Dehm, Jordan Dennis, Dayni Imdieke, Barbie Ruther, Omer Twetenr

Keep Shirley Bunker in your prayers. Now home from Mayo in Rochester, Shirley has serious heart failure issues and has had a device implanted to help her heart function until she can get a heart transplant.


"Music For The Heart," a Benefit Concert for Shirley and Russ Bunker will be held Sunday, February 14 at 4 p.m. This concert will feature music by Nikki Mattfeld, Patrick Murphy, Paul Heisler, Dr. Corey Nyhus, and more! Refreshments to follow. Donations for the "Bunker Benefit" can be dropped off at Calvary or United Community Bank.

After nearly 30 years of heart failure along with advanced kidney failure, diabetes and asthma, Shirley received an LVAD 9heart pump) at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester in December. This LVAD is her "bridge" to survive as she waits on the heart transplant list. After six weeks of recovery at Mayo, Shirley recovers at home, waiting for the call that a new heart is available.

100th Birthday Card Shower! You can send greetings to Luthard Eid for his 100th birthday [February 29] to 3303 Avondale Street, Port Huron, MI 48060.

Our sympathy to Shirley Pauna on the death of her mother, Gladys Wanner of Hewitt on Saturday, January 30. Please pray for Shirley and her family on their loss.

Our sympathy to family and friends of Aaron Priebe who passed away Thursday, February 4. Aaron is the son of Bob & Mara, brother of Leah and Max and grandson of Larry Hauer. Please keep the family in your prayers as they grieve the loss of Aaron.

Our sympathy to Sonja Amundson on the death of her father, Omar, at Bethany Homes on February 2. We ask your prayers for Sonja and her family on their loss.

Congratulations to Kjirsten Kroenke and Josh Broughton who were married in Minneapolis on December 23.


We begin the Lenten season on February 10 with Ash Wednesday worship at 6:30 p.m. with the Disposition of Ashes and Holy Communion. During Lent, our Sunday and Wednesday services [at 6:30 p.m. featuring Holden Evening Prayer] are focusing on 40 days of giving and our noisy offering will support ELCA World Hunger. During the Wednesday service, you’ll hear speakers share where we have seen God’s generosity and where we have experienced God’s graciousness:

February 10: Pastor Phil
February 17: Terry Hepola
February 24: Kari Potrament
March 2: Rob Nelson
March 9: Cindy Olson
March 16: John Halvorson

Wednesday evenings during Lent starting February 17 join us for Lenten supper at 5:30 p.m.


Via De Cristo at Calvary
Men's Weekend February 25-28
Women's Weekend March 3-6

Via de Cristo (Way Of Christ) is based on the fundamentals of Christianity, concentrating on the person and teachings of Jesus Christ. The focus is not on Via de Cristo itself, but on the local church. The objective of the movement is to inspire, challenge and equip individuals for Christian action in their homes, churches and communities.A Via de Cristo weekend begins on Thursday evening and ends on Sunday evening. The participants live, study, worship and commune together daily. Through 14 progressive talks, Via de Cristo gives attendees a living understanding of basic Christian truths. There is music and singing, food and fellowship, a time for laughter and a time for prayer.

Via de Cristo is intended for people from every walk of life. It's for church leaders and lay people who live strong and active lives in Christ as well as those who need to be renewed and strengthened in their relationship with Christ and the people around them. Via de Cristo is open to married people and single men and women. The weekends are usually paired and run consecutively, with the men attending the first weekend and the women attending the second. Keep an open mind and heart in making your decision to attend Via de Cristo. Like you, many attendees wondered if they should go. Once they did go, many have wondered why they waited so long. Now they want others to receive this wonderful gift from God.

For further information contact:
Via de Cristo of Minnesota
9330 Cortland Road Woodbury, MN 55125-9154
Phone: 651-493-7350


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.


Sunday Worship Attendance: 284
General Offering: $6,814
Maintenance/Improvement $680
Receipts for Additional Ministries: $1,466

It’s important to know what support we can depend on from 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. Calvary is excited to announce you can manage your giving online! It’s 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. Follow these steps: Visit the church website at, click on the orange eGiving button, click on the Create Profile button, then follow the instructions to create a profile and schedule your recurring contributions.

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..


Budget and Finance: The 2016 Budget was approved with these amendments: [1] The rental income and loan payment, taxes, insurance and other expenses for the Blue House will be moved to the General Fund for more accurate accounting, and [2] The Youth Director position is back to full time. The 2015 overage was applied as follows: $15,000 restored to the Thrivent Money Market account, $10,000 to pay down the street assessment and the remaining $20,754.13 to be kept in the General Fund account.

Election Results: Secretary: Sue Cacioppo; Education: Mari Willie; Property: Rusty Wynkoop; Stewardship: Pastor Rob Nelson; Worship: Penny Andersen; Nominating Committee: Geoff Bentley, Joe Blesi, Vaun Bruhn, Cathy Nichols, Mary Nordbeck, Jill Shipman; Synod Delegates: Jean & Pete Hallberg, Becky & Lee Mindemann; Endowment Fund: Karen Hasskamp, Rand Stolee


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..


Genesis: Where do we come from? What does God Promise? As baptized children of God, we strive to trust God and proclaim Christ through word and deed. This is core to our baptismal identity. As we wonder “how do we trust God? How can we proclaim Christ?” we go back to the roots and the first stories of our faith- to Genesis. Each week, where we’ll explore a different question of faith- and see where we come from & what God promises to us in these first stories of faith. This class will be offered twice each week through March 2, Sundays between services and Wednesdays at 7:30pm.


Thank you! We are one third of the way to the bell choir. Envelopes are in the pew for your contribution to this ministry. You may also give online at the Calvary web site by pressing the eGiving button. If you are interested in joining the bell choir or have any questions, please call Becky Stolee at 346-3440.


The need continues to grow for the Personal Care Kits. 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 Fellowship Hall. 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.


Wednesdays in February our P3-G6 kids will meet each week including making valentines, singing, and a beach party! Sunday, February 28 there will be fun group Sunday School activity.

Do you like to scrapbook? We have some photos from Rally Sunday, the Christmas program, and Epiphany party. We would love to have someone put these together for future viewing. Please call Becky Stolee at 346-3440. Thank you


We have received notice that the Richville Clothing Ministry is in need of children’s clothing aged 18 months to 3 years. They also sent a Thank You to Calvary: "We got your check in the mail for the clothing mission. We are so thankful for generous people like you who care and support the work we do here. With God’s help we can all make it a little better for some people. Thank You and Blessings!"


Community Outreach Coordinator Cindy Olson will be gone for 6 weeks. Please call Shawn Thurston at Someplace Safe (346-7276) if you have items to donate or hang onto them until Cindy gets back.


Practices for the Community Lenten Cantata will begin Sunday, February 14, at 7:00 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church in Perham. The director is Nicole Mattfeld, PHS Choir Director, and the cantata is The Rose of Calvary. Rehearsals will alternate between Calvary in Perham and St. Peter’s in New York Mills (February 21 practice will be in Mills). Concerts will be Palm Sunday (March 20) at 3:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran in New York Mills and 7:00 p.m. at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Perham. Questions? Contact Nicole at or Lisa at


Save the Date: First Communion Instruction March 20. We are excited to invite 3rd graders and their parents to First Communion instruction at Calvary 12-3pm on Sunday, March 20. Younger siblings down to first grade may also participate. First Communion will then be celebrated on Maundy Thursday, March 24, 6:30pm. Watch for more information to come.


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.


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.


Shirley is home recuperating from an LVAD implantation (a device used to help her heart function until she can get a transplant) and it would be a real blessing for them to get some meals delivered to their home. If you'd like to help, please sign up for the Meal Train by visiting this link:


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.


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.


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.


We have a nursery available for infants-5 year olds. It is staffed during the education hour and 10:45 a.m. worship service. There’s a fresh coat of paint and new faith-based story books and story Bibles. Worried about dropping off your child and not knowing if a problem arises? We now have a pager system. When you check your child into the nursery, you will receive a pager (much like the one you receive when waiting for a table at a restaurant). If you are needed, your pager will buzz and light up. Drop your child off for 10 minutes or the whole worship service. Thank you to the Endowment Committee for the grant to purchase this system.


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.


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.


Our Stephen Ministers will meet for Small Group Supervision Sunday, February 21 at 12:30 p.m. Stephen Ministers are trained lay people who provide ongoing one-to-one Christian care to people experiencing a wide range of life struggles or crises. If you or someone you know could use a Stephen Minister, contact coordinator Kari Potrament at 218-234-7276.


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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.


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 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..


Would you like to visit Calvary shut-ins? Circle members do but we encourage other Calvary women to participate. You may sign up for more than one person or more than one month on the shut-ins list on the women’s activity board. Our shut-ins need to know they are remembered by our church members. If this is a ministry you’re comfortable with, please sign up!


It’s coming in May! An opportunity to celebrate being a daughter with other daughters of all ages. Mark your calendar now for the All Daughter Brunch on Satyrday, May 14. Mary Kloster, Tricia Hamann, Pam Bentley and Roxanne Hunter are working to make this a morning to remember. Marky Van de Streek is an honorary committee member as she was such a special member of the planning group for the 2014 All Daughter Brunch.


Dee Anderson is offering a "Stitch and Share" session every Thursday 1-3pm. Bring your knitting, crocheting, embroidery, mending or quilting, etc. to work on. We can share ideas or techniques while we get to know one another better. Come to the fellowship hall to find us.


It’s cold outside but there is a warm spot for you at one of the Women’s Bible Study Circles. Attend one of these meetings and find out what keeps women coming back each month. You don’t need to join, just go and try one out. The current study is from Paul’s letter to the Philippians, “Christian Citizenship 101” and is in the January-February issue of Gather Magazine available in the library and in the west entrance tract rack.

Peace Circle will meet on Wednesday, February 10 at 9:30 a.m. in the Mathias Room at Calvary. Jackie Benson and Vi Bergman will host and Penny Andersen will lead the study.


We had a great day ice fishing, playing broom ball, sledding and playing turkey bowling. Your support is greatly appreciated. You put smiles on many children’s faces The laughter and fun had by the kids was a joy to experience. We have plans for more winter activities for the kids and are excited for the summer camp to begin in June. Thank you also to the people who nominated us to be the recipient of your generosity. If you know of any families or kids that will be blessed by what we provide, please refer them to us. Thank you again. In His Love, Rick & Shirley Umberger, Feed the Fish Kids Camp

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