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. 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 Bryce and Daria Anderson in appreciation of our Calvary family for the encouragement, thoughts and prayers during Bryce’s cancer treatments and especially for the support of the Calvary Fishermen.

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


MARCH 29: Palm Sunday worship at 8:30 and 10:45am with breakfast between services served by our youth. The second service will feature a palm procession and music from our Sunday School kids [thanks to Kim Nelson for making a donation in honor of Matt Baumgart for the palms for Palm Sunday. There was also enough money to purchase supplies for an Easter Sunday School craft, an empty tomb garden that the children will make Palm Sunday]. Then that afternoon join us for the Community Lenten Cantata “In Exaltation of the Lord of Lords” 3pm at Trinity Lutheran in New York Mills and 7pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran in Perham. Trinity’s Bell Choir will play at 2:30pm and St. Paul’s Bell Choir at 6:30pm.

APRIL 1: Service of Silence. Take time for reflection as we journey with Jesus to the Cross. Come any time and stay as long as you like between 5-7pm during this time for meditation, prayer and communion.

APRIL 2: Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper when Jesus shared the Passover meal with his disciples on the night before he was crucified. Join us for worship at 1:30pm and 6:30pm.

APRIL 3: Good Friday Service of Shadows at 6:30 p.m. We remember the day Jesus suffered and died on the Cross as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins.

APRIL 5: The Resurrection of our Lord. Festive Easter worship at 6:30, 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Alleluia! He Is Risen!


Bryce Anderson, Holly Baker, Alec Bjerke, Ron Buckhouse, Shirley Bunker, Kyle Buskirk, Neil & Janelle Dow, Wayne Eckhoff, Jo & Ed Emerson, Carol Flynn, Jean Johnson, Maddie Johnson, Bruce Kiefer, Austin King, Larry Lange, Kermit Larson, Edris Meier, Bob Moe, Ross Olson, Shane Potrament, Wade Sjolie, Larry Wilson, Jan Anderson, Sharon Courtney, Dayne Imdieke, Jim Kyte, Keagan Nelson, Laura Nyhus and baby, Halarian Schultz, A.J. Bruce Simmons, Jon Tota


Condolences to family and friends of Arlean Quackenbush [sister of Eldon Bergman and aunt of Joni Bellefeuille] who passed away Saturday March 21.

Condolences to family and friends of Doris Krueger [sister of Ione Rautus] who passed away Wednesday, March 25.

Pastor Phil's mother Ruth Tweeten Holtan, age 90, died Friday morning, March 27, at the Good Samaritan Nursing home in Forest City, Iowa with funeral Monday afternoon [March 30] at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City. The Calvary family extends its heartfelt condolences to Pastor Phil and family on the loss of Ruth.

Thank you all so much for your contribution to welcoming Logan as a child of God into our church family. Each piece was put together wonderfully from the children's sermon to the banner, the water, the Word, the sign of the cross marking him as a forever Child of God (which nothing can wash off), the beggar's mark in the sermon, the awesome music and singing, the beautiful quilt that matches his room perfectly, his introduction to our church family, the candle, card and his certificate. God is Good! All of our hearts overflow as we think of this blessed occasion and we wish to pass on our thanks and gratitude to You.-- The Sazama Family

Thank You. Dear members and friends of Calvary, my family and I wish to thank all of you who sent beautiful memorial and sympathy cards, containing messages that proved very comforting. We wish to thank those who were able to attend the informal get together in the fellowship hall on Tuesday, March 11. Our daughter Pauline reported that it was a genuine success. A rectangular table was set up near the entrance with many photographs of Vera, taken over the years. A microphone was set up and a number of individuals made use of it to recall memories of Vera. Particular thanks to Pastor Holtan, staff and friends, including Jana Loken and my daughter Pauline, for setting up the gathering and doing much work.--Sincerely, Luthard Eid and family


Ready to take another step to be part of God’s ministry through Calvary? Contact Pastor Phil or the church office. There will be two Orientation Sessions at 6:30 p.m. April 15 and 22. We will receive new members Sunday, April 26.


Do you enjoy making connections with – and between – people? Do you like to come up with new ideas and plan events or activities? How about joining the Fellowship Committee?! The Fellowship Committee is in search of new members, and we’d love to have you join us! If interested, please contact Lisa Peterson, Fellowship Chair, at 346-4747 or at


First Third on the First Thurs!

“Popcorn and The Prince of Egypt” Thursday, April 2 at 7:30pm [following 6:30pm Maundy Thursday worship] is the first of our First Third on the First Thurs events! Mark your calendars for future First Third on the First Thurs events: May 7, June 4, July 2, August 6, September 3, October 1, November 5, and December 3.

What is it? A fun evening for those in the “first third” of life and those who love someone in the “first third” of life. It's also an opportunity on the first Thursday of each month for kids, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends to spend a faith-centered evening together.

Why call it “First Third on the First Thurs?” Because it’s catchy and easy to remember! “First Third” refers to people in the first third of their life: Children, youth, and young adults.

What if I’m not a parent? Come anyway! Do you know families with kids? Do you want to know families with kids? Come. Grow in relationship with God and each other. Our time together will be multi-generational, meaning they are “kid friendly,” but not “kid exclusive.”

Questions? Contact Pastor Cassie by phone or text 608-633-6378 or


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: 270
Wednesday Lent Worship Attendance: 137
General Fund: $4,409
Sunday Water Well "Noisy" Offering: 8:30 $177.69; 10:45 $119.78
Total Water Well Offering to Date: $4,043.38
Maintenance/Improvement Fund: $488
Receipts for Additional Ministries: $2,103
Lenten Worship Offering: $993

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 or visit the Simply Giving page on our web site..

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


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! Check the calendar for dates.


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.


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).


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


Connection events are a time to connect and grow in relationship with each other, God and your neighbors. Saturday, April 25 we will hold two Paint and Take events (1-4pm and 5-8pm) with two different pictures to choose from; no experience necessary! Cost is $26 per person. Sign up with Kim Wynkoop at 913-705-0770 or at the office. If you’d like to help plan future Connection events, contact Fellowship Chair Lisa Peterson at 346-4747 or


New Christ In Our Home quarterly devotionals are available in the narthex or the west entrance. Take one home!


Community Outreach Ministry is in need of dressers, kitchen tables and chairs, complete bed sets, end tables and lamps for 2 families who have very little to get settled in their apartments. Please call Cindy at 385-2859.


Remember we have a great selection of greeting cards (50₵@) or napkins ($3@) in the rack in the Fellowship Hall. Check it out!


Journeying Through Grief is a series of three classes held Thursdays, April 16, 23 and 30 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Hospice of the Red River Valley office, 1701 38th Street South, Fargo; use west door. Preregistration required by April 12.


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.


Check out the titles on the book rack, in the window display or on the shelf.

Adult Non-Fiction
Hope for the Caregiver-encouraging words to strengthen your Spirit – Peter Rosenberger

Adult Fiction
Wish – Jake Smith
To everything a Season
(Song of Blessing; 1) – Lauraine Snelling
Wake the Dawn – Lauraine Snelling

Youth Books
Little Things Make a Big Difference-A story about Malaria – John Nunes
Thanksgiving Graces – Mark Moulton
The Empty Bowl – Marlene Zenker

Junior Books
One Wintry Night – Ruth Graham

The Library Committee would like to thank 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.


Luther Crest Bible Camp "Prepare The Way" Campaign

Our church council elected to be a part of the "Prepare the Way" campaign to rebuild, renovate and repair our Bible camp, Luther Crest, on Lake Carlos. We have committed to raise $30,000 as our share in restoring this facility that has affected the lives of so many of our youth - and our adults, too. The cost of the entire project is estimated at $1,500,000.

We are heartened by some significant contributions already. The Calvary women have pledged $3,000 and individual early commitments have reached over $10,000.

This pledge drive will culminate with Prepare The Way Sunday on April 19.

Luther Crest has played an important role in the life of young Christians since 1945. The cabins, built over fifty years ago, have outlived their usefulness and are on the verge of being unusable. The chapel, too, built in 1951 is showing its age. A capital campaign entitled "Prepare the Way," based on a feasibility study conducted in 2012, would fund the construction of new cabins and significantly remodel the chapel. We know the positive impact Lutheran camping can have. We have experienced this in our own lives, the lives of our children, even in the lives of our grandchildren.

What is the plan? Presently, seven cabins are available only a few months of the year. Five are in use year ‘round. Two have been shut down and removed. All of the cabins are uncomfortable for sleeping, without efficient heating and cooling. They are crowded, damp and not appealing. There is just not enough appropriate space for guests, young and old. The fourteen new cabins will sleep ten people comfortably and will be suitable for year 'round use. The chapel will be renovated and have climate control. It will be used for worship, program and educational events during all seasons of the year. The location of the new cabins allows for greater handicap accessibility. Like many of us, our positive Bible camp experiences have carried us through life. It is our hope that every congregation member will prayerfully consider a gift to make Luther Crest once more a place for our youth -and persons of all ages -to grow in Christian faith.

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

Visit and click "Prepare The Way" for more information.


All the way from St. Petersburg, Russia, the a cappella vocal ensemble Lyra will again excite listeners in Calvary’s sanctuary with their amazing music! Join us Tuesday, April 21 when the musical magic begins at 7:30 p.m.


In March we are focusing on building the very thing MS (multiple sclerosis) seeks to destroy: Connections! We are getting the word out to our family, to our friends and to our community. We are sharing what MS is and how we are doing something about it. MS is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body. MS can stop people from moving. There is no cure and the cause is unknown, however research is being done giving people affected the hope that soon a cure will be found. Together with you, we are a powerful movement; working to create a world free of MS. If you have questions about MS or our local self-help/caregivers groups contact Colleen Sazama at (218)758-2502 or Please keep those touched by this disease in your prayers.


Please keep the Perham Community Food Shelf in mind during Lent and the March campaign as Minnesota Food Share partially matches donations received during March. Last year we provided nearly 120,000 pounds of food! The Food Shelf is at 501 4th Avenue N.W. and is open Tuesdays 8am to noon and the first Tuesday of the month 3pm to 6pm. Donors can call to make other arrangements as necessary. Thank you for your continued support!


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! Wednesday, April 8, you're invited to a Kitmasters Tour from 9am to 11am [following Men’s Breakfast].


The Fishermen will do final assembly of this year’s FaithChest project Saturday, April 11 beginning at 9am at Rand Stolee's garage. If you haven’t had a chance to participate in this fun project and would like to, call Lee Mindemann at 218-298-2010. FaithChests will be presented to Calvary kindergarten students Sunday, April 26.


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.


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


Thursdays from 9am to noon for we gather to make quilts for those in need. Bring a scissor and a snack to share for coffee and join us for a fun and rewarding morning!


It's time to form Calvary's Relay For Team! After last year's $8,000 total we are excited to get started. Calvary has several members that are fighting cancer right now and raising money is one way we can join the fight. To find out the details, contact Ron or Dee Anderson at 346-5352.


Sunday, April 19 at 3 p.m. join us for a Songfest at St. Paul’s Lutheran in Perham with musical groups from area churches.


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!


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 are now doing a study entitled “Giving God Your All.” New members are very welcome and all women are invited 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.


If you have Thrivent policies or investments, you may be eligible to direct Thrivent Choice Dollars to a charitable organization of your choice, including Calvary Lutheran Church. These funds have been spent for various uses at Calvary, including the projector in the fellowship hall and coffee carafes. Your 2014 dollars expire this month, on March 31. Please contact Thrivent so your “free” dollars will be put to good use. Two ways to contact Thrivent online at choice or phone at 800-847-4836 and say "Thrivent Choice" at the prompt.

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