Your Weekly E-Newsletter Thursday, October 21, 2021
NALC Mission District - Wisconsin/Upper Michigan
Pastor Mark Knappe, Mission District Co-Dean
Pastor Ken Nelson, Mission District Treasurer
Ernie Kretschmann, Executive Council Member
Congregations join in collaboration to fulfill most effectively the ministry and mission of the NALC, normally based on common geographic boundaries. The Deans, who are ordained ministers of the NALC, are accountable to the Bishop, and support the work of the Bishop by conducting similar functions in their respective Mission Districts.

We are pleased that Rev. Mark Knappe has been named as Co-Dean for the Wisconsin/Upper Michigan District. Pastor Mark shares this responsibility with Rev. Tom Reiff, who resides in Northern Wisconsin. Pastor Mark will be responsible for the southern half of the state, while Pastor Tom will have the northern half as well as the U.P.

Deans shall serve as pastor to pastors, their families and congregations, and will conduct a ministry of teaching and visitation with pastors and congregations.

Calvary is also represented on the Executive Council of our Mission District with the appointment of:

  • Pastor Ken Nelson as the Treasurer
  • Ernie Kretschmann as a member of the Executive Council.
Paula and Dave Altman
The Brooks Family:
Joshua, Emily
Liam (5), Hadley (3), Odin (2)
Everett Lambert
Beware of scammer text AND email messages!
Please take a minute to read the news article from the October 13, 2021 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "NOW Section" ----

If you get one of these messages, you may notice the phone number that is noted on the text message is not that of Pastor Ken.

Please know that you will never receive a text or email from Pastor Ken - or any of the office staff - asking for "a favor", "your help", or "text me back as soon as you can".

If you ever have any question or concern about a text or email you receive claiming to be from Pastor Ken or the staff, please call the office at (262) 786-4010 to verify its validity.
October 23-24, 2021
22nd Sunday after Pentecost
Printed copies of the weekend's readings are available at the entrances to the Sanctuary.
Fellowship Time

If you haven't met your Deacon, or just want to catch up, you're invited to stop by Fellowship Hall following worship on October 23-24.

Coffee and special treats will be available!

October 23-24
following both services this weekend!
Hospitality Treats If you'd like to provide treats (donuts, bagels, etc.) for Sunday hospitality time following worship, there is a sheet on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall. You may bring the treats (3-4 dozen) and drop them off in the kitchen, or simply add a “P” behind your name, pay $30 to the church office and the treats will be purchased for you. For the time being, we are asking that any donated food be something that can be easily cut and placed on individual plates for serving.
Music Ministry/Special Event
Hymn Festival for All Saints with Dr. John Behnke, Organist
Sunday, November 7 at 9:00 a.m.
Join us for a Hymn Festival led by well-known organist and composer, Dr. John Behnke. Calvary's choir, Celebration Ringers and instrumentalists will also be participating in this service of music. The community is welcome to join us for this wonderful event which will feature the debut performance of “Remembering,” an original composition written by John Behnke to honor the victims of the pandemic.

John Behnke is a frequent organ recitalist, handbell clinician, and festival director. He enjoys composing and arranging having nearly 450 handbell, choral, and organ compositions in print with seventeen different publishers in the United States, Germany, and Taiwan. To learn more about Dr. Behnke, please click HERE.

Plan on joining us for this festival of organ, instruments, choir and congregation joining together to sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs! Note: This will replace the regular service that morning - there will be Scripture readings; however, there will not be a sermon or communion. Invite a friend or neighbor to experience this delightful hymn festival.
The Lutheran Gift - Part 1
In March of last year just before my father-in-law’s funeral at his Roman Catholic parish, I found myself in conversation with the Deacon regarding the funeral Mass and other matters of the church. At one point he said to me “Lutherans bring the gift of music to the church catholic.” As we Lutherans would say, “this is most certainly true.”
Approaching the Festival of the Reformation (October 31) I would like to speak about the deep Lutheran tradition of music and especially the richness of our hymnody. It is so rich and beautiful that I will not be able to even scratch the surface in this article.
Since the time of Luther, congregational singing took more of a central place within the historic liturgy of the Mass. Luther himself would pen many hymns that are still with us today - for example, the beautiful Christmas hymn that he wrote while gathered with his family around the tree, From Heaven Above, LBW 51 (Lutheran Book of Worship). Others that he wrote include A Mighty Fortress is Our God, LBW 228-29; and, Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word, LBW 230.
Others would follow Luther in the great tradition of the Reformation, such as Paul Gerhardt, a pastor who wrote hymns amid the great suffering the Thirty Years’ War. Eleven of his hymns are in the LBW. They are all of sound doctrine, theology and beautiful poetic stanzas. Gerhardt’s hymns faithfully proclaim the fullness of Christ as in O Sacred Head, Now Wounded, LBW 116.
Phillip Nicolai, a Lutheran pastor, poet and composer, is represented by seven hymns in the LBW, many of which we sing during the Advent, Christmas, and Easter seasons, such as Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying, LBW 31, and How Brightly Beams the Morning Star, LBW 76, which incidentally are known in Lutheran circles as the “King and Queen of chorales” because of their great historic popularity.
Michael Praetorius, son of a Lutheran pastor, and one of the most versatile composers of his time (I should add, beloved in the choral world) wrote the magnificent Christmas hymn, Lo, How a Rose is Growing, LBW 58. Praetorius’ real name was Michael Schultze, but like many of his contemporaries, he followed the fashion of Latinizing his name in professional endeavors.
In more recent times the Lutheran tradition continues through gifted people such as Jaroslav Vajda, (lyricist and translator) Carl Schalk and Paul Manz (composers).
And we have not even mentioned the Lord’s Choirmaster, J.S. Bach, who owned two sets of Luther’s Works which would greatly inform both his organ and choral music. But this is a topic for another time.
In next week's CONNECTIONS, I will share "The Lutheran Gift - Part 2" where we will hear why the deep tradition of Lutheran hymnody is critical for all followers of Christ in this present age.
In Christ,
Mark W. Knappe, Pastor, STS
The Reformation: Still Shaping Futures
Worship Attendance - October 16-17, 2021
Our Church Family
David Kretschmann, 10/21
Natalie Anderson, 10/22
David Cason, 10/26
Connor Morris, 10/29
Erik Zipp, 10/29
Lisa Grossman, 10/30
Nicole Kalupa, 10/30
Lesly and Roger Evert, 10/22 (10 years)
Matt and Hannah Ware, 10/26 (2 years)
Mark and Sheila Kershek, 10/27 (26 years)
Bob and Diana Streicher, 10/28 (32 years)

New prayer requests: Tom Dallman (husband of Lucy Dallman); Darlene Louison

Ongoing short-term prayer requests: Faye Heyen, Ruth Young, Janet Zastrow; Kay Sedivec; Megan Schatz; Rhonda Rodriguez; Donna Schroeder; Mary Smith; Ginny Cox; Marie Traxler (mother of Sue Meyer); Bernice Gilbert (friend of Linda Thorpe); Eric (friend of Larry Bonier); Dale Hermann (son of Marilyn Hermann); Father Patrick Malone (Holy Cross Anglican Church); Delores Seel (mother of Keith Pierce); John Nielson (brother of Judy Kestly)

Serving in the Military: Dan Berger (serving in the U.S. Marines); Kevin Butler (son of Heidi Powers, serving in the U.S. Army); Ben DeYoung (son-in-law of George and Kay Sedivec, serving in the U.S. Air Force); Alex Olson (U.S. Air Force, grandchild of Ardath Olson); Kyle Pierce (son of Karen and Keith Pierce, serving in the U.S. Army); Karmen Thomas (friend of Tony and Krista Dentice serving in the U.S. Army); Nicole Wahlgren (serving in the U.S. Army National Guard); all military chaplains; and all veterans suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
For All Men and Women Serving: Police Officers, Firefighters, Health Care workers and First Responders.   

Serving in the mission field: Our NALC missionaries and missionaries everywhere bringing the gospel to the ends of the Earth.

Long-term prayer list: Calvary membersDon Heyen; Shirley Mahn; Nadine Schuelke; Marge Skarie; and Donna Polizzi.

Non-membersNancy Myers (friend of Judy Sayas); Paige Yeager (friend of Sallie Schulz's family); Shirl Gordon (friend of Cindy Rooks); Rose Luther (friend of Nicole Moritz); Judy Grospitz; Jan Janchan (friend of Jonni Roush); Monica Barchus (niece of Ernie Kretschmann); Michael Rossa (Lucy Dallman's son); Karen (friend of Lydia Trudell)

If you have any new prayer requests, please contact the church office at 262.786.4010 or via email to
Faith Formation
Sunday, October 31 - 11:45 am
Calvary's South Parking Lot
All are invited to decorate yourself and/or your vehicle and load up your trunk with treats for the kids. (There isn't a Packer game that day.) Join us for this year's Trunk or Treat on Sunday, October 31st, beginning at 11:45 a.m.

Parking spots will be marked off in the southwest parking lot for participants to remain socially distanced. Click on the link here to sign up so Kyle can plan accordingly.

The Spiritual Realms Bible Study
Session 4: Sheol (Hades)
In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word Sheol is used 66 times to talk about the place of the dead. But what exactly is Sheol? Is it like purgatory or limbo? Is it just a little higher up than hell, but not quite heaven? Pastor Ken and Kyle talk about this and more in Session 4.
Pastor Ken's Weekly Bible Study
Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall
Pastor Ken's weekly Bible study is held each Wednesday from 12:30 -1:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. He will lead discussion around the Scripture lessons that will be read in worship the following weekend. Please bring your Bibles - other materials will be provided.

Copies of the text study sheets will be available on the table in the Narthex if you can't attend the Bible study, but would like to refer to it for the weekend worship.
Women's Ministry
November's Book Group Selection
November 8, 1:00 p.m.
Media Room

"...And Ladies of the Club" is a novel about a group of women in the fictional town of Waynesboro, Ohio who begin a women's literary club, which evolves through the years into a significant community service organization in the town.

The novel, which looks at the club as it changes throughout the years, spans decades in the lives of the women involved in the club, between 1868 and 1932. Many characters are introduced in the course of the novel, but the primary characters are Anne Gordon and Sally Rausch, who in 1868 are new graduates of the Waynesboro Female College. They marry soon after the opening of the book, and the decades that follow chronicle their marriages and those of their children and grandchildren.

Santmyer focuses not just on the lives of the women in the club, but also their families, friends, politics, and developments in their small town and the larger world.
Men's Ministry
Weekly Men's Breakfast Wednesdays at 7 a.m.
Maxim's Restaurant
18025 W. Capitol Drive

The restaurant seating has been reconfigured in compliance with social distancing requirements.

All men are invited to attend!
Monthly Men's Gathering
Thursday, October 28
6 p.m. at Pastor Nelson's

Come for fellowship, food and devotion time. Dinner will be provided. The Packers vs. Arizona Cardinals game will be on -- kick off is at 7:20 p.m.

Social distancing will be respected and practiced.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ernie Kretschmann at
October Mission of the Month
Each Shepherd's Canyon seven-day retreat includes up to four client couples (singles are welcome), two counselors - male and female - and a retreat chaplain.

Our twelve retreat therapists have a combined 250 years of counseling experience! All counseling is Bible-based. Shepherd's Canyon Retreats are held at Standing Stones Retreat Center near Wickenburg, AZ.

 Learn more about Shepherd's Canyon at 
Broom Tree Ministries provides spiritual retreats for pastors and their spouses. The retreats are designed to provide uninterrupted time with God in rest, reflection, and beauty.

Broom Tree prioritizes good food and lots of time with spouses. Our guests consistently experience "aha" moments that bring clarity and challenge for the next season of ministry. Since 1997 we have been strengthening the church one pastor at a time.

Broom Tree retreats are held in Michigan and more information can be found at
Wouldn't you like to help in making possible a counseling ministry for the restoration of hurting
clergy couples and other professional church workers? Is there a need for such a ministry? Absolutely! Check out the facts below.

  • 20% of pastors are "in crisis" - they are just "hanging on," coping with the issues they face day-to-day
  • Among Protestant clergy, an incredible number quit the ministry every month!
  • Only 50% of pastors entering the ministry today will make it five years
  • 8O% of pastors say that the ministry has had a negative impact on their family
  • Upwards of 70% of pastors fight depression

October's Mission of the Month supports two ministries who are focused on providing pastoral retreat ministries. Read more about each one below. To support this important Mission of the Month, you may include it in your weekly offering envelope or designate the donation as "Mission of the Month" in your online giving.
Community Outreach
It's easy to support our local Food Pantry!
Food items collected in our big Food Pantry box are taken to the Waukesha food pantry on a regular basis for distribution to their clients. Food items can be deposited any time into CALVARY'S CUPBOARD, the big wooden box located in the hallway by the choir room.

A good rule of thumb for donating: If you’d serve it, they want it. Please do not donate expired or damaged food.

The Waukesha Food Pantry handles all types of perishable and shelf-stable foods. A short list of their most needed items follows.

Most Commonly Needed Food Items
Shelf stable fruits
  • canned in water or its own juice, especially popular are pineapple and mandarin oranges
Whole grain cereals
Boxed meal kits
Ready to eat soups with meat
Canned pasta with meat
Shelf stable milk alternatives
  • coconut, soy or almond milk
Shelf stable proteins
  • tuna, chicken, ham, tofu
100% fruit juice

Infant & Toddler Needs
  • especially Similac® formula
  • no baby foods are needed at this time
  • particularly size 5 & 6
  • Any size Pull-Ups
Baby Wipes
A few reminders ....
Sanctuary Flowers
We invite you to sign up for flowers to beautify our altar each weekend. The sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board in the Narthex.

Flowers are $35 and you may take them home following the 9:00 am worship on Sunday morning. If you'd prefer, you can leave the flowers at church to be enjoyed by the office staff.
Technical Difficulties with Our Livestream
New internet cabling will be installed soon, which should significantly increase our upload/download speed for the livestream. Until that can be completed, we will continue to record Saturday night's worship service and link it to the website on Sunday morning.

Thank you for your patience as we work through this.

In accordance with current CDC guidelines, it is strongly recommended that all persons, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask while inside our facility.
Facing tough times? Need a Christian Friend?
Stephen Ministry is here to help. Free, just like God's love.
Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. 

If you, or someone you know, could benefit from this important ministry, please contact Scott or Peggy Langelin at 262.853.0018.
The right side of the Sanctuary (as you face the altar) is equipped with a hearing loop system which transmits an audio signal directly into a hearing aid via a magnetic field. This greatly reduces background noise, competing sounds, reverberation and other acoustic distortions that reduce clarity of sound.

Most hearing aids are equipped with a t-coil and connecting to this system is an easy switch on the hearing aid. If you need assistance during worship with this system, please reach out to an usher or any staff member.
The church office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until noon. The door that is closest to the office (NW corner) will be open during those hours.

Please check in with the office staff so we know you are in the building.

The office phone number is (262) 786-4010. Feel free to leave a message if you call after hours and we will contact you the next day.