Your Weekly E-Newsletter Thursday, November 11, 2021
It's that time of year when we share financial information and ask that you pledge your support for 2022.

This year our Commitment (Pledge) Sunday will be on November 21. Stewardship materials were mailed to all members the first week of November. Additional copies of these materials can be found on the table in the Narthex. In addition, charts showing how your money was budgeted and spent in 2020 and 2021 will be on display as well.

Please take a few minutes to review the materials and prayerfully determine what your giving will be next year. Pledge cards can be returned on Commitment Sunday or anytime before then - please drop in the offering basket, church office or send via the postal system.

Special treats and fellowship will be available in Fellowship Hall following both services on November 20-21.
"God So Loved, He Gave"

Reading my devotions on 10/12/21 from Portals of Prayer brought to mind that our Stewardship committee should be meeting soon. Starting with the introduction verse from Galatians 6:9 " Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up," I quote in part from the reading: " In His ministry, Jesus praised those who took godly initiative and criticized those who left good things undone. The love of Christ compels us to use whatever gifts we have received for the benefit of others. In this way, we demonstrate Christlike servanthood and practice good stewardship over God's provisions. When we abide in Christ, we can respond by doing good things: apart from Him we can do nothing."

As we look ahead to our focus on Stewardship in November, I hope this sets the stage for the pledges you will be asked to consider for 2022. Seniors with IRA's that have required minimal distribution, keep in mind that giving to the church can be more gratifying than giving it to the government in taxes.

I pray that good things will be done in Jesus name.

Judy Kestly
Stewardship Committee Member 

Special Congregational Meeting - November 28 at 10:30 a.m.

The 2020 NALC Mission Convocation voted to postpone proposed amendments to Article 11, Regional Subdivisions, of the NALC Constitution. The amendments proposed last year would have named mission districts as the regional subdivision. There was support for naming them as Mission Districts. The reason for postponing consideration of the amendments was to revise the amendments so the constitution clearly allows for Mission Districts to form mission regions. Several mission regions have already been formed in the NALC.

November 13-14, 2021
25th Sunday after Pentecost

Printed copies of the weekend's readings and text study guides are available at the entrances to the Sanctuary.
Financial Update and Worship Attendance - November 6 & 7, 2021
All Saints' Day Hymn Festival - watch the "rerun"!
If you were not able to attend the All Saints' Day Hymn Festival on Sunday, November 7th, it was recorded and you can watch it HERE.

Special thanks to Nicole Moritz, our talented Director of Music Ministry, for putting together a beautiful program with a wide variety of musicians. We were excited to welcome back to Calvary Dr. John Behnke. His talent in playing our Dobson organ was outstanding!
Our Church Family
Meet Vivian Nicole Peters

We are excited to introduce you to Vivian Nicole, the newest daughter of John and Lindsey Peters, born on Monday, October 25. She weighed 6 lbs. 13 oz. and was 20" long.

Vivian joins her sisters Sophia, Olivia, Isabelle, Mady and Alexis.

God's blessings on this new addition to the Peters family.
Karen Pierce, 11/12
Dorothy Wise, 11/12
Peggy Langelin, 11/14
Chuck Lukasik, 11/14
Craig Schmidt, 11/15
Paula Altman, 11/16
Gael Hirth, 11/17
Darlene Louison, 11/17
Rich Baumgartner, 11/18
Bob Branston, 11/21
Pat Dieck, 11/23
Jacklyn Warber, 11/23
Terry Bzdusek, 11/24
Bonnie Johnson, 11/26
Allison Mayer, 11/26

Harold and Shelby Rose, 11/11 (54 years)
Matt and Heather Wirtz, 11/19 (5 years)
Paul and Diane Speth, 11/23 (53 years)
Bill and Lenny Graffin, 11/24 (32 years)

Prayers of joy and thanksgiving to: John and Lindsey Peters on the birth of their daughter, Vivian Nicole, born on October 25.

New prayer requests: Chuck Giuliani; Steve (son of Bonnie Johnson); Tom Frank (brother of Mary Ellen Thiede)

Ongoing short-term prayer requests: Fay Heyen, Janet Zastrow; Kay Sedivec; Megan Schatz; Mary Smith; Ginny Cox; Bruce Kurth (brother of Glori Kurth); Taylor Czerwinski (granddaughter of Bill and Lenny Graffin); Paul Kwiecien (friend of Glori Kurth); Lisa Haggadone (daughter of Sallie Schulz); Tom Dallman (husband of Lucy Dallman); Marie Traxler (mother of Sue Meyer); 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; Donna Polizzi; Nadine Schuelke; and Ruth Young.

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
Fellowship Time
Join us for a piece of pie and cup of coffee after the Thanksgiving Eve worship on Wednesday, November 24. Worship will begin at 7pm and the Pie Social will follow in Fellowship Hall. Our youth will be helping to serve the yummy treats.

If you plan on attending, please sign up on the sheet on the glass doors in the Narthex. There is also a place on the form to indicate if you're able to bring a pie.
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.
Monday Afternoon Movie
Nov. 15 - 1pm
Media Room

The Music Man is a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. The plot concerns con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys' band organizer and leader and sells band instruments and uniforms to naïve Midwestern
townsfolk, promising to train the members of the new band.

Harold is no musician, however, and plans to skip town without giving any music lessons. Prim librarian and piano teacher Marian sees through him, but when Harold helps her younger brother overcome his lisp and social awkwardness, Marian begins to fall in love with him. He risks being caught to win her heart.

Great songs! Great story! Great fun!
Faith Formation
Noisy Offerings will resume on
Sunday, November 21.

Children are invited to bring their offerings to the altar
during the Children's Message each Sunday.

The Spiritual Realms Bible Study
Session 7: Gehenna (Hell)
In session 7 of The Spiritual Realms: A Bible Study of Heaven and Hell and Places Beyond This World, Pastor Ken and Kyle look at the word most commonly translated as "hell" in the Bible. What does Jesus mean when he uses this word to describe a spiritual realm which had a real-world parallel in Valley of Himmnon?
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.
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

On hiatus until January 27, 2022

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ernie Kretschmann at
November Mission of the Month
Care Net Pregnancy Center of Milwaukee
Care Net Pregnancy center is a new Mission for Calvary. We’ve learned of it in the past year and are thrilled to be part of those helping to fund and spread it’s good work. Several of us have visited and volunteered on site and have witnessed the work of God that this group does. Below is listed their PURPOSE and MISSION:
PURPOSE: To uphold the sanctity of human life and share the love of Christ and the hope of the Gospel with women and their families facing an unplanned pregnancy.

MISSION: To encourage women to choose life by offering spiritual and practical care during and after pregnancy.
277 pregnant women considering abortion were seen and offered ultrasounds. 80% of those women chose life for their babies. Several of these women chose to place their babies for adoption, and so many more received physical and religious support throughout their pregnancy and beyond. 
Care Net also offers emotional and religious support for women who have had abortions and are suffering emotional anguish after.
Counseling is offered to unmarried women to encourage abstinence (going forward) until marriage which is God’s plan for us. 
Please consider Care Net to support their Godly work, as well as possibly volunteering at the site. Click here to be directed to their website for more information. 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 time to decorate the Mitten Tree ... and more.
The 'mitten tree' will be in the Narthex ready for your donations. In addition to mittens, hats and scarves for all ages (which can be placed on the tree), we are collecting the following winter clothing donations (children, teens, men's and women's sizes):

  • Coats and jackets
  • Sweatshirts, sweaters
  • Long underwear, socks

Items can be new or used and should be placed into the collection bins which are under the tables in the Narthex. Please bring your donations by December 19th. 

All donations will be distributed at the annual New Year’s Eve Day outreach sponsored by B.A.S.I.C.S. (Brothers and Sisters In Christ Serving). Let's all help keep our Milwaukee neighbors warm!
Samaritan's Purse: Operation Christmas Child
Every gift-filled shoebox is a tool for evangelism and discipleship for a local church around the world. At Operation Christmas Child outreach events, boys and girls hear the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ and receive a tangible expression of God’s love through one of your prayerfully packed shoeboxes.

You can use any shoebox or a plastic shoe box from the dollar store (Operation Christmas Child boxes are on order and will be in the Narthex as soon as they are received.) You can then fill the box with suggested items for a boy or girl - there are sheets with recommended items on the table. There are different age groups for both boys and girls. Please include $9 in the box to cover shipping and project costs and include the sticker on the top of the box to indicate BOY/GIRL and age group.

To learn more about Operation Christmas Child, click HERE.

Filled boxes should be returned to the Narthex no later than Sunday November 14th so they can be packed up and shipped. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mission & Outreach Committee Member Diane Knappe at 262.378.1710.
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 meatCanned 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 record the Sunday morning worship and download to the website as quickly as possible after service ends. This download usually takes about an hour to complete. Thank you for your patience as we work through this. Our livestream capability should resume within the next few weeks.

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.