Your Weekly E-Newsletter Thursday, September 16, 2021
This week's Pondering comes from the
North American Lutheran Church (NALC)
September 18-19, 2021

Printed copies of the weekend's readings are available at the entrances to the Sanctuary.
Fellowship Time
October is Pastor Appreciation Month!

Aside from his daily duties, Pastor Ken participates in the highs and lows in the lives of our church family and other members of the community.

He leads mourners during funerals, prays over the sick, and ministers to the imprisoned and abandoned.

Our pastor also oversees our most joyous occasions - he plays a vital role in marriages, baptisms, Holy First Communions, Affirmation of Baptism and requests for special blessings. He also upholds the institution of marriage by counseling struggling couples to hold fast to their marital vows, and guides the Lord’s flock by giving clarity to those with a fractured sense of faith.

Special cards were created for you to express your appreciation to Pastor Ken and they are available on the table in the Narthex. Please deposit your signed cards into the box near the cards by the end of October.

We are blessed to have Pastor Ken Nelson at Calvary and look forward to celebrating him on Sunday, October 10 following the 9:00 a.m. service. Please join us in Fellowship Hall for special treats.
Monday Afternoon Movie - September 20 at 1:00 p.m.
We’re moving movie time from the morning to the afternoon, but keeping it on the third Monday of the month. We’ll begin our “season” on Monday, September 20 at 1:00 pm in the Media Room as we watch a lovely old film (if you call 1961 a long time ago), “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Snacks and water will be available. Bring a friend!
Wikipedia reminds us: Breakfast at Tiffany's is a 1961 American romantic comedy film, adapted from Truman Capote'1958 novella of the same name, and starring Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, a naïve, eccentric café society girl who falls in love with a struggling writer (George Peppard). It also featured Patricia Neal, Buddy EbsenMartin Balsam and Mickey Rooney in supporting roles.
Hepburn's portrayal of Holly Golightly is generally considered to be one of her most memorable and identifiable roles. She regarded it as one of her most challenging roles, since she was an introvert required to play an extrovert. You’ll want to sing along as she treats us to “Moon River” – so go ahead!
Finance Update
Grateful in All Seasons was the theme of our stewardship campaign last year. Calvary is so very thankful for your generous commitment to the work of our congregation. 

On Monday, September 20, your 2021 Giving Statement through August will be emailed to you for your review. The email will be from (If you don't see it in your inbox, check your junk folder.) Statements will be mailed to those who do not have an email address. If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Rooks at 262 786 4010 or

Again, thank you!
Financials and Attendance - September 11-12, 2021
Our Church Family
William Dudzik, 9/16
Ron Foster, 9/16
Cable Gall, 9/16
Pastor Ken, 9/16
Carole Wegner, 9/16
Hugh Taufner, 9/17
Mark Knappe, 9/18
Mallory Zipp, 9/18
Meredith Huettl, 9/19
Brad Meyer, 9/19
Jared Springer, 9/19
Ann Jazgar, 9/20
Bill Graffin, 9/21
Sean Moritz, 9/27
Justin Rowe, 9/27
Leah Morris, 9/29

Andy and Angie Schatz, 9/23 (21 years)
John and Mary Lau, 9/27 (52 years)
Bob and Caryl Braatz, 9/30 (60 years)
Prayers of sympathy and God's peace to: the family of Carl Hirth (husband of Gael Hirth) who passed away on September 15; and to the family of Mark Berner (cousin of Lisa Grossman) who passed away on September 10; and to the family of Tom Hekkers (friend of Glori Kurth) who passed away on September 15.

New prayer requests: Kay Sedivec; Tom (friend of Glori Kurth); Eric (friend of Larry Bonier)

Ongoing short-term prayer requests: Megan Schatz; Rhonda Rodriguez; Donna Schroeder; Mary Smith; Ginny Cox; Marion Youngquist; Nora Giuliani (granddaughter of Chuck & Norene Giuliani); Dale Hermann (son of Marilyn Hermann); Jill (friend of Lydia and Mark Trudell); Janeen (cousin of Cindy Zilske); 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; Donna Polizzi; and Janet Zastrow.

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 Christian Education
resumes this weekend!

Sunday Morning Faith Formation classes (Sunday School and Confirmation) resume this Sunday, September 19 at 10:30 a.m.
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.
Adult Bible Study "The Spiritual Realms"
Begins this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Ken is excited that this class has reached capacity. If you signed up on the sheet on the glass doors in the Narthex, we have included you in the total count.

The class will be held in the Media Room.
Reminder for our middle school and high school youth ....
Whirlyball is back this Sunday!
Sunday September 19
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
WhirlyBall Brookfield (by Brookfield Square)
185 S Moorland Rd, Brookfield, WI

The cost is $25 per youth (limited to middle school and high school students)
We will meet right outside WhirlyBall in Brookfield. Please arrive by 3:30 PM. We have to check in at 3:45 PM. 

Please also bring a mask. WhirlyBall's website does not state their mask policy (as of the publishing of this event) and we don't want anyone to miss out because of something as simple as a mask.
Practice session of new liturgy songs

A new liturgy was introduced last weekend. Many of the words in the new liturgy will be familiar (i.e., Kyrie, Lamb of God, Holy, Holy, Holy) but the tune may be a bit different.

Music Director Nicole Moritz will hold a quick session prior to worship services to learn a few of the songs that are a regular part of the new liturgy. Join her in the Sanctuary ten minutes before service (4:50pm on Saturday and 8:50am on Sunday).

Copies of the Songs of the Liturgy are in the pews for you to follow along. Please leave them in the pews so that they can be used each week until it all becomes familiar. If you'd like to view a copy of this new music, click here. (Due to the layout design pages will not be in order when you view this.)
Women's Ministry
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, September 23,
6:00 p.m.
Pastor Ken's house

Come for fellowship, food and devotion time. Dinner will be provided. Invite a friend. Social distancing will be respected and practiced.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ernie Kretschmann at
Community Outreach
North American Lutheran Church Disaster Response
Thank you for your participation!

For the past few months items have been prepared for NALC Disaster Response. School kits, health kits, Bibles and blankets were collected. In addition to the warehouse in Rantoul, IL, there is a new NALC Warehouse in Rochester, MN - there are now 14 NALC Warehouses across the United States.

Our items were delivered at a Mission District meeting in Wausau on September 11, and from there were delivered to Minnesota. Calvary's donation included:

  • 47 backpack school kits
  • 20 fleece tie blankets
  • 28 quilts
  • 9 health kits
  • 16 Bibles

You are helping to share the love of Jesus with those struggling after floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and fires. Our thanks to the congregation!!

Calvary's Mission and Outreach Committee
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 - pineapple and mandarin Oranges
Whole grain Cereals
Boxed meal kits
Ready to eat soups with Meat
Canned pasta with meat
Shelf stable milk alternatives
  • Such as 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

Our September Mission of the Month is B.A.S.I.C.S. (Brothers And Sisters In Christ Serving). In addition to providing Bibles and blankets in the Milwaukee area, Calvary will be supporting the Genesis Prison Ministry, which provides for discipleship inside the prison and help on the outside for re-entry.

B.A.S.I.C.S. is a Christian nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that works to strengthen churches and Christian outreach ministries throughout the metropolitan Milwaukee area. The group supports over 15 city ministries such as local partnerships, in-prison and re-entry ministries, community outreach events, recovery programs, youth activities and many others.
It is a well-established and highly regarded organization that’s been in existence for over 20 years.   It seeks to strengthen the evangelical outreach and growth of local churches, as well as help alleviate poverty and other difficult social problems. By fostering cooperation and teamwork while also connecting with resources, B.A.S.I.C.S. makes each outreach effort more effective.

The Calvary mission of the month donations for September will be supporting two ministries under the B.A.S.I.C.S. umbrella. Bibles written at a third grade reading level, along with blankets to provide comfort and warmth, are distributed to individuals in impoverished areas throughout Milwaukee. The Genesis Prison Ministry offers mentoring and discipleship, as well as a comprehensive, transformational program that assists with housing, employment training, job placement, financial literacy and management to enhance family development.

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.
A few reminders ....
Fellowship Time 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.
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.

Can't make it to worship? We are live streaming the 9:00 a.m. service on Sunday mornings, and it's almost like you're with us in person.

You can access it at any time from the home page of our website (, or by using the link below. You'll also receive a link on Sunday mornings via email.
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.