Your Weekly E-Newsletter -- Thursday, January 13, 2022
Safe Spacing in Sanctuary
In light of recent increases in the number of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin, the Church Council has recommended that safe spacing within the Sanctuary be implemented. Please observe the signs that have been placed on the pews, indicating those which are to remain unoccupied to allow social distancing between the rows.
Congregation Annual Meeting - January 30 at 10:30 a.m.
An informational meeting will be held
on January 23 at 10:30 a.m.

The Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 30 at 10:30 a.m. (Contingency date in the event January 30 has to be moved is Sunday, February 6th.)

Second Sunday
after the Epiphany
January 15-16, 2022
  • Saturday: Ermie Kretschmann
  • Sunday: Jonni Roush, Ed Ramthun, Linda Thorpe
  • William Dudzik and Addison Meyer
  • Tom and Mary Ellen Thiede
  • Larry Bonier
  • Kyle Jones
  • RoJean Holler and Carol Roe
  • Dudzik family in celebration of Chris' birthday
  • Saturday: Lydia Trudell
  • Sunday: Grace Gunnlaugsson
  • Kyle Jones
Worship Attendance - January 8-9, 2022
Our Church Family
Nora Ostrander, 1/15
Tom Thiede, 1/15
Chris Dudzik, 1/16
Natalie Voss, 1/16
Erik Wahlgren, 1/16
Lauren Beeson (Jones), 1/19
Allison Duch, 1/21
Juanita Osowski, 1/21
Alex Baumgarten, 1/22
Amelia Evert, 1/22
Jackson Gall, 1/22
Jo Shannon, 1/23
Cindy Rooks, 1/24
Sue Vollmar, 1/25
Bode Zipp, 1/25
Diane Iverson, 1/27
Tony Dentice, 1/28

Dave and Chris Cason, 1/17 (41 years)
Don and Fay Heyen, 1/21 (24 years)
Alex and Margaux Baumgarten, 1/25 (2 years)
Jiafu and Sophia Liu, 1/27 (22 years)

New prayer requests: Ray Anderson (friend of the Grossman's); Marc Kapke (friend of Linda Thorpe and Jane Taufner); Janice Stem (sister of Evelyn Ceci); and Larry Waldhart Jr. (Ed Ramthun's sister's stepson).
Ongoing short-term prayer requests: Mary Smith; Ginny Cox; Debbie Becker (friend of Linda Thorpe); Curt (friend of Larry Bonier); Pastor Mark Gehrke (son of Lois Gehrke); Barb Anderson (friend of Lisa Grossman); Susan Petropoulos (sister of Wayne Johnson); Matt (friend of Larry Bonier); Lisa Haggadone (daughter of Sallie Schulz); Tom Dallman (husband of Lucy Dallman); Marie Traxler (mother of Sue Meyer); Eric (friend of Larry Bonier); 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; Eloise Kurth; Shirley Mahn; Donna Polizzi; Nadine Schuelke; Ruth Young; Janet Zastrow

Non-members Taylor Czerwinski (granddaughter of Bill and Lenny Graffin); Gareth George (cousin of Judy Sayas); Joseph Franko (friend of Judy Sayas); Tom Frank (brother of Mary Ellen Thiede); Nancy Myers (friend of Judy Sayas); Paige Yeager (friend of Sallie Schulz's family); 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
Joint Prayer Service with St. John Vianney
The International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity January 18-25, 2022.

Calvary is pleased to host a joint prayer service with members of St. John Vianney on Wednesday, January 19 at 11:00 a.m. We hope you can join us.

An eight-day prayer devotional has been created and can be accessed here. rinted copies are also available in the Narthex.
Music Ministry "Nicole's Notes"
O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright
The fact that humans create art is something that sets us apart as a species, something that stamps us as made in the image of God. One of the most amazing things people do for each other is make music. The ability to sing and make music is truly a magnificent gift from God, and we ought to thank Him, conversely, by using that gift to sing His praises.

I want to take a minute to thank everyone involved in the music of Advent and Christmas services. I feel as though you ministered to me over those weeks with your lifted voices and precisely wielded bells. No one appreciates your hard work and dedication more than I do—because I oversaw the labors of preparation. What a precious thing it is to be entrusted with the songs of our worship! I hope the experience was immensely fulfilling to you as well, and I look forward to our new season.

Here's a quick history lesson on our sermon hymn for Sunday—a hymn with great historic significance in the Lutheran tradition. O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright or Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (literally, “How lovely shines the morning star”) is a hymn by Philipp Nicolai, a German Lutheran Pastor, who is the author of two monumental hymns: Wake, Awake, the Voice is CallingWachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme and this one.

Supposedly he wrote this poem after a period of great torment, because of an epidemic of pestilence which had struck the village where he was pastor. P. Nicolai wrote the words in response to a pestilence in 1597. He first published it in 1599 in his book Frewdenspiegel deß ewigen Lebens ("Mirror of Joy of the Life Everlasting") in Frankfurt, together with "Wake, Awake.” He introduced it: "Ein Geistlich Brautlied der Gläubigen Seelen " (A spiritual wedding song of the faithful soul about Jesus Christ, her heavenly groom, made over the 45th psalm of the Prophet David.) With this title the hymn is placed in a long tradition of a mystical spirituality, in which the allegorical interpretation of the Song of Songs is always present. The hymn is also a piece of craftmanship. The seven verses of the hymn Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern are built on an acrostic: Wilhelm Ernst Graf Und Herr Zu Waldeck, being a former student of Nicolai, who died 1598. Some people also see typographical art in it: When you align the text of the poem centered, then the form of a cup appears, referring to the last supper. The words are based on Psalms 45, a mystical wedding song. Jesus is identified with the morning star, according to Revelation 22:16, and with the bridegroom of the psalm. This hymn is often referred to by historians as "The Queen of Chorales”, the term chorale applied specifically to German Lutheran hymns.

The melody is generally attributed to P. Nicolai, too. However, in a brief 1917 article, Charles Sanford Terry has shown the close relationship of P. Nicolai’s melody to an earlier melody found in Wolff Köphel’s 1538 Psalter hymnal. The tune is used for a setting of Psalm 100, Jauchzet dem Herren, Alle Land. Terry states: "[The Psalter melody] consists of five lines or phrases, the first, second, and fifth of which, it will be observed, are practically identical with the first half of Nicolai’s tune." (The Musical Times, Vol.58, No.893 (July 1, 1917), pp. 302-303).

The chorale appeared as a hymn in German hymnals and in several translations in English hymnals, starting with "How Bright Appears the Morning Star!" by John Christian Jacobi, in his Psalmodica Germanica, 1722, p. 90. Additional hymns were written on the same tune such as the hymn for Pentecost "O Heilger Geist, kehr bei uns ein" (1640) (not used by J.S. Bach in his vocal works) by Michael Schirmer (1640). J. S. Bach based an entire cantata on this hymn and used stanzas in several others.

In modern hymnals, the hymn is often assigned to Epiphany, though it is also suitable for Pentecost, or for general use. The first verse (in an anonymous English translation beginning "How splendid shines the morning star") appeared in the Southern Harmony, an 1835 shape-note tunebook compiled by William Walker, where it is set to a tune called Morning Star by composer J. C. Lowry. This arrangement is repeated in the current An American Christmas Harp, with the addition of two more stanzas in a translation by William Mercer (1811-1873).

Source: Wikipedia (September 16, 2018); CPDL (April 9, 2018); bach-chorales (Luke Dahn, 2018)
Women's Book Group - February 14 at 1:00 p.m.
A novel by Ruth Reichl

Billie Breslin has traveled far from her home in California to take a job at Delicious!, New York’s most iconic food magazine. Away from her family, particularly her older sister, Genie, Billie feels like a fish out of water—until she is welcomed by the magazine’s colorful staff. She is also seduced by the vibrant downtown food scene, especially by Fontanari’s, the famous Italian food shop where she works on weekends. Then Delicious! is abruptly shut down, but Billie agrees to stay on in the empty office, maintaining the hotline for reader complaints in order to pay her bills.
To Billie’s surprise, the lonely job becomes the portal to a miraculous discovery. In a hidden room in the magazine’s library, Billie finds a cache of letters written during World War II by Lulu Swan, a plucky twelve-year-old, to the legendary chef James Beard. Lulu’s letters provide Billie with a richer understanding of history, and a feeling of deep connection to the young writer whose courage in the face of hardship inspires Billie to comes to terms with her fears, her big sister and her ability to open her heart to love.

Join us for time to discuss this warm character-packed tale. If you'd like a copy of the discussion questions for this book, you will find it in the Narthex. Treats will be served.
Monday Afternoon Movie - January 17 at 1 p.m.
Media Room

I.Q. is a light comedy to bring some sunshine into a January afternoon. Join us in the Media Room for some fellowship and a movie. Bring a friend!

The story line: Ed Walters, an auto mechanic, falls for the intelligent and beautiful Catherine Boyd. It is love at first sight. There is however a problem: she's engaged to stuffy professor James Moreland. Fortunately, her uncle likes Ed, and he and his friends scheme to make her fall for Ed. The comedy in this movie stems from the fact that her uncle is none other than Albert Einstein, who's portrayed as a fun-loving humble genius, as are his mischievous friends, Nathan, Kurt, and Boris.

Einstein is played perfectly by Walter Matthau, with Tim Robbins (Ed Walters) and Meg Ryan (Catherine Boyd) bringing their romantic-comedic gifts to the screen as well. With the story set in Ike’s first term as president, we’ll all feel right at home.
Faith Formation

Children's Bulletins that correspond to the lessons for the day are at the entrances to the Sanctuary.

Please feel free to take one for your child.

Winter Retreat 2022

Eight of our middle school and high school youth and two chaperones (Kyle Jones and Sue Meyer) enjoyed a weekend at Camp Timber-Lee, January 7-9.

The weekend was filled with Bible study, comradery, fellowship and a little friendly competition with other churches from the area.
Our group participated in a sing-along.
The group warms up inside after being outside in the cold.
Our broomball team poses for a photo before the playoffs.
The highlight of the weekend was the annual Broomball tournament. Calvary competed to the very end and lost in a sudden death shootout in the semi-final game.
A banana and a cowgirl showing their muscles? Addie and Ellie strike a pose in the photo booth.
Who can resist petting a chinchilla?
Preston and Addie
Megan and Matt
Scott and Josh
Ellie and Sam
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. There will not be a Bible study on Wednesday, January 19th. Come join us for the Joint Prayer Service with St. John Vianney at 11:00 a.m. that day.

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.
January Mission of the Month
When Bethesda first opened its doors in 1904, they were a small Wisconsin organization serving just five people. Over the years, the organization known as Bethesda became a national leader that changed the lives of tens of thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Bethesda has officially changed its name to AbleLight and will continue to pioneer life-changing services that empower the people they serve to thrive.

AbleLight (Bethesda) Mission Statement: Enhancing the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through services that share the good news of Jesus Christ
  • AbleLight is a national Christian non-profit organization that provides support services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities at program locations across the U.S.
  • They work to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by giving them the opportunity to live their lives to the fullest. They seek to be a champion of change by supporting independence and community inclusion.
  • They make a difference every day in the lives of those they support though advocacy, raising awareness and promoting independence.
  • They ensure communities understand the unique abilities people with disabilities have and encourage everyone to become advocates for people’s rights and independence.
  • Some of their current and future initiatives include:
  1. Smart home technology to enhance daily living
  2. Financial Support Services (they currently provide financial management for more than 700 clients)
  3. Bethesda College of Applied Learning
  4. Independent housing choices that offer true community inclusion
  5. Behavioral Support Services (for people of all ages)
  6. Faith resources made available online and free-of-charge through Concordia Publishing

You can also find out more on their website: To support this important Mission for the Month, you may include it in your weekly offering envelope or designate the donation as "Mission of the Month" in your online giving.
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, January 27
6:00 p.m.

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

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ernie Kretschmann at

A few reminders ....
Hospitality Treats NEEDED!

We invite you to stay after worship on Sunday mornings and enjoy fellowship time and a treat/cup of coffee in Fellowship Hall. We are taking great care to provide safe food items for you (poured cups of coffee and plated breakfast snacks).

If you'd like to provide treats (donuts, bagels, etc.) for Sunday hospitality time, 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.
Sunday mornings at 9 a.m.

The link is available on the home page at
Sanctuary Flowers
We invite you to sign up for flowers to beautify our altar each weekend. The sign-up sheet for 2022 is posted on the bulletin board in the Narthex.

Flowers are $35 and you may take them home following the 9 a.m. worship on Sunday morning. If you'd prefer, you can leave the flowers at church to be enjoyed by the office staff.
Severe Weather Announcements

With winter coming, we are reminded that weather can definitely impact traveling to church. And with that, inclement weather could necessitate the cancelling of worship.

In the event this should happen, you will receive an e-mail stating that the church is closed. We will also be sharing this with WISN-TV 12 and FOX6 so that it will be included in their scrolling list and on their website of closures.
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.