Calvary Church Updates


Update – this was mailed out to everyone. If you DIDN’T get it, PLEASE call the office as there is an additional letter as well!

August 1, 2022

Dear Friends in Christ,

We the members of the Call Committees from Calvary and St. Paul, are excited to share this news with you about a pastoral candidate.

To date we have had two Zoom interviews with this candidate.  The entire committee has been impressed with the candidate’s thoughtful answers to our questions.  This individual is articulate, personable, intelligent, well-grounded in Lutheran theology, solid in her beliefs, has strengths that align with the hopes and needs of both congregations, she has positive energy and a wonderful sense of humor!

The candidate is non-traditional.  Throughout the interview process we have been in close communication with the Synod office regarding the best way to proceed.  At this stage we can be transparent, and we are following their guidelines in presenting to you a brief introduction written by the candidate, which we include with this mailing.

The candidate with her spouse will visit us in-person on the weekend of August 13th -14th to tour the churches, parsonage, and communities and attend worship.  Each congregation will host a fellowship time on Sunday, August 14th, to allow members to have an opportunity to meet them.  This was also recommended by the Synod office.

Following the in-person visit, the Call Committee will reconvene to make a decision on whether or not to recommend extending a Letter of Call.  If you have anything that you wish to share after the visit, please reach out to one of the Call Committee members of your congregation.

We ask for your prayerful consideration as we move forward in the process to call our next pastor.

Calvary Call Committee members:

Joe Bitto    920-304-6808

Brian Jensen  920-793-1765

                                                                          920-905-0511 (cell)

Bruce Larson  920-755-4069

Lisa Shimanek (co-chair)  920-242-4493

St. Paul Call Committee members:

Carol Entringer (co-chair) 920-627-66

Cathy Johnson 920-717-0717

Dave Kriewald  920-973-7752


Remember that we have Worship in the Park this weekend (7/24) at Lincoln Park in Cabin #1; rain or shine. If it DOES rain, worship will be inside the cabin! Pastor Kim Henning will be presiding and St. Paul will be running the church service. There will be pork sandwiches provided and potluck sides and dessert! Kids games and socializing after with ‘old style’ games!


Congratulations to Dick & Nancy Klinkner on their 50th wedding anniversary last week!

Also, remember that the baby drive is still going on thru the end of July. See the Caller for more details!

***The office will be closed on July 4th***


Welcome June!!!

A few updates for the church 🙂

Remember to wear RED on Sunday for Pentecost and to stay after for cake for our graduates!

We will have our committee meeting next week, so more updates to follow then.

Transition Update 5/5/22
Melissa Pagel will be leaving Calvary at the end of May. She will be starting an internship at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Green Bay. We are extremely grateful to Melissa for stepping up and serving Calvary. We wish her the very best for her future in ministry.
As in the past, we will have services led by lay leaders. We have also identified a couple of retired ministers. One is Pastor Howard Batt, from Kewaunee. He served at in Kansas prior to being at Grace Lutheran in Kewaunee for 21 years. He has been retired since 2017. The second is Pastor Kim Henning. Pastor Kim retired last year from Grace Congregational. He served there for 35 years. We hope to have one or the other here at least once per month to serve communion.
There are several ministers who will assist with pastoral services outside of conducting a service. In addition to Pastor Batt and Pastor Henning, Pastor Matt Sauer of First Presbyterian in Manitowoc is a contact we can call upon.
If a Calvary member is admitted to either area hospital, they can request a visit from any of the three pastors listed above. Both hospitals also have chaplains available. Aurora has a chaplain in house on Tuesday and Thursday while Holy Family has one available in house 7:30 am to 4 pm, with four local clergy on call outside those hours.
If urgent non-hospital pastoral care is needed outside of Calvary’s office hours, you can contact either Cindy Schmidt, 920-901-7449, or Joe Bitto, 320-304-6808.
Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise .
Jeremiah 17:14

***If you know someone who has graduated last winter/current school year please let the office know: I have sent out an email to those who we are aware of – we want to celebrate them! We will be having a fellowship and cake to acknowledge their accomplishments on June 5th after worship service!***

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** Pentecost flowers are due on the 27th, there are order forms in the gathering hall to fill out 🙂 **

April 2022

The Lucky Leprechaun wants to make sure you are up to date on everything!

March 2022

Come in and take a look on Sunday in the gathering hall for information and ideas to keep you spiritually warm during this Lenten season and to prepare for the Spring/Summer months.

We have a Lenten Reflection Resource book that is available in the gathering area! There is a sign up sheet – thank you to those who have signed up!

It is about time to think about signing up our kiddos for the Crossways Summer camp! Info packets are on the table as well!

I know it’s early yet, but Easter flower order forms are on the table and are due the first week of April.

February was a hard month – thank you all for your patience with the volunteers in the office. I appreciate all your prayers for my family. 🙂

January has come and gone and next week is February! See the Caller for updates!

Transition Update 11/20/21

The Joint Executive Committee met on Nov 15th. Both Calvary and St Paul wish to work more cooperatively together.

Several areas were discussed:

*Holiday services

—St Paul will have a Thanksgiving service on Tuesday, Nov 23 at 6:15pm. There will be no service at Calvary.

–Christmas service-Calvary’s Christmas Eve service will be at 4pm with St Paul’s service later(sorry, I don’t have the time-I think around 6pm.) Neither church will have a service on Christmas Day. Calvary will not have a service on Sunday, Dec 26th, but St Paul will have a service of carols at 10:15am.

*Sunday School

–Neither church has many children, but St Paul is running their Sunday School. They have graciously invited any children of Calvary to attend. SS is at 9:15 to 10:00am. Please contact Joy in the office at St Paul if you are interested.    Below is their schedule.

1st Sunday- Fellowship Activity held by Holly Gotstein (card making/prayer jars/ scrapbooking pages, etc.)

2nd Sunday- Children’s Message performed by pastor during worship service (before sermon.)

3rd Sunday-  Classroom lessons at 9:15 before church.

4th Sunday- Family activity lead by Pastor after church 10:15, usually with a meal.


–We decided to have each church email their newsletter to the other council’s members. This will help us keep informed as to what is going on in each congregation.


–St Paul is planning on a joint service and picnic at Silver Creek Park on July 24th, 2022. More details to follow.

MSP(Ministry Survey Profile) met on November 18th.  We had a very productive meeting. The three congregational surveys were reviewed and a plan was made to complete the text portions of the form. I want to send out a big Thank You to the members of the MSP committee from 3-4 years ago. Their work has made our job much easier. We are able to update and tweak information-not have to start from scratch. Ken Mittag, Lori Williams, and Kerry Rivest were in that group(I hope I didn’t overlook anyone). The current group will be meeting again in December and hopefully will complete this project. We can then move on to the next step in calling a new pastor.


A couple of important updates!

We will be sending out weekly announcements on here/Facebook/email and at Sunday service. I will upload it today under news & events – it is emailed out to the worship email group on Thursday’s.

We have 8 children for TREP’s BULB project. They need to be picked up Sunday and dropped off next Sunday. If you have questions please contact the church 🙂


Calvarys’ St. Nick & Christmas project

We will again be doing the St. Nick bags for three local nursing homes. We will also have gifts for our members who are 80 years and older. Funding will be provided by Thrivent. We will need help with assembling and delivering bags. Watch the announcements for the date of this activity. It will probably be one of the last weeks in November!

Keep an eye out for the ordering of poinsettia’s!

Hello October, but goodbye Pastor Julie. We are sending out love, support and happy thoughts as you move on to your next adventure!

This month has flown by! School began, weather changes and life keeps going on!



TREP Update!

TREP will be handing the supplies out the weeks of August 16th and August 23rd. Here is the specific list of items that are needed for them! You can either drop them off at the church or at TREP itself.

Yellow, Red and Green plastic folders

Yellow, Red and Green 3 subject notebooks

Art boxes

Zippered pencil cases

Colored pencils


Skinny markers

Dry erase markers

Composition books


Loose-leaf college paper

Mechanical pencils

Boxes of Kleenex

Washable fat and skinny markers

Graph paper

Paper towels

Lysol wipes

Quart size bags

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Some updates for you!

Starting August 1st we will begin having fellowship hour after Sunday service again! Please either sign up at the church, or call the office and let us know what day you would like to bring a treat!

Also, starting July 25th – those who have been fully vaccinated will have the option to not wear their mask in the church. We ask that those who are not vaccinated to keep wearing theirs.

On Sunday, August 29th at 10 a.m., we will have our Joint Outdoor Worship for Calvary and St. Paul. This year, we will be meeting at the Jaycee Pavilion at Neshotah Beach in Two Rivers for worship together. Please bring your lawn chair or a blanket to sit on. Afterwards, we will have time for some fellowship. Bring your own picnic lunch and we will have dessert and provide water. What a blessing to share our two congregations in partnership of ministry and faith!


Thank you so much to the volunteers who are planting the geraniums around the church, they look (and smell) wonderful!

We will be mailing out all of the Caller this month due to Memorial Day weekend and we would rather everyone receives it in time, versus waiting till June.


Worship service is open Sunday mornings at 8:30a without pre-registration AND starting in June, Thursday’s at 6:30p!

💧 April Shower’s bring May Flowers 💐


** With Church opened up for Sunday service at 8:30a – please call/leave a message or email Jennifer in the office Mon- Fri to register **

Jennifer is now leaving the Caller out for those to pickup after Sunday service. If you would still like yours emailed or sent snail mail.. please call the office/leave a message or email Jennifer.

Also, there are now envelopes with giving cards for the Pentecost Geranium Giving Cards set up for taking at the church, if you would like to call in/email your order and send check/drop off money – please do so by May 14th.


**Remember we are taking registration for this Sunday, the 11th, till Friday for in-house worship! Please call the office, Jennifer is taking the information. If she misses your call, just leave a message, she will call you back asap!***


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March has arrived cold and windy, but the snow is melting and the sun is shining bright! Soon we will hopefully be seeing early spring flowers in a few weeks!💨 🌞 💐


Remember – Sunday there will be a Food Drive-thru and Palms will be handed out at the church. The time for the food drive-thru and handing out of palms is 1-3p.


Annual Meeting- March 21 at 9:30 a.m.

***Our annual congregational meeting is going to be held on Sunday March 21 at 9:30 a.m. through ZOOM. You may either call or attend by video. See the information below to access our meeting.  Please contact Pastor Julie if you have problems with accessing ZOOM.***

This meeting is for all active adult members of the congregation to review 2020 and to plan ahead for our congregational activities in 2021. Your input is vital to our congregation!

Our annual report is still available, please call Pastor Julie’s cell at 715-216-7652 if you would like to pick it up or if you need it delivered. It may also be picked up when you come for Lenten devotional time.

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Barring any negative events changing the current Covid-19 status in our area, CALVARY WILL BE REOPENING FOR IN-PERSON WORSHIP STARTING ON SUNDAY, APRIL 11 AT 8:30 A.M.

The Task force thanks you for your patience and support during the past 12 months of social-distancing and virtual gatherings.

Detailed information about the reopening will be shared via mailings and on-line postings.  In the meantime, here is a basic review of safety protocols we will be using at this time.

*Persons attending service must…

  1. Call ahead (by Friday of each week they plan to attend) to register for the service.  Due to distanced seating, there is a limited capacity for participants.
  2. Wear face masks covering nose and mouth the entire time they are inside the church building. (Exemptions made for medical conditions must be approved by Pastor Julie)
  3. Check-in with the usher as they enter the building.
  4. Use hand sanitizer upon entering the building.
  5. Follow distanced seating guidelines.
  6. Refrain from socializing with others inside the building before or after service.
  7. Refrain from singing or speaking in church aside from designated responses in the service.

If you are unable to or uncomfortable with attending in person, you are welcome to worship with Calvary via our on-line worship services which will continue for the foreseeable future.

We have a date for RE-OPENING the church! Information is going out this week!


Annual Meeting- March 21 at 9:30 a.m.

Our annual congregational meeting is going to be held on Sunday March 21 at 9:30 a.m. through ZOOM. You may either call or attend by video See the information below to access our meeting. We will send out more directions closer to the meeting. Please contact Pastor Julie or Jennifer if you have problems with accessing ZOOM.

This meeting is for all active adult members of the congregation to review 2020 and to plan ahead for our congregational activities in 2021. Your input is vital to our congregation! Our annual report is available on March 7-20. Please call Jennifer (920-793-3917) if you would like to pick it up or if you need it delivered. It may also be picked up when you come for Lenten devotional time.

Lenten Sanctuary Meditation

Lent is a time for reflection and setting aside things that take our focus from God. To help with this time of meditation, you are invited to sign up for a time to pray in our sanctuary. Call Jennifer in the office (920-793-3917) to sign up for a 15-30 minute time. We will make sure that no one else is scheduled within 30 minutes of you. We ask that you wear a mask, sanitize when you arrive and leave a prepared sheet of paper where you sat so we know where to sanitize. You may bring your offering at that time if you so choose. If you would like to speak with Pastor Julie, let Jennifer know.

~❤~February ~❤~


~We will be having weekly Special Lenten Worships starting this Wednesday 02/24 virtually along with our regular Sunday worship at Calvary. If you would like a physical copy of the special services and don’t normally receive the worship please contact Pastor Julie or Jennifer in the office, otherwise they will be emailed out as normal.~

Thank you to all who came for our drive-up Ash Wednesday, Pastor Julie was so pleased to see everyone and some new faces!


I don’t know about you, but I have been struggling with the beginning of this new year. This article forwarded to me by St. Paul member Nancy Duckart, reminded me that we can find God’s blessings even in the midst of these tumultuous times.  Keep hope alive, Pastor Julie


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Welcome to Calvary Lutheran Church’s site. We hope that you are able to find what you need here and we look forward to meeting you face-to-face.


Our mission as a congregation is “to be a family of Christians growing in faith through worship and service.” None of us has perfected this thing called faith. We are always growing and learning. It’s an adventure. It’s not always easy. But we’re in this together and we have a great God guiding us along the way.