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:
—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.
–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. email@example.com. 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 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
Zippered pencil cases
Dry erase markers
Loose-leaf college paper
Boxes of Kleenex
Washable fat and skinny markers
Quart size bags
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!***
✝ March ✝
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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THE NEWS YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR!
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…
- 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.
- 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)
- Check-in with the usher as they enter the building.
- Use hand sanitizer upon entering the building.
- Follow distanced seating guidelines.
- Refrain from socializing with others inside the building before or after service.
- 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.
~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
Prayer for 2020 by MELANNIE SVOBODA SND
Let us give thanks to our Good God for all the blessings of this past year, 2020.
Wait a second. Blessings? for 2020? The year that will go down in history as the year of the raging COVID-19 pandemic? The year that saw over 80 million cases of the coronavirus worldwide–and over 1.76 million deaths–and still counting? And in the U.S. over 20 million cases and 333,000 deaths? 2020–the year of massive unemployment, potential wholesale evictions, basic food shortages? Blessings–for that year?
Yes, let us thank God for the blessings of 2020. To each blessing, we respond: We thank you, God.
+ for all those individuals who made life-long-loving commitments to one another this year—or who deepened the loving commitments they had already made… We thank you God.
+ for all the new babies born in 2020… We thank you, God.
+ for all hard-sought, worthwhile goals that were achieved, for discoveries that were made–especially those discoveries (like the COVID vaccine) that will benefit millions of people in need… We thank you God.
+ for families and friends who grew in their appreciation of each other… We thank you, God.
+ for all those individuals who looked out for family members, who checked on their neighbors, who helped total strangers… We thank you, God.
+ for those doctors, nurses, aids, EMT personnel, researchers who worked on the front lines of the pandemic with courage, expertise, and total devotion… We thank you, God.
+ for all those who, because of their work, helped to keep vital lifelines open: farmers, sanitation workers, truck drivers, aviation personnel, food distributors, postal workers, police forces, military personnel, teachers… and the list goes on… We thank you, God.
+ for those who, because of Covid-19, have grown in self-knowledge, patience, self-sacrifice, courage, and thoughtfulness of others… We thank you, God.
+ for the preservation of our U.S. democracy throughout an extremely challenging campaign and national election… and for all elected and appointed officials who worked with courage and commitment to promote the common good… We thank you God.
+ for those who grew in prayer, who now speak with God with greater honesty, earnestness, frequency, and hope… and who listen to God with greater attentiveness, openness, and trust… We thank you, God.
+ for the greater awareness and appreciation we have for our connectedness to our one global community, and for all the steps taken this past year to care for the health of the beautiful planet we all call home… We thank you God.
+ for the renewed appreciation of our need for human companionship, for in-person conversations, for touch… We thank you, God.
+ for those who, despite the very real pain and hardships of 2020, were still able to smile (albeit behind their masks)… and for those who made us laugh, thus applying humor’s balm to our painful wounds… We thank you, God.
+ for individuals who were honest, who lived a basically moral life, who took new steps to align their priorities more closely with the Gospel… We thank you, God.
+ for all those who died during this past year—especially those who succumbed to COVID-19… We remind ourselves that our intense grieving of them only underscores the deep love and affection we have for them… We thank you, God.
+ for all the other blessings of 2020… many of which we are not yet aware… We thank you, God.
The Caller has been emailed and posted here on the website 🙂 It was sent out Monday by mail. 🙂
Christmas Eve/Day Worship and Sermon’s have gone out in both the snail mail and email. 📩 🎅
Calvary will be hosting a brief Scripture and Christmas Carol get together at 4 p.m. in the parking lot on Thursday/Christmas Eve! 🎄✨🎼
Please bring a light 🕯 (cell phone 📱 , flash light🔦 , etc) to illuminate the darkness while we sing Silent Night. There will a select amount of song sheets available, they will be emailed out on Wednesday the 23rd to those on the email list as well.
Christmas Eve Service will be with Calvary and will be posted on Facebook Wednesday at 9a, it is already posted on YouTube. Christmas Day Service will be with St. Paul and will be posted shortly after on Facebook. 💻📻
The Bishop’s Service ⛪ for Sunday the 27th, will be posted on Facebook Saturday, the 26th in the morning. The service and sermon will be mailed/emailed out Wednesday.
We are now on Week 2 of Advent!
We are sending out -via snail mail and email – our Advent Devotional for every week of Advent along with the usual Worship/Sermon. If you would like to participate and not receiving them please contact Pastor Julie or Jennifer in the office so we can send the past and current ones to you asap!
The December Caller is now uploaded under the Newsletter/Caller tab!
Have a wonderful TURKEY DAY weekend everyone!
The office will be closed on Thanksgiving and Friday.
Worship will be on Sunday from St. Paul’s Facebook page and then will be copied to Calvary’s Facebook page.
If you have NOT received your Caller by Monday, please call the office and I will send you out another copy.
Just an update regarding the TREP Talk article from Brian Jensen, the dates have been changed regarding the Christmas Bulbs and the Reis Foundation Match. The date has been changed to December 7th to give everyone more time to participate! For those with questions regarding any of the 3 opportunities available to help the community please contact Brian Jensen, Jennifer in the office or Pastor Julie!
The Caller is going out today in the mail along with some goodies for everyone!
We will have an update on the holiday schedule early next week for everyone!
75th Anniversary Celebration
Welcome to Calvary Lutheran Church!
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.