Calvary Church Updates

Christmas is coming!

First Week of Advent

Week 1, 11/27/22

Lighting a candle in the darkness helps us find our way. In darkness we lose direction. We cannot see where we have been or where we are going. A single candle, flickering brightly, helps us find our way again. “Stir up your might and come to save us. Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved” (Psalm 80:2b-3).

The first candle is lit.

Light one candle; see it glow
Brightly, so that all may know
How one candle shows the way
Making our darkness bright as God’s day.

Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved. All pray.

Another opportunity for a free meal or delivery!!

Save the Date!

Covid may have kept us away… but we are BACK once again with joy filled hearts to celebrate the birth of our Savior with some familiar faces and new ones that have joined the crew!

The 12th Annual Two Rivers Area Christmas Day Buffet Dinner from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church has returned!!

With the generous help from St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, Grace Congregational United Church, Good Shepard Lutheran Church and Calvary Lutheran Church!

Talk with your family & friends to find out who would like to attend the dinner AND who would like to volunteer to help!

Guest reservations will be required.

The contact for dinner reservation & volunteer signup has changed and will be coming soon!!

Join us for a Free Thanksgiving Community Meal

The Hunger Coalition of Manitowoc County will host its second annual Thanksgiving Community Meal on Thursday, November 24th in partnership with Roncalli High School.

On the menu this year will be sliced roast turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, green bean casserole (with slivered almonds), cranberry sauce, roll with butter, pumpkin or apple pie, and beverages.

The meal is provided free of charge to Manitowoc County residents.

To reserve a meal, call United Way Manitowoc County’s office at (920) 682-8888 by 4:00 p.m. November 23rd.

Only 350 meals will be available and will be available on a first-come, first served basis.

‘TAKE UP AND READ’ – A Monday evening biblical study

When: 6:15 – 7:45 p.m. weekly sessions beginning Oct. 3.

Where: St. Paul Lutheran church (Likely held on the main level – unless participants exceed 20 and there is the need to move downstairs)

“Take up and read” are the famous repeated four words that St. Augustine heard in a time of great despair.  He was uncertain if he was hearing the voice of a boy or girl singing perhaps a children’s song.  No child seemed near and he was aware of no lyrics so brief and repeated.  He fought back his tears and despair and obeyed the ‘song’ by opening a nearby scripture.  In reading only a few verses Augustine was converted, experiencing the power and grace of God.  He was brought into a new life [Book XII of the Confessions].

It’s time for us to again ‘take up and read’ the biblical narrative.  Some of us did that briefly during Lent.  It was fun.

The ‘plan’ is to visits various books of scripture, spending two or three sessions with each.  For instance,  we’ll begin with Genesis (surprise, surprise) in session one, looking at the various divisions of the book such as the narratives of the beginning (Gen. 1-11), history of the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (12-36), and the ‘Joseph cycle’ (37-50).  In doing this we’ll look at ‘nuggets’ within the narrative that apply to our lives now.  There will be a helpful focus on the ‘how’ of reading the narrative.  A wonderful ‘for instance’ will be the ‘father/son’ narrative in Genesis 22.

It will be fun!

Session two will be up to you.  You’ll be asked to speed read or scan all of Genesis and come to that session with insights, questions, acceptances and rejections of the narrative.  We’ll share what you bring.

It will be fun.

Your presence is needed, and indeed coveted.  Please ‘sign up’ by contacting me ( or Joy Carlson at St. Paul

Welcome to Calvary Lutheran Church!

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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.