Caring & Outreach

Mission Statement: Our mission is to minister to the hurts and hopes of people in our congregation, community and the world through visitation and support of the outreach programs of the congregation.

 
We do this through providing:
  • Attention to the spiritual, emotional and physical needs and provide spiritual care through visitation and specialized ministries.
  • Communication to visitors.
  • Encouragement to members of the community who do not belong to Calvary.
    Information and activities on humanitarian needs and a means to respond to these needs.
    Encouragement for faithful attendance and participation and seek out members who have ceased to be active.
  • Strengthening activities among all members of the congregation.
  • Oversight on the outreach ministry of this congregation and support, benevolence and partnership with other missions.
 
We do this through the support of:
  • ELCA Hunger & Justice programs
  • Heritage Living Center and Diamond Willow Visitation
  • Hospitality
  • Hospital Visitation
  • Jail Ministry
  • Keeping In Touch lay communion ministry
  • LWR Quilting mission
  • Member/Visitor Records and New Member follow-up & sponsorship
  • Missions in Eagle Pass, Texas and India
  • Offer moral support to: Helen’s Kitchen, Helping Hands, Campus Ministry, Food Angels, Animal Shelter, LSS Meals on Wheels, Living At Home, etc.
  • Prayer Chain
  • Special Events: Back to School Breakfast/School Supplies, Father Project & Toys for Tots, Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes, etc.
  • Stephen Ministry
  • Support Groups: Alzheimer’s Care Givers, Parenting Classes, Grandparents Fellowship
 
CONTACT: Glenn Anderson or the church office 218-732-7284
 
 
 

Hospitality

Our goal to create a welcoming and warm environment where all are welcome!
  • Encourage the congregation to faithful attendance and participation and seek to restore those who have ceased to remain active. Keep a current list of members on file.
  • Assist in the recruitment and training of Greeters and Ushers. Hosts before and after fellowship & service.
  • Arrange the staffing of the Welcome Desk and follow up on visitors with cards and visits as possible.
  • Organize Narthex materials (Christ in Our Home, The Home Altar, Daily Devotionals & Lutheran Digest).
  • Prepare the distribution of a Pictorial Member Directory every 3 years.
  • Assist in the reception, orientation and integration of new members, as well as provide sponsorship for new members.
  • Maintain community outreach through newspapers, website, radio, social media, etc.
Contact: Tina Crabb 218-237-7322, Sara Forsberg 218-732-7175, Roger Olson 218-252-2877,
Larry Bexell 218-699-3876
 
 

Hunger & Justice

  • Intentionally reach out to those in our community with humanitarian needs such as, but not limited to, poverty, hunger and health concerns, and provide a means to respond to these needs through individual contributions to the Hubbard County Food Shelf, LSS Meals on Wheels, and through the congregation’s Discretionary Fund.
  • Keep the congregation informed as to hunger needs in the world through programs such as “The ELCA Hunger Appeal”, “Bread for the World”, “Lutheran World Relief”, etc.
Contact: Maurice Spangler 218-252-9513, Jim Barr 507-272-3876, Audrey Carlson 218-732-7504, Helen Comnick 218-564-5069
 
 

Stephen Ministry & Keeping In Touch 

Mission: Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay givers-called Stephen Ministers to provide high quality, confidential and Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.
 
Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in a congregation that uses the Stephen Series.
  • Administer the Stephen Ministry program including recruitment and training of Stephen Ministry Leaders, recruitment & training of Stephen Ministers within the congregation, coordinating referrals to Stephen Ministers for visits to the home bound, hospitalized, etc.
  • Conduct monthly meetings of Stephen Ministers as necessary.
  • Keep a current list of the recipients of Stephen Ministries
  • Report to pastor/church office communion visits, special needs, etc.
 Contact: Linda Norenberg 218-237-9356 or Kristi Smythe, Sara Forsberg 218-732-7175,
Ruth Larsen 218-732-9631, Roger Olson 218-252-2877
 
 

Special Projects 

  • Heritage Living Center Birthday Party
  • Back to School Breakfast/School Supplies
  • Father Project & Toys for Tots
  • Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes
  • Annual Blood Drive
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry (Marilyn Klettenberg 218-732-9043)
  • LWR Quilting (Kathy Peterson 218-699-3212)
  • LWR Fair Trade Coffee (office 732-7284)
  • OWLS-Older Wiser Lutherans (Dick Longtine 218-732-5275)
  • Parish Nurse (Kim Barr 218-652-4424)
  • Greeting Card Ministry (Chris Luckeroth 218-699-3466)
  • Hospital Visitation (Renee Brauer 206-434-1950)
  • Rides to Church (PR Taxi)
Contact: Dorothy Meyer 218-255-4853
 
 

Calvary’s Missions 

  • Iglesia Luterana, San Lucas Eagle Pass, TX (Jerry Thomas 320-492-6676)
  • Companion Synod in India (programmed through NW MN Synod)
  • Jail Ministry (Sara Forsberg 218-732-7175)
 
 

Community Opportunities

  • Kinship 218-732-0058
  • Living At Home 218-732-3137
  • Hubbard County Food Shelf (Bob Hansen 218-699-3167)
  • Helen’s Kitchen (Dorothy Meyer 218-255-4853 & Susan Bearden 903-724-5606)
  • LSS Meals on Wheels (Bob Hansen 218-699-3167)
  • United Blood Drive (Kathy Peterson 218-699-3212)
  • Helping Hands (Rhonda Lageson 218-732-9463)
  • Food Angels (Brian Behrens 218-237-0110)
  • Salvation Army Bell Ringers (Lori Longworth 218-573-3692)