Calvary Updates:

Jail Ministry Article by Sara Forsberg

     Thank
you
for
contributing
to
the
Jail
Ministry
fund
to
purchase
“Jesus
Calling
‐
Devotions
for
Every
Day
of
the
Year”
for
the
female
inmates
in
 our
local
county
jail.
Enough
money
was
raised
to
support
40
women
with
their
own
books.
This
intimate
conversational
style
book
works
well
 in
their
limited
setting.
     I
use
the
daily
devotions
as
one
Bible
Study
tool
to
enter
Jesus
into
their
world
which
is
often
filled
with
darkness,
anxiety,
addiction
and
a
lack
 of
skills
to
“make
it
on
the
outside.”
Many
of
the
women
are
beautiful
people
with
a
deep
hunger
for
the
message
of:
“Do
not
worry
about
what
 other
people
think
of
you.
The
work
I
am
doing
in
you
is
hidden
at
first.
But
eventually
blossoms
will
burst
forth,
and
abundant
fruit
will
be
 borne.”
(quote
from
August
21).
     They,
like
us,
find
the
concept
of
forgiveness
and
love
difficult
and
often
the
hardest
person
to
forgive
and
love
is
ourselves
and
the
message
 that
“God
loves
you
and
has
engraved
your
name
of
the
palm
of
his
hand”
(Isaiah
49:16)
is
one
that
I
am
honored
to
share.
I
am
reinforced
in
my
 own
spiritual
growth
as
I
see
their
courage
and
strength
through
tears,
questions
and
prayers.
     I
meet
with
the
ladies
on
Tuesday
nights
starting
at
6:30
pm.
The
numbers
attending
change
according
to
the
population
incarcerated
and
 another
member
of
the
ministry
team
meets
with
the
men
at
the
same
time
in
a
different
location
within
the
jail.
Two
other
worship
and
Bible
 Study
times
are
offered
throughout
the
week.
You
are
encouraged
to
pray
for
us
as
we
bring
the
message
of
God’s
Love.
 
 

Thank
You from Pathways

“Thank
you Calvary OWLS for
your
generous
donation
of
$240.00
to
Pathways
 Lutheran
Outdoor
Ministries.

We
just
completed
a
successful
2018
 summer
camping
season.

We
welcomed
over
500
kids
to
Camp
 Emmaus
and
we
reached
out
to
more
than
500
youth
through
 our
day
camps
at
area
churches.
Thank
you
for
your
support!
Serving
with
Joy,

 Chris
Andrease”
 
 

From The Compass …

     What is this group called the Compass, and what is the significance of the canoe sitting in Calvary’s Narthex? These questions have been surfacing since Roger Olson introduced the Compass in his Temple Talk a few weeks ago, so it is time to expand on the story. The Compass was formed about a year ago to better understand a number of issues that revolve around Calvary’s mission and membership commitment. The group now has fourteen members and operates as a sub-committee of the Council Executive Committee.
 
The goals of the Compass are as follows:
1. To learn what kind of church we need to be in the future to maintain relevancy in a changing world.
2. To research and identify resources that can be tapped to help us in this effort.
3. To help the leadership of Calvary and the members of the congregation take steps in the right direction.
 
     In the past few years Calvary has accomplished some great things and members of the Compass are extremely grateful to be a part of such a wonderful church. But based on the research we have conducted and the statistics we have reviewed over the past year, we know that secularism is rapidly increasing in America; many individuals have left their respective denominations and many churches have been forced to close their doors. In the midst of all of this, we also know that some churches are thriving, and members of the Compass want to make sure that Calvary remains among them.
     One of the books that the Compass group reviewed is entitled Canoeing the Mountains by Tod Bolsinger. In it he uses the metaphor of the Lewis and Clark expedition, how they hoped to find a river route to the Pacific Ocean and ran into the Rocky Mountains instead. Bolsinger likens the challenges faced by Lewis and Clark as similar to the challenges facing leaders today in a rapidly changing church world where the future is largely unknown. It is the influence of this book that brought about the presence of the Calvary Canoe in the Narthex.
     At present, members of the Compass are engaged in conducting small group discussions with members of the congregation to gather support and alignment for Calvary’s unique mission and values. The information shared by all of you will help us to develop a future plan that identifies actions that need to be taken to maintain a relevant, thriving congregation as the future unfolds. As change continues to advance, it is important for all of us to recognize that the mission of Christ will not fail.
 
The Compass Committee:
Bob Berdahl, Paul Dove, Mark Harmon, Sara Forsberg, Pastor Steve Norby, Cliff Tweedale, Roger Olson, Wayne Thompson, Tony Platz, Pastor Justin Fenger, Dana Kocka, Jerry Bunting, Peter Young and Judy Dulski  
 
 

PR to PR Mission Trip (Park Rapids to Puerto Rico)

October 31st-November 15th

After Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 hurricane last year, efforts have been ongoing to rebuild and recover.  In November, 33 Calvary members and other area residents are traveling to Puerto Rico on a mission trip to help with rebuilding efforts. In a poll taken last September, 46% of Americans didn’t know that Puerto Rico was a part of our country – They are our People!
 
 

PR to PR Mission Trip “Making Real Change”

All Calvary families – including our Sunday School children, will be received a canning jar with a button and bracelets inside. We invite you to save your change this month and next! Please return your “filled” jars to the office by October 21st. Thank you for your continued participation!!
 
 

Mark Your Calendars:

 

OWLS Breakfast

9:00 AM Tuesday, October 2nd 

at Emmaville

 
If you plan to attend, please call Dick Longtine 218-732-5275.
 
OWLS-Older Wiser Lutherans
 
 

Faith & Literature 9:00 AM Tuesday, October 9th at 3rd Street Market

The book, The Year of Magical Thinking, a novel by Joan Didion, will be discussed.
 

Questions,
call
 Martha
Thompson,
218-652‐4361.

All
are
welcome! 

Heritage Living Center Birthday Party

2:00 PM Wednesday, October 17th

You are invited! Calvary hosts the monthly birthday party at Heritage Living Center. Please join the Calvary Singers to sing old favorites and join in the fellowship with the residents. You will be blessed!
 
Sponsored by Caring & Outreach
 
 

Blessing of the Quilts 8:00 & 10:30 AM Sunday, October 21st

Join us in blessing the quilts being sent to Puerto Rico with the PR to PR mission groups.
 
 

(Change of plans – Please join us)

MEA Family Mission Outreach

Mission in the City

October 19th in Park Rapids

 
Calvary invites you and your family (children expected) to join us for a family mission outreach to share in our community and build relationships within Park Rapids. Join us on this MEA break as we will serve at the Hubbard County Food Shelf bagging potatoes.
 
If you are interested in joining us or have questions, please contact one of us or the church office 218-732-7284.
Jamie Linkowitz or Kami Johnson, Family Ministry Co-chairs
 
 

Trunk-N-Treat 

Calvary Parking Lot

3:30-5:30 PM Wednesday, October 31st

We would like to invite your family to our Trunk-N-Treat at Calvary Lutheran Church. It is a fun event where you dress up and decorate your vehicle trunk and fill it with candy. The children will go from trunk to trunk to get treats. A safe, family friendly alternative to trick-or-treating. All are welcome! Free Community Event
 
*If you would like to join us and participate by bringing your decorated vehicle and candy, please call the Calvary office 218-732-7284.
 
 

Come Join Us for Some Girl Talk

Wednesday, November 7th at 6:30 PM,

continues the 1st Wednesday of each month through March.

River Arts Community Art & Tea Room 323 Main Ave S. Park Rapids
 
The Women of Family Ministry would love for you to join us for a time as women, mothers, friends and sisters in Christ study God’s word, build relationships, relax and TALK about real life joys and struggles, as we study Jen Hatmaker’s, “GIRL TALK”.
 
Please feel free to share this event on Facebook and invite friends, this is not a Calvary Lutheran Church only bible study!!
 
Jen Hatmaker’s “GIRL TALK” can be ordered at Beagle and Wolff Books, as well as on Amazon.
 
Questions, please contact Katie Fenger: Kmfenger@icloud.com