Calvary Updates:

 

The NEW Directories are here!

If you had your portrait taken, your free directory is in your church mailbox.
Additional directories are available for purchase ($4 each), in the office.
 
 

Northwestern Minnesota Synod Assembly

     This year’s 2018 Synod Assembly was
held
at
Lutheran
Church
of
the
Good
Shepherd
in
Moorhead,
MN.


Approximately
500
people
were
in
 attendance.

Kristi
York,
Zach
Johnson,
Pastor
Norby
and
Jean
Kruft
attended
as
the
delegates
from
Calvary.

Zach
Johnson
will
also
be
the
 Northwestern
Minnesota
Synod’s
lay
representative
to
the
2019
Churchwide
assembly
in
Milwaukee.

 

     The theme of the assembly
was
”Reconciliation:
Unbinding
Hearts”.
Besides
a
few
short
plenary/business
sessions,
that
theme
was
the
focal
point
 throughout
the
assembly.

Worship,
Caring
Conversations
between
delegates,
the
keynote
presentation,
and
an
inspiring
evening
of
amazing
 stories
of
reconciliation
emceed
by
Kevin
Wallevand,
WDAY‐TV;
really
brought
to
life
the
gospel
of
brokenness,
being
led
to
know
God’s
 unconditional
love,
confessing
our
inability
to
get
out
of
the
”muck”
of
our
lives
on
our
own,
recognition
of
Jesus’
sacrifice
to
reconcile
our
past,
 and
the
Holy
Spirit
unbinding
our
hearts
for
the
freedom
and
strength
to
move
forward
into
being
the
voice,
hands
and
feet
of
Christ
to
others.

 We
heard
these
stories
from
people
who
lived
them:
There was a woman
who
was
the
victim
of
a
sex
trafficking
in
the
North
Dakota
oil
fields,
 who
now
has
the
faith
and
strength
to
help
others
out
of
that
plight.

A Hospice volunteer
told
of
a
woman
who
fought
for
a
year
and
a
half
 against
the
realization
that
God
could
actually
love
her,
but
died
with
that
realization
and
peace
in
her
heart.

A leader of an organization who
 feeds
the
homeless
365
days
a
year
in
Moorhead
and
is
now
providing
affordable
permanent
single
family
homes,
talked
about
children
now
 able
to
get
off
the
bus
and
hold
their
shoulders
high,
rather
than
feeling
the
shame
of
living
at
a
shelter.

One person told
about
his
church
 deciding
they
would
be
able
to
make
emergency
micro‐loans
with
no
interest
to
break
the
cycle
of
insurmountable
indebtedness
for
so
many
 people
in
their
town,
and
the
miraculous
life‐changes
that
has
made
for
both
borrowers
and
lenders.

Truly
touching
stories
of
God’s
love
and
 humans
showing
that
love
to
others.


 

     In the business portion
of
the
assembly
there
were
only
two
resolutions,
and
they
both
passed
without
objection.

Resolution
number
1
is
an
 encouragement
for
each
 conference
to
establish
and
support
an
internship
support
fund.

Resolution number 2
is
 an
encouragement
to
 congregations
to
work
toward
finding
local
solutions
to
the
lack
of
affordable
daycare
in
many
of
our
communities.

 

     Probably the biggest item
of
business
facing
the
Northwestern
Minnesota
Synod
this
year
is
Bishop
Wohlrabe’s,
upcoming
retirement.

At
next
 year’s
assembly,
a
new
bishop
will
be
elected.

A
task
force
has
already
been
working
on
and
completing
an
in‐depth
Ministry
Site
Profile
for
the
 synod,
and
now
a
bishop
election
committee
has
been
formed
to
carry
on
the
nomination
process
in
preparation
for
next
year’s
assembly.

 

Mark Your Calendars:

 

OWLS Breakfast

9 AM Tuesday, August 7th 

Camp Emmaus in Menahga

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

Faith & Literature
9:00 AM Tuesday, August 14th at 3rd Street Market

Members will share information regarding books they have read.
Books will distributed for the book to be discussed in September. 
Call Beth Krueger 218-255-0370 for more information or questions.
All are welcome!

Breakfast & Backpacks

August 23rd

8:00-10:00 AM

 
Start looking for back-to-school supplies now!
 
Drop off tables by mailboxes. Monetary donations also welcome. Write “Breakfast & Backpacks” on memo line. 
ITEMS YOU CAN DONATE:
#2 PENCILS, 24 CRAYONS, GLUE STICKS, BACKPACK, KLEENEX, MARKERS, SCISSORS, EXPO MARKERS, LARGE ERASER, MASKING TAPE, SCOTCH TAPE, RED PENCIL/PEN, HIGHLIGHTER, LYSOL WIPES, HAND SANITIZER, PENS, 3-PRONG FOLDERS, 1 ½” 3-RING BINDER, 
5X8” SCHOOL BOX, 
ELMER’S GLUE (BOTTLE), 
COLORED PAPER (REAM), 
POCKET FOLDERS (PLASTIC), 
COMPUTER HEADPHONES, 
WIDE-LINED SPIRAL NOTEBOOKS,
RULER (METRIC& INCH),
SCIENTIFIC CALCULATOR,
LOOSE LEAF PAPER, 
COMPOSITION NOTEBOOK 

 
Drop off donated items on tables near mailboxes.
THANK
YOU!

Sponsored by Caring & Outreach
 
 

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 Envelope Fundraiser:

July 29th – August 12th

Donations are being sought for supplies, tools and a water purification unit for our fellow Americans. Please check out the Puerto Rico map and display in the Narthex. To donate, please take an envelope and keep the wristband inside. Drop cash or check in the envelope and leave in the jar at the display. You can also go on-line to: www.calvaryparkrapids.com and donate there. Thank you for your consideration! Together we can make a difference!!
 
 

PR to PR Mission Trip Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

10:00 Sunday, September 2nd

Pancakes & Toppings & Sausage
(Follows 9:00 AM Worship Service) 
 
 

Blessing of the Backpacks 

Rally
Sunday
(Sept
9th)


Students and educators are encouraged to bring their backpacks to service for a special prayer and blessing.
 
 

Giving Opportunities:

 

Flowers for Calvary Gardens

Designated gardening funds get used! To help keep the gardens beautiful. Designate donations to “Calvary Gardens”. Donation form available in August newsletter and bulletins, payment must accompany form.
Calvary Gardeners

 

Calvary’s Eagle Pass Mission Partner

     In
 1994
 Calvary
 established
 a
 mission
 partnership
 with
 Iglesia
 Luterana
San
Lucas,
a
Spanish‐speaking
congregation
of
the
ELCA
in
 Eagle
Pass,
Texas.

The
congregation
is
mostly
poor
and
middle
low
 class
 Hispanic
 people
 and
 located
 at
 the
 border
 in
 Eagle
 Pass.

 Regular
 attendance
 is
 about
 130
 and
 they
 are
 the
 third
 largest
 congregation
in
Eagle
Pass.

Community
outreach
involves
coaching
 on
health,
family
behavior
&
how
to
become
a
better
family
and
 every
Tuesday
&
Thursday
a
Food
Bank
“Colmado”
provides
food
to
 the
community,
averaging
about
48
families
per
month.

San
Lucas
 strives
to
support
itself
yet
expenses
cannot
be
covered
without
the
 help
from
Mission
Partners
such
as
Calvary.
Donating to support this Mission Partner is simple. Check “Mission Partner” on your offering envelope or write ‘Mission Partner’ on your check memo line.
 
For
more
questions,
contact Glenn Anderson, Caring
&
Outreach Chair 218-699‐3962
 
 

Pastor Discretion Fund

This fund is for the Pastor’s use in responding to personal needs or crises that may arise with individuals in the church or community.
Thank you for supporting this emergency fund for people in our community. 

Current balance: $486

Parking Lot Fund 

Donations
 are
 always
 welcome
 for
 the
 future
paving
of
the
 parking
lot.
 Write “Parking Lot” on your offering envelope or check memo line. Thank
you.

Sound System Appeal

A new goal has been established for ongoing maintenance and projects for the sound system, which includes Audio, Visual & Lighting, to further improve our worship experience.
Donations in any amount are appreciated, payment must accompany form (available in weekly bulletin). Return in offering or to the office.
Goal: $2500      Collected:  $0