Adult Faith

We grow in our relationship with God and each other when we study God’s word together. At Calvary, we offer a variety of opportunities and small groups to learn more about God’s love for us and how we can share that love with others.

 
 

From Your Pastor 

 
“While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” – Luke 2: 6-7
 
The Christmas story has a hidden hero and that is the ‘innkeeper’. The text does not say it, but that person must have had ‘compassion’ on Mary and Joseph.
 
The innkeeper became creative and did what was possible to help. The same is true for Stephen Ministry whose mission statement is: “Meeting Needs, Changing Lives”.
 
Stephen Ministry began at Calvary in the late 1980’s. Pastor Gene Broughton, Jan Fredell and Betty Klicker attended leadership training in St. Louis. This was made possible from a bequest from Grace Regnior. From this beginning over 40 Calvary members have been trained as Stephen Ministers to help folks who have endured loss of job, death of a loved one, divorce as well as being a listening ear to show compassion through prayer and friendship. This respects privacy with training that gives the tools needed to minister in Christ’s name.
 
As you read this, ponder being a Stephen Minister. Now is the time because the need is great. As you read this, ponder inviting a trained Stephen Minister to walk alongside you.  “How can you help?”  “How can you receive support?”
EASY!!! Just contact the office 218-732-7284. 
 
Consider attending a “Leader’s Training Course (LTC) that has scheduled 6 sessions:  Orlando, FL January 13-19 
Anaheim, CA February 3-9 
St. Louis, MO April 18- May 4 
Orlando, FL June 9-15 
Dallas, TX July 21-27 
Pittsburgh, PA August 4-10
 
For stories and videos from people who have received care from a Stephen Minister, visit http://www.stephenministries.org/stories.
 
Throughout December our Advent theme will be compassion. Situations where Stephen Ministers have provided care include but are not limited to:
Grief • Health Issues • Personal Crisis • Divorce • Terminal Illness/ End of Life Issues • Spiritual Crisis • Caregiver for a Love One • Financial Difficulties / Job Loss •Infertility •Other
 
Calvary Lutheran Church has been blessed for 30 years through the Stephen Minister caregivers. Pray that the spirit opens doors as we travel into 2019.
 
Christ is Born!
Pastor Steve
 
 

Stephen Ministry

Adult Forum Advent Series

9:15-10:15 AM in the Luther Room

  • December 2nd – “Art of Listening”
  • December 9th – “Experiencing Grief”
  • December 16th – “Providing Spiritual Care”
  • December 23rd – “Caring for the Hospitalized”
 
During each session we hope you will consider being a Stephen Minister.
Any questions, please contact Lin Norenberg.
 
 

Monday Morning Text Study

10:00 AM Mondays in the Luther Room

 
Study weekly Text Readings with Pastor Norby, Pastor Fenger or guests.
All are Welcome!
 
 

Christian Life Study Group

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” – Matthew 18:20
 

Mondays at 5PM, in the Luther Room

We are about growing our knowledge of being Christians. We use the Bible and various sources for discussion and information. We are informal and often there is laughter, amazement and growth as we learn and discover more about our faith life. We do meet weekly, but attendance is “come and go, and return as you are able”. All are welcome!
 
 
 

Live JOY Share JOY radio podcast – Sara Forsberg

Sara is the author of Diamonds in the Garbage. She is a speaker and trainer for Stonecroft Ministries. She does an incredible jail ministry for women. She shares her stories of encounters with angels. She shines bright for the Lord! 
 
“For 12 years I was “fear-filled” and “Diamonds in the Garbage” was a dream! I met Deb, shared my heart’s desire and with her encouragement and God’s guidance, my book was finished and I was on the road with my story of God’s Love and faithfulness! The grip of fear was greatly diminished!”-Sara Forsberg
 
Sara lives with passion and a desire to reach others with an important message-tune in to find out what it is!  Follow this link to the podcasts: https://debmcgregor.com/podcasts.html