Caring & Outreach 

“I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”-Matthew 25:40


The Caring & Outreach Ministry Core is the umbrella of our church projects, whether it be collection of food or supplies, service projects or donations. The ministries reflect the commitment of Calvary and “our mission is to minister to the hurts and hopes of people in our congregation and community, and the world through visitation and support

of the outreach programs of the congregation”.


To learn more about these ministries or to volunteer and serve, please contact:

Glenn Anderson 218-699-3962 or David Simmons 218-255-1522, Caring & Outreach Co-Chairs

or the Calvary office 218-732-7284

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 our groups:


Hardhat Ministry

CHM (Calvary’s Hardhat Ministry) is a new ministry at Calvary Lutheran, sponsored by the Caring and Outreach Core. The purpose of this ministry is to provide a group of persons who are able and willing to help members of the congregation (although not exclusively) who have “issues” with their property that need addressing. (Guidelines for projects will be shared with anyone who requests help.)
Mission: CHM is a group of Christian volunteers who are offering their services to help people with repair and maintenance problems on their homes. Volunteers are not licensed contractors but willing workers who claim “no job is too small, but some may be too large.”
Requests for assistance may be made with Glenn Anderson 218-639-2528. Volunteers may contact Kristi York 218-301-6964.

Hospital Visitation

  • Visit fellow members of Calvary hospitalized over the weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Contact: Dorothy Meyer 218-255-4853, Renee Brauer 206-434-1950

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”, “ELCA Good Gifts”, “Bread for the World”, “Lutheran World Relief”, etc.
To learn more about these programs and others, please visit: 
Contact: Maurice Spangler 218-252-9513, Jim Barr 507-272-3876, Audrey Carlson 218-732-7504, Helen Comnick 218-564-5069

Jail Ministry

  • Bible studies with inmates in the Hubbard County Jail.
Contact: Sara Forsberg 218-732-7175, Sheryl Kosel 218-573-6789

Keeping In Touch Lay Communion Visitors

  • Visit and administer communion to Calvary’s shut-in community in their homes and in area nursing homes.
  • Monthly letters sent to shut-ins, keeping them informed on what is happening a Calvary.
Contact: Sara Forsberg 218-732-7175, Roger Olson 218-252-2877

Mission Partners

Iglesia Luterana San Lucas: Eagle Pass, Texas (Pastor Julio Vasquez)

     In 1994, Calvary established San Lucas Lutheran Church (Iglesia Luterana San Lucas) as a Mission Partner. San Lucas Church is a Spanish-speaking congregation of the ELCA in Eagle Pass, Texas located at the US/Mexico border. San Lucas strives to support itself yet expenses cannot be covered without help from partners like Calvary.     
     The congregation is the third largest congregation in Eagle Pass with regular attendance of about 130 people, mostly poor and middle low class Hispanics. Community outreach involves coaching on health, family behavior & how to become a better family. Every Tuesday & Thursday, a Food Bank “Colmado” provides food to the community, averaging about 48 families per month. 
     Support this Mission Partner through your offering (check “Mission Partner” on offering envelope, please indicate “Eagle Pass” on envelope and/or check memo). 


Iglesia Evangelica Luterana San Pedro: Toa Baja, Puerto Rico (Pastor Alicia)

     In February of 2019, Calvary established San Pedro Lutheran Church of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico as a Mission Partner. San Pedro acts as a service center for the entire community during emergencies. 
     In June of 2019, Pastor Alicia Centeno identified an immediate need for a generator ($1,000) that will allow them to continue this important work as they prepare for the hurricane season. Through Calvary’s generous giving, we were able to raise enough money to provide this much needed generator.
     In 2020, there were three mission groups from Calvary who traveled to Puerto Rico to work with our Mission Partner San Pedro Lutheran Church (in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico) with on-going efforts to rebuild and recover following Hurricane Maria in 2017 and the recent earthquakes.
We are heading back to Puerto Rico! The first trip will be November 7-14, 2021 and the second trip will be February 6-13, 2022. If you are interested in either of these trips, please call Joan Tweedale. Informational meetings will be held, watch for more details. (The deadline to sign up for the November trip is August 15th.)
     Fundraising for building supplies, tools and equipment are underway.
Support this Mission Partner by donating on-line or through your offering (check “Mission Partner” on offering envelope, please indicate “Puerto Rico” on envelope and/or check memo). 


Companion Synod in India (programmed through NW MN Synod)


Pastoral Discretion Fund Assistance Team

Our Mission is to meet the immediate “emergency needs” of our church family members as well as to those who walk in off the street for assistance. “Opening the doors to establish relationships.”
We do this through:
  • Calvary’s outreach ministry in action.
  • Providing vouchers for immediate needs (gasoline, food and clothing).
  • Referrals to other agencies when appropriate.
  • Administered by the Pastor and trained lay assistants.
  • Pastors – walk-in’s, scheduled appointments by lay persons on Thursdays (2-4 PM)
  • Funded by non-budgeted contributions from Calvary members.
Contact: Calvary office 218-732-7284

Prayer & Care Team

  • Prayer chain for prayer requests by members.
  • Those who volunteer to pray for others share their email address with the Prayer Chain contact person. Email addresses are kept private as the prayer requests are sent via the Internet. Privacy is protected and may or may not be shared from the pulpit per member’s request.
Contact: Linda Norenberg 218-255-3414

Projects & Events

Outreach opportunities, special projects and events at Calvary and in our community.
  • Heritage Living Center Birthday Party
  • Back to School Breakfast/School Supplies
  • Father Project & Toys for Tots
  • Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes
  • Annual Blood Drive (Kathy Peterson)
  • LWR Fair Trade Coffee (office 732-7284)
  • Parish Nurse (Kim Barr 218-652-4424)
  • Pine Point Outreach Ministry
  • Greeting Card Ministry (Chris Luckeroth 218-699-3466)
  • Rides to Church (PR Taxi)
Contact: Dorothy Meyer 218-255-4853

Puerto Rico Mission Trip

In November 2018, thirty-three Calvary members and other area residents traveled to Puerto Rico on a mission trip to help with rebuilding efforts. After Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria in 2017, efforts have been on-going to rebuild and recover. In a poll taken in September 2018, 46% of Americans didn’t know that Puerto Rico was a part of our country-They are our people! Donations were collected to provide supplies, tools and a water purification unit for the people of Durado, Puerto Rico.
In 2020, there were three mission groups from Calvary who traveled to Puerto Rico to work with our Mission Partner San Pedro Lutheran Church (in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico) with on-going efforts to rebuild and recover following Hurricane Maria in 2017 and recent earthquakes. Continued fundraising efforts are underway. All proceeds raised will go towards rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico.
Contact: Joan Tweedale

Stephen Ministry

Mission statement: “Meeting Needs, Changing Lives”
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.
Stephen Ministry began at Calvary in the late 1980’s. Jerry Protextor, 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.
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
“How can you receive support?” Consider inviting a trained Stephen Minister to walk alongside you.   Please contact the Calvary office 218-732-7284.
For stories and videos from people who have received care from a Stephen Minister, visit
“How can you help?” Consider being a Stephen Minister. Now is the time because the need is great. Or consider becoming a Stephen Minister Leader and attend a 2021 “Leader’s Training Course” (LTC).
Contact: Linda Norenberg 218-255-3414 or Kristi Smythe 218-255-0630

Community Opportunities