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FEBRUARY 2016

Good-by 2015 and hello 2016!  Hope everybody is enjoying the New Year.  With the New Year come resolutions.  Has         everybody kept there’s?   Something to think of if you are still up in the air about what a good resolution may be is to vol     unteer at church.  There are many committees that would love your help.  I have enjoyed being on counsel and have helped     out with many other activities here and it has been a blast.  Please consider helping out on some of the committees.    Please    plan on    attending the annual meeting and take a look at what each committee does and see if your talents could help them out.  Thanks!!!

 

Jeremy Frahm

 

December 2015

Council Corner This month I’m going to share something very positive that recently happened with our church, the ‘Kids Against Hunger’ project. 75 volunteers worked to pack enough food for 17,000 meals! It costs $45 to pack & ship a box of the packaged food; enough donations were received to cover all costs. That’s a great project for our church youth to be involved with & thanks to Susan Williams for coordinating it.

Submitted by Art Sanbeck


November 2015

Dear Calvary Members and Visitors,

             It is great to see the renewed energy in our congregation now that fall is officially upon us.  The increased attendance at church has been noticed by many of the members.  It is especially nice to see the alter full of kids during the children's sermon.

             My parents are also part of an ELCA congregation in another rural Minnesota town.  Each time my mother visits, she is amazed that our smaller in comparison, to her congregation can have such active children's activities on Sunday and Wednesday.  In fact, she has spoken to Susan and is implementing some similar activities as we do.  Kudos to Susan and the staff that help her out.  

My mother is also amazed by the talent we have in our vocal choirs and bell choir.  We do truly have amazing musicians and music leaders in our church.  Sometimes we take for granted the great benefits God has placed in our congregation.  It is because of God's gifts (and some God given talent), that the holy spirit is at work in our church even as the temps and leaves lower this fall.  God Bless! 

Respectfully, Council Member Troy Anderson

 



September 2015

School will be starting soon, added children’s activities, parents making sure schedules are met and just all-around hustle and bustle in our daily routines.  Please set aside some time for worship and thankfulness in each day; a little goes a long way.  Also keep in mind of church events coming up.  We need to group together to make each one a success!

On behalf of Church Council members, a huge thank you goes to those giving their time and energy in providing help at our Calvary Church Fair Booth.  Also to those who provided water, pop, ice and money donations to stock our booth.   The hard work proved beneficial!

Sharon Roeschlein

Church Council Secretary 

 



August 2015

Council Corner

Hello from sunny July! Council has been using a book title “The Mission Table” to discuss inclusion and reaching out to both our 

congregation and our community. This lead us to a discussion around how we welcome others within our church. With the many 

different personalities, interests, unique gifts and varied life experience each one of us bring we talked about ways to enga ge with 

others whom we have perhaps never connected with before. We challenged each other to reach outside our comfortable circles a nd 

visit with our new members or someone sitting alone at fellowship.,Pastor Dean shared a possible conversation starter that was de-veloped by the Peer Ministry program that our youth will be implementing in the fall. It is an easy one word acronym “W.H.E.A .T”

It stands for “Where”, “Hobbies”,” Events”,” Acquaintances” and “Travel”- Just some possible conversation starters for those times 

when you feel called to reach out to someone . 


July 2015

Council Corner 

This month’s council corner is intended to bring you up to date on a few things discussed at our last meeting. First, the fund for the new church vehicle is steadily growing & feedback

 given on the questionnaire was positive. Second, another variety show is being planned. It will take place this fall & “acts” are needed. Next, the women who have planned & organized

 the Harvest Dinner have resigned & will no longer be doing it. This brings up the question of who will take over leadership of it, & will the ‘style’ of the dinner be changed? If you are

 interested working on this, please let it be known. And last, clipboard sign-up for various duties has been rather slow – volunteers are needed. Please keep the church & congregation in 

your prayers. 

Art Sanbeck



June 2015

COUNCIL CORNER

 My name is Jim Tollefson. My wife, Anita, and I live in Ogilvie and have been members of Calvary for three years. It is an honor for me to be on the church council and I recently 

assumed the role of Council President. The council has reviewed the responses to the five questions explored at the annual meeting. These are some of the goals we have established 

as a result: 1) Engage further discussion to the “5 Question Survey; 2) Form a task force to explore the church vehicle replacement; 3) Create suggestion forms to be placed in narthex 

for church members; and 4) Better communication within the council for sending ideas, information and concerns to Pastor for open discussion at council meetings. Thank you for your 

continued support of the council members. With God’s help we will be the best we can be for you, the congregation, and the church as a whole. 


May 2015

Council Corner

Good day fellow Calvary Members.  I would first like to introduce myself.  My name is Troy Anderson.  My wife Amy, two kids, Ted (9) and 

Alice (7).  Have been members for just a few years.  I am a new, first time, council member.

Calvary Lutheran is a great community.  When we were looking at churches a few years back, God must have had a plan.  The first day we visited 

Calvary, the senior choir and children's choir were both singing.  It was a great way to our hearts.  We didn't visit another church.  We joined.  Our 

kids are active in youth activities and music.  I am also a senior choir member.  That community, welcoming feel, continues to warm our hearts.

I do have a couple challenges for our membership.  The first challenge is a parallel to the phrase about character.  "Character is what you do/are 

when people aren't watching."  Being a Christian is similar.  We had our council member synod event a few weeks back and the opening speaker 

challenged us to be Christians.  She challenged us to be Christians when church and Sunday is over.  So, the first challenge is to be a Christian 

other than Sunday.  Keep Good in your hearts, and compassion for others in the forefront during the week.

My second challenge is to make it more difficult for the offering counters to do their jobs.  In looking at the end of year financial reports, we al-ways seem to make it.  But, we always seem to make it with that last minute push.  My challenge is for you to instead of putting 20 dollars in the 

offering plate, to put 21 dollars.  If you put 50 dollars in the offering plate, put 52 dollars.  If you put 100 dollars in the offering plate, put 105 dol-lars.  My family has accepted the challenge.  My hope is to avoid the strain that extra dollars puts on a budget during the holiday season.

Thank you for embracing our family as a member of Calvary.  Troy Anderson and fami






April 2015

Council Corner

My name is Jim Tollefson.  My wife, Anita, and I live in Ogilvie and have been members of Calvary for three years.  It is an honor for me to be on the church council and I recently assumed the role of Council President.  The council has reviewed the responses to the five questions explored at the annual meeting.  These are some of the goals we have established as a result: 1) Engage further discussion to the “5 Question Survey; 2) Form a task force to explore the church vehicle replacement; 3) Create suggestion forms to be placed in narthex for church members; and 4) Better communication within the council for sending ideas, information and concerns to Pastor for open discussion at council meetings.   Thank you for your continued support of the council members.  With God’s help we will be the best we can be for you, the congregation, and the church as a whole. 

 


arch 2015COUNCIL CORNER-JOE KOHLGRAF

Volunteer: This is a word that today does not mean as much as it used to.  Brought up in the church as a child, I was told that this was a common place activity.  Over the years I have noticed that this trend is slowly moving to the wayside as people’s priorities are changing.  I feel that this is a duty and also a privilege that everyone should do more than once in their lives.  I am busy too, but I still try to do my part.  Family and church has and will be a part of my family’s life as we hope to raise our children with the same ideology.  I am looking forward to serving on the council and to be a positive influence to the church family.

 



January 2015

COUNCIL CORNER- ART SANBECK

When you’re out driving around, you see quite a few places – both churches & businesses – with sayings and quotes on

their signs. Some of the sayings are humorous, some are amusing, some are kind of preachy, but most you forget about

fairly quickly. Recently, though, I saw one on a business that’s stuck with me. It simply said, “We often take for

granted what other people pray for.” 


COUNCIL CORNER

Money, Money, Money! Seems like everyone wants money. I go to the mail box and if it isn’t a bill it is a request for a donation. 

They are probably all good causes but WOW……… So now we are in the time of year that we are making our financial commit-ments to Church. That is a different issue than I am writing about, and there are many addressing the deficit and the church budget 

for next year.

Soooooooooooo, what am I going to ask of you! The VAN! The Van! We showed a video at the beginning of church services, and 

been given the 10 best reasons we need a newer van. The young people have done a good job of telling of their many adventure s, or 

misadventures, in our present van.

Our van is currently used quite often. Every Wednesday Susan Williams picks up kids from school in the van. We use it for  mis-sion and outreach ministries such as Feed Our Starving Children, retreats, and many events for our children and young adults.

Our plan is to purchase a van when we have about $20,000. A lofty sum to be sure! We have a good start with money from the mis-sion endowment fund. But we have a long way to go. So we hope that you will add a few additional dollars to your regular givi ng 

each Sunday. REMEMBER to designate on your envelope that the money is for the VAN.

Also you will see a little white van on the sign up table in the Narthex. Kids may put their own donation in the little white van and

the opening is large enough for paper money as well as coins. We will empty this container every Sunday.

Thanks in advance for your help. We will keep you informed of our progress.

Patty Thompson, Church Council


Council Corner –September 2014- Diane Giese

With warmer temperatures and less rain during the Kanabec County Fair this year, our church pop/water booth did quite well.  We were able to put over $1400 in the General Fund.  The Church Council would like to thank those who made a monetary donation or donated pop or water for the booth.  And thank you to the following people who volunteered to work a shift or two or even three during the fair:  John and Carolyn Mattson, Diane Giese, Duane and Sally Altman, Sharon Roeschlein, Helen Linder, Lou Persson, Larry and Rory Usher, Annette Majeski, Angela Mann, Paul and Karen Larson, Ryan Jacobson, Moe family, Marc Johnson, Cody Fratzke, Mary Ringler, Pastor Oelfke, and Patty Thompson.  A huge thank you to Dean Sand for setting up the stand and hauling the pop and water from the church.

 


Council Corner- August 2014-Art Sanbeck

     Here it is, August already.  Summer activities are done, or soon will be.  VBS, camping trips, summer ball, family vacations - done for another season.  School isn't far away.  It's all a reminder of how fast time goes by & how busy our schedules get.

     It sounds like a cliche, but as time rushes by & we stay busy, we need to find time to slow down to enjoy & notice the "routine" parts of our lives & the many blessings we have. 



Council Corner July 2014 - Dean Sand

 

Calvary will once again be running a refreshment stand at the Kanabec County Fair. This will be our third year in a row. The proceeds go straight to the general fund to help us meet our annual budget.  Last year we ended up with a very cold and wet fair week so sales were down from the first year.  We are hoping for a HOT and DRY fair week this year with lots of thirsty people seeking out a Calvary refreshment.

 

Here are some ways you can help to make it a success.

Donate canned pop (12 oz. size any variety) or bottled water (16 oz. size any variety)

Our goal is to have 2,000 units to sell.

Your donations can be left in the Narthex and we will keep them in a secure location.

 

Volunteer some time to run the booth for a three hourshift.  Signup sheet will be on a clip board in the

Narthex.

 

 

Simply make a donation of cash for us to purchase product to sell.

 

 

Pray for hot dry weather and thirsty people at the fair.

 

We need to borrow a small electric freezer to help keep our ice for the week of the fair.

 

The dates of the fair are July 23 thru July 27.  Thank you all for helping in any way you can.

 

Your Church Council

 



June 2014

                                       Council Corner June 2014 by Dean Sand

Calvary will once again be running a refreshment stand at the Kanabec County Fair. This will be our third year in a row. The proceeds go straight to the general fund to help us meet our annual budget.  Last year we ended up with a very cold and wet fair week so sales were down from the first year.  We are hoping for a HOT and DRY fair week this year with lots of thirsty people seeking out a Calvary refreshment.

 

There are 3 ways you can help to make it a success.

Donate canned pop(12 oz. size any variety) or bottled water (16 oz. size any variety)

Our goal is to have 2,000 units to sell.

Your donations can be left in the Narthex and we will keep them in a secure location.

 

 

Volunteer some time to run the booth for a three hour shift. Signup sheet will be on a clip board 

in the Narthex soon. 

 

Simply make a donation of cash for us to purchase product to sell. 

 

The dates of the fair are July 23 thru July 27. Have a great summer. 

 

“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God” Hebrews 

13:16 



May 2014

We would like to share with you that we are once again in a financial shortfall! A letter was sent out to members of our 

congregation in December when our expenses exceeded our contributions by over $10,000. This letter generated an 

overwhelming response and we were able to reduce the amount of shortfall to around $2000. Thank you for that!!!

However, as we enter the summer months, we find ourselves in a similar situation. Typically the summer months show a 

decline in contributions. Can we afford for this to happen?

At this time we are not asking for an increase in your normal monthly contribution. What we need is the consistency of 

those contributions to be able to continue to meet our monthly obligations.

To achieve this consistency of monthly giving, we suggest a couple options. Simply Giving is a program that automatically deducts your contribution from your bank checking or savings account on a monthly or bimonthly basis. Another 

option would be to mail your contribution to the church when you are unable to attend.

Calvary is a very active and spiritual congregation. By doing your part with consistent giving, we will be able to keep our 

staff, building, and programs running well the entire year!

Thank you for your participation at Calvary! God’s blessings to you as we enter the summer months.

Calvary Church Council


April 2014

COUNCIL CORNER - Jeremy Frahm

Hello! My name is Jeremy Frahm.  Thank you for electing me to church council.  A little background on my history here at Calvary Lutheran Church.  I became a member of Calvary in May of 1987.  My wife, Kari, and I were married here on August 4, 2001.  I have three girls; Kamdyn, Mikah, and Quinn.  Outside of church, my family and I are quite busy.  We enjoy camping, fishing, and swimming.  I am also a member of the Mora Area Fire Department which also can keep me busy at times.  Thanks again and I look forward to serving the members of Calvary Lutheran Church.

 




February 2014

COUNCIL CORNER-Patty Thompson

Did you make any New Year resolutions? If yes, have they been thrown by the wayside, put in the tiny corners of your mind?   Are 

you keeping them? Or perhaps still thinking about what you want to resolve for the New Year? The trouble with New Year resolutions, is that they are so absolute!

Personally I would rather think of goals for the New Year. A goal is something we are “working on”. Somehow that sounds more 

realistic to me. Goals need to be specific, both in content and timeliness. But the difference between a goal and a resolution is that a 

goal can be reached in small increments, and if not totally achieved, you have not failed, because you are still working on t hat goal.

So how does this apply to each of us and Calvary Lutheran Church? Each Sunday in the bulletin there are requests for help.  There 

are the sign-up sheets for ushers, fellowship, greeters, readers; and requests in many areas of the church. Calvary’s general fund is 

nearly always behind in what it needs to run the church. As you recall in November we were over $10,000 behind in our giving

compared to our expenses. But you as members of this church came through at the end of the year, and brought the income almost up 

to what was needed. The finance committee struggled with a 2014 budget; there was no money to give any of our employees a 

raise. Our Pastor has not had an increase for three years. Our AIM who is paid for 20 hours a week, is paid way below the recommendation from the synod, and we all know she has volunteered many extra hours beyond the 20 paid hours. Our youth program i s 

thriving, and I know this is exciting for all of us. Our secretary cut her own hours to save the church money, but is very busy with 

the limited hours. The same is true of our wonderful music program, and our janitorial service.

Perhaps an obtainable goal for each of us would be to volunteer a specific amount of time for one of the Sunday needs, or volunteering where we are gifted and able. Financially we many not feel we can give much more money to the Church. But what about a goal

of $5 per week, or whatever you feel you can afford. Signing up for the electronic option of giving assures the church the s ame

amount of money each month. Somehow when the money is given to church first, the Lord does provide throughout the month.

Your goal setting for Calvary may be something small or large, but it does deserve prayerful consideration.

“When we commit ourselves to humble service, we will find a deep joy that can be discovered nowhere else.” 



January 2014

 We all find it easy to add a smiley face to our e-mail or a winking emoticon to our facebook,  but to smile,  a truly welcoming smile to a stranger that we meet on the street or in church is much harder.  Sometimes it is easier to avoid eye contact, so we don’t have to acknowledge someone.  I’ve had church members tell me that they don’t want to go to a stranger at church and welcome them, because that person may have been a member for years and they would be offended that they were welcomed like a guest.  Introduce yourself – If you don’t know them, they probably don’t know you.  My challenge to you is to greet all of our Calvary family (known and unknown) with a smile, the universal welcome.  

 

Calvary has a lot of very remarkable people – Smile  and meet them.

Lisa Holcomb