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Crossroads, Calvary Lutheran Church's monthly newsletter

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    OUR VISION: Calvary Lutheran Church is a wel-coming community of caring people grounded in the Living WORD of God. The power of the Cross and the Risen Christ is working through us, transforming our world and building His kingdom.

    OUR MISSION: Our mission at Calvary Lutheran Church is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ as revealed in Holy Scripture.


    Pastors Page 3

    Prayers 3

    Congregation News 4

    Youth Ministry 5

    Family Ministry 6

    January Calendar 7

    Birthdays, Anniversaries 8

    Contact Information 8

    News & Events 9

    NALC 10

    Mission & Outreach 11

    Pastoral Search Team 12

    Finances 12

    Sun 1 New Years Day Worship @ 9am; no Confirmation, Sunday School or Adult Ed.

    Mon 2 Church office closed

    Sun 8 Name Tag Sunday; Christian Education resumes

    Mon 9 Serenity Inn Meal Program Tue 10 Deacon Meeting Wed 11 Council Reports Due Fri 13 Annual Report Distribution

    Sun 15 Worship; Food Sunday; Informa-tional Meeting re: Annual Meeting

    Tue 17 Crossroads Deadline; Congrega-tion Council

    Thu 19 Mens Support Group Fri 20 Youth Winter Retreat begins

    Sun 22 Worship; Informational Meeting re: Annual Meeting; Youth Winter Retreat ends

    Mon 23 Volunteer Tea & Training; SVdP Meal Program

    Thu 26 Crossroads Assembly; Mens Ministry Gathering

    Sun 29 Youth Sunday in Worship; Annual Meeting

    January Calendar Highlights Check the church calendar for complete listings.

    The Calvary Crossroads is published monthly. All news arti-cles should be submitted to the church office by the deadline

    listed on the church calendar. Electronic submissions are pre-ferred (email:

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    Pastors Page

    The Shepherds Notebook Tis The Season For Home Blessings

    Prayers Please check the weekly announcement bulletin for those people needing our urgent prayers. If you have any prayer requests, please call or email the church office. Please also continue to pray for the following Calvary family and friends: Shut-Ins: Betty Schraith, Lorraine Zembinski. Ongoing care and prayer concerns : Elaine Shaw, Paul & Marj Skarie, Lorene & Greg Fleckenstein, Pat Kurtz, Shirley Derse, Mary Ellen Puls (sister of Craig Busche); Dyana Solheim (former member of Calvary & friend of Donna Mueller), Fern MacGillis (mother-in-law of Jim Harrison), Wayne Higgin, son-in-law of Ruth Yankus; Carol Manning (cousin of Pat Treutelaar), Mickey Rash, Bill Rash Jr. (son of Mickey Rash); Patty Gross (daughter of Beverly Meinke); Chris Clemens (father of Jessie Brovold); Jann Savre (mother-in-law of Matthew Busche); James Anthony (cousin of Judy Kestly); Karen Reiter (niece of Hugh & Jane Taufner).

    Epiphany January 6th, is one of the early celebrations of the church year and the beginning of a season that is full of God-sightings. Its a flexible season in length, because it fills the time between the celebration of the coming of the Magi, or Wise Men, 12 days after Christmas, up until the last Sunday before Ash Wednesday and the solemn season of Lent. In 2012, between The Day of Epiphany on January 6th and Transfiguration Sunday (February 19th) well have a series of Sundays when we explore Gospel readings, mostly in Mark, that introduce us to the beginnings of Jesus public ministry. Epiphany is also a traditional season for the blessing of homes. Single family residences, apartments, condominiums, and assisted living or nursing home units wherever Gods people make their home, a blessing can help remind those

    who dwell there that Christ dwells with them. Its an especially comforting practice for those who have had a change in dwelling, such as a move from one location to another. The practice recalls the Magi coming to the home of the Christ Child. At the time of blessing, this inscription is written over the door:

    20 + C + M + B + 12 CMB is the abbreviation for Christus mansionem benedicat Christ, bless this house. The numbers 20 and 12 surround the letters, signifying the year of the blessing. The in-scription is sometimes written in chalk above the front door, as a sign of blessing to all who enter the home. At other times, Ive written the blessing on little cards to be affixed to doors or placed in windows. Scripture readings and prayers are offered at the time of blessing. A home blessing can be as simple as a prayer with all who reside there, or expanded to include relatives and friends in a celebration. To arrange for a blessing of your dwelling during the season of Epiphany, please give me a call at the church office or e-mail me at . Its one of my favorite pastoral activities, and who knows? Maybe it will become a favorite at Calvary, too. Pastor Cathi Braasch, STS

    "On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh."

    Matthew 2:11

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    Congregation News

    Its About Our Family Sympathy Christian sympathies go out to Catherine Faust and family on the passing of her husband, David in November. Sincere condolences to Barb & Larry Runnoe on the death of their brother-in-law, Mike OHalloran this past month.

    Please inform the church office of any illnesses, births or deaths, or of any change of address, phone or email address.

    Annual Meeting time on Sunday morning, January 15th and 22nd, the two Sundays prior to the annual meeting.

    We encourage all members to attend the informational meetings as well as the annual meeting. All confirmed, participating members of Calvary are eligible to vote at the annual meeting.

    The Annual Meeting of the congregation of Calvary Lu-theran Church is scheduled for Sunday, January 29th. Please watch the bulletin and email updates regarding time.

    As always, there will be two informational meetings regarding the annual meeting prior to the actual meet-ing. These will take place during the Adult Education

    Thank You From Edith Pep Kedrow: Your stunning vase of flowers was very much enjoyed. They brightened up my room at Francis-can Woods greatly. Thank you so much also for prayers, visits, phone calls and cards while recovering from hip replacement.

    Mothers of all ages and seasons are invited and welcome!!! The group will be watching and discussing a Moms Group Curriculum video series from Heart at Home. The topics range from marriage to parenting to personal growth. MOM meets monthly, on the first Thursday. The group meets in the media room at church from 6:30 to 8:00pm. So, leave the kids at home and take some time to relax, refuel, and reenergize yourself! For more information or questions, contact Megan Sayas or Angie Schatz. See you there: Thursday, January 5!

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    Youth Ministry

    All of our youth events are open to ALL youth of the designated age! Feel free to invite friends, relatives, neighbors, grandkids, etc. More Kids = More Fun!!!

    SNOW TUBING ADVENTURE! Sunday, January 15 from 11:30am to 4:00 pm

    Time Line: 11:30 Noon Pizza Lunch or feel free to brown bag it. Noon Change into warm clothes 12:15 pm Leave for Sunburst Ski Area, in Kewaskum 1:00 3:00 Tubing Time!!! 3:00 pm Load up and Head Home 4:00 pm Parent Pick-up at Calvary

    Cost: $16 per person (feel free to bring a few dollars for snacks)

    Sign Up NOW in the Narthex!

    ** We are in need of several parents to drive / chaperone this trip. Contact Angie if you are interested.


    We will head north on Friday, January 20, spend Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday morning at Pine Lake; and then return to Brookfield on Sunday, January 22 mid-afternoon. This event will include sledding, cross country skiing, and other winter activities, as well as devotions to help us grow closer to God and activities to help us grow in our relationships with each other.

    The cost of the retreat, including lodging, registration, and meals Saturday (all day) and Sunday brunch is $80.00 per person. Additional costs will include dinner on Fri-day and snacks for the road up and back. Scholarships are available, and are kept strictly confidential. For more information, please talk to me personally.

    Please note that friends are WELCOME and encouraged to attend!!! Feel free to con-tact me with any questions about this upcoming retreat. Im excited to head up north for some frosty fun and time with our youth and our Father!

    SIGN-UP DEADLINE IS SUNDAY, JANUARY 8TH!!! Youth Sunday January 29th

    We will be leading the worship service on Sunday morning! From ushering to reading to assisting the Pastor, our youth will be doing it all! Please join us in serving our Cal-vary family and sharing the many blessings and gifts God has put in you! If you are interested in participating in Youth Sunday and are unable to attend the Winter Re-treat, please contact Angie to let me know you are excited to serve our Lord!

    All YOUth Roller Skating Saturday, February 4th (12:30 3:00pm) We will meet at Waukesha Skateland, (located at 1931 East Main Street, Waukesha) at 12:30. Feel free to drop your youth off, or stay for the fun! The cost of the event is $5.00 for admission and $2.00 for skate rentals. Please bring extra money for snacks, if desired. Sign up in the Narthex, in mid-January.

    Looking Ahead

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