July 23, 2015

The Church exists for the sake of the Gospel of Christ Jesus; however, not all Christians seem to be clear about what the Gospel is. We sometimes hear Christians describing it as “loving God and loving our neighbor” – but this is not the Gospel – this is the Law. As Law it accuses us. Think of all the ways in which we have failed to love God and our neighbor. Read more…


July 16, 2015

Looking for a good children’s Bible to read from to your children and grandchildren? I highly recommend The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name, by Sally Lloyd-Jones. In way of endorsement, I can do no better than to share with you what Lloyd-Jones herself says in the introduction: Read more…


July 9, 2015

We are very well-served by our musician, Gene Traas. I continue to be delighted by all of the complimentary things that our members say about him. One of the things which many of our members have noticed is that he offers ambitious and very salutary selections for his postludes. Consequently many worshipers remain in the worship space to hear him conclude his offerings. In fact, it has been pondered whether the postlude should precede the dismissal at the conclusion of our worship services. Read more…


July 2, 2015

This past week has been a “dream come true” for American journalists. With controversies heating up around the Confederate flag and the Supreme Court decision regarding same-gendered relationships, there has been a lot of stories of a sensational nature to be offered. As responsible citizens, Christians are a part of these conversations affecting our society. Read more…


June 25, 2015

This week, six of our youth members are participating in a mission trip to Alabama. During this important week for them, we are inviting everyone’s prayers for each of the participants, and their adult advisors – Angie Schatz and Brad Meyer. In addition to praying for their safety and other important aspects of their trip, I encourage you to also pray for their spiritual growth this week. Read more…


June 18, 2015

This is Mission Servant Week, and I want to extend my sincerest thanks to everyone who is contributing of their time and talents to make this a fantastic week! Many thanks are due to our Mission and Outreach Committee who plan and organize the many events happening this week. I love that there are mission activities for everyone – from our youngest members through our not-youngest members. Since the activities were described in detail in last week’s Connections, I will not repeat them here, but I am thrilled by the variety of ways our members are able to be involved in doing good for others. Read more…


June 11, 2015

Among the many initiatives of the North American Lutheran Church in the past couple of years has been the establishment of a seminary to prepare pastors for service in the Church. The North American Lutheran Seminary (NALS), located in Ambridge, Pennsylvania (where I served my first pastorate), is our denomination’s primary means of providing future pastors for our congregations. The mission and vision of the seminary are as follows: Read more…


June 4, 2015

You haven’t missed it! The deadline for getting your picture taken for in our new photo directory has not yet arrived – but it is looming on the horizon. We still need to capture the smiles of a number of our members. Mark and Lydia Trudell will be in the choir room on June 14 and June 28, from 10:15 to 10:45 am, in order to take your photograph. There is no need to sign up – and no fees – just head down to the choir room and smile. Read more…


May 28, 2015

We are very pleased by all of the feedback that we receive from this email publication. In fact, this e-newsletter seems to be the most effective means that we have for keeping our members and friends informed of what is happening in the congregation. Read more…


May 21, 2015

This past Sunday, our Endowment Committee hosted a wonderful program regarding Calvary’s endowment, and how members can support this perpetual ministry resource. One of the topics which was discussed in brief was the importance of having a will. The proper name of this important document is a “Last Will and Testament.” Have you considered the “testament” part of your will? This is an opportunity to communicate your confession of Christ Jesus as Lord, and highlight your values, in the legacy that you leave behind. In fact, people read and listen with great care to what we have written, after a person has died. Read more…