Chairman's Message

Greetings Calvary Members, Families, & Friends!

It's Kick-Off time!  That's not just for football, but here at Calvary it's for our Fall Rummage Sale, Sunday School/Bible Class, Worship Service, and the return of Super Sunday!  September brings so many events/opportunities that you won't want to miss a single one!

Starting off with the Fall Rummage Sale, it looks to be bigger and better than ever!  The team is working hard and sorting and setting up all the wonderful donations that you have been bringing in!  It is crunch time for us because we only have a week until our Thursday Sept. 8th Friends and Family Night from 6-9.  PLEASE invite your friends, family, neighbors, to stop by and shop early before the Big Sale on Saturday!  The more we sell on Thursday, the more we can put out for the Saturday sale.  Yes, we have that much stuff!  Not to worry, if you still have donations, you can still leave them by the glass doors downstairs through Friday Sept. 9th.  

Saturday, September 10th is the big sale day.  The Sale runs from 8-4 and people will start lining up at 7 a.m.  Weather permitting, we will have items all over the front yard and every inch of the Fellowship Hall.  The concessions will feature some new items like hamburgers grilled on our new natural gas grill, along with the old favorite hot dogs, donuts, & popcorn.   It's a lot of fun, so stop on by and help us show the Love of Christ to the community. 

Next up on Friday September 16th, our very own Carmen Billings, will lead a devotional workshop titled the Bread of Life.  Supper is included, so you don't want to miss it!  Starting time is 6 p.m.

Saturday the 17th, there will be a Memorial Service for Liane Grolle.  Watch the bulletin for time of service.

Sunday September 18th, starts our new 10 week Sunday School/Bible Class series, titled, "The Tree of Life: God's Promise of Salvation. Bible Class/Sunday School starts at 9, church service is at 10, and then following the service that day will be the return of Super Sunday with a delicious meal in the Fellowship Hall and a extra special skit from our friend Gordy, along with Mr. Andrew, and Mr. Hurst.  If you have never been to a Super Sunday event, this is the one you want to come too!  Entertainment for all ages, so bring along the grandparents, grandkids, and anyone you would like.

Also returning in September is the Calvary Card and Game Club.  That is the 4th Tuesday of each month at 11:30.  See Mary Wojtkiewicz for more information.

Don't forget we have a Matins Service every Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Check out our new roof, trim and updated exterior painting.  A lot has happened at Calvary this summer!

God's Blessings to all of you and I will see you at church!

Jeff Steingass

Chairman

Greetings Calvary Members, Families, & Friends!

It's August!  Oh no, Summer will be over soon!  That's a phrase that you will hear every year at our house.  Even though we love each and every Summer day, we need to look forward to all the wonderful things that God has in store for us during the rest of the year.  He gives us blessings 365 days of the year and let's be thankful for each and everyone.  Say a little prayer of thanks every morning for that day that God has given you and all his many blessings.

I, along with Jeff Lessa, would like to thank all of you that attended this year's Church Picnic.  A good time was had by all and we loved hearing about the National Youth Gathering!  We would like to return the Church Picnic to an annual event, so look forward to it again next Summer.  

The big event coming up in August at Calvary is the Holy Roll-in Car Show.  It is on Sunday the 28th from noon-3.  There will be Classic Cars, food, fun, and fellowship!  Invite your friends, family and neighbors and join us for this community event!

Church services remain the same in August.  We have Saturday at 6, Sunday at 10, and Wednesday at 10.  Adult Bible Study is every Sunday at 9 a.m.  Ladies Bible Study is every Tuesday morning at 10.  Children's Sunday School will start up again in September.  No Council Meeting this month and other groups just check with your group leader for dates and times.  

Enjoy your August time off and vacations because September looks to be jam packed!  We are going to start off on Thursday, September 8th, with our Fall Rummage Sale Friends & Family Night (6-9) followed by the big Saturday Rummage Sale on Saturday, the 10th (8-4).  Yes, it looks like it might be bigger than ever!  You guys are doing so well with letting me know about drop-offs or having pick-ups that the stuff is just rolling in. You have told friends, family & neighbors and it looks to be another fantastic community event!  Your donations go so far to help so many people that I can't even begin to tell you about all the people and groups that benefit.  We thank God for you and all those blessings!

That's just the start of September!  Our own Carmen Billings will be leading a workshop on Friday evening the 16th.  We have our Sunday School Kick-Off/Super Sunday event on the 18th.  Be sure to plan to attend because our special guest, Gordy, has his best program ever (so he says).  You will just have to stay tuned for the Chairman's Message next month to get the complete list of events and activities that will be coming up in September.

Calvary Cares continues to help members, family & friends, and people in the community.  From filling bird feeders and changing light bulbs to cleaning out storage areas and yard work, we do all kinds of tasks.  Need a ride or a meal, we are here to help!  Call the office (9-1 Mon-Fri) or talk to Jim Hurst or Jeff Steingass.

Now, Calvary Cares could use a little help.  I'm looking for someone who can help put together a monthly newsletter about Calvary Cares.  We would like to keep the congregation and people in the community that we have helped, informed about Calvary and what the Cares Team has been doing. You don't have to write the newsletter, you just have to collect the articles and put them together into a format that we can send out in an email and hard copy.  If this interests you, just let me know.  You could also work as a team with another person.  All ideas and options are welcome.  

Have a fun, safe, relaxing  August and I will see you at church!

God's Blessings to you all!

Jeff Steingass

Chairman

Greetings Calvary Members, Families, & Friends!

It's July!  Summertime!  A time for picnics, the lake, the pool, vacation, and all kinds of outdoor fun!  Some of us wait a long time for this time of year to arrive.  We try to pack in as much as we can during the Summer, because the time always seems too short.  One thing that we shouldn't do as we fill up our weeks full of activities, is take a vacation from God.  God is always here for us, with his gifts, just waiting for us to come and receive them.  He doesn't take a vacation from us, so let's not take a vacation from Him.  

July Activities at Calvary:

July 4th:  Calvary marches in the Parma Parade!  Meet at church by 8:30 a.m.

July 9-13th:  Youth Gathering in Houston

July 17th:  Congregation Picnic & Welcome Back Youth!  The picnic will start right after the church service. This year's picnic is sponsored by your current Chairman & your past Chairman.  Yes, the two Jeff's will be cooking the hamburgers & hot dogs and supplying the drinks. The Congregation will bring the side dishes and desserts.  There will be games outside and we will hear from those that went to the Youth Gathering.  Come and join in on the fellowship and fun! 

The church services remain the same.  We have Saturday at 6, Sunday at 10, and Wednesday Matins at 10.  Adult bible class is at 9 on Sunday morning.  Ladies bible study is every Tuesday morning at 10.  Council will meet on Tuesday July 19th at 7 p.m.  

Children's Sunday School will restart in September with a new series for children and adults!  I'm sure Gordy will be around also!  Stay tuned for more details!

Don't forget about the Meditation Trail!  Summer is a great time to enjoy the beauty of God's creation, the wildlife, and some quiet time for yourself.  The Trail starts at the rear of the parking lot.  Take a walk and talk with God!

Rummage is pouring in for the September 10th Rummage Sale!  If you need a pick-up or some help, just let me know and we can get you scheduled. It is going to be another big sale and I can't thank you enough for all of your support!

 God's Blessings to all of you and I will see you at church!

Jeff Steingass

Chairman

Greetings Calvary Members, Families, & Friends!

Thy Strong Word was the theme to this year's SELC Convention that Chris and I, along with Pastor and Yanti, got to attend.  The opening service really set the bar high with all the strong voices singing, Lift High the Cross (one of our family's favorites) and a great Law and Gospel message from our LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison. The following services had many inspiring messages from our SELC Pastors.  
The SELC is a smaller district and a district without borders.  I felt our members enjoyed being a district without borders as opposed to a regional district.  We get thoughts and ideas from different areas of the country and Canada. That gives us the ability to go and "plant" churches and spread the Gospel in a broader area. Printed in our workbook is the SELC theme, Showing Everyone Life in Christ, by Showing Everyone Love in Christ.
I must say that at the Convention, in great Lutheran tradition, they feed us, a lot!  Chris and I aren't used to eating 3 big delicious meals a day, so it was a good thing that the Convention only lasted only a few days. 
Before we left St. Louis, Pastor and Yanti were able to show us Concordia Seminary.   We were very glad that we got to see it.  The buildings and architecture were beautiful!
Moving on, it's June, that means it's Rummage Sale Week!  Things have been busy at Calvary with the world's greatest Rummage Sale Team hard at work!  I am so proud of each and every one of them because they work so hard to pull off this big event!
You can still drop off your rummage any day from 9-noon and 5-8. If that doesn't work for you, just leave your stuff by the glass doors and we will get it in.  Remember, Thursday June 2nd, is  Friends and Family Night from 6-9!  This is your chance to invite your friends, family, neighbors, or anyone you would like to come and shop early.  Saturday, June 4th, is the big sale day from 8-4.  Come and enjoy this great community event!
Other Special things happening at Calvary in June:
Saturday June 18th is the Hurst/Novy wedding.
Sunday June 19th there will be a special short voters meeting after church.  This is to discuss the new roof that we need.  
Sunday June 26th there will be a Reception for the Hursts' after church in the Fellowship Hall.
All Church Services, Bible Studies, and Meetings are at their regular times.  Check your church calendar for times and dates.
Blessings to all of you!
See you at Church!
Jeff Steingass
Chairman
Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ!
He is Risen!  He is Risen indeed, Alleluia!  How wonderful it was to hear that phase on Easter Morning!  It was great to see the Sanctuary full of people.  Thanks to all of you and your family and friends for worshipping with us and celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Many of you also joined us for Easter Breakfast and we would like to thank the Fellowship Team for that delicious meal and the work that they do.
May looks to be a busy month here at Calvary Lutheran Church.  Starting today, May 1st, we have Children's Sunday School and Adult Bible Class at 9 a.m., Church service at 10 a.m., and then Super Sunday/Cinco de Mayo at 11:15.  Yes, Gordy says he will be there also, so you don't want to miss it!
Children's Sunday School  will also be on Sunday May 8th at 9 a.m.
Don't Forget Mother's Day on Sunday May 8th!
Adult Bible Class every Sunday at 9 a.m.
Saturday Service at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m.
Matins every Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Women's Bible Study every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
SELC District Convention in St. Louis May 12th-15th..The Dieterichs' and Steingass' will be attending.
Saturday May 14th is the annual Trustee Clean-up Day.  All are invited.  Bring your work clothes and tools.  Brick Patio spruce-up on the agenda!  Lunch provided!
Saturday May 21st at 2 p.m. is Outreach's Annual Pet Blessing!  Bring your pets or just come and enjoy fellowship with others and their pets!
Tuesday May 24th is the Calvary Card and Game Club at 11:30
Thursday May 26th Council Meeting at 7 p.m.  Other groups will meet at their regular day/times.
RUMMAGE SALE is fast approaching!  The official drop-off/set-up begins on Monday Memorial Day May 30th through Friday June 3rd.  We will be here every morning from 9-noon and in the evening from 5-8 for your drop-off donations.  If that time doesn't work for you,  just leave your items by the glass doors downstairs and we will take care of it.  If you need some help or need a pick-up, contact me or Jim Hurst for arrangements.
The Rummage Sale Friends and Family Night will be Thursday June 2nd for 6-9 p.m.  This is your chance to invite your family and friends to come and shop early!  The Rummage Sale will be Saturday June 4th from 8-4.  Come and join the fun and excitement of this community event!  A great opportunity to Show Everyone Life in Christ!
Blessings to all of you and I will see you at church!
Jeff Steingass
Chairman


 

Greetings Calvary Members, Families, & Friends!

Spring has arrived!  The daffodils are popping up.  The grass is turning green and the trees are budding out.  What a wonderful time of year!  It reminds us that just as the plants & trees are not dead, neither is our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.  He rose to life on that glorious Easter morning defeating death and the devil.  We will get to celebrate that resurrection again on Easter Sunday, April 17th at 10:00 a.m.  I hope and pray that each and everyone of you will be able to join us!
The Calvary Cares team is being organized with activities already on the list.  If you are someone that could use a little help, don't hesitate to contact the church office, Jim Hurst, or myself directly.  If you want to be on the team, you can fill out a form in the Narthex or talk to us anytime.  Help us to show the Love of Christ to all those around us!
Don't forget about the Meditation Trail!  There are daffodils springing up and the wildflowers won't be far behind.  Enjoy the peace and beauty of God's creation!
The next Rummage Sale is Saturday June 4th!  If you need help cleaning out part of your home, the Calvary Cares Team can help you.  If you need a pick-up or have any questions, talk to me.  Thanks for all your wonderful donations!
Many events are happening around Calvary in April!
Sunday April 3rd & 10th:  Children's Sunday School at 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday April 6th:  10 a.m. Lenten Service with Brunch afterwards
Holy Week
Sunday April 10th:     Palm Sunday Service at 10:00 a.m.
Journey to the Cross  Wednesday 7-9 p.m., Thursday 8-? p.m., & Friday 1-3 p.m.
Thursday April 14th:  Maundy Thursday Service 7:00 p.m.
Friday April 15th:      Good Friday Service at Noon & 7:00 p.m.
Saturday April 16th:  EASTER Saturday Service at 6:00 p.m.
Sunday April 17th:    EASTER SUNDAY SERVICE at 10:00 a.m  
                               Easter Breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday April 20th & 27th:  Matins Service at 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday April 26th:   Calvary Card & Game Club at 11:30 a.m.
Adult Bible Study every Sunday at 9:00 a.m.
Ladies Bible Study every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.
Council & other groups meet on their regular day/time.
He is Risen!
Jeff Steingass
Chairman


 


 


 


 

Greetings Calvary Members, Families, & Friends!

It's March!  Can Spring be around the corner?  I hope so!  I'm ready to say good-bye to the snow and cold and hello to the flowers and warmth!

This month of March not only starts the Lenten season with Ash Wednesday on the 2nd, but I would also like to announce that Calvary Lutheran Church is going to start a new service mission called CALVARY CARES.  Calvary Cares is a way for us to show our love for each other and those around us and to continue our mission of Showing Everyone Life in Christ.  Jesus says in John 15:12, "Love one another as I have loved you."  

Let's face it, we all need a little bit of help at sometime in our life.  That's what Calvary Cares is all about.  It's members helping members, then branching out to help family and friends, and then branching out to help people in the community.  It can be anything from a phone call, visit, card, meal, ride to an appointment, help with yard work, housework, or just moving something that is too heavy for you.  The list can be endless.  It is mostly little things, but remember those little things can mean the world to someone when they are unable to do it.  

Any Calvary Member can be a part of the Calvary Cares Team.  Just fill out a form that will be available at church starting this month.  I have also attached a copy at the end of this email.  We will be talking more about it after church this Sunday.  For more information or questions, feel free to talk to Pastor, Jim, or myself anytime!

If you are a person that could use a little help, please let us know.  Sometimes it is hard to ask, but just know we are here for you!

Happening this March at Calvary:

Tuesday March 1st:        Mardi Gras from 5:30-7:30 Fun, Food, Festivities, and burying the Alleluia!

Wednesday March 2nd:  Ash Wednesday Lenten Service  10 a.m & 7 p.m.  Pick the one that works for you! 

Thursday March 3rd:      Elders Meeting at 7.

Sunday March 6 & 13:    Sunday School for the Kids at 9 a.m.

Wed. March 9,16,23,30:  Lenten Service at 10 a.m with Brunch afterwards, no evening service.

Wed. March 9th:            Outreach Meeting at 6:30.

Tuesday March 15th:      Council Meeting at 7:00.

Sunday March 20th:       Super Sunday with Around the World Potluck 

Tuesday March 22nd:     Calvary Card Club at 11:30 a.m.

Adult Bible Class every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and Ladies Bible Study every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.

Blessings to each and everyone of you!  I will see you at church!

Jeff Steingass 

Chairman

Greetings Calvary Members, Families, & Friends!

It’s February, the month of Valentine’s Day and a time we think about love.  I can remember the first time, back in the early 90’s, when we first walked into Calvary Lutheran Church, Parma, Ohio.  We felt nothing but love from the people here. We knew right then that we didn’t have to look any further for our new church home.   Even though that was many years ago, and some of the people are no longer with us, and some have moved on, the love is still there!  Thank you for showing the Love of Christ to all the people that walk through those doors and to all the people that you meet each and every day!
   
There are many great bible verses about love.  For February, 1 Corinthians 16:14 summed it up for me, "Do everything in love." Have a great February and I hope to see you all in church real soon! 


Jeff Steingass 
Chairman 
 
Happening this February at Calvary Lutheran Church:
Feb. 1st & 2nd Pastor's Conference
Adult Bible Class every Sunday at 9 a.m.
Children's Sunday School Feb. 13th at 9 a.m.
Super Sunday Lunch and Program for all ages Feb. 20th at 11:15
Matins every Wednesday at 10
Ladies Tuesday Bible Study Starts back up Feb. 8th at 10 a.m.
SUPER BOWL HOAGIES for purchase Feb. 12 & 13th
Pierogi Sales Fellowship taking orders this month with pick-up on Feb. 26 & 27th 
Elders Meeting got moved to Feb. 3rd all other groups on their normal day

 

Remember the Rummage Sale is June 4th. Save your stuff!

 

 

 


Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ!  

As your new Chairman, I would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2022!

How did we get to 2022 already?  It seems like not that long ago I was growing up in the 60's and early 70's in rural NW Ohio, where the big technological advancement was color TV!  Could it get any better than that!  Little did we know that someday there would be computers, cell phones, and self-driving cars.  God gave us knowledge, talents, and abilities and I pray that we at Calvary can use ours for His Glory.  I'm looking forward to seeing what new exciting things will happen in 2022!

Things happening at Calvary in January:

Jan.  6th  Paul Jukovich Funeral Service at noon

Jan.  8th:  Un-Decorating Party 9 a.m.

Jan.  9th:  Installation of 2022 Church Officers at 10 a.m. Service

Unfortunately, the children's Sunday School, Super Sunday, the Woman's Tues. Bible Study, and the Jan. 7th Snowball party have been canceled.  We hope to be back on board with our Sunday School and Fellowship events in February.  

Adult Bible Class will continue on Sundays at 9.  Council and the other groups will meet on their scheduled days.  

I will always put in a plug for the Rummage Sale.  This year it is Saturday June 4th.  It is never too early to talk to me about it!  Save your stuff!

I look forward to talking with many of you at church real soon!  Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

God's Blessings to you all!

Jeff Steingass

Chairman


 

 


Good Afternoon, Calvary Family:
We had our annual Voters’ Assembly Meeting today and here is my final speech:
Wow, 2 years flew by like that (snaps fingers).  In 2020 I called upon The Calvary Family to reflect on ourselves and in 2021 I called The Calvary Family to “renew and reset” our relationships with God and one another. By the glory of God, we were able to follow through on these 2 ideas as we weathered and are still weathering a worldwide pandemic, COVID-19. 
 I hope that you have noticed some small and subtle changes to Calvary during my tenure.  There have also been other bigger significant changes as well. There have been some personnel changes (the retirement of Megan Schlick, Office Manager – a dinner was held in January 2020 and Deacon Hurst roasted her good.  It rivaled one that you would see on Comedy Central!) as well with our Church office and beloved parishioners leaving, such as the Heldwein Family in January 2022. 
I digress for a moment or two and ask Chris & Mike Heldwein to come up here for a moment.  I know I wasn’t supposed to do any fanfare, but when have I ever listened, especially when it is a good idea and warranted?  Your Calvary Family will be making a $100 donation in your names to the Haiti missions in PA (Pastor Jacob Deal) and they also got you this little token of appreciation (hands them a gift bag with a card and an ornament inside).  Be careful opening this gift as it is FRAGILE or FRAGILEE.  It is not a major award, but a token of our appreciation and feelings about our years of worship and Fellowship together here at Calvary Lutheran Church in Parma, OH. If anyone would want to add their sentiments to the card, please seek out Chris & Mike Heldwein out after the meeting today. 
Back to my final speech:
My main theme I worked under during my tenure as Chairman was “No more chit chat”. This was a movie line uttered in the 1995 Movie Assassins.  As my predecessor, Matt Kasinecz, said 2 years ago “Always leave it better than when you found it (borrowed from the Boy Scouts)”.  I hope I continued that tradition on.
To paraphrase an old familiar catchphrase:
Old Chairmen go away
Never go away, never go away
Old Chairmen never go away,
They simply just fade away.
I will be fading into my new role for the next two years as Immediate Past Chairman.  I will still be around, but l will be in a supporting role of an advisor to our next Chairman
Please join me in welcoming Calvary’s next Chairman, Jeff Steingass to the microphone as he introduces himself and outlines his vision for Calvary in 2022.

Good Afternoon, Calvary Family:
This is my last newsletter as your Chairman as my tenure ends on December 31, 2021.  These past 2 years went by really fast.
I want to thank all who answered the ALL HANDS ON DECK call for Christmas decorating on Saturday November 27, 2021 – I counted 21 people (this includes the Colorado relatives) that showed up.  We knocked it out of the park real fast and efficiently!  The Church Nave looks beautiful, as always.
ALL Calendar events are subject to change – please watch for changes in each weekly bulletin.
Let’s check out what else is happening in December 2021 at Calvary and other things to note:
December 5th: Wrapped Christmas presents due back to Calvary for the Angel Tree Ministry
December 12th: ANNUAL VOTERS ASSEMBLY MEETING – STARTS @11:30AM
December 16th:  Organ Tuning
December 18th::  FELLOWSHIP HALL in use from 8:30am—6PM
December 19th:  Super Sunday – calendar says 11AM, but is usually @11:30AM—1PM (immediately following 10AM service)
December 21st:  First “official calendar day” of Winter
December 24t: Christmas Eve
December 25th: Christmas Day
December 31st: New Year’s Eve
If you would like to reserve//rent out our Fellowship Hall, please call the Church office @1-440-845-070.  Details and costs can be shared.
Our Worship schedule:
MID-WEEK ADVENT DEVOTIONS WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAYS @10AM IN THE MORNING WITH A LIGHT LUNCH SERVED IN THE FWLLOWSHIP HALL AFTERWARDS:
***These will be recorded and made available to all to view in the Evening on these days***
December 1st
December 8th
December 15th
December 22nd
 One additional mid-week Advent Service:
December 15th:  7PM—Carols & cookies downstairs in the Fellowship Hall
 6PM Saturday Services:
December 4th
December 11th
December 18th
***NO EVENING SATURDAY SERVICE ON DECEMBER 25th – NO one will be here if you show up
 
10AM Sunday Services:
December 5th
December 12th
December 19th
December 26th
 
CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE:
December 24th:  5PM & 7:30PM Candlelight service (No Communion)
December 25th: 10AM with Communion
 One MATINS service:
December 29th @10AM
 NO NEW YEAR’S EVE SERVICE ON FRIDAY DECEMBER 31, 2021
PORTIONS of all these services are live streamed.
 9AM Bible class is on each Sunday before 10AM services downstairs in the Fellowship Hall//Nave and is live streamed.
NOW, there is Sunday School @9AM on Sunday December 5th, and 12th. 
REMEMBER:  Don’t be afraid to invite someone to Worship with you!
EVERY TUESDAY @10AM, THERE IS A LADIES BIBLE STUDY ON SITE AT CALVARY!
Pastor is always available for private devotions and Communion – please call the Church office @1-440-845-0070 to inquire.
Meeting Schedules:
December 6th:   7PM Trustees
December 7th:     6PM Fellowship
                               7PM Elders
December 14th:  6:30PM Board of Christian Education
                                6:30PM Outreach
***NO CHURCH COUNCIL IN DECEMBER 2021***
 HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all those born in December! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to those celebrating anniversaries in December!
 As always, please feel free to reach out to your elected Lay Leadership with any concerns or questions @things happening at Calvary.
Also, please keep your Calvary Church Family In mind each day/week/month when you go through your expenses – we have kept the lights (Tom Bodett Motel 6 commercial reference here) on for you, but we also need your help to maintain/sustain our Mission Center.
***Stewardship has been educating us this year about Time, Talent & Treasure***
       ***One way you can do this is allocate your THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS to Calvary Lutheran Church
       ***Other ways to get your offerings to Calvary:  In person worship, U.S. mail, drop off or thru VANKO (PushPay is no more) – a goal to keep in mind for offerings is to hit @$6K to $6.5K each week or so!
       ***There is still a Kitchen Improvement Fund and a newly created Meditation Trail Fund to give to.  We still have @9 yrs. left on our LCEF loan for the kitchen renovation and the Meditation Trail will always be a “work in progress” as new ideas flow in to see what can be added to it.
       ***Please use your Calvary offering envelopes for your gifts to Calvary onlythe pink pew ones are the ones to use for Missions, etc.  As we near the time of year where envelopes appear to be for a Holiday, but are actually for Pastor, etc. – please remember to put cash and or write out checks to the individuals as this will make it easier for our counters.  Also, you will not be given credit for your gifts to Pastor, Deacon and or Lutheran Heritage Fund on your annual giving statement.
     ***We also encourage MISSION GIVING, but we only support the following Missions (please do not make up any missions and expect Calvary to investigate (i.e. WE do NOT HAVE a Calvary Haiti Mission Fund).  If you want to give outside of the missions below, please do so on your time and look into ways you can SEND DIRECTLY to them without involving Calvary!)  Here are the Missions we support:
ADOPT A STUDENT
CLEVELAND PREGNANCY CENTER
LOVE INC
SELC DISTRICT
MISSIONARY -- GAUGERT
 Last but not least, here are your 2021 Elder Zones of Members & Attenders:
I.                     A-C, D, W (Wilks – end of W), Y-Z:  Jay White
II.                  H-L, W (Waddy—White): Mike Heldwein
III.                M-R, G: Jeff Steingass
IV.                E-F, S-U:  Ron Wojtkiewcz (was Terry Mausts’)
Stay safe and in the Word!
Sincerely,
Jeffrey Lessa
Calvary Chairman 2020—December 31, 2021

We are starting to get into that familiar “end of year” routines with Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas and New Year’s Eve/Day right around the corner.  Temperatures are dropping, the days are getting shorter (a 5PM darkness shall soon be reality) and all we want to do is stay under warm covers or by a nice and warm fire.  We Ohioans always look forward to the changes in season, but we never seem to be pleased (when it is 90 degrees we want it to be snowing and when it is snowing, we want 90 degree days) with the weather.  At least we live in an area of the country without earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, etc.  The one comfort we can always count on is The Word of God and his love for all of us.
I only have 1 more month left on my Chairman duties and then in January 2022, you will have another Chairman Jeff, but with a different last name.
Let’s check out what else is happening in November 2021 at Calvary and other things to note:
November1st: All Saints Day
November 2nd:  ELECTION DAY
November 7th:  We “FALL BACK” 1 hour.  Don’t be late for Church!  This is the date of the ALL SAINTS WORSHIP
November 11th:  VETERAN’S DAY
November 14th:  Lunch in Honor of Veterans (sponsored by Board of Fellowship – see your bulletin for details)…11AM or immediately following 10AM service.
November 20th: FELLOWSHIP HALL in use from 8:30am—6PM
November 21st: Super Sunday – calendar says 11AM, but is usually @11:30AM—1PM (immediately following 10AM service)
November 24th: I believe there will be a Thanksgiving Eve service – watch your bulletin to be sure
November 25th: THANKSGIVING DAY
November 27th: Church Decorating Day…9AM
November 28th: 1ST SUNDAY IN ADVENT (yes, you read that right!)
If you would like to reserve//rent out our Fellowship Hall, please call the Church office @1-440-845-070.  Details and costs can be shared.
Our Worship schedule:
6PM Saturdays
10AM Sundays
10AM Wednesdays (DEVOTIONS//MATINS ONLY, no formal service)– PORTIONS of all 3 services are live streamed.
9AM Bible class is on each Sunday before 10AM services downstairs in the Fellowship Hall//Nave and is live streamed.
NOW, there is Sunday School @9AM on Sunday November 7th, 14th and 21st
REMEMBER:  Don’t be afraid to invite someone to Worship with you!
EVERY TUESDAY @10AM, THERE IS A LADIES BIBLE STUDY ON SITE AT CALVARY!
Pastor is always available for private devotions and Communion – please call the Church office @1-440-845-0070 to inquire.
Meeting Schedules:
November 2nd:   7PM Elders (subject to change date and time)
November 8th:    7PM Trustees
November 9th:  6:30PM Board of Christian Education
                              6:30PM Outreach
November 16th:   7PM Council  
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all those born in November! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to those celebrating anniversaries in November!
As always, please feel free to reach out to your elected Lay Leadership with any concerns or questions @things happening at Calvary.
Also, please keep your Calvary Church Family In mind each day/week/month when you go through your expenses – we have kept the lights (Tom Bodett Motel 6 commercial reference here) on for you, but we also need your help to maintain/sustain our Mission Center.
***Stewardship has been educating us this year about Time, Talent & Treasure***
       ***One way you can do this is allocate your THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS to Calvary Lutheran Church
       ***Other ways to get your offerings to Calvary:  In person worship, U.S. mail, drop off or thru VANKO (PushPay is no more) – a goal to keep in mind for offerings is to hit @$6K to $6.5K each week or so!
       ***There is still a Kitchen Improvement Fund and a newly created Meditation Trail Fund to give to.  We still have @9 yrs. left on our LCEF loan for the kitchen renovation and the Meditation Trail will always be a “work in progress” as new ideas flow in to see what can be added to it.
       ***Please use your Calvary offering envelopes for your gifts to Calvary onlythe pink pew ones are the ones to use for Missions, etc.  As we near the time of year where envelopes appear to be for a Holiday, but are actually for Pastor, etc. – please remember to put cash and or write out checks to the individuals as this will make it easier for our counters.  Also, you will not be given credit for your gifts to Pastor, Deacon and or Lutheran Heritage Fund on your annual giving statement.
     ***We also encourage MISSION GIVING, but we only support the following Missions (please do not make up any missions and expect Calvary to investigate (i.e. WE do NOT HAVE a Calvary Haiti Mission Fund).  If you want to give outside of the missions below, please do so on your time and look into ways you can SEND DIRECTLY to them without involving Calvary!)  Here are the Missions we support:
ADOPT A STUDENT
CLEVELAND PREGNANCY CENTER
LOVE INC
SELC DISTRICT
MISSIONARY -- GAUGERT
We are returning to a bulletin article rotation:
Week 1:  Pastor
Week 2:  Evangelism (Outreach)
Week 3:  Deacon
Week 4:  Stewardship
Week 5:  ***If there is one:  another volunteer//special topic
Don’t forget to sign up for the inclement weather announcements//live streaming service (no cost to you):
ALL MEMBERS please call 1-888-900-2406 and follow the prompts to be added to our live streaming and inclement weather & announcement list
Last but not least, here are your 2021 Elder Zones of Members & Attenders:
I.                      A-C, D, W (Wilks – end of W), Y-Z:  Jay White
II.                   H-L, W (Waddy—White): Mike Heldwein
III.                 M-R, G: Jeff Steingass
IV.                E-F, S-U:  Ron Wojtkiewcz (was Terry Mausts’)
A HEADS UP for December 2021:
Mark your calendars for Sunday December 12, 2021 as this will be the date of our Annual Voters’ Assembly Meeting – should start @11:30AM.
Stay safe and in the Word!
Sincerely,
Jeffrey Lessa
Calvary Chairman 2020—December 31, 2021

 



Good Afternoon, Calvary Family:

Fall is definitely in the air now.  As one of my Facebook friends put it, the temperature dropped one day in September, from 88 to 48 in one day, as if it say a State Trooper and had to slow down so it would not get a ticker!  Yes, that is Cleveland and Ohio weather for you..  I only have 2 more months left on my Chairman duties and then in January 2022, you will have another Chairman Jeff, but with a different last name.

We had a successful Rummage Sale Part Deux and ½ price sale – we netted over $7K again, for a 2 Rummage sale total of over $14K – when will this record be broken?  Who knows, but it will be exciting to see

Let’s check out what else is happening in October 2021 at Calvary and other things to note:

October 2nd and October 3rd: LWML Weekend

October 9th:  CLEANOUT DAY, starting @9AM.  Beverages and lunch will be provided.

October 10th:  11AM Coffee hour downstairs in the Fellowship Hall – this is the official day of Pastor & Clergy appreciation month

October 29th: 1st Annual Pumpkin Palooza (6:00pm—9pm in Fellowship Hall)

October 30th: 4pm—5:30pm Sharing Skills Workshop:  Pastor Dieterichs will cover the topic of visiting loved ones in hospitals, nursing homes and or other care facilities

October 31st: REFORMATION & Next Super Sunday (11:30am—1pm)..we were also thinking of having a formal dedication of our newly renovated kitchen and Fellowship Hall this day as well.

If you would like to reserve//rent out our Fellowship Hall, please call the Church office @1-440-845-070.  Details and costs can be shared.

Our Worship schedule:

6PM Saturdays, 10AM Sundays and 10AM Wednesdays (DEVOTIONS ONLY, no formal MATINS service)– PORTIONS of all 3 services are live streamed.

9AM Bible class is on each Sunday before 10AM services downstairs in the Fellowship Hall//Nave and is live streamed.

REMEMBER:  Don’t be afraid to invite someone to Worship with you!

EVERY TUESDAY @10AM, THERE IS A LADIES BIBLE STUDY ON SITE AT CALVARY!

Pastor is always available for private devotions and Communion – please call the Church office @1-440-845-0070 to inquire.

Meeting Schedules:

October 5th:   7PM Elders (subject to change date and time)

October 11th:    7PM Trustees

October 12th:  6:30PM Board of Christian Education

                             6:30PM Outreach

October 19th:   7PM Council  

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all those born in October! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to those celebrating anniversaries in October!

As always, please feel free to reach out to your elected Lay Leadership with any concerns or questions @things happening at Calvary.

Also, please keep your Calvary Church Family In mind each day/week/month when you go through your expenses – we have kept the lights (Tom Bodett Motel 6 commercial reference here) on for you, but we also need your help to maintain/sustain our Mission Center.

***Stewardship has been educating us this year about Time, Talent & Treasure***

       ***One way you can do this is allocate your THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS to Calvary Lutheran Church

       ***Other ways to get your offerings to Calvary:  In person worship, U.S. mail, drop off or thru Pushpay//VANKO (details to come soon) – a goal to keep in mind for offerings is to hit @$6K to $6.5K each week or so!

       ***There is still a Kitchen Improvement Fund and a newly created Meditation Trail Fund to give to.  We still have @9 yrs. left on our LCEF loan for the kitchen renovation and the Meditation Trail will always be a “work in progress” as new ideas flow in to see what can be added to it.

       ***Please use your Calvary offering envelopes for your gifts to Calvary onlythe pink pew ones are the ones to use for Missions, etc.  As we near the time of year where envelopes appear to be for a Holiday, but are actually for Pastor, etc. – please remember to put cash and or write out checks to the individuals as this will make it easier for our counters.  Also, you will not be given credit for your gifts to Pastor, Deacon and or Lutheran Heritage Fund on your annual giving statement.

 

We are returning to a bulletin article rotation:

Week 1:  Pastor

Week 2:  Evangelism (Outreach)

Week 3:  Deacon

Week 4:  Stewardship

Week 5:  ***If there is one:  another volunteer//special topic

Don’t forget to sign up for the inclement weather announcements//live streaming service (no cost to you):

ALL MEMBERS please call 1-888-900-2406 and follow the prompts to be added to our live streaming and inclement weather & announcement list

Last but not least, here are your 2021 Elder Zones of Members & Attenders:

I.                      A-C, D, W (Wilks – end of W), Y-Z:  Jay White

II.                   H-L, W (Waddy—White): Mike Heldwein

III.                 M-R, G: Jeff Steingass

IV.                E-F, S-U:  Ron Wojtkiewcz (was Terry Mausts’)

Stay safe and in the Word!

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Lessa

Calvary Chairman 2020—December 31, 2021

 

 
 
 

Good Evening, Calvary Family:
 
Can you believe it’s September?  I always heard time would go by faster as you get older.  I only have 3 more months left on my Chairman duties and then in January 2022, you will have another Chairman Jeff, but with a different last name.
Let’s check out what else is happening in July 2021 at Calvary and other things to note:
Sept. 6th:     LABOR DAY
Sept. 11th:   VIVALENT BLOOD DRIVE 10am—2PM Calvary Fellowship Hall……Also, this is the kick start of Calvary’s annual FALL RALLY WEEKEND
                        20TH SOMBER REMEMBERANCE OF THE TEE=RRORIST ATTACKS
Sept. 12th:   RALLY WEEKEND, second day.  Not on the calendar that was e-mailed out or passed out at Church is:  11:30am—1Pm Super Sunday…Expect to see your favorites like Gordy and great food, Calvary friends & family.  If you do not have friends, go out any buy some!  Invite others to attend.  It will be
another superb time for Fellowship.
Sept. 14th:   HOLY CROSS DAY
Sept. 18th:   RUMMAGE SALE, PART DEUX…8AM—4PM in Calvary Fellowship Hall.  See bulletin for details on drop-offs, etc. or contact Jeff Steingass if you have lots of stuff and need help in transporting to Calvary.
Sept. 20th:   FELLOWSHIP HALL is reserved 6pm—9pm
Sept. 25th:   FELLOWSHIP HALL is reserved 8am—6pm
                       SHARING SKILLS WORKSHOP:  Held in Calvary Council meeting room 4pm—5:30pm.  Watch bulleting for details//sign-up.
 
If you would like to reserve//rent out our Fellowship Hall, please call the Church office @1-440-845-070.  Details and costs can be shared.
 
Our Worship schedule:
6PM Saturdays, 10AM Sundays and 10AM Wednesdays (DEVOTIONS ONLY, no formal MATINS service)– PORTIONS of all 3 services are live streamed.
9AM Bible class is on each Sunday before 10AM services downstairs in the Fellowship Hall//Nave and is live streamed.
REMEMBER:  Don’t be afraid to invite someone to Worship with you!
EVERY TUESDAY @10AM, THERE IS A LADIE’S BIBLE STUDY ON SITE AT CALVARY!
Pastor is always available for private devotions and Communion – please call the Church office @1-440-845-0070 to inquire.
Meeting Schedules:
Sept. 7th:   7PM Elders (subject to change date and time)
Sept. 14th:  6:30PM Board of Christian Education
                             7PM Outreach
Sept. 21st:   7PM Council – Council returns to action after having July & August off!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all those born in September! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to those celebrating anniversaries in September!
As always, please feel free to reach out to your elected Lay Leadership with any concerns or questions @things happening at Calvary.
Also, please keep your Calvary Church Family In mind each day/week/month when you go through your expenses – we have kept the lights (Tom Bodett Motel 6 commercial reference here) on for you, but we also need your help to maintain/sustain our Mission Center.
***Stewardship has been educating us this year about Time, Talent & Treasure***
       ***One way you can do this is allocate your THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS to Calvary Lutheran Church
       ***Other ways to get your offerings to Calvary:  In person worship, U.S. mail, drop off or thru PushPay – a goal to keep in mind for offerings is to hit @$6K to $6.5K each week or so!
       ***There is still a Kitchen Improvement Fund and a newly created Meditation Trail Fund to give to.  We still have @9 yrs. left on our LCEF loan for the kitchen renovation and the Meditation Trail will always be a “work in progress” as new ideas flow in to see what can be added to it.
We are returning to a bulletin article rotation:
Week 1:  Pastor
Week 2:  Evangelism (Outreach)
Week 3:  Deacon
Week 4:  Stewardship
Week 5:  ***If there is one:  another volunteer//special topic
Don’t forget to sign up for the inclement weather announcements//live streaming service (no cost to you):
ALL MEMBERS please call 1-888-900-2406 and follow the prompts to be added to our live streaming and inclement weather & announcement list.
Last but not least, here are your 2021 Elder Zones of Members & Attenders:
I.                      A-C, D, W (Wilks – end of W), Y-Z:  Jay White
II.                   H-L, W (Waddy—White): Mike Heldwein
III.                 M-R, G: Jeff Steingass
IV.                E-F, S-U:  Ron Wojtkiewcz (was Terry Mausts’)
Stay safe and in the Word!
Sincerely,
Jeffrey Lessa
Calvary Chairman 2020-2022



Good Morning, Calvary Family:

 

Can you believe it’s August already?  I always heard time would go by faster as you get older.

In case you have not already heard, the Rummage Sale (Part 1) was a huge success – we had the most donations ever and raised the most money ($7,036.01 -- The proceeds are being divided up between: Missions, Kitchen Fund, Scholarship Fund, and the Youth Group.  Each will receive $1,759.) as well

You have heard of the movie HOT SHOTS, Part Deux – We are happy to announce Calvary’s Rummage Sale Part Deux slated for September 18th 2021.  Please look around your houses this sweltering Summer (spend time cleaning out your attic (best place to be on those 90 degree days, Correct?!) again for items to donate.  More details on drop off times, etc. to come out as the event draws nearer.  Please contact Jeff Steingass and the Rummage Sale Team for further details (they could us help setting up, etc.).

We also opened Calvary’s Meditation Trail on Sunday June 27, 2021 – Come and walk and talk to God and enjoy his wonderous creation all the while exploring Calvary’s back property!  The estate of Alice Carpenter covered the initial set-up costs for this (mailbox, benches, signs, meditation cards, etc.).

Let’s check out what else is happening in August 2021 at Calvary and other things to note:

August 14th: ICE CREAM SOCIAL @5PM—stick around for 6PM Service.

August 22nd: CAR CRUISE 12PM—3PM.  Food, Fellowship & Cars!

Our Worship schedule:

6PM Saturdays, 10AM Sundays and 10AM Wednesdays (DEVOTIONS ONLY, no formal MATINS service)– PORTIONS of all 3 services are live streamed.

9AM Bible class is on each Sunday before 10AM services  is live streamed.

REMEMBER:  Don’t be afraid to invite someone to Worship with you!

EVERY TUESDAY @10AM, THERE IS A LADIE’S BIBLE STUDY ON SITE AT CALVARY IN FELLOWSHIP HALL!

 

Pastor is always available for private devotions and Communion – please call the Church office @1-440-845-0070 to inquire.

 

Meeting Schedules:

August 3rd:   7PM Elders (subject to change date and time)

August 10th:  6:30PM Board of Christian Education

                        6:30PM Outreach

NO COUNCIL MEETING IN AUGUST

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all those born in August and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to those celebrating anniversaries in August!

As always, please feel free to reach out to your elected Lay Leadership with any concerns or questions @things happening at Calvary.

Also, please keep your Calvary Church Family In mind each day/week/month when you go through your expenses – we have kept the lights (Tom Bodett Motel 6 commercial reference here) on for you, but we also need your help to maintain/sustain our Mission Center.

***Stewardship has been educating us this year about Time, Talent & Treasure***

       ***One way you can do this is allocate your THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS to Calvary Lutheran Church

       ***Other ways to get your offerings to Calvary:  In person worship, U.S. mail, drop off or thru PushPay – a goal to keep in mind for offerings is to hit @$6K to $6.5K each week or so!

       ***There is still a Kitchen Improvement Fund and a newly created Meditation Trail Fund to give to.  We still have @9.5 yrs. left on our LCEF loan for the kitchen renovation and the Meditation Trail will always be a “work in progress” as new ideas flow in to see what can be added to it.

We are returning to a bulletin article rotation:

Week 1:  Pastor

Week 2:  Evangelism (Outreach)

Week 3:  Deacon

Week 4:  Stewardship

Week 5:  ***If there is one:  another volunteer//special topic

Don’t forget to sign up for the inclement weather announcements//live streaming service (no cost to you):

ALL MEMBERS please call 1-888-900-2406 and follow the prompts to be added to our live streaming and inclement weather & announcement list.

Last but not least, here are your 2021 Elder Zones of Members & Attenders:

I.                      A-C, D, W (Wilks – end of W), Y-Z:  Jay White

II.                   H-L, W (Waddy—White): Mike Heldwein

III.                 M-R, G: Jeff Steingass

IV.                E-F, S-U:  Ron Wojtkiewcz (was Terry Mausts’)

I hate putting this in on this e-mail, but here goes:

Please treat Calvary’s facilities as if it were your own house.  Last week, in the Ladies restroom, there was an incident that no one reported (maybe because you were too embarrassed because of the situation and the condition of the toilet//stall), but luckily it was discovered in time.  If something happens and equipment (toilets) are not working properly or cannot because they are too clogged, please bring it to the Usher’s attention.  If this incident was not discovered, it could have led to some unpleasant odors, etc. emanating from the restroom on Monday when our Church workers came to work.

Stay safe and in the Word!

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Lessa

Calvary Chairman 2020-2022

 


Good Evening, Calvary Family:

It’s nice to see some familiar folks returning to Worship with us in person after all Ohio health orders were lifted June 2, 2021!

In case you have not already heard, the Rummage Sale (Part 1) was a huge success – we had the most donations ever and raised the most money ($7,036.01 -- The proceeds are being divided up between: Missions, Kitchen Fund, Scholarship Fund, and the Youth Group.  Each will receive $1,759.) as well.

You have heard of the movie HOT SHOTS, Part Deux – We are happy to announce Calvary’s Rummage Sale Part Deux slated for September 18th 2021.  Please look around your houses this sweltering Summer (spend time cleaning out your attic (best place to be on those 90 degree days, Correct?!) again for items to donate.  More details on drop off times, etc. to come out as the event draws nearer.

We also opened Calvary’s Meditation Trail on Sunday June 27, 2021 – Come and walk and talk to God and enjoy his wonderous creation all the while exploring Calvary’s back property!  The estate of Alice Carpenter covered the initial set-up costs for this (mailbox, benches, signs, meditation cards, etc.).

Let’s check out what else is happening in July 2021 at Calvary and other things to note:

July 3rd: Meet at Calvary @8:30am, if you are interested in participating in Parma’s Independence Day Parade as it makes its triumphant, post COVID return in 2021!

July 4th: HAPPY 245th Birthday, America!

July 25th:  SUPER SUNDAY (11:30am—1PM):  CHRISTMAS in July.  Bring a white elephant gift, neatly wrapped, without your name on it to share.  More details and displays will be rolled out as this event gets closer!

July 30th: Family VBS with Bethany Lutheran at and on their property

July 31st:  Family VBS with Bethany Lutheran at and on their property.

                 Followed by a Cookout and Concert.

                 HOT OFF THE PRESSES: THERE WILL BE A 6PM SATURDAY SERVICE ON SITE AT CALVARY – DEACON HURST PREACHING!

Our Worship schedule:

6PM Saturdays, 10AM Sundays and 10AM Wednesdays (DEVOTIONS ONLY, no formal MATINS service)– PORTIONS of all 3 services are live streamed.

9AM Bible class is on each Sunday before 10AM services downstairs in the Fellowship Hall and is live streamed.

REMEMBER:  Don’t be afraid to invite someone to Worship with you!

EVERY TUESDAY @10AM, THERE IS A LADIE’S BIBLE STUDY ON SITE AT CALVARY!

 

Pastor is always available for private devotions and Communion – please call the Church office @1-440-845-0070 to inquire.

Meeting Schedules:

July 6th:   7PM Elders (subject to change date and time)

July 12th: 7PM Trustees

July 13th:  6:30PM Board of Christian Education

                         7PM Outreach

NO COUNCIL MEETING IN JULY!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all those born in July! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to those celebrating anniversaries in July!

As always, please feel free to reach out to your elected Lay Leadership with any concerns or questions @things happening at Calvary.

Also, please keep your Calvary Church Family In mind each day/week/month when you go through your expenses – we have kept the lights (Tom Bodett Motel 6 commercial reference here) on for you, but we also need your help to maintain/sustain our Mission Center.

***Stewardship has been educating us these past 4 months or so about Time, Talent & Treasure***

       ***One way you can do this is allocate your THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS to Calvary Lutheran Church

       ***Other ways to get your offerings to Calvary:  In person worship, U.S. mail, drop off or thru PushPay – a goal to keep in mind for offerings is to hit @$6K to $6.5K each week or so!

       ***There is still a Kitchen Improvement Fund and a newly created Meditation Trail Fund to give to.  We still have @9.5 yrs. left on our LCEF loan for the kitchen renovation and the Meditation Trail will always be a “work in progress” as new ides flow in to see what can be added to it.

We are returning to a bulletin article rotation:

Week 1:  Pastor

Week 2:  Evangelism (Outreach)

Week 3:  Deacon

Week 4:  Stewardship

Week 5:  ***If there is one:  another volunteer//special topic

Don’t forget to sign up for the inclement weather announcements//live streaming service (no cost to you):

ALL MEMBERS please call 1-888-900-2406 and follow the prompts to be added to our live streaming and inclement weather & announcement list.

Last but not least, here are your 2021 Elder Zones of Members & Attenders:

I.                      A-C, D, W (Wilks – end of W), Y-Z:  Jay White

II.                   H-L, W (Waddy—White): Mike Heldwein

III.                 M-R, G: Jeff Steingass

IV.                E-F, S-U:  Ron Wojtkiewcz (was Terry Mausts’)

Stay safe and in the Word!

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Lessa

Calvary Chairman 2020-2022


Good Afternoon, Calvary Family:
Tomorrow is MEMORIAL DAY – Please reflect and remember why we enjoy the freedoms we have and what cost was paid for them!
Only a couple of more days (June 2nd) until all health orders are lifted in Ohio.  We have welcomed some back from pre-COVID, but we would like to eventually welcome all back to be together in fellowship on site at Calvary Lutheran Church in Parma, OH.
THE BIG TCKET ITEM IN JUNE IS “THE ANNUAL CHURCH RUMMAGE SALE” ON DATURDAY, JUNE 5, 2021 8AM—4PM.  It looks to be even bigger than the one we held in late August 2020/Early September 2020.
Some Additional Notes:
Drop offs are slated to start tomorrow, May 31st and run through Friday June 4th
***Folks will be present on site each day 9am – 12 noon and 5PM—8PM
       ***You can always leave your donations by the glass doors if you arrive when no one is there – all donations will be processed
FAMILY & FIENDS PREVIEW NIGHT IS THURSDAY JUNE 3RD FROM 6PM—9PM
***Bring/invite and or buy friends to come
There will be hot dogs, pop, etc. sold at the Rummage sale on Saturday June 5th
Let’s check out what else is happening in June 2021 at Calvary and other things to note:
June 20th: FATHER’S DAY
June 27th: SUPER SUNDAY from 11:15 AM—1 PM
Our Worship schedule:
6PM Saturdays, 10AM Sundays and 10AM Wednesdays (aka MATINS)– all 3 services are live streamed.
9AM Bible class is on each Sunday before 10AM services downstairs in the Fellowship Hall and is live streamed.
Pastor is always available for private devotions and Communion – please call the Church office @1-440-845-0070 to inquire.
Meeting Schedules:
June 1st:   7PM Elders
June 6th:  11:30AM Ushers Meeting  
June 8th:  6:30PM Board of Christian Education
                         7PM Outreach
June 14th: 7PM Trustees
June 22nd:  7PM Church Council
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all those born in June! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to those celebrating anniversaries in June!
Congratulations to all graduates of every level of schooling – good luck to you in the next chapter//adventure of your life!
As always, please feel free to reach out to your elected Lay Leadership with any concerns or questions @things happening at Calvary.
Also, please keep your Calvary Church Family In mind each day/week/month when you go through your expenses – we have kept the lights (Tom Bodett Motel 6 commercial reference here) on for you, but we also need your help to maintain/sustain our Mission Center.
***Stewardship has been educating us these past 4 months or so about Time, Talent & Treasure***
       ***One way you can do this is allocate your THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS to Calvary Lutheran Church
       ***Other ways to get your offerings to Calvary:  In person worship, U.S. mail, drop off or thru PushPay – a goal to keep in mind for offerings is to hit @$6K to $6.5K each week or so!
We are returning to a bulletin article rotation:
Week 1:  Pastor
Week 2:  Evangelism (Outreach)
Week 3:  Deacon
Week 4:  Stewardship
Week 5:  ***If there is one:  another volunteer//special topic
Don’t forget to sign up for the inclement weather announcements//live streaming service (no cost to you):
ALL MEMBERS please call 1-888-900-2406 and follow the prompts to be added to our live streaming and inclement weather & announcement list.
Last but not least, here are your 2021 Elder Zones of Members & Attenders:
I.                      A-C, D, W (Wilks – end of W), Y-Z:  Jay White
II.                   H-L, W (Waddy—White): Mike Heldwein
III.                 M-R, G: Jeff Steingass
IV.                E-F, S-U:  Ron Wojtkiewcz (was Terry Mausts’)
As advertised in the bulletin:  Calvary’s MEDITATION TRAIL is coming Summer 2021 (or earlier) – be on the lookout for details, etc. 
Stay safe and in the Word!
Sincerely,
Jeffrey Lessa
Calvary Chairman 2020-2022Good Morning, Calvary Family:

Good Morning, 
Four months of 2021 done and 8 more to go – what will happen in these next 8 months?  Only God knows.  Let’s stay the course and hope things return to normal as more folks are getting vaccinated, etc.  Hopefully you will be inclined to come to Calvary for onsite worship.
Let’s check out what is happening in May 2021 at Calvary and other things to note:
May 2nd: SUPER SUNDAY from 11:15 AM—1 PM (also celebrating Cinco de Mayo – there will be tacos and other Mexican foods)
May 9th : MOTHER’S DAY
May 23rd:  PENTECOST
May 31st:  MEMORIAL DAY
Our Worship schedule:
6PM Saturdays, 10AM Sundays and 10AM Wednesdays (aka MATINS)– all 3 services are live streamed.
9AM Bible class is on each Sunday before 10AM services downstairs in the Fellowship Hall and is live streamed.
Pastor is always available for private devotions and Communion – please call the Church office @1-440-845-0070 to inquire.
Meeting Schedules:
May 4th :   7PM Elders (Also known as Star Wars Day (i.e. May the 4th be with you!))
May 11th:  6:30PM Board of Christian Education
                         7PM Outreach
May 17th: 7PM Trustees
May 18th:  7PM Church Council
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all those born in May! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to those celebrating anniversaries in May!
As always, please feel free to reach out to your elected Lay Leadership with any concerns or questions @things happening at Calvary.
Also, please keep your Calvary Church Family In mind each day/week/month when you go through your expenses – we have kept the lights (Tom Bodett Motel 6 commercial reference here) on for you, but we also need your help to maintain/sustain our Mission Center.
***Stewardship has been educating us these past 2 months or so about Time, Talent & Treasure***
       ***One way you can do this is allocate your THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS to Calvary Lutheran Church
       ***Other ways to get your offerings to Calvary:  In person worship, U.S. mail, drop off or thru PushPay
We are returning to a bulletin article rotation in April
Week 1:  Pastor
Week 2:  Evangelism (Outreach)
Week 3:  Deacon
Week 4:  Stewardship
Week 5:  ***If there is one:  another volunteer//special topic
Don’t forget to sign up for the inclement weather announcements//live streaming service (no cost to you):
ALL MEMBERS please call 1-888-900-2406 and follow the prompts to be added to our live streaming and inclement weather & announcement list. 
Last but not least, here are your 2021 Elder Zones of Members & Attenders:
I.                      A-C, D, W (Wilks – end of W), Y-Z:  Jay White
II.                   H-L, W (Waddy—White): Mike Heldwein
III.                 M-R, G: Jeff Steingass
IV.                E-F, S-U:  Ron Wojtkiewcz (was Terry Mausts’)
As advertised in the bulletin:  Calvary’s MEDITATION TRAIL is coming Summer 2021 (or earlier) – be on the lookout for details, etc. 
Stay safe and in the Word!
Sincerely,
Jeffrey Lessa
Calvary Chairman 2020-2022

Good Night, Calvary Family:
The first quarter of 2021 is now over – we still hold out hope that 2021 will eventually turn out to be better than 2020.  We know this to be true and as certain as our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ knew when he experienced the trials and tribulations during this HOLY Week that ultimately culminated with his triumph over sin, death and the devil when he rose from the dead on Easter Morning!
The Bach Concert on March 21st was a resounding success – thanks to all who helped organize it, promote it, etc.
Let’s check out what is happening in April 2021 at Calvary and other things to note:
April 1st:  7PM worship for Maundy Thursday
April 2nd: 12 NOON and 7PM worship for Good Friday
April 3rd:  NO WORSHIP SERVICE
April 4th:  EASTER – Divine Worship at 10AM
                 Breakfast downstairs in Calvary’s newly renovated Fellowship Hall @8:45AM
                 NO BIBLE STUDY
                 11:30AM FELLOWSHIP after 10AM DIVINE SERVICE
April 25th:  Guest Preacher for 10AM – want to know more, please plan on attending!
Our Worship schedule:
6PM Saturdays, 10AM Sundays and 10AM Wednesdays (aka MATINS)– all 3 services are live streamed.
9AM Bible class is on each Sunday before 10AM services downstairs in the Fellowship Hall and is live streamed.
Pastor is always available for private devotions and Communion – please call the Church office @1-440-845-0070 to inquire.
Meeting Schedules:
April 6th:   7PM Elders
April 13th:  6:30PM Board of Christian Education
                         7PM Outreach
April 19th: 7PM Trustees
April 20th:  7PM Church Council
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all those born in April! 
As always, please feel free to reach out to your elected Lay Leadership with any concerns or questions @things happening at Calvary.
Also, please keep your Calvary Church Family In mind each day/week/month when you go through your expenses – we have kept the lights (Tom Bodett Motel 6 commercial reference here) on for you, but we also need your help to maintain/sustain our Mission Center.
***Stewardship has been educating us these past 3 weeks or so about Time, Talent & Treasure***
       ***One way you can do this is allocate your THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS to Calvary Lutheran Church
       ***Other ways to get your offerings to Calvary:  In person worship, U.S. mail, drop off or thru PushPay
We are returning to a bulletin article rotation in April
Week 1:  Pastor
Week 2:  Evangelism (Outreach)
Week 3:  Deacon
Week 4:  Stewardship
Week 5:  ***If there is one:  another volunteer//special topic
Don’t forget to sign up for the inclement weather announcements//live streaming service (no cost to you):
ALL MEMBERS please call 1-888-900-2406 and follow the prompts to be added to our live streaming and inclement weather & announcement list.
Last but not least, here are your 2021 Elder Zones of Members & Attenders:
I.                      A-C, D, W (Wilks – end of W), Y-Z:  Jay White
II.                   H-L, W (Waddy—White): Mike Heldwein
III.                 M-R, G: Jeff Steingass
IV.                E-F, S-U:  Ron Wojtkiewcz (was Terry Mausts’)
As advertised in the bulletin:  Calvary’s MEDITATION TRAIL is coming Summer 2021 (or earlier) – be on the lookout for details, etc. 
Stay safe and in the Word!
Sincerely,
Jeffrey Lessa
Calvary Chairman 2020-2022

Good Morning, Calvary Family:
We made it through February!
Our new Kitchen and Fellowship Hall made their debut on February 13th for Tim's wedding to Lydia .
***Heard that the photographer asked if we rent out our hall (we must have done something correct with our renovations, etc.!)
In addition, we worked in the new kitchen and ate in the Fellowship for Super Sunday on February 14th.
Let’s check out what is happening in March 2021 at Calvary and other things to note:
March 14:  Daylight Savings Time begins – “Spring Forward”
March 17:  ST. Patrick Day
March 20:  The first day of Spring
March 21st:  4:30PM—6PM..Sacred Music Concert (J.S. Bach’s BD)
***Didn’t the Terminator say “I’ll be BACH”?!
March 28th is PALM Sunday (yeah, you read that right as Easter is Sunday April 4th)
Our Worship schedule:
6PM Saturdays, 10AM Sundays and 10AM Wednesdays
***There are no 7PM MID-WEEK Lenten Services – a recording of the 10AM one will be broadcast at this time
9AM Bible class is on each Sunday before 10AM services
Pastor is always available for private devotions and Communion – please call the Church office @1-440-845-0070 to inquire.
On a side note:  I met with the LCEF loan administrator (Daniel Lepely), that approved our loan for the kitchen/fellowship hall renovation on February 9th and showed him around – he was impressed with what he saw and indicated to me that he hopes that this will
Bring good things to Calvary and for God’s Kingdom in Parma, OH and the surrounding communities.
It just occurred to me that I didn’t do this for any of my newsletters last year or for January:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all those born in March!  A special shoutout to my wife, who hits the half century mark this month
As always, please feel free to reach out to your elected Lay Leadership with any concerns or questions @things happening at Calvary.
Also, please keep your Calvary Church Family In mind each day/week/month when you go through your expenses – we have kept the lights (Tom Bodett Motel 6 commercial reference here) on for you, but we also need your help to maintain/sustain our Mission Center.
***Stewardship has been educating us these past 3 weeks or so about Time, Talent & Treasure***
       ***One way you can do this is allocate your THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS to Calvary Lutheran Church
       ***Other ways to get your offerings to Calvary:  In person worship, mail, drop off or do PushPay
We are returning to a bulletin article rotation in March:
Week 1:  Pastor
Week 2:  Evangelism (Outreach)
Week 3:  Deacon
Week 4:  Stewardship
Week 5:  ***If there is one:  another volunteer//special topic
Don’t forget to sign up for the inclement weather announcements//live streaming service (no cost to you):
ALL MEMBERS please call 1-888-900-2406 and follow the prompts to be added to our live streaming and inclement weather & announcement list.
Stay safe and in the Word!
Sincerely,
Jeffrey Lessa
Calvary Chairman 2020-2022

 


Good Morning, Calvary Family:
It’s a new year and for once in our lives, we can finally say “hindsight is 2020”!
We are excited for 2021 as we welcome some new members of our Calvary Family into elected leadership positions and see others switch roles.  We are saying goodbye to a long standing Council Member this year, Pat Hageman – she has chaired the Fellowship Committee for all 9 years I have attended Calvary and before that as well, from what I understand – we thanks her for her years of dedicated service in this position.  We have most slots filled, so this should be an even more prosperous year in terms of getting things done around Calvary. 
KITCHEN UPDATE: We still need to have the light dimmers installed in the Fellowship Hall, 1 stair tread and landing at the top of the Narthex stairs, we are still waiting on the new window for the kitchen, our new vent hood (looking like the end of January 2021), and some extra counter space will be installed over the area where our grease trap is.  This renovation brought our kitchen out of 1967 (20th Century) into the 2020’s (21st Century).  Once everything calms down with COVID-19, we will have a dedication ceremony & blessing with a dinner, etc.
Here is the summation of the January 2021 calendar and events happening around Calvary:
01/05/21:  Elders Meeting 7PM
01/09/21:  UN-DECORATE CALVARY @9AM (time to put away our Christmas decorations until the end of November!)
01/10/21:  INSTALLATION OF 2021 OFFICERS
01/11/21: Trustees Meeting 7PM
01/12/21:  Board of Education Meeting 6:30PM
                    Board of Outreach Meeting 7PM
01/19/21:  Church Council 7PM
We still continue to hold divine services on Saturdays @6PM, Sundays @10AM and Wednesdays @10AM.  Bible class is every Sunday @9AM.  Pastor is still available, by appointment for private Communion, etc.
The planned Super Sunday of January 3rd to celebrate the Epiphany has been postponed due to recent COVID-19 spikes in Ohio.             
The Bible Study and sermon series (this has been advertised in the weekly bulletins which get emailed, mailed out and if you come to in person on site worship, the pew bulletin) that will be running all of January 2021 and into mid-February 2021 is called “ON BEING EXTRAORDINARILY ORDINARY!
What does 2021 have in store for all of us?  No one knows, except God (This is contrary to what we have seen in the Terminator movies: “No fate but what we make”).  Continually trust in him to provide for your family and your Calvary family. 
Also, please do not forget to financially support your Calvary Family by mailing in your weekly offerings, if you do not attend worship. We now have a Kitchen Improvement Fund set-up for giving towards this renovation – any donation or giving is appreciated.  You can give in memorial of a loved one – if you are interested in the cost of anything going into the kitchen, except the stove, don’t be afraid to ask me and I will find out the cost for you.
Happy New Year – stay safe & healthy!
Sincerely,
Jeffrey Lessa
Calvary Chairman 2020-2022

 



For those that could not or attended the Voter's Meeting, here is my speech I gave:

 

RENEW & RESET!

 One year ago, I called on us to reflect in 2020.  Little did anyone know that God would provide us the time to reflect during a worldwide pandemic called COVID-19!  2020 was a year of innovation and rethinking on how to keep our Calvary Family together, while social distancing, and conveying the fundamental Lutheran basics:  Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone and Scripture Alone.

Some of our Calvary Family fell away from the faith while others grew in their faith.  It is with this in mind, that I call upon every one of us to RENEW your relationship with God and your Calvary Family as you look to RESET your life back to pre-COVID 19 times and practices.

PSALM 51:10 Sums this up in the following way: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and RENEW a right spirit within me”.

2 Corinthians 5:17 also sums this up in the following way: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The Old has passed away; behold, the new has come”.

In other words, let’s keep a positive outlook for 2021 and leave the events of 2020 in the rear-view mirror.  The Devil is always around the corner looking to devour us.  It is only with the right frame of mind that we can take and endure his onslaughts.  We still have much to do and accomplish all the while giving God all the Glory!  It is my hope that our new kitchen and Fellowship Hall will help us to Grow and Show Everyone Life in Christ and help us RESET what we can utilize our building for.

As Shania Twain puts it in one of her songs: “Up, up, up can only go up from here.  Up, up, up where the clouds gonna clear.  Up, up, up there’s no way but up from here!”

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Lessa

Calvary Chairman 2020-2022   

 


Good Afternoon, Calvary Family:

Well, we are in the 12th and final chapter of this challenging year of 2020 that God has set forth for us….
Like any challenging times, I am proud that our leadership and Pastoral Care team has reinvented ways of doing things and keeping all of us connected as we eagerly await the celebration of the birth of our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ on December 25th!
Looking ahead at the calendar of events, I see the following dates to set aside:
December 1, 2020:  7PM Elders meeting
December 7, 2020:  7PM Trustees meeting
December 8, 2020:  6:30PM Board of Education Meeting
                                          7PM Outreach meeting
December 15, 2020:  NO COUNCIL MEETING
December 11, 2020:  6:30PM—8:00PM Rock painting (Outreach sponsored event – stay tuned for more details)
December 13, 2020:  11:30AM Annual December Voters’ Meeting
The kitchen equipment (new freezer, new dishwasher, new stove, new sinks, etc.) is all on site at Calvary – plumber coming on Monday December 7th to hook up sinks, etc.  Once that is done, cabinets can go in.  Base molding in the Fellowship Hall was installed today (transition strips & stair treads later this month).  Pictures will be sent out next week as the Fellowship Hall and kitchen are basically a staging area now.
I know you have already seen this published in the weekly bulletin, etc. – here it is again (as we know from this past week, inclement weather can affect this schedule):
 
Here’s to looking ahead to 2021 – may it be better than 2020!
Merry Christmas!
Sincerely,
Jeffrey Lessa
Calvary Chairman 2020-2022

 


Good Morning, Calvary Family:
Let’s take a quick look at the November calendar:
All groups are still encouraged to meet when they can, wherever they can and however they can.  As a reminder, here is the schedule:
 ***November 8th 6:30pm -- Elders
  ***November 10th 6:30pm -- Board of Education
                                      7pm – Outreach
 ***November 27th 7pm -- Council
There are some projects going on around Calvary:
The trees are scheduled for removal November 11th and 12th
Kitchen & Fellowship Hall construction/renovation commences tomorrow, November 9th
Other items of interest in October:
***November 1st – All Saints Day…we remember those Calvary Family members that have gone onto their eternal home in the past year
***November 11th – VETERAN’S DAY…we honor those that have served and or are currently serving as we owe you a debt of gratitude for making America what it is today
***November 25th – 7pm Thanksgiving Eve Service
***November 26th – Thanksgiving
***November 28th – I do not see it on the calendar, but since December 1st is the first Sunday in Advent, this would be the day we decorate Calvary for Christmas – watch later this month for more details
 
Online BIBLE Study happens every Monday and there is on site BIBLE CLASS every Sunday @9am in the Fellowship Hall.
You can still mail in offerings or take advantage of the PushPay option on our website. There is now a Kitchen Improvement Fund you can designate offerings to, above and beyond your usual tithing.  As we enter the last 2 months of the year and celebrate Thanksgiving and the birth of our Lord & Savior, please keep your Calvary Lutheran Church Family in your thoughts, prayers and tithing.
We continue to hold in person and on site worship services on Saturdays @6pm, Sundays @10am and Wednesdays @10am.  There is also on site 9am Bible Class in Sunday mornings and an online Bible Study every Monday in September.
Pastor still broadcasts on his YouTube channel and is still available for private devotion/Communion.
Stay the course,
Thanks,
Jeffrey Lessa
Calvary Chairman 2020-2022

Good Afternoon, Calvary Family:
Well, September has come and gone.  In case you missed it, we had our annual Rummage Sale on August 29th and a ½ price sale on September 5th.  We netted over $5,000.00!  It’s the first time we had 2 sales.
Let’s take a quick look at the October calendar:
 All groups are still encouraged to meet when they can, wherever they can and however they can.  As a reminder, here is the schedule:
 ***October 6th         7pm -- Elders
  ***October 13th 6:30pm -- Board of Education
                                      7pm – Outreach
 ***October 20th        7pm -- Council
     There are some projects going on around Calvary:
The trees were not removed in September – to be rescheduled.
Fall cleanout on Saturday September 26th and October 3rd went real well – the 30 yard dumpster is pretty much maximized. Thanks to all who showed up both weekends to participate as we had some nice Fellowship time afterwards while eating Romeo’s pizza!
Other items of interest in October:
***October 3rd and 4th – CWT-LWML Weekend
***October 11th – Special Voters’ Meeting @11:15AM where presentations for the renovation of Calvary’s kitchen & Fellowship Hall will be presented for a vote
***October 25th – Super Sunday for Youth (or yutes per a popular movie from 1992 – remember the name?) of All Ages (including adults – we are all “kids at heart”)
***October 31st – Trunk or Treat.  Stay tuned for upcoming details on this event.
You can still mail in offerings or take advantage of the PushPay option on our website. There is now a Kitchen Improvement Fund you can designate offerings to, above and beyond your usual tithing.
We continue to hold in person and on site worship services on Saturdays @6pm, Sundays @10am and Wednesdays @10am.  There is also on site 9am Bible Class in Sunday mornings and an online Bible Study every Monday in September.
Pastor still broadcasts on his YouTube channel and is still available for private devotion/Communion.
Stay the course,
Thanks,
Jeffrey Lessa
Calvary Chairman 2020-2022
 

Greetings, Calvary Family:
Thanks to all who donated, helped set-up//priced and manned the Rummage Sale on August 2th and 29th.   It seems we set a record for the amount of stuff donated to sell – we have items left over, so on Saturday 
September 5, 2020 9am—1pm, there will be a ½ price sale on the stuff that is left with the hope that we can move the remainder of the items…get the word out!
***It’s not too early to begin to look around your houses, apartments, etc. for stuff that could be donated for next year’s Rummage Sale in 2021!***
Let’s take a quick look at the September calendar:
 ***All groups are still encouraged to meet when they can, wherever they can and however they can.  As a reminder, here is the schedule:
      September 1st 7pm -- Elders
      September 8th 6:30pm -- Board of Education
                                      7pm – Outreach
      September 12-13:  Rally Day Weekend
      September 15th 7pm -- Council
      September 27th 11:30am—1:30pm:  Youth For All Ages Meeting:  All are welcome
There are some projects going on around Calvary:
September 24th we are getting some big trees removed via crane and others trimmed back by the power lines just behind the Youth wing, garage, etc.
***Lower limbs and other trimming will take place prior to this date**The below is being mulled over:
Saturday September 26th – a dumpster will be on site at Calvary as we tackle cleaning out the boiler room, garage (inside and out) and any other areas that would necessitate the rental of a dumpster – start time:  9:30am
***Pizza will be provided to those that show up for lunch, etc.
***We get the dumpster for 10 days, wo we will also be cleaning out Calvary on Saturday October 3, 2020…start time: 9:30am
You can still mail in offerings or take advantage of the PushPay option on our website. There is now a Kitchen Improvement Fund you can designate offerings to, above and beyond your usual tithing.
Last month I indicated that you would be hearing of the ideas that the Planning Committee has been talking about since February 2020.  Stay tuned for a mailing and bulletin announcement.
***I will only say this – keep Sunday October 11th open***  
We continue to hold in person and on site worship services on Saturdays @6pm, Sundays @10am and Wednesdays @10am.  There is also on site 9am Bible Class in Sunday mornings and an online Bible Study every Monday in September.
Pastor still broadcasts on his YouTube channel and is still available for private devotion/Communion.
Stay the course,
Thanks,
Jeffrey Lessa
Calvary Chairman 2020-2022
 

Greetings, Calvary Family:
All of a sudden it’s August!  Who else is having a hard time keeping track of the days of the week, time and months here in 2020?
Looking at the August calendar, it is blank again, except for Worship at 6pm on Saturdays and 10aam on Sundays and Wednesdays.  Not much else is on the calendar as we are still navigating these unknown circumstances, etc. 
***All groups are still encouraged to meet when they can, wherever they can and however they can.  As a reminder, here is the schedule:
      August 4th 7pm – Elders
      August 10th 7pm -- Trustees
      August 11th 6:30pm  Board of Education
                          7pm Outreach
      August 18th 7pm Council
There are some facility updates//improvements to report on:
We now have a chair lift to take those folks, that need assistance, to the choir loft.
The nursery has been painted and is being considered for reorganization, etc.
We have a Planning Committee that has been meeting @every 2 months this year, starting in February, and we are discussing various things and projects to undertake around Calvary, in addition to the above facility improvements that were talked about and approved at Church Council – stay tuned!
In this weekend’s bulletin, our financial picture through June 2020 will be published.  Remember, we had a 3-month shutdown due to COVID-19, when you see it.  It is always important to remember to support your Calvary Family during these times.  You can still mail in offerings or take advantage of the PushPay option on our website. There is now a Kitchen Improvement Fund you can designate offerings to, above and beyond your usual tithing.
One thing to keep in mind for September 2020, is Rally Day which will be Sunday September 13th!
We continue to hold in person and on site worship services on Saturdays @6pm, Sundays @10am and Wednesdays @10am.  Pastor still broadcasts on his YouTube channel and is still available for private devotion/Communion.
Just hang in there as we trust in God that things will get better and we can all start to return to a somewhat pre-COVID19 “normal routine” in our daily lives, etc.
Thanks,
Jeffrey Lessa

Greetings, Calvary Family:
So far so good as far as reopening as folks are coming back to worship in person and on site.  As Pastor put it, it is “good to see eyeballs in the pews again”.  Don’t forget to check out Calvary’s website, Facebook page and Instagram page for updates
Pastor is still live streaming and available for private Communion & devotions.
There is one change to the July calendar to make note of:
***Sunday July 12th was to be billed as a “Freedom in Christ” on site picnic after the 10am service.  Due to COVID-19 spikes, attendance, etc. – we are rescheduling for later in the year (more than likely Rally Day weekend).  Instead of a picnic, we will hold a prayer vigil (a prayer for our nation) immediately after the 10am service, for those that are interested.  We will have worship on Saturday July 11, 2020 also.***
As we approach the celebration of our nation’s birthday, let’s pause for a minute and thank God that we live in the USA where we can practice religion openly, etc.  We also need to pray for our nation’s future as we are in the midst of some turmoil now.  We will get through this together and by the grace of God.
It seems that the events of 2020 are @20 years too late.  I have also seen Facebook posts stating that this is a year written by Stephen King and directed by Quentin Tarantino – The “real director” behind 2020 and the years prior to and after 2020 is God.  He knows all and we have to trust in him that all will work out as he has intended it to (insert Star Wars reference here for the similarity in phrasing only, not comparing God to who uttered: “Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen”).
As the band Chumbawamba put it: “I get knocked down, but I get up again..You are never gonna keep me down”
Let’s hope things return to normal soon.
Stay the course and stay safe,
Jeffrey Lessa
Calvary Chairman 2020-2022
Here is a knock-knock joke Pastor texted me the other day:
Why are there no knock-knock about America?
***Because freedom rings!


Greetings, Calvary Family,

I bring you good news:  We are resuming in person/on site worship, starting June 6th (6pm) and June 7th (10am)….Mid-weeks on Wednesdays @10am.  You should have received your letter from our Board of Elders as to the procedures that will be in place for @the next 4-6 weeks as we begin to return to a sense of normalcy.
It has been a long time (March 15th to be exact) when we last had in person/on site worship.  Much has transpired in the past almost 3 months.  The one thing that these issues facing/plaguing our society and world, as a whole, more than ever illustrate, is that the need for God to be at the very center of our thoughts and lives.  It may take a while for things to return to normal around Calvary, which is perfectly understandable and reasonable.  No one knows what to expect as society begins to re-open.  Everyone is encouraged to take that leap of faith for in person/on site worship, as they see fit and at their own pace. 
The June calendar is basically blank as we navigate through this re-opening phase.  There are no activities, events or Education hour/Bible studies planned for in person/on site yet.  Groups/Committees are still asked to meet, as they seem fit and through whatever means you agree to.
Worship will continue to be live streamed and Pastor will still be available for private Communion and devotions.
Hope to see you this weekend.
Sincerely,
Jeffrey Lessa
Calvary Chairman 2020-2022
 

JESUS STARTED THE "WORK FROM HOME" MOVEMENT
Greetings, Calvary Family:
I wish I could take credit for this e-mail subject,  but I saw something to this effect when scrolling thru Facebook this past Thursday, May 21st (Ascension Day), so I cannot.
However, there was no article attached, so I will give you “my take on this”:
These were just a few things that came to mind right away:
Jesus (The Word of God) was present when God the Father spoke all of creation and the Earth into existence.  Jesus was present when God the Father placed Adam & Even in the Garden of Eden and subsequently banished them from their paradise due to their fall into sin.  Jesus (I AM) was present when God the Father led the Israelites out of captivity in Egypt and talked to Moses through the burning bush.  Jesus was present when God the Father sent a flood to the Earth to cleanse it and raised a rainbow as a promise never to flood the Earth again.  Jesus was present when God the Father destroyed the Tower of Babel and confused the tongues of all present creating new languages.  There are countless other examples that you could insert here as well.
In other words, God the Father was “working directly from his heavenly home” when he did all of the afore mentioned and Jesus was there helping him out working alongside his Father.  Jesus was present at all time and places, watching the whole of creation fall further and deeper into sin so that at the right time, he could make his Earthly presence known.
Eventually, as promised, God the Father sent his son (For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son)”, Jesus on what we could loosely term or coin a “33 year business trip to Earth” to be born of a virgin and put on human flesh.  Jesus lived the perfect life we could not or even hope to so that our path for salvation and eternal life would be forever cemented with his holy precious blood.  After his work on Earth was done and after his death and resurrection proved that he had conquered sin, death, the devil and the grave, God the Father called him back to his heavenly home on Ascension Day (40 days after Easter).  Having established his kingdom on Earth, he had to return to his Father to oversee it to ensure that it flourished.
His work on Earth was done, but he has just begun his second phase of “working from home”.  He now sits at the right hand of God.  Remember, Jesus says “no one comes to the Father except through me”?  He is up there always watching over us, interceding to God the Father on our behalf,  making room for us in Heaven and preparing for his return to his Earthly home (“No one knows the day nor the hour”).
Just know that you are never alone as you are “working from home” for your Earthly job or are quarantining! 
                            What a Friend We Have in Jesus
                                                   Alan Jackson
                                          What a friend we have in Jesus
                                          All our sins and griefs to bear
 
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And what a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer
Oh, what peace we often forfeit
Oh, what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer
Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged
Take it to the Lord in prayer
Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness
Take it to the Lord in prayer
Please keep a watch out for details about Calvary’s re-opening.
Pastor is still available for private Communion.
Until then, stay safe and stay the course!  We will get through this together!
Sincerely,
Jeffrey Lessa
Calvary Chairman 2020-2022


Blessed Be The Fruit

Greetings Calvary Family,
Did you utter the response from the Handmaid’s Tale to yourself?  Then, I did my job by capturing your attention with the e-mail subject.
I hope this e-mail finds you well as we will take a more practical approach to this e-mail subject as I am happy to report another successful offering counting (ail ins, drop offs, etc.) tonight by Gayle Jonas, Financial Secretary and Kimberly Lessa, Assistant Financial Secretary.  I am amazed by the support that you have continued to show your Calvary home during this unusual time in history.  The good news is that there is light at the end of the tunnel as we are slowly beginning to return to “normal”.  What this new “normal” will look like is anyone’s guess.  However, the one constant in the old “normal” and this new “normal” is God.
His love for us is constant, unwavering and enduring.  This is best summed up by the following famous poem:
Footprints in the Sand
By Margaret Fishback Powers
One night I dreamed a dream.                                              
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  As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.
After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.
This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
"Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You'd walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me."
He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you."
So, stay strong and stay the course as we can only come out of this stronger and more resilient than before always putting God first in our lives.
Until we see each other again at our Calvary home, be and stay safe!
Sincerely,
Jeffrey Lessa
Calvary Chairman 2020-2022

Greetings, Calvary Family:

The month of May can be summed up as follows:  The Church calendar is blank as events, like the rummage sale and Cinco de Mayo, that were scheduled to take place in May have been postponed or moved out to when we can come together as a Family to worship and fellowship in person again.

I hope you continue to follow the weekly Sunday services online (link provided on Calvary’s website, Facebook and Instagram accounts).  Also, please continue to utilize Pushpay and send in your weekly offerings to Calvary.

As Deacon mentioned today, via streaming, Pastor is still available for individual devotions and or small group devotions and Communion.  Please contact the Church office @1-440-845-0070 to make arrangements for these.

If you would like your Church directory mailed to you, please send an e-mail to the following 2 e-mail addresses:

jdlessa@cox.net – Jeffrey Lessa’s e-mail

churchoffice@calvaryparma.org – Lisa Klein’s e-mail

If you haven’t received your directory or if you have, the below prayer is on the back of the directory and only seems fitting to share at this time:

Heavenly Father:

Watch over your saints at Calvary Lutheran Church in Parma, OH.  Help them to always keep you at the forefront of all their thoughts and actions.  Keep them steadfast and faithful to your Word and to always strive to “Grow and Show Everyone Life in Christ” to Parma, OH and the surrounding community.  May they use their time and talents to serve you.  Always remind them that they can come to you in thought, prayer, and word as they face the daily struggles of this sinful and fallen world.  Let them be a beacon of hope to others and to remember your Great Commission, as laid out in Matthew 28:19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing...and teaching them....in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."  In Jesus' name, we pray.

AMEN!

As always, continue to stay in the Word of God and pray for those in need during these times.

Take care,

Jeffrey Lessa

Calvary Chairman 2020-2022



 

 

Greetings, Calvary Family:

JESUS & HIS DISCIPLES/APOSTLES "SHELTERED IN PLACE" FIRST

This pandemic and the idea of “sheltering in place” got me thinking about some Biblical examples, if you look at them “from a certain point of view (for those pop culture gurus, this is a STAR WARS reference)”, can be examples of sheltering in place:

1.Jesus took Peter, James & john with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone (“sheltered in place”).  He was then transfigured before them.

2. Jesus endured 40 days and nights of temptation in the Judaean Desert.  He was tempted to turn stone into food and to throw himself off a cliff so that his Holy Angels would catch him and save him.  He was presented with ways out, but he remained steadfast and strong and continued his “shelter in place”.

3. Jesus’ Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane where he asked his Father to take this cup from him:  He ultimately remained, “sheltered in place”, in place, knowing that very soon, Judas Iscariot would arrive to betray him with a kiss and ultimately begin his Journey to the Cross where he would ultimately utter “It is finished” and give up his perfect life to allow us to be able to enter Heaven (he soundly defeated death and the devil (serpent, who was cursed to crawl on the ground and nip at man’s heels as a result of Adam & Eve’s downfall in the Garden of Eden))

4. After Jesus’ death & resurrection, his disciples/apostles “sheltered in place” at an upper room for fear of their lives because Roman persecution of Jesus’ followers was at an all time high.  He appeared to them in the room amidst the locked doors and calmed their fears.

Sheltered in place may mean different things in different times and different situations, but the above examples clearly show that Jesus & God were at the center of it all.  Our Calvary Family has followed the guidance of our authorities and has sheltered in place, but has not forgotten about the needs of their fellow man, both spiritually and financially.  

I am happy to report that offerings were counted again this past Monday April 20th by Gayle Jonas, Financial Secretary and Kimberly Lessa, Assistant Financial Secretary and I am happy to

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 report that I am amazed by the outpouring of support that you have shown in these difficult times.  The end is near to “sheltering in place” and I look forward to the time when we can come together as the Calvary Family to worship and fellowship together.

Stay the course and stay in the Word of God.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Lessa

Calvary Chairman 2020-2022


 

Good Evening, Calvary Family:

I was just at Church with Gayle Jonas, Financial Secretary and Kimberly Lessa, Assistant Financial Secretary on Thursday April 9th, as they were called in to count the offerings that have been dropped off and or were mailed into the Church thus far for April.  All I can say is that it doesn’t seem like we “skipped a beat”.  Even in times, such as these, you are still remembering and supporting your Church home even though you cannot be there physically in person.  Your continued support, during this time, ensures that Calvary Lutheran Church of Parma, OH will continue on with it’s mission of “Growing and Showing Everyone Life in Christ”!

This brought to mind the following Bible verse:

Malachi 3:10 – “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.  Test me in this”, says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour put so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it”.

I know we can weather this storm together as 2020 has definitely been an interesting year so far.  I look forward when we can worship and fellowship together with one another again.

Now here is my pop culture reference:  In the words of Joe Dirt (2001 David Spade movie):  “Keep on keeping on”.

Take care.

Have a Blessed Easter! 

CHRIST IS RISEN!

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Lessa

Calvary Chairman 2020-2022

P.S.:  On a side note—Through a combination of Elders picking up and delivering directories, Calvary Family members making appointments with Lisa or Pastor to get theirs in person, mailing, etc., I am

          Happy to report that @42.25% of those that sat for pictures or submitted pictures already have their directories “in hand”.  This level of distribution was accomplished in @2 weeks already.  This just

          Shows you that “you can’t keep Calvary down or count us out”!



Greetings, Calvary Family:

I was just forwarded the above April 2020 monthly calendar this morning – Everything that was planned has been postponed as we are abiding by the “stay home” Ohio order and Federal guidelines that were just  extended thru May 1st. 

Pastor Dieterichs is looking into Live Streaming services during these times – see link in e-mail below:

https://www.youtube.com/user/PastorJoel103

Some other things to keep in mind:

Pastor Dieterichs is still available, by appointment only, for private devotion and Communion.  Just call the Church office @1-440-845-0070 and leave a message.

***The Church directories are in the Calvary office, so you could essentially get a devotion and get your directory at the same time (just kidding – you will definitely get spiritual growth!)!***

The Elders should have called you by now to fill you in on this as well as to gauge your interest in having your copy (i.e. if you sat for pictures at Calvary or submitted a picture for the directory, you are essentially due a copy of the directory) of the pictorial directory mailed to your house.  We have extra copies available as well for those that did not get their picture taken.

We welcome you to try out Push Pay from our website or you can mail your giving envelope (s) to Calvary.

               ***The mailing address for your giving envelopes, if you wish to mail them in, is:

                       Calvary Lutheran Church

                       6906 W Pleasant Valley Rd.

                       Parma, OH 44129

We will leave it up to the individual committees as to how they want to proceed with their monthly business – thru e-mail, Skype, Zoom, in person, etc.

Continually pray for our First Responders, Medial personnel, etc. and all who are on the front lines daily attending to medical needs and those in need during this pandemic.

If you ordered Easter flowers, please contact Michelle Stacko on details as to when and where to pick yours up.  Pastor Dieterichs and Elaine Pintner will make sure that the shut-ins receive theirs accordingly.

Last but not least, here are the lyrics to a hymn that came to my mind as we “weather the storm”:

***ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS**

                  Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war

                  With the cross of Jesus going on before

                  Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe

                  Forward into battle see His banners go

                  Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war

                  With the cross of Jesus going on before

                 At the sign of triumph Satan?s host doth flee

                On then, Christian soldiers, on to victory

                 Hell's foundations quiver at the shout of praise

                 Brothers lift your voices, loud your anthems raise

                 Like a mighty army moves the church of God

                 Brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod

                 We are not divided, all one body we

                 One in hope and doctrine, one in charity

                 What the saints established that I hold for true

                 What the saints believed, that I believe too

                 Long as earth endureth, men the faith will hold

                 Kingdoms, nations, empires, in destruction rolled

                 Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane

                 But the church of Jesus constant will remain

                 Gates of hell can never against that church prevail

                 We have Christ's own promise, and that cannot fail

                 Onward then, ye people, join our happy throng

                 Blend with ours your voices in the triumph song

                 Glory, laud and honor unto Christ the King

                 This through countless ages men and angels sing

Remember to practice social distancing when you leave your house for essential purchases only. These are trying times, but we will get through it with the help and grace of God.

As always, stay safe and stay in the Word of God, daily, until we can see each other face to face again at Calvary.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Lessa

Calvary Chairman 2020-2022

 




Great News, Calvary Family!

When we see each other next, in person, we will have our Life Touch pictorial directories to hand out  – they were received in house at Calvary yesterday, March 26th! I have attached the front cover, preview page (for those of you on the Call Committee or know Deacon Jim’s humor, will get a kick out of this) and the back page.  I cannot give away the whole directory – where would be the fun in that?!

The rest of the directory is equally as great as these 3 previews I have provided.  We waited a long time for them and they were worth the wait! I can’t wait for you all to see the rest of the pages.

Until then, stay healthy. Keep the Faith.

Sincerely.

Jeffrey Lessa

Calvary Chairman 2020-2022

P.S.:  What do you call a number that won’t sit still?

          Answer:  A Roman numeral

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 Dear Calvary Family,

 

During the worldwide COVID-19 situation and temporary suspension of worship services at Calvary, we must keep our focus on God and his gifts to us. 

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Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I understand that times are tough and for some, this situation is requiring all of us to rethink our daily life, routine, finances, etc.  Even though we are not currently holding services at Calvary, our bills are still coming in and are due.  We should always strive to give to God from our first fruits.

This would be a good time to investigate and utilize our online Push Pay system (link below).  Remember to answer “yes” to cover the credit surcharge.  Whatever amount you can give or are willing to give to further God’s kingdom here in Parma, OH and the surrounding communities, would be greatly appreciated during this time.

https://pushpay.com/g/calvaryparma360unite?src=hpp

When we return to a “sense of normalcy”, you can utilize your church envelopes, or if you like Push Pay, continue on with this program (if you have any questions on how to set-up a recurring donation, etc. – please see Pastor Deacon or Barb Frastici (Treasurer)).

Please be sure to checkout our website, Facebook & Instagram pages for any updates, church bulletins, web messages, etc.

Keep the Faith!

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Lessa

Calvary Chairman 2020-2022

On a less serious note, I saw this on Facebook:

Tithing is not limited to money – that is, if you bought 10 rolls of toilet paper, you owe your Church 3!  If you buy more than 10, please do the math accordingly!


 


Good Evening, Calvary Family:

It’s that time for the monthly update.  Lots to report on.

To ensure that the whole message is read, here is a question that I am asking (the answer will be at the bottom of this e-mail):

What do you call a computer that sings?

Here is what has happened between the last update and/or will happen the rest of March 2020:

We said good bye to the following people:

Kandis (Maust) Hills as she transferred to Shepherd of the Desert in Scottsdale, AZ.

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Tim, Linda, Tanya & Ivan & Serenity Briscoe have moved to St. Croix permanently.

Jeff Steingass is an Elder now and took over lay reader scheduling.

CWT has a “Foods From Around The World” potluck coming up on March 15, 2020.

***March 15th is also known as the “Ides of March” – from the history books, you can learn that this was not a good day for Julius Caesar!***

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Monthly reminder:  The Calvary Bookstore will be open on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month between Bible Study & Worship.

***Please see Jen Toronski or Deacon Hurst for further details***

Thrivent Members:  Your 2019 Choice Dollars expire on March 21, 2020.  For further information, please see the A-Frame or contact

Mike Heldwein @1-440-539-0800

The Outreach Project is “Animal Shelter Outreach”and runs through March 31, 2020.  See 

the display table in the Narthex for further information.

A big thank you from the CWT for your donations to the Care Packages for our Military and to Verna Jurkovich & Roseanne Dowell for coordinating their Heart Healthy Luncheon on February 9th!

Potluck Suppers are back for the Wednesdays in Lent. They will start  at 6 pm and end at 7 pm (the time of worship).  No sign-up is necessary.  Just Bring your food dish and enjoy fellowship before the mid-week Lenten Services.

***Here are the topics that will be covered this Lenten season (March 4th through April 1st):

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March 4th: “The Wounds of Dishonoring Authority”

                     Pastor Telloni, St. John Massillon

March 11th: “The Wounds of Violating the Sabbath”

                      Pastor Dieterichs, Calvary Lutheran

March 18th: “The Wounds of Adultery”

                      Pastor Cahill, Christ the King, Lodi

March 25th: “The Wounds of Murder”

                      Pastor McLeod, Resurrection, Malvern

      April 1st: “The Wounds of Stealing”

                       Pastor Stephens, St. Matthew, Norton

The Bible Study for this Lenten Season comes from a book called “The Spirituality of the Cross: The Way of the First Evangelicals”.  There are still some books and study guides available for a suggested donation of $10 (don’t worry there will be no grading of these study 

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guides).  Here is the suggested reading guideline for this:

Week 1 (Feb. 26th – March 4th): pgs. 15-39 (includes intro)

Week 2 (March 4th—March 11th): pgs. 41-67

Week 3 (March 11th – March 18th): pgs. 69-87

Week 4 (March 18th—March 25th): pgs. 89-114

Week 5 (March 25th—April 1st): pgs. 117-143 (includes Closing)

Friday, March 13, 2020:  Bible Study at the Ballas house.

Saturday March 21, 2020 will mark the 6 month Anniversary of Pastor Dieterichs at Calvary (time flew by fast).

Saturday, March 28th from 10am—3pm:  Pastor Ballas is leading a “Learning God’s Truths” class//workshop…more details to some as it gets nearer.  Just wanted to get this on your radar, if you are interested.

All Committees that meet, are on their same or new schedules (i.e. Board of Education, Outreach & Council).

As always, keep those in the Prayers of the People, published weekly, in your thoughts and prayers.

Palm Sunday is April 5th and this kicks off Holy Week – JOURNEY to the CROSS will be back!

As you can see, there are lots of exciting things happening around Calvary in 2020 – please be sure that you come to Church to hear more about these and any new additions to these events that may be added as March continues.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Lessa

Calvary Chairman 2020-2022

P.S.: As promised, here is the answer to the question posed at the top of this e-mail:

 

A Dell


It Is Finished!

Good Evening, Calvary Family:

Did I get your attention and interest?

Bet you thought this was a Lenten Lesson?!  I will leave those to Pastor and his “Round Robin Pastoral Rotations” on the Wednesday services during this Lenten season. 

This was a fitting way to describe the way I feel now as I just “authorized” Life Touch to print our directories! 

The Life Touch directory project is “finished”. I had to have some sections edited and proofed 

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twice, but it was worth it to get it right for our first directory in 7 calendar years (2013-2020) and pictures in 6 years (2013-2019)!

 

This was a long process of contacting and then contracting with Life Touch (Pastor Dieterichs initiated these 2 parts in October 2019), taking conference calls (November 2019), advertising (November 2019), scheduling & getting pictures taken (December 2019), gathering pictures (December 2019 & January 2020), creating pages (December 2019 & January 2020), reviewing proofs (January & February 2020),  sending proofs back for re-tweaking (February 2020) and finally when all was correct, the “authorization to print (End of February 2020)”was given and Life Touch springs into action.  We had 57 people//family units sit for pictures at Calvary and 15 individual photo submissions (for a total of 72 directories for those folks). Life Touch gives Calvary 20 free directories and Calvary decided to purchase an additional 20, for a grand total of 112 directories that will be shipped to Calvary.  We are expecting these directories to be in house between March 20, 2020 (15 calendar days) and March 27, 2020 (20 calendar days).  Then distribution will then take place accordingly.

I hope you enjoy them when you see them as this has been a rewarding process and a good way to get to know and have our Calvary Family become more connected during out 65th Anniversary Year!

 

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Lessa

Calvary Chairman 2020-2022


 


Greetings, Calvary Family:

We made it through the first month of 2020 already!  I just wanted to bring you up to speed on somethings that are happening around Calvary this upcoming month:

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January 26, 2020:  We held a retirement dinner for Megan Schlick.  A good time was had by all as we ate goulash prepared & supplied by Tibor & Angella Biro.

 

We also learned about “Meganisms” from Deacon Hurst.

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We welcomed in 4 new members to our Calvary Family

Debbie Asmondy (Marcy’s daughter) by Affirmation of Faith

Tom Horton (Grace & Aiden) by Affirmation of Faith

Marcy Harrison transferred in from St. Thomas in Streetsboro, OH

William (“Bill”) Moysey transferred in from St. Paul’s in Valley City, OH

Pastor and I have previewed the directory proof, made notes, sent it back and have 

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requested to view a new proof in about 2 weeks so that we can make sure all is in order before “authorizing it to print”.  Still looking like delivery for about the end of February!

 

If you park near the garage and youth room, your spot will be taken up by a 10 yd dumpster that has been rented for the storage room clean-out happening this

weekend in the Fellowship Hall @10am.  Please plan accordingly for parking elsewhere on Calvary’s property.

 

Pastor Dieterichs will be attending a Central Circuit Conference in Sharon, PA on February 4th and 5th.

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February 9th – CWT is having a Heart Healthy Salad Luncheon.

We only have 3 more weeks of the Discipleship Study that we are partnering with Crossroads Lutheran Church on Wednesdays.

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Ash Wednesday is February 26, 2020.

 

 

We have New Meeting Schedules for February 2020 and beyond:

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Elders will still meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month.

Board of Education and Outreach will meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

Council has been moved to the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

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There is now a mailbox slot in the Church Office for Lisa Klein, our new Office Manager – please leave any items that need her attention there.

 

We are still supporting the Cleveland Pregnancy Center (CPC) for their “Loose Change For Life Campaign” throughout the rest of February.

The Calvary bookstore will be open on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month between Bible Study and Worship – Volunteers to help staff the bookstore are needed.

***See Deacon Hurst or Jennifer Toronski, if interested***

The CWT is still collecting “Care Packages for U.S. Military Members”.

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Keep those in the “Prayers of the People” section of your weekly bulletins in your daily thoughts and prayers. 

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Lessa

Calvary Chairman 2020-2022


Greetings, Calvary Family,

I just wanted to bring you up to speed on a few things for January 2020:

I am expecting an e-mail proof of our Directory @January 31, 2020.  If any corrections need to be made, I will request another proof before final approval for printing.  It is looking like we will have our directories by the end of February 2020.

Don’t forget the Hungarian goulash dinner on Sunday January 26, 2020 in honor of Megan’s retirement after serving our Church as Office Manager for 16 years (2003-2019).

Details are in the weekly Church bulletins in regards to a retirement gift, set-up time: Saturday January 25, 2020 @9am for this dinner, etc.

January 18 and 19th:  Rev. Dr. Paul Hoffman returns to our pulpit for preaching while Pastor Dieterichs is away.  We can probably also expect to “say hello to his little friend” as well!

In case you missed Installation weekend (January 12, 2020), here are your 2020 Officers:

Chairman:  Jeffrey Lessa

Vice Chairman:  OPEN

Immediate Past Chairman:  Matthew Kasinecz

Council Secretary:  Michelle Stacko

Treasurer:  Barb Frastaci

Assistant Treasurer:  Linda Mann

Board of Elders:  Jay White

                               Terry Maust

                               Mike Heldwein

***Always room for more Elders***

Trustees: Dave Stacko

                  Tim Dowell

                  Mike Marcis

***Always room for more Trustees***

Financial Secretary:  Gayle Jonas

Assistant Financial Secretary:  Kimberly Lessa

Outreach Chair:  Mary Wojtkiewicz

Assistant Outreach Chair:  OPEN

Stewardship Chair: Ron Wojtkiewicz

Assistant Stewardship Chair:  OPEN

Board of Christian Education:  Jennifer Toronski

                                                        Kevin Vonderau

                                                        Kimberly Kasinecz

                                                        Connie Wagner

Fellowship Chair:  Pat Hageman

Assistant Fellowship Chair:  Diane Mirola

Fellowship Board: Elaine Pintner

                                  Sonia Williams

                                  Megan Schlick

                                  Sandy Deunk

Nominating Committee:  OPEN

Please be sure to check out the Narthex for the A-Frame and other activities that the various groups are engaged in throughout the month of January (Socks for Flocks, Snow Ball Party, CPC Baby Bottles Campaign, Care Packages for Military Members, etc.)

New Office hours are 9am—1pm with Lisa Klein

Also, please be sure to check out our website to see all the exciting updates that have been done to it (including Pastor’s Corner, recorded sermons, Deacon’s page, weekly bulletins, etc.)

http://calvaryparma.360unite.com/home

As always, keep those in the “Prayers for People” section of our bulletin in your thoughts & prayers

Exciting times and events are already afoot here for Calvary Lutheran Church in 2020 (our 65th Anniversary year)!

 

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Lessa

Calvary Chairman 2020-2022

What does the future hold for Calvary in 2020?

Only God knows.  The most obvious one is we will celebrate our 65th Anniversary.  To most people, that would be a “retirement age”.  However, we are not ready to “retire” Calvary yet.  Maybe we can “retire” some of the ways of doing things that we did in the past.  

All of this will happen under the watchful and helpful guidance of our new full time Pastor we now have in place, after an exhaustive 27 month search. With the leadership of Pastor Dieterichs, we can move forward with spreading the Word of God to this fallen world, specifically Parma, OH and its surrounding communities. 

I feel that the operative theme for Calvary in 2020 should be “reflection”.  Let me explain:

Reflection has many different meanings, but the one I want us to focus on for 2020 is “serious thought or consideration”. 

That is….

Reflection on the past during the vacancy to see where we fell short (both internally and externally to our brothers and sisters in Christ) and ALSO where we shone “brighter than the sun”.  

Reflection on what we did in the past (that is: see what worked and what can be brought back or a develop a new idea for a new beginning in 2020).  

Reflection on your role in this Church body – how you can better serve the Lord in terms of time (volunteering for events, leadership positions, etc.), talents (reading, small choir bursts, etc.), and tithing (are you moved by the Spirit to help “return the first fruits to God”?). 

Reflection on what Calvary means to you.  Reflection on what image you want Calvary to portray to the surrounding Parma, OH community (i.e. how do we become a beacon of hope again for those that are lost in this world?

 I understand we used to have a tall fluorescent cross in front of Calvary in the past and that everyone knew Calvary as the “Church with the big cross on the hill”.  

Reflection on what projects or ideas Calvary can undertake or act on to move forward into the next chapter of our family in the 21st century.  Reflection on Calvary’s motto and mission statement (does it need to be updated, changed, etc.).  

Reflection on God’s Word as it contains the basic instructions on how to live our lives on earth.

 In preparing this speech I came across the following Biblical meaning of “reflection” from www.thehopeproject.com and it specifically said: “As we study the Bible, we learn that the Law is like a mirror – for both God and man. In the Law, we see a true reflection of God’s character. That reflection reveals that God is holy and righteous.”  

I also came across this in Genesis 1:27 where it says “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” 

So, whatever you choose to reflect on in 2020 and beyond, always keep God at the forefront of your thoughts and actions.  Luke 1:37 tells us “For nothing is impossible with God”.  By working together, not against one another, we can move Calvary forward in 2020 and continue to grow Calvary’s family tree.  I am excited for 2020 and beyond for our Calvary family and I hope you are as well. 

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you in the role as Congregation Chairman for the next 2 years.

 Jeffrey Lessa

Congregational Chairman 2020-2022

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