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JuneCaller2017 letter

State of the Church

State of the Church SABBATICAL FOR PASTOR BRENDA! Mount Calvary has granted Pastor Brenda a sabbatical to pursue a Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary in St. Paul. The seminary requires a residency each June for a period of three years so she will be off-site during June 2017, June 2018, and June 2019. Sabbaticals are encouraged by the larger church so that pastors have a time of creativity, study, rest and renewal that will benefit both the pastor and the congregation and will allow for a break from the day to day responsibilities of ministry. Pastor Brenda views this as an opportunity to refresh her ministry and be energized by other ecumenical ministry colleagues and seminary faculty members. Assigned projects and final thesis will benefit both Pastor Brenda and Mount Calvary. AN ODE TO UNSUNG HEROS If you sing the praises of an unsung hero, is that hero still unsung? Semantics aside, this month I would like to share an ode to Mount Calvary’s amazing staff. Our church has approximately 4,000 energetic and involved members. Behind the scenes a paid staff, hovering around 25 ordained and lay individuals, work tirelessly to meet the daily needs and expectations of our diverse congregation and world community. That’s like running a 4000-passenger cruise ship with a crew of 25. To pull this off requires an extraordinary level of skill, experience, dedication, and commitment to our Christian mission; attributes that apply to our entire Mount Calvary team. Where else can you find a group of nationally recognized experts with a long aggregate tenure providing leading edge programs that get results? The fruits of their labors surround us every time we walk through Mount Calvary’s doors. We are greeted by a warm, inviting worship space reconfigured daily to service the everchanging needs of our members and the surrounding community. Parishioners crowd the pews to participate in music-filled worship services worth experiencing. The halls ring with the sound of youth seeking Mount Calvary as a peer destination. People of all ages congregate to learn, socialize, and feel God. Our neighbors down the block and on the other side of the world feel the love. We seek Mount Calvary as a place of worship as well as a home for preschool students, aspiring musicians, and the hungry across the world. We freely give of our time, talent, and treasure because we have confidence those resources will be effectively managed and expended. I take keen satisfaction in watching masters at work; everything seems so effortless and often invisible. For the performer, this is usually a mark of pride. The risk is that the required time, effort, and skill go unrecognized. So, I would encourage you to reach out to Mount Calvary’s backstage crew and let them know you appreciate what they do for us. Help them understand how their efforts impact you and your family. Sing their praises. But don’t go overboard. These are, after all, Minnesota Lutherans. We don’t want to embarrass them. If you prefer, send your thoughts to I will be sure to pass them on. Doug Affinito, Council President 2

Worship, Music & Learning SERVICE TIMES AT A GLANCE Saturdays 5:00pm Join us Saturdays for an informal service of song and sacrament focused on community in communion with one another. Mark Abelsen on piano, leads the Saturday Worship Band. Sundays 9:00 & 10:30am Join us on Sundays for a liturgy created by the worship team. Music is led by Principal Organist Jeremy Haug, Director of Worship & Music, Mark Abelsen, and soloists. Communion is offered and nursery is available at all weekend worship services every week. NOTE: Sunday Summer Schedule Begins May 28 – worship at 9:00 & 10:30am only! Sat/Sun, June 3/4 Baccalaureate (9:00 & 10:30) Sermon: Pastor David Olson Text: John 20:19-23 Music: Mount Calvary Graduates Sat/Sun, June 10/11 Sermon: Pastor David Olson Text: Genesis 1:1 – 2:4a Music: Monica Livorsi (5:00); Karen Hansen (9/10:30) PETER PAN JR. Director: Destiny Colville Music Director: William Maus WORSHIP IN JUNE UPCOMING MUSIC EVENTS AT MOUNT CALVARY Lift-Off ! Sat/Sun, June 17/18 Sermon: Pastor Aaron David Werner Text: Genesis 18:1-15 Music: Brenda Lund Sat/Sun, June 24/25 Sermon: Pastor David Olson Text: Genesis 21:8-21 Music: North Country Girls with Kenny Wilson & Pat Frederick (5:00); Trombone Ensemble (9/10:30) Performances: Thursday, July 20, 7:30pm Friday, July 21, 3:00pm Tickets: Adults $10 Students (18 & under) $5 Join us for a telling of this classic story by J.M. Barrie. Buy your tickets in the church office, call 952-474-8893 x301, or order online at OUR TOWN a play by Thornton Wilder Director: Doug Affinito Assistant Director: Andrew Scipioni Auditions: Monday, July 24, 5:00-10:00pm Callbacks: Tuesday, July 25, 6:00-10:00pm Rehearsals begin August 14 Performances: October 12-15 3

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