Calvary Chronicle

AUGUST 2019 – AGOSTO 2019 VOL. 83, NO. 8
(as Word document here; complete text below): 2019-08 Chronicle

JULY 2019 as Word document: 2019-07 Chronicle

JUNE 2019 as Word document: 2019-06 Chronicle

MAY 2019 as Word document: 2019-05 Chronicle

VOL. 83, NO. 8

One Church – One Congregation – One Chronicle
Una iglesia – Una Congregación – Una Crónica

08/04/2019 + 8th Sunday after Pentecost
9:00am – Worship

08/11/2019 + 9th Sunday after Pentecost
9:00am – Worship

08/17/2019 10:00am – Council Meeting

08/18/2019 + 10th Sunday after Pentecost
9:00am – Worship

08/25/2019 + 11th Sunday after Pentecost
9:00am – Worship

Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church
6149 S. Kenneth Ave. Chicago, IL 60629
(773) 767-7400


From the Pastor’s Desk – AUGUST 2019

Dear Friends in Christ at Calvary:

To begin this month, I share a few varied thoughts about Calvary:
I am grateful to the members of Calvary for their warmth, hospitality, and spirit of cooperation. I thank God for your love and partnership.
We have a fine organist and choir director and a good choir to lead us in music. Some new hymns will be introduced but be assured that the “old favorites” will continue to be sung regularly.
What risks are we willing to take to grow as a congregation? What changes can we contemplate? We are a friendly bunch, to be sure, but is that friendliness reaching out to the unchurched?
Please do not hesitate to contact me with your problems and illnesses. If you know of an ill member, tell me.

In last month’s column, I described many recent changes at Calvary—losing Roberta, welcoming new members, preparing to welcome a new bishop for our synod, and approving another congregation’s use of Calvary’s space when available. This month, on the other hand, I am pointing out that change and challenge are nothing new; they are quite similar to what was experienced in the past.

In fact, the “a few varied thoughts about Calvary” above are not my own words. They are direct quotations from Pastor Schmidt’s 1994 Pastor’s Report presented at his first annual meeting at Calvary in January 1995, almost 25 years ago. Upon skimming through many of Roberta’s documents that were given to me for review after her death in June, I encountered annual congregational meeting reports for several years from decades past. It is striking that the words that Pastor Schmidt wrote a quarter century ago concur exactly with some of my own current thoughts.

So Qoholeth, the Preacher in the tradition of King Solomon, wrote:
“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”?
It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.
Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account. (Ecclesiastes 1:9-10, 3:15)

As we presently deal with change and challenges, let us remember that our predecessors did also and survived with God’s help. I quote one final wise observation from Pastor Schmidt’s 1994 report, his closing words which are true for Christians of every time and place:
The future is filled with challenge and uncertainty. We serve a God who promises never to forsake us, who offers his only Son as a love offering. That is Good News indeed.

Continuing the spirit and counsel of many previous pastors of Calvary,
Pastor Gary Cox



Chronicle Articles due by
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Yoga Exercise Classes
Calvary is having Chair Yoga Exercise Classes held every Wednesday at 8:45am to 9:30am. If you are interested in attending please see Linda Johnson for more details.

Property Assistance
There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex, for work to be done for Property. If anyone is able to help, any help is welcomed. Don Becker

Chronicle by Email
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Online Giving
Online (electronic) giving to Calvary is currently in the testing phase. The online giving page of the church’s website will have more information soon. Individuals will be able to choose a one-time or recurring donation by credit card, debit card, or bank account. For more information, please contact Rachel, Gina, or Pastor Cox, or visit for updates.

Ride to Church Needed
Brittany Dunkle is in need of a ride to church for worship on Sundays. Robin Dunkle is willing to compensate someone who could provide this service for her daughter; please contact her if interested.

Bible Study
We will have Bible study once during August, on the second Tuesday—August 13. We will continue to meet at 10:00 a.m., ending by noon. We’ll likely meet in Luther Hall downstairs, where it is cooler. All are welcome!

ELCA Churchwide Assembly
The Churchwide Assembly held every three years will be in Milwaukee, August 5-10, 2019. About 600 volunteers are being recruited to usher, greet visitors, monitor doors, iron albs, help voting members with technology, and more. If interested in spending a day or more in Milwaukee to assist and observe this triennial national Lutheran event, see or speak to Pastor Cox or Brother Wheeler.


Synod Assembly 2019 Report (part 2)
Calvary’s delegates to the annual Metropolitan Chicago Synod assembly (Pastor Cox, Gina Misch, and Judy Lynch), held June 7 & 8 at the Tinley Park Convention Center, continue to share their reports and comments:
From Gina Misch:
At this year’s synod assembly I attended a forum on Youth Suicide. The suicide rate is at its highest for youth ages 10-14 and is the second leading cause of death amongst teens and young adults. Accidents are first, but only because overdoses are included in accidental death. It’s sad to say this really does not surprise me, especially with the increasing abuse of and on all forms social media and the net. Our creative intuitive children have found ways to remove parents/guardians from their lives (lets’ face it—we’ve all be there in different ways) and live secret lives on the net and social media, a new form of addiction, if you will. Whether you’re a parent involved in your child’s life or not, the secret life they can be or are living is dark and scary. This is a vehicle of a variety of abuses, bullying seemingly taking the front seat, and children cannot handle the pressure. They are not asking for help; instead, they are taking their own lives.
The ELCA is taking this crisis very seriously, and they are taking this fight and awareness to our churches. We all collectively need to be aware, knowledgeable, helpful and compassionate to those in crisis. It really could be the smallest, simplest thing that saves a life, and all it takes is a little intuitiveness. Mental Health is real; it’s not something you just get over. The misconception is a detriment not to those suffering but to those who refuse to believe it exists. Depression exists, anxiety exists, bipolar disorder exists, to name a few. They are medical conditions persons of all ages can suffer from. People have been suffering from them for centuries; we just never had a name or diagnosis for them. Let’s all become aware and conscious of the struggles we all have slight or great, have compassion and engage in helping others. This starts learning and understanding….The ELCA is taking up this initiative and we should learn, understand and support it. Our children—our youth—are dying! No more—no more!
Gina Misch

Assisting Ministers Interim Summer Schedule
Thanks to those assigned to serve as assisting ministers on the following dates:
July 28 Don Becker
August 4 Lois Flood
August 11 Gina Misch
August 18 Cheryl Schwartz
August 25 Rudy Cortes Sr.





July Memorials

In Memory of Roberta Lesiak by Lois Flood
In Memory of Roberta Lesiak by Colleen Flood
In Memory of My Good Friend Roberta Lesiak by Nancy Hrebenak
In Memory of Max Maderak by Nancy Hrebenak
In Memory of Max Maderak by Anna Rose Auresch
In Memory of “OPA” Bob Larkner’s 96th Birthday by Betty Larkner & Family


In Memory of Roberta Lesiak by Shirley Vlk
In Memory of Millie Diedzick & Gerry Roudek by Katie Goberling
In Memory of Roberta Lesiak by Paul & Martha Weeks
In Memory of Roberta Lesiak by Gen & Sharene Pagois
In Memory of Roberta Lesiak by Cheryl & Keith Schwartz
In Memory of Virginia (Dolly) Holdt by Cheryl & Keith Schwartz

In Memory of Louis & Marie Loszach by Cheryl & Keith Schwartz
In Memory of Mildred Dziedzic by Anna Rose Auersch
In Honor of Pastor Cox & all he does for me us by Don & Kathy Becker
In Hopes to Get Well for Elaine Lebron by Terry Maderak & Katherine Zeleny


Celebrations – Celebraciones

Happy Birthday!! ¡Feliz Cumpleaños!
Elaine Lebron August 17
Larry Breen August 19
Major Kincade August 29

Remembered in Prayer – Recordar en Oración
The name in (parenthesis) is the person who submitted the name of the prayer list.

Fighting cancer / Luchando con cáncer
Sandy Guetzloff (Cheryl Schwartz)
Janice B. (Cheryl Schwartz)
Judy Peyton (Joan Kincade)
Dolly Siegel (Barb Siegel)
Joan Kincade (Pastor Cox)
Maria de Jesus (Maria Rojas)
Joline Revas (JoAlice Revas)
Marty (Kathy Becker)
Maria N. (Cheryl Schwartz)
Karen Cummings (Elaine Lebron)
Max Maderak (Elaine /Anissa)
Gloria Kurakowski (Nancy Borsellino)
Phyllis Stokes (Elaine Lebron)

Generally needing prayer / en necesidad de oración en general
Eileen Coit (Rachel Becker)
Ngan Chan Ma (John Ma)

Living with chronic condition / Viviendo con condición crónica
Neil Cole Mowery (Jenny Cole)
Don & Kathy Becker (Kathy Becker)
Melisa Lesiak (Roberta Lesiak)
John Salomone (Lois Flood)
Ruth Streitberger (Anna Rose Auersch)

Healing at Home / Recuperándose en su hogar
Katherine Zeleny (Terry Maderak)
Ed M. (Cheryl Schwartz)

Recovering from surgery / Se recuperen de una cirugía
Ed M. (Cheryl Schwartz)


Upcoming Readings for Worship
Próximas Lecturas para la Adoración

08/04/2019 + 8th Sunday after Pentecost
Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23
Psalm 49:1-12
Colossians 3:1-11
Luke 12:13-21

08/11/2019 + 9th Sunday after Pentecost
Genesis 15:1-6
Psalm 33:12-22
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
Luke 12:32-40

08/18/2019 + 10th Sunday after Pentecost
Jeremiah 23:23-29
Psalm 82
Hebrews 11:29–12:2
Luke 12:49-56

08/25/2019 + 11th Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 58:9b-14
Psalm 103:1-8
Hebrews 12:18-29
Luke 13:10-17