Calvary Chronicle

NOVEMBER 2019 – NOVIEMBRE 2019 VOL. 83, NO. 11 (click for Word document; text is below)
2019-11 Chronicle

OCTOBER 2019 (Word document)
2019-10 Chronicle

SEPTEMBER 2019 as Word document: 2019-09 Chronicle

VOL. 83, NO. 11

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

11/03/2019 + All Saints Sunday
9:00am – Worship
10:30am – Choir Rehearsal

11/10/2019 + 22nd Sunday after Pentecost
9:00am – Worship
10:30am – Choir Rehearsal

11/16/2019 10:00am – Council Meeting

11/17/2019 + 23rd Sunday after Pentecost
9:00am – Worship
10:30am – Choir Rehearsal

11/24/2019 + Christ the King
9:00am – Worship
10:30am – Choir Rehearsal

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


From the Pastor’s Desk – NOV 2019

Do not cast me off in the time of old age; do not forsake me when my strength is spent. –Psalm 71:9

On All Saints Sunday, we remember loved ones who have died. We might also use the occasion to reflect on loved ones who are still alive but for whom death seems to be in the foreseeable future—those who suffer from physical or mental decline such as terminal illness, bodily weakness, or dementia.
Our society values rationality and productivity, so people who have lost some or all of their mental or physical capacities can easily be seen as lacking value or purpose. Not only other people, but also the affected individuals themselves, may have this perception. Over the years I have visited shut-ins at home or seriously ill people in hospitals and nursing homes many times, and it isn’t uncommon for them to wonder why they are still alive and if their life still has any purpose.

Using the brains and bodies that God has given us is for virtuous thought and action is good stewardship. We should not, however, think that those who have lost significant capacities lack value to God, and diminished physical or mental acuity can sometimes lead to a heightened spirituality. We can think of spiritual retreats, meditation, and monastic contemplative orders as instances when movement and active thinking are reduced in order to facilitate spirituality. We need to step away from busy action and thought to encounter God more fully. Convalescence offers more time for prayer.
Likewise, those who involuntarily lose some physical and/or mental ability may find that dependence, extra time, and a focus on being rather than doing help to focus on our relationship to God. As Janice Hicks wrote in “The Person who Remains,” “God’s relating to us is surely not lost in dementia or any illness. …Studies show that when a person’s executive functions such as planning and problem-solving are repressed due to damage to the brain, their spiritual functions can be enhanced. …Embracing people with dementia in church demonstrates that the church includes those who have been pushed to the margins.” (Sojourners, Jan. 2018, pp. 30-32) Similar principles apply to those with degenerative physical conditions.

As Christians, may we both make mental and physical breaks for our spiritual lives, and also encourage and appreciate the spiritual value of those whose physical or mental abilities decline.

In Christ,
Pastor Gary Cox



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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
Anyone may now donate to Calvary via the online giving page of the church’s website: Click on the “donate” button on that page. Then, in the Donations section, enter the amount of your gift, the frequency (one-time, weekly, semiweekly, monthly, or semi-monthly), a donation start date (especially for recurring donations), and an end date (if desired). Click on “continue,” then on the next page, enter your name, address, and credit/debit card or bank account information. Click “I’m not a robot” at the bottom of the page, then click “Process” to complete the donation. Please contact Rachel Becker or Pastor Cox if you need guidance on the above process, or contact counter Janice Holstein if you want to verify that your donation was received and registered.

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 & Midweek Service
Bible study will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 12. On Tuesday, November 26, instead of Bible study, Calvary will host the area ecumenical Thanksgiving service at 7:30 p.m. A reception in Luther Hall at 6:30 p.m. will precede the worship service. To contribute to the reception, sign up in the narthex during the three preceding Sundays. Looking ahead, midweek Advent study and brief worship service will be held on Tuesdays, December 3, 10, and 17. Please join us!



Diaper Drive
Greetings All,
Social Ministry is on a roll! Keeping close to tradition we have decided to support the children of LSSI this holiday season but in a whole new direction, A Diaper Drive! LSSI provides services to about 3,200 infants and children who are either fostered or at risk. When I talked with the Director of Donor Services, Susan Greeley and asked, “What can we do to help support your mission?” she stated they were in much need of the basics: diapers, wipes and creams. As most of us we know, diapers and like necessities can be costly especially, to families of low income. So, members of Calvary, family and friends share the good news and join us in this mission of need to help those who are helping others. A donation box will be placed in the Narthex beginning Sunday November 10, 2019 through Sunday January 5, 2020 collected items will then be delivered. We are asking for donations of Diapers (any size), wipes, creams/ointments and/or cash in which to purchase these items. Please see myself (Gina Misch), Robin or Rudy Cortes for more information or to give cash donations.
Thank you for your Gifts & Blessings,
Gina Misch, Social Ministry

Thanks to all who supported the Chicago CROP Hunger Walk, held on Sunday afternoon, October 20. The Cortes family, Don Becker, Anissa Franco, and Pastor Cox walked five kilometers (three miles), and many others sponsored them, in order to raise funds both to local food pantries and to national and international hunger and disaster relief.

God’s work, Our Hands
During the month of September, the ELCA celebrates God’s Work, Our Hands as an opportunity to serve and love our neighbors. On September 28 and October 2, our Social Ministry committee sponsored trips to help at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. We’re happy to announce that on both days Calvary volunteers numbered in the double digits! On one of the dates, participants found themselves re-packaging 5,220 lbs of pasta; 13,560 lbs of potatoes; and 15,963 lbs of pears. That totaled enough food for 28,953 meals for those in need throughout Cook County. The second night we repacked 10,432 lbs of bread to assist in making 8,693 meals for the hungry. This was an extremely rewarding experience and we’d like to thank all who volunteered. Pictures of our Calvary participants in action can be found on the church website. Check It Out!!

Assisting Minister Schedule

November 03 Judy Lynch
November 10 Gina Misch
November 17 Nancy Borsellino
November 24 Don Becker
November 26 Rudy Cortes

All Saints Day List
On the list in the narthex, please list names of departed loved ones to be remembered for All Saints Sunday Nov. 3.





October Memorials



In Memory of Rosalie Vanicek by Anna Rose Auersch
In Memory of Carl Auersch Jr. by Anna Rose Auersch

In Memory of Ed Schwartz by Kathy Becker


Celebrations – Celebraciones

Happy Birthday!! ¡Feliz Cumpleaños!
Joan Kincade November 03
Keith Schwartz November 10
Terry Borsellino November 20
Shirley Vlk November 24
Nancy Borsellino November 30

Happy Anniversary!! ¡Feliz Aniversario!
Keith & Joyce Johnson November 21

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 S.)
Janice B. (Cheryl S.)
Judy Peyton (Joan K.)
Dolly Siegel (Barb S.)
Joan Kincade (Pastor Cox)
Maria de Jesus (Maria R.)
Joline Revas (JoAlice R.)
Marty (Kathy B.)
Maria N. (Cheryl S.)
Karen Cummings (Elaine L.)
Gloria Kurakowski (Nancy B.)
Phyllis Stokes (Elaine L.)
Shae Nowak (Linda J.)
Gary Johnson (Barb S.)
Karen Beliforie (Lois F.)

Generally needing prayer / en necesidad de oración en general
Eileen Coit (Rachel B.)

Living with chronic condition / Viviendo con condición crónica
Neil Cole Mowery (Jenny C.)
Thomas Borsellino (Nancy Borsellino)

Recovering from surgery / SE recuperen de una cirugia
Robin Dunkle (Pastor Cox)

In rehabilitation / En rehabilitacion
Aaron Woodward (Pastor Cox)

Guidance in new ministry in the Metro Chicago Synod
Bishop Yehiel Curry (Pastor Cox)

Grieving the death and celebrating the life of / En duelo por el fallecimiento y celebrando la vida de
Ngan Chan (John Ma)
Juan Rivera (Elaine Lebron & Anissa Franco)


Upcoming Readings for Worship
Próximas Lecturas para la Adoración

11/03/2019 + All Saints Day
Isaiah 1:10-18
Psalm 32:1-7
2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12
Luke 19:1-10

11/10/2019 + 22nd Sunday after Pentecost
Job 19:23-27a
Psalm 17:1-9
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
Luke 20:27-38

11/17/2019 + 23rd Sunday after Pentecost
Malachi 4:1-2a
Psalm 98
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Luke 21:5-19

11/24/2019 + Christ the King
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Psalm 46
Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 23:33-43

11/26/2019 Thanksgiving
Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Psalm 100
Philippians 4:4-9
John 6:25-35