Calvary Chronicle

FEBRUARY 2020 – FEBRERO 2020 VOL. 84, No. 2 (click for Word document; text is below)
2020-02 Chronicle

2020-01 Chronicle

2019-12 Chronicle

VOL. 84, NO. 2

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

02/02/2019 – Presentation of our Lord
9:00am – Worship 10:30am – Choir Rehearsal
Micah 6:1-8 Psalm 15 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 Matthew 5:1-12

02/09/2019 – Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
9:00am – Worship 10:30am – Choir Rehearsal
Isaiah 58:1-9a [9b-12] Psalm 112:1-9 [10] 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 [13-16] Matthew 5:13-20

02/16/2019 – Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
9:00am – Worship 10:30am – Choir Rehearsal
Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Psalm 119:1-8 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 Matthew 5:21-3

02/23/2019 – Transfiguration of Our Lord
9:00am – Worship 10:30am – Choir Rehearsal
Exodus 24:12-18 Psalm 2 2 Peter 1:16-21 Matthew 17:1-9

02/26/2019 – Ash Wednesday
11:00am – Worship 8:00pm – Worship
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 Psalm 51:1-17 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

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


From the Pastor’s Desk

Most of you will be reading this issue of the Chronicle within a few days of the annual congregational meeting on January 26. Since I’m writing this column before that meeting, and I don’t know for sure who will be elected or who will say what in discussion, it’s hard to make specific comments based on this annual occasion in which we read and hear of our joint efforts as a congregation in the past year and discuss plans for the year ahead. I will, however, ask some questions based on the day’s Gospel passage which I think are very pertinent to the purpose of the annual congregational meeting and its follow-up.

The Gospel this year on the Third Sunday after the Epiphany (January 26, the date of the meeting) describes how Jesus left his Nazareth home, went to live in the Galilee borderlands, proclaimed repentance—turning around to go in the right direction, invited some fishermen to leave their career and family to follow him, and then teach, preach, and heal many people in his new surroundings.

This Gospel passage directly invites us to consider these questions as followers of Jesus:
• Are we willing to leave what is most comfortable, familiar, and the way “we’ve always done it”? Are we willing to interact with those of a different background and culture, knowing that it may mean encountering difference?
• Are we willing to examine how we, individually and as a congregation, may need to turn around and go in the direction that Christ leads us rather than only the way we’ve been going in the past?
• What sacrifices are we willing to make in order to follow Jesus?
• Are we willing to invite new people to join us in following Jesus?
• If Jesus’s ministry grew and reached many people only after he left what was comfortable and familiar in his past, and after he called for a new direction and called new people, do we really think that our ministry will grow or reach many people unless we do the same as he did?

I encourage us all to pray, reflect, and ask ourselves these questions not just now, but throughout this year and beyond.

In Christ our boundary-crossing risk-taker,
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.

Souper Bowl of Caring
Calvary youth and young adults will again participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring on Super Bowl Sunday on February 2, 2020. Everyone is invited to make a donation into the “soup bowl” our young adults will have that Sunday following the worship service. If unable to attend worship that Sunday, you may donate the preceding or the following Sunday in an envelope marked “Souper Bowl of Caring.” Proceeds go to fight hunger; last year, they were distributed between the Greater Chicago Food Depository and ELCA World Hunger.


30 Hour Famine – 2020
This year we will be holding our Annual 30 Hour Famine on February 28th – 29th. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Angela Murphy – (773) 386 – 5924, Rachel Becker – (773) 490 – 9887, or Pastor Cox.

Coffee And…
New sign-up sheets are in the Narthex for 2020 Coffee And. If you are able, please sign up for a date to serve as host. All Committees please sign up for the appropriate month where you will serve as back-up in the event an individual does not sign up to serve.

Prayer List
As we want to keep all our friends and families in our thoughts and prayers, please review our prayer list to see if it needs any updates. A prayer request form can be completed to add anyone. If someone should be deleted, please let Linda Johnson or Rachel Becker know or place a note in the offering with the specifics.

Bible Study
Our 2020 Bible study on the book of Acts has begun! Please join us at 10:00 a.m. on January 28, February 11, and each Tuesday in March! (The March meetings will be followed by a brief Lenten worship service and soup lunch.) Our study books have arrived for those who signed up for it, and we have a couple of extra copies for those who didn’t. Acts has much to say for the church’s mission and direction. Please join us!


Remembered in Prayer
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
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.)
Perry Miller (Barb Siegel)

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.)
Veronica Stewart (Barb Siegel)
Ruth Streitberger (Anna Rose Auersch)
John Salomone (Lois Flood)
Pat D. (Anna Rose Auersch)

Recovering from surgery / Se recuperen de una cirugía

Terry Maderak (Robin Cortes)


January Memorials

In Memory of Edward & Leona Lynch by Dylan & Steve Lynch
In Memory of Ed Schwartz by Milan & Nancy Hrebenak
In Memory of Ron Siegel & Martha Kraus by Barb Siegel

In Memory of Evelyn Ackerman by Milan & Nancy Hrebenak

In Memory of Ed Schwartz by Cheryl & Keith Schwartz

In Honor of Brian Becker by Gene Pagois
In Memory of Irene Garneski by Anna Rose Auersch

Happy Birthday!! ¡Feliz Cumpleaños!
Don Becker February 06
Lois Flood February 12

Happy Anniversary!! ¡Feliz Aniversario!

Nancy & Terry Borsellino February 01
Larry & Louise Breen February 24

Assisting Minister Schedule
Thanks to those who have offered to serve as assisting ministers for the coming month:
February 2nd Lois Flood
February 9th Donald Becker
February 16th Open
February 23rd Gina Misch
February 26th – 11am Open
February 26th – 8pm Open
I have created another sign-up sheet including a sign-up for Acolytes. Please feel free to sign up! Anyone is able to. 😊


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