Our November Community Food with Friends was Awesome!
Food With Friends month 2- fed over 100 people, partnered with Head Start & United Way provided children’s activities (kids LOVED it) -SANTA visited, hooray! So many, many amazing volunteers from both parishes and other volunteers served with great joy. This Vicar’s heart is so full, what an incredible night!
Our First Community Meal was a Great Success!
The 1st community meal was a huge success & appreciated by all! SO many pitched in to help from both parishes, (THANK YOU!) we truly couldn’t have done it without you. Melissa Ferg’s yummy soup (2 kinds & enough to feed 100 people) were a tremendous hit. Leftover desserts were taken to the Antigo Fire Department. Special thank you to Karen Kieper and staff from Head Start in Antigo who provided childcare so parents & caregivers could enjoy their meal. Another huge thank you to King of Glory church in Greenfield WI who donated 100 loaves of artisan bread for meal goers to take home. They bake the bread in their stone oven and have graciously shared with us. Around 75 people were fed in total. Some soup was taken to people who were not able to attend. The community meal will be held on the last Wednesday of every month. The next meal will be held November 30th. Menu to be determined. - Vicar Jennifer
Our Wonderful Kit "Loaders" Help Get Boxes Sent for LWR
Special thanks to our LWR kit “loaders”- Richard Tews, Bill Eschmann and Larry Poltrock. Larry has kindly volunteered to drive the kits to the drop off location for many years!
- Vicar Jennifer
Our Kindred Lutheran Parish Sent 97 Boxes of Kits, Quilts, and God's Love for Lutheran World Relief!
Members from Calvary and St. John's teamed up this year again to generously help donate their resources and skills to make quilts and provide school kits, baby care kits, personal care kits, and sewing kits for Lutheran World Relief Effort and for our local community. St. John's Lutheran provided 10 baby care kits, 29 personal care kits, 12 quilts, and 36 school kits. Calvary provided 18 sewing kits, 135 personal care kits, 131 quilts, and 141 school kits. Calvary was able to give 10 quilts to AVAIL in Antigo. A BIG THANK YOU to everyone in our Kindred Lutheran Parish churches that helped to make this happen! On Sunday, September 25th Jim Hartleben blessed all of the quilts and kits.
Our Giving Cupboard Will Touch Lives
Vicar Jennifer is such an inspiration to all of her members at Calvary and St. John's and to the community! Her idea to create a Giving Cupboard came to life at Calvary. She created this beautiful spot at Calvary where we can all be inspired to give from our hearts.
I have seen the need for God’s care to be felt in practical ways. A gas card for families traveling to medical procedures, self care items for weary young mothers, a small birthday gift for someone confined at home. The giving cupboard is now available if your heart is moved to extend the reach of God’s kindness during Vicar’s pastoral care visits thank you to all who gave during our noisy offering collection last month toward this effort. May God bless the givers and those who will receive in times of need.
In God’s love, Vicar Jennifer
Calvary's Quilters Made Quilts for the Victims of Kentucky Tornados
Mahanaim Lutheran Church in South Africa Celebrates 140th Anniversary!
Blessings to our companion church in South Africa. Our Brothers and Sisters in Christ at Mahanaim Lutheran Church on Sunday, November 27th had a small event to celebrate their 140th anniversary. There are also plans for a larger celebration in the early part of 2023. Congratulations!!
Christian Love Shown at Calvary!
Members of Calvary are always so generous and loving to our community members in Langlade County. The Giving Tree helps families in need with Christmas gifts for their children.
Thrivent Cans Hunger Challenge
We would like to thank everyone who donated to Calvary’s creative can structure that was designed by Lynn Cerny and constructed by Lynn and our other members of Calvary. We could not have done it without your support! With the donation of 1,038 pounds of canned goods, Calvary received the heavy weight trophy in the Thrivent Cans Hunger Event. Awesome job Calvary!!
CROP Hunger Walks are community-based walk events held in cities and towns across the United States, raising funds to support the global mission of Church World Service (CWS), a faith-based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster.
It was a beautiful day for the Crop Walk! These wonderful walkers were part of the 10,823 people who committed to being part of this great cause. Walkers raised money to benefit local food pantries. They also walked to help provide life-saving support like emergency food along with the seeds, tools and programs that will help families feed themselves in the future. Way to go walkers! Thank you also to those who sponsored them. - Vicar Jennifer
Foster Families Are Such A Blessing!
What a blessing to give so generously to families who open their homes to children in need of care. Mike Jewell from Foster Care Connect gratefully received the donated gift cards to local restaurants from Calvary Church. This will allow those providing foster care a chance to go out for a family meal with the children while patronizing our local eating spots. Thank you, Calvary for helping to show God’s love in our community! - Vicar Jennifer
Donations for Antigo Community Food Pantry
Holy and Faithful God,
Be attentive to all who wait expectantly for your mercy in times of crisis, illness, fear, and grief. Answer them when they cry out to you.
You have clothed the saints in the light of Christ. Teach us to live in his ways until the great day when he comes to make all things new.
Our South African Family