On Saturday, November 12th Calvary held their Holiday Bazaar and it was a great success! We thank Julie Zack, Janice Jorgenson, Julie Kubiaczyk, and Lynda Eschmann for helping to organize this event. Thank you to Julie and Matt Zack for purchasing the food items and making the delicious pork and cheesy potatoes, to Richard Tews for making the delicious barbeque, and to Bill and Lynda Eschmann for donating pulled pork. We also thank everyone that donated pies/desserts for our luncheon and bakery. In addition, we would like to thank all of you that donated or made homemade items and prizes for the raffle prizes, Secret Santa, Duck Pond, and crafts/quilts. Thank you Julie Kubiaczyk for helping to get all of the raffle tickets sold and for all you do! We also appreciate all of our members that came to help in so many ways at the Holiday Bazaar and for all of the people that came to support Calvary! We are so blessed to have so many wonderful members in Calvary and our Lutheran Kindred Parish as well as our awesome community!
Calvary Hosts Grandparents Support Group with the Help of a Vision Vicar Jennifer Had!
Calvary was blessed to host a grandparent support group run through the Head Start program of Langlade County. They were in need of a larger meeting space. This will be held monthly. It was a sweet time of caring and sharing and learning about what a Vicar is A donation of backpacks were given to director, Karen Kieper and received with gladness for children who could use them. - Vicar Jennifer
Our East Central Synod of Wisconsin wrote on their website the following story: Vicar Jennifer Sosinski of Kindred Lutheran Parish knows that the Holy Spirit is living and active. From time to time, she is moved to share the testimony of where she sees God at work in and through the parish she serves. As we enter into Clergy Appreciation month, we can’t help but give thanks to God for the way God is moving through Vicar Jennifer, too. She writes, “I Wanted to give testimony to the awesome thing God is doing. About a year and a half ago I did a power point presentation for a class I was taking through Wartburg Seminary. The subject was Grandparents who are caregivers because their children are unable to care for them adequately. This happens for various reasons, but it takes an incredible toll on them. Many of them are on fixed incomes, battling serious health issues. There are a staggering 2.7 million grandparent caregivers in the US. My heart was moved!" Read the whole story in the Wavelength to learn how Vicar Jennifer and Calvary Lutheran Church of the Kindred Parish partnered with local resources to support those who are actively caring for others as grandparents: www.ecsw.org/wavelength/caring-for-grandparent-caregivers
Our 2nd Annual Jesus Palooza was Wonderful!
On Sunday, August 14, 2022 The Kindred Lutheran Parish(Calvary and St. John's) held their 2nd annual Jesus Palooza worship service at the Heinzen Peaceful Valley Pavilion and it was wonderful and very well attended. We had beautiful music played/sung by The Resch Gospel Band and Vicar Jennifer had a beautiful message and service. We had a luncheon following the service. A huge thank you to all the members that helped with this wonderful service! A special thank you to: Shane Wurtinger for arranging the hot dogs from Nueske's, Dave Wagner for the donation of water and ice from Wagner Shell, Richard Tews for making the chili for chili dogs and the brat sauerkraut and dumplings, and Julie Kubiaczyk for providing the beans. An extra thank you to Angie Close, Dave Wagner, Julie Zack, Richard, and Lynda for all the extra effort!
Great Fellowship and Fun at Music in the Park!
On August 8, 2022 Calvary held their fundraiser at Music in the Park and it was a success. Thank you Shane Wurtinger for arranging to have the brats and hot dogs donated by Nueskes and to Tim Grall and Bill Eschmann for cooking the brats. Also a big thank you to all of our members who donated desserts and other items and who worked so hard to make this event a success!!
The Fourth of July Parade was a Blast!!!
We had a wet, but wonderful time at the Antigo 4th of July parade! A huge thank you to all the volunteers, kiddos, and adults who came out to make this possible. Thank you to Grall's who donated time and the use of their 4 wheeler to pull the glory train which was a huge hit with those who attended the parade! - Vicar Jennifer
Our Brat Fry and Bake Sale Were a Huge Success!
On June 10th Calvary's Men's Brat Fry and Women's Bake Sale was held and it was a success! Thank you to Jean Guse for heading up the bake sale and Bill Eschmann for heading up the brat fry. Also thank you to all of our members that helped in so many ways! Our net profits from this event was $980.85. Extra bakery was donated to AVAIL for their residents to enjoy.
Calvary's Spring Fling Was Amazing!
On Saturday, April 30th Calvary had their first Spring Fling and it was a success! We thank Thrivent Financial for providing Thrivent dollars to Julie Zack to help purchase many of the supplies and for her delicious cracked chicken and pulled pork for this event. We thank Julie Zack, Janice Jorgenson, Julie Kubiaczyk, and Lynda Eschmann for helping to organize this event. We also thank everyone that donated food items and prizes for the mystery baskets and card game, people that purchased raffle tickets and came to eat and partake in the activities, and all those that helped in the dining room and kitchen. We are so blessed to have so many wonderful members in Calvary and our Lutheran Kindred Parish!
Our Beautiful Easter Service
Calvary had such a beautiful Easter service with so many of our family members worshipping. A BIG thank you to all who helped to make this service so special! Thank you Gene Mackey, Becky Rotzell, Melissa Ferg, and Vicar Jennifer for providing such beautiful music for us to enjoy!
Maundy Thursday Seder Meal Special Service
A special thank you to Glen Gildemeister for preparing and leading us in a wonderful MaundyThursday Seder service and to everyone who attended from both parishes or helped behind the scenes. Pat Peterson did an incredible job preparing the legs of lamb. What a meaningful & deeply spiritual celebration and time of reflection for all! - Vicar Jennifer
"Hear My Plea" Special Service
Calvary had a very special service on Sunday, April 3rd. We symbolically released burdens & pleas to heaven’s care by writing them down and burning them. Special prayers and singing of “Just As I Am” were also offered. Special thanks to Richard for bringing this idea to life. God is our burden bearer, the One who lifts our hearts and fills us with peace. - Vicar Jennifer
Our Life Size Christmas Card!
Thank you to our wonderful volunteers who made this beautiful display happen! What a blessing you are. Robin, Sam, Al and Richard we appreciate you! The Langlade County Winter Wonderland Life Size Holiday Card display is located in Antigo at The Peaceful Valley Festival Grounds at the intersection of Field Street and 6th Avenue. You can view our amazing card because the display officially begins Wednesday, December 1st and all month long. So be sure to drive by and check it out, you will be encouraged by this creative and inspired life size card!! Vicar Jennifer
Richard Adds Some Fall Flair to Calvary!
Richard Tews, our amazing church custodian, is always taking care of Calvary inside and outside! This Fall he added some beautiful touches to our church. Thanks Richard for ALL you do!
Our First Annual Jesus Palooza at Heinzen Pavilion was Spectacular!
On Sunday, August 15th at 10:30 a.m. we had our joint church service with the Lutheran Kindred Parish at the Heinzen Pavilion in Antigo. Faith, Hope and Harmony band provided the gospel worship music and it was wonderful! We had a delicious free chili dog luncheon and fellowship following the service. We had a great turn out! A BIG Thank You to everyone that helped make this a success! The Heinzen Pavilion has been booked for Sunday, August 14, 2022 for our second annual Jesus Palooza so please put that on your calendars!
Spread Your Wings Project Inspires Positivity and Hope
Thank you to everyone who participated in this inspiring project! The project was completed by parishioners, middle school confirmands, Calvary Kids children and friends of all ages, near and far. Lorra Metko, Calvary's new head of education, volunteered to help make Angel Wings happen. She and her mother, Pat Metko, helped put the display together. Our Church Administrator, Lynda Eschmann, made sure the feathers made out of cardstock were given to everyone that wanted one. Vicar Jennifer wanted to do something that could bring positivity to Calvary that everyone could work on together. Even though gathering is limited, a visual reminder referencing not only faith, but how are faith binds our hearts together no matter where we are Vicar Jennifer stated. People were encouraged to write something positive on them like a positive quote, Bible verse, or a random act of kindness. Vicar Jennifer encourages members to take selfies with the display and share the pictures on social media to help spread positivity beyond the walls of Calvary!
Many changes are happening at Calvary! Change can sometimes be scary, but change can also be a wonderful thing. Take a look around at Calvary and notice some of the positive changes that are taking place. Our puzzles and books have been moved to the Library located in the office wing of our church. The Narthex has a new comfortable and inviting look! Our Nursery has been redesigned and murals are being painted in the Nursery. Thank you to everyone that has helped to make these positive changes happen at Calvary! A Special thank you to Allyce Lees who shared her time and artistic talents with us, driving back and forth from Waupaca. Also, a special thank you to Richard Tews, Ron Peterka, and Dave(Vicar Jennifer's father) for preparing the walls and painting, to our anonymous benefactor, and to Vicar Jennifer for her vision and push!
Calvary is Blessed with Many New Members!
What a joyous day it was on January 12, 2020 as Calvary welcomed many new former members of St. John's Lutheran Church in Polar into our faith community. Pastor Bruce Beyer led us in worship for this blessed occasion. Following the service we joined in the Fellowship Hall to meet and welcome them into our church family. Our new members have brought some of their beautiful and treasured items from St. John's to Calvary.
On October 13, 2019 Benita Hupf Affirmed her Baptism and joined Calvary. Pastor Bruce Beyer also led worship service that day and welcomed Benita to Calvary's church family once again. Benita had been a long time member and recently moved back to Antigo.
Friendship Circle Dinner Gathering at Luigi's
Ladies from Calvary gathered at Luigi's for a Christmas Get Together on December 17th and had such a wonderful time!
Ordination Day for Pastor Timothy Schroeder
On September 20, 2019 Pastor Timothy Schroeder was ordained at University Lutheran Church of Hope in Minneapolis, MN. We are so happy and proud for you Pastor Tim!!
Ordination Day for Pastor Julie Barger and Pastor Betty Wyatt
On July 8, 2018 Pastor Julie Barger and Pastor Betty Wyatt were ordained at Calvary. What a beautiful and blessed day it was!! We couldn't be happier or prouder for you both!