Bismarck Calvary United Methodist
Thursday, October 18, 2018
A United Methodist Congregation

Calvary Connection

Calvary United Methodist Church News

Bismarck, ND



  Open Door has moved into McCabe UM Church.  Discussions will be held as to our continued support.

  Our Harvest Mission Fest will be held on September 30 at 10:00 am with Mark Meier sharing the ministry of Heaven’s Helpers Soup Café with us.  Our Harvest Fest offering and mission offering for September will be designated for this effort.  Potluck Dinner will also be held following the service to give Mark more time to interact with the congregation.

  Our October Mission will be Operation Christmas Child (gifts and postage).  Please check out suggested gift options on page 6 of this newsletter.


Christian Education

  AWANA will begin on September 5.  No supper is being serviced at this time – there was just not enough interest last year.  Registration/Check-In will be held from 5:50 to 6:00 pm in the church entry this year, not downstairs.  AWANA will begin at 6:00 pm in the church Sanctuary with Flag Ceremony and Worship until 6:30 pm.  Parents and others are welcome to join in this Wednesday Worship experience.  Our junior high and high school youth will be asked to suggest music for this worship time and Pastor will share a brief word. The next hour will be the regular AWANA activities concluding at 7:30 pm with Awards just prior to that in the basement.


Heaven’s Helpers Soup Cafe

  This ministry is at 220 N 23rd St in Bismarck.  Volunteers are needed.  Scheduling is available at for 2 hour slots from 8 am to 7:30 pm.


Sunday School

  Sunday School kick-off will be Sunday, September 9 at 9:00 am.

  Bibles to 3rd & 4th graders will be presented at the 10:00 am worship service on September 9.

  September (date unknown) Children/Youth Cohort Phone call

  Children/Youth Cohort Training @ Storm Mountain on October 13.

  “Light Up Your Life for Jesus” October 31, 6-8:00 pm for all ages.  There will be NO AWANA that evening.

  See the new CE bulletin board and table in the entry for more information.



  Sunday Morning coffee personnel are still needed. 


Break-Through Prayer Initiative

  We are also grateful for those who are gathering in the WAR ROOM for prayer each Sunday.  Beginning on September 9, the time will move to 8:30 am and will continue up to church time for those who wish to come and go.  The Prayer Team will be praying for the services, the items left on the Prayer Board as well as the requests on prayer cards which are offered in the pew.  New prayer cards request and prayer needs are sent via email to Prayer Team members each Monday.


Children and Youth Cohort

  Our first cohort meeting in Mitchell, SD, was exciting!  Many new things were learned and home work was given.  Pray for us, the members, as we work through this training and pray for everyone to be open to new approaches that it will bring forth.



The following were all confirmed at the June 3, 2018 Confirmation Service and are now members of Calvary United Methodist Church: Emily Grace Curren, Bracstin Lee Dailey, Alexa Ann Fettig, Ethan Ryan Fettig, Jade Avery Millner, Shaelah Lynn Pazourek, Tucker James Unrath, Lisa Jean Vadnais & Carrington Diane Welk. 


We welcomed the following into membership at Calvary: Leonard & JoAnn Becker, Darrel & Terie Kiefer, Henry & Beverly Schatz, and Ryan Fettig
Lena Delrae Heupel was baptized on February 25, 2018.  Lena’s parents are Trevor and Alice Heupel; she was born on July 30, 2017, and has an older sister, Leola.
July 30, 2017, Micah Derek Heimbuck, Parents: Matthew & Lisa Heimuck

 “Church Members, Larry & Sharon would like to thank everyone for all the beautiful cards and those who attended our 50th anniversary celebration on June 30th.  It was a joyous and memorable occasion for us and appreciated.  May God Bless each one of you.

                                                                                                Larry & Sharon Will”


  “Heartfelt THANK YOU from the family of Viola Sebastian to Rev. Perry Schnabel for pastoral care to Vi and her family, to Sharon Throlson for serving as organist at Vi’s funeral, to Ken & Carol Hogue, Ginny McCallum and Sally Walker for serving lunch and to those who provided bars:  Ginny & Sally, Elaine Beyl, Chelsie Hagel, Lacy Nelson and Ev Poppe.  Your care during our time of loss is sincerely appreciated.”


  “Thank you so much for your donations of food this year!  (estimated value $99.15)  Warmest thanks for your continued support in feeding the hungry in our area.

                                                                                                Bismarck Emergency Food Pantry”




Calvary Church extends Sympathy to the family and friends of: 


 Vi Sebastian.  Vi, a long-time member and a former musician at Calvary, was called to her eternal home on July 19.  Her funeral was here at Calvary on July 23.

   Kurt Wetzel, brother-in-law of Louie (Sandra, deceased) Ding.  Mr. Wetzel left earthly life August 3; his funeral was held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, on August 10.

   Wesley Hoopman, father of Doug (Lorette) Hoopman.  Wes completed his earthly journey on August 19; his funeral was at Corpus Christi Church, Bismarck, on August 24.



Steve & Ginny McCallum, as well as their families and friends.  On June 15, Steve’s mother, Arlene Kellar, passed away.  Her funeral was on June 22.  One week later, Steve’s brother, Jerry Kellar, suffered a tragic death in a storm-related accident on June 29.  Funerals for both Arlene and Jerry were held at Sunne Lutheran Church, rural Wilton; Arlene’s on June 22 and Jerry’s on July 3.  Let us remember those grieving the deaths of this mother and son in our prayers.


Dorothy Schmidt Wittig, sister of Red Schmidt.  Dorothy’s sweet soul left earthly life on May 18; funeral arrangements are pending with Sunset Memorial Funeral Home in Missoula, Montana.

Betty Lapp, a long-time member of Calvary Church.  Betty completed her earthly journey on February 11; her funeral was here at Calvary on February 16.

 Rodney Howe, father of Terri Kiefer.  Mr. Howe completed his earthly journey on March 7; his memorial service was held March 12 at Sunne Lutheran Church in rural Wilton, ND.

 Delores Ahl who passed on to her eternal life on March 21.  Funeral services for Delores were here at Calvary on March 29.

Marie Renschler, a long-time member of our church.  Marie passed away on December 1.  Pastor Perry officiated at services for Marie at Bismarck Funeral Home on December 5.

  Larry Colebank, stepson of Esther Colebank.  Larry passed away January 29 at his home in Virginia Beach, VA; his funeral was held February 5 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia Beach.  Larry was age 4 when he was blessed with Esther as his stepmom.

  Bea Bale, wife of Bob Bale and mother of Kris (Rev. Joel) Winckler.  Bea passed away on January 30; her funeral service was held February 5 at Mandan United Methodist Church.




January, 2018
January 7 – 96
January 14 – 93
January 21 – 83
January 28 – 91



February 4 – 71

February 11 – 90

February 18 – 87

February 25 – 108



March 4 – 95

March 11 – 92

March 18 – 88

March 25 – 115

Maundy Thursday – 34

Good Friday – 27

Easter Sunday April 1 – 172

Easter Breakfast – 61

April 8 – 62

April 15 – 94

April 22 – 106

April 29 – 157

May 6 – 91

May 13 – 93

May 20 – 80

May 27 – 68

     June 3 – 158

     June 10 – 86

     June 17 – 66

     June 24 – 71

      July 1 – 81

     July 8 – 69

     July 15 – 55

     July 22 – 88

     July 29 – 82  

     August 5 – 69

     August 12 – 79

     August 19 – 66

     August 26 – 85








  January 7 – Wade & Julie Curren
  January 14 – Sidney & Linda Berreth
  January 21 – Ray & Rose Voegele
  January 28 – Darrel & Terri Kiefer
  February  4 – Bob & Ev Poppe

February 11 – Larry & Sharon Will

February 18 – Ryan Sherman & Ginny Sherman

February 25 – Travis & Alice Heupel

March 4 – Tom & Jodi Vadnais

March 11 – Rick Bentz & Jean Jasper

March 18 – Garmon & Janice Winckler

March 25 – Helena & Oscar Ebel

April 1 – Ken & Carol Hogue

April 8 – Harold & Mavis Hoffman

April 15 – Mike & Beckie Dronen

April 22 – Bill & Berts Wilson

April 29 – Esther Colebank & Tillie Kindsvogel

May 6 – Steve & Ginny McCallum

May 13 – Elaine Beyl & Shirley Buchholz

May 20 – Clarence & Nancy Mertz

May 27 – Red Schmidt & Harold Ziegler

June 3 – Leland & VerDella Schlenker

June 10 – Leonard & JoAnn Becker

June 17 – Elaine Beyl & Shirley Buchholz

June 24 – Wayne & Nyla Kilber

July 1 – Shayne & Alisha Mertz

July 8 – Ron & Sally Kraft

July 15 – Sidney & Linda Berreth

July 22 – Nate & Lacey Nelson

July 29 – Chuck & Lucille Bender

August 5 – Curtis & Linda Mertz

August 12 – Mel & Ruth Will

August 19 – Doug & Lorette Hoopman

August 26 – Trinity & Michelle Unrath

September 2 – Ken & Deb Pilon

September 9 – LeRoy and Sally Walker

September 16 – Jodi & Terry Heiser

September 23 – Jeff & Christen Essler

September 30 – Ryan & Michelle Fettig

October 7 – LaDawn Eisenbeis & Nancy Odland

October 14 – Jared & Chelsie Hagel

October 21 – Aaron & Rachel Hallgren

October 28 – Holly Millner & Jade Millner

November 4 – Dick & Marion Nagel