This Week @ Calvary

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Weekly Highlights

Pastor/Church Worker Appreciation Month
October is when we take time to recognize the faithful service of our church ministry staff. Please say a prayer, share a word of thanks, or send a card to show your appreciation. A box will be provided in the narthex to drop a card or note.
Kurt (Sarah) Ebert (Senior Pastor), Josh (Laura) Reifsteck (Associate Pastor), Sam (Molly) Troemel (Associate Pastor), Emily (Tony) Spelde (Deaconess), and Udhay (Kalai) Raji (Tamil pastor and hospital chaplain).
Calvary members serving elsewhere, Bob (Ruth) Armao (Lutheran High teacher/ pastor). Retired pastors at Calvary, Howard (Bev) Fabricius, Harvey (Carol) Lange, Gene (Betty) Lauterbach, Ray (Jan) Main, Jim (Connie) Myers, and Art (Joy) Wehrmeister.
We also lift up in prayer seminary student and Calvary member, Aaron (Jill) Levenhagen (vicar at Our Savior Lutheran Church St Charles, Missouri), who has just under two years left in his pastoral education.

LWML Mites for Missions Collection
Please join us in making a joyful noise to the Lord! Based on the biblical account of the widow's mite (Mark 12:41-43), mite boxes fund district and national mission grants. These coins (and other donations) have, and will, continue to make a difference. Thank you for contributing and providing the opportunity to spread the Gospel to the world. Mite boxes can be returned throughout the year to the Women’s Ministry table in the café area.

Lunch Out (Wed., Oct 5 11:00 a.m.)
Bubba’s 33, located at 7799 S. US Hwy 31, Indianapolis, IN 46227. Just 5 minutes from Calvary, Bubba’s menu includes burgers, sandwiches, salads, pizza, beers, and a lot more.
Adults of all ages are invited to our 1st Wednesday restaurant outings for some good food and fellowship. Tables will be saved for Calvary Lutheran. Please join us! 

Update from Seminary Student, Aaron Levenhagen
See the flyer on the entryway bulletin board or check it out online in our latest news ( or search "Levenhagen" on our website

Congratulations to Stacey Faubion
We celebrate with Mrs. Stacey Faubion (Calvary School’s Jr. High Science Teacher) on the publication of her middle grade fiction book. Violet Jenkins Saves the Day was released Tues, Sept 27! Check more out at  

Extravagant Sharing
Many families had one of their favorite meals of macaroni and cheese thanks to Calvary’s many donations in September. Lutheran Child and Family Services’ Sharing Place appreciates the help of these donations. In October, please bless the Sharing Place with your donations of toilet paper. Just as Jesus freely cares for us, may we freely support the needs of our communities here in Indianapolis. Thank you! 

Calling all musicians! 
As Calvary looks to enhance its contemporary worship offerings, we are also looking to expand our list of available musicians. If you have musical ability and feel called to this ministry, we want to hear from you! We are especially looking for instrumentalists such as guitarists (acoustic, lead, and bass), drummers, and keyboard players. If this is you, contact Interim Contemporary Worship Pastor Sam Troemel.

Contemporary Worship Schedule Change
Beginning in October, contemporary worship services will be held on the first, third, and fifth Sundays of the month. All services will continue to take place in the sanctuary at 10:45 am. We hope to see you at a service soon!

Lutheran World Relief Promise Project (School Kits)  
Help pack school kits for LWR on Oct 5. Shop now for school supplies. Please bring your donations to the collection bin in the narthex by Mon., Oct 3. Questions? Contact Karen Hand.

LCMS Disaster Response – Hurricane Assistance
LCMS Disaster Response is reaching out with mercy to those affected by Hurricane Ian. To provide assistance:
            Visit –
            Text – LCMSDISASTERS to 41444
            Call – 1-888-930-4438
To find out more information about assistance efforts, visit:

Congregational Study Series & Small Group Sign-Up
A special sermon series and bible study opportunity from Oct 15/16 through Nov 19/20. This year's study is another 40-day challenge from the Red Letter Challenge, this time on the topic of "Being." If you like, you can do the study entirely on your own, but joining a group can help you process what you learn and give you an opportunity to encourage and be encouraged by fellow Christians.
Signups: Small group signups will take place Sept 24/25 through Oct 15/16. We have a variety of small groups at many different times and days of the week: some are onsite, some in homes, and still others online. To see all our small group opportunities, check out the table onsite or the online sign-up at Adult and Kid workbooks will be available for purchase at the start of signups.
If you are interested in serving as a small group leader or host home, contact Pastor Josh Reifsteck ( ).

Silent Auction Donations for Calvary’s 53rd Bazaar
There are many ways to make the SILENT AUCTION a success!

  • Purchase or ask your favorite business to donate a gift card (Restaurant and Amazon cards are very good sellers.) 
  • Bring new or like-new items to the church office
  • Donate a service 
  • Ask the company you work for to donate items or services. 

Pick up a pink donation form at the Women in Mission table in the South Narthex and return the form with your item(s) to the church office. The sooner we get the donations the better. No need to wait until Oct 23. Check out some of this year's Silent Auction donations online at We must have all items by Oct 23.  

GriefShare (Wednesdays until Nov 9; 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.)
Faith-based grief support after the death of a spouse, child, family member, friend. Sessions include videos by experts in grieving, support group discussion, personal study/reflection. Open to everyone. Begin attending at any time. Contact Mike Louden or Roxanne Deardurff for more information.

Surviving the Holidays (Wed, Nov 16, 6:00 p.m.)
The holidays are often painful for adults grieving the loss of a loved one. Compassion Ministry is hosting a GriefShare "Surviving the Holidays" seminar in Rm 125. No cost to attend; a light supper and book will be provided. Please help us plan by contacting Mike Louden or Roxanne Deardurff if you plan to attend.  

Help Support a New Life
Life Centers of Indiana provides Christian support to pregnant women and new moms. With a goal of encouragement, guidance, and support, pregnant women are cared for and new mothers are provided with the supplies and tools necessary to sustain that life. We can support them by providing any of the following items throughout Sept and Oct: Books, toys, socks (6 mo-2T), onesies (2T), sleepers (2T-5T), boys pants and long-sleeved shirts (5T), and boys’ shoes for 3-5 yrs. old. Place donations in the bin in the narthex.  

Prayer Support

Submit prayer requests to the church office at (317) 783-2000 or click here for our online Prayer Page.

Jon Byler, friend of Steve & Laura Currier

Dennie Morrison; Judy Borgfield, sister of Jim Vance

Judy Glenday; Susie Holton

Debbie Shaw; Maggie Craft; Arita Fehlinger; Mike Harmon; Betty Haussecker; Jennifer Craft; Bob Heid; Art Messer; Janelle McCoy; Betty Lauterbach; Sherri Terry; Linda Heckman; Gene Redding; Sandra Herald; Midge Clark; Sue Johnson; Connor Miles; Bonnie Brink

Ed Ryan, son of John & Barb Ryan; Allan Snowball, cousin of Kathy Ford; Maeve O’Hara, mother of Steve Harrison; Darrell Shaw, friend of Becky Leslie; Nancy Gorgol, sister of Jeanne Rollins; Jane Alexander, grandmother of Breann Riley; Grant Stapleton, grandson of Phyllis Pezzullo; Steve Bruner, brother of Patty Rothkopf; Tamera Dahling, friend of Pastor Bob & Ruth Armao; Reese Nicole, great-granddaughter of Sue McFarland; Jerry Plummer, brother-in-law of Steve Bardonner; Ella Kay Bardonner, sister-in-law of Steve Bardonner; John Ransdell, husband of Angie Ransdell; Liz Denison, sister of Andrea Durkee; Jane Weeks; John Adams, friend of Don Fischer; Janet Polk, wife of Bob Polk; Trish Kelsey, aunt of Kristen Schwark; Kelly Fromer, friend of Kristen Schwark; Norma Crawl, mother of Mike Carpenter; Heinz Jung, father of Mark Jung; Norman Parks, brother of Ellwyn Parks; Paula Spears, friend of Jim & Kristen Schwark

Sandy Ceder, mother of Katie Ceder; Jean Moeller, mother of Leslie Huntington; Al Durkee, father of Matthew Durkee; Gertrude Heiden, mother of Judy Morrison

For the work of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML)

For those affected by Hurricane Ian

Trevor Frank (OK); Abigail Leslie (HI); Nate Moore (FL); Corey Langhammer (deployed); Grant Behning (WA); Austin McClure, grandson of Larry & Judy Stanford (US); Michael Van Arsdel, grandson of Glory Van Arsdel (deployed); Tommy Austin, friend of Erin Woempner (deployed); Dylan Bruner, nephew of Patty Rothkopf (US); Joseph Fox, grandson of Anita Fox (deployed); Nicholas Haviland, nephew of Steve & Laura Currier (NC); Rich Hougesen, son-in-law of Rich Wilson (US); Caleb, Japheth, & Seth Hougesen, grandsons of Rich Wilson (US); Austin Turner, nephew of Glenda Roundtree (deployed); Wayde Cochran, great-nephew of Steve & Pattie Bardonner

Welcoming the Guest

Pastor Joshua Reifsteck | September 25, 2022

Hospitality is one of those concepts that is difficult to define but easily perceived when experienced. Several biblical writers encourage the... More