Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Detoured, But Not Derailed

George Floyd - Riots - God's Word

With our worship service mailed out by Wednesday morning, my Monday and Tuesday are sometimes a race to complete a message, liturgy and cover letter (alongside other needs). I've felt the need to speak into our cultural experience as well. In the end, rather than putting together something hastily or waiting one more day, I want to share this statement from our LCMS President, Rev. Matthew Harrison. As God's people we pray together for justice and healing in our world.
Statement from President Harrison

here for you,

Matt Behrens, Pastor
...whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
(Philippians 4:8)
Introducing K.A.M.P. Calvary!

We're doing something new in children's ministry this summer. Check out the flyer we sent home with students from Lea's Christian School for information on K.A.M.P. Calvary. Who will you invite to become a KAMPer?
K.A.M.P. Calvary flyer
Another Thank You!

Melva Bland, principal at Lea's Christian School, sent a note to the church office last week. The card she sent is hanging in the office hallway. Here is some of what she wrote:

"I thank God for you daily. Blessings flow from you in ways unseen. I am blessed as the administrator of Lea's and with being at the helm, I have experienced your thoughtfulness in so many ways. Thank you for thinking of me during Teacher's Appreciation."
Read With Us!

This Sunday, Pastor Matt will introduce a new reading plan and teaching series on the book of Joel. Please make plans to read along with brothers and sisters at Calvary. You can find the 3 week reading plan at the link below.
Reading Plan for Joel
Pray with LINC Bay Area

The June prayer calendar from LINC Bay Area is available for download and print here.
Prayer Calendar
Women's Bible Study: Esther

This study happens Tuesdays at 2 pm on Zoom. There's always room to add friends. Contact Sherrah at by email or 512-658-8614 if you have questions.

Join us Tuesdays at 2 on Zoom. (Use the link below or Meeting ID: 843 875 634)
Women's Bible Study on Zoom
Men's Bible Study: Luke-Acts

Pastor Matt is meeting online with a group of guys at 8:30pm, Thursdays. We'll read through the books of Luke and Acts over two months. Plan to come, and bring a friend as well!

Join us Thursdays at 8:30pm on Zoom. (Use the link below or call 669-900-9128, use meeting ID 479-165-270 and password 068456 to connect by telephone.) A reading schedule is available at the link below.
Men's Bible Study on Zoom
Reading Plan for Luke-Acts Study
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Life Notes – November 14, 2018

November 14, 2018

  • If you are in a crisis situation, have had an abortion, are pregnant right now, or have been hurt by someone, you will find help at Word of Hope (888.217.8679;

  • Life News bulletin inserts for November are available to download and print! Life News is a great way to keep your congregation informed on life issues all year long! Life News is a free, reproducible PDF.
Life Quotes and Life Thoughts in the Church Year help your congregation share the For Life message all year long. You can access Life Quotes or Life Thoughts anytime at the links above.

Life Quote for Sunday, November 18: "When we see those suffering from disease or disability … vulnerable, helpless, destined by many to assisted suicide or euthanasia—we are compelled to speak and defend and help because it is the Christ thing to do. For Christ reveals a God who knows about suffering not just because He's God, but because He suffered. We have a message of a God present in suffering, at work in suffering, and accomplishing His purpose in suffering." Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, former executive director of Lutherans For Life

Life Thought in the Church Year for November 18 – Pentecost XXVI (Proper 28B): Fathers consign their children to abortions (Mark 13:12). Children encourage their parents toward physician-assisted suicide. The latter days have come upon us. Let us hearten each other with the promise of resurrection, even for terminal illnesses, and with the assurance of forgiveness, even for violence against life (Hebrews 10:12). Let us confidently confess this hope in the face of crisis and panic, for the Holy Spirit Himself speaks new and eternal life in us (Mark 13:11)! Heavenly Defender, loose our tongues to declare Your purposes. Amen.

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What Questions Should I Ask When Looking for a Life-Centered Hospice? 

  1. How do you determine what is palliative and what is curative? 
  2. Do you accept clients on oxygen? Do you pay for this? 
  3. Do you accept clients on fluids? Do you pay for the fluids, the supplies, and providing this service? 
  4. Do you accept clients with feeding tubes? Do you pay for the supplies, the feedings, and providing the service? What is your procedure for preventing infection around a feeding-tube site? 
  5. How do you determine the correct dosages of pain medications? What non-pharmacological interventions do you employ to treat pain? 
  6. What is your policy on the administration of morphine? What has been your experience with its use? 
  7. What is your policy on the use of palliative sedation? If you use this, when is it used and who determines this? 
  8. What is your policy on the use of palliative chemo? If you use this, when is it used and who determines this? 
  9. Who decides when to discontinue a treatment? What input is given by hospice staff, a patient's family, and/or a patient's agent? 
  10. Can I keep my primary doctor? How does your medical director work and communicate with my primary care provider? 
  11. Does your hospice have a policy regarding physician-assisted suicide? What is it? If you do not have a policy, why not? 

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

LifeDate is Lutherans For Life's quarterly journal of news and commentary offering a biblical Law/Gospel perspective on life issues, such as abortion, post abortion, adoption, end of life, bioethics, creation, family life, worldview and culture, and more.
Rev. Michael Salemink, Deaconess Rachel Geraci, and Laura Davis of Lutherans For Life are among those scheduled to be at the 2019 LCMS Life Issues Conference.
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Do you need a speaker? Lutherans For Life will work with you to help meet your needs for a speaker at a rally, convention, Bible study, worship service, public or parochial school, college/university, or workshop/seminar. A variety of formats are available from a single presentation or sermon to a multi-day series of workshops. A Concert for LIFE, with Dr. Mark Laverty, is an exciting and artistic way to raise awareness of life issues, as well as funding for LFL Chapters, Life Teams and other life-affirming organizations.
Over 34,000 students have now heard about Owen's Mission!

Owen's Mission is a very special project of Lutherans For Life. The goal of this project is to honor Jesus by presenting a set of Touch of Life fetal models to every Lutheran elementary and high school in the country. Find out more here.
LFL On the Road - Check out the Calendar page to find out where Rev. Michael Salemink and other members of the Lutherans For Life team are preaching, teaching, and speaking, along with other LFL-related events. 
Click here to download the tour brochure (PDF). For further information, please contact: Rev. Michael Wolfram, 515-988-4324,; Rev. Dr. James Lamb, 641-751-4433, lambforlife@gmail.comDirect any questions about this travel opportunity to Rev. Wolfram or Dr. Lamb. Please do not contact the national office of Lutherans For Life.
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