Past Events


Called to Respond to Neighbors in Need

May 20 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Sometimes it takes a tragedy to remind us that      

We belong to each other. We are called to care for one another.


Do we know what to do if the person in front of us is undergoing a mental health, relationship or financial crisis? What do we say and where do we get help?

We have invited a panel of professionals from GF Police Department, CVIC, GF school District, and North East Human Services to come together to help us. They are eager to share their expertise and resources that can help us to respond to those around us who are struggling.

This event is for young adults and adults. Childcare will be available for young children. Bring your questions, your concerns, and your desire to be a good neighbor. ALL ARE WELCOME.

Faith In Film

April 20 @ 7:00 p.m.

Do you like to watch movies? Do you like to find God in unexpected places? Do you like good food and even better people? Then this group is for you! Each month, we will watch a contemporary movie, everything from dramas, action, sci-fi and more! We will then discuss how God speaks to us through the story, characters and dialogue in the movie! Contact Aaron Bye or call the church office to find out what movie we will watch this month! Join us at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall! Popcorn will be provided, and the nursery will be available if requested! To request nursery, contact Nichole Bye.

Men’s Ministry Meet & Greet Pastor Kirk

Calling all Men! Join us for a Meet & Greet with Pastor Kirk Thursday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m. Sign up by contacting the office today! Chili dinner will be available, a free-will offering will be taken. 

Wednesday & Sunday School Christmas Worship

In this season of preparation the students in our education program have been preparing to lead the congregation in a special Christmas Worship and telling of the Christmas Story.

Join us Wednesday, December 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary or in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, December 17 at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.

Thank you to all the students and teachers who have been working so hard to prepare for this special day!

Advent Date With God

Monday, December 11, 7-8:30 pm

Holy Grounds and Sanctuary

Women of all ages—here’s an invitation for a little quiet and connection.

The days leading up to Christmas can be so hectic with so many lists and stressors. It is easy to forget that the focus is meant to be on worshipping Jesus, Emmanuel, the God who came to be with us.

Come away for some quiet time with God.

We will spend a half hour connecting with each other over cider and cookies a brief devotional, then we will enter into a one hour Date with God.

This is a time of listening to lovely music and engaging in different forms of experiential prayer. Art.  Scripture.  Movement.  Lighting candles. Writing. Spend this time in whatever way helps you feel God’s presence come to you this Advent.  Questions about this event? Contact Pastor Kristen.

Calvary’s Salvation Army Bell Ringing Day

Saturday, December 2

Calvary’s day of bell ringing for the Salvation Army is coming up! This is the seventh year that Calvary will ring bellringingbells at all the kettle locations for the entire day.  Two hours of your time multiplies into a year’s worth of support for individuals and families in the local area.  Money raised goes to rent and utility assistance, warm clothing, food, school supplies, Christmas presents for kids and outreach to area youth and veterans.  What a blessing for the Salvation Army and the people they assist!

This is a great opportunity for families and church groups.  We have 87 time slots to fill. CLICK HERE to sign up!

Questions? Contact Donna Remer  at

Thank you for your gift of time for this ministry.

Feed My Starving Children Fundraiser

Please join us by eating at Pizza Ranch or ordering your supper from there on November 15 from 5:00-9:00 for a fundraiser for Feed My Starving Children.  Show the invite when you order or show them this page from a mobile device.  We get 20% of the sales that night plus tips! It is a great and easy way to show Calvary’s continued partnership of Feed My Starving Children.

Spring Salad Luncheon


Come and see the tulips blooming at Calvary’s Spring Luncheon. Join us Wednesday, May 3 from 10:45 to 1:00 p.m.  The luncheon menu consists of our famous turkey pasta salad with croissant and delicious lemon dessert.

Tickets are $8 and can be purchased in the church office or by CLICKING HERE.




Delivery is available on take-out orders of 8 or more lunches. To schedule delivery, contact Gail Swanson at 701-775-0867 by noon Friday, April 28.

Starting Sunday, April 2, you may sign up in the church office, call 701-772-4897 or e-mail: to donate a salad, dessert or volunteer to work. Sign-ups will also be available Sundays, April 9, 23 and 30 in the Narthex & Fellowship Hall after worship services.

2017 Camp Metigoshe Transportation Registration

Bible Camp is a wonderful opportunity for young people to deepen their faith, enjoy time outdoors in God’s creation, and share an Adventure Anchored in Christ. This summer, Calvary is promoting Camp Metighoshe for students currently in grades 3-9.

Metigoshe asks that you register yourself for camp. When registering, please make sure to list Calvary as your congregation so you can receive your campership. (Additional financial assistance is available upon request.)

The dates that Calvary will provide transportation to and from Metigoshe:

  • July 9th-12th for Grades 3-4
  • August 6th-11th for Grades 5-9

To register for camp, please click HERE.

  • Students currently in grades 3-4, register for Trailblazers 2.
  • Students currently in grades 5-6, register for Pioneers 3.
  • Students currently in grades 7-9, please register for Discoverers 3.

To register for transportation, please follow the link below:

  • Current Grades 3-4, Click HERE
  • Current Grades 5-9, Click HERE

Registration for campership money and transportation provided by Calvary can also be completed in the church office. Assistance with registration will be provided before and after worship in the youth office on Sunday, April 2nd.

For any questions/concerns, contact Aaron, Katie, or Karl, or call the church office at 701-772-4897.

Family Dance

Calvary Lutheran invites families of all kinds to share a special night of fun together at our Family Dance. Dinner, dance, photo booth and fun for all! Mom/son, dad/daughter, mom/daughter, dad/son — or any caring adult with kids who want to join in the fun of food, fellowship and dancing!

Friday, March 23rd in the Fellowship Hall from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

$30 per couple and $10 per additional family member.  $50 cap.

Click here to register for this fun event! Contact Nichole Bye for questions.

Peace Day Camp

At Peace Day Camp, join us to explore the Beatitudes, specifically “Blessed are the peacemakers…”Peace Day Camp

Periodically Calvary hosts “Peace Day Camp” They have been days filled with fun and have included  art projects, Soulates for Kids, music, swimming , Bible study, yoga for kids, and tie-dying.


Stay tuned for upcoming Peace Camp opportunities.


Questions? Contact Kim Adams at 701-772-4897.

African Children’s Choir

October 7, 2016

Join us at Calvary as we welcome the 45th African Children’s Choir in the Fellowship Hall at 7:00 p.m.

The African Children’s Choir is composed of African children, aged 7 to 10 years old. Many have lost one or both parents through the devastation of war, famine and disease. They represent all the children of a continent and they demonstrate the potential of African children to become strong leaders for a better future in their land.48nj6a0133

What will the concert be like?

The children melt the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles and delightful African tunes, accompanied by ethnic instrumentation. The program features well-loved children’s songs, hand clapping, traditional spirituals and contemporary tunes. Nearly every performance is concluded with a thunderous standing ovation. A marvelous by-product of the concert is the inspiration the music brings to virtually every listener. In spite of the tragedy that has marred their young lives, the children are radiant with hope, musically gifted and wonderfully entertaining.

What is the purpose of their tour?

The primary goal of the Choir is to raise awareness of the need of destitute and orphaned children in Africa and to raise funds for continued development and support of the African Children’s Choir Programs. The Choir’s international educational endeavor provides unique training for the children. Once Choir members have completed a concert tour, they will return to their homelands with the tools necessary for bettering their future.dsc_8559

Blessing of the School Year

This Sunday, August 21, 2016…

Students of all ages, aides, paras, principals, administrators, secretaries, cooks, librarians, janitors, school nurses, bus drivers… come to worship and receive a blessing and a gift, and be affirmed and encouraged in your vocation. All are invited to bring their backpack, computer bag, etc. for a special blessing druing kids’ time.

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August 21 at CANAD INN 2:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m. Cost $7/person, ages 3 and up FREE, ages 2 and under Join Calvary for some family water fun! Cabanas are reserved. Sign up in the church office! Children must be accompanied by and adult.


A Taste Of Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry



Sunday, August 21 at 11:45 a.m. Calvary’s Stephen Ministers will be hosting A Taste of Stephen Ministry in the Fellowship Hall following services. Learn about Stephen Ministry, what is involved in training, the time commitment that’s required, and hear from Calvary’s current Stephen Ministers.
A light lunch will be served.
If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister but are unable to attend please contact
Mary Ann at 772-4897.

A Prairie Home Companion

We are gathering to celebrate all the great Saturday nights we’ve enjoyed with Garrison Keillor and
A Prairie Home Companion. Saturday, June 25, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. APHClivefeed2016adGrandForksjoin us for food, fun, and fellowship in Calvary’s Fellowship Hall.

Bring a dish to share, and join us for a potluck and live video feed of one of Keillor’s last shows!

Love All Serve All Golf Scramble

July 20, 2017 at the Sandhill Golf Course in Fertile, MN, Calvary Lutheran Church will host our second annual


But this isn’t your ordinary golf scramble…

In 2013, a group of Calvary members and friends were called into a mission
experience to walk alongside our brothers and sisters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. On this first trip, deep relationships were formed and our eyes were opened to see a different way to love, live and serve.  Calvary’s mission to Ethiopia has continued and keeps growing stronger. We embrace widows and orphans, help with a feeding program, work in Korah (a community of people most of whom have been forgotten because they are plagued with leprosy or HIV/AIDS, learn from artisans, and wrestle with theological and socio-economic issues.

The Ethiopia Team is partnering with Calvary’s youth as they prepare for their mission experience in San Francisco this summer.

They will spend five days working with various organizations dealing with social justice, homelessness, the environment and more. As well as spend some time checking out all that the area has to offer including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and Fisherman’s Warf.

We go, advocate, learn, listen and love. LOVE ALL SERVE ALL golf scramble supports Calvary’s continued ministry and partnership around the country and around the world.

Single player (placed in a group) –  $100  

Foursome –  $350

(Cost includes green fees, golf cart, sack lunch, supper at the course, and round trip transportation.)

About the day

Registration will take place at the golf course beginning at 11:30 a.m. We will begin by shotgun start at 12:00 noon. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase throughout the day. Prizes and dinner will follow in the club house. Proceeds of this event will support the mission and ministry of Calvary’s Ethiopia Team and Calvary’s youth program.

*In case of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled and all donations will go to support Calvary’s mission and ministry in Ethiopia & San Francisco. Sponsors will receive tee shirt and their name/logo in our monthly newsletter and on our website.

CLICK HERE to register for this awesome event.

In addition, holes will feature fun games and activities and ample promotion of hole sponsors.

For sponsorship opportunities, download our 2017 Sponsor Form.

Lord’s Prayer Study

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If we are honest and attentive, we notice that questions abound when it comes to prayer. Why pray? What is the purpose? How often should I pray? What and who should I pray about or for? Does it work?

In truth, prayer is mysterious and expansive in form and function, and there has always been questions about how to pray. It is recorded in Luke 11 that Jesus’ own disciples asked him to teach them how to pray, so they must have had some questions too!

This April we will have many opportunities to learn more about the Lord’s Prayer

  • We will have three different four-part Adult classes that will dig in deep to the Lord’s Prayer. 
    • Thursdays at 1:30 in room 10, beginning April 7,  taught by Pastor Kristen
    • Thursday evenings  at 6:30 in rooms 1-2, beginning April 7, taught by Pastor Mark
    • The Thursday Evening Young Adult group will also be focusing on the Lord’s Prayer in April (6:30 pm, room 10).
  • The Lord’s prayer will also be studied in junior high confirmation class on four Wednesday nights beginning March 31 through April 20. This lecture series is held at 7:00 pm in the fellowship hall and this is an OPEN CLASS and a great way to brush up or get an intro to Lutheran basics. ANYONE CAN COME. When the kids are dismissed to their small groups at 7:45, adults gather in the coffeehouse for a half-hour reflection session with Pastor Kristen on the night’s topics. ALL ARE WELCOME.

Meet Your Muslim Neighbors

On April 3, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., come and Meet Your Muslim Neighbors in the Fellowship Hall.  We will have a panel of several area Muslims, who will speak briefly and answer questions from the audience.  You don’t need to be shy about asking questions—we will ask you to write them down when you come.  Coffee and cookies will be served.  Everyone in the community is welcome.

Meet your Muslim neighbor

The Couple Check-Up

Would you wait 100,000 miles to change the oil in your car?
Would you go 25 years without a dental checkup?
Would you have a physical exam only once in your lifetime?

Your relationship deserves a check-up too!


cc_bookJoin us at Calvary on February 21 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. for some intentional time with your partner. There will also be opportunities to share and engage with other couples. The cost is $45 dollars per couple and includes dinner and the book “The COUPLE CHECKUP: Find Your Relationship Strengths.”

Register for this event by CLICKING HERE. Questions? Contact Kim Adams at 772-4897.

Holy Land Experience

Holy Land Trip Informational Meeting

It was a dream come true for me to go to the Holy Land in 2012.  I learned so much about my faith, about the world and about my wonderful fellow travelers.  So I am very excited to be able to offer this opportunity to those of you who want to see this land for yourself.Holy Land  This trip will be a 10-day Holy Land Trip with an optional 4-day Jordan extension.  I look forward to traveling with you!

The main trip dates are November 2-11, 2016.

We will be holding an informational meeting on
Monday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Calvary’s Holy Grounds Coffee House.
If you have questions in the meantime, please contact Pastor Sarah Raymond at 701-740-1651 or

Ethiopia Team Prayer Journal

Thanks for being a part of Calvary’s ministry in Ethiopia – for helping us raise funds and sending donations of goods and money… Now, we are asking for you to pray us through this experience! We have the rich privilege of our team welcoming some friends from neighboring towns. We are so excited to have them on our team.

On Thursday afternoon, November 5, we will depart Fargo and travel to Washington D.C. On Friday, we will all get on the plane to make the long journey to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Please join us in the journey through our team prayer itinerary … each day highlights a couple team members and their specific prayer requests.

Thanks foET2015-136r your deep commitment to this ministry!

Follow this link to learn more about the team:  ET bio and prayers

Quiet Christmas Worship

Wednesday, December 20, 5:30 p.m.

There are varieties of reasons you might want to attend this night before Christmas Eve “quiet” worship experience.  Maybe your plans won’t allow you to attend worship on the 24th or 25th.  Maybe you are tired from the hustle and bustle and need some time to be still. Maybe you’re just not feeling “merry” and need an hour of peaceful and restful time with Jesus.  Maybe you’re grieving the loss of a loved one, and you’re wondering what to do with Christmas this year, and “quiet” just feels better.  Whatever the reason, all are invited to  this  Quiet Christmas service featuring Christmas hymns, readings and a message of hope for the season.



Mommy/Son Dance ~ Fiesta Fun!

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Calvary Lutheran invites boys under the age of 12 and a special adult (mommy, grandma, aunt, babysitter) to attend Fiesta Fun – Mommy/Son Dance.

When: Friday, October 9

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Where: Calvary Lutheran Church

Check-in & photos begin at 6:00; meal is served at 6:15 p.m.

Cost: $45 for adult and child ($15 for each additional child)

Includes: dinner, dancing, online photo pass and prizes

Menu: tacos and/or taco salad and sides

Space is limited so sign up today. CLICK HERE to register.

For more information, contact Kim Adams at 701-772-4897 or

Proceeds go to support Calvary’s upcoming Ethiopia Mission Trip.

Be.YOU.tiful ~ Senior High Girls Bible Study

Katie Bible Study Full SizeA time for high school girls to come together to study God’s word and embrace the fact that we are all fearfully and wonderfully made.

We will spend time learning about the different woman that are Be.You.tiful and BRAVE in the Bible, while enjoying fellowship with
one another.

When: Monday Nights from 7:30pm- 8:30pm (starts October 5)
Where: Calvary Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall
Who: High School Girls

7th Annual Mission Blitz!


Get Ready!!!! We are excited about our

7th Annual Mission Blitz!

No need to sign up! Just show up and BE THE CHURCH!

Sunday, October 9, 2016 is the day! We come to church for short worship services at

  • 8:15-9:15 a.m. 
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.

After each service, we have projects both on-site at Calvary and out in the community where we can volunteer to serve.

Sunday School children are welcome to participate in their classrooms or with their families.

Wear your t-shirts from last year, if you have them….or stop and pick one up in the narthex on Sunday, October 9.


Collecting for the Blitz — bring these on October 4:

For Kids + program…

  • Canned meals such as Spaghetti O’s, Ravioli, soups
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Individual serving boxes and cups of dry cereal/instant oatmeal
  • Crackers, chips, pretzels
  • Juice boxes/cocoa packets
  • Fruit or vegetable cups
  • Jello or pudding cups
  • Please be careful not to purchase items containing peanuts or other tree nuts

For cancer patient and foster care bags…

  • Crossword puzzle, sudoku and word search books
  • New decks of cards
  • Travel sized tissues
  • Combs/brushes
  • Toothpaste/toothbrushes
  • Flashlights
  • Combination shampoo/body wash
  • New wash cloths


  • Tampons
  • Laundry soap
  • Dishwasher soap
  • Deodorant
  • Regular sized toothpaste
  • Winter gear for all ages (hats, coats, mittens, boots, etc.)


If you have questions or comments or ideas or want to help us as a volunteer organizer, please call the church or email Pastor Kristen at


Honduras Rummage Sale



Calvary’s Annual Rummage sale to support our ongoing work in and around El Triunfo, Honduras will be held on Saturday, January 20.  In partnership with our brothers and sisters in Christ in Honduras, Calvary supports a year round lunch program for children as well as  basic medical care.

We will start taking donations at noon on January 14th in Fellowship Hall. We are unable to accept tube TVs, computers, or printers. We gladly accept most other donations and volunteers! If you are new to Calvary here is an opportunity to meet other members and support a long term mission project that continues to make an impact on Calvary and the Brothers and Sisters we serve in Honduras! 

We will continue to post updates about shopping times and details about the day as January 20 draws near.



Lent 2018

Weekly messages, will be presented using drama and story, will develop this year’s Lenten theme, “THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING.”

We are following tradition and will use the lovely  “Holden Evening Prayer” as our liturgy for worship.

Families are encouraged to bring children or grandchildren to Wednesday Lenten worship.  There will be a special Kids’ Time each week, with small theme-related gifts given to children who attend.

Children who attend Wednesday School are welcome either to stay at worship with their families, or to go to their Wednesday School classes after Kids’ Time.

Our schedule for Wednesdays during Lent is:

5:30 & 7:00 p.m. – Worship in the Sanctuary (with Holy Communion)

5:00 – 6:45 p.m. – Lenten Meal in the Fellowship Hall

Purchase a Fast Pass and save! Fast passes for Lenten meals will be sold in the Narthex on Sunday mornings. Purchase a pass and attend all six meals during lent…

  • $15 – kid’s pass
  • $25 – adult pass
  • $60 – family pass (4 or more)

Cost for this year’s meal per Wednesday is $5 for adults (grade 6 and up), $3 for children (grade 5 and under).

Lenten dinners will be served by Calvary’s High School Students as they fundraise to attend the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, TX.

Family Mission Trip

 Calvary’s 2016 Family Mission Trip

When:  Thursday, July 28 – Sunday, July 31, 2016

Where:  Duluth, MN/Superior, WI God's Work Our Hands

Who:  Families of all sizes, ages and configurations 

Form of Transportation:  Your own vehicle (for maximum flexibility)

Cost: $129 per kid, $149 per adult (ages 18+)

Kids 3 and under are free (but we do need to know they are coming!).

Down payment of $100 per family due at registration.

The rest of your payment will be divided into three equal payments due April 1, May 1 and June 1.

***Financial assistance is available upon request. If you feel called to this, please don’t let money stop you from coming!!

How to Register:

To register and make your down payment online, CLICK HERE,

Or, print out the Family Mission Trip Registration Form 2016 and return it to the church office with your down payment.

Final Payment Due June 1.

Trip Leader: Pastor Kristen Larsen-Schmidt

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For their fourth summer, YouthWorks and Sticky Faith are teaming up to deliver unique family mission trip experiences to families like yours. Sticky Faith has done extensive research showing that families who serve together tend to grow in faith together and that when kids grow up in families who talk about faith together, they tend to stick with faith into adulthood. The resources Sticky Faith has created particularly for these family experiences are designed to help parents talk with their kids about faith, service and Jesus. The mission trip context YouthWorks provides gives families a hands-on context to apply what they are learning. Calvary has taken youth on many YouthWorks trips in recent history.

More and more families are seeking to bring Christian service into their kids’ everyday practice. Sticky Faith Family Mission Trips are an incredible way to anchor this family value.

About our Mission Site: Duluth/Superior:

Duluth, MN and its sister city Superior, WI are nestled on the western tip of the Great Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in surface area in the world. Lake Superior’s scenic shore will offer a beautiful backdrop to your time of service. Though Duluth and Superior are close neighbors, they are two drastically different cities, with Duluth being much more an industrial city while Superior is much more of a blue collar town. On one hand poverty and economic hardship are realities in both cities, especially among the youth population. At the same time, both of these cities have been consistently recognized as great places to live.

By doing work projects and working alongside local social service organizations like the Boys & Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, the City of Duluth Parks & Rec department, senior centers, and even an accordion museum, your family will have the opportunity to serve in both of these cities. Depending on the timing of your trip there will also be an opportunity for your family to visit Canal Park in Duluth along the lake, experience Enger Tower Park in Superior that overlooks both Duluth and Superior, and particpate in a community cookout.

If your family wants to pair your mission trip with some family vacation time, there is a plethora of family fun to  be had in the Duluth area, along the North shore of Lake Superior and in the nearby boundary waters region. We are driving separately so that you have maximum flexibility to come early, stay late, and explore on your own

Want more information?  Read the Family Mission Trip FAQ and view an example of the Family Mission Trip Daily Schedule.


Peder Eide Christmas Concert

EideChristamasSunday, December 11 @ 4:00 p.m.

Join us!

Peder is a full-time Christian songwriter, singer, speaker, and worship leader. Every December, Peder presents his extremely popular Christmas Tour. His latest, critically acclaimed Christmas release, PERFECT SURPRISE, was selected by The USA TODAY as one of its featured holiday selections and the single “Why Wouldn’t I”, has become a feature song with ministries and families involved in adoption and orphan care.

•  $10 – Individual Ticket  •    $20 – Family Ticket   •

CLICK HERE to purchase a ticket for this event.

Fall Festival

Join us for some fall fun! Sunday, October 29 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Games, activities, and tons of FUN. Special appearances will be made by the Little Red Reading Bus, Safe Kids and the Grand Forks Fire Department!

There is no entry fee but we are collecting items for area kids in need! Please bring a nonperishable food donation for a kids plus program: Easy Mac, applesauce, breakfast cereal, canned soup and vegetables, granola bars. Other donation items: backpacks and children’s winter gear.

Remember to wear your costume!


Registration now Open for Feed My Starving Children Event in April

Volunteer Registration is now open for this year’FMSC logos Feed My Starving Children MobilePack event in Grand Forks on April 1-3.   These volunteer slots do fill up quite quickly, so those who are interested are encouraged to sign up promptly.  You can register from your computer at home by clicking here, or if you need help, FMSC Core Team members will be in Holy Grounds Sunday February, 28.   Event t-shirts are available for purchase for $20.  The FMSC planning teaming is also challenging Calvary members to consider giving a donation of a package of 6 meals per member of their family (package of food is $1.32  and this includes 6 meals). We are at $44,800 toward the $88,000 needed to pay for 400,000 meals we will pack.


Thanks for your continuing financial and prayer support as we look to this year’s event with the goal of raising enough money to make  400,000 meals.