Upcoming Events



By Heart : Conversations with Luther’s Small Catechism

This year we are marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation!  “By Heart: Conversations with Luther’s Small Catechism.” For those of you who are fairly new to the Lutheran faith, this is a great opportunity to get the foundation of how Lutherans understand the basics of our faith. And for all of those life-long Lutherans out there who studied the Small Catechism in your youth, it may be time to revisit these basics again as we never outgrow or cease to be tutored by The Lord’s prayer, the Apostles Creed,  the 10 Commandments and the essence of the sacraments.


This unit on the Small Catechism will be six sessions and will be offered at the following times:

  • Sundays at 10:30am in the Sanctuary beginning September 17

  • Mondays at at 6:30pm (with Pastor Kristen – Nursery care provided) beginning September 18

  • Wednesdays at 11am in Room 10 (with Pastor Sonja), beginning September 20

2018 Youth Gathering


June 27th-July 1st 2018

 Youth in Grades 9-12!

Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders from across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of faith formation known as the Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives. Want to learn more? Visit the ELCA Website for details about this event or watch this quick video to get a preview.

CLICK HERE to register today!


Contact Aaron Bye with questions.

Silver Stars

 (Fellowship for 65 and over)

Calvary’s Silver Stars is geared for adults age 65+ and is a ministry of community and fellowship.

Silver S.T.A.R.s :





Silver Stars meet the second Wednesday of every month at 2:00 p.m.   The format for this fun group will include a devotion time, Happy Birthday wishes, a program and a light snack!

October 11 | Reformation themed! Pastor Sonja will share about her trip to Germany this summer.

Keep checking this page for upcoming events!

Friday Night Life

An opportunity for middle school students to connect with each other and with God.

We meet once every month, and what we do changes each time.
Here is what’s coming up:

  • Friday, October 13: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 
    Pumpkin Carving & the Reformation

More information will be provided as the events draw near.  For questions, contact Arron or Katie.

Memory Cafe

Calvary’s Memory Café is held the second Tuesday of the month, September – May.  The Memory/Dementia/Alzheimer’s Café takes place at 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. This is a place where anyone living with Alzheimer’s Disease or other Dementia and their spouse/family caregiver may come to socialize, enjoy refreshments, learn from experts on the disease, ask questions, and be with others who are going through the same thing in a relaxed open house atmosphere.

For questions talk with our Parish Nurse, Mary Ann Devig at 772-4897.

Calvary Calling Newsletter

To read the latest news from Calvary, please click on the following link.

July Calvary Calling

August Calvary Calling

September Calvary Calling

October Calvary Calling


Columbarium Update

Both pics of nw corner conceptual drawing

Calvary Columbarium Update: Construction Process has been completed!

The construction process began on May 26 with Community Contractors bringing in a backhoe to dig a 6-ft deep by 18-ft wide hole to hold the forms for the Columbarium foundation.  Rebar and plywood were crafted into a foundation formation, concrete was poured plus cured, the plywood was removed, and the structure was backfilled.  The foundation was completed on June 14.  Eickhof Columbaria, from Crookston, MN, arrived on June 29 to install the curved wall Columbarium with granite niche fronts and capstone.  The two installers took most of the day leveling, placing, assembling and securing the Columbarium.

The surrounding masonry was started on July 6th through Community Contractors and finished on the July 7 utilizing the leftover brick from the new addition.  This completed the Columbarium structure which turned out better than we imagined.

Next, it was time to schedule the seeding of grass and lettering to complete the signage stage.  Wilson Landscaping seeded grass into the surrounding soil August 9 and the weekly rains proved very successful.

Indigo Signworks found a couple of hours on September 12 to install the street side lettering which was financed by a Calvary Foundation Grant.  Another added blessing was the improved LED street light illuminating the northwest intersection which highlights the metal “Calvary Lutheran Church” lettering perfectly.

Now that the Columbarium and signage were completed, a short dedication with our pastoral staff took place on October 2 in between church services.  It was a beautiful fall morning to dedicate and bless the structure that will hold some of Calvary’s saints.

This was going to be the end of the construction process for 2016 but a generous benefactor donated funds that would also allow the pavers to be installed.  Sun Bee Landscaping installed the main cobblestone pavers plus the surrounding granite pavers that can be engraved.  They completed their work on November 14.

In the spring of 2017, we look forward to providing the opportunity to have past saints of Calvary remembered by having their name/s engraved on a surrounding granite paver.

In the meantime, there are 39 companion niches still available in Calvary’s newly constructed Columbarium at the price of $1600 each.  What was on paper has now become a reality, and it has been an honor for the Columbarium committee to provide such a special opportunity to Calvary’s members.

For more information about the columbarium, please click here

You can pick up the application packet and forms by stopping in the church office.  You can also call the church office at 701-772-4897 or e-mail place4u@calvarygf.org to have the forms sent to you.  Or, finally, you can download the forms from our Calvary website at www.calvarygf.org/FAQ.

Questions or thoughts?  Please contact Dana Drees (Team Chair) at inventory@tristeelmfg.com or at 701-741-3247.

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!


Baptism Classes

We welcome all to the baptism font at Calvary! – both young and old, both members and non-members. At Calvary, baptisms happen in worship, both Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.

In preparation for baptism, we ask that you – the baptism family, and (if available) your sponsors – attend one of our Baptism orientation class, held monthly at Calvary. (Please note: you can attend the class anytime before the baptism event, even before your baby is born!)  We believe that this is important, not only to understand what it means to have your child baptized, but to connect with others who are in the same life-stage as you.

For more info, please read our Baptism Class Brochure. For any additional questions and to schedule your baptism, please contact Cathy in the church office (701-772-4897).

Here are the dates for our upcoming classes:

  • Tuesday, October 17, 5:30 p.m. led by Pastor Kristen
  • Tuesday, November 14, 5:30 p.m. led by Pastor Sonja