Upcoming Events



What Is The Bible : Summer Book Study

Calvary Summer Reading Groups

Why should people actually read the Bible?

Isn’t it outdated? Primitive? Full of fairy Tales? Too difficult to read? Legalistic? Boring?

In fact, the Bible is a library of stories, poems, and letters dealing with loss and anger and transcendence and family and worry and empire and money and fear and stress and joy and doubt and grace and healing, and who doesn’t want to talk about those?

The Bible is about what it means to be human,  creatures caught up in the cosmic plans of a great Creator.

Rob Bell has written a very accessible, provocative and even entertaining book that will help you see the Bible in a whole new way, even if you’ve never  opened the Bible before. We want to read and discuss it together this summer in small groups. Find one that works for you! No experience necessary!

4  Fun Sessions. Pick a Group, Invite a friend and Jump In!               

 (Please sign up in the office for whichever session you are interested in)

  • For ALL: Mondays at 8:30 pm with Nathan and Liz Olson at their home (address in office),     June 5, 12, 19, and 26
  • For ALL: Thursdays at noon (biring your lunch) with Pastor Mark at Calvary  June 8, 15, 22 and 29    
  • For YOUNG ADULTS: Wednesdays at 7pm with Aaron and Nicole Bye at Rhombus Brewery,       July 5,12,19 and 26
  • For ALL: Wednesdays at 5:30pm with Pastor Kristen on the NE Calvary lawn (bring a chair) June  14, 21 and 28 and July 12.
  • For ALL—Thursdays at 6:30 with Jan Kurtyka on the NE Calvary lawn (bring a chair)       July 6,13,20 and 27
  • For ALL—Wednesdays at 11am with Pastor Sonja on the NE Calvary lawn (bring a Chair)       July 12,19, 26 and August 2

Stay tuned for more sessions opening up throughout the summer!

There are a few books available in the church office and they can be found or downloaded wherever books are sold.

Friday Night Life

An opportunity for middle school students to connect with each other and with God.fnl4

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

  • April 28: End of the Year Bash

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

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.

August Calvary Calling


Easter Sunday

The Resurrection of Our Lord – Easter Sunday

Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary – 7:30 & 9:00 a.m.

Blended Worship in the Sanctuary – 10:30 a.m.

Contemporary Worship in the Fellowship Hall – 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.

Join us at Calvary as we sing ALLELUIA! There will be Holy Communion at every service and we believe it is Jesus’ table… all are welcome. The nursery is open.

2017 Men’s Weekend

Attention Calvary Men!


Join us for the Men’s Weekend… Friday, May 5 – Sunday, May 7!

Time for baseball!  Minnesota Twins  verses   Boston Red Sox

Saturday afternoon, May 6 | Target Field in Minneapolis

Come join others to carpool from Calvary to the Cities on Friday, May 5.  The baseball game is Saturday afternoon at Target Field.  We will return home on Sunday afternoon, May 7.  The group will stay at Luther Seminary guest housing.  Twins ticket and lodging for two nights will be $80 per person not including food.   For more information, contact Pastor Mark or Leroy Kurtyka.

Save your seat! CLICK HERE to register today!


Columbarium Update

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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.

Vacation Bible School 2017

June 5-8  from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Come and be a part of this summer’s Vacation Bible School.

VBS is for all children who were in preschool – 5th grade for the 2016-2017 school year (children must have turned 3 by August 1, 2016).

Sign up in the Education office for $14 or sign up online for $15.

CLICK HERE to register.  If you would like to be a part of this year’s VBS, contact Jackie Spiros at 772-4897 or jackie.spiros@calvarygf.org.

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:

  • Wednesday, August 16, 5:30 p.m. led by Pastor Kristen
  • Tuesday, September 19 5:30 p.m. led by Pastor Sonja