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February 2024!

This is a landing spot for the monthly sharing of news from Calumet that will help Calumet Nation be in the know and up to date with a whole variety of information, plans, and ideas. This is an effort that is in direct relation to Calumet's attempts to reduce use of paper & ink (15,000 newsletters is a lot), save a few bucks (postage and related costs can add up), and experiment (almost all of Calumet's peeps are now savvy when it comes to simple emails and web searches). Let's see how this goes!

In Our Prayers

Karen Carlson who is undergoing surgery and managing serious health concerns (prayers for courage, strength, and peace) ...

Janet, a friend of Sarah Lombardo, who is in the midst of a cancer fight.

For the families of Calumet supporter Herb Emilson, and Calumet alum Gordy Ahlstrom, and Calumet's dear friend Pauline Davis, and others who have died recently ...

Immanuel Lutheran in Oxford, CT which recently celebrated their vote to become a Reconciling In Christ congregation and for all congregations of the New England Synod that are presently in -- or considering a decision to begin -- that discernment process ...

Ralph Johansson who is managing ongoing health concerns ...

People processing/grieving or otherwise impacted by their congregation’s Holy Closure ...

HIP at Calumet Interns (as they enter their 6th month of service) ...

Those receiving challenging diagnosis (prayer for courage, strength, and resolve) ...

Ones who experience fear, anxiety, or worry (prayer for hope and trust) ...

For the innocent ones in the Middle East whose lives are upended and devalued by the ones who have power through elections or who have power by force ... may innocent ones be strengthened and may ones in power show mercy and humility ...

For those who struggle with addiction and those who feel powerless as they see the difficulties of loved ones who are addicted ...

And all for whom we pray at this very moment who need your care, wisdom, and touch, we entrust them to you, O God. Amen.

February 2024

ONE -- Many thanks to *EVERYONE* who makes up Calumet Nation for a fantastic 2023. Calumet received generous donations, enjoyed spirited visits, and benefitted from faithful prayers. It's hard to be the Church during a time when the Church -- of every kind and every variety -- is changing so dramatically. The Lutheran lens matters and the fact that people give to this place, visit this place, and pray for this place is so incredibly important. Thank you!



TWO -- Calumet's iconic Resident Camp for Kids is a safe landing spot for so many. There are lots of improvements for 2024. Summer staff folks are due to receive letters of employment at the end of this month, and their salaries will be far more appropriate. No longer will Calumet put young adults in the position of having the decision to work at camp be so unjustly rooted in whether that person comes from a family of means. The best summer camp for kids should have the best staff -- and Calumet is better positioned to be true to our mission!

If you know a kid as young as 8 to as old as 16 who would benefit from a week or two at Calumet, direct them and their folks to Consider Calumet! Learn more using the button below.



THREE -- We have great programs planned for February and March. These are opportunities Calumet staff have put together for people of all ages. Check out what we have ready for you and the people who love Calumet! Confirmation Camp Weekends, Lego Weekend, Quilt Retreats, and much more!



FOUR -- February is Black History Month and we are partnering with the New England Synod's Anti-Racism Advisory Board to have a conversation about Dr. Jemar Tisby's How To Fight Racism. There are two opportunities for the Zoom Meet Up for those reading the book: FEB 27 at 7 PM and FEB 28 at 930 AM. Learn more by clicking the button below.



FIVE -- This month, as he enters his 34th year on staff, Calumet says goodbye to long-time Food Service Director Wade Hlushuk. His last day is FEB 5 -- well, sort of ...

For the next handful of months, Wade will be working at Calumet on a part-time basis as he assists the Acting Food Service Director -- Adrien Groleau. Calumet will still have the wonderful opportunity to enjoy Wade's goodness for the next hunk of time. What a blessing!



SIX -- Calumet is on the lookout for a person to serve as this summer's Music & Worship Coordinator. The leader we trust God will send to the shores of Ossipee Lake this summer will be a person who is a gifted songleader, excellent musician, and rooted in God's work here on earth (especially the work done through the Lutheran lens). It's a 10 Week commitment. The person will be part of Calumet's leadership team, will bring a vibe of professionalism and care, and will be the point person for all worship experiences. Calumet has budgeted a generous compensation plan that includes housing, food, and respectable weekly pay. Come work at Calumet where it's beautiful!. Learn more by clicking the button below.



SEVEN -- There are quite a number of weekend retreat experiences in the months ahead for youth and young people. Here's how to find out more: Click on a season below and you'll see the opportunities for *YOUTH* which Camp Director Adam Fales has carefully planned for young people. Check it out!



EIGHT -- A few times each year, Calumet has the wonderful blessing of having within its walls a bunch of scrappy scrapbookers! There are two Scrapbooking Weekend Retreats coming up in the months to come that might be a good fit for you or for someone you know. FEB 2-4 and APR 12-14 -- Want to learn more?

If you are new to Scrapbooking -- or aren't sure if Scrapbooking is a thing for you -- come and learn. The retreat guests are VERY welcoming and ready to help others be successful. If nothing else, the fellowship is wonderful!



NINE -- Calumet's Fruits & Roots retreat is just a few months away (April 22-25) and there is a lot of planning underway. Deacon Judy Smith will be leading this fantastic series and we hope there will be a good crowd of people who want to see what Fruits & Roots is all about. The Fruit-of-the-Spirit on our minds in April -- JOY.

Calumet is experimenting with offering a no-cost coach bus (thanks to Emanuel Lutheran in Hartford) that will make pick ups in Central Connecticut, South/Central Massachusetts, and North/East Massachusetts. Learn more about it and consider coming for a visit!



TEN -- As Calumet begins another year of life-altering ministry for people of all ages, it's worthwhile to remind Calumet Nation that -- in lots of ways -- what happens here is due in large part to what others have done. In short, God's people remembered Calumet.

The truth is that the number of people who have remembered Calumet with a gift at their death is relatively small considering how many people have loved Calumet over the years. But this is true at every charitable entity. Let's imagine together: What would it look like if EVERY person who values Calumet remembered Calumet with a gift?

Calumet is better than most in theis area, for sure -- but let's be even better. Remember Calumet with a gift upon your death. What happenes here matters so very much!