Chairman's Message  








Greetings, Calvary Family:

I was just forwarded the above April 2020 monthly calendar this morning – Everything that was planned has been postponed as we are abiding by the “stay home” Ohio order and Federal guidelines that were just  extended thru May 1st. 

Pastor Dieterichs is looking into Live Streaming services during these times – see link in e-mail below:

Some other things to keep in mind:

Pastor Dieterichs is still available, by appointment only, for private devotion and Communion.  Just call the Church office @1-440-845-0070 and leave a message.

***The Church directories are in the Calvary office, so you could essentially get a devotion and get your directory at the same time (just kidding – you will definitely get spiritual growth!)!***

The Elders should have called you by now to fill you in on this as well as to gauge your interest in having your copy (i.e. if you sat for pictures at Calvary or submitted a picture for the directory, you are essentially due a copy of the directory) of the pictorial directory mailed to your house.  We have extra copies available as well for those that did not get their picture taken.

We welcome you to try out Push Pay from our website or you can mail your giving envelope (s) to Calvary.

               ***The mailing address for your giving envelopes, if you wish to mail them in, is:

                       Calvary Lutheran Church

                       6906 W Pleasant Valley Rd.

                       Parma, OH 44129

We will leave it up to the individual committees as to how they want to proceed with their monthly business – thru e-mail, Skype, Zoom, in person, etc.

Continually pray for our First Responders, Medial personnel, etc. and all who are on the front lines daily attending to medical needs and those in need during this pandemic.

If you ordered Easter flowers, please contact Michelle Stacko on details as to when and where to pick yours up.  Pastor Dieterichs and Elaine Pintner will make sure that the shut-ins receive theirs accordingly.

Last but not least, here are the lyrics to a hymn that came to my mind as we “weather the storm”:


                  Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war

                  With the cross of Jesus going on before

                  Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe

                  Forward into battle see His banners go

                  Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war

                  With the cross of Jesus going on before

                 At the sign of triumph Satan?s host doth flee

                On then, Christian soldiers, on to victory

                 Hell's foundations quiver at the shout of praise

                 Brothers lift your voices, loud your anthems raise

                 Like a mighty army moves the church of God

                 Brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod

                 We are not divided, all one body we

                 One in hope and doctrine, one in charity

                 What the saints established that I hold for true

                 What the saints believed, that I believe too

                 Long as earth endureth, men the faith will hold

                 Kingdoms, nations, empires, in destruction rolled

                 Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane

                 But the church of Jesus constant will remain

                 Gates of hell can never against that church prevail

                 We have Christ's own promise, and that cannot fail

                 Onward then, ye people, join our happy throng

                 Blend with ours your voices in the triumph song

                 Glory, laud and honor unto Christ the King

                 This through countless ages men and angels sing

Remember to practice social distancing when you leave your house for essential purchases only. These are trying times, but we will get through it with the help and grace of God.

As always, stay safe and stay in the Word of God, daily, until we can see each other face to face again at Calvary.


Jeffrey Lessa

Calvary Chairman 2020-2022


Great News, Calvary Family!

When we see each other next, in person, we will have our Life Touch pictorial directories to hand out  – they were received in house at Calvary yesterday, March 26th! I have attached the front cover, preview page (for those of you on the Call Committee or know Deacon Jim’s humor, will get a kick out of this) and the back page.  I cannot give away the whole directory – where would be the fun in that?!

The rest of the directory is equally as great as these 3 previews I have provided.  We waited a long time for them and they were worth the wait! I can’t wait for you all to see the rest of the pages.

Until then, stay healthy. Keep the Faith.


Jeffrey Lessa

Calvary Chairman 2020-2022

P.S.:  What do you call a number that won’t sit still?

          Answer:  A Roman numeral








 Dear Calvary Family,


During the worldwide COVID-19 situation and temporary suspension of worship services at Calvary, we must keep our focus on God and his gifts to us. 

Romans 8:35-39 ESV / 1,535 helpful votes

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I understand that times are tough and for some, this situation is requiring all of us to rethink our daily life, routine, finances, etc.  Even though we are not currently holding services at Calvary, our bills are still coming in and are due.  We should always strive to give to God from our first fruits.

This would be a good time to investigate and utilize our online Push Pay system (link below).  Remember to answer “yes” to cover the credit surcharge.  Whatever amount you can give or are willing to give to further God’s kingdom here in Parma, OH and the surrounding communities, would be greatly appreciated during this time.

When we return to a “sense of normalcy”, you can utilize your church envelopes, or if you like Push Pay, continue on with this program (if you have any questions on how to set-up a recurring donation, etc. – please see Pastor Deacon or Barb Frastici (Treasurer)).

Please be sure to checkout our website, Facebook & Instagram pages for any updates, church bulletins, web messages, etc.

Keep the Faith!


Jeffrey Lessa

Calvary Chairman 2020-2022

On a less serious note, I saw this on Facebook:

Tithing is not limited to money – that is, if you bought 10 rolls of toilet paper, you owe your Church 3!  If you buy more than 10, please do the math accordingly!


Good Evening, Calvary Family:

It’s that time for the monthly update.  Lots to report on.

To ensure that the whole message is read, here is a question that I am asking (the answer will be at the bottom of this e-mail):

What do you call a computer that sings?

Here is what has happened between the last update and/or will happen the rest of March 2020:

We said good bye to the following people:

Kandis (Maust) Hills as she transferred to Shepherd of the Desert in Scottsdale, AZ.

Free Farewell Cliparts, Download Free Clip Art, Free Clip Art on ...

Tim, Linda, Tanya & Ivan & Serenity Briscoe have moved to St. Croix permanently.

Jeff Steingass is an Elder now and took over lay reader scheduling.

CWT has a “Foods From Around The World” potluck coming up on March 15, 2020.

***March 15th is also known as the “Ides of March” – from the history books, you can learn that this was not a good day for Julius Caesar!***

Bookstore Clip Art - Clip Art Library

Monthly reminder:  The Calvary Bookstore will be open on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month between Bible Study & Worship.

***Please see Jen Toronski or Deacon Hurst for further details***

Thrivent Members:  Your 2019 Choice Dollars expire on March 21, 2020.  For further information, please see the A-Frame or contact

Mike Heldwein @1-440-539-0800

The Outreach Project is “Animal Shelter Outreach”and runs through March 31, 2020.  See 

the display table in the Narthex for further information.

A big thank you from the CWT for your donations to the Care Packages for our Military and to Verna Jurkovich & Roseanne Dowell for coordinating their Heart Healthy Luncheon on February 9th!

Potluck Suppers are back for the Wednesdays in Lent. They will start  at 6 pm and end at 7 pm (the time of worship).  No sign-up is necessary.  Just Bring your food dish and enjoy fellowship before the mid-week Lenten Services.

***Here are the topics that will be covered this Lenten season (March 4th through April 1st):

Free Lenten Prayer Cliparts, Download Free Clip Art, Free Clip Art ...

March 4th: “The Wounds of Dishonoring Authority”

                     Pastor Telloni, St. John Massillon

March 11th: “The Wounds of Violating the Sabbath”

                      Pastor Dieterichs, Calvary Lutheran

March 18th: “The Wounds of Adultery”

                      Pastor Cahill, Christ the King, Lodi

March 25th: “The Wounds of Murder”

                      Pastor McLeod, Resurrection, Malvern

      April 1st: “The Wounds of Stealing”

                       Pastor Stephens, St. Matthew, Norton

The Bible Study for this Lenten Season comes from a book called “The Spirituality of the Cross: The Way of the First Evangelicals”.  There are still some books and study guides available for a suggested donation of $10 (don’t worry there will be no grading of these study 

Amen Sunday Night Bible Studies - Clip Art Library

guides).  Here is the suggested reading guideline for this:

Week 1 (Feb. 26th – March 4th): pgs. 15-39 (includes intro)

Week 2 (March 4th—March 11th): pgs. 41-67

Week 3 (March 11th – March 18th): pgs. 69-87

Week 4 (March 18th—March 25th): pgs. 89-114

Week 5 (March 25th—April 1st): pgs. 117-143 (includes Closing)

Friday, March 13, 2020:  Bible Study at the Ballas house.

Saturday March 21, 2020 will mark the 6 month Anniversary of Pastor Dieterichs at Calvary (time flew by fast).

Saturday, March 28th from 10am—3pm:  Pastor Ballas is leading a “Learning God’s Truths” class//workshop…more details to some as it gets nearer.  Just wanted to get this on your radar, if you are interested.

All Committees that meet, are on their same or new schedules (i.e. Board of Education, Outreach & Council).

As always, keep those in the Prayers of the People, published weekly, in your thoughts and prayers.

Palm Sunday is April 5th and this kicks off Holy Week – JOURNEY to the CROSS will be back!

As you can see, there are lots of exciting things happening around Calvary in 2020 – please be sure that you come to Church to hear more about these and any new additions to these events that may be added as March continues.


Jeffrey Lessa

Calvary Chairman 2020-2022

P.S.: As promised, here is the answer to the question posed at the top of this e-mail:


A Dell

It Is Finished!

Good Evening, Calvary Family:

Did I get your attention and interest?

Bet you thought this was a Lenten Lesson?!  I will leave those to Pastor and his “Round Robin Pastoral Rotations” on the Wednesday services during this Lenten season. 

This was a fitting way to describe the way I feel now as I just “authorized” Life Touch to print our directories! 

The Life Touch directory project is “finished”. I had to have some sections edited and proofed 

Free Art Directory Cliparts, Download Free Clip Art, Free Clip Art ...

twice, but it was worth it to get it right for our first directory in 7 calendar years (2013-2020) and pictures in 6 years (2013-2019)!


This was a long process of contacting and then contracting with Life Touch (Pastor Dieterichs initiated these 2 parts in October 2019), taking conference calls (November 2019), advertising (November 2019), scheduling & getting pictures taken (December 2019), gathering pictures (December 2019 & January 2020), creating pages (December 2019 & January 2020), reviewing proofs (January & February 2020),  sending proofs back for re-tweaking (February 2020) and finally when all was correct, the “authorization to print (End of February 2020)”was given and Life Touch springs into action.  We had 57 people//family units sit for pictures at Calvary and 15 individual photo submissions (for a total of 72 directories for those folks). Life Touch gives Calvary 20 free directories and Calvary decided to purchase an additional 20, for a grand total of 112 directories that will be shipped to Calvary.  We are expecting these directories to be in house between March 20, 2020 (15 calendar days) and March 27, 2020 (20 calendar days).  Then distribution will then take place accordingly.

I hope you enjoy them when you see them as this has been a rewarding process and a good way to get to know and have our Calvary Family become more connected during out 65th Anniversary Year!



Jeffrey Lessa

Calvary Chairman 2020-2022


Greetings, Calvary Family:

We made it through the first month of 2020 already!  I just wanted to bring you up to speed on somethings that are happening around Calvary this upcoming month:

Beef Stew Clipart - Clip Art Library

January 26, 2020:  We held a retirement dinner for Megan Schlick.  A good time was had by all as we ate goulash prepared & supplied by Tibor & Angella Biro.


We also learned about “Meganisms” from Deacon Hurst.

Free welcome graphics welcome clip art clipartcow 2 - Clip Art Library

We welcomed in 4 new members to our Calvary Family

Debbie Asmondy (Marcy’s daughter) by Affirmation of Faith

Tom Horton (Grace & Aiden) by Affirmation of Faith

Marcy Harrison transferred in from St. Thomas in Streetsboro, OH

William (“Bill”) Moysey transferred in from St. Paul’s in Valley City, OH

Pastor and I have previewed the directory proof, made notes, sent it back and have 

Church Directory Clip Art - Clip Art Library

requested to view a new proof in about 2 weeks so that we can make sure all is in order before “authorizing it to print”.  Still looking like delivery for about the end of February!


If you park near the garage and youth room, your spot will be taken up by a 10 yd dumpster that has been rented for the storage room clean-out happening this

weekend in the Fellowship Hall @10am.  Please plan accordingly for parking elsewhere on Calvary’s property.


Pastor Dieterichs will be attending a Central Circuit Conference in Sharon, PA on February 4th and 5th.

Greek Salad - Clip Art Library

February 9th – CWT is having a Heart Healthy Salad Luncheon.

We only have 3 more weeks of the Discipleship Study that we are partnering with Crossroads Lutheran Church on Wednesdays.

Ash Wednesday Clipart Free - Clip Art Library

Ash Wednesday is February 26, 2020.



We have New Meeting Schedules for February 2020 and beyond:

Free Agenda Cliparts, Download Free Clip Art, Free Clip Art on ...

Elders will still meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month.

Board of Education and Outreach will meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

Council has been moved to the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Free Mailbox Clipart - Clip Art Library

There is now a mailbox slot in the Church Office for Lisa Klein, our new Office Manager – please leave any items that need her attention there.


We are still supporting the Cleveland Pregnancy Center (CPC) for their “Loose Change For Life Campaign” throughout the rest of February.

The Calvary bookstore will be open on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month between Bible Study and Worship – Volunteers to help staff the bookstore are needed.

***See Deacon Hurst or Jennifer Toronski, if interested***

The CWT is still collecting “Care Packages for U.S. Military Members”.

Free Prayer Cliparts, Download Free Clip Art, Free Clip Art on ...

Keep those in the “Prayers of the People” section of your weekly bulletins in your daily thoughts and prayers. 


Jeffrey Lessa

Calvary Chairman 2020-2022

Greetings, Calvary Family,

I just wanted to bring you up to speed on a few things for January 2020:

I am expecting an e-mail proof of our Directory @January 31, 2020.  If any corrections need to be made, I will request another proof before final approval for printing.  It is looking like we will have our directories by the end of February 2020.

Don’t forget the Hungarian goulash dinner on Sunday January 26, 2020 in honor of Megan’s retirement after serving our Church as Office Manager for 16 years (2003-2019).

Details are in the weekly Church bulletins in regards to a retirement gift, set-up time: Saturday January 25, 2020 @9am for this dinner, etc.

January 18 and 19th:  Rev. Dr. Paul Hoffman returns to our pulpit for preaching while Pastor Dieterichs is away.  We can probably also expect to “say hello to his little friend” as well!

In case you missed Installation weekend (January 12, 2020), here are your 2020 Officers:

Chairman:  Jeffrey Lessa

Vice Chairman:  OPEN

Immediate Past Chairman:  Matthew Kasinecz

Council Secretary:  Michelle Stacko

Treasurer:  Barb Frastaci

Assistant Treasurer:  Linda Mann

Board of Elders:  Jay White

                               Terry Maust

                               Mike Heldwein

***Always room for more Elders***

Trustees: Dave Stacko

                  Tim Dowell

                  Mike Marcis

***Always room for more Trustees***

Financial Secretary:  Gayle Jonas

Assistant Financial Secretary:  Kimberly Lessa

Outreach Chair:  Mary Wojtkiewicz

Assistant Outreach Chair:  OPEN

Stewardship Chair: Ron Wojtkiewicz

Assistant Stewardship Chair:  OPEN

Board of Christian Education:  Jennifer Toronski

                                                        Kevin Vonderau

                                                        Kimberly Kasinecz

                                                        Connie Wagner

Fellowship Chair:  Pat Hageman

Assistant Fellowship Chair:  Diane Mirola

Fellowship Board: Elaine Pintner

                                  Sonia Williams

                                  Megan Schlick

                                  Sandy Deunk

Nominating Committee:  OPEN

Please be sure to check out the Narthex for the A-Frame and other activities that the various groups are engaged in throughout the month of January (Socks for Flocks, Snow Ball Party, CPC Baby Bottles Campaign, Care Packages for Military Members, etc.)

New Office hours are 9am—1pm with Lisa Klein

Also, please be sure to check out our website to see all the exciting updates that have been done to it (including Pastor’s Corner, recorded sermons, Deacon’s page, weekly bulletins, etc.)

As always, keep those in the “Prayers for People” section of our bulletin in your thoughts & prayers

Exciting times and events are already afoot here for Calvary Lutheran Church in 2020 (our 65th Anniversary year)!



Jeffrey Lessa

Calvary Chairman 2020-2022

What does the future hold for Calvary in 2020?

Only God knows.  The most obvious one is we will celebrate our 65th Anniversary.  To most people, that would be a “retirement age”.  However, we are not ready to “retire” Calvary yet.  Maybe we can “retire” some of the ways of doing things that we did in the past.  

All of this will happen under the watchful and helpful guidance of our new full time Pastor we now have in place, after an exhaustive 27 month search. With the leadership of Pastor Dieterichs, we can move forward with spreading the Word of God to this fallen world, specifically Parma, OH and its surrounding communities. 

I feel that the operative theme for Calvary in 2020 should be “reflection”.  Let me explain:

Reflection has many different meanings, but the one I want us to focus on for 2020 is “serious thought or consideration”. 

That is….

Reflection on the past during the vacancy to see where we fell short (both internally and externally to our brothers and sisters in Christ) and ALSO where we shone “brighter than the sun”.  

Reflection on what we did in the past (that is: see what worked and what can be brought back or a develop a new idea for a new beginning in 2020).  

Reflection on your role in this Church body – how you can better serve the Lord in terms of time (volunteering for events, leadership positions, etc.), talents (reading, small choir bursts, etc.), and tithing (are you moved by the Spirit to help “return the first fruits to God”?). 

Reflection on what Calvary means to you.  Reflection on what image you want Calvary to portray to the surrounding Parma, OH community (i.e. how do we become a beacon of hope again for those that are lost in this world?

 I understand we used to have a tall fluorescent cross in front of Calvary in the past and that everyone knew Calvary as the “Church with the big cross on the hill”.  

Reflection on what projects or ideas Calvary can undertake or act on to move forward into the next chapter of our family in the 21st century.  Reflection on Calvary’s motto and mission statement (does it need to be updated, changed, etc.).  

Reflection on God’s Word as it contains the basic instructions on how to live our lives on earth.

 In preparing this speech I came across the following Biblical meaning of “reflection” from and it specifically said: “As we study the Bible, we learn that the Law is like a mirror – for both God and man. In the Law, we see a true reflection of God’s character. That reflection reveals that God is holy and righteous.”  

I also came across this in Genesis 1:27 where it says “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” 

So, whatever you choose to reflect on in 2020 and beyond, always keep God at the forefront of your thoughts and actions.  Luke 1:37 tells us “For nothing is impossible with God”.  By working together, not against one another, we can move Calvary forward in 2020 and continue to grow Calvary’s family tree.  I am excited for 2020 and beyond for our Calvary family and I hope you are as well. 

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you in the role as Congregation Chairman for the next 2 years.

 Jeffrey Lessa

Congregational Chairman 2020-2022