06/11/20 Tidings

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Dear Trinity,

Pastor Amy Waelchli
Pastor Amy Waelchli

This summer we’re breaking out of the Revised Common Lectionary from June 14 until August 30 to get Unraveled: Seeking God When Our Plans Fall Apart. This series from our friends at A Sanctified Art was released in 2017, but I can’t imagine a more timely worship template for us in the summer of 2020!

You, the good people of Trinity, have undergone enormous change over the past two years (yes, its only been two years). A beloved pastor resigned under painful circumstances, decidedly not the farewell you’d imagined after decades of life together. In our present moment, we’re experiencing change at breakneck pace. But change without conversation or community leaves us feeling uncertain. It’s time forus to explore our suspicion that things are becoming Unraveled so we can whole heartedly proclaim that
God is still making all things new!

During Unraveled, we will Lament, Learn, and Look for God.

Lament is a holy prayer of pain, anger, grief, and all the things that we presume “good Christians” shouldn’t admit to feeling. Our Biblical ancestors had no such reservations however! In the Bible, Lament is a popular form of conversation with God. Ragged breaths name the lament until finally the depths of anger get replaced with sighs that speak God’s faithful presence. Lament is necessary for growing in faith and for processing change. Lament is never the end of the conversation, but its needed.

Learning is part of Christian faith and life, especially if you’re a Lutheran! It’s a healthy, faithful mindset to believe that we, each of us, can always learn more. So during the sermon series we’ll dig deep into the Bible and our Lutheran heritage to help us understand how to release those plans that have fallen apart. When we do so, our hands and hearts and minds are open to receive the new blessings God has in store.

Finally, we’ll look for God’s faithful presence in our daily lives, over the expanse of generations, and through the course of human history. Naming God’s continued presence will encourage us to trust that God is still here, working to bless all of creation even now. During this series, we’ll practice tuning our hearts to God even in chaos and uncertainty.

Walk with me this summer as we explore Unraveled.

Grace + Peace,
Pastor Amy

Drive Through Communion: Sunday, 6/14, 9 – 10 am at Trinity!

Communion is a sacred gift to us from God. Jesus commanded that we “do this to remember” him and still serves as the host of this meal. Come. Receive this gift, be strengthened by the love and sacrifice of Jesus, be renewed. To prepare yourself for receiving communion, please worship online with us at 8 am.

Pastor Amy and Pastor Dan will be stationed in the parking lot ready to distribute blessed elements of juice and wafer, the body and blood of Jesus. All you need to do is roll down your window!

  1. Even with mask and glove precautions, there is some element of risk to this. If you feel unwell or are hesitant in any way, please stay home. Jesus loves you!
  2. Enter the church parking lot of Lincoln Street and wrap around the building (arrows). Parking lot attendants will direct you to stations where Pastor Amy and Pastor Dan will pass communion to you through your window.

Please note: the church will be closed and bathrooms unavailable.

Gluten Free Wafers available on request

Yes! You can bring your offering to communion.

Yes! You can bring your quarters for Guatemala to communion.

Yes! You can bring your pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House to communion.

All Devotionals including the Unraveled devotionals will be available at Drive Thru Communion.

A request for help from one of our confirmation students working on a Girl Scout project.

Hi! I am Mackenzie Cramlet, an 8th grader at the Fort Atkinson Middle School.  In my Middle School years I had the opportunity to do a silver award for Girl Scouts. I have always had a passion for trying to help my community and make a difference in others lives. This I thought was the perfect opportunity to do just that.

What I am planning to do for my silver award is to make some sensory frames for all of the Special Education rooms in all elementary schools in the 1Fort district. I would make 2-3 frames for each Special Education classroom.

Here are some of the materials that will be helpful for the project are;
Picture Frames (4*6)
plastic straws
thin hot glue sticks
buttons and felt
pool noodles
maybe a corkboard.
Anything else you can think of that would be a good texture material
Some of the requirements for the silver award are;
*A project that will help the community for now and in the future
*50 hours of work needs to be put into the project
*4 or less people are working on the project

Thank you so much for helping and I am looking forward to helping the Fort Atkinson community!

Mackenzie Cramlet; Cadette Girl Scout in the Badgerland Council

PRAYERS REQUESTED FOR…..Judy Almquist, Marsha Anderson, Sandy Anderson, Nick Bee, Linda Doerr, Kim Hannan, Renee Jensen, Ron Kemmerling, Bob Kyle, Phyllis Lang, Steffani Liebel, Rick Liebel, Dan Morrow, Pam Nicholas, Debbie Pierce, Tom Pomraning, Violet Prust, Paul Reed, Tim Sawyer, Denny Stark, Shelley Scheurm, Ruth Smithback, Karen Weber, Donna Weeks, Aryzone Zick, Donald Zuehlke and those we name silently in our hearts.

A Summer Series with Trinity Lutheran Church

Starting June 14th, 2020

Click here for the Daily Faith Practices Second Sunday after Pentecost from ELCA.