10/15/20 Tidings

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Dear Trinity,

Pastor Amy Waelchli
Pastor Amy Waelchli

A good surprise happened.

When Fort moved to virtual education, Badgerland After School Enrichment (BASE) kicked into high gear looking for ways to help families with children at home. While lots of families have made arrangements with neighbors, family or employers, as you might imagine, some families need help with their children as they work. The Director of BASE, Alicia Norris, contacted me to see if they could use space at Trinity. The Council immediately said, “Yes.”

Now we have 12 elementary students and four adult staff members using the basement of Trinity five days a week. BASE is downstairs and Trinity staff is up. We’re keeping our distance and our masks on to stay healthy!

As exciting as this is, it’s hard, too. Hard because we’d like to be together for worship, Confirmation, LIFT, any number of things. All the things! As happy as I am to have the building used, I’m looking forward to them leaving.
Because when they leave, they’ll be back at the schools. Which means the schools will be open. Which means we, dear Trinity, will be back to meeting in person.

As is typical, God is calling us to give in ways we couldn’t imagine. It isn’t much, really, just space. But what we’re forgoing while giving it is challenging. Still what these children and families are getting is something we can’t
measure. And what God is planting, doing, working on right now, through us is beyond our knowing.

I’ve been pondering Hebrews 11:1 for the past few days. “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance in what we do not see.” May our faith in God’s power to work miracles continue to find hope in good
surprises

Grace + Peace,
Pastor Amy

The Christian is a completely free Lord of all, subject to none. The Christian is a completely dutiful servant of all, subject to all.

~MARTIN LUTHER, THE FREEDOM OF A CHRISTIAN

Please join Pastor Amy for a class on Martin Luther’s treatise The Freedom of a Christian. This self-guided study is free of charge and comes with an excellent study guide. We’ll have weekly assignments to read and reflect on and then we’ll meet via Zoom for discussion on what we’re learning and how we may have experienced this in our lives.

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Mondays @ 6:30 p.m. (Oct. 26; Nov. 2; Nov. 9; Nov. 16; Nov. 23

Tuesdays @ 12 p.m. (Oct. 27; Nov. 3; Nov. 10; Nov. 17: Nov. 24

Hiking/Fellowship Social Distancing Events

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 at 10:00 am, meet at the Nordic Trails parking lot on County Highway H just north of Hwy. 12 for 1.5 miles to the Nordic Trail parking lot, on the east side of the road. Click for map.

This hike is to support our Trinity Youth Group in the Virtual 5k Your Way.
Please consider registering for this event, by clicking here.

Registration is $20 and you get a cool T-shirt.

Log in your 5K anytime the weekend of Thursday, October 22nd thru Monday, October 26th. All proceeds will go to Youth Programming at Trinity. Send pics of you and/or your group. They will be posted on the Trinity
Instagram and Facebook pages.

HikerCaravaning is available for those who want to meet at Trinity Lutheran Church. It will take about 30 mins to drive to the trailhead parking lot so plan to be at the church parking lot no later than 9:15 a.m.

This is a fee area, so you’ll need a yearly Wisconsin state parks pass for your vehicle ($28) or you will have to purchase a day pass ($8) for your vehicle. The trail head has potable water and toilets. Bring your face mask for
using the toilets.

Bring a water bottle, trekking poles or walking stick if you have/want them, snacks in case you need an energy pickup, bug spray, light jacket, hat and/or sunglasses. If you are more comfortable, you may also wear a face
mask.

The Nordic Trail is an overlapping, stacked loop system with seven named trails; three are rated as novice and four are rated as intermediate. Trail distances range from 1.1 km to 15.9 km. The most challenging terrain occurs
on the Green Trail and on portions of the Blue Trail where there are several fun, hilly stretches. We’ll be hiking the Green Trail on the Oct 10th, 3.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail that features a variety of terrain and scenery.
The majority of the terrain is flat to gently rolling and meanders through a nice variety of scenery that includes stands of mixed hardwoods, pine plantations, and open fields within the South Kettle Moraine State Forest. It is
marked as a Moderate/Intermediate trail.

Any questions, please contact Aurelio Callope at callopeAnD86@gmail.com or call (262) 490-4923.

Additional Hiking Opportunities

HikersHere’s some information for those who want more hiking and are available on weekdays.

We meet Tuesdays at 4 p.m. for a 3-mile hike at the DNR parking lot on U.S. Highway 12 about 4 miles east of Whitewater (Sherwood Forest Rd.) We meet at the same place on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Those hikes usually are 6 to 8 miles or
about 3 hours long. Shorter, 3-mile hikes, also are held on Wednesday mornings starting at the same time, as well.

Any questions or interested folks should contact Steve Larson at (920) 650-0570.

Feed Your Soul Volunteers Needed

Feed Your Soul at First United Methodist Church provides meals for those in need every Thursday afternoon. They are asking members of the community to volunteer with providing desserts for the meals each week. Here is a message from the organizer, Jen Lowry:

“A little about what we’ve been doing since March…By the grace of God, we have been able to continue serving the weekly FYS meal since March. We only missed serving one meal, the week the lockdown began. We are
managing the program on a takeout-only basis. The majority of people are coming to the church, and we are bringing the meals to their cars (no one comes inside the church). There are a number of people we also deliver
meals to, which makes up about 20% of the total.

The meals are all homemade casseroles, a vegetable or fruit or roll. There’s a team of five to seven people who come in every Thursday to prep food, pack the meals into to-go containers. Meals go out the door like clockwork! We have pretty consistently been serving 165 to 175 meals each week. In the last three weeks, I’ve seen a slow increase.

Here’s where we need your help: making desserts and spreading the word. Here’s the link to sign up for bringing desserts from October through the end of the year (the church remains closed for worship services, and so
we are also continuing with takeout meals only). https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b48aea72ca5fe3-feed

1) Dessert making details:

  • Desserts can be dropped off at the Fort Methodist Church (320 S. Main) from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Thursdays. I put a cart by the back door of the church where desserts can be left. Use the buzzer to the right of the door and you will be let inside.
  • There are no allergen issues.
  • Best desserts: cookies or bar-type cookies/desserts. Frosted cakes or bars don’t fare too well.
  • Packaging: please package 1 large cookie or 2 small cookies in Ziploc sandwich bags so they are ready to go.·
  • Special note: we are serving on Tuesdays the week of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. For Thanksgiving and Christmas, we would love to serve pie (no pre-portioning! We will do that). This is noted on
    the signup.

2) Let others know!!

Thank you so much! Let me know if you have any questions! God bless each one of you!”

If you need help signing up online, please call the Trinity church office at 920-563-4145. Sarah would be happy to help you sign up.

Hats and Mittens for STAR

Hats and mittens

STAR is continuing to collect all sizes of new or gently used hats, mittens and gloves to distribute this winter. With all that’s going on with the virus, or events not happening, we extended the intake until Nov. 15. You can bring items to drive-through communion. Or, drop them at church Monday through Thursday mornings; just ring the bell and someone will let you in. Boxes marked for them are in the hallway not far from the Food Pantry shelves.

Thanks for giving to share the warm love of Jesus to those in need!

Little Free Pantry

We have all of the days of the month covered for the Little Pantry! Thank you for all of your responses and for volunteering to help!

We are continuing to ask for food donations on Sundays at drive-thru communion for the Little Free Pantry and the Fort Food Pantry.

Thanks again to all who have volunteered!

Becky Tuttle and Polly Schull

School Kits Thank You!

Ruth Circle would like to thank the Trinity Congregation for the monetary donations, school supplies and school kits that were collected for LWR. Trinity donated 103 school kits for LWR.

Thank you for your generosity during this difficult time. You all have giving hearts. Also a thank you to Candy Milan for delivering the kits to Madison.

Thank you again Trinity.

-Ruth Circle

Third Grade Bible Sunday

BibleAs a part of our Christian Education Program at Trinity, we present the third grade Sunday school students with Bibles. This simple, yet meaningful gift from Trinity helps parents keep their promise made during Baptism “to place in their child’s hand the Holy scriptures.” This year, we will give out Bibles on Sunday, Oct. 18 during Trinity’s Drive Through Communion, which is held from 10:00-10:30 a.m. in the church parking lot.

Takeout Tailgate

Sunday School Updates

Sunday school will not gather in the church building on Oct. 11 because Trinity is not having in person worship at this time. All students who have registered to receive Sunday School in a Bag can pick up their new set of lessons on Oct. 11 during Drive Through Communion from 10:00-10:30. If this timing does not work for you, materials can be picked up at the church beginning Monday Oct. 12 through Thursday October 16. Trinity’s secretary, Sarah, is in the office from 8-1, Monday through Thursday. Church staff often keeps afternoon hours, please call ahead to be sure someone is in the building.

Church is open for prayer

Drive-Thru communion

Prayers requested for . . .

Judy Almquist, Marsha Anderson, Sandy Anderson, Alberto Calderon Castro, Linda Doerr, Terre Gaugert, Dean Hanke, Pat Kyle, Bob Kyle, Phyllis Lang, Bob LaMuro, Dan Morrow, Pam Nicholas, Debbie Pierce, Tom Pomraning, Violet Prust, Paul Reed, Shelley Scheurm, Larry and Toots Schumacher, Ruth Smithback, Roger Strege, Judie Walden, Donna Weeks, Marilyn Young, Donald Zuehlke

Do you have a prayer concern? Email the prayer force at prayerforcetlc@gmail.com. People will gladly pray for you or your loved one with their whole hearts!