10/30/22 Tidings

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A Message from Pastor Madeline

Dear Trinity,

Pastor MadelineWith the approaching 505th anniversary of the Reformation, take time to appreciate that as Lutherans, we uplift the priesthood of all believers. We share the belief that there is no spiritual divide or hierarchy between worship leaders and anyone else in the congregation. As Christians, we are unified in our rights and responsibilities as servants of Christ, taught to love and serve our neighbors.

In this life of service and in times of worship, it can still be helpful to have designated roles and pathways of leadership, so we know what to expect; who’s going to read, or preside at the table, or turn the lights on in the morning. For this reason, assisting ministers and pastors and acolytes arrive early to church and work together to turn the assembly’s hearts toward praying together and giving praise to God. For this same reason, we have church milestones for our children and youth.

In addition to introduction to the sacraments (Baptism and Holy Communion), such milestones include receiving first Bibles, First Communion class, serving as acolytes, learning through Confirmation classes, Affirmation of Baptism, and continuing to volunteer and serve through LIFT while growing into young adults in Christian community, with critical-thinking, compassionate care, and resilient faith.

We recently celebrated our acolytes and confirmands during worship, acknowledging their growing maturity and dedication within this priesthood of all believers. We know Jesus is present with or without candlelight, and no one’s baptism has an expiration date, but we still have classes to deepen our faith, and rituals to celebrate what we already know to be true: This is God’s church, and whatever our role might be at this time, we forever belong. In November, we prepare for First Communion at Trinity. Some churches commune any child, including infants.

Some churches wait until children are closer to ten years old, trusting that Baptism is spiritually sufficient while children are still maturing. At Trinity, we design our First Communion milestone for 4th Grade students, inviting them to a class to learn from Luther’s catechism, see up-close how the table is set for Communion, and start thinking about both the joy and mystery of this sacrament that unites us as Christians around the world.

While 4th Grade students are the target audience, we recognize that younger children are already being communed, or their families feel they are ready for First Communion at a younger age. Anyone is welcome to be involved, please email me so we can make plans together: pastormadeline@trinityfort.org.

First Communion Class will be 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 (during Sunday School, after 9 a.m. worship). Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 6:30 p.m. we will celebrate Thanksgiving Hymnsing and Pie-Fest, and students’ First Communion will be during this worship service, as we uplift gratitude for times of harvest and abundant relationship connections. Thanks for celebrating this milestone together!

Strength and peace,

Pastor Madeline

Sunday Mornings at Trinity

Special Worship Dates


Sunday, November 6, 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, November 22, 6:30 p.m.
“Hanging of the Greens”
Sunday, November 27, after worship


Sunday, December 18, during 9:00 a.m.
Saturday, December 24
Three service options:
4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.

Note: There will be no worship services on Christmas Day, so please join us on Christmas Eve!

Worship Help Wanted

The Altar Guild is looking for volunteers to help prepare for communion before each worship service. We come a little early to set the table, make sure we have enough to serve, and help clean up afterwards. No experience needed. We’ll show you what to do! Volunteer on a regular basis or just once in a while. Contact Stephanie Beran if you can help: sfberan@charter.net, or (920) 723-4867. Individuals, couples, students, and families are all welcome!

Advent Devotions Start Soon!

If you signed up for our Advent book study, please pick up your copy of The Way of Love Bible Challenge. You can start reading your daily reflections right away. Each week, we’ll discuss our insights and questions. Our first meeting is Monday, Nov. 7 at noon. Feel free to bring your lunch!

First Communion Class

Our next First Communion Class will meet on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 10:00 a.m. (after worship).

Pie Fest

Our Thanksgiving Worship will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 6:30 p.m. oin us as we celebrate First Communion and give thanks to God for all good things! Worship will be followed by pie and fellowship in the Fellowship Hall. We’ll also be giving thanks for jobs well done by both outgoing and incoming staff.

Welcome Staff!

We are pleased to announce that Karla Manternach has joined our staff as Administration & Volunteer Coordinator. Karla will be responsible for office duties and will also recruit, schedule, and coordinate volunteers for worship and affinity groups.

Eric Lonsdale has also taken the positions of Small Group Ensemble Coordinator and Music Communications. We are now accepting applications for a new Church Business Administrator! Property, financial, and HR responsibilities. Please let us know if you’re interested.

A Cup of TLC

A Cup of TLC is a midday opportunity to worship and a chance to visit over lunch. This is designed for those who would enjoy a smaller service or have mobility issues. Pastor Amy, Pastor Madeline, Kitty, and Julie take turns leading in the Hearth Room. No steps to navigate and minimal walking required. Cab Vouchers are available! Join us Nov. 2 and the first Wednesday of every month at 11:00 a.m. RSVP to Kitty or Julie at (920) 563-4145.

Hello Hikers!

Our next hike is on Saturday, Nov. 5, starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Green Loop of Scuppernong Trails (about 5 miles). You’ll need a Wisconsin state park pass for your vehicle ($28/year or $8 day pass). There are bathrooms on site but bring water, snacks, hiking equipment, bug spray, etc. Those who wish will also go out for lunch afterwards. Questions? Contact Aurelio at callopeand86@gmail.com or (262) 490-4923.

Winter warmth

New Time for STAR

Our STAR meetings are moving to a new date! Please join us on the third Monday of each month for about two hours of using our hearts, hands, and souls to spread God’s word. Our next meeting will be on Monday, Nov. 21 at 1:00 p.m. in the Hearth Room. No specific talent needed! Just a big heart for our church and local community and a desire to serve.


Upavim is a nonprofit organization that supports women in Guatemala in their work for better economic, healthcare, and educational opportunities for themselves, their families, and their community. We’ll be holding a craft fair to raise funds in support of this work before and after worship on Tuesday, Nov. 22 (the night of Pie Fest) and Sunday, Dec. 4. Come shop for a cause!

Coming Soon: Christmas Neighbors

Watch for the Christmas Neighbors tree in the church entry soon. When it’s up, you’ll be able to select a tag with whatever items you wish to donate to local families in need. Financial contributions are also welcome! Items will be wrapped and delivered in time for Christmas by the youth group.

Fort Atkinson Food Pantry

“Smarty Pack” items Needed:

  • granola bars
  • oatmeal
  • instant mac & cheese

Year-round Items Needed:

  • peanut butter
  • canned fruit
  • canned chicken
  • pancake mix & syrup
  • pasta (any type)
  • hamburger helper
  • chicken soup
  • financial contributions

Place items in the collection box near the east entrance at church.