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Worship Services in Lent
5:30 p.m. Supper
6:30 p.m. Worship
8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
12:00 Noon and 7:00 p.m.
6:30 a.m., 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Reflections on Lent and Holy Week
Dear Friends in Christ,
I love Lent. I love the reflection and pause it requires. I love the Great Three Days (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil) and Easter. I particularly feel moved by the scope of Maundy Thursday. During this service we hear Jesus’ command (Latin for command = maund) to love God and others. Jesus feasts with friends and institutes the last supper. We end worship at his betrayal and arrest. The altar is stripped bare just as He was. The candles and cloth removed, the Pastor’s stole taken away from her neck. Truly, we have nothing left to show but the stark truth of who Jesus is. We exit the church in silence.
We meet again on Good Friday, even though there is hardly anything ‘good’ about it. We remember and witness anew His crucifixion. Scripture. Song. Silence.
But in the hushed tones and tears, we know how it ends. We are, after all, Easter people. It is why we gather to worship. Yet throughout Lent, and especially on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, we immerse ourselves in His Passion and pain. Our grief aches in our hearts. But we know how it ends!
I think that is why these days mean so much to our faith, in our hearts. We know what Peter and the disciples do not yet know. We weep with Mary the Mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene even though we know the joy that comes. The cries of crucify pierce our hearts because of who Jesus is. We know how this ends not only for Jesus, but for ourselves.
Join me in this sacred journey, will you?
Waiting in peace,
Lenten Worship Opportunities
Mid-Week Wednesdays @ 12 Noon at Trinity
Join us for a brief ecumenical worship hosted each Wednesday by local Pastors. Lunch to follow in the Fellowship Hall. It is Trinity’s turn to host. Everyone in the community is welcome!
Thursday Dinner and Devotions @ 5:30 p.m. at Trinity
Gather in the Fellowship Hall for a simple meal @ 5:30 followed by worship @ 6:30 around the dinner tables. This year’s theme is ‘Dinner and Devotions’ and focuses on God’s work among the people of Trinity. Come for connection and communion.
Community Noon Lenten Services and Lunches
Trinity is hosting the noon community Lenten Services and lunches. Services will begin on March 13 and continue through April 10. Six volunteers are needed each week from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to assist with food preparation, set-up, clean-up and welcoming our guests. Also six salads and desserts are needed weekly and should be delivered by 11:30. A sign-up sheet is posted on the board located outside the narthex.
Jeanne Stark is coordinating the hosting of these services and may be reached at 728-0637 if you have questions.
Holy Week services
Maundy Thursday Worship
April 18, 7 p.m.
Good Friday Worship
April 19, 12: p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday Worship
April 21, 6:30 a.m., 8:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m.
Message from Pastor Amy
Thank you one and all for the prayers, care, and concern for our son, Carter. He underwent a cardiac procedure on 3/15 at the University of WI Madison. They found that one of his heart arrhythmia needed to be left untreated due to its location. A second one needed more information before a treatment decision was made. Carter wore another heart monitor for 48 hours after the procedure to gather that information for the specialist. We meet the specialist at the University again at the end of April. It sounds like we will continue on with a pediatric cardiologist instead of this specialist. Basically we understand Carter is being down-graded in severity and urgency which is great news!
Thank you again for all your love!
Carter, Pastor Amy, Paul, and Anderson
Prayers requested for . . . Marsha Anderson, Sandy Anderson, Sharon Bleecker, Vern Borchardt, Andrew Campbell, Rhonda Cook, Linda Doerr, Isaiah Gravelle, Kim Hannan, Jeremy Schepp, Ruth Smithback, Don Reinders, Karen Weber, Donna Weeks, Shelley Weber Schaitel and those we name silently in our hearts.
Sunday School Updates
Mosaic cross coloring sheets were sent home with students along with suggestion on how it could be used as a spiritual practice during the season of lent.
April 14 – Celebrate Palm Sunday! Students with last names beginning with A-M will sing at the 8:15 service, N-Z at the 10:45 service. Students, please sit with your family. If you are unable to attend your assigned service, please attend the service that works best for your family.
April 21 – Celebration of Easter Sunday. NO SUNDAY SCHOOL
April 28 – Fourth grade First Communion Workshop for the Spring group. This workshop will be held in the Fellowship Hall following the 10:45 service. The workshop includes a casual lunch, making communion bread and instruction with Pastor Amy. Each student needs at least one adult attending with them.
May 12 – Celebration of First Communion for the Spring group of the 4th grade class. Families may attend either worship service. To celebrate this meaningful event there will be a reception in the Fellowship Hall from 10:00-10:30 for these students and their families.
From the Christian Education Committee
During the season of Lent there are a variety of mosaic crosses on walls and bulletin boards throughout the church. You are invited to color in a small section of the design on the cross and offer a prayer up to God while you are coloring. Worshipers of all ages may participate in this prayerful activity. Individual mosaic cross coloring sheets are on the table in front of the main church office, you are welcome to take as many as
you would like.
Check out the brochures that highlight all the camping opportunities at Crossways Camping Ministries. Their summer 2019 program guides are on the table in front of the main office. Opportunities include family programs, grandparent and kid programs and youth programming.
From the Building Task Force
Join us for a Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 13 from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Tasks include raking, trimming bushes and general church yard clean up. Bring your favorite rake, pruner, etc.! If working outside is not your thing, we also have some indoor cleaning to do! Please consider lending a hand with these tasks. If you have questions about Trinity’s Clean Up Day please contact Susan Bradley at email@example.com or
Stephanie Beran at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth and Families
LIFT (Living in Faith Training)
Wednesday, April 3, w/show rehearsal 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 10, LIFT 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 20, 12 – 2 p.m., Easter breakfast prep
Sunday, April 21, 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. or 9 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. shifts to serve breakfast
Confirmation class – Sunday, April 7, all grades 9:30 a.m.
W.O.W. (Walking On Water)
We’re diving deeper into our faith! If you are between the ages of 18 and 25, please join us in the youth room!
Thursday, April 4, 6 p.m.
Thursday, April 25, 6 p.m.
Easter Breakfast will be served continuously from 7:15 to 11 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 21. A sign up Sheet will be on the board by the office on April 1. Please consider signing up to bring something for the breakfast. A free will offering will help to offset costs of the Summer Service Trip.
Menu: Hash Browns, Casserole, Jones Sausage, Fruit and yogurt parfaits, Sausage Gravy, Biscuits, Fruit, Assorted Baked Goods, Juice, Milk, Coffee And more that I haven’t thought of yet!
Maundy Thursday and Good Friday WWYD (Worship with the Youth Director)
Come join me for pizza at 6:30 and then we’ll head up for worship at 7 p.m. Please let me know if you are coming so I can order enough pizza.
Women: Gather, Praise, Renew
All women of Trinity are invited to attend the 2019 Elkhorn Conference Spring Gathering on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. here at Trinity. Luncheon to follow (Registration/Refreshments beginning at 8 a.m.)
Print/review the 2019 Elkhorn Conference Spring Gathering
Download the form below to order flowers for the Easter Garden. Please return the form and $18 per plant to the church office no later than Sunday, April 7. Flowers may be picked up after the 10:45 a.m. service Easter morning. If they are not picked up by Tuesday, April 23, they will be delivered to shut-ins.
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