August 2019 Trinity Tidings

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Dear Trinity,

Pastor Amy Waelchli
Pastor Amy Waelchli

When I prepared for ordination, I meditated on Psalm 16. It happened to be the lectionary text for the given week I was ordained and I was stopped short by verse 6. It reads: The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage. We can think of boundaries in two ways, what’s inside and what’s out. As a younger person, I only saw boundaries as limits. But as I’ve grown in faith (and age!), I’ve come to see the boundaries God sets as the blessing they are.

Inside God’s boundaries are life, love, welcome, forgiveness, compassion, and community. The gift of community is one I’m particularly thankful for. The Bible tells us that we are all part of one body, one communion, one community in Christ. Each person’s gifts bring the mercy and compassion of God to a world in need; each person’s story connects uniquely with someone else. It takes all of us, as a community, to share the love of God with the world.

As your pastor I rejoice in the opportunity to see others lead, succeed, serve, and share in their gifts in this community.

Trinity is beloved community to me. It is a place where I feel welcomed and so does my family. Here I can lead in my strengths and rejoice in yours. Together as a community we continue to proclaim God’s great Good News. Here we rejoice in our goodly heritage: those who’ve gone before and will come after. Indeed, the boundary lines have fallen for us in pleasant places and they’ve brought us together as God’s community.

As it happens, Psalm 16 was also in the lectionary pattern for June 30, 2019 the day you voted for me to become Senior Pastor. The Holy Spirit is powerful like that, providing boundaries and bookends. I’m eager for the new chapter God is writing for all of us. I’m curious to see what God’s future holds for us, how we’ll be called, formed, and sent. I’m so thankful for you, for our mutual call to one another, to living as God’s beloved community.

With thanksgiving and love,
Pastor Amy

Sunday School News

Happy kidsSunday school registration is now open.

Please click on the following link for on-line registration.

If you prefer to fill out a paper copy, they are available on the table in front of the main church office.

Looking for a rewarding experience?

Become a part of the Sunday school team. I am seeking one volunteer to assist with the 6th grade class every other week.

Aides assist with child management by helping students stay on task and assisting with projects. Aides do not prepare or teach lessons unless they desire to do so. Interested? Contact Julie Vurva at 563-4145 ex. 4 or

Looking for a few musicians!

The Sunday school program is seeking a piano player and/or a guitar player who would enjoy helping Julie Vurva and Pastor Amy lead music during the Sunday school opening sessions from 9:30-9:45 on Sunday mornings. Contact Julie for more information.

Rally Sunday – Sunday school kick off!

Trinity English Lutheran ChurchJoin us on Sept. 8 for worship at Barrie Park 9:30 a.m., bring blankets or lawn chairs, sunglasses and sun hats! Join us for an uplifting and energizing worship service. The service will be followed by a church picnic. Please consider bringing a side dish or dessert, “If desired, not required.” Sign-up sheets are posted across from the Hearth Room. In case of rain, head into the church.

Building Task Force updates

Watch the Sign-up Center Bulletin Board (in the hallway near the narthex) for opportunities to help with short-term projects.

Pastor Amy is our new Senior Pastor!

For those who were not with us June 30 for the congregational vote, we would like to inform you that the vote was to call Pastor Amy Waelchli to the Lead Pastor position. Please pray for Trinity as we continue on our faith journey.

Installation of Reverend Amy Waelchli as Senior Pastor

Join us Sept. 15 at both services with Reverend Steve Kotke preaching. Please join us in this celebration with fellowship between services in the Fellowship Hall.

Thank you Transition Team members

We want to celebrate and thank the Transition Team for all the hard work they have done this last year. We will be having a celebration Aug. 22 and Aug. 25 an hour before worship and a prayer of Thanksgiving during worship.

New boilers update

Did you know the church is looking into getting new boilers? We are in the phase of getting bids right now. Stay tuned for more details.

Churchwide Assembly

Churchwide AssemblyPastor Amy will be volunteering and attending the Church Wide Assembly in Milwaukee during the first week in August. At this important event, the ELCA will conduct important business such as elect a Presiding Bishop and Secretary, pass a budget, and worship together. You can learn more and watch the live stream at

Prayers requested for . . .

Marsha Anderson, Sandy Anderson, Vern Borchardt, Lisa Brunk, Dean Brunk, Andrew, Campbell, Rhonda Cook, Linda Doerr, Isaiah Gravelle, Kim Hannan, Ellyse Jacobs, Renee Jensen, Sarah Johnson, Steve Mepham, Kathy Moore, Dan Morrow, Bill Peterson, Diane Rehul, Jeremy Schepp, Ruth Smithback, Shelly Weber Shaitel, Mary Thiel, Carol Topel, Karen Weber, Donna Weeks, Lori Williams and those we name silently in our hearts.

Semi-Annual Meeting – Aug. 11 at 10:30 a.m.

It’s time again for our semi-annual meeting. We will meet immediately following worship on Aug. 11 to conduct a business meeting for the ongoing ministry of Trinity. The primary purpose of the semi-annual meeting is to vote on council members.

Trinity council members serve three-year terms with the option of serving two consecutive terms (maximum six years). This means every year we have four seats up for election. This year that includes one current council member who is willing to serve another term. All voting members (anyone who has been confirmed) are encouraged to participate in this important election.

The following names have been brought forward for consideration:

  • Matt Evenson – Current Council Member
  • Becky Schultz
  • Sharon Stade
  • Jeanne Stark
  • Jim Rinden

Each person has a dedication to Jesus and Trinity.

Everyone is welcome to attend!

Fellowship Opportunities

HikersHave you ever wanted to do something but you didn’t want to go by yourself? There are countless activities that are a lot more fun when you have one or more people with you. Golfing, biking, hiking, fishing, bowling, walking, or even going to dinner or a movie are a few examples. The fellowship group is looking for people who would be interested in putting their name and phone number on an activity list who would be interested in having someone call them to join in an activity. If enough people sign up for any given activity, someone on the list might be interested in organizing a group outing. Look for a sign-up sheet at the Sign-Up Center if you’re interested in learning more.

Thanks for Giving

soapWe have filled five nice sized boxes of soap for Lutheran World Relief! If you’ve forgotten, you can still bring full-sized bar soap, any brand, in original wrappers, to add to the four bars we couldn’t fit into the other boxes. Soap is so important after natural disasters and to displaced persons.

Did You Know?

Most students in Guatemala stop school after 6th grade. The reason is cost. Families can’t afford the school supplies and uniforms and still keep up with everyday expenses. For $63, we can provide the needed school supplies for a primary or junior high student. The UPAVIM scholarship fund, with the goal of helping 300 students, is funded entirely by donations. Your gifts in the quarter container really do change lives. Please continue to donate, even if the plastic jar has moved a little in the narthex. Donations have really fallen off this summer. Check the bar chart on the bulletin board to note our progress compared to last year.

New member class date change

The New Member Class and Reception is Aug. 4. New Member Class at 8:00 a.m. Are you or someone you know interested in becoming a member of Trinity Lutheran Church? We’d love to have you! RSVP to Pastor Amy or Beatrice in the church office at 920.563.4145.

Bold Women Answering the Call

Bold WomenThe Fourteenth Biennial Convention of the South Central Wisconsin Synodical Women’s Organization will be Sept. 21, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The one-day Convention and Business Meeting will be at Good Shepherd – Verona Campus, 7291 County Highway PD, Verona, Wisconsin.

Theme: Bold Women – Answering the Call

Nationally known keynote speaker Reverend Angela Khabeb will speak at 11:00 a.m. on “Love, Light, and Salsa: Infusing the flavor of our faith throughout the facets of our lives.”

The cost is $25, which includes a box lunch. Free child care is available. Handicap assessible.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Bring a friend (or a car full of friends).

Registration, nomination, resolution, and scholarship forms, along with workshop descriptions and schedule, are available in the July Trumpeter found on the Women of the ELCA page of the Synod Website.

Registrations with child care, special needs, and special diets must be requested by Monday, Sept. 9.

Biennial Convention Voting Member registrations, nominations, and resolutions are due by Monday, Aug. 12, 2019.

Business meeting on Saturday morning starts at 8:30 a.m.

Morning options for visitors include attend Business meeting and/or yoga and/or reading scripture workshop. Afternoon workshop topics are reading scripture, human trafficking, care of God’s creation, white privilege, nurturing children’s faith, small town and rural ministry, and Discovery Doctrine & issues in Indian country. Worship closes the day.

School Kits for Lutheran World Relief

School suppliesDuring the summer months, Trinity and congregations around the country will show our love for our global neighbors by preparing School Kits to donate to Lutheran World Relief for distribution to children in need around the world. Individuals that would like to help provide us with the items necessary for these backpacks, can use the list below when purchasing the supplies. The supplies should be put into a plastic bag, labeling it LWR School Kit. Kits can be placed in the blue bin in the education hallway during the summer months, up until Rally Day.

  • Four 70 sheet notebooks or wide or college ruled paper, 8″ x 10″
  • One 30 centimeter ruler, or a ruler with centimeter on one side, inches on the other
  • One pencil sharpener
  • One blunt scissors (safety scissors with embedded steel work well)
  • Five unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers (secured with a rubber band)
  • One box of 16 or 24 crayons
  • One 2 1/2″ eraser
  • Five black or blue ballpoint pens…no gel ink (secured with a rubber band)

Please remove any excess packaging from the items. Thank you!

We are in need of notebooks and pencil sharpeners.

We have 56 kits already!!

We are updating our system

We are in the process of updating a new computer system that maintains our membership list. You can help by downloading this PDF form, printing it, filling it out and returning it to the church office. Don’t have access to a printer? No problem. You can stop by the office or send an email to Bea at to request a form.