March 2020 Trinity Tidings

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Dear Community in Christ,

Pastor Amy Waelchli
Pastor Amy Waelchli

Did you ever “give something up” for the season of Lent? It wasn’t a practice in my house growing up, but many of my school friends who attended the Catholic church in Osceola did this. They lamented the lack of desserts and sodas for 40 days. My husband, who also grew up in the Catholic faith, gave something up every year of his childhood – everything from Nintendo to candy, depending on the year. One fact of Lutheran life that Paul enjoys (among many) is that we tend to take something on during Lent instead of giving something up.

This year at Trinity, the Worship & Music Ministry Team invites you to do just that: take something on. Give back, don’t give up, for Lent! Here are some simple but meaningful ways you might consider giving back this Lenten season:

Write a thank-you note to someone in your life who’s shaped you. Maybe a former teacher or coach? Maybe a sibling or spouse? Why are you thankful for them? What action did they take or words did they speak that impacted you? Give thanks to God for this person and tell them you’ve done so. Pick up a free greeting card outside our worship space.

Give a sincere compliment to someone, anyone, for their character. Are they a good listener? Have you witnessed their kindness? Do they possess that rare gift of patience? Lift up the unique, community building qualities of another person.

Visit a friend or neighbor. Stop by to say hello. Give of your time to connect with someone.

Add to the prayer wall in the Sunday school hallway. Each week we have a different focus: family, Trinity, leaders, creation, friends, and ourselves.

As a community, we’ll be taking on some projects too, giving back in ways that reflect our Discipleship.

You’re invited to a baby shower for Trudy’s Room! Check out the announcement below to find out how you can contribute and bring your donation to worship. The BEST gift we can give Trudy’s Room is advertising.

Please tell your friends about this great community service.

Coming Soon: Prayer Force Mailbox! This mailbox will be near our worship space and anyone can leave a prayer request inside. Make sure you put the flag up so we know there’s mail!

Blessing Box: This Little Free Pantry will be outside on Trinity property (and was enthusiastically approved by council) to provide emergency hygiene and food items. The construction and volunteer organization will happen during Lent.

Blessing Bags for our homeless: Join the 5th & 6th grade Sunday school classes in their collection for those in need in the Fort school district. Check out the list below to see what is needed and bring your donation to worship.

All these community ideas are from Trinity members: John Syens, Becky Tuttle, Suzi George, Jill Henze, & Paul Waelchli. They have a vision for how we can be present with our community in meaningful ways. Do YOU have an idea for Trinity to give back to the community? Contact me! Let’s talk about how we can make your ideas a reality. Serving others can be simple if we let it be!

This Lenten season our community is giving back, not giving up! By doing this, we’re opening ourselves to the power of the Holy Spirit to change our hearts. As we serve, pray, worship, and learn, I hope that we’ll stay attuned to the movement of God within our community.

In peace,

Pastor Amy

Wilderness - Lent 2020

Lent Schedule
5:00 p.m. Soup Supper in Fellowship Hall
(served until 6:15 p.m.—come anytime)
6:30 p.m. Worship in Sanctuary

Supper Hosts
3/5 Sunday School
3/12 Trinity Staff, Choir, Band, Bells, Ministry Teams
3/19 Confirmation
3/26 Whole Congregation
4/2 LIFT
Watch email for sign ups . . .

Ecumenical Wednesday Lent Services
March 4 – April 1 at 12:05 p.m.
At First Congregational Church In Fort Atkinson
Lunch to follow each service at 12:35 p.m.

Everyone is welcome and can bring a friend or neighbor

Lent theme is Wilderness.

Wilderness “state of the wild”

Lent begins in the wilderness. The Spirit guides Jesus into the wilderness where he comes face to face with temptation and struggle. Yet, in his forty days of fasting, resisting, and wandering, Jesus is shaped and formed for ministry. Similarly, through the wilderness of Lent, we are invited to surrender to the wild leadings of the Spirit. We rarely enter the wilderness willingly, but hopefully through our wandering we remember who we are and whose we are. The wilderness can become sacred even if it remains dangerous. There is no wilderness space too harsh or threatening for God’s love.

In the wilderness our faith is born, nurtured, challenged, and resurrected. May it be so for you this season.

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Sunday School/Christian Education

Happy kids

Sunday School Thanks:

Thank you! For your generous support of the Sunday School Souper Bowl project. As a congregation we raised $637.27 for ELCA World Hunger and overflowed 3 grocery carts for the Fort Food Pantry. Thank you for showing the Sunday school students how to be God’s Hands in a hurting world.

Volunteer Needed:

The Sunday school program is seeking a volunteer to assist with the 4K/K class for the remainder of this year. An assistant helps with child management, keeping children focused and helping with projects. Come join our team! It is a meaningful way to serve at Trinity if you enjoy children. Contact Julie at julievtlc@yahoo.com or 563-4145 ex. 4. Thank you!

Dates to keep in mind:

Mar. 22 – No Sunday school
Mar. 29 – No Sunday school

Book Discussion with Julie

The God We KnowDuring the season of Lent, we will be exploring the book The God We Can Know, Exploring the “I AM” saying of Jesus, written by Rob Fuquay a Methodist minister and author. Our discussions will be on Thursday afternoons beginning Feb. 20 and continuing through April 2. We will gather in the church library at 1:00 p.m.

This book explores and offers commentary on the images Jesus uses in the “I Am” statements found in the Gospel of John. This study includes a DVD component that takes us to different locations in the Holy Land.

The books are available in the church office. The cost is $10.00. Please have exact amount or write a check to Trinity and mark it book discussion. If the cost of the book prevents you from attending, please speak with Julie.

If you are interested in the book, but unable to attend the discussion, feel free to pick up a book for your personal reading.

Questions? Contact Julie at julievtlc@yahoo.com or 563-4145 ex. 4.

Youth and Families

Ministry Teams

The ministry teams are in the process of making a strategic plan for activities, learning opportunities and discipleship. We are looking at past functions and adding new ideas. If you would like to add to our list of things to participate in here at Trinity, please email Kitty with things we have done in the past that you would like to do again, or new ideas that you think are great! Or hand it in to the office.

If you are interested in joining a team, please contact Kitty kittysawyer314@gmail.com.

WOW—Walking on Water

A discussion group for young people 18-28. The schedule for this group moves around according to work schedules.

If you are interested, please contact Kitty at kittysawyer314@gmail.com.

LIFT

LIFT—6:30 p.m. All high schoolers welcome!!
LIFT Wednesday—March 11
LIFT Wednesday—March 18
UPLIFT Wednesday –TBA

For the next few weeks, LIFT will be sponsoring a fundraiser for their summer trip. It is a money board. All you have to do is take an envelope (or a couple) and fill it with the amount of money printed on the envelope and turn it in to the office. Be sure to include your name if you would like to have your donation included on your giving statement. Pictures of the kids and information on where we are going will be posted on the board.

SAVE THE DATE!

VBS will be Monday, June 15 through Thursday, June 18. New this year, we will be starting at 12:30 and having lunch!

Church Chicks

chicksFriday, March 13, 6:30 p.m.

Come join our new Women’s group at Trinity. It is open to all women of all ages. Each month we explore a new topic pertinent to our lives.

Property Ministry Team Updates

  • Kitchen Update. The committee members are moving along getting estimates for and selecting new cupboards. The new steel prep table has been ordered. The door to the hallway will be removed and a wall constructed. We will need volunteers to help with some painting when that is completed. The kitchen will be completed after Easter so as not to interfere with Lenten suppers and the Easter breakfast.If members are interested in the current steel prep table and/or cabinets, please let Ron Michaelis, Mike Wendt or Stephanie Beran know.
  • The lights in the Sanctuary were cleaned and all of the bulbs were replaced with LED lights. Exit signs were updated.
  • Two new toilets were installed in the bathrooms across from the office. These are ADA approved.
  • Elevator signage was purchased and is being installed.
  • The Adams Street house will need cleaning. We will plan a clean up day and will be looking for volunteers to help.
  • The tile repair in the downstairs bathroom will be completed soon.
  • The housekeeping group will meet on Friday, March 13, at 9:00 a.m. Please come and help with some general cleaning. All cleaning supplies will be provided. We just need your elbow grease.
  • A security system was approved and will be installed soon. We will keep you updated on how the system operates once it is installed.

Fellowship Ministry Team

Little church with peopleThe Fellowship Ministry Team continues to be busy planning events and strategies to bring our church community together.

The Reconciliation and Forgiveness Workshop, postponed by bad weather in January, has been rescheduled to Sat. April 25 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Presenter Stacy Whetlow will lead the workshop. More than 25 people registered for the original workshop. If you’re one of them, please let the church office know or sign up on the sheet in the hallway to confirm your interest.

The first Card Club was held Feb. 8 at the Ron and Marla Michaelis home, with 8 participants and everyone had a good time. The next one will be March 14 at Russ & Carolyn Nord’s house. Signup sheet will be posted.

The first Family Gametime was Feb. 23, with 16 people attending. The group enjoyed spirited games of Uno, Rummikub, Clue, Bohnanza and Rack-o. Everyone had fun! A date for the next one is TBD, so watch for announcements.

Lorrie Godfrey is coordinating the Lenten Suppers.

Team meetings will continue to be the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

The next meeting will be March 10. We’ll work on goal-setting and define what we want to accomplish in the next year. If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please contact Ron Martin, Fellowship Ministry Team Leader, at 608-220-5949 or rmartin333@charter.net.

Announcements

Praise Band

The Praise Band is pleased to announce that Bob LaMuro has accepted the leadership role of Praise Band Director. The Band will now primarily play on the secnd Sundays of every month.

Altar Flowers Donations

Starting in March 2020 the Altar Flowers cost will be $20. Please contact Beatrice in church office with any questions.

Prayer Force Update

All prayers requests should be emailed to prayerforcetlc@gmail.com. All prayers will be prayed for faithfully and confidentially (unless requested otherwise).

Addresses for Trinity’s College & Tech Students and Service Members

Did your young adult move to school or go into the service? The STAR group is looking for the addresses of current Trinity college and tech students and service members for their card ministry. Email the office at officetlc314@gmail.com.

Please include their birthday too. Thank you!

PRAYERS REQUESTED FOR

Judy Almquist, Marsha Anderson, Sandy Anderson, Linda Doerr, Fran Frandson, Kim Hannan, Inez Hoeye, Renee Jensen, Bob Kyle, Dan Morrow, Pam Nicholas, Debbie Pierce, Tom Pomraning, Jeremy Schepp, Larry Schumacher, Denny Stark, Shelley Scheurm, Ruth Smithback, Karen Weber, Donna Weeks, Donald Zuehlke and those we name silently in our hearts.

Trudy’s Room

Volunteers are needed to help with Trudy’s Baby Shower and/or to change out the seasons at Trudy’s Room. The sign ups For Trudy’s Room will be posted at the Sign Up Center.

Adult Sunday School: Catechism

Has it been a while since you’ve studied Luther’s Small Catechism? Maybe you became a Lutheran as an adult and haven’t had the opportunity
to study his teachings.

You’re invited to a refresher course with Pastor Amy. Sundays 9:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m.

Conference spring gathering

You are invited to attend the:

2020 ELKHORN CONFERENCE SPRING GATHERING 2020 VISION
Saturday, April 25, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. through 1 p.m. luncheon
(Registration/ refreshments at 8:00 a.m.)

Host church: St John’s Lutheran Church, 304 N 6th Street #3812, Watertown, WI 53094

For lunch – A NEW TREAT – more information to follow.

Give Back, Not Up For Lent

Give back, don’t give up, for Lent! Here are some simple but meaningful ways you might consider giving back this Lenten season:

Thank you Cards: Write a thank-you note to someone in your life who’s shaped you. Pick up a free greeting card outside our worship space.

Prayer Wall: Add to the prayer wall in the Sunday school hallway. Each week we have a different focus: family, Trinity, leaders, creation, friends, and ourselves.

You’re invited to a baby shower for Trudy’s Room! Check out the announcement below to find out how you can contribute & bring your donation to worship. The BEST gift we can give Trudy’s Room is advertising.

Please tell your friends about this great community service.

Prayer Force Mailbox! This mailbox will be near our worship space and anyone can leave a prayer request inside.

Blessing Box: This Little Free Pantry will be outside on Trinity property to provide emergency hygiene and food items. The construction and volunteer organization will happen during Lent.

Blessing Bags for Homeless Coalition: Join the 5th & 6th grade Sunday school classes in their collection for those in need in the Fort school district. Check out the list below to see what is needed & bring your donation to worship.

Blessing Bags for our homeless

This Lent, the 5th & 6th Grade Sunday School Classes are collecting supplies and bags for the Fort Atkinson homeless community. The “Blessing Bags” will be provided to those in need around our community.

Please consider donating any of the following needed items:

  • Reusable shopping bag
  • Toothbrush / Toothpaste
  • Hair brush / Hair product
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Shampoo / Conditioner
  • Bar soap
  • Wash cloth
  • Towel

Supplies will be collected from Ash Wednesday until Thursday March 12
and can be deposited in the donation boxes located in the Narthex and by the Nursery.

We’re having a Baby Shower for Trudy’s Room!

Trudy’s Room serves families within the Fort School District that receive WIC (pregnant women, infants and children up to age 5 can qualify).

Help us stock their shelves with their most used items!

Get your registry at trinityfort.org, in the bulletin, or the Trinity Tidings.

Bring unwrapped items with you to worship and place in the pack-n-play in the Narthex.

Mark your calendars for March 28 for the Trudy’s Room Baby Shower from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. This is their first annual fundraiser at the Fort Club! If you’re interested in helping set up or serve refreshments, you can sign up in the Sign-Up Center.

Frequently Asked Questions:
I have items at home that I’m not using. Can I donate those?
Yes! Trudy’s Room thanks you for choosing to give only gently used items.

Do you need my old high chair, ride-on toy, or pack-n-play?
Unfortunately, we don’t have room to store those at Trudy’s Room. They are needed and appreciated though so we give families a voucher for St. Vincent DePaul’s to get a large item there. You can bring your large items directly to St. Vinny’s. Thank you!

Why do you only want certain sizes or brands of clothing and diapers?
Great question! These are the most used items so we need a good supply on hand.

Trudy’s Room Baby Shower Gift Registry:

For Kids
Please make sure all items are new or gently used.

Clothing, size 12-3T months
Shoes & boots, kids size 3-8
Socks, size 12-36 months & 2-3 years (please no newborn socks – they have plenty)
Diaper Cream (they love the local brand Hippy Chick Penny)
Baby oil
Breast milk Storage Bags
Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers, size 5 & 6 and newborn
Wipes, fragrance free/sensitive skin/hypo allergenic
Board books & books for beginner readers
Children’s toothbrushes & toothpaste

For Moms

Pads & Tampons
Deodorant
Shampoo
Body Wash
Disposable Razors

The BEST gift we can give Trudy’s Room is advertising! Tell a friend!