May 2019 Trinity Tidings

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Christ is Risen! He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

Pastor Amy Waelchli
Pastor Amy Waelchli

The tulips and daffodils are risen too but so are the weeds and my yard needs work! In previous homes, we’ve steadfastly tilled up land and planted our gardens. Neat rows of vegetables sustained us through the summers and lined our shelves with canned goods for winter. I’ve always considered gardening to be a spiritual practice, after all you kneel before the Creator to work in creation. Yet over the years I’ve learned that although I am a keen planter, I’m a poor weeder! Our schedules and lives have changed since the days of little boys and me being a stay-at-home mom. This year we won’t be adding to a garden because we cannot care for more than we have right now. Frankly, we don’t want to lose enthusiasm for what has been a happy hobby for us by overwhelming ourselves.

Enthusiasm (in planting), maintenance (in caring for said plants), and self-control (to plant what can be well cared for) are values of backyard gardeners and farmers everywhere. The Bible teaches that God is the Creator and we are the created, tasked with caring for God’s creation whether we’re gardeners, farmers, or consumers. We each have a role to play in the care of God’s creation and part of caring for creation is caring for one another.

On May 19, our worship will focus on the Creator and the created. We’ll honor those who work the soil and raise animals to provide our food. We’ll recognize farmers and gardeners and those caring for the grounds at Trinity in particular.

Please join us for the “Blessing of the Seeds” on May 16 & 19 as we pray for God’s abundant blessings in worship. Bring a friend who gardens or farms! All are welcome.

In Easter Joy,

Pastor Amy

Senior Pastor call process update

Calling a senior pastor is a special time of reflection and prayer for a congregation. We’ve worked hard as a congregation over the last year to transition together into our next phase as a church family. I would like to provide an update about the status of Trinity’s current call process.

First, I offer sincere thanks to Candy Milan, Warin Behselich, Aurelio Callope, Jill Fuller, Lori Godfrey and Eric Lonsdale for representing the Congregation on the Ministry Site Profile Team. They have worked very hard on our behalf to build a profile that will be used in Trinity’s search for senior pastor.

The Ministry Site Profile was developed from information gathered during congregational surveys, transition team work and the site profile team themselves. A ministry site profile will provide our call committee with the leadership strengths and needs Trinity is looking for in a senior pastor. It gives a picture of the congregation to candidates as they consider serving here. Finally, the profile gives the congregation voice and opportunity to be involved in the process.

With the site profile completed and submitted to the Synod, council has appointed our call committee consisting of Jerry McGowan, Diane Lonsdale, Warin Behselich, Vicky Hayes, Abby Kucken and Tyson Barnes. Over the next several weeks, our call committee will prepare for the interview process working closely with the Synod Office, the congregation and prospective candidates to identify our new lead pastor.

Pastor Amy has completed her Rostered Leaders profile and submitted her paperwork to the Synod for consideration as a senior pastor. This is the process any candidate would follow to seek a lead pastor role in our Synod. The call committee hopes to have an opportunity to view the profile and interview her as a candidate.

Please pray for this group as the Holy Spirit leads them through this important time in our church.


Matt Anderson
Trinity Church Council President

Homeless Task Force

A Homeless Task Force has been started by The Churches, Ministries, The United Way and Jude Hardwick and many businesses in the City of Fort Atkinson.

The purpose is to help the homeless and needy families with a wide variety of needs such as housing, vocational training, food, and legal services.

Please join us at the city wide meeting 5/21/19 at 6:00 p.m. at United Methodist Church.

Vern Borchardt is turning 100!

balloonsOur very own Vern Borchardt is turning 100 on May 27! Vern is a WWII Veteran and his family asks the community to pitch in to make this a special birthday for him by sending a birthday card. Send a card in care of his daughter to:

Lenora Borchardt, 7027 Fawn Lane, Sun Prairie, WI 53590.

Birthday cards and address labels available in the narthex.

Blessing of the Seeds

Blessing of the SeedsAs our farming community and backyard gardeners alike get ready to plant, we gather to give thanks to God the creator; to ask blessing on the crops, land, and livestock; to praise God for everything God has made.

When: May 19 during worship at 8:15 and 10:45

What: Special prayers and blessings for those who farm and garden, the seeds and plants, tools and animals

Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 314 Barrie


Volunteers needed

Feed My Starving Children

Saturday May 11, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Jefferson County FMSC MobilePack

503 North Jackson Ave, Jefferson, WI 53549

Trinity is signed up for 40 volunteers. Sign up sheets are outside the narthex on the Sign Up Center Board.

FMSC offers volunteers a one-of-a-kind experience. You’ll hand-pack rice, soy, dried vegetables and a nutritionally complete blend of vitamins and minerals into bags which are then sealed, boxed, placed on pallets and shipped to our incredible partners working hard to reach the neediest children around the world.

Through volunteering at FMSC, you’ll get the chance to impact hundreds of kids in just two hours per packing shift. You’ll experience what it’s like to make a tangible difference today.

Other Info:
Arrive 10-15 minutes early
No Jewelry
Wear closed-toe shoes

What is the minimum age for volunteering?

The minimum age for volunteering is 5 years old. For safety reasons, children under the age of 5 are not allowed to participate in packing sessions. We require the following adult to child ratios for school and church groups:

  • Grades K-2: 1 student to 1 adult
  • Grades 3-6: 3 students to 1 adult
  • Grades 7-9: 4 students to 1 adult
  • Grades 10-12: 5 students to 1 adult

Please note: Everyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult (an adult is someone 18 years of age or older).

Sunday school news

Happy kidsMay 19 is the last day of Sunday school for this season. Students in grades 4K-6 will praise God through song in our worship services. Students with last names beginning N-Z will sing at the 8:15 service, and students with last names beginning A-M will sing 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. We look forward to a joyous service!

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.” Psalm 100: 1-2

Opportunities to be a part of the Sunday school team

At the end of this Sunday school season, a few of our teachers and aides will be stepping down. We give thanks for their loving service to our program. Please put this opportunity to become a part of the Sunday school team into your prayers. There are a few Sundays left in this season – would you like to help in a classroom for a few Sundays to see how rewarding it is? Contact Julie Vurva at 563-4145 ex. 4 or

Christian Education Committee updates

The Christian Education Committee will be hosting a luncheon on May 19 to honor all of the volunteers involved in the Sunday school program. We look forward to celebrating their dedication to Christian Education. As our Sunday school program nears the end of this season, please take time to thank the teachers and aides who volunteer their time and talents to share God’s Word with the children at Trinity Lutheran. They make our programming possible.

Crossways Camping Ministries Opportunities

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.

Building Task Force updates

An energetic group of people gathered on April 13 to tackle some outdoor and indoor tasks. Trinity’s doors are now numbered outside, with coordinating numbers on the inside. These were put up to enhance communication with emergency responders. The church yard was raked, bushes trimmed, the church nursery, adult education room and hearth room were cleaned, the fence along the lower part of the parking lot was stabilized, along with other clean up tasks. A big thank you to everyone who gave of their time for Trinity’s Spring Clean-Up.

The Building Task Force will meet again on Monday, April 29 at 6:00 p.m. to identify the next set of tasks.

The Kitchen Committee, which was formed before the task forces were put into place but since has attached itself to the Building Task Force, has been working for months on making critically needed updates in the kitchen. At one time there was a proposal to completely gut the kitchen and then rebuild it with new equipment, cabinetry and dishwasher line. That complete package has been placed in the round file. What was desperately needed was to replace the stove/oven, refrigerator, dishwasher line, and the grease trap. The committee has divided the overall plan into two phases.

Phase 1 was to replace the 40+ year old stove/oven (neither oven was working), replace the large refrigerator which had a slow Freon leak for many years resulting in breakdowns usually at critical times, and replace the grease trap which has been wrapped in towels for well over a year. The committee secured a quote from Kavanaugh Restaurant Supply in Madison for a 36-inch, 6-open burner stove with one oven and a 36-inch, Convection Oven with 5 racks (increases our capacity by almost triple what the old stove/oven did), and a large 74-inch , double door , 6-adjustable rack refrigerator. The quote includes delivery and placement (but not hook up) and removal of the old equipment. The cost of the quote was $10,860 including a 5% contingency to cover the hook up cost (the refrigerator only required plugging in but then settings had to be reestablished) the stove and oven required outside contractor to split and hook up new gas lines. The equipment was delivered on 4/4/19, the hook up was completed 4/5/19 and the test run completed on 4/6/19 and our first meal was served 4/7/19 following the fantastic talent show. Also, the grease trap did get replaced before the new equipment arrived and it was done through maintenance money from the budget.

The Kitchen Committee will be meeting in the next few weeks to complete the quote for Phase 2 which will involve the replacement of the dishwasher line with a true dishwasher and require the closing of the doorway that leads to the restroom off the kitchen to make room for a three compartment sanitary sink washing station. The Kitchen committee consist of Stephanie Beran, Kitty Sawyer, Mike Wendt, Tim Sawyer and Ron Michaelis. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please let them know.

Hospitality Task Force updates

The Hospitality Task Force has continued to meet to discuss ways that Trinity’s hospitality for current and new members as well as visitors and potential members can be enhanced. On April 28 name tags designating ushers, greeters and hospitality host will be blessed and usage will begin. Persons serving in these roles will be identified so they may serve as a resource for questions, directions and other needs as identified. Our other current project is revising the volunteer/talent questionnaire. Drafts of this will be presented to the task force as well as co-leaders of other task forces the first week of May. It is anticipated that this will be distributed to all members mid-summer so current files may be updated prior to beginning our fall season. If you are interested in joining this task force or have other ideas you’d like us to consider, please contact Marla Michaelis, Jeanne Stark or the church office.

Milwaukee BrewersThe Fellowship committee is working on organizing a group outing to a Brewers game this summer. The Sunday game options are rather limited, so June 30 at 1:10 p.m. vs. Pittsburgh looks like the best option. All fans that day also get a Prince Fielder bobble head!

Tickets will be $19 each with no service fees (where the real savings come in), in the Terrace Reserved/400 level. The earlier we order, the better chance of getting a block of seats together on the right field side (out of the sun). Tickets will likely be ordered the first week of May. If interested, please contact Ron Martin no later than May 7 with your name, number of tickets desired, and phone number. Also, if you’d be willing to carpool and give a ride to parishioners who don’t drive, let Ron know that as well. Thanks and God bless.

Ron Martin cell: 608-220-5949 Email:

School lunchesDuring the season of Lent, five local congregations worshiped together on Wednesdays at noon at Trinity. A free will offering was given by worshipers to go toward any outstanding balance on lunch accounts in the district. Tom Dembski, manager of the school’s Student Nutrition Program, expressed thanks for the generous gift of $1,000. He said that “not everyone qualifies for free and reduced lunch” and some families get “stuck in the gap” where a little help would make a big difference. The clergy group, who were responsible for identifying a project to support, felt confident that the generosity of members would help students, families, and the school district. Well done generous givers! Let us continue to unite our dollars to make a difference in God’s kingdom!

A gift to LIFT

Longtime members Duane and Thelma Schumacher gave a cash gift to LIFT in celebration of their 70th Anniversary. They love the LIFT kids’ service trips and how they help others. So Duane and Thelma decided to help them help others. You too can give a gift to LIFT! Consider giving a dollar a year of life or marriage to help fund this summers Mission Trip. Give a gift to LIFT today! It is a gift that keeps on giving.

Summer Worship Opportunities: Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. beginning May 26

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soapIt’s Soap Time

During the month of May, we will be collecting bath size bars of soap, any brand in their original wrappers, for Lutheran World Relief. Soap is so needed after people experience natural disasters or is forced to flee their homes. Please bring soap and place it in the box in the narthex.


Quarters Still Make a Difference

In May, the quarter container for donations reappears and will be near the Bible rack as you come into church. Remember that all monies given will go to provide scholarships to the UPAVIM school in a slum area outside Guatemala City. Many children cannot afford the uniform and school supplies to attend school without these scholarships. Please give generously each time you come to worship. Even your loose change can make a big impact on a young life and help end the cycle of poverty they are born into.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to help distribute food at the Fort Atkinson Food Pantry during the month of May. No prior experience is required. We work together as a group. Volunteers should be at the Pantry no later than 2:45 pm. The Pantry is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:00 pm. until 5:30 pm. You will find a sign-up sheet on the wall across from the hearth room. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

Thank you to the volunteers and the people who made salads and desserts for the noon community Lenten luncheons hosted by Trinity.

Your assistance and contributions were greatly appreciated.

Prayers requested for . . .

Marsha Anderson, Sandy Anderson, Ken Borchardt, Vern Borchardt, Andrew Campbell, Rhonda Cook, Linda Doerr, Isaiah Gravelle, Kim Hannan, Renee Jensen, Jeff Kaufman, Steve Mepham, Jeremy Schepp, Ruth Smithback, Don Reinders, Karen Weber, Shiloh Weber, Donna Weeks and those we name silently in our hearts.

Youth and Families May 2019

Follow That Star!VBS 2019 – Follow That Star!

Kick Off—Sunday, June 9 10:45 with picnic to follow!

VBS begins Monday—Thursday mornings, June 10–13 at 9 a.m.

Come join us as we Follow That Star!

When they saw the star, they rejoiced with great delight – Matthew 2:10

There will be fun games, delicious snacks, cool science experiments, amazing stories and Much Much More!!

Register Online


Wednesday, May 1, 6:00-7:00
Confirmation Class—7th Grade

Sunday, May 5, 9:30-10:30—All

Wednesday, May 8, 6:00-7:00
Confirmation Class—8th Grade

Wednesday, May 15, 6:00-7:00
Confirmation Class—7th Grade

Sunday, May 19, 9:30-10:30 All

Wednesday, May 22, 6:00-7:00
Confirmation Class—8th Grade


Thursday, May 9, 7-8 p.m.
Thursday, May 23, 7-8 p.m.


Wednesday , May 1, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 p.m.

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