This past month I attended the Bishop’s Convocation, which is an annual event in our synod for all rostered leaders. (This year it was in Dubuque instead of Lake Geneva so my absence was more noticeable.) This was one of the best fall convocations I’ve ever attended!
First of all, I was able to meet our Interim Bishop, Pastor Peter Rogness. He was genuine and accessible. Bishop Rogness also presented a reasonable plan to re-shape the bishop’s election process, which he rightly credited to synod council. For future elections at synod assemblies, a slate of vetted candidates for office of the Bishop will be presented to the body for election. Much the same way a congregation is presented with a candidate in a call process, so the synod will have a choice of candidates that have been through a thorough process. That said, it is my understanding that an election will not be ready by May’s synod assembly.
Second, the collegiality of Bishop’s Convocation is a gift. It’s amazing to hear what is happening in other people’s contexts. Rural congregations and urban settings! Confirmation classes and nursing home worship. Prison ministry and homeless shelters. There is a team within our synod working on racial justice. There is a team within our synod working on Reconciling in Christ, which works for full inclusion of LGBTQ+ people within congregations. The Spirit moves in this synod!
Finally, the presentation itself was simply a gift. The speaker was Rev. Dr. Wayne Mueller who spoke about Sabbath, as in the oft overlooked command from God to rest. In fact, he translated that Hebrew for us from Genesis. We most often say that on the seventh day God rested. Rev Mueller reminds us that the same word can mean ‘exhale.’ God exhaled. That breath you’re holding? Exhale. The stress you’re hanging onto? Exhale. The to-do list? Exhale. Rest. Exhale.
Sabbath rest is an important practice even when it happens breath by breath.
Sunday School News
A prayer to help us focus on God at Thanksgiving:
A child’s prayer of Thanks.
Thank you for the food we eat.
Thank you for the birds that sing.
Thank you, God, for everything!
Dates to keep in mind:
Nov. 3 – No Sunday school
Nov. 24 – First Communion Workshop at noon in Fellowship Hall. This workshop is for the 4th grade students, plus any children whose parents feel they are ready to receive communion. Every child attending needs at least one adult with them. Please contact Julie Vurva or Pastor Amy if you have any questions. Church office number is 563-4145.
Nov. 26 – Trinity’s Thanksgiving worship service at 7 p.m. and First Communion for students who attended the workshop on Nov. 24.
Dec. 1 – No Sunday school
Dec. 8 – Rehearsal for the Sunday school Christmas Worship Service. The rehearsal takes place during the normal Sunday school hour, from 9:30-10:30.
Dec. 15 – Regular Sunday school, PLUS the 5th & 6th grade class taking lead roles at the 8:15 worship and the students in classes 4K-4th offering their traditional children’s worship service at 10:45. Come and worship and praise God with us.
Youth and Families November 2019
We will put up the big tree, the children’s tree, decorate the church, have a potluck supper, children’s crafts, grown up crafts and more! This will be a wonderful kick off to the season!
Please plan on joining us!
Wednesday— Nov. 20
Wednesday, Nov. 13
Thursday, Nov. 14, 3:30 p.m.
Young adult discussion group.
Worship with the Youth Director
Thursday, Nov. 14, 6:15 p.m.
Let me know if you are coming so I can order enough pizza! We’re going to build stuff before church!
7th & 8th Grade Sunday School
Sunday, Nov. 10, 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, November 17, 9:30 a.m.
Gift card orders will be placed on Mondays, Dec. 1, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15.
It’s a great way to support the youth and do some shopping!
For more info, contact Kitty.
I am looking for people with children of all ages.
If you are interested, email Kitty firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will have over 10 families that we will be supporting this Christmas. All you have to do is take a tag or tags from the tree. Each tag will have suggestions for you.
There will also be tags for monetary donations that will go toward Christmas dinner and additional food items.
There will be some tags that are for personal care items such as toothpaste and laundry soap.
Please bring your UNWRAPPED gifts back to church by Sunday, December 16.
If you would like to donate to Christmas Neighbors but don’t have time to shop, simply donate the money you would like to spend and LIFT will do the shopping for you. We tried this last year and it was a great success. LIFT loved buying toys and gifts for people. If you would like LIFT to shop for you, simply mail or hand in your donation to the office and enclose a note FOR LIFT SHOPPING. Thanks!!
First Communion Instruction for All Ages is offered because age simply cannot define when a person is ready to receive communion. This class requires a parent to attend with their child and is a beginning step in a life-long learning about God’s Holy Supper. Parents know their children best. Does your kiddo have questions about communion? Do they love to pray with you? Ask big questions that leave you stumped? Do you believe your child is ready to engage with God in this Holy meal?
If you have questions, speak with Pastor Amy or Julie Vurva. We welcome the opportunity to think this through with you. Call us to register at (920) 563-4145.
First Communion is celebrated on Nov. 26 at the 7 p.m. Thanksgiving Worship. Followed by Trinity’s Pie Fest, this is a night of abundant celebration!
The below resources will have most update information on Trinity’s Closings
Trinity’s Facebook page
DID YOU KNOW?
Tabs from aluminum cans (soda, beer, soup, etc.) have been collected here at Trinity for some time now? These tabs are being delivered to the Ronald McDonald House by Tiffany Albrecht. The Discipleship Ministry Team met with Tiffany to hear her story and get the details of the program. On Nov. 7 and 10, Tiffany will present a “Ministry Moment” at the church services to share her Ronald McDonald House experiences with the congregation.
A huge thank you to all the special people who donated food or helped in the kitchen, and in some cases did both, for the lunch after Service of Thanksgiving of Rod. We received a lot of good comments about the presentation and content.
Addresses for Trinity’s College & Tech Students and Service Members
Did your young adult move to school or go into the service? 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 email@example.com or fill out an index card in the Narthex.
Please include their birthday too. Thank you!
Items needed for Pie Fest other than lots of PIES:
4 cans of Redi-Whip
2 gallons of Milk
3 gallons of Ice Cream
6 helpers to cut, serve and clean up
Please sign up for the above items and/or pies on sign up sheet outside the Narthex.
Discipleship Ministry Team
A Discipleship Ministry Team is being formed and we would like you to prayerfully consider becoming a part of it. Team members shall be responsible for the outreach of this church to members and the community. This team will seek to lead all members in deepening their spiritual connection through study and action; extend Christian compassion and helpfulness to the ill, the aged, the orphaned, the underprivileged, the imprisoned and, in general, to persons of all ages in need of aid in body and soul. Some project considerations at this time are the Ronald McDonald House, Trudy’s Room, Feed Your Soul, Christmas Neighbors, and Food Pantry.
Please contact one of the following people if you are interested in joining the Discipleship Ministry Team: Beatrice in the church office, Vickie Steinke at (920) 563-2860, or Sharon Stade at (920) 650-9103. We will be meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m.
The Homeless Coalition
Trinity Lutheran Church is joining forces with other local congregations who’ve organized to assist the homeless population in Fort Atkinson. The Homeless Coalition of Fort Atkinson Inc. (hereafter HC of FA) is a non-profit charitable organization whose mission “shall be to enhance the quality of life for persons and families who need assistance and a place to live.” Our vision is “that we believe everyone shall have a place to call home.” We are organized to help the homeless and those on the verge of homelessness (transitional), in the environs of the School District of Fort Atkinson.
The HC of FA is looking for volunteers who are willing to stay overnight at the emergency shelter (location TBD) when temperatures drop below 15 degrees. One male and one female are needed per night and will receive training and background checks. Volunteering is on a rotation basis. If you have questions, please contact Becky Tuttle, Trinity’s representative on the HC of FA and a member of the Discipleship Ministry Team.
The 2020 Pledge Sheets are in the mail! Please return them to Trinity by Nov. 10.
The end of Thanksgiving weekend is also the beginning of Advent. Please come help us get Trinity ready for this special season. This is a special tradition of decorating, eating, gathering with our church family after a holiday weekend. It’s a touchstone to start our journey to Christmas together. Sign up today at the sign up center.
Prayers Requested For . . .
Marsha Anderson, Sandy Anderson, Andrew Campbell, Linda Doerr, Evan Dudzek, Kim Hannan, Renee Jensen, Bob Kyle, Karen Mepham, Dan Morrow, Jeremy Schepp, Denny Stark, Carol Topel, Ruth Smithback, Karen Weber, Donna Weeks, Lori Williams, Donald Zuehlke and those we name silently in our hearts.
Join us on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. for a Blue Christmas worship celebration. It’s a calm, simple, reflective worship during a busy season.
Mitten & Hat Drive
STAR is again collecting your gently used/new/hand crafted mittens and hats. Please bring them freshly laundered (or tags still on) to Trinity beginning Oct. 6 until Nov. 3. These will keep the hands and heads of our local kids warm!
WHS Players present:
“Disney’s The Little Mermaid”
Nov. 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 24 at 2 p.m.
Fort Atkinson High School Presents:
High School Musical On Stage!
2nd Lessons – Adult Sunday School with Pastor Amy
Very rarely does the 2nd lesson for a given Sunday get much attention in a sermon. But these lessons are chosen for a reason and written to early Christians. Come and study them with Pastor Amy. Learn what they addressed in their original context and hear what they have to say to us today.
Who: Everyone (9th grade to 99!) is welcome to attend this class.
When: Thursdays from 6:15-6:45 ~or~ Sundays from 9:45-10:15
*the same content is covered in both classes*
Where: Large Group Classroom (upstairs across from kitchenette)
Details: No previous Bible study experience is necessary.
Attend one; attend them all!
Bring a Bible or use one provided here.
Oct. 31 & Nov. 3: No class
Nov. 7 & Nov. 10: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
Nov. 14 & 17: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Nov. 21 & 24: Colossians 1:11-20
Nov. 28 & Dec. 1: No class
Dec. 5 & 8: Romans 15:4-13
Dec. 12 & 15: No class
Dec. 19 & 22: No class
Dec. 26 & 29: No class