September 2019 Trinity Tidings

Print/view the September 2019 Tidings in PDF Format

Pastor Amy Waelchli
Pastor Amy Waelchli

Are you excited for a new picture directory?! I know I am! It certainly would have assisted me in getting to know you when I first arrived at Trinity three years ago. It is true that photo directories are out of date nearly as soon as they’re printed – life changes that quickly. But they serve as a touchstone as a moment in a congregation’s life. In all of the directories Trinity has done some themes remain the same.

For example, worship is always the central action of the church. As God’s people, we gather to worship and praise God. It’s the time when the majority of us are able to be together. Yet it’s brief, usually just an hour. And it isn’t an interpersonal relationship builder between members. Worship is an experience between self and God, between community and God.

Relationships between members come from other church activities. Christian education is a great example of this. Everything from All Ages Christian Education on Sundays to VBS to the Rally Day Team – each experience strengthens relationships between members.

I wonder if you’ve ever felt a strong desire to know your fellow Trinity members better? Perhaps take that into consideration as you fill out the Time and Talent sheet this year. Fellowship, Discipleship, Education and Worship opportunities also provide the opportunity to build our community relationships. Join us and invite others. Everyone is welcome here!

This new directory is just a snapshot of Trinity but it will also be a good tool to get to know each other. Make your appointment for the photo directory soon! Time slots are filling fast! Call Beatrice in the church office at (920) 563-4145 OR sign up on the sheets outside the narthex. See you in the pictures!

With joy,

Pastor Amy

Welcome Reverend Dan Dibbert

Beginning Sept. 1, Rev. Dan Dibbert is joining the staff of Trinity on a part-time basis. He will preach once a month and visit home-bound members. Our visitation team will continue to visit home-bound members too. Here are some words from Pastor Dan:

Rev. Dan DibbertHello again! I have had the privilege to preach and lead worship at Trinity in the past and now this month I will begin serving you on a part-time basis in a supportive role to Pastor Amy. My main responsibilities will be visiting the home-bound members of our congregation and preaching once a month. I will help with other duties as assigned by Pastor Amy as time allows.

Just a little about myself. I retired from parish ministry after serving almost 30 years as a congregational pastor. In my years of ministry, I served five different congregations, served Wartburg Seminary as their Internship Coordinator and did some interim work.

I am married to Beth (42 years). We have two children and five grandchildren. We live in Edgerton (Newville to be exact). We enjoy traveling (our son lives in Dubai and our daughter in Cleveland), boating, hiking (we’re working our way through the Ice Age Trail) and biking.

I am looking forward to working with Pastor Amy and at Trinity!


Sunday School News

Sunday school registration can be done online. Please register your child each year. Trinity offers classes for children in 4K-6th grade. Click on this link for online registration.

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

Looking for a few musicians! I am seeking a guitar and/or a piano player, or vocalist who would enjoy helping me lead music during the Sunday School Opening sessions from 9:30-9:45 on Sunday mornings. Contact Julie Vurva at 563-4145 ex. 4 or for more information.

Dates to plan for:

Sept. 8 – Rally Day! 9:30 a.m. Join us as we celebrate the kick off of Sunday school with outdoor worship at Barrie Park, followed by a picnic with some fun and games. Sunday school staff will be installed during the worship service.

Sept. 15 – Sunday school 9:30-10:30. Parents are encouraged to join us weekly for the Sunday School Opening in the Sanctuary from 9:30-9:45.

Sept. 22 – Third grade Bible Sunday. Students in third grade receive a Bible during either the 8:15 or 10:45 worship service.

A full schedule of Sunday School events with dates can be found on Trinity’s web page under the Sunday school heading.

May all of us at Trinity see ourselves as lifelong learners and continue to, “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18

First Communion Instruction for All Ages

First communion

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!


Thank you so much for all your soap donations. We have collected 7 boxes this year. We collected more than we did last year.

quarterDid 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. As Aug. 18, we have $523. That is still $120 less than last August.

Kitchen remodel update

We have secured quotes from an equipment supplier for the dish-wash line, which will include a pre-rinse station with a garbage disposal and inline dishwasher with a 4-foot clean dish station. We also quoted a new three-station sink and a hand wash sink.

The group has determined that the cost of the racks from the equipment supplier were over priced and found these could be secured from an online source more reasonably.

We still are getting quotes for the plumbing of the dish-washing line and sinks and construction costs for the closing of the west doorway to accommodate the three-station sink.

We are still researching the center island to determine size and functionality.

The quote we received for the ice machine was high. We are looking for a more economical solution. If we get one it would be located where the trash cans are currently located, at the northwest corner of the kitchen.

There is still work to be done before we have a complete proposal for this project.

Transition Team celebration

Thank you to everyone who assisted and/or contributed baked goods for the recognition of the Transition Team August 22 and 25.

Feed Your Soul

We are going to be guest hosting Feed Your Soul with First United Methodist Church due to their kitchen remodel on Sept. 12 and Sept. 19 at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join us for dinner and fellowship. Please let Beatrice know if you would like to attend.

Fort Fall Fiesta


Saturday, Sept. 14 @ 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Jones Park, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin

Traducción al español abajo The Unity Project Along with our amazing sponsors, Fort Community Credit Union, Fort Healthcare, Madison Area Technical College, and MK Cellular invite you to Fort Fall Fiesta, a Bilingual Community Party with Emcees Jose Mieses and Whitney Townsend.

Music by Contrabanda, a popular Chicago Salsa band, food by First United Methodist, Spanish-Language Congregation Pitching Lesson by Jose Mieses (former Brewers Pitcher), Salsa Lessons, Bouncy House, Kids Activities by BASE and Fort EL Teachers Baseball game at 2 p.m. featuring the Dominican Stars.

Prayer requests

Prayers requested for . . . Marsha Anderson, Sandy Anderson, Vern Borchardt, Andrew Campbell, Linda Doerr, Isaiah Gravelle, Betty Greve, Kim Hannan, Renee Jensen, Bob Kyle, Dan Morrow, Bill Peterson, Diane Reuhl, Jeremy Schepp, Ruth Smithback, Mary Thiel, Carol Topel, Tyler Waters, Karen Weber, Donna Weeks, Lori Williams and those we name silently in our hearts.

Service of Installation

The Members of Trinity Lutheran Church invite you to a Service of Installation for Pastor Amy Waelchli as lead Pastor of our congregation.

Sunday Sept. 15 during worship at 8:15 and 10:45 with reception/coffee between services at  9:15 a.m.

Your prayers and presence are appreciated as we celebrate the future ministry of our church under the leadership of our new pastor.

Star Word Sharing

Pastor Amy is looking for people to share their Star Word experiences with her and possibly with the congregation. Join her for special Star Word coffee hours on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. or 6 p.m. Let’s hear where you’ve seen your Star Word in your daily life, in both unexpected and mundane places. RSVP to (920) 563-4145.

Church Directory

CameraIt is time for a new church directory. We are starting the photo sessions at the end of September. There will be schedule sign-up sheets on the sign up center outside the Narthex. You can also email or call Beatrice to schedule 920-563-4145 No purchase necessary!!


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.

Adult Education Schedule

Thursdays from 6:15-6:45 p.m.
Sundays from 9:45-10:15 a.m.

Sept. 15: 1 Timothy 1:12-17
Sept. 22: 1 Timothy 2:1-7
Sept. 26 & 29: Pastor Dan Dibbert
Oct. 3 & 6: 2 Timothy 1:1-14
Oct. 10 & 13: Pastor Dan Dibbert
Oct. 17 & 20: 2 Timothy 3:14–4:5
Oct. 24 & 27: No class
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

Join us for Rally Day!

Join us for
(Sunday School Kick-off)
On Sept. 8 at 9:30 a.m.
At Barrie Park
Cookout to follow church service with the band in the park

Bring a chair for the service and picnic. Bring a lawn game for some picnic fun. Please consider bringing a side dish or dessert “If desired, not required.”
Sign-up sheets posted across from the Hearth Room.

News from Your Synod and Ministry Partners

Message from Synod Vice-President, Jane Cahill Wolfgram, regarding resignation of Bishop Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld.

Many of you have asked questions regarding the resignation of Bishop Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld and the future plans of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin. I will try to answer your questions to the best of my ability, while recognizing that there are limitations because the resignation is a personnel matter and some matters regarding the future of the Synod are still being discerned.

Q. What was the reason that Bishop Viviane resigned?

A. After many individual and Executive Committee meetings with Bishop Viviane, on June 12th, the Executive Committee of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin presented Bishop Viviane with an extensive list of concerns regarding health matters, performance problems and unethical behavior. After many hours of discussion with Bishop Viviane, the Executive Committee found her Unable to Serve under S8.56 of the Constitution and she was placed on immediate suspension. This action was described as Medical Leave until the matter could be resolved. The SCSW Council affirmed this decision on July 13th. On July 15th, Churchwide interviewed about 30 individuals from across the Synod including rostered and lay leaders, Council members and staff. A report was prepared by Deacon Schwabe and provided to Bishop Eaton. Bishop Eaton then met with Bishop Viviane and asked for her resignation.

Q. Did Rev. Viviane receive a severance package?

A. Yes, her separation agreement provides for 5 months of salary and benefits.

Q. What happens to the programs and initiatives, such as LatinX, Small Town and Rural Ministry, and Youth Ministry, started by Bishop Viviane?

A. These are initiatives formed mutually by Synod leaders and staff. These vital ministries are the focus of our new DEM, Rev. Walter Baires, who with our congregations and rostered leaders will continue to grow and nurture.

Q. Will we have an interim Bishop?

A. We will have an interim Bishop. The Executive Committee is collaborating with Bishop Eaton and her team to identify an interim Bishop and to determine when we will receive him/her.

Q. How will an interim Bishop be selected?

A. Once Bishop Eaton presents us with a name, the Executive Committee will meet with the proposed interim to determine if the candidate is someone that they will recommend to the Council for acceptance.

Q. Is the Synod Council reviewing how we elect a bishop?

A. A Bishop Election Task Force has been formed and is being led by Pastor Tim Hansen. This group is looking at many aspects of the process: candidate selection, qualifications and requirements of a bishop, vetting of candidates, the voting process, etc. As this process unfolds, we will share information and secure input from you.

Several of you have asked when we will hold the Election. As of this date, the Council has not determined when the Election will be held. If you have thoughts or questions, please feel free to contact the Task Force via Pastor Hansen or me.

Q. Are we still having an Assembly in November? Is the agenda as announced at the May Assembly?

A. There will be an Assembly on November 2nd. The Assembly will be held at a congregation in our synod. The Assembly will begin at 10 a.m. and will last until 2 p.m. The agenda will consist of three primary matters; approval of the 2020 Synod budget, plans for establishing a healthy synod and healing the pain resulting from Bishop Viviane’s departure, and possibly the introduction of an interim Bishop. We will also worship together. Those elected to vote at the May 2019 Assembly, rostered leaders and Synod Council will need to attend the November 2nd Assembly.

Subscribe to the synod newsletter by emailing Deacon Vicki at You’ll be added to the weekly email that shares events in our South Central Synod of Wisconsin and the whole ELCA. Anyone can subscribe!

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 155 kits already!!

Click here to view the church calendar