Tidings 08/04/22

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Council Bios

Below are brief biographies of the two new council members we are voting into council at the semi-annual meeting on August 7th. The meeting will be right after worship.

Phillip Douglas Martin Jr.

Where are you from and how did you come to be part of Trinity?
Kansas City, Missouri. Looking for a good youth program for our children
How long have you been at Trinity?
4 years
What Spiritual Gifts do you bring to Council?
Joy – playfulness and humor that doesn’t harm; Faithfulness –a commitment to God’s church as it will become, not as it was but as God needs it to be now; Self-Control – a habit of non-judgement toward self and others.
Can you give a brief example?
A willingness to see the joy in the world no matter how hard you have to look
What skills or expertise from outside the church do you bring to your leadership on council? (ie, non-anxious presence, financial practices, social services, administration, passion for music, commitment to Trinity)
I was a Sergeant first class sometimes in charge of keeping 20 or so medics from wandering off.
How can the congregation support you?

Susan Bradley

Where are you from and how did you come to be part of Trinity?
I was raised on a dairy farm near Belleville, Wisconsin. I was raised in the United Methodist Church, but have been a Lutheran since marrying Scott in 1975. Scott and I (and our family) have lived in four other states before we moved back to Wisconsin in 1993 and joined Trinity. All four of our children were confirmed at Trinity.
How long have you been at Trinity?
Since August of 1993, 29 years.
What Spiritual Gifts do you bring to Council?
Love – rejoicing in the variety of gifts among us without jealousy or fear that you aren’t doing enough; Joy – playfulness and humor that doesn’t harm; Peace – a seed of trust that God is working in the world. Yes, even now; Kindness – a generous outlook toward other people’s actions; Goodness – embracing the variety of ways people serve God and sharing your own willingness to serve others as a follower of Jesus; Faithfulness –a commitment to God’s church as it will become, not as it was but as God needs it to be now; Gentleness – showing up in hard times, not to fix, correct, or explain, but to be present all the realities of life; Self-Control – a habit of non-judgement toward self and others.
Can you give a brief example?
Church has been a place of refuge from the day-to-day and a place to renew the strength needed to go out into the world and interact with others. I have always had a listening ear for others who need to vent or talk. I truly try to accept others for who they are in the here and now and don’t expect them to change to meet my own needs. I believe church is for everyone; it’s not a country club. I appreciate the various gifts that different people bring to the group. Before COVID I attended services fairly regularly. I’m hoping to get back to that and sing again with the choir.
What skills or expertise from outside the church do you bring to your leadership on council? (ie, non-anxious presence, financial practices, social services, administration, passion for music, commitment to Trinity)
I’m a former Special education teacher (K-5), working with children (and their families) with emotional and behavioral issues. I love gardening. I love to make our church building beautiful on the outside and clean and organized and functioning well on the inside. I am pretty good at organizing groups of people to accomplish tasks. I like organization and don’t do so well with chaos. I love to sing with the choir. I’m financially responsible and have taken care of finances not only for my own family but for my mother and mother-in-law.
How can the congregation support you?
Prayers and a commitment to seeking solutions to problems that may arise.

Installation Gift

You’re invited to join the church council in a gift for Pastor Madeline for her installation. If you would like to contribute financially to the gift, please indicate “Installation Gift” on the memo line of your check or on an offering envelope. Talk to any of the council members if you have any questions.

Office Hours Will Vary

Now that I (Sarah) have accepted a teaching position, the office hours will vary greatly while the office staff searches for a new office administrator. If you attempt to call and no one picks up, please make sure to leave a voicemail with your name and phone number. Someone in the office will check the voicemail system and get back to you as soon as possible. If you attempt to visit and no one answers the door, we encourage you to call and leave a voicemail or send an email to schedule a visit. If you send an email, please have patience while you wait for a response. The office email will be checked, but probably not every day.

“God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday

God's Work. Our Hands

Sign ups for projects and t-shirts are available on the website and at church. 

Details for some of the available projects

  1. River Walk Clean Up through Parks & Rec – Wear comfortable shoes and work clothes. Bring work gloves if desired. Latex gloves & bags provided. Go on a walk along the river and help out by picking up garbage found along the way. Leader serves as point person, distributes trash bags and gloves.
    2. Painting through Parks & Rec – The archway of the old theater building where Farmer’s Markets are held (where the restrooms are). Parks & Recs Crew will pressure wash it and provide paint. Bring brushes, rollers, ladders, etc. Leader will supervise the painting.
    3. Yard Clean Up @ 4 households – Trimming, edging, and more! Some of our members, who Julie Vurva visits and brings communion to, could use help in their yards and garages. This is a great opportunity to connect with church members you haven’t seen recently. Leaders will meet home owners so they’re a familiar face and help the home owner communicate what they’d like done.
    4. Food Crew – help feed worshippers and volunteers with kitchen prep, serving, and clean up. (A separate list for food donations will go out soon.

Tailgate Dinner

School Kits

We would like to begin collecting items again this year for Lutheran World Relief School kits. Listed below you will find the items needed. If you would like to collect all items for a complete kit, please place the items in a plastic grocery bag and place in the totes at the east entrance of the building. You are also welcome to just pick up items from the list and drop them off and Ruth Circle will sort and gather any necessary items to complete kits. Please have all items brought to church by Sunday, Sept. 3.

  • FOUR 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper, approximately 8” x 10 ½”; no loose leaf paper
  • ONE 30-centimeter ruler, or a ruler with centimeters on one side and inches on the other
  • ONE pencil sharpener
  • ONE pair of blunt scissors (safety scissors with embedded steel blades work well)
  • FIVE unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers; secure together with a rubber band
  • FIVE black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink); secure together with a rubber band
  • ONE box of 16 or 24 crayons
  • ONE 2 ½” eraser

Thank you all for your continued generosity. Trinity Lutheran church is truly blessed and I’m grateful to be part of this community! – Candy

WELCA Retreat

Our Synod-wide women’s retreat is coming up on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. The theme is “Rise Up – Overcoming Life’s Obstacles.” It is at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church – 550 Lincoln Drive, Sun Prairie, WI. Information is in the Trumpeter, which I hope you are all receiving, and on the Synod Women of the ELCA web page. https://scsw-elca.org/welca/ Scroll down to find the Rise Up event. If you plan to attend and would like to carpool, or if you have questions, please contact Kay Falk.

Scholarship Update

As of August 1, we have collected $400 in the Quarters Can Make A Difference jar. There may be more donations given through envelopes and Tithely, but this is progress toward our $1,000 goal. (Last year we donated more than $2,000.) To see why your donations make a difference – read on!

In a recent UPAVIM newsletter, the new president of the Upavim Community Development Foundation, Janessa Landeck, wrote: “15 years ago, I arrived at UPAVIM as a 22-year-old new nurse, eager to make an impact – and left humbled and inspired.” She recently visited again and was amazed at the difference. She says, “In this rough neighborhood, it is a miracle to see how UPAVIM has allowed women to usher their children through the minefield of adolescence in a community so impacted by gangs and teen pregnancy. It is the norm among the UPAVIMas to have children progressing into high school and university.”

She had dinner with a woman who has a son in medical school and another gal who is studying to be a lawyer herself. Education and the opportunities it provides take time to impact communities, but over the 30 years since its founding, these seeds are now coming to fruition. The women in the cooperative have a new expectation for what their futures look like and that modeling of independence and self-assuredness ensures a new way of being for this next generation.”

Installation of Pastor Madeline

August 21 at 9 a.m.

Join us at worship on Aug. 21 for the installation of Pastor Madeline. Bishop Joy
will be visiting for the installation. There will be a reception following the worship service to celebrate with Pastor Madeline, Pastor Amy, and Bishop Joy. No RSVP needed!

Volunteers needed for the reception:
Food Prep
Coffee Prep
Kitchen Host
Bring Baked Goods and Fruit

STAR Group in August

STAR will be meeting at 1 p.m. on Aug. 8. We have pews that need our attention and cards to send. STAR needs new members. No talent needed. Just caring and sharing for our church community and local areas. Come join with us for 2 hours of using our hearts, hands and souls to spread God’s word.

Food Needs Ongoing

There are currently 12 volunteers helping with the Little Free Pantry. Doing something to help others is important to them. You, too, can help! Below is a list of donation needs for the pantry. If anyone would like to donate food for the Little Pantry, please note they can be dropped off inside Rm 205 (right inside east parking lot door).

Popular items:
Tuna/chicken in can or foil envelope
Peanut butter
Cereal (regular size as super sized doesn’t fit well in box)
Fruit (cans or individual packages)
Oatmeal packets
4 pack toilet paper
Kleenex tissues (small to medium)
Toothbrushes (individual package)
Dish soap (small)
Vegetables, canned
Canned pasta/ chili/stew

Prayers Requested For . . .

Ron Capek, Eric Dassow (Sandy Weber’s nephew), Irving Luebke (Pearl Luebke’s son), Dan Zick.

*Do you have a prayer concern? Email the prayer force at prayerforcetlc@gmail.com. People will gladly pray for you or your loved one with their whole hearts! Please indicate if you would like to be put on the all-church prayer list.*

**Tidings are sent out every two weeks. Any submissions for the Tidings need to be sent to the office by the Wednesday of Tidings weeks.**