Tidings 08/19/21

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A message from Pastor Amy

Pastor Amy WaelchliI’m excited that this year we’re participating in the ELCA’s national day of service, God’s Work, Our Hands. Held this year on Sunday, Sept. 12, we have several volunteer opportunities available for people of all ages and abilities that will happen throughout town.

The ELCA says, “Service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: that all of life in Jesus Christ – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace.”

I hope you’ll sign up to serve (and for an optional t-shirt!). This is going to be a great day for us to show God’s love to our neighbors!

Pastor Amy

Volunteers Needed for the Following Projects:

  1. Painting – Wear work clothes. Bring brushes and scrapers. Paint is provided. The Dave Gallup House (a sober living community for women) needs their porch painted. Located at 314 Madison Ave., DGH is a non-profit that strives to help women establish long term recovery. Craig Gearzak leads this project. 10 people would make this project zip by!
  2. Yard Clean Up – Wear work clothes. Bring trimmers for branches, rakes, bags, gloves, etc. The Dave Gallup House (a sober living community for women) needs some yard work done before winter. You will trim branches, weed, and clean up around the yard. 6-7 people
  3. Haumerson Pond Clean Up – Great activity for families with children! Wear comfortable shoes and work clothes. Bring gloves if desired. Bags provided. Go on a walk of this beautiful park and help out by picking up garbage found along the way. (Unlimited #s)
  4. Jefferson County Humane Society – TBD
  5. Project Linus – Join Kitty Sawyer in making blankets for kids who experience trauma. These newsew blankets are made with love and prayer. Perfect for those looking for lower physical activity. Held at Trinity.
  6. School/Health Kit Packing – Help Ruth Circle get the donations organized into sets. Perfect for all ages and for those looking for lower physical activity. Held at Trinity. Stephanie Beran leads this project.
  7. Lutherdale – Help the Bible Camp fight gypsy moths! All heights and ages needed to scrape fuzz (cocoons) from tree trunks. All materials provided. Lutherdale leads this project.
  8. Breakfast & Lunch Crew – Help feed us! We’re looking for people who will host a continental breakfast for the congregation after worship. After crews go off for their jobs, you will make sac lunches to deliver to the crews.

Rally Day Sept. 12, 2021

Signups are by the office, or you can contact Sarah in the office!

Items we need donated for projects:

  • Empty ice cream buckets
  • Fleece material, large length but any color, design, or quantity
  • Garbage bags
  • Disposable gloves

Coffee Hour

Starting Aug. 22, join Pastor Amy on the patio after worship
for a time of fellowship and coffee! All are welcome! Masks are
optional, but encouraged.

Semi-Annual Meeting 8/29

On Aug. 29 there will be a semi-annual congregational meeting after worship. Part of that meeting will be electing four council members. Two current members are up for reelection (Jeanne Stark and Eric Lonsdale). The bios for the proposed members are below. Materials for the meeting will be available starting Aug. 15.

Eric Huth

I’ve worked over 30 years as an actuary (achieving the designation of Fellow of the Society of Actuaries) with American Family, Assurant Health and most recently Milliman Inc. My wife Kay and I joined Trinity Lutheran in 2017. I’d like to join the church council to leverage my financial background for the benefit of Trinity Lutheran and because Kay wants me out of the house.

Mark Gustin

Mark grew up in northwest Iowa and received his bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Wyoming. He was a classroom teacher and coach for 10 years, in Iowa then Idaho, where he met his wife Pam, also a classroom teacher.

Mark took a position in educational publishing moving them to the Twin Cities for 3 years. He worked in sales, consultation and professional development, covering all of eastern MN and the northern 2/3’s of Wisconsin. In 2001 he transferred to southern WI with Pam accepting a teaching position in the Fort Atkinson school district.

In 2009, Mark made a career change, following his passion for teaching and coaching into the world of financial planning. He has been with Baird since 2010, loves his job, and especially the opportunity it provides to work with and help a wide variety of people.

Mark and Pam have 3 children, Gracie 18, Gabe 15, and Garrison 13 and have been members of Trinity since 2010 (we think?). Fort Atkinson is their home, where they have raised their children, and where they intend to retire.

Trinity welcomed them with open arms, has supported them through some difficult times, and has been a part of their lives for over 10 years. The church and its members have given much and Mark sees the council as an opportunity to give back.

Eric Lonsdale

Eric is running for his second, 3 year term on the council. He has been a member of Trinity for the last 30 years and has participated in the life of the church as a member of the handbell choir, a Sunday school teacher, Assistant Minister, and a volunteer at numerous events. He is currently the Council President, after taking over as Interim President last year. Eric has enjoyed being a part of the council for the past 3 years and is looking forward to where our church is headed in these post-pandemic years.

Jeanne Stark

I am Jeanne Stark and joined Trinity in 2013. My professional training was as a registered nurse and later in my career as a nursing home administrator. I have been active in Trinity serving on the Ministry Team in the Hospitality role and most recently filling a partial term on Church Council and serving as secretary. It would be a honor and privilege to be elected to a full term and be able to continue to work with a committed group of fellow Council members dedicated to our Christian work and the future of Trinity.

Hiking/Fellowship Event

Following is the next hiking event that we will be leading. Please communicate out to others that may be interested. Saturday, Aug. 28 at 10:00 a.m. Meet at the Nordic Trails parking lot on County Highway H just north of Hwy. 12 for 1.5 miles to the Nordic Trail parking lot, on the east side of the road. https://wisconsintrailguide.com/cross-country-skiing/pdf/map-nordic-trail.pdf

This is a fee area, so you’ll need a yearly Wisconsin state parks pass for your vehicle ($28) or you will have to purchase a day pass ($8) for your vehicle. The trail head has potable water and toilets. Bring your face mask, if you’re more comfortable, for using the toilets. Bring a water bottle, trekking poles or walking stick if you have/want them, snacks in case you need an energy pickup, bug spray, light jacket, hat and/or sunglasses. If you are more comfortable, you may also wear a face mask.

The Nordic Trail is an overlapping, stacked loop system with seven named trails; three are rated as novice and four are rated as intermediate. Trail distances range from 1.1 km to 15.9 km. The most challenging terrain occurs on the Green Trail and on portions of the Blue Trail where there are several fun, hilly stretches. We’ll be hiking a combination of the Green and Purple Trails, 5.0 miles moderately trafficked loop trails that feature a variety of terrain and scenery. The majority of the terrain is flat to gently rolling and meanders through a nice variety of scenery that includes stands of mixed hardwoods, pine plantations, and open fields within the South Kettle Moraine State Forest. It is marked as a Moderate/Intermediate trail.

Any questions, please contact Aurelio at callopeAnD86@gmail.com or 262-490-4923. wisconsintrailguide.com

LWR Projects Update


To date we have collected and packed 36 Personal Care Kits. Thank you. We will continue to accept these kits until September 12, 2021.

SCHOOL CARE KITS The coronavirus crisis has not slowed down the need for School Kits. In fact, LWR can’t keep up with the demand. At present time we have 30 complete school kits and extra supplies to complete more of these kits. If you would prefer to donate supplies, we could use pencil sharpeners, scissors, notebooks and rulers.

We will continue to collect school kits and school supplies until September 12, 2012. Our delivery date to Madison is on the 18th of September. So many thanks to you all.

Personal care itemsPersonal Care Kits

  • One lightweight bath-size towel (20×40 or 52×27) dark colors
  • Two bath-size bars of soap equaling 8-9oz in original wrapping
  • One adult-size toothbrush in its original packaging
  • One sturdy comb, remove packaging One metal nail clippers, remove packaging

Notebook and crayonsSchool Kits

  • Four 70-sheet notebooks of wide or college ruled paper
  • One 30-cm ruler on one side with inches on the other
  • One pencil sharpener
  • One pair of blunt scissors
  • Five unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers secure with a rubber band
  • One box of 16 or 24 crayons
  • One 2 1/2 inch eraser

Sunday School


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New Member Class Starting Soon

Do you attend Trinity but aren’t a member yet? Are you interested in becoming a member? We will have a new members class coming soon! More information about the class will be available soon!

Ruth Circle

It has been a year of challenges and changes, trying to find our way back to gathering as people of faith. Ruth Circle would like to invite anyone who would be interested in joining us for Bible Study starting on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. in the Hearth Room.

We hope that you would consider joining us in September. Any questions you may contact Stephanie Beran at sfberan@charter.net or her cell phone 920-723-4867.

Sunday Morning Bible Study

Hunger Catechism – Sept. 19-Oct. 24
Join Pastor Amy between services on Sundays in a Bible study looking at the catechism. See the description from the ELCA below for more info:

“The Hunger Catechisms are intended to encourage understanding of the Small and Large Catechisms as they relate to our faith, our personal life and our public life.

Each lesson begins with Martin Luther’s interpretations in both the Small and Large Catechisms and discusses their spiritual implications and social applications. At the end of each lesson is an example of how the ELCA is working alongside neighbors within the U.S. and around the world through the ministry of ELCA World Hunger.”

Prayers Requested For . . .

Terry Badura, Ron and Marian Capek, Diane Carter, Don Clark, Roger Draeger, Chris Falk, Ethel Fischer, Nick and Marisa Fluture, Helen Haase, Ron Kemmerling, Richard Klinkowitz, Bob Kyle, Phyllis Lange, Joy Lee, Barb Manwaring, Dan Morrow, Pam Nicholas, Debbie Pierce, Violet Prust, Harold Rumppe, John Sanders, Ruth Smithback, Olaf Stokstad, Nancy Streich, Ken Strese , John Toso, Kay Woods, Keith Woods, Tony and Debbie 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!