Tidings 09/16/21

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A Message from Pastor Amy

Pastor Amy WaelchliOverwhelmed elation. That is how I’m feeling after Sunday, Sept. 12. This Rally Day Praise in the Park worship departed from our traditional picnic. This year we worshiped, had breakfast, and then those who were able and interested participated in the ELCA’s National Day of Service. This was our first time participating in ‘God’s Work. Our Hands’ Sunday but it won’t be our last! Congregations are encouraged to go out into their communities to serve their neighbors. The ELCA believes this is one way we share God’s love.

There were 180+ people at worship with the praise band in Barrie Park and 65 people went on to volunteer. Over 100 community service hours were donated by people ranging in age from 5 – 77 years old. Service projects were designed with a range of ages and abilities in mind.

  • Haumerson’s Pond Cleanup – 13 people walked the trail to pick up trash. Thank you Eric Lonsdale, Council President, for leading this event.
  • School & Health Kits – 8 people packed 107 school kits and 66 health kits that will be shared both domestically and globally with those in need through Lutheran World Relief. Thanks to everyone who donated supplies throughout the summer! Thanks to Stephanie Beran for being the team lead.
  • Food – 7 people made sure the congregation ate breakfast and the volunteers had lunches. Thank you Candy Milan and Staci Nielson for organizing this!
  • Blankets – 14 people made cuddly fleece blankets for the Linus Project. The blankets are gifted to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. Thank you Sharon Armstrong for heading this up!
  • Lutherdale Bible Camp – 8 people helped the camp fight against gypsy moths. Thank you Lutherdale for the invitation to help!
  • Dave Gallup House – 15 people worked together to scrape/paint the front porch and clean up the yard of this sober living community for women here in Fort Atkinson. Thank you Craig Gierzak for being the team lead on this multi-pronged project!

All in all, Trinity Lutheran loved this day of worship and service. We will participate in GWOH next year too! If you know of a community organization that would benefit from a few hours of donated labor, contact Pastor Amy at Trinity. (920) 728-8330.

Thank you one and all!

Pastor Amy

God's Work, Our Hands volunteers

Join Star!

starIf you think you have no craft talent, let us help you find one.

We meet once a month to Serve Trinity Area Residents. Sign up or watch the Tidings for our meeting info or call/talk to Sharon Armstrong or Kay Falk.

We especially need help repairing or replacing the Chrismon for the church Christmas Tree.

‘The Bible Tells Me So’ Adult Book Study

Have you ever started reading the Bible and wondered, ‘Why is it full of violence?’ ‘Why would God do/say that?’ How do we reconcile what is in the Bible with what it means for us today? This class is for anyone with questions about the Bible, God, or faith. It is for anyone who is comfortable with the Bible, God, or faith. It is, truly, for anyone.

In our 7 sessions, we will use the book and video series from author and theologian Pete Enns. “The Bible Tells Me So chronicles Enns’s spiritual odyssey, how he came to see beyond restrictive doctrine and learned to embrace God’s Word as it is actually written.”

Copies of the book will be ordered by the church upon registration. Books are $17, and you can pay by cash or check. Please bring your payment for the book to the first class.

Sign up now to join Pastor Amy on Mondays at 11:30 a.m. (in person) or 6:30 p.m. (online) for The Bible Tells Me So. Classes will be 60-90 minutes long.

Sept. 13, Sept. 20, Oct. 4, Oct. 11, Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 1

Gather in the sanctuary at 11:30 a.m. for the video. We will adjourn to the large group classroom for conversation. Feel free to bring your lunch!

Zoom capability required.
All are welcome to join this class – invite a friend!

Women's Retreat

Register here

Meals on Wheels – October

TRINITY is scheduled to deliver meals in October. There are four weeks and we need two drivers for each week. My cell is (920) 728-2383 if anyone is interested or has questions please contact me.

Thank you,

Toni Hrobsky

Hiking Event

Hello Hikers! Here are the next two Hiking/Fellowship events. Please note that start times are different than our usual.

Saturday, Oct. 9 at 11 a.m. at the Kettle Moraine State Park/Forest headquarters just east of Palmyra on Hwy 59. https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/kms/pdfs/kms forestmap.pdf

We’ll hike 3 to 5 miles of the Ice Age Trail. As usual, bring water, snacks, hat, sunglasses, etc.

Map of Devil's LakeSaturday, Nov. 6 at 10:30 a.m. at Devil’s Lake State Park south of Baraboo. Park at North Shore (see map). Pack a picnic lunch or we can organize to grill and picnic there as we get closer to this date and know how many people will be participating. We’ll hike about 5 miles around Devil’s Lake. Hope to see you there! Any questions, please contact Aurelio at callopeand86@gmail.com or 262-490-4923.





Ruth Circle

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 conference room across from the Hearth Room Kitchen.

We will do our best to social distance and if you would like to wear a face mask you are welcome to do so.

Our Bible Study for September: The gift of the Spirit: A divine wild goose chase. The goal of this study is to deepen our understanding of the Holy Spirit’s actions in Scripture and in our lives. There will be copies of the study available in the church office after Labor Day.

We hope that you will join us on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. Any questions, please contact Stephanie Beran at sfberan@charter.net or cell: 920-723-4867.

Fellowship Event – Ziplining in Wisconsin Dells

Saturday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m.

Here is another fellowship activity that I hope we can get a group to go on. I did some research on local zipline tours and this is the one that I would recommend. It’s in the Dells:


Please take a look at the options and watch the videos. Peak 1 has some beginner lines to teach you how to brake. As you can see, it only takes 5 people to get the price reduced to $89/person. There is a rope bridge at the very end of the Peak 1 tour that is about 15 feet off the ground. The guy told me that if you are comfortable doing the zipline, it’s unusual for someone not to be able to make it over the bridge. You are tethered to a line so even if you fall, you won’t go to the ground. Additional lines on Peak 2 can be added if anyone is interested in adding to the package. Michele and I would probably want to do that. The guy I talked to suggested Oct. 9 and 16 as two of the best weekends in the year for this because the leaves are changing color. We have plans on the 9th, so I would like to book this for Saturday Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. He said that we can do Peak 1 and decide that day when we finish if anyone wants to add the Peak 2 lines. I’m not sure if we do that how many total lines we would go on. I’ll have to call to find that out. I know it wasn’t an additional 14. I think there are some lines that are part of both tours.

Please let me know if you are interested and available to participate at
vonstout@yahoo.com. I would like to book it before Friday Sept. 24.


Eric Stoutenborough

Keep Those Quarters Coming!

The UPAVIM Community Development Foundation has the goal of providing 350 scholarships for the UPAVIM school students this coming year. Each $63 scholarship provides what a student needs to attend school and helps keep the tutoring center open for the whole community (many parents are learning to read along with their children).

Amount raised: $826.68 (as of 9/1)
Our goal: $1260 (equivalent to 20 scholarships)

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!

Offering Envelopes

If you have previously received offering envelopes but would no longer like to receive them, or if you do not currently receive offering envelopes but would like to, please let the church office know by Oct. 31.

If you have moved in the last 6 months, please let the church know of your new address so that our records can be updated.

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, Don Clark, Chris Falk, Ethel Fischer, Nick and Marisa Fluture, Helen Haase, Emily Johnson, Ron Kemmerling, Richard Klinkowitz, Bob Kyle, Phyllis Lange, Joy Lee, Barb Manwaring, Dan Morrow, Pam Nicholas, Joanne Nordeen, Violet Prust, Harold Rumppe, John Sanders, Ruth Smithback, Olaf Stokstad, Nancy Streich, Ken Strese , Suzanne, 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!