|TRINITARIAN | AUGUST 2020
On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. (Acts 8:1)
Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he told his followers that they would be his witnesses in ever growing circles emanating from Jerusalem. The thing is, he failed to mention explicitly how some of this would take place. Certainly he had indicated while he was still alive that if “they” killed him, his followers could expect no better treatment. Still, it was no doubt a shock to the system of those early Christians to witness the death of the first martyr, Stephen, and then be so vehemently persecuted that they were FORCED to flee their beloved city. But in their scattering, they took the gospel with them and expanded its reach to outside their city’s walls and beyond.
God’s command to take the gospel to all nations has not expired in the intervening two thousand years. But with the ever-growing attacks on traditional societal values, which have at their root Biblical Christianity, the temptation is to keep our heads down and not share our “opinion” on today’s changing moral climate. We have seen the way our culture “cancels” those who fail to adopt the new moral positions, and we likely do not want any part of that if we can avoid it.
What we might miss, however, is the golden opportunity God has given us even in, maybe especially because of, this current politically-correct and morally abhorrent time and place. While many are busily and hastily building a new God-free society, others are still yearning for something more. They see the unhappiness and devastation all around us. They see traditional values going by the wayside and they are not certain that is a good thing. They wonder if there are not better solutions to society’s ills than to tear down the structure we have and rebuild it in someone else’s image.
That is where believers have been given an opening by God to show people the true peace and happiness that God’s word and will provides. When times are chaotic and difficult, people are looking to see that someone can offer them true hope. Consider the two visions being offered to our society today:
From the official Black Lives Matter website ~ https://blacklivesmatter.com/what-we-believe/
We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.
We foster a queer?affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise).
Or, from the Holy Bible,
“Come to me you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
“Fathers, do not exasperate your children, but raise them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”
“Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.”
“Whoever believes in me has eternal life, he has crossed over from death to life.”
Let us not leave the world wondering without witness to the loving truth.
GOD & GOVERNMENT BIBLE STUDY
We all feel the increasing role government is playing in our lives. Especially in an election year we see competing visions for our government and what it should and should not be doing in our lives. But what does God say about it all? What does Scripture say, and not say, about our roles as citizens? How does our faith inform our politics, or should it?
For an in-depth study of relevant Scripture and vivacious discussion, join us beginning August 2 after worship in the church fellowship hall @10:15 A.M.
Parents, do you have experience painting over walls that your children have creatively decorated with markers? Are you tired of hearing your teens say that their summer activities are like "watching paint dry"? Volunteer painters (and paint watchers) will be needed for a couple projects at Neenah Lutheran School this summer. Please contact Rob Pagel at email@example.com for more information and for opportunities for the family to serve together.
WORSHIP IN THE PARK
Please join us for Worship in the Park on Sunday, August 30. The service will take place at 10 am at Riverside Park in Neenah. At this time, we do not plan to hold a potluck luncheon due to COVID-19. Instead, we encourage families to bring their lawn chairs, a blanket, and a picnic lunch for the family.
Sunday School is a wonderful way to share Jesus with children. Sunday School is also a wonderful way for teens and adults to use their God given gifts to serve their Savior. Our Sunday School program is going to look a little different this year and we would love to have you be a part of it. Please contact Pastor Hoff for more information and for opportunities to serve.
During the summer months, Scrip will be available for ordering on Sunday August 2 (order placed August 3), Sunday August 16 (order placed August 17). To pick up orders outside of church services or for more information on the Scrip program, please contact Kristin Fett at Trinity 920-419-2292.
PARENTS OF COLLEGE STUDENTS
You may have received a form from the WELS Campus Ministry. If your child is not attending a WELS college, please complete the form and return it to the church office. Keeping your child’s information up to date will insure that they receive WELS publications such as Meditations and Forward in Christ.
APPLE VALLEY FOOD PANTRY
Items needed for the month of August: Pancake mix & syrup, canned fruit, all canned meats such as chicken & beef, boxed & canned potatoes, all crackers, creamed soups, frostings and jam. Baby items, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items are always being collected for the Hope Center.
Monetary donations may be mailed to: WELS Apple Valley Food Pantry, c/o St. Matthew Ev Lutheran Church, 129 S Mason Street, Appleton, WI 54914-5246. Checks should be made payable to WELS Apple Valley Food Pantry. Thank you for continuing to support our ministry!
NEENAH LUTHERAN SCHOOL – UPDATES BY PRINCIPAL TYLER WEINRICH
- Neenah Lutheran is officially here. What a blessing it is! I am very excited to know that God’s timing is now for this unification to happen. You may already have seen some of the signage being changed at both of our campuses. Neenah Lutheran School will be a blessing to many families here in the community as we provide excellence in high-quality, Christian education.
- COVID Planning: The faculty, School Board, and I are working through the guidelines from DPI and other schools’ plans to figure out what is going to be the plan for having school in the fall. Once the plan has been approved by the School Board, it will be shared along with a video of me explaining how we will be moving forward.
- We are still looking for someone to fill our hot lunch administrator and head cook position. If you are interested, please speak with me ASAP.
- Please continue to keep our ministry in your prayers! I would ask for prayers of wisdom for me to be a great leader of this new school and for God’s richest blessings on the teachers, staff, families, and students.
GRIEFSHARE AT ST. MATTHEW
St. Matthew (129 S. Mason St. Appleton) is planning to hold the GriefShare Support Group in the fall. This practical and hope-inspiring series features biblical, Christ-centered videos and teachings that focus on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. Each of the 13 sessions feature a video session followed by support group discussion. The next series of sessions is tentatively scheduled to be held on Saturday mornings, 9:00 - 11:00 AM, beginning September 12th. More information will be shared later this summer. Please contact Joyce Schroeder at 920-585-9080 / firstname.lastname@example.org or Pastor Jon Kuske at 920-750-0828 / email@example.com with any questions or for more information.
WISCONSIN LUTHERAN CHAPEL
The Wisconsin Lutheran Chapel is a WELS Campus Ministry that offers Jesus’ Word and Sacraments to college student members. If your child will be attending the University of Wisconsin – Madison in the fall, we invite them to worship with us. You can find more information about the chapel at www.wlchapel.org.
Bethlehem Early Learning Center (126 N. Pine St. Hortonville) is hiring a full-time Lead Teacher for our Infant or Two Year Old classroom. For more information, please contact Elaina Mercier at 920-779-6761 ext. 325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Immanuel Lutheran School in Greenville is looking for several educational assistants for the 2020-2021 school year. Although we would like to find applicants with teaching degrees, we will accept applications from persons who have college degrees and show an interest, aptitude, and love to work with children in an educational setting. Resumes will be accepted through July 30. Please submit your application to the Immanuel Lutheran Ministries office or email them to principal Kyle Bender at email@example.com.
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran School has positions available for both the preschool and K-8 campus. SVLS is looking to fill 4 positions at our preschool and K-8. If you are interested in any of them, or if you know of someone who is interested, please contact the school office (920-731-4001) or Principal Jacob Steinmetz (firstname.lastname@example.org) for an application. The positions and job descriptions we are looking to fill are: Preschool EDP (Extended Day Program) Leader (M-F 11:30-6:00), K-8 EDP Leader (M-F 6:30-8:30, 2-3 afternoons per week 3:30-6:00), Kindergarten Educational Assistant / Teacher's Aide (tentatively 25-30 hours per week), Grades 5-6 Educational Assistant / Teacher's Aide (tentatively 25-30 hours per week).
FOX VALLEY LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL
FVL has an immediate need to hire a Grounds Supervisor. The position could start immediately. The job description and application are available at https://www.fvlhs.org/about/employment.
Let the Children Come
The Let the Children Come building project has enabled FVL to serve more students on their campus than ever before. Plus their students can now take an expanded selection of challenging classes to prepare them for future careers. The focus has now shifted from construction to repaying the mortgage without adding this expense to tuition fees. Offerings to support FVL's Let the Children Come mortgage payment are currently about halfway to our goal of $475K with just over 3 months left till the end of October. All gifts for this need are greatly appreciated.
BARGAIN GARDEN THRIFT STORE
Bargain Garden Thrift Shop, 2725 N. Meade Street, Appleton | 832?8822, appreciates your donations of clothing, housewares, home décor, jewelry, furniture (no upholstered items), novelties, new greeting cards and toys. Clean and gently used items only. Your help provides funds for the teen ministry at Fox Valley Lutheran High School. We invite you to donate, shop and volunteer at the store. Find more information online at bargaingardenthrift.com.
Endowment – “The purpose of the Trinity Lutheran Endowment Fund shall be to provide a source of revenue for those projects and programs consistent with the mission of the congregation that are over and above the congregation’s annual adopted budget.”
~ ENDOWMENT CORNER QUIZZ ~
The answer to last month’s question: True or False: Only large gifts are useful to the Endowment Fund.
The answer is false. Any size gift given to the Endowment Fund adds to its power to provide revenue for current projects while still generating income for future needs.
Long-Range Planning is currently looking at these major needs: Renovation of the sanctuary, moving the church office to the main level, enhanced fellowship space, improved parking and drainage, and eventual replacement of roofs and boilers.
As with the school addition, the endowment can be a source of money to accomplish more than we may have imagined possible. (Recall that the Endowment was able to provide $156,000 toward the Opening Doors school addition project.)
Your Endowment Committee Members are: Tom Wilde, Shawn Kienert, Gary Kuehn, Jim Wichman, and Bob Johnson. Contact any one of them and let them know if you would be interested in attending an informational session this fall.
USHERS FOR AUGUST
Building a Future by Advancing our Mission
“It isn’t what you have, it’s how you use it that counts.”
- SUNDAY | Sam Ducharme, Jim Wichman – Ushers are needed for the month of August. Please contact the church office at 920-722-6712 if you are willing to serve.
ALTAR FLOWERS FOR AUGUST
- August 2 | Open - If you would like to put flowers on the altar for this weekend contact 722?6712.
- August 9 | In Memory of Edward & Stella Flenz by: Bob & Mike Flenz
- August 16 | In Memory of John & Lillian Pansy by: Charles & Susan Paulson Family
- August 16 | In Memory of Jim Drechsel, Sr. by: Mary Drechsel
- August 23 | In Memory of Harold Dordel by: Marilyn Dordel & Family
- August 30 | Open - If you would like to put flowers on the altar for this weekend contact 722?6712.
ALTAR GUILD FOR AUGUST
- Sandy Popp & Jeanette Prey
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