The Trinitarian

Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:18-20
It was as plain as the nose on their faces. The man whom Peter and John had healed was standing there – healed! Yet, because Peter and John used that miraculous healing of an over forty-year-old man as a platform to tell the crowds gathered in the temple of God to speak about Jesus, the Sanhedrin was ordering them to stop speaking about Jesus. These purported spiritual leaders of Israel were standing right in front of a verifiable miracle done in the name of Jesus, but because of unbelief, arrogance, fear, or a combination of all of the above, they were trying to put a gag order on Peter and John.
While it may be difficult for us to imagine our spiritual or governmental leaders telling us not to speak in the name of Jesus, it does go on in the world. Sometimes in what we might consider to be other enlightened areas of our planet. The following is an excerpt from an actual news story:
“Police are investigating a Christian politician in Finland for an alleged "hate-crime" because she shared a Bible verse on Facebook to criticize a national church that participated in LGBT Pride festivities. In the post, congresswoman Päivi Räsänen, a Christian Democrat, criticized the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland for participating in the Helsinki LGBT Pride events in June. Her criticism was alongside a picture of Romans 1:24-27 that describes same-sex relationships as "shameful."”
So her church participated in celebrating that which God says is sinful, and her government is investigating holding her accountable for criticizing her church by quoting Scripture. Jesus was surely right when he told his followers they would face persecution.
While some face pressure from their governments, or even their churches, not to speak the words of Jesus, we all face an even more insidious pressure to keep mum. Our society and popular culture have succeeded in having people labeled as hateful, bigoted, and intolerant for pointing out God’s truth. But which is right in God’s eyes, to bow to the pressure and remain quiet, or to continue speaking truth to the powers of this world?
Just as Peter and John’s message to the people of their day was one of love – turn from your sins to Jesus for full healing and forgiveness – so ours is the same changeless message. It is indeed more loving to warn our fellow humans of God’s judgment over sin and point out the solution in Jesus than it is to conveniently keep quiet. And that is why we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.
Pastor M
Africa once considered the “dark continent”* centuries ago has been changed by the Light and has become a bountiful harvest:
“ Tikulandirani ndi manja awiri! We welcome you with both hands!” Malawi villagers exclaim to WELS missionaries. Their joy radiates from knowledge of the good news of Jesus Christ. However, their earthly poverty is apparent, i.e., shortages of food, water, medical care, and jobs, and devastations caused by ravaging rains.  But their love of God and His missionaries motivates them to give what little they have: mangoes, green maize, sweet potatoes, live chickens, a bottle of Coke when possible, or chairs as they sit on the ground.  Clapping, singing and smiles are beacons of their hospitality that transcend their earthly hardships.
Moses, an elder in his church, rose at sunrise, pedaled his bike for two hours on dirt footpaths over rolling hills with his wife and sick son as passengers in order to reach the Lutheran Mobile Clinic in Msambo.   Although concerned about his son waiting hours to receive care, he witnessed another beloved Son to other patients.
A group of Lutheran pastors desiring to hike to a waterfall in Uganda were assigned an armed escort (protection against “Tuskers,” i.e., elephants).  Explaining who and why they were there, the escort responded, “Your weapon is more powerful than mine,” an unexpected revelation of faith!
God’s Word has truly brought enlightenment.  Four African missions are established with nine additional countries reaching out to WELS and the Lutheran Church of Central Africa for help.  Please support these efforts with your prayers and a donation (deposit your mailbox envelope in the “church” mission box by October 13 located in the narthex).  Please also send a thank you to a world missionary—see the pumpkin tree for addresses (address only as given for security purposes).
Isaiah 9:2: “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light…”
Submitted by Kathleen Stern
*Rejection of God’s Word, presumptions of savagery and disease-ridden environments being some of the reasons.
The next quarterly voters’ meeting is scheduled for October 28, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
The Building & Grounds Committee will hold a work night on Monday, October 7th beginning at 5:30 pm. If you are willing to help or would like more information please contact Rob Pagel at 475-1274.
Women's Bible Study meets at 6:30 pm on Thursdays in the lower level meeting room of the church. Each evening there will be a different topic based on several scripture verses and discussions on applying them to our daily lives. We will have an opportunity to share blessings and positive happenings to encourage one another from our personal experiences, lift one another in prayer and share fun facts and snacks each time we meet. Enjoy sharing, caring, learning and mentoring one another in the love of our Savior.

Hitting the Streets
Join us as we hit the streets of Neenah to conduct neighborhood surveys on Saturday, October 5th from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. The purpose of this survey is to make our neighbors aware of our ministry, to demonstrate love and concern for our community, to build relationships and to connect our neighbors to Christ. Training is offered from 9:30 - 10:00 am. Please contact Pastor Hoff with questions regarding this outreach event.
School of Outreach Seminar
The School of Outreach is a ministry provided by the WELS Commission on Evangelism and the District Evangelism Commission. The program serves congregations of the WELS with planning, assistance and resources for congregational evangelism programming and implementation of outreach strategies. If you would like to attend this one day workshop please let Pastor Hoff know by October 1, 2019.
Women’s Ministry Retreat (November 9th)
A Women’s Ministry Retreat will be held on November 9 from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church. All women of Trinity, high school age and older, are invited to attend as we discuss the best way women can serve our congregation. The theme for the retreat is “Women of Trinity: Partners in the Gospel ” and  the guest speaker is author Naomi Schmidt from WELS Women’s Ministry. A brunch will be served. If you would like to attend or would like more information please contact Pastor Hoff at or 460-7950.
Located in your church mailbox is information regarding the Martin Luther College Equipping Christian Witnesses Anniversary Campaign. The three pillars of this campaign are Student Recruitment, Student Financial Aid & Student Facilities.  To contribute or to find out more please visit their website at

Are you looking for an evening of fun and fellowship with your fellow Christians?  Trinity will once again be hosting Family Game Nights!  All ages are welcome.  Join us on Saturday, October 19th  from 7:15PM – 9:00PM in the school atrium. 
We will once again be holding ladies craft nights in the school atrium.  Join us on Friday, October 18th  from 5:00-9:00 pm for an evening of fun and fellowship while you work on your craft projects that you never find the time for but really want to finish! 
Installation of the new bleachers began on Monday, September 23rd. The new bleachers are ADA compliant and electrically powered. Guests will have more legroom and the side curtains will have the Knights logo on them! Funds raised in the upcoming fall pizza sale will complete the payment for the bleachers. An open house will be held in the school gymnasium on October 6th at 10:15 am (after the Sunday worship service). Thank you to all who supported this project!

Please consider helping a family in need by providing something from the list below. Monetary donations are also accepted. Checks should be made payable to Apple Valley Food Pantry and placed in the designated box located in the back of the narthex.
Items needed for the month of October: Tomato and chicken noodle soups,  boxed and canned potatoes, canned pumpkin and evaporated milk, cranberries and stuffing, rice and noodle side dishes, Spam and beef stew, cookies, crackers, facial tissues and laundry and dish soap. We are also in need of paper grocery bags WITH handles. Baby items, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items are always being collected for the Hope Center.
Please save your Meditations and Forward in Christ for the Food Pantry. You can place your used devotionals in the food pantry boxes.

  • Cole George Felton son of Tyler & Whitney Felton | August 31, 2019
  • Joseph, Naomi, Emma & Oliver Martin | September 3, 2019
LWMS Paperland Circuit Fall Rally will be held on Saturday, October 26th at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm with the theme “Go home and tell them how much the Lord has done for you”. The speaker is Pastor Jasper Sellnow sharing the work he is doing at the new mission church in Adams / Friendship, WI.
If you would like to contribute to the LWMS mission projects of Africa and Hmong Evangelist Training kindly put your donations in the LWMS Mission Offering Box in the narthex by Sunday, October 6. Thank you in advance for your donations.
See the bulletin board for more details and a sign up sheet. There will be a bus available from the Fox Valley to Sturgeon Bay - call 920-836-2745 for information.
The dartball league is organizing for the 2019 - 2020 season. The league is made up of area WELS churches. Games are played on Thursday evenings. Join us for fun and fellowship. Interested, see Sam Ducharme for more details. A practice will be held on October 17th  at 7:30 pm in the church fellowship hall.
Mornings with Mommy is a fun and easy way for you to enjoy activities with your children and meet adults. (Dads, Grandmas, Grandpas and nannies are welcome, too! It's not just for Moms). There will be age appropriate activities for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. We meet twice a month from 8:30 - 9:30 am in our own Mornings with Mommy space at Trinity Lutheran School. Each session has its own theme, but the basic structure will be consistent. We will begin with stories, rhymes, and songs on the big rug. After that we will explain the different learning stations set up in the room. These stations will include arts, crafts, sensory activities, gross motor and fine motor skills, and an infant area. Then you will explore these activities with your child at your own pace. Sessions end with a Bible story and snack. Session are full through December. Please watch for future registrations.

Mornings with Mommy is an in-reach and outreach tool for our congregation. We're bringing people together and sharing God's love through the educational experiences we provide. We need your support to help this ministry opportunity thrive. Do you shop on Amazon? Check out what we need in order to run this program! Click on our 
Amazon Wish List: Mornings with Mommy Neenah and the purchases will ship directly to school for our sessions. Could you volunteer? We'd love to connect our church members with this ministry. Openings each month include set-up, sign-in, learning centers, and clean-up.  Please keep this new ministry in your prayers. Contact Jackie Paustian at 414-467-5019 if you'd like to get involved.
Did you know you may be able to help grow the ministries of Wisconsin Lutheran Child & Family Service through your workplace? The 2019-2020 charitable workplace giving programs begin this month. Many communities and corporations have a donor choice program in which you may designate a qualified 501(c)(3) agency to receive your donation. Last year, Wisconsin Lutheran Child & Family Service (WLCFS) received gifts from dozens of workplace giving programs that allow a donor choice option. WLCFS qualified in these programs as a 501(c)(3) non-profit social service agency. Every year, WLCFS heals & helps thousands of people in need through the ministry of Jesus Christ through Christian counseling, in-home care, and senior services. If you have questions about your participation in such a program, check your employer’s guidelines, call Megan at WLCFS toll free at 888.685.9522, or e-mail for more information.
Adult women of any age can "get away" to Camp Phillip on this special October 4 - 6, 2019 weekend planned just for them. The retreat includes relevant Bible studies, praise time and campfires. Saturday afternoon options may include high ropes course, low ropes course, woodworking or antique shopping in Wautoma. Check it out at
Teen retreats at Camp Phillip are a great experience for teens who register on their own and also a "noplanning" youth group event for teen ministry leaders to bring a group of students. Crazy games, praise and worship campfires, teen-focused Bible studies and great food are all part of a fantastic experience for the teens. The next retreat is October 18 - 20, 2019. Learn more at

Join Christian Life Resources (CLR) on Saturday, October 19 from 8:30am-4:30pm at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School, 3399 Division Road, Jackson, WI for our annual National Convention. “ENGAGE!” will help you learn the tools to share your faith with others – in words and in truth. It will provide a practical approach to not only talk with others in a casual, practical, and confident manner about the Good News of Christ, but help to live your faith in thankful actions. Workshops, materials, continental breakfast, a fully-catered lunch, and snacks included in $45 cost. More at or call 1-800-729-9535 to register.
All senior citizens are invited to attend the Neenah High School production of Seussical the Musical on Wednesday, October 9, 2019. The evening begins at 5:30 pm with a sit down dinner followed by the performance at 7:00 pm in the Pickard Auditorium. Tickets are $8.00 and are on sale at the high school reception desk (door 3) through October 4, 2019.
Women’s fitness fellowships have begun at Bethany Lynndale Campus (3335 North Lynndale Drive, Appleton) Faith Fit Dance is a dance fitness class that will meet on Mondays from 5:30 - 6:15 pm. Faith Fit Kickboxing will  meet on Wednesdays from 5:30 - 6:15 pm. There is no charge for these classes. Childcare is available for a small fee. Contact Emily at for more information.
Fit 4 Life free fitness classes every Thursday, beginning on October 3 at Immanuel
(W7265 School Road, Greenville). Barre classes begin at 5:30 pm with a Yoga class following at 6:30 pm.
At this very moment there are approximately 125 children placed outside their home in Winnebago county. Please join us at the Winnebago County Human Services building (220 Washington Ave, Oshkosh) for an informational session. These sessions are scheduled on October 1, November 5 and December 3 at 6:00 pm. Your help is needed to help ensure there are enough foster homes in our community. Open your heart and home … become a foster parent today! For more information please call 920-236-4658.
Bethany's annual Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat is coming up soon! Bring the whole family out on Saturday, October 5 from 11am-2pm at Bethany's Lynndale/Our Shepherd Campus (3335 N. Lynndale Dr. Appleton). Activities include trunk or treat, bounce houses, face painting, games, pumpkin painting, a petting zoo, cotton candy, food, and more!
Everyone is invited for Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 19 from 1:00 - 3:30 pm at Immanuel (W7265 School Road, Greenville), Saturday, October 26th from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at Riverview (136 W. Seymour Street, Appleton) and on Saturday, October 26 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm at Trinity (804 Grignon Street, Kaukauna). You are also invited to attend Fall Fest on Sunday, October 13 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at St. Luke ( 705 E. Greenfield Drive, Little Chute).

  • School Website: is now live! Go to our website to learn more about our new school, help publicize our mission, and purchase apparel for you and your family! Our online apparel store,, closes at midnight on Monday, October 21st.
  • Fall Pizza Sale: Order forms and instructions are located in your church mailbox. Proceeds from this sale will be used towards the bleacher replacement project. Orders and payment must be returned to the school office by Wednesday, October 16th. Pizzas will be made and picked up on Saturday, November 2nd. Delivery is available for orders in Neenah.
  • Lutheran Loop Newspaper: The Lutheran Loop is attempting to make a comeback. This is a newspaper run by St. Peter, Appleton parents, Roger & Angie Griepentrog. The newspaper highlights only stories from our FVL Schools. They would like to publish The Lutheran Loop once a month. They need financial backing through advertisements. If your business would like to advertise in The Lutheran Loop please contact them at (920) 788-5859 or The FVL Schools Leadership Team supports this effort by the Griepentrogs.
  • Parent Forum Meeting: The first parent forum meeting will be on Monday, October 7th from 7:00-7:30 PM. Parents will have an opportunity to hear about the school’s long range plans and to communicate with members of the Education Committee. All parents are invited and encouraged to attend.
  • FVL Theatre needs a volunteer costume designer. Knowledge of clothing design and sewing is a must. Will work with directors to create costumes for our fall and spring shows. Email Sharon Mundt ( to apply.
  • FVL is compiling a list of qualified high school substitute teachers who can be contacted during the school year. Please contact Principal Alan Nolte ( if you have teaching credentials and would be willing to serve in this role.
  • The FVL Fall Band & Choir Sacred Concert will be held Sunday, 10/6 at 1 PM. All are invited to this free concert.
  • FVL’s Homecoming football game is slated for Friday 10/11 at 7 PM. Half-time festivities will include a tribute to FVL’s classes celebrating their 50th , 40th , 25th and 10th year reunions. Also FOR ALL GRADUATES, special alumni activities are planned at FVL on Sat., 10/12 from 7:30 AM – noon. Come and enjoy the morning—tours, refreshments, and activities! Find out more at!
  • Communications Director Dave Payne will be giving a presentation on the “History of FVL” at the Appleton Historical Society on 10/9 at 7 PM. The society meets on the St. Bernadette campus in south Appleton. The public is welcome.
  • FVL Theatre is performing the family favorite Cheaper by the Dozen on Thur., 10/17 at 7 PM, Sat., 10/19 at 4 PM & Sun., 10/20 at 2 PM. Tickets are available online at
  • A free seminar on Social Security is being offered at FVL by Thrivent’s Janelle Fuhrmann on Tuesday 10/15 at 6 PM. Find details at
  • 8th graders and their parents are invited to FVL’ s 8th Grade Student/Parent Welcome Night on Monday 10/28 from 4-8 PM. Join us for food, fellowship, and fun. While students enjoy games and socializing, parents can attend 20-minute info sessions on important topics! Interested families should register at

September 2019
School News
  • FVL opened its doors to 683 students on 8/21 . . . the largest enrollment ever.
  • FVL Giving Day is set for 9/17. The goal is to meet FVL’s first Let the Children Come mortgage payment of $475K. Currently donations of $257K have been received, leaving $218K remaining to meet the October 31 deadline. Gifts can be given online, by mail, or in person. Your gift will make a difference!
  • Mr. Nate Gartner has accepted the Board of Regents appointment to replace Mr. Kyle Gut who passed away last spring. For 2019-20, Mr. Brian Zuberbier is Regents’ President and Mr. Doug Pollesch is Vice-President.
  • The Foxes soccer and football teams enjoyed playing on their home turf for the first in over a year with victories. Soccer bested Gresham/Bowler 4-1 and football triumphed 21-19 over Lux-Casco.
  • Over the summer, new safety doors were installed at the Tower and Commons entrances. New energy-efficient LED lighting was added in the Commons. Construction of the softball dugouts is underway.
  • Homecoming Week is 10/7-12. Special activities that feature our alumni are planned this year. At half-time of the Friday football game, grads celebrating their 50th (1969), 40th, (1979), 25th (1994), and 10th year (2009) reunions will be recognized. All FVL grads are invited to enjoy a morning of fun at the high school on Sat. 10/12 – tours, refreshments, and activities are planned from 7:30 AM - noon.
Staff News
  • Mrs. Kathy Kolell has accepted a call to serve as a part-time teacher to cover one period of American Government each semester this year.
  • Mrs. Amanda DeCoster, who had served as FVL’s Media Center Director, has taken a librarian position at UW-Oshkosh. The administration is studying short and long term solutions to fill this position.
  • Mrs. Shayne Clausen has been hired as our part-time Enrollment Assistant. Also, Mr. Roger Kramp has been hired as a part-time Guided Studies Supervisor.
  • FVL’s new College Biology course is the first dual credit Life Science class offered for our students.
  • The newest computer science course, Cyber Security, teaches students to defend data in today’s tech world.
  • Welding & Metal Sculptures is the newest addition to the Metals program with dual credit through FVTC.
  • Human Body Systems was introduced this fall as the second of four Biomedical Science courses.
  • In the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP), 198 students accepted vouchers—63 were freshmen (52 are WELS students, 9 are non-WELS). The district enrollment cap grows from 4% to 5% in 2020-21.
  • FVL Theatre is performing the family comedy classic Cheaper by the Dozen in October. Public performances are October 17 (7 PM), October 19 (4 PM) and October 20 (2 PM).
  • Over 275 students are participating in interscholastic sports, dance, or cheer this fall. Many are also involved with National Honor Society, Student Council, Peer Leadership Group, Choraliers, Outdoor Club, VEX Robotics, FBLA, Book Club, Fox Folk Marionettes, and FVL’s newest club, eSports.
  • Congregational support was about $60K short of what was budgeted in 2018-19.
  • FVL’s SCRIP Program is a way anyone can support FVL’s Tuition Assistance program with their everyday shopping. Stop by the FVL SCRIP Office to find out more or to enroll to help students attend FVL.
  • Please remember FVL’s Giving Day 2019 on 9/17. Initial gifts that day will be matched dollar-for-dollar by gifts from generous early donors. Your prayers and gifts will help us meet our October 31 payment.
Serving Jesus – Principal Alan Nolte

  • SUNDAY     |    Jim Heller, Brian Piechocki, Bryan VonDeylen, Joel Feuerstahler, Marc Schmidt, Ryan Mathison, Jeff Bucholtz, Andrew Bucholtz
  • SATURDAY |    Verlyn Joch, Jon Joch, Marv Pues
  • October 6       | Gary & Cheryl Kuehn
  • October 13     | Jason & Linda Hovarter
  • October 20     | Jeff & Kim Zehren
  • October 27     | Carol & Karisa Hewitt
  • October 6          | Dick Schramm, Sally & Milt Williams by: Pat Schramm and Scott & Jeff Sommer
  • October 13        | Gus & Alice Blank by: Carita Williams
  • October 13        | Dan & Lorraine Tatro by: The Family
  • October 20        | If you would like to place flowers on the altar, contact the church office 722-6712
  • October 27        | Mr. & Mrs. Sam Ducharme by: Mr. & Mrs. Jim Ducharme and Tom Ducharme
  • October 27        | Marge Ploor by: Her Daughters
  • Kathy Bucholtz & Diane Folske