The Trinitarian

500 years ago Martin Luther sparked the Reformation. When he realized through the working of the Holy Spirit that righteousness is a gift of God he saw it as a priceless treasure. This message received by faith brings us more than all the wealth of the world could ever offer. Luther and the Reformers guarded the gospel message with great zeal. They even put their lives on the line. Why?  They had been given a precious deposit.
We take money to the bank to have it protected. We entrust the bank with something valuable so that they can keep it secure. People want to be able to know that you can go back to the bank and get back exactly what you gave it - without it being lost, destroyed, or even diminished in value. Paul passed onto Timothy a precious deposit: the sound teaching of all of Scripture. Timothy knew about Jesus and all that Jesus had done by living and dying to save us. Paul’s words were to now “guard it.”
Every student who hears God's Word is entrusted with this valuable deposit. We all take to heart the instruction “Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.” 2 Timothy 1:14
Out of the clear teachings of the Reformation you have received the priceless treasure of the gospel taught in Holy Scripture. It’s that precious truth that Jesus came to live and die for all the world. It’s the clear proclamation that all who trust in him will be forgiven and restored to a perfect standing before God. And that truth is more precious than anything else we will ever hold.
How are we to guard this deposit? Left simply in our own hands it would quickly lose its value. Human wisdom tries to change the message. The sinful flesh rejects the message. To guard it we need the perfect banking system. Of course, to protect that priceless treasure, you don't take it to a bank. God sends the help of the Holy Spirit so that you remain in faith and hold safely to the treasure of Jesus and eternal life.
We are celebrating 500 years of that good deposit still found in the Lutheran church. It was guarded by those before us. It was handed down just like Paul entrusted it down to Timothy. Then like Luther and all God’s people we can do more than guard the truth. There is a high purpose in not letting the gospel deposit diminish or disappear. We guard it so that the unchanging good news of Jesus can be shared and proclaimed. We guard it so that others will share in the treasure of Christ. And then we can say to the next generation “guard this good deposit” it’s worth everything.
Lord thank you for entrusting me with the message of salvation. Thank you for the treasure of the Bible and all its teachings. Let this treasure never be changed or lost while I hold it. Send your Holy Spirit to help me protect it and to treasure it. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Pastor Barthel

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.

Items Needed for the Month of October: Pumpkin pie mix & condensed milk, cereal, household & hygiene products, chunky soup, canned meats such as tuna, salmon, ham, canned fruit, jam, paper towels, all crackers and cookies.

Please save your Meditations and Forward in Christ for the Food Pantry. You can place your used devotionals in the food pantry boxes.  The Food Pantry is always in need of brown paper bags with handles.

Thank you for your continued support of this mission!

YPS will be going to the Mathison house for raking, outdoor games, and a bonfire (with hot dogs, s’mores, pudgy pies) on Friday, October 20th.  Please meet in the fellowship hall at 4:30.  We will return about 9:00.  You are welcome to bring along friends.  If you have any marshmallow roasters or pudgy pie makers to share, please bring them along.  Please sign up on the sheet in the fellowship hall if you will be going so we can plan for rides and food.  If you have any questions, please call Shawn or Deb Kienert @ 727-1818.
YPS will be having a workday on Sunday, November 5th from 1:00-4:00.  We will meet in the fellowship hall at 1:00 and get in cars from there to go out raking.  We will return about 4:00.  Please bring along some rakes.  If you have any questions, please call Shawn or Debbie Kienert at 727-1818.
Junior YPS…will be having an afternoon of games and fun for those in grades 5-7 on Sunday, October 22nd from 1:00-3:00.  We will meet in the school.  Please come and join us to see what YPS is like.  If you have any questions, please call Shawn or Deb Kienert @ 727-1818.

Do you need your leaves raked?  How about using some of our teens to help you get it done?  YPS will be having a raking day on Sunday, November 5th in the afternoon.  We would like to help you with your leaves.  Please call Shawn or Debbie Kienert at 727-1818 to be added to our list of stops that day.

All of the women of the congregation are invited to visit and join the Circle. This group meets one evening a month. Meetings begin with a pastor-led devotion followed by a short business meeting, a program of interest, and light refreshments. The Circle works to help support projects for Trinity Lutheran School. CWC meets on October 11th at 6:00 p.m.

The Lutheran Women’s Mission Society Paperland Circuit Fall Rally will be held on Saturday, October 14th at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Algoma, WI from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm with the theme “2018 LWMS International Convention in Green Bay.” This rally is about the 2018 convention as the Paperland Circuit is hosting this convention. The guest speakers are LWMS President Emily Kom, Linda Liesner Central Africa Medical Mission representative, and Paperland Circuit committee co-hosts Janet Meyer and Louise Kesting.

The Paperland Circuit is looking for ladies to help with the 2018 convention with registration, courtesy, worship services, decorations, etc. If you would be interested in helping, contact Janice Drews for more details.

Ladies,  join us for an evening of fun, fellowship and crafting! Ladies Craft Night will meet on October 13th, November 17th (at the Brauns), January 5th, February 16th, March 16th and April 13th from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm. This fellowship is open to ladies, high school age or older. We meet in the school cafeteria to work on our personal craft projects as well as share our crafting talents with others. For more information please contact Rita Braun at 886-0735.

The next quarterly voters’ meeting is scheduled for October 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Our ushers at Trinity do a wonderful job; they greet people, light and extinguish the candles, gather the offerings, help with hearing aids and wheel chairs, make sure everyone gets a bulletin and has access to a hymnal, and helps whenever they are needed. They volunteer to serve on a team and most serve for a full month at a time.

As younger ushers grow up and go off to school, ushers move away or join another church, or just age to the point that ushering becomes too much of a challenge, there becomes openings to fill. If you would like to be an usher please check the usher schedule posted at the usher’s station at the back of the church to see what services need help and ask one of those team members or see Gib  McKenzie to volunteer.

If you wish to support the WELS relief effort, the best way is to direct financial gifts to WELS Christian Aid and Relief, and designate the Hurricane Fund. Checks should be mailed to: WELS Center for Mission and Ministry, N16W23377 Stone Ridge Drive, Waukesha, WI 53188. You can also donate online at
Thrivent Members - As the Christian community comes together to pray for and reach out to those who have been affected by the recent disasters, Thrivent Financial is mobilizing its financial resources and members nationwide to help those in need. Thrivent members and others who are interested in ways to help with the recovery efforts are encouraged to visit to learn more about the organization’s $3 million match on individual personal donations and other ways in which they can help.

A special musical event and brief lecture on October 10, 2017, at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, Brookfield, Wis. The Wisconsin Philharmonic is offering WELS members discounted tickets for $25 each. Seating is limited, so make sure to reserve your tickets now. Call the box office at 262-547-1858 and mention you are with WELS or order your tickets online at

Join us at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Weyauwega, WI, on Sat., Oct. 14 at 4:00 pm or at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Appleton, WI on Sun., Oct. 15 at 8:00 or 10:30 am services as the Martin Luther College Choir, under the direction of Prof. Adrian Smith, participates in the services with music for both choir and congregation.  A free will offering will be gathered to help with choir expenses.

Martin Luther College is part of the worker training program of the synod. The college prepares teachers and staff ministers who are ready to accept positions in our congregations and it prepares men to enter the seminary to complete their training to serve as pastors. Come and meet some of our future workers and enjoy the music they bring with them.

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. WLCFS qualified in these programs as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit social service agency. If you have questions about your participation in such a program, check your employer’s guidelines or call Jeff at WLCFS toll free at 1-888-685-9522 or email for more information.

Bethany Lutheran Church in Appleton is hiring a part time Marketing & Media Coordinator to help with graphic design, social media, and video capture and editing. A full job description and more information is available at


Mrs. Klemp’s 40th Anniversary
Our first and second-grade teacher Mrs. Klemp has been a blessing to students for many years. On Sunday, October 1, we’ll celebrate Mrs. Klemp’s 40 years of service in the teaching ministry. Mrs. Klemp will be recognized during the services that morning, and refreshments will be served between services. Members of the Trinity church and school family can show their appreciation with cards and gifts.
Trunk or Treat
The PTO will host Trunk or Treat on Sunday, October 29, from 4:00-6:00. This is a fun event for families from Trinity and the community. Don’t have kids or don’t need candy? Then how about sponsoring a trunk? We could really use your help! If you’d like to host a trunk, contact PTO President Rhonda Brantmeier at
Curriculum and Instruction Updates
We’ve increased the number of Chromebooks at school, adding Chromebooks for Grades 5-6. Now, each student in Grades 5-8 has his or her own computer. We’ve also added an introductory Spanish class for Grades 5-6. This gives students a taste of Spanish before they begin taking Spanish 1 in 7th and 8th grade.
School Choice Updates
This is our first year in the School Choice Program. Currently, 11 students attend through School Choice (7 returning and 4 new). For 18-19, the income cap will go up, meaning more families will be eligible for vouchers. Also for 18-19, the number of vouchers available in a district will increase by 50%, meaning eligible applicants in this district will likely receive a voucher. Watch for more information about applying for a School Choice voucher this winter.
Box Tops for Education
TLS earns 10 cents for every valid box top we submit.  This is an easy way for you to help earn money for our school! There are drop off boxes in church and school.  Please bring your box tops by October 23rd to be included in the fall submission.  Thank you for your support!

“We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD” Psalm 78:4. That’s our goal in our homes and in our lives, right? This Psalm helps us to see the instruction we give in God’s Word is all centered around praise to God for his goodness. His deeds -his life, death, and resurrection- have brought us salvation from sin. Telling the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord is something we all work to do together in worship. To celebrate the Reformation’s 500th anniversary we will have a special service series on the truths of the Reformation. Consider encouraging the next generation to join us for those specially themed services.
Starting Point classes are another great way to pass on the praiseworthy deeds of our God. We meet 7pm Mondays at the school. Invite a friend to join you. It’s not too late to join. Please contact me if you’d like to jump in to our next session. There is no obligation for those who join the group. Our goal is simply to grow in faith together. Those who agree with our teaching and desire to support it will be joyfully welcomed as members at Trinity. Bring your questions.
This November and December we plan to send out 2000 mailers to our community. These were purchased with a bulk deal arranged by our synod for our congregations. There are additional plans for a few copies to be handed out in person and some will be available for you to grab and share with a friend.
Volunteers for babysitting during Starting Point Bible classes are always needed. Please let me know if you would be interested in serving in this area.
Plans are underway for expanding our efforts to welcome people to our area. Look for information soon on how you can be involved with our congregation’s efforts to welcome people to the area and introduce our congregation to our new neighbors. Efforts are done already on the pastoral level and with mailings, but we are exploring ways of equipping our members to also directly welcome new neighbors.
Finally, telling the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord involves the support of your prayers. Keep on praying for all the saints as they declare the wonders of God.
I love talking about how we can work together to share the gospel at Trinity. Feel free to contact me or share your ideas and feedback.
Tom Barthel,
Family Ministry and Outreach Pastor

The FVL Fall Band & Choir Concert will be held Sunday, Oct. 8 at 1:30 pm. All are invited to this free concert. A freewill offering will be taken.

FVL Theatre is performing “Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play” on Thur., 10/18 at 7 pm, Sat. 10/21 at 4 pm & Sun. 10/22 at 2 pm. Tickets are available online at

8th graders and their parents are invited to FVL’ s 8th Grade Student/Parent Welcome Night on Monday, 10/30 from 5-7:30 p.m. All interested families should register online at

Neighborhood Evangelism Walk Group
We have a great reason to celebrate and extend invitations this month. Our next Neighborhood Evangelism Walk outing will take place at 1pm on Saturday October 21st. We’ll be meeting at Martin Luther and sharing invites to our services. These invites will highlight the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. All four Neenah WELS churches are invited to join the effort each month. Training will be provided.
Wednesday Confirmation Classes
This group, led by Pastor Barthel, meets 6:00-7:00 pm Wednesdays during the school year at Trinity Lutheran School. All children at Trinity 6-8th grade who are not enrolled in our school ministry are encouraged to attend. Parents are welcome to join with their child if they desire. Non-member children are also welcome to join. This class covers the basics of the Christian faith and helps prepare youth for a life-long growth in faith in Jesus. Details at
Bible Reading Challenge
So far 24 people have participated in the Bible challenge study groups. Others are also reading at home. You can jump in and join with the following schedule.
  • Week 4 Oct 1-7 Lk 20 – Jn 15
  • Week 5 Oct 8-14 Jn 16 – Ac 15
  • Week 6 Oct 15-21 Ac 16 - Ro 8
  • Week 7 Oct 22-28 Ro 9 - 1 Co 12
  • Week 8 Oct 29– Nov 4 1 Co 13 - Ga 4
  • Week 9 Nov 5-11 Ga 5 – 1 Th 5
  • Week 10 Nov 12-18 2 Th 1 – He 4
  • Week 11 Nov 19-25 He 5 – 2 Pe 2
  • Week 12 Nov 26-Dec 2 2 Pe 3 – Rev 12
  • Final ½ Week Dec 3-6 Rev 13 - 21
Sunday School Teachers
Sunday School has begun. You can still register and join the classes which meet at the school on Sundays at 9:15am. Sara Laabs, Ruth Zellmer, Autumn Warning, Sharon Kufner and Donna Osthimer were installed on September 10th for a one-year call to serve our Sunday School. Be sure to thank, encourage, and support them as they serve by sharing the gospel each week. Thanks also to the additional youth volunteer teaching assistants and helpers: Leah Hewitt, Darynn Mueller, Gretta Zellmer. This year our school music director, Lisa Baehman, will be serving the Sunday School in the area of music leading up to our Christmas Eve service.
Thanks to these people and everyone participating and involved in serving! May God bless our time together in his name.


  • Winnie Willow Prey child of Christopher and Katie (nee Bracewell) Prey| August 26, 2017
  • Isaac Jayce Fields child of John and Carrie (nee Alessandrini) Fields | September 10, 2017
  • Carol Zenker from Good Shepherd, West Allis | September 17, 2017
  • Peter, Hayden, Hudsyn and Harlow Joch to Mount Olive, Appleton | September 5, 2017
  • Abigail Goss to Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pewaukee | September 10, 2017
Bethany Lutheran College invites juniors and seniors to join them for a free* weekend filled with fun and excitement October 26-28, 2017. Learn about the Bethany experience by visiting with faculty, attending chapel, touring the campus, and enjoying a variety of events as well as checking out the Mankato area. Best of all, Bethany will cover the entire cost of food, lodging, and events while on campus. Transportation is available from select pickup locations. To reserve a seat or obtain more information, call Bethany’s Admission Office at 1-800-944-3066.
*Students will be asked for a $40 deposit that will be returned when they arrive on campus

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

  • October 1 (10:30) - Grades K - 4
  • October 8 (8:00 ) - Junior Choir
  • October 22 (Sunday) - Senior Choir
  • October 29 (Sunday) - Men’s Choir

Due to lack of interest we will not be making a bulk purchase of the Luther movie. If you would still like to purchase a DVD you can place an order through Northwestern Publishing House online at or by phone at 800-662-6022.

Saturdays, 9:00 - 11:00 am, beginning Saturday, October 21 at St. Matthew (129 S. Mason Street, Appleton). GriefShare is a weekly Bible-based, Christ-centered support group for men and women who have experienced the death of someone close.  You will learn valuable information through a series of videos and discussion on how to deal with the emotions and challenges that come when a loved one dies. Please register by contacting: Joyce (920-585-9080) or Charlene (920-358-3769).

Adult women of any age can "get away" to Camp Phillip on this special October 6th-8th, 2017, 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 "no-planning" 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 20th-22nd, 2017. Learn more at

St. Matthew Fall Festival Craft & Bake Sale will be held  October 13-14, 2017. If you are interested in being a vendor for this event, please contact Judy at 920-419-2364 or The space size is 6ft x 8ft and the cost is $25 for both days. Proceeds from the space rental will go to Missions and local charities. We hope you can join us for this fun event!

The next six week Interactive Faith online Bible study will begin Wed., Oct. 4, 2017. Prof. Joel Otto from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary will lead a study entitled “Luther’s lasting impact.” The studies take place twice each Wednesday at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. (central) through Nov. 8. Prof. Otto writes, “Luther’s Reformation led to profound developments that impacted the church and how people learn, confess, and live their faith. As Lutherans living in the 21st century, what Luther brought about is still part of who we are as Christians and as a church. This study will examine those developments that continue to have a lasting impact.” To join the Bible study follow this link:

September 2017

  • Installed at our Opening Service were Rev. Aaron Dolan (Religion, Pastoral Duties, Coaching), Miss Lauren Ewings (English, Peer Leadership Group), Mr. Tim Fischer (STEM, Computer) and Mr. Greg Martin (Math, Computer, Coaching)
  • Mr. Tyler Techlin (St. Peter-Appleton) was hired as our Facilities Manager.
  • Ms. Sharon Mundt earned her Masters Degree in Instructional Technology from MLC. Mr. Joel Kramer earned his Masters Degree in Recreation and Sport Sciences specializing in Coaching Education. Mr. Ben Stern and Mr. Peter Sehloff are close to finishing their Masters in Biochemistry and History respectively.

  • Enrollment stands at 618, an increase of 35 students from the end of last year. Of those, 48 are international students representing 9 countries. Our Freshman class of 173 surpasses last year’s 155.
  • This year the total number of WPCP voucher students is 124; of those, 49 were freshmen (42 are WELS students; 7 are non-WELS). We rejoice that all qualifying students received a voucher. Next year the district enrollment cap moves to 3%.
  • FVL hosted a Federation August Open Forum in late August to share the need for a building addition to address academic space challenges resulting from growing enrollment and an expanding curriculum. The cost estimate is $5.6M. The proposal goes to General Board on September 26.
  • FVL Grandparents Day is set for October 5 and 6. Beginning at 8:30, grandparents are welcome to enjoy muffins and coffee, chapel with their grandchildren, and then visit classes. Lunch will be available if registration is made before September 27. More info is found at
  • Planning is under way for our annual 8th Grade Student/Parent Welcome Night on October 30.

  • This is year #2 for FVL’s 1-to-1 laptop program. Faculty training has taken place over the past year and will continue throughout this year.
  • Seniors Kyler Johnson and Matthew Schmidt were named National Merit Semi-finalists. Congratulations to these students as they continue in this prestigious scholarship competition.
  • 2017 ACT Scores have been released. FVL students taking the core college courses remain above the 24.0 level for the eighth straight year.

  • Homecoming activities are scheduled for October 9-14. Homecoming Frolic (student talent show) is set for October 11 at 6:30pm. A variety of home athletic events take place that week; check for dates/times. Our football game vs. Marinette is on Friday, October 13 at 7 p.m.
  • FVL Theatre will present Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play on October 19 (7pm), October 21 (4pm), and October 22 (2pm). Tickets will be available online in early October.

  • After two months, church offerings for the FVL Operating Fund are slightly ahead of this time last year.
  • Growing in Grace receipts has a goal of paying off the remaining $415K in debt by May 31.
  • SCRIP sales for August were $205K. Total sales for the new school year are $619K.

With you, serving Jesus – Principal Steve Granberg

  • SUNDAY | 8:00 am - Jim Heller, Brian Piechocki, Bryan VonDeylen, Joel Feuerstahler
  • SUNDAY | 10:30 am - Brian Asendorf, Marc Schmidt, Ryan Mathison, Jason Gibson, Jeff & Andrew Bucholtz
  • SATURDAY | Verlyn Joch, Jon Joch, Marv Pues
  • OCTOBER 1 | 8:00 am - Floyd & Robin Ross / 10:30 am - Marg Melso
  • OCTOBER 8 | 8:00 am - Jeanette Prey & Marjorie Winarski / 10:30 am - Lucille Lineburg & Martha Van Rooy
  • OCTOBER 15 | 8:00 am - Lenny & Margie Sleger / 10:30 am - Ken & Janet Maves
  • OCTOBER 22 | 8:00 am - Robert & Kathy Birkholtz / 10:30 am - Gary & Cheryl Kuehn
  • OCTOBER 29 | 8:00 am - Robert & Marilyn Gunz / 10:30 am - Molly Mahnke & Pat Schramm
  • OCTOBER 1 |   In Memory of Dick Schramm and Sally & Milt Williams by: Pat Schramm and Scott & Jeff Sommer
  • OCTOBER 8 |  Flowers are needed for this weekend.
  • OCTOBER 15 | In Memory of Gus & Alice Blank by: Carita Williams
  • OCTOBER 22 | In Memory of Ruth Smith by: Mr. & Mrs. Peter Joch
  • OCTOBER 29 | In Memory of Mr. & Mrs. Sam Ducharme by: Mr. & Mrs. Jim Ducharme and Tom Ducharme
  • OCTOBER 29 | In Honor of the Wedding of Jessica Uebelacker & Sam Troz
  • Kathy Bucholtz & Diane Folske