The Trinitarian
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Dt. 6:4-7
Trinity Lutheran Church and School has a long history of taking these words to heart and acting on them. Our belief in our loving and forgiving God has moved generations of Trinity members to pass the truth of Jesus’ saving love down to their children and grandchildren. Through our commitment to our own Trinity Lutheran School and Fox Valley Lutheran High School, we have partnered with parents to impress sin and grace, repentance and forgiveness, onto youth needing the regenerative work of the Holy Spirit in their hearts.
The command of God to teach the next generation is ongoing, and so must our commitment be. To maintain and improve our programs, change is not a movement on the horizon, but a never-ending reality. A blossoming partnership with our sister congregation and school, Martin Luther, is enabling another generation of parents to “raise up their children in the way they should go.” A growing student population at FVL is enabling increased academic training to the student body and an expanding opportunity to reach students from the other side of the world with the good news of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
What this has meant for our program here at Trinity is the optimization of staff and their ongoing development, as well as an addition to, and up-keep of, our facilities. Through the generous offerings of many Trinity members and groups, our school atrium is only $10,000 away from being paid off. New flooring in much of the first floor of the building, with plans for more of the same on the second floor next year, is keeping the building safe for our current students and attractive to potential students. The renovation of the gym floors and walls, as well as an upcoming update of our bleachers, invites our athletes and families to use all of their gifts to God’s glory through fellowship and Christian competition.
What this has meant for Fox Valley Lutheran High School is an expansion of faculty and building that needs our gifts. As a congregation we have the opportunity to continue to put God’s words into practice as we support our institutions that continually impress the love of God on eternal souls.
Be assured that the changes you are seeing and will read about in this newsletter are not meant to undo what has been done in the past, but to continue and build upon what Trinity’s members have always understood as job one: Sharing Jesus with our children and grandchildren so one day they can share heaven with him – and with us.
Pastor McKenzie
Sunday Morning Bible Study – Exodus
Come and join us in an exciting and timely study of the seminal event in Old Testament history. From the calling of Moses, to the miracles of the plagues, to the crossing of the Red Sea and giving of the 10
Commandments and beyond, God himself refers again and again to the rescue of his people from their slavery in Egypt to motivate and comfort his people.  Together we will rejoice in the lessons still to be learned from this special portion of God’s Word and how those lessons apply to our lives here on earth and prepare us for the Promised Land. This Bible Study is held at 10:15 am in the church fellowship hall and is led by Pastor McKenzie.
Coffee with the King – Thursday Morning
This Thursday morning Bible Study led by Pastor Engelbrecht meets at 8:30 am in the lower level fellowship hall. The current topic is the book of Ecclesiastes. The book of Ecclesiastes, or The Preacher, is a fascinating study on the meaning of life. It is widely accepted that King Solomon is the author of the book and is a compilation of thoughts he had as he looked back on the life he had both as a king and teacher of the people. Please join us for a morning of lively discussion as we delve into God’s Word.
Women’s Bible Study – Thursday Evening
A Women’s Bible Study led by Krista McKenzie will begin on October 18th at 6:30 p.m. The ladies will be studying the book “Coffee with the Savior” by Kristen Myers. This book provides a biblical look at the close relationship between Moses and God and how women can follow that example in their own relationship with Christ. Topics include God’ s desire that we come to Him, that we pray to Him, and that we receive His gifts. The concluding chapter encourages each woman to continue her commitment through dedicated personal study of God's Word and recognize her value in the Body of Christ.


  • Donald Ratzburg | August 28, 2018
  • Mikaela Evans | September 9, 2018
  • Cameron John Muhr | September 9, 2018
The next quarterly voters’ meeting is scheduled for October 22, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

At the July voters’ meeting, the voters elected to continue with the summer worship schedule, one Sunday service at 9:00 am to foment fellowship opportunities and bolster worship participation through the month of October. That decision will be revisited at the October voters’ meeting as feedback from the congregation is received.
The dartball league is organizing for the 2018 –2019 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 4th at 7:30 pm.
After our very successful Opening Doors funding campaign for the new school addition, we have only $10,000 left to pay off the full amount of the Addition.  We are hoping to have this fully paid off before year end.  Its use has exceeded our expectations in providing a safe, welcoming and useful space for gathering and fellowship.  With winter coming again, the entryway provides a safe warm welcome to our children every day before school starts.  Please consider this in your prayers and gifts as our children enjoy another school year using the beautiful addition we are blessed to have completed.
By now, some of you have already begun Christmas shopping. Believe it or not, the stores are already preparing for the Holiday. And they are not the only ones. Planning for services and scheduling is already underway here at Trinity to celebrate our Savior's Birth and the hope we have through him for our salvation.
To keep you updated on progress being made in regard to the continued joint efforts of Trinity and Martin Luther Schools, the councils of both congregations have accepted and approved the recommendation to further foment our cooperation and ties through conducting a joint Children's Christmas Service. In order to accommodate all of the members from both congregations who wish to attend this special event, Fox Valley Lutheran High School will host the service on Sunday, December 23, at 2:30 P.M. 
Positive momentum has been building as our schools families are becoming familiar with one another. We pray this is a positive step forward as we work with our brothers and sisters in Christ to best utilize our resources to carry out our Savior's commission.
Watch for further news on our updated Christmas Eve and Christmas service schedule.

The weekend of October 28th our congregation will celebrate the many missions supported by our synod. We will highlight the mission work being done through our Native American missionaries. Please look for special bulletin inserts, displays and giving opportunities during the month of October.
A Ripe Harvest Listen carefully. Can you hear a mesmerizing echo of drums beating softly from nearly 2,000 miles away? The message is clear: 1-2-5- a-n-n-i-v-e-r-s-a-r-y. You are being invited to celebrate our Native American Mission’s 125 years of growth by God’s grace.
In 1893 two Lutheran pastors endured grave hardships to begin an Apache ministry. “Churches” in early years consisted of Apache camps, or a reconstructed soldier’s reading room at Ft. Apache, or an old twisted cedar tree by a river. Tents and a newspaper-covered cot under a mesquite tree served as parsonages. Today 9 churches and 3 schools with 7 pastors, one evangelist, and 17 teachers are serving thousands of Apache Christians. But obstacles are yet to be overcome, and your help with donations and prayers are needed:
  • HELP Open Bible Lutheran Church of Whiteriver hire part-time Apache Christian Training School graduates to assist the pastor with outreach and ministry.
  • HELP Peridot-Our Savior's Lutheran School respond to a growing list of student applications.
  • HELP the Apache Christian Training School equip Apaches for leadership in ministry including reaching out to other tribes.
An 80% unemployment rate, a 47% poverty rate, a 50% high school dropout rate, substance abuse, and violence are all additional challenges that need to be addressed.
Apache Christians have a saying, "Bikehgoihinan dahaazhe bi?hikah dolee? " or translated, "Walking with God forever." Please take that walk with them, hear the echo of their drum beat, and respond with your donation envelope, prayers, and/or a greeting card. “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up…” I Thessalonians 5:11

Watch for the pumpkin mission “tree” as you exit the church, take a name/address, and send an encouraging greeting card.     
Submitted by: Kathleen Stern, Stewardship Committee
The Seminary Chorus, a 43-voice choir composed of men studying for the pastoral ministry at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., will present a sacred concert at Bethel-Menasha (829 Appleton Rd.) on Saturday, October 20th, at 6:30pm. The choir presents hymns and anthems in traditional and contemporary styles, accompanied by a variety of musical instruments and includes congregation participation. This past year the Chorus appeared in WELS churches in Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Colorado, Nebraska, and Alberta, Canada on its 2018 spring tour.

Peter Georgson, the executive director for WELS Lutherans for Life, will be the guest presenter during the Mission Festival on Sept. 30 at St. Peter's, Larsen. The presentation is at 10:30 a.m. and a freewill donation dinner to benefit the WELS Lutherans for Life starting at 11 a.m. (fried or baked chicken, salads and dessert).  St. Peter’s is located at 
8630 County Road MM in rural Larsen.  For more information or to RSVP, contact Pastor Paul Ibisch at 608-799-0990.
Enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year stands at 114 students.  That enrollment breaks down as follows:
3K – 9, 4K – 10, K – 9, Grade 1 – 10, Grade 2 – 7, Grade 3 – 6, Grade 4 – 8, Grade 5 – 9, Grade 6 – 15, Grade 7 – 15, Grade 8 – 15.
The sports schedule is in full swing with cross country, soccer, and girls’ volleyball.  You can find out more information about the teams and all of the sports taking place at Trinity by going to the Neenah Lutheran Knights Facebook Page   
Besides the general cleaning of the school that takes place in the summer, repairs are also made in preparation for the new school year.  This year the tile in the first floor hallway was replaced as well as the tile and carpeting in the Kindergarten Room.  To accomplish this the old asbestos tile had to be removed by a company licensed to do such removal and air quality checks had to be made before the new tile and carpeting could be installed.  The new tile and carpeting look great.  In addition, the gym floor was resealed.  We would like to thank everyone for efforts in coordinating and seeing through these repairs and cleaning.
We were able to add 16 new chromebooks and a storage cart to the amount of chromebooks we now have thanks to funds from the recent Pizza Sale.  Thank you for your support and watch for more details about future Pizza Sales.
Located in your church mailbox is a sponsorship form for donations to the Trinity Lutheran School bleacher replacement fund. There is also more information on this project displayed in the narthex. Please see Colin Paustian with questions.
Ladies, do you have a talent you would be willing to share? Then join us for an evening of fun, fellowship and crafting! Ladies Craft Night will meet on October 19th, November 16th, January 18th, February 22nd, March 15th and April 19th 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. If you craft jewelry, paint, sew, or scrapbook (just to name a few crafty talents) please join us. For more information please contact Rita Braun at 886-0735.

Did you know you may be able to help grow the ministries of Wisconsin Lutheran Child & Family Service through your workplace? The 2018-2019 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, or call Jeff at WLCFS at 888.685.9522 or e-mail for more information. Wisconsin Lutheran Child & Family Service, Inc. W175 N11120 Stonewood Drive Germantown, WI 53022-6511 Tax ID: 39-1047224
On Saturday, November 3rd from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Neenah High School will be hosting the annual Helping Hands Art & Craft Fair. Admission price is $3. All proceeds benefit Neenah High School students and their families who are facing medical / financial difficulties. New this year – Touch of Class, the premier student string ensemble of the Fox Valley will be performing for the duration of the fair. Hope to see you there!
LWMS Paperland Circuit Fall Rally will be held Saturday, November 3rd at Bethany Lutheran Church, Appleton from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm with the theme “Sing Praises To Him, Tell of All His Wonderous Acts”. The speakers are Alicia Michelle and Jane Mose sharing pictures, stories and music from their music ministry. See the bulletin board for more details and a sign-up sheet. If you would like to contribute to the mission projects of the Caribbean Scholarship Fund and Proclaimers (audio bibles), kindly place your donations in the LWMS Mission Offering Box in the narthex by Sunday, October 14th. Thank you for your donations.
The LWMS Paperland Circuit has decided to discontinue the cancelled stamps collection. Here at Trinity, the stamp collection will continue until October 15th.
St. Matthew Lutheran Church is holding their 8th Annual Fall Festival Craft & Bake Sale on Friday, October 12 from 9am-5pm and Saturday, October 13 from 9am-2pm! Please join us for this event in our gym and outside booths at 1316 W Lawrence St.  Free admission and drawings!  There are over 45 vendors and if you bring a non-perishable food item for the food pantry you will receive a gift!

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: Creamed soups, canned fruit, baby products, all canned meats such as chicken & pork, all crackers, cake mix & frosting, boxed & canned potatoes, cookies, pumpkin pie mix & evaporated milk.
Please keep the pantry in your prayers as they continue to minister to those in need.  Thank you for your continued support of the pantry.  Your help is greatly appreciated!
The food pantry is not accepting brown bags at this time because they have a large surplus of them. Thank you! Please save your Meditations and Forward in Christ for the Food Pantry. You can place your used devotionals in the food pantry boxes.
Bethany Lutheran College invites all high school juniors and seniors to join us for a FREE weekend October 25 – 27, 2018, that’s filled with fun and excitement. Your weekend begins with a coach trip to Bethany. While on campus you will do the following: tour the campus, experience life in the residence halls, meet professors, directors, coaches and new friends. To reserve a seat or obtain more information, call Bethany’s Admissions Office at 1-800-944-3066 or email any questions to Your reservation and $40 deposit (which will be returned when you arrive on campus) are due by October 15.
As a Christian, you know the joy, peace, and hope of being sure your sins are forgiven and eternal life is yours. You want others to know this as well. But, perhaps—like many Christians—telling others about Jesus is daunting. What do I say? How do I say it? What if I don’t have answers to people’s questions?
Pastor Eric Roecker, director of the WELS Commission on Evangelism, will use video vignettes from the new movie 
To the Ends of the Earth to guide our discussion. Our prayer is that these lessons will make you more confident in your conversations with those who do not yet know their Savior. Join us on November 7, 14, and 28 (6 & 8 p.m. CST). Lord willing, through the Word and our time together, the Spirit will embolden you to take the gospel to the ends of the earth, beginning in your backyard.
705 E. Greenfield Drive , Little Chute, WI 54140
October 2nd at 9:00 am
Every two seconds, someone becomes a victim of identity fraud. Don't become a statistic. If your identity is stolen, it puts your finances and credit rating at risk. That's just the beginning. Join us for a free educational workshop: Identity Theft: What You Need to Know. You'll learn: How identity theft can occur. How you can take steps to prevent it. What to do if your identity is stolen. Sign up today! Contact Edana or Lisa at 920-423-3896 or email and reserve your spot today.
St. Matthew Lutheran Church is sponsoring a Loss of A Spouse Seminar for people facing life after a spouse's death. This event will be held October 6, 2018, 9:00 – 11:00 am, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 129 S Mason St., Appleton. There is no cost for this event.

This practical, hope-inspiring seminar features a video with top Christian experts on grief and recovery topics from a biblical perspective and personal testimonies from widowed men and women. The video seminar is combined with a support group discussion of the materials presented during the video. Those who attend will received a booklet filled with practical tips, encouraging words, a gospel presentation, journaling ideas, and exercises for daily help in their life ahead.

Please contact Joyce Schroeder at 920-585-9080 or to register and for more information.
Adult women of any age can "get away" to Camp Phillip on this special October 5 – 7, 2018, 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 19 – 21, 2018. Learn more at
Joi us for free, safe, family fun on Sunday, October 21, 2:00-4:00pm at  Bethel Lutheran Church (Menasha). Come for an afternoon of: Games, Face painting, Fall family photo booth, Bounce house, Free food, Crafts and Trunk or Treat! (Don’t forget to wear your (non-scary) Halloween costume!)

FVL Community Parents Night Presentation: Does your child struggle with reading? The FVL Schools Community Parents Night on 10/10 (6:30 pm) will cover strategies and resources to help meet your child’s needs. FVL grad and Wisconsin Lutheran College education professor Dr. Mark Murphy is our speaker. Free child care is available for children ages 4 & up. Free tickets are available at all FVL Schools Offices and in the School Office at FVL. More info at
End of Life Planning Seminar: Attorney Tori Kluess and Mr. David Wendland will present another segment of their THE WAY Educational Series: End of Life Planning seminar on 9/26 at 10 am or 6:30 pm. Discover the advantages of funeral planning and end-of-life healthcare directives. Learn about life insurance and retirement account beneficiary designations and their tax ramifications. Take away specific “to do’s” and “not to do’s”! Contact Robert Fischer at to register.
Plan to attend the Dedication Service for FVL’s new addition on Sunday, 10/14 at 2 p.m. in the FVL Auditorium. Our guest preacher will be District President Rev. Joel Zank. Following the service, visitors can tour. Demonstrations by teachers and students will be offered.  
Employment Opportunity: FVL is in great need of a full-time “second shift” custodian. Applications are at and will be accepted until the position is filled. Wage range is from $13.25-$15.25, and family health benefits are offered. Contact Facilities Manager Tyler Techlin at
8th graders and their parents are invited to FVL’ s 8th Grade Student/Parent Welcome Night on Monday, 10/29 from 4:30-8:00 pm. Join us for food, fellowship, and fun. While students enjoy games and socializing, parents can attend 20-minute info sessions on important topics! All interested families should register online at
FVL Theatre is performing “The Election” on Thur., 10/18 at 7 pm, Sat. 10/20 at 4 pm & Sun. 10/21 at 2 pm. Tickets are available online at
The FVL Fall Band & Choir Concert will be held Sunday, Oct. 7 at 6 pm. All are invited to this free concert. A freewill offering will be taken.
Let the Children Come Progress: Exciting News! $890K of our $1M Let the Children Come goal has been received! Only $110K is left to go! Our 20-year financing package will close soon. We have until the first week of October to meet that goal. Please consider a gift to help close the gap! Donate online at Thanks to all who have supported this effort!  

September 2018
School News
  • We were blessed to be able to start our school year on time as construction/renovation went to the “11th hour.” Although there were some glitches, our year began smoothly.
  • September 17-22 is Homecoming Week. Athletic contests, dress-up days, Frolic (Sept 19 - 6:30 pm), a pep rally and the Saturday evening dance make for a fun and memorable week for our students.
  • Senior Colin Krueger was named a National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalist. Congratulations to Colin!
  • The Let the Children Come Dedication Service is set for 2 pm on Sunday, October 14. District President Rev. Joel Zank will be our guest preacher. An Open House will follow till 4:30 pm.
  • FVL’s annual Pastor/Staff Minister Day took place on Friday, September 14.
  • Repairs have begun on our vandalized athletic fields. Progress has been slowed by DNR permitting issues. All home soccer and football games this fall are being held off campus. Check for locations.
  • Mr. Kyle Gut (Principal, St Mark-GB) has accepted the Board of Regents appointment to replace departing Regent Mr. MatFoley. Rev. Tim Glende (St Peter-Appleton) was elected to the Board of Regents and replaces former Chairman Rev. Tom Mielke who completed his second term in May.
  • Grandparents Days will be hosted on October 4-5 to showcase our new facilities.
Staff News
  • Installed at our August Opening Service were Mr. Ryan Lemke (Science, Coaching), Mr. Jeff Loberger (Mission Advancement), Mrs. Kathy Stern (Math, Math Club, Coaching), Mr. Phil Stern (Religion, Social Studies, Coaching), Mr. Jeff Uhlenbrauck (Assistant Principal, Student Council, Social Studies), and Mrs. Monica Uhlenbrauck (International Student Program Director).
  • Mrs. Sara Gerndt was hired as our part-time School Office Assistant; Mr. Gregg Schreiber was hired as our Maintenance Supervisor. A second-shift custodian position is still a great need.
  • Mr. Ben Stern and Mr. Peter Sehloff have earned their Masters degrees in Biochemistry and History respectively.
  • Students have access to over 30 college credits in this year’s curriculum.
  • This year marks the beginning of the STEM Biomedical Science and Computer Science tracks of PLTW.
  • Our Metals Shop classes and automotive partnership with FVTC continue to be popular offerings.
  • This year the total number of WPCP voucher students is 170; of those, 53 were freshmen (46 are WELS students; 7 are non-WELS). Next year the district enrollment cap moves to 4%. The income threshold is now 220% of poverty level.
  • FVL Theatre is performing The Election in October. Public performances are October 18 (7 pm), October 20 (4 pm) and October 21 (2 pm).
  • A total of 258 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, and other clubs.
  • Congregational support was about $40K short of budget for the 2017-18 budget.
Serving Jesus – Principal Steve Granberg
  • SUNDAY | Jim Heller, Brian Piechocki, Bryan VonDeylen, Joel Feuerstahler, Brian Asendorf, Marc Schmidt, Ryan Mathison, Jeff & Andrew Bucholtz    
  • SATURDAY | Verlyn Joch, Jon Joch, Marv Pues
  • October 7     | Robert & Susan Schmeichel
  • October 14   | Tom & Barb Wilde
  • October 21   | Floyd & Robin Ross
  • October 28   | Robert & Kathy Birkholtz
  • October 7        | In Memory of Dick Schramm, Sally & Milt Williams by: Pat Schramm, Scott & Jeff Sommer
  • October 14      | In Memory of Gus & Alice Blank by: Carita Williams
  • October 14      | In Memory of Dan & Lorraine Tatro by: The Family
  • October 21      | If you would like to place flowers on the altar this weekend contact the church office 722-6712.
  • October 28      | In Memory of Marge Ploor by: Her Daughters
  • October 28      | In Memory of Mr. & Mrs. Sam Ducharme by: Mr. & Mrs. Jim Ducharme and Tom Ducharme
  • Kathy Bucholtz & Diane Folske