|TRINITARIAN | JUNE 2019
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” – which is the first commandment with a promise – “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:1-4
Father’s Day will soon be upon us, and the celebrating public will be confronted with a large array of cards celebrating all the things this world thinks Fathers are about. There will be funny cards that recognize the foibles of grown men who like to lounge in their under wear and leave their impression on an easy chair. There will be cards that rejoice in the father who is the handy man with all the right tools and the right answers to fix the broken, plug the leaking, and grease the squeaking. And there will also be cards filled with platitudes describing a kind and erudite father who is always there with his quiet and commanding presence to bring peace to the family. And while it may be true that these are all desirable traits, with the possible exception of the partially clad lounger, they all miss the essence of what the Bible describes as “Father.”
It is no accident that our Heavenly Father and our earthly fathers share the same moniker. God is willing to share the name because he wanted a tangible example of who he, our Heavenly Father, is. An earthly father is to be a good representation of the Heavenly Father to his children – and all that entails. Paul’s words above help us sort it out: Fathers are to teach, and then expect, obedience from their children. They teach, not out of anger or vengeance, but out of love for their offspring. Fathers are to exude that love toward their families in everything they do so that when punishment or consequences are meted out, there is no frustration or resentment. Fathers are to lead by example and expect that example to be followed.
But of course all of that does not happen by accident either. The way for that to happen is for Fathers to proactively bring their children up in God’s ways. As the Heavenly Father’s representative on earth, the earthly father wants to instill in his children the awe and wonder of God’s creation, his constant care and governance over his world, and most especially, his loving forgiveness and grace. By admitting his own flaws and shortcomings, and willingness to humble himself before his Heavenly Father and ask for forgiveness for Jesus’ sake, earthly fathers teach and live what it is they want their children to know, believe, and do. A mother’s love is sweet and nurturing, a father’s love is instructive and encouraging.
There is certainly nothing wrong with buying your father a card that celebrates his human characteristics. And there is just as certainly nothing wrong with a father employing those positive traits for the benefit of his family. But there is true joy in heaven, and blessings for families on earth, when earthly fathers strive to be what their Heavenly Father is.
TLC MEMBERSHIP CHANGES | MAY 2019
CONFIRMATION | MAY 5, 2019
- Makenna Ashbeck Ryan Feuerstahler Lindsey Miller Miranda Buser Sierra Luepke Kendra Pagel Sawyer Fett Charles Mielke Maisy Scheffler Zachary Zimmer
LOSS OF MEMBER THROUGH TRANSFER
- Brad, Jody, Jake & Clay Zeinert | Martin Luther, Neenah
- Patsy Zeinert | Martin Luther, Neenah
- Addisyn Jo Kosiorek child of Joseph and Bethany (nee Tesch) Kosiorek | May 4, 2019
COMMUNION PROCEDURE UPDATE
In order to better accommodate congregants who have difficulty making their way to either the communion rail or to the pulpit side front pew to receive communion on Sunday mornings, the Trustees have approved the designation of Deacons who will distribute the elements. These Deacons will be “rightly called” by the congregation to serve communion during distribution on the first and third Sundays of the month.
As distribution begins, the Deacon will receive consecrated elements from the altar and make his way first to the pulpit side front pew, and then walk up and down the side and center aisles to distribute communion to those who cannot make it up to the communion rail or front pew. To notify the Deacon you are wishing to receive communion please raise your hand as you see him approach.
If you are accidentally missed, please notify an usher, who will in turn inform a pastor. A pastor will meet you in the chapel after service to receive communion there.
We will inform the congregation as to when this procedure is to begin. If anyone has any questions or concerns about the procedure, or suggestions as to how it may be better carried out, please speak to one of the pastors.
ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION FOR PASTOR MCKENZIE
Our congregation will celebrate the 25 years of Pastor McKenzie’s public ministry on Sunday, July 21st with a special worship service at 9:00 am and a luncheon to follow.
A brat and burger buffet will be served at Waverly Beach (N8770 Fire Lane 1, Menasha) at 12:00 pm. A free will offering to help cover the cost for the celebration will be collected at the luncheon. Those not attending the luncheon are invited to come to Waverly Beach for fellowship at 1:30 pm. Waverly Beach’s regularly scheduled music will begin at 3:00 pm.
JOINT VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
“Dive In” is the theme for this year’s Vacation Bible School to be held at Grace, Neenah, 1390 Breezewood Lane from Monday, June 17th through Friday, June 21st, from 1:30 – 4:00 pm each day. The VBS program will be for 4 year olds through 6th grade. Join with us as we DIVE deep into understanding God’s Word and His plan for our lives. Teachers, assistants and kitchen help are urgently needed. If you are willing to serve in any of these areas please contact Pastor Rick Frost at 722-5550.
MORNINGS WITH MOMMY - SUMMER PARK PLAYDATES
Children (ages 0 - 4) and their caregivers are invited to join this fellowship twice a month at different parks in the Neenah area. Come anytime around 10 AM and feel free to bring friends! No registration required. Our June Play Dates are June 12th at Fritse Park (937 N Lake Street, Neenah) and June 26th at Riverside Park (500 E Wisconsin Ave, Neenah). In the event of inclement weather, park play dates will automatically be rescheduled for the following day (Thursday). Picnic lunch is optional. Questions? Text Jackie Paustian at 414.467.5019.
CAMP PHILLIP DOOR COLLECTION
There will be a special door offering for Camp Phillip the weekend of June 15 - 17.
Camp Phillip exists to provide relaxation in creation and renewal in Christ to WELS youth, families, adults, churches and schools. To carry out this mission they host family camps, summer youth camps, field trips, church campouts and adult retreats. The camp is located near Wautoma, WI and features a wide variety of lodging and recreation options on its 177-acre property. If you’d like to learn more about this unique ministry of Christian fellowship and spiritual renewal, call 920- 787-3202 or visit www.campphillip.com.
FELLOWSHIP MOTORCYCLE RIDE
Rev up your ride and join us for the first fellowship ride of the summer on June 23rd at 12:00pm (noon). Please meet in the church parking lot where route information will be shared.
EASTER SEASON BANNERS
The new set of Easter season banners that were displayed on the posts in the sanctuary beginning Easter Sunday, April 21st, were given in loving memory of Mr. Kenneth Maves by his family and friends. We are grateful for this memorial gift that beautifies our sanctuary and proclaims such a reassuring message to God’s people, “He Is Risen”, just as He said!
BUILDING & GROUNDS WORK NIGHT
Volunteers are needed the evening of June 5th for a Building & Grounds work night. Work is needed on the parsonage yard and garage window installation. All help is appreciated. Please contact Rob Pagel at 475-1274 with questions.
TRINITY LUTHERAN SCHOOL
The 2018-2019 school year has come to a close. On May 23rd sixteen 8th grade students graduated from Trinity Lutheran School. Those students were:
Makenna Ashbeck Miranda Buser
Max Farah Sawyer Fett
Ryan Feuerstahler Kate Henze
Kadin Jury Charlie Mielke
Lindsey Miller Kendra Pagel
Olivia Race Connor Romberg
Wren Scott Grace Weber
Allyson Young Zachary Zimmer
This was the first combined class of students from Trinity and Martin Luther Schools. Fourteen of the sixteen students are planning to attend Fox Valley Lutheran High School. That is 88% of the entire class. We wish them God’s Blessings as they begin a new chapter in their lives as high school students.
We also want to wish God’s Blessings to Mr. Matthew Evans and his wife Makayla as they move to California where Mr. Evans will begin teaching at California Lutheran High School. Mr. Evans has served Trinity Lutheran School as the teacher in Grades 5-6 as well as serving as the Spanish teacher for Grades 5-8. In his years of service here at Trinity we have witnessed his love for the ministry and for the families of Trinity Lutheran School. Mr. Evans, you and your wife will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
Finally, I wanted to thank you for your support and encouragement during this past year as I had the privilege to serve you as principal of Trinity Lutheran School. I have had the opportunity to get to know many of you and to be blessed to serve with an amazing group of Called workers, staff, parents, and students. May the Lord continue to bless and be with you.
Kenneth Kasten - Principal
WOMEN’S MINISTRY CONFERENCE
The focal point of the upcoming 2019 WELS Women’s Ministry Conference, being held at Luther Preparatory School, Watertown, Wis., July 18–20, is “living stones” and how Christian women are called to be a part of something bigger.
The conference also will dive into how Christian women should look at the individuality of each person to more effectively share the gospel. For example, a young adult ministry professional as well as a panel of college students will emphasize how to reach younger generations today. At the end of the conference, Mrs. Dawn Schulz, conference coordinator hopes women walk away feeling more confident in their purpose as a part of God’s spiritual house. She says, “This conference is going to nurture women in God’s Word, encourage them by bringing them together with other Christian sisters and equip them with resources.”
For more information on the Women’s Ministry Conference and to register, visit wels.net/wmconference.
WELS NIGHT AT MILLER PARK
Save the date for the sixth annual WELS Night at Miller Park. Mark your calendars and plan to join thousands of WELS members for the Milwaukee Brewers’ game against the San Francisco Giants on Friday, July 12, 2019. Game time is 7:10 p.m.
The Brewers are offering WELS members up to 50 percent off the price of tickets. The pricing is Field Outfield Box for $21/ticket, Loge Outfield Box for $17/ticket, or Terrace Reserved for $9/ticket. The discounted tickets for WELS Night at Miller Park will be available to purchase online at www.brewers.com/wels.
TASTE OF MISSIONS 2019
Join WELS Missions on July 13, 2019, at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wis., for the first annual Taste of Missions event. Starting at 12 p.m., sample ethnic cuisine from some of our mission fields while enjoying fellowship and presentations from home and world missionaries alike. Meet former missionaries and committee members who have served WELS Missions and hear stories of God’s magnificent grace in action at home and abroad. View displays, participate in family-friendly activities coordinated by our missionaries, and ask questions about the ups and downs of mission work during a panel discussion. We will conclude the event at 4 p.m. with a special worship service celebrating the blessings the Lord has showered on WELS Missions. For more information or to register please visit: https://wels.net/event/taste-of-missions-2019/.
Mount Olive Appleton--Mission Partner Rummage Sale
All proceeds go to Hmong Outreach in Vietnam
930 E. Florida Ave Appleton, WI 54911
Sale: June 13th & 14th 7AM-5PM
June 15th 7AM-12PM (½ price)
Please enter through gymnasium doors near playground (NE side of church/school)
LOSS OF SPOUSE SEMINAR
St. Matthew Lutheran Church (129 S Mason St., Appleton ) is sponsoring a Loss of a Spouse Seminar for people facing life after a spouse's death on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 PM. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to register and for more information. There is no cost for this event.
GRIEFSHARE SUPPORT GROUP AT ST. MATTHEW
St. Matthew Lutheran Church is again sponsoring the GriefShare Support Group. 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. The 13 sessions combine a video with support group discussion of information presented during the video. There is no cost for this grief recovery series.
The next series of sessions will be held at St. Matthew Lutheran Church on Wednesday evenings, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, beginning Wednesday, June 26. Please contact Joyce Schroeder at 920-585-9080 or email@example.com to register or for more information.
APPLE VALLEY FOOD PANTRY
The Apple Valley Food Pantry is holding a Spring Food Drive because shelves are often near empty in the summer months. There are grocery bags available in the narthex with a list of suggested items attached. Please fill the bag with the groceries listed and bring your donations back to church. The collection date for the drive is June 9. The goal for Trinity is to fill 100 bags. Monetary donations are also accepted to purchase gift cards given to the families for the purchase of perishable items. Checks should be made payable to Apple Valley Food Pantry and deposited in the locked box in the back of the narthex.
FOX VALLEY LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS
- FVL’s Summer Camps still have openings! Sports camps plus options for Art, Engineering, Band, and Computer Science are offered. Register at fvlhs.org at the “Summer Camps” link.
- FVL’s 27th Annual Golf Outing is 6/13 at Royal St. Patrick Golf Links in Wrightstown. Find sponsorship & registration forms at fvlhs.org.
- FVL's International Program needs host families--especially those willing to host male students. Share your faith with an international student! Students stay for 9 months and pay their own expenses; families receive a $6500 stipend to offset costs. Contact Monica at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The FVL Hoops Club is in need of coaches for grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 teams. If you would like more information please contact Coach Karbula at email@example.com. A copy of the Philosophy and Goals of the Hoop Club is available in the Trinity school office.
- Field Repair Update: Sadly the nasty, wet, cold spring weather has brought field repair work to a standstill. Our contractor began work last July, but the fall and winter weather, plus DNR permitting issues, put repairs behind schedule. The goal is, God-willing, is for the fall home seasons to be played as scheduled. No progress has been made on finding the vandal(s). The $10K reward is still in place. The damage amounted to $250K and forced FVL to move our home football, soccer, and track seasons off-campus. Anyone with information should contact the Appleton Police Department.
FVL PRINCIPAL’S REPORT TO THE FEDERATION
- The FVL Class of 2019 graduates on Saturday, May 25 at 10 AM.
- Payton Dahlke (Emanuel-New London) and Ryan Blobe (Riverview-Appleton) will represent FVL in WLUK’s “Best in Class” taping at Lambeau Field. These video segments air during June.
- The 2019 Prom King was Micah Thiesfeldt (Immanuel-Greenville); his escort was Addy Segelstrom.
- Junior Elizabeth Black was recognized as an outstanding student by the Appleton Rotary Club.
- Next year’s freshman class stands at 167. Total enrollment is projected to be 670 or over.
- FVL’s Alumni Alive is sponsoring a NEW 3-on-3 tournament open to all Federation members entering 5th grade and older. Details will come to all congregations by the end of May. AND mark your calendars to FVL's Homecoming football game on Friday, October 11. Alumni from the classes of 1969 (50 years), 1979 (40 years), 1994 (25 years), and 2009 (10 years) will be recognized that night. More alumni fun is scheduled for Saturday, October 12 with tours and games/events that morning on the FVL campus.
- FVL’s Annual Golf Outing will be held June 13 at Royal St. Patrick’s Golf Links in Wrightstown. All proceeds support the school’s athletic programs. Only 40 teams are being accepted. Details at fvlhs.org.
- Host families—especially those willing to host boys—are still needed for our international program. Contact Mrs. Monica Uhlenbrauck at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Band Director James Neujahr and Rev. David Wenzel recently returned calls.
- Teachers celebrating ministry anniversaries this year are Mr. James Neujahr – 35 years; Mr. Mark Eisenmann – 30 years; Mr. Tom Guenterberg, Mrs. Jenny Retzlaff and Mr. Jeff Uhlenbrauck – 25 years; Mr. Alan Nolte – 20 years. Business Office Assistant Krista Davis marks 10 years in her role.
- Called workers retiring at the end of this school year are Mr. Robert Fischer, Mrs. Donna King, Miss Jane Polley, and Mr. Dave Voss. Athletics Office Assistant Mari Lepke is also retiring. FVL thanks these dedicated servants for their many years of dedicated service.
- Alicia Krahn and Elizabeth Black recently qualified to compete at the Future Business Leaders of America National Competition.
- Colin Krueger was named winner of “Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor” Award in the Fox Cities PAC Center Stage High School Musical Theatre competition.
- Eleven students earned gold medals at this year’s State Forensics Festival, eight won silver, and another brought home bronze. The team earned Overall Honorable Mention status for the first time ever.
- FVL Spring athletic seasons will soon be winding down. Game information is available online.
- Online registration is still open for FVL Summer Sports Camps at fvlhs.org or fvlschools.org.
- The Let the Children Come annual mortgage payment is $475K due each October 31. About $162K has been donated over the past seven months. This means donations of $313K need to come in over the next five months to meet this annual payment.
- Congregational support is trending about $18K ahead of last year. FVL is grateful for this support and prays our churches will meet their Federation commitment for the year of $983K.
- Over 300 supporters attended this year’s FoxFest Dinner Auction. This night of fellowship and fun raised $91K for Tuition Assistance and other school needs.
- Thanks to the Legacy Project, the FVL Foundation has grown to $4M in assets. To continue that growth for the long term health and sustainability of the high school, we are setting a goal of increasing the Foundation about $300K annually. Please consider a gift to this important source of FVL funding.
With you, serving Jesus – Principal Steve Granberg
USHERS FOR JUNE
- SUNDAY | Scott Miller, Dan & Matthew Safin, Keith, Kevin & Brad Warning
- SATURDAY | Verlyn Joch, Jon Joch
GREETERS FOR JUNE
- June 2 | Brian & Lisa Laabs
- June 9 | Wally Thorson & Molly Mahnke
- June 16 | Marilyn Borchardt & Mindy Pankow
- June 23 | Dennis & Cynthia Beyersdorf
- June 30 | Ryan & Kara Mathison
ALTAR FLOWERS FOR JUNE
- June 2 | In Memory of Ruth Jensen by: Family
- June 2 | In Honor of the 55th Wedding Anniversary of Bob & Carol Johnson
- June 9 | In Memory of Arthur & Lillian Pagel, Virginia & Harry Paveletzke by: The Hase Families & Greg Matton Family
- June 9 | In Memory of John Dallman by: Todd Dallman and Bill & Renee Rumsey
- June 16 | In Memory of Willys Clark by The Children
- June 16 | In Memory of Evelyn Tesch by: Family
- June 16 | In Memory of Frank Flenz by: Eileen Flenz
- June 23 | In Memory of Douglas, Alfred Sr., Gertrude and Eugene Kuchenbecker by: Family
- June 30 | In Memory of Jerry Prey by: Jeanette Prey
ALTAR GUILD FOR JUNE