The Trinitarian

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.” Exodus 20:16

From the classroom, to the locker room, to the break room, to the news room, there seems to be a fevered frenzy these days to spread “fake news” about other people and their lives. So-called “news persons” report stories with made-up details that are factually disputed within hours of initial reporting. Politicians spew flat-out falsehoods about the actions and even the motives of fellow elected officials. Demonstrators set up strawmen to demonize in order to justify their violence and civil disobedience. It is very easy to get caught up in the smoke and fury surrounding the sensationalized stories and savage attacks of ideological enemies, especially when lying is seen as a righteous tool in the hand of the oppressed or minority, or even rightly used by the powerful in defense of the same.

But is that truly warranted? Can a civil society last when those who wield the biggest lie against their neighbor hold all the cards? Can faith exist where truth does not matter but a pre-determined “just” outcome is the only prerequisite for what is deemed right? How does one sort out the fact from the fiction and not fall into the sin of believing the lie? And is even that a sin?

God’s ten commandments are not just well-intentioned suggestions, but they are the very basis for human beings living with one another in some modicum of peace and serenity. Our reputations are a precious gift from God that are difficult enough to keep intact through our own words and actions and are impossible to maintain if others lie about our motives and motions. So, consider the godly wisdom of Martin Luther found in the meaning of this commandment: take the words and actions of others in the best possible way and defend others when someone is talking about them.

If we take that first bit of advice to heart – take the words and actions of others in the best possible way – we will immediately eliminate most of the misunderstandings and conflicts that inflict us on a daily basis. And if we take action on that second bit of advice – defend others when someone is talking about them – we will eliminate most of the remaining causes of conflict. Trying to understand one another and to build one another up is way more productive than to purposefully misunderstand one another and tear one another down.
Taking action ourselves will certainly make our lives, and the lives of those around us, almost immediately better. Even more important, it will keep us from eroding both our faith, and the faith of others. And even though that will not change the amount of vitriol and venom that rushes at us from the media, it will better equip us to know that everything we hear about others is not to be believed.

In a world where people are finding fame, fortune, and a perverted form of justice in trying to destroy one another, you and I can be a ray of light and a breath of fresh air if in Christian love we defend one another, speak well of one another, and take each other’s words and actions in the best possible way. And we will find strength to do just that when we are reminded that our Savior defends us daily. As Satan stands before the throne of God, and accuses us of things we actually have done, Jesus swats them all away and says, “No, Father. Look what I have done.”

Pastor M

  • Barbara Andersen | December 27, 2018
  • Kenneth L. Maves | January 12, 2019
  • Marilyn Gunz | January 25, 2019
  • Sharon Ambrosius | Bethel, Menasha | January 7, 2019
  • Jessica Troz | Risen Savior, McFarland | January 8, 2019
  • Quinn Ann Herriges | January 26, 2019 
  • Stephanie Klegin & Justus McKenzie | December 12, 2018
  • Piper Owen & Nathan Simington | December 19, 2018

Did you know that January 17th was “Ditch New Year’s Resolutions” Day? That’s not surprising since most people give up on their annual commitment to themselves before the first month of the year has even come to an end. But what does that say for those of us who resolved to read the Bible more or to rekindle those daily devotions in 2019? Has that resolution already been ditched due to busy schedules and the demands of life? Join us at Trinity School at 7:15pm on Wednesday evenings during the month of February for a four-week Bible Study. We will review the blessings of a healthy devotional life, share resources that support spiritual growth, and encourage one another as we resolve to grow in God’s Word in 2019! This study is led by Pastor Hoff.
The 2019 Holy Week devotional from Martin Luther College is available online and also for electronic delivery to your email address. Find out more at
Meditations is an inspiring, personal devotional booklet offering daily Scripture-based, soul-searching studies of God's Word. Each meditation is clearly written and easy to understand, with a special Scripture reading, devotion, and prayer for each day. Pick up your copy in the narthex today.
All Trinity women are invited to sing with the Women’s Choir. Practices will be held on February 19th and 26th at 6:00 pm and we will sing for the Sunday morning worship service on March 3rd. Please join us as we lift our voices high in praise to our Lord and Savior!

Every so often I receive an email from a company that claims to have found just the right method or approach to increasing a school’s enrollment. They even offer various testimonials from school principals or parents on how a particular company  has increased their school’s enrollment.  These various companies will be glad to work with you, of course,  all for a very handsome fee. 
Here at Trinity Lutheran School we do have promotional materials that we can share with interested individuals and we do promote the school in various ways in throughout the Neenah-Menasha area.
Yet, there is another way to promote the school and it comes with a request for your help.  That is by “word of mouth”.  Please take whatever opportunities come your way to speak about Trinity Lutheran School.  Tell people of the Christ-centered education that the children receive from trained and dedicated teachers.  If your children have attended or are currently attending the school, share with others the blessings you have seen by having them attend Trinity Lutheran School.  Tell others that Trinity Lutheran School is an accredited school that participate in the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program.  Learn more about the unification of Trinity and Martin Luther schools that will taking place in 2020 and the blessings from the Lord that will come with that unification.
Please feel to contact the school secretaries or myself if you are in need of any brochures, pamphlets, or further information about Trinity Lutheran School.  May God be with you as you “by word of mouth” share the blessings of Christian education here at Trinity.  

Kenneth Kasten - Principal
In planning for the unification of  Trinity and Martin Luther Schools we are looking for an individual to assume the position of Head Cook here at Trinity with the possibility of assuming the position during this current school year.  Applications and job descriptions are available both at the school and church.
The Knight Out committee is looking for pictures of TLS students from years gone by.  Do you have pictures from class trips, school events, athletic events, confirmation, etc.?  If so, please scan and email them to Kristin Fett at or put COPIES of photos in an envelope labeled “A Knight Out” and give to scrip ladies.  We will be collecting photos until February 10th.  Thank you for your help!

A Knight Out is quickly approaching and we need your help to make this important event a huge success! The more volunteers we have, the better the outcome towards our goal of raising funds to secure the future and ongoing sustainability of our school. Please register to attend and check out this link to volunteer your time You can contact Jamie Palau with any questions about volunteering or if you need assistance signing up. Her phone number: 920-428-4485 or email,
A Knight Out - a Spring Gala
Friday, March 8, 2019
Bridgewood Resort, Neenah
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) No doubt God gives parents a daunting responsibility in raising God-fearing children. But he also has given us a Christian congregation and school to partner in fulfilling that responsibility. The Spring Gala, “A Knight Out”, is an opportunity for all people associated with our Christian school community to get together, enjoy a night out at Bridgewood Resort, and support the ministry of our Lutheran school. To use the words of 1 Thessalonians 5:11, “A Knight Out” offers each of us a time to “encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
  • Delicious Food - Heavy hors d'oeuvres
  • Live Music
  • Silent Auction
  • Live Auction with local TV celebrity Bill Jartz
  • Proceeds benefit the Christian educational needs of our Lutheran school
Guarantee your spot by purchasing your tickets online at the cost is $50 per person.  Other ways to purchase your tickets are at the school office or find forms on the coffee bar at church, please return forms to Tammy Huza with cash, check or credit card as payment.
Trinity Lutheran School is hosting open gyms for anyone that is of high school age or older. This is a great opportunity to get exercise and grow in fellowship with one other! People of all skill levels are welcome! Basketball open gyms will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday evenings during the month of February.
This year’s rummage sale will be March 30th  in the school gym. Donations of brown paper grocery bags are needed. Please drop them off at the school.
  •  Saturday, March 30th from 7:00 am - 3:00 pm - $5 Bag Sale (unless otherwise marked) 
Please donate your gently used unpriced items for the sale. You can drop your donations off at school during these times:
  • Sunday, March 24 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 27 from 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 28 from 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Friday, March 29 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Volunteers are needed to help with the sale, especially with set up on Friday, March 29 beginning at 9:00 am until set up is complete and on Saturday, March 30 beginning at 7:00 am until clean-up is finished.
For questions or if you can help with the sale, please contact Kristin Gerrits at 920-751-9034 or
January 2019
  • The second semester began with 648 students. (Last year was 615 students.)
  • Currently, 150 eighth graders have indicated that they will attend FVL next year. Another 50 are still undecided. The Class of 2023 will replace our graduating senior class of 148.
  • The application window for the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP) opens on February 1 and closes April 20. WPCP offers families the chance to have their student’s FVL tuition fully funded for all four years! Go to to find easy-to-read eligibility charts. Also this year FVL’s Tuition Assistance program application window will be the same (from February 1 – April 20). Those who don’t qualify for WPCP can apply to this program if there is a financial need.
  • Parents interested in enrolling 8th graders for 2019-20 should complete the online registration form at They will receive a link to sign up for sessions on 2/27 or to choose a different date.
  • Host families are needed for FVL’s international program for next school year. Interested parents should contact Monica Uhlenbrauck at
  • Mrs. Katelynn Dorn (Science) and Mr. Seth Jaeger (Phy Ed, Coaching) have accepted our calls to join our ministry team for 2019-20. Mrs. Dorn will be one of our STEM Biomedical Science teachers. Mr. Jaeger will coach varsity football and teach Phy Ed classes. Additional calls will be placed yet this spring as FVL seeks to replace retiring teachers Mr. Dave Voss, Mrs. Donna King, and Miss Jane Polley.
  • FVL is again looking to hire a 2nd shift custodian. Details available at
  • Nominations are still open for the Trout Family Educator Award until the end of January. This award recognizes teacher excellence and dedication by providing a financial award for professional growth opportunities. Details on how to nominate a teacher are found at
  • FVL Musicfest is set for Sunday, January 27, from noon until 4 PM. Doors open at 11:30 AM.
  • Fox Trek events for 5-6th graders take place on January 29-30.
  • The school hosted its 4th annual FVL VEX Experience on January 19. This competition has grown to be the state of Wisconsin’s largest VEX Robotics Tournament.
  • Senior Jakob Ulman (St. Peter-Appleton) received this year’s Red Smith Student-Athlete Award; longtime FVL coach Rev. Erich Schaser was recognized with the Fans of the Foxes Award.
  • The annual FVL ski trip took place on the weekend of January 12-13.
  • FVL Theatre is in need of a Costume Designer for the March musical. Sewing and people skills are a must. Contact Sharon Mundt at if interested.
  • Federation offerings for the FVL Operating Fund are ahead of last year for December and year-to-date, with the total collected standing at $449K.Currently $100K has been collected or pledged toward the Let the Children Come debt retirement goal payment of $475K that will be due every November 1 until 2038. Gifts to meet this goal are always needed and appreciated.
  • Donors participating in the $66 for 66 Years Legacy Project continue to support the growth of the FVL Foundation and its focus of tuition assistance.
  • Watch for the 2019 FVL Sponsor Directory coming to your Federation church soon.
With you, serving Jesus – Principal Steve Granberg
Want to learn more about the School Choice program? Who is eligible? What elementary schools are involved? How to apply? Three FREE regional workshops are being offered by FVL Schools. The time is 6 PM and the dates are 2/4 at St. Mark-Green Bay, 2/5 at St. Peter-Freedom, and 2/7 at Martin Luther-Oshkosh. No registration needed. Come to find out how your students can have their Christian education paid in full through the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program.
FVL is hiring a part-time custodian. Normal school year hours are Monday-Friday 5:30-10 PM. Job description, duties, and pay rate are found at Benefits include health insurance and 401K match. Email applications to Additional custodial hours are available at St. Peter Lutheran School-Appleton from 3:15-5:30 PM during the school year.
Costume Designer needed! FVL needs a volunteer to help costume our March musical. We need someone organized and reliable who can communicate well with teens and adults. Knowledge of clothing design and sewing is a must. Will work with director to create costumes appropriate to roles and setting. Email Sharon at
FVL’s International Program needs host families for the 2019-20 school year. This is a great way to share your faith and learn more about other cultures. A stipend to offset the cost of hosting the students is included. Interested? Contact Monica at
FVL Schools’ annual Daddy Daughter Dance will be held at FVL on Sunday, 3/3, from 2-5 pm. Girls ages 3-13 and their fathers (or other male guardian) are invited to dress up and come for an afternoon of dancing, photos, crafts, games, snacks, and more! Tickets are $8/person and are available online through, the FVL Schools Facebook page, and at FVL Schools locations. Anyone interested in helping with the dance should contact Rylee at
All seniors are invited to join us on February 12th at NOON for lunch at the Golden Corral, 1169 N. Westhill Blvd in Appleton.  Each one will be responsible for the cost of their buffet lunch. Following the lunch we will have a speaker from the Bargain Garden thrift store. You are encouraged  to bring a small item to donate to the store.  The OWLS is a national program for the enrichment of WELS seniors.  The meetings provide the opportunity for fellowship and spiritual growth through devotions and topics of interest for seniors.  All are  invited to join us February 12th for a buffet lunch.
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 February - Chunky soup, all canned meats such as salmon & tuna, cookies, canned fruit, jam/jelly, boxed & canned potatoes, frosting, paper toweling, hair conditioner, diapers & baby items.

 Retired WELS pastor, James Humann, invites you to join him in 2020 as he hosts his sixth tour to the world-famous Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany. The Oberammergau Passion Play depicts the life of Christ from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. This afternoon and evening long performance is presented only once every ten years, in keeping with a promise the people of Oberammergau made in 1634 AD during the Black Plague.
Two different opportunities to see the Oberammergau Passion Play will be offered. The first tour is an eleven day tour, June 12 - 22, 2020. It includes the Rhine Valley, Heidelberg, Rothenburg, Oberammergau and Munich in Germany,  plus Lucerne in Switzerland and Paris in France.
The second tour is an eleven day tour, September 23 - October 3, 2020. It includes Athens and Corinth in Greece, a three day Greek Isles cruise visiting Mykonos, Ephesus, Patmos, Crete and Sontorini, plus Oberammergau and Munich in Germany and Salzburg in Austria.
The Passion Play in Oberammergau is very popular and sells out quickly. For the price and daily itinerary, e-mail Pastor Humann at If you would prefer a hard copy, be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Is your house built on the rock or on the sand? Will your house survive the torrential storms of life or will it wash away when the waves of life come crashing in? The world attacks our Christian values from every direction on a daily basis. To counter these attacks, the MOHW Conference provides opportunities and resources for men to grow spiritually, using God’s Word to empower and equip men to carry out their God-given mission in their homes, churches, communities and the world. This year’s theme is “BUILT ON THE ROCK.”

Whether you attend for the keynote speaker (Jeremy Mattek, Christian Life Pastor at Immanuel Lutheran in Greenville, WI, and a contributor for Time of Grace Ministries), the relevant, thought-provoking breakout sessions (20 to choose from), or the worship experience with 600 other men (with Koine’, the worship band), God’s Word will speak to you.

The 10th Annual MOHW Conference will be held at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Convention Center in Oshkosh on Saturday, February 9, 2019. Additional details and online registration are available at for the first 650 men. Adult registration fee is $50 and youth registration fee is $25 – These rates increase to $60 for adults and $30 for youth after Jan 27th . Please join us for a day of fellowship in God’s Word that you will not soon forget!

Dr. Lawrence Olson, will be at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Clintonville, WI on Saturday, February 23rd  to present a CAP seminar on the topic of Christian Family. The cost to attend the seminar is $10 per person, which covers the course materials. The congregation is providing a free will offering lunch and childcare is available upon reservation. This event is open to all – pastors, teachers, and lay members. It is not necessary to be involved in CAP to attend this seminar. Anyone interested in learning more about the Christian Family is encouraged to attend.

Sisters in Christ, please join us for the 19th Pathways to Christ Retreat on March 8-10 at LaSure’s Hall in Oshkosh.  The 2019 theme is “I have learned the secret of being content”, Phil. 4:11-13.   On Friday night we will begin the retreat with a presentation by Jarrod Pfarr focusing on “Believe and Be Love”.   On Saturday our three speakers; Naomi Schmidt, Julie Karula and Nicole Smith will keep us focused on our journey to contentment  On Sunday Pastor Leon Ehlert will share with us a Bible Study and then lead us in worship.  Sound intriguing?  Additional information, along with registration forms, can be downloaded from our website: Registration materials can also be found in the church narthex.
WELS Young Professionals Network "The Inseparable" Facebook group is intended for young professionals in WI. If you're 20's to early 30's, join the Facebook group to connect and share community events, so that you can gather together and develop strong friendships. The name is inspired by Romans 8:39, to remind you that nothing can separate you from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. The first group event will be March 2, 2019, in the afternoon and early evening. It will be at N5830 Rockland Beach Road, Hilbert. The plan is to have a winter fire, play games, and, weather permitting, ice fishing and sledding/tubing. Snacks and coffee will be provided. For more information, join The Inseparable Facebook group or text Sonya at 666-2863.
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 in March at 
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 would like to learn more about this unique ministry of Christian fellowship and spiritual renewal, brochures are available in the narthex or visit their website at Registration for 2019 camps is now open.

Saturday, February 16 from 10am-Noon - GriefShare Loss of a Spouse
Saturday, February 23  (and following), from 10am-Noon - GriefShare Your Journey from Mourning to Joy
Registration available at

  • SUNDAY     |       Tim Pagel, Tom Wilde, Bob Blohm, Randy Alessandrini, Latham Linstedt, Eric Bucholtz,
                                       Greg Bucholtz    
  • SATURDAY |      Verlyn Joch, Jon Joch, Marv Pues
  • February 3           | Tim & Rita Braun
  • February 10         | Ryan & Kara Mathison
  • February 17        | Debbie & Sara Schneider
  • February 24        | Gib & Cathy McKenzie
  • February 3          | In Memory of Scotty, Esther, Duane & Terry Schroeder by: Family
  • February 3          | In Memory of Vernon Tesch by: Family
  • February 10        | In Memory of Pastor Gerald Free & Trixie Zoromski by: Steve & Annette Zoromski
  • February 17        | In Memory of Arline & Edwin Brown by: Family
  • February 24        | In Memory of Roy & Sophia Zuleger by: Family
  • Jeanette Prey & Sandy Popp