A World of Fools
“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’”
The Bible’s definition of a fool is a person who acts contrary to better knowledge. By that definition we may think of the disciples being addressed by the angel at the tomb of Jesus as fools. They had been given better knowledge, Jesus would rise. Why look for their living Lord among the tombs of the dead?
But the disciples didn’t think they were being foolish at all. They had seen Jesus die with their own eyes. They knew the place where he had been laid. One thing about dead bodies they thought they knew: they stay where they are put and they don’t come back to life. “Why look for the living among the dead?”
What a silly question; they were looking for the dead among the dead. How foolish. They did “know” better. They had just forgotten. Instead of incorporating the knowledge of Jesus they had been given – the dead one will rise to live again on the third day – they went back into easy, default mode, and thought of things as they had been and not in terms of the new reality.
Does that describe anyone you know? I know it too often describes my sinful nature. Easily and quickly it forgets, I forget, at times that it is a living Lord who watches over me and my family, knows my every thought and action, perceives my every need, and is asking the heavenly Father for me, and doing things for me, that I don’t even have the foresight to ask for myself. Why do I so often act as if the living Lord is still among the dead? Because my sinful nature is foolish, it wantonly acts, I act, against better knowledge.
So, we keep going back to the tomb ourselves to be reminded: it is empty, our Lord lives! Sin is vanquished, death is conquered, we will live forever, and God will bless every moment of our lives to bring us to that end. But even as we live like that in this world, we are thought of as fools.
To those who do not believe in The Resurrection, we seem to be fools; we are people who act against better knowledge. The dead stay dead. Period. End of story. The world is full of those who think we are fools. Every moment of every day provides us, then, with a choice. Do we live as though Jesus lives and so carry on in fearless righteousness? Or, do we live as though the tomb is shut tight and ruthlessly holding on to its contents, carrying on as if God is dead? Are we fools to the world, or fools to God? Look again at the empty tomb – and know.
TLC MEMBERSHIP CHANGES | MARCH 2019
LOSS OF MEMBER THROUGH TRANSFER
- Richard Metzig | February 26, 2019
- Jerome Sedo | February 27, 2019
- Amy Meyer | March 4, 2019
EASTER FOR KIDS
- William & Phyllis Drews | Mount Olive, Overland Park, KS | March 18, 2019
- Tod & Tracy Noffke | Immanuel, Greenville | March 19, 2019
Mark your calendars for Trinity’s indoor Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 13, from 9am-Noon! This “Eggs-citing” event is open to members and area families and features free activities geared for children who are age 11 and younger.
There will be a photo station as you enter and 12 stations where you participate in an activity with your child[ren] while hearing the Easter Story! As you participate at each station's activity you will receive an Easter egg and ticket for special drawings. There will also be a station to decorate eggs for our Easter breakfast and another to color Thank You Cards for local Public Service personnel… all at no charge! Treats and beverages are available. The event is in an “open house” format, so guests can arrive and leave at any time throughout the event. Families attend together to enjoy the events.
Volunteers (Age 12 and up) will certainly be needed. Contact Pastor Joel Hoff by phone or email (920-460-7950 or firstname.lastname@example.org
) if you would like to support this ministry. Thank you for joining us! We are excited to share Easter fun with you!
HOLY WEEK DEVOTIONALS
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 https://mlc-wels.edu/publications/seasonal-devotions/
LUTHERAN WOMEN’S MISSIONARY SOCIETY
LWMS Paperland Circuit Spring Rally will be held Saturday, April 6th
at Trinity Lutheran Church, Kaukauna Early Child Care Center from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm with the theme “The Great Multitude in White Robes.”
The speaker is Pastor Michael Duncan sharing information about South Asian Mission work being done to evangelize those of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Muslim religions in Pewaukee, WI.
OPEN GYM AT TLS
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 April 4, 11, 25.
CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S CIRCLE
The Christian Women’s Circle will meet on April 10th at 7:00 pm in the lower level conference room. Please note the time change in order to give everyone the opportunity to attend the Lenten worship service. All Trinity ladies are invited to attend.
TRINITY LUTHERAN SCHOOL
In last month’s “Trinitarian” I shared with you the connections between FVL and our area WELS grade schools and early childhood centers, including Trinity. In this article I would like to make you aware of the FVL Schools Program and the benefits that Trinity receives from the program.
FVL Schools is a partnership of 26 Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Schools partners (20 elementary schools, 5 child care centers, and Fox Valley Lutheran High School that span the Fox River Valley. As partners, these schools work together on a preschool-12th grade curriculum as well as offering joint sports, music, and academic enrichment programs to over 3000 students. Schools are located from Green Bay on the north to Oshkosh on the south, Weyauwega to the west and Brillion to the east.
Here are some of the many ways that Trinity benefits from the FVL Schools Program:
- Curriculum Coordinator: Mrs. Melanie Giddings was hired to serve the FVL Schools as the Curriculum Coordinator. Her position directs her to work with a group of FVL School’s teachers to develop Christ - centered curriculum for use by our area WELS grade schools. At this time curriculum in the areas of math, language arts, and science have been developed. Curriculum work in the area of socials studies is just beginning.
- Professional Development: This is provided for both leaders (principals/directors of child care centers) and teachers. Three leader meetings are held a year in additional to a number of educational workshops and presentations.
- Missions: Joint mission opportunities developed by FVL Schools for our grade schools have benefited work in Africa such as the building of a kitchen for a school and then providing food for that school. Mission offerings were also used to provide textbooks and tuition assistance for the children of that school. Another mission project was providing recorders with the Bible on it so more children could hear God’s Word. Some of you will also remember the program “Children Feeding Thousands” which was the packaging of food for needy families in the world by the grade school and high school students.
- Events: FVL Schools has participated in the Appleton Christmas Parade and held annual “Daddy-Daughter Dances” to acquaint more people with FVL. “Community Nights” highlighting a variety of family and educational topics have been held at FVL. Plans are to offer regional “Community Nights” this October so even more people might attend and some of our local WELS Schools can benefit by hosting the activity.
- Promotion & Marketing: This year FVL Schools offered to help each of our local WELS schools evaluate or create a custom marketing plan. Planning is underway to possibly also assist schools with their websites.
- Accreditation/Licensing/Parent Choice: FVL Schools have partnered with many of our local WELS schools to give assistance or information regarding all three of these topics with the most recent being the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program.
As you can see from this article, FVL Schools is an important partner with Trinity Lutheran in promoting and enhancing Christian Education.
Kenneth Kasten - Principal
The Ladies Aid will meet on Wednesday, April 3rd
at 1:30 pm in the lower level fellowship hall. All Trinity ladies are invited to attend.
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
FAMILY GAME NIGHT
Are you looking for something to do in this cold weather? Would you like to get to know some of the members of our church better? Then, why not join us for a night of fun and fellowship. On April 13th
from 7:15 –9:00 pm (after Saturday evening worship), we will have games and snacks in the alcove at school for the adults. We’ll also have games available in the gym for the children. Come out and join us! If you have any questions, please talk to Rita Braun –920-479-5932 or Deb Kienert –920-460-1818.
TLS - WISCONSIN PARENTAL CHOICE PROGRAM
Trinity Lutheran School is participating in the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program for the 2019-2020 school year. Through this program, parents who meet certain income requirements can receive a voucher to attend Trinity for free. The application period runs from February 1st through April 20th. The link to apply online can be found on the website www.trinityneenah.net
.; go to the School page, where it is under Family Resources section.
TLS BLEACHER REPLACEMENT
The bleachers at Trinity Lutheran School have seated crowds for countless events since they were placed in the gymnasium long ago. In these seats, parents have watched as their children gave glory to God with their athletic abilities and their acting, and students and adults alike have listened to God's word preached at weekly chapel services. These bleachers have truly been a blessing, and we thank our God for leading the members of Trinity to give willingly to put them there.
However, with their lengthening age it has become clear that these bleachers need to be replaced as soon as possible. Newly installed bleachers will ensure the safety of our students and spectators. The design will add railings and handicap accessible areas. As an added bonus, the bleachers will also have more legroom and look great! But here is where we need your help: The bleachers that we plan to install will have about 309 seats. The total cost of $30,209 can be intimidating. Yet if the price is broken down, it will cost almost exactly $100 per seat. Please consider giving a gift of money towards this project.
While the suggested donation is the cost of a seat, any amount of money given will be greatly appreciated!
To submit your sponsorship, please complete the form located in the church narthex and return it with your payment made payable to: Trinity Lutheran School at 410 Oak St., Neenah, WI 54956.
APPLE VALLEY FOOD PANTRY
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 April
- Canned fruit, canned pasta, cream soups, jam, boxed and canned potatoes, rice and noodle side dishes, canned frostings, cookies, all crackers, all canned meats such as tuna, chicken, beef and stews, laundry and dish soaps & baby items for the Hope Center.
FOX VALLEY LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL
FVL’s annual Electronics Recycling
event will be April 12-13. Some costs may apply. Details will be posted at fvlhs.org as they become available.
FVL’s Spring Band Concert
is Sunday, April 14 at 2 PM. All are welcome.
Register now for FVL’s 2019 Summer Camps
! Sports camps plus options for Art, Engineering, Computer Science, and Band are offered. Find out more by clicking on the “FVL Summer Camps” link at fvlhs.org.
FVL’s Future Freshman Night
is April 29 at 7 PM. This hour-long event helps incoming students make the most of high school. It is designed for all registered 8th graders & their parents as well as those still undecided. No registration is necessary.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin September 20-21, 2019 Jesus has identified “dimensions of a healthy marriage” – things that promote health in marriage. Healthy Marriage will help you learn those “dimensions of a healthy marriage.” More than that, Healthy Marriage will equip to you to practice them and maintain the health of your marriage long after this memorable weekend get-away. To register please follow this link: https://wels.net/event/healthy-marriage-milwaukee-wisconsin/
Registration deadline is August 20, 2019.
VETERAN 2019 SPIRITUAL RETREAT
May 3 - 5 at Camp Phillip in Wautoma, Wisconsin This retreat is intended for and open to veterans, men and women who have any degree of post-traumatic stress related to their military service. This retreat is only for veterans. No spouses or family for this retreat. There is NO COST to the participants. All expenses are covered by the LMSG and travel assistance will be available. Register by visiting www.lutheranmilitary.org
or by contacting Rev. Jason Hacker - 262.547.3688 or email@example.com.
Christian Family Solutions in Appleton is seeking an experienced part-time Client Support Specialist to be the smiling face of our office, greeting clients and managing incoming phone calls. Qualified candidates must have previous experience in a receptionist role, and have interest or experience working with clients in a behavioral health setting. We are looking for a team player who is positive and loves building relationships with clients and staff. An outgoing personality that can demonstrate superior customer service, great organizational skills, and the ability to adapt is essential. If interested, visit the Employment tab of www.ChristianFamilySolutions.org
for detailed information or to apply.
During the Easter season, it is encouraging to see both new and familiar faces at our worship services. Throughout the year, many of you already support the congregation with your time, talent and financial contributions but greater participation is always welcome. We encourage you to look into our electronic giving program. It takes just a few minutes to set up a recurring giving plan. Contact the church office for more details or pick up an authorization form in the narthex today.
Registrations are now being accepted for Camp Bird. Camp Bird for Lutherans is a youth camp for children in grades 5-8. It is located near Crivitz in Marinette County on Sand Lake. The price for each child is $150 per week. Swimming, canoeing, boating, hiking, challenge course, kickball, volleyball, archery, handicraft, campfires, Bible study, games, camp songs and many other activities are waiting for you this year! Available weeks are July 7–12 (girls camp is full, accepting registrations for boys only) or July 21–26. For more information visit www.campbird.org
or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEMINARY SCURRY 2019
Your seminary welcomes you to join in this family event at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. Come explore the beautiful WLS campus in a 5K run/walk and Kid’s Dash. You’re invited to stay afterwards for a FREE Cookout Lunch and to take a tour. Weather permitting, there will be a free bounce house and face painting. The Kid’s Dash is appropriate for children grades K – 5. See you on Saturday, May 4th
! For more information or to register please visit www.wls.wels.net
LIFE - A -THON
Protect a child's right to live and be loved! Join with other pro-lifers for the Life-A-Thon on Saturday, May 11, 2019, to benefit the pregnancy care ministry of WELS Lutherans for Life! Get friends together, recruit sponsors, and help save the precious life of a child! This event is held at the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon.
Walk or run with everyone else or virtually on your own! $25individual, $60 family, $85 for a school group. Register online at www.Life-A-Thon.org
. There are three ways to participate: Kid's Lifesaver 1/4 Mile Run
(up to age 14), Competitive 5k
or 2-mile walk
(or the 5k). If you aren't close to Milwaukee we encourage you to participate "Virtually" on your own or with some friends. Learn how at Life-A-Thon.org/virtual-participation
CHRISTIAN FAMILY COUNSELING
The mission of WLCFS-Christian Family Solutions is “healing and helping people in need through the ministry of Jesus Christ.” This idea resonates throughout all of our programs and services. The programs of WLCFS-Christian Family Solutions support and care for those who are most vulnerable in our society, helping to meet their needs, while also sharing the love and support they can find in our Savior. For more information on the programs of WLCFS Christian Family Solutions, please visit their website at www.ChristianFamilySolutions.org
BARGAIN GARDEN THRIFT SHOP
The Bargain Garden Thrift Shop has a wide arrangement of jewelry, books, clothing, shoes, housewares, furniture, toys, home decor, crafts, holiday goods, and collectibles. Proceeds from the Bargain Garden benefit Fox Valley Lutheran High School and other WELS non-profit organizations.
Items needed at this time: Newer, clean and gently used clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry, toys, books, housewares, seasonal, sporting goods, lamps, craft supplies, linens, CDs/DVDs/tapes/records (not homemade), and furniture per guidelines.
Store Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri 9 – 4, Thursday 9 – 8, Saturday 9 – 12
The Bargain Garden Thrift Shop | 2725 N. Meade St., Appleton, WI 54911
Are you aware of the many devotion resources available to feed your soul every day? There are printed quarterly Meditations
and monthly Forward In Christ
publications located in the narthex. You can also subscribe for daily devotions to be emailed to you through timeofgrace.org
under the “Serving You” tab. There are also short video devotions called “Your Time of Grace” available on YouTube, Facebook, and other social media. May these resources be a blessing to you and your family!
Worship at 10:00 am & 6:00 pm
Lord’s Supper served at both services.
Worship at 1:00 pm & 6:00 pm
Lord’s Supper served at both services.
April 20 / April 22
No Evening Worship Service
Sunrise Worship - 6:30 am
Festival Worship - 8:00 am & 10:30 am
Easter Breakfast served from 7:30 am - 10:00 am
USHERS FOR APRIL
GREETERS FOR APRIL
- SUNDAY | Joey Dallman, Ethan Fett, Colin Paustian, Tim & Noah Braun, Josh & Nathan Hutter, Brian Aalpoel, Lloyd Delveaux, Jr.
- SATURDAY | Verlyn Joch, Jon Joch, Marv Pues
ALTAR FLOWERS FOR APRIL
- April 7 | Jason & Linda Hovarter
- April 14 | Jeff & Kim Zehren
- April 21 | Lenny & Margie Sleger
- April 28 | Gail Ashbeck & Laurie Rhode
ALTAR GUILD FOR APRIL
- April 7 | Open - If you would like to place flowers on the altar please contact the church office 722-6712
- April 14 | In Memory of Stella Flenz by: Edward, Mike & Anita Flenz
- April 21 | Lilies on the altar by Ladies Aid & Christian Women’s Circle
- April 21 | In Memory of Cynthia Dallman by: Todd Dallman and Bill & Renee Rumsey
- April 21 | In Memory of Marv & Gladys Westenberger by: Mike & Sue Westenberger
- April 28 | In Memory of Dorance Fischer & Valli McKerchie by: Velda Fischer & Family
- April 28 | In Memory of Harold & Marion Dix by: Karen Dix
- Kathy Bucholtz & Diane Folske