|TRINITARIAN | AUGUST 2017
“The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom.
2 Timothy 4:18
What is the goal of every Christian? The final goal cannot be “to get the better of my sinful habit.” The sinful heart will continue the battle until it is turned back to dust. In addition, the Christian will never fully escape the temptations and attacks of the unbelieving world - until this world is destroyed on the last day. The devil will not cease to prowl and look for someone to devour -not as long as there is someone to prey upon. The battle wages, the attacks come daily, hourly, constantly. So we keep true our goal in sight –our wonderful hope.
APPLE VALLEY FOOD PANTRY
What is our hope? It is the victory which we could not attain. The apostle Paul lamented his unending battle with his sinful nature –he couldn’t win it (Romans 7). He knew Satan would not cease to attack the church on earth (Ephesians 6). Finally, false teachers and the unbelieving world would seek to take his life (2 Timothy 4).
But he also knew our hope is not in this kingdom and this life. It is found in Christ. He holds the keys to (i.e. authority over) death and hell. He died for us and now lives forever. He has won our victory. And he has promised to bring us to the final victory and life everlasting.
That is the goal we all keep in mind. That is the final peace for which we long. No attack can win if he is the one who takes us safely home. He will take us there. We wait for his eternal kingdom. Keep that goal in sight.
Press onward with your Word until
Pastor and fold are fed and filled
Through faith in Christ make all aware
That soon your glory they will share.
(Prayer from Lord Jesus, You Have Come in Love, by Koiné)
- 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 August: Pancake mix & syrup, cereal, hamburger helper, jam, canned fruit, boxed and canned potatoes, cookies, canned pasta, canned meats such as tuna, stew, and Manwich.
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!
JOINT REFORMATION WORSHIP SERVICE
The Northern Wisconsin District is holding a special Reformation worship service to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. The service will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, WI. Prof. Paul Koelpin from Martin Luther College will serve as our guest preacher. The Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Chorus will join us as well as choirs from our district's area Lutheran high schools. Following the service there will be a food and fellowship hour in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center featuring displays from around the district and synod.
Ticket registration will remain open through Sunday, October 15. Those who register for tickets will have physical tickets mailed to their home congregations in October. The PAC requires us to use their physical tickets for this event (no electronic tickets), which is why the registration is set up as it is. When registering for tickets the person registering will be asked to provide a name, email address, and congregation for each person they are registering. Up to 10 tickets can be registered for at one time. We ask that individuals only register for tickets they intend on using since this service has limited seating.
Tickets are required for this event. To register for your free tickets please visit: www.nwd-wels.org.
ORGANIZATION OF WELS LUTHERAN SENIORS (OWLS)
The seniors of our WELS congregations are invited to join us at 1000 Islands Nature Center located at 1000 Beulien Court in Kaukauna. Our summer picnic will be held on Tuesday, August 8, beginning at noon with a potluck lunch. Please bring a dish to share and your own tableware and beverage.
Following the meal, an EMT member of the Kaukauna Fire Department will give two presentations entitled, "If You Are a Victim of a Stroke" and "The Safety Precautions in Your Home."
All seniors are invited to join us for our picnic and an afternoon of Christian fellowship. You may wish to come early and view the many displays at 1000 Islands.
OUTREACH UPDATES FROM PASTOR BARTHEL
The New Group continues to have new participants joining. You are welcome to join any outing. Training and materials will be provided. Come to Trinity at 4pm the first Sunday afternoon in August. We’ll be sharing invitations to our church picnic and concert at Riverside Park.
“The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished;” Exodus 34-6-7. Isn’t that a God worth sharing? He hates sin, yes. He is just. But he also pardons the sinner. Our mission is to share his name.
A great way for you to let someone know the goodness of the Lord is to invite them to join you for worship. We’re always glad to and expecting to see guests for worship. Even if they have never been to church before, invite them to join you. Your guest is welcome to just listen and observe. We’ll pass no judgment on how they dress or whether they desire to give an offering or not.
Another way to share the goodness of the Lord is to come to the Starting Point classes. We meet 7pm Mondays at the school. (Starts again September 25th). Invite a friend to join you. 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. It will cost you nothing but your time and will never be a waste of time.
This month we mailed out 1000 mailers to those new to our community inviting them to join the events for our church picnic. Our annual picnic is a great opportunity to invite a friend to come hear our message and be built up in Word and song.
The Stewardship Committee has investigated options for upgrading the AV system in our sanctuary. The cost will be covered by memorial funds. It is hoped that improved video capture will allow us to better share our services to a wider audience.
If you haven’t followed us on social media please consider connecting with us. You can search for TLC Neenah or find links at the bottom of our website.
It’s a privilege to serve as a pastor at Trinity and to focus my efforts on Outreach and Family Ministry. I’m always glad to talk and love talking about how we can work together to share the gospel at Trinity.
TRINITY SYMBOL ARTWORK DONATION
The Trinity Symbol now located in the Welcome Center / Coffee Bar area was designed and built by members of Trinity. The metal frame piece depicts an ancient symbol for the Trinity, our congregation’s namesake. Former pastor at TLC Greg Otterstatter designed the piece and donated it to our congregation. He was also assisted by Trinity member Mike Flenz in piecing it together. The symbol reminds us of our God who is three-in-one and who unites us to himself in love through his great and eternal plan of salvation. Thanks to Greg Otterstatter for donating this very meaningful addition to our building’s artwork.
MOTORCYCLE FELLOWSHIP RIDE
Rev up your ride and join us for an afternoon of fun and fellowship on August 27th at 12:00pm. Please meet in the church parking lot where route information will be shared.
WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY SERIES
The Wednesday Evening Bible Class is led by Pastor Barthel and covers books of the Bible. A seven-part Bible study series on Ephesians will continue this August. We’ll begin part II on August 2nd. This class meets Wednesdays at 7:00pm in the Trinity Lutheran School Commons.
EPHESIANS: Once Darkness; Now You Are Light
August 2 - Ephesians 4 Living as One in Christ
August 9 - (No Class)
August 16 - Ephesians 4-5 Living Under God's Direction
August 23 - Ephesians 5-6 Living as Light in Christ
CHURCH PICNIC UPDATE
Multi-instrumentalist Alicia Michelle will share her music at our 10:00-11:00 a.m. bluegrass-gospel-style outdoor worship service and at a 1:00-1:55 p.m. concert with her “Spirited Strings” group at Riverside Park Band Shell, Wisconsin Avenue, Neenah, on Sunday, August 20. Alicia has been critiqued as a “musical genius,” “a young Mozart,” and a “really exciting performer.” CDs will be available for purchase. Visit www.aliciamichellemusic.com. And www.spiritedstrings.com The public is invited. Some seating available.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CHURCH PICNIC
The meal for our church picnic on Sunday August 20th is being organized by volunteers. Members are invited to bring a dessert to share. If you'd be interested in helping serve for our church picnic please contact Mary Bauman at 920-205-2644 or email@example.com.
TLC UFO - FELLOWSHIP FOR ALL AGES
Have you ever played Ultimate Frisbee? It is a game that can be played by almost all ages and abilities. The game can serve as a good non-competitive exercise and fellowship with your church family. You could become a member of the unofficial TLC UFO (Trinity Lutheran Church Ultimate Frisbee Organization.) This UFO could also serve as a group for fellowship with other area WELS churches. If you (and even your whole family) would be interested in trying to play together with others from Trinity and meet other area WELS players contact Pastor Tom Barthel.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Each year the Neenah area WELS congregations take turns hosting a Summer Vacation Bible School. This year’s VBS was held at Martin Luther in July. Thanks to all who participated and volunteered! Next Summer Trinity will host.
MEMBER PHOTO DIRECTORY
Photography Dates August 17-19; September 5-9,12-16 (Weekdays from 2pm-9pm, and Saturdays from 10am-5pm) There is no cost, and every participating member household will receive a free 8x10 photo and copy of the member photo directory. Photo ordering options will also be available. Sign-up is available at the new welcome center / coffee bar after worship services and online during the week at https://booknow-lifetouch.appointment-plus.com/y1hxtzc2/.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED (PHOTO DIRECTORY)
We are looking for 8-10 individuals who could help serve as reminder-callers to reach families who have not signed up as the sign-up deadline (Aug 13) approaches.
We are also looking for volunteers for each day of photography (13 total days in August & September). Hosts would serve for 2 hour shifts on weekdays from 2pm-9pm, and on Saturdays from 10am-5pm. Their task will be to primarily help families who arrive check and validate their contact and family roster information.
If you would be interested and able to help us complete our member photo directory please contact either pastor Tom Barthel or our Stewardship Committee chairman, Bryan VonDeylen.
BIBLE READING CHALLENGE (BEGINS NEXT MONTH)
Goal: To read through and discuss the entire New Testament over 12 and a half weeks.
How: Read an average of 21 chapters/week = 3 chapters or 10 minutes/day. Join the groups at Trinity (either Wednesday or Sunday) and on Facebook to discuss each week’s readings.
Why? Find hope, comfort, guidance, and encouragement for oneself and others by the Spirit’s working.
“Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” –Proverbs 30:5
Contact Pastor Barthel if you would like to serve this area of our gospel ministry in anyway or have any questions.
Sunday School is offered at Trinity for PreK-6th grade and takes place during the school year. It will kick off on September 10th. Register on the church website or by calling the office. You’re invited to bring a friend!
TRINITY LUTHERAN SCHOOL
The new school year is just around the corner! In August, teachers will contact parents of students new to their classrooms to schedule home visits for the week of August 14-17. These visits are a great chance for teachers and families to get to know one another and to discuss the upcoming school year.
Back to School Night
We will have a Back-to-School Night on Monday, August 21, from 3:00-6:00. School families should come to school any time between 3:00 and 6:00. Parents and students can visit the classrooms, and students can bring books and supplies and put them in their desks. Families will also be able to pick up any needed Bibles, hymnals, etc., complete back-to-school paperwork, and make payments as needed.
PTO will host a Back-to-School Picnic at the Green Park (diagonally across the street from the school) from 4:00-7:00 on the 21st. All are invited to join us for a fun way to get know new people and catch up with old friends.
We look forward to seeing everyone there. If your family cannot make it that day, please contact the school office.
Our first day of school is Wednesday, August 23. The opening service will be at 8:30 am at the church. All are invited to this worship service.
Pre-K Open House
Preschoolers and their parents are invited to an Open House on Wednesday, August 23. Open House hours are from 9:00-11:00 am and 5:30-7:00 pm.
This summer, we’ve made some significant updates to our gym including painting the walls and sanding, repainting, and refinishing the gym floor. The work is nearly complete. Watch for announcements about a time to come and see the finished work.
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.
TLC MEMBERSHIP CHANGES | JULY 2017
- Donna Roerdink | July 30, 2017
- Cory & Sheena VerKuylen | July 15, 2017
- Sheila Griffin | July 16, 2017
- Nicholas & Donna Roerdink | July 30, 2017
- Donald Moderson | July 7, 2017
NEW MEMBER BY TRANSFER
- Jessica Uebelacker | July 16, 2017
- Jill & Jenna Beske | July 22, 2017
JOINT ANNUAL GOLF OUTING
The 8th annual joint circuit golf outing will be held on Sunday, August 13th at 1:00 p.m. at Winagamie Golf Course. A sign-up sheet is located in the narthex. Please contact Pastor Frost at 722-5550 with any questions.
CHURCH LIBRARY FEATURED BOOK - YOU CAN TEACH SUNDAY SCHOOL
Yes, you too can teach God's children! This book provides both new and veteran Sunday school teachers with a wealth of helpful information. Authors with years of Sunday School teaching experience provide encouragement, teaching tips, and suggestions for maintaining a gospel focus in your lesson. Learn how to adapt teacher's guide material to fit different settings and teaching styles, and how to understand age and learning differences in your students. Incudes a brief overview of the NPH Christ-Light Sunday school curriculum. (#T97)
WEDNESDAY CONFIRMATION CLASS
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.
USHERS FOR AUGUST
GREETERS FOR AUGUST
- SUNDAY | Jim Ducharme, Jim Wichman, Roy Buchholz, Sam Ducharme & Noah Wichman
- SATURDAY | Verlyn Joch, Jon Joch, Marv Pues
- AUGUST 6 | Tom & Barb Wilde
- AUGUST 13 | Clint & Lisa Tesch
- AUGUST 20 | No Greeters (Church Picnic)
- AUGUST 27 | Mike & Wendy Yohr
- SEPTEMBER 3 | Brian & Lisa Laabs
ALTAR GUILD FOR AUGUST
- AUGUST 6 | To God’s Glory by: Jim & Kathy Ducharme
- AUGUST 13 | In Memory of Lyle Roshinko by: Linda Roshinko
- AUGUST 20 | In Memory of John & Lillian Pansy by: Charles & Susan Paulson Family
- AUGUST 20 | In Memory of Jim Drechsel, Sr. by: Mary Drechsel
- AUGUST 27 | In Memory of Matt Kuepper by: Irene Kueppe
- AUGUST 27 | In Memory of Harold Dordel by: Marilyn Dordel & Family
- AUGUST 27 | In Memory of Vernon Tesch by: Family