The Trinitarian

Then I looked up—and there before me was a man with a measuring line in his hand! I asked, “Where are you going?” He answered me, “To measure Jerusalem, to find out how wide and how long it is.” Then the angel who was speaking to me left, and another angel came to meet him and said to him: “Run, tell that young man, ‘Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of men and livestock in it. And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the LORD, ‘ and I will be its glory within.’ Zechariah 2:1-5

 If you’ve been paying attention to the news as of late the crisis fixated on by the media is “children separated from their families at the border.” Nothing new here, it has been going on for years under various administrations. To some, the answer is to let everyone who wants to come to America cross our borders. To others, the answer is to build a wall to keep out everyone we do not want to allow in to our country. There are human costs to both.
If we allow everyone who wants to come in to our country there are costs in terms of the social services needed to help people who come here with nothing, and in the inevitable victims of the criminals who take advantage of the situation. If we keep people out, many will have to continue to eke out a meager existence in places where opportunities are limited. Protect those who are here with a wall, or help those who want in with an open border. This side of heaven it is always deemed an either or question.
God’s own city, Jerusalem, was a city with walls and gates. This was meant to keep God’s chosen nation, from whom the Messiah would come, safe from those who would do harm to God’s people and try to cut off the promised line. Even when Jerusalem was rebuilt after the Babylonian Exile, those who returned to rebuild the walls did so with a sword in one hand and tools in the other to keep Israel’s enemies at bay.
But here in Zechariah’s prophecy, God promised to those who would return to Jerusalem that it would not always be that way. In addition to promising a rebuilt city so the Savior of the Nations could come, God was also promising his protection to his Church of the future and ultimately to his people in heaven.
Today, God’s Church is a nation without walls, made up of believers in Jesus Christ who exist among every nation, tribe, and people on earth. Cleansed by and connected through the blood of Jesus, God himself is your refuge and strength, the wall of fire who watches over you day and night. He never slumbers nor sleeps, and his angels are ever vigilant.
And one day in heaven the dangers to your body and soul will no longer exist and so you will experience God’s full protection first-hand. In that day, you will no longer have to fear separation from your loved ones for any reason for the Lord will have gathered his family to himself forevermore.
Today, people argue about walls. In God’s tomorrow, they never will.
Pastor M

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 July: Pancake mix & syrup, canned fruit, all canned meats such as chicken & beef, boxed & canned potatoes, all crackers, creamed soups, frostings, jam.
Please keep the pantry in your prayers this summer.  Thank you for your continued support of the pantry.  We greatly appreciate it!
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.
Pastor Hoff will be installed during the 9:00 am worship service on Sunday, July 8th. Watch bulletins for information regarding his welcome and pantry gift card shower.
The next quarterly voters’ meeting will take place on July 23rd at 7:00 pm in the church fellowship hall.
Space Station Salvation - All children ages 4K – 6th grade are invited to join us for a journey of faith across the universe in Space Station Salvation Vacation Bible School, July 16 – 20 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am at Trinity Lutheran School (410 Oak Street, Neenah). Prepare to launch from our base -Salvation Station- to five exciting star destinations. Each star shares an essential truth from Scripture: God created everything, God keeps his promises, Jesus is the Light of the world, Jesus died and rose again for us, and we shine for Jesus by sharing the Word. Register your child now and watch their faith blast off with Space Station Salvation! Registration forms are available in the church narthex or online at Volunteers and donations needed. Please see the sign-up sheets located in the narthex.
Join us for a motorcycle fellowship ride on July 22nd at 11:30 am. Please meet in the church parking lot where route information will be shared.
  • Lexi Grace Reitz | May 18, 2018
  • Arianna Bhandari | May 25, 2018
  • Owen David Koeppl | June 10, 2018
Volunteers Needed
Are you looking for an opportunity to serve Trinity? TLS is putting on a fundraising event targeted for spring of 2019. We are looking for volunteers to help make this event a success. Interested volunteers with time and talents who are willing to help serve in areas of marketing, event planning, and finance or are just interested in this fun and engaging opportunity, should please contact the church office at 722-6712.
School Staffing Updates
Mr. Ken Kasten has accepted our part-time one-year call to serve as principal, and he’ll be starting on July 1. We’re thankful the Lord has led him to accept this call. At present, Mr. Tyler Tesch holds the call to teach 7th grade for the 2018-19 school year.
Position Available
We are hiring a school cook. If you are interested in this part-time position, you may direct questions or send résumés to
Message from Mr. Gibson
Thank you for the gifts, cards, and warm wishes at the farewell you hosted for our family. Thank you especially for the privilege of serving you for the past ten years. The people and ministry of Trinity will always have a special place in our hearts and will remain in our prayers. “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:3-6).

Sunday, August 19
Riverside Park Bandshell
Worship: 10:30 A.M. with guest singer, songwriter, musician Chris Driesbach.
Free Lunch: 11:30 A.M. (desserts and/or favorite dishes to share are appreciated).
Free Concert (following lunch): Chris Driesbach takes us on his God-led journey of becoming a Christian through his moving, thought-provoking, sometimes humorous Christian songs. CDs will be available for purchase.
About Chris Driesbach: I sing original Christian songs in a variety of styles. Some songs are moving, some are thought provoking, some are funny- but all give glory to God. I haven't always been a Christian, and I love to tell the story, in words and music, of how God brought me to faith. Since 2006 I’ve been on many musical tours, playing concerts at over 770 WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) and ELS (Evangelical Lutheran Synod) churches in 41 states from Anchorage, Alaska to Orlando, Florida. My songs are all original Christian music and I love to tell the story of my journey to faith. I was an atheist until age 33, and after that sort of a new-age spiritualist. Nine years later I became a Lutheran and a Christian. I’ve been writing Christian songs since 2004, including a song about my personal experience with hurricane Katrina when I lived in New Orleans as a member of Crown of Life Lutheran Church (WELS.) I have recorded 7 Christian CDs. I have a deep desire to go sing my songs and tell the happy story about Jesus and meet and worship with my brothers and sisters in the WELS all around the USA. This wonderful thing God is letting me do is really a dream come true!

The date for the fifth annual WELS Night at Miller Park has been determined. Mark your calendars and plan to join thousands of WELS members for the Milwaukee Brewers’ game against the Colorado Rockies on Fri., Aug. 3, 2018. Game time is 7:10 p.m. Order tickets at Order T-shirts at
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Trinity Lutheran Church has a special fund which is designed to give assistance to parents who wish to send their children to Fox Valley Lutheran High School or other Wisconsin Synod Schools, but find it financially difficult to do so. Anyone who would like to apply for tuition assistance from Trinity’s Scholarship Fund should get an application from one of the pastors. Applications should be completed and returned to the church office by August 1st.
Separate from the Trinity Scholarship Fund, the Trinity Tuition Assistance Fund exists to help students afford tuition at Trinity Lutheran School. If you would like to enable a student to take advantage of Christian education at Trinity, please consider making a donation to this fund. Simply drop a check in the offering plate with Trinity Tuition Assistance Fund on the memo line.

A WELS effort to minister to child abuse survivors through Take a look for yourself and learn about this enormous, yet largely hidden, issue. Then tell a friend or share it on your Facebook wall.
Conquerors through Christ is meant for those tempted by or caught in pornography’s trap, there is help at This website helps God’s people to admit and confess a problem with porn and their need for help to conquer it through the only power that can win the battle against porn— the cross of Christ.
A Christian 12-Step program designed to provide a safe, Christ-centered atmosphere for those struggling with addictive behaviors. RTC meets at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (930 E. Florida Ave. Appleton) in the lower level Fireside Room on Fridays, from 7:30-8:30 PM. Peace through Christ, a support group for those who have a loved one struggling with addiction, meets at the same time and place.
The Bible teaches us how abuse, anxiety, depression, grief and other troubling problems can be addressed scripturally. Christian counseling seeks to use God’s Word as a foundation for overcoming these thoughts and behaviors. Our local office: 1049 North Lynndale Drive, Suite 1B, Appleton, WI, 54914. Call - (800) 438- 1772.
WHATABOUTJESUS.COM exists to “connect the world to Jesus Christ - to proclaim the Christian faith to everyone and to promote personal evangelism of Christians by sharing the site’s content with people they know.” The “What About Jesus” website covers topics such as “Jesus Who?”, “Questioning God?”, “Life Concerns,” “The Bible,” and “Worship.”

If you have a new email address, made the change to cell phone only, or have an address change—then please update your “member-profile” by sending an email to our Church Office at: or by calling 920-722-6712.

The Wisconsin Lutheran Chapel is a WELS Campus Ministry that offers Jesus’ Word and Sacraments to college student members. If your child will be attending the University of Wisconsin – Madison in the fall we invite them to worship with us. You can find more information about the chapel at

There will be a "College Night" for all 2018 high school graduates on Thurs July 26, from 6:00-10:00 pm at Copper Rock on College Ave.  Even those not going off to college, going to college or the Tech locally, or entering the military or work for force are invited and urged to attend!
Everyone who attends will receive a free drink or a free dessert!
There will also be door prizes (four $25 Amazon gift cards!), college gear give-a-ways, and other free things.  Campus Ministry reps from several colleges in Wisconsin will be there to meet students.

Pastor James Humann, retired WELS pastor and experienced tour host, invites you to join him on an eleven day "Highlights of Italy" tour. The tour dates are March 11 - 21, 2019. The trip begins in Venice, the city of canals, gondoliers and Venetian glass. Then on to Florence, home of Michelangelo's famous statue of David. It continues on to Pisa with its famous Leaning Tower, and then the beautiful Amalfi coastline. The next stop is Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius. Finally we reach the Eternal City of Rome, home of the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel, Trevi Fountain and much more. The Apostle Paul was imprisoned in Rome and Martin Luther was amazed at the luxury, sin and corruption he found here. For a colorful brochure with the daily itinerary, price and General Conditions, e-mail Pastor Humann at or call 1-253-839-9055 (Pacific time).
We are inviting crafters and vendors to be part of our 8th Annual Fall Festival Craft & Bake Sale, Oct. 12th and 13th!  The cost is $25 for the two days.
If you are a representative of a company like Avon, L’BRI, Tupperware, etc., we are doing extra promoting for you this year in advertising and “In House Party Time” during our event.  If you want to know more contact Judy Loewenhagen at 920-419-2364 or

INDEPENDENCE DAY! The July 4th Holiday is here. The Hope Center is in need of your assistance to help others with their personal independence from need. We are asking for your support in the form of cash / gift cards. The Hope Center’s supply of basic hygiene items (laundry detergent, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, bathroom tissue, etc) is getting low. We continue to serve over 35 families a month who are in need, both physically and spiritually. We appreciate the gifts we received during Christmas, however most of those supplies and gifts have been used. Cash or gift cards (Wal-Mart, Target, etc) allows us to purchase supplies when needed, as we have limited storage space. Please consider making a donation either through your congregations or directly to The Hope Center. The Hope Center is located on the St. Matthew campus at 1316 W. Lawrence Street, Appleton, WI 54914. Thank you for your consideration and God Bless. The Hope Center Board

Our sister congregation of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in rural Larsen, Wisconsin needs help with a telephone survey.  Their goal is to reach 2000 homes in their area by telephone.  The survey sheets have everything you should need to reach out to people with a simple invitation.  If you are comfortable speaking on the phone and can speak slowly, you can help this congregation.  The project has been approved by Lutheran Volunteers a program of Kingdom Workers, but the need for callers is urgent.  If you are interested in more details email Pastor Paul Ibisch at or call 608-799-0990.  Your help would be a blessing for this congregation.

TOUR FVL’s BUILDING PROGRESS! Special tours will available on Saturday, July 21 from 10 am - noon. Meet on the north side of the building at Entrance G for an up-close look at what’s happening with the new addition. Gifts of $1M need to be given by September 1 to facilitate low-cost financing through tax-exempt bonds. Donate online at
FVL is hiring two positions. A Canteen Manager is needed for the upcoming school year. If interested, please contact Activities Director Shawn Hill ( Also needed is a full-time “second shift” custodian beginning immediately. This is an hourly position that works from 1:30-10 pm during the school year. Summer hours are more flexible. It also helps cover FVL weekend events. Main duties include cleaning, floor care, and securing entrances. Must be able to lift 25-50 lbs. Interested individuals should complete an application and get it to Facilities Manager Tyler Techlin ( Applications can be found on and will be accepted until the position is filled.

More volunteers from our Federation churches are needed. In order for the store to continue its support of FVL’s teen ministry into the future, it is vital that our volunteer numbers increase. All volunteers (men & women) are greatly appreciated. There are a variety of “jobs” to do, all of which require very little training. Please stop in (2725 N. Meade Street, Appleton) or call the store (920-832-8822) for more information.
  • SUNDAY | 9:00 am - Doug & Alexander Pahlow, Brian, Jared & Adam Laabs, Kevin Kobiske
  • SATURDAY | Verlyn Joch, Jon Joch, Marv Pues
  • July 1   | 9:00 am - Ryan & Kara Mathison
  • July 8   | 9:00 am - Dennis & Cynthia Beyersdorf
  • July 15 | 9:00 am - Debbie & Sara Schneider
  • July 22 | 9:00 am - Brian & Linda Aalpoel
  • July 29 | 9:00 am - Gib & Cathy McKenzie
  • July 1     | In Memory of Cameron Batley by: Lori & Rich Batley
  • July 8     | In Honor of their Wedding Anniversary by: Ken & Monica Larson
  • July 15   | In Memory of Mr. & Mrs. Harold F. Dordel by: Bill & Mary Jensen and Family
  • July 15   | In Memory of David Breaker by: Diane Breaker
  • July 22   | In Memory of Shirley McKenzie and Ralph Koch by: Gib & Cathy McKenzie
  • July 29   | If you would like to place flowers on the altar this weekend please contact the church office 722-6712.
  • Pat Hoogervorst & Cheryl Wichman