The Trinitarian
TRINITARIAN | APRIL 2018
 
“The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.”
Psalm 2:4
 
Keeping a proper perspective is a difficult proposition for human beings. Troubles and hardships, either personal or those witnessed in the lives of others, can easily consume all of our bandwidth. We instinctively focus on pain to the exclusion of all other stimuli. A minor wound easily sticks out “like a sore thumb.”
 
Thankfully the same is not true of God. He always keeps proper perspective – of everything that is going on in the world all at once! And he teaches us to do the same.
 
No matter how many enemies are arrayed against him, he laughs. No matter how many are determined to destroy his plans, he scoffs. Nothing can touch him or those who are his, all because of the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
 
Jesus’ resurrection puts everything in perspective. Jesus’ resurrection means that everything in this life is temporary. Through Jesus’ triumph over the grave and death we have the certain hope and promise of eternal life in true paradise with our Lord. Whatever the danger, hardship, or toil in this life, it all ends up with the Lord in perfection. Guilt cannot touch us and loss cannot overcome us, because even death itself has been overcome.
What a difference that makes for us as we strive to keep things in our lives in perspective. Because of Jesus’ victory we also understand that material gain and the blessings of this life are merely a foretaste of that which we want to hold on to for eternity. Blessings that the Lord gives for our good but which our enemies try to turn into a curse by using them to turn our attention away from what truly matters.
 
To keep perspective in your daily life, remember that Jesus no longer occupies a grave. That means there will come a time when neither will you. So laugh with your Lord at all those things that would cause you hardship or divert your gaze away from the prize - knowing that your Lord has you in the palm of his hand.
 
May the Easter peace and joy fill your every day.
 
Pastor M

 
EASTER WORSHIP TIMES (APRIL 1)
Sunrise Worship 6:30 am
Easter Breakfast Served from 7:30 am – 10:00 am
Easter Festival Worship 8:00 am & 10:30 am
(No Monday Evening Worship Service on April 2)


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 - Cereal, canned fruits, all canned meats, canned pasta, hamburger helpers, cookies, jam, all crackers, and household cleaning items.
 
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.
 
 
TRINITY LUTHERAN SCHOOL PTO RUMMAGE SALE
This year’s rummage sale will be April 7 in the school gym.
  • Saturday, April 7 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:
  • Wednesday, April 4 from 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, April 5 from 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Friday, April 6 from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Volunteers are needed to help with the sale, especially with set up on Friday, April 6 beginning at 8:30 am until set up is complete.
 
For questions or if you can help with the sale, please contact Kristin Gerrits at 920-751-9034 or
burmeistek@sbcglobal.net.
 
 
YOUTH GROUP
Junior YPS….We will be having an afternoon of games and fun for those in Grades 5-7 on Sunday, April 22nd from 1:00PM-3:00PM.  We will meet in the canteen.  Snacks will be served.  Please come and join us to see what YPS is like.  If you have any questions, please call Shawn or Debbie Kienert at 727-1818.
 
 
CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S CIRCLE
The Christian Women’s Circle will meet on April 11th at 6:00 pm. All Trinity ladies are invited to attend.


TLC MEMBERSHIP CHANGES | MARCH 2018
 
NEW MEMBER BY ADULT CONFIRMATION
  • Robert Augesen | March 10, 2018
NEW MEMBER BY REINSTATEMENT
  • Deborah Novak | March 7, 2018
NEW MEMBER BY PROFESSION OF FAITH
  • Keith Schreiner | March 26, 2018
BAPTISM
  • Kayla Gloria Andersen | March 19, 2018
  • Kooper Popp Becker | March 24, 2018
TRANSFERRED TO SISTER CONGREGATION
  • Nicholas, Monica, Claire & Hattie Ammerman | St. John, Newburg, WI
 
THE LUTHERAN WOMEN’S MISSIONARY SOCIETY
LWMS Paperland Circuit Spring Rally will be held Saturday, April 21 at Grace Lutheran Church, Oshkosh from 9:00 am -12:00 pm with the theme “From Every Tribe and Language and People and Nation.” The speaker is Professor Al Sorum from the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary about the Pastoral Studies Institute and his work and training with all people in the world. See the bulletin board for more details and a sign-up sheet.
 
The LWMS Paperland Circuit is hosting the 55th Annual National LWMS Convention on June 21 -24 in Green Bay with the theme “Speak, O Lord, from the Valley to the World.” The convention begins with an opening church service on Thursday evening, June 21; Friday, June 22 listen to mission speakers on Apache Mission, Campus Ministry and participate in a business meeting; Saturday, June 23 hear mission speakers from Bethel-Menasha Spanish Ministry, WELS teams partner with mission fields and enjoy a Saturday evening banquet; and Sunday morning, June 24 end your weekend with a closing worship service. During Friday and Saturday there are numerous workshops and displays to be enjoyed. To attend the Friday and Saturday activities, requires a registration fee which includes two lunches and the banquet dinner. For more information on the convention and the registration fee, please contact Janice Drews, phone 920-836-2745. This is an opportunity for Trinity ladies to attend a convention as it will be some years before it will be held this close again. The 2019 National LWMS convention will be held in Des Moines, Iowa.
 
 
LADIES AID
The Ladies Aid will meet on Wednesday, April 4th at 1:00 pm in the lower level fellowship hall. All Trinity ladies are invited to attend.
 
 
ELECTRONIC GIVING
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.
 
 
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.
 
WLCFS-Christian Family Solutions has a strong history of serving families through counseling programs and clinics, senior wellness programs, senior assisted living, and home care and elder care navigation, giving our ministry the strength and experience to provide services and solutions from generation to generation, since 1965.
 
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
920-832-8822
 
 
DEVOTION RESOURCES
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 or wels.net 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!


VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
Emanuel Lutheran Church would like to invite you to its 5th-annual coed volleyball tournament to be held on  Saturday, April 7 at Fox Valley Lutheran High School. Matches will begin at 8:30am. Churches are welcome to field more than 1 team. Players must be at least 18 years old. The registration fee per team is $30.
 
Registration deadline is Monday, April 2nd. Please email your team name, church name, captain’s name and rec or competitive preference to liessefoley@hotmail.com Special Note: The purpose of this tournament is for members of the local congregations to participate in friendly competition. For this reason, teams should be made up of church members, but are allowed one church prospect. Contact Liesse Foley at her email above or 920-224-5788 with any questions.
 
 
CAMP PHILLIP EVENTS
Teen retreats at Camp Phillip are a great experience for teens who register on their own and also a "no-planning" youth group event for teen ministry leaders to bring a group of students. Crazy games, praise and worship campfires, teen-focused Bible studies and great food are all part of a fantastic experience for the teens. The next retreat is April 20th-22nd, 2018.Learn more at www.campphillip.com/teenretreats.
 
Would you like your child to grow spiritually while surrounded with great activities, Christian friends and role models? Camp Phillip is affiliated with the WELS and has programs for children from grades K-12. Check it out at
www.campphillip.com/youthprograms.
 
 
WELS NIGHT AT MILLER PARK
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 brewers.com/wels. Order T-shirts at co-store.com/WELSnight.
 
 
CAMP BIRD
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! Three weeks are available in
July: Sunday, July 8—Friday, July 13; Sunday, July 15—Friday, July 20; Sunday, July 22—Friday, July 27.For more information visit
http://www.campbird.org or send an email to campbirdforlutheransapplication@gmail.com.
 
 
RECOVERY THROUGH CHRIST / PEACE THROUGH CHRIST
Recovery through Christ is a Christian 12 Step program for men and women who are struggling with addictions.  It meets Fridays 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the teen room of Mount Olive in Appleton (930 E. Florida Ave).  Peace through Christ, a group for those who have a loved one struggling with an addiction, meets at the same time and place.  For more information, call Dave at 233-0437.  Come and find support in your time of need. 


SEMINARY SCURRY 2018
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, April 28th! For more information or to register please visit www.wls.wels.net.
 
 
FOX VALLEY LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL
Come Have a Roaring 20's Good Time! at FVL’s Foxfest 2018. The date is 4/20 at Liberty Hall--tickets are available now. This event helps fund many aspects of FVL’s ministry. Tickets for the evening may be purchased online at https://www.fvlhs.org/foxfest/ticket-reservations/ through April 6th. Basket donations are needed for the Silent Auction. If you can help, call Megan Beyer at 560-5122. Bring any donations to FVL by 4/3.
 
Register now for FVL’s 2018 Summer Camps! Offerings include sports camps plus STEM & Art. Click on the “2018 Summer Camp” link at
fvlhs.org.

FVL’s online “Giving Wednesday” is set for 4/11 to support the Let the Children Come effort. A matching gift fund will be available to maximize gifts given that day. “Text-To-Donate” options and QR code access are already available on the FVL Giving Page at
fvlhs.org.
 
FVL Tuition Assistance & School Choice: Parents, be sure to check eligibility for the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program. WPCP applications are due by 4/ 20. For families not qualifying for WPCP, the window for applying to FVL’s Tuition Assistance Program is open until 5/4. Applications are handled through FACTS, our tuition management service. Go to
fvlhs.org for application links. Questions? Contact Heather Knoll (hknoll@fvlhs.org) at 739-4441.
 
All are invited to attend the FVL Choirs Sacred Concert on Sunday, April 8 at 6 pm in the FVL Auditorium. A free-will offering will be taken. FVL Schools Band concert will be held April 22 at 6 pm in the FVL Auditorium. A free will-offering will be taken.
 
FVL’s annual Electronics Recycling event will be 4/13 from 2:30-5:30 & 4/14 from 8:30-11:30. Bring your outdated electronics to FVL. Some costs may apply. Check
fvlhs.org for details.
 
FVL’s Future Freshman Night is April 23 at 7pm. This hour-long event focuses on how incoming students can make the most of high school. All registered 8th graders & their parents as well as those still undecided are invited. No registration needed.
 
 
TRINITY LUTHERAN SCHOOL
Forensics
The Trinity forensics team had a very successful season, taking first place at the Trinity Forensics Festival and tying for fourth place at the FVL meet.  Congratulations!
 
Musical
You are invited to join us for our all-school musical, Back to the Cross, on April 19 at 6:00 p.m. in the school gymnasium. Refreshments will be served. If you can’t make it that evening, you are welcome to attend the dress rehearsal at 9:00 a.m. on the 19th.
 
Attend TLS for Free through School Choice
Do you know someone who wants a Christ-centered education for their child, but finds the cost of a private school out-of-reach?  Trinity will continue to participate in the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program in the 2018-2019 school year.  Through this program, parents who meet certain income requirements can receive a voucher to attend a Trinity Lutheran School for free.  See the income eligibility chart below.
 
Family Size Max. Yearly Income (Single) Max. Yearly Income (Married)
2 $35,728 N/A
3 $44,924 $51,924
4 $54,120 $61,120
5 $63,316 $70,316
6 $72,512 $79,512
 
 
*As determined by Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) on the federal income tax return for the prior calendar year (2017 for the 2018-2019 school year).
 
To be eligible, students must meet one of the flowing prior-year attendance criteria:
  • Enrolled in a public school in the district where the student lives in the prior year;
  • Not enrolled in school in the prior year;
  • Participated in the choice program in the prior year;
  • Is applying to K (4K or 5K), 1st or 9th grade for the 2018-2019 school year.
 
Current TLS students with vouchers are automatically eligible and are guaranteed a voucher but must still reapply. Students not yet enrolled in school, students currently enrolled in TLS’s Pre-K or kindergarten classes, or students currently in any grade in a public school could be eligible.  The application period begins April 20.
 
Parents must apply online. A link is available at
www.trinityneenah.net/school-choice.
 
 
FVL PRINCIPAL’S REPORT TO THE FEDERATION
March 2018
SCHOOL NEWS: 
  • Excavation began for the Let the Children Come expansion on March 7. In February, the General Board signed a joint pledge showing their support of this effort. US Bank needs pledges and gifts of $1M by September 1 to facilitate the long-range funding of this expansion.
  • Enrollment for next year’s freshmen class looks strong at 155. We expect a class of about 170.
  • “Giving Wednesday” is set for April 11 to share news of the Let the Children Come project and kick off the stewardship efforts. A matching fund is being set up to help donors maximize their gifts that day.
  • FVL musicians attended this year’s WELS National Band Festival at Illinois Lutheran High School on March 9-11.
  • FVL welcomed over 225 seventh graders to Discover FVL Day on March 15.
  • Information on the FoxFest Dinner Auction is now online. The date is April 20 at Liberty Hall. Find out more at fvlhs.org.
  • The application windows are open for both FVL’s Tuition Assistance Program and the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program. Find more info at fvlhs.org. The WPCP deadline is April 20; FVL’s deadline is May 4.
  • Spring Break runs March 17-25; Easter Break will be March 30-April 2.
  • The FVL Choirs Sacred Concert is set for Sunday, April 8, at 6 pm.
 
STAFFING:
  • Mr. Joel Kramer has received a call to Illinois Lutheran High School. Please remember him in your prayers as he deliberates where the Lord will have him serve. Mr. Greg Martin recently accepted his call to teach at Martin Luther-Oshkosh in 2018-19.  We wish him God’s blessings in his future ministry there.
  • Mr. Matt Koepsell will undergo surgery to deal with neck issues. He will be missing several weeks of school as he recovers. Please pray for Mr. Koepsell and other FVL faculty/staff members who are dealing with health issues.
 
COCURRICULARS
  • FVL Theatre presented the children’s classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs of the Black Forest on March 9-10. Over 1700 elementary school students filled the auditorium for two special performances.
  • Spring sports are in full gear.  Students are active in baseball, softball, track, golf, soccer, and tennis.
  • The Math Team is fighting for the conference crown for the 8th consecutive year.
  • Led by our student Peer Leadership Group, over $3,000 was raised for the Wisconsin Special Olympics through the Polar Plunge event.
  • FVL’s VEX Robotics team will compete at the World Championships for the 5th year in a row.
  • The winter sports season has finished. FVL’s Cheer team took 3rd place in their division at State.
  • Register for FVL’s many Summer Camps at www.fvlschools.org/summer-camps.
 
FINANCIAL UPDATE
  • The General Board approved the 2018-19 budget at their February meeting.
  • Congregation support for operations continues at last year’s pace; however, congregations are still slightly behind the budget needs for the current fiscal year.
  • The remaining total to eliminate FVL’s Growing in Grace debt is nearing $250K.  Please consider a generous gift to close out this effort.  Our Mortgage Burning Ceremony is scheduled June 10 at 2 pm.
  • The FVL Foundation is now over $4M in assets with the goal of reaching $5M.  Over 460 Legacy donors have contributed gifts to be endowed for Tuition Assistance.
With you, serving Jesus – Principal Steve Granberg

USHERS FOR APRIL
  • SUNDAY | 8:00 am -Joey Dallman, Ethan Fett, Colin Paustian
  • SUNDAY | 10:30 am -Brian Aalpoel, Lloyd Delveaux, Jr., Noah & Tim Braun, Nathan & Josh Hutter
  • SATURDAY | Verlyn Joch, Jon Joch, Marv Pues
 
GREETERS FOR APRIL
  • APRIL   1 | 8:00 am – Floyd & Robin Ross / 10:30 am – Lucille Lineburg & Martha Van Rooy
  • APRIL   8 | 8:00 am – Robert & Kathy Birkholz / 10:30 am – Roy & Jean Holz
  • APRIL 15 | 8:00 am – Lenny & Margie Sleger / 10:30 am – Gary & Cheryl Kuehn
  • APRIL 22 | 8:00 am – Pam Piechocki & Judy Kuchenbecker / 10:30 am – Molly Mahnke & Pat Schramm
  • APRIL 29 | 8:00 am – Jason & Linda Hovarter / 10:30 am – Jeff & Kim Zehren
 
ALTAR FLOWERS FOR APRIL
  • APRIL   1 | In Memory of Marv & Gladys Westenberger by: Mike & Sue Westenberger
  •                    Lilies on the altar by Ladies Aid & Christian Women’s Circle
  • APRIL   8 | Open (If you would like to place flowers on the altar this weekend please call 722-6712)
  • APRIL 15 | In Memory of Stella Flenz by: Mike, Anita & Bob Flenz
  • APRIL 22 | In Memory of Cynthia Dallman by: Todd Dallman and Bill & Renee Rumsey
  • APRIL 29 | In Memory of Harold & Marion Dix by: Karen Dix
  •                    In Memory of Dorance Fischer by: Velda Fischer & Family
 
ALTAR GUILD FOR APRIL
  • Kathy Bucholtz & Diane Folske