The Trinitarian

5 Then the devil took (Jesus) to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” (Ps 91:11,12) 7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” (Dt 6:16)
These “competing” verses of Scripture, and their use by Jesus and Satan, have much to say to us as we individually evaluate each day how we will react to the current epidemic in a godly way. First let’s look at what these verses mean and then apply them to our situation.
Satan knew he was tempting Jesus to get him to fail in his mission. This insinuates that by quoting Scripture to Jesus while standing a couple hundred feet above the ground he thought he could either: Get Jesus to kill himself and be done with him, or, he thought he could spoil Jesus’ perfection as the Son of God by getting Jesus to not trust his Father to protect him. He had Jesus in the perfect trap. Whatever Jesus did, jump or fail to jump, Jesus would fail. Or so Satan thought.
Instead, Jesus properly understood and applied the passage Satan quoted: Jesus did not worry about anything because he knew his Father was watching over him and protecting him. He knew the path marked out for him by God and he trusted that plan. But he also understood God’s prohibition against unnecessarily putting himself at risk. Jesus was at that very moment taking a risk - allowing Satan to tempt him. But it was to overcome those temptations on our behalf. And Jesus would later take the risk of going to Jerusalem when he knew the leaders there wanted to take his life. So he exposed himself to that risk to make payment for our sins. He took on great risk. But for godly purpose.
And so it is with us as we seek to live our lives for the Lord in our current environment. We trust God implicitly. We know that our times are in his hands. We know he sends his angels to guard and protect us. (Hebrews 1:14) We know that he intends everything in our lives to work out for our good and the good of others. (Genesis 50:20) Despite the danger and the disease swirling around us, we live our lives using our gifts to bring glory to God and to bless others. That does not mean, however, that we need to unnecessarily “put the Lord to the test” by putting ourselves in harm’s way.
But just what does this mean in every situation we face? Are we unnecessarily putting ourselves at risk by attending worship? What about any choice we make that potentially exposes us to the “germs” of others?
An added difficulty here is in getting to the cold, hard facts. They have been diluted and convoluted and contradicted by the crush for time and the incessant perversions of both politics and science. So, the best we can do is evaluate the facts as presented the best we can, and then weigh the risks. Especially if we know we are in a higher risk category we need to be extra cautious. While God promises to protect us, he also gives us a mind to contemplate and evaluate. Pray for wisdom and love, decide what to do, and then move forward in trust of God. And accept that others doing the same may make different decisions than we do.
God bless us as we move forward together in love and trust – of God and one another.
Pastor M

A Congregational Voters’ Meeting will be held on Sunday, May 31st at 10:00 am in the church sanctuary following the 9:00 am worship service.
Our Sunday morning Bible class will resume on June 7th at 10:15 am in the lower level fellowship hall. Join us as we continue our study of 1 & 2 Peter.
Ladies Bible Study will meet online Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm on Zoom. Please contact Krista McKenzie ( for link information.
A new early childhood blog by Jackie Paustian, our Mornings with Mommy administrator. You can find the blog here: A wonderful resource for activities to fill your days with fun for you and your little ones.
Items needed for the month of June: Cereal (we need on average between 150-175 boxes per month), cookies, crackers, boxed potatoes, canned fruits, Mac N Cheese and Hamburger Helpers, toilet paper and paper towel, pancake mix and syrup, cream soups, pork n beans, and peanut butter.
Monetary donations may be mailed to: WELS Apple Valley Food Pantry, c/o St. Matthew Ev Lutheran Church, 129 S Mason Street, Appleton, WI 54914-5246. Checks should be made payable to WELS Apple Valley Food Pantry. Thank you for continuing to support our ministry!
To help introduce WELS members to the hymnal and additional resources coming out in late 2021, the WELS Hymnal Project and Northwestern Publishing House have developed a new website, Named after the title of the new hymnal, the Christian Worship site highlights features of the upcoming worship book as well as the suite of resources that will accompany it.
The site also delves into the roles of a WELS member in a congregation—whether worshiper, planner, leader, and musician—and emphasizes what the new Christian Worship family of products offers to each person.
Explore more at There you can also sign up for updates on the release of the hymnal.


  • Yanchu “Ella” Wu | April 27, 2020
  • Lennox Paul Bosetti, child of Evan & Trisha Bosetti | April 26, 2020
  • Hunter Rhett Becker, child of Reed & Brynn Becker | April 28, 2020
  • Melissa Marie (nee Rucker) Warning | May 10, 2020
  • Chance Bradley Warning, child of Bradley & Melissa Warning | May 10, 2020 
  • Marvin Sievert | May 7, 2020 | Highland Memorial Park, Appleton
  • Linda Buck | May 10, 2020 | Greenlawn Memorial Park, Neenah
  • Theodore Warning, preborn son of Kevin and Autumn Warning | May 12, 2020
  • Alice Dordel | May 16, 2020 | Oakhill Cemetery, Neenah
April 1, 2020, marked the 28th anniversary of The Bargain Garden Thrift Shop. Since its beginning, the BG has donated $1,233,000 to FVL and $120,000 to other WELS charities. (In 2019 alone, FVL received more than $124,000.) So far in 2020, $43,269 has been donated to FVL ($15,000 for operations; $28,269 for a van and door projects).
While we remain closed to keep volunteers and customers safe, we are anxious to reopen. Notification will be sent to the Federation churches when a date has been determined. Please keep in mind that although many of you are “spring cleaning,” our space to receive donations is limited and spreading out your donations to the Bargain Garden would be helpful.We look forward to serving you and raising funds for FVL’s teen ministry. We pray that God will continue to bless our efforts.
The TLS Rummage Sale has been postponed until sometime in late August or early September. More information will follow as it is received.
Forward in Christ magazine, the synod’s official magazine, is offering free digital access to the June issue for both subscribers and non-subscribers. Do you know someone who could benefit from spiritual comfort right now? This is the perfect time to share with them the strength from God’s Word found in Forward in Christ. Get the free issue:


There will be a special door offering for Camp Phillip the weekend of June 20-22.
It is quite true that camp will look different this summer, but we believe it will still offer the relaxation in creation and renewal in Christ that we've been blessed to share for almost 40 years now.  We believe children will be benefitting from camp in a whole new way.  We have devoted ourselves to learning the regulations and guidelines for what it would take to run camp, and we are prepared to go beyond what is being suggested out of care for our campers. If you’d like to learn more about this unique ministry of Christian fellowship and spiritual renewal, call 920? 787?3202 or visit

Many thanks to Mrs. Klemp, Mrs. McGovern, and Mr. Neumann for their service to Trinity this past year. Mrs. Klemp will be retiring, Mrs. McGovern is celebrating her 25th anniversary in the ministry, and Mr. Neumann’s one-year call is coming to an end. We will continue to keep them in our prayers and wish them the Lord’s blessings!
The Neenah Lutheran School Board has decided to call the spouse of either a graduate or vicar from the Seminary for our sixth grade teacher. The Seminary call service will be on May 21.
God’s richest blessings to our 8th grade graduates: Will Arndt, Wilson Baltus, Summer Blanchfield, Natalie Brantmeier, Noah Brantmeier, Cora Dequaine, Matthew Freeman, Paige Hilgers, Melanie Jury, Titus Kolell, Caleb Race, Lucas Thiel, Michael Weber, and Brielle Weise! Please pray for them as they continue on their journey to high school.

The deadline to submit applications for FVL's Tuition Assistance program has been extended to June 15, 2020 for families financially affected by COVID-19. FVL wants to work with you to help your returning or incoming student be able to attend FVL. Visit…/paying-for-high-…/tuition-assistance for more information. When filling out your FACTS Assessment, select "yes" for Affected by COVID-19. Contact Jeff Loberger ( or 920-560-5129) with questions.
The annual FVL Golf Outing has been postponed to Friday, July 10! We hope that by holding this event at a later date, we will be able to supply our golfers with a quality experience while also complying with safety regulations. Please watch FVL social media channels and the FVL website for further updates.
FVL is proud to be recognized as a PLTW Distinguished School! This honor recognizes schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW Programs. This is the third consecutive year that FVL received this honor. FVL is just one of 143 high schools across the country, one of the 12 high schools in Wisconsin, and one of three in the Fox Valley to be recognized. Project Lead the Way is a nonprofit organization that offers programs and training to thousands of schools in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science.

Endowment Corner

Endowment – “The purpose of the Trinity Lutheran Endowment Fund shall be to provide a source of revenue for those projects and programs consistent with the mission of the congregation that are over and above the congregation’s annual adopted budget.”
The Trinity Endowment is allowed to distribute the following each year: 4%-6% of the investment account earnings from the previous fiscal year. (This has amounted to just over $812,000 in the past 14 years.)

This week’s question - The purpose of the Payne Fund within the Endowment is to:      
a.      Maintain the physical property of the congregation.
b.     Support individual mission efforts.
c.      Provide support for charitable organizations.
d.      Provide tuition assistance for students preparing for full-time ministry.
Execution and History.
  • How it started
The Trinity Fund was started in the 1980’s with an estate left to the congregation. That estate was divided into two parts: The Trinity Fund, which historically operated as an endowment and is a current fund within the Endowment; and the Reserve Fund, which provides cash flow when offerings fail to keep pace with expenses.
  • How it works
Every year the Trustees forward a request for funds to the Endowment Committee. The Committee examines the request to make sure it qualifies under the stipulations of the Endowment and then determines the percentage of the Fund to be distributed.
One of the many groups served by WELS Commission on Special Ministries is military service members and their families. One way the commission does this is through military contact pastors—pastors who serve WELS members and other Christians stationed at nearby military bases in addition to serving a congregation.
WELS Military Services has an online referral form,, that service members or their families can fill out. WELS contact pastors use the information to contact military members stationed across the country.
A new video is available from WELS Military Services titled “Staying Close to God’s Word While in the Military” for WELS high school juniors and seniors who are planning on going into the military after graduation and for others who want to support their spiritual welfare such as their parents and pastors.
Find additional resources for military contact pastors at
WELS Home and World Missions and the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) are partnering to offer Taste and See, a first-of-its kind free online mission event from June 27–July 11. This new opportunity to learn about and support WELS home and world mission fields came about after two in-person summer events—LWMS’ national convention and WELS Missions’ Taste of Missions—were canceled due to COVID-19 uncertainties.
Taste and See will begin and end with livestreamed worship services hosted at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis. Opening worship is scheduled for 11 a.m. (Central), June 27, and will be followed by the LWMS flag presentation, a mainstay at its conventions. Closing worship at 6 p.m. (Central), July 11, will feature the commissioning of new missionaries. In between, free consume-at-your-own-pace content will be offered online, including
  • daily mission-themed video devotions;
  • recorded missions presentations that had been planned for the live events, including updates from WELS home and world mission administrators;
  • short video updates from home and world missionaries;
  • a live question-and-answer panels;
  • cooking tutorials and recipes from missionary families; and
  • family-friendly activities such as missions-themed scavenger hunts; coloring pages; and create-a-card opportunities. 
Learn more at

  • SUNDAY     |    Scott Miller, Dan Safin, Keith Warning, Kevin Warning, Brad Warning
  • June 7       | In Memory of Ruth Jensen by: Family
  • June 7       | In Memory of John Dallman by: Todd Dallman and Bill, Renee & Embrie Rumsey
  • June 14     | In Memory of Arthur & Lillian Pagel, Virginia & Harry Paveletzke by The Hase Families & Greg Matton Family
  • June 21     | In Memory of Willys Clark by: The Children
  • June 21     | In Memory of Evelyn Tesch by: Family
  • June 21     | In Memory of Frank Flenz by: Eileen Flenz
  • June 28     | In Memory of Douglas, Alfred, Sr., Gertrude & Eugene Kuchenbecker by: Family
  • June 28     | In Memory of Jerry Prey by: Jeanette Prey
  • Jenny Stuedemann