TRINITARIAN | AUGUST 2018
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4
Whoever first came up with this statement understood human nature pretty well: “The grass is always greener on the other side.” We humans have a propensity to think whatever we don’t have is better than what we do have, or that whatever someone else has is better than what we have.
Those ideas begin with two misunderstandings. The first is that our perception of another person’s situation is complete. We may look at the life of another person and consider him or her blessed beyond belief. Good looks, good health, great family, no perceptible problems, and from that extrapolate that person’s life is all peaches and cream. But we do not, and cannot, know the whole story behind someone else’s life. The other misunderstanding is what constitutes better or “greener.” In the verse above the apostle helps correct what our human nature works so hard to misunderstand.
While we construe wealth, health, and a lack of difficulties or trials in our lives to be good things, James forces us to reexamine that notion. It is often not severe trials or difficulties that cause people to forget about God or challenge his providence in their lives, but ease and opulence. Consider Adam and Eve in the garden. They lacked nothing and had need of nothing, nor did they face any hardships. Yet, Satan fooled them into thinking there might be something better that they had not yet attained. The mistaken notion that God is withholding some blessing from us sows the seeds of discontentment.
Better or “greener” may then be not whatever appears to make our life easier, but that which challenges us to lean on God. James enjoins us to be joyful in troubles, trials, and tribulations and to be happy in the face of want or need or even challenge to our faith. To know we are blessed when we face challenges is to recognize the hand of God in everything that God allows to touch our lives because those things make us stronger. As we rely on God to give us strength to face difficulties we realize that his strength allows us to handle anything and everything thrown our way.
There is no doubt that good things are a blessing from God and we should thank and praise him for them. There is blessing in having adequate food, housing, transportation, clothing, relationships, and so on. But there is also no doubt that trials in life are also a blessing from God to strengthen us so that when the truly difficult times come our faith in Jesus does not crumble like a house of cards, but stands firm like a house of brick.
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 August: Pancake mix & syrup, canned fruit, all canned meats such as chicken & beef, boxed & canned potatoes, all crackers, creamed soups, frostings and 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.
SENIOR SUMMER PICNIC
Tuesday, August 14th at NOON. It's time for our WELS seniors to gather for fellowship and enjoy a summer potluck picnic. We look forward to having you join us at 1,000 Island Environmental Center at Beulien Court just off County Z in Kaukauna. An indoor room has been reserved for our meeting.
Please bring your favorite dish to share for the potluck meal at noon. Also bring your own tableware and your choice of beverage. The guest speaker will be Jean Lang Manteufel, Post Crescent columnist and author. She will share stories and ideas of how to deal with the life-time of "treasures" in our homes. "I Need Help With My Stuff" is her topic.
OWLS Chapter 42 invites all to attend. You do not need to be an OWLS member to join us.
We are looking for baskets (of all sizes) to be donated for the spring fund raising event. If you have a basket to donate please leave it on the coffee bar in the narthex. Contact Rita Braun at 920-479-5932 with questions. Thank you!
FELLOWSHIP MOTORCYCLE RIDE
Join us for a motorcycle fellowship ride on August 26 at 11:30 am. Please meet in the church parking lot where route information will be shared.
TLC MEMBERSHIP CHANGES | JULY 2018
- Lucile Asmus | June 18, 2018
ADULT INFORMATION CLASS
Anyone who is interested in learning more about our teachings as a church body or who may be interested in membership at Trinity is encouraged to attend our Adult Information Class. Watch for coming announcements or contact one of the pastors. Class begins on Wednesday, August 15th at 6:00 pm.
TRINITY LUTHERAN SCHOOL
It seems that by the 4th of July stores around the country begin to display all of their “Back To School” items. Many people may have just started a summer vacation and already they are starting to think about everything related to “Back To School”. While summer is a more relaxed time period for the faculty, they are still in the mode of thinking “Back To School”. Whether taking summer classes or workshops, organizing their classroom, or planning for the new school year, there is much time spent in being ready for the students as they begin the 2018-2019 school year.
As part of the yearly August Inservice Meetings, the faculties of Trinity and Martin Luther will participate in a joint “Why Science Trends” workshop presented by Melanie Giddings, FVL Schools Curriculum Director. The Trinity faculty will also take a refresher course in CPR/AED on the second day of the Inservice. The faculty is scheduling home visits during the week of August 13th and there is a “Back To School” Night on August 20th. School begins for Grades K-8 on August 22nd, the 3 & 4 year old Explore Group on August 23rd, and the 4k students on August 24th.
We would like to welcome Tyler Tesch to the faculty. Tyler will serve as the 7th Grade teacher this year. We would also like to welcome the 7 & 8 Grade students from Martin Luther and wish them God’s Blessings as they begin the new school year here at Trinity.
LIKE US ON FACEBOOK TO STAY INFORMED!
www.facebook.com/TLCNeenah - Do a search for and then “like” the Trinity Lutheran Church Facebook page. It will keep you informed and you can help to spread the word about Trinity!
www.facebook.com/WELS-United - While you’re logged in, become a fan of the WELS United page for instant updates on area church events and opportunities to worship and study God’s word.
FREE FOOD, FREE CONCERT, CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
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. 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 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!
UNITED NEENAH LUTHERAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
A leadership team of lay and called members has assembled and discussions have been taking place on creating one united Neenah Lutheran elementary school by joining efforts between Trinity Lutheran School and Martin Luther School. The proposed plan features a 3-year timeline which should allow sufficient time to determine details and allow us the opportunity to take advantage of Wisconsin Act 59. While not essential to the unification, Act 59 would open enrollment for School Choice to all grade levels for Martin Luther School for 1 year.
The first year (this coming school year) would consist of information gathering and strong communication to both congregations. We would need approval from both congregations by November to enroll in the Act 59 provision.
The second year (2019-2020) would consist of Martin Luther enrolling in School Choice and allowing Trinity to officially govern over both schools (Act 59 provision which opens enrollment for all Martin Luther families) - yet both schools still operate independently.
Then in year 3 (2020-2021), the schools would combine into one entity.
There are many aspects to consider and we are actively gathering ideas and opinions. This topic will be discussed at the next two Voters Meetings with a plan to vote with a decision in October. We ask that you continue to keep our efforts in your prayers. Feel free to contact Eric Schramm (firstname.lastname@example.org - (920) 202-0514) and Shawn Kienert (email@example.com - (920) 460-1918) with questions and comments.
Let the Children Come
Important financing deadlines are approaching at the end of August. To secure the best financing rates, $1M in gifts are needed by August 31. Currently $530K will be needed to reach that goal. Thanks to all who have supported this project so far. Donations can be given through your Federation church or online at fvlhs.org.
FVL Schools Beginning Band Camp will be held at Fox Valley Lutheran High School on Monday and Tuesday, August 6 and 7 from 9AM - 12:00 PM. There is no cost to attend this camp! All we ask is that camp attendees have fun learning a new band instrument, and consider joining the FVL Schools Band Program for the coming school year. If you have any questions prior to the camp, please contact James Neujahr, the FVL Schools Band Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information, as well as the link to the registration form, can be found on our FVL Schools website as well at http://fvlschools.org/fvlschools-band.
Help will be needed soon to get ready for the opening of the school in August. Please sign up to help at https://signup.com/go/FVL-Building-Project.
Fall Athletics/Youth Sports
FVL students and parents interested in fall season athletics should check the “Fall Season” tab under “Athletics” at fvlhs.org for the latest info on tryouts and practices. There are also opportunities for elementary school athletes listed under “Youth Sports” tab. All athletes need to make sure both their physical and liability forms are submitted before the season begins.
FVL is hiring 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 (email@example.com). Applications can be found at fvlhs.org and will be accepted until the position is filled.
CAMP PHILLIP 5K
On Sunday, September 2nd, 2018, YOU can make camp run. Relaxation in creation and renewal in Christ will take on a new meaning as you walk or run through the wonders of Camp Phillip. The registration fee will be $35 before August 15th, and that $35 will include a T-shirt. The registration fee after August 15th will be $35, but will not include a T-shirt. Payment is due at the time of registration. Check-in is open from 10:30 AM till 11:15 AM in the Dining Hall at Camp Phillip. The race will start at 11:15 AM and will be closed at 1:15 PM. Run, walk or cheer. . . all are welcome!
TUITION SCHOLARSHIP FUND
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 are located in the narthex and should be completed and returned to the church office by August 15th.
WELS OUTREACH FILM
The new WELS outreach film To the Ends of the Earth will be released Sept. 1. The film tells the story of the apostle Paul and his work in Philippi. Its title is taken directly from Jesus’ command to his disciples at his Ascension: “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). “Since the movie focuses on mission activity, it reminds us of the important work that we have as we serve Christ—to reach out with the gospel to the ends of the earth,” says Rev. Mike Hintz, retired director of WELS Commission on Evangelism who serves as a consultant for the film. This movie is the final installment in a series of four outreach movies. Learn more about the film at wels.net/totheendsoftheearth.
GRIEFSHARE – GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP AT ST. LUKE, LITTLE CHUTE
A new 13-week GriefShare session will begin on Saturday, August 11th from 9-11am at St. Luke in Little Chute. Register online at stlukelittlechute.com, call the church office at 920.788.4408 or contact the session moderator: firstname.lastname@example.org. Doors will open at 8:30 each Saturday for coffee, etc. and any new registrations. Come find help in your time of need.
The new Loss of a Spouse standalone seminar will be held on Saturday, August 4 from 9 – 11 am.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL THANK YOU!
Thank you to everyone who helped make our Vacation Bible School a success. Special thanks to all who volunteered their time and talents and to those who donated supplies. We had the privilege of sharing the Gospel message through songs, crafts, games and bible lessons with members of all ages this past week. Your dedication to nurturing the spiritual growth of our congregation is appreciated.
PARENTS OF COLLEGE STUDENTS
You may have received a form from the WELS Campus Ministry. If your child is not attending a WELS college, please complete the form and return it to the church office. Keeping your child’s information up to date will insure that they receive WELS publications such as Meditations and Forward in Christ.
USHERS FOR AUGUST
- SUNDAY | 9:00 am – Jim & Sam Ducharme, Jim & Noah Wichman, Roy Buchholz
- SATURDAY | Verlyn Joch, Jon Joch, Marv Pues
GREETERS FOR AUGUST
- August 5 | 9:00 am – Doug & Sharon Strand
- August 12 | 9:00 am – Clint & Lisa Tesch
- August 19 | 9:00 am – Bob & Marilyn Gunz
- August 26 | 9:00 am – Ethan & Kristin Fett
- September 2 | 9:00 am – Gary & Cheryl Kuehn
ALTAR FLOWERS FOR AUGUST
- August 5 | If you would like to place flowers on the altar this weekend please contact the church office 722-6712.
- August 12 | In Memory of Lyle Roshinko by: Linda Roshinko
- August 19 | In Memory of John & Lillian Pansy by: Charles & Susan Paulson Family
- August 19 | In Memory of Jim Drechsel, Sr. by: Mary Drechsel
- August 26 | In Memory of Harold Dordel by: Marilyn Dordel & Family
- September 2 | In Memory of Mervin, Verna & Carla Dallman by: Family
ALTAR GUILD FOR AUGUST
- Jeanette Prey & Sandy Popp