The Trinitarian
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness,
faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith.
1 Timothy 6:11-12a

The soldier stands in a long line, holding formation. He dare not fire a single shot until he hears the cry “fire!” But nothing happens. The commander in charge of his formation fails to act. Under such neglect many are wounded in the battle; some die. Despite his terrible inaction that man still wears the commander’s uniform. He is at fault and responsible for the loss.

Would you ever want to be that commander? There is a spiritual battle being fought. Satan is our enemy, along with the world and our own sinful flesh. We have learned how God gives us his armor, his Word, and his weapon, the gospel. We understand and believe we have a sure victory. Christ has already won over all our enemies for us by the cross and the empty tomb. But might one ever toss aside that victory with carelessness or the failure to take action?

There is a real danger of losing the sure hope of our faith and falling into the enemy’s trap. That’s one reason why God has given charge to those who are to feed and guide his flock from danger. We call them pastors, teachers, and church elders. Not all men carry this responsibility. In fact, God lists a few important qualifications for men who serve as leaders in his church (1 Timothy 3). Yet all Christian men carry the charge to be spiritual leaders. It is good for “men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.” (1 Tim 2:8)

This means all Christian fathers are to lead their homes in worship, doctrine, life, and all spiritual activity. God wants Christian men to not only live in his Word, but lead with his Word. Of course, women are also to help men in this task. They are not without an important and vital role in spiritual matters. But the charge of responsibility first falls on the Christian man and the Christian father.

What does God ask? He desires that Christian men “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.” They are to turn aside from the godlessness and faithlessness of false teachers, and turn others to God’s faithfulness for us.

How are they to pursue all these things? We all have a Father who loved us so much he held nothing back. We have a Redeemer who willingly endured the cross for our benefit, to win our victory. We have a God who freely gives us his mercy and love with a gentle and compassionate heart. We turn to him for strength in the battle. We take direction from him.

Our Father in heaven changes our manner of fighting the battle. The godly man doesn’t lead and “fight the good fight” like the worldly man. He is not prideful and brandishing his iron fist. He leads in light of the gospel! He leads with freely given righteousness from God as his own defense from sin and shame. He holds the sword of the Sprit without fear –confident in its power. He seeks what pleases God our Savior. He continues with endurance through difficulty despite the attacks of the devil, the world, and our own sinful flesh. He pursues gentleness, like that of Christ who had compassion on those under his care.

Thanks to God for providing us with strong Christian men and Christian fathers who faithfully lift up their hands to the Lord and for his people. God continue to give our homes and his Church more Christian men who will lead and “fight the good fight.”

-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 June: Paper toweling, canned meats such as tuna, ham, etc., all crackers, cookies, jam, cereal, boxed potatoes, and hamburger helper.

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!

Save the Date - Vacation Bible School will be held at Martin Luther during the mornings of July 10-14th from 8:30 am - 11:30 am. The theme will be “Crosstrainers”, focusing on staying strong in both body and soul. VBS is open to grade-school aged children. More information will be coming as the date approaches. Contact Pastor Shinnick with any questions at

Ladies of Trinity, if you are willing to serve the Lord and our congregation as an Altar Guild volunteer during the month of December please contact the church office at 722-6712. Training is provided and your service is appreciated.

The Northern Wisconsin District will be holding a district-wide worship service this fall to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. A promotional poster can be found in the narthex. When: Saturday October 28, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Where: Fox Cities Performing Arts Center – 400 West College Ave. Appleton, WI Preacher: Professor Paul Koelpin – Martin Luther College Choirs: Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Choir – Area Lutheran High School Choirs Capacity: About 2,000 seats will be available Cost: Tickets are free and will available at a later date Fellowship: Following the service there will be an opportunity for food and fellowship at the Performing Arts Center. There will be artwork displayed from district schools, as well as displays from NPH, WLS, and MLC.


Contact Pastor Barthel or Cheryl Kuehn if you would be interested in helping us record our services to video. We have need for help this Summer and in the near future. The video system will be upgraded and the process will change. These recordings currently serve our shut-in members and may soon also be posted online to help spread our message to visitors to our website and social media. Training will be provided. We are hoping to train several volunteers to help fill a schedule for every weekend.

You can still save the date, Sunday August 20th, for our church picnic at the Riverside Park Pavilion. Our musical guest, “Cross to Glory” however had to recently cancel their visit due to a family circumstance. The Stewardship Committee is still looking for other options and hopes to continue with planning something special for that day.

The Family Bible Class and Sunday School have wrapped up for the Summer. Look for information later this Summer for the Fall kickoff. We’ll be having one or two new teachers join us this Fall. If you would like to serve in the Sunday School please contact Pastor Tom Barthel.

Thank you to our volunteer teachers who have completed their one-year call to serve. If you see them be sure to thank them for serving our congregation and the children with the gospel each week - Sara Laabs, Floyd Ross, Donna Osthimer, Ruth Zellmer and Sharon Kufner.

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 WELS Valley TLC UFO (Ultimate Frisbee Organization. If you (and even your whole family) would be interested in trying to play together search for the Facebook group WELS Valley UFO or contact Pastor Tom Barthel.

In May we shared invitations to the non-Sunday services offered by our Neenah area WELS churches. We will decide our June outing during our outing at the end of May ---which hasn’t yet taken place at the time of this newsletter’s printing. Contact Pastor Tom Barthel if you’d be interested in joining the group.


TLS Graduates
This May, 15 8th graders graduated from Trinity Lutheran School: Micayla Buser, Katie Cashman, Maddisyn Delveaux, Grace Ferge, Addison Fett, Kristiana Fields, Grace Gibson, Jacob Gordee, Collin Huza, Lily Krause, Hannah Olson, Keller Otto, Lauren Palau, Evan Piechocki, and Macy Yohr. We wish these graduates God’s riches blessings in the future!

Gym Updates
We’re excited to be making some updates to the gym this summer: sanding and painting the gym floor, painting the walls, replacing the curtain, and making updates. The work will begin mid-June and continue through July.

Gym Prep Night
On Wednesday, June 7th, at 6:00 P.M, Trinity needs your help preparing the gymnasium for the upcoming paint project. We will need all the help we can get to remove objects from the gym, pull the bleachers away from the wall, clean the walls, and finish a few other preparations for the paint crew. We would greatly appreciate your help. Many hands make light work! If you can be there, please contact Mr. Paustian at

Join us as we wrap up our look at the book of Daniel. 7:00pm Wednesdays at Trinity Lutheran School
                                                           May 24, May 31 (Dan 4,9)                     June 14 (Dan 5, 10-12)
                                                           Only God’s Kingdom Endures                 Punishment on Proud Kingdoms

We will not have class from June 21- July 5th.

YPS will be going to Mt. Olympus in Wisconsin Dells on Friday, June 23rd. We will be taking a bus driven by Trinity’s own, Denise Gidlof. The cost is $20 and includes your ticket, bussing, a hot dog lunch, and picnic dinner. We plan to meet at 7:30AM and return about 8:30PM. We have asked Martin Luther’s youth to join us too. Please sign up in the fellowship hall if you are going. We need a final count for tickets, bussing, and meal planning by June 11th. Please call Shawn or Deb at 727-1818 with questions.

The Milwaukee Brewers are now selling tickets for the fourth annual WELS Night at Miller Park. Organize your group and plan to join us for the Milwaukee Brewers’ game against the Minnesota Twins on Thurs., Aug. 10, 2017. Game time is 7:10 p.m. Mr. Steve Thiesfeldt, vice president of Martin Luther College (MLC) and former MLC baseball coach, has joyfully agreed to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

“Thousands of WELS members have enjoyed an evening of baseball, fun, and fellowship the last three times we held this event,” says Mr. Lee Hitter, director of WELS Communications Services. “Since the Brewers are playing the Twins, it seemed only appropriate to highlight MLC, our college of ministerial education located in New Ulm, Minn., in the pre-game festivities.”

The Brewers are again offering WELS members up to 50 percent off the price of tickets. Seating will be along the first base line and in a block for WELS members. The pricing is Field Outfield sections 106 – 109 for $21/ticket, Loge Outfield sections 206 – 208 for $17/ticket, or Terrace Reserved sections 409 – 412 for $9/ticket. The ticket service fee will be waived for groups of 20 or more if you contact Chris Kimball at 414-902-4520 or The deadline to purchase tickets is Fri., Aug. 4, 2017. Buy tickets online at


Housing Builders for Christ
Builders for Christ is a WELS group working in Menasha this summer on Bethel’s addition. Many of these volunteers from around the country stay in their own RVs on-site, but not all have campers. Do you have a spare room you could offer to a Builder or Builder couple? Or do you have an RV camper you could lend for a part of this summer? If you can help in either of these ways, please let Bethel know at or 920-725-1822.

Feeding Builders for Christ
Builders for Christ will be in Menasha this summer working on a Gathering Area at Bethel. These volunteer WELS members offer their labor, but they need to eat! Daily lunches and snacks are being arranged for the workers from June 6th through the middle of August. Bethel would greatly appreciate any members of sister churches who sign up to provide the Builders a lunch. Teaming up is encouraged, since there could be about 30 Builders involved on any given day. You can sign up online by clicking the Meals button on Bethel’s website, If you wish to give a monetary donation, please bring or send donation to: Bethel Lutheran Church – BFC Meals 829 Appleton Rd, Menasha, WI 54952. Contact Mandy Degner with any questions at 729-9607 or

Rev up your ride and join us for the first fellowship ride of the summer on June 25th at 12:00 pm. Please meet in the church parking lot where route information will be shared.


   Micayla Buser            Katie Cashman            Maddisyn Delveaux
   Addison Fett              Kristiana Fields            Grace Gibson
   Jacob Gordee            Collin Huza                  Hannah Olson
   Keller Otto                Lauren Palau                Evan Piechocki
   Macy Yohr                Kaitlin Armbruster       Adam Bohm
   Laela Ebel                 Katelynn Holewinski    Darynn Mueller

Paige Asendorf and Steven Young | May 6, 2017

Blake Frederick Uecker & Alice Kay Uecker | April 28, 2017

“Eagles, birdies and bogies, oh me, oh my!” Yes, it’s that time to come and participate in the 9th annual “Short Circuit Golf Outing”, to be held on Sunday, August 13th, 1:00 pm at Winagamie Golf Course. We encourage all golfers to sign up on the sheet posted in the narthex. As in the past we will draw names out of a hat to make up our teams prior to the match. This will be a best ball scramble. Members (men, women and youth who know the game of golf), from Grace, Immanuel, Martin Luther, Trinity, St. Peter (Larsen) and St. Paul (Winneconne) are invited to play. Be at the course by 12:30 pm and paid so we can be ready to play at 1:00. We will play the Highlands (9 holes) which is a shorter course, but still challenging. The cost is as follows:
Golf + Walking - $12.00
Golf + Cart - $18.00
Pull Cart - $2.00
Club Rental - $5.00

We will be doing a shot-gun start this year which means all teams will start at the same time. Please sign up by Monday, August 7th. If you have any questions please call Pastor Frost at 722-5550.
Fox Valley Lutheran High School in partnership with families and Federation churches, provides students
with a Christ-centered education preparing teens for lives of service and for eternity.

  • FVL was assigned Martin Luther graduate Lauren Ewings on May 13. Miss Ewings comes from Lakeville, MN, and will be teaching English next school year.
  • Facilities Manager Steve Lecker announced his resignation effective June 1. The position is posted on FVL’s website.
  • Mr. James Neujahr is this year’s recipient of the David and Florence Trout Educator Award.
  • Teachers celebrating special anniversaries this year are Dave Voss – 40 years; Matt Schlawin – 35 years; Sharon Mundt – 30 years; Wendy Bixby and Karie Mindock – 20 years; and Isaiah Degner, Adam Frey, and Brad Krause – 10 years.
  • Sharon Mundt earned her Masters of Science in Education degree from Martin Luther College.
  • Celebrating 10 years of service in their roles are staff members Laura Gucinski (International Program Coordinator) and Sharon Ragner (Communications Assistant).

  • The FVL Class of 2017 graduates on Saturday, May 27 at 10 a.m.
  • Grace Fleming (St. Peter-Appleton) and Rachel Ihlenfeldt (Zion-Morrison) were nominated as Post-Crescent All-Stars.
  • Grace Fleming, Taylor Schulz (Emanuel-New London), Jordyn Ulman (St. Peter/The CORE- Appleton), Jenna Keller (Bethlehem-Hortonville), and Nicole Tellock (St. Peter-Appleton) will represent FVL in WLUK’s “Best in Class” taping at Lambeau Field. Liesl Ragner (Messiah- Shiocton) was also eligible to participate, but was not able to attend. These video segments will air throughout June.
  • Junior Lucas Adrian (Mt. Olive-Suamico) was recognized as an outstanding student by the Appleton Rotary Club.
  • Next year’s freshman class enrollment stands at 161.
  • Host families are still needed for our international students. Contact Mrs. Laura Gucinski ( at 560-5186.

  • The FVL VEX Team won 14 of their 18 matches at the World Championship in Louisville, a competition that fielded 564 teams from around the world.
  • Four students earned gold medals at this year’s State Forensics Festival; six earned silver. For the seventh consecutive year, the FVL Math Club finished in first place in the Fox Valley Math League.
  • FVL Spring athletic seasons will soon wind down. Game information is available online.
  • Register online for FVL Summer Camps—STEM, Art, Sports—at or

  • Congregation support for April was down $23K compared to last year. Year-to-date support is down $64K compared to last year. The Federation commitment for the year is $935,000.
  • Growing in Grace gifts for the debt reduction effort totaled $26K in April.
  • 394 donors have given over $760K for Tuition Assistance as part of the FVL Legacy Project.
  • SCRIP Sales for April were $174K, bringing total sales to date to $2.2M.
  • Plenty of room is still available for your foursome for the FVL Golf Outing on June 15.

With you, serving Jesus – Principal Steve Granberg
Fox Valley Lutheran High School
June Announcements
  • Watch for the FVL Marching Band in Appleton’s Memorial Day Parade – May 29 at 9 am.
  • FVL’s 25th Annual Golf Outing will be held at the Royal St. Patrick Links in Wrightstown on 6/15. Sponsorship & registration forms can be found at on the HUB.
  • FVL still needs host families for international students next school year. Interested? A $6000 stipend is offered to cover hosting expenses. Contact Laura Gucinski at
  • Due to the resignation of FVL’s Facilities Manager, applications are currently being accepted to fill this position. More information about the position--including a job description and application--is posted on the front page of
  • The Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin will be marching again in Appleton’s Flag Day Parade on 6/10 at 2 pm.
  • FVL School Office and SCRIP Office summer hours are now posted on our website. Check out the link on our home page for more details.

There will be a special door offering for Camp Phillip the weekend of June 17-19.

Camp Phillip exists to provide relaxation in creation and renewal in Christ to WELS youth, families, adults, churches and schools. To carry out this mission they host family camps, summer youth camps, field trips, church campouts and adult retreats. The camp is located near Wautoma, WI and features a wide variety of lodging and recreation options on its 177-acre property.

If you’d like to learn more about this unique ministry of Christian fellowship and spiritual renewal, call 920-787-3202 or visit

  • SUNDAY | Scott Miller, Dan Safin, Keith, Kevin & Brad Warning
  • SATURDAY | Verlyn Joch, Jon Joch

  • JUNE 4 | Ethan & Kristin Fett
  • JUNE 11 | Wally Thorson & Molly Mahnke
  • JUNE 18 | Pam Piechocki & Judy Kuchenbecker
  • JUNE 25 | Tim & Rita Braun

JUNE 4 | In Memory of Valli McKerchie by: Velda Fischer
In Memory of Ruth Jensen by: Family
JUNE 11 | In Memory of Evelyn Tesch by: Family
In Memory of John Dallman by: Todd Dallman and Bill & Renee Rumsey
In Memory of Arthur & Lillian Pagel and Virginia & Harry Paveletzke by The Hase Families & Greg Matton Family
JUNE 18 | In Memory of Willys Clark by: The Children
In Memory of Frank Flenz by: Eileen Flenz
JUNE 25 | In Memory of Douglas, Alfred Sr., Gertrude & Eugene Kuchenbecker by: Family
In Memory of Jerry Prey by: Jeanette Prey