July 2017 Newsletter

A Second Wind for Weary Runners

 

…those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

Many runners experience what is called a “second wind” or sometimes a “runner’s high.” Just when their bodies are feeling the most fatigued, a renewed energy comes over them. This happens because the body stops focusing on expelling excess carbon dioxide and begins taking in more oxygen. The result is a fresh confidence that runners will be able to finish the race, when just moments before they might have been ready to call it quits.
There are a couple of problems with the runner’s high, however. First, it’s unpredictable for most runners. It may come after 10-15 minutes of running, after five miles, or perhaps not at all. Also, the second wind is not renewable endlessly. Sooner or later the runners’ strength gives out completely and they are forced to stop running.

 

The Bible compares the Christian life to running a race. It began with our rebirth in baptism and it ends with our victory celebration with the Lord in heaven. But the race is long. For most of us it is closer to a marathon than a sprint. And there are so many unexpected twists and turns along the way. All the while the devil is a stitch in our side, trying to convince us to give up, to give in to temptation or fear or doubt. Left to our human strength alone, the distance and the obstacles would be too much for even the greatest of us and we would never reach our heavenly goal.

 

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.” Trusting our loving God, we are strengthened with a “second wind.” Through his Word and through the Sacraments, God gives us his Holy Spirit and assures us that our sins are forgiven. We can turn our focus away from earning God’s love and instead breathe in the good news that Christ Jesus our Savior has gone ahead of us to prepare rooms for us in heaven. Renewed by the Spirit we can keep running towards our waiting Savior’s arms and not grow weary. We can walk even through the valley of the shadow of death and not be faint.

 

Prayer:
Dear heavenly Father, I am weary and weak, worn out by the troubles of this world. But my hope is in your Son Jesus who became weak so that in him I might find strength. Amen.

 

This devotion was taken from the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod website (https://wels.net/serving-you/devotions/) where you can find daily devotions, synodical news and much more. These daily devotions are also found on the WELS mobile app.

 

HWY 45 ROAD CONSTRUCTION

The Hwy 45 road construction is scheduled to begin on July 10th, if doesn’t get delayed again. The closure will be from the high school to Church Rd and is for all through traffic until the fall of 2017. The highway department is required to allow access to the church drive way during this time. To make things easier we are asking everyone who is able to come into church by way of 58th street instead of Hwy 45 so that you can avoid as much of the construction as possible. If you have any questions please speak to Pastor Frelitz.

 

ALTAR GUILD

June Holler is scheduled to take care of the altar during the month of July.  If you have any questions please contact her.

Chancel Flowers — If you would like to beautify God’s house by presenting flowers to His glory on any weekend this year, please sign up on the Flower Calendar.  The Flower Calendar for 2017 is posted in the narthex.  If possible, please sign up one donor per weekend.  Please also include a notation if your flowers are given to mark a special occasion (birth­day, anniversary, graduation, memory of, etc.).  Thank you.  There are plenty of dates avail­able throughout 2017.  As of this printing, we would like to thank the following for signing up to provide flowers for July:

2          OPEN

9          Lois Keeku Memorial

16        OPEN

23        OPEN

30        OPEN

 

VBS 2017

Enrollment for this year’s VBS at Trinity is now open. To sign-up for the event go to the church website (www.trinityug.org) and look under the “events” tab for the “event form”. Insert your information and submit.

If you are interested in helping this year with VBS please speak to Pastor Frelitz as soon as possible. Most of the initial preparations for VBS are done, since we are using the materials that weren’t used last year. Even if you told Pastor that you would help in the past it is important that you speak to him again. Thanks!

 

NEW CHURCH WEBSITE

Our newly redesigned church website is up and running. Take a look and let us know what you think. The web address is www.trinityug.org.

Once we get the website into full swing you will be able to find newsletter and calendar information, upcoming events, event registrations, sermons and much more.

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTuNITY BULLETIN BOARD

Looking for ways to serve your Savior and this congregation? In the south-east corner of the entry way to church you will find a bulletin board with opportunities for service. There are several church office and church maintenance projects that come up from time to time. Take a look at what is available often so that you know about all the most recent opportunities for service.

 

2017-2018 ADULT BIBLE STUDY PLANNING COMMITTEE

Pastor Frelitz would like to form a small committee to look into Adult Bible Study opportunities for this coming fall and next year. If you are interested in being part of this planning committee please let him know. The commitment for this committee is small. It shouldn’t take more than an hour or two.

 

150th ANNIVERSARY PLANNING COMMITTEE

In 2019 Trinity will celebrate its 150th anniversary as a home of the gospel. As such, we will be praising God and giving thanks the whole year for the many blessings he has bestowed upon us. If you would like to be part of the 150th celebration planning committee please speak to Pastor Frelitz. Our next planning meeting will be on July 16th, 2017 after Sunday worship.

 

COUPLES MOVIE NIGHT

We will be continuing our marriage enrichment video present of “Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage” on July 5th and July 12th. Please join us!

If you weren’t able to make the first couple sessions it isn’t too late. Speak to Pastor Frelitz and he will be glad to let you borrow a copy of the video so that you can watch them at home and get caught up. It is definitely worth your time.

 

WELS NIGHT AT MILLER PARK

This year’s WELS Night at Miller Park is scheduled for August 10th. Trinity plans to take a group once again this year. The cost of tickets is $17 per person. Trinity will pay $10 of this amount for everyone who wants to go so the cost you have to pay is only $7 per person. We will also have dinner provided at the Wisconsin Club for all interested and transportation from dinner to the field. If you are interested in joining us this year please sign up on the form in the entry way.

 

 JOHN’S BURLINGTON PRESCHOOL

Loving Hands Preschool at St. John’s, Burlington is now accepting registrations for the 2017-2018 school year.

Classes for three year olds are held on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30-11:00 am.  Children must be three years old by September 1, 2017 to enroll. Classes for the 4K program will be held Monday through Friday, 12:30-3:00 pm.  Children must be four years old by September 1, 2017 to enroll.

The tuition cost per student, per month, is $95.00 for three year old preschool and $125.00 for the 4K program.

Please contact St. John’s, Burlington at 262-763-2377 or visit their website at www.stjohnsburlington.org for more information.

 

CHURCH ATTENDANCE

The Third Commandment

Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy.

  SATURDAY SUNDAY SATURDAY Communion SUNDAY

Communion

May 27 & 28 25 42    
June 3 & 4 35 50 23 38
June 10 & 11 23 45    
June 17 & 18 21 59 14 45

 

Midweek Worship Attendance

  Midweek

Service

Midweek

Communion

May 31 8  
June 7 33 23
June 14 27  
June 21 4 3

 

 

GREETERS SCHEDULE

07/2/2017        Todd & Sarah Bilski

07/9/2017        Bill & Marie Henderson

07/16/2017      Dr. Dave & Carol Gorsuch

07/23/2017      Lee & Lisa Woelbing

07/30/2017      Stacy & Cody Shoemaker

COMPUTER TECHNICIAN SCHEDULE

07/02/2017      Yvonne Croninger

07/09/2017      Hannah Gonsky

07/16/2017      Rachel Kalbas

07/23/2017      Emily & Wyatt Young

07/30/2017      Hannah Gonsky

COMMUNION DISTRIBUTION ASSISTANT

07/2/2017        Bill Henderson

07/16/2017      Eric Gonsky

07/30/2017      Fred Westrich

USHER SCHEDULE

Saturday

07/1/2017        Dwaine Zamecnik

07/8/2017        Ron Frohmader

07/15/2017      Jack George

07/22/2017      Dwaine Zamecnik

07/29/2017      Ron Frohmader

Sunday

07/02/2017      Lee Woelbing & Henry Luedtke

07/09/2017      Todd Bilski & Tyler Bilski

07/16/2017      Terry Gifford & Cody Shoemaker

07/23/2017      David Jahns & John Osenga

07/30/2017      Gary Wennerstrand & Craig Croninger

CLEANING SCHEDULE

Here is the cleaning schedule for the next two months.  If you are unable to clean at that time, please see if you can switch with another family.  Thank you for cleaning our church.  If you have any questions about the cleaning schedule please contact Pastor Frelitz.

July 2- July 8                G. Keeku, Gifford

July 9- July 15              Steilein, Gonsky, Stevens

July 16- July 22            Casebolt, Gorsuch

July 23- July 29           Woelbing, Shoemaker, Westrich

July 30- Aug 5              S. Voge, D. Voge, Williams

Aug 6- Aug 12             Luedtke, Shanahan

Aug 13- Aug 19           Bilski, Croninger

Aug 20- Aug 26           Kohlman, Holler

Aug 27- Sep 2              Michel, DeCheck

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