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.
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.
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:
9 Lois Keeku Memorial
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.
The Third Commandment
Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy.
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Midweek Worship Attendance
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
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
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
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