November 2017 Newsletter
Luther’s Battle Cry
16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” (Romans 1:16-17, NIV84)
We have so many distractions in our lives that take our attention away from the forgiveness and life that God gives through faith and puts it on earth concerns and worries. We get distracted by our own life and accomplishments. The devil leads us to believe that we can achieve salvation on our own, through being good people, without the need for Christ.
If we remember anything this month, as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, let it be this: we are saved by grace through faith. It is Christ who has forgiven all our sins. In him alone we put our trust. If this is what we remind ourselves of daily then we are in good accompany. We stand beside Luther. More importantly, we stand beside Christ.
Your Brother in Christ,
Pastor Don Frelitz
Southeastern Wisconsin District Reformation Service
On November 5th at 3:30 pm our Southeastern Wisconsin District of the WELS will hold a joint Reformation service to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This worship service will be held at the Miller High Life Theater in Milwaukee. For more information, and carpool information, please speak to Pastor Frelitz.
SPECIAL VOTER’S MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 10th
A special Voter’s meeting was held on September 10th, 2017. Here is a synopsis of what happened.
Tiling bids were received and one was unanimously approved by the Church Council. A motion was made and seconded to use the bid approved by the council, at the amount of $4000, to run a 4 inch drain tile around the church and a second 4 inch pipe along the north side of the church to the back lot. Landscaping was approved to be completed later; in the spring of next year.
Christian Estate Planning Assistance
Proper estate planning gives peace of mind, provides for loved ones, minimizes taxes, and can provide an income for life for you or your heirs, as well as a gift to the Lord’s work. Mr. Rick Kneser of the WELS Ministry of Christian Giving, is available to serve you without cost to you or the congregation. He can assist you in reviewing your current estate plan or developing a new plan.
- Do you know life insurance passes to children tax free, but tax-deferred retirement funds pass with a tax bill?
- I already have a will, how often should I review it?
- Your will may not control who will inherit your 401(k)?
- Does your spouse automatically have a say in your health care?
- Are the baptismal sponsors of my children their legal guardians if necessary?
If you would like more information to answer the questions above, you can reach Mr. Kneser at 262-305-7688 or e-mail him at Rick.Kneser@wels.net. He will be happy to meet with you in your home at a time convenient for you.
150th PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING
The next meeting of our 150th planning committee is scheduled for November 19th, 2017 at 12:00 pm. Lunch will be provided. If you are part of the 150th anniversary planning committee, or if you would like to be, please make every effort to attend this meeting.
HISTORICAL PICTURE REQUEST
As part of our 150th anniversary celebration preparations we need as many historical pictures of Trinity we can get. We need pictures of the church, both past and present, and any members or groups that have meet as part of Trinity. If you have any pictures that you can share please bring them to the church office as soon as possible. We will make arrangements to return them to you quickly. Thanks.
October 31st Reformation Service at
St. John’s, OAK CREEK (Oakwood)
Your fellow WELS members at St. John’s invite their brothers and sisters in Christ to worship with them on Tuesday, October 31st, the actual day of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses. This service will feature music and hymns either written by Luther or by other Lutheran composers. The Lord’s Supper will also be celebrated. The theme of the service is “The Reformation Continues.” St. John’s is located at 10302 South 27th Street in Oak Creek. The service begins at 6:30 PM. St. John’s would be honored to have you worship at their church for this special occasion.
CHRISTMAS BABYSITTING EVENT
On December 8th, 2017 we will once again be hosting a babysitting night from 5 pm – 9 pm. This is intended to give parents within our congregation and community an opportunity to do some Christmas shopping without their children. Dinner and entertainment will be provided. You will be able to sign-up for this event on our church website at http://trinityug.org/event-form/ beginning in November.
We also need some volunteer help with this event. If you would like to assist with the event please speak to Pastor Frelitz or Carol Gorsuch. We have several flyers for the event located in the church entry way. If you have somewhere you can post the notice please take some with you and help us spread the word.
NOVEMBER VOTER’S MEETING
Our November Voter’s meeting is scheduled for Sunday, November 12th, at 10:20 a.m. Everyone who is interested in attending this Voter’s meeting is encouraged to do so.
NOMINATIONS’S FOR NEXT YEAR’S CHURCH COUNCIL
Nominations for individuals to serve on next year’s church council are currently being taken. Elections will be held at the November Voter’s Meeting. If you would like to make a nomination please speak to one of the members of the Nominating Committee. The men on the nominating committee this year are Eric Gonsky, Fred Westrich and Lee Woelbing.
The volunteer work done at the Bradley Center is a wonderful opportunity for fellowship and stewardship. Everyone who participates in these events has the opportunity to work closely with other members of God’s family here at Trinity and create, or strengthen, friendships as we work together to serve Christ. At the same time, the Bradley Center work brings in financial support for our congregation so that we can continue to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to our community and around the world. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this God given opportunity.
Please see the sign-up sheets in the church entry way if you would like to volunteer. We ask all volunteers to please sign up early. We need a minimum of 12 people. If we have more than 12 people all the better to get all positions covered. If you have not already done so you must take the alcohol test to be able to volunteer.
The following are the events we have signed up for this year. Keep an eye out as more events may come in. Come join the fun of working in the stand for basketball, hockey or entertainment events.
|Wednesday||11/15/2017||Bucks vs Detroit||7:00 pm||4:30 pm||TBA|
|Saturday||11/25/2017||Marvel Universe Live||11 am & 3 pm||9:00 am||TBA|
|Saturday||12/09/2017||Bucks vs Utah||7:30 pm||5:00 pm||TBA|
|Tuesday||12/19/2017||Bucks vs Cleveland||7:00 pm||4:30 pm||TBA|
|Tuesday||01/09/2018||MU vs Seton Hall||8:00 pm||6:00 pm||TBA|
|Friday||01/26/2018||Bucks vs Brooklyn||7:00 pm||4:30 pm||TBA|
|Thursday||02/15/2018||Bucks vs Denver||7:00 pm||4:30 pm||TBA|
|Sunday||02/25/2018||Bucks vs New Orleans||2:00 pm||11:30 am||TBA|
If you would like to be a Bradley Center Volunteer, or would like more information, please see Fred Westrich.
The Third Commandment
Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy.
|Sep 30 & Oct 1||30||49||18||36|
|Oct 7 & 8||24||79|
|Oct 14 & 15||15||121||12||73|
|Oct 21 & 22||12||75|
Lisa Woelbing & Kim Casebolt are scheduled to take care of the altar during the month of November. If you have any questions please contact them.
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 November:
5 Croninger’s (Yvonne’s 15th Birthday)
26 Gifford’s (Terry’s Birthday)