December 2017 Newsletter
A True Privilege
Have you ever heard the story about the three trees and their dreams? This is how it goes.
Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods. They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said, “Someday I hope to be a treasure chest. I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems. I could be decorated with intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty.”
Then the second tree said, “Someday I will be a mighty ship. I will take kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world. Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull.”
Finally the third tree said, “I want to grow to be the tallest and straightest tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the hill and look up to my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I am reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always remember me.”
After a few years of praying that their dreams would come true, a group of woodsmen came upon the trees. When one came to the first tree he said, “This looks like a strong tree, I think I should be able to sell the wood to a carpenter,” and he began cutting it down. The tree was happy, because he knew that the carpenter would make him into a treasure chest.
At the second tree the woodsman said, “This looks like a strong tree, I should be able to sell it to the shipyard.” The second tree was happy because he knew he was on his way to becoming a mighty ship.
When the woodsmen came upon the third tree, the tree was frightened because he knew that if they cut him down his dreams would not come true. One of the woodsmen said, “I don’t need anything special from my tree, I’ll take this one,” and he cut it down.
When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, he was made into a feed box for animals. He was then placed in a barn and filled with hay.
This was not at all what he had prayed for. The second tree was cut and made into a small fishing boat. His dreams of being a mighty ship and carrying kings had come to an end. The third tree was cut into large pieces and left alone in the dark. The years went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams.
Then one day, a man and woman came to the barn. She gave birth and they placed the baby in the hay in the feed box that was made from the first tree. The man wished that he could have made a crib for the baby, but this manger would have to do. The tree could feel the importance of this event and knew that it had held the greatest treasure of all time.
Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat made from the second tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep. While they were out on the water, a great storm arose and the tree didn’t think it was strong enough to keep the men safe. The men woke the sleeping man, and He stood and said “Peace” and the storm stopped. At this time, the tree knew that it had carried the King of kings in its boat.
Finally, someone came and got the third tree. It was carried through the streets as the people mocked the man who was carrying it. When they came to a stop, the man was nailed to the tree and raised in the air to die at the top of a hill. When Sunday came, the tree came to realize that it was strong enough to stand at the top of the hill and be as close to God as was possible, because Jesus had been crucified on it. *
Just like the trees in our story had big dreams so do we. We are always filled with so many hopes and dreams. We may desire to have great wealth. Perhaps we want to be admired and appreciated for our contribution to society. Maybe we dream to reach the stars.
As we prepare for this Christmas season we once again are reminded about the true gift and treasure that God has given to us. With all the distractions that come with Christmas we need to focus on what truly matters. If you want to have great wealth remember that you have already received faith and forgiveness, which are worth far more than gold and silver. If you want to contribute to society remember that you have been called to proclaim the greatest message of all time: Christ is the world’s Savior. If you want to reach for the stars remember that you have been given the promise to spend eternity in the glory of heaven. What greater gifts could we want or need?
Christ is the true focus of Christmas. The greatest privilege we could ever have is to spread his Word and serve him in whatever way he has called us. May God keep us all focused on Christ during this hectic and joyful time of year.
Your Brother in Christ,
Pastor Don Frelitz
* Story taken from http://www.gospelweb.net/Christmas/threetreeschristmasstory.htm
ADVENT CANDLE AND CAROL SERVICE
We are once again having our Advent song service this year. It is scheduled for December 10th at 7:00 pm. On this night we will have a chance to sing our favorite hymns and sacred Christmas carols. Please invite your family and friends to join us for this special service. The Women of WELS will be serving refreshments and a hot chocolate bar after the service for some fellowship time. If you have any questions please speak with Pastor Frelitz.
2018 TRINITY COUNCIL MEMBERS
During the Voter’s Meeting held on November 12th, 2017 two mean were elected for a second three year term. These men are Eric Gonsky and Fred Westrich. Craig Croninger was also elected to begin a new three year term on the Church Council. Terry Gifford was once again nominated and elected to serve at the Church Council President. These are the current men serving on the Church Council and the positions they are holding.
President: Terry Gifford
Recording Secretary: Craig Croninger
Treasurer: Brian Shanahan
Financial Secretary: Fred Westrich
Maintenance Chairman: David Casebolt
Elders: Eric Gonsky
We want to express our great appreciation to Lee Woelbing for serving faithfully for six years on our Church Council and for all the prayers and work he put into the ministry of Trinity.
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.
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.
W.O.W. CHRISTMAS PARTY
On December 18th the WoW (Women of Wels) is having their annual Christmas party at 6:30 p.m. All women are welcome. Please bring a gift for a gift exchange and an appetizer. We will fill the bags for children’s program that night as well.
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS BAGS DONATION REQUEST
We are looking for members of the congregation to bring 75 wrapped candies or small trinkets/toys for the children’s bags. These donations are needed by Dec 18th. Thanks!
TRINITY’S 150TH ANNIVERSARY COOKBOOK
We are creating a new Trinity Lutheran keepsake cookbook celebrating our 150th Anniversary.
1869-2019 – “Past, Present and Future”.
You, your family, and former Trinity members are invited to be a part of this cookbook.
If you have an email address, you will be receiving an email with an attachment from either Pastor or Carol Steilein (aka Liz Smith) with instructions on how to easily submit your favorite recipes. Carol’s email address is email@example.com.
It’s easy and we want to encourage YOU to be a part of this cookbook. For those members who would like to submit recipes and do not have a computer, you may submit your recipes by making a copy, writing, typing it out and placing them in Carol Steilein’s church mailbox or send it by email by Feb. 28th, 2018.
You or any member of your family can submit as many recipes as you want – past and current family favorites, children’s favorites “ I can make it myself“ or recipes in memory of a loved one.
So start gathering your treasured old and new family recipes. These will reflect the love of God and the good cooking that is so very strong in this church. If you have any questions contact: Carol Steilein 262- 878-4346, Ann Voge 262-853-5175 or Terry Ditscheit 262-598-7532.
We look forward to sharing and preserving your recipes by publishing this keepsake cookbook.
The committee would like to have all the recipes by February 28, 2018. Thank you.
SODA-POP TAB COLLECTION
The Trinity Teens group is collecting soda-pop tabs to benefit the Ronald McDonald house. Please bring your tabs and deposit them in the basket located in the entry way to church.
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.
|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.
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