September 2017 Newsletter
God Chose You
You didn’t choose me, but I chose you. I have appointed you to go, to produce fruit that will last, and to ask the Father in my name to give you whatever you ask for. John 15:16
A fierce battle has been raging in this world since the very beginning. Cain wanted to choose God on his own terms. He wanted God to value his work and his offering instead of his brother’s. The world has followed Cain’s example from that day until now. The world always wants to turn this verse of John around and say, “I don’t want to be chosen by God, I want to choose him first.” But God cannot and will not tolerate this. He turns their words back around and says, “You cannot and should not choose me. I must choose you. It won’t happen the way you imagine, but the way I want it to. I want to be your Lord and Master. I don’t want to be mastered by you.” That’s why throughout Scripture God condemns and throws away this type of choosing that goes against what he commands.
Even Paul condemns this vice. He says, “Let no one who delights in [false] humility… tell you that you don’t deserve a prize” (Colossians 2:18). Likewise, he says, “These things look like wisdom with their self-imposed worship, [false] humility, and harsh treatment of the body. But they have no value” (Colossians 2:23). With these words, he describes those who practice useless, self-chosen worship and justify it by saying, “I mean well and am doing it for God and to honor him. It will please him, and so he will be merciful to me.” These people are twice as bad as God’s enemies. God called the Israelites out of Egypt and gave them the Ten Commandments, telling them what they should and shouldn’t do so that they wouldn’t invent ways to serve him. In the same way, God wants to tell us what it means to serve him.
This devotion comes from By Faith Alone a devotional book based on Luther’s writings. It is the devotion for September 1st. If you are interested in reading more of these devotions please speak to Pastor Frelitz.
Carol Steilein is scheduled to take care of the altar during the month of September. 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:
17 Bill & Marie Henderson
24 Lee & Lisa Woelbing/Cody & Stacy Shoemaker (Anniversaries)
OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT AND CAMPOUT
Everyone in invited to join us on September 9th, the day of Super Saturday in Union Grove and the day before Rally Day, for an outdoor movie night and campout at church. Groups are encouraged to bring their own portable fire pits for roasting marshmallows (or whatever else you might want to bring) and set them up in the lower parking lot. We will begin the movie at 7:45. Following the movie everyone who wants to stay behind and campout in tents or campers is welcome to do so. We hope everyone will join us for this great opportunity to kick the school year off right.
Rally Day and outdoor picnic
Rally Day is September 10th this year. The day will begin at 9:00 am with Sunday School and Adult Bible Class. Following classes the service will be outside on the front lawn at 10:30 am followed by our church picnic. We ask that those families with a last name starting with A-K bring a salad and those with a last name starting with L-Z bring a desert to pass. Also, everyone is invited to bring a lawn game or two that they enjoy so we can have a wide variety of things to do. If you have a pop-up tent and are willing to bring it please do so.
We will be having a bags tournament during the outdoor picnic on September 10th. If you would like to participate please find a partner and sign-up on the form in the church entry way or contact Pastor Frelitz so that he can sign you up. Prizes will be awarded for the winners of the tournament.
The Third Commandment
Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy.
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Midweek Worship Attendance
CATECHISM INSTRUCTION BEGINS
Catechism instruction for students in 7th and 8th grade is set to begin on September 13th at 6:30 pm. For this first session we ask at least one parent to be present for a short orientation.
LAST MIDWEEK WORSHIP SERVICE
Our last midweek worship service will be August 30th. I want to thank everyone who joined us over the summer for our study of 1 Corinthians. Midweek services will resume after Memorial Day 2018.
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.
The 150th Anniversary Planning Committee has meet twice and schedule four celebration services for 2019 and also a couple special items to commemorate the event. We are now looking for people who would like to be part of individual sub committees. Please read through the following list of celebration opportunities and contact the leader of each group if you would like to assist.
We are also in need of any pictures that you have of Trinity (both the church and the congregation), past and present, so please bring them to the church office. We will make sure they are returned to you within a couple weeks.
Celebration Service: Looking Back- Trinity’s Roots
The first of our celebration services will be on February 10th, 2019 (with a possible change to February 17th if needed). The main theme of the service will be looking back at where Trinity began as a home of the gospel. The service will be German themed and we are planning to ask Pastor Dale Reckzin from St. John’s in Oakwood (our mother congregation) to preach. We also hope that the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Choir will be able to accompany the service with some songs (including German ones). If you would like to be part of this sub-committee please contact Lee Woelbing.
Celebration Service: How We Have Changed Over the Years
Our celebration services continue on May 5th, 2019 with a looking at how Trinity has changed over the years. This date was chosen because it is the 2nd Sunday of Easter (which is the same day when Trinity was originally founded). Though the building, people and style of worship may change over the year the message has remained the same. We preach Jesus Christ and him crucified to our community.
We will have Koine, a Lutheran band that takes traditional Lutheran hymns and puts them to more modern musical styles, come in to beautify worship and hold a concert after the service. If you would like to assist in the planning of this service please speak to Carol Gorsuch.
Celebration Service: Looking Forward in Christian Education
Our third celebration service will be on September 8th, 2019. This day is Rally Day and our Church picnic. A day in which we annually celebrate the many ways we all grow as a congregation in fellowship and the study of God’s word. We learn the importance of our call to raise our children to know and trust Him, and how our congregation supports the work of the parents to bring up our children as His own through attendance in Sunday school. As our children grow, they learn how God wishes us to live in this world among sinners through fellowship with other Christian youth in our Trinity Teens group. Besides faithful attendance at our worship services, we grow in our own faith through Adult Bible Study and enjoy fellowship with others through the Women of Wels. We serve our Lord and share His Word through volunteering on the church council and outreach programs. Growing in faith and sharing that message is the theme of the day.
We hope to acquire Bautista to beautify our service, as well as perform a concert outside after service. If you would like to assist with this special day please contact Sally or John Osenga.
Celebration Service: Looking Forward in Worship
Reformation Sunday 2019 (November 3rd) will be the fourth and final Church service of our 150th Celebration. On this day we will be celebrating the significance of our 150th anniversary as well as commemorating the Reformation and Martin Luther, who nailed the 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, on October 31, 1517, the eve of All Saints Day. With your help, we want this to be a very special service that demonstrates how our worship and service to our Savior looks today as we reflect on the past. If you would like to help with the planning or offer suggestions for this service, please contact Carol Steilein or LouAnn Gifford.
150th Anniversary Cookbook
The 150th Anniversary Planning Committee is planning to create a Cookbook as part of our celebration. Anyone who is interested in serving on this committee talk to Ann Voge or call her at 262-853-5175.
The last two Trinity cookbooks were put together 32 years ago in 1985 and 23 years ago in 1994 for Trinity’s 125th anniversary.
Start gathering your family’s old and new favorite recipes for the book. More information will come at a later date.