Immanuel-Trinity Lutheran Church
The Beacon May 2022

Dear Partners in the Gospel,

"A new commandment I give you; As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this, all people will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."    John 13: 34-35 (NIV)

In our last few confirmation classes of the year, our young people focus on the tough questions of living a life of faith. No matter what the issue, it seems that a common answer should drive us as followers of Jesus. 

Matthew 22:37-39 (NIV) 37Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'

Christian love is our most powerful gift from God. Unfortunately, I'm afraid that many followers of Jesus equate being loved with always being happy and getting their own way. Love is a difficult concept because love always forces us to think and act for others before ourselves. Our class has identified some ways in which we can show love:

    show concern for others situations
    speak of each other in the best light  
share  respect each other's differences   
forgive freely
    hold each other in Christian accountability
   protect others reputation
  encourage each other in words and actions
 practice selflessness

 put away self-centeredness
 always look for the person behind the behavior.
  reflect on Christ character and strive to live it

To love as Jesus did is hard. It takes spiritual maturity. It takes eyes to look beyond our own self-interests. Yet all the Gospel, Jesus tells us, is dependent on this commandment. May we effort every day to grow in love. 

Just a Reminder: Immanuel-Trinity continues to worship during the summer months. 
Please don't neglect your spiritual well-being for 3 months just because the sun is out.  Prioritize a sabbath time during each week and find "the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4:7)  

Have a Blessed May,
Pastor Tom

Update: The 3 Crosses campaign collected 286 pounds of food for the Food Pantry and Food for Thought and 47 pounds of personal items for Solutions Center.
Thank you to all who contributed. Your donations are greatly appreciated.

For the month of May will be collecting items for the
Brown Bag Lunch program. Items needed are individual packages of fruit - applesauce cups, pudding cups. Granola bars, raisins, nuts, cheese/peanut butter and crackers, goldfish crackers, juice boxes, 8oz bottles of water, jars of peanut butter. Thank you for your support. If you desire to help package, call the Salvation Army at 920-923-8220. Times alternate on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can also contact Erin Cobb at Holy Family 920-921-0580 x 301.

Welcome new life to the world with LWR
Baby Care Kits
Some women of Immanuel-Trinity take part in making quilts and kits that support the needs of people experiencing extreme poverty or following a natural disaster be it a drought, tsunami or people seeking refuge from any disaster around the globe.
I want to focus on the Baby Care Kits that we put together each year for Lutheran World Relief. We would appreciate any help in gathering the items that we need. New or gently used clothing items are welcome. The items we need the most are sleepers (without feet preferred) and shirts or onsies. We vary the sizes (6 months to two years) of the clothing items in each kit so they are useful as the baby grows.
On the Information table near the mail boxes are handouts for you that details specifying sizes and number of needed Baby Care Kit items.
If you would like to help with this project you may drop off needed items in the “Basket for Baby Care Kits” in the Narthex by the West wall near the Fireside Room. We do collect items needed year round and complete kits as we are able. Monetary donations can be made by using special WELCA envelopes also found on the information table by the mailboxes. These envelops can be placed in the offering plate any time of year. You may call Caryl Thielman with any questions you have at 920-921-0811.

Opportunities to share our talents in worship are abundant. After several years of living with COVID guidelines, we are at a place where we can again offer to help with worship. Below are two ways you can be involved in worship.
1)    Lectors are needed for Saturday night and Sunday morning services. To sign up go to the church website ( and click on Lector sign up. You will be directed to the sign-up page. Type in your name and email address on the date you are available to read at worship. If you need help with the sign-up, call the office and Julie will get you signed up. 
2)    Communion is offered on the 1st and 3rd Saturday and Sunday of each month as well as Festivals of the church. Communion assistants are needed at these services to distribute the wine. I have been communicating with people to get a list of willing assistants and signing them up to help Pastor Tom. I will continue to make the contacts so the weekends are covered.
The following times are open in the month of June for communion assistants:
           Saturday, June 4th 5:30 pm
           Sunday, June 5th 9:30 am
           Saturday, June 11th 5:30 pm (Holy Trinity Festival)
           Sunday, June 12th 9:30 am (Holy Trinity Festival)
           Saturday, June 18th 5:30 am
           Sunday, June 19th 9:30
If you are willing to assist at any of these services, please let me know and I will get back to you to confirm that time. If you have any questions or would like to be added to the contact list, please call me at 920-923-2246 or email me at,
or talk to me in church as I greet you for worship.
Thank you for helping,
Audrey Greenwood
Taught by Occupational Therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher,
Kristi Haak, OTR/L, RYT. 
Thursdays Series 1 June 9, 16, 23
            Series 2 July 14, 21, 29
               Series 3 August 11, 18, 25 
Chair Yoga Classes 2:30-3:30pm
Yoga on the Mat Classes 3:45-4:45pm 
Chair Yoga (yoga session done without getting on the floor or a mat, most of session done sitting in a chair or standing next to a chair) Yoga on the Mat
(If you can get up and off the floor, we will be using a yoga mat) 
$30.00 for each 3-week series 
Supplies needed: Yoga mat if you are not doing the Chair Yoga class, water and
a hand towel. Optional: yoga strap, yoga blanket/bolster, eye pillow, yoga blocks
All skill levels welcome! **Chair Yoga does not include using a mat or getting up
and down from the floor.** Email Kristi at
with any questions and to receive a Registration/Waiver Form. You can also pick up a copy from the Narthex table or on the table outside Church office.
 Mail check to: Kristi Haak 351 Birchwood Lane Theresa, WI 53091
Are You Blessed?
In Matthew 5 it reads, "Blessed are they the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful , for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are they the poor in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." How many times have you taken for granted the blessings you have - a roof over your head; a warm bed to sleep in; food on the table; clothes on you back; friends you can depend on; a church you can go to; and most of all, a God who loves you and a choice to worship and glorify God. Be thankful for ALL your blessings!
May Birthdays
May 1: Dustin Kehrmeyer

May 2: Janice Fauska

May 4: Donna Hess, Zachary Wagner

May 5: Becky Bast-Skorik,
Colin Hamburg, Pam Jurgensmier, Cassidy Kahl, Nicholas Kellar, Jessica Ruch, Allison Wright

May 7: James Kopf

May 8: Judy Hannemann

May 9: Bronson Fox, Arleigh Fox

May 10: Vivian DeMontmollin, Michael Tebo, Jace Boykins

May 11: Candy Roth
May 12: Jeff Diedrich, Stephanie Ellingen,
William Wendt

May 13: Jared Mathys, Derek Rosenthal

May 15: Rebecca Goetz

May 16: Dave Draves, Amy Hall, Heather Pagel
May 18: Stacy Ellingen

May 19: Don Kurki

May 20: Katelyn Dilling

May 21: Cindy Binger, Carter Wendt
May 22: Anna Mauthe, Amber Meyer
May 23: David Gustin, Sigrid Nanna
May 25: Ginny Boyke
May 26: Martin Anderson, Dylan Nery
May 29: Elyssa Belling, Dorothy Hoff, Carla Kenas, Carrie Lefeber
May 30: Charles Kenas, Dorothy Lange
May 31: Dylan Jacobs,
Kaden Masteller