SEPTEMBER 28, 2018
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On Mr. Meyer's Mind: Getting plugged in
What are you into?

This phrase has become a go to when asking someone about their interests.

As adults, we might be into dieting, exercise, reading, hunting, knitting, scrapbooking, bicycling etc.

What about our kids?

What are they plugged into? Or, perhaps the more important question would be, “What is the most critical thing to be connected to?

There is an increasing body of evidence that young people today are often over-programmed. Activities for young people are extremely important and wholesome.

This is especially true when the activities are led by Godly or morally upright leaders. Parents must ponder if children are involved in too much.

Here are some questions to ask that may help in this decision-making process: Is my child showing signs of stress? Are we finding time to eat meals as a family? Is it increasingly difficult to manage the family schedule? Is it difficult to find homework time and reading time? Do we have time to sometimes just play games at home? There are probably other questions to consider as well.

Many times, we are facing the issue of young people being too plugged in to screen time.

The evidence about the harm that this is doing to our kids is staggering.

It is okay and actually wise for parents to limit screen time (phone, computer, iPad, video games, TV etc.)?

Your child may resent it at first. But, if you are prepared to offer great alternatives that involve parent/child quality time, the dividends will be great.

Screen addiction is not just a problem for children. We adults can easily become addicted as well. Take a look at how you spend your time.

Finally, as parents, we must consider what it truly the most important. If family time plugged in to God has been replaced by other things, it is time for a re-evaluation.

Begin by setting aside time on Sunday to be in God’s house to receive His gifts. When we get this top priority right it is much easier to set other priorities as well. 

Plug in to the love of Jesus!

Bill Meyer is Trinity Lutheran's principal.
Golter's Musings: Do you take things personally?
Do you take things personally?

Oh, I bet you think I mean accusation. I do, but there’s another side. 

Do you take flattery, also personally? Both are equally dangerous. Accusation or flattery, if taken personally, sets you up for a fall, a roller-coaster life.

Why?

Because you have set aside faith in Christ. What Christ says about you is the final, ongoing and refreshing word. The Gospel is not only a past event—when the Holy Spirit converted you—but an ongoing refreshing stream of life-giving water to your soul (see Psalm 1:3). Your God-given faith is sustained solely by the Good News of Christ as Savior from all sin. God designed faith this way, as needing the external power source of the Gospel.

Paul argues this persuasively. “I have been crucified with Christ (a baptismal reference). It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me,’ (Gal. 2:20).
What Jesus did to you matters; He connected you through baptismal splashing to His Cross and Resurrection (Rom. 6:3-4).

Christ can’t be put aside; your eyes must be fixed solely on Jesus, for self-esteem. Turn your ears daily to the Father’s Word of blessing.

Criticism may indeed have merit, causing a self-reflection and often a needed repentance. Flattery should be taken as an opportunity to praise the One who works all good through His believers (Phil. 2:12-13). Criticism or flattery is not the final word for your worth.
Any goodness goes as credit to the Holy Spirit who’s worked it through the Word and the Sacraments. Any sin is yours and mine, and both are owned by Jesus. “But He was pierced for our transgressions…” (Is. 53:5).

The above was one of the many topics I learned last week at Doxology, a training to make me a better pastor.

Oh, one more thing I learned of the above: The Devil will use others to accuse you; it’s his game plan. God, however, uses these slanderous schemes to keep you humble, and trusting only in Jesus.

So, hear a brother’s or sister’s words; consider them kindly, not defensively.

Consider them only as one daily immersed in the blood of Christ. 

Pastor Golter is Trinity's Senior Pastor
Trinity Penny War
Just a reminder to keep bringing in your pennies, silver coins and paper money - all of which will go toward the Kids Against Hunger food drive on Oct. 13 in Trinity's gym.

If you are interested in helping with the food packaging on Oct. 13, you can sign up in the school office.

So how does the Penny War work?

Classes work against each other to bring in the most pennies. Silver coins can be used to take away penny points from other grades. All paper money will be considered a donation. All funds go to Kids Against Hunger.

The winning class will receive popcorn and a movie.
Help Trinity win $25,000
How would you like to help Trinity Lutheran win $25,000?

The process is simple.

All you have to do is click here, and vote for Trinity Lutheran School.

Voting can be done as many times as you would like - even on a daily basis. The last day to vote is Sept. 30.

The winning school will win $25,000 to enhance the well-being of students, teachers and/or learning environments. Ten runner-up schools will win $1,000 to invest in a health and wellness need at their school.

Any funds won by Trinity will go toward playground equipment.
Athletics update
Trinity's varsity girls cross country won its second straight Cedar Rapids Invitational team title on Monday.

The Tigers placed all of their runners in the top 15.

Trinity's cross country teams return to action on Monday, Oct. 1 at the IDE meet at Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca.

On Saturday, Sept. 29, Trinity's JV and varsity soccer teams will be hosting the IDE conference meet. Trinity's JV team begins action at 9 a.m. on Trinity's soccer field, while the varsity opens at 11:30 on Assumption's soccer field. Good Luck Tigers.
Items of importance
CULVER'S SCOOPIE POINTS: Collect Culver's Scoopie Points for Free Kickballs for the playground and our gym! Buy a Kid's Meal, Enjoy the free scoop of custard, and bring the Scoopie Point to the school office.

FLL UPDATE: Trinity Luthearn is very happy to report that an excellent leader has been secured for the Middle School FLL team. Mr. C.J. Sissel has agreed to lead with support from Mrs. Amy Koenig. We now need to get our team formed and working. Middle School students should be bringing home a flyer today with more information. If you have questions, please seek out Mrs. Koenig.

BOX TOPS: Just a reminder that if you have any Box Tops at home, you can drop them off at the school. The first submission of Box Tops is upcoming.
Coming up
Sept. 29: Trinity hosting the IDE JV and varsity soccer tournament.

Oct. 1: Trinity cross country teams at IDE meet at Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca.

Oct. 2: Trinity volleyball, football teams hosting LIS.

Oct. 6: Trinity Hilltop Volleyball tournament.

Oct. 12: First Friday Night at the Movies at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Oct. 13: Kids Against Hunger food packaging in Trinity's gym.

For a complete listing of happening at Trinity, you can click here
Quick links
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SCHOOL CALENDAR: Check out the 2018-19 school calendar by clicking here

MEMORY PACKET: Check out this year's memory packet for all grades by clicking here
Join us in worship
SERVICE TIMES: Trinity's weekend worship services are at 5 p.m. on Saturday and at
8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. on Sunday.

SUNDAY SCHOOL, ADULT BIBLE STUDIES: Sunday School and Adult Bible studies begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 10:30 a.m.
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