SEPTEMBER 7, 2018
PAW PRINTS NEWSLETTER
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On Mr. Meyer's Mind: Waiting Can Be Hard
This past Saturday, I and thousands upon thousands of Nebraska football fans had to endure a long wait for the storms to clear so that we could finally watch our Huskers.

Alas, God had other plans as wave after wave of thunderstorms rolled through the area, leading to no game.

It was hard to wait, hoping that there would be a break in the weather.

This is but one example of how difficult it can be to wait for something.

In spite of the disappointment a new day dawned on Sunday!

We get impatient waiting for the light to turn green, to be called back to the doctor’s office, and standing in the checkout line in the grocery store.

It really seems like we are always in a hurry. Sometimes I wonder if we are hurrying so much that life is simply passing us by.

Reflect upon these words from Isaiah 40:31:   “…but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

Does earthly waiting make you weary?

Wait on the Lord and you will be renewed! Amazing, right? But how? How can I be renewed? How do I wait for the Lord?

The best way to be renewed is through His Word. Take a Bible break and listen to your Savior.

Come to church to hear of His love and promises and to receive His gifts.

Nothing is more renewing that knowing that through Christ my sins are forgiven. We wait on the Lord by being faithful to Him—keeping our faith alive and vibrant. We wait on the Lord because we anticipate the wonderful surprise of life eternal. 

Next time you are frustrated with waiting turn your heart and mind to your Savior. He waits with you and for you!
Bill Meyer is Trinity Lutheran's principal.
Golter's Musings: #beginningoftheworld
God’s Book records how God’s creation began.

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth,” (Gen. 1:1).

God wants you to know what and how creation began. Since you weren’t there, He tells you.
This beginning story reveals His activity then and also now. God reveals His heart by what He does.

Some pointers about which we can take great delight:

God gives Himself His own stamp of approval of how He made everything. “And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good,” (Gen. 31). Therefore, you and I rejoice how God made and continues to make His creation, even us. My 5’ 7” frame as well as His packaging of Golter—aptitude, brain design, personality—is His marvelous creation. The same is for you.

God goes after Adam and Eve in the Garden (Genesis 3:1 f.), sending Jesus to preach to them. Jesus pronounced a curse upon the Devil but blessing and forgiveness to His first couple. God’s first and ongoing inclination is to rescue and forgive sinners . The same is for you.

From this first history God tells us how death and sin came about. Death is His punishment for sin upon sinners (Genesis 2:17; cf. Rom. 6:23). Death is not natural but God’s ongoing consequence and judgment for rebellion against Him. God however preaches right away judgment upon the Devil and blessing upon Adam and Eve. All payment for sin was already secured in the Offspring of the woman, as preached by God (Genesis 3:15). Now you know why you die but also why you will live forever.

Creation’s beginning shows God’s chosen paradigm for marriage, between one man and one woman. He co-works with a husband and wife and produces children. This is God’s ongoing creation pattern of populating the earth. God asserts His goodness to and through a man and a woman to children. God loves children, the more the better. Parents bring children to the Baptismal Font and God baptizes them into His life, a marvelous cooperative work. Through parents God feeds children both in body and soul, with meat and vegetables and with God’s Word. This is the pattern.

God’s original pattern is heterosexual love within proper marital boundaries; only this design by God produces children and is God-pleasing. As intense, sincere and powerful as homosexual love may be, it cannot produce children. God didn’t set it up that way. Any deviance from God’s pattern is rebellion against the Creator and, “suppress(es) the truth,” (Romans 1:18).

God created humans as sexual beings, male and female; this is very good. His original pattern for human sexuality remains the final word and ongoing critique for all practice after Creation.

“Pastor, what’s your opinion of same-sex marriage and homosexuals?”
“Pastor, what is God’s first and ongoing opinion of me? I’m such a sinner.”

“Pastor, didn’t the world just come about by itself, perhaps by a big bang?”

“These are excellent questions, thank you! Let’s go back to Creation, to what God says.”

#Beginning of the World.
Pastor Golter is Trinity Lutheran's Senior Pastor
Trinity Glow Run
Make plans to join us on Friday, Sept. 21 for a Glow Run on Trinity's campus. The event begins at 6 p.m. with food and games, while the run starts at 7 p.m.

Glow bracelets and necklaces will be provided. Hair color and glow hairspray also will be available.

A $5 donation/family is being requested.

Don't miss out on this opportunity for food, fun and fellowship.
Sunday School kickoff this weekend
Trinity will kick off another year of Sunday School this weekend as part of Rally Day Weekend. Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. and concludes at 10:30 a.m. Listed are room assignments for each class.

In addition to Sunday School, all Trinity students will have the opportunity to sing at one of Sunday's services - 8 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. Students can sit with their families until called to sing.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSROOM ASSIGNMENTS
2-year-olds and 3-year-olds: Meet in Mrs. Schmitzer’s room.
4-year-olds and kindergarteners: Meet in Ms. Breuer’s room.
First-sixth grade: Meet/dismiss in the music/band room .
Seventh-eighth grade: Meet in Mrs. Mester's classroom.
Athletics update
Trinity's varsity soccer team stayed perfect on the season after posting a victory over LIS Williamsburg earlier this week.

The Tigers' JV team, which lost to LIS earlier this week, and varsity team return to action on Saturday at Valley Lutheran in Cedar Falls, facing Cedar Rapids and Valley Lutheran.

Trinity's cross country team will have to wait another week to compete at its own meet. Friday's meet was postponed because of wet conditions.

Trinity's varsity volleyball team will open its season next Saturday, competing in the Unity Christian tournament in Fulton, Ill.
Items of importance
FLL LEADERS NEEDED: We are in need of leaders for our middle school and our Jr. FLL teams. Mrs. Eckert, who has provided the leadership for the past several years, has decided not to lead this year. She will willing to advise if that is desired. If Trinity is going to have a middle school team this year, we will need a leader to step up very soon. Mrs. Amy Koenig has offered to be the school liaison for the middle school team. If you are interested in being an FLL leader for either group, please contact Mr. Meyer or Mrs. Koenig as soon as possible. 

BECOMING MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH: If you would like to become a member of the church, Trinity's God Workmanship classes will begin on Sept. 11. The classes, which will meet for 12 weeks, will be on Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Childcare will be provided. Please contact the church office for more information.

BEAUX ARTS FAIR: The Beaux Arts Fair is this weekend in the Figge Plaza! The event is free to see what other artists are creating from our area. Art is for sale in individual booths. New this year are creation stations on Saturday from 12-4 and Sunday 12-3. Children have to opportunity to make art at the Creation Stations sponsored by Dick Blick, Galesburg, Bereskin Art Academy and STEAM Lab, and The Artist's Vault, Eldridge. (Hint: Stop by to say hi to Mrs. Wall at the Artist's Vault tent to make Fish Prints and watercolor postcards.) For more information, visit the Beaux Arts page on  or watch Mrs. Wall on Paula Sands to see what you can make.
Coming up
Sept. 11: PTL meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the school library.

Sept. 18-19: Fall pictures.

Sept. 21: Glow Run.

Sept. 24-28: Book Fair.

Sept. 26: See You at the Pole.

Sept. 26-28: Sixth-grade Outdoor Ed. trip.

For a complete listing of happening at Trinity, you can click here
Quick links
LUNCH MENU: Check out the lunch menu for Trinity by clicking here

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

BIBLE STUDIES: Check out the Bible studies happening this week 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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