Trinity Connections

Your Weekly Update - Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Praising God for the Gift You Are

By Pastor Andy

How often have you prayed to God, “Thank you for me”? It might seem selfish, but one of my favorite Bible passages, Psalm 139, gives us a beautiful template to praise God for the gift that each of us is. Sunday’s sermon started our Epiphany sermon series focusing on the Psalms, which speak to a wide array of life’s circumstances. Many of them, including Psalm 139, praise God. The fact that this psalm praises God for giving us ourselves isn’t self-centered—after all, it’s giving God the credit. And, even though we often think otherwise, God deserves a lot of credit when it comes to the truly wonderful works of God we are. In some of the most powerful, personal language in the entire Bible, Psalm 139 describes how well God knows us and how closely connected God is with us, even before birth and even through death. No wonder God provides for us, as Jesus emphasizes in Matthew 6. Each of us is worth so much to God. Don’t forget this the next time you look in the mirror. As the psalm tells us, you are wonderfully made, and God is sticking with you no matter what!

Luther's Tap Returns Tomorrow!

Joining Trinity Jan. 23: Jacci Peterson

It feels good to be coming back home! My husband, Greg, and I moved to Waupaca in 2012 and quickly joined Trinity. My daughter, Abby Stumke, 21, was confirmed here, and my son, Mason Stumke, 16, started Confirmation here before I took the church administrator position at The Lakes in 2020. I’m thrilled to be rejoining the Trinity family both as a member and starting Monday, Jan. 23, as your church administrator.

I spent 20-plus years in dentistry before I was called to serve our Lord and Savior. I look forward to working with you as together we strive to fulfill our mission to call people to Jesus; equip people with a faith that functions in daily life; and send people into the world in Jesus’ name.


When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family, sewing, kayaking, checking out caves, and playing games.


I strive to live like Jesus daily. I’m a people person and look forward to catching up with old friends. I also love meeting new people, and if we don’t currently know each other, that’s OK; I know we will be fast friends! Feel free to stop by my office any time.

Annual Report Now Available; Don’t Miss Jan. 29 Annual Meeting

Trinity’s 2022 annual report is now available in advance of our 2023 annual meeting on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 9:30 a.m. in place of the late worship service. There will be one service that morning at 8 a.m., in person and live online, and a Sunday School event for kids will still take place during the meeting at 9:30. You can now pick up a complete 2022 annual report from the church building or download a copy of the written reports here. Trinity members can also attend the annual meeting via Zoom on Jan. 29 at or by calling 312-626-6799 and entering (Meeting ID) 867 9544 3248 and (Passcode) 605103.

Mark Your Calendars to Attend

Soup's On

You can be a part of Trinity’s Souper Bowl of Caring by donating a can of soup. Non-perishable items may be left in the grocery cart at the top of the stairs in the Connection Room. All items will be donated to the Waupaca Area Food Pantry.

Honor or Remember Someone in 2023

Radio and altar flower sponsorships are now available for 2023. To sponsor a "Trinity Time" radio broadcast, which is especially appreciated by our homebound church members, contact the church office with your preferred date. As for altar flower openings, visit the entryway bulletin board to see the sign-up sheet or contact the church office. These are both great ways to honor a special person or event, or to remember a loved one.

The office staff welcomes any questions and will gladly assist with your sign-up date.

January Opportunities Await You

Trinity's January calendar is available for viewing! There are activities for adults and children. Be sure to save the date and attend Trinity's annual meeting at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 29.

Come and Join Jake!

You are invited to join Jake the Pancake Man as he serves up pancakes from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, in the Fellowship Hall at Trinity.

Sunday School students and staff will eat free during their regular classroom time. Families and the congregation are invited to join from 9 to 11 a.m. for all-you-can-eat pancakes at $7 per person. Children 5 and under eat free.

Football and Food

Join Pastor Erin for the return of potlucks and watch the Super Bowl together at Trinity! Come for the first half or the whole game Sunday, Feb. 12, and enjoy food, friendship, and (hopefully) an entertaining game with good commercials in between. Find out just how much Pastor Erin knows or doesn’t know about professional football. Potluck sign-up is available now in the church office. If you have any questions, you can email Pastor Erin.


December Memorials

Thank you for the gifts to our ministries in honor and in memory of your loved ones. The funds have been designated as follows:

  • Kaison Kamholz: Undesignated
  • Betty Kessler: Undesignated & Mission Quilters
  • Christian Spick (in honor of his baptism): Undesignated.

Where to Look for Weather-Related Updates

Wondering whether wintry weather will cause a church activity to be canceled? Keep an eye on Trinity's website and Facebook page. We'll be sure to offer updates there if weather changes our plans.

Worship in Person or at Home

Join us for in-person worship at Trinity, 206 E. Badger St., Waupaca. Services are at 8 and 9:30 a.m. Sundays and 6:15 p.m. Wednesdays.


Sunday video worship services are LIVE at 9:30 a.m. on Trinity's YouTube channel.

You can also listen to "Trinity Time" at 9:30 a.m. Sundays on Lakes 92.7 FM.

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Your Giving Matters

Please consider making offerings to Trinity:

In person: Offer your gifts during worship.

By mail: Send checks to Trinity Lutheran Church at 206 E. Badger St., Waupaca, WI 54981.

By drop-off: Deposit offerings in the secure box just inside the south door nearest the church office. The office is open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Online: Click the "Give Now" button below.

Give Now

If you have an urgent need to get in touch with a pastor, especially when the church office is closed, call or text 715-256-7789. You can also access this pastoral care line by calling Trinity and following the prompts through the voicemail system.

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