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Your Weekly Update - July 14, 2021
Living Beyond Labels
[Jesus said,] "Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight. But even the hairs of your head are all counted. Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows." (Luke 12:6-7)

Dear Trinity Community,

Sunday’s service featured a wonderful and personal message by guest preacher Carmen Riebel. It is probably fair to say that all of us, at different points in our lives, have let ourselves be defined by the labels other people pin on us. The ways we are seen can affect how we see ourselves and how we judge ourselves as being worthy or of value.

Carmen shared her own struggles with the perceptions of others and how she has grown to understand and appreciate that what matters most is how Jesus defines us.

Key points:
  • We can fall into the trap of focusing on how other people think about us, but it's truly Jesus who makes us who we are. To each of us, Jesus says: You are beloved, a child of God, claimed by God, belonging to God, fought for, forgiven, and never too broken to be put back together by grace.
  • We are worthy. In Luke 12, Jesus says to each of us, “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight. But even the hairs of your head are all counted. Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
  • With God, we are enough. When we put our trust in God, we can be confident that we are more than enough. 
  • We are loved as we are. God loves us when things are difficult, knowing well our imperfections, thoughts, and sins. God sees past the walls we build to hide—and beyond what others think of us.

We are loved by Godthe One who put the stars in the sky and creatures in the oceans. God cares for each of us, and we can hold onto that and carry it with us always.

For Your Reflection
  • Have you ever let perceptions, expectations, and labels of other people define you, drive you, or make you question your value and worth?
  • Do you believe that God loves you in spite of your imperfections, mistakes, and sins? Why might this be hard to believe?
  • How does knowing that God loves you free you to be who you truly are and who God made you to be?

Trinity offers so many ways for all of us to discover God’s love, to love each other, and to show our love to those in our community and around the world. Learn more about what’s going on at Trinity below. And please be sure to click immediately below to take our worship survey. Thank you!
Take Survey to Determine Worship Times for 2021-22
A simple click and a few minutes of your time will help Trinity set the worship schedule for the coming year. Please take our survey right now at tiny.cc/TLC21Survey.

The COVID-19 crisis changed so many aspects of life, and worship at Trinity was no exception. As we look forward to returning to an expanded worship schedule this fall, your input will allow us to determine the schedule that will best suit our community and steward our resources for the future. Trinity in the past has sought commitments from at least 100 people to establish or continue each worship service at a given time, and we're seeking those commitments again while also prayerfully considering some new options that might better serve more people. The resulting 2021-22 worship schedule will also allow us to determine times for Sunday school, choir rehearsals, and other activities.

As your church leaders, we appreciate your patience and understanding amid the changing worship schedules we've been through together for the past 16 months. Please spread the word to members who aren't online that they can call 715-258-7688 to receive a printed survey by mail.

Please respond before noon on Thursday, July 29. Thanks very much!
Darling Family Heads to Boston for Monday Surgery
Thank you for your continued support for 12-year-old Trinity member Garret Darling and his family. Your recent generosity with finances and prayer is so greatly appreciated.

The family will return to Boston tomorrow and will have appointments all day on Friday. Garret's much-anticipated surgery will take all day on Monday, July 19, at Boston Children's Hospital, so we ask that our church family continue to pray for wisdom and precision for the doctors as well as peace and strength for Garret and the Darling family. They will continue to need prayers in the weeks that follow as Garret heals. We will continue to keep our Trinity family updated with news of Garett's progress. You can also get immediate updates via his Facebook group.

Garret was born with a tracheal esophageal fistula, meaning his esophagus was not attached to his stomach, and since then he has endured more than 70 surgeries. His recent medical attention at Boston offers the family new hope.

"Our Boston journey has such promise!" said Garret's parents, Erin and Jim, in a recent note of thanks. "We are so grateful to have your prayers and support. Thank you so much!"
Chapel on the Lakes Canceled Tonight
There will be no Chapel on the Lakes tonight due to today's late-day storms. We hope you can join us next week Wednesday or a subsequent Wednesday evening through Aug. 18. All are welcome to worship on the waters of the beautiful Chain O' Lakes at 6 p.m. Come to Clear Water Harbor at N2757 County Highway QQ in King as early as 5:15 p.m. to reserve your spot on the Harbor's sternwheeler for the hour-long worship service and tour. We regret that tonight's scheduled service with featured preacher Vinal Van Benthem won't happen. Next week Wednesday, July 21, Pastor Cliff Cameron from Waupaca First Assembly of God will lead the service. To view the complete schedule for this season of Chapel on the Lakes, click here.
A Word of Thanks From Pastor Gauerke
THANKS, members of Trinity and Pastor Andy, for the celebration of another memorable milestone—my 90th birthday. After retiring, Vi and I attended a senior health seminar at the Mayo Clinic. A week of presentations by members of their world famous staff can be summarized in 8 words: “Drink Water, Eat Vegetables, ExerciseDrink More Water!” Of course, I like meat, cake, cookies, and ice cream, too.
 
I’m thankful for Vi’s 67 years of love and care in marriage. And I’m grateful to Jesus and the Holy Spirit for revealing God’s amazing grace, “the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.” Amen
                                                         Pastor Gene Gauerke 
Pastor Parker Kantos Ordained & Installed in Pittsburgh
Hours after Trinity members celebrated the 90th birthday of a past pastor, another Lutheran pastor officially stepped into ordained ministry. Pastor Parker Kantos was ordained and installed at Brighton Heights Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon. The son of Craig and Lori Kantos, Parker grew up at Trinity an served as a summer intern before becoming our sponsored seminarian.

After many other pastors surrounded Parker as part of his ordination into the North American Lutheran Church, his family joined him, and Lori placed the red stole previously worn by the late Pastor Jon Sachs on Parker's shoulders.
Pastor Sachs' wife, Betsy, who provided the stole, was among the Trinity members watching online. Many others from our congregation signed a banner congratulating Pastor Parker after Trinity's Sunday worship service—we're sending the banner to him this week.

Please keep Pastor Parker; his wife, Gina; and the rest of their family in your prayers as he begins his ministry at Brighton Heights.
Cancer Support Group Meets Friday

If you or someone you love is facing cancer, you don't have to face it alone. The Cancer Support Group meets at Trinity the third Friday of the month at 1 p.m. in the Conference Room. The next meeting is this coming Friday, July 16. Everyone is welcome. If you would like more information, please contact Linda at 715-256-0496. Feel free to join us this Friday!
Career Opportunities at Tiny Treasures Preschool
Do you enjoy sharing knowledge and creativity with little ones? If so, Tiny Treasures has opportunities available for a lead teacher and two assistants. For more details on these positions, check out Tiny Treasures' Facebook page or contact Joni Radley at 920-574-1736; you may also email her. We look forward to hearing from you!
Feeding America Seeks Volunteers
Feeding America is looking for volunteers to help pack tribal food boxes that will go to Native Americans in Wisconsin, including people of the Oneida Nation. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to noon every other Wednesday (next date July 28) through Nov. 17. The packing will take place at the Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative in Waupaca (E502 Hwy 54, just west of Turners Fresh Market). Click this link to learn more about the opportunity and to sign up.
Pitch in With Operation School Supplies
It's that time of year again! School is just around the corner, and Trinity is once again supporting Operation School Supplies' ministry to Waupaca students and families. The entire month of July, there will be a box in the church entryway to receive school supplies. You may also make checks payable to Trinity and on the memo line write "Operation School Supplies." Items we are collecting include pens, highlighters, Crayola crayons, Crayola markers, Crayola colored pencils, workboxes, No. 2 pencils, scissors, and glue sticks. Thank you in advance for your generosity! 
Find Devotions and Other At-Home Resources
Trinity's website has a wealth of material, including links to devotion sites, on the At-Home Resources page.
Worship in Person or at Home
Join us for worship in person at Trinity, 206 E. Badger St., Sundays at 9 a.m.! Masks are optional for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. People who gather at Trinity are on their honor as to whether they should be masking and distancing in accordance with the policy.

Those at risk for serious illness from COVID-19 are encouraged to continue worshiping online or via our radio broadcast. 

  • Video worship services are LIVE on Sundays at 9 a.m. on Trinity's YouTube channel.

  • You can listen to Trinity Time at 9:30 a.m. Sundays on Lakes 92.7 FM, WDUX.
Your Giving Matters
Please consider making your offerings to Trinity as follows:

  • In person: Offer your gifts as you enter the sanctuary for 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.
Trinity Lutheran Church, Waupaca, Wis.
715-258-7688