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Your Weekly Update - Wednesday May 11, 2022


Passing the Baton  

In his sermon last week, Pastor Andy spoke about Peter and Tabitha, the focus of the reading from Acts, and the importance of being able to pass on the baton. He spoke about how God raises up new leaders to continue the work of faith, picking up where others left off. 

This last weekend was full of so many good things and new beginnings: baptisms, recognizing our graduates for all their hard work as they approach graduation and life after high school, saying farewell to Youth Coordinator Collins Pritchett and giving thanks for his work here at Trinity as he moves onto a new position at a church in Appleton, and saying goodbye for now to Pastor Andy as he begins his sabbatical, a three month period of rest, study, and rejuvenation away from the daily tasks of ministry. 

Pastor Andy’s sermon made me wonder: who in your life has been important in passing on faith to you? Whose faith life have you influenced through your words, actions, and prayer? Where might God be calling you in this season of life to invest your time, energy, and talents?


Bible cookies for Mother's Day

Trinity's 3rd and 4th graders, under the direction of their teachers Diane Stiebs and Lisa Handrich, made Bible cookies at Sunday school on Mother's Day. Students found the ingredients by looking up the assigned Bible verses. Enjoy the recipe!


Cancer Support Group Meets Friday, May 20

This group meets the third Friday of every month at 1 p.m. month in the youth room at Trinity. Each meeting includes prayer, group conversation, and a time for questions and concerns. All cancer patients, loved ones, supporters, friends and survivors are welcome. If you have questions, call Linda at 715-256-0496.


Grief Support Group Meets Monday, May 16

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The grief support group is open to everyone in our community who has lost a loved one and feels a group setting could help them through their journey of grief. It meets on the third Monday of each month, in Trinity's multipurpose room, from 6-7 p.m. We learn from each other how to survive and thrive again. If you have questions, call Ann at 715-258-0802 or Steve at 715-258-9626. 

Click here to learn more from the Waupaca County Suicide Prevention Coalition

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Trinity to Host Strawberry Fest Once Again


Strawberry Fest will be here before we know it! back Trinity is hosting the event for a second year on Saturday, June 18. We need Trinity volunteers to make this a great success! 

All money received at the food tent from this event will go towards Confirmation camp. The funds from the silent auction will go towards future youth trips. 

Please consider volunteering a couple hours of your time, or donating themed gift baskets, certificates, and items with a starting value of $50 or more. 

Click here to see available volunteer spots. We need a set up and clean up team, as well as grillers, food tent, welcome table, and silent auction workers. We will also be selling strawberry baked goods and treats, with all proceeds going to Waupaca Area Food Pantry. Please contact Linda Holtebeck at 715-412-1269 if you are interested in making a tasty donation!  

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Trinity's May Ministry Spotlight:

Lutheran World Relief

Lutheran World Relief envisions a future where all people, in every corner of the world can live full, dignified lives. Founded by Lutherans in the United States at the end of World War II, grounded in Lutheran theology and building on decades of experience, Lutheran World Relief tackles global poverty by helping people adapt to the challenges that threaten their livelihoods and well-being. 

LWR works with people based on need, regardless of race, religion or nationality and we do not evangelize. We provide aid in emergencies and help families restore their lives. We partner with communities to build and grow rural economies. We break the cycle of poverty, so families and communities can thrive. Our goal is to help people build self‐sufficiency and create new community‐owned approaches to problem‐solving that will last long after our projects end. Their mission is affirming God’s love for all people, we work with Lutherans and partners around the world to end poverty, injustice and human suffering, and the vision is clear: to help create a healthy world forever flourishing in dignity and justice.

LWR works in 21 countries with 16 field offices in three regions: Asia and the Middle East; Africa; and Latin America. Please consider supporting their work this month. You can give in the envelope provided or online at LWR. Give a gift. Change a life.


Volunteer Appreciation, Sunday May 22

Trinity Volunteers, we appreciate all that you do to serve our church, community, and the world! Whether it's helping prepare for worship services or serving during them, making items for Lutheran World Relief, using your gifts and talents to help steward the church, teaching, or serving others through one of our several ministries,  Trinity simply could not function and serve our church family and community well, without your love, support and generosity. 

Please make plans to join us directly after both services on Sunday May 22, for treats and to pick up your “Thank You” gift bag! Together we make Trinity BETTER! 


Calling All Funeral Luncheon Helpers

If you're interested in helping with Trinity funeral luncheons, there will be an informational meeting on Wednesday May 25 at 1:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. If you have any additional questions prior to this meeting, feel free to contact Debby Kinison at 715-281-1025.  


Geraniums for Pentecost Available

Geranium plants are now available for purchase in honor or memory of a loved one. Feel free to stop by the welcome counter or office entrway to fill out an envelope today! Plants are $10, and final plant purchases can be made by May 26.

Radio Sponsors Sought!

We currently have sponsorship spots available for Trinity Time radio broadcasts. Sponsorship cost is $100.00. If you are interested, please contact Lori at the church office at 715-258-7688. Thank you for supporting this ministry.

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   New Book Discussion Begins June 13

Pastor Erin will be leading a book discussion on Mondays at 6:30pm during the summer. Starting June 13, the group will be reading and discussing "A Year of Biblical Womanhood" by Rachel Held Evans. This fun yet deep book takes a look at what it means to live faithfully when our scriptures were written so long ago in a world so different from our own.

You can purchase the book wherever books are sold, and you can sign up for the book discussion in the church office. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Erin.

April Memorials

Joe Leean - General Fund

David Hansen - Undesignated 

Donna Reierson - Sunday School

Kaison Kamholz - Undesignated 

Covid-19 Test, Rest, and Seek Treatment Advice 

The number of reported cases of Covid-19 tripled in the past week, and it is likely that reported cases represent a severe undercount, because home test results are often unreported, and some folks are not getting tested at all. The good news is that relatively few people are getting sick enough to require hospitalization because vaccines or prior infection are protecting them from serious illness, or because they are quickly being treated with new medicines to reduce the severity of disease.

Here are some practical tips to protect you, your family, and your community as Covid-19 continues to spread.

  1. Test. If you have symptoms of Covid-19 like fever, chills, cough, and fatigue, get tested. Home testing kits are free from, may be purchased at a pharmacy, or you can check with your health-care provider or your county's health department for test availability.
  2. Rest. If you test positive, isolate yourself so you don’t spread the disease to others. Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.
  3. Seek Treatment. If your age or health conditions put you at risk of serious disease, contact your doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor may prescribe treatments that can diminish symptoms significantly and reduce the risk for hospitalization.

And of course, if you’ve not done so already, get vaccinated, boosted, and if you’re 50+ or 12+ and are immunocompromised, get your second booster. 

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