You may have noticed the crucifix in the Welcome Center as you came into church the past couple of Sundays.

This particular crucifix sat on Trinity's altar when the church was on 15th and Marquette streets in Davenport. Most recently, the altar cross was used in the 11 a.m. contemporary service.

Unfortunately, the cross was knocked over last year, and the corpus was broken. Repairs were attempted, but the age of the materials made the repair too difficult.

The new corpus is very close to the original in size and style. It has been hand carved and painted by artisans in Italy.

The altar cross, which is now located in the chapel was showing its age with much of its plating worn down to the bare metal. Funds were used to re-plate and restore this piece of Trinity’s history back to its former glory. 

By Pastor Golter/Trinity Senior Pastor
God deliberately spoils the enjoyment of whatever I want to do. I can do whatever I want with my body. I can have sex with whomever and whenever I want.

So goes the thinking…said Dr. John Kleinig in his teaching over the weekend here at Trinity. You know this and so do I. We hear it all the time and, it is assumed by our culture. This continual drumbeat invades your ears and the children’s, it takes a toll.

Can you imagine the dear Christians who sit at the feet of the college professors? They hold the power of academic “wisdom” as well as the threat of getting a good grade. This power is exercised; don’t be naïve.

The Wisdom from above, Jesus Christ, teaches the opposite. God created Christians to enjoy sex; His creations are sexual beings. He sets the boundaries—marriage itself—which protects His gift of sexuality for people.
Crossing the boundary of marriage causes all kinds of havoc, namely, shame and guilt.

The very strong push for public recognition for same-sex marriages arises from a desire to self-justify any pattern of marriage and use of sex different than the Creator’s design. Shame and guilt, however, cannot be covered up by any attempts from our side.

Impure bodies and consciences are only purified by the blood of Christ. “The blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all unrighteousness,”
(1 John 1:7b).

God does a body-makeover (language of Dr. Kleinig from the seminar). The splashing of water and His name spoken causes a re-generation, a new beginning (Titus 3:5), a new life. 

The Holy Spirit is given through the Word and Baptism. He teaches that your body is not your own, but God’s holy temple (1 Cor. 6:19-20,) purchased with the blood of Christ. Christ’s very Body touches lips and bodies in the Holy Meal. What gets touched gets purified.

Ordinary water from the faucet cleans dirty hands, but Baptismal water cleans dirty hearts and consciences. God’s Word preached, read in devotions, cleans. Clean hearts mean happy hearts. Happy hearts means happy co-workers.

Happy co-workers shine like the sun to those struggling with shame. “And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever,” (Daniel 12:3). And, Jesus’ words, “You are the light of the world…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven,” (Matt. 6:14, 16).

God is no killjoy. He is the only source of ongoing joy. Let your light shine.

“Let me ask you, from where do you get this attitude?”

You can read more Golter's Musings by clicking here.
Trinity Lutheran kicked off its 149th school year on Aug. 21 with more than 400 enrolled students.

In addition to welcoming many new students, Trinity also had the pleasure of adding three new rostered LCMS teachers - Deje Jensen, Jessica Hedrick and Beth Cross - to its faculty for this school year. We are so blessed to have such a wonderful and caring staff.

While the school year has started, Trinity still has room in each of its classes to add new students. Please feel free to spread the word to family, friends and neighbors.

You can check first-day of school photos by clicking here.
On Sept. 8-9, Trinity Lutheran ChurchSchool will celebrate Rally Day.

In addition to celebrating new beginnings, there will be changes to the Divine Service.

Beginning on Sept. 8-9, Trinity will offer Holy Communion every Sunday at each of the Divine Services. To accommodate for this change and to allow for more time during the Sunday School hour, the 10:30 a.m. service will begin at 10:45 a.m.

Also, on Sept. 9 during the Sunday School hour, Pastor Golter will continue his Bible study on Hebrews in the Fellowship Hall, while Pastor Vokt will be beginning a new study on the liturgical heritage of the Church and its Scriptural origins. The location of the Bible study still needs to be determined. Both of these studies begin at 9:30 a.m.

Children’s Sunday School also will kick off on Sept. 9, beginning at 9:30 a.m. If you haven’t signed your child(ren) up for Sunday School, you can click here.

The Rally Day festivities will conclude on Sept. 9, with Trinity’s Youth Fall Kickoff. The event will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Trinity’s soccer field. All junior and senior youth are encouraged to attend.
SEPT. 8: On Saturday, Sept. 8, Pregnancy Resources will be hosting a Walk4Life. To learn more about this event or to make a pledge, please contact Pat Gainer at or at 563-370-6501.

SEPT. 11: 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. If would like more information about the class, contact the church office.

SEPT. 17: Congregational members will have the opportunity to have their church pictorial directory picture retaken or taken for the first time. Schedule an appointment at the table in the narthex or contact Pam in the school office at 563-322-5224.
In August:

  • The doors, glass and structure of the main entrance of the school were replaced and equipped with a buzz-in security system.
  • Doxology Conference, which featured Dr. John Kleinig, welcomed more than 170 individuals.
  • Work is almost complete on the re-design of Trinity's church and school website. Stay tuned for a launch date.
  • Trinity's Freezer Meal Ministry Team partnered with the Girl Scouts to prepare frozen meals for those in need.
You can catch up on all the happenings from the past month at Trinity Lutheran ChurchSchool by clicking on the links to the right, which will direct to you the Highlights sections, which are found in the church bulletin each week.
Join us in the Divine Service on Saturday night or Sunday morning. If you know someone that is looking for a church home, have them contact the church office at 563-323-8001.