FEBRUARY 2019
TRINITY TIDINGS
FLORIDA MISSION TRIP:
AN OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE
Are you looking for an opportunity to serve?

Through prayer, Ken and Pam Stotmeister have organized an opportunity for us to supply aid to those affected by Hurricane Michael, which made landfall in Florida this past October.

One of the casualties from the storm was an LCMS mission church that had been established by Trinity Lutheran in Panama City – a church the Stotmeisters have worshiped at while wintering in Florida. 

LCMS churches in Panama City and the surrounding area, including Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (pictured above) also suffered major damage.

In December, the Stotmeisters contacted the leadership at Trinity to see what was needed.

Trinity Panama City responded, offering us a place to stay for a week at no cost. The only expenses will be food and travel costs.

The plan is to leave for Florida on Feb. 23 and return on March 3. 

How can you be a part of this wonderful opportunity?

You can sign up – there is a sheet at the Welcome Center – to go on the trip.

Consider contributing to the cost of fuel used in the cleanup efforts by purchasing Shell or BP script in the school office or at the table outside the Fellowship Hall on Sunday morning.

Most importantly, pray for the residents of the area and for our safety.

If you would like more details about the trip, contact Ken Stotmeister at 563-349-9160.
GEARING UP FOR THE 2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR
Enrollment for the 20190-20 school year is under way at Trinity Lutheran.

This week, Trinity church and school families have the opportunity to enroll for the 2019-20 school year. Next week, we welcome the public to register.

While it is a joyous and exciting time of the year, however, it also is a crucial time as families make future decisions for their children.

In last week’s Golter’s Musings , Pastor Golter wrote: Children need Christ and Christ gives them life. They need God’s Spirit given through Holy Baptism to believe, love and to fight temptation from the Devil.

Please remember to keep Trinity Lutheran ChurchSchool in your prayers as well as the families registering and those considering our school.

If you would like to know how you can help with the enrollment process, you can click here .
LENTEN ACTIVITIES
With the Lenten Season approaching, Trinity Lutheran will be offering opportunities for you to be involved.

Registration for Trinity’s Lenten Bible study begins this weekend and will continue through Feb. 24 in the narthex. The focus of the Bible study: “Your God is too Glorious” by Chard Bird will be in conjunction with the Lenten sermon series.

The small groups will meet six times, beginning the week of March 6. For questions, contact Linda Gaster at 563-340-9778 or at lgaster@msn.com

Beginning on Ash Wednesday (March 6) and continuing during the other Wednesdays in Lent, Trinity will be having dinners from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, with worship service to follow at 6:30 p.m.

Check out the bulletin board by the Fellowship Hall to learn more specifics about each of the dinners.
FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY CLASS
Beginning on Sunday, Feb. 17, Trinity will be offering the Financial Peace University course. Everyone is welcome to join this life-changing class.

The class, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will meet in the art room, will be led by Bill and Joy Meyer who are graduates of this course.

Financial Peace University, led by Dave Ramsey, has had a positive impact on the financial health of countless families. Come learn how to better manage your resources, according to sound Biblical principles.

To register you, can click here . At this site, you will register and pay for your membership and materials. If you need some financial support in order access this class, contact Bill Meyer.
NEWEST ADDITION TO THE NARTHEX
Trinity’s narthex has another glorious piece of artwork, provided by Julie Wall.

Listed are details, planning, thinking and the work – from Mrs. Wall - that went into the painting:

We have just come out of the darkness of Advent, with the only light being the star that brings us to find the Christ Child. Epiphany is about light - Jesus is revealed to us as the Light - the Light of the world (Jn 8:12)!

The painting began as the Transfiguration of Christ as he becomes radiantly glorious, showing his true divinity. Jesus is the Light to lead us out of the darkness.

On the borders of the painting are the other “I AM” statements found in the Book of John: Jesus says, “I am the bread of life” (6:35); “I am the door” (10:9); “I am the Good Shepherd” (10:11); “I am the resurrection and the life”; “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (14:6); and “I am the true vine” (15:1).

I chose a symbol to represent each of the I AM statements.

The three stems of wheat represent the bread of life. The Chi Rho is one of the earliest forms of Christogram, symbolizing Jesus as our shepherd, and the One who came to sacrifice Himself for our sins.

The peacock is a symbol of renewal and immortality. Peacocks often appear in early Christian art as a symbol of the Resurrection and Eternal Life.

The image of the compass points us in the direction of His Way and puts us back on track when we stray off the path.

The key symbolizes the door to eternal life. The head of the key holds the symbol of the Triune God and the bit has a cut out of the cross.

The grapes are a symbol of the fruits we bear. Jesus is the Vine and only through Him can we bear fruit.
ITEMS OF IMPORTANCE
GOD'S WORKMANSHIP CLASS: Need better understanding of God's Word? What really does God teach about Christianity? Come to God's Workmanship class beginning Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the chapel. This is the class for those who desire more information about membership at Trinity as well. This class is fun, insightful and, it instills joy. 


TRINITY TRIVIA NIGHT: Trinity’s athletic department is hosting a Trivia Night on March 2. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with trivia beginning at 6 p.m. Tables can be reserved for $80 by contacting Shannon Kueter at shannon.kueter@trinitydavenport.org . In addition to the trivia, there also will be a silent auction. All proceeds will go toward purchasing uniforms for Trinity’s athletic teams.

CONGREGATIONAL FORUM RECAP: Trinity's Congregational Forum (Jan. 27) was an opportunity for the Board of Directors to share the most-recent work done on aligning Trinity’s ministry structure. Pastor Golter reminded everyone that structural alignment is for the sake of spreading the Gospel. Tim Dunn's presentation on the Missions Ministry Team, which included team goals, objectives and actions, provided a snapshot of how ministry teams work within the congregation. Mark Jorgensen, who is the Chairman of the Board of Directors, touched on the goal process, which will help in the development of Trinity’s spending plan and Blueprint for Ministry.
TRINITY HIGHLIGHTS
You can catch up on all the happenings from the past month at Trinity Lutheran ChurchSchool by checking out the Highlights sections , which are found in the church bulletin each week.
JOIN US IN WORSHIP
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.