JULY 2018
TRINITY TIDINGS
CHANGES TO THE DIVINE SERVICE
Beginning the weekend of Sept. 8-9, Trinity Lutheran ChurchSchool will be incorporating changes to the Divine Service.
After discussion and study by the Elders and Pastor Golter, it was decided that Holy Communion will be offered in every Divine Service.
To accommodate this change, the 10:30 a.m. Divine Service will be changed to 10:45 a.m. on Sundays. This change will help with our Sunday School hour, where requests have been made for a longer time to teach the Bible to God’s children – both big and small. To read more about the changes, you can click here.
MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR

Take a look at Trinity’s new logo that is pictured to the right.

What do you see? Yes, the “T” is replaced with a Cross. What does this mean?

It’s a reminder that all our work here at Trinity, from the preaching and teaching to caring and listening centers around the Cross of Christ. Without Jesus, we would be lost.

The Cross as the “T” in Trinity teaches something else. The Father will only be known through and by His Son. And, it is His Son who went to the Cross as the sacrificial Lamb. Jesus is the “image of the invisible God” (Col. 1:15); in Him the Father’s heart is revealed to us.

The Cross is the lens through which we view the Trinity. God is totally selfless, as He sacrificed His Son on the Cross for everyone, and everyone is undeserving. The Cross reveals the surprising love and generosity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

This Cross, Jesus’ Cross, teaches a selfless and sacrificial life of every Christian. It also teaches the selfless attitude owned by Trinity Lutheran ChurchSchool; it’s one ministry (note the two words joined together) that serves, cares, sacrifices and proclaims the Christ who pressed His flesh to the Cross.

Watch for the new logo in such places as the bulletin inserts, letterhead and mission cards. 
TRINITY YOUTH SPENDS WEEK IN WEST VIRGINIA
Last month, Trinity Lutheran’s Youth Group – Aftershock – spent five days in the Kanawha Valley of West Virginia’s coal country, painting, digging, building, and roofing for the residents of the area. 

During the week, Trinity's Youth spent an hour in the morning, worshiping and learning about Jesus and Peter before heading to different work sites, where we worked - rain or shine - until 3 p.m.

At night, the Youth came together to talk about what happened during the day, discussing the Bible readings and going through daily devotions. It was an awesome week of serving those in need and learning about Jesus. We grew closer to Christ and to each other.

Those who took part in the work trip included: Jim McCartney, Tammy McCartney, Jill Schmitzer, Tim Davison, Morgan Barker, Brendan Bloomer, Hunter Boldt, Rebecca Casad, Renee Casad, Renee Clemensen, Martin Leyhe, Alex Mester, Brooke Mester, Noelle Smith, Grace Schneiderman

Thanks to the generosity of our Trinity congregation, we were able to donate $400 in gift cards as well as diapers and wipes. We also used the paint supplies that were donated on our work sites.

These donations were on top of the great generosity our youth has been shown in raising the money to make the trip to West Virginia. It is awesome to see how God provides our every need. 
 
Thank you to everyone for your prayers and support, and thanks to Our Lord and Savior for blessing us in every way imaginable for this amazing opportunity to serve.
TRINITY MINISTRY REPORT FOR 2017-18
Trinity Lutheran's Ministry Report is an opportunity to share, recap and highlight the many blessings and thanksgivings celebrated during the past year.

It also is an opportunity to hear from some of Trinity’s different ministries.

You can check out the Ministry Report by clicking here.
DOXOLOGY CONFERENCE
The deadline to sign up online for the Doxology Conference is Aug. 11.

Dr. John Kleinig, who is a Professor Emeritus at Luther Campus in Adelaide, Australia, will be here at Trinity on Aug. 25, presenting a conference on Christian Sexuality in a Decadent World.

The conference will be from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $8 for students and $15 for adults.

Online registration can be done by clicking here.
SAFETY, SECURITY INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS
In recent months, the security of Trinity’s campus has become a main concern.
 
The National Lutheran School Accreditation committee, which visited Trinity Lutheran ChurchSchool this past spring, agreed as well.
 
After spending a couple of days on campus, the group determined that Trinity needs a heightened level of security, and it needs to be addressed immediately or we could risk losing our Lutheran School Accreditation.
 
The report from the accreditation team prompted the formation of a safety committee, which includes members that represent all aspects of our ministry. The committee has studied security needs and has received bids. The security upgrades have been placed into phases, so the project may be completed for importance and practicality.
 
A portion of Phase I, which has been estimated at $30,000 to complete, has been taken care of with the donation of $3,400, which will be used to purchase a video phone system that will be placed at the front door of the school. 
 
Donations of all sizes are still needed to get this project completed.
 
We would like to invite you to one of the informational meetings regarding the scope of this project. These informational meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. and also on Saturday, Aug. 11 at 9 a.m. Meetings will be in the Fellowship Hall.
 
Please pray for the success of our combined efforts with this project.
FINANCIAL STATUS
The financial records have been closed for Fiscal Year 2018.

Thank you to the faithful members of Trinity who generously contributed to our Lord’s work this past year. The fiscal year 2018 ended with a surplus of $5,363. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

The opportunities continue into the new fiscal year, as the approved budget anticipates continued growth in church and school income. We as a congregation should now prayerfully consider how we will respond to God's grace with joyful generosity to enable Trinity ChurchSchool to spread His Word and advance His Kingdom.

To read more about Trinity's financial status and to check out the end-of-year financial numbers, click here.
MINISTRY THANKSGIVINGS
In July:

  • Resurfacing, refinishing of the art room floor.

  • Continued work on Trinity's modular, including the cleaning and painting inside of the modular.

  • The installation of a new phone system, which hadn't been updated since 1999.

  • The safe return of Trinity's Youth after spending a week in West Virginia on a summer work trip.

  • Thank you to all those who had their pictures re-taken or taken for the first time to make our church pictorial directory more complete.
TRINITY HIGHLIGHTS
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 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.