JUNE 2018
What a blessing and a sight to see - more than 300 children and volunteers took part in a wild ride at Splash Canyon during Trinity Lutheran's Vacation Bible School on June 18-22. During the week-long adventure, children and volunteers learned - through crafts, story time, games, music and God's word - that life is full of thrills and spills, and while we may not know what's around the corner - God does. A special thank you to Kari Smith, Melissa Pauling and all those who volunteered to make this year's VBS a success.
Paul has astounding words. “Aspire to live quietly,” (1 Thessalonians 4:11).

How contrary to the American push to get ahead, achieve, out-work!

I saw this when I visited Tokyo some 4 years ago. All these young men and women, dressed in black or blue business suits, suitcases in hand, and head looking to the ground, and hurrying off to work via the train. They were quite impressive, and driven. I wonder, how many owned quiet souls.

Do you?

God’s pattern of the seasons teach the necessity of life itself: one needs the summer rains and sunshine for rest and relaxation to handle the coming severity of cold and storm.

Paul teaches what a quiet life looks like. “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves,” (Phil. 2:3).

Exhausted is one who continually is making comparisons toward others, especially with the assumption that you are far better.

Quiet living looks like this: saying meal prayers, watching the news, kissing your kids and spouse, praying for the Lord’s blessings on family and the neighbor in the hospital, going to church to hang out with Jesus and receiving His Word and Body and Blood, going to the doctor, mowing the lawn, pulling the weeds, and heading across the river to work at Deere.

All of this done with the confidence that Jesus is coming back, as He promised (2 Peter 3:13).

Oh, yah, and watching the River Bandits. And, joining the Work Club at Trinity. 
Trinity Lutheran ChurchSchool is ramping up its 4 “C” ing the future campaign in hopes of providing more students the opportunity to be in a Christ-centered environment for learning.

The four Cs – Christ, Curriculum, Character and Community – are the foundation of Trinity’s education and the focus of the message that we share with prospective families. Word of mouth has been a very powerful recruiting tool for Trinity, and as we push forward with this campaign, we need your assistance and voice.

First and foremost, we need you to pray that God will lead families to us.

Also, if you have a Facebook account, we would love if you could go on to Trinity’s  church and school Facebook page and share the 4-C advertising message.

We also have brochures and flyers available in the narthex of the church for you to share with family, friends and neighbors.

If you can get prospective families to call the school at 563-322-5224, God and our great staff will take care of the rest.

There is an added bonus of a $200 reduction in tuition for current school families who refer prospective families who enroll in kindergarten through eighth grade at Trinity.

Our faculty and staff would like to thank you for all your effort and support.
During Trinity's Annual Voters Meeting on June 24, congregational members unanimously approved the proposed fiscal year 2019 budget.

Also approved during the meeting were the selections of Chuck Stanger (vice chairman), Denise Hollonbeck (director at-large) and Margie Hansen (director at-large) to Trinity's Board of Directors. A special thank you also was voiced to Julie Abramowski and Mary Frost for their years of service on the Board of Directors.

In closing, Mark Jorgensen, who is the chairman of the Board of Directors, shared some insight on the work of the BOD for the upcoming year, which included:
  1. Building relationships
  2. Making use of committees
  3. Clarifying lines between staff work and board work
  4. Focusing on future goals
  5. Financial monitoring

Please remember to keep the Board of Directors in your prayers as they continue to establish annual goals for the ministry.
Trinity Lutheran has the wonderful opportunity of welcoming Dr. John Kleinig to its campus.

Dr. Kleinig, who is a Professor Emeritus at Luther Campus in Adelaide, Australia, will be delivering a Doxology presentation on Christian Sexuality in a Decadent World, with the goal of equipping people with tools to speak constructively and to live confidently amid the current confusion of sexuality and marriage.

The conference will be Saturday, Aug. 25 from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran. The cost is $8 for students and $15 for adults, which includes individuals in high school, college and seminary. Included in the cost are seminar materials and a box lunch.

Online registration, which will be open through Aug. 11, can be done by clicking here. Paper registrations are also available at the Welcome Center in the entrance of the church. 

You don't want to miss out on this special opportunity.
HOW TO BE INVOLVED IN TRINITY'S WORK CLUB: Trinity’s Work Club is off and running. The group will begin meeting weekly on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. If you were unable to attend the June 25 informational meeting, there still are opportunities to be involved. There are signup/information cards available in the Work Club mailbox outside the church office. Filled out cards can be left in the mailbox. If you have any questions, contact John Bremer at 563-650-7216.

150th ANNIVERSARY PREPARATIONS: Scott and Lisa Lindholm are the
co-directors for the 150th Anniversary celebration of Trinity ChurchSchool. Are you interested in getting on the steering committee for this marvelous effort? Call Scott or Lisa at 370-1968. 

CHAPEL PIANO PLAYERS: Trinity is looking for volunteers to play piano for chapel for the 2018-2019 school year. Chapel typically is held every Wednesday morning during the school year. We are looking for people to play either once a month or once a quarter. Please contact James Ullman at james.ullman@trinitydavenport.org or call the school office
(563-322-5224) if you are interested in this opportunity. 
Every month, 10.5 percent of the general budget offerings is set aside for local and global mission work.

This is a “tithe” of our offerings for the Lord’s work outside of Trinity Lutheran ChurchSchool.

Seven percent is remitted to Iowa District East (IDE) for district and synod administrative and outreach expenses.

Within IDE outreach, dollars support deaf ministry, hospital chaplain (University of Iowa), chapels on college campuses (Iowa City and Cedar Falls), district camp (IO-DIS-E-CA), and church planting (North Liberty and Charles City).

Some of the dollars sent to IDE are forwarded to the synod headquarters for administrative expenses and to support outreach of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod on a national and global level such as mission work and disaster response.

Other mission contributions go to the Davenport East Side Mission (2 %), world missions (1%), and local social services (½%).

In June:

  • Trinity Lutheran celebrated the end of another school year, which was Year No. 147, with an end of the year bash.

  • Trinity's Summer Shining Stars program opened, with close to 100 students signed up for the program.

  • Jessica Hedrick and Deje Jensen accepted Divine Calls to serve as teachers for the upcoming school year.

  • A Work Club was formed to tackle fix-it projects - both big and small.

  • Preparation work continues on the modular building, which is expected to be delivered in July. (pictured above).

  • Roger and JaNan Less, along with Gary Bates have been leading the charge in the outside beautification of Trinity's campus by pulling, cleaning and planting.

  • A Trinity garden was planted - just outside the Fellowship Hall.

  • Matt Schmitzer agreed to be the Team Ministry Leader for Parish Education, while Tim Dunn has become the Team Ministry Leader for Missions. Also, Steve Pauling will be serving as an Elder.

  • A bid has been accepted to replace Trinity's phone system, which hasn't been updated since 1999. Also, progress continues to move forward with the security of Trinity's church and school.
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.