MARCH 2019
Has all the snow, wind, ice, rain, frigid cold got you down this winter?

While it looks like we are going to be blessed with tolerable temperatures this weekend, the celebration of the Transfiguration of our Lord should be motivation and enough to warm everyone’s heart, mind, body and soul.

Take notice to Martin Luther’s view of the Transfiguration, and what it means for our eternal good.

The resurrection of the dead and the future glory and brightness of our bodies are shown. For this was something very remarkable, that Christ was transfigured while yet in the mortal body, which was subject to suffering. What then shall it be, when mortality shall have been swallowed up, and nothing shall remain but immortality and glory?

“What a thought! As glorious as the Transfiguration was, yet since Christ was still subject to suffering, it is not even the full picture! Jesus gives but a sneak-peek of what will be. Now, that He is crucified and risen, death no longer having dominion over Him, you have hope of the same immortal glory as your Lord.” (Rev. Stephen Preus)

Martin Luther adds: This appearance teaches us also that we should despise death, and look upon it merely as an emigration or a sleep. In short, this appearance proves that this life is nothing at all in comparison with the future life.

How comforting. Praise be to God!

We hope that you can make plans to join us in worship this weekend – at 5 p.m. on Saturday and at 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. on Sunday - and beat the winter blues as we turn our attention and focus to when Jesus’ “face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light” (Matthew 17:2).
In the coming days, many of us will be hearing and recalling the familiar words: “Remember, you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

The imposition of ashes on our foreheads – marked in the sign of the cross – on Ash Wednesday (March 6), remind us that we are sinners, and Christ died for us sinners, washing away the filth of our sins by His blood.

The imposition of ashes mark the beginning of Lent – a 40-day journey in which we keep the focus of our lives of faith on Jesus and to learn more of Him and His loving plan of salvation for us.

Trinity Lutheran would like to invite you to join us during this Lenten journey through the Divine Services – at 12:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. during the Wednesdays in Lent – as well as Lenten Dinners, which begin at 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall and lead up to the Wednesday worship service.

Trinity's faculty will be hosting the first of six Lenten Dinners on Ash Wednesday (March 6).
The faculty will be serving a pasta dinner from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Donations collected from the dinner will help support Ben and Emma Schranz, who is a former member at Trinity Lutheran ChurchSchool and the daughter of Julie Wall.

On Dec. 29, Ben suffered a medical trauma, causing him to lose the majority of his vision. Due to his disability, Ben no longer is able to work or drive for the foreseeable future. The couple remains hopeful for a partial or complete recovery.

We hope that you can make plans to attend the March 6 dinner and join us for worship at 6:30 p.m.
Trinity's High School Youth will be selling mocha's, latte's, iced coffees and more on Sunday, March 3 after the 8 a.m. service to help raise money for the National Youth Gathering this July in Minneapolis.

We will be charging $4 for a 16-oz cup of your favorite java.

Free church coffee will still be available.
Members of Trinity Lutheran have arrived in Florida and are beginning to help those who suffered damage from Hurricane Michael, which hit landfall in October 2018.

Here’s an update from Ken Stotmeister:

I got to Trinity Lutheran Panama City on Sunday afternoon and met Pastor Ed Brashier, the head of Shepherds Heart Ministry, a disaster relief partner of LCMS, to evaluate a few jobs, to see if we had the equipment and manpower and time to do them. It gave me a chance to see some of the scope of the damage Hurricane Michael caused here in the panhandle. 

The ironic thing is that Panama City Beach, which is across the bay and is spring break hot spot for college students, was virtually undamaged. The other side, where food and drink servers and hotel cleaning people and store employees and others people who serve the tourists live, suffered major damage. 

Our five-person crew has been doing debris removal on four properties throughout east Bay County. One gentleman needed his collapsed storage shed removed, while an older lady suffering from Alzheimer’s and her disabled son needed tree debris removed and building materials (insulation, shingles and metal skirting) removed.

The other two needed only tree debris removed. Tree debris removal consists of 80-foot trees that have uprooted being cut into manageable size and removed with a tracked Bobcat with a grappler attachment. Plus all the limbs and branches. 
GARDEN WORK: Do you like being outside? Do you like playing in the dirt? Do you have a passion for plants and flowers? If so, we need your help in the churchyard! Join me, JaNan Less, on Monday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the church library to learn more. If you cannot make this meeting but want to help, please call or text me at 563-209-7979 or email me at so I can include you as we move forward!

PLANT SALE KICKOFF: On Monday, March 4, Trinity School will be kicking off its annual Plant Sale fundraiser. Beginning next week, plan sale orders will be accepted through Trinity students or by going to If you would like to help with the Plant Sale, you can contact Lisa Davison at .

LWML LENTEN BREAKFAST: Trinity's LWML (Lutheran Women in Mission) is hosting a Lenten potluck breakfast and a Bible study on March 9, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome.
MARCH 2: Communion workshop for 5-8 grades in the Fellowship Hall.

MARCH 2: Trinity Trivia Night in the Fellowship Hall.

MARCH 4: Trinity Plant Sale fundraiser kickoff in the gym.

MARCH 6: Ash Wednesday services at 12:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

MARCH 6: Lenten Dinner in the Fellowship Hall from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

MARCH 9: LWML Lenten breakfast, Bible study in the Fellowship Hall.

MARCH 11-15: Spring break for Trinity School.

MARCH 13: Lenten worship services at 12:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

MARCH 13: Lenten Dinner in the Fellowship Hall from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

MARCH 20: Lenten worship services at 12:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

MARCH 20: Lenten Dinner in the Fellowship Hall from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

MARCH 22-23: Middle School play in the Fellowship Hall.

MARCH 27: Lenten worship services at 12:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

MARCH 27: Lenten Dinner in the Fellowship Hall from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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 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.