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May 12th - May 21st, 2023


May 14th, 2023

Sunday Morning Divine Service

6th Sunday in Easter

Mother's Day

The 6th Sunday of Easter is the last Sunday that we celebrate the presence of Christ here on earth after the resurrection. On Thursday, May 18th is Ascension day. It is 40 days after Easter. We will recognize Ascension day on Easter 7, May 21st. Today we hear about Christ's relationship to the Father but we also have some of the first references to the coming of the Holy Spirit. He is preparing His disciples for Pentecost and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit as tongues of fire come upon the disciples and they are dipsersed throughout the world proclaiming Christ crucified and resurrected.

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Congratulations, Confirmands!

If you would like to send our Confirmands a word of congratulations or encouragement, their names and addresses are listed below.

(If a name is underlined, you can click it to read their essay.)

Ben Darwin

793 Coile Road

Comer, GA 30629

William Malueg

932 Edward Dr

Jefferson, GA 30549

Eva Mattocks

17 Spring Cir

Watkinsville, GA 30677

Andrew Murphy

17 Spring Cir

Watkinsville, GA 30677

Matthew Murphy

17 Spring Cir

Watkinsville, GA 30677

Abigail Nilsen

33 Pintail Lane

Jefferson, GA 30549

Andrew Ray

769 Lake Deerfield Rd

Hull, GA 30646

Doug Ray

769 Lake Deerfield Rd

Hull, GA 30646

No youth activity this week - spend time

with Mom for Mother's Day!


Garage Sale

On May 13th, there will be a garage sale to raise funds for the Dominican Republic Mission Trip. If you have items to sell, please contact Sue Ensley (706-340-2742) to make arrangements. We are not accepting adult clothing but all other items are appreciated.

Come and shop to support our mission trip!

Location: 310 River Bottom Road, Athens

Date and Time: May 13th, 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Family Promise

Family Promise (formerly known as Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens) is a non-profit organization that provides shelter, food and emergency services to families with children facing the crisis of homelessness. Trinity Lutheran is a supporting congregation for this program. 

Family Promise is in need of the following items:

  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dish washing soap
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Lysol Disinfecting Spray
  • Toothpaste
  • Bar soap
  • Lotion
  • Shampoo/body wash
  • Hair brushes or combs
  • Nail clippers
  • Diapers/baby wipes
  • Chapstick
  • Dryer sheets
  • Hand sanitizer. 

Jo-Ann Thorne will be collecting these items for Family Promise on Sunday, May 21. Please bring in these items and put them in the Gathering Room. Clyde Whitworth, Chief Impact Officer for Family Promise, will do a short presentation at both services. On May 21 there will be a collection basket in the Gathering Room if you would like to donate money to Family Promise. 

If you have any questions, please contact Jo-Ann Thorne 706-202-2740.

Trinity Mission Team News

Nine team members will be traveling to the Dominican Republic June 13-19 for an LCMS International mission trip. The mission team will stay in Santiago, where they will visit a group home and school; they will participate in a youth retreat, providing support for the LCMS staff and leading games with an Olympic theme.

The team members are Pastor Davis, Isaac Davis, George and Shannon Veeder, Doug and Sue Ensley, Robin Neville, Marty Lambert, and Marissa Morales. Bill and Brenda Malueg, and Janet Rodekohr are supporting the mission through time and talents.

Fundraising efforts are still on-going. We are still short of our goal of $14,144. Planned upcoming fundraisers include:

May 13th - garage sale at Dough and Sue Ensley's-310 Riverbottom Road, Athens

May 27th - smoked brisket and pulled pork sale (see below for order form)

and another pizza sale in June!

Thank you for supporting our fundraisers and for all donations received. If you feel moved to donate to our trip you can place your donation in the offering plate or send to the church with the notation “Mission Trip." We currently have just a little over $4200 left to raise for out trip.


May 29th is Memorial Day. Why do the cooking yourself when Trinity Lutheran Church can cook for you? TLC is selling cooked brisket and pulled pork, available for pickup on Saturday, May 27th. Proceeds go towards the upcoming mission trip to the Dominican Republic.

CLICK HERE to place your order for some tasty food!


Thank you to everyone for your well wishes, prayers, and support during my journey with multiple myeloma. Transplant went great and all reports are positive. I truly felt God holding my hand and heard and answered all prayers.

I am so proud to be a member of the Trinity family.

God bless,

Linda Arp


Please sign up to help provide the snacks for fellowship time following the late service. A sign up sheet is in the gathering room on the table for all who are interested in sharing their culinary skills with our Trinity family. You can bring cheese and crackers, fruit, cookies, drinks or baked items of your choosing.

VBS June 5th - 9th

Vacation Bible School

This year's VBS will be held June 5-9 from 9 a.m. until noon. We will be using the Group Publishing program "Stellar VBS - Shining Jesus' Light." Children will rotate among stations including Sing and Play Blastoff, Bible Adventures, Imagination Station, All Star Games, Galactic Snacks, Kid Vid Cinema, and Cosmic Closing, learning how Jesus' light can help us in all circumstances of life. They will meet a daily Bible Buddy, learn a daily Bible Point, find God Sightings all around them, and participate in singing about Jesus' light.

All children between ages 3 (if potty-trained) and the completion of 5th grade are welcome. Please click on the following registration form (or pick forms up in the church office or gathering room) to register your child(ren).

Volunteers are also very welcome, including teens! If you can help, please email Ruth Wietbrock, VBS Director, at All volunteers 18 years of age and older will need to have a background check for TLA, including being fingerprinted. You will be given details of the process (free and easy) when you have indicated your desire to volunteer. Financial donations are also very much appreciated to make this a wonderful experience for all.

We look forward to you joining us for a Stellar VBS!

VBS Registration Form

Altar Guild Training June 10th

There will be a training session for

the Altar Guild on June 10th at 9:00 a.m. The date has changed from May 20th at 9:00 a.m.

If you would like to learn how to prepare

the altar for services, please plan to attend.

Stretching for Jesus

Stretching for Jesus class! Please join us for some needed stretching of the body and hearing of God's word. We meet in the Gathering Room on Monday and Wednesday from 3:30-4:30. For more information contact Tami in person or text her @970-630-9091.


Youth Service Projects

Do you have a project around your house that the TLC youth could help you with? Cleaning gutters, washing windows, etc - if you would like the youth to attend to a project around your house, free of charge, please let the church know so we can make arrangements.

Updates to Office Staff

Our church administrator role has been filled by a familiar face. Please welcome our music director, Anne Weaver, to the position. If you have information for the weekly newsletter, questions about upcoming events, or any of the other things that the church administrator typically handles, you can reach her in the office Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Her new email address is

For any financial questions, or to update or change your Simply Giving account, please contact our financial administrator, Nancy Burger (



6th Sunday of Easter

Mother's Day

08:00 a.m.

08:45 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

Divine Service

Sunday School

Divine Service

BCE Meeting



03:30 p.m.

06:30 p.m.

Stretching for Jesus

PPC Meeting



09:30 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

VBS Volunteers Meeting

Staff Birthday Luncheon



10:00 a.m.

10:15 a.m.

03:30 p.m.

06:00 p.m.


Elderberries-Meet at Church

Stretching for Jesus

Mission Team-Library



All Day

09:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

BCP-Work Day





All Day

09:30 a.m.

Pastor Family Day

Pre-K Graduation



11:00 a.m.

Men's Bible Study




7th Sunday of Easter

08:00 a.m.

08:45 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

Divine Service

Sunday School

Divine Service

Property Board Meeting


Introducing: T.A.B.S.

Tuesday Afternoon Bible Study

May 23rd, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

All women are invited to participate in a new monthly Bible study on Tuesday afternoon. There will be a light salad lunch and discussion on the book "Meant for Good: A Study of Joseph" by Donna Snow. Let the church know if you plan to attend so we can have a book for you.

Update on TLA Renovation


Members from the Board of Governors and the Board of Church Properties are continuing to meet weekly to work on restoration and renovation of the Trinity Lutheran Academy building following the devastating water leak (flood) over Christmas.

Click here to read the latest report from Ron Hendricks


The Board of Church Properties would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who has helped out over the past several weeks! Thank you all for all of your hard work and time. As we continue in the renovation process, don't hesitate to stop by during the week, if you have some free time, to help out.

BCP and Pastor




11:00 AT

Beef 'O' Brady's in Jefferson, GA

1679 Old Pendergrass Road (Loggins Corners)

Meet at the Church at 10:15 to ride the bus.

Mark your calendars for a one of a kind experience. The Elderberries will be meeting in the church parking lot at 10:15 a.m. on May 17th. Our fearless driver, Billy "Blindside" Malueg, will be demonstrating his unapparelled bus driving skills as he chauffeurs the youth group 2.0 (Elderberries) to Beef 'O' Brady's in Jefferson. During the drive, Coach Harry will share with the group his memoirs entitled, "The Joys of Riding on the High School Athletic Bus." Join us for this once in a lifetime opportunity! We will cutting off traffic on Jefferson Road at 10:30 a.m. when "Blindside" will be pulling out of the church parking lot.

Baby Shower

Thank you to those who attended the Baby Shower for Star Davis.

Click the link below if you still wish to access the baby registry.

Star's Baby Registry


Mite Boxes

If you have taken your empty Mite Box home with you, please fill it again for this week. The LWML Grant is "Filling Haitian Children Spiritually and Physically."

Click here for Mustard Seed Devotions

May Birthdays

Madison Miller 5/04

Sue Ensley 5/09

Joyce Schmidt 5/10

Bailey Veeder 5/13

Jennifer Wickwire 5/13

Tenley Moretti 5/15

Anne Weaver 5/15

Camilla Lambert 5/18

Horace Hudson 5/25

Rev. Andrew Schroeder 5/25

Jo Raschke 5/26

Shut In List

Here is a list of our brothers and sisters who are unable to venture from their home. Please consider sending them a card or encouraging note to remind them that they are loved.

Richard Brooks

214 Stonecrest Court

Athens, GA 30605

Dee Burk

801 Riverhill Drive, Apt. 225

Athens, GA 30606

Jan & Rosemary Burr

121 Providence Club Drive

Monroe, GA 30656

David & Dottie Butler

2021 Traditions Way

Jefferson, GA 30549

Adoline Hollis

835 Crystal Meadow Drive

Winder, GA 30680

Ann Perry

250 Pendleton Drive

Athens, GA 30606

Sally Rasmussen

109 Pinkston Court

Winder, GA 30680

Dot Smith

801 Riverhill Drive, Apt. 750

Athens, GA 30606

Click here to access the academy newsletter

TLA Restoration Fundraiser!

Click here for more info or to donate today!