Tuesday Bulletin
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April 28th, 2020

I have lost a lot of sleep since I recorded last weekend’s sermon. The irony of that is not lost on me. It turns out that not worrying about tomorrow is easier said than done. It has been a struggle to practice what I preached.
Last night I fell asleep while in the middle of journaling. I was trying to sort out my thoughts and figure out exactly what I was worrying about. The answer might surprise you.
I am worried that things will go back to normal.
There are certainly some things I miss about the old normal. Seeing you is near the top of that list. And I wouldn’t want this to continue for the sake of the unemployed, people who are at risk, or the medical workers being run ragged. But God has also been at work during this time, and I am worried that things will return to normal before the change has taken root.
  • I don’t want our church to forget that we can be disciples and make disciples even without programs and a building.
  • I don’t want to see the schedule fill back up to the point where family time is something I squeeze in at the edges, instead of something that is at the center of my life.
  • I don’t want us to miss this opportunity to strengthen marriages and families who have more time together than ever before.
  • I don’t want a “normal” schedule to steal a richer life from me and from those with whom I would love to share it.
  • I don’t want busyness (even at church) to steal away unhurried time with God for the members of our congregation.
A richer life. Deeper relationships. Unhurried time with God. These are not small things. The fear that we would lose these things has literally been keeping me up at night. I am reminded of Proverbs 16:9 – “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” I certainly don’t know what steps we would have to take to preserve the good that God has been doing in this time. Those are tomorrow’s worries. But today I am praying that God drives these changes deep into our hearts, so that when “normal” does return, we are ready to dive in, but without losing what God has been offering to us in the meantime.

Please welcome our newest team members, Miss Anna Armbrust and Miss Alexis Reincke!

Anna will take over most of our middle school math beginning this fall. Anna loves to travel, bake, and read in her spare time. Her favorite Bible verse is her confirmation verse, Galatians 2:20. “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” She is excited to take her first call to Trinity and is looking forward to becoming a part of a supportive faculty and congregation. She looks forward to the many ministry opportunities Trinity presents and hopes to share her love of Christ (and math!) with her students. Welcome, Anna!

Originally from the greater Detroit area, Alexis brings with her a heart for God and education. She studied at Concordia University Wisconsin with a major in secondary mathematics education and a minor in theology. Not only does she have a passion for Christian education, she also has a passion for music ministry; her talents include piano, ukulele, a little guitar, and singing! She shares that she looks forward to beginning her teaching career in a God-fearing and God-loving community, so close to friends and family; and is excited to be an example to others and live according to her favorite bible verse, 1 Timothy 4:12, “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” Alexis will join our growing middle school staff in the fall of 2020. Welcome, Alexis!

Miss Armbrust and Miss Reincke will be stepping in to fill the vacancies created by the retirement of Mr. Anderson, and the shift of Mrs. Forshee and Mr. Adams to focus more on the church side of their roles.

There is a nationwide shortage of Lutheran teachers, so we are very blessed to have received two top notch teaching candidates from the Concordia University system!

Parking Lot Service

We are looking for feedback on the possibility of a parting lot service. This would be a simple service led outdoors, weather permitting. You would park your car in the lot and be able to see the pastor as he leads worship while listening to the broadcast on your car’s radio. You can let us know your level of interest by responding to the Google Form below.

Questions from Quarantine

Watch our website for a growing selection of Bible Study videos featuring Pastor Lehenbauer. The studies listed below are in the works, and more will be added as we remain in quarantine.

  • How do I cultivate a spiritually healthy family?
  • Lord, teach us to pray!
  • Is this the end of the world? (coming soon)
  • How do I fall in love with my spouse? (ongoing study, beginning soon)

Questions from Quarantine studies can be accessed from the front page of our website (under “Study”) or by clicking here.

Pay Reductions

Trinity has been very blessed by a generous congregation, but the gap between expenses and income is widening.  Giving remains solid, all things considered, but it still hovers a little bit below last year.  Tuition payments are being deferred by families, and over-and-above gifts to Trinity have pretty much dried up.  Around 75% of our budget is invested directly in our team in the form of salaries and benefits, and there are really no other expenses left that can be eliminated.
As a result, beginning with the May 15 payroll, there will be two significant cuts to compensation for all members of Trinity’s staff.
  1. Salaries will be reduced by 20%
  2. Trinity’s HSA contributions will be suspended
Both of these modifications are intended to be temporary, but given the uncertainty of the times it is impossible to project when compensation will return to past levels.

Congregational Meeting

The congregational meeting scheduled for May has been postponed indefinitely. We plan to reschedule the meeting for approximately 3 weeks after the first time we are able to worship together again. The primary business of this meeting will be to extend calls to the new teachers in our school, and to pass a budget for the next fiscal year. Because the consideration of the next budget will be delayed, we will most likely need to operate under our current budget beyond the end of our current fiscal year, which will close on June 30.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. – Matthew 7:7-8

Please take a moment right now and pray for those listed below.

For Missionaries: David & Rachel Baker, Sarah Kanoy serving in East Africa, Hannah Shull (Taiwan)

Our military, serving our country: Sarah Geidel (Reserves), Mark Liedtke (serving in Fort Lewis, Washington), Eric Liedtke (serving on the USNS Comfort in New York), Rebecca Guild (serving in San Diego), Akan Udoeyop (serving in Germany), Madison Kessel Lyon (serving in Germany), Nicholas Zanow (Charleston, South Carolina), Kurt Degner (WI National Guard)

For people in mourning: The family of Roy Pingel

Do you know of others for whom we should be praying? Let us know by sending an email to Trinity@trinityfreistadt.com.

You’re invited to join others in prayer every Sunday (10-10:30 am), Monday (8-8:30 am), and Wednesday (Noon-12:30 pm).

Guided Prayer
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