God is at work among us.
The evidence of that fact is unmistakable. I have seen the God’s people living up to that title in all kinds of ways, and I plan to highlight a few of those in the sermon this week. But God’s work among us is about more than just what He is doing through His people right now. God is at work in His people, too.
A couple weeks ago I mentioned my fear that we would soon find ourselves racing back to normal, and we would lose out on the opportunity to develop a richer life, deeper relationships, and the habit of spending unhurried time with God. In other words, I was concerned that we would miss out on the work that God is doing in His people. Even as we form the plans that will structure Trinity’s re-opening, I continue to hope and pray that the impact of these weeks is not lost on us. This has been a constant source of reflection for me.
This week’s Tuesday Bulletin contains the first in a series of surveys inviting you to join me in these reflections. I would love to hear from you about the blessings and hardships of life right now. I have kept the survey short. You can respond in 5 minutes or less, though I don’t mind longer reflections either. Your reflections will inform my own.
God is at work among us. May He give us eyes to see what He is doing, and feet that are quick to follow where He leads!
Our Questions from Quarantine series of Bible Studies has been updated with new studies focused on the end times based on Luke 21, Revelation 13, and 2 Thessalonians 2, as well as the beginning of a study of Song of Songs, answering the question, “How Do I Fall in Love with my Spouse?”
Questions from Quarantine studies can be accessed from the front page of our website (under “Study”) or by clicking here.
Wisconsin’s safer-at-home order is scheduled to expire on May 26, and we will begin the process of reopening immediately. The first step will be reinstating our Open Sanctuary times, during which families and individuals can come, receive communion, and spend time praying in the sanctuary. Plan on this being available on Saturday, May 30th from 5 to 6pm and on Sunday, May 31st from 8:30-9:30am and from 10-11am. The half hour in between will allow us to disinfect our sanctuary. More details about the process will be posted on our website and included in next week’s Tuesday bulletin.
With all of the uncertainty and rapid changes that have become our new normal, Trinity’s leadership team continues to monitor our financial health and make decisions that reflect our desire to be good stewards of God’s gifts. This balance of being proactive, while trying to communicate with enough notice, and attempting to find any and all solutions and resources, can make for a bumpy ride.
The CARES Act has gone through several phases of funding, and the corresponding Payroll Protection Program (PPP) being administered by the SBA has had several modifications to the rules and regulations associated with applying for these funds. Recent changes have updated guidance on the important forgiveness criteria for the loan, and initial problematic clauses related to housing allowance classifications for called workers and the potential offsetting penalties for School Choice funding from DPI have all been addressed and clarified. We are pleased to announce that in light of these very important updates, Trinity has successfully applied for, and been awarded a PPP loan.
This step provides some temporary assistance with covering some financial gaps and hardships over the next 8 weeks. This also allows us to temporarily withdraw our need for implementing a mandatory salary reduction for our active workers. This loan, in conjunction with the amazing level of support and generosity from our congregation members, will help us continue to meet our needs over the next several weeks. In combination with continuing cost-savings measures, Trinity is working very hard to support all of our ministries, missions and programs, and will gladly utilize this resource to, in part, accomplish those goals. With proper documentation and the following of the strict protocols put in place, this PPP loan will qualify for full forgiveness when that application period opens up.
This wonderful news provides some much-needed temporary relief, but we will continue to monitor our financial health on a weekly basis, and if any further actions or changes are necessary, we will continue to communicate those actions in a timely manner.
Robert’s Frozen Custard in Germantown has been a great supporter of Trinity with our dine-out nights and donations of custard. During this pandemic, Robert’s is unable to host their fundraiser dine out nights to support the community because they are unable to operate at full capacity. Now it is time for OUR community give back to them. Let’s spread JOY!
We encourage all Trinity families to grab dinner, custard or both from Robert’s during the week of May 11-17.
Feel free to go as many times as you want, we won’t judge!!!!
Drive thru, call-in orders and curbside ordering is available.
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, Rev. David & Joyce Erber serving in Kenya, 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)
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).