Tuesday Bulletin
The Latest News & Information
May 26th, 2020

If you missed the sermon last weekend, please take a few minutes to go back and either watch or read it.   It lays an important foundation for us as we travel through the next few months of transition together.

When we lose freedom, we lose happiness.

I am convinced that is true, though maybe not for the reasons we think of immediately.

Freedom gives us the ability to indulge our desires.  I read a good one-liner early on in the quarantine that said something to the effect of, “I now realize that my three favorite hobbies are: 1) going to non-essential businesses 2) eating at restaurants, and 3) touching my face.”

I never realized how often my nose itches until I was told not to touch my face.  Freedom gives us the ability to indulge our desires, and opens the gate to many of the pleasures that God has provided for us on earth.  Scratching the itch by your ear is just one of them.

But the truth is, the pleasure itself is only part of the happiness.  For many years of my life, basketball was a pleasure for me.  But there were also many stretches where the same activity felt more like a job than a pleasure.  I was on a team and the coach was setting expectations that turned basketball into work.  The freedom was gone, and the game became a burden instead of a pleasure.  The same thing happens when a pleasure is so indulged that it becomes an addiction.  The happiness is not in the activity.  It is in the freedom.

Freedom allow us to indulge our desires.  But freedom also allows us to deny our desires.  This is what Paul calls, “the most excellent way” (1 Corinthians 12:31b) or simply, “love”.  The joy of loving is nothing other than to restrict my own freedoms in order to benefit someone else.

There is happiness in indulging in God-given pleasures.  But the greater happiness is found in using your freedom to love the way that you have been loved by God.  That truly is the most excellent way.

Read all the details here.

We will continue with Open Sanctuary and Worship-in-the-Home for the present until we are able to understand the impact that the sudden re-opening of our state will have on the number of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin.  Our intent is to ensure that once we re-open we are able to remain open, and that our gatherings do not contribute to putting excessive pressure on our medical facilities and personnel in the event of a surge of cases.  We are not yet able to guarantee the date when we will return to services on our campus, but we do know that it will not be before June.

When we do return to large group gatherings, we will offer two services on Sunday mornings.  Our early service will take place in the sanctuary and will follow the recommendations of the CDC for large group gatherings, including socially distanced seating and masks for all those two years old and older.  Our late service will take place outdoors with worshipers providing their own seating, also socially distanced, but with no masks required.  Both services will use the same, simpler liturgy.  Both services will include communion, but distribution will be handled differently in each case.

Starting Date: to be determined

Trinity’s office will be open Monday – Thursday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The implementation of best practices regarding the office and main lobby will be available in the near future.

The 38 th Biennial Convention of the LWML SWD to be held at St. Paul, Grafton on June
20, 2020, has been cancelled due to current health concerns and state government
bans on large gatherings.

Our Trinity delegates, Marjorie Kreienbrink and Mary Starosta, will be voting via USPS,
with ballots sent out around May 24th and due back by June 8th . The mailing will include
the Mission Grant chart, a listing of nominees for offices and pastoral counselor,
necessary votes to accept the 2020-2022 budget, designation for any excess mites, and
the proposed 2020-2022 mite goal.

Our Trinity Executive Board (Jan Ladendorf, Mary Starosta, Joanne Kruse, and Carla
Heiden) made an executive decision to donate the paid convention registration money
to the convention offering. The convention offering was designated for 3/4 SWD mites
and ¼ TLC Fund. With no official mites being sent in from our society in March, April,
May (and possibly June), we felt the $135 would be put to good use.

Some of our ladies have personally mailed in their mites to the SWD Financial
Secretary. You can find a form to use to send with your mite money on the LWML SWD
website. It is under Resources and Society Helps (LWML SWD Receipt Voucher). FYI:
We are in Zone 5. If you don’t have access to that, you may mail your offering to Marilyn
Belter, LWML SWD Financial Secretary, W2011 Cottonville Ct. Berlin, WI 54923.
Include the name and address of Trinity Freistadt, and tell her what the money is for.
You may also send in your own convention offering in the same manner.

One more concern the Convention Steering Committee is addressing is to facilitate an
ingathering to support our recipients, A Place of Refuge and Lutheran Special School.
The committee is requesting generic gift cards, such as Amazon or Walmart. These
cards can be sent to the convention ingathering chairman, Joanne Kruse at 10125 W.
Hawthorne Rd. Mequon, WI 53097 by June 30 th .If you wish your card to go to a specific
recipient, please indicate your choice.

Many of us were looking forward to hearing our keynote speaker, author Katie
Schuermann. She has agreed to prepare her presentation as a video to be on the
website for our viewing pleasure! This video will be available by June 20 th and six
months following the convention.

All results of the voting will also be posted on the website by June 20 th . Technology is a
wonderful blessing, especially in the midst of a pandemic.

Stay safe. Stay home.
Jan Ladendorf


We are saddened to report that this year’s 8th grade graduation will not be held in person. Instead, to highlight our students and honor their work at our school, Trinity is working with our marketing partner, Graphic Terrace, on a video production that includes live shots and footage of our students and staff, as part of a larger service.

The graduation video will “premier” live on Facebook and linked from our website on YouTube at 6:30pm on Thursday, May 28.

How Do I Fall in Love with My Spouse?

Videos 1-7 of this series are now complete, with the final video coming soon!

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

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.

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, Deaconess Kim , 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)

Baptisms: Joshua Paul Hauser (son of Joshua & Melissa Hauser)

Healing & Protection: Elaine Riemer (prayer for successful surgery)

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).

This video will walk you through what to expect when you come for Open Sanctuary.  The volume came out a little loud, so you may want to turn down your speakers.

Sign up for Open Sanctuary here or by calling the church office.

Guided Prayer
Worship in the Home