Tuesday Bulletin 7/28/2020

Tuesday Bulletin
The Latest News & Information
July 28th, 2020

We invite congregation members to provide submissions directly to the office at office@trinityfreistadt.com by Monday 3:00 pm.


A Message from Pastor Chris

Ever since the time of Genesis, builders and carpenters have relied on tools to complete their jobs. A tool is essentially a device used to carry out a function. Often, a tool will enable a user to do a task they otherwise couldn’t, or the tool will at least make it easier for that task to be completed. Take, for instance, a ruler. A ruler allows a carpenter precision in measuring the size of an object in order to replicate it.

Well, tools have come a long way since Genesis, some have stood the test of time. One such tool is a plumb bob. A plumb bob consists of a weight (plumb bob) tied to a long string (plumb line), and it is used to create a vertical reference line, usually for walls. In ancient times, after completing a wall, a worker would stand on top of the new wall and lower the plumb bob down until it reached the ground. Since the bob was heavy, the string it was tie to would become “taut,” or tight, thus creating a perfectly straight line down the wall. And, with a taut plumb line, another worker could see if the new wall was “to plumb” (that is, straight).

So, while a plumb bob is useful for walls, Amos showed us how it had other purposes. In a vision to Amos, God stood beside a wall built with a plumb line (Amos 7). God then tells Amos, “Behold, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel” (verse 8). In other words, God was standing next to a wall representing Israel. Israel had been built straight and flawless by God, yet their sin had caused them to become “crooked.” Therefore, by comparing Israel’s crookedness (condition) with God’s “plumb” (perfect) design, God grew angry with their sin and was ready to Israel fall over.

So, I personally enjoy working with tools, and the tool I probably use the most is a plumb bob. Oddly enough though, I have never built a wall, nor do I even own a plumb bob. Yet, whenever I read the news, whenever I go to the store, whenever I see other people and their actions, I am subconsciously holding a plumb bob. I am holding a plumb bob to these people or ideas, wondering if they are “to plumb” with my standards or expectations. And, whenever the people or ideas are not, I am tempted to judge them as “crooked” or sinful. Well, in all reality, I may be correct in my judgement, but then I forget how many of those same people are holding a plumb bob to me (and who knows whether I am “to plumb” in their eyes or not).

Plumb bobs are indeed useful tools. They provide a handy reference for making things “to plumb.” But, based on Amos 7, if God were to examine our plumb lines, especially the ones we hold to others, He will find how our lines are not fully “taut;” our lines, unlike His, are crooked to begin with. In other words, the standards we set for others fall far short of the standards He sets for us. The perfectly taut line that revealed Israel’s crookedness will also reveal our own. Now, if a wall is crooked and remains so, it will eventually come down. The wall must be therefore be straightened to remain standing. Indeed, God is not pleased with a crooked wall, but He also does not like to leave it that way; He wants that wall standing straight again. And the only way to do this is with a taut plumb line. So, out of His loving mercy, God sent His Son, Jesus, to make us perfectly straight again. He sent Jesus to die and rise for us so that, through His forgiveness, we can be made to plumb again.

Therefore, if Jesus’ forgiveness makes us to plumb, imagine how our forgiveness could make others to plumb. The same forgiveness that bring us life and salvation can also be given to others through us. Maybe our plumb lines then are not sufficient for the job; maybe we need Jesus to do that for us instead.

A few months back, the congregation approved the replacement and upgrade of our HVAC control system for our entire building. We are ready to proceed with the project, and would like to have everything upland running prior to the start of school at the end of August. We have received a few gifts towards this project, and this week, an anonymous donor has contributed $5,000 towards the project. Praise God! The total amount needed for the project is $32,500, and to date, we have been fortunate enough to see God’s people respond with generous gifts totalling over $15,000. School starts in less than 5 weeks, and the install will take a full week. Over the next 4 weeks, our Nehemiah Project is our new HVAC control system. We need to raise approximately $17,500 to complete the upgrade. If you would like to contribute towards this project, please drop off your donation at the office, or place it in the offering box, and mark it HVAC. Thank you for considering, and thank you for your ongoing support of the mission of Trinity.

Parents,

We are looking to gauge interest as to whether or not our MORE Youth Team should host an outdoor movie night in August. If you have a kid entering 7th grade or higher, please fill out our survey at this link by July 31st, 2020. Thank you!

– The MORE Youth Leadership Team

Read the latest school updates.

We are surveying our congregation as we prepare for the Fall and consider the possibilities for indoor worship. 
Please take a few minutes to fill out that survey, which can be found here. Thank you!

August Birthdays and Anniversaries

A printed copy of this calendar is available for those members who do not have internet capability. Please stop by the office for your copy.

Members and friends of Maxine Becker, have been invited by her family, to join them for a short graveside committal on Saturday, August 1 at 10:00am in Trinity’s Cemetery.

Frank and Sharon Keller would like to say THANK YOU to the whole congregation for their prayers and support.

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. Ryan & Emily McDermott (serving in TOGO)

Our military, serving our country: Sarah Geidel (Reserves), 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), Mark Liedtke (Fort Lewis, Washington)

Continued Healing & Protection: Debby Balsiger, Bev Bergmann, Brian & Jamie Brauer, Ruth Gierach, Frank & Sharon Keller, Ken & Elaine Riemer, Tim & Debbie (Parents of Marissa Christian), Emily (Sister of Marissa Christian).

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



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