Have you begun noticing the particular ways in which you want God to express His love to you? I told Rick Adams that it was a particular demonstration of God’s love when he found out that his favorite Thai restaurant was still open for carry-out. I was joking, but the truth is, every godly pleasure is an expression of God’s love, and we should receive those gifts with gratitude. God is expressing love for us as He meets our needs and satisfies so many of our desires.
Last weekend we reflected on our desire for God to show His love in particular ways: good health, a stable income, freedom from hardships. Often, God gives us exactly that. But in these uncertain times when much that we take for granted has been taken away from us, it is important to remember that God never promised us health, wealth, worldly freedoms or happiness. Rather, He has chosen to express His love in one way that will never change. For God loved the world like so: He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16).
It may not always feel like it, but the particular way in which God has chosen to love you is all you really need. No government restrictions can take it from you. No illness can come between you and that love. Even death has been conquered. You will live forever. God’s love for you is as certain as the resurrection of Jesus.
May God fill you with peace as you rest in His sure and certain love during these uncertain times.
One of the bright spots for Trinity during the shutdown has been the response of our infrastructure team, composed of Brian Axtman, Chris Kapitanski, Nancy Dittloff, Lori Scheck, and Catrina Kagerbauer. This team pivoted on a dime. Working mostly from home, Lori, Nancy, and Catrina have re-invented how we communicate, keeping us connected with our students and congregation, and making it possible for us to continue worshiping together and responding to pastoral care needs.
Meanwhile, Chris Kapitanski recognized the opportunity presented by several weeks of an empty building and immediately kicked into high gear.
Here is how Chris has been spending the quarantine:
- The Childcare house, Early Childhood classrooms (1996 wing), and Upper Grade classrooms (1956 wing) were cleaned with an alternating hospital-grade ethanol and peroxide-based cleaning agents.
- All furniture, doors, walls, curtains, floors, blinds and windows (interior) in those classrooms have been cleaned, disinfected and sanitized.
- A series of electrical fixes and IT upgrades have been completed in the Childcare House.
- A complete 7-step refinishing of all Upper Grade classrooms has been completed (and the hallways will follow shortly).
- The landing area at the north entrance, the floors near the locker rooms, the gym, and the library are being cleaned, sanitized and refinished
- The Lower Grade classrooms (1927 wing) will soon receive the same treatment. The hardwood floors will be stripped to bare wood and completely refinished.
- Everything else (the gym, conference rooms, etc.) will also receive deep cleaning and careful sanitizing.
Completing all of this work in advance will allow us to spend the summer on upgrades instead of cleaning and maintenance. When we return to our building, it will be better than ever. Infrastructure team, we thank God for you!
Trinity School Closure
With Governor Evers extending the safer-at-home order through almost the end of May, it is now official that we will not be returning to our school building this school year. This comes as no surprise, and our faculty will continue their excellent work to deliver instruction and the love of Jesus remotely. Click here to read more.
The response we’ve seen from those in our faith community has been a true source of inspiration. It is an incredible thing to see the power of the Holy Spirit being lived out in the lives of the members of Trinity. Many of us are learning to make do with less and adjusting our budgets to match the new economic reality. But God continues to enrich our lives in ways we didn’t see coming. God subtracts. God adds. And we always seem to come away richer than before.
To date we have sent thousands and thousands of dollars worth of groceries to three inner city food pantries run by our sister congregations in Milwaukee. We would love to be able to say “Mission Accomplished.” And yet the need persists. Therefore, we are no longer putting a “due date” on donations. If you are able, drop them off under the canopy of the main school entrance. There will be a barrel there for you to drop off your donations. When there are enough donations to fill a vehicle, we will drive it down to the pantries.
Several of you have elected to write a check instead – which is great. We will do the shopping for you. And if you have groceries at home that you would like to donate, but cannot get out of the house, let Rick Adams know and we will arrange a “porch pickup.”
Whether or not you can sew, you could potentially help here. Youtube has videos that show how to make a mask without sewing. We need donations of fabric and elastic. Please let Rick Adams know if you would like to make masks or can supply either or both fabric or elastic. He will get them into the hands of those who are making masks.
For the Wise Steward
This occasional feature of the Tuesday bulletin is intended to help you wisely manage what God has entrusted to your care, and to avoid common financial pitfalls.
Through the CARES Act, the government has positioned banks to offer mortgage forbearance to people in critical need. This program must be applied for, and allows one to temporarily skip mortgage payments without penalty and without harm to your credit score.
It is important to understand the process. These payments are not forgiven, and in some cases, when the forbearance period is over, accelerated payments may kick in. Read everything carefully if you are considering taking this step. Also, be aware that you will have to prove hardship, so taking advantage of this just because it is being offered is probably not a good idea.
If needed, you should also consider speaking with your credit card company about reduced rates, or reduced minimum payment options. WE Energies is offering assistance during this crisis, and many mobile carriers are waiving late fees or overage charges.
A good article that lays out some of the things to look for and that can help educate you on the mortgage forbearance program can be found 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.
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 Afghanistan), Eric Liedtke (serving in Iraq), 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: Friends and family of Roy Pingel
Healing & Strength: For Earlean Brown recovering from a stay in the hospital, for Pahlee Sayaovong, a Trinity ECC caregiver who has been diagnosed with Covid-19, and for all those we name here in our hearts, who need the power of Your physical and spiritual healing, and for protection for our whole congregation from the Corona Virus.
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).