TRINITY’S WEEKLY CHURCH BULLETIN
November 21-27, 2020

If you have information or news pertaining to Trinity’s ministries, please submit those articles to office@trinityfreistadt.com or call the office at 262-242-2045. Deadline for all submissions is 12:00 Noon on Wednesdays.


A Message from Pastor Chris

During my vicarage year, I had the privilege of leading a study on the five “solas” (“alone's”) of the Lutheran Reformation. Each week, we would focus on one Sola (i.e. Faith Alone, Scripture Alone, Christ Alone, etc.), looking at the doctrine behind each and then connect it with Scripture.

Now, I personally enjoyed this study. Not only do I have a passion for Reformation history, but I also love to teach it. And this was evident from the study’s large and growing attendance each week.

As the study grew, so did my confidence in my own ability to teach. In fact, my confidence level grew so high by the end of the study that I figured I wouldn’t need to worry much about preparing my sermon the following weekend. If I could speak well during Bible study, then I could preach well too!

Now, I didn’t want to walk into my sermon empty-handed. So, I made sure to select a Bible reading, do some research on it, look up other sources for the sermon, and produce a manuscript. All seemed well before the sermon that morning, but I made a fatal mistake as I entered the pulpit.

Not long after beginning the sermon, I realized I was glancing far more at my manuscript than usual. Normally the night before, I would take some time to practice my sermon and even pray about it. Yet, in this case, I figured my confidence was all I needed. Boy, was I wrong…

It came to the point that I was now reading the whole sermon, not even looking up at the people. Worse, the air was very dry that morning, so my throat became dry and made my voice very broken. Now that my confidence was at rock-bottom, I stumbled through the rest of my sermon, finished, and tried to avoid people as much as possible after for fear that they would disapprove of my performance.

So, in that sermon, I made a fatal mistake. Was it overconfidence? Not quite; it actually went much deeper than that. My mistake was how I feared man more than God. In other words, I desired the approval of others over the approval of God. Therefore, by going up into that pulpit, I figured a good sermon was only ‘good’ if it got approved by others. Otherwise, it wasn’t worth preaching.

Well, because God does not want His church, nor His Word, to be based on man’s approval, He
knew that I needed to fail in that message. And praise God I did, for it kept me from becoming conceited in others rather than in trusting God.

Concerning his ministry, Paul writes, “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ” (Gal. 1:10). In truth, this message is not unique to pastors; it also pertains to all Christians. If we are willing to forego our obedience to God for the sake of worldly approval, then we are willing to stop putting our confidence in God as well.

Conversely, when we put our trust in God, we also trust that He will work anyone else’s disapproval for our good. In Daniel 3, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego experienced God’s goodness firsthand when they willingly refused to worship an idol since they trusted God would deliver them. And God did; He delivered them from a fiery death in a furnace. What’s more, God used their disobedience to show Nebuchadnezzar his error in trying to kill them, and even brought him to faith. Who knows? I’ll bet God may use our obedience as well to work in them too.


This Week at Trinity

Saturday 11/21

7:00 am Men’s Bible Study

5:00 pm Anchored Worship | Sanctuary 

Sunday 11/22

Food Drive All Week

8:00 am Anchored Worship | Sanctuary

9:20 am Anchored Worship | Sanctuary 

10:45 am Connected Worship | Gym 

12:00 pm Congregational Meeting | Gym 

Monday 11/23

Tuesday 11/24

7:30 am Men’s Bible Study

Wednesday 11/25

No School

6:30 pm Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service

Thursday 11/26

Thanksgiving Day

No School or Childcare

Friday 11/27

No School or Childcare

9:30 am Thanksgiving Day Worship Service

Coming Up

11/29 Thanksgiving Drive Collection Day

12/1 PTL Meeting | 6:30 pm

12/2 Advent Prayer Service | 4:30 pm

News & Information



Note: “No pews available” via the links indicate that the church is at capacity. We thank you for your patience and flexibility. We invite you to participate in our Worship in the Home services.

Wed, November 25th, 2020 | 6:30 pm
Thursday, November 26th, 2020 | 9:30 am
Thanksgiving at Home

Thanksgiving Offering 2020 

As we celebrate this Thanksgiving season, the members of Trinity also share their blessings. The offerings received during Thanksgiving worship services will be divided equally among the following ministries: 

Lutheran Hour Ministries — A Place of Refuge—Togo Seminary— Lutheran School for the Deaf— Lutherans for Life—Economy Store —Lutheran Special School—Bethesda— Rev. David Baker

Trinity


Thanksgiving Food Drive Begins This Weekend!

Please place your donations in the south church entrance or return to school by Sunday, November 29. Monetary donations are also accepted. Clearly mark your envelope or check memo line with Food Drive.

If you engaged your friends, co-workers, or neighbors in our drive, consider giving them a green printed Thank You card with Trinity identification, found in the Gathering Room, to thank them for their donation.

Please contact Fred Mollwitz (262) 305-7888 or fredm@starpromo.net if you are available to help with the food delivery to Mission of Christ on Saturday, December 5 – time TBD.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10


November Nehemiah Project – Goal $3,500

God is at work! He is blessing our school ministry by entrusting us with many new school families and with families who have been attending our school for years. Some live close by, some do not. Some are members of our congregation, some are not. Some are Christians, some are not. All of our school families share at least one thing in common – they all need Jesus!

We have a tremendous opportunity and responsibility to connect our students to Jesus and make disciples. With the help of the Spirit, our faculty and staff live out this mission every day. Connecting our student families to Jesus is equally vital and you can help support one of those efforts through our November Nehemiah project. We seek funds to present a Christmas gift to all of our school families to thank them for entrusting their children to us and to encourage and support their walk with Jesus. It is a privilege to join in His mission – TOGETHER!

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND BRING HIS KINGDOM RIGHT HERE AND RIGHT NOW. #redletterchallenge



To be scheduled at a later date. 



GIVING TREE

The annual “Giving Tree” will be in the Gathering Room starting on Thanksgiving.

On this tree are little snowmen ornaments, (brightly colored by Trinity students), and each snowman has the name, age, clothing size, and a wish list of a person with whom you can share the blessings God has given you.

We have included the names of children from Benediction, Benediction-Hmong congregation, Benediction-French African congregation, and the mothers and their children at A Place of Refuge.

IMPORTANT DETAIL– Before taking your tag home with you, please record which tag(s) you have taken by placing your name and phone number on the line that corresponds with the number on the tag. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!!!! Information about gifts on tags that get lost can then be traced so that no child is left without a gift.

After wrapping gifts, securely tape the original snowman to the gift and return to the Gathering Room NO LATER THAN SUNDAY, December 13th at Noon. Gifts will be delivered to their recipients the following week.

SPECIAL NOTE: If you are not currently attending church, in person, but would like to participate in the Giving Tree please call the church office at 262-242-2045 and we will be happy to retrieve a tag for you, give you all of the pertinent information, and arrange for you to drop off the gifts during office hours.

SCHEDLER CENTER

Share the good news of Christ’s birth during the Christmas season!  Christmas cards are now available for purchase in the Schedler Bookstore (located in the church basement).  Payment can be made at the self-serve checkout on the green counter in the Bookstore.

Also available in the Bookstore are Advent calendars, devotionals, wreaths, and candles. As your family counts the days to Christmas, you can focus on the real reason we celebrate this most wonderful, most amazing day. The first Sunday in Advent is December 6th.

All meetings and activities have been canceled until further notice.

We are still collecting mites toward our goals for LWML and the district. Total received  for national is $1,668,108.79.Still needed by 03-31-21 $431,896.21. Please continue to pray for our mission grants.

You can read more about them on the website and even get a fun monthly calendar with daily activities. We all need to find new ways to stay connected right now.

CHANGE TO ESV BIBLE 

Greetings to you in the name of our Risen Lord!

The last decade has seen massive growth in using the internet or an app to access the Bible. This is largely due to both methods offering convenient access along with tools to quickly locate verses. While the advantages are apparent, both methods can also leave a reader overwhelmed by the numerous English translations available. This is why Pastors are often asked for a preferred translation since not all translations are equal.

For a number of years now, Trinity has used the New International Version – 1984 (NIV 1984) text. Such has been the basis of our weekly Scripture readings in worship and the Bibles located around the building. The NIV 1984 has also served as the standard of our Catechisms and Faith Alive Bibles, thus solidifying its place as a reliable and ubiquitous translation for over three decades.

In 2011, the NIV was re-translated to resonate with a 21st-century audience. While the 2011 edition retained the name NIV, the text is quite different from the 1984 edition, making significant changes to the vocabulary and word order. As a result, the 2011 language seems clumsy and may create a distraction for the reader. Further, upon the 2011 release, the NIV 1984 was phased out from print and from retailers. Therefore, all print and online versions of the NIV are now the 2011 edition, thus making a new copy of the 1984 edition hard to find.

In recent years, Concordia Publishing House (the publishing arm of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod) began to change their study Bibles and catechisms over to the English Standard Version (ESV). Published in 2001, the ESV resulted from a large, multi-denominational commission to re-translate the Bible into readable English that also remains faithful to the original Greek and Hebrew (original languages of the Bible). Interestingly enough, the commission included well-known scholars in the LCMS.

Therefore, in response to the above, and in a desire to give you a reliable translation of Scripture, Trinity is changing our translation from the NIV 1984 to the ESV. This means our Bible readings in worship and elsewhere will now follow the ESV text, which can easily be found both in print and electronically. This change will also create consistency for our school and confirmation students, both of whom use Faith Alive Bibles and Luther’s Small Catechisms in ESV.

At this time, our NIV 1984 Bibles will remain in the building, with some being placed back in the church’s pews once we return to regular worship. Thank you and have a blessed week!

In Christ,

Rev. Carl Lehenbauer and Rev. Christopher Conkling


Trinity New Member Highlights

School & Childcare


No School | Thanksgiving Break | November 25th – 27th, 2020

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! 

Are you all out of PTL’s famous pizzas? 
Then we have some good news for you…
PTL has a limited supply of pizzas available for sale!
Saturday, December 5th
from 9 am-11 am
in Cafeteria.
Pre-sales or discounts are not available.
Pizzas will be sold on a first come first serve basis only.
Pizzas and prices are as follows:
  • Cheese $6.50
  • Sausage $7.00
  • Pepperoni $7.00
  • Sausage and Pepperoni $7.50
  • Sausage, Mushroom and Onion $7.75
  • The Works $8.50

Thank you for all your support! Proceeds from this year’s fundraiser will be directed towards playground improvements. We hope to see you there! 


Parents, you’re invited to a Q&A session with school administrators.
Sunday, Nov. 29th
Noon – 1 pm
Gathering Room
Watch this thread for any changes regarding details.

Birthday and Anniversaries

November 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.



Ask | Seek | Knock

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 to pray for the following:
For Missionaries: David & Rachel Baker, Rev. Dr. Charles & Connie Cortright serving in Russia
Our military, serving our country: Joseph Seifert (serving in Spain), 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, Comfort & Protection:
  • Elaine Vorpagel (undergoing medical tests) Ric Gesch (recovering from Covid), Yvonne Heinzel (battling cancer), Cindy Mollwitz (recovering from hip surgery), Karen Ernst (recovering from hip surgery), Christine Geidel (battling cancer), Robert Heiden (hospitalized for Covid), Elaine Landers (recovering from Covid), Bev Bergmann (recovering from Covid), Elaine Riemer (recovering from an incident), Marian Vorpagel (hospice). For all those we name in our hearts needed spiritual and physical healing.
  • Family of Robert Heiden (Bob was called home last week to his heavenly Father)
  • For our health care workers to stay healthy, so that they can continue to treat the ever-growing number of COVID patients. Encourage, strengthen, and work through them as they work under pressure and strain. Thank you for the healing You continue to provide for so many patients.
Do you know of others for whom we should be praying?
Let us know by sending an email to trinity@trinityfreistadt.com.

 Office Hours | Monday – Friday | 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

  • Following CDC recommendations, sanitize or wash hands upon entering and leaving the building.
  • Maintain a distance of 6 feet from others.
  • To protect our office staff, please refrain from congregating in the main office.
  • Limit non-essential movement in the building to only the areas necessary during your visit.

  • Between the times of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, visitors must ring the doorbell by pressing the outside buzzer at the main office doors. 
    • Office personnel will determine entry.
    • Visitors must report directly to the reception desk located in the main lobby. 
  • All visitors and volunteers (non-delivery personnel) seeking access to the building will be screened and documented at the reception desk in the main lobby and will be required to use PPE (available at reception desk).
  • Screening procedures include the following:
    • Temporal scan (temperature must be less than 99.5 degrees fahrenheit)
    • Simple questionnaire (self-reporting)
      • Shortness of breath?
      • New or worsening cough?
      • Have you or anyone in your family been exposed to someone known to have COVID-19?
  • Office personnel will provide the visitor with a badge; all visitors must sign in.
  • Guests are invited to wait in the main lobby while the office personnel contacts the staff member expecting the visitor and/or escort visitor to the appropriate location.
  • Visitors must return to the main lobby/front office after their visit to sign out and return their badge.
Church Attendance

This section will be updated when the regular worship schedule returns.


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