April 10 – 16, 2021

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A Message from Pastor Chris

2 minutes prior to writing this, I received my second COVID-19 vaccine shot (Pfizer). Now, unlike the first shot, I was warned that the second shot may be more likely to cause flu-like symptoms. In fact, the doctor who administered it said that 2 out of 3 people will feel some sort of side effect, usually the next morning. Of course, these facts numbers leave me with an obvious question: Am I in the 2 out of 3 category? 2 out of 3 is 66%, above half. I really don’t like the idea that I might wake up sick; maybe I won’t even be able to stay asleep tonight!

As I consider these fears, I find God’s Word speaking directly into them: “Count it all joy…” James says, “…when you meet trials of various kinds. For you know the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4). With this text in mind, I essentially have two options: 1) Pray that I don’t have to experience the trial of flu-like symptoms tomorrow, then just be angry and complain if I do; or 2) realize how this potential discomfort is not only temporary, but offers an opportunity to take it to God in prayer and ask for perseverance to get through it.

Clearly, option 1 does not produce steadfastness, but bitterness and anger towards God (continual lacking). Option 2, on the other hand, grows our faith and teaches us a stronger dependence on God Himself (perfecting us in our weaknesses). If I choose option 1, then I will not learn how to face a trial in the future and again resort to anger at God for not getting what I want. In contrast, if I choose option 2, I know that I can take my problem to the same God who has already promised me an eternal life of perfect joy. And that promise shows my temporary affliction to be nothing, nothing worth comparing to the glory which Jesus will reveal to us on the Last Day.

Now of course, fretting over a small, temporary set of flu-like symptoms seems ridiculous. And it is. Yet this fear is no different than the fear we might experience when encountering any trial. In the end, the two options James lays before us are the same under any circumstance. Therefore, will we respond in anger or in faith?

I think I’ll go with option 2.

Preparing for Worship

Let us prepare our hearts for worship.

Take a moment to read and meditate on this weekend’s scripture readings.

Acts 4:32-35

32 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. 33 And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold 35 and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. 

1 John 1:1-2:2

1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And we are writing these things so that our[a] joy may be complete. 5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 2 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

John 20:19-31 (Sermon Text)

19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” 24 Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” 26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

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:

Risen Lord, through Your Spirit, You have freely given us an eternal peace in Christ, a peace which assures us of life eternal. Forgive us when we let other people or life circumstances create turmoil and frustration, bringing focus to ourselves and away from Jesus. As we depart Your house today, send us out in Your peace, that we will truly know Your joy and live it out among our neighbors.

Father, You have assured us of a life which extends beyond any temporal suffering we experience in this world. Please grant healing and a full recovery to all who are experiencing illness at this time, especially, Glen Jones (lymphoma), Al Schumacher (shingles), Christine Geidel (cancer), Ellen Leslie (recovering from hip surgery), Earlean Brown (home recovering), Buzz Severin (melanoma), and Scott Dobberfuhl (recovering from a stroke). Complete Your joy in them as they continue through their trials, giving them perseverance and growing their faith continually.

Glorious Lord, though peace in this world is unlikely, we have a peace in You that surpasses all of our understanding. We ask that Your peace enter the hearts of all government leaders, both in our nation and around the world, especially in Myanmar, that their decisions be guided by You and bring You alone glory. Please protect those who serve in our military, especially Rebecca Guild (serving in Monterey, CA), 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), Jessica Jones (being deployed to Kuwait), and Joseph Siefert (serving in Spain).

Gracious God, as we listen to the fears and doubts of those in our everyday lives, You have gifted us with the profound and exciting privilege to speak Your joy into their lives. Open us to these opportunities and make Yourself present in them, that Your peace will prevail in their lives. We ask the same for those serving abroad, especially David & Rachel Baker (serving in Mongolia) and Barbara Rebentisch (serving in Taiwan).


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

This Week at Trinity

7:00 am | Men’s Bible Study | Gathering Room

5:00 pm | Anchored Worship Service | Sanctuary | Masks Required

8:00 AM | Anchored Worship Service | Sanctuary

9:20 AM | Anchored Worship Service | Sanctuary

9:20 AM | Revelation Bible Study | Science Room

10:45 AM | Connected Worship Service | Gym

7:30 AM | Men’s Bible Study | Gathering Room

7:00 PM | BLL Meeting

8:30 AM | Women’s Bible Study | Gathering Room

April 27th | Next Door – The Art of Neighboring | Online Event 7:00 – 8:30 pm

May 2nd | Brat & Hot Dog Fry | After Church Services

Announcements & News

Current “Trinity Times”

Current “From the Principal’s Desk”

Change in Worship Opportunities 

We are looking forward to worshipping in person as a church family very soon.  Beginning Easter Sunday the 8:00am service will be broadcast live each week and a link to that service will be available for those who may need to watch at a later time.

We are also looking forward to returning to a more familiar Sunday morning schedule, without many of the accommodations that we have put in place in the last year.  Changes to our weekend worship routine will take place no later than Memorial Day weekend.  Please receive our sincere thanks to everyone who has made adjustments in various ways as we have walked together and with Jesus through these uncertain times!

The printed worship service will continue to be sent through the mail to those who do not have internet.  PLEASE NOTE:  Beginning Memorial Day weekend we will no longer send out printed services.  

The weekly bulletin will be available on our website by close of the office on Friday each week.  A limited supply of printed copies will be available at each of the worship services.

Wisconsin’s Mask Mandate

Wisconsin’s mask mandate has been struck down as unconstitutional, and therefore no longer governs our practice at Trinity. The pastors will continue to wear masks for services that have been designated as “masks required” and during the distribution of the Lord’s Supper. We look forward to seeing your smiles again!

Leave of Absence

Pastor Carl will be taking a three week leave of absence after Easter. Please keep him in your prayers as he takes the time to draw closer to God.


Our next LWML meeting will be April 21at 7:00 pm in the Gathering Room.

We will have a baby shower for A Place of Refuge. Come and hear our speaker, Kris tell about her work there.

Suggested items are:

  • newborn or 0-3 month disposable diapers
  • baby towels
  • receiving blankets
  • diaper genie refills
  • Lysol spray
  • creamy baby oil or coconut oil

Trinity Events

Christ for Africa | A Mission Auction

Brat & Hot Dog Fry

Next Door | The Art of Neighboring

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Roadway Cleanup

May 1 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Parking Lot Brat Fry

May 2 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Freistadt Fourth

July 4 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Israel Trip 2022

January 6, 2022 - January 15, 2022

Area Events & Opportunities

 Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; ​teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

Please consider joining Fishing for the Heart as they continue to keep our kids on the water.

No Kid Left Onshore | Friday, June 11th at 6:00 pm | Little Switzerland Slinger, WI

Nehemiah Project

Give Now!

Or pay by check via the offering plate or in the office.

Donate Here

Now through the end of May

Praise & Thanksgiving

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.

Flowers at the Lectern

Flowers at the Lectern are placed to the glory of God in memory of Wendy Johnson by her friends and sisters-in-Christ.

Monthly Food Barrel


 Toilet Paper, Paper Toweling, Facial Tissues

Employment Opportunities

Caregiver – Early Childhood Center

If you are passionate about children and passionate about Jesus, we want you on our team!  We’re looking for qualified candidates to serve our precious children, ages 6 weeks – 3 years, and their families.  Our center is open Monday thru Friday, 7:00 am – 5:45 pm.  We offer flexible hours-up to full time, discount rates for childcare/tuition, and the support of an awesome team. Our children, families and team await you!

If you are interested, please contact us at 262-242-2045 or send your resume to jobs@trinityfreistadt.com

Facility Assistant

Our new team member will assist with light janitorial duties and special projects like set-up and support for special events. This is a part-time position, around 20 hours per week, with flexible hours during the school day.

If you are interested, please contact us at 262-242-2045 or send your resume to jobs@trinityfreistadt.com.

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

Worship Attendance March 27 & 28
5:00 pm 51
8:00 am 73
9:20 am 105
10:45 am 34
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