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TRINITY TIDINGS September 2012 Volume 61


New Worship Times Beginning Sunday, September 16th Traditional: 8:00, 10:15am Second Sundays starting October 14th In addition to traditional services New Traditions: 9:15am (In the Great Hall)

Table of Contents Saturday Morning Study ............. 2 Sunday’s Com’n ............................. 2 Care for Creation ....................... 2 Go Out On a Limb......................... 3 Lutherdale Quilt Fest.................... 3 Flu Shots ........................................ 3 Lutheran World Relief .................. 3 Adult Lunch Bunch ...................... 4 Opportunities for Ministry............ 4 Financial Stewardship ................. 5 Social Ministry/CUSH ............. 5 Memorials .................................. 6 Calendar of Events .................... 7 Getting into the “Tidings” .......... 7

Published Jan.-Dec.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2 Last month, my family and I enjoyed watching a number of Olympic events—including ones unfamiliar to us (like handball)— through the internet. We were captivated by the volleyball matches: Brazil versus Russia in the men’s indoor final and USA versus USA in the women’s beach volleyball final. The commitment, sacrifice and perseverance of all the Olympic athletes, medal winners or not, is inspiring. I wonder. How would our lives change—how would Kenosha change—if each of us exhibited ‘Olympic’ commitment, sacrifice and perseverance to living out our faith in Jesus Christ? How would the world change if Christians everywhere sought to run the race of faith with perseverance looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith? Well, one doesn’t simply begin having ‘Olympic’ commitment. It takes time and small steps. During a recent Thursday Adult Lunch Bunch gathering, I had a wonderful conversation with some ladies about the gymnasts and how we cringe when watching athletes on the balance beam. One woman said, “I’m sure they started doing those flips on the floor, then on a beam a few inches off the ground and worked up. They’ve spent their young loves working at it.” Exactly. We begin a renewed commitment to living out our faith taking small steps combined with dedication and perseverance and encouraging words from one another. With this idea in mind, our September 9th Rally Day theme is “Faith Olympic Games.” Come learn about the ministry events you may pursue to strengthen your faith in order to run with perseverance. Not only will God’s Word feed your spirit, but our Rally Day event team will feed your body with a meal following the 9:00am (Continued on page 2)

Worship and Christian Education New Worship Times Beginning Sunday September 16th Traditional: Sundays at 8:00am and 10:15am Beginning Sunday, October 14th In addition to the traditional services, we will have New Traditions on second Sundays at 9:15am, in the Great Hall.

Baptism Adults who desire to be baptized, or those who want to have their child baptized, are invited to contact the church office. In the case of Adult Baptism, candidates are encouraged to worship and attend a Sunday morning Bible Study. Those who want to have their child baptized are asked to schedule a Baptism Preparation session with Pastor Tom prior to the baptism. P.T. looks forward to talking with you! Please speak with him if you have questions.

Saturday Morning Study Saturday, September 8th and 22nd, 8:30-10:00am Downstairs in the Great Hall How do Lutherans understand baptism? Why do we make such a big deal about it? For answers to these and more questions, we begin our 5 session audio series from Pastor Susan McArver, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. You do not need to attend every session. Come for coffee and conversation as your schedule allows. For additional information, contact Tammie at or 654-3256.

Sunday's Com'n Each Wednesday morning at 8:30am, gather with Pastor Tom in the Gathering Space to reflect on the scripture reading for the coming Sunday. No experience necessary. We read the text and share how it makes us feel and the thoughts and questions it generates. It's all good!

Care for Creation The Care for Creation team met on Monday, August 13th. We brainstormed ideas to recapture our vision as a Care for Creation congregation. Between now and next summer we would like to introduce several environmentally friendly practices into the life of Trinity. Look for Green Christmas activities, a church recycling center, an Earth Day celebration and a series of Earth Education classes. Watch future Tidings for details. (Continued from page 1)

training event; I mean worship. Oh, and don’t forget. Our new worship times of 8:00 and 10:15am begin on September 16th. Beginning October 14th, the New Traditions Service will take place on the second Sunday of each month at 9:15am. Good luck with your faith training and remember: the great cloud of witnesses of all the faithful past and present are cheering for you! Blessings All! Pastor/Coach Tom 2

Go Out On a Limb Opportunities are available to help you connect with our Trinity kids. We are looking for adults to coordinate activities for our “branches.” We have openings in the 1st -3rd grade group, the 4th-5th grade group and the middle school group. If you are interested in being on the TCYF ministry team then contact Sue Torres 515-1844, or Mike Van Laningham 653-1282.

Lutherdale Quilt Auction Preliminary results from Lutherdale’s Quilt Auction held on August 11th show that the 6 quilts taken from Trinity netted $560. Thanks to all who donated items. Craft items were also auctioned off this year in a silent auction. Results from the day will be finalized at a later date.

Flu Shots Flu shots will be given at Trinity on September 27th, from noon till they are done. Please bring your Medicare card and any other insurance cards that you use. These are given to all seniors who wish to get them. Please let Linda Kluck know if

you are coming to get a shot and you don’t belong to Adult Lunch Bunch. Thanks, Linda.

Lutheran World Relief Bob and Lucille Brenneman will be collecting layettes for Lutheran World Relief now through October 2012. Listed below are the items needed for ages 6 months through 24 months. A display table is set up in the entrance. Please put your donation in the basket provided. Contact Lucille with any questions.  Lightweight Cotton T-Shirts  Long or short-sleeve gowns or sleepers without the feet  Receiving blankets, medium-weight cotton or flannel, or crocheted or knitted with lightweight yarn, up to 52” square  Cloth diapers  Jackets, sweaters or sweatshirts with hoods or baby cap  Hand towels, dark in color  Bath-size bars of gentle soap  Diaper pins or large safety pins  Socks

Easy Trinity Website Access What is this image? An image like this is called a “QR code”. It represents the web address (URL) of a single HTML page. The image shown on the left stands for our website: We will be putting this image in our publications to make it easier to access our website. Mobile bookmarking A QR code enables you to look up a web page with your mobile phone quickly and easily. URLs can be tedious to type on a phone, but with a QR code there is no need to type the full URL into your phone, instead you simply scan the image. Your phone reads it and converts it back into the URL. Then you can use your phone to go online to that page. What you need  A mobile phone with a camera, and internet access if you want to go straight online.  A QR code reader installed on the phone. (There may not be a QR code reader for some models of mobile phones.) Downloads of readers There are many readers to choose from, here are a few to try: 3

Trinity Adult Lunch Bunch 41st Year Sept 13th Hot dogs with cheesy baked potatoes and lemon squares for dessert. Sept 27th Mac and cheese with fish sandwiches and birthday cake for dessert. RSVP will be the entertainment. Linda Kluck, 653-9491

Where to go on the Web

Opportunities for Ministry Equipping Ministry—Who do you call? Within our congregation there are many ministries to serve God and others. Pastor Pastor Tom Smith 287-8098 President Linda Kluck 653-9491 Vice-Pres Mike Spitzer 859-2032 Treasurer Jim Lichtenheld 654-3940 Finance Mike Spitzer 859-2032 Secretary Linda McKinney 843-2851 Property Bruce Milne 694-5859 Social Scott Blanchard 945.2756 Stewardship Open Youth Sue Torres 515-1844 Witness Rhonda Brennan 942-0587 Worship & Music Tom Johnson 652-7476 Children, Youth and Family Minister Mike Van Laningham 653-1282 Adult Ed Open Opportunity Altar Guild/Flowers Donna Dezoma 298-5464 Bowling Woody Knutson 658-3052 Busy Bees (Quilters) Donna Dezoma 298-5464 Care for Creation Dru Spitzer 859-2032 Choirs Open Opportunity Communion Asst 694-5050 Co-op Pre-School Lea Ann Taber 694-5192 CROP Walk Rhonda Brennan 942-0587 CUSH Jay Labedz 654-8852 Lenore Baumann 654-1261 Nancy Lehrke 694-2624 Fair Trade Coffee Nancy Lehrke 694-2624 Grace Safe Place Summer Lunch Program Scott Blanchard 945.2756 Health Ministry Cindy Johnson 652-7476 Lectors Office 694-5050 Library Dru Spitzer 859-2032 Lutheran World Relief Lucille Brenneman 694-4097 Memorials Linda McKinney 843-2851 Money Counting Ken Larsen 654-4801 Mutual Ministry Jay Labedz 654-8852 Parish Visitors Cindy Johnson 652-7476 Saturday Bible Study Tammie Sorenson 654-3256 Senior League Linda Kluck 653-9491 Soup Kitchen/Shalom Center Linda McKinney 843-2851 Sunday Morning Coffee Rhonda Brennan 942-0587 Sunday Morning Nursery Kaley Gerou Sunday School Open Opportunity Tidings & Website Sheri Villers 697-8238 Urban Outreach Center Scott Blanchard 945-2756 Ushers Woody Knutson 658-3052 VBS Mike Van Laningham 653-1282 Women of the ELCA Roseann Knutson 658-3052


Financial Stewardship Dear members of Trinity, July was an "almost month"—we were just a little bit short in both Unified Giving and the Debt Reduction funds. However, the sound system is installed and paid in full, thanks to all that gave to get this done. Please make sure to keep up with your Unified Giving. Also, keep everyone in your prayers; they help! Thanks, Jim Lichtenheld Treasurer

How are We Doing? Income Expenses Unified Overage (Shortage) Estate Gift Transfer Building Debt Reduction Funds Mortgage Payment Mortgage Overage (Shortage) Estate Gift Transfer Sound System 2012 Sound System Prior Years Sound System Payments Sound System (Totals) Youth Ministry

July 2012 $18,456.01 $18,784.67 ($328.66)

YTD 2012 $124,069.15 $123,423.26 $645.89

$0.00 $4,604.50 $4,900.83 ($296.33)

$2,447.96 $35,039.50 $33,836.12 $3,651.34

$0.00 $300.00 $0.00 ($22,311.60) ($22,011.60) $25.00

$4,000.00 $6,522.00 $11,960.00 ($22,311.60) $170.40 $5,807.00

Social Ministry and CUSH Corner The Social ministry and CUSH committee will meet again in September. We had been meeting on the second Sunday of each month. That will be Rally Day, so we will move the meeting to September 16th. We may leave the meetings on the third Sunday so we will not conflict with the new contemporary service that will begin in October on the second Sunday of each month. Please join us in the library at 9:15am. CANS FOR CUSH will resume in September. Please drop off any bagged aluminum cans in the back hallway of the church on the first Sunday of each month. The recycling money will benefit CUSH. CUSH has several task forces working behind the scenes to advocate for the poor and disenfranchised. CUSH continues to advocate for transportation, immigrant rights and is also involved in the state-wide campaign to decrease the prison population and use the money for treatment of non-violent offenders. CUSH has also received grant funding to facilitate diversity

conversations in Kenosha. CUSH has a new website: Check it out! CUSH is looking for a Part-time Organizer (leader): CUSH (Congregations United to Serve Humanity) has received a promise of a significant grant for the coming year, which will make it possible for them to hire a part-time Community Organizer. The organizer would be responsible for helping to grow the organization and recruit and train leaders. CUSH is an interfaith, not-for-profit organization, which seeks to bring diverse people together to work for the common good. The organizer would be expected to attend meetings and events, to do one-on-one outreach and lead training and planning sessions. If interested, please send resume to by September 4th.


Memorials and Gifts An offering was given in memory her of parent’s anniversary (Robert and Rosemary Vogel) from Betsy Teixeira. Offerings were made towards the Memorial Fund in memory of Barbara Becker from her partner John Roinick, Arlene Bella, Virginia VanBendegom, and Thomas and Lorraine Gram, towards the Youth Fund from Mike and Dru Spitzer, and towards the Building Fund from Helen Oechler and Margie Slavik. An offering was made in memory of Bill Kamm towards the Memorial Fund from Helen Oechler. Offerings were made towards the Senior League in memory of Roberta Haug from Pete and Peggy Pierce, towards the Memorial Fund from AT&T, Don and Pat Ancevic, Linda and Donald Kluck, Audrey and Jim Steel, the Adeline Mercier family, Berger and Jo Rasmussen and Barbara Cdebaca. An offering was made towards the Memorial Fund in memory of Jim Breska from Helen Oechler. To the Adult Lunch Bunch, an estate gift was given by Elaine D. Ziesemer. Offerings were given towards the Memorial Fund in honor of Avery LeMay-King’s baptism from grandparents, Lorna and Charles LeMay, sponsors Erika and Kaia LeMay and parents Laurence King and Tiffany LeMay. Total gifts received: $2569

Funerals Barbara Ann Becker – Memorial Service July 28, 2012 Roberta G. Haug – Funeral Service August 2, 2012

Weddings Patricia Quick and William Steward August 10, 2012

Baptisms Avery Verna LeMay-King, daughter of Laurence King and Tiffany LeMay August 12, 2012 Eric Lin August 19, 2012 Carter John Ruggles, son of John Ruggles and Kristine Roback August 26, 2012


September 2012 Sunday, September 2nd 9:00am Monday, September 3rd


6:00pm Tuesday, September 4th 9:00am First Day Back - Preschool 6:00pm Cub Scouts 525 7:00pm Venture Group Wednesday, September 5th 8:30am Sunday's Com'n 9:00am First Day Back - Preschool 5:30pm Gymnastics Registration Thursday, September 6th 5:30pm Cupboard Bound Food Pickup Saturday, September 8th 8:30am Saturday Morning Bible Study Sunday, September 9th Rally Sunday 9:00am Worship Following Worship Corn Roast Monday, September 10th 6:00pm Boy Scouts Troop 525 Tuesday, September 11th 5:30pm Worship & Music Ministry 6:00pm Cub Scouts 525 6:30pm Witness Ministry 7:00pm Venture Group Wednesday, September 12th 8:30am Sunday's Com'n th Thursday, September 13 9:00am WELCA Bible Study 11:30am Trinity Lunch Bunch Sunday, September 16th 8:00am Worship 9:00am Coffee & Hospitality Hour 10:15am Worship Monday, September 17th 6:00pm Boy Scouts Troop 525 6:30pm Care for Creation Ministry






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Tuesday, September 18th 5:30pm Finance Ministry 6:00pm Council Ministry 6:00pm Cub Scouts 525 7:00pm Venture Group th Wednesday, September 19 8:30am Sunday's Com'n Saturday, September 22nd 8:30am Saturday Morning Bible Study Sunday, September 23rd 8:00am Worship 9:00am Coffee & Hospitality Hour 10:15am Worship 10:15am Baptism: Henry Bean Monday, September 24th 6:00pm Boy Scouts Troop 525 Tuesday, September 25th 6:00pm Cub Scouts 525 7:00pm Venture Group Wednesday, September 26th 8:30am Sunday's Com'n th Thursday, September 27 11:30am Trinity Lunch Bunch Friday, September 28th 4:00pm Soup Kitchen th Sunday, September 30 8:00am Worship 9:00am Coffee & Hospitality Hour 10:15am Worship 10:15pm Baptism: Nash Schmit

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STAFF Pastor, Rev. Thomas Smith ........................... ext. 24 Cell: 262-287-8098 Email: Parish Administrator, JoAnn Konkle .......... ext. 21 Children, Youth and Family Minister, Mike Van Laningham ................................ 653-1282 Co-op Preschool Administrator, Lea Ann Taber Co-op Preschool Financial Administrator Misty Van Laningham Custodian, Sue Torres Health Ministry Coordinator, Cindy Johnson, RN SUNDAY WORSHIP TIMES Worship with Holy Communion .................. 9:00am Starting September 16th: Worship with Holy Communion .... 8:00 & 10:15am Hospitality & Coffee Hour ........................... 9:00am Attended Nursery is available Sundays from 7:30 am to 11:45 for children 6 weeks to 4 years of age

September 2012 Tidings  

Trinity's September newsletter.