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TRINITY TIDINGS March 2013 Volume 62


Table of Contents Saturday Morning Study ............. 2 Sunday’s Com’n ............................. 2 Lent ............................................ 2 First Communion....................... 2 KinderLent ................................. 3 Rides to Church ......................... 3 New Member Sunday ................ 3 Trinity Scholarship ................... 3 Easter Egg Hunt ........................ 3 Thank You ................................. 3 Donations Needed ...................... 3 Taize Worship ............................ 3 Hope Amidst the Ashes .............. 3 Adult Lunch Bunch ...................... 4 Getting into the “Tidings” .......... 4 Pastie and Bake Sale Results ....... 4 Quilters & Crafters........................ 4 Care for Creation ....................... 4 Financial Stewardship ................. 5 Electronic Giving News ............. 5 Social Ministry/CUSH ............. 5 Memorials .................................. 6 Invitation to Serve: Youth ......... 6 Calendar of Events .................... 7

Published Jan.-Dec.

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because God first loved us. 1 John 4:18-19 In the 1986 movie, The Fly, actress Geena Davis’ character utters the line: “Be afraid, be very afraid.” This line has transcended the original movie and is used in various forms within our culture often shortened to simply, “Be Afraid.” This popular message of fear contradicts Jesus’ frequent admonition to have no fear. Last December as I was preparing for Christmas Eve worship, I was struck by the number of times I heard the message of fear in our culture. Frankly, I’m getting tired of it! This message is communicated in all sorts of ways:  Time is running out! Hurry in and save big before it’s too late.  The fiscal cliff is coming—look out for the next recession!  Global warming, asteroids, flu, end of the Mayan calendar…  Church membership is in decline, churches are closing Some Christians use the fear of hell and eternal damnation to apparently motivate people to repent and to believe that Jesus is the savior of the world as though Jesus’ sole purpose for coming was to judge the world. Yet Jesus himself said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10) And “I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.” (John 12:47) Jesus has restored our relationship with God, the source of life. Believe it and…have no fear! We gather for worship to hear this news week in and week out else we’re led astray. Our Lenten theme this year is, “No fear. Here.” based on the above scripture passage from 1 John: “perfect love casts out fear.” God has most fully revealed God’s love for creation through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Easter morning good news of the empty tomb resonates throughout history. Sin and death are destroyed! God’s love for us is infinite and eternal, enabling us to love others. In love there is no fear. So the next time you experience anxiety or fear remind yourself that in Christ you are loved and then respond to your fear with love. Join us on Wednesday evenings during Lent to hear more about living fear-less lives and be sure to invite a friend or two to hear the Good News of Hope and Joy Easter Sunday Morning, March 31st. For sure that day there will be No Fear. Here! Living with courage and love, Pastor Tom

Worship and Christian Education 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, March 23rd, 8:30-10:00am (March 9th canceled) Downstairs in the Great Hall

Making Sense of the Cross, invites us to “listen in” on an open conversation about the cross and encourages us to think about and experience the cross and its meaning for our lives. There is no expectation of certain prior knowledge of the Bible or theology. Just bring your questions and openness to talk about matters of the cross and resurrection of Jesus. It is not necessary to attend every session. Come as you are able to enjoy morning coffee and conversation. Bring a friend! For additional information, contact Tammie at 654-3256 or

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!

2013 Season of Lent: No Fear. Here. Come to Lenten worship on Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm as we explore our theme of No Fear. Here. using the Holden Evening Prayer Service. KinderLent for families with small children takes place from 5:15-5:45pm and a simple soup supper is offered from 5:45-6:45pm. Below are the individual topics for this Lenten Sermon Series: February 27th No Fear of Failure or Humiliation Matthew 1:18-25 Easter Brunch March 6th No Fear of Loneliness or Abandonment John 14:6-20 March 31st March 13th No Fear of Poverty or Sickness Matthew 6:24-34 9:15am until 10:00am March 20th No Fear of Death Romans 6:1-14 Stuffed French toast Invite a friend or neighbor to join us and be encouraged by the this (with strawberries or syrup) good news: No Fear. Here! Sausage Learning in Preparation for First Communion Fruit with cottage cheese This is a reminder for parents and guardians of all third graders. and Sweets There will be three learning events leading up to celebrating first Milk, juice, coffee, and tea communion during the 7:00pm Maundy Thursday Worship service on March 28th. Under 3 Free Below is the schedule of events: 4 to 12 $5.00 Sunday, March 3rd 9:30-10:15am Moses’ Death Defying Secret 13 and up $7.00 Sunday, March 17th 9:30-10:15am Jesus and the Goblet of Life! Sunday, March 24th 11:30am-1:00pm Holy Food for Holy People Please contact Pastor Tom or the church office with any questions. Parents and guardians are encouraged to stay for all class sessions. 2

new member can call the church office, 6945050, to register. Informational letters will be Be strong in God. sent out the first week of April to interested Wednesdays at 5:15pm during Lent individuals. Plan on attending "Trinity 101: You are invited to join Trinity’s Children Welcome to Our Church" on Thursday, April Youth and Family Ministry on Wednesdays for 18th, from 6:30-7:30pm. Pastor Tom and KinderLent, a family-friendly worship service members of the church council will share an designed to provide faith-building resources for overview of the church and you will have a families to use together. Afterward (at chance to ask questions. 5:45pm), come down to the Great Hall for a Trinity Scholarship simple soup & bread supper. KinderLent includes: 1/2 hour of familyAttention high school seniors! Any high friendly worship, Bibles stories, songs, prayers, school senior who is a voting member of and scripture, weekly take home family Trinity and is planning to attend college or project, take-home resources for parents, technical school may apply for the Trinity learning, fun, and fellowship! Church Scholarship. You may pick up an application in the church office. The directions Rides to Church for applying and the necessary forms required It has come to the attention of the Witness are explained in an attachment to the Ministry that there are individuals who are application. unable to attend church services because of lack of transportation or the inability to drive. Easter Egg Hunt We are looking for members that would be able Trinity will be having an Easter Egg Hunt to provide transportation to and from church on Saturday, March 23rd. Watch the bulletin services once a month. If you need a ride or are and E-Tidings for more information or contact willing to provide a ride, please contact the Sue Torres. church office, 694-5050, or Rhonda Brennan, Thank you. Thank you. 942-0587, to register.


Thank you …

Taize Tuesdays @Trinity

“The desire for communion with God has been set within the human heart since the dawn of time. The mystery of that begins 4/9/13 7:00pm communion touches what is most intimate in us, reaching down to the very depths of our being.” To the wellsprings of joy: Letter for 2004 © Ateliers et Presses de Taizé, 71250 Taizé, France

Hope Amidst the Ashes caring community.healing.hope. 3/14/13 at 6:30pm in the Gathering Space All are welcome. “shoulder to shoulder in our loss & grief”

New Member Sunday New Member Sunday will be April 21st at both services. Anyone interested in becoming a 3

One act of generosity leads to another. And the impact grows. Thanks to members of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, that’s what we’ve experienced through the Thrivent Choice program. Many of you directed your designated Choice Dollars to our congregation, Trinity! Through your individual recommendation, you have made a difference. Collectively, Thrivent Financial members have helped us continue our important mission. Thank you for your support and generosity. Deadline to designate for this year is March 31st.

Donations Needed Do you have extra Easter baskets, Easter grass, plastic eggs or other Easter items? Trinity Youth are doing a project involving these items and would love any donations. Items can be dropped off in the office or the youth room. Contact Sue Torres for more info. Trinity is also looking for glass jars big enough to fit tea lights for the Taize services starting in April. Any size is fine. They can be dropped off in the office.

Trinity Adult Lunch Bunch

Flower and Bulletin Donations


Would you like the opportunity to honor a loved one or celebrate a loved one’s birthday or anniversary? Please consider sponsoring a bulletin for $15 or donate flowers for the sanctuary for $13 per bouquet. Your gifts of generosity help to enrich our worship experience. You can sign up in the Gathering Space and place your monetary gift in the collection plate or leave it in the office.



Mar 14th Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Corn beef and cabbage. Grasshopper pie for dessert. Mar 28th French toast, egg casserole, potato casserole and birthday cake for dessert. Happy Easter! Birthdays: Roseann Knutson 3/12 Irene O’Connell 3/17 *If school is cancelled due to bad weather, there will be no lunch served that day. Linda Kluck, 262-653-9491

Getting into TRINITY TIDINGS The deadline to receive information for the April 2013 issue: Wednesday, March 20th Articles may be left in the church office or emailed to Sheri Villers at

Pastie Sale Results I would like to thank all the people who made pasties, Roberta Andersen, Sue Briese, Donna Dezoma, Phyllis Dibble, Judy Glover, Linda Mc Kinney, Dawn Ollila, Jane Schmidt, Mary Siebert, Audrey Steel and Margie Slavik. All of these people made the 400 pasties that were brought. Thank you Judy and Jim Glover, Tammy Sorenson, Audrey Steel, Diana Shidagis and Mary Seibert for putting together Fat Tuesday when we ate at the church. This has brought $2,000.00 into the church. We will put $1,300 into Worship and Music and $700 into the Soup Kitchen. Thank you all for your support. Linda Kluck

Bake Sale Results Thanks to all of the people who made and bought baked goods at last month’s bake sale. We made $377. $220 will go to Worship and Music Ministry and $157 will go to Youth Ministry.

Attention Quilters and Crafters The Lutherdale Quilt Fest will be in August this year and items for the festival will be taken to Lutherdale in June to be put on auction or sold. Anyone interested in donating an item (or more) may leave them in the church office by June 1st.

Care for Creation March Recycling Opportunity March has arrived! Can thoughts of spring cleaning be far behind? When cleaning out your closets this month please set aside any athletic shoes that have come to the end of their useful and safe life. You can bring them to church anytime during the month of March and deposit them in the collection tub in the entry hallway. Please bring only athletic shoes (no sandals, flip flops, high heels, etc.). Your Care for Creation team will deliver them to Nike where the components of the shoes will be ground up for reuse. Nike Grind Rubber from the outsole will be used in track surfaces, interlocking gym floor tiling, playground surfaces, and new Nike products. Nike Grind Foam from the midsole will be used as a cushion for outdoor basketball and tennis courts. Nike Grind Fabric from the shoe upper will be used in the creation of cushioning pads for facilities like indoor synthetic courts and wood courts. If your athletic shoes are gently used and have life left in them as shoes (such as when a child outgrows them before they wear out) please donate them to Good Will or another organization. But if it’s time for them to be recycled for their components please drop them off at church this month. Keep them out of landfills. Give them new life. It’s just another way you can care for creation. Kenosha Green Congregations Everyone interested in attending the next meeting of the Kenosha Green Congregations is invited to join us on Sat., March 2nd, from 8:30am to10:00am. The meeting will be held at Bradford Unitarian Universalist church located at 5810 8th Ave. in Kenosha. Please enter through the downstairs southeast door as another group will be using the sanctuary. You will need to ring the bell and someone will be there to welcome you in. The main speaker will be Ross Astoria who will give a presentation on the Citizens’ Climate Lobby.


Financial Stewardship Dear members of Trinity, How are We Doing? January was a tough January 2013 YTD 2013 month for paying bills— Income $17,719.50 $17,719.50 short in both Unified and Reserved Funds Transferred $766.67 $766.67 Mortgage. In January we had the Expenses $20,198.05 $20,198.05 large bill of $2,260.49 to Unified Overage (Shortage) ($2,478.55) ($2,478.55) repair the broken water pipe, but in February we Building Debt Reduction Funds $3,210.50 $3,210.50 received some funds for the Mortgage Payment $4,900.83 $4,900.83 repair. Thank you all for Mortgage Overage (Shortage) ($1,690.33) ($1,690.33) giving. Please try to keep up your giving for the Building Debt Reduction. We have a couple of months in reserve, but that goes fast if we do not keep it up. Please remember now our expenses will increase a lot with the winter heating bills. Thank you all for keep up with your Unified Giving and Debt Reduction. Also, keep everyone in your prayers; they help! Thanks, Jim Lichtenheld, Treasurer

Electronic Giving News Since people no longer carry cash or checkbooks like they once did, Trinity is making it easier to give offerings, donations and gifts using debit and credit cards through two exciting options. The first option builds on the Simply Giving program offered through Vanco Services (where offerings are given through automatic deductions from one’s checking account). With Sheri Viller’s expertise, we are adding a ‘Give Now’ button on our website using Vanco’s secure website features. When a person selects the ‘Give Now’ button, they will be redirected to Trinity’s giving page on Vanco’s secure website where debit/credit card information is then provided and the transaction made. The second option uses a card reader provided by Square, Inc. to receive offerings, and financial gifts at worship services and ministry events using debit/credit cards. These gifts are deposited directly into Trinity’s checking account. These changes reflect our times. Please take a moment to explore them as they become available. More details will follow as we ‘test out’ these new giving methods all to the Glory of God and for the sake of God’s mission of life for the world.

Social Ministry and CUSH Corner The Social Ministry and CUSH committee will meet on the first Sunday of the month, in the church library between services at 9:10am. The next meeting will be on March 3rd. Please remember CANS FOR CUSH on March 3rd. 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 continues important advocacy work through their various task forces. CUSH continues to work on the statewide initiative to use state funding for treatment programs for non-violent offenders instead of incarcerating these individuals. This is the CUSH 11 X 15 Campaign. CUSH has two buses going to Madison for the


PEOPLE OF FAITH UNITED FOR JUSTICE day on Thursday, March 14th. This is a day-long gathering to learn, discuss, pray and advocate together for social justice issues of importance to all people of Wisconsin. If you are interested in attending this event, there may still be room on the bus. You may contact the CUSH office at (262)564-8223 or There are flyers on the table in the hallway as you enter the Gathering Space. Bus and lunch are provided for $35.00. Social Ministry has the following events during March: Cupboard Bound food ministry and the Shalom Center soup kitchen. A Bingo party for the Dayton residents is being arranged for this spring.

Memorials and Gifts  An offering was given in memory of Catherine Ketler towards Unified from Elwood and Roseann Knutson.  An offering was given towards the Memorial Fund from Bob and Lucille Brenneman.  An offering was given towards Worship and Music in memory of John Hrupka, father of Lisa Hrupka from Kathy and Richard Baas.  An offering was given towards Worship and Music from Linda and Gerald Nielsen-Euting.  An offering was given towards the Youth Ministry in memory of Jennifer Harris Badertscher, daughter of Jack and Mae Harris, from Laurie Funeral Jacobs. Earl E. Wiegert  Offerings were given towards the Worship and Music Fund in Passed away February 14, 2013 memory of Kathy Baas’ mother from Laurie and Linda Jacobs. Funeral February 23, 2013 Total offerings received: $190

Invitation To Serve: Identity Hi, my name is Kendall Dobnikar, I am currently going to Trinity Lutheran Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin. I recently went on a church retreat up in Waukesha. Being new to the church I wasn't sure how it was going to go. I hadn't been to a church since 2nd grade; I don’t even think I picked up a Bible. But, my good friend Katie welcomed me to one of the church services, and I've been going back ever since. When Katie mentioned the retreat, I was eager to attend. It was inspiring listening to everyone’s stories and how it impacted their lives. On the second day we were there, each church went their separate ways and did some community service. Our job was to go visit a lady’s home. It was so fascinating learning about her life, and it made me realize that not everybody’s life is as easy as it seems. One of the nights we were there, they had a big piece of paper shaped as the cross and in sections we would put up one word that described ourselves. Looking at the paper, reading everyone’s words, it made me think of how people are totally different on the inside then they appear to be on the outside. Once again, choosing to attend the retreat with Katie completely changed the way I look at things today. I made so many friends and really felt like I belonged. It was like we were one big family. I am going to continue going to Trinity Lutheran Church for a long as I can. It’s a blessing to be a part of these services. Who are you? No, not your name. Who are YOU? Recently, four girls from our youth here at Trinity went on a retreat all about our identity in Christ. They learned about how, with God’s help, you can be anything. They visited a woman at the Waukesha catholic Workers house. At this house, they bring in many refugees. She taught us to never give up on something you believe in. The girls were asked to write the thing they disliked most about themselves, and pin it to the cross. At the end of the retreat, all of the insecurities were ripped up. Symbolizing that we don’t have to feel like we don’t fit in because God made us perfectly in his eyes. Rachel Kurtz and Elijah Renju performed for the crowd and have great sermons. All in all, the whole weekend was a very fun and life changing event for all those who attended. And by the end of the retreat, everyone knew who they were, and whose they were. -By Makena Haines 6

Saturday, March 2nd 9:00am Cupboard Bound Food Pickup Sunday, March 3rd Council Installation 7:30am Pancake Breakfast BS Troop 544 8:00am Worship 9:10am CUSH/Social Ministry 9:30am 3rd Grade First Communion Prep 10:15am Worship & Baptism - Logan Milne 11:15am Youth Choir Rehearsal 11:15am Pathway/H.S. Group Monday, March 4th 6:00pm Boy Scouts Troop 525 6:30pm Care for Creation th Tuesday, March 5 6:00pm Cub Scouts 525 7:00pm Worship & Music Ministry 7:00pm Venture Group Wednesday, March 6th 8:30am Sunday's Com'n 5:15pm KinderLent 5:45pm Soup Supper 6:00pm Choir Practice 7:00pm Lent Service Sunday, March 10th Daylights Savings Time 8:00am Worship 9:15am New Traditions Service 10:15am Worship Monday, March 11th 6:00pm Boy Scouts Troop 525 Tuesday, March 12th 6:00pm Cub Scouts 525 6:30pm Witness Ministry 7:00pm Venture Group 7:00pm Pre-school Board Meeting Wednesday, March 13th 8:30am Sunday's Com'n 5:15pm KinderLent 5:45pm Soup Supper 6:00pm Choir Practice 7:00pm Lent Service Thursday, March 14th 9:00am Women’s Bible Study 11:30am Trinity Lunch Bunch 6:30pm Hope Amidst the Ashes Friday, March 15th 7:00pm Boy Scout Lock-In Saturday, March 16th 12:00am-7:00am Boy Scout Lock-In Sunday, March 17th 8:00am Worship rd 9:30am 3 Grade First Communion Prep 10:15am Worship






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11:15am Youth Choir Rehearsal 11:15am Pathway/H.S. Group Monday, March 18th 6:00pm Boy Scouts Troop 525 Tuesday, March 19th 5:30pm Finance Ministry 6:00pm Congregational Council 6:00pm Cub Scouts 525 7:00pm Venture Group Wednesday, March 20th 8:30am Sunday's Com'n 5:15pm KinderLent 5:45pm Soup Supper 6:00pm Choir Practice 7:00pm Lent Service Friday, March 22nd 4:00pm Soup Kitchen Saturday, March 23rd 8:30am Saturday Bible Study Sunday, March 24th Palm Sunday 8:00am Worship 10:15am Worship rd 11:30am 3 Grade First Communion Prep Monday, March 25th 6:00pm Boy Scouts Troop 525 Tuesday, March 26th 6:00pm Cub Scouts 525 7:00pm Venture Group th Wednesday, March 27 8:30am Sunday's Com'n 6:30pm Choir Practice 7:30pm Bell Choir Practice Thursday, March 28th Maundy Thursday 10:30am Maundy Thursday Service 11:30am Trinity Lunch Bunch 7:00pm Maundy Thursday Service 7:00pm Third Grade First Communion Friday, March 29th Good Friday No School 12:00pm Noon Community Good Friday Service at St. John's Lutheran 7:00pm Good Friday Service Sunday, March 31st Easter Sunday 8:00am Worship 9:15am Easter Breakfast 10:15am Worship

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March Worship Opportunities Wednesdays, March 6th, 13th & 20th 5:15pm KinderLent 5:45pm Soup Supper 7:00pm Worship Service Maundy Thursday, March 28th 10:30am Worship Service 7:00pm Worship Service Good Friday, March 29th Noon Community Worship at St. John’s Lutheran 7:00pm Worship Service Easter Sunday, March 31st 8:00am Worship Service 10:15am Worship Service Easter Brunch between services

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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 Minister of Music, Kerri Sherwood 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 .... 8:00 & 10:15am New Traditions ............ Second Sundays at 9:15am 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

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