November 2022 Trumpet

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Trinity Trumpet

Trinity Lutheran Church Springfield, Missouri November 2022



The family of Trinity Lutheran Church welcomes all people to share in the life of the Christian faith in worship, friendship, and service.


Faithfulness to God’s Word . . . Integrity . . . Compassion . . . Family focused . . . Engagement in Service Welcoming to all people Fiscal responsibility & stewardship


The family of Trinity builds and nurtures the bonds of faith through love, learning, and sharing with others.


Faithful Worship . . . Christian Education . . . Healthy Christian Homes . . . Caring Relationships in Christ . . Robust Community Connectivity & Outreach

Thanksgiving Eve Services


7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 23

Trinity Lutheran Church

1415 South Holland Springfield, Missouri 65807

Phone: 417 866 5878 Fax: 417 866 5629 www.trinity

To contact our staff, call the church office or Email:

+ Rev. Nicholas Hagerman, Pastor

+ Vicar Samuel Aizenberg

+ Mrs. Hannah Knehans, Director of Family Life Ministry (DFLM)

+ Dr. Grace St. Pierre, Director of Music Ministry

+ Mrs. Angela Bruton, Office Manager


 Devoted to Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Savior and Lord of the World

 Devoted to God’s Word, teaching the pure doctrines of the faith

 Devoted to the Sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion, through which the Holy Spirit blesses God’s people with His presence and His gifts.

 Devoted to Christian Fellowship and to loving and caring for each other

 Devoted to sharing the Gospel with all people (Acts 2:42)


President: Curt Brand

Vice Pres: Chris Straw

Secretary: Angie Reitmeier

Treasurer: Amy Collins

Mission & Ministry Council

Ev. & Mission: Laura McCune Christian Care: Dick & Jan McGuire Fellowship: Melinda Brown Stewardship: Endowment: Ann Marie Baker Trustee: Personnel: Zeke Young Parish Ed.: Daniel Straw Elders: Kevin Scheer

Family Ministry: Amy Scheer Age-Based Ministry: Josh Sexton

Your Board of Elders

Zone 1 (A/Bo) Johnny Dicks Zone 2 (Br/C) Tim Peters

Zone 3 (DE) Jason Gabathuler

Zone 4 (FG) Mark Jones

Zone 5 (HIJ) Grant McCune Zone 6 (KL) Dan Lyons

Zone 7 (M) Zack Peters

Zone 8 (NOP) Adam Breshears Zone 9 (QR) Joe Western Zone 10 (S/Se) Phillip Hackley

Zone 11 (Sh/T) Kevin Scheer Zone 12 (UVWXYZ) Tom McClain

Your Board of Parish Education Chair: Daniel Straw Member/ABS: Kathy Polacoff

Member: Patrice Winter Sunday School: Linda Young Midweek School: Jody Hackley VBS: Claire Hagerman


Our Trinity Family Stewardship October 23, 2022

Attendance: 8:15 a.m. 140 Previous week: 132 11:00 a.m. 166 131

Tithes and Offerings:

Undesignated (General) Offerings $ 10,709.26

Designated Gifts

Debt Reduction $ 419.00 R&R Fund $ 105.00

Portals of Prayer $ 10.00 Bus Expense $ 5.00

Jr. High Heit’s Point $ 40.00 Midweek Dinners $ 1,253.00

Special Projects $ 5.00 Drinking Fountain $ 150.00

Kyle Bruton Foundation $ 25.00 Scrubber/Buffer $ 4,000.00

HVAC Maintenance $ 1,000.00 Total $ 7,012.00 Total Gifts $17,721.26


Dear Trinity Family,

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! In the Christian Church, the month of November is primarily concerned with endings. The church year ends on either the last or second to last Sunday in November every year, and in those final few Sundays all of our readings have a distinct end-times flavor to them. In our Divine Services, we read passages from both the Old and New Testaments that describe the return of Christ, the judgment of God, and the destruction and subsequent renewal of the heavens and the earth. We are reminded that even though the end times may befrightening to us, the ultimate result of it all will be the complete victory of Jesus Christ over His enemies. These Sundays should serve to comfort us rather than make us anxious, because we belong to the true God, who will grant eternal life to all of His faithful people.

This year, some of us are celebrating the end of things other than the church year in the month of November. I, for one, will be completing a process that I began several years ago and which I am now finally coming to the end of: the pursuit of my Doctor of Ministry degree. As you may or may not know, I began my studies in the Doctor of Ministry program at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis way back in the fall of 2017. Now, at long last, I have arrived at the conclusion of the program. My coursework is complete, and my dissertation has been turned into my evaluation committee. The one task I have not yet completed is my oral examination, which is set to take place sometime during November. Once that has concluded (and assuming I pass), I will officially be finished with all of the requirements needed to earn the Doctor of Ministry degree. It has been quite the long ride so far, especially with having been the sole pastor of Trinity for the last couple of years now. If all goes well, I will graduate on December 16, and I will attend the commencement ceremonies at the seminary on May 19 of next year.

In case any of you were interested, my dissertation, also called a Major Applied Project (MAP), concerns the way that we teach youth and young adults about marriage and sex in the church. Specifically, one thing I have noticed, and that I remember from my time growing up in the church, is that the topic of procreation (or having children) is rarely covered in any detail when we talk to young people in the church about these issues. Usually when we talk to youth about sex, it is to encourage them to remain sexually pure and abstinent until they are married. Likewise, when we talk to them about marriage, the focus is normally on the definition of marriage as the lifelong union between a man and a


woman, or perhaps we discuss the way to maintain a godly relationship between spouses. Those are all great things to talk about, but when procreation and children are not discussed at all (or if they’re only presented as negative consequences of premarital sex), then we are missing a significant aspect of the church’s teachings about marriage. After all, God in Genesis 1:28 tells Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply, and there is no indication anywhere in Scripture that He changed His mind about that. Under normal circumstances and if they are able, married couples should be fruitful and multiply, and we should teach our young people in the church about how important and desirable it is that we do so.

To conduct the field research portion of the project, I recruited seven young adult members of the congregation to assist me. I conducted a two session Bible study with them around the beginning of the summer and taught them about God’s procreative design for marriage. I interviewed each of them before the Bible study to determine what they had learned in church about marriage and sex growing up, and then I interviewed them again after the study to find out if their views had changed or if they had learned anything new. Doing the research project, while stressful, was also a lot of fun, and I am very thankful to my participants for taking the time out of their busy schedules to help me with this. Without their help, I never could have gotten it done.

If you would like to learn about the results of my project, and you don’t mind reading a 242 page paper, then I will be making it available for the congregation to read soon after I pass my oral exam. Although I have not directly divulged the identity of any of the research participants in the paper, I do include some information that might make it easier for members of Trinity (but not the general public) to guess who they were. Therefore, before I make it available to congregation members, I am going to redact some of the descriptive material I included about the participants, just to further protect their identities. Once I have finished doing that, I will make sure to publish it to the congregation somehow, perhaps as a download on Trinity’s website. I certainly will not be offended if you don’t want to read it, but for those of you who are interested, I wanted to make sure that you had the opportunity.

Thank you to everyone at Trinity who has supported me in so many ways as I have gone through this process. I greatly appreciate the encouraging words and financial support that I received from the congregation, and I don’t believe that I would have been able to complete the degree without it. I also want to thank my wife and sons for their love and support, and for their willingness to deal with me being absent for significant amounts of time as I attended online classes, traveled to St. Louis for on-campus seminars, and took extra time to conduct my research project. It was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done in my life, and I feel a great sense of relief and accomplishment that it is now finally coming to an end.

May God bless all of us at Trinity as we observe the end of this church year! And may He also bless the beginning of our holiday season as we celebrate Thanksgiving Day in a few weeks!

In Christ, Pastor Hagerman




Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Suggested Hymn: There is a Time for Everything (LSB 762)

When I talk about my favorite books of the Bible with others, many are shocked to find out that Ecclesiastes holds a special place in my heart. “Really, Sam? Isn’t Ecclesiastes depressing?” “This book leaves me feeling down”. And the comments go on, mainly based on the assumption that Ecclesiastes is just about doom and gloom. But this is exactly why I like the book so much. It captures all the different parts of the human experience specifically change. This picture came to mind when thinking of this text. Taken in January 2020 on my final winter break of my undergraduate degree, I think about all the different changes that were about to happen at the time. The most obvious change is that there was snow in the desert! But of course, there were other changes which the camera could not pick up. On a global level, a season of illness and unrest was coming to interrupt a season of relative peace and stability. For me personally, this time marked a


significant change in vocation. As the college years closed, it was time to begin a new season of life over halfway across the country by beginning my studies at Concordia Seminary. Whether changes in life are pronounced or more subtle, each of those seasons is always under the control and direction of God Himself. That is what this text is communicating: all seasons are out of our control, coming and going at God’s appointed time.

What about those changes that brought different seasons into your life? Can you remember times where you were you witnessed new birth, and times where you have seen death? Times where you thought your weeping would never end, and times where you could not stop laughing? Or maybe times where you needed to keep silent, and others were times you spoke?

Whatever changes led to those seasons, God was then, is now, and will always be in control. And while things change all around us, we see God’s love for us remain consistent no matter what season we find ourselves in. After all, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8) and so is His love! While things still change and lead to different seasons in your life, you know where God comes to you with His forgiveness, mercy, and love. It is where He promised: in His Word and Sacraments! So come, let us gather and receive the great and constant gifts of our God together in faith no matter what season of life we find ourselves in.

Yours in Christ, Vicar Sam

Adult Bible Study (ABS)


Time Topic Leader Location

9:45 AM Daniel Pastor Hagerman Gym

9:45 AM 1st Corinthians Bob Quebbeman Woker Room

9:45 AM Grace More than we deserve, greater than

Zeke Young Family Room

9:45 AM Senior High Youth Josh Sexton Youth Room, West Wing



Faith Foundations The Catholic Epistles (part

Pastor Hagerman Gym

1Thessalonians Vicar Sam Gym

Hannah Knehans Family Room

we imagine
6:30 PM Parenting in God’s Way
Sunday School & Bible Class Attendance (Oct. 23) Preschool: 16 K 5th: 30 6th-8th: 9 High School: 7 Adults: 68

Adult Bible Class Descriptions

The Book of Daniel Join Pastor Hagerman on Sunday mornings to read the book of Daniel, one of the most familiar and yet strangest books of the Bible. Daniel has some stories that we all know and love (the fiery furnace, the lions' den), but it also has some sections that are just plain weird! This fall we will read through this interesting book and learn what it has to say not only about the history of the people of God, but also the future that He has in store for them and for the entire world.

1st Corinthians Dr. Quebbeman’s class in Paul's great 1st Corinthians letter is continuing. All are invited to join even if they have not attended before. These final chapters are important and understandable by everyone. Following that we will launch into the most interesting prophetic book of Zechariah. It will be an exciting year!

Grace More Than We Deserve Greater Than We Imagine Zeke Young talk through what we think we know grace means. But do we really understand it? Have we settled for wimpy grace? It politely occupies a phrase in a hymn, fits nicely on a church sign. Never causes trouble or demands a response. When asked, “Do you believe in grace?” who could say no? Max Lucado asks a deeper question: Have you been changed by grace? Shaped by grace? Strengthened by grace? Emboldened by grace? Softened by grace? Snatched by the nape of your neck and shaken to your senses by grace? Grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off. Let’s make certain grace gets you.

High School Bible Study Josh Sexton teaches our High School Students. All high school students are welcome!

The Catholic Epistles (Part 2) Our Faith Foundations women's Bible study will continue reading through the Catholic Epistles this year and learning what the apostles had to say about God, faith, and our lives as Christians. We plan on studying 2 Peter, Jude, and the three letters of John. The format of the class will be small group discussions, large group lectures, and home Bible study. All the ladies of Trinity are invited to attend the class and bring as many friends as they'd like!

1st Thessalonians Join Vicar Sam in this semester long class covering one of St. Paul’s earlies epistles…1st Thessalonians! Characterized by its emphasis on suffering as a Christian, thankfulness, what happens when we die and one of the most comprehensive descriptions we have about Christ’s return on the Last Day, 1st Thessalonians offers encouragement not just for the church in Thessalonica but for us as well in our day to day lives.

Parenting in God’s Way-Have you ever felt inadequate, ill-equipped, or unconfident in your role as a parent? You're not alone! Since we live in a sinful world, parenting is not easy. But God gives us biblical tools and strategies that will help you and your family thrive as you grow in faith together. In this class we’ll cover various topics including time management, technology safety and use, discipline, at home faith formation through prayer, family devotions, and more! Throughout each class we’ll cover biblical ways to handle difficult situations and conversations, build trust with your children, teach repentance and forgiveness, and help children grow in their faith. Parents with children of any age will benefit from this class as we join in group discussions and learn from many different biblical resources. Every week will be different so don’t hesitate to join us at any time!

8 Saturday, November 5

Thank you to those who signed up for the drawings on LWML Sunday. Lucky winners were Shelly Hambrick and Kathy Polacoff. We plan to have an interesting speaker from Cox Children’s Miracle Network at our Spring Quarterly meeting. No date has been set as of yet, but expect more details to come.

For LWML members: Mark your calendars for Saturday, DEC. 10, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. for our annual Christmas luncheon to be held at Twin Oaks Country Club in Mulligans like last year. We will have a build your own salad bar with warm grilled chicken, crab salad, hot rolls, dessert, coffee, and tea. $24 per person includes tax and tip. RSVPs must be received BY December 4 to Rhonda Penn (417)-861-6793 by text or phone. Or email her at RSVP numbers must be guaranteed 72 hours ahead. We had excellent attendance last year and it promises to be a fun event once again.

**Thank you so much, Trinity Congregation, for the October Mite offerings, which totaled $72! The accumulation of the Mite offerings will go to “Sharing Jesus’ Love in India” (Lutheran Braille Workers). Matthew 13:8 “Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” You can save your daily pocket change and we’ll collect for missions in the LARGE purple Mite Box that will be displayed in the narthex on the second Sunday of each month. The next opportunity will be Sunday-November 13, 2022.


Next time you are grocery shopping at Walmart, Sam's, Price Cutter, or Harter House, remember that if you were using Scrip cards, 2.5-5% of your grocery bill would be going to support various mission groups. This is at NO extra cost to your family! When you buy a card for $25, $50 or $100, you get the full face value!! Proceeds this quarter will be going to the kitchen flooring projects. Stop by the Scrip table on Sunday before Sunday school to get your Scrip cards.


If anyone is interested in playing pickleball, there is a group who plays on Tuesday nights at 6:00 p.m. in the gym. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged. If you are not familiar with pickleball, it is a cross between tennis and ping pong. Come check it out!! If you have questions you can talk to Wayne Scheer, Clate Baker, Mark Jones, or Matt Lundien.


Flowers on the altar this morning are in celebration of Carl & Linda Oughton’s 50th Wedding Anniversary on Oct. 28. They are thankful for the many blessings they have received throughout their 50 years together.

Jeff and Patrice Winter cordially invite the Trinity congregation to witness the marriage of their daughter, Ingrid Winter, to Ronnie Cordsiemon on November 20 at 2 PM.

Please join us each Wednesday night at 5:00 p.m. prior to our Midweek events for a homecooked dinner, fellowship, and God’s word. We ask for a $3 donation per person to help off set the cost of preparing the food. If you would like to help prep, serve, or clean up just talk to someone in the kitchen on Wednesday nights. We start about 4:30 p.m., serve at 5:00 p.m. and clean up around 6:00 p.m.

Date: Menu: Chef:

Nov. 2 Taco Night Laura McCune

Nov. 9 Chicken Parmesan with Spaghetti Jennifer Jones

Nov. 16 Papa Murphy’s Pizza Laura McCune

Nov. 23 No Midweek – Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 30 Spaghetti Casserole Ron & L.A.

Advent Midweek Schedule

Beginning Wednesday, November 30 the Midweek Schedule changes slightly to allow classes to wrap up prior to Advent service at 7:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m. Dinner

5:15 p.m. Youth Alive Singers

5:30 p.m. Bell Choir

5:45 p.m. Adult Choir

5:45 p.m. Kids of the Kingdom choir

6:00 6:50 p.m. 7th & 8th Grade classes

6:10 6:50 p.m. 3rd 6th Grade, Good News Crew & Kindergarten

6:15 p.m. Adult Bible Class

7:00 p.m. Advent Service



Dear Trinity Congregation,

Fall has always been my favorite season. The amazing colors and fresh crisp air are evidence of the infinite stunning beauty and variety in all of God’s creation. This end of the year season of nature draws us deeper into a time of contemplation and celebration as we come to the close of the church year with Thanksgiving and Reformation. Every season is different and has its wisdom and beauty and renews our spirits and teaches us in ways that only God's gift of nature can. Many of us, including myself, are experiencing a life “season” of change and with that often comes some difficulties. But in all things, I seek to “Rejoice in the Lord always”. We are always blessed as God renews our faith and we see how He has used every situation for His good. I have prayed to keep my spiritual eyes open when I am feeling lost, because even though we feel we are wandering the dark, there are so many blessings and “miracles” that He has imparted. His presence is without fail and constant. My favorite hymn with such words of assurance always comes to mind, “Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me…Summer, and winter, and springtime and harvest, sun, moon and stars in their courses above. join with all nature in manifold witness, to Thy great faithfulness mercy and love.” Indeed, there is “no shadow of turning with Thee, dear Lord.” One of God’s dearest and constant revelations is revealing to us the importance and healing from the support, prayer, encouragement and love we share as fellow Christians. I am so grateful for my Trinity family. Thank you, my brothers and sisters in Christ. All of us have been so blessed and touched by the constant outpouring of love through Christ in our fellowship. May I always be a blessing and comfort to you as well.

Trinity Ensemble Rehearsals in November including Christmas Rehearsals

Tis’ the season and the music ensembles of Trinity and our Sunday School have already begun our preparations for our journey to our annual Christmas programs celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior. We will also continue to prepare music for worship during November. November 30 is the first Wednesday of Advent and all ensembles will change start times of rehearsals to accommodate our 7 PM Advent services.

Children's Choir (Kids of the Kingdom)

Sunday School Christmas Program Rehearsals:

Grades 1 6 have been combined for music for the Christmas program. They rehearse on Wednesday during Mid week and begin promptly at 6 6:30 PM. Please note the adjustment of Wed time for the KOK Children's Choir starting on Nov 30 from 5:45 6:15 with the beginning of Advent services. Also, in November they begin Sunday morning rehearsals during Opening Ceremony for 1 6 from 9:40 10:05. More specific details for special December rehearsals are in the schedule below.

These are important rehearsals for our children’s success as they prepare for their Christmas program. We can always use help in the rehearsal room with a large group of children, especially with diverse age differences. Parents, if you could help get your child to rehearsals that would be terrific. Let Linda Young know if you would like to assist or just come. For more details about the program and rehearsal preparation see the schedule below. (See page 14) Continued


Trinity Adult Choir

In November, we will add on an extra 15 minutes of rehearsal time from 6:30 7:45 PM. During Advent, Wed rehearsals will be from 5:45 6:55 PM because of services starting at 7. *Special rehearsals.

Nov 2, 9, 16

6:30 7:45

*Nov 21 Monday 6:00 7:30 (special rehearsal to replace Nov. 23)

Nov 23 (Thanksgiving Eve) NO Rehearsal

Nov 30, Dec 7 5:45 6:55 PM Advent schedule change services at 7 PM

*Dec 10 Dress Rehearsal with Orchestra for Adult Program Time 10 12:30

Dec 11 Adult Christmas Bells and Choir

Dec 14 No rehearsal

Youth Alive Singers

Nov 2, 9, 16 5:30 6

Nov 23 No rehearsal

Nov 30/Dec 7, 14 5:15 5:45 (Advent schedule change)

Heavenly Vibrations Handbell Choir

Trinity Handbell Choir will rehearse in November as regularly scheduled. 5:30 6:30 PM No rehearsal on Nov. 23 Thanksgiving week. No change in rehearsal time for Advent. Special rehearsals for Christmas TBA.

Save the Dates for our Trinity Christmas Programs in December

“From Generation to Generation Telling the Story of Jesus to the World for All Time” Sunday School Christmas Program Sunday, December 18th 5:30 PM

Saturday December 17 Sunday School Dress Rehearsal 9-12 in the sanctuary

Reflections on the Power of Music in our lives and worship

Music, for most people, is a key and integral element in our daily lives. But music’s greatest influence comes to us even more so in our worship. We may not even fully understand it’s beauty, either simple or complex, but we appreciate it, and hopefully, do not take its influence for granted. We understand that it is a most important expression of our corporate and individual praise, one of the most meaningful, audible outpourings of our inner joy and worship of our Lord. Music brings to us past and present memories of our life and worship together and draws us closer to God. Music speaks the words we cannot find words for. It can be the still small voice of our Heavenly Father when we most need it. Music is personal and corporate praise and instructs us further in God’s Word, reinforces our traditions, and clarifies our theology. It is a thread that brings us comfort and familiarity throughout our entire life, in good and difficult times and everything in between. It brings words and melodies we carry in our heart our whole life and from which we seek comfort and, peace and solace in so many


“Night of the Father’s Love”
Adult Christmas Program Sunday December 11 Prelude 6:15 Program 6:30 PM

situations. We are deeply touched, stirred and blessed as we sing a familiar hymn, the liturgy, hear the children sing, the sound of bells ringing from our balcony loft and the choir in full voice on Sunday with wonderful accompaniment…music that has been inspired by the Holy Spirit and comes to us through our choirs, organists, accompanists, children and congregational singing together. What a miraculous gift from God, music! Sing my soul the wondrous story!

Blessings to all this Thanksgiving season and praise to God for giving us His bounty and blessings and His “song” to each of His children….a deep song of His faithful abiding love and redemption in our hearts, through His Son Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen!

In His love, Dr. Grace Director of Music Ministry

New Instrument for Faith Foundations & Trinity

We are so thankful to God and excited to report that Faith Foundations received a very generous donation to further some of the projects they are working on here at Trinity. It was decided that a portion of the donation would be used to replace the too heavy to carry, archaic, broken footed digital keyboard Joyce Chalmers has been playing the hymns on for the class. As Joyce said, “The old keyboard that is in the storage closet beside the stage in the gym has a left foot that falls off. It has no wheels and has to be carried”. So, a committee was formed, with special thanks to Carmen Dorman, Joyce Chalmers, Claire Hagerman, and Dr. Grace. Research began to find a high quality keyboard to serve the needs of Faith Foundations and other events here at Trinity that require a reliable upgraded instrument. Thanks to Joyce doing a lot of interacting with Emmit at Palen Music. It is a Digital Yamaha keyboard with quite a few bells and whistles. We really did need a new instrument and this one will be a super addition to many musical needs. It’s easily portable and one of the top models in digital keyboards for quality, sound and lasting durability. We are thrilled and so appreciative of the donation and to the donor. Thank you! and Joyce is particularly excited to learn the digital sounds of this wonderful instrument. So come to Faith Foundations and sing to the sounds of the new keyboard.



An affiliate of Least of These Food Bank has a Clothing Bank in Ozark. They are in need of gently used clothing for all ages and sizes from newborn to adults. They also accept shoes, blankets, sheets, towels, etc. This past year they served over 700 families in our area!!! Jo Scheer has placed a tub in the narthex to collect these items.

On Sunday, November 6, the annual Bass Pro Marathon will be taking place. The race begins at 7:00 a.m. and they anticipate runners to be in and around our church between 7:20 10:00 a.m. Please note that you will need to adjust your time as you head to first service and Sunday School/Bible Class waiting on runners to cross roads, etc. Our Youth along with anyone else in the congregation is welcome to “cheer on” the runners as they come by the church. Watch for more details.


If you would like to receive weekly emails from Trinity, please contact Angela in the church office. These emails include weekly News & Notes, the monthly Trumpet, funeral information, Bible class information, closing due to weather, etc. Call 417 866 5878 or email Don’t forget to check our website for information as well www.trinity If there is anything you would like to see added to the website, please let us know.


Mark your calendars and join us for

The Senior Safari Museum Adventure at the Springfield History Museum on the Square

When: Friday, November 4, 2022

Time: 10:00 with lunch at Noon

What: Tour the museum at your leisure and we plan to serve lunch from Steak ‘n Shake at Noon. So, if a hamburger, fries and shake sound good to you … please call me so I can order your lunch. After lunch the church van will be heading back to Trinity. If you drive your own car, the tour pass is good for the rest of the day. Please call Cyndi Shepard by Wednesday, November 2nd … 417-889-8548 … to make your reservation for the tour, lunch and church van if you need transportation or if you have questions.

Trinity’s bi annual congregational meeting will be held Sunday, November 20 at 9:45 a.m. in the gym. At this meeting there will be recap reports from all the committees, elections, and approval of the 2023 budget. All members 18 and older are encouraged to come and participate.

SLS Playground Challenge continues . . . God has blessed SLS with increased enrollment. As the school grows, and the facility ages, the playground needs some updates and improvements. So far the school has raised $39,982 (this does not include the $10,000 match). The hopes are to reach at least $70,000 and with your generosity. You can donate by going to, calling the school office, or turning in an envelope from the flier in your narthex box.

COMING SOON . . . 2023 Pictorial Church Directory

Mark your calendars now for April 27 29, 2023 to be included in Trinity’s church directory. This is a great way to connect with other members and put names and faces together. We have partnered with Unique Church Solutions by Universal Church Directories. You will receive a complimentary 8 x 10 and have the opportunity to purchase additional photos if you like (but there will NOT be any pressure to buy).

18 Trinity’s Oktoberfest – Oct. 8 2022

Our Junior and Senior High students prepared signs to cheer on the runners participating in the Bass Pro Conservation Marathon. They will be outside our church on Nov. 6 with their signs

Good Dads Conversation Starters

Starting a conversation with your kids may seem daunting. Even though it feels like the stakes are high, having a meaningful talk with your children doesn't have to be a challenge. Here are some conversation starters you can implement in your family.

What are you missing the most right now?

How can we turn adversity into opportunity?

What do you feel most sad about?

What’s the best thing about being in our family?

What’s something fun you’d like to do together today?

Is anything worrying you?


Our Trinity custodians are Thomas Brand and Jen Gabathuler. Thomas started in October after Laura Troxel was offered another job unexpectedly. We appreciate the work Laura did for us during her two months on staff. Jen is the mother of Lucas and Louis who attend Springfield Lutheran School. Her husband Jason is an Elder and is the track coach at SLS. Thomas is a student at OTC in their aviation program and lives at the Lutheran Student Center. He is the son of Curt and Alison Brand.

November 6 “Tune out the NOISE of the lies, bury yourself deep into God’s Word of truth, and go forth with the life affirming message, dressed in Christ’s priestly armor and standing as sentry in prayer!” Lynette Auch, president of Lutherans For Life A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life •

November 13 “Respect for God’s chain of authority holds true with the police, legislators, governors, presidents, and judges who have been placed over me. Some I may have chosen willingly, while others I may have voted against or had no say in. Still, we believe God has given them their authority. I may feel a responsibility to oppose their plans or how they perceive and execute justice, but even then, I owe them respect and honor.” Pastor Dan Guagenti, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Shelbyville, Kentucky A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life •

November 20 “In the Christian calendar, secular time is swallowed up in Sacred Time, which is a foreshadowing of the eternal Day of the Lord, when all that we have foolishly sought after and worried about will vanish as will the night vanish on the dawning of the Lord’s Day. Rejoice, the Lord is near.” James M. Kushiner, executive director, Fellowship of St. James A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life •

November 27 “These two choices are vastly different: to give birth to a child or to abort it. But one thing is the same: to choose Jesus is to choose life. For Jesus holds every life even the tiniest in the nail scarred palm of His hand.” Rev. Gary Blobaum, St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Oregon, Illinois A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life •


This year’s Trunk or Treat was a HUGE success. We were able to have all of our trunks outside and enjoy the evening temperatures. Watch for more pictures next month.



Each week immediate prayer needs are published in “The Trinity Family Prayer Page.” Each month in The Trumpet, those we pray for weekly as well as others with long term prayer needs are listed to be included in members’ personal and household devotions and prayers. . .if you’d like to add a family member or friend, please call or e mail the Trinity office with your request. . .May God bless all for whom we pray. . .

For Those Coping With Cancer

Virginia Sproule

For Those Who Are Homebound in our Trinity Family Members permanently or temporarily homebound. . .

Lida Chism

Georgia Mikessell

Kathryn Neely Ruth Ohrenberg

Carol Etherton

Easton Fitzgearlds

Joshua Gaede

Pam Osterloh

Tim Peters

Kathy Polacoff

Albert Shook

Bonnie Peters

Juanita Randolph

Paula Spalding

Jerry Williams

For Those Facing Ongoing Health Issues

Friends/Family of Trinity Members: Eli Applegate, grandson Ben & Deb Schroeder

Elise Drennan, great niece of Debbie Shell

Sarah Hicks, daughter of Pauline Peters

Jordon Peters, grandson of Pauline Peters

For Our Nation and For Members of Our Armed Forces

We pray not only for the soldiers listed here, but also for their families!

Chris Adams

Sean Becker

Phillip Hackley

Jacob Klatte

Benjamin Schmidt

Robert Stillings, Jr.

Nick Costello, nephew of Mark & Karen Freiert

Frank Edling, son of Alfred Edling

Eric Flattem, nephew of Jeff & Barb Flattem

Aaron Gann, son of Rich & Donna Gann

William Jones, brother of Lauryn Peters

Kevin Myers, brother-in-law of Kathy Polacoff Austin Peregory, nephew of Mark & Karen Freiert


The office will be closed November

in observance of Thanksgiving.

Week of October 30-November 6, 2022

Reformation Day (observed)

Family Sunday

8:15 & 11:00 a.m. Divine Services


9:30 a.m. Fellowship

9:45 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class 6 8 p.m. 5th Sunday Family Game Night, gym

Reformation Day


NO Faith Foundations, SPS closed

1:00 p.m. Church Office Opens

All Saints’ Day


6:00 p.m. Prayer & Praise @ LSC 6:00 p.m. Pickleball, gym

10:30 a.m. Bible Class, gym

2:00 p.m. Staff Meeting (office closed)

5:00 p.m. Family Midweek Dinner

5:30 p.m. Bell Choir


5:30 p.m. Youth Alive Choir

6:00 p.m. Kids of the Kingdom Choir

6:00 p.m. 7th 8th grade catechism classes

6:30 p.m. Adult Choir

6:30 p.m. 3rd 7th grade catechism classes, Good News Crew, Kindergarten

6:30 p.m. Bible Class Parenting in God’s Way



Church Office Closed

Pastor Hagerman, Vicar Sam, & Hannah Knehans’ day off Angela Bruton off Nov. 4 8

Saturday Change clocks back one hour

Next Sunday

November 6

All Saints’ Day (observed)

7:30 11:30 a.m. Youth cheer for Bass Pro Marathon runners (everyone welcome)

8:15 & 11:00 a.m. Divine Services

9:30 a.m. Fellowship

9:45 a.m. Sunday School & Adult Bible Class