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The newsletter of Trinity Lutheran Church - Hudson, WI “One Ministry-Two Locations”
Trinity Lutheran Staff
Executive Pastor, Todd Stocker [email protected]
Emeritus Pastor, Fred Golke [email protected]
Youth Director, Jack Jorgensen [email protected]
Business Administrator, Ken Gerhan [email protected]
Director of Childcare, Amanda Lloyd [email protected]
Administrative Assistant DT, Lisa Opel [email protected]
Administrative Assistant FC, Gail Kennebeck [email protected]
Ministry Assistant FC, Terry Geurkink [email protected]
Childcare Coordinator DT, Shannon DeVos [email protected]
Accounting/HR Associate, Gayle Brooks [email protected]
Accounting/Youth Ministry, Carol Smith [email protected]
Academy Principal, Alison Johnson [email protected]
Board of Directors
President - Steve Hamill Vice President - Steve Bohl Treasurer - Pete Scharber Secretary - Blaine Verdoorn Members at Large: John Schwalbach, Peder Sannerud, Dan Brooks, Nancy Donovan, Jennifer Ruhde
MISSION STATEMENT Reaching the world for Jesus, one life at a time.
Life According To Doris 101 I’ve officiated at many funerals — hundreds maybe. The ages of the souls range
from 2 weeks up into the 90’s. Today, while I didn’t officiate, I was observing the celebration of life service for one of our member’s mother, Doris Garbe, who was
even grander than that!
101 years young, the pastor read an account of her life. The year she was born, Babe Ruth hit his 1st homer; the 1st stop sign in the nation was posted in Detroit
MI; and WWI was in full swing.
Born and raised across the river, Doris claimed Woodbury, MN as her home. The parcels of land that now house Kowalski’s Grocery Store and the Correctional
Facility were once farmed by her and her husband. Legacy after legacy was
mentioned — as is the case in most funerals. Relatives spoke of her hidden stash of Lego's for the grandkids, playing piano, a fetish for popcorn, and massive
amounts of world travel.
Yet, what struck me the most wasn’t what she had done or the land mass she owned; it wasn’t her job at the Hilex Company or being involved in the many
women’s clubs in the area. What made an impact, was her approach to life.
The pastor recalled a conversation with Doris a few years back when funeral plans were being made for her. “What do you want at your funeral?” the pastor
offered. Doris’ response? “Why would I want to talk about that?!” In her mind, she knew life was daily birth, not daily death. Life is to be lived. Life is to be
loved. Life is to be celebrated in all of its fullness. Life means handling what
comes to us and seeing the good and the bad as a gift.
In the slow ebbing wake of the Resurrection Celebration of Jesus, life according to
Doris is a wonderful reminder. Jesus came to bring life, not death. Jesus came to
bring “win”, not “loss”. Jesus came to be light, not darkness. And in the recounting of Doris’ life, it was obvious she lived in victory and not defeat.
Oh to live life according to Doris! To be motivated by her faith, family, and
friends (in that order), and to leave a legacy of the same. Because when it comes down to it, life according to Doris (and I think Jesus would agree), is about your
savior and the relationships into which you pour.
True love is shown in that way, isn’t it? Jesus did it by giving his life for you. Doris did it by living her life for him and making sacrifices and deposits of love
into those around her. Jesus is risen and now, so is Doris. Blessed be the name of the Lord.
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.” John 15:13
LIFE AT TRINITY 2
This year’s Week of the Child was celebrated by TECA (Trinity Early Childhood Academy) May 1 - 5. One day everyone got to hang out
in their PJ’s. Another day was Future Day - where young learners dressed up like their future career choice.
The men’s breakfast at the Family Center featured Olympic Wrestler, John Peterson, who gave an encouraging message and displayed his Olympic Gold Medal.
3 JUNE SERVICE VOLUNTEERS Downtown Campus
1205 Sixth St. • 386-9313
Sunday Worship Coordinator Every Sunday Carol Smith
Assisting Ministers (M. Greunke)
04 Steve Bohl 11 Tom Oscanyan 18 Mitch Greunke 25 Brett Easler
Fellowship (Char Skoviera)
04 9:00 am Pat Larson 10:30 am Carol Smith
11 9:00 am Michele Kranz 10:30 am Kim Gallison 18 9:00 am Sharon Ellwein 10:30 am Char Skoviera 25 9:00 am Xtreme Kids 10:30 am Anne Ross
Greeters (Sally Gaeu)
04 9:00 am Dan & Suzy Korum 10:30 am Dan & Suzy Korum 11 9:00 am Paul & Pat Larson 10:30 am Gary & Joyce Reidel 18 9:00 am Sally Gaeu 10:30 am Sally Gaeu 25 9:00 am Xtreme Kids 10:30 am Open
Readers (Sharon Ellwein)
04 9:00 am Carl Schoenbeck 10:30 am Rick Nelsen 11 9:00 am Luann Haunschild 10:30 am Kim Gallison 18 9:00 am Carrie Bell 10:30 am Carol Smith 25 9:00 am Xtreme Kids 10:30 am Rick Nelsen
Ushers (Dan Gaeu)
04 9:00 am Jeff Berkhof, Nate Otte, Tom Youngberg 10:30 am Dennis Lee, Zachary Verdoorn 11 9:00 am Wayne & Geri Manlove, Gary Riedel, Braden Meyer 10:30 am Doug & Mary Harmon 18 9:00 am Fred Yoerg, Henry Berger, Will Weiskopf, Wally Spaeth 10:30 am Tim & Pat Tuma, Zachary Verdoorn
25 9:00 am Xtreme Kids, Edwin Berger, Neil Fredrick 10:30 am Mike Weyers, Peter Verdoorn
Power Point (Mark Gallison)
04 9:00 am Jessi Meyer 10:30 am Blaine Verdoorn 11 9:00 am Open 10:30 am Blaine Verdoorn 18 9:00 am Issac & Caleb Hatch 10:30 am Blaine Verdoorn 25 9:00 am Carl Schoenbeck 10:30 am Blaine Verdoorn
Eucharistic Ministers (Shirley Ohrt) 04 9:00 am Tom Malchow, Paul Larson 10:30 am Rick Nelsen 11 9:00 am Arvid Ledin, Bruce Gonitzke 10:30 am Kim Gallison 18 9:00 am Tom Youngberg, Liz Mundinger 10:30 am Carol Smith 25 9:00 am Dennis Schertz, Peder Sannerud 10:30 am Rick Nelsen
Communion Set-Up (Mary Golke)
04 9:00 am Joan Lyksett 10:30 am Cary Johnson 11 9:00 am Sharon & Richard Young 10:30 am Annette Zenz 18 9:00 am Mary Golke 10:30 am Fran Sprainhour 25 9:00 am Brenda Foust 10:30 am Carol Smith
Van Drivers (George Skoviera)
1st Sun. Ed Glowe/Greg Haugen 2nd Sun. Fred Harwell/George Skoviera 3rd Sun. David Berger/Nancy Koski 4th Sun. Tom, Chris, Matthew Oscanyan 5th Sun. Bob Orf/Substitute
Welcome Desk 1st Sun. Marlice Shirley 2nd Sun. Open 3rd Sun. Open 4th Sun. Open 5th Sun. Maf Berg
Family Center Campus 614 Badlands Road • 381-1414
Ushers 1st Sunday 9:00 am Josh Bernhard 10:30 am Brent Schultz 2nd Sunday 9:00 am Amy Pals 10:30 am Chris Emerson 3rd Sunday- 9:00 am Duane and Julie Kuesel 10:30 am Brent Schultz 4th Sunday 9:00 am Open 10:30 am Cal Hoople 5th Sunday 9:00 am Open 10:30 am Luke Mahedy
1st Sunday 9:00 am Ryan & Courtney Menter 10:30 am Ramona Larson 2nd Sunday 9:00 am Open 10:30 am Open 3rd Sunday 9:00 am Brad and Deb Davison 10:30 am Open 4th Sunday 9:00 am Greg/Teri Larsen 10:30 am Open 5th Sunday 9:00 am Mona Diebold; Barb Hess 10:30 am Tim and Jenni Mahedy
Soundboard (Layne Pitzer)
1st Sunday 9:00 am Jeff Buelow 10:30 am Jeff Buelow 2nd Sunday 9:00 am Steve Kelly 10:30 am Steve Kelly 3rd Sunday 9:00 am Mike Dougherty 10:30 am Mike Dougherty 4th Sunday 9:00 am Dan Milbrath 10:30 am Dan Milbrath 5th Sunday 9:00 am Open 10:30 am Open
Greeter 1st Sunday 9:00 am Bev Larsen 10:30 am Open 2nd Sunday 9:00 am Andrea Felberg 10:30 am St. Ore’s 3rd Sunday 9:00 am Dirk & Tedra Larson 10:30 am Ryan/Courtney Menter 4th Sunday 9:00 am Meaghan White 10:30 am Dan & Heather Milbrath 5th Sunday 9:00 am Chad and Alicia Boreen 10:30 am John/Tanya Slavsky
Communion Assistant 1st Sunday 9:00 am David Holm; Cheryl Warnken, Patty Kelly; Josh Bernhard: 1 Open 10:30 am Prudy Anderson, Patty Kelly; 3 Open 2nd Sunday 9:00 am Kim Gallison; Ken & Doris Krautbauer; 2 Open 10:30 am Annie Dulon; Dave Miller, Liz Whitchurch; 2 Open 3rd Sunday 9:00 am Nicole Hansen; Robb Neuenschwander; Michelle & Jason Koerth; 1 Open 10:30 am Nicole Hansen; Jill Dougherty; Shelia Kanniainen; 2 Open 4th Sunday 9:00 am Becky Glade; 4 Open. 10:30 am Debbie Hoople; Brent Schultz; Becky Glade; Eileen Demulling:1 Open. 5th Sunday 9:00 am Nicole Hansen; 4 Open 10:30 am Brent Schultz; Nicole Hansen,3 Open
Media Shout (Layne Pitzer)
1st Sunday 9:00 am Dave Meyer 10:30 am Stella Scharber 2nd Sunday 9:00 am Mark Gallison 10:30 am Mark Kretschmer 3rd Sunday 9:00 am Mark Gallison 10:30 am August Draveling 4th Sunday 9:00 am Open 10:30 am Braeden Miller 5th Sunday 9:00 am Mark Gallison 10:30 am Mark Gallison
Sunday Worship Coordinator 1st Sun. Patty Kelly 2nd Sun. Nicole Hansen 3rd Sun. Nicole Hansen 4th Sun. Becky Glade 5th Sun. Open
Welcome Desk 1st Sun. 9:00 am Open 10:30 am Open 2nd Sun. 9:00am Carla Hamill 10:30am Carla Hamill 3rd Sun. 9:00am Open 10:30am Jill Dougherty 4th Sun. 9:00am Becky Glade 10:30am Open 5th Sun. 9:00am Open 10:30am Nicole Hanson
1st Sunday 9:00 am Olivia Kretschmer; Hannah Ousdigian 10:30 am Abby Kelly, Dillon Kelly 2nd Sunday 9:00 am Barb Garbe, Bridgit Gerhardt 10:30 am Paula & Lindsey Myhre
3rd Sunday 9:00 am Aubrey Loe, Madi Gillen 10:30 am Elizabeth Bond 4th Sunday 9:00 am Open 10:30 am Open 5th Sunday 9:00 am Caitlin Koerth 10:30 am Kari Rawn
PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION 5
Faith Statement On April 23, twenty two Trinity youth publically
proclaimed their faith in Jesus Christ, choosing to step on a life path that honors Him. Each
presented a faith development plan to our
pastors and wrote a statement of faith to be shared on Confirmation Sunday. Here is a
beautiful example, written by Isabella Fett:
“Hebrews 13:5 God has said; ‘I will never leave you, never will I forsake you.’
This Bible verse reminds me that God will
always be looking over me and reminding me of the role He plays in my life. My early
memories of knowing God include going to Xtreme Kids and learning songs that taught us
about all the things that God did. I also
remember when my parents would read stories from the Bible to my sister and I before bed,
this always made me feel safe and loved. When I got older, and could read the Bible
myself, I was amazed that the stories all had messages that applied to my own life. Being
confirmed is a way of restating that I want to
lead a Christian life. I want the way I act towards others to be how God and my parents
have taught me, and to reflect God’s grace. My family members have laid the foundation
for my relationship with Christ, and are role
models of who I want to become. I know that I need God in my life now, and in the future, I
will need His grace and forgiveness. Even though I am far from perfect, His grace and
love will save me.”
Kentucky Trip In April, members of Trinity loaded up the church van and took a road trip. Our mission was to visit the full size replica of
Noah’s Ark and the Creation Museum in Kentucky. Upon their return, here’s what a few said:
“Great trip! Both the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter are well-done, beautiful museums.” “Excellent presentations of Creation compared to the evolution taught in schools.” “I would recommend for all to see!” “I am so
thankful that I was able to go…had no idea that the experience would have such a powerful impact; faith- affirming, inspiring, uplifting, thought-provoking,
educational.” “We were blessed with beautiful
weather and great fellowship. Making the trek to see the Creation Museum & the Ark was such an
awesome experience. The Ark was amazing! Everyone needs to see this incredible masterpiece!”
“My favorite part of the trip was the fellowship with
those that attended. Simply put, we had a blast! Lots of laughter & bonding with wonderful sisters
and brothers in Christ!” I look forward to another similar trip in the future. Make this an annual
Trinity Lutheran Confirmation Class of 2017
Prayers On Good Friday, a group from Trinity joined with
several hundred others from across the Twin Cities Metro area for the annual prayer vigil at
Planned Parenthood to pray for the lives of unborn
children and their mothers.
Heartfelt Thanks Thank you to everyone for the wonderful retirement potluck and cele-
bration on April 30. Also, thank you for your kindness and prayers after Connie’s mother’s death. Your well wishes, prayers, cards, and
gifts were amazing! You all have blessed us so much over the years.
We are overwhelmed with gratitude and thanks to you and to the Lord. We will continue to pray for you and look forward to seeing you
in the grocery store, at the park, and around town, as you continue to serve God with the fullness of faith, joy, and love that he has worked
in you. God bless you all.
Tim and Connie Booth
INSPIRATIONAL WORSHIP 6
When I Grow Up "What do you want to be when
you grow up?" All of us are asked that question as we are growing
up. While careers and positions in
life are important, God wants us to grow our Godly character more
than anything else. This series outlines 4 Godly qualities that all
people should develop.
The Worship Connection One of the beautiful aspects of worshipping
our God is that it is both an individual and corporate event. Individually, you thank him
for his goodness and love shown in Jesus.
Together, we celebrate the blessings he continually pours out on his people. All of this
is tied together by the presence and outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
While many of us are out of town during the
summer months, it is still vitally important that you continue the attitude of worship both
individually and corporately. Here are some
tips to do both:
Individually ~ Spend time reading and
reflecting on passages in the Bible. Pray and
ask God to bless his church with wisdom and grace.
Corporately ~ Even if you are away, you can
worship through online giving, through online messages or by attending a local church. You
can even host your own worship time with your family!
God is worthy of our worship and he loves to
meet with you through his word and through prayer.
Snapshot Of Gratitude The time has come for us to say “goodbye” to Cheri Buelow. After 22
years of faithful ministry at Trinity, God has led her to a new adventure in serving Him - principal of Magnuson Christian School in
White Bear Lake, MN. Cheri held the following lead positions while at
Trinity: our school’s first 1st grade teacher, Director of Family Ministry, Family Center Worship Team Leader, & Connections
I’m sure many of us could share stories of how Cheri has touched our lives, and the lives of our family; they are priceless memories. She
gave of herself and her faith over and over again over the last 22
years. What a legacy of faith
building! A snapshot of her service includes well over 100 events and
2,000 worship services. She loved her 14 years in the Women of the
Word Bible study. She has fond memories of starting up the Mustard
Seed Singers, Little Steeple People, Steeple People, and the youth
“We’re Grounded!” choirs.
Music is her passion, but she also loved to create, whether it was
thematic women’s events, Good Friday Children’s Services, or her well
-loved songs, the “Buelow originals.”
I’ve been Cheri’s assistant for 11 years; we have shared so much
together in that time. She has been an awesome “boss”, dear friend,
and mentor to me; a treasured gift. Right now I can’t imagine her not sitting in the office behind me every day. I think I’ll remain in
denial for now and pretend she is on vacation!
We will miss her greatly but she has taught us well, and we will move on together in carrying on the legacy in building faith in our families
and our personal lives. Cheri had a flare for making all things fun. We’ll be forever grateful for all the fun and laughter we have shared
together along the way!
We wish her the best in her new endeavor and know the children and families at Magnuson will be blessed by her faith and leadership.
“Thank you” Cheri for being such a blessing to Trinity for so many
years! We will be forever grateful. Submitted by Terry Geurkink
How To Give Over The Summer The warm months provide wonderful
opportunities to be away for the weekend enjoying family,
friends, and some
time of refreshment. Many have asked
how they can still support ministry from
far away. You can
go to TrinityHudson.org and click “online giving”’. Through that link, you can set up
a consistent giving pattern or offer a one time gift!
7 FOUNDATIONAL FAITH
The Cross Thank you to all parents who encouraged their students to attend The Cross youth group this year. Our
time at The Cross has been amazing! Both students and adults shared incredible testimonies. New friends joined us regularly. We had great worship and prayer every Wednesday. Opportunities for serving
and fellowship were a blast. And our adults mentored each student on a personal journey to know their
Savior through prayer and reading His Word found in Mark’s Gospel. They lived moments of truly being 3rd!
Plan to stay connected to your friends and mentors at The Cross this summer! A few of the things on our
May 31 Feed My Starving Children
June 20 The Cross Pre-Registration Special! Turn in forms for 2017-18 by this date and save $10 on fees!
June 21 Wild Mountain Ecumenical Youth Event
July 7-15 The Cross is on mission to Pine Ridge Reservation, SD
August 9 Ecumenical Paint Ball Event
August 23 The Cross Parent/Mentor Meeting
August 24 Youth Registration for The Cross 2017-18 is due
September 6 The Cross resumes it’s mission to make disciples of Hudson’s youth
Congratulations To The 2017 8th Grade Class This June we celebrated our seventh class of 8th Graders to graduate from Trinity Academy. Our students are thoughtful
young leaders engaged in their faith and their academics. They have incredible athletes in their class; Lacrosse players, gymnasts, swimmers, Warrior Basketball, Volleyball, and Cross Country team members. This past year they brought
home the National Lutheran School Championship in Cross Country to add to the many awards throughout the past
seven years. They are musicians who play piano, sing, and play instruments
in our band. They are heading to many different High Schools including; Concordia Academy, Stillwater High, St. Croix Central
High and Hudson High School
We are very proud of these students. It has been a blessing to watch them grow into mature, intelligent, dedicated students
who are fun and faith filled young people. What a blessing to
watch them become who they are, following the seeds that were planted 10 years ago in preschool. We also say good bye
to the Verdoorn Family that has been a part of Trinity Academy for over 18 years.
To all of our students at Trinity Lutheran Church and Academy,
we wish you well as you move on to High School, and pray that you will always seek God first in your life decisions.
Blessings and Congratulations,
Mrs. Johnson, Academy Principal
Join Us This Summer For VBS 2017 July 30 - August 3 ~ Downtown Campus
Imagine a world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they're lovingly crafted by God. Spark creativity with interactive experiences that include lively activities, engaging experiments, new songs, and the love of Jesus. We are welcoming students PreK - 5th Grade, children age 3 (must be potty trained), and adults! Yes! This year we have an optional adult Bible Study - and nursery will be available. VBS will be from 5:30 - 8:00 pm Sunday - Thursday, with a dinner being provided Monday - Thursday, from 5:30 - 6:00. Lots of volunteers are needed to make this an awesome event. Siblings 6th grade and up are encouraged to help! Register to volunteer or to attend this event at trinityxtremekids.org. Please contact Kristin Miller at [email protected] with any questions.
RELATIONAL CONNECTION 8
Staff Person Of The Month Each month in the Trinity newsletter we highlight a staff member or volunteer that works at either site
for Trinity. This is a great way for the congregation to get to know us a little better. This month we are highlighting staff member Gary Albrigtson. 1) What is your title and give a brief description of your position at Trinity.
Trinity Facilities Maintenance. My position involves performing a wide range of indoor and outdoor maintenance-related activities on both Trinity Campuses.
2) What did you do before employment with Trinity? For the previous five years, I worked as a maintenance technician in a large metal fabricating company.
Prior to that, I worked in a maintenance position in a public school for 15 years. Other jobs included
working as an electrical technician, the supervisor of a large property maintenance company in Dallas, Texas, EMT, a substitute teacher, a high school basketball coach, musician, worship leader, song writer, and sound
engineer. 3) What are the joys of your position/job?
If I had to pick the biggest joy, it would have to be the blessing of working in a place that is dedicated to making a
positive difference in the lives of the people - both in our immediate communities and in our larger world as well. Another significant personal joy of this job is that – as a caretaker kind of person by nature - being able to do a diversity of
activities throughout the day that I would do anyway. 4) What positives do you see about the total Trinity Ministry?
Trinity’s ministries are committed to being a positive voice and presence to people of all ages in this time. The commitment to a Christ-centered education program provides children with a safe and secure place to learn and
experience the foundations of what it means to be a part of a life-long family of faith. There are additional opportunities
for people of all ages to find a place where their gifts, resources, talents and capabilities can serve the mission and vision of God’s purpose for our lives. One of the positives aspects of Trinity’s ministries, is that the ministries are intentional
about keeping the focus on positive attitudes, actions and outcomes. 5) How do you see God working here at Trinity?
I see and feel God working in people’s lives through the actions of the people of Trinity, and through their dedication to
service in a wide range of ministries. There are nearly 50 different areas of service that are specifically identified as Ministry Involvement Areas that provide opportunities for making a difference. God’s presence in this community can be
seen in and through the people who serve in each of those areas.
Annual Rummage Sale Please consider donating your gently used and unwanted items to
our annual rummage sale. This year’s drop off times will be as follows:
June 11th 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
June 12th 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm June 13th 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
June 14th 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Please consider attending our annual sale to look for treasures, or volunteer to work the sale.
This year’s sale times will be as
June 15th 9:00 am - 7:00 pm June 16th 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
June 17th 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Please remember that we cannot accept exercise equipment, cribs,
car seats, paint or chemicals. We are always looking for more help so please consider volunteering for this important and fun event. If
you would like to help or have any questions, please contact Jackie
Williams at 715-386-3187.
Feed My Starving Children Want to be part of the 48 or the 78? Come
meet the challenge and join us to pack meals at FMSC on Tuesday, June 27th. We leave at 5:15
pm from the Downtown site to head to Eagan,
returning by 8:00 pm. We want 48
people to fill the bus; however, we
would rather have
78 to fill the bus, van and shuttle!
FMSC is in desperate need of volunteers to pack
meals. Homemade treats and fruit will be available for the ride home. Please bring your
family and friends ages 5 to 105! There are jobs for everyone. Sign up sheets are located
at both sites. Check out their website at volunteer.fmsc.org. Please contact Rick Nelsen
at [email protected] or Anne Ross at
taross[email protected] if you have any questions. Help turn hunger into hope!
MISSIONAL MOMENTUM 9
From The Stewardship Committee This month’s article is dedicated to you, the faithful stewards of God’s creation, who happen to be a part of Trinity
Lutheran Church. We are all called by God to manage his creation as he would like us to. More and more faithfully, we are using our time, talent and treasures as He would like us to use them. Trinity’s ministries of worship, nurturing the
faith of its members, and reaching out and serving the community continue to thrive. When it comes to money, we
know your charitable dollars could go to any number of things outside of Trinity, and we appreciate your support and commitment to the mission of the church.
A number of families are tithing 10% of their income and MORE – your faith is apparent in your generosity, and we so
appreciate your financial support to grow his kingdom with Trinity. Thank you! Many other, regularly-giving families give what they feel they can – Thank you! You also serve vitally in our ministry. Small groups, multiple bible studies,
youth activities, and mission trips would not be possible without your support. Growth in faith has been possible through your financial support, but more could be done in these areas with more consistent support.
Many families give occasionally – Thank you! You are important to God’s work. You are reaching those in need in our
community and the world. We support “Feed My Starving Children,” work in local food banks, and serve/give to “Grace Place” as examples of where your dollars go. But the need is ever-present and, unfortunately, growing rapidly. Would
you consider giving more regularly to Trinity to help those in need even more?
A number of families attend worship but do not give financially. You are vital to the worship and culture of your church. Thanks for coming and being a part of Trinity. Would you consider donating a small amount on a regular basis so Trinity
may help those in need? Maybe 5 or 10 dollars a week to start? That could go to helping the 1 out of 3 families in St
Croix county who live with food insecurity every day.
Thanks again for giving to support our ministry, YOUR ministry, God’s ministry through us! We love you all.
For the Stewardship Committee and Trinity Staff,
From The Board The Trinity Board of Directors has had a full plate the last couple of months with: Long-term Strategic planning meeting
in March; Visits to our Academy at both sites in March; Participation in the Pastor visits during the Call process in March and April; Development of a new Stewardship plan for the coming year; Discussion of transition and staff planning with
Pastor Todd given the departure of Pastor Tim and Cheri Buelow; Review of next steps in the call process after Pastor
Caleb’s decision to decline our Call; Development of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget during April and May.
Despite some difficult news for Trinity these last couple of months, we remain thankful for the beautiful church,
ministries, congregation, and staff with which God has blessed Trinity for so many years. We remain fully confident in
His love for His church and in His future blessings for Trinity.
In light of this, we are excited to be presenting new, strategic goals under the banner of our 20/20 Vision for Trinity at
our Congregational Assembly meeting this June. We hope that you will plan to attend. We built these goals around the
four attributes of the early Christian church, as described in Acts 2:42-47 and presented at our June 2016 Assembly. Namely, the early church was marked by its focus on Worship, Teaching, Caring, and Outreach. Here is a sneak peek:
Worship – by 2020 we will have made our services more inviting for newcomers, particularly Downtown, and will
add a consistent telling of the God-stories of our members in worship.
Teaching – by 2020 we will have increased our education opportunities so that our people, particularly adolescents
and adults, can grow in the understanding and application of their faith. Caring – by 2020 we will have increased the relationship connections among our church members by increased
participation in small groups and in our caring/service ministries.
Outreach – by 2020 we will have developed a consistent effort to reach out to un-churched Academy families and
invite them to join our church family as well.
GLOBAL COMPASSION 10
Mission Trip Review My name is Kristin Benschine and this is my 8th year as music teacher at Trinity Academy. March 31st - April 11th, I had
the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Lagarto, Brazil through my church. We worked with a local evangelist & the trip was nothing short of incredible!
Our team of 15 did a variety of things throughout the week that included: speaking 15
times in schools, handing out 2 tons of food in a poor community, conducting conferences for local churches, street ministry/evangelism, speaking on local radio, &
hosting a city-wide crusade where the whole city of 100,000 was invited to hear the
gospel & receive prayer. I even had the privilege of joining local musicians in leading worship at churches & for an 8,000-person crusade crowd!
We saw things that you read about in the book of Acts – truly God’s power at work.
Here’s what I can report: 1) Roughly 2,000 - 3,000+ decisions for Christ were made! These people were also connected to churches & given resources to help them grow.
2) We saw miracles of healing – a boy deaf in one ear from birth received hearing, a man who broke his back was able to run and walk normal again, a tumor disappeared
off someone’s neck, a woman with so much pain she didn’t want to live anymore wept as she was completely healed, an
86 year old woman didn’t need a cane to walk anymore & nearly every person we prayed for received healing! 3) Hearts were transformed & touched by God’s love. 4) People received renewed hope & strength. 5) The local church was
There are so many other stories & miraculous ways that God moved on this trip, & I want to give Him praise! Beyond that, I want to encourage all of us that God is moving in mighty ways all across the world & we don’t need to wait for a
mission trip. We can be a vessel of God’s love – here, today!
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VBS Save the Date - Page 7
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Mission Trip Review - Page 10
Rummage Sale - Page 8